When was the last time you had your
cholesterol level checked? Too many
people have high levels of
cholesterol. Are you among those? If
your answer is 'yes', then a low
cholesterol diet, such as a
Mediterranean diet could be good for
you. If your cholesterol level is to high, you
have two major options to deal with
Adjusting your life-style.
Taking pills that lower your cholesterol.
If you don't have extremely high cholesterol level
which calls for immediate action, you should try
adjusting your lifestyle before you even consider to
start taking pills.
Unfortunately some of these cholesterol lowering
pills have a few disadvantages: Statin drugs
like Lipitor and Baycol can cause muscle
damage and some doctors have even linked these
pills to deaths. This isn't strange at all,
when you consider that the heart is
a muscle. This is probably the
reason some of these drugs have been
pulled from the market in some
countries. Like all medications the
benefits have to be weighed against the risks.
If your cholesterol
level is too high, I would recommend that you
start with adjusting your life style. If this
doesn't lower your cholesterol level in a
significant way, then you can consider pills to
lower your cholesterol level.
What changes might you to make in "adjusting life-style"?
Did you know that oatmeal can help
lowering your cholesterol level? It most
certainly can. So you should definitely eat more of
Olive oil consists of unsaturated fat and is used
a lot in the Mediterranean diet. You
could try frying your food in this instead of butter? If
you're using this as your main fat source
regularly, your cholesterol level should
decrease. Stay away from oils that are commercially produced
and contain high levels of saturated fats.
A great supplement that can help is cod liver oil. It contains
essential Omega 3 fatty acids, which are rare in
most weight loss diets. Take it once
a day. If you don't like the taste, take it in capsule form. It supplies you
with 'good' cholesterol. Other benefits are an
improved look and feel of your skin, increased
energy, improved memory and even pain relief.
Eat vitamin E and vitamin A daily as they also
have proven to lower cholesterol level.
Start trying some moderate exercise. It is
sufficient to take a thirty minutes to one hour
walk daily. This will also contribute to your
cholesterol level lowering.
To summarize: If your cholesterol level is too
high, start up eating foods that contain
natural substances that have been
around for many years and have been
tested and tried by generations,
instead of starting out with pills
that might have health damaging side
effects. Add some moderate exercise and you'll be well on your way
to a normal cholesterol level. If this doesn't
work, then consider medicine. I wish you a good