How to Lower Cholesterol Without Drugs

18 Oct
2019
By Marie

High cholesterol levels or hypercholesterolemia could mean an increased risk of cardiovascular issues. Those who are concerned about it and reduce their risk don’t need to rely on medicinal treatment. Making lifestyle changes like changing your diet and regular exercise can improve your heart health and have a beneficial effect on all over your body.

Lower Cholesterol Without Medicines

The treatment of high cholesterol majorly focuses on reducing the risk of associated cardiovascular health complications over the long term rather than reducing blood cholesterol. Stains are now the top-selling class of drugs worldwide, and new cholesterol drugs are formulated every day. There are many people with high blood cholesterol who wants to improve their condition without medications. Various general measures are recommended for lowering cholesterol. When we think of alternative treatments, the first thing that came in most of the minds would be supplemented to our diet, but before you incorporate any supplement to your diet, consult your health care specialist. There is no doubt in what you eat has a huge impact on your health. Highly processed foods contain a large amount of saturated fat and are high in calories, sugar, sodium, and some even include trans-fat. Saturated fat is believed to increase bad cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in the bloodstream. Eating a well-balanced diet, with few or no processed foods followed with appropriate portion sizes, will reduce your saturated fat intake.  Also, not smoking, getting a lot of exercises and maintaining a healthy weight are other general measures that are highly recommended for the prevention of cardiovascular disease.  

Quit Smoking

Various studies suggest that quitting smoking lowers your risk of heart disease and increases your life expectancy regardless of how high your blood cholesterol levels are. So if you smoke, it is the most valid reason to kick off the bad habit. Doing it with dedication can even affect your cholesterol levels.

Diet and Weight

There is plenty of dietary advice out there for people with hypercholesterolemia or high cholesterol, but a few are clinically tested and proven effective. There is evidence that suggests that reducing the number of saturated fats in your diet can cause a significant reduction in cardiovascular events. This doesn’t mean you start eating a low-fat diet. Your focus should be on replacing the saturated food items with unsaturated fat. You can do it by adding more of the vegetable oils, fish and lessen the use of meat and high-fat dairy products. The sort of diet which includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grain products, poultry, and fish.

Exercise

Health care experts and physicians assume that regular exercise can improve your heart health and reduce the risk of heart attack or any other heart disease. However, it has not been studied on a higher level, so it remains the topic of debate.  This doesn’t mean people with hypercholesterolemia won’t benefit from getting more exercise. Regular exercise is believed to have a positive effect on the overall health of a patient, thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease as well.

Special Foods to Lower Cholesterol

High cholesterol increases your risk of heart-related problems, including heart attacks and stroke. No doubt medications can help lower cholesterol and improve your heart condition.  If you are already undergoing a medicinal treatment, these special foods can improve your cholesterol-lowering effect.

Garlic- According to some research studies, garlic may decrease total blood cholesterol if taken regularly. Some studies say it may be beneficial when it comes to managing high cholesterol while others suggest the natural remedy is not effective as once thought. Taking a garlic supplement before of surgery or with blood-thinning medicines may prolong bleeding and blood clotting time.

Fibre- Eating fibre rich foods can help lower your overall cholesterol, along with bad cholesterol or LDL. Fibre-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, beans and legumes, bread and whole grains, and nuts. Taking a fibre supplement under the supervision of a health care specialist to help meet your daily fibre intake can help lower blood cholesterol and improve your condition. It is extremely important to consume plenty of liquid when you increase your fibre intake.

Finally, count your calories. When you switch to a heart-healthy diet, you may need to keep an eye on your calorie intake for a while. Sometimes lifestyle change is just not enough to lower cholesterol levels and prevent heart disease. If your health care specialist prescribes medications to bring back normal cholesterol levels, take it as told by your doctor while continuing your dietary additions and regular exercise. Lifestyle changes will keep your medication dose low and fasten the effectiveness of medical treatment.

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