We know no one really likes to see the words "diet and exercise" included within a doctor’s recommendations, but paying closer attention to these two facets of life can not only help lower cholesterol naturally, but could improve your quality of life and overall health. These tips are as important now as they should be for rest of your life, so take heed and reap the benefits that they can provide.
The first step to lowering cholesterol naturally, is to take a hard look at your diet. Try keeping a rough tally of what you eat every day for a week – you may be surprised how things add up. Foods high in saturated fats, carbohydrates and sugar, are often as easy to consume and forget, as they are delicious, making them tough to avoid. Desserts, for example, may contain fats, however it is very likely that many have high levels of carbohydrates and sugar, which could be readily converted to extra cholesterol in your body.
So find a balance that works for you and replace at least some of those dishes you find so tempting with foods like vegetables, beans, and fruits – because they are low in saturated fat and contain essential fibre, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that can help reduce your cholesterol levels.
Experimenting with different recipes and new ways to prepare fruit and vegetables, for example, could help you find tasty and satisfying meals - that also have less cholesterol compared to your current diet. Add fruit to porridge (another great food for fibre) or try roasting veggies under the grill for a change, instead of boiling or steaming them. Healthy eating cookery books and resources on line can show you hundreds of great ways to add fresh produce to your diet without sacrificing taste or resigning yourself to eating healthy food that you may find unstimulating.
Losing weight is great way to help lower cholesterol naturally. We know that it sometimes feels like the whole world is telling you to lose weight. Adverts, TV, film, and magazines generally put too much emphasis on looks and not health. But while we want you to go about it in a healthy and fun way, losing weight can really help some people to lower their cholesterol naturally. It could also help ease the pressure on your weight-bearing joints.
Search for a physical activity that you'll be excited to do. If you dread the gym: explore dance classes, yoga studios or adult sports leagues. If you can't find anything in your area, check out videos online – you'll be surprised how many tutorials and workouts for all levels are out there waiting for you to move the coffee table and give them a shot. Even if you just commit to long walks, you may begin to see improvements in your stress levels, your strength and of course, lower cholesterol levels.
You can lower cholesterol naturally by making a few simple changes in your life. If you think you don't have time then do what you can to try and find some, even if it's just an hour or two a week. If you think you'll never like kale, then experiment and try to find a way to prepare spinach or some other great veggies that you'll love. Brainstorm ways to improve your diet and eating habits and begin an exercise routine, so you can you can start to take care of your long term health.