Manage your cholesterol levels by yoga- En route to a healthier life in 2021

by | Feb 27, 2021 | Cholesterol

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Reviewed by  Dr. Andrew Grover,  CPT

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Are you a foodie? Do feel like having some luscious stuff like a cookie sprinkled with chocolate chips or a crispy and creamy donut or you probably are eager and hungry for some heavy Italian cuisine full of cheese. Why don’t you go for a dish of cheesy pasta or a pizza garnished with mozzarella cheese or a Hamburger full of cheddar cheese? Oh well! That’s a lot of cheese, isn’t it? If I serve you these dishes right now you would probably gulp everything impulsively. Well, we all love to have our favorite foods but not all of them are healthy for our body. Frequently consuming fast foods can lead to serious health illnesses.   

I’m sure you must’ve heard about the word cholesterol many times. It has long been known as a criminal for our bodies and has caused havoc in the functioning of our body system. To get rid of this criminal we’ve been told to avoid high cholesterol foods like eggs, cheese, milk, hamburgers, pizza, etc. (The Terror!) While it’s true high cholesterol can lead to severe health implications like heart attacks, stroke, and other types of heart diseases, but there is definitely more to cholesterol than these frightful headlines and dietary restrictions.  

“YOUR BODY IS PRECIOUS IT IS YOUR VEHICLE FOR AWAKENING, TREAT IT WITH CARE”  

The famous line by Lord Buddha reminds us of keeping our body in good health- something many of us fail to do. 

Do you want to live a long life? The obvious answer would be a big YES. It’s time you stop being amateurish, neglectful, and incautious about your health, life is indeed very precious and within a blink of an eye we can lose our lives. Before it’s too late, start caring for your body and do everything possible to keep your body disease-free.  

Come along let’s discuss cholesterol in detail, beginning with the basics and later on about the types and causes of High cholesterol levels. 

What is Cholesterol? 

Cholesterol is basically a waxy substance found in your body. The liver produces cholesterol which is needed for our body to function properly, cholesterol also comes from the food we eat, specifically from high cholesterol foods like cheese, meat, cookies, etc.  

With the help of a unique particle made of fat and protein called lipoprotein, the cholesterol moves around in our bloodstream. There are two types of lipoprotein that help the cholesterol to travel in our body: 

TYPES OF LIPOPROTEIN OR CHOLESTEROL  

  1. HDL (High density lipoprotein)- The “Good” Cholesterol  

  1. LDL (Low density lipoprotein)- The “Bad” Cholesterol  

Let’s move forward you must’ve surely got an idea as to what cholesterol means. Well, having cholesterol in your body is not a health ailment but excess cholesterol is indeed the problem for our body which eventually affects the heart, and chances of strokes, heart attacks increase.  But have you thought about the reasons for cholesterol problems in your body? What causes it?  

CAUSES FOR HIGH CHOLESTEROL 

Are you overweight and physically inactive? Do you frequently smoke? Smoking and physical inactivity is some of the biggest enemies for your health and leads to high cholesterol problems. 

Stop being lethargic and sluggish! There are numerous ways to ensure the good health of your body. Go for a morning walk, practice few exercises at home itself, manage your diet, and whatnot. Unless you experience it by yourself you will never understand the importance of having a healthy lifestyle. 

The chances of developing high cholesterol depends on genetics as well.  

Now, one of the major causes of high cholesterol is the type of food we consume. Consuming too much high cholesterol foods may lead to severe health implications.  

People have often avoided consuming healthy foods which are high in cholesterol, which is the wrong approach. Let’s further discuss this in detail and understand which type of foods should or shouldn’t be avoided.  

Healthy foods that are high in cholesterol  

  1. Eggs 

To get rid of high cholesterol problems many of us avoid eating eggs. Is this the right thing to do? No, completely avoiding eggs is not the right advice. Eggs are the most nutritious food. It is vital to limit the intake of eggs instead of totally avoiding it.  

  1. Ful Fat Yogurt 

Full-fat yogurt is high in nutrients like protein, calcium, and vitamin B. Recent research has shown dairy products helps in reduction of bad cholesterol and lowers the risk of stroke and other type heart diseases.  

