High Blood Cholesterol - Understand it
The myth of cholesterol
What is Cholesterol
When attempting to understand your cholesterol consider the following:
- There is no such thing as bad cholesterol
- 85% of cholesterol is produced by the liver or the cells
- Low cholesterol diet alone is not enough to alter cholesterol levels
- The body produces more cholesterol when dehydrated
- Cholesterol is used by the body to create many vital substances like the hormone known as vitamin D, bile salts and the many natural steroids our body produces
Cholesterol is an oily substance that cannot travel through the body on its own. Because blood is water based, cholesterol requires the help of protein to get where it needs to go. Low density lipoprotein is the protein that carries cholesterol throughout the blood vessels to its assigned destination. When there is too much cholesterol in the system high density lipoprotein comes along to remove the excess cholesterol. Therefore, LDL is considered the bad and HDL is considered the good. All of the previous is basic knowledge and can be found in various places on the internet or in the average health book.
Water - H2O
How to Lower Cholesterol
Diet is only responsible for a small portion of cholesterol in the body. Therefore, if you want to substantially lower your cholesterol, you have to learn how your body functions.
Cholesterol is going to be produced by the body no matter what because it is an essential substance. However, there are circumstances that cause the body to produce more cholesterol than it should. Honest research is our only proof but chances are that these circumstances may all be related to one main issue; chronic dehydration. Let me explain.
When in a state of dehydration the body is forced to deal with highly concentrated blood. The blood concentration is highest just after eating a meal. Once the body's free standing water is used up, the blood begins to use water from other sources such as from within the cells. Some cells have the ability to protect themselves by producing protective coverings made out of self produced cholesterol. While other cells must depend on the liver to produce excess cholesterol that will allow them to also protect themselves from the water stealing, concentrated blood. The cells use the cholesterol like mud to seal themselves and keep what available water they have inside. However, at some point they must shed this covering and spit that cholesterol into the blood stream. When dehydration is chronic, this cycle is ongoing and reaches its high points after every meal that excludes the intake of sufficient water.
Staying hydrated isn't the only way to lower your cholesterol. A steady dose of sunshine will also help to lower total cholesterol in your body. Hopefully, you know that sun exposure results in the creation of vitamin D in the human body and that our body uses cholesterol as the main ingredient to do this. Relative and safe sun exposure is something that is absolutely mandatory for optimal health. Relative sun exposure means that your location and skin tone directly correlate with the amount of time you can safely spend in the sun.
Geographical locations makes a huge difference especially when you consider the 4 seasons of the year and how the temperatures fluctuate. When it is 95 degrees outside, less sun will be necessary than if it is only 55 degrees. Also, dark skin is considered to be like a natural sun screen and must be factored in to the amount of time spent in the sun.
- White or fair skin should average about 15 - 30 minutes of direct sun per day
- brown skin (medium) about 30 minutes of direct sun per day
- brown skin (dark) 45 - 60 minutes of direct sun per day
Education is necessary but common sense is mandatory. If the sun gets so hot that your skin is uncomfortable, then you've probably had too much. No matter what, the recommended times should be followed and safe sun screen or some type of shading should be used after your allotted time has passed. Also, remember that there are millions of dollars being made from the use of sun screen and you should consider that when you read information about the use of it. Man has been in the sun for his/her entire existence. Why would we suddenly and totally stop our sun exposure now.
Statin Drugs and Cholesterol
Water and Sunshine
Two great ways to lower you total cholesterol are with water and sunshine. Water cleanses your entire body and provides the second most important material in your body, when concerning your health. (Oxygen is the first) Water dilutes your blood and keeps it thin which is one of the reasons people take Aspirin and Plavix. Because the first sign of dehydration is pain, water will rid your body of aches and pains as well. Hopefully, when you are free of aches and pains you will become more active which also leads to a third way to lower your cholesterol; exercise.
If you haven't figured it out yet, the best place to exercise is outside in the sun. Just by being outside you will take in sun rays but if you don't take in direct sun light then you need to stay outside longer than the recommended times. Sun exposure will produce vitamin D in your body which will lead to a large decrease in sick time, better sleep and an overall calmer nervous system. Remember, when your body is short of vitamin D, it will use other substances to compensate. So, by allowing the sun to do its job, you free up other hormones in your body to do their normally assigned jobs. These jobs include controlling your sexual function, sleeping pattern and immune system.
Sunshine is absolutely free and water is very cheap for most of us in this world. Nature has given us everything we need to live an enjoyable life. The healthcare system is going down the toilet as we speak. Learning a few natural health techniques may just be worth its weight in gold.
More on the benefits of sunshine
- Sun Bathing
The benefits of regular and sensable exposure to The Sun