A diet rich in sugar and junk food can be destructive to your cardiovascular health.
You may have heard about how cholesterol can accumulate in your arteries and put unnecessary strain on your heart.
Most people rely on medications such as blood thinners and other to combat the effects of high cholesterol, but the condition can easily be managed by food alone.
What is cholesterol?
Raised cholesterol levels can lead to a buildup of plaque in the artery walls, narrowing the arteries, and causing a condition called atherosclerosis. This reduces blood flow throughout the body and increases the risk of stroke and heart disease.
There are two main types of cholesterol
High-density lipoprotein (HDL) – “good” cholesterol, which picks up excess cholesterol from the blood and takes it back to the liver to be cleared away through the bile.
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) – “bad” cholesterol, which carries cholesterol particles throughout the body and builds up in the walls of the arteries, making them hard and narrow.
Raised levels of LDL cholesterol is typically caused by poor diet, smoking, diabetes, inactivity and is associated with obesity.
To put it simply, high cholesterol, in most cases, is simply a reflection of an unhealthy lifestyle.
This recipe provides your body with nutrients that can help break down bad cholesterol and clear your arteries as you transition into a healthier lifestyle.
- 2 inches (4-5 centimeters) of organic ginger
- 8 organic lemons
- 8 cloves of organic garlic
- One gal of clean water (Four liters)
At first, scrub the lemons properly to clean the rind, but do not peel them. Slice lemon and peel the ginger and garlic. Crush the garlic and let it sit for 15 minutes. This will activate the allicin. Place everything but the water in a blender and blend it until smooth. In a medium saucepan, add water and the paste and warm over medium heat. Just as it begins to boil, remove the mixture from heat. Let it cool and strain the liquid.
At the end, pour the drink in glass jars or bottles with lids and store in the refrigerator.
Drink daily on an empty stomach two hours before meals. Combine with exercise 3 times a week.
How it works
Lemons. Daily lemon intake and walking showed significant effects on reducing blood pressure while also increasing red blood cell count. Also, lemons help detox the liver to help it clear excess cholesterol.
Garlic. Traditionally, garlic used to help prevent heart disease, including atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, which are risk factors for stroke and heart disease.
Also, it treats high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and boosts the immune system.
One study that lasted 4 years found that people who took 900 mg daily of standardized garlic powder slowed the development of atherosclerosis.
Also, it is rich in antioxidants, which fight free radicals to prevent heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer disease.
Ginger. Dried ginger powder administered at 0.1 g/kg of body weight limits the risk of atheroma (degeneration of the walls of the arteries caused by accumulated fatty deposits and scar tissue) by up to 50 percent in just 75 days.
Also, it prevents heart disease by halting the accumulation of platelets in the arteries and reducing cholesterol biosynthesis.
Additionally, it does not have the negative side effects of other medication such as aspirin.