How to reduce Cholesterol?

Here’s top 5 Lifestyle Changes you can Adopt

Regulating Cholesterol levels is important for our body’s well-being. However, many times people end up indulging in careless habits that can exacerbate Cholesterol levels, and increase the risk of developing serious health problems.

While the word ‘Cholesterol’ is bound to make you think of something bad, it is important to note that there is a good kind of cholesterol as well that the body requires to maintain overall health. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is the good cholesterol, whereas low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is the bad cholesterol.

Cholesterol is found in every cell in the body and it is only because of that, the body is able to produce hormones, build cells and digest food. While it is good for the body, its high levels can also have adverse effects. One of the two types, LDL or low-density lipoprotein, referred to as bad cholesterol, often ends up attaching itself to the walls of the blood vessels, which leads to higher chances of heart attacks.

However, a few simple Lifestyle Changes can help to lower the LDL levels in our body–

1.Avoid any intake of ‘Saturated fats’ found in red meat and full-fat dairy. Consuming an “Excess” of bakery items, biscuits, breads, packaged foods( with hydrogenated fat), sausages and sugary desserts, can cause an increase in LDL levels. The high-fat content contributes to the fat deposits in the liver, thereby escalating the overall cholesterol levels. Besides what you eat, what you don’t eat is also important. People who do not include fibre in the form of green vegetables, fruits, whole grains, pulses in their diet are also prone to risks of developing high cholesterol. Good and bad fat are like weighing scale. If bad fat is high chances are your good fat consumption is low. Add good fat like nuts (almonds, walnut), seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds) in your diet

  1. Include minimum 30 mins ‘Exercise’ at least 5-6 days a week. It could be brisk walk, swimming, gym, yoga. Moderate physical activity raises the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol, and lowers the LDL cholesterol.
  2. Try to shed off extra weight if you are overweight cause ‘Obesity’ can be the reason of high LDL in your body
  3. Increase ‘Fibre’ in your diet. Add soluble fibre found in oats, beans, apples, carrots, barley, oat bran, psyllium husk in your diet
  4. Quit smoking and reduce alcohol consumption

So make these changes in your lifestyle and reduce those cholesterol levels

Stay healthy…Stay blessed

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