There’s a lot of confusion and mis-information about Cholesterol, so let’s clear a few things up here: The fat and cholesterol you eat does NOT go straight to your arteries and clog them. That’s not how the body works AT ALL. That’s a fear tactic pharmaceutical companies use to get you on their statins. Cholesterol is a HEALING molecule, a major building block, and an antioxidant; it’s so VITAL to our body that God made EVERY SINGLE CELL IN OUR BODY produce it. When you see a reading of your Total Cholesterol, your LIVER made most of that. Very, very little of the cholesterol in our BLOOD comes from the food we eat.
Our brain needs TONS of cholesterol to function; our sex hormones are made from cholesterol, Vitamin D is made from cholesterol, bile is made from cholesterol; every time the body has an injury (say, a damaged artery from Insulin or toxic chemicals), the liver sends cholesterol to the site to Heal and Seal the damage. Even mental stress signals the body to produce more cholesterol.
Lipo-proteins are proteins that carry fat and cholesterol inside of them. Low-Density Lipoproteins carry fats and cholesterol from the liver to other places in the body, and High Density Lipoproteins carry the waste products back to the liver. Cholesterol does NOT equal lipo-proteins. Measuring Lipoproteins is a way (some say an inaccurate way) of measuring the amount of cholesterol in your body. Lipo-proteins are NOT ALL THE SAME. Seven have been identified so far; some are big, fluffy, and un-damaging, some are small, dense, and damaging. Particle density tests can show the differences, but you’ll have to ask. Otherwise, your doctor will prescribe the cholesterol test created in the 1970s to make a proclamation about your health. Sound smart?
Cholesterol has been demonized, but that’s undeserved. OXIDIZED cholesterol, and OXIDIZED lipoproteins, now they’re dangerous. How do you Oxidize? Lots of ways: eat sugars and flours that raise the blood sugar levels above normal; eat Trans Fats; eat, breath, wear, or slather on chemicals that go right to the blood stream; or flood your blood stream with Cortisol (your stress hormone), as opposed to “managing” your stress via your mind, exercise, yoga, meditation, etc.
Bottom line on clogged arteries? Sugar and flours raise Insulin levels, increased insulin damages arteries, causes inflammation, completely shuts down fat burning in muscle cells, raises LDL and VLDL, and lowers HDL. Trans fats and chemicals also increase inflammation and cause damage. Our Food Matters; every bite we take either makes us healthier or sicker.
Cholesterol Clarity is a great, great book with the latest research from 28 Cardiologists and Lipid (fat) Researchers. It’s an EASY read and honestly MIND BLOWING. Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis and Grain Brain by Dr. David Peremutter are also Must Reads. If you care about your health, you must take your health into your Own Hands. Learn how your body works. No one cares about you, or your loved ones, as much as you do.
Let me end with a couple of recipes. The first is some granola I had this weekend at an Energy workshop ( it was all about Quantum Physics and Cool Stuff), and it’s called Paleo Granola. My friend Ginny made it and it might have been the most popular food there. OMGosh. Here’s the link:http://www.paleocupboard.com/granola.html. The next recipe we made here Friday night when a couple of my college girls were home. It’s called Keto Lemon Coconut Balls -AHHH! these were delicious! We used Creme Fraiche instead of cream cheese, and real lemon juice, and more coconut than it called for. (I can never stick to a recipe) Can’t wait to make these again! http://ketogenicwoman.com/keto-lemon-coconut-balls/.
Eating well and being healthy doesn’t mean boiled chicken and steamed broccoli. That’s called “dieting”, and dieting never works. Instead, eat healthy fats and proteins, tons of vegetables, some fruits, some nuts and seeds, and some whole fat dairy (if your stomach says yes). Eating well is delicious, and satisfying, and satiating. Inflammation decreases, healing begins, and your brain will quit screaming at you to keep eating. Eat Real Whole Foods.