Yesterday we discovered that our own body makes "cholesterol" for optimal health.
And then we learned that it's the "cholesterol" from the food we eat that causes all the problems of "high" cholesterol, heart disease and stroke.
Well . . . today let's continue . . .
So what foods interfere with our health and "cholesterol" levels???
Well . . . that would be . . .
Fatty cuts of red meat like steaks, beef roasts, ribs, pork chops and ground beef
Full fat dairy products like milk, cream, cheese and yogurts
Deep fried fast foods
Processed foods like biscuits, pastries and sweets
Takeaway foods like hamburgers and pizza
Many cooking oil and butter
Okay . . . so now let's figure out what the difference between "bad", "good" and "total" cholesterol are . . . because many conventional doctors just give us a number and don't really explain what all this means.
Now . . . as a general rule . . . HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is considered "good" cholesterol and it absorbs by the body and carried back to the liver. The liver then flushes it out of the body. And "high" levels can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Okay . . . now LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is considered "bad" cholesterol because LDL carries cholesterol directly to our "arteries".
And unfortunately . . . many times this "bad" cholesterol makes up most of the body's "total" cholesterol.
Okay . . . so you may have heard your doctor talk about "total" cholesterol to HDL ratio
But what does this mean???
Well . . . "total" cholesterol is nothing other than the "total" about of cholesterol in the body at any given time and this consists of both HDL and LDL. And the higher the ratio, the higher the risk of heart disease and/or stroke.
And studies suggest that the "total" cholesterol to HDL ratio . . . is a better marker of the risk of heart disease than LDL cholesterol levels alone.
And with this . . . conventional medicine wants this ration to be below 5:1 (bad:good). With a VERY GOOD ratio being below 3.5:1.
Okay . . . now let's talk about the number they give us when we get our cholesterol tested.
Well . . . conventional medicine says due to "so many" of us being overweight and unhealthy . . . they've raised the bar to a higher number than a "healthy" number should really be . . .
You heard me right . . . conventional medicine states that "total" cholesterol levels 200 or less are considered desirable for adults. And a reading between 200 and 239 is considered borderline high and a reading of 240 and above are considered dangerously high.
BUT . . . in "reality" . . . our total cholesterol should be 100 plus our age . . .
That's right . . . and I'll us me as an example
I'm 65 . . . now add to my 65 . . . 100 and this equals 165 . . . that's what my "total" cholesterol should be for optimal health. Which it is . . .
Now . . . according to conventional medicine and it padding this number scale. If you had a "total" cholesterol of 200 . . . you would have to be 100 years old.
How does this make sense???
So tomorrow we'll continue and talk about natural ways to control our cholesterol.
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