5 Tips for Lowering Cholesterol

by Kevin on January 30, 2009

You do have the power to get your cholesterol numbers down, and putting these 5 tips for lowering your cholesterol into practice will help.

1. Eat less red meat.

Instead of picking up a lot of beef when you go to the grocery store, choose chicken or fish more often. Both of these two choices have less fat than beef and can be prepared in a number of tasty ways.

2. Cut back on saturated fat as much as possible.

What does this mean in practical terms? Well, you will need to switch to low-fat or skim milk, for starters. When you buy cheese, look for "light" versions as often as possible.

3. Fill up on fiber.

There are good reasons to add more fiber to your diet. Choosing whole grain breads, pastas, and cereals more often means that you will feel full for a longer period of time. You also get the benefit of lower cholesterol levels with time, since these foods are low in fat. If you decide to switch to whole wheat bread, watch the amount of butter or spread you are adding to it, though. The same advice goes for whole wheat pasta. You don’t want to blow the potential health benefits by combining it with a heavy cream sauce.

4. Get active.

Regular exercise will only help to lower cholesterol levels. You don’t need to plan to run a marathon next week to reap the health benefits of getting off the couch. Start by taking a brisk walk a few times a week and see how that feels.

Just when you were thinking that you weren’t able to enjoy life while trying to lower your cholesterol levels, here’s a bit of good news for you.

5. Drink red wine. A glass a day will help to lower your cholesterol.

Drinking to excess will not help you to become more heart-healthy, but enjoying a rich Bordeaux or Merlot can help to lessen your risk of developing heart disease. It also adds to the experience when you are having dinner, so feel free to indulge a little in the evening.

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