According to reports, 50 percent of women in India have abnormal cholesterol levels, and with heart disease affecting women at an earlier age, women must learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. Although the human body need cholesterol for several tasks, a bad lifestyle can cause cholesterol levels to rise, resulting in poor heart health.
1. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and salads, which are high in dietary fiber, low in calories, and high in vitamins and minerals.
2. Consume whole grains rather than processed grains. Whole grains are high in fiber and minerals that are beneficial to heart health. Whole wheat flour, whole-grain bread, high-fibre cereals, brown rice, and oatmeal are examples of whole grains.
3. Limit your intake of saturated fat and cholesterol-containing foods. Deep-fried meals, butter, high-fat dairy foods, processed meats, and red meat are all examples. High cholesterol causes plaque buildup in your heart’s arteries, which can lead to heart attacks.
4. Cut down on calorie intake. Sugary meals, such as desserts, sweets, bakery goods, sugary drinks, and processed or refined foods, increase the number of unneeded calories in the body, which can contribute to weight gain, fat buildup, and worsening of pre-existing diabetes, all of which are risk factors for heart disease.
6. Look for calorie, sugar, salt, and fat levels on food labels before purchasing.
8. A spoonful of flaxseeds every day helps to raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
9. Keep your portion sizes in check. The amount of food you consume is just as significant as the type of food you consume. Overeating can lead to an increase in calorie consumption. Consume more low-calorie, high-fiber, and high-nutrient foods while consuming less high-calorie, high-fat, and processed items.