Lowering Ldl Cholesterol

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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You have heard this before and read it before and this will not be the last time for it. The first word on the subject of lowering LDL cholesterol is diet. The second is exercise.

Lowering LDL Cholesterol with Diet

There is no getting around this, so you might as well face it head on. You are what you eat. Hackneyed, but, like most hackneyed phrases, dead on point. Reduce your intake of saturated fats dramatically. Saturated fats are found in animal products only—red meats, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.

Eliminate or radically cut back on fast and processed foods, candy and junk food, which are all full of transfatty acids. Reduce your intake of simple and refined sugars—sweets, potatoes, white flour, white rice, soft drinks, candy. Emphasize fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Hydrate. Increase your intake of distilled or spring water dramatically. Reduce salt intake and read labels for high sodium content. We need salt but not as much as we've grown accustomed to and consume without realizing.

Lowering LDL Cholesterol with Exercise

Fortunately in many respects diet and exercise go hand in hand. If one is healthy the other tends to follow. If you make a change in one the other tends to follow. This makes the challenge of lowering LDL cholesterol much easier. Regular aerobic exercise can mean running several miles, playing tennis or volleyball or soccer, walking a golf course rather than using a cart. It can be as simple as a vigorous 20-minute walk, or a more moderate 60- or 90-minute walk. The point is to exercise a body clearly designed for movement, and to enjoy it. Your heart grows healthier and stronger, and you find yourself lowering LDL cholesterol and considerably less at risk for heart disease.

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