A Natural Approach To Health
Living With High Triglycerides
I had a question the other day about high triglycerides.
Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood.
Your body uses them for energy.
You need some triglycerides for good health.
But high triglycerides can raise your risk of heart disease and may be a sign of metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is the combination of high blood pressure, high blood sugar, too much fat around the waist, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and high triglycerides.
Metabolic syndrome increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
A blood test that measures your cholesterol also measures your triglycerides.
For a general idea about your triglycerides level, compare your test results to the following:
>Normal is less than 150.
>Borderline-high is 150 to 199.
>High is 200 to 499.
>Very high is 500 or higher.
High triglycerides are usually caused by other conditions, like:
>Poorly controlled diabetes.
>An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).
>Regularly eating more calories than you burn.
>Drinking a lot of alcohol.
Certain medicines may also raise triglycerides.
These medicines include:
>Birth control pills.
In a few cases, high triglycerides can run in families.
High triglycerides usually don’t cause symptoms.
But if your high triglycerides are caused by a genetic condition, you may see fatty deposits under your skin.
To lower your triglycerides you can make diet and lifestyle changes to help lower your levels.
You also may need medicine to help lower your triglycerides, but your doctor likely will ask you to try diet and lifestyle changes first.
To deal with high triglycerides it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Increase exercise and movement as much as possible.
*Increase stress and relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc. Consider energy medicine.
*Address emotional connections.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing; consume fresh garlic and onions.
*Increase fiber intake; ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Investigate use of herbs (hawthorn, valerian).
*Monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and homocysteine levels.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Decrease “hidden allergies”.
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Decrease excess weight, particularly around your mid-section.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Investigate possible connection to dental procedures; consult a holistic dentist.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Decrease processed meats, deli meats (nitrates).