Only a small percentage of the population has genetically predetermined high cholesterol; the rest of us can control our reduce bad cholesterol naturally with diet and exercise. So, for most of the population, changing what you eat and increasing your exercise are a much more effective and lasting solution than prescription drugs. Adding acupuncture and Chinese medicinal herbs to your arsenal increases your chances of lowering your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad, cholesterol and keeping it low without side effects.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has several diagnoses for “bad”, or high, cholesterol, including damp phlegm, blood stagnation, spleen deficiency and/or liver-kidney deficiency. In many cases, it’s a combination of these patterns causing the spike. TCM treats your cholesterol specifically with acupuncture and herbal medicine. Also, diet and exercise are critical lifestyle choices that affect change.
Here are some tricks you can do to reduce bad cholesterol naturally:
Reduce the amount of sugar and flour that you eat.
Recent evidence indicates that added sugar – in the form of table sugar (sucrose) or high-fructose corn syrup – is probably a greater contributor to heart disease than saturated fat. Sugar is also an inflammatory food, and the body creates cholesterol to manage the arterial damage caused by the inflammation.
Add cholesterol lowering foods into your diet.
Such as: apples, bananas, carrots, cold water fish, dried beans, garlic, grapefruit, olive oil, vinegar, and high fiber foods, such as brown rice, oats and barley.
Try drinking a cup of tea daily.
Green, oolong and Pu-erh teas are full of flavonoids, the major antioxidants in tea, and other healthy goodies. Drink one cup of hot or iced tea daily and discover the many health benefits.
Take a Vitamin B3 supplement.
Adding a vitamin b supplement such as niacin to your diet can help to lower cholesterol. Be mindful that it can also cause flushing and warm up the body. If these symptoms occur, this may not be the best treatment for you.
Do something you enjoy, finding an activity that is fun for you will help you stick to it. Try yoga, hiking, surfing, rock climbing, walking clubs, mud runs, and more. The possibilities are endless.
Avoid these foods that raise cholesterol levels:
Beer and wine
Aged and cured meats
Greasy and fried foods