We don’t know much about cholesterol except that it can be very dangerous to the health if found in large quantities in the body. Here’s everything you need to know about cholesterol, and a natural drink that will cleanse your arteries and blood vessels.
We all have this misconception that cholesterol is bad, but very few know that there are two types of cholesterol. Here’s what you need to know to prevent bad cholesterol.
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fat which one third is contributed by our food and the other two thirds are provided by the liver. Cholesterol, contrary to popular belief, has the main role to protect the walls of the cells by making them more resistant and it participates in the functioning of our nervous system, liver, heart and muscles. It is only when found in large quantities in the blood it becomes a health hazard since it accumulates and forms plaques clogging the arteries and blood vessels. This leads to cardiovascular disease.
The body uses cholesterol to make hormones, digestive juices and vitamin D. Total cholesterol should be less than 2 g per liter of blood. Good cholesterol must exceed 0.40 g / liter and bad cholesterol should not exceed the barrier of 1.6 g / liter.
What are the causes?
Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) is caused by several factors, mainly a diet high in saturated fats (bad fats). It can also be due to age, lack of physical activity, obesity, family history, smoking and stress.
What are the risks of high cholesterol?
In US, high cholesterol causes about 500.000 heart attacks, including 35.000 deaths. The diseases caused by LDL (bad cholesterol) are primarily strokes, heart attacks, peripheral arterial disease (pain, difficulty walking, etc.) and infarction. The excess cholesterol clogs the blood vessels and arteries, which prevents proper blood flow and causes the brain and heart to not be properly irrigated.
How to prevent high cholesterol?
The numbers don’t lie, 220 million people worldwide are prone to high cholesterol and, according to WHO, 54% of the American population have the highest levels of LDL. So how to protect yourself?
To reduce the bad cholesterol in the blood, it is important to:
Choose good fats: preferred vegetable oils, olive oil, sesame oil, etc.
Do not drink alcohol as it increases blood pressure and thus causes heart disease and stroke.
Get some exercise, as this can reduce bad cholesterol and increase the good one. At least 30 minutes a day.
Follow a healthy diet if you are overweight.
Stop smoking because smoking reduces the good cholesterol (HDL) and increases the risk of cardiovascular events.
Do detox treatments to clean the blood vessels of the excess fat.
Here is a natural drink that will allow you to clean your blood vessels of the bad fat and rebalance your cholesterol:
- Onion juice
- Apple cider vinegar
- Lemon juice
- Ginger juice
Squeeze the juice from the onion, lemon and ginger and pour everything together with the APV in a saucepan. Heat the mixture for 30 minutes until reduced by half. Put everything in a glass bottle and refrigerate. Drink a tablespoon of this drink every morning before breakfast to enjoy all its benefits.
Benefits of this drink:
Onions are rich in quercetin, an antioxidant substance which has a protective action against oxidation of bad cholesterol.
Apple cider vinegar is rich in nutrients, it is deemed to help lose weight and reduce cholesterol in the blood. It also cleans the cholesterol thanks to its pectin content, a fiber which helps to eliminate toxins.
Lemon and ginger contain antioxidants and prevent the arteries from becoming clogged, especially with the anticoagulant effect of ginger. Lemon lowers blood pressure, removes fats and toxins. Ginger increases the body temperature to promote fat burning and prevents clots that hinder proper blood flow.
Ginger is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, as well as people with blood disease. People who suffer from gastric ulcer should not use this remedy.