As we age, more and more health problems arise, and one very common one is, high cholesterol. For those who may not know this, there is good and bad cholesterol, and it is found in every cell of our bodies. Before medication must be prescribed to control, and maintain this problem, you should know that there are ways to lower cholesterol without drugs.
Cholesterol in the body is essential to build healthy cells and certain hormones. The harm comes when the levels are increased to the point where fat deposits form in the arteries making it difficult for the blood to flow through. This is why anyone with high cholesterol is at risk of having a stroke or heart attack.
With that said, maintaining a healthy diet and exercising on a regular basis can keep your cholesterol levels in check and even lower those levels. Reducing the amount of dairy products that are high in fat can really help reduce those levels. More than that, learn to read nutrition labels. Reducing the amount of saturated fats and trans fats will help you lower your cholesterol.
For instance, saturated fats and trans fats are terrible for the body. In fact, trans fats not only raise the bad cholesterol (LDL), but they lower the good cholesterol (HDL). Product packaging will often claimed to be free of trans fats, but this is not always the case. As long as the product contains less than. 5 g of trans fats, that the product by law can make this claim. Instead of depending on the marketing, read the ingredients and see if there is any hydrogenated oils listed. Hydrogenated oils equal trans fats.
Smoking will increase your LDL, as well as your risk for heart disease, cancer, and a slew of other problems. But, if you do have high LDL, you should quit smoking immediately. If you feel that you cannot quit, you don’t have to cold turkey anymore as there are specialized gums, patches, and other aides that will help you. If you are overweight, it is important to drop those extra pounds as weight is directly related to raising cholesterol levels.
Choose foods that promote a healthy heart such as fruits and vegetables, fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and whole grains. Try to reduce the amount of refined foods, such as white bread, white pasta, and the like. Instead, opt for whole wheat, et cetera.
Alcohol consumption should be no more than one or two drinks a day. Exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. These few changes will not only make you healthier, look better, and feel better, they will also lower your cholesterol levels considerably.