Cholesterol & Diet

Not every cholesterol lowering diet is appropriate for everyone. You will want to take stock of how you live your life, what you consume and with the help of a healthcare professional, come up with a plan to adjust

your cholesterol. If you have just been diagnosed with high cholesterol or you’re tired of the mainstream advice and over consumption of drugs to help with your quality of life, try the suggestions below to approach a natural reversal.

What causes high cholesterol depends on risk factors such as your age, your family history, whether you smoke and/or have high blood pressure and your level of stress. What I’ve learned from my father having high blood pressure and high cholesterol is that some medications will lower cholesterol levels while elevating blood pressure.

When it comes to cholesterol lowering drugs, your doctor will be doing some adjusting, based on your reactions to the drugs and its efficacy. It’s advisable to keep a journal of everything you are trying, be it exercise, different food choices, or medication. Write down how you felt taking the medication, any side effects, how you slept that night, whether you had a dry mouth, loose stool, felt dehydrated, etc. Write it all down. You don’t know how that might help narrow down the right medication for you.

Before you reach for your doctor’s phone number, try the following nutritional approaches. Paul Pitchford’s book Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition indicates avoiding or greatly limiting high in saturated fat and cholesterol, as are eggs, butter, lobster, shrimp, and clams. Most shell fish should be avoided.

Cheese, Pitchford says, is high in cholesterol and very rich in saturated fat, which causes blood cholesterol to rise, and should be avoided. Beef, pork bacon, sardines, tuna, salmon, lamb chops, and most red meats in general, have moderate amounts of cholesterol but large amounts of saturated fat.

Another route you can go is to read Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s book called Eat Right for Your Type, a personalized diet based on your blood type. These blood type diets look at where your fellow blood type ancestors came from, how they fed themselves, and how your blood type has evolved over time, helping you feed your body according to its unique needs. Dr. D’Adamo believes this approach best equips the body with the necessary nutrients needed, which then naturally fends off ailments such as high cholesterol.

Blood type O is the hunter-gatherer. People with this blood type do better eating more meat than the other types. Blood type A is the evolution into a more domestic agrarian type. People with this blood type do best as vegetarians. Blood type B is the evolutionary blend of different continents, leading to a diet that can incorporate both the O type and the A type foods; it gets the most varied diet. Blood type AB is the modern man. People with this blood type also have the ability to digest what type B’s and type A’s can eat. Each blood type has restrictions that are intended to give your body what it needs to lead a healthy life, as well as stave off illness. Each blood type carries with it certain potential diseases, says D’Adamo. Sticking to your blood type diet, then, can have an effect on stabilizing your cholesterol levels.

Another diet that can lower cholesterol levels is the Macrobiotic diet. It’s based on vegetables, fruits and whole grains, which offers a lot of dietary fiber. You aren’t allowed to consume saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar, alcohol, and processed foods. While some may think that this is a little strict, simplifying what you eat can greatly improve your health.

Finding out what will work best for you takes a combination of a trusted healthcare professional (or two), your own research, and first hand experience from others. Asking your doctor what to take, how much to exercise and what supplements to add should not be your one stop shop. Join forums where you can participate in actual conversations with others with your condition. Ask questions and keep an open mind. You can always consult your doctor and always get a second opinion. This is your life, after all. Take charge.

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