Everyone knows that a high cholesterol level can seriously affect one’s health. But what exactly is cholesterol and are there any natural and easy ways to lower it? Find out below.
You’ve heard at least once someone saying that it’s best to avoid having high cholesterol, because it can affect your health. Well, that’s true, but it’s also true that this level is something you can control. It depends on you whether it’s in a high or a normal level.
Cholesterol is present in all body cells and is something your body needs to ensure it functions properly. It is a waxy substance produced by the liver that travels throughout your entire bloodstream and reaches all your cells. There’s nothing to worry about when it comes to cholesterol in normal levels, but on the contrary, as this is something essential to your body. The things change when these levels increase more than necessary.
Here are some simple and efficient tips to help you lower the levels naturally:
The human body has evolved throughout the centuries to be good at physical activity. However, considering the daily chores people have nowadays, it can be stated that they have a more sedentary lifestyle rather than a physically active one. This automatically impacts the levels of cholesterol found in the body.
In order to bring them back to normal and reduce chances of cancer or any other health issues, it is recommended to engage in physical activities at least 30 minutes per day.
Quit smoking… or at least limit it
We understand that renouncing a habit such as smoking you have had for several years now is a challenging thing to do. That’s why, in case you are not prepared yet to quit smoking once and for all, we recommend you to try and limit it as much as possible. There are studies that show a direct connection between smoking and high levels of cholesterol. High risk of heart disease and lung cancer are also connected to smoking.
Limit drinking as well
Just like in the case of smoking, drinking alcohol can have some serious consequences on your overall health, especially if it is consumed in higher quantities. Of course, a glass of wine a day will not do you any harm, but on the contrary. There are studies that show it can benefit your health. But just make sure you don’t turn that one glass per night into one bottle per night, as in this case your health may be seriously affected.
Reduce saturated and trans fat and increase unsaturated fat
Some say that there is nothing that can raise cholesterol level more than trans and saturated fats. Trans fats for instance, are usually found in packaged products, such as crackers, chips or cookies, as well as in fried foods.
Saturated fats, on the other hand, are mostly found in animal products, such as dairy products, margarine, oils and meats. It is best to avoid these types of foods as much as possible in order to bring cholesterol levels back to normal.
Instead, it is recommended to increase unsaturated fat intake, as this type of fat is a good one. It can be found in fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, sardines and so on, but also in soybeans, flaxseed and walnuts.
Less salt and sugar, better health
Last but not least, it is highly advisable to reduce salt and sugar intake if you want to lower your cholesterol levels a bit. Of course, you can’t exclude them from your life completely, but what you can do is to reduce the amounts of salt and sugar you introduce in your body. Think twice next time before adding salt to your meal without even tasting it first or adding that one extra teaspoon of sugar to your coffee, as this can make the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy lifestyle.