Here’s a good strategy. If you want to lower your cholesterol levels start with the easy ways. You’re more likely to continue with these good habits because they’re easy.
Easy Way 1
Eat a cup of oatmeal most mornings for breakfast. I use the steel cut oatmeal. It comes in the large round cardboard can. You don’t have to cook it every morning. Rather, cook a large portion and refrigerate it. In the morning just scoop up a cup and microwave it. Add some brown sugar and blueberries (my favorite) along with some skim milk (or a little half and half if you must). It tastes great. It’s pretty much solid fact that it helps lower cholesterol. Just remember to use the old fashioned oats, or steel cut, rather than the instant type.
Easy Way 2
Drink 2 glasses of Minute Maid’s Heart Wise orange juice every day. It contains plant sterols that help lower the bad kind of cholesterol (LDL). Studies have been conducted that have found this to be true. Any brand that contains the cholesterol lowering plant sterols should work.
Easy Way 3
Drink a glass of wine or beer each day. Red wine is the best choice. Red wines contain plant compounds called saponins that help lower cholesterol.
Easy Way 4
Cut back on carbohydrates by switching from white bread to whole wheat bread. I’ve discovered that whole wheat bread actually tastes quite good. Make sure the whole wheat is the first ingredient listed on the bread package. Some labeling gives the impression that the bread inside is whole wheat when in fact it’s not.
Easy Way 5
One glass of purple grape juice each day. If you don’t drink red wine do this instead. Grape juice is rich in cholesterol-lowering flavonoids.
Easy Way 6
10 minutes of exercise per day. I believe that 30 minutes 3 times a week is recommended. But this is a list of easy ways that can help lower cholesterol. I think that most experts would agree that 10 minutes a day may still be helpful. If you have stairs that you can run or walk up and down for 10 minutes that would be a great option. Going for a walk or run is fine too.
I’m finding that there are many things you can do to help lower cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease. It’s just a matter of learning what to eat, what not to eat, how much to exercise, and then making the commitment to doing it. It’s not so hard after all.
I hope you’re encouraged to help yourself by using some of these easy ways to lower your cholesterol. Pick the best ways for you and help yourself become healthier.