How to Lower Cholesterol – Lifestyle and Cholesterol Are Highly Inter-twined

High cholesterol can be linked to a certain form of lifestyle. These include smoking, consuming alcohol, leading an inactive lifestyle, being under a high level of stress, poor eating habits, gaining more weight than is healthy for your age or body frame, having a family history of high cholesterol, consuming an excessive amount of vitamin D, and also taking anabolic steroids or corticosteroids.

There are many health issues related to smoking, a increase level of LDL (Bad) cholesterol is one of them. Smoking not only increases the LDL, smoking also decreases the HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) in your blood. When an individual smokers, they raise the level of carbon monoxide in the blood, which then can cause injury to the lining of the arterial wall. Cholesterol will cling to the damage wall as part of our defense to repair the arteries, these will cause plaque to form eventually.The chances of these increases with smoking and thus proportionally increases your risk to both stroke and heart diseases.

Another common enemy of good health is alcohol consumption, it puts a person into many potential health issues including that of increasing the risk of having high cholesterol. Liver has to work harder to get rid of the alcohol present in the blood, which can cause harm to the arteries. Your liver has to do double-duty as it cleanses your liver of the alcohol and tries to rid the liver of too much LDL cholesterol. These double duty on a single shift, taxed the liver resulting in the inability to properly metabolizing the bad cholesterol and leaving too much of it behind, this bad cholesterol then have a chance to stick itself in the arms leading to heart and brain, when this recur, plaque start to form resulting in blood clots, at the heart it causes coronary heart diseases. If the same happens along the arteries leading to the brain, stroke will be rejected.

When individuals remain inactive for long periods of time, they do not experience the exercise that can raise the heart rate for 20 to 30 minutes a day resulting in an increase in the HDL cholesterol level (the good cholesterol). We want the HDL cholesterol to be high as the HDL is what helps to remove plaque from our arteries and help to decrease the level of LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) in our blood. Regular exercise can also aid in weight loss and if you are obese (another risk factor for high LDL cholesterol) it increases your heart disease and stroke risk factors.

It is easy to increase your activity level simply by taking the dog for a walk, or doing simple household chores for at least a continual 20 to 30 minutes every day.

Excessive amounts of emotional or mental stress can lead to major health problems including unhealthy cholesterol levels. Exercise is the most common way to handle stress, incidentally, exercise is also a very good way to get out of sedentary lifestyle and it is an almost sure fire way to reduce weight, both also a key contributor to unhealthy cholesterol level.Exercising gets your body moving and your mind off of problems and focused on the things you encounter as you exercise especially if you exercise outdoors in nature.