Cholesterol-lowering drugs have shown to be effective for most people for specifically that – it works to lower a person’s cholesterol readings. Studies are now showing that natural reduction can work in many cases.
However there is increasing doubt as to how beneficial these lower figures are to actual improved health. Debate will continue, and it is crucial that individuals do their own research into both causes and cures of health problems.
Assigning a number to overall cholesterol levels, then determining that if a person’s levels are below that means they are healthy is very simplistic and unhelpful. Even if it were that simple, it is unfortunate that pharmaceutical products can and usually do produce unwanted side effects and the side effects may far outweigh its possible benefits.
If you have issues with your cholesterol levels and it is affecting your health, you can try the natural approach to lowering your cholesterol levels. Always consider your doctor’s advice and work with them to improve your overall health.
Stick to your exercise regimen.
Exercise will not only boost the production of those ‘feel-good hormones’, it can also help to lower your LDL or bad cholesterol levels.
The Heart Foundation highly recommends that people should exercise at least thirty minutes a day to make it easier for them to lower their LDL cholesterol levels.
You may go walking, jogging, swimming or any other aerobic exercise. The goal is to elevate the respiration rate for the exercise period, while not being so vigorous as to cause damage to any part of the body.
The level of effort required to do this will vary from one individual to another depending on many factors. Choose an exercise appropriate to your age, build and ability.
Drink green tea.
Green tea contains tannins which can help reduce cholesterol levels according to the American Dietetic Association. Another active compound found in green tea are called catechins which can also play a role in reducing cholesterol absorption in the gut.
Increase your fiber intake.
Eating fiber-rich foods such as beans can play a significant role in the reduction of cholesterol absorption and will therefore lower measured cholesterol levels. Incorporating more fiber into your diet can be just as effective as taking statin drugs when it comes to lowering cholesterol levels, but without the negative side effects.
Opt for mono-unsaturated fats.
Natural peanut butter, almonds, canola oil, olive and avocados are good sources of monounsaturated fats. Make use of these foods and limit those that contain saturated fats such as butter and some margarines. Eat fried foods sparingly. Think of recipes that only need to undergo stewing, baking, roasting and broiling. This way, you will be able to limit your exposure to fried foods.
Choose lean meat.
One of the most effective ways of reducing your cholesterol levels naturally is to avoid fatty meats. Choose lean meats instead. If you want to eat chicken, remove the skin and pork must be eaten without its fat and skin. If you want to opt for beef or lamb, choose the leanest cuts.
Eat fish more often.
Fish is helpful in lowering the level of triglycerides. Studies have shown that people who eat fish regularly or take fish oil supplements were more successful in lowering their cholesterol levels than those people who didn’t.
When you incorporate the above-mentioned tips as part of your healthy lifestyle, you will find that you will have a leaner and healthier body too. If your blood tests show that you have elevated cholesterol, look towards making changes to your diet and physical activity levels. It is possible to lower your cholesterol levels naturally without resorting to statins and their serious side effects. If you or your doctor think you truly need to take statin drugs, support your health by improving your diet and exercise habits also. Don’t leave it all to medication, and don’t expect a pill to reverse bad health choices. If you do need to take medications and need help paying for them, click here.
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