The Importance of Cholesterol
Did you know that only 20% of your cholesterol comes from your food?
Nowadays, there’s this belief that you need to constantly be lowering your cholesterol by improving your diet. But this is not done solely through food. High cholesterol is also caused by chronic stress.
High cholesterol can clog your arteries and cause heart problems. And yes, many people have too much cholesterol, which can lead to severe health problems. But many also have too little, which can also affect overall health. If cholesterol is too low, it can lead to depression, chronic stress, and reproductive issues.
Cholesterol makes neurotransmitters, chemicals, and hormones. It gives the body myelin and fat that are the conductive elements for everything in our body. This is why cholesterol levels are just one of the things that we test for so that we can make an informed decision about an individual’s health. It’s important to keep these levels balanced, instead of just constantly trying to get them as low as possible.
One of the other things that we test for is genes. Genes will express based on internal triggers as well as the environment triggers. Genetic testing can tell us a lot about overall health. It gives us a starting point for treatment, as you need the raw materials to make the therapies stick. As practitioners, we are completely dependent on our patients internal chemistry.
During these tests, we look at the MTHFR gene. This is the pathway that is connected to every system in your body. We want to make sure that you are getting the proper vitamins from your food that help these pathways function as they should.
Since mutations on the MTHFR gene are so common, we need to take a look at it to know what we can do to support it. It also directly affects the COMT gene, which makes neurotransmitters for your brain from other parts of your body. It is vital that we are providing these genes with the proper fuel that they need to function at an optimal level.
Changes in your lab results are always worth paying attention too, even if everything is still at a normal level. A change is still a symptom, and your body is trying to tell you something. Don’t dismiss it.
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