HDL Cholesterol = Good
LDL Cholesterol = Bad
Some foods containing the LDL’s: milk, mayonnaise, butter, cream, cheese, lamb, beef, pork, veal, fish, shellfish, sausage, cold cuts, pepperoni, bologna and hot dogs.
Now for the good foods with HDL’s: walnuts, almonds. green leafy vegetables, whole grains and avocados.
There are three things which you can control to help lower cholesterol levels: diet, physical activity and stress. What can we do to better our chances of maintaining a healthy heart?
Modify your diet: Try to cut out foods which are high in the LDL’s and replace them with foods high in HDL’s. Changing a diet is always difficult but I think that avoiding heart disease is a great motivating factor!
Be active: Being active and exercising does not mean that you have to go to a gym everyday and train for two hours per day. Simply getting into the routine of walking with friends or loved ones after dinner is a great way to boost your physical activity, all while enjoying an afternoon with people you love and getting rid of those bad LDL’s.
Cut the stress: Stress has proven to enhance peoples LDL levels. Engage in activities which relax you such as yoga, sports, time alone to decompress or any other techniques you enjoy to relax.
LDL’s are bad news and worth the time spent lowering the number of them our bodies hold on to. We are all worth having a healthy heart.
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