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Hiperlipidemia: Lowering Lipid Levels the Natural Way

Written by: Rebecca Baird, April 20, 2010

Excessive triglyceride levels are caused by processed sugars and refined food products, so it is reasonable that healing begins with natural products and a diet which has little, if any, refined foods in it. Eating fewer simple carbohydrates and eating more healthy fats can aid the body in breaking down fat stores to use for energy. This helps lower triglycerides in the blood (Schwarzbein and Deville, 1999).

Cheeses, cream, milk, and butter should be made from whole milk and if possible unpasteurized as raw milk has been shown to be superior to pasteurized milk in protecting against infection, diarrhea, tooth decay, and many types of cancer (Weston A. Price Foundation, 2000). Foods which contain saturated fat, such as whole milk and cheese, do not cause fat build-up in the blood, in the form of triglycerides, and do not cause heart disease. The most recent information concerning this comes from a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The data which was gathered “concluded that there is no relationship between the intake of saturated fat and the incidence of heart disease or stroke” (Siri-Tarino, et al, 2010).

The foods which will aid in lowering her triglyceride count are meat and poultry which are hormone-free, antibiotic-free and if possible organic. Eggs are a great source of protein and do not contribute to cholesterol levels in the blood (BBC News, 2009). Cheese should be used in moderation unless it is made from unprocessed milk. Fish and shellfish are great sources of protein; stay away from canned or processed fish which may contain nitrates. Nuts and seeds are a good source of non-essential proteins and a source of good fat. Packaged meats and deli meats all contain high amounts of sodium and preservatives and should be avoided. Avoid holding meats for long periods of time in the refrigerator because the oxidization process begins within a few days and can be the cause of free radical damage within the body. Fats are necessary for the absorption of many fat soluble vitamins. Fats which are good for cooking are canola oil, grape seed oil, olive oil and peanut oil. Cold pressed oils are the best oils to use. Non starchy vegetables, which are fibrous in content, slow down digestion. Eating many non starchy vegetables at each meal is a good way to help lower lipid levels in the blood. Avoid eating any processed grains; the body needs the whole grain and all nutrients which are available from the grain (Fallon and Enig, 1999-2001). Also only eat whole grain bread or organic grain bread. Citrus fruits have been linked to lower lipid blood levels as well as lowering the risk of some cancers. Many fresh organic fruits, such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and cherries are responsible for fighting off free radicals and lowering lipid levels in the blood (Hunter, 2006).

BBC News (2009). Regular eggs ‘no harm to health’. Retrieved on April 16, 2010 from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7882850.stm.

Fallon, S. and Enig, M. G. (1999, 2001). Nourishing Traditions. The cookbook that challenges politically correct nutrition and diet dictocrats. Revised second edition. New Trends Publishing, Inc. Washington, DC.

Hunter, B. (2006). A Whole Foods Primer. A comprehensive, instructive, and enlightening guide to the world of whole foods. Basic Health Publications, Inc. Laguna Beach, CA.

Schwarzbein, D. and Deville, N. (1999). The Schwarzbein Principle. Published by Health Communications, Inc. Deerfield Beach, FL.

Siri-Tarino, P., Sun, Q., Hu, F. & Krauss, R. (January 13, 2010) Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Retrieved on April 18, 2010 from http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/ajcn.2009.27725v1.

Weston A. Price Foundation (2000) What’s Wrong with “Politically Correct” Nutrition? Health Topics – ABC’s of Nutrition. Retrieved on April 20, 2010 from http://www.westonaprice.org/What-s-Wrong-with-Politically-Correct-Nutrition.html.