3 Steps to Lowering Your Cholesterol Levels and Decreasing Your Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women in the United States. High cholesterol contributes to heart disease because it causes atherosclerosis, a hardening and narrowing of the arteries. Atherosclerosis is a leading cause in heart attack and stroke.
Cholesterol is waxy substance found in the lipids (fats) of our blood. Your body needs cholesterol to build healthy cells, but having too much cholesterol in your blood increases your risk of heart disease. In fact, high cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for developing heart disease — the more cholesterol in your blood, the greater your risk of heart disease.
It’s possible to lower your cholesterol levels and live life without disease. Eighty percent of chronic disease is linked to lifestyle choices, including nutrition, exercise and body weight.
The Link Between Nutrition, Lifestyle and Cholesterol
Three lifestyle choices are primary factors in your cholesterol levels:
- Body weight
Many of the foods you eat contain cholesterol, but foods high in saturated and trans fats are primary contributors to high cholesterol. Major contributors to high cholesterol include:
- Saturated and trans fats
- Coconut and palm oil
- Fatty beef and pork cold cuts
- Red meat
- Egg yolks
- Full-fat dairy products
- High-fat fast foods such as burgers, fried chicken and tacos
2-3 Body weight and exercise
If you are overweight, you are at increased risk for heart disease. Just like we can control our lifelong health outcomes through our diet, we can control our body weight — and cholesterol levels — by what we eat. Diets high in nutrient-rich foods, soluble fiber and healthy polyunsaturated fats not only lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol), the lead to lower (healthier) body weight. Likewise, regular exercise helps shed excess body weight and lower cholesterol levels.
Peak Health: Our solution
While we can’t motivate you to get up off the couch for a 30-minute walk, we can provide you with easy, affordable on-the-go breakfast foods and shakes that have everything your body needs and nothing it doesn’t. Peak Health foods are important for people concerned about cholesterol and heart health. They deliver the right amounts of nutrients our bodies need daily to support heart health and lower cholesterol levels. Take control of your health and live life without disease.