By Alane M Stieglitz, ND, CNC
Uh-Oh, I live in the south, and my doctor wants me to have another cholesterol test. Here in the south, we’ll fry just about anything, whether chicken, okra, shrimp, or even ice cream. I avoid eating at one particular seafood restaurant because I can’t contain myself to just one order of delicious, crispy, mouthwatering, cholesterol-rich hush-puppies. However, as many people know, fried food can lead to various health issues, including heart disease. Why? Fried food contains bad cholesterol (LDL). Low-Density Lipoprotein is what clogs your arteries and leads to severe problems. Therefore, should you avoid all cholesterol?
Not so fast……………..
Many of you have probably heard of good cholesterol or high-density lipoprotein (HDL) which is part of a thorough cholesterol test. Your bodies need good cholesterol! The good kind that your liver produces, and you can find it in the walls of cells in the body. While having a high LDL level is bad, having a high HDL is good for you as it decreases the risk of heart disease.
Your body does need fats, good fats with good cholesterol, to function correctly. It’s essential to find ways to keep your HDL level at a good number to support your body’s vital internal operations. The good news is that many of the foods we eat can aid us in that endeavor. For example, if you are like me, you’ll go to great lengths to eat avocado (or, as we lovingly call them, “guacs”). It’s one of the only fats I enjoy, and I will eat it plain or make guacamole. This fruit not only bursts with health benefits, but it also helps clear out bad LDL.
Note: When hormones are low, most of the time I see on a comprehensive cardio and cholesterol test, that cholesterol is too low.
However, before you go out and raid your nearest grocery store, make sure your cardio markers are good, and a diet high in fats (even good fats) is a good idea. And please make sure in an IgG / IgA Food test that fats are beneficial for you. In some people, I have had to tell them to reduce the fats in their body because food testing showed them cause inflammation.
I have seen too many health-conscious people come into my office or see me via a virtual appointment, and they are eating a diet high in fat, and their cardio markers are somewhat concerning. Plus, many of my female patients struggle with weight loss, and I find that they are eating many high-fat foods that contribute to weight gain. Yes, fats can be good, but I would not indulge if your body cannot process them properly.
There are two incredible tests I run on people that want more information on fats and their bodies. One is a cardio / metabolic test (which includes a comprehensive cholesterol test) The other is a food intolerance test to tell you all the foods, including fats that are safe to eat, and which foods you should avoid for optimal health, wellness, weight, and more.
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“Frequently Asked Questions About Cholesterol.” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/cholesterol-faq#1-3.
Holland, Kimberly. “HDL: 11 Foods to Increase Good Cholesterol.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 3 Apr. 2017, www.healthline.com/health/high-cholesterol/foods-to-increase-hdl.