On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing my personal experience on how I raised my good HDL cholesterol to boost my testosterone.
I’m continuously monitoring my blood work to make sure the foods I’m eating are taking me closer towards my goals.
Before I get into it, let me know in the comments if you’ve ever had your cholesterol levels tested.
Now I have to be clear and upfront, I am not a doctor.
I am just sharing my journey in how I raised my HDL cholesterol levels, based on my naturopathic doctor’s recommendations.
Based on my last cholesterol test, I’ve successfully raised my healthy HDL cholesterol to peak levels.
This is important, because as a 41 year old dad of two young kids, one of my main goals is optimizing my testosterone levels.
By increasing my cholesterol levels, it seemed to be a prime contributor in helping me double my testosterone levels from the low 300s to the 600s.
Before I share how I did all of this, I want to first give a shout out to today’s video sponsor, LetsGetChecked.
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If you’re looking to reduce your risk of heart disease, monitoring your triglyceride levels and your blood sugar levels is very important.
But I’ll talk more about that later in this post.
Once you order the at home test kit online, it shows up at your doorstep a few days later.
The kit provides you with everything you need to easily self-administer the finger prick test.
They now even provide a vibrating finger device to help increase blood flow for collection.
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Follow the provided easy to follow directions to collect your blood sample in the morning before eating.
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With all that said, let’s jump into it.
Here’s the quick back story.
A few years ago, I shared a video post on how I doubled my testosterone levels.
Long story short, after getting my blood tested, my doctor, who at the time was also my personal training client, was shocked to see that my testosterone levels were in the low 300s.
Based on these low testosterone results, one of my main priorities with my diet and workouts was to naturally increase my testosterone levels.
To help me with that, I worked with a naturopathic doctor who was monitoring my blood test results.
I recorded one of our calls where my naturopathic doctor covered the importance of raising my cholesterol levels, in order to optimize my hormones.
This is a transcript of what my doctor said on the call:
“I feel like every man I get back is low testosterone. With your cholesterol at 150, most doctor’s would be thrilled with you because this is an excellent lipid profile. You couldn’t really do much better. The one thing I will say though is, in my opinion, it’s a little low.”
“Why I don’t want low cholesterol for you is because it’s the backbone of all of your hormones. Especially if you’re having hormone deficiency issues. If you don’t have enough cholesterol, you’re not going to be pumping out extra testosterone.”
In other words, she wanted me to increase my total cholesterol levels.
Note: this is what worked for me, based on my body and goals. Your body may be different, so consult with an expert who can work with your current situation.
Based on this advice, my naturopathic doctor recommended that I consume more healthy fats, particularly saturated fats and monounsaturated fats, to boost my HDL cholesterol levels.
I Consume A Lot Of These Foods To Boost My HDL Cholesterol:
My doctor also recommended:
However, I don’t usually include these in my every day diet.
But wait, you may be thinking that cholesterol is bad because it raises your risk for cardiovascular disease, right?
Well, there are a lot of common misconceptions on cholesterol.
So let’s first talk about what is cholesterol.
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is found in all your cells.
It is primarily produced by your liver, as well as from the foods you consume.
Your body needs cholesterol to:
In the past, the term cholesterol has often been branded as being bad for your heart, and the primary cause of cardiovascular disease.
However, over the years, the focus has begun to shift from total cholesterol levels, to a combination of a specific bad type of cholesterol and triglycerides levels.
Research now points to a high ratio of triglycerides to HDL cholesterol as the major predictor of extensive coronary disease.
A general rule of thumb is having a triglycerides to HDL ratio of less than 2 is optimal.
When the ratio is more than 4, it’s considered high.
Your total cholesterol levels are broken down into two different types of cholesterol:
HDL cholesterol, short for High-Density Lipoprotein, is typically referred to as the good cholesterol, as higher levels of HDL may lower the risk of heart disease.
It helps remove the bad cholesterol from your bloodstream and sends it back to the liver.
LDL cholesterol, short for Low-Density Lipoprotein, is typically referred to as the bad cholesterol.
Excessive LDL cholesterol can build up on your blood vessel walls, thus increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
However, it’s important to note that there are two kinds of LDL cholesterol:
The large fluffy LDL particles appear to be a less dangerous risk for heart disease.
The small dense LDL particles are the ones that increase the risk of heart disease, because they have an easier time getting into the arteries and damaging blood vessels.
The other heart disease marker to monitor are your triglyceride levels.
Triglycerides are fats found in the bloodstream.
When you consume more calories than your body burns, your body converts those excessive calories into triglycerides, which are then stored as body fat.
As your triglycerides levels go up, it’s likely that your levels of the dangerous small dense LDL particles will also go up, and your levels of good HDL cholesterol goes down.
That’s a nasty combination to increase your risk of heart disease.
Lower your triglyceride levels, by lowering your blood sugar levels and insulin, is a key marker in reducing your risk of heart disease.
You can do this by lowering your carbohydrate consumption, especially when it comes to refined carbohydrates that make up a large percentage of the standard American diet.
When it comes to optimizing your cholesterol and lowering your risk of heart disease, it’s important to focus on boosting your good HDL cholesterol levels and lowering your triglycerides and blood sugar levels.
The first step is to get a blood test to monitor your current:
Once you see your blood test results, you can then access if you need to make changes to your lifestyle and diet.
These diet and lifestyle changes could include:
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.