HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol – which stands for High Density Lipoprotein) helps to prevent your arteries from becoming blocked due to LDL (the “bad” cholesterol – which stands for Low Density Lipoprotein).
It does this by “cleaning” and “hauling” away the excess cholesterol, lining the walls of your blood vessels, … then bringing it back to the liver for reprocessing.
This in turn helps to keep your arteries clear from a sticky build-up. And, if your levels of HDL are high enough (a level of 40 and above in males, 50 and above in females), it can also decrease your risk for a heart attack.2
Raising HDL levels is very important because for every one-point increase in HDL, there is a 3 percent decrease in a person’s risk of suffering a fatal heart attack.2
But Your HDL Should Not Be Your ONLY Focus
Many people mistakenly ONLY focus on raising the “good HDL cholesterol” or lowering your “total cholesterol” – but there are other factors that can lead to a heart attack or stroke, which I’ll get to in a minute.
This is a subject that’s very important to be because both my parents were diagnosed with “high cholesterol” over 15 years ago and my father also had a stroke a couple years ago.
So, I’m very familiar with this topic…
And what I’ve discovered over the past 20 years is that your goal should be to create TOTAL heart health… and that means balancing all your lipids (HDL, LDL, Total Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Homocysteine levels, etc.) and also by improving your hormones naturally from within (this includes your “stress” hormones too).
But don’t worry because this can all easily be accomplished with an improved life-style, which is what I want to focus on next.
The 4 Healthiest, Fastest, Easiest & Safest Ways Of
Raising Your “Good” HDL Cholesterol Naturally…
Of course you know your diet is very important, so let me give a quick overview and summary.
Carbohydrates - Reduce and limit all man-made carbohydrates - such as cakes, crackers, breads, chips, etc. Anything that comes in a "box", isn't good for you. Stick to natural carbohydrates such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, sweet potatoes and a small amount of steel-cut oatmeal.
Too many of the wrong carbohydrates increase insulin and blood sugar levels, which increase cholesterol and cause many other negative health ailments.
Proteins - Americans eat way too much animal protein. Reduce the protein and limit it to vegetable sources, grass fed bison and wild-caught fish such as salmon.
Please stop eating dairy and soy because they cause negative hormonal changes by reducing your thyroid, increasing toxic estrogens and stress hormones - and all of this leads to excess body fat and cancer.
Fats - They are very important for proper hormone function. The best are RAW almonds, walnuts, avocados, fish oil and extra virgin coconut oil.
Stay away from the man-made, super market oils such as soybean, sesame, canola, corn, sunflower and similar oils and products. Definitely NO margarine either. ALL these fats cause imbalances in hormones and lead to heart problems with long-term usage.
Fiber - Eat lots of fiber, about 10-25 grams daily. The best sources would be from vegetables, legumes, fruits with skin, and nuts (walnuts are best).
All you need is 20-30 minutes of "something", 3-4x a week. Walking is a great start... Lifting weights has many hormonal benefits. Swimming, playing sports, etc. are all very helpful. Pick something fun and stick to it. Be consistent!
3. STRESS MANAGEMENT
The topic of "stress" is big, can be complicated and requires its own space and I'll discuss this topic in the future.
But stress really does "kill" because of all the negative hormonal changes. My only advice here is that YOU must manage how your REACT to stress. Do you best to spend your time on the SOLUTIONS in life, rather than complain about "the problems".
4. NATURAL HERBS & VITAMINS [important!]
This made the biggest difference for my own parents. There are about half a dozen really good, scientifically researched herbs + vitamins that help support healthy cholesterol, HDL/LDL + triglyceride levels within a normal, youthful range.
This is important because of aging and hormonal changes, your body needs specific nutrients to help regulate and promote healthy cholesterol levels within a normal range, from within, naturally.
Diet helps, but for many people it's usually not enough.
So, there you have it... 4 great, natural ways for promote healthy cholesterol levels within a normal range.
But there's something else I want you to consider...
The BIG Picture
Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer2, killing more people each year than ALL the other diseases COMBINED?!!2
So, having healthy cholesterol levels within a normal range is very important... but it's just ONE factor out of many, when it comes to heart health.
You also need to have healthy HDL/LDL ratios, triglycerides, homocysteine and other lipid levels within a normal, youthful range.
Managing your lipid profiles is probably one of the most important aspects to health, fitness & longevity.
Unfortunately, it can sometimes get confusing or you might feel overwhelmed with too much information — what to DO or NOT do.
Plus, making dramatic lifestyle changes — such as eating much better, eliminating lots of different foods and exercising daily — is very important. But for many people, it can be difficult to start and it takes a longer time to see results.
And taking prescription drugs is never a good long-term solution because of all the negative side-effects3...
Now, I'm very familiar with this topic because these are all the same challenges I ran into with both my parents back in 1999.
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