When it comes to triglycerides, diet is of the utmost importance because the lipid count in your body depends mostly on what you consume (under normal circumstances) on a daily basis. As triglyceride is the chemical term for what we call fat, a person would need either to increase his intake of fatty food items or decrease it, depending on whether he/she wishes to lower triglycerides or raise triglyceride levels. In case of high triglycerides, diet should consist mainly of foods to lower triglycerides and cholesterol, like the omega-3 fats found in fat of fishes such as salmon, herring, tuna and trout. Seafood in general, is relatively rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well. What a diet to lower triglycerides should not contain however, are food items that are rich in sugar, oil and fat. Alcohol is also a huge reason as to why regular drinkers have both a high level of blood triglycerides as well as cholesterol. In order to see a lower triglycerides count on the report of your next cholesterol test, reduce your total fat intake to less than thirty percent of your daily food consumption and exercise to burn most of the calories that you take in daily. Although you should know the basics and keep them in mind to begin with, in order to achieve assured result, it is best to consult a professional and follow a diet that is customized according to your unique body type and medical conditions. Lowering triglycerides by using medications on your own is not at all advised as they can have unknown effects and side-effects on the physiology of your system. Instead, choose to lower triglycerides naturally by following a diet that is designed and customized to lower triglycerides in your blood. The common methods to reduce triglycerides alone may not work however, if you are suffering from some sort of medical condition like diabetes or familial hypertriglyceridemia. In that case, prescribed drugs to treat the root cause and reduce blood triglycerides might become necessary.
Although most people are either concerned about or suffering from the effects of increased triglycerides, it could also become a problem if your blood triglyceride level goes down too low. While 100 mg/dL or even less is considered to be the ideal fitness quota for humans, if it goes down below 50 mg/dL, it should be considered as an issue. Primarily there are three reasons as to why the blood triglyceride levels might go down: they are malnutrition, malabsorption and hyperthyroidism. A low triglyceride diet might be responsible when the triglyceride deficiency is the result of malnutrition. Often caused by the fear of becoming obese or developing heart problems, some people may completely stop eating anything that has any kind of fat, sugar or alcohol. While reducing the intake of fatty food products is ideal for fitness, this strategy will backfire if you completely stop eating fatty food items. The lever produces triglycerides naturally because it serves a purpose, which is to provide the body with the extra energy when it needs it. Therefore fat also is an essential nutrient that must be taken in a small quantity on a daily basis to keep your body functioning. Once again, if the malnutrition stems from something other than a poor diet, for example malabsorption, then the remedies might not be as simple as switching to a diet rich in triglycerides anymore. Malabsorption is the body’s inability to extract and absorb the nutrients (triglycerides in this case) through digestion from the food consumed. Malabsorption syndromes are primarily the result of intestinal disorders that may result from alcohol abuse, infections, Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, the HIV virus and certain types of cancers like lymphoma. To raise triglyceride levels in patients suffering from any of the above conditions, that person must be treated for the root cause, that is the disease where the blood triglyceride deficiency stemmed from in the first place. An overactive thyroid gland is another reason behind reduced triglyceride levels due to over secretion of the thyroid hormone. Patients with overactive thyroids suffer from diarrhea often, and even when they do not, they tend to have more bowel movements than normal. Due to this faster metabolic rate, the digestive system does not get enough time with the food to extract nutrients before they are thrown out of the system. Treatment to control over-secretion is necessary in this case, along with a suitably easy to digest diet that will help to raise the levels of triglycerides once again.