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Cholesterol and AKHigh cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease. It is desirable to bring down high cholesterol, but using a drug to do so should not be taken lightly. Possible side effects include liver damage, kidney failure, muscle pain and neuropathy. If you are taking a drug for your cholesterol and experience muscle pain (especially accompanied with fatigue or malaise), report it to your doctor immediately. Before taking a dangerous drug to control your cholesterol, it is wise to try to get to the cause of the problem and correct it naturally.
Diet and cholesterol:
If your cholesterol is high, the first and most obvious changes you need to make are to increase the fiber in your diet (more fresh vegetables and whole grains) and to exercise. There is a debate about diet and cholesterol that is confusing to many people. The American Heart Association recommends lowering trans and saturated fats in the diet while the Atkins diet and other low carbohydrate diets recommend limiting carbohydrates.
Diet becomes less confusing if you realize that these two ideas are not mutually exclusive. Americans eat too much carbohydrate, especially refined carbohydrate. Increased insulin production from eating too much sugar and refined carbohydrate can increase cholesterol, especially LDL (the “bad” cholesterol).
The mistake many people make when they go on a low carbohydrate diet is they eat too much saturated and trans fat. If you find yourself believing that eating a plate full of bacon is better than eating a plate full of brown rice, you need to rethink your dietary priorities. Also, the low carbohydrate diet craze has fostered the production and sale of a lot of additive and hydrogenated oil laden low-carbohydrate snacks.
The combination of stress and refined carbohydrates can lead to Syndrome X. Patients with Syndrome X have high cholesterol and very often have high blood pressure. The cholesterol readings have a definite pattern. The cholesterol is high, the HDL (good cholesterol) is low, the LDL (bad cholesterol) is high and the triglycerides are high. The treatment for this is a diet consisting of foods that do not trigger a lot of insulin production (low-glycemic foods), light exercise, stress reduction and possibly supplementation. A chiropractor trained in applied kinesiology can help design a program for you.
Syndrome X patients are often frustrated by attempts at a low-fat diet. They seldom are able to lower their cholesterol with such a diet.
Various nutrients are helpful in lowering cholesterol. Choline,inositol, polycosinol, niacin and even garlic have been used to lower cholesterol. Supplementation, while effective, should not be used as a substitute for dietary and lifestyle changes.
The chiropractor trained in applied kinesiology treats the entire body. Balancing and normalizing the nervous system and treating sub-clinical problems with organs like the liver and intestine helps create optimum health. Cholesterol is lowered because the body is healthier. The applied kinesiologist also has the tools to help you find the optimum nutritional program.
Balancing the body’s structure and chemistry utilizing applied kinesiologyand chiropractic can solve many health problems by addressing the cause. Please feel free to call our office to schedule a consultation to discuss this or any other health issues you may have.