Englewood Chiropractor- EnVitality Wellness Center – A Wellness Way

Cholesterol and how it impacts your body is important. It is the cornerstone for optimal health. 60-70% of our patients come in with cholesterol medications. It’s been demonized to the point where most people think that it’s bad. It is not what’s going to cause heart attacks or strokes. When testing cholesterol, doctors look at HDL and LDL, HDL being classified as the “good” cholesterol and  LDL as the “bad” cholesterol. But we need to set things straight: LDL and HDL are not cholesterol, they can be described as a taxi cab. The LDL carries the cholesterol out into your body, and the HDL carries the cholesterol back to the liver. So by just testing your overall cholesterol count, you do not know if you are at a high or low risk for a heart attack. We look at how big the particle sizes are.

LDL particles are not bad, they are essential. The problem is when they become oxidized due to inflammatory issues, or blood sugar issues. The particles become too small and cause plaguing as they get under the thin layers of your blood vessels. Here in our Englewood chiropractic office we like to use golf balls and tennis balls as an analogy for LDL particles. The inside lining of your blood vessels are like a smooth tennis net. When your LDL levels are healthy, your blood vessels are compared to the tennis ball, and they can’t get through that tennis net.

Due to different inflammatory issues in the body, the LDL particles will shrink down to the size of a golf ball, and the golf balls slip right through the tennis net, causing the plaquing. Most people think that the plague is building up inside the artery, when it’s actually getting between the two layers of smooth muscle and eventually it will move through the artery and cause a heart attack. A basic test won’t tell you this. So even if your cholesterol is high, that’s just cholesterol circulating in your blood, and you have no idea if it’s getting in between those layers, becoming dangerous. Let’s look at the different reasons your cholesterol goes up.

Cholesterol and how it impacts your body is important. It is the cornerstone for optimal health. 60-70% of our patients come in with cholesterol medications. It’s been demonized to the point where most people think that it’s bad. It is not what’s going to cause heart attacks or strokes. When testing cholesterol, doctors look at HDL and LDL, HDL being classified as the “good” cholesterol and  LDL as the “bad” cholesterol. But we need to set things straight: LDL and HDL are not cholesterol, they can be described as a taxi cab. The LDL carries the cholesterol out into your body, and the HDL carries the cholesterol back to the liver. So by just testing your overall cholesterol count, you do not know if you are at a high or low risk for a heart attack. We look at how big the particle sizes are.

LDL particles are not bad, they are essential. The problem is when they become oxidized due to inflammatory issues, or blood sugar issues. The particles become too small and cause plaguing as they get under the thin layers of your blood vessels. Here in our office we like to use golf balls and tennis balls as an analogy for LDL particles. The inside lining of your blood vessels are like a smooth tennis net. When your LDL levels are healthy, your blood vessels are compared to the tennis ball, and they can’t get through that tennis net.

DIET

Due to different inflammatory issues in the body, the LDL particles will shrink down to the size of a golf ball, and the golf balls slip right through the tennis net, causing the plaquing. Most people think that the plague is building up inside the artery, when it’s actually getting between the two layers of smooth muscle and eventually it will move through the artery and cause a heart attack. A basic test won’t tell you this. So even if your cholesterol is high, that’s just cholesterol circulating in your blood, and you have no idea if it’s getting in between those layers, becoming dangerous. Let’s look at the different reasons your cholesterol goes up.

BLOOD PRESSURE

High blood pressure or Hypertension is widespread, although high blood pressure is categorized as a common normal condition and in fact it is not a condition and in most cases shouldn’t be diagnosed. Blood pressure rises because it is how the body reacts to a stressful situation, it is your body’s adaptation to stress. It becomes a problem if you have arterial damage, and your blood pressure spikes extremely fast. The problem comes from you being sick for a long period of time, and the arterial lining is weak.

Blood pressure values are also given to patients incorrectly because there is no such thing as a normal blood pressure. Race, gender and age are never distinguished in finding these levels, but once doctors have an average, they then say it is the norm. Inflammation testing should be conducted on anyone who suffers from high blood pressure, and the clinic in Englewood CO know what to test for to find out why you have high blood pressure.

BLOOD SUGAR

Blood sugar levels are all affected by insulin resistance, and millions of people are diagnosed as having prediabetes, diabetes, or a metabolic syndrome. For anyone who has these conditions, maintaining healthy blood sugar levels can be challenging. This can lead to nerve damage, fatigue, weight gain, loss of vision and arterial damage among others. Stress can also be a significant factor because raised cortisol levels will interfere with how insulin is used.

The blood sugar levels are raised by glucose that comes from the foods we eat which are high in carbohydrates. Normal blood sugar levels can be maintained in the following ways:

  • Eat a low-processed, anti-inflammatory diet. Carbohydrates don’t need to be cut out altogether, just that you need to balance them out with protein/fats, and focus on getting them from real, whole foods. A diet of this type will slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream and reduce large rapid spikes.
  • Switch Up Your Carbs & Sweeteners. While all types of added sugars are capable of raising blood sugar levels, some sources of sugar/carbs affect blood glucose levels more so than others. When you use appropriate amounts sparingly, natural/unrefined, ideally organic sugar sources (such as those from fruit or raw honey) are less likely to contribute to poor blood sugar management than refined sugars
  • Exercise regularly at about 30-60 minutes of exercise most days of the week
  • Manage stress with natural stress relievers exercise, yoga, meditation and using relaxing essential oils for anxiety
  • Get enough sleep at a recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night

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