Nutrition

Cholesterol Explained..as best I can.

What LDL and HDL Mean?

Digestion of Fat: During digestion, carbohydrates and proteins are dealt with first. By the time fat reaches the small intestine, it receives all the attention. Bile is squirted into the mixture to emulsify or break up the fat globules, allowing enzymes to attack the chemical bonds of the triglycerides. Fats are digested and broken down into fatty acids and glycerol, and pass into the intestinal cells.

Since you already know fat is not soluble in water, it needs a special transport system to move with blood and other body fluids: Fat can only move with helping protein particles, called lipoproteins.

There are 4 types of lipoproteins with very distinct jobs:

Chylomicrons are made by the intestines for transporting “new” fat to the body’s cells. These carry mostly triglycerides.
Very-Low-Density-Lipoproteins (VLDL) are made by the intestines and liver and transport fats around the body. These carry mostly triglycerides.
Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL) are made by the liver to carry cholesterol to the body’s cells and tissues, and may form deposits on the walls of arteries and other blood vessels. They are therefore considered the lazy, or “bad,” cholesterol. The goal is to have an LDL level of < 100 milligrams per dL. What does your body need to make LDL’s? How is the Liver programmed to know when and how many LDL’s to make?

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Understanding [the] Organs

Most of us are extremely lucky and are not even aware of how grateful we should be that nutrition and hydration occur just by eating and drinking. Our organs are all key players in the orchestra that is total wellness. Without something as small as a gland we would not be able to produce hormones, and without hormones we would not be able to properly digest our food or begin something as paramount as our reproductive process. We need our kidneys to filter our blood, the only way that we can even begin to create the energy required to move. We need our liver like our fall out shelter or back up generator. It is not only a filter for all the waste we ingest, but it is also the place where we store our energy. Knowing what organs create and eliminate, and how they facilitate our abilities is the first step.

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