PRITIKIN WELLNESS RETREAT

The Best Program for Lowering Cholesterol Naturally

Your doctor has instructed you to lower your cholesterol. You’ve heard it’s possible to lower your cholesterol naturally by making changes to your diet. Except change can be hard.

What do the numbers on your cholesterol results really mean?

You don’t have to struggle, become frustrated, and then resort to medications with side effects. Experts at the Pritikin Center will help you lower your cholesterol naturally, during a luxurious retreat experience. It’s so effective, the Pritikin Wellness Retreat offered at the Pritikin Center, in Miami, Florida, that hospitals across the country model it in their cardiac rehabilitation programs.

Incredible Health Outcomes

The only resort-based cholesterol lowering program that has been scientifically proven, with results published in leading peer-reviewed medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, and Archives of Internal Medicine. The success of guests at the Pritikin Center, home to the most scientifically documented lifestyle program for heart disease, is tremendous. The results are so effective that Medicare reimburses Pritikin ICR (Intensive Care Rehab) for individuals with certain heart conditions!​

Scientifically Proven Results

More than 100 studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals have documented the Pritikin Program’s success in helping thousands worldwide. Discover what the Pritikin Program can do for you.

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THE BEST WAY TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL

The Leading Cause of Death in the US

Our biggest risk factor for disease, disability, and death is our diet. The food we eat can be more dangerous to our health than anything else.

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High cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, and type II diabetes are often the direct result of what we eat. Before prescribing medication, most physicians urge us to change our diet. Yet, doctors are unable to help you learn how to successfully make a dietary change.

Change can be hard! You may find yourself unsure where to start, or later frustrated when you can’t lower your cholesterol, or blood pressure. If you’re unsuccessful with making effective changes to your diet, your physician may prescribe a medication, like statins, to lower your cholesterol.

But, taking a medication doesn’t treat the underlying cause of the problem. If you maintain your poor diet, damage will continue to occur in your body, increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, obesity, heart attack, and stroke. Even if you are taking a statin, it’s worth working to make positive changes to your diet.

Diseases Linked to
High Cholesterol

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What Diseases Are Linked to High Cholesterol?

Stroke

Heart Attack

Atherosclerosis

High Blood
Pressure

Type II Diabetes

Peripheral Arterial Disease 

From High Cholesterol to Heart Attack or Stroke

You have high cholesterol, a condition with no obvious symptoms, only visible from a blood test. It’s easy to ignore a symptomless condition, but what you can’t see is how it’s leading to serious problems, including a heart attack or stroke. High cholesterol leads to atherosclerosis, a disease in which plaque builds up inside your arteries, and can lead to serious problems. Atherosclerosis can affect any artery in the body, including arteries in the heart, brain, arms, legs, pelvis, and kidneys. Different diseases develop based on which arteries are affected. If plaque builds up in the major arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood to your legs, arms, and pelvis, you may develop Peripheral Artery Disease. A blockage in your heart results in a heart attack, and if in your brain, a stroke.

The Good News: Lifestyle Treatment

The good news is that for most of us high cholesterol can be controlled with lifestyle changes. We know, change is hard. Why do it on our own? Join the immersive program at Pritikin. By taking you out of your everyday, change becomes not only possible, but achievable! Come work with the top lifestyle change specialists in the country, in a supportive environment with other guests who are making similar changes. A stay at Pritikin is not just life-changing, but for many, it’s also life-saving.

Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle has Clinically Significant Effects:

THE SOLUTION

Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom

When you treat high cholesterol with a medication, it treats the symptom, not the cause. You can treat the cause by adopting a healthy lifestyle, and that includes eating a better diet. 

At Pritikin, our focus is on helping you adopt a healthy lifestyle – it’s not just about which are the best foods to lower high cholesterol. You’ll be immersed in an environment that will help you adopt a healthier lifestyle. The food you learn about in workshops with Pritikin nutritionists, will be the same foods you enjoy at meals cooked by executive chefs, and learn to cook in Pritikin’s hands-on Cooking School.

Culinary Medicine

The best way to correct a condition caused by your diet, is to change your diet. Food is fuel – and the right fuel can truly make a difference in how you can perform both mentally and physically. A healthy diet includes lots of plant-based whole-foods. You may be surprised at how what you deem as being a boring vegetable can be transformed into a sensational culinary delight with the use of simple ingredients, such as herbs and spices. Healthy can taste so good!

Tastebud Rehab

You may have noticed that as an adult you no longer enjoy super-sugary treats you relished as a child. You’ve grown to appreciate other flavors. At Pritikin, you will take this evolution to the next level. Aversions to foods like broccoli can be easily overcome as an adult, particularly with the help of experts at Pritikin’s Cooking School. Most Pritikin guests remark that during their stay their taste buds change – they end up preferring the healthier foods to the fatty, salty, sugary alternatives. The dishes created by Pritikin’s Executive Chefs are so delicious you may not even notice you’ve removed added fat, salt and sugar from your diet during your stay.

At Pritikin, you’ll find that those unhealthy ingredients have been masking the spectacular taste of food. Immersing yourself in healthy foods during a stay at Pritikin allows your taste buds to rehab, making it easy to continue eating healthy at home. Outside of Pritkin’s inclusive retreat, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to rehab your taste buds effectively.

A Physician-Supervised Retreat

Pritikin is an integrated approach to helping you achieve good health. Your Pritikin physician will oversee your health during your stay. You’ll work with exercise physiologists to develop an exercise program specific to your abilities and goals. With helpful online videos, your exercise program will continue to progress when you’re back at home. 

