We need some good and bad cholesterol each day. But by how much and how do we improve the cholesterol levels?
There is good cholesterol (HDL- High-Density Lipoprotein) and bad cholesterol (Low-density Lipoprotein). Bad Cholesterol is found in things like fried and processed foods. Its found in your fried bacon etc. On the other hand, we need good cholesterol for heart health and it is found in things like your extra virgin olive oil.
The typical Western diet features food that has high levels of bad cholesterol. We need under 200mg/dL to survive without chronic diseases. We should be aiming for under 100mg/dL for the bad cholesterol.
So what happens if we eat too much bad cholesterol?
Too much bad cholesterol can lead to problems like heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases etc.
” Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) has the crucial role to carry cholesterol to cells that need it. But, when its level is very high, it triggers an unhealthy build up on the arterial blood vessels.” (Cholesterol Menu)
How to improve the levels?
Exercise is one thing for starters. We need about 150-300 mins per week of vigorous activity and no that does not mean going to buy milk from the corner shop. And on top of that we need some strength activities too.
We should have more good fats and less of the fried foods and processed foods. Good fats include your fish and nuts as well as extra virgin olive oil. And of course, we should be getting more fruits and vegetables in our diets as they are good for boosting that fiber and getting rid of the fatty waste.
But if you think your cholesterol levels are high, then you should speak to your GP as they can do a cholesterol test and explain your results to you.