As a parent, you may find yourself becoming more interested in maintaining good health. Controlling your cholesterol can help you stay healthy. Cholesterol, a white, waxy substance that hitches a ride through your body via your bloodstream, actually assists your body perform many necessary functions. According to the “Gale Encyclopedia of Diets,” this substance helps keep cell membranes intact, builds muscles and helps digestion. Although a necessary component of good health, the American Heart Association (AHA) warns that excessive amounts of cholesterol in your bloodstream can increase your risk of heart disease. Set a good health example for your kids by lowering your high cholesterol.
Create a diet using nutritious foods. The AHA suggests eating between eight and 10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Choose a variety of fresh produce to keep your taste buds excited. Substitute whole grains for white; eat only lean meats. The Mayo Clinic advises that increasing the amount of soluble fiber in your diet can help reduce undesirable cholesterol. Oatmeal, kidney beans, prunes and apples all contain soluble fiber.
Toss out your junk food. Although your kids may protest this drastic action, you will be helping them learn healthy eating habits. The “Gale Encyclopedia of Diets” advises you to get rid of greasy foods like potato chips and doughnuts. Limit your intake of baked goods that contain saturated fats, whole eggs and whole milk, such as biscuits, croissants and pastries.
Prepare your meals by making a few simple switches. According to the AHA, eating healthy can help you reduce your cholesterol. Trim off any obvious fat from your meat before you cook it. Broil or grill your meat, rather than frying it in grease. Use an egg substitute for recipes that call for eggs.
Push yourself off the couch and head outdoors with the kids for some active fun. The Mayo Clinic recommends taking a daily walk to reduce your high cholesterol. The Mayo Clinic recommends you aim for 30 to 60 minutes of exercise each day. Consider regular workouts that include biking or swimming activities. Get your doctor’s approval before starting an exercise routine.
Talk to your doctor about medication for your high cholesterol. Your physician may want to discuss the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs if you have difficulty reducing your cholesterol through diet and exercise.
- Avoid making drastic changes to your diet or exercise routine without consulting your doctor first.
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