What is Cholesterol?

Your Body, Your Health, Your Life

I’ve never really (ever) paid attention to my cholesterol. I’m young & fit, I don’t need to start worrying about that just yet, right? Wrong. Apparently, more people are testing with high cholesterol now, COVID – the gift that keeps on giving. Oh, and children can have high cholesterol levels, just like adults.

Our eating and exercise habits have been greatly impacted during this time. Little by little, we can demystify the complex workings of our insides. I invite you to share some health tips with us. Here’s a little I’ve learned about Cholesterol – The Good The Bad & The Ugly.

Not all cholesterol is bad. As a matter of fact, your liver & intestines produce 80% of cholesterol you need to stay healthy. The good cholesterol carries the bad cholesterol from your arteries and back to the liver, where it’s broken down and nature does what it does.

The bad cholesterol contributes to fatty deposits/plaque build-up on the walls of the blood vessels. This in turn narrows or in severe cases completely blocks the arteries and hence less blood is carried to organs, which also means less oxygen (clip above). If the artery was supplying to the heart or brain, a heart attack or stroke happens; and if supplying to extremities, often legs, the tissue dies.

Hope that sheds a bit of light into understanding Cholesterol. For more info & tips on managing, please check out this guide -> https://www.heart.org/-/media/files/health-topics/cholesterol/my-cholesterol-guide-english.pdf?la=en

Know Your Health .. Mental & Physical!

Sources: visiblebody.com, heart.org, health.harvard.edu

Published by Ney

MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE & YOGA INSTRUCTOR I'm Ney, from Tanzania, currently living and teaching Yoga in the DMV - Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. I'm also the Co-founder & Chief Operations Officer of a nonprofit in Tanzania called Tap Elderly Women’s Wisdom for Youth - TEWWY. I started practicing Yoga to manage my debilitating anxiety; and it has since transcended to fuel my passion for Social Justice. TEWWY, a mental health stakeholder in TZ, facilitates psychosocial interventions by bridging the intergenerational gap through training elderly retired women in Interpersonal Counseling. The grandmotherly Wisdom&Wellness Counselors (WWCs) provide mental health services, support and resources to their underserved communities. The WWCs facilitate Wisdom&Wellness Circles, safe-spaces for people to share & care beyond what meets the eye as they build community. I teach Yoga as a radical tool in creating just and sustainable communities through the promotion of mental health & wellness. As we integrate the practice of Yoga in TEWWYs Mental Health Intervention Programs, we are building communities that are well equipped to adapt to change and cope with adversity. If you would like to be a part of our Wisdom&Wellness Community, let’s connect below.

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