Fasting is a powerful weight-loss tool, as well as an effective way to discipline one’s body. However, while regular fasting is known to be an effective method to lose weight and improve good cholesterol levels, it comes with its fair share of health risks. They include the following:
- Low blood pressure
- Increased hunger
- Disturbed sleep
Impact of Good Cholesterol & Diet on your Body
A normal range of cholesterol levels is essential for the healthy functioning of the human body. However, high levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides can lead to depleted levels of HDL (good cholesterol). This, in turn, can lead to an increased risk of heart attack, strokes, cardiac problems etc.
So how does one stay free from these high cholesterol health risks? The answer is simple! By following a healthy diet, you can manage your cholesterol levels efficiently without resorting to medicines!
Here are some easy and simple diet modifications to help keep your cholesterol and diet under check.
Fibre is your Friend
Dietary fibre plays an important role in keeping a check on LDL levels. Fibre binds with cholesterol particles in the body and helps flush them out from the system. So add a good amount of high-fibre foods to raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol levels. Here is a list of high-fibre foods:
- Fresh fruits
- Green leafy vegetables
- Dry fruits & nuts
Omega-3 fatty acids present in fish lower triglyceride levels and raise good cholesterol levels naturally. Oily fish, like salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel help to reduce triglycerides, reduce blood pressure and prevent blood clotting. Ensure you add fish into your diet at least 2-3 times a week.
Cut Down on Junk
Hamburgers and French fries are not called ‘junk food’ for no reason. Deep fried and oily foods have literally no nutritional value at all. But in the process of satisfying our cravings, we are unintentionally loading our body with oils, and fats which lead to high cholesterol levels. If you want to lower your LDL levels, it would be best to cut down on the following high-cholesterol food items.
- Fried & oily foods
- Red & fatty meats
- Cakes & pastries
- Coconut oil
- Maida based foods
Obesity or being overweight is the first indicator of the presence of visceral fat. Visceral fat can increase bad cholesterol levels, as well as increase one’s risk of suffering from cardiovascular problems. So here are a few tips to help you lose weight and lower your cholesterol levels naturally!
- Eat a healthy diet
- Load up on fresh fruits & vegetables
- Detoxify your body
- Brisk walk for 20-minutes daily
- Stay away from junk food
- Cut down on meat
- Cut down or refrain from smoking & alcohol consumption
Yes, an imbalance in cholesterol and diet can cause serious health complications such as heart attacks, strokes, cardiac problems etc. So now that you are briefed on the connection between good cholesterol and diet it is time you started working on lowering that cholesterol!
At Health Total, we believe good nutrition plays an important role in managing any health condition. We use ‘food as medicine’ to manage an individual’s health and lower cholesterol levels naturally.
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