Good sources of soluble fiber include dried beans, oats, barley, lentils, cucumbers, celery and carrots.
3. Pour yourself a glass.
Yes, we know it’s hard to believe that alcohol could actually be good for something, but it’s true!
Research from the American Heart Association has shown that small amounts of alcohol can raise HDL or “good” cholesterol.
As a rule of thumb, men shouldn’t drink any more than two glasses of alcohol a day, with no more than one glass a day for women.
It’s important to note, however, that the American Heart Association doesn’t recommend that people start to drink if they don’t already.
4. Add more fish to your diet.
Fish (salmon, tuna, halibut, etc.) is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
This is incredibly helpful when it comes to lowering cholesterol. Although it’s best to get your omega-3s directly from fish, it’s perfectly fine to take fish oil supplements.
Check with your doctor first. If fish isn’t really your thing, soybeans, flaxseeds, and walnuts also contain omega-3s but not nearly as much as fish, of course.