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When was the last time you had your cholesterol checked?

Updated: May 1, 2019

You may think you are healthy, but when was the last time you had your cholesterol checked? A stroke may start with slurred speech and a drooping face and the next thing you know, you are having a full on stroke and waking up with half your body paralyzed. If it doesn't kill you, a stroke has serious repercussions. You may never be able to speak clearly again, walk properly, or even eat without help.

LDL cholesterol is considered the “bad” cholesterol because it contributes to fatty buildups in arteries (atherosclerosis). This condition narrows the arteries and increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, and peripheral artery disease, or PAD.

We hear a lot about heart disease and strokes on the news, and also within our families. I'm sure that everyone has had a family member suffer a heart attack or stroke, and if you have not, you are very fortunate. The fact is, heart disease is the number one killer in the US. Every year, 735,000 people in the US suffer from a heart attack.

What may shock you is, although high cholesterol is often times hereditary, there are many things you can do in your everyday life to reduce your high cholesterol to live a healthier longer life.

Using the holistic model, we look at the person as a whole to see how and why the symptoms occur. The goal is to balance our body which in turn allows healing to take place naturally. This holistic approach can often bring short-term relief but also promotes long-term health.

Some healthy holistic recommendations include reducing or eliminating consumption of red meats and dairy. Eliminate all trans fats and partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, this has already been banned by the FDA, but you still may see it in some foods. Eat more foods high in omega 3 fatty acids, like nuts, seeds, and fish. Don’t smoke, drink less alcohol, exercise at least 3 times per week for 20 mins and lose weight.

Use fiber and probiotics to cleanse out the toxic mess inside your body so healing can be more effective. When too many toxins accumulate in your body- your body can’t function correctly.

According to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Soluble fiber can reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream. Just 5 to 10 grams of soluble fiber per day can reduce your LDL- the bad cholesterol

As stated by, Harvard Health Publishing of Harvard Medical School, The bacteria in our gut can affect risk factors for heart disease. For example, the gut microbiome ...influences whether we become obese or develop type 2 diabetes. It also can affect the levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol in our blood, and our blood pressure.

Use curcumin, piperine, and probiotics to strengthen your digestive tract. A healthy gut is a foundation for a healthy body.

As reported by University Health News, “Curcumin has been proven to lower LDL cholesterol and prevent its oxidation, suppressing plaque build-up in arteries... Turmeric appears to have the ability to prevent cholesterol production in the liver, block cholesterol absorption in the gut, and reduce LDL cholesterol oxidation in the lining of the arteries.”

Provide your body with enough cellular energy and amino acids to enhance all vital functions including the body’s self-healing mechanisms

In order for the body to heal itself, it needs the proper fuel. As published in the Nutrition Review of Oxford University Press, Diets high in lignan-rich foods, such as whole grains,....., have been associated with reduced cholesterol, lower blood pressure and decreased artery stiffness.

Take this advice and it can contribute to lowering your LDL- bad cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease.

To make sure you follow all three steps to balance your body and start healing use, Bhrum’s Essential Health Kit. It contains all the key ingredients we just discussed plus many more health-promoting elements.