Nutrition

Cholesterol | What Is It? How To Lower Cholesterol?

Written by Jamie Bantleman


Cholesterol.. Friend Or Foe?


Cholesterol, a widely used word, but do you have the correct information that can help determine your health? Many people are told that their cholesterol is too high. What does that really mean? Break it down, ask for full readings and an informative analysis of your cholesterol ratio.

 

Two types of cholesterol are LDL and HDL. The first is unhealthy and is the one in which we need to keep low. This is hampered by the western diet of high sugars from over-loading in carbohydrates when your body cannot tolerate them. Some people are different, e.g. my tolerance may be lower than yours, you could be able to eat plenty of clean carbs and I may not. LDL is also elevated by a lack of exercise in conjunction with poor diet choices.


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I can bet that anyone reading this will have or know someone who has any of these issues, as sad as that is, it’s true:

 

  1. Increased risk of cancer
  2. Increased risk or have diabetes type 1 and 2.
  3. High cholesterol
  4. Depression
  5. Increased risk of heart disease

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Cholesterol can have a major part to play in all of these issues. Your other part of the ratio in cholesterol is HDL, this is the part in which we need to keep high by use of healthy saturated fats such as, coconut oil, fish, avocado and red meat. This HDL cholesterol will do many amazing things; firstly they help oxidise the fats that can cause inflammation in the arteries. This is something that will help blood flow and decrease the risk of heart disease.

 

Cholesterol actually regulates your hormonal health in many ways, it is the major molecule in which Vitamin D binds too. This is the vitamin that is often found to be very low in cancer patients and those that suffer with depression (taking a good quality vitamin D3 supplement is strongly advised).

 

Your liver function would also suffer if Cholesterol wasn’t managed efficiently. Due to high toxicity in the modern day world, our liver function must be optimised. As well as the obvious advice to reduce alcohol intake. Cholesterol is something that actually helps synthesise the bile acids which helps detoxify the liver.


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It also helps insulate the cell membranes in the brain, nervous system, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. This is your central nervous system, one of the most important systems in the body, causing a breakdown here would lead to disaster in the human functionality.

 

If your serum levels are low, which is often found then please get your bloods checked for Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin D. All in which are easily fixable through correct dosage of organic supplementation.

 

What is needed, is the right nutrition with plenty of good proteins and fats, clean carbohydrates such as sweet potato and quinoa if tolerated well and clean healthy fats. Alongside this an effective and sustainable training plan with the correct supplementation of Zinc, Omega 3, Vit D3 and Magnesium. Nothing crazy, just simple and clever changes to your lifestyle that will improve quality of life by a tenfold.


 

 

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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye Reid has a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Physiology and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition. Faye has worked with numerous high-profile oranisations, such as Men's Health, Sky Sports, Huddersfield Giants, Warrington Wolves, British Dressage and GB Rowing, providing her expert sports science support. Find out more about Faye's experience here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/faye-reid-8b619b122/. She puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding.


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