Did Someone Say Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is the precursor to bile. Bile plays an important role in digestion.
Cholesterol is converted inside your cells into testosterone, progesterone, DHEA, and other important protective hormones.
Cholesterol in your skin is converted into vitamin D.
Before you decide to take a statin (cholesterol lowering drug), or follow popular dietary advice aimed at reducing cholesterol production, you may wish to politely ask those who are advising you, whether or not they are aware of the numerous roles played by cholesterol, crucial to metabolic function.
If your cholesterol is high, it can be a sign that you are not sufficiently converting what your body produces into the above mentioned more highly protective substances required for optimal metabolic health. These substances play a major role in protecting you from degeneration and disease.
For cholesterol to be converted into the protective hormones in sufficient amounts, your thyroid energy metabolism needs to be functioning well.
A common sign that thyroid function is less than optimal (regardless of blood test results suggesting otherwise) is rising exposure to a wide range of symptoms, including difficulty keeping hands and feet warm, thinning hair, insomnia, anxiety, depression, difficulty losing weight, difficulty gaining muscle, digestive issues of all kinds, skin disorders, lack of energy, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, as well as various ‘autoimmune’ conditions.
Insufficient sugar intake in the face of stress can lead to interference with cholesterol production and thyroid status, and consequently a reduction in the proper conversion of cholesterol into the anti-stress anti-inflammatory hormones.
Polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) including fish oil, directly suppress thyroid function on a number physiological levels.
Soon after you remove sugar from your diet, one of the first things that happens is that your cortisol starts to rise. Increased cortisol secretion interferes with thyroid function and energy metabolism in many ways.
Lots of foods which popularly get described as ‘high in sugar’, are often filled with PUFAs, as well a variety of other harmful chemicals and gums. It is common for a large proportion of the sugar to come from pure glucose or starch, which can be problematic in relation to digestion and metabolism. This is especially true in combination with the PUFAs and when metabolic function and digestion is already compromised.
White sugar, honey, sweet ripe fruit, milk, and to a lesser degree various starchy vegetables, are typically good sources of sugar.
One reason why you might crave sugar when you remove it from your diet, is not because it is addictive in any meaningful sense, but ultimately because it is essential.
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