Do you have raised cholesterol levels? Have you been advised to take statins? Maybe all you need is more water.
Our body is made up of trillions of cells. Each cell consists of a membrane enclosing a fluid filled centre. Cholesterol is a vital component of these cell membranes allowing them to have some rigidity whilst staying flexible and allowing the exchange of nutrients across the cell boundary. The cells are full of fluid. If the amount of fluid gets disrupted or starts to decrease, then the cell, in an attempt to hang onto the water, will react by putting more cholesterol into the membrane to make it more rigid and impervious. Hence cholesterol levels increase.
A rigid membrane will also block or hinder the transfer of nutrients and waste materials in and out of the cells, leading to toxic build up, lowering of function and ultimately ill-health.
Most people are dehydrated to some degree, and this is more likely when you are suffering from illness. So what can cause dehydration? Many common lifestyle features such as:
- Diuretic drinks (including caffeine, energy drinks, carbonated beverages, some fruit juices)
- ‘Junk’ and processed food.
- Travelling - especially air travel, but also long car or train journeys
- Air conditioning or central heating
- Pollution (do you live or work in the city or near a main road, run a diesel car?)
- Electro-magnetic pollution (from WiFi, Laptops, Mobile phones, Power lines)
- Drugs / Vaccines – pharmaceutical and recreational
How many of the above feature in your life?
How can you tell if you are dehydrated?
Some of the more common signs and symptoms include:
- Lack of thirst (ironic eh?)
- Fluid retention – especially in lower legs and ankles or around the abdomen.
- Low energy
- Immune system dysfunction
- Raised cholesterol levels
What to do about it
Apart from the obvious of drinking plenty of water there are a couple of other things you need to do. (Note of caution – if you are not used to drinking a lot of water then introduce it slowly into your regime. Over a period of four weeks introduce water in place of your existing beverages until you are drinking 2 litres of room temperature water per day).
You need to undertake a bowel cleanse. The colon is a key organ for regulating fluid balance in the body. If it is not working effectively due to poor diet, or toxic load then your body will have difficulty with hydration. You can use various products to help cleanse and move things along, such as herbal or botanical preparations. Coffee enemas are the ultimate in cleansing techniques, but are not to everyone’s taste!
Flaxseeds are also a useful addition to your diet. It is important to take a good pro-biotic supplement to repopulate the gut with health promoting bacteria.
In addition you need to follow a hydrating diet at the same time. This means avoiding meat and dairy foods which are challenging for the body to process. Use beans, pulses and seeds for your protein sources. Eat only the lighter grains such as rice and millet, while avoiding wheat and rye. Have plenty of vegetables, especially leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage) and be sure to include plenty of onions and garlic.
If in any doubt about how to successfully rehydrate and detoxify your body enlist the services of a Nutritional therapist or Naturopath.