Q: Could you offer any natural solutions for high triglycerides and high LDL (low-density lipoprotein)?

A: Though Ayurvedic tradition spans more than 5,000 years, it doesn’t specifically address high cholesterol as a condition to be resolved. However, high cholesterol can be related to Ayurveda through the science’s explanation of how our intake and digestion of food defines the health and balance of the different types of tissue in the body. When we eat food, it gets digested and forms different tissues like muscles, fat, bones, and semen. To have healthy tissue, we must eat a balanced diet that keeps our three doshas as balanced as possible. When we ingest excessive amounts of toxic matter in the form of too much animal protein (especially non-organic hormone feed creatures), too many processed foods, and too much food that aggravates one of the doshas (e.g. eating too many spicy foods which then aggravate the fiery Pitta dosha), we compromise the balance of our digestive fire which in turn creates imbalance in the different tissues in the body.

Specific to high cholesterol, when we consume poor fats like saturated fat and trans fats,  processed foods, alcohol, and foods grown with pesticides and other chemicals, the imbalanced digestive fire hinders the liver’s ability to provide a healthy detoxification of the body,  resulting in the body producing either too much or too little fat tissue. This imbalance of fat tissue can form in the blood as high amounts of what we in the West know as LDL cholesterol.

The most important step Ayurvedic patients can take to lower their cholesterol count is to balance their digestive fire through a dosha-balancing diet and exercise routine. If your most dominant element is your airy Vata dosha, then your diet must consist of Vata-reducing foods like oils and your physical activity must be calming and grounding. If your most dominant element is your fiery Pitta dosha, then your diet must consist of Pitta-reducing foods like sweet fruits and your physical activity must be gentler and more soothing. If your most dominant element is your moist and earthy Kapha dosha, then your diet must consist of Kapha-reducing foods like pungent and bitter vegetables and your physical activity must produce heat in the body. In balancing your most dominant elements, you can strengthen balance your digestive fire and ultimately balance the production of fat tissue in the body.

Reduce High LDL & Cholesterol levels: 9 Must-Know Tips

  • Eat organic, locally grown produce in season, as eating food with too many chemicals or from too far away adds toxicity to the body.
  • Avoid processed, packaged foods, as these items contain chemicals and toxins that will create imbalances in the production of fat tissue.
  • Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and other substances that create toxicity in the body.
  • Eat no more than two or three times a day so as to avoid aggravating the digestive fire in the stomach and to give the body a chance to digest toxins.
  • Favor ghee (clarified butter) as a source of fat over processed oils like canola oil and the saturated fats found in beef.
  • Do not eat leftover foods, as they have little nutritional value and add heaviness to the system. This creates more unwanted fat.
  • Avoid eating fewer than four hours before going to bed, as leaving undigested food in the stomach during sleep creates toxicity in the body.
  • Partake in regular exercise and physical activity appropriate to balancing whichever doshas are most excessive.
  • Avoid drinking with meals (or keep it to a half cup of warm or room temperature water) so the digestive fire does not become dissolved and lose its power to digest food and toxins.

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Yogi Cameron is a former super model turned Ayurvedic healer and yoga master who uses ancient healing treatments to help people recover from their health issues in Z Living's TV show Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru. He left the world of high fashion in 1998 to seek the higher path available to all of us. He began his ongoing studies in Ayurveda at Arsha Yoga Vidya Peetam Trust in India under the guidance of his guru Sri Vasudevan after training at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City and Yogaville of Sri Satchidananda. Since then, Yogi Cameron has worked with individuals throughout the world to provide them with these ancient methods to live healthier, greener, more spiritually-minded lives in accordance with the Ayurvedic and yogic path. Using a combination of treatments, meditation, herbal remedies and diet guidance, Yogi Cameron helps treat specific conditions and set his clients on a path to greater mental, physical, and spiritual health. A primary goal of this path is helping each person find their purpose and practice. Yogi Cameron has also brought Yoga and meditation to Afghanistan as part of the reintegration program to prepare the country for troop withdrawal in the coming years, and works with young girls rescued from sex trafficking practices in Cambodia in coordination with the Somaly Mam Foundation. Yogi Cameron has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Extra and Martha, amongst others. He has also been featured in The New York Times, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, The London Times and ELLE magazine, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Sharecare, a health portal which is part of Dr. Oz’s outreach program for health and lifestyle experts. The Guru In You, his first book, was published by HarperCollins in January 2011. His latest book, The ONE Plan (HarperOne January 2013) provides a realistic approach to the Patanjali teachings designed to penetrate one’s entire being to result in a positive transformation of one’s life. Through The ONE Plan, Yogi Cameron translates these complex, intricate teachings into practical daily tasks, routines and systems that can easily be incorporated into everyday life for an improvement in one’s overall physical, mental, and spiritual health.