Cholesterol is a waxy substance the body creates when it combines fats and proteins. The other word for cholesterol is lipoproteins. The function of lipoproteins is to go through the body to help make cell membranes (which apply to all cells in the body), many hormones, vitamin D, and production of bile salts for fat digestion.
There are two types of cholesterol.
LDL - Low Density Lipoproteins (these are considered as bad proteins)
HDL - High Density Lipoproteins (and they are considered good proteins)
VLDL - Very Low Density Lipoproteins (the liver makes these)
What really causes elevated cholesterol levels?
The liver makes VLDL from the foods we eat and it also makes VLDL out of what is available to it in the body already. Immediately after VLDL is created the liver sends them through your body to handle any repairs or maintenances. When the VLDL is released through the arteries is turns into LDL. Then the body will receive HDL's back which have organic material that it brings back to the Liver for the liver to sort through and process.
The body's goal is to return to a state of balance (homeostasis). So, when the body reacts or adapts to increasing cholesterol levels we need to ask why? And what part of the body is asking for cholesterol?
Take a look over and see if the following physical conditions exist. You can also go to your doctor a get a "CRP" blood test. This test alone can detect for inflammation is in the body and blood vessels.
anything ending in “itis”.
With the goal of homeostasis in mind, the body is springing into action in an effort to bring down the inflammation – to return to a state of homeostasis.
When the Balance is Off
When there is an abundance of LDL than you can say, we have a concern. too much LDL will pile onto the arteries and if too much piles up than the artery walls thicken and the arteries can slowly close. This limits blood flow and increases the risk of heart attack or stroke. If cardiovascular injury does occur the body will do its best to repair, however scar tissue is permanent.
The Body Needs
A lot more has been learned to help prevent these issues so the body can be allowed to use cholesterol to build and fix the body and prevent or reversed with exercise and nutrition.
The answer to elevated cholesterol is not cholesterol lowering drugs – they don’t solve the underlying problem. Support healthy cholesterol levels in the body by reducing inflammation. Once you do, you’ll find your cholesterol levels will normalize.
Use Nutritional “WHOLE FOOD SUPPLEMENTATION” to support the part of the body that required more cholesterol in the first place. If you need my consultation you can reach out to me and we can have an appointment and find out what you need specifically.
At the very minimum, please consume healthy fats, and if you have concerns that your cholesterol is in dangerous levels, send me an email and I will work in coordination with your primary care physician we can get it on track.
To Your Health!