High Cholesterol

What is High Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a substance found in a person’s cells and transported through the person’s blood. There are two types of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which is a good cholesterol that protects against heart disease, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is a bad cholesterol that contributes to plaque buildup in the arteries. When a person is diagnosed as having high cholesterol, the diagnosis is referring to a buildup of LDL. This condition is not a disease but a metabolic dysfunction, and as such, shows no outward symptoms. Instead, high cholesterol gradually clogs up the arteries until it affects the heart and results in conditions such as heart attack, stroke, angina, or a hardening of the arteries. High cholesterol may be caused by poor choices in diet and lifestyle, or through a genetic predisposition.

How can I treat High Cholesterol?
Traditional Chinese medicine considers high cholesterol to be the result of accumulating dampness and mucous, caused by dysfunction of the spleen, stomach, liver, and pancreas. Treatment for dispersing these conditions includes eating wholesome foods, such as green leafy vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Specific foods to include in one’s diet include celery, spinach, oats, barley, rye, tofu, peas, mung beans, and spices such as fennel, oregano, and black pepper. Other remedies include eating three apples a day for three months, consuming green and black teas, and practicing moderate cardiovascular exercises, such as walking briskly, racket sports, or swimming, for 30 minutes a day.

What should I avoid in my lifestyle for High Cholesterol?
It is important to avoid foods that promote high cholesterol, including deep-fried foods, white flour and sugar, cheeses, aged cured meats, trans fats, and saturated fats, as well as coffee, tobacco, MSG, smoking, stress, and a sedentary lifestyle.

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