High cholesterol can be a major risk factor for strokes. Cholesterol can build up on the walls of your arteries, reducing blood flow to the heart and brain. A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is reduced or stopped. This deprives your brain of oxygen and nutrients. High cholesterol can lead to a stroke. So, my question is “what is the best way to reduce cholesterol?”
We’ve all heard about it and many of us have been put on cholesterol medicine, but I want know what is the best way to reduce cholesterol naturally or through, diet, exercise, etc. I don’t just want to be told to take this pill. I want someone to point out all the ways to reduce cholesterol and let me make an educated decision, with my doctor.
Your Doctor’s Advice
Most of us rely on our doctor’s, especially with more severe health problems like heart disease and stroke. I want to point out right away here that the choices made on how to reduce your cholesterol level needs to be made between you and your doctor. Tell the doctor if you are experiencing side effects to a prescription and be forthright with the medical staff if you want to pursue more natural means of reducing your cholesterol.
I have been in several situations where I was told they were going to put me on several prescriptions and I basically said “No!” I asked the doctor to work with me on monitoring my health more regularly and asked him to help me find other ways to improve my health without using medication.
I don’t want to be on prescription drugs the remainder of my life just because I have had a stroke.
Ways to Reduce High Cholesterol
Here is a list of several ways to reduce high cholesterol “without” medication:
- Limit the use of saturated fats and trans fats
- Include more fiber into your diet
- Eat right
- Eat more oats
- Eat more barley and whole grain foods
- Eat more foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
- Eat more beans, nuts, and seeds
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Eat more eggplant and okra
- Eat more apples, grapes, strawberries and citrus fruits
- Eat more soybeans and foods made from them
- Add whey protein to your diet
- Reduce sugars
- Lose excess weight
Some items in this list were found in an article from Health Harvard.
Let’s Focus in on the Best Ways to Reduce High Cholesterol
As you can see from the previous list, there are many natural ways to help us reduce high cholesterol and all of them are within our control. There are times when people need to go on cholesterol medicine but my focus here is to help find ways to do this naturally, in hopes that we never have to take a pill.
Here are the main things at the top of many lists on how to reduce your bad cholesterol (LDL) and boost your good cholesterol (HDL).
- Limit saturated fats and trans fats in your diet
- Eat more polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats
- Eat healthy
- Add more fruits and vegetables to you diet
- Eat foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
- Increase soluble fiber
- Lose weight
I’m About to get Into Trouble
I am not a doctor. I am only a stroke survivor.
There are so many ways to reduce high cholesterol and the opinions as to what are the best ways are many. Let’s do what I always recommend here and just simplify this a little.
We’re not trying to be perfect and claim that we are all going to make the changes overnight. We’re also not claiming to abide by every item on the lists above. The main theme here is to start with something simple and then add to it over time.
So here are Rick’s thoughts on the best way to lower high cholesterol:
- Start the process of eating healthy
- Cook with healthy fats
- Add more fruits and vegetables to you day
- Start eating more fish
If you will start “moving” towards these four items above then you will become more healthy and you will, most likely, have a longer, healthier, more fulfilled life.