Cholesterol, the artery clogger. Doctors now say that anybody over the age of 20 years old should get their cholesterol levels checked every 5 years. There are however, many, many simple everyday things to do that will lower levels and consistently maintain a good healthy level. Such practices inevitably also increase vitality and general health and well-being.
Tips to Reduce Cholesterol Levels in the Blood: Don´t Smoke
Or at the least, cut down or use weaker cigarettes. Doctors report that smoking is the number one cause for high cholesterol levels. In countries such as Ireland, heart-related problems are the cause of 40 percent of deaths, not to mention all the heart problems that people experience in their daily lives, due to smoking, not least, high cholesterol levels. To put it simple, quit smoking and cholesterol levels in the blood will fall. Sharply.
Eat Healthier to Lower Cholesterol
Something that everybody knows but most people don´t realize how easy it can be. Instead of cooking with fat or vegetable oil try using olive oil, particularly the extra virgin brand (the light green coloured one). Olive oil is an especially good food for the heart, with many benefits, as it is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (good fats!) and antioxidative substances. It is the staple of the mediterranean diet, such as in Spain, where Spanish people are the longest living people in Europe, with a higher life expectancy than the rest of the continent. And it tastes good too.
Another thing that everyone can learn from Spain is to eat fresh fruit. Slice a banana or some strawberries onto a bol of cron flakes and Bob´s your uncle. One more thing worth mentioning is that people from the UK and the US do not, generally, eat enough fish, an important part of a healthy diet at least once or twice a week. So, next time at the supermarket, try buying a fillet of fish instead of chicken or steak.
Exercise and Lowering Cholesterol Levels
Even if just for a walk around the block, daily, it will work wonders for the body as opposed to driving everywhere. Cardiovascular exercise is also scientifically proven to increase well-being levels and enhances the mood. This is due, in part, to the fact that exercise aids the body in controlling blood sugar levels more effectively, it increases serotonin distribution in the body and release chemical endorphins, all leading to what basically amounts to feeling good, as well as reducing cholesterol!
Light to moderate exercise regularly does the trick. Go for a walk three times a week or jump on a bike and go for a spin.