There is a big list of winter things that can pose health risks. You have the flu, colds, sore throats, viruses, microbes and recently studies have shown that the cholesterol levels spike during the cold weather. There are several reasons why this happens but we’re going to help you with some tips to avoid the winter cholesterol higher level.
Good thing we have the Holidays, right? With all these weather changes that are affecting our mind and body, we would have a really bad time in the colder months.
Winter Cholesterol Higher Level? Why does that happen?
A study presented at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting in 2014 has shown that cholesterol levels rise in the winter. The study was performed on 2.8m adults by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
They saw how LDL and non-HDL cholesterol levels were higher both in men and women compared to the warmer months.
The cholesterol level rises in Winter due to behavioral changes in our lifestyle. This is how we react when the winter comes and changing the way we act isn’t something we can update over night.
We spend more time indoors, get less sun exposure and less vitamin D. Most people overlook this but a lower vitamin D levels mean worse lipid profiles. Eating comfort foods isn’t helping either.
If you want to improve your Vitamin D levels, here are some natural sources you can easily get your hands to.
Natural tips to avoid the winter cholesterol higher level
Many of the ways to reduce cholesterol levels also work in winter, but some of them don’t. Let’s see which you can use to keep you winter cholesterol level in check.
Have a healthy breakfast
The winter cholesterol higher level can add hearth-threatening gunk in your artery walls. To clean it out, try and have a healthy breakfast consisting of a fiber-packed bowl of oatmeal. This is full of soluble fiber and it does a little of housekeeping in your arteries by cleaning them up. Other healthy snacks for winter include clementine oranges and winter squash.
Exercise even if you don’t feel like it
Most people don’t like exercising in the colder weather but if you want to avoid the winter cholesterol higher level, you should make an effort to be more active. We wrote about this a few weeks ago and we concluded that you don’t have to work out outside. Here are the pros and cons of exercising at the gym and at home.
Exercising can lower your winter cholesterol level through the release of endorphin and directly by lowering LDL cholesterol levels. An extra hours of moderate aerobic activity can lower the LDL levels by 4 mg per decilitre.
Try to limit the intake of animal fats
We talked about this before and we offered easy and effective tips to eat less for Halloween and at Thanksgiving. With Christmas around the corner you should read those tips again. The saturated fat in animal products has the most adverse effects on your cholesterol levels so lowering their intake should be the smart move. You could switch lean meats and remove chicken skin.
Drink a healthy smoothie from time to time
You don’t have to be a vegan to realize that vegetables help you lower the cholesterol levels and the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Plant-based diets are low in saturated fat and high in fiber. If you’re not a fan of vegan diets, you could drink a healthy smoothie from time to time to lower the winter cholesterol higher level.
Fruits and vegetables that may help in lowering your cholesterol levels: strawberries, avocado, apples. You can always add some baby spinach to the mix.
Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle Routine.
The best strategy for our life is to adopt a healthy lifestyle routine.
This means take healthy foods, stay hydrated, follow a daily exercise plan and take necessary vitamins in consultation with the health practitioner.
Our philosophy is that prevention is the best approach for a healthy, positive and enriching life.
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