Did you know that cholesterol busting statins are the number one selling class of prescription drugs prescribed in the U.S.? Annual sales exceed $27 BILLION. Holy Guacamole! Many people taking these drugs experience a myriad of annoying and/or dangerous side effects. Do not fear…there are natural ways to lower your cholesterol through regular exercise and a diet rich in the following nutrients.
Plant sterols – waxy substance found in greens that are added to many cholesterol lowering food items.
Fish Oil. Where have I heard this before…WE LOVE fish oil…See Fish Oil is King earlier blog
Garlic. We also LOVE garlic…its so good for us!
Red Yeast Rice. This has incredible statin like properties without any of the side effects!
Polycosanol. reduces the production of cholesterol and is derived from sugars.
Guggul. NOT GOOGLE!. a plant that is found in Ayurvedic traditions and can be found in supplements labeled as guggulipids
Niacin. AKA vitamin B3 can raise HDL (good cholesterol) and lower triglycerides (bad blood fats)
Regular exercise including brisk walking and moderate weight training are great examples of heartrate elevating techniques that are proven to help elevate HDLs and lower LDLs Good/Bad cholesterol respectively.
Always check with your physician before embarking on a new exercise regimen or adding any supplements to your diet.
So many people in their 40’s, 50’s and beyond are told that memory loss is a normal part of aging but it doesn’t have to be so. Although some drugs, strokes, head injury, alcoholism, and dementia can impair memory, age-related memory loss and decreased brain power can be stopped and even reversed.
Numerous studies have shown that brain function is directly related to nutritional status. In addition to a healthy diet, a high-potency multivitamin and mineral formula and 3 grams daily of fish oil contain the key nutrients that can reduce the odds of memory loss.
Here are some other brain power nutrients: CoQ10, PQQ, Phosphatidylserine (PS), Curcumin (tumeric), and Fish oil.
As always consult your doctor before taking any new supplements.
Our amazing bodies are continually rebuilding bone tissue. The best way to maintain bone density and keep them strong, prevent osteoporosis and fractures is to do weight bearing exercise ( this includes walking!), maintain a diet rich in fresh veggies, fruits and protein that is low in sodium, and these four vital nutrients.
1. Calcium. We all think of calcium and milk when talking about bone health right? Calcium by itself does help to slow bone loss, however it is most effective when taken with these other nutrients.
2. Magnesium. Just as important as calcium for bone density, magnesium is also important in the activation of Vitamin D.
3. Vitamin D. Many older Americans are deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D taken along with calcium decreases postmenopausal bone loss and helps prevent osteoporosis, and decreases the risk of bone fracture.
4. Vitamin K. Reduces bone loss as well as fracture rates. Green foods are a great source of Vitamin K.
Eat healthy, exercise and work towards keeping a healthy body inside and out!