Become A Guru Of Cholesterol Control
Millions of Americans suffer from high cholesterol and often find it a real struggle to lower their numbers to a healthy range. This is due to the fact that cholesterol levels are dependent on lifestyle habits that have been long-ingrained in each person and letting go of habits is a simple in theory but hard in practice. There are areas where change can come more easily though, and are outlined below. Put them into practice and maybe cholesterol control will eventually become the habit that’s hard to break.
1. Put on your sneakers.
Anybody can walk for additional exercise. You don’t even have to run, just walk. If you need to go pick up milk from the market, take a stroll. If you want to take the elevator to your office, ask yourself if you can manage the stairs. In the case that you work out of a high-rise, why not just climb as far as you can, then hop on an elevator? And there are no excuses for not taking the stairs down!
2. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
It really does. Apples contain pectin, which has shown to reduce cholesterol, and amazingly enough, also slow down your digestive process so that you don’t overdo it and take in more food than necessary. In this token, by eating food, you’ll be helping yourself lose weight.
3. You can still eat fat.
That bread on your plate doesn’t have to be eaten naked (R. I. P. Dear butter). You can still eat it with peanut butter or a drizzle of olive oil and feel satiated. Both items contain good fats which have proven to reduce the bad cholesterol in your blood. Beware that they can be high in calories though, so don’t think that eating an entire jar of peanut butter in one sitting is the right way to go, either.
4. Take a vitamin.
It doesn’t get easier than this. Look for multivitamins that contain folic acid, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. Studies have revealed a reduced risk of heart disease when these are consumed, and it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough of these as you modify your diet.
5. Stop stressing.
There might not be any bad fats in stress, but it certainly doesn’t work in your favor to allow it into your life. Stress can induce a host of physical reactions in the body that can work towards heart attack and stroke, and is just another heavy burden in combination with elevated cholesterol levels. Be mindful of what makes you tense and anxious, and treat yourself well so that you can curtail the ill effects of stress on your system.
Every project, however, can be accomplished one small step at a time, and here are five for you to get started on. Lowering those cholesterol levels may be simpler than you think.
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