Lowering cholesterol protects your heart and brain, regardless of your age. High or abnormal cholesterol levels causing inflammation, play a key role in atherosclerosis and plaque buildup, the most common cause of heart attacks and strokes. Do your heart a favor build a few changes into your lifestyle.
- EAT MORE VEGETABLES. Adjust your plate to include more vegetable at each meal. Try for a meatless meal once a week.
- CUT BACK ON CARBS. Move off the “white foods” Replace with hi-fiber whole grains, beans, lentils and whole fruit.
- LIMIT ANIMAL PRODUCTS. They contain saturated fat and cholesterol causing formation of artery clogging plaque. In addition to red meats this include whole milk, cream, hard cheese, & sour cream.
- MOVE MORE. 30 minutes a day, minimum. Even if you have to break it up in 10-15 segments. Move enough to elevate your heart rate, regularly and consistently
- EXERCISE SAFELY. Ask your MD if you should join a cardiac rehabilitation program to get started.
- LOSE WEIGHT. Start with a goal of 10 percent of your body weight. Cut back on portions, filling plate with vegetables. Add time restricted eating the days allotment of food within an 8-hour period of time.
Try all the above …………what do you have to lose?