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An Avocado A Day Keeps Bad Cholesterol Away

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Don’t be ashamed for loving avocados. The feeling is oh-so right and never wrong. They are rich in omega-3s and abundant in other minerals that do some pretty amazing things for your health. In fact, a recent study found that eating one avocado every day may help to naturally lower bad cholesterol levels in people who are overweight and obese.

 

Sometimes avocados are frowned upon because they contain fat and are high in calories. A lot of people don’t realize that their monounsaturated fats can help to lower bad cholesterol. Additionally, they contain potassium, which helps to lower sodium levels in the body, and they are rich in magnesium, which helps to combat stress hormones.

 

The avocado study asked 45 overweight or obese participants to eat the Standard American Diet for two weeks. This diet is comprised of 51% calories from carbs, 34% calories form fat, and 15% calories from protein. This served to get a common baseline test for cholesterol levels. After this two-week period, the participants completed a series of three different diets in a random order. They had to complete a low fat diet (24% of calories from fat) without avocado, a moderate fat diet (34% of calories from fat) with avocado, a moderate fat diet without avocado, and finally a moderate fat diet with a daily serving of one avocado. Each diet lasted 5 weeks.

 

All of the participants were provided the same meals for this diet to make the test uniform. The findings indicated that all of the low and moderate fat diets helped to naturally decrease low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels. It should be noted that someone who eats a Standard American Diet should not expect to have lower cholesterol levels just by eating one avocado a day. If the person continues to eat junk food like grain-based desserts, fried foods, or processed foods, they most likely will not see positive results. Try substituting an avocado for certain junk foods and lower your calories from fat percentage.

 

Avocados aren’t readily available to all parts of the country year round. There are similar unsaturated fats in nuts, seeds, and certain oils. However, lowering cholesterol levels with those foods is not as concrete as the moderate fat avocado diet. So what sets avocados apart from other plant-based foods with monounsaturated fats?

 

As mentioned earlier, avocados are packed with potassium and they have one of the highest protein levels for a fruit. They even have anti-inflammatory properties that have helped people with arthritis. Some of the cholesterol-lowering properties may be attributed to certain properties in avocados that also exist naturally in the plant world. Studies are still being conducted, but a moderate fat (34% fat from calories) with one avocado a day has demonstrated positive cholesterol-lowering results.

 

For creative ways to use avocados, click here.
Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

2017-11-06T17:55:00+00:00

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    Q: My Doctor wants me to start using the Cholesterol medication, Zocor. He says my high cholesterol is due to genetics. I'm not crazy about the idea of using this medication that he says may affect my liver. I've tried lowering the 'bad' cholesterol with diet and exercise. What are my natural food options? Thanks! After you do the full body detox and want to pursue other cleanses do you have to stay on a raw diet. Can you eat cooked beans or the herbs won’t be as effective? I’m a college student and I need food for thought and sometimes things aren’t accessible.

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    I'd recommend you start taking CHOLESTEROL BUSTER, ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD, and INTESTINAL JANITOR (Fiber). Food-wise, all fruits and vegetables will help lower your cholesterol levels. Avoid meat and dairy products if your cholesterol levels are high.

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    Q: My Aunt says that her doctor says her bad cholesterol is high even though she is very careful with her diet because she has been diagnosed with hypertension and diabetes. She would like to do a liver cleanse to see if this would lower her bad cholesterol. Which liver cleanse would you recommend. She is 65 years old.

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    Before the Liver Cleanse, we reccomend your mother perform the Full Body Cleanse (while strictly following the diet). This cleanse should greatly help her issues with cholesterol and hypertension.

    Once the cleanse is complete, she can maintain her newfound health with these formulas - Intestinal Cleanser, Cardiovascular Formula, Circulation Aid and the Cholesterol Formula.

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    Q: I see also that you recommend a complete diet with these programs. I am guessing its a vegan diet right? I wanted to ask something on that is coconut milk and coconut oils ok for that? I personally had a very hard time trying to eat that many vegetables and many ph balance vegans seem to think fruits aren?t good either. I eat that many vegetables one it tears me up the next day and two I just cant consume enough calories that way. I can try and make up for it by eating things like almonds but I eat to many almonds I get the same problem the next day. Now coconut milk (unsweetened) and a digestive enzyme works for me for picking up extra calories.... but I hear very conflicting information about coconut and its saturated fat content. Is it ok to use daily as a part of the diet for cleansing? And your oxy-drops are those the same as the drop for ph balancing water?? Or is it something different? I am wanting to start lifting weights as I need to put on some muscle and I?m wondering if its something that would be beneficial in combating muscle soreness by increased oxygen in the body.

