Total Health Packs for Lowering Cholesterol

Plus 3 Shocking Cholesterol Facts and

7 Simple Steps for Lowering Cholesterol Naturally

Vitamin C

Cholesterol is naturally converted to bile acid and then eliminated from your body. But if you don’t consume enough vitamin C (about 2000-3000 mg/day for an adult), you cannot convert cholesterol into bile acids and it builds up in your bloodstream. I suggest that you supplement with at least 1,000 mg of buffered Vitamin C (Calcium Ascorbate, not ascorbic acid) twice a day, for a total intake of at least 2,000 mg/day.

Note:  There is 1,000 mg of calcium ascorbate (buffered vitamin C) in each Total Health Pack.

Omega 3

The human body does not produce omega 3 on its own, so it must be obtained from food sources. But to get enough of the EPA and DHA that do your cholesterol some good, you really need to take an omega 3 supplement.

Omega 3 increases your good HDL cholesterol, while simultaneously lowering your bad LDL cholesterol.

Note:  There is an Omega 3 (from salmon oil) supplement in each Total Health Pack available.

Vitamin E

LDL becomes a real problem when it oxidizes, or turns rancid. Numerous studies have documented that vitamin E (as well as vitamin C) prevents LDL from oxidation. A minimum of 400 IU of vitamin E daily is needed to prevent the oxidation of LDL.

In addition vitamin E helps LDL levels decrease and HDL levels increase, creating a much more favorable ratio between the two.

Note:  There is 400 IU of d’alpha tocopherol (Vitamin E) supplement in each Total Health Pack.

Vitamin B Complex

You need a B-complex supplement that includes B12, B6, folic acid and niacin. All four of these vitamins are considered “heart-healthy” and can serve to lower cholesterol. Niacin, in particular, has the distinct quality of lowering LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol), while raising HDL cholesterol (“good” cholesterol).

Note:  There is a complete B complex supplement that includes B12, B6, folic acid and non-flushing niacin in each Total Health Pack.

Green Tea

I always back up what I have to say with up to date research. For this article I was thrilled to find dozens upon dozens of studies that verify the huge number of health benefits from supplementing with Green Tea, including the lowering of cholesterol.

Here is what The University of Maryland Medical Center says about Green Tea and cholesterol which was corroborated by the Yale University School of Medicine.

“Research shows that green tea lowers total cholesterol and raises HDL (“good”) cholesterol in both animals and people. One population-based clinical study found that men who drink green tea are more likely to have lower total cholesterol than those who do not drink green tea. Results from one animal study suggest that polyphenols in green tea may block the intestinal absorption of cholesterol and promote its excretion from the body. In another small study of male smokers, researchers found that green tea significantly reduced blood levels of harmful LDL cholesterol.”

It is hard to get enough green tea in your diet to gain the benefits listed in the studies. You will either float away with so much liquid or you will be buzzing like a bee from all the caffeine. Standardized extracts of green tea have more of the active compounds than brewed tea. Green tea extract supplements should be standardized for 50% or more catechins and the suggested dosage is 300-400 mg. per day.

Note:  There is one capsule of Green Tea Extract (cathechin polyphenols) 400 mg in each Total Health Pack.

For a full list of the nutrients contained in each Total Health Pack please view the Ingredients Here

3 Shocking Cholesterol Facts

1. Removing fat from your diet such as red meat, cheese, butter and eggs will do little to nothing to lower your cholesterol.

2. Beware of refined carbohydrates (bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, candies, alcohol, chocolate, breakfast cereal). They are the true causes of high cholesterol.

3. A healthy body will eliminate excess cholesterol.

Are These Statements True?

Once you understand the basics of cholesterol production and excretion, you will easily be able to make up your own mind.

You Don’t Need To Have A Chemistry Degree

Let me explain it to you the way it was explained to me. I found it simple and easy to grasp the concepts, and so will you.

What Is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance produced by all animals as part of their normal metabolism. Cholesterol is not itself fat, but is always found with fats in animal-derived foods. Cholesterol is absolutely essential to life. As a matter of fact, if your levels of cholesterol were to drop to zero, you would die.

Why Is Cholesterol Essential To Life?

Cholesterol provides necessary rigidity to cell membranes (the outer wall of your cells). Membranes are porous structures, not solid walls. They let nutrients and hormones in, while keeping wastes and toxins out. Without adequate cholesterol, cell membranes would become too fluid and explode from their internal water pressure like over-filled water balloons.

Your body makes many hormones from cholesterol, including testosterone, estrogen, progesterone and cortisone. And your liver uses a major portion of your body’s cholesterol to produce bile salts, which are used to digest fats and fat-soluble vitamins.

Besides cholesterol, your liver makes two main carrier molecules, LDL and HDL. Without the help of these carrier molecules, cholesterol could not travel through the bloodstream.

LDL – The Bad Guys

LDL stands for Low Density Lipoprotein. LDL carries cholesterol out to all the tissues, where it may be used for various functions including repair of cell membranes. However, LDL contains a particle called Lipoprotein (a) and it is one of the stickiest particles in our body. It is a fat globule that “sticks” inside the walls of your blood vessels and forms deposits, where it can accumulate and eventually plug up the arteries, blocking blood flow.

HDL – The Good Guys

HDL stands for High Density Lipoprotein. HDL carries cholesterol back to the liver, which is then converted to bile salts. Bile salts digest fats (this is good).

