How to Increase HDL Levels
You should stay away from foods high in saturated fats such as processed meats and
Hi, I’m Laureen Wallravin, Certified Nutritional Therapist and founder of RelishedFood.com. I'm here today for about.com to give you some tips for increasing your HDL levels, using information from About.com’s Health Site.Often called “good” cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is a crucial component of heart health. It's the HDL in one's system that shuttles potentially harmful cholesterol from the blood stream to the liver, where is can be broken down properly. Let’s take a closer look at how to foster and maintain high levels of HDL in the body.While cholesterol is naturally produced in the liver, a person’s diet and activity level play major roles in the amount of HDL they have in their body at a given time. Taking a look at diet first, eating foods that are high in monounsaturated fats, such as fish, avocados, olive oil, and certain nuts, can help to raise one's HDL levels. This is also true when eating foods that are high in soluble fiber, such as oats or whole wheat, for example. Conversely, staying away from foods that are high in saturated fats, like processed meats and pastries, will keep “bad” cholesterol, or LDL at bay.When working to improve your HDL levels, exercise is yet another contributing factor. Whether you prefer brisk walks or bike riding, engaging in moderate exercise for 30-to-40 minutes each day can help raise and keep those HDL levels high. Finally, you want to maintain good habits, and avoid any activities that may lower your HDL levels. Smoking is one such activity, and should be eliminated from your daily routine if you're looking to increase your “good” cholesterol.Heart health is an ongoing job. What we eat and how we choose to live all play a significant role. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.