Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Foods and Conditions That Elevate High Cholesterol Levels

I just recently saw an interview with Dr. Eric Braverman, a medical doctor who's had some pretty amazing results with his patients.

He reported in the interview that out of the 10,000 patients he has worked with, he has been able to restore to health, patients who came in needing bypass surgery but through his help have not needed it.

In one of his books, The Amazing Way to Reverse Heart Disease Naturally, he mentions the following foods and conditions that contribute the most to high cholesterol levels.

1. Amino Acid deficiency caused by poor quality protein intake.

As my clients know, I strongly encourage eating high quality protein at least every 4 hours.

2. Antioxidant deficiency (vitamins C, E, selenium, zinc) caused by low intake of fruits and vegetables.

On top of eating protein every 4 hours, every body no matter what their health goals are should eat 1 cup of vegetables at least 3 times per day.

3. Deficiency in biotin and carnitine (substances related to the B vitamins) caused by processing of whole grains.

Consuming foods in their whole form is one of the best things you can do for your health. For 2 weeks try not eating anything that's refined or processed and see how you feel.

4. Essential fatty acid deficiency caused by poor quality fat intake

The number 1 supplement I recommend everyone take is a high quality fish oil supplement. No matter what your goals are, this is a must.

5. Excess alcohol intake

Apart from destroying your health, it greatly affects your ability to lose body fat particularly around the midsection.

6. Excess hydrogenated or processed fat intake (lard, shortening, cottonseed oil, margarine, and others) found in many refined processed foods.

Again, if you can do the test and stick with eating whole foods that are not processed you'll avoid most if not all of these dangerous fats and oils.

7. Excess starch intake (corn, white potatoes, and others)

From what I teach clients, its not that these foods are bad in and of themselves, just consume them at the right time and your health and the way you look will be fine. Remember: timing is key with these foods.

8. Excess sugar intake found in many refined processed foods.

Many packaged foods have sugar in them even if its not listed as sugar. It may say "sucrose", "maltose", "glucose", etc. Anything that ends in "ose" is a sugar. Don't let them fool you.

9. Fibre deficiency caused by low intake of fruits and vegetables.

Solved by eating 1 cup of vegetables at least 3 times per day. Toss in a piece of fruit here and there and you'll be laughing.

10. Food allergies.

11. Hormone deficiencies (testosterone, DHEA, estrogen, growth hormone, and others)

Particularly as people age their hormone levels drop thus making them more susceptible to higher cholesterol as these hormones help control cholesterol levels. To boost up your hormones naturally, begin an exercise program. At Get Results Boot Camp we're offering 2 weeks FREE so come and check it out!

12. Liver dysfunction.

13. Increased tissue damage due to infection, radiation, impaired liver function, or oxidative activity.

So there you have it, 13 foods and conditions that contribute the most to high cholesterol levels. Start making changes today.


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