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Get Healthy, Stay Healthy!

February 2015

What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a naturally occurring substance made by the liver and required by the body for the proper function of cells, nerves, and hormones. Cholesterol travels in the lipids (fatty acids) of the blood stream, also called plaque, can build up in the walls of the arteries decreasing the flow of blood to vital areas of the body.  If plaque continues to build long term it significantly increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
The imbalance of Cholesterol is manifested in elevated LDL (bad cholesterol) and a low HDL (good cholesterol) which increases our risk for heart attack or stroke. Other causes include inactivity, diabetes, stress, and hypothyroidism.


Cholesterol Reducing Foods

Omega-3 fats - Foods high in omega-3 fats can help increase HDL cholesterol and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.

Foods high in soluble fiber –
Soluble fiber binds cholesterol in the digestive system causing it to be excreted by the body. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, sprouted nuts and seeds and other fiber rich foods.

Olive oil – Helps raise HDL cholesterol.

Garlic and onions – These two cholesterol reducing foods help lower LDL cholesterol because of their sulfur containing compounds which help cleanse the arteries.

Herbs – Add a variety of spices such as basil, rosemary and turmeric to your food which contain antioxidants that are cardio-protective and help lower cholesterol naturally.

Foods that Raise Cholesterol
Sugar and refined carbohydrates – Both stimulate the liver to produce more cholesterol and increase inflammation.

Alcohol – Also stimulates the liver to produce more cholesterol, increasing cholesterol levels and inflammation.

Hydrogenated fats – Vegetable oils are pro-inflammatory and may increase cholesterol.

Caffeine – Too much caffeine can increase cholesterol.  Limit coffee or tea to no more than 1-2 cups per day.

Trans fats – Increases LDL cholesterol, inflammation, and risk of cardiovascular disease

We can help your health here at Natural Health Pathways!  
We carry the full line of Standard Process nutritional supplements, including lots of great products to improve your health and make sure your body is getting the proper nutrition it needs to function properly.  Using the Nutrition Response Testing we are able to let your body tell us what it needs in order heal!!

A few of the all natural products we use are:

 Cyruta:  Supports healthy cholesterol levels that are already within a normal range. Also Supports circulatory cholesterol transport, healthy cellular glucose handling to help maintain blood sugar levels already within a normal range, and healthy peripheral circulation. It contains independent factors that help to maintain the integrity of capillary walls.

  Garlic:  Provides support to cells, organs, and systems that keep the body healthy. Encourages healthy circulation. It enhances immune system response and promotes healthy lung function. It also helps maintain normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels already within a normal range. Also provides phytochemicals with antioxidant activity and supports healthy liver function

Soybean Lecithin: An excellent source of essential fatty acids that supports the liver's ability to process fats, cell membranes, and nerve function. Helps maintain normal cognitive function. It is the precursor for brain neurotransmitters.

Gymnema:   Contains a complex mixture of saponins (gymnemic acids) and other compounds. This product is standardized to contain 100 mg per tablet of gymnemic acids to ensure optimal strength and quality. The substances in Gymnema work together to maintain healthy blood sugar levels within a normal range when combined with a balanced diet. It also maintains normal cholesterol levels in a normal range.

Recipe of the Month

Lentil Soup


  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 (14.5 ounces) can crushed tomatoes

  • 2 cups dry lentils

  • 8 cups water

  • 1/2 cup spinach, rinsed and thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

  • Celtic Sea Salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat.

  • Add onions, carrots, and celery; cook and stir until onion is tender. 

  • Stir in garlic, bay leaf, oregano, and basil; cook for 2 minutes.

  • Stir in lentils, and add water and tomatoes.

  • Bring to a boil.

  • Reduce heat and simmer for at least 1 hour.

  • When ready to serve, stir in spinach, and cook until it wilts.

  • Stir in vinegar, and season to taste with sea salt, pepper, and more vinegar if desired

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For the month of February receive an Initial Nutrition Response Testing Consultation for $60.00 (originally $120.00), pass it on and give the gift of health to the ones you love!


Offer Expires on 02/28/14
Charlene Shalachman
 Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner
Natural Health Pathways
365 Boston Post Road, Suite 201 Sudbury, MA 01776
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