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How do I lower my cholesterol?

Overview

You can lower cholesterol by following the advice listed in our previous post on “How to lower my blood pressure,” and “How should I eat to get six-pack abs“; moreover, you can follow these guidelines:

  • Eat more fiber
  • Drink more water
  • Exercise regularly
  • Cut refined, processed foods
  • Eat natural whole foods such as nuts, vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, and oats
  • Limit animal product consumption
  • Get sunlight
  • Cut smoking and alcohol

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is necessary: just like fat. That is what cholesterol is. Cholesterol is required to make certain nutrients and hormones. It is mainly produced by your liver; moreover, you can get it from your diet: animal products and the like.

Cholesterol comes in lipoproteins because cholesterol is a fat-like substance which is not able to dissolve in blood – a water like substance. There is LDL, HDL, VLDL, and Triglycerides.

LDL is low density lipoprotein. Its ratio of protein to cholesterol is low. It has more cholesterol than it has protein when compared to HDL. These are considered the bad figures in the cholesterol picture.

HDL is high density lipoprotein. Its ratio of protein to cholesterol is high. It has more protein than it has cholesterol when compared to LDL. These are considered the heroes in the cholesterol picture.

VLDL is very low density lipoprotein. This protein carries in it a majority triglycerides rather than cholesterol. 

These are all the forms cholesterol comes in; let us now look, and see what we can do.

 

Where does this all lead?

As stated before, your liver is one of the sole producers of your cholesterol. It is also a sole modulator of cholesterol in your body. After you eat, cholesterol is assimilated by the liver and stored there. It can be secreted when necessary.

Think about this. Your liver already produces your cholesterol for you, yet you over stuff your liver with more and more cholesterol. This creates an overload of cholesterol in the body. Where does it all go?

In your veins

The excess cholesterol in your body eventually forms plaque in your bloodstream. This plaque hardens and constricts blood flow. It leads to such diseases as atherosclerosis, coronary disease, and alzheimers.

This excess cholesterol primarily comes from your diet. If you eat products with cholesterol, you put extra cholesterol into your body. This increases the LDL cholesterol in your body; moreover, it increases the likelihood of plaque buildup.

Activities that promote excess cholesterol include

  • Eating saturated fats, trans fats, margarine, hydrogenated oils, and cholesterol
  • Not exercising, living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol damages your liver: your chief cholesterol executive
  • Eating red meat
  • Eating dairy products

Activities that help promote healthy cholesterol levels include

  • Getting enough exercise
  • Eating fiber
  • Eating fruits
  • Eating Omega 3’s
  • Eating nuts
  • Eating beans
  • Eating whole grains, and oats
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Cutting smoking
  • Drinking water

You have the power!

You have the power to change your life for the better; you were not born with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sick, tired, or out of shape. These things happened because of lifestyle choices. What is more: you can change them once again with conscious lifestyle choices!

You can! Say it with me! You can! You can do anything you set your mind to. You can change your life for the better; yes. It may take months or years to get your health back to normal but you can do it.

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