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5 Natural Remedies For Lowering Cholesterol

5 Natural Remedies For Lowering Cholesterol

High cholesterol levels are connected to heart disease and a number of other health problems that can only get worse if you aren’t proactive about starting a healthy lifestyle today. So, to avoid future health problems, start taking an assertive and healthy approach to your everyday diet.

1. Rhubarb

Rhubarb stalks

    If lower cholesterol is your goal, rhubarb is a dietary choice you can make on a daily basis. This green, leafy, long-stalked veggie has been studied by the National Institute of Health and found to be beneficial. How’s that for an endorsement?

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    The study results showed that while the bad cholesterol levels (LDL) were reduced by 9 percent and total cholesterol dropped by 8 percent, the good cholesterol levels were unchanged. Recommended quantity of rhubarb stalk is 27 grams a day for the maximum benefit.

    But be warned that the leaves of the rhubarb plant should not be eaten either cooked or raw, as they contain a toxic chemical. Eat healthy, stay smart.

    2. Artichoke

    Artichokes being prepared
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      Preventing cholesterol from being produced in the body is one of the advantages of the artichoke leaf extract, which can be obtained by eating a properly prepared artichoke. Like rhubarb, it reduces both total cholesterol and bad cholesterol levels. What’s interesting about this herbal alternative is that prescription drugs called statins used to treat high cholesterol contain ingredients that have the same enzyme inhibitor.

      One study resulted in feedback from patients who were taking anti-cholesterol prescription drugs that the effects of taking artichoke leaf extract were equal to or better than their medication. Do it naturally so you don’t have to do it by prescription.

      3. Oat Bran

      Oats - rich in fiber
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        Prevention is always better than cure, and the benefit of oat bran is that it prevents absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. If you are a fan of oat bran, two-thirds of a cup per day may give you the amount your body needs to make an impact on your total cholesterol levels.

        Beta-glucan (soluble fiber) is one of the key components in oat bran. Each gram you take in may reduce your bad cholesterol level by about 1 percent. Keep in mind this is just for comparison purposes, as 100 g of oat bran will provide about 15 grams of soluble fiber. It should be mentioned that there are certain gastrointestinal side effects that go with overeating oats.

        4. Garlic

        Peeled garlic gloves
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          Garlic has long been known to clean the blood and prevent plaque buildup in the arteries, which lowers the risk of cardiovascular problems. It also has been proven to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in its unprocessed state, so using garlic in cooking brings about the same benefits as taking garlic pills or capsules. The added benefit to using it in your meals is there are no side effects to worry about.

          The effects garlic has in lowering cholesterol levels is generally thought to be temporary. So make it a daily or every-other-day ingredient in your home cooking to achieve its greatest effect. A daily intake of 500 to 1000 mg of garlic is recommended, but pay attention to any side effects that consuming too much garlic may have. Remember, moderation in all things.

          5. Green Tea

          Green tea leaves

            Studies show that green tea has a multitude of health benefits for everyone. Like artichoke and rhubarb, it lowers bad cholesterol levels, but green tea actually increases the good cholesterol levels. A double benefit that attacks the problem from two fronts.

            The reason green tea has a better health reputation than regular tea is that there is no processing of green tea leaves; they are simply dried out and steamed. The result of this is an antioxidant, ECGC, is retained in higher concentrations and maximizes the benefit to your body. That’s why green tea has such a positive effect on preventing cancer and many other health conditions. Going green can be internal as well as environmental.

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            Last Updated on September 18, 2020

            7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

            7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

            Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

            Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

            1. Exercise Daily

            It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

            If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

            Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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            If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

            2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

            Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

            One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

            This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

            3. Acknowledge Your Limits

            Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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            Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

            Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

            4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

            Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

            The basic nutritional advice includes:

            • Eat unprocessed foods
            • Eat more veggies
            • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
            • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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            Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

              5. Watch Out for Travel

              Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

              This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

              If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

              6. Start Slow

              Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

              If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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              7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

              Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

              My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

              If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

              I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

              Final Thoughts

              Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

              Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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