Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes, and 57 million have pre-diabetes.
To get to the root of these problems we need to look at the chronic inflammation that happens when we are exposed on a daily basis to toxins, foods that we should not be eating. Highly processed carbohydrates, with sugar, flour, and omega 6 oils. When we eat these foods regularly we create small inflammation that turn into more inflammation, which becomes chronic. The body responds to this. The body’s response to inflammation works well when the inflammation is acute and ends, however with chronic inflammation the defenses become overloaded and break down.
Eating processed food packed with sugar starts a chain reaction of increased blood sugar, overworked pancreas, confused insulin results, and glucose ends up either stored as fat or in the blood vessels causing inflammation.
Processed foods that are loaded with, and/or soaked in omega 6 oils have a similar effect. They throw the omega 6/3 ratio out of balance, excessive cytokines are formed which adds to the inflammatory process going on in the body.
Cholesterol is just one of the bodies defense mechanisms against this inflammation in the vessels. It is sent in to smooth over the injured sites.
When these structures continue to be inflamed the cholesterol builds up in defense.
Therefore getting rid of the chronic inflammation as a start, is a better place to focus our attention rather than lowering the amount cholesterol.
The answer is to return to a more natural whole foods diet. Foods without labels, Complex carbohydrates like vegetables and fruits, protein from legumes nuts and seeds and healthy animals. Healthy fats like olive oil and coconut oil.
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