Cholesterol Reducing Foods
Plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and extra virgin olive oil are heart healthy and can be utilized to reduce cholesterol. By changing the way you eat total cholesterol can be reduced by 5 to 10 percent. Eat foods in which the skins can be consumed too. Consider the importance of monounsaturated fats like nuts and certain oils (replacing saturated fats all animal products: ice cream, butter, dressings.)
The soluble fiber found in fruits and veggies reduces absorption of cholesterol in your intestines, then binds bile (which contains cholesterol) and dietary cholesterol so that the body excretes it.
FRUIT 4 servings/day Great for Reduction: apples, prunes, pears, plum, apricots. Choose fruits whose skin can be eaten. Fruits with membranes or seeds are also helpful: oranges, grapefruit, pomegranates.
VEGGIES 5 servings/day Great for Reduction: Any leafy green, introducing roughage into the diet: broccoli, rapini, kale, collard greens, spinach, lettuce. Other helpful vegetables: avocado, garlic, beans. Soluble fiber.
WHOLE GRAINS 7-8 serving /day (1 serving size is 1 ounce) also Barley and Oats, Bran, Flaxseed!!! Soluble fiber.
Fish, Lean Meat, Poultry 2 servings/day. 3-4 ounces per serving (Eat more Fish which contains healthy omega 3 and 6 oils.)
Nuts about 1 tbsp 4 times a week. Walnuts, Almonds. (Monounsaturated fats.)
OILS 3 tbsp per day Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a monounsaturated fat and contributes to raising HDL (healthy cholesterol) and causes LDL cholesterol to be reduced.
Water 8 glasses / day
REDUCE LDL (Lousy Cholesterol)
The best way to reduce LDL and triglyceride levels is through Aerobic Exercise. By doing so you are telling your body what to do with the extra calories and creating healthy blood flow in your blody. This can be done by swimming, walking, jogging, rollerbladding. The idea is to move cholesterol deposits by increasing your heart rate, which will in turn cause blood vessels to dialate and blood to push through the body.
Reduce bread servings to 6 servings a day and alcohol consumption to every other day can both play a factor in reducing triglyceride levels.
Increase HDL (Healthy Cholesterol)
Food choices also play a critical part in reducing LDL and increasing HDL including substituting new flavors for old preferences; replacing dressing with extra virgin olive oil, seeds and pepper to your salads, providing your vessels with the necessary elasticity that they need (healthy mono and poly unsaturated fats.) Since oils are are fluid at room temperature they will not clot your arteries the way that saturated fats found in butters and dressings will. Pan fried chicken with a small amount of canola oil, then turned in garlic, Marsala, seasoned with spices introduces potassium, and vasoldilators allicin and a touch of alcohol to open vessels and allow nutrients to function and remove unwanted blockage.
Its your body, Know the Healing Power of Food and make choices to improve your health for a living a longer and stronger life.
By: Kimberly Crocker
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