How To Treat High Cholesterol Levels

High cholesterol is a condition that many people, unfortunately, suffer through even without knowing it. Not only that, it increases the risk of conditions like stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and coronary heart disease, among others.

Here’s what you need to do to keep those levels at bay…

1. Drop A Few Pounds

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Losing extra pounds and maintaining a healthy weight is the first step in lowering cholesterol levels in the blood. Recent research has discovered that doing so also reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases caused by high cholesterol levels.

Of course, the best way to achieve that is…

2. Eat A Better Diet

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Opt for a diet rich in healthier fats and soluble fiber like nuts, omega-3-rich seafood, legumes, lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Instead of using salt, try using herbs and spices like ground pepper, paprika, and ginger to add flavor to your food.

Too much of a good thing can be bad…

3. Limit Your Comfort Food

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Try limiting the consumption of your go-to comfort foods like potato/corn chips, processed meats, fast foods, soft drinks, and full-fat dairy beverages since these contribute highly to increased cholesterol levels in the blood.

Get up on your feet and…

4. Do Some Exercise

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Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day can help burn calories and reduce one’s weight. Simply starting with moderate intensity exercises like brisk walking, running, and water aerobics can already lower one’s cholesterol levels significantly.

If you need the motivation to quit the cigs, this is it, bud…

5. Quit Smoking

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Smoking thickens the bad (LDL) cholesterol in the arteries allowing it to build up more and impede easy blood flow. Quitting smoking habits can reduce the risk of possible blood clots and boosts your good cholesterol (HDL) levels.

If you can, drop it all together…

6. Drink In Moderation

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Drinking alcohol can be fun and does have its benefits, but only in strict moderation. Unbridled drinking raises triglycerides and cholesterol levels in the blood, eventually affecting the liver, so it’s best to drink sparsely or even none of it all.

Not all pills have to be bitter…

7. Take Medication

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Most physicians prescribe medications like fluvastatin (Lescol), pravastatin (Pravachol), or rosuvastatin calcium (Crestor) to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in the blood. Expect some occasional side effects while taking these prescriptions.

Some boosters should do the trick…

8. Take Supplements

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Over-the-counter supplements may do well to maintain your cholesterol levels. According to nutritionists, Vitamin B3, plant sterols, soluble fibers, and omega-3 supplements are especially promising and recommendable.

You can never go wrong with Mother Nature’s arsenal…

9. Herbal Remedies

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Never underestimate the power of your trusty spice cabinet. Various studies have pointed out the properties of holy basil, fenugreek seeds, and garlic in significantly lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body.

Even the mind needs a detox…

10. Manage Stress

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Meditation, according to one study, can significantly lower cholesterol levels in the body. The same was said by Indian researchers who have observed the positive effects of yoga programs on people with increased cholesterol levels.

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History Facts - The American Civil War

  1. Fought from 1861-1865, the American Civil War was so bloody that each day saw an average of around six hundred people killed. By the end, there were more casualties than in WWI, WWII, Vietnam, and the Korean War combined.
  2. This mortality rate amounted to approximately 2 percent of the American population. However, the terrible conditions were more responsible for the deaths, rather than actual combat. Camps were a breeding ground for illnesses such as malaria, chickenpox, measles, and mumps.
  3. Civil War doctors were referred to as sawbones, for performing so many amputations, some doing it within five minutes of the injury occurring. Throughout the war, there were a total of 60,000 amputations carried out.
  4. Eight percent of white men ranging from the ages of 13 to 43 years old became casualties of the Civil War. But the oldest man to actively participate was an 80-year-old from Iowa. The youngest soldier was a 9-year-old boy from Mississippi.
  5. The Reconstruction Era tailed the Civil War. It was a period in which unity prevailed. Freed slaves were gradually allowed civil rights through constitutional amendments. However, some Northerners who went to the south were frowned upon as opportunists and called "carpetbaggers.
  6. The Civil War was not only tough on the soldiers but on their accompanying horses and draft animals, too. During the conflict, the life-expectancy of horses was down to merely seven months. Throughout the war, more than 300,000 horses died on the battlefield.

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