What Does Cholesterol Do Anyway?

What Does Cholesterol Do Anyway?

I took an informal survey of my patients this week and asked the question, what does cholesterol do in our bodies?

I got a variety of answers.  Most people simply had no idea why we have cholesterol in our bodies.  Almost all of the answers centered around the idea that cholesterol kills people because it causes heart disease.

Cholesterol Kills?

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This isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, you may be quite surprised how essential this long misunderstood substance actually is.

For starters, cholesterol is essential in every cell of our body. It is critical for the support of the cell walls.  It is a large portion of the myelin covering of nerves.  This covering allows for proper nerve transmission.  This is of great importance to chiropractors.  Proper nerve transmission is how the master system (the brain) gets everything done.  Without proper control from the brain, our body simply cannot be healthy.

Are you interested in digesting fat properly? Cholesterol is key to bile (the detergent in the colon used to digest fats).  What about building hormones like testosterone, estrogen and cortisol?   Again, cholesterol.  Do you want to create Vitamin D from the sun? You’re going to need some cholesterol.

Would you be interested in a strong antioxidant that can reduce inflammation?  You guessed it…cholesterol.

Cholesterol is not an enemy.  In February of 2015 the USDA reversed its decades long position, declaring cholesterol to no longer be a “nutrient of concern”.  In other words, your dietary intake of cholesterol is no longer the concern is was earlier thought to be.  (The real villain here is sugar).

So what does Cholesterol do?

  • It builds the body
  • It reduces inflammation
  • Aids in digestion
  • Makes the nervous system function
  • And a lot more.

Cholesterol does a lot.  In the coming weeks we will explore this fascinating topic. Stay tuned to this site and subscribe to my Wellness newsletter for the latest.

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Acute Inflammation and Chronic Inflammation

I know you have heard the term “inflammation” before. What you may not know is that there are two different kinds of inflammation:  acute and chronic.

  • Acute inflammation happens when you hit your thumb with a hammer
  • Chronic inflammation happens when you eat too much sugar for a year

This Slide Presentation from Hopkins Medicine presents the difference between acute and chronic inflammation very well. The way I’d summarize it for my patients is this:

Acute inflammation hurts, chronic inflammation kills. We use a blood test to determine if our patient is experiencing acute inflammation or chronic.  We then take measures to fix it.  Acute inflammation can often be helped with an adjustment.  Chronic inflammation benefits from dietary changes.

We offer a comprehensive blood panel to assess your inflammation status.  Read more here.