Simple Tips To Lower Your Cholesterol
Keeping an eye on your cholesterol levels and maintaining them at a safe level is absolutely essential if you want to remain in good health. And we all want to improve our health, right?
There are many ways to reduce your cholesterol and then keep it at a level that meets current health guidelines, which in turn helps avoiding killer illnesses such as heart disease.
High cholesterol levels are quite common with people over the age of 50 or those with weight problems, people suffering from gastro-intestinal disorders and people with diabetes. High blood cholesterol levels can be the result of either overproduction of the substance (due to liver dysfunctions) or the inability of the body to eliminate it.
However, apart from physiological factors that enable the accumulation of cholesterol inside the organism, there are also many other external factors that contribute to cholesterol build up: inappropriate diet, sedentary lifestyle, smoking and alcohol abuse.
Simply changing your diet and eating your way to a lower cholesterol level is by far the easiest way, and some tips for doing this include:
- Burn off at least as many calories as you eat during the course of a day.
- Get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day of the week.
- Eat a wide variety of foods that are rich in nutrients.
- Include at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day in your diet.
- Eat lots of high-fiber, wholegrain foods in your diet.
- Include fish in your diet at least twice a week.
- Cut foods poor in nutrients out of your diet.
- Cut down on the amount of trans-fat and saturated fat foods you eat.
- Remove the skin from chicken and eat only lean meat.
- Only include fat free and low fat dairy products in your diet
- Reduce trans-fat in your diet by cutting out foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.
- Include very little or no salt in your diet.
- Only drink alcohol in moderation.
- Always read nutritional labels on food before buying.
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