Often we are told cholesterol is bad for your health but is it really true. I am going to explain to you what I have found out About Cholesterol and how it is related to your overall health. The fact is that 80% of cholesterol is made in the liver while the rest is from dietary sources. Also, the body only makes more cholesterol than it needs if there is inflammation in the body and more cholesterol is required to repair body cells and produce hormones. Here is what you should understand about cholesterol. Certain types of carbohydrates that are broken down into simple sugars are the culprits of inflammation in the body.
Eating good fats like olive oil, avocado, coconut oil can actually promote good cholesterol and keep the levels normal.
What is Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a compound required by the body as a building block for cell membranes and for hormones like estrogen and testosterone. Most of the cholesterol is produced in the liver and the rest from dietary sources. Food sources like eggs, meat, fish, and dairy products.
This may help increase cholesterol production, but not all cholesterol produced by the body is bad. While there is bad cholesterol, good cholesterol is utilized to repair cells and also to make hormones for the body’s maximum function.
Good and Bad Cholesterol
LDL (low-density lipoprotein)
This type of cholesterol is called bad because when the liver makes it in excess, the excess cholesterol is stored in your arteries which can cause problems with blood flow in your body.
HDL (high-density lipoprotein)
This type of cholesterol is called good because when the liver makes it in excess, the excess is returned to the liver so that it does not cause health issues in the arteries.
Cholesterol belongs to the lipid family(fats). The certain type of foods will raise the levels of cholesterol in your body are sugars found from eating excess fruit, foods that break down into sugars like grains, flour products, and potatoes. These foods break down into simple sugars (glucose) which are then converted into fat and cholesterol in the liver. Sweet potato does not do this though it is converted into complex sugars.
Foods that are easily broken into simple sugars like white rice, white potatoes, white pasta can easily raise your blood sugar which then raises your LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol as well. Brown rice and other whole foods have a less detrimental effect on your health. This because the fiber found in these foods takes longer to digest and make you fill fuller for longer. The complex sugars are released much slower into the bloodstream. Another thing is that fiber also binds cholesterol which can then be passed in the stools.
It is better to lower your cholesterol naturally than with medication because some medications are known to have side effects. Avoid eating foods that are broken down into simple sugars which in turn can raise your LDL cholesterol. Decreasing your cholesterol levels naturally can be difficult without getting your liver to work better. Also, decreasing the amount of sugar (glucose) levels and burning out the excess glycogen can help lower LDL bad cholesterol.
When the body does not need to use glucose for energy use for our cells, it stores it in the liver and muscles. The stored glucose is made up of many glucose molecules and is called glycogen. When the body needs a quick boost of energy or when the body isn’t getting glucose from food, glycogen is broken down to release glucose into the bloodstream to be used as fuel for the cells.
It is important to understand that high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease all follow the same mechanism of action. These can all be treated similarly. Some simple rules to follow in consultation with your physician are:
- lowering the number of sugars/carbohydrates intake
- get the body to burn out glycogen by lowering your intake of sugars/carbohydrates
- get the body to burn fat/cholesterol for fuel instead of sugar
Intermittent fasting can come in handy to lower your cholesterol naturally. I will write more about this in my next article.
Good luck and Happy Life