Cholesterol - the yellowish fatty substance - is not always bad. As against the popular belief, some cholesterol is good too and act as essential component of human body. They perform several functions like transporting fats, providing defense mechanism, protecting red blood cells and muscular membrane of the body apart from forming sex hormones and being responsible for proper nerve and brain function.
Cholesterol travels through the blood in protein packages called lipoproteins. These lipoproteins are of two types- Low density lipoproteins or LDL (bad cholesterol) and high density lipoproteins or HDL (good cholesterol). LDL causes blockage in the arteries by building up plaque. This blocks the flow of blood to other organs like liver, kidneys, genitals, brain and is also causes heart disease. On the other hand, HDL removes the bad cholesterol from the blood and helps in preventing heart attack. Therefore, cholesterol imbalance should be avoided for healthy heart and body.
Some of the Causes of Cholesterol Imbalance are as
Wrong lifestyle - Fatty food - Lack of regular exercise - Diabetes - Stress - High blood pressure -Obesity - Excessive smoking and drinking - Stress-High intake of fat diets.
|- Eat a clove of garlic every morning on empty stomach. In fact, the intake of garlic should be increased by adding it to daily food preparations as it lowers LDL cholesterol level and increases HDL.|
|- Include ginger in your diet as it also reduces cholesterol and thins the blood which improves its circulation.|
|- Take guggulu which reduces triglycerides|
|- Eat more of raw food.|
|- Eat barley. Its good if you replace rice with barley.|
|- Have oatmeal regularly.|
|- Eat apples everyday after every meal.|
|- Drink fresh fruit juices, particularly carrot, and beet root juice.|
|- Have soymilk.|
|- Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily.|
|- Take onion juice.|
|- Apply mudpack over abdominal area.|
|- Obesity is one of the major causes of high cholesterol levels. Reduce weight|
|- Take 2 spoons of coriander seeds. Mix it with a glass of water and boil. Let it cool for some time and then strain it. Drink it thrice a day. It lowers blood cholesterol and stimulates the kidneys.|
|- Eat handful of almonds and walnuts daily.|
|- Take 10 pieces of cinnamon sticks of 2.5cm each, a tablespoon of honey and 5 teacups of water Mix them and boil. Drink this hot mixture.|
|- Quit smoking and alcohol|
Asanas: Ardhamatsyaendrasana, Halabhansan, Padmasana, Paschimottanasana, Mandukasana, Shalbhasana, Trikonasana, Ushtrasana and Vajrasana.
Pranayama: Anuloma-viloma, Bhramari, Kapalbhati.
Note: The practice of YOGA must be done under the supervision of any YOGA instructor or any other proper guidence.