Lower weight and cholesterol levels naturally
Exercise is a natural way to help manage weight and cholesterol levels. However, additional lifestyle choices play key roles as well, especially for women.
Here are some simple tips to consider.
Cut the artificials
If you want to lose weight, according to internationally-known integrative practitioner Dr. Andrew Weil, a good place to start is by avoiding artificial sweeteners and synthetic fat substitutes. Research shows that artificial sweeteners do not promote weight loss, but that they are more likely to promote weight gain. Dr. Weil encourages the use of small amounts of natural sugar as a better choice. Sugar has just 15 calories per teaspoon, but one should still use it in moderation.
Eating right is key for all health-minded individuals. This is especially true if you are trying to lose weight and control your cholesterol. The right food choices bring extra energy as nutrients supply the body’s needs without driving up extra fat and cholesterol levels. Avoid the frozen, prepared and diet meals opting instead for real whole foods. Here are four foods that make a real nutritive difference.
Considered a low-glycemic fruit, eat blueberries daily to aid the digestive system and relieve oxidative stress.
A low-glycemic food that is also low in calories, kale is loaded with fiber, iron and and calcium.
Wild Alaskan Salmon
Great for those concerned with weight and cholesterol management, wild salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon helps build muscle and level out insulin sensitivity.
With no fat and no cholesterol, lentils are high in protein, as well as iron and magnesium.
The myth that women naturally put on weight as the birthdays go by seems to be observationally true. Science has long known that this weight gain is actually the result of glycemic stress and cellular inflammation. To combat the glycemic stress, increase low glycemic food selection in your daily diet. A food chart showing glycemic levels for most foods is available online in Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Health Publications.
Research at the University of Boston links meditation with a reduction of cellular inflammation. A daily, meditation session, coupled with better food choices, lets the female body reset this cycle of glycemic stress and cellular inflammation. That sounds like a simple New Year’s Resolution to me.
Supplements for healthy cholesterol levels
Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, has many metabolic roles. Mainly, it lowers harmful (LDL) cholesterol while raising the “good” (HDL) cholesterol. Dr. Weil says B3 can also reduce the risk of heart disease, treating or preventing atherosclerosis, second heart attacks, Alzheimer’s disease and osteoarthritis.
Bergamot is another natural supplement with proven cholesterol-lowering results. A six-week clinical trial published by the International Journal of Cardiology showed a reduction in patients’ total cholesterol, dropping from 278 to 191. Study participants used 1,000 milligrams of Bergamot BPF by OrthoMolecular Products.
Bergamot is the natural herb product used to flavor Earl Grey tea blends. It has been used for centuries in Italy to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. According to the same study, Bergamot also helps maintain balanced triglyceride levels.