Are you a person with high cholesterol looking for ways to lower it? There’s a good chance that you probably are because so many people these days have very high cholesterol. There are many things you can do to lower your cholesterol. In this article I will give you ten tips for how you can lower you cholesterol.
Eating a well balanced, healthy diet and exercising regularly always play an important role in one’s health. Eating poorly is one of the main reasons people develop high cholesterol levels. That being said, just know that eating well and being active will ultimately play the largest role in lowering your cholesterol. There are no overnight fixes. Okay, here are the tips…
Tip #1 to lower your cholesterol: Eat a vegetable sandwich on whole wheat bread instead of having fast food for lunch.
Tip #2 to lower your cholesterol: Try not to eat any trans fats. It seems like nothing has trans fats in it these days, even oily snacks like potato chips boast “no trans fat” on the packaging; however, common food products like margarine and shortening contain trans fats and are used often for cooking.
Tip #3 to lower your cholesterol: Eat lots of nuts for a healthy snack. Nuts of all kinds contain natural fats, which are healthy for you and can lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Tip #4 to lower your cholesterol: Seafood, flax seed and any other food high in omega 3 fatty acids should be consumed regularly. You can also take an omega 3 vitamin supplement.
Tip #5 to lower your cholesterol: Stay away from any and all desserts as much as you can. You never really know what ingredients were used to make a dessert if you order one from a restaurant. You can, however, make your own desserts using health ingredient substitutes like, bananas instead of eggs, and apple sauce instead of butter.
Tip #6: Grill, broil or bake your foods instead of frying them. Even if you are using a nonstick spray in the frying pan, foods that are fried still have a tendency to sort of stew in their own fat, whereas the fat will drip/cook off of foods that are grilled or broiled.
Tip #7 to lower your cholesterol: Try to consume lots of fiber everyday. Fiber will help your body flush out the bad cholesterol. You can get lots of fiber from eating raisin bran, oatmeal, beans, bananas, whole wheat bread, wheat germ, and a wide variety of many other foods.
Tip #8 to lower your cholesterol: Continuing from tip #7, make sure to eat lots and lots of fruits and vegetables. They’re just plain good for you.
Tip #9 to lower your cholesterol: Cut back on salad dressings. Most of them have a lot of cholesterol because they contain egg yolks and other ingredients that have trans fats. If you order a salad, ask for an olive oil and vinegar dressing.
Tip #10 to lower your cholesterol: Under no circumstance should you ever eat anything that is deep fried and then handed to you through a window. Nothing will clog the arteries and boost the bad cholesterol like French fries, donuts, jalapeno poppers and corn dogs.