Will The Kaufmann Diet Help Or Hurt My Cholesterol?
When it comes to living a healthy life, maintaining the health of your heart is of utmost importance. Heart disease claims the lives of over 600,000 Americans per year––more than any other disease. Rampant though it is, there is much evidence that lifestyle changes can have a profound impact on your risk for developing heart disease.
But is conventional wisdom the best for preventing heart disease? For years, we have been told that cholesterol was our enemy, and that if our cholesterol levels were high, eventually our arteries would clog and stiffen and we’d have heart attacks or strokes. The way to lower cholesterol? Stop eating eggs, and meat, and butter, and foods high in fat––no matter what kind of fat.
After years of that advice, it seems that we are no more closer to solving the issue of heart disease than we were 50 years ago. Cholesterol seems to be something that is very misunderstood; cholesterol is an important part of virtually every cell in our body. And, there is much evidence that dietary cholesterol intake doesn’t really increase levels of cholesterol in the blood. In fact, the liver makes cholesterol. Is there something we are missing?
The Kaufmann Diet is an anti-fungal diet that eliminates foods like sugar, grains, potatoes and many foods high in carbohydrates. Fungi or yeast in the body thrive when we eat these foods, and there is evidence that these organisms can cause serious health problems if left to flourish. After a period of time on The Kaufmann Diet, these parasites can essentially be starved from the body, and often times people experience elevated health and relief from many types of health problems.
Interestingly, many people who go on the diet have many of the metrics used to assess heart disease risk, such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels, stabilize or other wise improve dramatically. This happens in spite of the fact that The Kaufmann Diet encourages many of the “wrong” foods––including eggs, grass-fed beef, and other foods high in healthy fats. One could infer that perhaps pathogenic yeasts and fungi were behind heart issues such as high cholesterol the whole time, and when the underlying fungal issue is addressed, cholesterol other heart health markers stabilize. It might be that foods high in carbohydrates and sugar have much more to do with promoting unusually high cholesterol levels than meat and eggs ever did.
If you go to the doctor and your cholesterol is high, he or she likely to recommend a statin drug. These drugs work wonders for reducing cholesterol, but as drugs, they are not without potential side effects. If you want to avoid taking drugs, it may be time to change your diet. Switch to The Kaufmann Diet for 4-6 weeks, and have your cholesterol levels taken again. You may find that your cholesterol has stabilized to acceptable levels, all without skipping out on the steak and eggs.