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High Blood Cholesterol - Understand it

Updated on January 5, 2014

The myth of cholesterol

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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.

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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.

Controlling Cholesterol

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.

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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.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I live in western Washington. Sun exposure ain't happening here. LOL

      Good suggestions for sure; nice job!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Interesting article! I did not know the relationship between sunshine and cholesterol before. Glad to say that I usually get plenty of sunshine!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yay for sunshine! Outdoor walks! And water! Three of my favorite things!

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      Scott P Williams 3 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Thanks for reading Billy, Stephanie and Sunshine. Billy that's pretty funny. The only thing I can say is diet, active lifestyle and Vitamin D3 pills.

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      Donna Campbell Smith 3 years ago from Central North Carolina

      Will basking in a sunny window give you the same benefit as being outdoors in the sun as far as Vitamin D is concerned. I am sure being outside and exercising is best, but in cold weather I wondered about a sunny window.

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      Scott P Williams 3 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Donna

      There are different types of sun rays and the rays you need for vitamin D creation are blocked by the glass. You need to be outside.

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      Donna Campbell Smith 3 years ago from Central North Carolina

      Thanks, Scott for that info.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This is a wonderful explanation. I have high cholesterol, but really didn't know much about it. I have been drinking more water because I stopped drinking coffee recently. What's interesting to me is that last December, my liver enzymes were high. It turned out I had to have my gallbladder out. But what's even more interesting to me is the fact that it happened at the same time I first found out about my cholesterol.

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      Scott P Williams 3 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Many things can factor into elevated liver enzymes. It would be difficult for me to comment on that.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Scott....I think I love you!....My Dr...(I love her too) makes such a huge deal about my "levels" whenever my semi-annual blood work comes back, and we have the same damned talk every time! She tells me all the appropriate "Dr. stuff" and I bicker with her (which is what I do best)....

      Each time I tell her: "Doc, I'm looking you in the face and telling you IT IS NOT MY DIET....IT IS NOT MY LIFE STYLE. I come from a long line of individuals with high LDL readings....grandmother, mother, aunts, sister....we ALL had those dreaded readings." All of them, except my sister (and partner in crime) & I, ....all the other ladies followed all the rules, adhered to the diets, took the meds....(statins, etc) and continued to get poor levels and stress and anxiety as well. Not my sis and I.....I refused to take statins after seeing the ZERO results of downing that poison for over a year. 86 the statins! I started taking Red Rice Yeast every single night. After only 6 months, I had the first significant drop in LDL ever. Ha ha, Doc, so there. I do drink plenty of water & other NO-sugar fluids.

      I and every health-conscious Western New Yorker takes Vitamin D, which I know is actually a hormone.......we just don't get enough sun. Period.

      Bottom line...we have to stay informed...do our homework....KNOW our own bodies and HISTORIES and be our own best advocate. The other important thing I wish more people would understand is that it is not only OK to not consider your Dr is GOD...but we have an obligation to ourselves to be vigilant.....and it's also OK to tell your Dr. (respectfully) what you think and how you want to be in charge while still following their medical advice to a degree.

      Sorry...but I go into speel-mode when I'm seriously into a particular topic! Thanks for writing this....UP++ shared, pinned & tweeted.

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