Are you cholesterol savvy?

Are you cholesterol savvy?  Do you even know what that means?  Cholesterol is found in every cell of the body and has important natural functions.  It is waxy and fat-like in appearance,  is oil-based and so does not mix with the blood, which is water-based.  It is therefore carried around the body in the blood by lipoproteins.

High cholesterol or hypercholesterolemia is also known as hyperlipidemia and dyslipidemia.  It is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease and a major cause of heart attacks.  Reducing blood lipid levels lowers the cardiovascular risk.  A build-up of cholesterol forms part of the process that narrows arteries, called atherosclerosis, in which plaques form and cause restriction of blood flow.

Diet and exercise are two major determining factors when looking at how high or low your own cholesterol levels are.  Limiting our intake of fat in the diet helps manage cholesterol levels very nicely, but when you add exercise into the equation, then you really have some power behind you.

Being cholesterol savvy simply means you are knowledgeable enough to take control of your own health.   This topic deals with what is and what isn’t proper for life sustaining functions of your body.   It means that you are aware that your body needs at least forty nutrients that’s contained in foods, in order to function properly.   These foods are broken down into nutrients and  absorbed into your bloodstream, which carry them to every cell in your body.  

Living and being healthy is easier than a lot of people may think!  Maintaining low cholesterol levels and living a cholesterol savvy life are just one part of the puzzle… but a huge one!

 


This graphic shows what the approximate best balance is for the things that you eat every day.  Are you eating the right proportions of everything?

Being cholesterol savvy also means knowing which steps to take in order to maximize your health and optimize your body’s functioning:

  1. Eat a “heart healthy” diet.  Use low-fat sauces and toppings, and avoid foods that are high in saturated fats.  In addition to that, eat a ton of fruits and vegetables and fiber-rich whole grains
  2. Exercise regularly
  3. Avoid smoking at all costs
  4. Maintain a healthy body weight

(Many thanks from the Medical News Today website for the helpful information!  Check them out online at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/ )

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