Do you suffer from high cholesterol? Do you want to lower it? How can you solve this problem? How can you protect yourself from other serious problems that are caused by high cholesterol? Is it necessary to take medicines for lowering cholesterol in your body? When did you last get your body checked for high cholesterol? Cholesterol is a substance that can be found in the body in fat, blood and most of the tissues that exist in our bodies. The cholesterol level in our bodies always changes and it is affected by age. If it has been a long time since you last get your body checked for high cholesterol, then you have to go now and check it because it is necessary for you to do this from time to time at least twice every ten years to keep yourself safe and protect yourself from other serious diseases that are caused by high cholesterol such as heart disease and it also increases the risk of heart attacks. There are many things that you can do to naturally lower cholesterol in your body and most of these things are in fact associated with the unhealthy lifestyle that we live and needs to be changed or modified. Let’s see what you can do to lower your cholesterol naturally without medicines.
♦ Lose weight
Being overweight is responsible for causing many health problems from which we suffer. In addition to making your body unattractive, it may destroy your health and threaten your life. In order to lower cholesterol in your body, you have to start with losing weight which will in turn improve your health in general and make your body catchier than it is now. You have to know that the more weight you gain, the higher the cholesterol level will be in your body.
♦ Eat healthy foods for your heart
Eating healthy food plays an important role in lowering cholesterol in your body and improving your heart health. Avoid trans and saturated fats and replace them with monounsaturated fats that can be found in canola oil, peanut and olive oil. Opt for more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, foods which are high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, herring, mackerel, ground flaxseeds, walnuts and almonds, oats, nuts, red wine, tea, beans, chocolate, margarine, garlic, spinach and avocado.
♦ Limit your intake of cholesterol
You have to limit your intake of cholesterol to be less than 300 milligrams per day and you have to lower it to be just 200 milligrams per day if you suffer from diabetes or heart disease.
♦ Do exercises
Exercising daily is not only necessary for those who want to lose weight since it is also highly required for others who are not overweight but want to lower cholesterol in their bodies and improve their health. Exercising for 30 minutes per day is good for you to start losing weight and improving your health. Simple activities such as riding a bike, using stairs and walking are even useful for you to lose weight and keep your heart healthy.
♦ Stop smoking
Quitting smoking has the ability to completely change your life since it improves the HDL cholesterol level in your body, lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart attack and heart disease. All of these benefits motivate you to start quitting smoking and saving your life.
♦ Stop drinking too much alcohol
Drinking too much alcohol is capable of destroying your life since it results in heart failure, stroke and high blood pressure. Instead of the excessive use of alcohol, you can resort to the moderate use that is believed to be much better. All the women and men who are older than 65 years can have just one drink per day while other men who are younger than 65 years can have two drinks per day.
Lifestyle changes that you can make to improve your health and lower your cholesterol
◘ Go for a walk when you feel that you are frustrated or bored instead of staying at home and eating.
◘ Take healthy food with you from your home when you go out and spend a long time instead of buying fast food.
◘ Eat healthy snacks such as carrots instead of chips and popcorn especially while watching TV.
◘ Try to walk or ride your bike instead of driving a car or taking a taxi.
◘ Avoid using elevators and try to use the stairs to exert more effort.
◘ Have several meals per day but in small portions (6 meals per day).
All of these tips can help you to improve your health, lower cholesterol level and even make the medicines that you take more effective