WHAT IS CHOLESTEROL?
Cholesterol is generally produced by the liver which is a sterol type of waxy substance that is found in the blood. There are two types of cholesterol which are:
- LDL – Stands for Low Density Lipoproteins which is also called as the bad cholesterol.
- HDL – Stands for High Density Lipoproteins which is also called as the good cholesterol.
We can reduce the bad cholesterol level in the body by changing the food items and following a two way strategy plan that has found to work perfectly.
TWO WAY STRATEGY PLAN
The two way strategy plan to reduce the cholesterol level of the bad cholesterol involves two major steps which are:
- Consumption of foods that lowers the level of the LDL also commonly known as the bad cholesterol.
- Stop consumption of food that increases the production of LDL also commonly known as the bad cholesterol
FOODS TO BE CONSUMED TO DECREASE LDL LEVEL & TO BOOST HDL LEVEL IN BODY
- Lady’s Finger
- Citrus fruits such as lemon, orange, etc
- Soya Beans
- Salmon Fish
- Fatty Fish
LIFESTYLES TO BE FOLLOWED TO REDUCE LDL LEVEL
The reason as to why the level of LDL is elevated upwards and the level of HDL is elevated downwards is majorly because of the food we consume and the lifestyle we follow.
The consumption of saturated fat rich foods such as red meat, animal products, eggs, etc on a daily basis has its advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantage is that it increases the LDL level which is commonly known as the bad cholesterol in the body. The advantages are it helps to lower the triglycerides level and also aids in the promotion of HDL level which is also commonly known as good cholesterol to some extent. Hence, the only conclusion we can take from this is, consume saturated fat rich food not on a daily basis instead for two or three days per week.
The consumption of unsaturated fat rich foods such as avocados, olives, nuts and fatty fish aid in lowering cholesterol. Studies have shown that high fiber Temporarily red grapes used to make red wine may actually significantly lower cholesterol levels when consumed in moderate amounts. Omega-3 fats contained in salmon, sardines, herring and fatty fish have proven to be one of the natural health wonder in the world which aids in reducing heart diseases, dementia, lowering cholesterol and many other diseases. Nuts such as almonds, cashews and walnuts are healthy snacks.
An ideal diet plan should be planned out with the help of your nutritionist and doctor inorder to reduce the cholesterol level in the body. The most important thing you should do is have adequate amount of water daily and we have to exercise regularly. The meal should be well planned and it should contain a balanced amount of carbohydrates and high protein content. A well – balanced diet plan should be executed with the best saying ‘Eat your breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper’.