Have you been told by the doctor that you have high cholesterol? Does it concern you? I have and yes it does concern me. The build-up of plaque in the arteries, called Atherosclerosis, can be very serious. With an unhealthy diet, cholesterol collects in the artery walls and can cause deadly heart attacks. I for one, would love to be around to see my grandkids, if my son ever has any that is (he is a little shy, but that’s a whole other blog…lol). In my research, I have learned that certain foods will clean out your blood vessels and improve your cholesterol and I would like to share that here. It’s our job to keep our heart healthy and we can do that with food, rather than potentially dangerous prescription drugs.
Some fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals that keep cholesterol from oxidizing and turning to plaque. Others contain a lot of fiber that help to keep the colon clean, which can help to reduce cholesterol as well. Some of these fruits and vegetable are: apples, berries, red and purple grapes, pomegranates, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, swiss chard and spinach and plums, roasted almonds with the skins, avocados, tomatoes, oatmeal.
There are some foods that should be avoided, because they are high in cholesterol and saturated fat: red meat, egg yolks, dairy products, fast food, pre-packaged food, processed meat, and organ meats.
Foods that are high in soluble fiber are great at reducing the absorption of cholesterol in the bloodstream, some of them include: kidney beans, barley, prunes, apples, pears and oatmeal. Also, eating foods that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids like fish, flax seed, chia seed, and grape leaves help to fight cholesterol.
Of course exercising is another great way to reduce high cholesterol. It will also reduce any unwanted fat so you will be able to wear the clothes that you want to wear, not ones that fit, You should try to do 30-minutes of cardio per day. Also, drink more water; alcohol and caffeinated drinks increase cholesterol.
What is your why? Why do you want to improve your health? Keep that why in front of you, to help motivate you each day.
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