The word cholesterol is synonymous with evil, danger, and fear. Yet what most people are never taught is that this essential substance has a whole other persona that simply doesn't get as much publicity. 

More and more holistic practitioners are coming in to illuminate what seems to have been common black sheep story. 

Dr. Mark Hyman reminds us that cholesterol is "a fatty substance produced by the liver that is used to help perform thousands of bodily functions. The body uses it to help build your cell membranes, the covering of your nerve sheaths, and much of your brain . It's a key building block for our hormone production , and with out it you would not be able to maintain adequate levels of testosterone, estrogen, progesterone and cortisol." http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/19/why-cholesterol-may-not-be-the-cause-of-heart-disease/

With so much focus on this one measurement other extremely important factors like sugar, inflammation, oxidative stress, and life stress are often not given as much attention in the conversation of heart disease.

Christa Orecchio shares that more and more data is showing that  "people with normal and low cholesterol have heart attacks, and fifty percent of people with elevated cholesterol have normal, healthy hearts."

We need to look at "high “bad” cholesterol as the body’s response to inflammation, so rather than seek to control cholesterol, we seek to find and eliminate the root cause of the inflammation, so your body can find its own balance of healthy cholesterol." http://thewholejourney.com/a-new-approach-to-cholesterol-a-very-healthy-molecule

It is also important to know that as women age and stay healthy and fit their cholesterol level naturally rises and its not indicative of a problem or an increased risk of heart attacks. http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats/cholesterol-and-heart-disease-a-phony-issue

What can you do to ensure balanced cholesterol and a healthy heart?

  • Get rid of all processed low quality high sugar foods including cakes, cookies, and crackers that have hydrogenated oils. 
  • Say goodbye to GMO soy, corn, and canola
  • Eliminate fried foods, low quality dairy, and low quality wheat
  • Reduce coffee intake
  • If you smoke, let it go
  • Add veggies, leafy greens, gluten free grains, low mercury fish, healthy fats like avocados, nuts, ghee, or grass fed butter. 
  • Take turmeric to reduce inflammation 
  • If you don't eat fish supplement with fish oil for Omega 3's
  • Eat Omega 3 eggs in moderation
  • Increase your intake of berries, apples, and grapefruit