Natural ways to lower your cholesterol
Tips contributed by Gemini Rice Bran Oil
Cholesterol is the first thing that comes to one’s mind while talking about heart health. It is made in your liver and has many important functions. But, like anything in the body, excess cholesterol or cholesterol deposited in the wrong places in your body leads to many diseases with the heart being affected the most.
When you have high cholesterol, it is usually due to an unhealthy diet, low or no exercise, erratic sleep cycle and too much stress. Also, a higher cholesterol level is a cause of concern, especially now due to COVID 19.
Thus, good nutrition which consists of a balanced meal of vegetables, fruits, grains, protein, and dairy is essential to maintain good health. Nutrition along with regular exercise are essential parts of an individual’s overall health and wellbeing. Unless a proper diet is maintained, one is prone to many diseases, infection, and exhaustion.
But there are many ways in which cholesterol levels can be controlled with a change in lifestyle and maintaining a balanced diet.
- Avoid trans-fat foods: Spicy, greasy, and sugar laden foods increase LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) levels and reduce HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) levels in the body, resulting in heart issues. However, one can make small changes like using natural sweeteners or switching to a healthier cooking oil. Rice Bran Oil is one such that contains Natural Oryzanol which helps raise the good cholesterol and reduces the bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Gemini Rice Bran Oil contains Vitamin E and natural antioxidant like oryzanol that help protect one from lifestyle disorders like metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Moreover it comes with the goodness of Vitamin A and D and is known to have better ratio of SFA:MUFA:PUFA compared to other edible vegetable oil, making it an ideal choice for health watchers
· Regular Exercise: While exercise helps you tone your body and maintain your weight, it also helps reduce the bad cholesterol levels in your body and increase the good cholesterol. Even a 30 mins brisk walk every day, five days a week can lower your cholesterol levels and improve your heart health.
- Eat fresh fruits and veggies: Fruits like apples, bananas, oranges are known to help reduce cholesterol levels and are a great source of soluble fibers. Vegetables like eggplant, carrots, beans, and okra help lower your cholesterol levels.
- Add Omega 3 to your diet: Include omega 3 rich food in diet like chia, flaxseed, walnut seeds and other seafoods like fish and reduce the amount of red meat you consume in your diet. Making this small change will not only increase your omega 3 levels and have protective effect on your heart health.
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