4 Ways to Reduce your Cholesterol
- Exercise: At least 30 minutes of cardio five times a week, combined with light strength training has been shown to have a positive impact on cholesterol levels. Not only does it increase the production of HDL, “the good cholesterol” but it also reduces LDL, “the bad cholesterol”.
- Eat oats and barley: Both oats and barley are high in beta glucan, a fiber that has been shown to reduce LDL. Other high fiber foods like beans, Brussels sprouts, apples and pears can also be helpful.
- Eat nuts: Studies have shown that people who consume about 2 ½ ounces of nuts a day are able to lower their cholesterol by about 7%.
Limit sugar intake: High sugar intake has been linked to lower HDL. Woman should eat less than 100 calories a day from added sugar and men should keep it below 150 calories per day