  1. Cheese 

Just by reading the word cheese, your mouth starts watering. People with high cholesterol problems have often avoided cheese, it’s all about limiting the intake of these healthy foods. Most types of cheese provide a good amount of calcium, proteins, vitamins B and A, etc.  

High cholesterol foods that should be avoided 

  1. Fried Foods 

Fried foods should definitely be avoided. Most the fried foods are unhealthy for your body. Fried foods are loaded with calories and contain fat which in turn increases the risk of heart diseases. 

  1. Fast food 

Fast food consumption is a severe risk for your body. Home-cooked food is the best food. Frequently consuming fast foods can lead to major health ailments. Unhealthy or fast foods increase fat in your body, it also affects the blood sugar and heart of a person 

High cholesterol is a criminal for our body! 

Want to reduce your cholesterol levels? 

Are you suffering from high cholesterol problems? Have you visited the doctor? You’re probably frustrated, you’re gutted, you’re annoyed because you have tried everything to get rid of this criminal but nothing has worked. You’ve probably spent thousands of bucks on cholesterol medicines with no effective result. 

Well, you’ve finally landed at the right place. Here is the cure to all your problems. 

Let me reveal the secret Here it is! 

 YOGA! 

Yes, folk yoga is indeed the solution for all your problems. Practicing yoga on a daily basis will definitely help you to reduce your cholesterol levels and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

Yoga involves deep breathing, which in turn helps to relax the body and reduce stress. Reduced stress helps improving heart health and healthy digestion as well. 

Few studies that have examined the correlation between cholesterol levels and yoga have proved, yoga to an extend is effective to control cholesterol levels. 

Because I care! Here is an app named “Reduce High cholesterol by Yoga Exercise & Diet” by Dr.Zio.     

Here are some yoga postures I’ve highlighted which will help in keeping your cholesterol levels under control: 

YOGA POSES 

  1. CHAKRASANA  

This Posture nourishes the abdominal organs and relieves constipation. It also helps to reduce fat and cholesterol levels in the body 

  1. SARVANGASANA

It is essential to balance the whole body on the shoulders in this yoga posture. This pose has an influence on all parts of the body. It Is also referred as “Queen of asanas” 

  1. PASCHIMOTTANASANA 

This pose energizes the liver and kidneys, also reduces the excess fat from the abdominal region.  

 

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is basically a waxy substance found in our bodies it’s also known as a type of fat. Cholesterol is produced by the liver for our body to function properly, the remaining cholesterol comes from the food we eat.

How is cholesterol a health implication for our body?

Cholesterol is required by our body organs and cells to function properly. Problems for our body crop up when excess cholesterol is produced, this has an effect on our heart and may lead to serious health problems like heart attack, stroke etc. 

What are the types of cholesterol or lipoprotein?

1. HDL (High-density Lipoprotein)- The “good cholesterol”: It is known as the “good” cholesterol as it picks up the excess cholesterol in your bloodstream and takes it back to your liver where it is broken down and thrown out of your body.

2. LDL (Low-density lipoprotein)- The “bad cholesterol”: It is known as “bad” cholesterol as it is one of the major reasons for heart diseases like stroke and heart attacks. A high level of LDL cholesterol eventually builds within the walls of your blood vessels and tapers the hallways. The formation of a clot in our blood vessels can lead to heart attacks. 

What are the causes of high cholesterol?

One of the major reasons for high cholesterol is the overconsumption of high cholesterol foods like cheese, fried foods, eggs, etc. This leads to excess cholesterol in our body and eventually causes problems. 

What are the types of foods that should be avoided to keep your cholesterol levels under control?

Fried foods and fast foods are the type of foods which should be completely avoided if you’re suffering from high cholesterol problems. 

Other foods like full-fat yogurt and eggs are healthy for our body but overconsumption of these can lead to high cholesterol problems. It is advised to limit the consumption of these types of foods and is not to be completely avoided as it also provides the necessary nutrients for the functioning of our body. 

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