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“CHOLESTEROL”- STAY COOL

So yes I am back to blogging after quiet a long break since my Fitness centre work ¬†and my Personal Fitness Trainer certification course kept me really occupied. Yes, I passed out with Distinction and now I am a K11 Fitness Academy certified Personal Trainer as well ūüôā

Coming to the point.It makes me feel disgusted to see that even today ¬†nutritionists and dietitians are talking the same old language. I mean, in this age of ¬†technology where we have access to most of the scientific researches being done we have all the chances of upgrading our knowledge, but myths are still seen to be followed blindly. ¬†I am here¬†to burst the most hyped¬†myth related to “CHOLESTEROL” which is “HIGH CHOLESTEROL CAUSES HEART¬†DISEASE”.

“No diet will remove all the FAT from your body because the BRAIN is ENTIRELY FAT. Without a brain you might look good but all you could do is run for public office”

– George Bernard Shaw

In India today almost every other household has at least 1 person taking Statin medications for their “High cholesterol”.

It’s time we understand the “BIG CHOLESTEROL MYTH” and understand the “TRUTH” about cholesterol and its importance.

In April 2015 the USDA reversed their 30 year long stand on cholesterol. – mention since we follow western countries on food choices more than sticking to our roots

Dr. David Perlmutter says in his book “Grain Brain” that we are increasingly challenging our physiology by consuming ingredients for which we are not genetically prepared”. Whenever we are diagnosed with any kind of DIS-EASE we are never asked to stop eating packaged foods which contain bijilion artificial ingredients which are foreign to our body. For ex. A person diagnosed with high cholesterol is immediately put off all kinds of FAT including the natural ones like the famous “Egg YOLK” but are not asked to 1st stop eating “BISCUITS” infect 90% of the time “1 cup tea/coffee + 2 marie biscuit” is part of the diet plan suggested.

Cholesterol is one of the “most misunderstood” molecule. According to Dr. John Abramson, the professor of medicine at Harvard University, cholesterol is not even considered to be high risk in and of itself and cholesterol is vital to many of the body’s important functions. Cholesterol is an integral part of the cell membrane. It is also the “Parent” molecule of some of the body’s most important compounds including sex hormones and vitamin D (J.Bowden, pp 12). It is proven that vast majority of the cholesterol is made in our body by the liver and if we get more cholesterol from the diet the liver makes less of it and vice versa. We need cholesterol. Dr. Jonny Bowden, clearly states in his book, 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth that “Dietary cholesterol (the kind found in egg yolk) has minimal impact on serum cholesterol (the kind your doctor checks through blood test)” – (J.Bowden, pp 12).

Read more on egg yolk here- https://radhinaturalhealth.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/eggs-yet-another-victim-of-nutritional-myths/

Few points by Dr. Jonny Bowden¬†in his talk on his book “The Great Cholesterol Myth”

  1. “High cholesterol and heart disease are not the same thing”
  2. “Cholesterol does not cause heart disease and not even a good predictor of it”.

Dr. David Perlmutter also states that cholesterol is one of the most important player in maintaining your brain health and function. He states that high levels of the good kind of dietary fat (not the trans fats), have been proven to be the key to good health and peak brain function. (D. Perlmutter, Grain Brain).

As Dr. Jonny Bowden stated on the Dr. Oz Show: ‚ÄúTrying to prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol is like trying to reduce calories by taking the lettuce off your double cheeseburger. It‚Äôs not that the lettuce doesn‚Äôt have any calories ‚Äď it‚Äôs that lettuce is the wrong target.‚ÄĚ

He also states¬†than in¬†trying to prevent heart disease ,cholesterol is the wrong target to investigate. Dr. Bowden says ‚ÄúWe fervently believe that neither cholesterol nor fat is the major villain in the American diet ‚Äď sugar is.‚ÄĚ I would like to add that this is true for our Indian diet as well. We are predominantly eating¬†carbs, sugars. The types and amount of biscuits, cakes, pastries (based on foreign diet) + indian sweets to add to these, today we are at par with if not crossing “the american diet”.

Ok coming back to cholesterol, if not cholesterol, what should we be paying attention to? you may ask.

Pay attention to these 4:-

According to Dr. Jonny Bowden¬†They are so insidious and so systemic that he named them ‚ÄúThe Four Horsemen of Aging.‚ÄĚ

They are:

  • Inflammation
  • Oxidation
  • Sugar
  • Stress

“Inflammation, oxidation, sugar and stress will kill you. Cholesterol won‚Äôt”.

