Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Thursday, July 26, 2012
Appropriate and correct knowledge about various factors that increase cholesterol levels is essential to maintain normal cholesterol levels at all times, which are anywhere between 200 and 239 mg/dl.

You can keep high cholesterol in check, once you know the factors that induce high cholesterol production in your body. Given below are a few factors, which can be controlled by us to reduce our cholesterol.

Diet - Saturated fats in your diet makes the levels higher. By reducing these fats you will be able to manage the cholesterol in your food.
Weight - Overweight, as we all know can be the cause of a lot of ailments. Try and lose weight to stay fit. Proportionate weight loss increases HDL and decreases LDL.
Physical Activity - 30 minutes of moderate exercises are essential and also helps in losing weight.

The following factors also have a bearing on our cholesterol levels, however, they cannot be controlled by us.

Age and Gender - As we grow old, the levels increase. Also, women generally have lower levels than men and after menopause, a woman's LDL tends to increase.
Heredity - The genes you inherit can have a major effect on you. If you have a family history of heart diseases, which are caused by cholesterol, take necessary precautions to be safe.

A desired cholesterol ratio is 3.5:1, but, maintaining a cholesterol ratio of anything less than 5:1 is also advisable. HDL levels of at least 60 mg/dl or higher will definitely benefit the heart.

Maintaining Healthy Cholesterol Levels

You need to prioritize and try to include exercises in your daily routine. Exercising always helps; climbing stairs, biking, and swimming are some of the activities that can help maintain normal cholesterol levels. Many doctors suggest that burning calories increases metabolism and being active helps you stay fit.

Another thing that can help control your cholesterol is a stress-free mind. Try and pursue a hobby or an activity that you enjoy. It'll take your mind off all the tensions and worries and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Giving up smoking and drinking alcohol will also go a long way in improving your cholesterol levels.

Try to incorporate foods in your daily diet, which can increase the good cholesterol in your body. Listed below are some of the food items that may help you control your cholesterol levels.

Intake of fish like salmon, sardines, sea bass, and mackerel increases HDL, and can work wonders even in a short time
Eat foods containing omega-3 fatty-acids like foods rich in soy, green and fresh leafy vegetables and, walnuts
Reduce the intake of sweetened beverages to improve your health
Increase the intake of fiber rich food
Take sugar-free substitutes like fresh fruit or iced tea
Reduce the consumption of salt

Cholesterol levels monitor the health of the heart and these diet changes can considerably change the way your body and heart feel.

Break Up and How to Cope - When You Can't Keep Away From Your Ex

Thursday, July 12, 2012
How do you cope with break up when you have built your world around your ex and now that the relationship is over you feel completely lost and alone?

Chances are that you will have let friendships slide because you wanted to spend most if not all of your time with your ex.

When you are in love you seem to be magnetically drawn to the other person and although you don't deliberately neglect your friends it is not uncommon to suddenly find yourself isolated when you break up with a partner.

Your social life probably now revolves around things you and your ex enjoyed doing together and even if that involved socialising with friends, it will be awkward now that you are no longer part of a couple.

So no matter what the circumstances of your break up, you will probably feel pulled to try and still spend time with your ex, partly because you just want to be around them and partly because you feel like you don't have any other options.

It's natural to think that being around your ex and socialising around them has got to be less painful and miserable than stopping in with nothing but your thoughts.

But this is not the case. It may be less painful in the very short term, but it will not help you to move on and start to re-build your own social circle. How difficult will it be to be in the company of your ex and not be able to be with them, share private moments and shared glances.

There is nothing worse than putting yourself in this position and if your ex is a particularly nice person, they may well be giving you false hope of re-kindling the relationship just because they do not want to hurt your feelings anymore than they already have.

No, you need time and space to lick your wounds and you should not feel bad about indulging yourself in a short bout of misery - too long and it will be counter- productive and more difficult to climb out of.

You also need to give yourself time to really evaluate how you feel about your ex.

None of us take rejection very well and it is in our nature to want what we can't have. So our immediate reaction when a relationship breaks down is to try and get it back, not necessarily because that is what we really want, but because it is our instinct to do so.

So whilst you are keeping your distance from your ex, you are killing several birds with one stone.

You are giving yourself time to deal with the initial impact of the break up (in private). Time to think about how you are going to reconstruct your social life - because this is vital to you moving on. And time to think about how you really feel about your ex.