The lesser known but REAL culprits that cause high cholesterol
1. Too much exercise
While inactivity is a well-known cause of high cholesterol
, exercising too much is bad too! High-intensity exercise
increases your body's stress
response levels which causes cholesterol.
While you knew stress
causes cholesterol, did you know that certain illnesses increase your chance for high cholesterol too? Diabetes
and an underactive thyroid, especially, have been implicated.
3. Too much sleep
While you knew a lack of sleep
causes cholesterol, did you know too much sleep is a problem too? If you get more than nine hours of sleep consistently, it has the same effect on your cholesterol levels and getting less than six hours every night.
While you may be taking pharmaceutical drugs to prevent keeling over... That's exactly what could actually cause your high cholesterol, ironically. The contraceptive pill, blood pressure
drugs and steroids have been linked to high cholesterol.
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Foods that help keep cholesterol under control...
You may also be very aware of the foods that cause cholesterol, but did you know there are foods that help curb high cholesterol?
1. Plant stanols and sterols:
These compounds interfere with the absorption of cholesterol in the small intestines. A study, published in Lipids in Health and Disease,
found that eating 9-10 grams of stanols per day can help lower LDL cholesterol by 17-22%. Foods rich in stanols include, wheat bran, peanuts, almonds and olive oil.
These essential fatty acids have been shown to reduce LDL levels. Foods high in omega-3 include, salmon, tuna, trout, herring, king mackerel, chia seeds, avocados, almonds, walnuts, and olive oil.
Soy proteins contain isoflavones and phytoestrogens, which block cholesterol absorption and stop cholesterol production.