When you hear the word cholesterol what comes to mind? For many, high cholesterol and heart disease are first.

For decades the media has claimed that to decrease your risk for heart disease you must eat a low fat diet with less than 300 mg of cholesterol a day. In 2004 the National Cholesterol Education Panel expanded the guidelines to include a recommendation that people take statin medications such as Lipitor to PREVENT heart disease. It is incredibly important to mention that 8 out of the 9 reviewers on this panel had monetary ties to drug companies. Did I mention Lipitor is the number one selling drug in America raking in 7.2 billion dollars in 2010?

Why we NEED cholesterol (and fat for that matter)!

Cholesterol is a soft waxy substance found in the bloodstream and in every cell of your body. It is found in animal products such as meat, milk, and eggs. It is essential for the production of sex hormones, bile acid (helps digest fat) and cell membranes. Cholesterol is also vital for brain function because it forms the covering of all the nerves in your body. The liver makes 75% of the cholesterol your body needs, and rest comes from food. If our liver makes cholesterol, then it is tough to argue how “bad” it is. By the way, 75% of people who have heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels. Interesting, isn’t it?

Now, this is not to say that you should go out and eat a diet loaded with fat and cholesterol from your local fast food restaurant. However, you don’t have to be afraid to eat organic grass-fed eggs, grass-fed pasture raised meat, and other types of healthy fats. The key is balancing cholesterol as part of a healthy diet.

If cholesterol isn’t as bad as I was taught, what is the right way to eat?

If you are confused or have concerns about how you should be eating to promote a healthy mind and body, you are not alone. You are right to be unsure. There are so many profit driven influences on information the public is given about health and food. The fact that you have questions is a great sign that you are on the right track to seeking the truth. When you are on the journey to health, guidance and leadership are essential. If you are unsure of the next step you need to take, log on to www.dynamicbalancehealth.com to schedule your FREE consultation to speak to a health and nutrition expert about the steps you need to take in order to start enjoying the health you deserve!

Author's Bio: 

Crystal Shores has had such success in returning people to health because this is her passion. She does this by influencing a person’s body systems to work together, instead of manipulating just one aspect of their biochemistry. The whole body approach is what separates Crystal apart from other health care practitioners. She takes the necessary steps to evaluate what is truly happening in a person’s body, and designs a nutrition program based on their bodily function, and not a diagnosis.

While graduating at the top of her class Summa Cum Laude and completing a competitive Dietetic Internship, she followed her dream of being a business owner which gives her the opportunity successfully impact the lives of others as a Registered Dietitian. After her internship, she was introduced to Functional Medicine, and knew this was how she would realize her dream. She and her husband started what is known today as Dynamic Balance, which utilizes proven nutritional principles along with the cutting edge science of Functional Medicine to facilitate proper function within the human body.

Crystal is a dynamic and inspirational woman who has spent years educating herself and others on what true health is, and how to achieve it. She has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to make the necessary changes in a person’s life, because she has done it herself. She spent the majority of her 20’s having fun and chasing happiness through external means only to end up realizing that true joy comes from within. This realization came from experiencing pain and fear that no outside force could remove. The time came when she had to make the choice of what direction she wanted her life to take. When she stood at this fork in the road, she made the decision to go back to school to receive her second bachelor’s degree, in Dietetics. This ultimately led her to feed and nurture her body back to a healthy state. It is with this passion and dedication that she serves her clients to lead them to enjoy the health they deserve.

The road to health and well being is not always an easy one and it requires guidance and support. If it were easy, we would all be healthy. She hopes to guide others in achieving health from the inside out.