Three Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol
What is High Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is produced in the liver and everyone has it in their blood. Every cell in our body uses it, so we need it to survive. However, we also know that too much cholesterol can have an adverse effect on our health. Having high cholesterol can increase your risk of a heart attack and stroke.
What Causes High Cholesterol?
A variety of different factors can contribute to high cholesterol. However, there are some typical lifestyle habits that can lead to the condition.
- Eating too much saturated fat
- Not exercising enough
- Drinking alcohol
Eat Less Saturated Fat
Having a diet that’s high in saturated fat puts you at risk of having high cholesterol. So, reducing your consumption of foods high in saturated fat is essential if you’re serious about lowering your cholesterol.
Cheese is often high in saturated fat, so it should be one of our first targets if we’re looking to reduce our cholesterol. However, we don’t need to banish cheese entirely. Switching to Fit Cheese, which is cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat, is a far better option than having to go full teetotal. Thanks to a unique recipe, Fit Cheese grates, slices and melts just like your favourite dairy cheddar … and it tastes delicious too.
Switching to skimmed milk; using vegetable oil spreads and replacing regular mince with lower-fat options are other great ways to reduce your cholesterol.
Exercise gets the blood pumping, which helps reduce your cholesterol levels by moving the bad cholesterol to your liver to be removed from your body.
It’s recommended we all do at least 30 minutes of activity a day. However, exercising more doesn’t have to mean joining the gym or completing a marathon. It can simply mean:
- Going for a brisk walk in the park
- Taking the stairs instead of the lift
- Going for a slow jog while having regular breaks
Drink Less Alcohol
The liver plays an essential role in removing bad cholesterol from our bodies. Alcohol affects the function of the liver, so reducing how much you drink will help your liver work better at removing that bad cholesterol.
Some tips from the British Heart Foundation to reduce your alcohol consumption:
- Drink fewer than 14 units of alcohol a week
- Have a few days each week where you don’t drink at all
- Avoid binge-drinking
- Order a small glass of wine or half pint of beer