Tips for monitoring and lowering blood cholesterol levels

Tips for monitoring and lowering blood cholesterol levels

Article by Jouri carver

Tips for monitoring and lowering blood cholesterol levels

The main cause of high blood cholesterol is caused by eating too many foods high in saturated fats. To help lower your cholesterol diet you should stay away from foods high in saturated fats and replace them with monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Overall you should try to reduce the amount of fats you eat in general. Saturated fats can be found in fast foods such as MacDonald’s or Pizza hut and it would be advisable to cut the amount you eat or stop altogether. More natural foods such as liver, kidneys, seafood and eggs contain much smaller amount of cholesterol and can actually be healthy if eaten in reasonable amounts.

Why lower your blood cholesterol levels?

There is an increased risk of heart disease, arterial disease and strokes, all of which can lead to long term damage to your brain or heart and sometimes can be fatal.

How do I find out if I have high blood cholesterol levels?

Measuring blood cholesterol will usually involve taking a blood test. You should be able to ask for a blood test at your local hospital or your GP. It will involve a blood sample being taken either by syringe or finger prick. There are however home test kits which although accurate maybe not as good as the hospital tests and should speak to your pharmacist about the results afterwards.

How can I lower my cholesterol diet?

Eat a high-fibre diet. Foods that are high in ‘soluble fibre’ such as porridge, beans, pulses, lentils, nuts, fruits and vegetables, can help lower cholesterol. Fibre is sometimes divided into 2 categories – soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre, found in oats, beans, lentils and peas seems to be useful in helping control some types of diabetes by slowing down the absorption of sugar in the blood. Insoluble fibre which is mostly found in wheat merely causes a laxative effect.

* Eat oily fish foods. Fish provides a particular type of fat called omega-3 which will help regulat your heart pulse and prevent blood clotting, the main cause of heart attacks.

* Eat sterols and stanols. These are vegetables such as nuts, oils and seeds. They reduce the absorption of LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) in the liver but have no effect on the HDL hearth friendly cholesterol.

* Doing regular light exercise. Doing regular exercise such as short walk or jogging will help lower LDL fats and cholesterol which increasing the good HDL cholesterols.

* Laugh every day. There has been medical research that has proven after constant laughing the hormone endorphins is released, the same hormone realised after exercise. This gives a “Natural high” that can reduce stress and blood pressure levels, both of these are the top 2 killers and causes of cardiac arrest.

Some people however have high cholesterol even if they eat a healthy diet. There are many family inherited illnesses that will affect your natural cholesterol levels. People who have a history of high cholesterol or heart disease should contact there doctor immediately. For more natural ways to help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure check out my website Here

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