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What if I told you tap water and homogenized milk may be two of the biggest culprits in skyrocketing rates of high cholesterol? Cholesterol is actually being produced by our own bodies all of the time as a natural mechanism to combat oxidation when our bodies are diseased. Therefore, if we are not well, our cholesterol levels are likely to be higher regardless of what we eat that contains cholesterol. Having too low of a cholesterol level is just as bad as having too high.
Avoiding eggs and other foods that naturally contain cholesterol may not be the best solution, nor taking
cholesterol-lowering drugs with their plethora of harmful side effects. For example, eggs are actually extremely healthy in moderation, being that they contain nutrients present at the beginning of life. Fatty meats are often harmful simply because fats store toxins, and animals not raised naturally have often been injected with antibiotics, hormones, steroids, and graze on grounds containing pesticides and fertilizer residue.
Two of the most harmful, and most common, everyday products we are ingesting that contribute to high cholesterol, and thus plaque in the arteries, are homogenized milk and chemically-treated tap water.
The explanation is far more complicated than I will cover here, but basically homogenizing milk involves the breaking down of fat particles to such a small size that the milk looks nice and smooth with no chunks of cream, but these smaller fat particles can permeate the intestines and end up in your blood stream. On the other hand, fresh unhomogenized milk from the farm, assuming the cows have not been exposed to chemicals, with its cream floating to the top, is natural and not a harmful form of fat. The larger fat molecules pass through the digestive system and nutrients are properly absorbed without fat entering the bloodstream. This cream, of course, can also be skimmed off the top of the milk and used for other purposes.
Studies have shown that many of the chemicals present in tap water that were added to kill bacteria, such as chlorine, often react with and oxidize cholesterol already in the body, forming a gummy substance (plaque) that actually sticks to, and clogs, the arteries. And there are many more
dangerous side effects of drinking chemically-treated
What can you do about it? If you want to
lower your cholesterol, which is not an easy task once your body is not
functioning properly regardless how much cholesterol you eliminate in your diet,
first eliminate homogenized milk and stop drinking and cooking with tap water
whenever possible. If you can't always get unhomogenized milk, such as from a
health store or organic farm, then fat-free regular organic milk is the next
best choice so you're not getting chemicals nor as much cholesterol. If you can
afford it, put a good filter in your bathtub or shower and/or install a
whole-house distillation system, as even bathing in chemically treated water is
harmful because it absorbs through your pores, and chemicals in the steam are
And don't think you can turn to bottled waters -- sometimes bottled waters are
no better, as they can contain runoff from groundwater containing pesticides and
fertilizers that are not removed and do not have to be reported. If the bottle
says it has been purified by both reverse osmosis and carbon/charcoal
treatments, it may be less contaminated. The healthiest water available today
for purchase is probably distilled water, at least for short-term
detoxification, which most closely mimics the sun's natural way of purifying
water, but since it contains no minerals or trace elements from the soil,
long-term a highly-purified spring water may be best.
The most effective natural way to bind and pull
cholesterol out of your body and avoid chemicals is by eating organic fruits and
vegetables, and whole grains that haven't been processed or "enriched"
by synthetic means such as bleached white breads, white rice, white pasta, etc. (Learn more about the dangers of
products) Since your body has been overoxidizing, antioxidants may also help speed recovery, and hence indirectly lower cholesterol. There are natural and safe cholesterol-lowering supplements available at health stores, including plant-based
polycosinol, but always check to make sure there are no
supplement, herb, or drug interactions if you are, or plan to continue, taking medications concurrently. Never stop medications abruptly. And lastly, since much of our soil has been depleted of minerals from chemicals, and most processed foods lack sufficient vitamins, most people should always take a potent natural vitamin and mineral supplement to help speed healing and to maintain
For more information on how to lower cholesterol and treat other health conditions,
go to http://www.angelfire.com/folk/naturalife/disease.html
To learn how to avoid toxins in our food and environment that can lead to disease, and improve your health through lifestyle changes that will help your body heal itself naturally,
you can take control of your life at http://www.angelfire.com/folk/naturalife/control.html