Natural Alternatives to Statins

Billed as a fast and effective way to remove high cholesterol levels. Many people are taking Statins instead of thinking about the other, more natural, ways that cholesterol can be reduced.

If you take Statins you can become much more prone to muscle pain. Many users of the drug report aches and pains all over their body, with, in some cases, muscle mass even reducing. These muscle problems become even more pronounced if you take other medications at the same time. Also, like many unnatural drugs, Statins has a damaging effect on the liver, being a key cause in liver problems. It is also possible to start suffering from problems with thinking while taking Statins, with lapses in memory all too common.

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There are also financial implications to taking Statins. If you are planning on taking a holiday any time soon, your insurance premiums can actually go up because of the higher risks involved in people who take this drug.

Do not substitute this for actual advice from an expert as many cases require treatment that CAN NOT be remedied with natural options.  These natural options may only be helpful in addition to treatments, again consult with a medical professional before self treating or self diagnosing. 


Changing your diet

Of course, the first step is to see if there are any places that you can find to reduce your intake of cholesterol.

Going vegetarian, or even vegan, can really help out here. As well as being kinder on the planet and healthier on your body in many ways, getting rid of animal products from your diet is one quick and easy way to get rid of the cholesterol in your system. Replacing, for example, your breakfast bacon with strips of tofu can dramatically decrease your cholesterol, removing the need for Statins. And, see further below for the other great benefit of adding tofu to your diet!

If you aren’t ready to fully get rid of all meat, you can make changes by switching to lower fat versions of your normal food. Look for lower fat bacon, replace your butter with an healthier alternative, and look at replacing your cheeses with cottage cheese.

Exercise

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The other quick way to start depleting your cholesterol is to start engaging in active exercise. You will want to focus on anything that gets your heart beating, so instead of weights, try a few rounds on the treadmill.

If you don’t want to fork out the cost of an expensive gym membership, you can always start doing some of these exercises at home. Just go out for a morning jog, or start traveling to the shops on your bike instead of taking the car.

Going to the gym, or engaging in any kind of exercise, will also reduce your weight, which is another important consideration when trying to limit your cholesterol and remove Statins from your daily routine.

Drinking tea

Drinking black tea has been shown to limit cholesterol levels without the need for expensive Statins. By having a cup or two a day, you increase the amount of natural anti-inflammatory chemicals in your body, allowing your body to better break down cholesterol.

If you want to avoid the caffeine content of black tea, green tea can work just as well. If you look for an organic version in your local whole foods you can make sure that you are drinking a naturally caffeine reduced tea.

Eat more nuts

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Nuts are a natural way to beat cholesterol levels. Simply replacing your unhealthy snacks with a bowl of nuts is a great way to see yourself through the day, keep your energy levels up, and remove cholesterol without resorting to Statins.

You will want to make sure to eat natural nuts. That is, ones that haven’t had any after market salt or spices added to them.

One of the best nuts to start eating are walnuts. This is because they are also high in Omega-3 acids, which also help to naturally lower your body’s cholesterol levels.

Red yeast rice supplements

These have only come onto the market recently, but it is a great thing that this wonder all cure has been found! A great alternative to medically manufactured Statins, Red yeast rice extract can lower cholesterol levels by more than 40%.

This is because red yeast rice is naturally high in monacolins, which directly attack the cholesterol in the body, allowing your body to flush it out without the need for Statins.

Red yeast rice can be found for a low price in many natural shops around the country.

Garlic

You can take garlic either naturally during the course of your day to day cooking or by taking one of the many garlic supplements on the market.

Garlic works almost instantly in reducing cholesterol. It works because Garlic contains a compound that naturally prevents cholesterol from sticking to the walls of your body’s insides.

It’s easy to add Garlic to your diet. As well as a great herbal substitute to Statins, it adds a great taste to many foods. Adding a dash of garlic to soups can help to bring out their flavor, and it is an essential ingredient on baguettes and pizza.

Chocolate

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It’s not just “traditional” natural sources that can help to reduce your cholesterol. Chocolate is also a great natural replacement for Statins.

By eating some dark chocolate, you are providing your body with plenty of anti-toxicants. These anti-toxicants will then provide your blood cells with natural defenses against sticking together.

When looking for dark chocolate in the supermarket, you want to make sure that the one you are buying is high in cacao, as this is the vital ingredient which gives chocolate it’s toxicant fighting properties.

Soya

One other way of naturally reducing cholesterol and removing the need for Statins is to start eating more soya.

There are two main places which you can get this from. The first one is soy based drinks. Most supermarkets now stock soy based milkshakes, beside soya milk. As well as tasty, these drinks will help to combat heart disease and cholesterol in the body, getting rid of your need for Statins.

The other thing you can do is to start eating more tofu. Made out of soy beans, Tofu is a great tasting way to naturally remove your body’s cholesterol. To make a delicious breakfast from tofu, add a small bit of low fat margarine to a pan, and fry small, dried out strips of tofu on a low heat, mixed with a bit of soy sauce, lemon juice, and pepper.

Spinach

Another great natural beater of cholesterol, adding some spinach to your salads is another great way to start reducing your need for Statins.

You can even use the above tip and create a great anti-cholesterol salad by slicing up cubes of tofu and adding a very liberal amount to your new healthy salads.

Or, for an extra kick of cholesterol boosting health, you can also buy tinned soy beans and add them to your salad mix.

Get more sleep

Often overlooked, the amount of sleep you get also has an effect on your levels of cholesterol. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body starts over producing cholesterol in your body to make up for your lack of energy.

If you have insomnia, or other problems getting to sleep, you can cure this in a natural way. If you are the kind of person who reads in bed, or watches movies on a tablet or iPad, then stop doing that and train your body to see your bed as the place you go to sleep in.

You can also try drinking a bit of ginger tea, or burning a bit of lavender oil, before going to sleep. Both of these methods are great at naturally letting you fall into a deep, natural sleep.

Closing Comments

With all of these ways to reduce cholesterol, there is no need to take Statins, unless heavily advised to do so by your doctor.

And the great thing about all of these natural alternatives and remedies for Statins is that they are all cheap. They also allow you to live a healthy and full life, and promote great health in areas other than lowering cholesterol. By following our advice, you can go through each day feeling your best, all the time.




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