High cholesterol and stress, a perverse combination?
Cholesterol is necessary for our body and comes either from the diet, but minimally, and from our system that naturally produces it. What happens then when cholesterol exceeds the standard thresholds established by the control protocols ?
Surely we have to check what we usually put under our teeth and change the diet because we may have put in place an incorrect diet, but we must also investigate what other cause may be co-present, which causes our body to produce excess cholesterol .
Distress and LDL cholesterol
Bad stress, technically defined as distress, leads to an increase in bad cholesterol , that of LDL.
Everything starts from our brain, especially from the hypothalamus where two hormones are produced, cortisol and adrenaline , which among the various effects support the flow of blood to the brain and the release of greater energy.
These two hormones stimulate the production of cholesterol, specifically cortisol increases the concentrations of sugars that if not disposed of turn into fatty acids and cholesterol.
Stress often, but not always, also affects eating habits and pushes one's "victim" to gratify himself with inappropriate foods, rich in nutrients that create an insulin dependency , like chocolate, sweets in general, carbohydrates … and yes thus creates a dangerous vicious circle.
Controlling stress and finding disposal channels is essential. Exercise, especially sustained walking , is a very useful remedy because it helps to convey the excesses of stored sugars, lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels , controls pressure: in short walking is good.
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Remedies to control stress and cholesterol
We can associate with movement and a balanced diet some natural remedies that help to keep stress under control and to decrease levels of dangerous cholesterol.
Often magnesium and stress play a game of subtraction: magnesium deficiency can determine stress , fatigue, mood variability and, in addition to this, stress peaks lead to a loss of magnesium due to the stimulation of hormones that facilitate it. consumption or dispersion.
This condition also affects the quality and duration of sleep , thus generating a perverse and adverse mechanism. It is therefore good to supplement the daily magnesium quotas for a certain period , in order to help the psychophysical wellbeing, relax muscles and tendons, promote restorative sleep, support the central nervous system.
L-Tryptophan is an amino acid useful for treating stress, insomnia, and tiredness. In nature we can draw on a sure source of tryptophan given by Griffonia .
In the seeds of griffonia is in fact contained the principle that interests us, the 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) , precursor of serotonin. This remedy helps us to combat tiredness, irritability, stress, problems of insomnia and even headaches, because it increases the shares of serotonin , the hormone of good humor.
Vitamins of the B group
The B vitamins are a very useful complex in case of stress , because they are involved in the metabolic processes that transform food into energy .
In particular, B2, B3 and B6 are essential for the synthesis of serotonin. In case of stress, fatigue, nervousness, the B complex is also useful in association with magnesium to rebalance the body.
Red fermented rice
The red yeast rice is the remedy useful for keeping tabs on raising cholesterol peaks. Although it is a natural preparation, it has some contraindications.
Its effectiveness is due to the monacolin K , a molecule similar to the synthetic statins used in drugs for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia . It is necessary to alternate the administration of fermented red rice with the plant sterols and to integrate the coenzyme Q10 useful to counter the side effects caused by the statins on the musculature.