Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all cells of the body. Your body needs cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest your food. Cholesterol can be further divided into the commonly known HDL (good) and LDL (bad). However, it is important to note that both HDL and LDL are important and it’s the balance of the two that matters most. Each has its purpose.
LDL is the molecule that carries fatty acids throughout the body for cells to make energy and other structures necessary for function. LDL can be viewed as an amazon truck that takes and delivers these fatty acids to various addresses (cells) throughout the nation (body).
HDL can be viewed as a dump truck that goes and picks ups the cells waste products lefts along the roads (arteries). If there is not enough HDL compared to LDL, there will be a lot of waste accumulating on the road (arteries), which can lead to blocks of flow. For this reason it is important to make sure these two are balanced.
However, HDL and LDL are not the only contributors. For this reason, if the general blood work comes back high for cholesterol, triglycerides and others, we follow it up with a more specialized testing giving us more specific information regarding the number and size of the LDL/HDL particles, as well as the intermediary molecules that create HDL and LDL.
Conventionally, medications are used to lower cholesterol levels.
How we treat High Cholesterol naturally:
It is imperative we not forego the purpose of cholesterol and all the applications it has in the body. If cholesterol falls too low, we will begin to see other symptoms related to hormones, mood/behavior, nutrient deficiencies and others. More importantly, we strive to balance cholesterol levels so as to maintain other body functions and enhance protection to oxidation and destruction throughout the body.
One of the major triggers we consider is diet. High intake of simple/refined carbohydrates increase levels of cholesterol more than eating cholesterol as in eggs. On this same note, quality is important. We cannot expect the same results with a low and high quality food. Together with proper education of how cholesterol can benefit and harm the body, along with dietary modifications, exercise, decreasing stress and others we can improve overall function.