What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a necessary ingredient for building cell membranes and hormones, and producing vitamin D and bile. Cholesterol is actually divided into two categories—HDL and LDL. Very high cholesterol levels, however, lead to the development of arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes and gallstones.
What is high cholesterol?
High cholesterol is an elevated total amount of cholesterol in the blood, which is a significant risk factor for hardening of the arteries, stroke, and heart disease.
- High-density lipoprotein, HDL, is capable of removing cholesterol from the blood to the liver and out through the bile, so it is called “good” cholesterol.
- Low-density lipoprotein, LDL (“bad” cholesterol), on the other hand, carries cholesterol to the cells, and it is here that cholesterol is more likely to contribute to the development of plaques and arteriosclerosis. When there is too much cholesterol for the HDLs to pick up, it results in the build-up of cholesterol in the blood.
- A study of people with high cholesterol found that their artery walls didn’t expand when they were supposed to (e.g., after exercise). Arteries that don’t open properly and are clogged with plaque prevent blood from moving through the body quickly enough in times of stress, resulting in the necessity for the heart to pump harder. When this occurs, clots that have formed can easily block the small remaining passage, severely limiting oxygen intake resulting in muscle death and the experience of a heart attack.
Causes of high cholesterol
- High blood cholesterol levels are an indicator of the presence of high levels of free radicals (such as fungal mycotoxins, peroxides, petrochemicals and residue from tobacco smoke, etc.); oxidant damage; and infestation of the body with fungi or other pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria or parasites. It is these high levels of toxins that result in arterial damage and degenerative heart disease.
- Researchers at the World Health Organization and elsewhere have found that a diet of mostly refined carbohydrates increases the presence of fungal mycotoxin blood levels, which in turn trigger the liver to increase its production of circulating cholesterol.
- A sedentary lifestyle
- Alcohol Abuse
- Low fibre, highly processed foods diet
- Medications including cortisone and oral contraceptives
Facts you should know:
- Each year, more than 800,000 Americans suffer their first heart attack.
- A triglyceride level of 250 or higher (which can be lowered via weight loss, exercise and a diet low in fat and sugar) is associated with increased heart attack
- High cholesterol levels are not the cause of diseases but are a risk factor for degenerative diseases such as heart and arterial disease.
- Most heart attacks occur following the rupture of a newly formed plaque – which contains liquid fat and cholesterol. Heart attacks can occur even when the coronary arteries are relatively plaque-free.
- For a better ultrasound exam (echocardiogram), ask the doctor about squeezing a tennis ball during the procedure – doing so boosts blood pressure and heart rate, making it easier for the doctor to spot heart and circulatory system problems.
- The famous 1978 study of 20,000 Harvard alumni confirmed its findings that middle-aged and older men who exercised moderately had half as many heart attacks as their contemporaries who did not exercise.
- Sleeping late reduces stress. In a study, people who woke up after 7:21 a.m. had lower blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who woke up earlier.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Eat brown rice, whole-grain products, potatoes & yams, squash, peas, green & yellow vegetables, cucumbers, beets, fibre, garlic, and fish
- Use mild spices & herbs
- Moderate fruit, sugar, salt, peanuts, alcohol, and fatty plant foods
- Learn to cope with stress
- Lower your blood pressure
- Reduce sodium
- Increase potassium & calcium
- Consume foods rich in antioxidants
- Use organic coconut oil when cooking
- Eat red meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs
- Use milk and milk (even non-fat) products like butter, cheese, yogurt & sour cream
- Hydrogenated oils
- Smoking and second-hand cigarette smoke
- Organic blonde flax seeds have been used for centuries as one of the most effective cholesterol lowering foods because they are rich in several amazing natural compounds – including soluble beta glycan fibres, lignans, essential omega-3 fatty acids (which are important for circulation), and dietary fibres. Take a ¼ cup of fresh ground flaxseed daily. Can be sprinkled over cereal or mixed into a drink or smoothie.
- Cracked Cell Chlorella provides more chlorophyll (1.7 to 3 percent) than any other food. Studies have shown that Chlorella lowers cholesterol because if it’s high omega-3 essential fatty acid content. It has also been credited with reversing the progression of arteriosclerosis and lowering serum cholesterol levels.
A Cholesterol Battle Plan
Take a ‘CHOLESTEROL BATTLE PLAN POWER SHAKE’ on an empty stomach first thing in the morning and then repeat every 4 hours for a total of 4 shakes a day. May be used as a meal replacement or taken in between meals.
CHOLESTEROL BATTLE PLAN POWER SHAKE recipe:
- 5 grams (2 scoops) of Cracked Cell Chlorella
- Mix with the juice of ½ a lemon
- 1Tbs of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
- 3 Tbs of Pineapple Juice
- And top up to a pint with warm water
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