It's finally out there - It's ok to eat high cholesterol foods like eggs - It's about time!
Just this week, a new study of the data available in 1977 concluded that the original Dietary Guidelines (saying that eating cholesterol was bad) were based on inadequate evidence and should never have been issued.
37 years later - Official Dietary Guidelines for 2015 will now change; cholesterol laden foods such as eggs are "no longer a food of concern for over-consumption". Yippee! - well actually I was already eating them anyway...lol
So now what?
Lower or go off cholesterol meds?
Eat bacon and eggs to our hearts delight?
Hopefully a little bit of both for some folks. Let me elaborate on why you might want to reconsider suppressing your bodies production of cholesterol.
When your body makes higher levels of cholesterol than what is considered average (by today's medical standard), it does it for a reason. According to The Mayo Clinic, cholesterol is found in every cell in our body and without it our bodies would not function properly. Turns out cholesterol is our friend.
One of the most important jobs of cholesterol is to aid in the production of hormones. Cholesterol is stored in the adrenal glands, ovaries and the testes and is converted to steroid hormones. Low cholesterol diets plus cholesterol lowering meds could disrupt your hormones and cause other problems in the body. A balanced approach is needed.
Cholesterol also plays an important role in our body's digestion. It helps liver create bile which regulates digestion, assimilation and elimination. Bile is also important for breaking down fats. When the fat goes undigested it can get into the bloodstream and cause additional problems such as blockages of the arteries and cause heart attacks and heart disease. Bile is GOOD! Healthy digestion is paramount in protecting circulation, your heart and arteries too.
Cholesterol is a structural component of cells. The structure it gives to cells, along with polar lipids provides a protective barrier to each and every cell. Ensuring cellular integrity. We live and die on a cellular level - cells are happy, our body is happy:)
One way to REALLY help your body to utilize cholesterol (beautiful, helpful, protective cholesterol), is to adhere to a more balanced, whole food diet AND to do some liver cleansing practices. This way all the hormones, cellular debris, bile etc are regulated, don't become out of balance (too much or too little).
Avoiding refined sugars is one of the most important things you can do to support the health of the liver - Regular consumption of white sugar, HFCS, and other refined sugars do more to harm your liver than all the bacon and eggs you can muster. Consume only organic unrefined sugar if possible. Use real maple syrup, raw local honey and unrefined organic sugar to sweeten your sweet treats when you've gotta have it.
What else can you do for your liver?
3 Ways to Gently Clean the Liver:
- Drink 3-5 Cups of Herbal Tea Per Day: Stinging Nettle Tea, Red Clover Tea, or a boxed Detox Tea (organic only!). Check Traditional Medicinals brand. Steep herbal infusions (herbal teas) for at least 15 minutes with a lid on the cup!
- Make sure that you are having at least 1-2 bowel movements per day. If you're not - reach out! I can help you with this!
- Consider Doing A Liver Cleanse 2X per year. There are plenty of boxed kits - one example is Renew Life Liver Cleanse - it's simple, capsules and widely available. Also doing a Lovely Lemon Liver Shot each morning helps the body to produce more bile, gently cleansing the liver and helping to regulate cholesterol, hormones etc.
Go ahead - Eat an egg!