My triglycerides have been increasing the past few years.
Q. Dear Terry, “My triglycerides have been increasing the past few years. I know I need to change my diet and exercise more. Are there other natural things I can try?” — Blake P., Fairbanks, AK
A. Dear Blake, Triglycerides are a type of fat found in our blood. When you eat a snack or meal, your body converts any calories it doesn’t immediately need into triglycerides. The triglycerides are then stored in your fat cells. Our hormones then release triglycerides for energy between meals. Maintaining healthy cholesterol and triglyceride balance is crucial for optimal wellness.
I think diet is incredibly important in reducing triglyceride levels. I would start by eliminating refined sugar and carbohydrates, and I highly recommend trying the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet is the one I personally follow and you can review my diet here or watch my webinar. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
One of my favorite ingredients for triglyceride balance is omega-3 fatty acids from Atlantic salmon, which are naturally bound to phospholipids. This results in a supplement that is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. I would take omega-3 fatty acids from salmon once or twice per day.
Another very powerful ingredient is a fruit called Amla, or Indian Gooseberry. Amla has been a part of Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Modern research has shown that Amla is incredibly beneficial for treating heart disease. Amla has antioxidant properties, which prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, one of the first steps in heart disease. It can also increase levels of HDL – the good, protective form of cholesterol. I would take Amla once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally