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How I Reduced My Cholesterol Levels Fast Without Exercise

About two years back I took a routine blood test at work for measuring the blood lipid levels. It turned out that my cholesterol levels were over the 200 normal limits. I knew I had to do something about it but kept procrastinating.

Well, about eight months into the year I realized I needed to do something about my lipid levels before I take the test in the following year. But then I was also going on a vacation soon. So I decided I will start some kind of aerobic exercise soon after my vacation. I went on a nice three week vacation with family, came back mentally relaxed and recharged but with a minor problem. I had fractured my toe on my left foot! I had not been doing anything super challenging in the vacation. I just tripped on my suitcase and broke my toe.

The podiatrist insisted that I do not walk or do any aerobic activity involving the foot, to help heal my toe faster. Though now I had a valid excuse for my bad lipid levels, I was determined to do something by diet alone.

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I just did two simple things. The first was that I just eliminated sugar from my diet. No sugary drinks, no added sugar to food, no sweets. However, I did allow myself to eat foods with naturally inherent sugar in them like fruits.

The second thing I did was, everyday, I replaced one main meal of the day with oats and vegetables. I usually did this for lunch. I experimented with all sorts of oats dishes – oats with spices, oats with fruits, and oats with veggies. This I did for just one meal of the day and the rest of the meals were like usual. Nothing cut back except the sugar.

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I did this for about a month and half and then it was time for my annual blood screening at work again. I had my blood test done and the results came. Whoa!! The cholesterol and the triglyceride levels were reduced to half of last year’s readings.

Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad” cholesterol. (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cholesterol/CL00002). If oatmeal and no sugar combination can bring this kind of impact to the lipid levels in my blood, I am sure if I combine this with regular aerobic activity I can do wonders for my cholesterol levels and my heart health.

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5 Surprising Foods Containing Probiotics

I’m not a big fan of yogurt– but I am a big fan of probiotics, both for myself and my family members. Probiotics are forms of bacteria that are helpful, rather than harmful, to the human body. Our bodies are loaded with natural probiotics: they keep our digestive systems, urinary tracts, and reproductive systems safe from harmful bacteria.

The National Institutes of Health acknowledges the many therapeutic and health-boosting benefits of L. acidophilus, a form of probiotic most famously found in yogurt… But yogurt isn’t the only food that contains probiotics! Here are five sources of probiotics you may not know about.

1.Breast Milk

Breast milk is the first and most important source of probiotics we encounter in life. Studies have found that these friendly bacteria are extremely important to the health of infants and toddlers, especially during times of illness. If you have a young child who could benefit from probiotics, consider increasing the amount of breast milk in his diet.

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2.Tempeh

A fermented product made from soy, tempeh is an excellent alternative to tofu for people who want a delicious meat substitute that also offers a boost of friendly bacteria. Because it’s fermented in friendly bacteria like L. acidophilus, it has many of the same health benefits traditionally associated with yogurt.

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3.Kefir

Very similar to yogurt, kefir is a dairy beverage extremely rich in probiotics. Traditionally made with sheep or goat’s milk, this rich drink contains more probiotics than most yogurt and is delicious when mixed into granola or consumed as a small-serving drink.

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4.Kimchi

Kimchi is a flavorful Korean dish made from cabbage cultured in probiotics. Often made with fish oil, peppers and garlic, kimchi is so alive with friendly bacteria that its juices tend to be fizzy and tart-a result of the fermentation process caused by L. acidophilus and other friendly bacteria found in the food. Add a little kimchi to your diet if you want to boost your probiotic intake.

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5.Kombucha

A fermented tea containing a culture of friendly bacteria and yeast compounds, kombucha has a delightful flavor that combines tartness, sweetness and the gentle, familiar taste of tea. Many forms of kombucha tea offer higher levels of health-supporting probiotics than yogurt and other more common sources of probiotics.

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Unfortunately, not all foods containing probiotics are entirely safe. Mayo Clinic notes, for example, that homemade kombucha tea is sometimes made in unsterile environments, where it can be contaminated with bad bacteria. The same problem exists for other homemade cultured foods. As a precaution, buy your probiotic foods from a trusted source and talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have regarding your health or diet.