Psychologist and behavior change experts will help you overcome challenges that may have sabotaged your attempts to implement healthy change in the past, as well as assist you in adopting a positive mindset that can help you better manage stress and relationships in life. After you return home, you’re not alone! You have the opportunity to talk to Pritikin experts to help you stay motivated and continue to adopt your new, healthy lifestyle. You can even have Pritikin meals delivered right to your front door!

THE BEST WAY TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL

Prescription-Strength Lifestyle Change

Struggling to make the changes necessary to lower your cholesterol? We understand.

Change is hard. For most of us, high cholesterol is the result of eating habits acquired over a lifetime. Not changing these habits will inevitably lead to a heart attack, stroke, decreased quality of life, or death. As creatures of habit, we’re easily draw back to a lifestyle that’s killing us.

While at Pritikin, you’ll have time to establish new healthy habits. Amongst the luxurious, tropical accommodations of the Pritikin Center, removed from your everyday life, you’ll be immersed in a healthy environment, supported by leading health experts and fellow guests making the same changes.

The Pritikin experience is transformative. The physicians, nutritionists, exercise physiologists and psychologists, help you establish new habits, and incorporate them into a lifestyle that works for you. All backed by science, you’ll have noticeable results. You’ll return home revitalized and confident, ready with the tools you need to embrace a truly healthy life.

Change Your Life for the Better

Discover what healthy feels like while indulging in a mouthwatering menu of healthy foods, surrounded by supportive experts in a luxurious tropical environment. With your physician supervising your health, the extensive Pritikin health experts will help you gain valuable insight into what is best for your body from exercises to nutrition, sleep and stress management. A stay with us will change your life.

Pritikin is a clinically effective integrated program that can lower your cholesterol and improve your health. The Pritikin Center is an all-inclusive health resort where you get it all! It’s more than you’ve ever imagined. A stay at Pritikin is a transformative experience that is truly inclusive.

An Integrated Approach

Equally powerful to the changes in your diet, your Pritikin physician will oversee an integrated approach to good health. You’ll work with exercise physiologists to develop an exercise program you can continue at home. A psychologist and behavior change experts will help you prepare and overcome challenges that may have sabatoged your attempts to implement healthy change. After you return home, you’ll have an opportunity to work with the Pritikin health experts to stay motivated adapt healthy changes. You can even have Pritikin meals delivered to your home.

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MEDICATION VS LIFESTYLE CHANGE

How Statins Work, and Why They're Not Enough

Before your physician prescribes a statin, they likely suggest you try making lifestyle changes to see if you can lower your cholesterol naturally. This may prompt you to wonder, “If a pill can lower my cholesterol, why bother with lifestyle changes?”

Side Effects
Cholesterol Medication Pritikin
Myopathies Muscle pain and cramps Healthy Weight Loss
Myositis A more serious form of muscular inflammation Increased Energy
Liver Damage Symptoms include fatigue, stomach pain, appetite loss, yellowing of skin or eyes, or dark-colored urine. Boosts Immune System
Type II Diabetes The FDA has issued a warning on statin labels about blood sugar levels and diabetes Improves Longevity
Cognitive Impairment Fuzzy thinking and forgetfulness Improves Confidence

Risk Factors for High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease. While taking a medication may seem like an easy choice, it can only address the symptom of high cholesterol, not the cause. A healthy lifestyle addresses multiple risk factors for high cholesterol, and can lower your risk of heart disease:

ADDRESSING RISK FACTORS
Risk Factor Pritikin Medication
Poor Diet Poor quality diets are often high in processed food items, high in refined grains, added sugars, salt, unhealthy fats and animal-sourced foods, all known to increase the risk of high cholesterol and heart disease. A Pritikin lifestyle eliminates all of these risk factors, focusing on a plant-based, whole food plan.
Obesity Obesity and overweight are linked to hypertension and enlarged left ventricle which increases the risk of heart failure. Obese individuals also have a great risk of developing diabetes. A Washington University School of Medicine study found the Pritikin lifestyle reduces many risks of heart disease, including weight and high cholesterol.
Lack of Exercise Cardiovascular exercise there’s improvements in blood circulation, which may help reduce the risk of developing blood clots or blockages in the arteries. Exercise can increase good HDL cholesterol, which is helpful in the battle against high cholesterol (bad LDL cholesterol).
Smoking Smoking causes one in every four deaths from cardiovascular disease, reports the CDC. Chemicals in cigarette smoke cause the cells that line blood vessels to become inflamed, and as a result narrow, which can lead to cardiovascular conditions. Guests have exclusive access to a proven Smoking Cessation Program at Pritikin.
Age and Genetics The risk for high cholesterol and heart disease can increase when heredity combines with unhealthy lifestyle choices.
Diabetes The American Heart Association lists diabetes as one of the top seven major controllable risk factors to prevent heart disease. Diabetes tends to raise triglycerides and bad cholesterol levels. Diabetes can be controlled with diet and exercise.

We know change is hard. Let us help.

The Pritikin Program Reduces Risk Factors for High Cholesterol, Without Negative Side Effects

 The immersive program at the Pritikin Center allows you to get away from your everyday, and surrounds you in a tropical, supportive environment where the top lifestyle change specialists in the country help you make life-changing, if not life-saving, change.

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Are you taking or considering a medication for weight loss?

Combining the Pritikin Program with Semaglutide or other weight loss medications could potentially speed up weight loss, reduce side effects, preserve lean body mass, and support long-term metabolic health.