Dr. Brody’s Natural Approach to Heart Health
First, let’s stop thinking that cholesterol is bad. There is no such thing as bad cholesterol. Cholesterol is a hormone made for your body and it has many different functions: to repair arteries, make sex and stress hormones, help with Vitamin D synthesis and more. We are usually told that we need a total cholesterol level under 200 with the thought being that if you have any higher than that, it can gunk up your arteries and cause heart attacks, strokes and a whole host of other bad things. I would generally agree with this, but your body doesn’t make high cholesterol to kill itself but, instead, it does it to protect itself.
Let me give you an analogy: You notice that your living room needs to be repainted so you decide to spend the day painting it. First, you have to start with preparing the wall by spackling the cracks and holes. This process doesn’t take long. Next, you need to sand down the spackle, put tarps down on the carpet, tape the molding and open the paint cans. You’re finally able to start painting and afterward, you allow the paint to dry. After a few coats of paint, you have beautiful new walls. Now, let’s take this analogy and apply it to cholesterol. The way you spackle the holes in your walls is via the so-called “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. This “bad” cholesterol travels in your bloodstream and finds an artery that needs some repairing. It then lays down some spackle to fill in the hole. After this dries, you need to sand the spackle to make it uniform with the rest of the wall. This is where the so-called “good” (HDL) cholesterol comes into play. It sands down the walls and puts the leftover spackle in the trash. The total of these two types of cholesterols, along with triglycerides is called your “total cholesterol”.
High total cholesterol can become a bad thing when your body has many holes to repair. So your body, in all its wisdom, starts increasing your total cholesterol to keep fixing the walls but this does not address the underlying reason: why are the walls so damaged? Maybe it is due to inflammation, diet, toxins, medications, stress, etc. It is these specific areas that need to be addressed to prevent damage to your arteries.
- SWAMI Diet-A personalized meal plan based on DNA, Blood type, Medical history, etc
- Exercise-The right types of exercises can help protect your heart. Exercising based on your genetics can help you reach your health goals quicker.
Always talk to your doctor before you start any form of natural medicine.
- Vitamin B3-Otherwise known as Niacin can lower ‘bad’ cholesterol and increase ‘good’ cholesterol. Just be cautious of the niacin flush which is usually harmless reaction of blood vessels opening up, causing more blood to flow to your skin. Please contact your doctor if this does happen.
- Fish Oil-This basic oil has been shown to do everything from reducing cholesterol and inflammation to protecting your memory. Just be cautious of where your fish oil is sourced from. Not all fish are safe to consume every day.
Services and Tests To Help You Heal Faster:
- Personalized Nutrition Plan
- EKG (single lead test)
- Oxygen Saturation
- OxyStress Test
- Opus 23 Pro DNA Analysis
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