Cholesterol Isn’t Dangerous To Our Health — It’s Essential!

Cholesterol Has Been Framed

Just because cholesterol is present in clogged arteries doesn’t mean it’s the problem in and of itself. It’s understandable why people think this way — it seems reasonable to conclude that if arteries are clogged with cholesterol, then cholesterol must be the bad guy. But things aren’t always as they seem!

Chronic inflammation is the problem…it’s the root cause of coronary artery disease. Not cholesterol.

When we continually drive inflammation at the cellular level — with an unhealthy diet, poor sleep, no exercise, toxin exposure, etc. — our body will continue to try to put out the inflammatory fire with cholesterol. Over time, that cholesterol can build up and create plaques that could potentially block arteries.

Inflammation: The Real Killer

Now that you know cholesterol isn’t the bogeyman we’ve all been led to believe that it is, you may be wondering why 25% of the population over the age of 40 is on a statin drug to lower cholesterol levels…that’s a great question! And one with a rather simple answer: treating high cholesterol with pharmaceuticals makes a lot of people a lot of money.

Americans consume 60% of all the world’s medications, yet we only comprise around 5% of the world’s population.

Instead of focusing so heavily on cholesterol as the sole indicator of cardiovascular disease, we should be looking deeper at the real killer: inflammation.

Inflammation in the arterial walls is what lays the groundwork for plaque formation, as I mentioned above, and needs to be evaluated alongside a complete cholesterol panel that differentiates particle sizes and densities to more accurately assess risk for coronary artery disease.

Measuring Inflammation in the Body

Two blood tests are especially helpful for measuring inflammation in the body: CRP (C-reactive protein) and homocysteine. In addition to those, a comprehensive cholesterol breakdown — as opposed to an isolated total cholesterol number or basic HDL/LDL check — should be obtained, as it segments the different types and particle sizes of cholesterol and measures ratios to show a more complete picture. This is known as a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Lipoprotein Profile. All of these tests should be analyzed together to assess overall cardiovascular risk.

Don’t settle for a basic cholesterol panel at your doctor’s office!

How Can You Reduce Your Risk for Cardiovascular Disease?

If you find out your inflammation levels are high, the absolute best way to reduce inflammation in the body is through fasting. If you’re new to fasting, check out my tips for the best ways to start in this blog. Try intermittent fasting at the beginning, where you limit your eating window to 8 or 10 hours each day, then build up to a full water fast when you’re ready. Always check with your doctor before fasting if you have medical conditions or are on medications.

We’re the sickest nation in the world and getting sicker. We consume approximately 60% of all the world’s medications, yet we only comprise around 5% of the world’s population…that should make us pause to evaluate what we’re doing wrong!

Start eating a whole food, nutrient dense diet brimming with tons of organic vegetables and fruits, pasture-raised meats and wild-caught fish, and healthy fats…yes, fats!

Always choose organic, pasture-raised animals for optimal healthy fat and nutrient content.

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