Cholesterol to the Rescue
Cholesterol is NOT the “Monster” you have been led to believe it is. Our liver makes as much cholesterol as our body asks it to make. The body cannot function efficiently without cholesterol.
“Apparently”, high blood cholesterol promotes the narrowing of arteries, making it difficult for blood to flow freely. If high cholesterol did promote a narrowing of the arteries, then those with high cholesterol should evidently develop narrowing of the arteries far more than those with low cholesterol – but this is not so!
Cholesterol is a rebuilder. A repairer. It is a foundation building block for hormones. It is a carrier.
More on the Functions of Cholesterol…
Raw Material for Vitamin D – Cholesterol provides the raw material to make vitamin D, which supports bone health. Vitamin D is also required for nerve function, growth, mineral metabolism, muscles, insulin production, reproduction, and the immune system
Raw Material for Bile Salts – Required for fat digestion and nutrient absorption, the metabolism of the fat-soluble vitamins, cholesterol is oxidized by the liver into bile acids, which are excreted from the liver into bile and stored in the gallbladder.
Your body produces three to four times more cholesterol than you eat. 20-25% of that production occurs in the liver. However, cholesterol is so essential to the body, that all the body cells can also produce it according to demand. In particular, the intestines, adrenal glands, placenta, and sex glands have high synthesis rates. The rate of cholesterol synthesis in the liver is under feedback control, to maintain a normally constant cholesterol level. When the dietary intake is high, liver synthesis is low; when intake is low, synthesis increases.
Some Causes of Why Cholesterol is so high in today's society
As a society, we are consuming more refined carbohydrates and sugars than ever (pies, pastries, breads, pastas, rice, potatoes, biscuits, cakes, sweets), which is converted to glucose into the blood stream. This overload of sugar forces a high release of insulin, which in turns triggers the liver to produce enzymes that produce more cholesterol as part of our defense system.
As a carrier of Vitamin D, cholesterol levels may go up when we do not expose our skin to the sun daily (at least 15 minutes per day). Higher cholesterol is an Intelligent response to ensure a higher absorption of Vitamin D.
Frequent flying puts the vascular system under tremendous pressure. The body is under an air pressure at
30 000 feet in the sky which can cause deep vein thrombosis for example. Thus as an intelligent reaction, the body lines the arteries and veins in a protective action against the pressure from ongoing, regular / frequent flying.
Chronic “fight and flight” – constant high stress levels are corrosive to our inner cellular environment – cholesterol comes to protect
How you can lower your Cholesterol levels naturally
Eat a fiber rich diet, filled with whole foods that are also rich in natural fats, like avocadoes and olives, nuts and seeds. Foods that produce Nitric Oxide include leafy greens, beets, cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower and legumes.
Our diets require constant friendly bacteria and probiotic restoration and replenishment. Home-made fermented vegetables are life-saving.
Body movement changes the metabolic rate of the cell, thus when we move, walk, dance, play, exercise, we burn the energy rather than requiring a storage to fat for later use.
Studies show that people with high LDL-cholesterol lived the longest and high LDL cholesterol does not predispose a person to cardiovascular disease.
In summary, LDL (low-density lipoprotein) serves to repair and rebuild where there is damage (due to chronic inflammation for example), to plug a hole so to speak where there is damage in the “skin”/the “walls” of the cell.
HDL (high-density lipoprotein) collects and carries, whether Vitamin D or LDL, that completed its task.
Understand what the function requirement of the cholesterol in your body, based upon your lifestyle (long hours being office bound, little sunshine, plenty of air travel, not moving enough, diet high in sugars, constant highly stressed state, diet high in animal proteins which produces higher levels of acid residue in the body and vascular system, all things which are changeable to a healthier balance.
Implementing the 5-Track Plan Principles into your life may offer long term results…