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    FISH IN MODERATION IS OKAY FOR YOU. TO MAINTAIN ALKALINITY, DESPITE THE ACID-FORMING THINGS YOU EAT, JUST MAKE SURE TO EAT AS MANY GREEN FOODS AS POSSIBLE. YOU CAN ALSO TAKE 6 CAPSULES OF ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD TOO! YOU’RE DOING GOOD SO KEEP YOUR THOUGHTS POSITIVE AND ON YOUR DESIRES.

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    This means that your body focused on another area that was of more importance than weight release. your mind wanted weight reduction but your body intelligence focused on something else. Go with the flow of the body intelligence and trust it. You apparently have an energetic block that prevents you from physically releasing weight (since you've tried other programs). Consider scheduling a consultation so we can get at the energetic/emotional root of your problem. Simply stop worrying about "losing" weight. Focus on what you desire (to see yourself in the size you desire). Don't focus on what you don't want (i.e. to lose weight).

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    Drugs and herbs don't mix! They cancel each other out. The blood sugar will go up and down due to the body attempting to regulate, and normalize the blood sugar levels. Perfectly normal! It's called "healing crisis. Whatever you guys choose to do, simply keep monitoring the person. Ask the person how he/she feels (very important).

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    Q: My wife may be expecting, but we discovered your website, and listened to Dherbs radio, it's a very effective message. We would like to detox. Is this a good idea for my wife to participate if she is expecting? Also, she was diagnosed with high cholesterol a couple of years ago, but we beleive in self-healing through positive thoughts, and corresponding actions (diet, exercise, etc). Would she be able to further heal with the cholesterol vitamins if she's pregnant?

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    A great detox to perform for a pregnant woman is the 10-Day Electric Greens Cell Cleanse in which you can also drink our Detox Tea. She can also take our Cholesterol Buster formula for her HC issue while pregnant as well.

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    Being nervous is a sign of doubt and doubt is the subconscious will to fail. The best thing you could do is think positive and feel secure right now in the moment!

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    THE RAW FOOD RECIPES ARE LISTED IN THE"ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLE" AND "FULL BODY DETOX COMPANION" E-BOOKS AVAILABLE ON OUR SITE (VISIT ON-LINE STORE). THESE MANUALS ALSO LIST THE NAMES OF GOOD RAW FOODS RECIPE BOOKS AS WELL.

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    Q: I am interesting in the Full Body Detox it calls for a diet of raw foods do you have any meals or diet regime that contains raw foods because my family would love to try it and will it be 3 weeks supply for just one person or for me and my husband?

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    THE RAW FOOD RECIPES ARE LISTED IN THE"ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLE" AND "FULL BODY DETOX COMPANION"E-BOOKS AVAILABLE ON OUR SITE (VISIT ON-LINE STORE). THESE MANUALS ALSO LIST THE NAMES OF GOOD RAW FOODS RECIPE BOOKS AS WELL.

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    There's always help! Keep your mind focused and stay positive. Give the Full Body Cleanse a try followed by the Pancreas Cleanse.

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    No, the carbon does not lower cholesterol. Adjusting your diet is the best way to lower cholesterol. We recommend doing the Full Body Cleanse followed by the Cholesterol Formula if needed.

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    Full Body Cleanse -http://dherbs.com/store/full-body-cleanse-p-1.html

    Cholesterol Formula - http://dherbs.com/store/cholesterol-formula-p-18.html

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    Q: I was actually interested in using the FULL BODY DETOX, I know that it comes with a nutritional guide but I wanted to know if it would work if I did not follow a vegan diet. I do not consume a lot of fast food which I am willing to easily give up but I wanted to know how it could work on a moderate none vegetarian diet.

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    The RAW FOODS diet is 50% of the FULL BODY DETOX! It won't work without following the diet!

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    Q: What Are Some Natural Sweet Treats (Junk Foods) I can Consume? Under free will you can consume what you like, but healthier products are best. You will find plenty of "healthier" snack, treat, and junk foods at good health food stores such as Whole Foods Market, PCC Natural Food Stores, Erewhon, Trader Joes, Natural Grocers, New Frontiers, etc. Just make sure to abstain from salt, sugar, and other harmful chemicals in the products you buy. We list many companies of alternative foods and products (and their website addresses) in our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL.

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    Recommended: ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL

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    Q: I would like to find an herbal treatment to high protein levels, I am diabetic and have that under control but I need to lower to do my job. I would like to order or pick up something what would you suggest?

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    The goal should be to heal from diabetes. Look into our Pancreas Kit and Regimen and perform it at least twice a year.

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