The Truth About Inflammation Causing Heart Disease

The Truth About Inflammation Causing Heart Disease

Inflammation has been long attested to causing heart disease, but that's not true!

Inflammation is created by:

  • Refined sugar 
  • Trans fats 
  • Gluten, for many individuals 

What you need to know:

  • Cholesterol is not the problem. We do not need to artificially lower a vital substance that virtually every cell in your body naturally produces and requires to sustain optimal function. 
  • From a blood lipid panel, high total low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is not the most important factor, but rather it's the size of the LDL particles that counts. 
  • High total cholesterol (TC)/high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol ratio (TG/HDL-C ratio) indicates small LDL particles and correlates strongly with incidence and extent of heart disease. 
  • Low TC/HDL-C ratio indicates minimal small LDL particles and a reduced risk of heart disease. 
  • High carbohydrate diets and the presence of insulin are responsible for small LDL particles, so reducing your intake of refined carbohydrates is an essential health goal. 
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Steph Lowe

Steph Lowe is a Sports Nutritionist (BSpExSc GDipHumNutr), triathlete, founder of The Natural Nutritionist, a hub for celebrating the importance of real food, and author of The Real Food Athlete.

With a passion for spreading a positive message about real food and the incredible effect it has on performance, Steph launched The Natural Nutritionist in 2011 and is on a mission to inspire others to make health a priority in their lives.