by Sangeeta Pati, MD FACOG
Are you experiencing a sudden jump in your cholesterol levels? Ever thought about what might have changed in your body to cause this? While some cholesterol spikes may be genetically influenced, most are caused by underlying imbalances in various areas of our body.
As we age, so does the way our body processes cholesterol. Five areas to look out for are – Hormones, Nutrition, Toxins, the Mind and the Body.
Imbalance #1 - Hormones
Hormones, namely thyroid and testosterone, play the largest role in managing cholesterol. Our thyroid levels fall by a whopping 50% by the age of 40 which in turn causes a rise in cholesterol levels. Testosterone levels in men may seem to be within the acceptable range however it would be a lot lower than 10-12 years ago. This too can cause cholesterol levels to increase.
Imbalance #2 - Nutrition
Nutrition is another important factor. Including Omega 3 in our diet can reduce the bad cholesterol or the LDL by 30%! We need approximately 2.5-4 grams of Omega 3 which we can control by measuring it in our diets.
Imbalance #3 - Toxins
Toxins hamper the functionality of bowel movements and organs such as the liver and gall bladder. These play a part in helping to process cholesterol so with added toxicity, they do not function optimally and cause a rise in cholesterol levels.
Imbalance #4 - Mind
Mind matters, the more stressors we have in our lives, the less optimally our organs function and the less well we are able to process cholesterol.
Imbalance #5 - Body
The state we find our bodies in is also hugely important. If we’re in pain for example, our blood vessels will not transport nutrients and hormones to all parts of the body as effectively, causing sub-optimal processing of cholesterol.
We have highlighted the five main underlying imbalances that can cause an increase in bad cholesterol in our bodies. How then can we help prevent this situation from arising in the first place? Good cholesterol, known as HDL, is usually found in low quantities in our body due to two main reasons – genetic predisposition or lack of exercise. If we are victims of the former, there may be less corrective action available, however if it is the latter, we’re struggling with then consciously adding in 30 minutes of exercise 3-4 times a week can help raise HDL levels.
The key with raised cholesterol levels is to focus on finding out why it went up in the first place. Need help identifying which of the five causes discussed above has most affected your body?
Call SaJune at 407-478-9797 to set up a consultation and we will help you address that area effectively.