What is all this I'm hearing about bad cholesterol? Is there a good cholesterol? Well as a matter-of-fact there is. There are two different types of cholesterol that you can take into your body, one is good for you and the other one is bad for you. So now you may be asking how can you lower your cholesterol levels? Well I'm going to try and give you a couple of bits of advice later in this article that will help you along those lines. First I want to look at the different types of cholesterol and what they will do for you.
To begin with, cholesterol is produced naturally by your body. Your liver produces it as a natural substance and is essential to each and every one of the cells in your body. Because this is a natural product of your body it's not going to do you any harm. But what we are you talking about here are the cholesterol that you are taking into your body with the food that you are eating. This comes in two different types. There is the bad stuff which is LDL. This stands for low density lipoprotein. This kind of cholesterol comes from foods that are high in saturated fat. That's from all your animal products, dairy products, eggs, butter, etc. The safe level for LDL cholesterol in your blood stream is under 130 mg per deciliter of blood. If you are approaching this level then you need to cut back on some of these saturated fats that you're eating. The other type of cholesterol is HDL. This stands for high density lipoprotein. This is the good stuff that comes from eating fish oils, olive oils, etc. (you can find lists of foods containing HDL cholesterol elsewhere on the Internet). The level of HDL cholesterol that you should have in your blood should be over 40 mg per deciliter.
Now we all want to know how to lower our cholesterol levels. There are really only two ways to do this. One is to visit your physician and he will be able to prescribe you with a concoction of man-made pharmaceuticals which may or may not help you. As a matter-of-fact there are some serious side effects that have been reported with some of these LDL cholesterol-lowering drugs. The second way to lower your cholesterol level is with diet and exercise. Good nutrition and plenty of exercise will benefit you not only by lowering the bad cholesterol levels in your body but it will constitute to the overall health of your entire being. You will feel much stronger with the proper nutrition and proper exercise as part of your daily routine. If you don't lower your bad cholesterol levels you are risking having a heart attack or stroke. This is because the cholesterol eventually attaches itself so badly to your arteries that they go stiff, they get clogged, and the blood cannot flow through any more. End of story. So the secret is to eat plenty of whole foods, get up out of that chair and start to exercise more.