The term “cholesterol” has almost taken over as one of the most commonly discussed health issues not only among senior citizens but even among people in their thirties. Given our fast paced lifestyles and unhealthy life choices, we’re only moving towards it far more rapidly than we’d have even thought. Let’s have a look at the top lifestyle changes we can adapt to lower cholesterol and lead healthy lives.
– Lose weight: If you don’t believe the power of losing the extra kilos, try for yourself by losing about 5-10% of your body weight and measuring your cholesterol levels before and after. All you need to do is follow a healthy structured diet and consciously choose to add physical activity into your routine. Start with always taking the stairs.
– Quit smoking: There isn’t enough that can be said about the ill effects of smoking. Your bad cholesterol levels or LDL levels will significantly decrease over time. In fact quitting smoking is so essential and effective that within twenty minutes of quitting your blood pressure and heart rate decrease.
– Consume Omega 3 fatty acids: While they won’t have any effect on your bad cholesterol or LDL levels, they do help in increasing your good cholesterol or HDL levels and also reduce high blood pressure along with triglycerides. Almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds and salmon are great options for daily consumption.
– Physical activity is mandatory: No one demands you to go to the gym and exert it out for two hours everyday, though that would be perfect, the least you owe to your body is a minimum of thirty minutes of physical exercise each day. Even if that means you’re only brisk walking.
– Consume alcohol in moderation: While there are several studies and experiments linking moderate alcohol consumption to higher levels of HDL, it is still best to avoid alcohol because the measure of moderation is highly subjective and alcohol has its own ill effects on health.