High cholesterol is usually associated with a bad diet, obesity and poor lifestyle choices, or is hereditary. Whatever your reason is for having high cholesterol, the best way to lower your cholesterol is by changing your diet to a diet low in saturated fat and high in fiber, in conjunction with cholesterol-lowering medicine, if necessary.
- Eat foods with less fat and avoid all animal and saturated fats. Make sure these fats are no more than 10-15% of your total calories
- Choose foods high in fiber and rich in complex carbohydrates – between 50% and 60% of your total caloric intake should be from these good carbs
- Increase your whole grains and avoid all refined foods and sugars
- Reduce your caloric intake and maintain a desirable weight
- No smoking
- No alcohol
- Drink lots of water – at least 8 eight-ounce cups per day
- Drink tea – green, black, kombucha, oolong, but not herbal
- Drink beet, blackberry, parsley and pineapple juice daily. Grape or cherry juice is always good too. My favorite is carrot, apple and ginger. Drink 16-ounces of one of these juices per day, or at least a couple of times per week.
- Take daily vitamins, minerals and supplements
- Laugh often
- Enjoy every breath of life