Lower your cholesterol levels naturally with a little help from the sun

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

It is once more time for your “annual”
check-up. You know it will involve donating several vials of blood, and a big bill. And
you’re worried it will be BAD NEWS. The BAD NEWS often sounds something like this….
“Well, everything seems normal, except your cholesterol level, it is a little high, maybe
you should consider going onto a statin.” Well, before you jump on the statin band wagon,
you need to consider the timing, of that blood test. Join us for this episode of BETTER BODY
CHEMISTRY TV, as we consider the seasons of cholesterol. Better Body Chemistry TV is brought
to you by Dr Sandy – a scientist turned gremlin buster, HELPING YOU, battle sugar gremlins,
heffa-lumps & other health horribles, through BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY. Remember, small things
can make a big difference to your health. First things first, your cholesterol level
is going to move up and down during the course of the day, the week, the month, the year.
To get a good picture of where your cholesterol level is really at, your doctor should be
looking at your fasting cholesterol level. This means that on the day of the blood test,
you need to have rolled out of bed pretty early, skipped your usual breakfast and just
inhaled the aroma of the coffee beans, en route to the lab, to meet up with the human
blood sucker. Since rolling out of bed on a cold winter’s morning and forgoing the
piping hot caffeine loaded beverage, is a huge challenge, you should aim to do your
cholesterol test on a summer morning. It will be easier for you and you’re more likely
to “like” the result. You see, cholesterol levels rise in winter. Bet you didn’t know
that. A research team from Blackburn, demonstrated the seasonal variations in cholesterol levels,
way back in 1996. At the time, if you lived in Blackburn in the UK, and you wanted to
know your cholesterol level, your blood ended up at the Blackburn Royal Infirmary Lab. The
lab was very busy, around 1500 samples were analyzed each month and the team crunched
the numbers each month, to get the average cholesterol level of the citizens of Blackburn
for each month, over the period of 18 months, and then plotted the data. A clear pattern
emerged. The citizens of Blackburn had significantly higher cholesterol levels in the winter months
and lower levels in summer. Now the big difference between winter and summer is the weather,
specifically the amount of sun. Even in Britain, a land not exactly known for sunny days, there’s
a lot more sunshine in summer, compared to winter. And when the cholesterol data, which
is shown in blue, was compared with Meterorological Office records of sunshine, shown in yellow,
it became clear that cholesterol data showed an inverse relationship with hours of sunshine
per month. So when there was more sun, there was less cholesterol and when there was less
sun, there was more cholesterol. The sun was sucking cholesterol out of the citizens of
Blackburn. Now this is not actually all that surprising. One of the major jobs attributed
to the sun, is to turn 7-dehydrocholesterol, which is a type of CHOLESTEROL found in your
skin, into vitamin D. If during the summer time, your body is busy turning the cholesterol
in your skin into vitamin D, there is going to be less cholesterol in your body for other
things. The blood levels are naturally going to be a little lower. Low enough to be considered
normal ? Quite possibly, especially if your cholesterol level is only marginally elevated.
But remember, high cholesterol levels are a sign of trouble, not a cause. You definitely
want to keep an eye on the level, but a little high, needs to be seen in perspective. When
cholesterol levels are very high, this can be a sign of unrestrained inflammation. The
secret to “fixing” the problem, is to lower the inflammation , not to remove the
cholesterol band aid. For more ideas and strategies that will help you lower inflammation and
create BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY, visit our website at www better body chemistry dot com, browse
our library or enrol in one of our courses or programmes. The advice is simple to follow
and based on real science, not hype. Know someone contemplating their “annual” check
up ? Share this video with them – so know when to schedule their appointment. And if
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of BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY TV. Thank you so much for watching and I will see you next
time. Remember small things can make a big difference to your health.

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