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Keeping LDL-Cholesterol in it’s Place: Healthy Habits to Try
There are a number of ways to stay healthy and lower “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. Some of us have lived our lives the same way for a long time and because of our habits, choices and lifestyle, we carry some very high LDL cholesterol numbers. At this point, we all know that LDL cholesterol is not good for us (I hope), and we also understand that it is best to keep LDL levels low. However, how do you go about exchanging your bad habits for good habits?
Although changing your eating habits won’t happen overnight, it’s important to start somewhere. There are many misconceptions regarding what is good or bad for your cholesterol when it comes to food. It’s important to assess your diet overall to determine where your biggest cholesterol problems are coming from. Once you’ve figured out your sources of bad cholesterol, it’s important to find proper replacements. It’s also imperative to monitor the portions you are eating. Big portions often translate into big waistlines. Healthful and lean cuts of protein and protein alternatives are a great way to replace heavy meats in your diet. Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is also a great way to satiate your hunger, eat smart and keep your bad cholesterol down. Eating a healthful diet doesn’t mean getting rid of fats altogether, either. It’s important to get the right fats to raise your “good” (HDL) cholesterol and enhance your overall health. Some examples of healthful fat sources are fish, foods with olive oil, and nuts.
Many of us live a rather sedentary lifestyle, and most of the time not by choice. Most jobs these days are comprised of sitting at a desk for a long period of time. This makes it hard for most people to get up and move around during the day. It gets even more complicated when our busy lives get in the way of getting the daily exercise that we need. However, there are a number of smart choices that you can make every day to start getting more active. The more active you are, the more likely that you can help lower your LDL cholesterol number. It’s important to get up and move throughout the day, even just for a walk around the office. It’s also important to make time for more formal exercise, even if it is simply taking the dog for a walk or briskly walking laps around a local mall.
Making the Right Choices
Relaxation is also a vital ingredient for optimal health. Everyone likes to relax in different ways. For some people this means having a few drinks or a cigarette after work. These choices are clearly not healthful and can be contributing to a rise in “bad” cholesterol, a drop in good cholesterol, and an overall unhealthy lifestyle. Cutting down on the alcohol and quitting smoking are steps in the right direction when it comes to improving your cholesterol, as well as bolstering your overall health. Please remember, it’s important to consult with a physician before starting any diet or exercise program. Medical advice should not be inferred from this article.