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Cholesterol Balance


MaxLiving Perspective

Incorporating 5 Essentials™

Cholesterol is a waxy substance produced by the liver. Cholesterol travels in the bloodstream as two different compounds, high-density lipoproteins (HDL) and low-density lipoproteins (LDL).(1) Cholesterol as a whole is not bad. Actually, your body needs cholesterol to produce hormones, vitamin D, and bile acid. HDL is sometimes known as “good cholesterol” because it works to clean out the aterties, while LDL narrows and hardens arteries.(2) 

Talk with your healthcare professional about incorporating these and other strategies to help balance cholesterol levels and support cardiovascular health, naturally.

Core Chiropractic

Core Chiropractic

  • Get a chiropractic exam. The fundamental premise of chiropractic care is to balance the spine to support the health and integrity of the central nervous system, which controls all systems of the body, including the cardiovascular system.

  • Maintain regular chiropractic care. Your chiropractor may specifically assess your spinal structure as it relates to the health of the cardiac plexus and other nerves associated with circulation and endocrine support. (3)

Nutrition

Nutrition

  • Eliminate refined carbohydrates, like pasta, bread, and crackers. Processed carbohydrates have been shown to increase cholesterol production by the liver.(4)

  • Increase consumption of organic, raw vegetables. Research shows that including nutrient-rich raw vegetables is very beneficial to your overall health, including cholesterol levels.(5)

  • Keep red meat consumption to two servings per week or less. Instead consume lean meats like cold-water, wild caught fish. Research shows that high consumption of certain meats, like red meat, negatively affects cholesterol levels.(6)

  • Eliminate refined and hydrogenated oils, including vegetable oil, peanut oil, and fried foods. These foods are extremely inflammatory and damaging and may lead to cholesterol imbalance.(7)(8)

  • Choose healthy fats, like avocado, raw nuts, and raw olive oil. All fats aren’t created equal, and many fats have heart-benefiting properties! One study found that people who ate one avocado per day experience a 13.5 ml/dL decrease in LDL cholesterol.(9)

Mindset

Mindset

  • Learn to manage stress. (10) Stress can increase LDL cholesterol and decrease HDL cholesterol, leading to issues and imbalance.(11) Practice techniques to manage stress such as utilizing social support and practicing gratitude daily. (12)(13)

  • Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night. (14) Due to busy schedules, sleep can frequently be sent to the back burner. However, a pattern of sleep deficiencies can increase LDL cholesterol levels.(15)

Oxygen and Exercise

Oxygen & Exercise

  • Exercise regularly. Exercise is critically important for heart health and cholesterol levels. Exercise, especially high-intensity, short duration exercise may help improve HDL cholesterol levels.(16) Aim to practice high-intensity, short-duration exercise at least 3-4 times per week.


    Please consult with your healthcare practitioner before starting any exercise program.  

Minimize Toxins

Minimize Toxins

  • Avoid smoking. Smoking is considered to be a considerable risk factor, causing about one out of every four cardiovascular disease deaths. (17) There are over 4,000 chemicals in smoke which work together to narrow blood vessels. (17)(18)

  • Limit exposure to environmental toxins. Environmental factors, such as pollution, can contribute to the risk, recurrence, and severity of heart disease.(19)

Minimize Toxins

Tests

  • If you have any concerns about your weight, please consult with your healthcare practitioner about performing the proper blood tests.

Minimize Toxins

Nutrient Support*

Talk to your healthcare practitioner about including these and/or any other nutraceuticals in your dietary practices.

Cholesterol Balance Nutraceutical Recommendations

Nutraceutical

Red Yeast Rice + CoQ10

Plant Sterols +

Curcumin +

Instructions for Use

Two capsules per day at bedtime.

One softgel three times per day with meals.

 Two capsules daily with a meal.

Daily Essentials for Men or Women

Nutraceutical

Two (2) capsules of Multivitamin (Men's or Women's)

One (1) capsule of Vitamin D3 + Probiotics

One (1) capsule of B-Complex with Delayed Release

Two (2) softgels of Optimal Omega

Two (2) capsules of Magnesium Glycinate

Instructions for Use



One packet daily with a meal.



