Cholesterol too low, how can this be a problem? We have all heard about the supposed relationship of heart disease to cholesterol levels, so we assume that lower is better. NOT SO!
The belief that simply lowering cholesterol will protect you from heart attacks has been encouraged by the pharmaceutical industry and those medical professionals that serve it. While cholesterol is a factor, there are other things involved such as inflammation, that make a big difference.
The risks of various serious medical conditions rise for those individuals having a total cholesterol level of under 160 mg/dl (milligrams per deciliter). That said, some experts recommend that the ideal is somewhere between 180mg/dl and 200mg/dl for total cholesterol, (but even this is subject to controversy)
What causes low cholesterol?
Cholesterol that’s too low can be caused by:
- Use of statin drugs
- Malabsorption – inadequate absorption of nutrients from the intestines
- Liver dysfunction
- Manganese deficiency
- Celiac disease
- Leukemia and other blood diseases
Please note: Excessively low cholesterol levels need to be evaluated by a trained medical professional to determine the cause and the proper treatment. It is important not only to know what causes low cholesterol, but also having a proper treatment strategy in place to make sure you address it.
When you optimize cholesterol naturally, this is not a problem, because you are not trying to curtail your own body’s production of cholesterol, but rather preventing re-absorption through the large intestine.
You will NOT bring your cholesterol too low with this approach.
Effects of low cholesterol
Hypocholesterolemia – cholesterol too low, has been associated with a number of serious medical disorders such as:
- Reduced production of your body’s steroid hormones
- Increased risk of cancer
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Increased risk of strokes
- Increased risk of depression/bipolar disorder
- Increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease
- Loss of sex drive
- Possible loss of memory
- Increased risk of suicide
- Increased risk of schizophrenia
Effects of low cholesterol are very serious, and you need to focus not on simply lowering cholesterol, but achieving a healthy level based on your individual biochemistry. With cholesterol too low, many vital chemical processes can’t be completed properly.
Cholesterol too low? – So what is the right approach?
The correct approach is not to simply focus on lowering cholesterol, just as weight loss should not simply be about losing weight. Rather than making your cholesterol too low, this process will allow you to achieve the right balance.
That process includes:
- Proper eating
- Proper exercise
- Nutritional supplementation
- Stress reduction
Proper eating should include foods that are low in cholesterol but also nutrient dense, and which contain plenty of fiber. This is because fiber can absorb excess cholesterol as it passes through the large intestine and is then excreted out of the body in the stool. The recommended fiber consumption is about 25 grams per day for women and 38 grams per day for men.
Proper exercise is short and intense, like interval training, but ultimately should be moderated by the age and physical condition of the person doing it. Be cautious and seek professional guidance in setting up an exercise program if you are an older person, or if you have a serious medical condition.
Nutritional supplementation should include full spectrum vitamin and mineral formula. A high quality fish oil is also a key supplement that will lower your risk of heart disease and every other medical condition you can think of. Sufficient levels of omega 3 fatty acids are essential to good health, and fish oil supplies these.
Stress reduction uses various techniques to lower stress and promote relaxation and tranquility. Among these, grounding is one of the most effective. Other strategies like meditation, the speed trace, and various other relaxation techniques can be very effective.
Having your cholesterol too low is a risk factor for chronic disease. A balanced approach, rather than just low cholesterol levels is the answer. Doing the things mentioned above should allow you to naturally achieve the right balance.