5 Steps You Can Do Today to Lower Cholesterol
You feel perfectly fine and go to the doctor for a regular checkup—you hear, “Your cholesterol is high.” Your first question… “Do I need medicine?”
Typically, high cholesterol doesn’t show signs and symptoms until an emergency event, such as stroke or heart attack. Elevated cholesterol levels cause damage that can lead to a build-up of plaque in the arteries. The results could be very serious complications.
Why is it important to know your cholesterol health? High cholesterol levels lead to the leading cause of death in the United States—heart disease. When we are proactive about our health, we are more likely to catch a concern before it becomes a complication.
While the symptoms may be silent, there are steps that you can take now…
- Know your family history. In some cases, high cholesterol is genetic. A condition known as familial hypercholesterolemia is an inherited condition that causes the body to produce high levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein), “bad” cholesterol, leading to early onset of cardiovascular disease. A test is needed for diagnosing familial hypercholesterolemia and your doctor can recommend treatment.
- Exercise doesn’t have to be about exhaustion and sore muscles. It can be part of a lifestyle change that can improve your HDL levels (high density lipoprotein), the “good” cholesterol. Working some type of activity into most of your days has been shown to improve HDL levels.
Another way exercise is shown to improve cholesterol levels is to help lose or maintain a healthy weight. Carrying around excess weight has been linked to numerous health problems including heart disease and high cholesterol. Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen.
- Check your diet. Likely you have heard that poor diet is related to “bad” cholesterol. Understandably, diet change is difficult, however start by adding fresh fruits, vegetables and leafy greens to your daily meals. Try replacing some portions of red meat with leaner options like chicken or fish.
- Add olive oil. Not all fats are created equal. Saturated fats can raise LDL, but monosaturated fats like olive oil are considered heart healthy. Swapping out butter for olive oil, or adding it into recipes, is another way to increase your HDL. This is in part due to heart-healthy phytosterols in the oil.
- Add Dead Sea Moringa supplement. Moringa has made its mark in the superfood category. Its list of health benefits continues to grow as more research is done on this power plant. Numerous studies have been done showing moringa’s positive impact on cholesterol; lowering LDL while increasing HDL.
Doctors recommend an increased diet of leafy greens and high fiber for healthy cholesterol levels, but making lifestyle changes to eat healthier can still leave out the recommended amount of greens. This makes Dead Sea Moringa an easy choice to acquire added nutritional benefits from leafy greens.
Dead Sea Moringa includes 90 nutrients and 12 vitamins and minerals, 46 antioxidants and 18 amino acids, including a high concentration of all 9 of the essential amino acids. Its nutritional profile brings it to the top of the superfood chart.
Making several changes at once to your lifestyle is overwhelming, and follow-through isn’t as likely. However, taking one of these steps today can lead you down a path of success. Looking over these areas, think about which one is the easiest first step that you can take to improve your health.
Make a choice for your health. Take care of your body today, and be happier tomorrow.
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