Cholesterol & Health
The Role of the Cholesterol
In the media, you always hear warnings about the dangers of high cholesterol. In this article I would like to shed some light on what cholesterol is, why cholesterol is important and what the danger warnings are all about.
What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a vital nutrient that is produced by the body itself. Only about one third of the necessary cholesterol is absorbed through food. Cholesterol belongs to a group of fats (lipids), which are an important component of the cell walls. As the "power plants" of the body's cells, energy production also takes place here with the mitochondria. Among other hormones, cholesterol is also responsible for the production of bile acids in the liver. Hormones are the messengers of our body. If a disturbance occurs in this message transmission, if this endogenous information is delayed or does not take place at all, then this can lead to deficiencies and ultimately to disease.
A distinction is made between good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol, "high density lipoproteins") and harmful cholesterol (LDL cholesterol, "low density lipoproteins"), as well as oxidized LDL (LDL which is oxidized and cannot be reabsorbed by the receptors of the liver for intrinsic recycling).
Cholesterol levels are measured by the total of Good and Harmful Cholesterol.
The difference of HDL and LDL cholesterol is that LDL cholesterol by its nature deposits fat particles on the artery walls, while HDL cholesterol dissolves these fat particles. In other words, keeps the arteries clean. Everything in the body is always building up/depositing and breaking down/cleaning up by specific cells or bacteria (microbiome) in activity. Everything is always an interaction in balance.
Although there are certain foods (meat (especially offal), animal fats such as lard, egg yolk as well as shellfish and crustaceans), the cholesterol level is less influenced by food than is generally believed, since the body itself produces two-thirds of the necessary cholesterol. However, it is true that you can lower cholesterol levels with a diet rich in fruits, fiber and vegetables. Especially the fiber-rich apple and oatmeal are your best friend, should you have a higher cholesterol level.
What does it really mean to have a high cholesterol level?
In one sentence, if you have high cholesterol, then you have more fat in your blood. However, a certain amount of fat is important for a well-functioning cardiovascular and hormonal system.
Elevated cholesterol levels can lead to atherosclerosis, a narrowing of the arteries. However, only 50% of all people who suffered a heart attack or stroke also had elevated cholesterol levels. For the remaining 50%, it was the result of stress. The other 50% have stress, or genetically predisposed. Stress, then, has just as high a contribution to heart attack as cholesterol.
The role of your Gut-Microbiome and Cholesterol
As mentioned above, cholesterol has to do with cell walls, the exchange of communication of hormones and the production of bile acid in the liver. So it is tightly coupled with the hormonal, nervous, and digestive systems. In order to maintain smooth communication between these functions, because we know that all these systems have an impact on the body and soul, the microbiome - that is, our intestinal bacteria - must be in balance.
Research into the genetics of the microbes around and within us is still relatively young (about 20 years), but has already gained ground and weight in the last 10 years. Thus already in the cancer research the Fusobakterien was recognized in the conventional medicine, as bacteria which occur in the proximity of intestinal cancer to frequent. In marketing purposes, the bifidobacterium is highly praised and the dispensing of probiotics is also on the list of the general practitioner when antibiotics are dispensed. In small steps we understand that the intestinal health thus also the nutrition and our Lifestyle plays an important role in our health. In the interaction of the various factors that can be influenced for elevated cholesterol, in the stool is therefore looked at how the absorption of bile acid is and as for the research of bacteria, we know that the bacteria Eubacterium, Bifidobacteria, Lactobacilli and Peptostreptococcus have an important role in lowering cholesterol.
The interesting thing about these bacteria is that they all need the same food to multiply - fiber, specifically researched and best worked with acacia fiber, for example. All these bacteria have an interaction with the PH value in the stool / intestine, as well as with the construction of the intestinal mucosa and immunity. Factors and nutrients that play a high health role here are: Omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, L-glutamine, collagen and vitamin C.
New drugs that lower cholesterol - does pharma really have our best interest in mind?
Although drugs have their place in medicine, however, the pharmaceutical industry is a profit-driven industry, just like any other business. Especially when it comes to cholesterol, there's a lot you can do for yourself before reaching for the pillbox.
Because what your doctor doesn't tell you, because he may not know it, is that statins don't lower cholesterol, they just prevent plaque from breaking loose (if it exists) and that the drugs interfere with ATP production in your mitochondria. In simple words, it interferes with the cell's ability to produce energy.
How to reduce cholesterol levels and live a healthy life?
Start by making permanent changes in lifestyle and dietary habits.
Only cook yourself and do NOT buy any packaged foods - adding to your household the Thermomix TM6 will help you in no time to cook healthy from scratch meals, grind your own flower and cook on 4 levels.
A balanced diet that is low in cholesterol. (Vegetables and fruits - colorful is healthy)
Controlling anger and stress, e.g. meditation, running, sports, regular exercise
Getting rid of the extra kilos
Lower blood pressure
Blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels should be checked every 3 years.
Which further tests are necessary?
Cortisol daily profile in saliva
Hormone status male and female
Individual medical treatment
How to continue?
This is the most important factor. You can read the article and ask yourself, what now. Functional medicine is about looking at your specific personality. Even in your family with the same genetics, it's quite possible that the treatment will be different. This is because each person develops their own individual health throughout their life.
In my practice and in our collaboration at Seegarten Klinik Kilchberg, we work and research in individual medicine and its treatment. Yes, of course, it is more elaborate, but it gives me immense pleasure to treat and see each person as unique. What has affected you in life is always reflected in your body on a cellular and nutrient level, your intestinal bacteria and digestion and the gut-brain connection which is an insight into your soul part. All the factors play out together.
So if you would like to learn more about your inner life and let me guide you on this recovery journey, we can discuss during a 30 minute get to know you session.
There is an English proverb that says, "An apple a day, keeps the doctor away!"