We all tell little white lies. Even to ourselves. “No, I didn’t eat more than one piece of chocolate. I just had one glass of wine.” Fortunately, we have a lie detector built into our body. Its called the Endothelium. The endothelium lines the insides of our arteries. It forms a barrier between the blood flowing in our veins and the rest of the wall. If you are excited it can feel the adrenaline rush. If you are stressed, it can feel the cortisol. It is also able to detect micro traces of smoke, toxins, alcohol, sugar et al.  You can’t hide from it; it knows everything you do and everything that you expose yourself to.

The endothelium can get damaged with abuse. When abused, it signals to the body that  it needs aid. This results in inflammation of the cells of your arteries. Help arrives in the form of macrophages and platelets. If this repeats often, the cells that came to help can instead cause harm. Imagine bumping your head on a wall thrice a day and asking your body to heal itself. This is what happens when you have poor eating habits, three meals a day. The cells that rushed into your arteries can end up gorging on LDL (bad cholesterol). This LDL exists just below the endothelium. The cells then end up creating a foamy substance. This foamy substance becomes the start of plaque. Over time this leads to a hardening of your arteries and resultant cardio vascular diseases.

The primary cause of plaque is an exposure to toxins, poor nutrition, poor sleep habits and elevated levels of stress. This can result in elevated sugar levels, high LDL (bad cholesterol) and low HDL (good cholesterol). Your body does indicate potential threats but often the signals are weak. If you have not already, it is wise to have yourself tested.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.