Lowering Your Cholesterol
Cholesterol actually is not a bad thing. It depends whether you are talking about good cholesterol or bad cholesterol. You can’t remove all your cholesterol in your body or else you will die. I will explain why.
Cholesterol is actually a sterol (a combination steroid and alcohol). It is a lipid found in the cell membranes of all body tissues, and is transported in the blood plasma of all humans and animals.
Cholesterol plays a central role in many biochemical processes. It is also insoluble in blood, but is transported in the circulatory system bound to one of the varieties of lipoprotein, spherical particles which have an exterior composed mainly of water-soluble proteins.
When we think about cholesterol, what comes into our mind is the fact that too much UNHEALTHY cholesterol is the thing that leads to our arteries getting clogged. It makes it harder for the heart to pump blood throughout the body stressing it to the point it malfunctions (hence, heart failure).
Cholesterol is split into 2 types. LDL and HDL. LDL stands for low density lipoprotein. LDL is actually the BAD cholesterol referred to in the paragraph above. This is the stuff that clogs our system. HDL on the other hand stands for High density lipoprotein. This is the healthy cholesterol that we should aim for.
HDL (high-density lipoprotein) known as the good cholesterol actually acts in part in reversing the way cholesterol is moved around the body, and it takes cholesterol out of the plaque in the artery. It may return it to the circulation, to the liver, to be excreted out of the body.
In a healthy diet, you must learn to reduce your bad cholesterol while learning to increase your good cholesterol at the same time. The key is to maintain your ratio between your LDL and HDL. A high LDL and low HDL are bad.
When you eat food, make sure you check out the labels and ingredients. Pay keen attention here. You want to make sure you keep on increasing your HDL while reducing your LDL. But ultimately, it depends on the construct of a person’s body. Some people absorb cholesterol better while others do not.
Some healthy ways to improve your cholesterol levels is that one of the best ways to reduce your harmful cholesterol in your body – is to reduce fat and cook your own healthy food! Here are a few more tips on how to lower your cholesterol and to achieve it.
Make Your Own Homemade Ice Cream
Do you know that making your own homemade ice cream can significantly reduce your fat? Substitute evaporated skim milk for whipping cream in homemade ice cream to cut the fat. You will still maintain the creamy taste.
Don’t use too much sauce!
Did you know that all the mustard and ketchup sauces (not to mention the chili sauces) in fast food joints like McDonalds and KFC are filled with fats? You can still enjoy fast food as long as you cut down on your sauces and still lower your cholesterol.
Lowering Your Cholesterol