Lowering Cholesterol Levels Naturally
High cholesterol is often overlooked since its symptoms are usually not noticeable. That does not diminish it's importance as an serious issue. When your cholesterol is high, you are at a greater risk for a number of diseases including the most obvious, heart disease. Research has shown that an incremental increase in cholesterol level results in a corresponding increase in the risk factors associated with it. However, while high cholesterol is a very serious matter, lowering cholesterol levels naturally requires some some lifestyle changes.
While there are some factors that attribute to high cholesterol that cannot be changed such as:
• Heredity, sometimes high cholesterol is genetics but there are steps that you can still take to lower it.
• You can never do anything about your age and you should know that your cholesterol level begins to rise as early as age 20 and will continue to increase until you get to age 60 or 65. That's just a part of the aging process.
You are in total control of your diet and once you limit or eliminate the major ingredients that cause your cholesterol to rise, you are on a journey to lowering you cholesterol drastically. These ingredients are:
• Saturated fats (found in foods from animals)
• Trans fat (found in margarine, cooking oil, and fatty foods such as fries)
• Also being overweight is a factor that you can control that leads to high cholesterol in the body.
High cholesterol can be lowered by simply lowering the saturated fat that is found in your diet and losing some weight if you are overweight. However, this is not as easy to do as some people might think because you would have to first change your whole lifestyle and eating habit. Changing your lifestyle is not all however, because in order for you to maintain this new lifestyle, you will need to change the way you think and the outlook that you have on life.
The mind is a very powerful instrument and once you believe that you can do it, you will.
Knowledge is power; therefore, arming yourself with knowledge is your first step and once you have done that, change your diet by following some of the steps below:
• Eat less than 7% of saturated fats daily.
• Limit the amount of cholesterol that you intake on a daily basis to 200 mg.
• Include more soluble fibres, 10-25 grams is enough to maintain a healthy weight.
• Exercise either moderately 4-5x a week or intensely 2-3x a week.
Lowering cholesterol levels naturally is not as hard as it may seem. And the benefits of lowering cholesterol levels naturally include a overall boost to your total health.
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