- Cholesterol is a fatty and waxy-dense matter found in the blood stream. When produced in moderation by the body, it helps to maintain cellular health. It also supports the healthy production of Vitamin D. However, when cholesterol is excess in the blood stream, then it can lead to heart problems.
- To understand cholesterol, we must explore and understand blood quality. Blood quality – what is this? And why is this so important? How is our blood quality made? Answering these questions will help us understand how to reverse coronary heart disease.
- We eat foods as it has nutrients which are essential for the basic body functions and to give us energy to do things. The food we eat, is churned in the stomach, and then sent to the intestines where the nutrients are absorbed and given into the blood stream and the remaining matter is moved out of the body.
- The amount of fat and natural fibre in the food is the key to understanding cholesterol problems. If we eat a diet rich in natural fibres found in whole grains, vegetables and fruit, then the blood quality will be supple and rich in nutrients. If we add moderate amounts of fats to the diet, it will help to give us a little extra energy. However, if we consume more fat and protein than the body uses or requires, then this forms fatty deposits in the blood stream which may rupture at anytime to cause a stroke and/or impede circulation.
- Our heart is the main organ of the circulatory system. The circulatory system carries oxygen and nutrients through-out the body via the blood. The heart pumps fresh blood to the body and it receives it back and this repeats continually. From this we can deduce that the blood quality is the most important factor and a direct influence on how our heart functions.
- Foods such as meat, eggs and dairy when consumed in excess produce more fatty deposits. This is now well researched information. Each of us as a human being has a lifestyle and activity level each day. If we eat food and especially fatty foods to match our own level of activity, there will be efficient use of energy. However, if our “input” of fatty foods is great then our “output” of activity, then where is this extra fat going to go? How will it be used or burnt? This isn’t rocket science. It’s common sense that it will make fatty deposits in our blood stream that may lead to blockages in the circulatory system. After a period of time, the accumulated fatty deposits harden and form blockages in the circulatory system.
- Often people distinguish between saturated and unsaturated fats for heart disease. Quite frankly, both are bad. Any kind of fat in excess is bad for our health. Saturated fats from meat, eggs and dairy makes harder blockages and hence are worse off. But even fat from sugar and refined flour stores as fat in the liver. Sugar and refined foods also create inflammation and “instability” in the system due to its negative affect on blood sugar and hormones. This instability leads to eventual weakening of the whole system and also affects the circulatory system as well.
- So foods to avoid or reduce for heart health are saturated meat, eggs, dairy, sugar and refined foods. Foods that help heart health are high fibre, low fat foods such as brown rice, barley, other whole grains, beans, whole lentils, white radish (mooli), mustard greens, pumpkin, broccoli, leek, spring onions, most green vegetables, ginger, turmeric, curry leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, and low sugar high fibre fruits such as pomegranates, apples etc.
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