How To Improve Your Cholesterol

What You Need To Do To Improve Your Cholesterol

Like hypertension, gout, gerd, cancer, etc. many people are so confused as to how to eat to reverse/improve these health conditions. Cholesterol is another one that we tend to get all wrong…….

We’re told to limit our consumption of butter, lard, red meat and eggs, or worse, to go on statins to reduce our blood cholesterol levels, but yet, our ancestors seem to have thrived on those foods without the predicted heart problems.

Actually the pharmacology industry did a really good job of scaring us to death about high cholesterol and dietary cholesterol intake.

Here’s The Skinny On Cholesterol & What to eat to improve it…….

There’s cholesterol all over your body, it’s an essential constituent of all the cells of your body and also metabolizes all the sex hormones and fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, E and K. Without it, you’d be dead in no time.

Also note that if you consume more cholesterol in your diet, your body will DOWN regulate its own production to match its needs so this way you don’t get too much of it.

The opposite happens when you reduce your consumption or take drugs to reduce it, your body UP-regulates the production and tries to make more for what’s missing.

HDL and LDL cholesterol…

HDL for which everybody recognizes as the “good cholesterol” is in fact a transporter that takes excess cholesterol in the blood and brings it back to the liver. On this point, conventional wisdom and the Paleo principles don’t differ, high HDL is a GOOD thing and the more the better.

LDL is what is known as the “bad cholesterol”. LDL, like HDL, is NOT cholesterol, but a transporter of cholesterol, one that takes cholesterol in your liver and transport it through the bloodstream to where it’s needed.

High cholesterol is a symptom, NOT a cause…..

Elevated serum levels of cholesterol is a symptom of an underlining problem in your body, not the cause of the problem. Cholesterol is NOT the bad guy, but it’s there when bad things are happening.

The actual underlining problem is oftentimes INFLAMMATION at the artery level. Cholesterol is then sent to the artery to help and heal the inflammation. If it is successful at it, everything is going to be fine and return to normal.

Otherwise, when the inflammation doesn’t subsides, more cholesterol is sent and starts to accumulate around the artery as a band aid. Then, plaque starts to form and you’re in for future problems…..

Understand, then, that cholesterol is sent to treat a problem, not to cause it. Again The real cause of the problem is inflammation at the artery level.

This inflammation is caused by chronically high levels of insulin, which is caused by excess carbohydrate (pasta, bread, desserts, chips, etc.) consumption. Trans fats and vegetable oils also cause inflammation.

We only really see LDL’s negative consequences when it becomes oxidized by free radicals. A diet high in antioxidants (vegetables and fruits) and low in carbohydrates will reduce factors of oxidation in the body.

Aim for high HDL and low triglycerides…

Triglycerides are fatty acids that are circulating in the bloodstreams. High levels is a bad thing. Again, high triglycerides are caused mainly by chronically high carbohydrate intake from grains (rice, oats, corn, wheat, barley etc) and legumes (beans, peanuts etc)

To reach a higher level of HDL, be sure to reduce your sources of omega-6 fats, mainly from vegetable oils, but also from an excess of nuts. Taking a good quality OMEGA 3 fish oil DAILY is a good idea.

Saturated fats will also raise the good HDL, so LOTS of it is a good thing. Think coconut oil, lard, butter, beef tallow, …

I hope this helped you reduce your fear about cholesterol intake and why it’s actually a GOOD idea to eat foods high in cholesterol. I also hope that you’re now better informed for preventing strokes and atherosclerosis.

So now go ahead and cut the sugars, cut the grains and eat the fat, the meat and the egg yolks. In fact, egg yolks are a nutrition powerhouse and it’s egg whites that we should worry about because of some anti-nutrients and protein inhibitors. This is the absolute opposite to popular belief, not surprisingly!

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How To Eat Paleo For: Weight Loss, Hypertension, Diabetes, Autoimmune Diseases….

What Is The Paleo Diet?

The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! Research indicates that it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility. Try Paleo for 30 days and see how it works!

Paleo Food List For Health & Wellness

Low Carb/Paleo Food List For Weight Loss

Paleo Food Guide For Autoimmunity Diseases

Paleo Food Guide For High Blood Pressure & Type 2 Diabetes

(Coming Soon)

Paleo Food Guide For Troubleshooting Fat Loss

PALEO GUIDE TO Eating for autoimmunity……R.W.

If you are on the Paleo diet and suffering from an autoimmunity disorder follow these easy steps to get a significant improvement in your health….

 

1) Have you stopped eating eggs, grains, legumes, dairy, nightshades, nuts, and seeds? Yes or No

 

If no, eat that way for 30 days and report back…

 

2) If yes, are you peeling your veggies? Y or N

 

If no, eat that way for 30 days and report back…

 

3) If yes, are your Vitamin D levels between 60-70 ng/DL?    Y, N, or I Don’t Know

 

If you don’t know, Time to get tested! Ask your doctor or order a test online.

