Believing that a low cholesterol count is the best way to prevent heart disease, doctors often prescribe statin medications to help cholesterol levels low. Beware: these drugs may not works and can introduce a whole host of other problems.The truth is, your body needs cholesterol in order to function properly. So, it’s no about having lower cholesterol; it’s about having the right type of cholesterol.
The important questions we should ask are:
- How do I get the right type of cholesterol?
- How do I lower my triglycerides and raise my good cholesterol or HDL?
- What’s the best way to prevent heart disease without drugs?
Here are 6 simple steps to lower cholesterol without using statin drugs:
- Cut out flour and sugar. These things turn on the cholesterol factory in your liver.
- Eat the right fats—avocados, nuts, seeds, coconut butter, olive oil, and fish oil. These are the good fats that help balance your blood sugar, balance your insulin, and correct lipid problems.
- Have protein for breakfast and at every meal (nuts, seeds, eggs, chicken, fish, grass-fed meats).
- Manage your stress.
- Take supplements:
- Fish oil boosts good cholesterol, lowers triglycerides, and reduces inflammation.Take 2-4 grams.
- PGX super fiber helps lower triglycerides and lower cholesterol in the right way. Take a scoop or five grams in a glass of water about 10 minutes before every meal. It’s a very simple but very powerful way to help you balance your insulin.
- Red rice yeast helps balance cholesterol. Take 600 mg twice a day.
- Plant sterols (phytosterols) help to balance insulin, blood sugar, and cholesterol.
According to Dr. Mark Hyman, with these 6 steps "people getting better cholesterol off medication than on medication."
For more information go to Dr. Mark Hyman blog.