Cholesterol is necessary in our body because it helps in the production of body hormones and bile acid; it also helps in the metabolism of fat soluble vitamins such as vitamin D and K. Many may say that cholesterol is bad for our body but then it is really not bad, it will be bad when one has too much consumption of fats. High cholesterol foods are those of the internal organs of animals such as the liver, heart and intestines; while plant source foods don’t have any cholesterol.
When a person has increase cholesterol on the blood it is called hypercholesterolemia. Some of its causes are inactivity, obesity and unhealthy diet. Inactivity, it is considered a cause because our body really needs exercise even just 30 minutes a day to improve our blood circulation, when exercising our body eliminates many toxins and burns calories which aids in the lowering of cholesterol in the blood stream. Obesity, because when a person is over weight that person is at risk of many illness such as cardio vascular illness therefore one should maintain the ideal weight because when one is obese it is expected that the person has an increase cholesterol in the blood. Unhealthy diet, also a cause of hypercholesterolemia because when a person doesn’t have a healthy diet it is expected that the person will have either high cholesterol or low cholesterol.
There are various ways of lowering cholesterol such as:
1. Having a healthy diet
A healthy diet is composed of eating foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals but low fat. Like eating many vegetables and fruits because these type of foods don’t have cholesterol.
2. Exercise Regularly
Exercising on a daily basis helps the body to be more flexible and it also improves the circulation of blood in the body. When the body has a proper circulation, all organs of the body have enough blood supply therefore it eliminates the risk of having stroke.
3. Drink alcohol in moderation and stop smoking
These vices are much common in many people because these days’ alcohol and smoking are within anyone’s reach therefore quitting these vices helps in increasing the HDL or High Density Lipoprotein.
These are just few things to do in order to have low cholesterol but then among these 3 having a healthy diet is much harder to do.
In order to have low cholesterol diet a person should:
· Avoid foods with internal organs because internal organs tend to have increase cholesterol. In some countries, many are eating foods with high cholesterol but then being aware of it makes a lot difference than not knowing at all.
· Have an increase intake of plant producing foods such as vegetables and fruits because these foods don’t have any cholesterol at all. There are various plant producing foods that are considered to lower the cholesterol level such as the barley, artichoke and garlic.
· Have fish rather than meat because fish tends to have lower cholesterol than that of meat. Though both are sources of protein, having fish as the main source of protein would lessen the intake of cholesterol.
These things are easy to say but hard to do. Therefore, once a person will decide to have a modified lifestyle, the person should have the self control in doing these things because not being used to these things makes it harder for a person to modify its lifestyle.