There is a lot of talk about “high cholesterol” and how to prevent or treat it and for good reason. High cholesterol is connected with heart disease, stroke, fatal and non-fatal heart attack, and atherosclerosis. Even so, it’s important to recognize that cholesterol is necessary for healthy function of various systems within the body. In fact, our bodies use cholesterol to coat our nerve cells, maintain strong cell walls, and to produce bile, hormones, and vitamin D. So what is a healthy cholesterol level and how do you get there naturally? What are cholesterol lowering natural remedies that work?

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We ALL know that consuming simple carbs, especially refined sugar or sucrose, is a bad idea for health and does not help the bulges. Yet we ALL seem to slip into the “just this once”, once too often. This happens OFTEN for many of us, and for some of us it’s a constant sweet tooth battle. A balanced diet is great, a carb and starch heavy one not really. So, the same advice applies. STOP IT! Yeah, not so easy to carry out. So, where is the red pill and where is the blue pill for this? The EASY button? Well, Mother Nature happens to have some tricks.

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If you haven’t heard of the glycemic index (GI), it was described initially to help diabetics minimize intake of foods which lead to spikes of blood sugar. Foods are categorized by slow moderate rise of blood sugar, which is optimal for energy efficiency, to fast rise which leads to insulin spikes and energy crashes not long afterwards. The story is much more complex and a scientific discussion is beyond this brief set of tips. Beyond foods that have a low glycemic index, some actually help reduce the glycemic index rating of other foods. Enter the white kidney bean as one such food.

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The shocking truth is that 25% of us Americans have more than one chronic health condition, and diabetes is one of the leading conditions. But wait, it’s worse than that! Way beyond the diagnosed diabetics, there are MANY more people who have insulin resistance and pre-diabetes. The trend shows it’s rapidly getting worse. Do you have pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome? If you’re over 50 it’s almost 50/50 that you do and that you will eventually become diabetic and have all the problems associated with that. You’ve heard over and over that diet and exercise which reduces your body fat and insulin resistance will keep you out of trouble. But is there anything else that can help control blood sugar other than prescription drugs? Here are some weird natural secrets about natural blood sugar control.

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