What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy substance which is made in the body by the liver but is also found in some foods. It plays a vital role in how every cell works and is also needed to make Vitamin D, some hormones and bile for digestion. However, too much cholesterol in the blood can increase your risk of getting heart and circulatory diseases.
What Reduces Cholesterol Quickly?
- Change Eating Habits. Changing what foods you eat can lower your cholesterol and improve the lot of fats that are floating through your bloodstream. Add foods that lower LDL, the harmful cholestero and at the same time, cut back on foods that boost LDL.
- Adding several foods to lower cholesterol in different ways should work better than focusing on one or two. A diet that is heavy on fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts is good for the body in ways beyond lowering cholesterol.
- A largely vegetarian diet substantially lowers LDL, triglycerides, and Blood pressure. The key dietary components should be plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains instead of highly refined ones, and protein mostly from plants.
- Trans Fats are a byproduct of the chemical reaction that turns liquid vegetable oil into solid margarine or shortening and that prevents liquid vegetable oils from turning rancid. These fats have no nutritional value. The right amount of trans fats is zero
- It’s best to limit your intake of saturated-fat-rich foods. Typical sources of saturated fat include animal products, such as red meat, whole-fat dairy products, and eggs, and also a few vegetable oils, such as palm oil, coconut oil, and cocoa butter. It has some benefits, too — it lowers triglycerides and nudges up levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.
2. Exercise and Physical Activity.
- Helps increase good cholesterol levels (HDL)
- Reduce waist circumference
- Reduce stress and lower blood pressure
- Lower the risk of diabetes
- Reduce the overall risk of heart disease
3. Stop Smoking. Smoking affects your heart health by:
- Reducing the level of HDL (good) cholesterol
- Making cholesterol more sticky and more likely to stick to the inside of artery walls
- Increasing heart rate
- Constricting & damaging arteries
- Reducing available oxygen