Lowering your cholesterol

Keeping an eye on your cholesterol levels and maintaining a healthy level is essential if you want to remain healthy. There are many ways in which we can reduce the amount of cholesterol to ensure it remains at levels within the guidelines and to avoid illnesses such as heart disease. Here are some ways you can successfully lower your cholesterol level.
Changing your diet and eating your way to a lower cholesterol level is the easiest way, tips for doing this include:
Burn off at least as many calories as you eat during the course of a day
Make sure that you get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day of the week
Eat a wide variety of foods that are rich in nutrients
Include at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day in your diet
Eat lost of high-fiber, wholegrain foods in your diet
Include fish in your diet at least twice a week
Cut foods poor in nutrients out of your diet
Cut down on the amount of trans-fat and saturated fat foods in your diet
Remove the skin from chicken and eat only lean meat in your diet
Only include fat free and low fat dairy products in your diet
In order to reduce trans fat in your diet cut out foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oil
Include very little or no salt in your diet.
Only drink alcohol in moderation
 Always read nutritional labels on food
You can keep your levels of cholesterol under control by exercising on a regular basis and here are some tips for getting started on a fitness program:
Start off slowly and gradually build up until you are getting 30 minutes of exercise per day
Make your daily workout become a part of your life by doing it at the same time everyday whenever possible
Make sure you drink enough water to ensure that you don’t dehydrate
Enjoy your workout by joining a gym or working out with a friend
Keep a journal of your workout and write down the benefits you feel after exercising
Walk instead of taking the elevator, leave the car at home or walk or cycle to work
Vary your routine, go swimming one day, cycling the next, walking e.t.c
If you feel unwell then take a break from exercising and pick up your routine when you are feeling better
You should also aim to make changes to your lifestyle in order to keep your levels of cholesterol down and here are some tips for making those changes:
Get nutritional and physical advice from a healthcare professional
Always read food labels so you know how much fat, sodium and other ingredients you are eating in your diet
If you smoke or drink then seriously consider giving up.

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