– Dr. Jonny Bowden

There is a lot more to discuss on the topic of cholesterol (HDL,LDL cholesterol and their impact) which is beyond the scope of mentioning in this 1 write up so i have given you some useful links and you can further read the mentioned books for detailed info.

I can go on and on about the goods of cholesterol but for now it is important that the one “Greatest” myth about cholesterol is well understood and i do not mean to bore you either ;P but, if any of your are further interested in reading more research studies you may go thru this article published in The Telegraph.co.uk on 13th June 2016¬†http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/06/12/high-cholesterol-does-not-cause-heart-disease-new-research-finds/

Stay tuned for a better understanding on the above four “Horsemen of Aging” ūüôā

 

** The above information is for educational purposes only. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. **

 

Reference:-

Bowden,J, Ph.D.,C.N.S(2007). The 150 Healthiest foods on earth. Pp:74-75 Beverly,M. A: Fair Winds Press.

Perlmutter,D. MD., Loberg, K (2014).Grain Brain. The Surprising Truth About wheat, carbs, and sugar¬†– Your brain’s silent killers.Yellow Kite Books, London, UK.

 

 

 

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The magical “Aloe Vera”

              

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†“Aloe Vera”,¬†a plant that most of us know as a “healing plant”¬†for its external¬†application benefits.¬†This¬†plant¬†cannot be beaten as an external wound healer, especially for burns.¬†¬†Aloe has much more to offer than¬†merely its skin clearing properties. Aloe plant has remarkable health enhancing and medicinal properties.¬†

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† More than¬†240 species of aloe are now identified and grown mainly in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Out of these 240 species, 4 are recognised¬†as having significant nutritional value. “Aloe barbadensis¬†miller” is the leader. The aloe leaf is shown¬†to contain at least¬†75 nutrients and more than¬†200 active compounds. It also contains¬†20 minerals, 20 of the total 22 essential¬†amino acids and 12 vitamins. According to juice authority Steve Meyerowitz, aloe vera juice contains vitamins, minerals and nutrients including B1,B2,B3,B6,C, choline, calcium, copper, manganese, potassium, silicon (Bowden,2007).

  Key uses and health benefits:

  • Whole leaves and fresh or dehydrated juice from aloe plant are used for wound healing.
  • Externally used for burns, sunburns, wounds, insect bites, scars etc.
  • ¬†Several studies show aloe having antibacterial and antifungal activities against a number of organisms, especially skin pathogens.
  • Reduces inflammation, speeds up healing and relieves irritation as it heals.
  • Aloe vera juice eases internal inflammation.

            The gel from the aloe leaf is shown to reduce inflammation and it also shows antibacterial effects. When applied on the skin it acts by relieving pain, itching and swelling. According to a report in the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology, aloe decreases the surgical recovery time.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Aloe juice is shown¬†to ease internal inflammation as well. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory action in the digestive system and is often recommended by experts for heartburn and to ease constipation. Internally aloe has laxative and cathartic effects which explains its¬†recommendation to ease constipation. According to a study mentioned in the Journal of Alternative Medicine, aloe vera juice can be¬†effective¬†in inflammatory bowel disease. In this study, 10 patients were give 2 ounces of aloe vera juice three times a day, for 7 days. After a week it was found that, all patients were cured of diarrhea, 4 had improved bowel regularity and 3 reported increased energy. The researchers concluded that aloe helped rebalance the intestine by “regulating gastrointestinal pH while improving gastrointestinal motility, increasing stool specific gravity, and reducing populations of certain fecal microorganisms, including yeast.” (Bowden,2007,pp 272). Several other studies have shown that aloe vera juice helps to detoxify the bowel, neutralize stomach acidity, relieve constipation and gastric ulcers.

CAUTION:

Experts recommend taking necessary precautions while using aloe internally because of its laxative and cathartic effects. Should not be used during pregnancy since it is shown to stimulate uterine contractions.

** The above information is for educational purposes only. There is absolutely no intension to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any health problems or diseases. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment, advice on diet, herb and exercise.**

References:

1.Bowden, J, Ph.D., C.N.S, (2007). The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,

     Beverly,M.A.: Fair Winds Press.

2. Kidd, R, D.V.M., Ph.D., (2000). Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Dog Care, North Adams, M.A.:¬†Storey Publishing.