How to Get Rid of High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fat like, waxy substance that the body produces naturally and is found in certain foods. The body needs a certain amount of cholesterol to function normally, but too much can lead to high cholesterol which may cause you to develop heart disease. Too much cholesterol can form plague on your arteries making it difficult for blood to push through. There are four types of cholesterol, LDL or low density lipoproteins, HDL or high density lipoproteins, VLDL very low density lipoproteins, and Triglycerides. LDL and VLDL are consider “bad” cholesterol, while HDL is considered “good” cholesterol.

 

What affects my cholesterol?

  • Diet
  • Weight
  • Exercise
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Diabetes
  • Heredity
  • Medications
  • Medical conditions

 

How do I prevent high cholesterol?

You want your cholesterol to be below 200, those with a total cholesterol between 200-239 are considered borderline high, and those over 240 are considered high.

The best ways to prevent high cholesterol are:

  • Watch your diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Don’t smoke.

 

How can I treat high cholesterol?

  • Eat garlic. Garlic has been shown to decrease cholesterol levels by a few points. Be careful, however, there are some interactions with medications.
  • Red yeast rice has been found to lower cholesterol.
  • Fiber is a great way to lower cholesterol. Up your intake of veggies, fruits, legumes and unrefined grains to up your fiber intake.
  • Soy beans and soy proteins have been shown to prevent coronary heart disease!
  • Omega-3’s, found in salmon, tuna, and other cold water fish help to decrease the rate at which the liver produces LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a healthy diet full of whole grains, veggies and fruits.
  • Limit your intake of saturated fats.
  • Eat nuts! Though they’re high in fat and calories, they’re high in good fats and help to fight against LDL.
  • Take a glass of green tea a day to help lower LDL cholesterol.
  • One to two glasses of alcohol a day may help to increase HDL or good cholesterol.
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