Dehydration and High Cholesterol


What is dehydration?

Dehydration and high cholesterol are connected.  First of all, dehydration is defined as the excessive loss of body fluid. Symptoms generally become noticeable with mild dehydration which is the loss of 1- 2% of one’s normal water volume.

What causes dehydration?

At Optimum Health , the main cause for dehydration is drinking less water than is needed.  Your need is based on your size and the amount of sweating you do.  A protein deficiency is what we have found to be the main reason why people drink less water than they need.

Can Dehydration Cause High Cholesterol?

Absolutely!  Think of cooking oatmeal with plenty of water in the pot.  If you put too little water in the pot when cooking the oatmeal, the oatmeal will not run out of the pot when you turn it upside down.  Why?  Because gravity is not strong enough to pull the thick oatmeal from the pot.

This is what happens when you don’t drink enough water and end up dehydrated.  When you don’t drink enough water, you don’t put enough water in your blood causing your blood to become too thick.  When the heart squeezes and pushes the thick blood the blood vessels, the vessels get damaged.  Cholesterol is called out to patch the damaged vessels.  In the face of a protein deficiency, the damaged vessels may take years to get repaired.  In the mean time, the cholesterol patch is there doing its job to keep the blood vessel from tearing.  Without the proper oils, the cholesterol can become sticky and hold onto things as they float by.  This can begin to close off the blood vessel causing the blood flow begins to decrease.

Cholesterol - Old and Sticky Cholesterol in arteries with labels

The longer you are dehydrated, the larger the number of blood vessels you will have to get damaged.  All the cholesterol being called out to fix all the damaged blood vessels will raise your cholesterol level and possibly begin to block many arteries.  As the arteries become blocked from the cholesterol patches (plaques), the blood flow all over the body begins to decrease causing major problems such as strokes, heart attacks and sudden death.

Artery with plaque

Reversing High Cholesterol Levels

The first thing to try is eliminating the cause which is dehydration.  Drinking your proper amount of water each day can eliminate dehydration and the need to fix the blood vessels with cholesterol.  If you don’t like water, then you may want to consider whether or not you have a protein deficiency which can prevent the signaling of thirst.

Dealing with Blocked Arteries Due to High Cholesterol

When high cholesterol levels begin to block arteries, increasing your good oils can often narrow the cholesterol patch (plaque) allowing the blood to flow properly.  When choosing good oils, do not use parts of the oils.  Oils such as omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9 all work together to accomplish the final outcome of narrowing the cholesterol patch (plaque).  Therefore, it is best to take the whole fish oil or the whole flax seed oil instead of just taking an omega 3 oil.

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