Name: Thor Larsen
During my routine yearly physical check up four years back, my cholesterol levels were found to be on the high side… no doubt my high pressure job and fast track lifestyle were contributing factors .My wife is from India- from the beautiful state of Kerala- and it was she who convinced me that we should try Ayurveda rather than modern western medicine to bring it under control. Ayurveda is the world’s oldest system of healing- and one that believes in holistic healing based totally on Nature. I was fascinated by the idea so we scheduled a trip to Kerala, where we consulted a famed Ayurvedic physician or vaidya. It was then that I learned that according to Ayurveda, the three vital energies in a body are known as doshas. They are the Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas. These three energies are balanced in a proportion that is unique to every individual, rather like his fingerprint. If this balance is upset, ill health occurs. An unbalanced Kapha lies at the root of excess production of cholesterol in the body. To lower cholesterol naturally, Ayurveda recommends balancing Kapha dosha with dietary recommendations that will balance the overall fat metabolism. A Kapha balancing diet also includes many healthy grains. Barley enhances fat metabolism. Oats provide the needed fiber, as long as it is whole oats, not processed oats. Quinoa provides zinc, which enhances fat metabolism. Amaranth is also recommended.
I learnt that there way many ways to lower cholesterol levels naturally. Guggulu is a traditional Indian herb which contains guggulsterones which have been proven to reduce the levels of cholesterol on regular use. It works on the liver by increasing the metabolism of the harmful cholesterol known as LDL. Alfalfa helps in clearing arteries congested with cholesterol. . The bark of the Arjuna Tree when taken in powder form has beneficial properties. This can dissolve the cholesterol that accumulates in the coronary artery and reduce the possibility of heart attacks. Coriander is a very good diuretic. It makes the kidneys perform better so that they flush out the excess unneeded cholesterols from the body. Holy basil has the capacity to dissolve the accumulated cholesterol from the arteries into the person’s bloodstream. Garcinia inhibits the synthesis of lipids and fatty acids and lowers the formation of LDL and triglycerides. Garlic can disintegrate the blood cholesterol and hence free up the arteries. With the ‘vaidya’s valuable guidance I worked out a new routine of diet, exercise, and yoga that has been immensely beneficial to me.
I make it a point to drink lots of water every day, in which a few coriander seeds have been boiled. I also have a glass of milk boiled with a clove of fresh, crushed garlic. Almonds and walnuts are also eaten daily. I avoid sweet, sour and salty foods, including processed foods and pickles. Soy and soy products, fresh vegetables and fruits are taken in plenty, and the Ayurvedic preparations that have been prescribed to suit my specific constitution are taken regularly too. I have quit smoking, am off alcohol. Even though I am back in Norway, I am in regular touch with my vaidya in Kerala, and am happy to report to him that I have never felt better!