Exercise, Electrolytes and Cholesterol

This guest post is by Dr Dana Flavin.

We can’t get away from it, exercise is important to live longer and live healthier. It isn’t just for weight loss, it is for making your enzymes work better and more efficiently, lowering oxygen radicals, getting rid of excess cholesterol and lowering cancer risk factors. Do we need to run marathons or bike our way around the world for this? No, we only need to take daily walks, swim (which is better for the joints when we are older too), and even yoga or pilates are excellent for exercise support.

It is, however, important to remember that we lose trace minerals and electrolytes from perspiration during exercise, as well as from the hot weather in the warmer months. Taking electrolytes in good water that is filtered is an excellent way to kill two birds with one stone – dehydration and electrolyte loss.

But exercise alone isn’t enough for a total health. We need to watch our cholesterol. Too much is not good. Exercise alone can help lower cholesterol, but there is so much more we can do. How else can we lower cholesterol and unclog our blood vessels to be healthier and prevent sluggish thick plaques? ……….Foods!

Yes, there are foods that make your cholesterol decrease in your body and open up your blood vessels. These cholesterol lowering foods increase Liver X Receptors (LXR receptors) on the liver, to help pull cholesterol out of the blood. They lower cholesterol as well as exercise. Foods recommended to lower cholesterol include:

  • fish, fish oil, taurine(found in fish)
  • fucosterols (Brassicasterols) in marine algae or coconut
  • vegetables such as broccoli and okra
  • fruits such as grapefruit, orange, tomatoes

These foods all lower cholesterol.

Phytosterols in foods also lower cholesterol and also work on the LXR receptor. They lower cholesterol and are highest in many nuts (including walnuts). Some cereals like bran, rye whole wheat, barley and oats, are excellent sources for lowering cholesterol due to their high levels of phytosterols. Phytosterols are even found in fruits and berries. Fish,veggies, fruits, nuts and berries are great tasting, good for you, work on those LXR receptors and keep you healthy.

Also make sure the foods you eat are all organic, as pesticides can raise your cholesterol.

So put on your running/ walking shoes, make out your healthy shopping list, take your electrolyte water with you and get your motor running.  Keep up your lytes up, eat well, and unclog your pipes.

Get Healthy, Have Fun!  

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