1. Not all Cholesterol is Bad
HDL, or high-density lipoprotein, is considered “good cholesterol.” The higher your HDL level, the better. LDL is the “bad cholesterol.”
Know your cholesterol levels and try to keep them healthy.
Total Cholesterol – Below 5.2mmol/L – Desirable
5.2 – 6.2mmol/L – Borderline
Above 6.2mmol/L – High
LDL Cholesterol – Below 1.8mmol/L – Ideal for people at very high risk of heart disease
Below 2.6mmol/L – Ideal for people at risk of heart disease
2.6 – 3.3mmol/L – Near Ideal
3.4 – 4.1mmol/L – Borderline high
4.1 – 4.9mmol/L – High
Above 4.9mmol/L – Very High
HDL Cholesterol – Below 1mmol/L (men) – Poor
Below 1.3mmol/L (women) -Poor
1 – 1.3mmol/L (men) -Better
1.3 – 1.5mmol/L (women) – Better
1.6mmol/L and above – Best
Triglycerides – Below 1.7mmol/L – Desirable
1.7 – 2.2mmol/L – Borderline
2.3 – 5.6mmol/L – High
Above 5.6mmol/L – Very High
2. Don’t Dread Your Diet
Eating a low-fat, heart-friendly diet doesn’t have to be dull. Substitute a vegetarian meal a few times a week instead of eating red meat. Use beans or textured vegetable protein in place of meat in your favorite recipes, and substitute soy or rice milk in place of your usual milk. Try a new vegetable every week, and eat a few meat-free meals each week.
3. Bike or Hike Your Way to Lower Cholesterol
Exercise is a natural way to lower your cholesterol, and daily exercise helps you maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Exercise for at least 30 minutes, 4 or 5 days a week. Bike, hike, walk, run, dance- do whatever type of exercise you enjoy, and do it often. Participate in a variety of physical exercises to prevent boredom.
4. Lower Cholesterol with a well proven natural Supplement
Cholesterol supplements can be taken with your diet and exercise. As you take the supplement, reduce your consumption of red meat and dairy products and exercise at least 4 days a week. Have your cholesterol retested in 6 months.
Further limit your intake of foods that contain saturated fat and cholesterol and increase your exercise to see if a more aggressive approach works. The Manna Cholesterol Support product contains well researched ingredients to increase HDL and lowers LDL levels.
5. Eliminate Poor Lifestyle Choices
Excess alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking both can lead to high cholesterol. Reduce your alcohol intake to no more than 2 drinks per day, and quit smoking if you’re a smoker. Ask your doctor about smoking aids to help you quit. If you smoke and drink excessively, you should try to reduce or limit these behaviors to see the effect on your high cholesterol before trying cholesterol treatments.