One of the best methods of getting your cholesterol back into a normal range is to exercise for about half an hour every other day. This helps encourage your liver to metabolize the cholesterol already saturating your blood stream and convert it to energy, instantly lowering your overall levels and helping you to keep them low. Exercise is not always synonymous with workouts at the gym, though an athletic club definitely is one of your options. For those wary of the word “exercise,” keep in mind that even simple routines, such as a daily walk or household chores, are options to stay fit.
In addition to working out more, you will have to make some other changes to the way you live. Changing your eating habits is important as well. Eat fewer processed, fatty foods and avoid alcohol as much as possible. Instead switch to more fiber-rich foods. For instance, try powerhouses like apples, prunes, and berries in the fruit category and Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and carrots in the vegetable family.
There are also natural supplements to help you along in your journey. Many supplements available today are known to reduce cholesterol. These include green tea extract, Omega-3 fatty acids, coenzyme Q10, cod liver oil, and ground flax seed. These supplements will help convert the bad cholesterol in your body.
Stress is a killer period. It’s important to work at not stressing, even though it isn’t easy.
Many people have success by engaging in conscientious quiet time each day, without falling asleep. A few ideas include yoga, praying, relaxing in the garden, spending time with a pet, or going for a quiet walk. Choose your hobbies carefully so you don’t end up getting stressed by the activities that are intended to de-stress you. Expecting too much of yourself, life, and others is an added and unnecessary stress. Bad relationships also take a toll on the health. Avoid both.
Toxins also stress your body. Although you can’t get rid of toxins outdoors, you can help remove them from the air in your house by keeping house plants and only using natural household products.
Say no to cigarettes. Intensifying your cholesterol problems is just one of the harmful effects of cigarettes on your body. In addition, smoking causes the good cholesterol in your body to diminish. In fact, there is absolutely no advantage to smoking. It doesn’t even look cool.
You only have one body; take good care of it. Unless you are in a crisis situation, you don’t have to overhaul your entire lifestyle in one day. Gradually change your lifestyle; remember slow and steady wins the race. These steps will not only lower your cholesterol, they will also make you an altogether healthier person. So what’s the point in waiting? Start today.