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Want our general advice? Scroll down for our general home remedies for cholesterol, blood pressure and general circulatory health. Before you try any new remedy, talk with your health care provider to verify it is appropriate for your specific condition. Hopefully that is one of our chiropractors here at Drummond Chiropractic.
We help you control your cholesterol
nutritional advice (which may not be what you expect),
supplements (what to start taking, keep taking or more importantly STOP taking),
exercise tips (it's about frequency not intensity or duration),
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You may be surprised to find out that your high cholesterol is NOT due to eating bacon and eggs, but is a symptom inflammation, too much simple carbs in your diet, sleep disturbances, allergies, food sensitivities, hormone imbalance or maybe it is caused by something even more surprising. Regardless of the cause of your high cholesterol, we will find it with a thorough history and exam, then determine the best natural treatment for your cholesterol imbalanced type, even if it means referring you out. We are more affordable than medical doctors let alone cardiologists, so start with us, and if able, we will get your cholesterol under control as soon as possible.
You may also be surprised to read that taking cholesterol lowering medication does not decrease your risk of death. Just because your lab numbers change with taking medication does not mean you are healthier. But if your numbers change because of lifestyle changes, then you are indeed healthier and will likely live longer for it.
Excerpt from Dr. Karin Drummond's books:
I was a vegetarian for nine years but found it difficult with my active lifestyle to get the protein I needed. I had to eat more carbohydrates than my body needed to get the protein I required, and I had to take supplements for protein and iron, because I was borderline anemic. I was heavier then and not as healthy. I’m not saying it wasn’t doable; it just wasn’t easy for me.
I was taught that eating red meat increases cholesterol levels; all of my family members suffer from high cholesterol. But despite being vegetarian, my cholesterol was borderline high. I worried about how eating meat would affect my cholesterol levels. I found safe, clean sources of meat and even started raising my own chickens and cattle. Now that I am eating lean, clean meat, my cholesterol is lower than ever. I now believe that red meat is not the cause of high cholesterol. Instead, the overfed, hormone-injected, antibiotic-filled meat from stressed-out animals is the true cholesterol-raising culprit.
New studies also suggest simple carbohydrates cause high cholesterol. If your diet is deficient in cholesterol-producing foods, your body will converts simple carbohydrates to the cholesterol you need. I was an example of this when I was eating more carbohydrates and minimal cholesterol.
So don’t be afraid of eating foods with cholesterol; instead, pay attention to the amount of foods you ingest that are high in simple carbohydrates.
When I do buy meat, I make sure it is organic and from cage-free animals. My favorite is from a local farmer who raises healthy buffalo. He even feeds them grasses from his own fields, making for very healthy and lean meat. I’m sure you can find a butcher shop that knows its meat sources and can vouch for the animals’ living conditions, the quality of their food source, and that they are not injected with hormones.
 Boyles, “Low-Carb Diets Improve Cholesterol Long Term.”
Supplements that can help with Cholesterol:
Fish Oil to reduce triglycerides and improve HDL
Even medical research agrees that fish oil can reduce triglycerides and increase our "good" cholesterol From the Mayo Clinic. There's strong evidence that omega-3 fatty acids can significantly reduce blood triglyceride levels. There also appears to be a slight improvement in high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or "good") cholesterol, although an increase in levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol also was observed. Marry fish oil with reducing the bad fats and increasing exercise, you should see an improvement in your cholesterol lab results.
Red Yeast Rice to lower cholesterol
Personally, I am not a fan of using Red Yeast Rice for lowering one's cholesterol.
From the Mayo Clinic: Red yeast rice is capable of lowering blood cholesterol levels and total blood cholesterol levels. While the supplement is generally considered safe, it might carry the same potential side effects as statin cholesterol drugs. Red yeast rice might cost less than a statin. However, with a supplement, there's less assurance regarding quality and how much active ingredient is actually in the product. Some red yeast products might contain only small amounts of monacolin K and potentially have little effect on cholesterol levels.
In my opinion, taking red yeast rice to lower your cholesterol may lower your lab numbers, but just like taking statins, it may not be a sign of being healthier for it, especially if you do not marry it the lifestyle changes to improve your health, and may have negative side effects.
Do you have high blood pressure?
Co-enzyme Q10 helps with the health of the vascular system by decreasing blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, CoQ10 may help. If you are on medication, speak with your medical doctor before supplementing with CoQ10 because it often compounds the effect blood thinners or blood pressure medication.
Again the best way to lower your bad cholesterol and raise your good cholesterol is to eat well (including good fats, and minimal simple carbs), sleep well and exercise regularly.
If you are looking for supplements, but unsure which one to pick, check out https://us.fullscript.com/welcome/drummond
Dr. Karin has created a list of supplements she approves of. Click Here to check it out.
TO COMBAT bad cholesterol, YOU not only NEED TO
But did you know sleep habits can affect your cholesterol?
and exercise can help too!
Having trouble keeping up an exercise regimen?
Find an activity you enjoy that involves some movement. It doesn’t have to be an intense sport like tennis, basketball, or soccer. It could be something easier on the joints, like Pickleball.
Pickleball is a great alternative if your shoulders and knees are arthritic or too sore to allow you to play tennis. Pickleball is traditionally played on a badminton-sized court. The paddles used in Pickleball are made of wood or high-tech aerospace materials and are larger than a Ping-Pong paddle but smaller than a tennis racket. The ball used is similar to a Wiffle ball in that it is plastic and has holes in it, but it is slightly smaller than a Wiffle ball.
To play Pickleball, you serve the ball like you would in tennis, but the ball has to bounce once on each side of the court before the opposing player can return it. The first player to reach eleven points wins. The differences in equipment and rules, compared to tennis, allow Pickleball to be played by people of all ages and abilities.
Even bowling requires some movement and gets you off the couch, no matter what the weather. Throwing a bowling ball down a lane gives your neck, shoulder, and back muscles a good workout.
My point is, find activities you enjoy! The last thing you need is something else that feels like a job or a chore. Keep it fun, and you will look forward to doing your chosen exercise (or exercises). You will also be less likely to experience burnout.
Laughing helps lower cholesterol
Laughter is good medicine. It releases endorphins that are natural pain reducers. To keep headaches away, laugh throughout the day. Laughter can also be great exercise; it gets the jaw muscles moving, releasing any chronic tension you may have in them. Remember, jaw tension can be a headache trigger. Bonus, laughing burns a surprising amount of calories
To get in your daily dose of laughter, listen to podcasts of comedians you enjoy, read a funny book, watch a comedy, tell jokes with your kids. The idea is to find ways to lighten up your day and laugh.
Life is short, and time goes by in a blink. So find ways to exercise that make you happy. Your happiness should be your number one priority. When you are happy, your happiness spreads to your loved ones. Similarly, being miserable is contagious. When you are miserable, you make those around you more miserable. This does no one any good.
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