Lower High Cholesterol Levels by Lowering Your Toxic Load

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Cholesterol, Heart Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Minimizing exposure to chemicals can help lower your cholesterol levels

There is no escaping the fact that we live in a toxic world. Countless toxins exist in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and the chemicals we apply to our skin. And those toxins have been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular problems including high cholesterol.

How so, you ask? Exposure to environmental toxins is thought to increase free radical activity and the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Oxidized LDL cholesterol is considered a pivotal step in the development of heart disease because the oxidized LDL cholesterol particles can penetrate the endothelial cells lining the arteries, which contributes to—and accelerates—the inflammatory process. Over time, increased inflammation leads to the formation of arterial plaque buildup (atherosclerosis). Considering the damage environmental toxins can do to our health, therefore, I believe that detoxifying our bodies is one of the most important personal challenges of the 21st century. Fortunately, there are a number of easy and natural ways to detoxify your body. Learn five simple detoxification strategies that can help you achieve healthy cholesterol levels.

More Dr. Sinatra Advice on Achieving Lower Cholesterol Levels

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