Cholesterol Balance Bundle

Daily Essentials for Men or Women

Never modify any medications or other medical advice without your healthcare practitioner’s support.

*For optimal results, we recommend you perform a metabolic analysis profile test, which tests for key biomarkers that identify nutritional deficiencies, toxicities, bacterial overgrowth, and drug effects. Talk with your MaxLiving Chiropractor about the Metabolix Program to get tested and be able to obtain a more customized health plan.

References

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2. Cholesterol. Medlineplus.gov. https://medlineplus.gov/cholesterol.html. Accessed May 5, 2021.
3. Special chiropractic adjustment lowers blood pressure among hypertensive patients with misaligned c-1 vertebra. Uchicagomedicine.org. https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/forefront/news/special-chiropractic-adjustment-lowers-blood-pressure-among-hypertensive-patients-with-misaligned-c1. Published March 13, 2007. Accessed May 5, 2021.
4. Ma Y, Chiriboga DE, Olendzki BC, Menjun L, Leung K, Hafner AR, et al. Association between Carbohydrate Intake and Serum Lipids. J Am Coll Nutr. 2006;25(2):155-163. doi: 10.1080/07315724.2006.10719527.
5. Koebnick C, Garcia AL, Dagnelie PC, Strassner C, Lindemans J, Katz N, Leizmann C, Hoffmann I, et al. Long-term consumption of a raw food diet is associated with favorable serum LDL cholesterol and triglycerides but also with elevated plasma homocysteine and low serum HDL cholesterol in humans. J Nutr. 2005;135(10):2372-8. doi: 10.1093/jn/135.10.2372.
6. McManus KD. When it comes to cholesterol levels, white meat may be no better than red meat – and plant-based protein beats both. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/when-it-comes-to-cholesterol-levels-white-meat-may-be-no-better-than-red-meat-and-plant-based-protein-beats-both-2019082217550. Published August 22, 2019. Accessed May 5, 2021.
7. Iqbal MP. Trans fatty acids – A risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Pak J Med Sci. 2014;30(1):194-197. doi: 10.12669/pjms.301.4525.
8. DiNicolantonio JJ, O’Keefe JH. Omega-6 vegetable oils as a driver of coronary heart disease: the oxidized linoleic acid hypothesis. Open Heart. 2018;5(2):e000898. doi: 10.1136/openhrt-2018-000898.
9. Wang L, Bordi PL, Fleming JA, Hill AM, Kris-Etherton PM, et al. Effect of a Moderate Fat Diet With and Without Avocados on Lipoprotein Particle Number, Size and Subclasses in Overweight and Obese Adults: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. J Am Heart Assoc. 2015;4(1):e001355. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.114.001355.
10. Tello M. A positive mindset can help your heart. Health.harvard.edu. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/a-positive-mindset-can-help-your-heart-2019021415999. Published February 14, 2019. Updated March 6, 2019. Accessed May 5, 2021.
11. Assadi SN. What are the effects of psychological stress and physical work on blood lipid profiles? Medicine (Baltimore). 2017;96(18):e6816. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000006816.
12. Cadzow RB, Servoss TJ, et al. The association between perceived social support and health among patients at a free urban clinic. J Natl Med Assoc. 2009;101(3):243-50. doi: 10.1016/s0027-9684(15)30852-x.
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14. Suni E. How Much Sleep Do We Really Need? sleepfoundation.org. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need. Updated March 9, 2021. Accessed May 5, 2021.
15. Kaneita Y, Uchiyama M, Yoshiike N, Ohida T, et al. Associations of Usual Sleep Duration with Serum Lipid and Lipoprotein Levels. Sleep. 2008;31(5):645-652. doi: 10.1093/sleep/31.5.645.
16. Kravitz L. Metabolic Effects of HIIT. IDEA Fitness Journal. 2014;11(5):16-18. https://www.unm.edu/~lkravitz/Article%20folde/metabolicEffectsHIIT.html#:~:text=The%20researchers%20elucidate%20that%20HIIT,cholesterol%20and%20blood%20triglycerides%20levels. Published 2014. Accessed May 5, 2021.
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