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Getting a Grip on High Cholesterol

By Stephen R. Farris

If you are dealing with high cholesterol, then you should know the risks associated with it. You could develop heart disease or diabetes for one. That's why it's important for you to make a few changes in your lifestyle and also your diet. 

Implementing a few simple ideas could help you lower your cholesterol levels and improve your overall health. So let's take a look at some of the things you can do to help turn the odds of heart disease and diabetes back around in your favor.

Healthy Eating

When it comes to your nutrition, eliminating as many processed foods as possible will definitely be a game changer for your health. As in it should start improving because you've decided to start eating healthier by adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet, along with lean cuts of meat such as chicken and fish. Toss in a few whole-grain items and switch out those unhealthy cooking oils and go with extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil or canola oil to cook with.

Exercise is Good

To compliment your diet, try doing a few simple exercises as well. If this is new to you, then start off with the simplest of all exercises -- walking. Try doing at least 15 minutes of brisk walking each day, morning or afternoon, or both. As you get used to it, add more time to your daily walk. Health experts recommend getting at least 150 minutes of brisk exercise per week.

Get Rid of Tobacco

Eliminating the use of tobacco products (cigarettes and chewing tobacco) can greatly decrease your risk for heart disease and other health problems, including certain cancers. Plus it'll fatten up your financial budget too.

Regular Cholesterol Checks

According to research, adults over the age of 20 should have their cholesterol levels checked every four to six years. Folks that already have high cholesterol levels may need to have their checked more frequently.

If you have questions about your cholesterol and want to know more about how to lower it and maintain it, talk with your local chiropractor to hear what tips and suggestions they may have to help you reach safe levels. They can also give you guidance on nutrition and exercise as well.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pickerington, Ohio.

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