Cholesterol is produced by our bodies and is present as fat in the blood. But, as it is also provided by the food we eat, more than required cholesterol levels in the body may cause heart and blood flow issues. While high density cholesterol supports cardiac health, low density cholesterol causes coronary blockages in arteries hindering blood flow. It is called hypercholesterolemia.
Consuming saturated fats, high calorie diet and obesity are the main causes of excessive cholesterol. Saturated fats are found in foods like meats, dairy products, chocolate, baked, fried and processed foods. Genetic factors, inactive lifestyle, excessive alcohol intake and smoking may also be responsible for high cholesterol. Diseases such as hypothyroidism, diabetes, nephrotic syndrome and obstructive jaundice are also related to hypercholesterolemia.
High cholesterol doesn’t show any symptoms, though events like a heart attack or stroke may indicate high cholesterol. In such cases, a blood test called lipid panel should be performed.
Ayurveda attributes weak digestive fire and impaired digestion to high cholesterol. Production of toxins in the body blocks the channels causing heart and blood flow issues. Ayurveda incorporates herbal medicines and healthy diet regime into the treatment process.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice
- Avoid a high calorie diet with saturated and trans fats.
- Consume light, low calorie diet.
- Maintain your meal timings.
- Practice Yoga, Suryanamaskar and Pranayama.
- Maintain an active lifestyle and keep a check on your weight.
- Take amla powder with warm water daily on empty stomach in the morning.
- Make a mixture of black pepper powder, dry ginger powder, turmeric powder and amla powder and take one teaspoon daily with lukewarm water.
- Boil mint leaves with water, add honey and pepper to it and drink it lukewarm twice daily.