Cholesterol is a lipid that is produced in an abundant amount by the liver; a lipid by definition is a group of fats or fat-like substances that are insoluble (unable to dissolve) in water and soluble (dissolve) in alcohol. Cholesterol is essential to the body as it makes up a large portion of a cell’s membrane wall. Cholesterol is also the material that the body uses to make other vital substances such as steroids, hormones, fat-soluble vitamins, and bile that is used to help digest fats.
Cholesterol plaque carries a wide range of health risks and can quickly become life threatening; this has led to the promotion of low-cholesterol diets. It was believed that high-cholesterol diets led to high cholesterol levels and plaque within the body. This theory has since been proven not accurate, as reducing dietary cholesterol intake does not lower cholesterol levels in everyone. For something to be fact in regards to health and science, it must work with all participants.
To understand cholesterol and cholesterol levels, and when and why something so vital becomes dangerous, the functions of cholesterol and health must first be understood.
Cholesterol and Cell Health
Cells are surrounded by fluids. The health of the cells are dependent on the condition of these fluids. These fluids are either acidic or alkaline (base). Acids are corrosive and damaging, and bases are soothing and healing. Imagine a fish and the condition of the water the fish lives in. If the water becomes too polluted (acidic), the fish cannot maintain health and if the water is not corrected, the fish dies.
We see this in nature as well. Nature, like the body, strives to maintain a specific balance; when the environment becomes too acidic or toxic, we often see what seems like an over correction; an excessive amount of algae in bodies of water, extreme weather, an over population of fungal or parasite growth are some examples.
The body is self-preserving, it is always striving to live. The methods of self-preservation used are steroid production, cholesterol production, calcium extraction, electrolytes, or fluid retention.
Chronic Inflammation & Plaque
To understand why such an important and beneficial component that is necessary to the body plaques and can then becomes life threatening, inflammation must be understood.
Inflammation is a process that is induced by the body and is the body’s immediate process of healing. It is the process of inflammation that causes wounds to close, broken bones to repair, and harmful substances are removed from the body safely. Inflammation is the body’s effort to protect itself from injurious material (chemical or irritants), as well as to expel morbid (toxic, acidic) materials.
During inflammation there maybe swelling (increase of nutritive material), heat (increase of activity), pain sometimes present (due to the pressure placed on the nerves), and a loss of function.
Before inflammation can occur there must be a cause or a necessity for it; there must be injury or something present that is harmful to the body.
Inflammation in itself is not damaging. The evils that follow inflammation are not to be attributed to inflammation itself, but to the thing that is causing the inflammation. A cut in the arm is not attributed to inflammation, but to the object that caused the wound.
When the body is an in acidic state (toxic), inflammation occurs in an attempt to remove this waste. In response to inflammation the body uses its own anti-inflammatory. One of these anti-inflammatories is cortical-type steroids that are produced by the adrenal glands using cholesterol.
When the body’s condition remains in an acidic state, chronic inflammation is present. The creation of “bad” cholesterol and plaque occur naturally, chemically, in an acidic environment. Cholesterol builds up in the lining of the vascular system, as well as other areas of the body forming plaque.
Cholesterol plaque can lead to poor circulation due to deposit build up within the blood vessels, causing tissue death, heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and dementia.
Removing the Cause
Elevated cholesterol levels in itself are not dangerous; it is only when cholesterol begins to plaque and harden. The normal method of prevention is to chemically lower cholesterol levels. By doing so, the true cause is neglected and may later lead to other illnesses later on in life.
Disease symptoms are never the cause of themselves. By suppressing symptoms, the cause is left in place to further damage the body. There are many cases where a person has been “cured” of cancer, and cancer has either developed in a different part of their body and or told that it had spread, or they have suffered from some other chronic condition such as a strokes.
So what is the cause? Acidosis. There are two classifications of acids: those that are created within the body, and those that we bring into the body. Cells produce waste daily, this is normal metabolic waste and it is acidic. This waste production can be increased by increasing the metabolism through stress, the use of stimulants, negative emotions, gossip, and by watching or listening to specific movies, music, and television shows.
The second kind of waste is what is brought into the body by what we eat, breathe, drink, and the things we put on our skin. Dietary transgressions are the greatest transgressions made against the body, apart from smoking or excessive alcohol consumption. The typical American’s diet is 90 to 100% acidic. The foods that are said to contain high-cholesterol happen to also be highly acidic foods, but not all acidic foods contain high amounts of cholesterol. This is why lowering cholesterol intake does not always work. It is not the cholesterol but the chemistry of the food.
When concerning heart health, dietary changes are a must. Eliminated fried foods, trans fats, processed sugars, and anything consumed in excess is beneficial. The greater state of illness a person is in, the more drastic these changes must be. Maximizing fruit and vegetable intake and minimizing animal products, grains, nuts, and seeds; and eliminating teas, sodas, and coffee is all beneficial in beginning the transition to a healthier lifestyle.
Foods should be consumed as close to their natural state as possible. The less processed a food is, the more nutritional value it contains.
When healthful lifestyle changes are made and the chemistry in the body is changed, cholesterol levels normalize on their own. Anything that the body has created, it can undo once the cause is removed. It is much better to make these changes sooner than later; the longer someone waits to make this journey, the more difficult it becomes.