Most people think of cholesterol in a negative way. However, cholesterol actually plays a very important role in the functioning of the body. One of the most important jobs of cholesterol is to aide in the production of hormones, such as estrogen, testosterone and cortisol. It also plays an important role in our body’s digestion, as it helps the liver create bile which aids in digesting the food that we eat. Without the bile our bodies are unable to properly digest foods, especially fats. Cholesterol is a major part of the structural component of the cells in our body and is there to basically provide a protective barrier to help the cells function optimally.
Most Cholesterol is made in the liver and only a small percentage is required by what we eat. So, our diet has little effect on cholesterol levels in the body. What is known as Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) or our bad cholesterol and High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) or our good cholesterol is actually wrong, as neither are a form of cholesterol. They are the carriers of Cholesterol. LDL, carries cholesterol from the liver to the tissue of the body via the blood stream and HDL carries the cholesterol from the tissue of the body back to the liver. So, our body is always looking to keep this transport system running smoothly. Low Density Lipoproteins get the bad cholesterol name, because they are overworking due to other parts of the system not functioning properly and this is where your diet becomes important.
Here are 4 delicious smoothies that you can add to your daily routine to keep your body’s cholesterol train system running smoothly
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Smooth Chocolate Delight
2 Cups of Coconut Water
1 Avocado Peeled and Pitted
1 Tbsp of Raw Cacao Powder
4 -6 Medjool dates chopped
Don’t let the title of this smoothie deceive you, Avocados are a great source of Oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fatty acid found naturally in many plant sources and animal products and considered one of the healthier sources of fat in the diet and your body loves this type of fat. Raw cacao is extremely rich in beneficial plant polyphenols. The most beneficial of these are flavanoids, which are antioxidants. Antioxidants help the low density lipoproteins do their job better, and the fibre in the dates makes this process smoother, as fibre helps bile do its job more efficiently through the digestive system. So, if you’re looking for a little treat after the gym, then this works perfectly with a little protein powder thrown in.
Carrot, Orange & Ginger Crusher
2 Cup of Mineral Water
1 Large Carrot chopped
1 tbsp of Freshly Grated Ginger
1 Large Orange Peeled
1-2 Handfuls of Spinach
Here’s a great little smoothie to have as a snack between meals. The high soluble fibre content in the carrots, coupled with the Lutein in spinach which is a carotenoid and the Herperdin in oranges, which is a Flavanone, both of which are Antioxidants make this a powerful combination for the cholesterol train system and just to make this all run smoothly, we’ve thrown some ginger in. Ginger activates an enzyme that increases your body’s use of cholesterol.
Coconut & Walnut Surprise
2 Cup of Coconut Milk
1 tbsp of Coconut Oil
1 Banana Peeled
½ cup of crushed walnuts
1 tsp Raw Honey
Coconuts are full of saturated fats. Much of the saturated fat content is what is known as Lauric acid. This beneficial saturated fat along with the high levels of omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts can actually help boost your high-density lipoprotein production. This is all balanced with the fibre in the banana and the antioxidant properties of the Raw Honey, making this a great surprise to start your day with.
Frozen Blueberry and Blackberry Blaster
2 Cups of Raw Cow, Sheep or Goats Milk
1 Cup of Frozen Blueberries
1 Cup of Frozen Blackberries
This one is my favourite. Blueberries and blackberries have the highest levels of antioxidants of all berries and as we’ve already seen, antioxidants are powerful as they help the low density lipoproteins do their job better. Adding raw milk to this smoothie makes this one complete, as it gives valuable fats and nutrients that your cholesterol train system absolutely can’t get enough of. Head down to your local Farmers Market for your raw milk and if you can’t get cow’s milk, then sheep or goats is still good.
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