Sunday, April 11, 2010

How to Lower Your High Cholesterol

Knowing how to lower your high cholesterol and keep you looking and feeling and being healthy. You bad LDL cholesterol is just one third of the trio of cholesterol levels that you must keep balanced. Your good HDL cholesterol level should be kept high and your bad LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels should be kept low.

CHOLESTEROL DRUGS - Lower your high cholesterol with prescription drugs if you have to. If you have extremely high bad LDL cholesterol, your doctor will recommend it and you should do it. There are many excellent prescription drugs on the market today that work well to keep cholesterol levels low. There are two main issues with taking the drugs: 1. prescription statins lower good cholesterol also which is not good and 2. the doctors want you to take them for the rest of your life once you start taking them.

You absolutely should continue to take the drugs for as long as your doctor recommends, but do not treat it as a cure all and live an unhealthy life style. Take this opportunity to naturally raise your good HDL cholesterol and lower your bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

ELIMINATE HIGH SATURATED FATS OUT OF YOUR DIET - Learn about proper nutrition and eliminate bad foods out of your diet including high saturated fat foods, high fructose corn syrup foods, trans fats, partially hydrogenated oils, fast food, white flour and white sugar foods.

FILL UP ON GOOD FOODS - Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. If you keep yourself full of fruits and vegetables, you will be less likely to snack on foods that are bad for your health. Keep plenty of healthy foods on hand and easily accessible to set yourself up for success.

GOOD HDL CHOLESTEROL RAISING FOODS - Eat foods that will help you to raise your good HDL cholesterol such as garlic, olive oil, avocados, almonds and fish that are high in Omega 3's such as salmon, mackerel and sardines.

EXERCISE DAILY - Exercise or do physical activity that makes you sweat 6-7 days per week for at least one hour. If you are unable to do an hour at first, you can slowly build up to an hour. Walking is one of the best exercises that you can do and it is fairly easy to do. You can also do such things as running, biking, swimming, playing soccer, raking leaves, mow the lawn with a push mower, playing volleyball, snow skiing and water skiing. These are just some ideas to get you moving.

You can learn how to lower your cholesterol and do it in a reasonably small amount of time, just in time to save your life.

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