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Cholesterol-busting tips

25 Jul

Everyday Tips for Living With High Cholesterol

If you’re trying to bring down high cholesterol, make a few dietary changes at a time.

Lower Your Cholesterol With Small Changes
If you’re trying to bring down high blood cholesterol, make a few dietary changes at a time. Start with the groceries you buy and the way in which you prepare them. It may take time, but these little adjustments will ultimately pay off.

To lower blood cholesterol, go easy on these foods:

  • two percent milk
  • oils and margarine
  • avocados, olives, and coconuts
  • nuts

Cut back on these foods:

  • whole milk
  • creams and ice creams
  • high-fat cheeses
  • butter
  • fatty cuts of meat and refried pork
  • sausages, hot dogs, bologna
  • liver, kidneys, and other organ meats
  • egg yolks
  • lard, coconut, palm, or palm kernel oil

Take the Weight off Your Heart!

Slimming down can help you control high cholesterol.

Losing weight does help you feel better and makes it easier to be more active, but one of the most important reasons to maintain a healthy weight is to help lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease.Here are a few things you can do every day to support your weight-loss efforts — your heart will thank you for it.

  • Choose lower-fat, lower-calorie foods more often.
  • Eat more slowly.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables for snacks.
  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Drink water instead of soft drinks with sugar.
  • Use less high-fat cheeses, cream, shortening, and butter when cooking.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages.

Try to meet one or two of these challenges every day, while eventually adding more of these goals to your daily routine. You will begin to notice a difference — and so will your heart!

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