So the other day, I had a request from a very dear friend of mind that wanted to know about "Cholesterol".
So today, we're going to take a little break from talking about "weight loss" to address this very serious issue.
So first up . . . what is "cholesterol" and how does it affect us???
Well . . . "cholesterol" is a waxy type of "fat" or "lipid". And this "fat" . . . moves throughout the body in our blood.
Now . . . these "lipids" are just substances that do not dissolve in water and therefore . . . do not come apart in blood.
Okay . . . so that seems simple enough . . . right?
Well guess what???
The body actually "makes" its own "cholesterol" in small amounts in the liver and is "harmless" to our health . . .
In fact . . . we actually "need" this blood "cholesterol" that the body makes to build the structure of cell membranes and make hormones like estrogen, testosterone and adrenal. It also helps the body's metabolism work efficiently and is essential for the production of vitamin D.
So you can clearly see . . . just how important this blood "cholesterol" is to our body and optimal health.
Okay . . . so where does "cholesterol" go BAD???
Well . . . that would be the "cholesterol" we get from eating animal fat or synthetic fats.
You see . . . what causes a "high" cholesterol problem in the body isn't from what the body makes . . . it's from the food high in saturated fats and trans-fats that we eat.
So what else can cause "high" cholesterol in the body???
Well . . . our Thyroid hormones help the liver process blood . . . and when thyroid levels are low . . . the liver processes blood more slowly . . . makes sense right???
Well . . . this can lead to higher levels of "cholesterol" in the bloodstream, which can cause a buildup of "cholesterol" in your arteries.
So what else can cause "cholesterol" to get stuck in our blood causing a health issue???
Well . . . many different factors can contribute to "high" cholesterol like smoking, an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise . . . as well as . . . having an underlying condition such as high blood pressure and/or diabetes.
And with this . . . fatty deposits can develop in our blood vessels. And eventually . . .these deposits grow, making it difficult for enough blood to flow through the arteries.
And worse yet . . . if those deposits break off suddenly . . . they can form a clot that causes a heart attack or stroke.
Okay . . . so tomorrow let's better understand the difference between "good", "bad" and "total" cholesterol. Then figure out a way to solve (or dissolve) this problem of "high cholesterol".
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