We all know that having high cholesterol is bad for us but how much do we actually know about what cholesterol is and what we can to reduce it or to keep us in a healthy ‘zone’? The Cheapest Life Insurance is always in search for things which we could do to become healthier. We take a closer look at how to lower your cholesterol…
What is it?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found naturally within the body. It plays a role in how each cell in your body works. Your body makes enough cholesterol for it to function on its own but cholesterol is also found in some of the foods you eat. The danger comes when you have too much cholesterol in your blood as it increases your risk of a heart attack.
What can we do?
If your doctor tells you that you need to reduce your blood cholesterol by changing your diet the most important thing to cut down on is the amount of saturated fat you are eating. Increasing the amount of fruit, vegetables and fibre you eat will also help to positively influence your health. Avoid eating foods with high saturated fat content including-meat pies, butter, cream, sausages, cakes and biscuits. Foods with high unsaturated fat levels should help to reduce your cholesterol levels. Start eating-oily fish such as salmon, nuts such as unsalted cashews, seeds such as sunflower and spreads/oils such as sunflower or walnut.
To reduce your cholesterol also think about how you are cooking your foods. Healthier ways to cook food include: microwaving, poaching, steaming or grilling rather than frying or roasting.
Introducing fibre into your diet can also help to reduce your cholesterol. There are two main types of fibre-soluble and insoluble. Soluble fire can be disgusted through your body whereas insoluble can’t. Food containing soluble fibre includes-oats, beans, peas, fruit and vegetables.
Specially developed products such as spreads and yoghurts that lower your cholesterol contain sterols and stanols which come from plants and help to reduce cholesterol in your blood. If you don’t have to lower your cholesterol you can still consume these products but do so with added care as you shouldn’t have too many.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle including exercise can also help you to lower your cholesterol levels. This can include running, dancing, power walking and cycling.
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