You can lower cholesterol without drugs by following some basic steps that will not only change your cholesterol readings but also improve your overall health today and in the future. So often we use a prescription drug and hope it will magically cure whatever ails us. But it’s not always the case. And the problem is both the short-term and long-term side effects.
Even more dangerous than the side effects of prescription drugs to lower cholesterol is not getting cholesterol under control. Over time, high cholesterol can lead to numerous conditions of the heart and arteries, not the least of which are atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), stroke or heart attack.
Here are 5 steps you can take today to lower your cholesterol without prescription drugs.
May sound simple, but diet has such a significant impact on lowering cholesterol that it should be the number one factor you look at in determining if your high cholesterol is hereditary or a matter of dietary choices. Reduce saturated fats, eliminate trans fats, and add good fats like omega-3 fatty acids. Get lots of good fruit and veggies in your diet and stay well hydrated! This is the first step toward lowering cholesterol.
Improving cardiovascular health is a step toward reversing the effects of high cholesterol. Exercise helps to stimulate enzymes that help move LDL from the blood and blood vessel walls to the liver. From there the cholesterol is converted to bile or excreted. Exercise will also strengthen the heart and the entire circulatory system. You can get your home blood test.
If you smoke, the plaque build-up in the arteries due to high cholesterol is accelerated. When plaque blocks the flow of blood to the heart, the muscle has to work harder to get oxygen. This can lead to a heart attack. If the arteries get completely blocked with plaque from high cholesterol, then a stroke can occur.
Meditate, take time out-Chronic stress can affect cholesterol levels. If you are constantly stressed and eating a low-cholesterol diet, you may not see any improvement in cholesterol readings until you learn to relieve stress.
Talk to your doctor
Not all doctors are quick to prescribe medications. In fact, the more enlightened doctors will help you form a diet and exercise plan that is suitable for your current overall health and abilities as a first step toward lowering cholesterol. It is always important to ask your doctor if your decision to follow a specific diet or exercise plan is right for you. Many doctors now work with Nutritionists and Naturopaths and will help you to get a supportive system in place. In addition, do not stop taking medications before consulting with your doctor. You can lower your cholesterol with diet and exercise, and under the care of your doctor, see about removing drugs from the process.
It does not take long to see significant improvements in your cholesterol. Lower cholesterol can be yours in just a matter of weeks.
First, just decide to be well and take charge of your health.
Taking these five steps is a great way to get started on the path to better health and lower cholesterol without drugs. However, if you need additional help or want more personalized guidance, I am here for you. I can work with you one-on-one to create a plan that fits your specific needs and helps you achieve your health goals. Schedule your complimentary call today to get started!
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