High blood cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. So lets take a look at the differences between “bad” and “good” levels of cholesterols. It is desirable to have a measurement of less than 200 mg/dL level of total cholesterol level.
Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol–the main source of cholesterol buildup and blockage of arteries. It is optimal to have an LDL level lower than 100 mg/dL.
High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL, or “good”) cholesterol–which helps keep cholesterol from building up in the arteries. An HDL of > or equal to 60 md/dL will help your risk for heart disease.
Keep the ratio of LDL to HDL around 3-1. If you have 10 times as much LDL as HDL, then you’re at very high risk of a heart attack as well as other cardiovascular disorders. Take some proactive steps to avoid taking statins drugs for the rest of your life. Avoid corn oil, low graded oil, hydrogenated oil and processed foods. Regularly physical activities (8-10 hrs/wk). Start incorporating superfoods such as spirulina and chlorella into your diet. Any plant based foods from the ocean is high in anticancer agents and LDL fighting agents.
Starting moving today. Go out and walk to the mailbox. Set a goal everyday to walk a little further. Drink lots of water. We all know what we have to do. We just have to execute the game plan.
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