Consider these natural remedies for cholesterol as cure and prevention. Cholesterol is made in your liver and has many important functions. For example, it helps keep the walls of your cells flexible and needed to make several hormones. However, too much cholesterol or in the wrong places creates problems.
Understand Good and Bad Cholesterol
Cholesterol has important functions in the body, but can cause clogged arteries and heart disease when out of control. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is prone to free radical damage and contributes to heart disease. Conversely, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) protects against heart disease by carrying cholesterol away from vessel walls and back to the liver. If your cholesterol is out of balance, lifestyle interventions are the first line of treatment.
Addictive Lifestyle Interventions to Remedy High Cholesterol
Smoking increases bad LDL and decreases good HDL. Also, smoking hinders the body’s ability to send cholesterol back to the liver to be stored or broken down. Likewise, heavy alcohol use increases heart disease risk and harms the liver.
Dietary Lifestyle Remedy for Cholesterol
Monounsaturated fats like those in olive oil, tree nuts and avocados reduce the bad LDL, increase the good HDL and reduce the oxidation. This contributes to clogged arteries. Similarly, polyunsaturated fats promote heart health and reduce the risk of diabetes. Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring and deep sea tuna have high amounts of Omega-3. Omega-3 benefits the health of your heart. (Not too much tuna due to high mercury levels.)
In contrast, avoid foods with “partially hydrogenated oil” in the ingredients because they contain trans fats that are harmful. Avoid this even if the label claims the product has “0 grams of trans fat per serving.” Read your ingredients.
Consuming more soluble fibers nourish healthy probiotic gut bacteria and removes cholesterol from the body, reducing LDL. Good sources include beans, peas, lentils, fruit, psyllium and whole grains including oats.
Physical Remedy for Cholesterol
Any type of exercise improves cholesterol and promotes heart health. With longer and more intense exercise, we feel greater benefit. Additionally, weight loss reduces total cholesterol. Weight loss has beneficial effects on HDL and LDL in different studies.
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~ Samantha Hua, Nutrition Coach & Holistic Health Coach, San Diego, CA