High blood cholesterol can result in a buildup of plaque in your arteries which can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Here are some easy tips to reduce cholesterol.
- Limit the saturated and trans-fat you eat (store bought cakes, pies, cookies, items with hydrogenated oils, margarine, fast foods. (A good rule of thumb: always read the ingredient label and aim for food ingredients in their natural state. If you can’t pronounce the name of an ingredient, you may not want to eat it).
- Don’t smoke. (Smoking damages the lining of the arteries).
- Exercise! Exercise can raise HDL, lower blood pressure, burn body fat and lower blood sugar levels. Aim for 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise.
- Eat a diet consisting of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, low in red meats, nuts and olive oil, and moderate in alcohol.