5 Tips To Naturally Optimise Cholesterol Levels
Cholesterol is BIG word in the medical world these days. People are put on statins, sometimes even from a very young age, to lower cholesterol levels and to prevent themselves from getting cardiovascular diseases.
But… aren’t there any natural ways to optimise our cholesterol levels?
1. Fish Oil
Omega-3 fatty acids, naturally found in fish, are your top nutrient if you want to make your doctor proud next time you take a blood test.
The consumption of fatty fish, like salmon or mackerel, at least twice a week is a highly recommended to reduce LDL-cholesterol, or what most people call the ‘bad’ cholesterol. Although this distinction between good and bad isn’t entirely true, omega-3 will affect both of them and balance things out nicely.
Nevertheless, caution must be paid to the damage we have done to our oceans. More than ever our oceans are full of plastic and other waste products. As a consequence, our fish might be contaminated with heavy metals and toxins. That’s the main reason why I recommend taking 1-2 grams of a fish oil supplement to make sure you don’t consume to much unnecessary chemicals.
2. Avoid Trans Fats
Trans fats are a type of fat that could not be found naturally in our ancestors diet. This is because trans fats are only found in processed foods. So we, in comparison to our ancestors, tend to consume a lot of trans fats due to high consumption of processed foods like muffins, fries and processed meats.
The funny part is that you can find most trans fats in margarine, which is generally recommended to lower cholesterol. I really suggest you exchange your highly-processed margarine for natural and healthy alternatives like grass-fed butter, olive oil or coconut oil.
If ants can make the right choice, I’m sure you can!
3. Weight Loss
Various research studies have shown the beneficial effects of losing weight on cholesterol levels. Weight loss reduces the ability of developing plaques in the arteries and will eventually reduce your risk for atherosclerosis.
Losing weight can be a pain in the ass, especially if you have tried so many things before. I don’t believe in fast results or any quick-fix. Losing weight and creating a healthy lifestyle simply takes time to teach yourself new habits. If you need guidance on this journey take a look at our individual programs.
4. Physical Exercise
If weight loss is a beneficial factor to improve cholesterol levels, than exercise deserves it’s spot as well.
Exercise has the capacity to reduce our cholesterol, improve our blood glucose and, of course, lose weight. The perfect combo to prevent yourself from getting type-2 diabetes.
When talking about physical exercise it’s very important you find something that you truly enjoy. Whether it’s strength training, yoga or Kung Fu, make sure you look forward to it!
I’m certain we’re all aware of this and I’m sure your doctor or family has told you so many times to take action. If you we’re waiting for a sign, this is it! Get your ass to the gym – or Kung Fu!
Fiber has the capacity to reduce and slow down the uptake form sugar in our blood. Fruits, nuts and vegetables are at the top of the list when it comes to fiber rich foods. Thus, contrary to what is commonly believed grain products like bread, rice and pasta aren’t the best food choices to increase your daily fiber intake.
If you find it hard to get adequate fiber from you meals, you could add some psyllium husk with your meals.
It’s perfectly possible to manage your cholesterol levels in a natural way. If you find it difficult to get on the right track or have a hard time sticking to a healthy lifestyle, try getting some professional guidance. We all have the fortunate opportunity to experience this life through our body, but we need the tools and knowledge to take responsibility for our own health.