 

If no, then supplement with Carlson’s fish oil or Vit D drops, and start getting 15 minutes of sun exposure daily. Report back in 4 weeks

 

4) If yes, then are you sleeping 8-10 hours in a pitch black room? Y or N

 

If no, Get some blackout curtains and go to bed earlier. Try this for 30 days and report back.

 

If yes, then are you taking a probiotic supplement? Y or N

 

If no, Try supplementing with a probiotic like New Chapter or with fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, etc. Report back in 30 days.

 

5)If yes, Are you cooking food thoroughly? Y or N

 

If no, Eat that way for 30 days and report back…..

 

6)If yes, Are you taking digestive aides? Y or N

 

If no, Try supplementing with Now Foods Super Enzymes (capsules) or with HCl.

How to Know if Your Child Is Allergic to Gluten

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a naturally-occurring protein composite that is found in wheat, rye, barley and other grains. Determining whether or not your child is suffering from a gluten sensitivity is a crucial first step in addressing any potential food triggers in your child’s diet. Once you discover an underlying gluten sensitivity, you can take the steps necessary to eliminate gluten containing foods from your child’s diet and lead him down the path to improved health.

Learn about the different types of gluten sensitivities. Studies now reveal that approximately 15 percent of the population suffer from some form of gluten sensitivity. These statistics include celiac disease, gluten allergy and gluten intolerance.

Celiac disease causes an autoimmune reaction when the gluten protein is ingested. Although the autoimmune response is an allergic reaction triggered by gluten, it is not considered a gluten allergy. When a person with celiac disease consumes a food that contains gluten, an autoimmune response is triggered in which the body literally attacks itself. The tiny villi that cover the surface of the small intestine help to pull the nutrients out of food before it is digested. Because these villi are attacked by the immune system, they do not function properly and nutrients are not effectively absorbed from the foods that are eaten. Over time, the effects of this digestive disease result in permanent damage to the villi. As a result, malabsorption can occur because vital nutrients are not absorbed.

Gluten allergy, or wheat allergy, also causes an immune response in allergic individuals when gluten is consumed. When wheat is consumed, the body has a histamine response and produces antibodies to the gluten. Less common than gluten intolerance, a true gluten allergy may cause an immediate allergic reaction shortly after gluten is consumed. Allergic reactions can range from severe breathing difficulties to minor skin rashes. Common symptoms of gluten allergy include fatigue, joint pain, weight loss or weight gain, and digestive problems. Gluten allergy is one of the more common food allergies in children. Some children who suffer from a gluten allergy may outgrow the condition as they get older. Many will do so by the time they reach six years of age.

Gluten intolerance occurs when the body cannot break down food properly. Gluten intolerance is a general umbrella term that refers to the dozens of symptoms that may be experienced by an individual who is sensitive to gluten. Unlike celiac disease and gluten allergy, there is no specific test in place to provide a definitive diagnosis of a gluten intolerance. Because of the broad range of symptoms and causes associated with gluten intolerance, people who suffer from this condition may be misdiagnosed with a condition that produces similar symptoms. Detecting a gluten intolerance based on presenting symptoms can be difficult. Unlike gluten allergies, the body does not usually adapt to a gluten intolerance, and a child who has the condition will likely continue to have it as an adult.

Look into your child’s family history and inquire about relatives who may have suffered from gluten sensitivity. The condition has a genetic component and it is more likely to occur in your child if there are family members who suffer from food allergies or hay fever. Food allergies were not as easily recognized in prior decades. Even if there are no documented cases in the family, it is possible that the condition existed but escaped detection. Try to find out if any family members experienced some of the symptoms commonly associated with gluten sensitivity. If Aunt Martha always kept a bottle of antacids next to her plate at dinner or immediately dashed for the bathroom after eating her meal, it is possible that a gluten sensitivity may have been the culprit.

Make a list of the symptoms your child is experiencing that leads you to suspect that a gluten sensitivity may be present. Do the same for any negative behaviors your child displays. Do not refer to symptoms experienced by other children who suffer from gluten sensitivities, as there are hundreds of possible symptoms that may occur. What is experienced individually amongst children with the condition can vary greatly. Always refer to your child’s own individual symptoms, even if it is one that is not generally believed to be associated with a gluten allergy.

Be on the lookout for specific symptoms that are common among gluten-sensitive individuals. Although your child may have additional symptoms that do not fall into this category, doctors note that the following list covers the most common symptoms associated with the condition. Watch for unexplained changes in weight, gastrointestinal problems (bloating, gas, cramps, constipation, diarrhea), eczema and other skin rashes, headaches, achy joints, irritability, mood changes and fatigue.

Start a food journal for your child. Keep track of the foods that your child consumes for two weeks. Take note of any troublesome symptoms or negative behaviors that your child experiences after consuming particular foods. Try to determine if there is a direct correlation between symptoms/behaviors and specific foods

Schedule a visit with the pediatrician and request that your child be tested for celiac disease and gluten allergies.