Cholesterol is rightly referred to as ‘the silent killer’. It is a fat in our body that we need in very large quantities to build cells and boost the body’s function. When cholesterol levels rise, it reacts negatively, blocking blood flow and increasing heart risk. To your surprise, in both cases, your daily diet has a big role to play. What you eat regularly defines the cholesterol level in the body. A simple internet search will tell you how junk and processed foods with empty calories increase cholesterol. But don’t worry, food can also be the solution to your problem. All you need to do is limit your calorie intake and replace it with some healthy increases to lower the LDL (bad cholesterol) level in your body. Here we have given you some healthy drink recipes that you can add to your morning ritual to give a healthy start to your day. Let us take you through.
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5 morning drinks to control cholesterol levels in the body:
1. Green tea:
By now, we all know how good a cup of green tea is for our overall health. According to consultant nutritionist Rupali Datta, “It has the highest concentration of polyphenols that not only help lower LDL cholesterol but also increase HDL cholesterol.”
2. Black tea:
A study, published in the journal Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry, found that certain compounds called ‘catechins’ in black tea help relax blood vessels through the activation of ion channel proteins.
3. Beetroot juice:
Winter is here and so is enjoying fresh beetroot juice. According to the book ‘Healing Foods’ it can be great for your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. At the same time, the antioxidants and B vitamins in beetroot also help to improve nerve function. Several studies have claimed that the high nitrate content in beets produces a gas called nitric oxide, which helps relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow.
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4. Orange juice:
We all love freshly squeezed orange juice with our breakfast. It is not only refreshing but also fills us with a good amount of vitamin C and antioxidants. According to the book ‘Healing Foods’ by DK Publishing, orange and other citrus fruits contain “hesperidin, which can reduce symptoms of hypertension, and pectin (fiber) and limonoid compounds. These factors can slow down atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and reduce LDL cholesterol in the blood.”
5. Lemon water:
Have you been drinking lemon water every morning? While you must practice the ritual for weight loss or good skin, let us tell you, lemon water can also help manage heart health. As mentioned above, lemon also contains vitamin C and antioxidants that help lower inflammation in cells and promote blood flow to the heart. In addition, it contains antioxidant flavones, which, according to the book ‘Healing Foods’, “can also lower the risk of stroke in women”.
Now that you know all about the goodness of these readily available drinks, we suggest including them in your diet to manage cholesterol levels easily. But always remember, moderation is key! Overdoing anything is known to harm your health. The best practice is to consult an expert before making any changes to your diet.
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