Thursday, October 22, 2009

Disease and Illness Prevention

  • Triglycerides are a type of fat that travels in the bloodstream along with cholesterol. They are the storage form of fat. For some people, high triglycerides in the blood are a risk factor for heart disease.
  • Recommended ways to lower triglycerides are weight loss, exercise, and reducing consumption of alcohol or carbohydrates, especially sugars.
  • You don’t need to resort to nasty methods to “cleanse” your body. We have our own blood purification system (organs) to protect us from toxins.]
  • The DASH Diet can be good for those who suffer from hypertension, aka high blood pressure. DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) is rich in vegetables and fruit, low in saturated fat and cholesterol and uses low-fat dairy products. Recent studies find this diet lowers blood cholesterol levels as well.
  • Common factors among those with high HDL (good cholesterol) levels are being a healthy weight, exercising, drinking alcohol in moderation and being a non-smoker. Being a female also helps.
  • Many clients who come to me with migraines find relief when they start eating more consistently throughout the day, which prevents hunger-related headaches.
  • Have your cholesterol checked every five years.
  • If you need to lower your triglycerides, start by cutting down on refined starches, sugars and alcohol.
  • Those with high cholesterol don’t have to avoid seafood. To lower cholesterol, cut down on saturated fats. Seafoods are high in cholesterol but not saturated fats. You can eat shellfish; just don't eat them in the same meal as butter or animal-type fats.
  • Don’t waste your dollars on hair analysis for diagnosing nutritional problems and toxins. According to a recent study, hair samples sent to six labs produced varying and often opposite results.
  • When on long flights, wear loose clothing, eat light meals, avoid drinking too much alcohol and get up frequently to lessen the risk of potentially fatal blood clots. Sitting still for long periods can cause the condition.
  • Another way to reduce your risk of heart disease is by lowering the homocysteine level in your blood. This can be achieved by eating lots of fruits and vegetables to increase your folate and B6 intake.
  • If your cholesterol is low, eat well but do not follow a low-cholesterol diet. Recent research has found that people with too low cholesterol levels are also at risk for heart disease. Check your cholesterol levels with your doctor.
  • A study of nearly 80,000 American women adds to evidence that eating fish may be healthful, suggesting that even modest amounts can significantly reduce the risk for the most common type of stroke.
  • High blood pressure is the second-leading cause of kidney failure. Losing weight helps lower your blood pressure and reduces the severity of kidney failure.