Cholesterol is an animal sterol, which can only be found in animal fats not vegetable fats, so that’s one myth debunked right away.It is synthesised by the liver which can produce around 1000 miligrams a day which is more than enough to carry out the required tasks such as making vitamin D, build cell walls, and aiding digestion.
There are two types of cholesterol, LDL and HDL, otherwise known as bad cholesterol and good cholesterol. The bad cholesterol (low density lipoprotein) is found in abundance in most fast foods, processed food, butter and food deep fried in oil.
The good cholesterol or High Density Lipoprotein is the one you want to raise but it’s not just about raising the good you should always try to limit the bad and here is quick and simple things you can do.
If you smoke then stop! Smoking actually lowers your good cholesterol while also causing a change in the bad cholesterol that makes it more likely to build up on your arteries walls.
Exercise at least 3 times a week: It can be running, swimming, cycling and lifting weights. It all helps and it will benefit your health in a whole host of other ways to.
Choose your fats carefully: Avoid trans fat like the plague it’ll send you to meet the reaper quicker than a skydive without a parachute. Also you should reduce your saturated fat intake, that involves cutting all visible fat from meat before cooking it. Cook with olive oil or coconut oil and eat more fish and nuts.
Drink one glass of red wine per day: Avoid binge drinking but one glass of red a day with your dinner has been shown to raise good cholesterol levels, another factor that helps people in the med seem to live longer and healthier lives.
Relax! Stressing out only raises your bad cholesterol, take time out to enjoy some free time with your family or whatever you like to do to relax!