6 Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally

Many factors can contribute to the development of heart disease including high cholesterol, and in the United States, 1 in 6 Americans have cholesterol levels that are borderline high. Though many people use medications to drive down their cholesterol levels, small changes to your diet and lifestyle can naturally lower your cholesterol which in turn will lower your risk for heart disease and stroke.

1. Add exercise to your daily routine. At least 30 minutes per day of any physical activity at moderate intensity has a cholesterol-lowering benefit. Exercising raises good cholesterol (HDL) while naturally decreasing your bad cholesterol (LDL) levels.

2. Choose heart-healthy snacks like dried or fresh fruits and nuts. Eliminate sugary snacks and potato chips from your diet.

3. Cut back saturated fats; those found in meat, full-fat dairy products and some oils, raise your total cholesterol. Trans-fats are also bad for your cholesterol levels, which can be found in margarine, store-bought cookies, crackers and cakes.

4. Eat more fish. Countries with high fish consumption tend to have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Fish also contains omega-3s, and since our bodies can’t make these, we eat foods to gain the benefits, including lower cholesterol.

5. Only drink alcohol in moderation. Moderate drinking can actually reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease, but heavy drinking can eliminate the benefits. It is recommended that if you already drink, only have one drink a day for women, and two for men.

6. Quit smoking. Although it can be difficult, quitting smoking can increase your good cholesterol (HDL) by up to 10 percent.

Exercise and a better diet can generally reduce bad cholesterol by 20 to 40 percent. Taking steps to live a healthier life can greatly increase your heart health and reduce the risks, like high cholesterol, that may contribute to heart disease. ReactDx specializes in providing customers with arrhythmia monitoring systems that make heart monitoring as accurate as possible. Contact us today at 800-23-HEART to find out more about our arrhythmia monitoring solutions that will help you live a healthier life.

Jodi is a seasoned Human Resources professional who thrives on change and transformation. She fell in love with Human Resources when she attended Penn State University for graduate school in Public Administration with a curriculum that emphasized Human Resources. After earning her Master’s degree she began her career in the manufacturing industry in Talent Acquisition and was eventually assigned the overall HR Management responsibility of three divisions which included collective bargaining. Ultimately, she made her way to transitioning a new division of a Fortune 100 company under the corporate model as well as developing and executing Human Resources policies and procedures across a broad range of functional disciplines. At the next juncture of her career, she was tapped on the shoulder by former Executives that she previously worked with to join in on an exciting start-up. Today, Jodi is the Vice President of Talent Relations and Development for Medicomp Inc dba ReactDx and is responsible for managing the strategic Human Resources function which includes mergers and acquisitions for this rapidly expanding company.

Jodi and her husband enjoy landscaping, finding new restaurants and traveling whenever life gives them the opportunity.

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