Everyone hears about watching their cholesterol, but until it actually happens to you, it’s always something that happens to someone else. But, now that reality has hit, it’s time to start finding ways to lower your cholesterol – and here are a few ways to make that happen.
1. Watch Your Fats – When it comes to watching your cholesterol, you need to remember that all fat isn’t bad. In fact you need a significant amount of fat in order for your body to properly function. Having said that, it’s the type of fat that’s important, and the wrong kinds of fats can increase your cholesterol levels instead of reducing them. “Bad fats” to avoid include saturated fats and trans fats, which are present in poultry skins, eggs, meats, butter and other high fat dairy products (which are all animal products, by the way), as well as vegetable products that tend to be solid at room temperature.
2. Be Choosy About Your Meats and Protein – When you are dealing with high cholesterol, you have to be choosy about what kind of meat you eat, but the funny thing is, although red meat is most often attributed to high cholesterol, it is not the worst of the proteins for you. Some of the high cholesterol foods include eggs (the yolk), duck, shrimp, caviar, shellfish and liver. So, while you shouldn’t eat red meat often, a little won’t hurt.
3. Include More Fiber in Your Diet – Getting more fiber into your diet can help you lower your cholesterol by flushing your intestines out properly, and thereby reducing the amount of bile that is reabsorbed into the body. Soluble fiber is said to be best for this, though any kind of fibrous diet will help. One of the more popular choices for reducing cholesterol is simply eating a bowl of oatmeal every day; but, there are other foods and supplements to take for those on the run.
4. Stay Active – Exercise is assumed to have a great impact on your levels of cholesterol. What’s interesting is that there is no definitive link between increased or regular exercise and the reduction of cholesterol levels. While researchers don’t know yet, the positive effect exercise has on cholesterol levels is still widely assumed by the medical community to be true – mainly because exercise lessens the chance of being overweight. When you are overweight, your body increases the amount of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) in your blood, which has being linked in studies, to heart disease.
5. Take the obvious steps – Grill or broil your meat instead of baking or sautéing it with sauces or oils, stay away from the fattier, processed foods, get plenty of exercise and fiber, and eat more fruits and vegetables. Any step you can take to lower your cholesterol without going on medication is a great move toward better health.
Keeping your cholesterol level at a proper level is important for achieving longevity and a general sense of well-being. Your children and grandchildren will appreciate you taking care of yourself – and you will want to be around for all the milestones in your family’s life.
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