Intermittent Fasting and Ketosis May Spike Your Cholesterol…at Least Temporarily


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In this video, Dr. Berg talks about cholesterol spike on a ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting plan. The body makes 75% of cholesterol and only 25% of it comes from the diet. There is a huge feedback loop on how the body makes cholesterol and the cholesterol from the diet. In other words, when you eat more cholesterol foods, your body doesn’t make as much and when you don’t eat as much cholesterol foods, the body makes more.
Two Purposes of Cholesterol
1. For structural purposes – cholesterol is needed for every single cellular membrane in the body.
2. It is needed to make vitamin D, bile and steroid hormones
When you fast, the cholesterol will go up, you already tapped out your glycogen reserves, now you are tapping into the fat reserves. Fat has the major storage of triglycerides and it is the largest storage of free cholesterol.

Remnant Cholesterol – It is what is left over from total cholesterol minus the HDL and LDL.
• 17 or less: Optimum
• 18 to 23: OKAY
• 24 to 29: Concerning
• 30 or greater: very concerning

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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