Contrary to conventional wisdom, cholesterol is not the enemy. The question on the lips of many Americans these days is, “How do I lower my cholesterol?” We've all been told that the secret to living a long, healthy, heart-disease free life is lowering your cholesterol. And believing that a low cholesterol count is the best way to prevent heart disease, doctors often prescribe medications like statins to keep these levels low. But these drugs can introduce a whole host of problems and may not even work. The truth is, your body needs cholesterol in order to function properly. So, it's not about having lower cholesterol; it's about having the right type of cholesterol.
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Dr. Hyman Recommends
- Cut out or dramatically reduce flour and sugar, because those are the things that turn on the cholesterol factory in your liver.
- Eat the right fats — avocados, nuts, seeds, coconut oil/butter, olive oil, and fish oil. These are the good fats that help balance your blood sugar, balance your insulin, and correct lipid problems.
- Have protein for breakfast and at every meal — nuts, seeds, eggs, chicken, fish, grass-fed meats.
- Manage your stress.
- Take supplements to help balance the whole system.
Learn more about healthy cholesterol from Dr. Hyman here.