Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally

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High cholesterol is one of the most common health issues that millions of people suffer with worldwide, and who would be surprised with the amounts of fat and sugar that are consumed daily.  There are several medications on the market for people who suffer from high cholesterol and have a desire to keep their levels within a healthy balance, but sometimes these medications don’t always do the full deed in resolving the issue altogether.

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Man-made medications are one way of getting a handle on cholesterol that is out of control, but there are also natural ways to lower it. If you are looking for a way to lower your cholesterol without having to pay hundreds for treatments, take a look at inexpensive ways to keep this condition in balance.

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Participate in a physical activity daily.

Committing to at least 30 minutes of rigorous activity daily will not only aid in keeping your heart healthy, but will also help to keep your cholesterol in line. Choose to take a walk on your lunch break instead of going out for lunch with coworkers, pack a bag for the gym to take with you to work so you can head to workout before heading home.  Make the time to incorporate some type of physical activity into your daily schedule and watch those cholesterol numbers begin to level out.  Weight loss is a major contributor to lowering cholesterol.

Reduce foods high in saturated fat or trans fat.

Saturated fats are the main contributors to high cholesterol levels.  Avoid foods that contain high amounts of saturated fats by eating less than 7 percent of your daily calories in saturated fat, and choose leaner cuts of meat as well as low-fat dairy and monounsaturated fats found in olive, peanut and canola oils. Trans fats are found in fried foods as well as baked commercial snacks such as crackers, chips and cakes. Opt for baked foods and for snacks that are free of trans fats.  You can tell if a food contains trans fat if it contains hydrogenated oil.

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Incorporate more fiber. 

Eating 5 to 10 grams of soluble fiber daily decreases the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), aka “bad cholesterol” as well as cholesterol’s numbers overall.  Eating foods such as oatmeal, oat bran, kidney beans, apples, barley and prunes are excellent ways to increase the amounts of soluble fiber in your diet. These foods literally help the body to flush cholesterol out of the body as a type of detoxing, so make sure to drink lots of water to aid in the flush.

 

Visit the BlackDoctor.org Cholesterol center for more helpful articles and tips.