Lowering High Cholesterol
Most of us are at some risk for heart disease. All of us are better off if we work on lowering high cholesterol. Cholesterol is all a huge part of reducing our overall risk of both heart disease and stroke. By now we all already know this. We know that diet and exercise help as well. We know that medications are sometimes needed, and when they are that they’re most effective when they are combined with a heart healthy diet.
The cholesterol that’s actually being lowered when it is talked of lowering high cholesterol is LDL, which is the cholesterol that outnumbers the other cholesterol (HDL) in the order of around 3 to 1. We’re not lowering our cholesterol simply because there’s more of it, even though we are trying to raise HDL because there never seems to be quite enough of it. We’re lowering our LDL levels because of what it has a tendency to do once it’s done what is required of it by our bodies; which is to help with digestion, protect the nervous system, and build cell walls. What it does that we need to stop is build up in our arteries.
What Helps for Lowering High Cholesterol?
Medications, of course, can be taken for help in chemically lowering high cholesterol in the circulatory system, and it can even inhibit their being produced in the liver all together. There are synthetic and natural or herbal medications that you can use, but discussing them is a separate subject. Dietary adjustments are also particularly effective in reducing the inflow both in the those foods that we eat which are the building blocks of LDL in the liver, and those that are directly absorbed into the bloodstream.
The problem foods that do not necessarily help when you are working toward lowering high cholesterol include such things as animal products that are high in saturated fats and processed foods and oils. Physical exercise is effective for the most part because it entails burning as energy the molecules that otherwise accumulate in the body and bloodstream as fat, which results in overloading the workload of the vital organs, the heart being the major one among them.
As you can see when it comes to actually doing something about your cholesterol levels, a balanced diet, combined with a good fitness regimen is your best bet in combating high cholesterol. You have to be both active and eat right to maintain the right balance. You can look to the my pyramid charts as a means of being sure that your eating habits are balanced. Supplements of vitamins will not be able to compensate for your poor eating. You have to eat whole foods for any of this to be effective, and you must lay off of heavy fatty foods and junk food to keep your cholesterol balanced.