Low Triglyceride Diet - Foods to Eat and to Avoid
For many, a low triglyceride diet is the furthest thing from their minds; however, if your triglyceride levels are too high, it might be recommended that you consider lowering them.
It can be hard to beat an enemy that you know nothing about, though, so before you work to fight triglycerides, you need a little background information.
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In natural health and healing, we believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man's understanding. We also believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases.
In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. No matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem, these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of specific natural health remedies.
What are triglycerides?
In short, triglycerides are the form fats take when they are in the body or in foods. When you eat fat, it goes to the plasma, and when your body stores calories that have not been burned, it is in the form of triglycerides, which are then sent to the fat cells. So, when the body releases energy from fat cells that you might need to keep going until you eat, triglycerides are released.
Are they bad?
Much like cholesterol, fat and many other nutrients, our bodies need triglycerides to operate properly. In fact, our bodies turn unused calories into triglycerides, so it's naturally occurring.
However, that doesn't mean that too much of a good thing isn't bad. In this case, too many triglycerides can be linked to coronary artery disease and can also occur in undiagnosed cases of diabetes. Plus, when high levels of triglycerides occur in conjunction with high cholesterol, your risk of heart disease can increase dramatically.
Why a low triglyceride diet?
Since high triglycerides can be linked to your cholesterol level and can be harmful to your heart, you might need to consider going on a low triglyceride diet in an effort to keep yourself healthy. While it might seem as if this is a sentence to boring food, you will find that the overall health benefits outweigh the new standards of your diet.
What sort of diet is this?
Low triglyceride diets are often similar to low cholesterol diets in that you are working to lower the total amount of fat in your diet to less than 30%, and the fats that you do get should be good fats, such as those in salmon, certain nuts, and olive oil. You'll also want to lower your daily intake of saturated fats to between 7 and 10%.
It's important to dramatically reduce the sugars you consume and the carbohydrates you're eating, because these are the source of many unused calories which turn into triglycerides. This means that you'll want to stop eating so much bread, but don't completely eliminate your complex carbohydrates.
As part of your low triglyceride diet, look for healthy whole grains that also have great nutritional properties, such as whole grain rice and cereals, and if you must have pasta or bread, make sure that you're eating whole grain, so more of your food is burned for energy.
When it comes to sugars, this might be tough, but it is important to pay attention to the amount of sweet foods you eat. You'll also want to cut down on alcohol, ice cream, cakes, cookies, candy, sugared drinks, and anything else that is sweet. A small amount is okay, but if you are used to eating a couple of cookies every day and having sugar in your coffee, you will need to cut way back.
While a low triglyceride diet might seem restricting, you might actually be surprised to find that there are many things which you can eat and enjoy thoroughly. Lowering your triglycerides is a great way to stay healthy and active without feeling deprived. Follow the guidelines and, little by little, you'll probably find that your low triglyceride diet is not so bad after all.
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