Make Changes to Your Cholesterol
By Brandi Goodman
Cholesterol Education Month arrives at a great time. September is the final month before a slew of major holidays begin that all revolve around treats and meals. Unhealthy eating habits can lead to high cholesterol levels that are detrimental to your heart health. With some changes to your habits, you can improve your cholesterol -- and your well-being -- in the process.
Reduce Your Intake of Red Meat and Milk
Saturated fats are not ideal for your heart. These are found in many foods, but are particularly high in red meats and dairy products. Reduce your intake of red meat and milk and see your cholesterol improve. Diets high in these products tend to raise your cholesterol levels and cause problems for your health.
Reduce Your Intake of Baked Goods
Many baked goods, such as cookies, cakes, and even crackers, are high in trans fat. They use lots of butter and oil to make them. Trans fats raise your cholesterol just as saturated fats do. You should reduce the number of baked goods you eat in a week so you can keep your heart as healthy as possible. If you do want to enjoy some cookies, it's far better to bake your own at home using more valuable ingredients.
Eat More Apples
Soluble fiber is great for your heart. It helps to decrease the amount of bad cholesterol that gets absorbed into your bloodstream. Apples are one valuable source of this type of fiber. The whole "eat an apple per day" saying really does apply. Oatmeal, kidney beans, and pears are among the list of foods that also provide this benefit.
Add Exercise to Your Day
Exercise can raise good cholesterol levels. You should do what you can to add exercise to your day -- even if it's something as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator when you go to the mall. You should aim for 30 minutes per day, but that can be broken up into smaller increments if needed. Ride your bike to work. Play with your kids outside. Join a sports team or fitness class. There are so many ways to ensure you can get your exercise goal completed.
A few changes can make a big difference when it comes to your cholesterol and your health. Carefully consider what it is you're putting into your body -- especially if you've been experiencing any health concerns as of late. You want your diet to fuel your body and mind, not make it feel unwell.
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