High cholesterol is something that can affect any one of us. If that’s you, then you need a clear plan of action to get cracking to lower your cholesterol and lengthen your lifespan asap! Here’s how (and why)…
First things first: Cholesterol – what’s the deal?
Cholesterol is a fatty type of substance that can be found in every cell in the body. Cholesterol is actually essential for us – for things like hormone creation, vitamin D absorption and the assistance of processing foods. But too much can have a life-threatening impact – such as heart disease, chest pains, heart attacks and stroke.
The problem comes from eating and drinking the wrong things, and participating in little to none exercise – with these two things together, the cholesterol in your body can build up to dangerous levels.
Now, for the quick-fire tips for lowering that all-important cholesterol count
1. Introduce half a cup of hazelnuts to your diet
Recent research has suggested that 40 grams of hazelnuts each day can be more effective at lowering cholesterol than doctor-prescribed drugs. As for the result? Well the participants in the study saw their cholesterol levels drop by an average of 19.5%. This pivotal study was, however, based on participants who were on a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet over the course of four weeks.
Don’t like hazelnuts? An alternative to this is beans – a study has found that as small a quantity as a half a cup of cooked dry pinto beans cut down cholesterol levels by 8%.
2. Drastically reduce your intake of saturated fats, Trans fats, and dietary cholesterol
So that’s butter, fatty meats (such as red meat), full-fat dairy products, palm oil and coconut oil. You should also look out for ‘hydrogenated fat’ on labels (this is a key giveaway that trans fats are to be found within).
3. Indulge in omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids can counter the damage done by high cholesterol and help to protect you against heart disease. Foods with plenty of omega-3 fatty acids include cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel, halibut, trout, herring and sardines.
4. Reduce any excess weight
Shedding those extra pounds not only improves your cholesterol profile, but also delivers plenty of other benefits, such as reducing the chance of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, gout, many forms of cancer, osteoarthritis and back pain.
5. Purchase the right protein supplement
Lipo-Clear Proform Protein – if I could summarise this product in a phrase it’d be Surprising. You see, this product is designed to lower cholesterol and provide you with body-loving, tone-creating casein protein, pulling excess levels of cholesterol from your system in just two scoops each day (mixed with water or milk).
It also supports healthy bones and protects your arteries, with vitamin K and vitamin D for good measure.
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