Do your “pipes” look like this?

We can’t get away from it: exercise is important to live longer and healthier. It’s not just for weight loss. Exercise makes your enzymes work better and more efficiently, lowers oxygen radicals, rids the body of excess cholesterol and lowers cancer risk.  

Do we need to run marathons or cycle up a mountain for this? No. We only need to take daily walks, go for a a swim (which is better on the joints than other more strenuous activities) or participate in yoga or Pilates. All are excellent forms of exercise support.  

Remember: it’s important to replace lost trace minerals and electrolytes from perspiration when we exercise, especially in hot weather. Simply adding electrolytes to good, clean water is an excellent way to kill two birds with one stone: dehydration and electrolyte loss.  

But as we know, exercise alone isn’t enough for total health. We also 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 unclog our blood vessels and prevent sluggish thick plaques? Diet, of course!

Yes, there are foods that decrease your cholesterol and open up those blood vessels. These cholesterol lowering foods increase liver X receptors, (LXR receptors) and help pull cholesterol out of the blood.  

Foods and nutrients like fish and fish oil, taurine (found in fish), fucosterols in marine algae (or coconut), vegetables (broccoli, okra), fruits (grapefruits, oranges and tomatoes); they all lower cholesterol.

Phytosterols in foods also lower cholesterol and also work on the LXR receptor. They are found in many nuts, (like walnuts). Some cereals like bran, rye whole wheat, barley and oats are excellent sources to lower cholesterol, containing high levels of phytosterols.

Phytosterols are even found in organic fruits and berries. (Make sure the foods you eat are organic, since pesticides can actually raise your cholesterol.)

Fish, organic veggies, fruits, nuts and berries–all are great tasting, good for you, work on those LXR receptors and keep you healthy. 

So put on your running/ walking shoes, write out a healthy shopping list, take your electrolyte water and get your motor running. That’s the way to unclog your pipes.

Clean your pipes naturally, with exercise and diet!