It is important to treat your whole body when looking towards achieving maximum health for yourself, and managing cholesterol should be at the top of the list as it is present in every cell in your body. Cholesterol is a fat-like substance made in the liver and too much of it in your arteries and bloodstream can lead to heart disease and greater risk for high blood pressure and stroke.

 

There are 2 types of cholesterol: low-density lipoproteins (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, and high-density lipoproteins (HDL) or “good” cholesterol. These 2 types need to be in balance for good health. A simple blood test will tell you and your doctor what your cholesterol levels are. Lowering your LDL levels and increasing your HDL levels are prescribed.

 

As the body makes its own cholesterol, taking in more with the foods you eat should be something you monitor carefully. Cholesterol is found primarily in animal products such as whole milk dairy, meats, and eggs. So if you must eat dairy keep it to low fat dairy foods and stay away from saturated and trans fats, especially red meats. Foods to eat to lower your overall cholesterol and increase your HDL are fatty fish (mackerel, salmon, and tuna), soy, nuts, high fiber foods like veggies and fruits, whole grains like oatmeal, quinoa, and brown rice, and mono and unsaturated fats that are found in both foods and supplements. Our L-arginine and Omega 3 supplements will help with this.

 

But cholesterol also increases from bad lifestyle choices, such as smoking, being overweight, and not exercising. So you must make some changes and hard choices to bring your cholesterol down.  Walk briskly for 30 minutes every day if you can, but at least 5 days a week. Stop smoking. Nowadays there are many ways to go about that and the basic truth is that if you really want to quit, you will. And make better food choices to bring your weight down.

 

Choice is the keyword here and that is in your control. And you can optimize your health and manage your cholesterol by choosing wisely. Speak with a professional about  this and together you can find a diet and exercise plan that works for you.