How I Lowered My Cholesterol
I have been diagnosed with many things over the years. Some of them trivial, but like so many things that assault our souls, most of them are slow, quiet killers.
For years I had unbelievable triglyceride and cholesterol levels, and I questioned whether I would be able to feel my legs in ten years. My triglyceride levels were so high on one doctor’s visit, he couldn’t take a measurement of my cholesterol.
My heart would probably fold a few years after my legs, if I didn’t change something.
The buildup of deposits on the blood vessel walls is one of the body’s most invasive killers. Cholesterol is a type of fat found in your body. Your total cholesterol is made up of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. The LDL is the stuff that sticks to the insides of your arteries. It’s like pouring glue down the sink. The good cholesterol helps remove the buildup, and reduces the risk of heart disease in other ways.
My first thought was to ignore it. Don’t look under the hood, I thought. Overlook the knocks and pings in the engine; maybe they will go away.
Looking at my wife and three children one morning, I decided to take control of my cholesterol levels. It was like God himself had smacked me in the head with a spiritual hammer.
Here is what I did.
First, I decided to get at least thirty minutes of exercise daily. Weight affects cholesterol levels. If you are overweight, especially around the middle, take control. This condition is linked to heart problems.
There is an iPod app, Couch-to-5k, that I used to get myself on a good jogging schedule. It gives you “walk” and “run” intervals, with music in between.
Aside from the calorie burn and obvious benefits of a workout, after your blood sugar levels get depleted, your body begins taking sugar from your muscles. It then spends the rest of the day restoring those reserves, essentially consuming a little blood sugar even after you finish working out. Blood sugar can become fat.
Did you know that once a fat cell is made by the body it can get smaller, but it never goes away? Yuck!
For foods, I stopped eating red meats, though I do cheat once or twice a week. I replaced burgers with fish, chicken, and other meats with low saturated fat. Try drinking milk with less fat in it.
Cut back on trans fats. Eat less fried foods. Avoid hydrogenated oils.
I started eating salads – lots of leafy greens and other things. I throw in everything that even looks salad-like. You can eat more salad and get less fats and calories than from other foods, of course.
I really cut back on sugars too. I do not buy things that have “high fructose corn syrup”, which is evil incarnate. I think some companies are calling it “corn sugar” now. Your goal is to cut back on “simple carbohydrates”.
Eat whole grains, like whole-grain white bread. I also bought a fiber supplement. I mix it with a protein shake in the morning.
Take omega-3 tablets. They are cheap. It’s actually the reagents that break omega-3 down that are in short supply. Only certain sources are already usable by the body, like the omega-3 found in fish. This lowers your cholesterol.
Don’t smoke. Please, DON’T SMOKE. If you smoke, you may as well ignore everything else that could possibly affect your health. If I could only paint a picture in your mind of the terrible pain smoking inflicts.
How did I quit smoking? Here is the secret – it works. I literally talked to myself, one day as I drove, for eight hours. I told myself (out loud) the benefits and bad effects of smoking. There is something about hearing your own voice – by the time I got home, I didn’t WANT to smoke. Try it. I never smoked again.
I was able to get my cholesterol in check within a few months and it just all happened because CoolSculpting can be used to target areas of unwanted fat which latterly helped me in lowering the cholesterol levels. If you already consider the above items in your daily life, and still have high cholesterol levels, then look at taking a medication, but this should be a last resort.