Here are 10 ways to lower your cholesterol levels and your risk of heart disease without taking scary drugs.
- Exercise – There’s no way around it. You have to move every day. Exercise fights the buildup of cholesterol in the blood and plaque on the arteries.
- Eat Soluble Fiber – Eating foods like beans and lentils can help remove bad cholesterol from your system.
- Eat fish – Fatty fish provides DHA and EPA, two fatty acids which help fight cholesterol buildup in your arteries. If you don’t like fish, you could take a fish oil supplement.
- Cut down on meat – Meat and the fat that comes with it is packed with cholesterol. A heavy meat diet is probably the biggest cause of heart disease in America.
- Cut back on dairy – Dairy products are high in saturated fat and therefore loaded with cholesterol.
- Use olive oil – Olive oil is one of the best oils to use in cooking and salads. It can help lower LDL, which is bad cholesterol without reducing HDL, good cholesterol.
- Eat broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage – These kinds of vegetables are high in fiber, which you already know is good, and loaded with indoles, which fights high cholesterol.
- Eat plant sterols – They can be found in foods like avocados and sunflower seeds and may reduce bad cholesterol.
- Spice your foods – Cinnamon, chili peppers, evening primrose, garlic and cayenne can help reduce cholesterol.
- Add oat bran to your diet – Oat bran and rolled oats are other ways to lower your cholesterol. Just be careful not to buy the sugar-filled instant types. Eat the real thing. Yum.