Cholesterol is a lipid found naturally in our bodies. By itself and under normal conditions, it does not represent any health risk – on the contrary, it performs many very important functions, such as the formation of certain sex hormones, the maintenance of neurons with their information networks, and much more.
However, when it rises, we can begin experiencing effects that reduce our quality of life. High cholesterol does not warn and has no symptoms, so it is important that we are constantly monitoring it and lead a lifestyle that prevents it. Join us and let’s talk a little more about it.
How does colesterol work?
For starters, we have to differentiate between “good” cholesterol and “bad” cholesterol, as they are colloquially known.
HDL, or “good” cholesterol, is responsible for moving and relocating cholesterol to other parts of the body so that it continues its natural functions. For example, it redirects it to the liver to be eliminated.
On the other hand, LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, is associated with adverse health effects that can be fatal, such as myocardial or cerebral infarctions, among many others. This type of cholesterol accumulates in the arteries, compromising healthy circulation.
To keep both types of cholesterol under control, it is imperative to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and, if your body requires it, take medication prescribed by your trusted doctor.
What to take to prevent high colesterol?
We recently told you about turmeric, a natural wonder with countless health benefits. Well, one of those benefits is that, precisely, it helps control cholesterol, regulating and favoring the secretion and excretion of bile.
Fumitory is also an excellent alternative, as it contains choleretic, diuretic, and depurative properties. These types of acids need cholesterol for their synthesis, so by consuming them, the body converts excess cholesterol into necessary cholesterol that fulfills a specific function.
Hawthorn, for its part, has cardiotonic action, improving the functioning of the heart and its rhythm. Additionally, artichoke provides different types of acids that prevent cardiovascular diseases in general.
An infusion that combines all these elements will help you prevent problems related to high cholesterol and will improve your health in a comprehensive way.
Still, you can adopt many more healthy habits, in addition to having a cup of tea, that will help you keep your cholesterol under control and in general keep your body in good shape:
- Follow a low-sodium diet. In Mexico, we are used to adding salt to everything even before trying it. If you eat foods without any extra salt, you can save yourself a lot of trouble in the future.
- Limit your fat intake. Sausages are very convenient and easy to prepare, but consuming them in excess represents a risk. With a balanced diet and more fresh food, you will see incredible results.
- Avoid smoking. If you don’t have this habit, great! If you’re used to cigarettes, you can wean them off slowly, gradually reducing your consumption until you get rid of the habit.
- Drink in moderation. Alcohol itself is not a health threat, but you should consume it in moderation and avoid excesses.
With these simple tips, you will feel much better day by day, and you will be able to prevent problems related to colesterol super easily.