Wellness Pathway #111: Increase Fiber to Decrease Cholesterol

You probably know that lowering cholesterol is a good idea for cardiovascular health. Now the National Cholesterol Education Program has issue new, more stringent guidelines for people at risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease. These guidelines (less than 100 mg/dL of LDL or “bad” cholesterol and more than 39 mg/dL of HDL or “good” cholesterol) may dramatically increase the number of people who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. You can read their entire report at http://rover2.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/cholesterol/.

Unfortunately these drugs (one of which was recently taken off the market) are not without their negative side effects. They should be used only as a last resort. Diet, exercise, and relaxation are the front line in cholesterol reduction. Vigorous aerobic exercise is the best way to raise your HDL or “good” cholesterol levels. Adding fiber to your diet is a good way to lower your LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels. Fiber binds cholesterol in your intestinal tract and ushers it out of your body. Good sources of fiber include psyllium husk, oat bran, and a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Work your way up to 50 mg of fiber a day — and be sure to drink a gallon a day of filtered water.

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