There are two types of cholesterol: LDL and HDL. Our bodies need both types, but the LDL (a.k.a. “bad” cholesterol) can lead to heart disease if we have too much of it. In fact, lowering this cholesterol is the best way to protect yourself from getting a heart attack or a stroke.
HDL (the “good” cholesterol) travels through your body and picks up the unneeded bits of LDL cholesterol. It takes it to the liver to break it down and remove it. It’s good to have HDL cholesterol. Finding the balance between the two is the challenge. There are ways to achieve this, and this list should be able to help you make small changes in your life that can put you on the path to lower cholesterol. The bad kind, that is.