Having an elevated triglyceride count can be dangerous to your health. Over time, high triglycerides can cause heart attacks, strokes and even death. If your triglycerides are high, it does not necessarily mean that medication is your only line of defense. There are a number of alternatives to medication that can help lower your count. This article will explain what triglycerides are, and explore natural ways to bring and keep your triglyceride count within normal limits naturally.
What Are Triglycerides?
Triglycerides are a form of fat that is found in the food that we eat on a daily basis. Some amounts of triglycerides are important because the body utilizes it for fuel or energy, but too much fat in the blood can lead to clogging in the blood vessels and arteries, leading to a heart attack or stroke. A healthy triglyceride count is considered to be 150 or lower.
Natural Ways to Lower Triglycerides
One of the best ways to lower your triglycerides is to get moving, especially if you are overweight. Obesity plays a huge role in an elevated triglyceride count, not to mention other health issues. Regardless of your current body composition, it is important to implement consistent exercise in your daily life. Many people who are not overweight do not think that exercise is a necessity, and are hugely mistaken. Some great ways to implement exercise into your daily routine include; walking for at least thirty minutes a day (either outside or on a treadmill), taking an aerobics class, or even a dance class. Again consistency is key.
Triglycerides are found in most of the foods we consume, and are not necessarily bad for the body. It is when there is an over abundance of fat floating in the blood that problems begin. Fat as a whole has gotten a bad name in recent years. Fat is essential in your diet. Fat is necessary for energy, and to absorb certain vitamins. The idea is not to stay away from foods that contain fat; it is to consume the right fats in an amount that is healthy. Healthy fats are considered to be monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These fats are found in olive oil, peanut oil, some plants and fish. Unhealthy fats that should be eaten in moderation are saturated fats or trans fats. These fats are found in dairy, cookies, crackers, and most foods that are processed, especially the ones containing sugar. To naturally lower your triglycerides, limit (or avoid altogether until your triglyceride count is within normal limits) foods that are high in sugar. This doesn’t just mean the cookies and cake, it also includes alcohol. The easiest way to determine what fats are in the foods that you consume is to read nutrition labels on the foods you eat. A trick to help tell the difference between the good and bad fats is most unfavorable fats become solid at room temperature. These are the fats that should be eaten in moderation or avoided if your triglyceride count is elevated.
All Natural Supplements
If your triglyceride count is elevated, there are a number of all natural supplements that may help to lower your count and make dietary changes more bearable. Fish oil contains omega three fatty acids which is are considered to be the good fats mentioned above. Consuming fiber or psyllium powder can reduce your triglyceride count and makes you feel fuller longer. Garlic is also said to help lower triglycerides (as well as blood pressure). Before implementing any supplements, speak with your physician to ensure that they are not contraindicated with your current health care plan, especially if you are on any medications.