Symptoms, conditions and causes

What are the causes for high cholesterol?

Cholesterol is very important for many different functions of the body. It supports your brain and your hormonal functions as well as the health of your cells in general. Cholesterol helps to repair damage in your body.

Cholesterol in itself is healthy for our bodies, and so necessary that our bodies make about 3000 mgs of it every day! If you consume foods with lots of cholesterol, your body will balance it out and produce less cholesterol. If you consume less cholesterol, your body will balance that out and produce more.

It is important to know that cholesterol acts as a patch-up unit in your arteries, when you have inflammation in the arteries caused by something else that has created damage. Cholesterol, calcium and one more compound would be utilized by your body to patch the damage. The patches can cause lessened blood flow in your arteries.

Cholesterol test

You can do a remnant cholesterol test to see if your cholesterol levels are pathological or not. This is better than checking HDL and LDL levels of cholesterol. Here is the gradation for you if you get this cholesterol test:

Less than 17: optimum
18 to 23: okay
24 to 29: concerning
Greater than 30: very concerning

Cause #1: High-carb diet

If you consume too many carbs your body will produce a lot of insulin. Insulin is a fat-storing hormone that also converts blood sugar into cholesterol. This is the most common problem when people have high amounts of cholesterol in the body. The solution would be to do the Healthy Keto® diet and an intermittent fasting plan.


  • Avoid refined carbs and sugar

  • Avoid snacking

  • Do the Healthy Keto® diet

  • Do an intermittent fasting plan

  • Consume purified bile salts

Cause #2: Lack of bile

Bile is an important liquid that is produced by your liver and stored in your gallbladder. It helps absorb fats and acts as detergent in your liver. Additionally, bile helps to eliminate excess cholesterol in your blood. If you have liver damage or gallbladder damage this can cause low bile production in your body.


  • Consume apple cider vinegar (1 to 2 teaspoons stirred into about a cup of water, before your meals)

  • Consume purified bile salts.

Cause #3: Hypothyroidism

Low thyroid function can cause cholesterol to be high in the blood. In this case you want to support your thyroid gland and consume the right foods for that.


  • Consume sea kelp

  • Consume selenium

If you are on a ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting

If you are on a ketogenic diet and an intermittent fasting plan you may have high cholesterol. This is because your body burns fat and fat storage contains cholesterol in it. This is not dangerous and is temporary as long as you don’t consume refined carbs.


  • Carry on with your ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting plan

  • Avoid refined carbs and sugar

Other causes:

  • Intestinal damage

  • History of antibiotics

  • Celiac

  • Krones

  • Diverticulitis

  • Liver cirrhosis

  • Lack of friendly bacteria in the gut

  • High-fat diet

  • Kidney damage

  • Genetics

Last updated: Feb 19, 2024 18:31 PM