Nutrition: Your Path to Lower Cholesterol
You’ve probably heard by now that high cholesterol raises your risk for heart disease – the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with high cholesterol have approximately twice the risk for heart disease as people with ideal levels.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance your body produces to help with a number of functions, from making hormones to digesting food. Your body creates all the cholesterol it needs. Certain lifestyle choices can increase your risk for high cholesterol. Diets high in saturated fats and trans fats can cause your liver to produce MORE cholesterol than your body requires.
Too much cholesterol in the bloodstream can build up to form plaques in your arteries (which carry oxygen-rich blood from your brain to the rest of your body) and make it harder for your heart to pump blood. When plaque disrupts blood flow to the brain, it can cause a stroke. And when it blocks blood flow to the heart, it causes a heart attack.
So it’s a great idea to talk with your physician about your cholesterol levels and, if they’re high, learn what you can do to lower them. Your doctor may prescribe a medication (usually a kind of drug called a statin) to help reduce cholesterol. But your path toward lower cholesterol should start with getting more exercise, and most importantly, work towards a heart-healthy diet.
Adopting a low-fat, low-sodium, fiber-rich diet can not only help lower cholesterol and your heart-attack risk – it can also be delicious and satisfying! Here are some ideas for adjusting your diet and starting your journey toward a healthy heart.
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains.
- Fill up on fiber-rich foods, and consider adding a dietary supplement to your daily routine. Meta Daily Heart Health contains psyllium fiber, which is a soluble fiber that is clinically proven to work naturally with your body to help lower cholesterol†. Click here to learn more about how Meta Daily Heart Health works.
- Choose lean cuts of meat and plenty of fish.
- Reduce your sodium intake.
Once you get started, you’ll want to stay the course – for your heart’s sake.
†Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7g of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk, as in Meta Daily Heart Health, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood total- and LDL-cholesterol. One serving of Meta Daily Heart Health Berry Smooth (powder) has 3.6g of this soluble fiber. One serving of Meta Daily Heart Health capsules has 1.8g of this soluble fiber. Consult a doctor if you are considering use of this product as part of a cholesterol-lowering program.