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What is Cholesterol?

couple enjoying watermelonCholesterol: ancient greek, chole-(bile), and stereos, (solid) and ol- an alcohol.

Bile: yellow bitter liquid secreted, (discharged) by the liver that aids digestion.

So Cholesterol is a waxy, fatlike substance made in the liver and found in the blood and in all cells in the body. Cholesterol is important for good health and is needed for making cell walls, tissues, hormones, vitamine D and bile acid.

There are two types of Cholesterol:

A) High density lipoprotein called HDL.

Lipo is Greek for fat. Protein is Greek, form, “proteios meaning “the first quality” from the first. Proteins are large complex molecules that play many critical roles in the body. They help to regulate the body’s tissues and organs. HDL cholesterol is considered good cholesterol because any excess is carried back to the liver and is broken down and removed from the body.

B) Low Density Lipoprotein, called LDL.

LDL cholesterol comes from saturated fats. Saturated fats include, cheese, fatty meat, processed meats, bacon, biscuits, butter, palm oil and more. Also a lifestyle which does not include exercise and overeating will promote this type of environment in your body over time.

A saturated fat is solid at room temperature. If you are eating this type of fat, eat less and make sure you exercise afterwards. LDL cholesterol is considered bad cholesterol because it can build up inside the arteries, including the arteries behind your eyes and affect sight as well as build up in the arteries of the heart muscle and lead to Angina and heart problems.

There is a third part to cholesterol and is called triglyceride which is a fat found in all human bodies. Your triglyceride count can go too high quickly if you over eat and eat the wrong foods too often. The bottom line is triglycerides act as unused calories in your blood stored as fats in your blood. So if you eat more calories than you can burn off you are heading for trouble.

So , why do most of us eat too much each day? Yes there is constant advertising.

But the one huge factor is stress. You can be under stress and not be aware of it.

Stress can lead to overeating, so it is vital to find ways to reduce your stress.

Chronic stress drives up levels of the hormone Cortisol, and this hormone increases appetite.

Studies have shown that stress can lead to binge eating and weight gain.

It is also true that your nervous system controls the healthy functioning of your body and your internal organs, so it stands to reason to get your spine regularly adjusted so that your body is balanced and stress is less. At Get Back Health we see clients who come for regular adjustments continue to experience a healthy body and a greater ability to cope with the constant stresses in life.

Here are some tips:

  1. Reduce your stress by taking a fifteen-minute walk after work each day.
  2. Do an early morning exercise workout for 15 minutes each day.
  3. Don’t watch the news for two weeks, it’s mostly bad news.
  4. Get all those unfinished jobs about the house and office done.
  5. Make a plan to drink water and lemon for two weeks instead of tea or coffee at the 11 o’clock break.
  6. Come to Get Back Health Clinic and get adjusted and feel the difference, this is not just about handling pain, we handle you as a person.

Yours in Health,

John Keane, Spinologist

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