We spoke yesterday about "diabetes" and unfortunately if someone has diabetes, they often times have high "cholesterol" also.
Nearly 29 million adults in the U.S. have a total "cholesterol" level higher than 240.
This number is mind blowing to me and unfortunately, those statistics are the people that have been diagnosed. Many of us don't even know we have high "cholesterol" until we get tested. And most people don't have any symptoms, so they don't get tested.
So let's better understand the process of this "cholesterol".
Okay . . . "cholesterol" is a waxy substance that the body needs to build cells. So "cholesterol" is not the enemy, it's actually critical for life . . .
Unless . . . we have too much . . . this now becomes a health crisis.
As we know . . . there are 2 types of cholesterol . . . LDL which is the "bad" and HDL which is the "good". And if the body has "too" much of the "bad", or "not" enough of the "good", this now increases the risk that "cholesterol" will slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain.
At this time . . . "cholesterol" can join with other substances to form a thick, hard deposit on the inside of the arteries. This can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible. This is called "atherosclerosis". And if a blood clot forms and blocks one of these narrowed arteries . . . a heart attack or stroke can be the result.
Okay . . . so where does this "cholesterol" come from???
Well . . . the body actually makes its own "cholesterol" in the liver. That's a good thing!
And guess what? . . . the cholesterol the liver makes is "all" the body needs.
This cholesterol the body make plays a critical role in enhancing brain health and memory, maintaining hormone balance, enabling sexual function and keeping our skin and cell membranes throughout the body intact.
So . . . we can clearly see . . . how important "cholesterol" is to the body and optimal health.
Okay . . . now any added "cholesterol" such as in fried foods, fast foods, fatty meat like chicken legs, bacon, beef. organ meat, processed meats, shellfish, sardines, eggs, whipped cream, cheeses, butter and full fat yogurts . . . are not needed and are high in saturated and/or trans fats.
You see . . . the body is already making enough "cholesterol" and these other added saturated and trans fats that are added into the body are called "dietary cholesterol" and cause the liver to make even more "cholesterol" . . . more than the body needs to be healthy.
And at this point . . . . this is where your "cholesterol" can register "high".
So how do we lower our "cholesterol"???
Well . . . first and foremost . . . stop eating added " dietary cholesterol" foods!
Next . . . there are certain elements that will help with this issue such as "soluble fiber" (I did a Health tip on this a while back), Psyllium, Phytosterols, garlic, red yeast rice, ginger and flaxseed.
Another element is one of my favorite spices . . . "Turmeric".
Turmeric affects total cholesterol, lowering LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. All while preventing LDL from being oxidized.
In closing today . . . the other element that conventional medicine misleads us on is this . . .
They tell us that if our total cholesterol is 200 or below . . . we are good to go.
But . . . in reality . . . your optimal total cholesterol should be your age plus 100.
For example . . . I'm 64 . . . add 100 to that number and my optimal total cholesterol should be 164. If it was 200 . . . I'd have to be 100 years old. How does that make sense??
This is your "optimal" total cholesterol . . . the cholesterol that the liver makes for optimal health . . . not the added saturated and trans fats we are putting into our body on a daily basis.
So choose ;your food wisely people.
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