After the bile salts have completed their work they should leave your body through proper bowel elimination. However, most people don’t have proper bowel function and so do not eliminate the bile salts. If the bile salts are not eliminated, they will be reabsorbed into your bloodstream and converted back to cholesterol. For more information on what I consider to be proper elimination, watch the video clip The Elite Club on my Video Clips Page at www.HormoneRollerCoaster.com

Sugar Is Out, Fat Is In!

Radioactive tracer studies have shown that 60-70% of all blood cholesterol comes from production by the liver, not from cholesterol in foods.

Most people can absorb no more than 300-500 mg/day of cholesterol directly from foods. But your liver routinely makes 800-1500 mg/day from saturated fats and simple sugars. Your liver quickly converts excess sugars into substances called triglycerides (storage molecules for fat), while simultaneously raising LDL levels (bad cholesterol) and lowering HDL (good cholesterol) levels.

Are You Making The Same Mistake?

One well meaning mother was concerned for her son’s health. Although he wanted to eat eggs for breakfast every day, she had been repeatedly told that eating eggs daily would raise his cholesterol. So she was alternating eggs with pancakes and syrup. What she didn’t know is that white flour and syrup converts to an excessive amount of sugar. Not only was she increasing his risk of diabetes with feeding him so much sugar, she was also increasing his risk of heart disease.

7 Simple Steps For Lowering Your Cholesterol Naturally

Step 1: Create Sugar Free Days

The easiest way I have found to reduce sugar is by creating sugar-free days. One day a week, don’t have any refined sugar at all. Then work up to two sugar-free days per week and so forth. Your goal would be to eventually have 4-5 sugar-free days per week.

I’m not speaking about the natural sugars in vegetables and whole fruit (fruit juice is too processed). I am referring to refined sugars such as the five deadly c’s: cookies, cakes, candies, colas and chocolate or anything even remotely similar (including alcohol). I am also not suggesting that you eliminate your bread and pasta (although that would be helpful). The biggest result for the least amount of effort is the sugar free days.

What this means is that you can actually keep the majority of your cholesterol-rich foods, and instead cut back on the sugar. With fats it is all about choosing wisely.

Step 2: Choose Your Fats Wisely  

Fats to avoid like the plague are trans fats! These fats have been destroyed by modern processing methods including boiling, hydrogenation bleaching and deodorizing. These man-made improvements to natural oils change their chemical configuration and lose Mother Nature’s design. They are now damaged fats that don’t work properly, but our brain still tries to use them, which causes cell membranes to leak and malfunction. Why do manufacturers use trans fats? Because they are cheap and give processed foods longer shelf life.

Examples of trans fats are margarine, shortening, and hydrogenated vegetable oil found in foods such as ice cream, pies, margarine, salad dressing, French fries, potato chips, cookies, crackers, and doughnuts.

Check Your Labels

Peanut butter: hydrogenated vegetable oil

Cake Mix: vegetable oil shortening, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil

Microwave popcorn: partially hydrogenated soybean oil

Crackers: vegetable oil shortening

Step 3: Eat Fats In Moderation

The foods that include saturated fat should be eaten with moderation such as beef (trim the excess fat), veal, lamb, pork, lard, poultry fat (remove the skin from your chicken), butter (but it is WAY BETTER than margarine), cream, milk (I personally don’t think we should drink any milk), cheeses and other dairy products made from whole milk.

Step 4: Eat Healthy Fat

From nuts, seeds, olives, eggs (that means including the yolk), avocadoes and fish such as Wild Atlantic Cod, Pacific Halibut, Sole, Menhaden, Mackerel, Rockfish, and Wild Salmon.

Don’t Be Conned Into Low Fat Labeled Foods

This topic deserves an entire article dedicated to it, but for now, let me just warn you that when you see low fat on a label, know that it isn’t usually a better choice. Chemicals (that remain in the product) are used to remove the fat and often sugar or artificial sugar is added to make it taste better.

Step 5 and 6: Make Sure You Are Eliminating Properly

In order to excrete the bile salts so that they don’t get reabsorbed into your bloodstream and converted back to cholesterol, you must improve your elimination.

(Step 5) For proper elimination (2-3 movements/day), water is needed to moisten, soften and loosen the waste matter on its way through your system. You need lots of water to keep your bowel function healthy. No wonder so many people have bowel problems! The general population drinks mostly coffee, tea, pop, juice, beer or wine, yet these fluids don’t provide the required water. As a matter of fact, coffee and alcohol will actually dehydrate you. Drink at least eight 8-oz glasses of filtered water every day.

(Step 6) Dietary fiber acts like a broom that sweeps the intestinal tract. The best way to increase your dietary fiber is to eat at least two cups of vegetables every day. This does not include lettuce, potato, peas, corn and mushrooms (you can eat these, they just don’t count).

Step 7: Remember to take at least one Total Health Pack per day

Coaching on these and other health issues are provided through my Inner Circle coaching program or Consultation Packages. For details visit www.BrendaEastwood.com under Support.

The information made available in this article is provided for educational or reference purposes only. Nutritional Therapy and/or Coaching is not intended as a diagnosis, treatment, prescription, or cure for any disease, mental or physical, and is not intended as a substitute for regular medical care.

Copyright Brenda Eastwood 2012 – “Total Health Packs for Lowering Cholesterol”

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