Not all cholesterol is bad. But even with that knowledge in hand, we can’t keep ourselves in increasing our bad cholesterol level. So if you want to remain healthy, keeping an eye on your cholesterol levels and maintaining a healthy level is very essential.
There are many ways in which we can reduce the amount of cholesterol to ensure it remains at levels within the guidelines and to avoid illnesses such as heart disease. Changing your diet and eating your way to a lower cholesterol level is the easiest way, tips for doing this include:
- Burn off at least as many calories as you eat during the course of a day
- Make sure that you 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 in your diet
- Remove the skin from chicken and eat only lean meat in your diet
- Only include fat free and low fat dairy products in your diet
- In order to reduce trans fat in your diet cut out foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oil
- Include very little or no salt in your diet
- Only drink alcohol in moderation
All the diet changes and recommendations above are good. But accompanying them with a good exercise and healthy lifestyle will surely aid in lowering your cholesterol level. You can do it and make a difference for your life, your heart and your future.