Five Ways to Lower Cholesterol Naturally
The ultimate goal: total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dl; 100 mg/dl or less for LDL or “bad” cholesterol, and 40 mg/dl or higher for HDL or “good” cholesterol.
One more thing: Get a doctor’s O.K. if you’ve been inactive. Otherwise, the American Council on Exercise recommends starting out with 20 minutes of moderate intensity walking four days per week. Build up to one hour of walk-jogging (aerobic classes) six to seven days per week.
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One more thing: To reap the most benefits from soluble fiber make it part of a diet low in saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol, says the American Heart Association.
One more thing: For long-term success with weight loss, the Mayo Clinic suggests making small, sustainable changes. Slowly work more activity into your daily routine. Bring a healthy lunch from home instead of eating out. It all adds up.
One more thing: Missing butter? Try cholesterol-lowering spreads like Benecol® or Take Control® that block the body’s absorption of cholesterol.
One more thing: Don’t drink? This isn’t a call to start; these same antioxidant compounds can be found in grape juice, green tea, and many fruits and vegetables.