How to lower your cholesterol
Cholesterol, we’ve all heard of it but do we actually know what it is? Let’s go back to basics. Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is found in all of our body’s cells. It’s purpose is to support our brain and nervous system. Cholesterol is made in the liver, but we also get cholesterol from the animal-based foods we consume.
So when you get your blood cholesterol levels checked, the number reflects sources of cholesterol in the body. If too much cholesterol builds up in your body, it can lead to heart disease. It’s important to keep our liver as healthy as possible as this is where cholesterol is made, we can do this by limiting alcohol and refined carb consumption.
There are many foods that help lower our cholesterol but in turn there are those that can make are cholesterol higher. Below is our top list of foods to avoid and foods to help your cholesterol.
Foods that are bad for cholesterol :
- Dairy products
- Red meat
- Processed meats
- Deep fried foods
- Sugary beverages
Foods that are good for cholesterol:
- Olive oil
- Nuts & seeds
- Coconut oil
- Whole grains
- Fruit & Veg
So how do you lower your cholesterol? The truth our lifestyle plays a major role. Eating healthy foods, replacing saturated fats with plant-based oils, and consuming lots of fresh fruits and vegetables are some basic steps you can take. Exercising regularly can increase the good cholesterol in your body. Avoid smoking and eating foods that are high in fibre. If you are concerned about your cholesterol levels, examine your diet and optimise the foods that support heart health.