Good Cholesterol for a Healthy Heart
‘As they say, you can’t beat a healthy heart’
Taking care of our heart is as important as taking care of our exterior body. Our heart is one of the hardest working organs of our body. Keeping it healthy should be our prime concern. We all want our heart to keep beating strongly for years to come, don’t we?
It’s time we do something to maintain a healthy life. Healthy food acts like a dose of prevention for heart diseases. Our heart is extremely vulnerable and prone to the effects of our lifestyle choices, genetics and diet changes. Prevention is better than cure, so let’s make it our lifestyle to follow diligent habits to protect our heart from bad diseases.
Cholesterol levels play a major role in keeping our heart healthy, wealthy and wise. Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in our body running in our bloodstreams. The cholesterol helps in the build-up of cells in our body and is attached to proteins.
Cholesterol can be categorized into two components
HDL: High-density lipoprotein or the ‘good cholesterol’ as we call it, helps in the breakdown of cholesterol by taking it from the blood to the liver.
LDL: Low-density lipoprotein, on the contrary, sticks to the walls of our blood vessels and block the passageways. This bad cholesterol causes heart diseases and attacks. To maintain a healthy heart, lowering the LDL level is of key importance. The more the HDL, the merrier the heart.
Trans fat and saturated fat
Food items with saturated fats, increase the level of LDL in our body making it prone to heart diseases. These high cholesterol containing processed food items not only contribute to obesity and weight gain but do not offer any nutritional value too. Fried food items, red meat and dairy product are some of the items that increase the risk of heart diseases.
However, one can always act responsibly and take charge of their health. Lowering LDL and increasing HDL could be a step ahead in achieving a healthy beating heart.
These food substitutes should be adopted on regular basis:
- Beans and lentils like kidney beans, black eyes peas’ etc.
- Citrus fruits and nuts as they are fibre rich
- Soya beans and olive oil
- Oats and bran instead of wheat
- Palm sugar and jaggery instead of regular white sugar
- Add fatty fish to your food for omega source
Also, regular exercise helps a great deal in breaking down saturated fat. Regular and consistent physical exercise results in lower LDL cholesterol levels.
Doctors and surgeons at PSRI believe, if we ‘Eat well & Move more then we’ll live long’. They offer the most advanced and effective treatments for heart care. On this world heart day, take a pledge with us (http://www.psrihospital.com/) to take care of your heart and not let it fall apart.