Everyone knows that Filipinos are natural foodies. From Lechon and Pancit to Bulalo and Adobong Pusit, our culture provides an extensive array of choices in the buffet department. But along this blessing of a heritage comes an inevitable curse to those who aren’t careful enough—high cholesterol.
Eating can be a fulfilling hobby, but reckless munching can increase your risk of heart attacks and heart diseases. Aside from diabetes, we’re known to be a country easily prone to high cholesterol. If you don’t already know, one can acquire this from consuming too much saturated fat found in full-fat dairy items and red meat. Other causes include not exercising enough and smoking. As we continue to age, we also become an easier target for this risk factor.
Fortunately, it’s not all bad news. Like many illnesses and bodily dangers, there are numerous things we can do to delay, if not avoid altogether, the crippling powers of what high cholesterol can do.
Here are three lifestyle changes you can look into to avoid high cholesterol:
Start eating healthy
We hate to break it to you, but being smart with what you eat heavily determines how your body turns out. There’s no expensive secret, no fancy shortcut, and no spell-binding solution to avoiding high cholesterol. Whether it’s wanting to lose weight or just wanting to maintain a healthy diet, being careful with what we feed ourselves is key to being fit and sharp.
If you don’t know where and how to start, begin by avoiding saturated fats. Found in many fat dairy products and red meat, limiting your consumption of these grocery items can benefit you. If possible, get rid of trans fat, too. This kind of fat unhealthily raises cholesterol levels as well. As a matter of fact, the utilization of partially hydrogenated vegetable oils has been banned by The Food and Drug Administration effective 2021.
Increase physical movement as much as possible
There is no substitute for exercising. You see, working out improves cholesterol. Healthy physical activity improves “good cholesterol” also known as high-density lipoprotein (HDL). If possible, work out on most days of the week. Similar to eating healthy, being able to stretch and move your body is also a determining factor in achieving flexibility and sharpness of the mind.
This can be a painful one to many of our smoker friends. But if you want to take care of your overall health, the need to quit smoking is one that also prevents high cholesterol. Not only does it improves your lungs, but it also betters your HDL cholesterol level.
Here’s a fun fact: when you stop smoking, your heart rate and blood pressure recover from tobacco-induced spike. You also lessen your once very high chances of getting a heart disease.