Natural Ways to Lower Your Triglycerides
By Sara Butler
Everyone is concerned about their blood cholesterol levels, but your triglyceride levels are just as – if not more- important! High triglyceride levels in your blood can lead to a host of health problems. So, what can you do to help control them? Read on to find out!
The Danger of High Triglycerides
If you have high triglycerides, it can increase your chances of developing:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
High triglyceride levels in your blood can also be an indication of a metabolic syndrome that combines high levels with fat around the waist, high blood sugar, and high blood pressure. It may also mean your good cholesterol levels (HDL) are low. So, taking your triglyceride levels seriously is very important to your overall health.
Are Your Levels High?
When you have blood work done, your triglycerides should be under 150 mg/dL. Higher than that puts you in the borderline high (150-199 mg/dL), high (200-499 mg/dL) and extremely high (500 mg/dL and above) category, and can have serious health consequences.
Causes of High Levels
High triglyceride levels have been connected to many things. Your reason for high levels may include:
- Lifestyle – If you smoke, eat a high-calorie diet, drink alcohol regularly and don’t exercise it increases your risk.
- Medical conditions – Conditions such as hypothyroidism, kidney disease, and uncontrolled diabetes can also raise your levels.
- Miscellaneous – If you take certain medications such as steroids or some birth control, are overweight or have other genetic factors, it may cause high levels.
How to Lower Your Levels Naturally
There are several ways in which you can lower your triglyceride levels naturally. One of the best ways is maintaining a healthy weight. By controlling your weight you can better control your levels. Maintaining a healthy weight also helps you to avoid or reduce your risk for other health issues.
Regular exercise is also an excellent way to reduce your levels. Not only does it help you to maintain a healthy weight it also improves your circulation and lowers your risk for heart disease. Aim to exercise two to three times a week and that should have an impact on your triglyceride levels.
What you eat can also help to keep your levels in check. A diet full of healthy fats, whole grains, fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables and lean protein is an excellent way to stay healthy and keep your levels in a healthy range.
If you need more advice on how to improve your health, your chiropractor is a great resource.