As a teacher, every year I teach a subject I learn it more and the information takes on new connections as I learn more about other things that are interconnected to the content. Our new information and lifestyle of running on fats and aiming for 80% of our diet to be fats, has sensitized me to noticing all the different places I encounter lipids, triglycerides, fatty acids and cholesterol. This musings page is just that, my wonderings based on newly revisited information. Muse means "to think quietly, meditate or ponder." By contrast, amuse means "to not think, to divert or entertain." From my musings, we will check into the research available to see if it is of value. Maybe you might find information in your quest for knowledge that will back me up. Enjoy the art of musing for a while...
Here are a few places where fatty acids are needed in the body:
Every cell has a lipid membrane around it and lipids are needed within cells for certain organelles (the organs inside of your cells). The average adult has 75 trillion cells in their body.
Cholesterol is required to make the steroid hormones: testosterone, estradiol (precursor for estrogen), progesterone, pregnenolone, aldosterone, DHEA, and cortisol. These hormones are manufactured in the adrenal glands or the gonads (ovaries and testis).
Cholesterol is required to create dehydrocholesterol (missing a hydrogen atom off the cholesterol molecule) that must be present in the capillaries of the skin in order for the body to make Vitamin D when stimulated by the sun's ultraviolet light.
Sebum, the skin's lubrication that helps the skin be soft and supple, and functions as part of the immune system because the contents of the sebum have antibacterial properties. Sebum is made from cholesterol, triglycerides, proteins and electrolytes.
Now considering the skin is the largest organ in the body, is it possible as a result of our society's low fat lifestyle, that the fat necessary for the production of Vitamin D is not present? If we replenish the fats, and get adequate sunshine will our Vitamin D levels return to normal?
Is it possible that all the new strains of bacterial infections on the skin are related to the lack of sebum secreted from the sebaceous glands because there is not enough cholesterol and triglycerides in the body?
I used to get sunburned in about 20 minutes. After entering nutritional ketosis, I can go a couple hours in the sun without getting burned and I actually tan now -- does this mean that having more fats in your skin helps protect you from sunburns and sun damage? Do the melanocytes in the skin need fats to manufacture melanin, the substance that makes you tan and provides additional sun protection?
Keeping with the idea of melanocytes, the cells in the skin that manufacture melanin, when hair grows out it is the melanocytes that provide the pigments for hair color. Gray hair is caused when the melanocytes are no longer providing the melanin needed to color the hair. If melanocytes need fats to create melanin, will gray hair turn back to the natural color if there's enough fats provided to the skin?
If we were to eat an all nonfat diet, after time, the fats for all the hormones in our bodies will be depleted and our systems will begin to malfunction because the body cannot manufacture lipid (fat) based molecules without fats in the diet, is this the reason we have so many people suffering with infertility, adrenal fatigue, female menstrual problems, and skin problems?
Please comment if you have any insights.