5 main reasons why we become fat Part 5 - Cholesterol
What you need to know about cholesterol
Cholesterol has come under fire a lot over the last 10 years as being a major cause of heart disease, the government in an attempt to solve the problem has told people to stop eating foods that contain saturated fats and to consume fat free products instead and to add more grains and cereals to a diet that is already to high in refined carbohydrates. Most of the research to back these claims up came from studies done on rabbits and as we know rabbits are vegetarians designed to thrive on a plant based diet, humans on the other hand are designed to function at optimal health on meats, healthy fats, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. So what works for a rabbit won’t work for us. Because of these recommendations heart disease has continued to raise at alarming rates and obesity and poor health are becoming the norm. We have come into an era where the human race is sicker and fatter then ever before.
Cholesterol is used to make new cells all of the major hormones in your body, testosterone, progesterone, pregnenolone and DHEA, these hormones keep us functioning normally. Cholesterol is made in the liver from healthy fats bought into the body through our diet. When we consume a low fat diet these hormones can’t be made and the effects of this can be seen as a lack of long lasting energy, tired in the afternoons, loss in sexual drive, being more aggressive, poor memory, brain fog and the list goes on.
HDL cholesterol can be looked at as the garbage men of cholesterol, HDL (high density lipoproteins) collects cholesterol from around your body like arteries and tissue and take it back to your liver to be reuse. That’s right reused meaning the body has a purpose for cholesterol and doesn’t excrete it, showing that we need cholesterol in our bodies.
LDL Cholesterol is the cholesterol that gets a bad rap and yes there is some truth to this, but there are 2 main types of LDL (low density lipoproteins), small and large LDL. Large LDL are like big fluffy balls running around your blood stream carry proteins to target organs, muscles and cells. Small LDL are small and hard in there make up and can get caught in little splits in the arterial wall lining and then oxidize (rust) and cause inflammation, this inflammation is what can build up and cause a stoke or heart attack.
Ways to lower Small LDL
1) Avoid eating sugar and grains
2) Avoid eating trans fats
3) Exercise frequently 3-4 days a week and stay active on other days.
4) Quiet smoking
5) Avoid alcohol
6) Control emotional stress as best you can
What food to eat to lower Small LDL
1) Vegetables, alkalizing your body is one of the best ways to reduce inflammation.
2) Eat healthy fats with every meal, a minimum of 1/3 of your diet should be from healthy fats.
- Olives and extra virgin olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Raw nuts
- Organic raw dairy products like butter, cream and cheese
- Eggs lightly cooked with the yokes
- Organic grass-fed meats
So from that we can see that HDL and large LDL are good for us and we need these types of cholesterol to function and feel good. What we need to do is focus on lowering our Small LDL.
I hope this gives you a better understanding of what cholesterol does for the body and why it is important that we have adequate levels of HDL and LDL. Cholesterol lowering drugs are not fixing the problem, they are just trying poorly to put a band aid on the issue and are causing other health issues at the same time. We need to go to the cause of the problem and that problem is a sedentary lifestyle and poor nutrition, a diet that is too high in processed foods, trans fat and grains while being very low in protein, fresh vegetable and healthy fats.
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