Lowering cholesterol levels will reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. If your GP has diagnosed you with high cholesterol, they will probably have advised you to first try and lower your cholesterol levels by changing your diet and/or losing weight, before putting you on cholesterol lowering drugs. It is possible to lower cholesterol naturally, without using drugs. Do you know which foods lower cholesterol, or which diet to follow? A key component of any cholesterol diet is fibre. Foods that are high in fibre include fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains and legumes. To find out more about foods that lower cholesterol, arrange a consultation with me today.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHOLESTEROL, STRESS AND WEIGHT GAIN
Our adrenal glands are responsible for our response to stress. Stress could either be psychological (eg work related), or physiological (eg a drop in blood sugar levels caused by not eating for a long time). The body doesn’t distinguish between psychological and physiological stress – they both evoke the same chemical response: the release of the stress hormones cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline. Adrenaline and noradrenaline are released in acute situations; cortisol is released in more chronic situations and is what we are concerned about here. Cortisol causes an increase in blood sugar levels and an increase in the levels of fatty acids in your blood. The knock on effect of this is that you may gain weight, particularly around your abdomen, and your blood triglycerides (including cholesterol) may rise. To lose weight around your abdomen, and to reduce your cholesterol levels, you need to reduce your stress levels.
Cholesterol-lowering foods vs. statins: research comparing 4 different cholesterol lowering foods (viscous fibre, soy protein, plant sterols and almonds) with a statin, found that in people without pre-exsisting cardiovascular disease, these foods are as effective as a statin at reducing mild to moderate elevations in serum LDL cholesterol.
© 2014 Sarah Walford