Cholesterol levels are important to consider when evaluating one’s overall health.
When the ratio of bad cholesterol is higher than good cholesterol, it’s an indication of elevated total cholesterol. Elevated total cholesterol levels are bad for the body as it increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Learn more about good and bad cholesterol in a previous article Exposing the Truth about Good and Bad Cholesterol
Did you know that 4 in 10 people in Malaysia have high total cholesterol levels? And surprisingly, 1 in 4 of them are not even aware of it!1 So, if you are reading this article, take this as a sign to not become part of the statistics.
Adopting a healthier lifestyle will help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels, for the betterment of your heart health. But this doesn’t mean that you have to drastically change your life overnight. Here are 4 simple ways to get you started.
Eating healthy food and snacks doesn't have to be complicated.
To lower your total cholesterol levels, aim to increase your intake of wholegrains, fibre, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats2. A flexible way to build a Healthy Plate is to use Suku Suku Separuh for a balanced diet – aim to fill 1 quarter (suku) of your plate with carbohydrates, 1 quarter (suku)with protein and half your plate (separuh) with a variety of vegetables. You should also consider cutting down on processed, fried, fatty and salty foods.
Another hidden threat that you might not be aware of is sugar-loaded drinks2. So, the next time you order your teh tarik or Kopi O, be sure to ask for kurang manis (less sweet) or go sugar-free altogether. Trust us, the promise of a healthier body is sweet enough, you don’t need extra sugar in your drinks!
For more heart-healthy recipe inspiration, check out Recipes | AmwayNow.
An apple A walk a day, keeps the doctor away!
Daily physical activity, such as walking, running or swimming, can help lower bad cholesterol levels. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per day, 5 days a week, and your body will thank you for it.
Healthy lifestyle habits are the foundation of good health while unhealthy habits such as smoking can chip away at your foundation.
In fact, smokers tend to have increased levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL, or bad cholesterol) and decreased levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL, or good cholesterol). If you’re still taking the occasional puff, now is a good time to quit smoking and start prioritising healthy habits instead.
Natural health supplements can provide additional support to your diet and exercise routine.
Take for example the Nutrilite Mixed Soy Protein & Lecithin with Vitamin E. It is a powerhouse supplement specially formulated to help reduce cholesterol levels with three key ingredients: Soy Lecithin, Vitamin E and Soy Protein.
Helps promote fat metabolism in the liver and emulsifies fat for healthy circulation3 4
An antioxidant that helps maintain healthy skin5
Also known as the building blocks of the body, it aids cell and tissue repair.
Each serving of the Nutrilite Mixed Soy Protein & Lecithin with Vitamin E contains 880.8 mg of lecithin and is cholesterol-free and vegetarian-friendly. Formulated in a powdered form, it is easy to integrate into your juices, smoothies, salads and other meals.
By taking small but meaningful steps today, such as making nutritious and healthy food choices, engaging in regular exercise, avoiding bad habits and incorporating natural supplements like the Nutrilite Mixed Soy Protein & Lecithin with Vitamin E, you can effectively enhance your efforts towards a heart-healthy lifestyle and live your best!