Odds are, your doc won’t shut up about fat.
From fat on your waistline to fat on your dinner plate to fats in your blood, he’ll go on and on and on like a pop radio station that always plays the same dumb song.
It’s time to change the channel.
I’m here with a new tune, and this one could save your life - because there IS one fat pumping through your pipes right now that really can do you in.
And it’s NOT the one that hogs up all the attention.
Your doctor may have mentioned your triglycerides to you, but if he did I’m willing to bet you dimes to donuts it was just in passing. And for the reason why he’s not interested in triglycerides you only need to follow the money - or lack of it.
You see there aren’t any drugs for treating high triglycerides. And that means no Big Pharma bucks backing billion dollar ad campaigns, and no docs being bribed to talk triglycerides up as the next great boogeyman.
Triglycerides practically get a free pass to run through your bloodstream and wreak havoc!
While you do need a certain level of triglycerides, sky-high amounts can lead to heart disease, heart attack, stroke and more.
But when your own triglycerides climb, your doc will do little more than shrug and offer you the usual BS about exercise and diet, complete with a lecture about the supposed dangerous of fatty foods.
And that’s just proof you’re dealing with another ninny who fell asleep in med school.
Yes, there are triglycerides in some fatty foods, but they will NOT raise your fasting blood levels of triglycerides. They come from your liver - and your liver doesn’t just produce them willy-nilly.
It makes them from excess carbohydrates.
If you follow your doc’s advice and switch to a supposedly healthy low-fat, high-carb diet, your triglyceride levels will actually RISE.
FOUR KEYS TO CUTTING YOUR TRIGLYCERIDES
Sauerkraut: No, I’m not just checking to see if you’re paying attention. This hot dog topping is actually a probiotic superfood, packed with essential bacteria for digestion and good health.
Two probiotics in particular, L. curvatus and L. plantarum, were proven in a recent study to slash triglycerides by a healthy 20 percent.
The folks in the study took supplements, but if you’ve ever shopped for a probiotic you know the score. It’s tough to find a single formula with ALL the great bacteria you want.
In this case, you don’t have to mix and match because you can get both L. curvatus and L. plantarum from sauerkraut.
Feel free to enjoy it on a hot dog, but remember that warning about carbs. Use the bun to hold the dog and the kraut, and toss it when you’re done with the good parts.
Fish Oil: When drug companies run out of ideas, they pull one of the fishiest stunts in the book. They find a way to patent a natural therapy, convince everyone it’s some new “drug” and then sell it at a huge markup.
That’s the story behind Lovaza, the $200-a-month fish oil “drug” approved by the FDA to cut triglycerides.
You can get the same benefit from plain old over-the-counter fish oil, and a high-quality fish oil supplement will run you less than $200 for a whole year.
Depending on how high your triglyceride levels are and how much you take, you could see drops of between 20 percent and 50 percent.
The catch is that you’ll need to take higher doses than what you probably do right now, somewhere between 2 grams and 4 grams a day. This isn’t unsafe, but as it can have blood-thinning effects, you should definitely speak to your doctor first.
Walking: Your doc will claim that exercise will help cut triglycerides, if he talks about them at all. And he’s right, sort of. You DO need to get up off your sitter, but you DON’T need to join a gym and start pumping iron.
SITTING promotes poor metabolism, including the production of excess triglycerides, and NOT SITTING will reverse that. A daily walk will cut your triglycerides by 20 to 30 percent, especially if you take your stroll after your biggest meal of the day (probably dinner).
Cut the Carbs: As I mentioned earlier elevated fasting triglycerides are the product of excess carbs in your diet and the overproduction of triglycerides by the liver.
One study of Atkins dieters found that going low-carb cut triglycerides by 30 percent - so if you combine this diet with any of the other natural ways to cut your triglycerides, you’ll find yourself toning them down in no time.