Most of us seem to have a secret love affair with bad cholesterol – we make it a point to regularly consume (even over-consume) foods that are known for spiking bad cholesterol levels in the body.
Bad cholesterol is one of the top killers in the world today. Scores of people are getting hospitalized, and more people are kicking their buckets because of ridiculously high levels of bad cholesterol.
And what are we doing – hogging on that hamburger and waiting for the next pack of French fries. Fast-forward twenty years, and we are bedridden – counting our days.
If this scenario doesn’t seem very pleasant, you better read this post. Because here, we will talk about the one (and only) homemade juice that can take care of your bad cholesterol troubles.
You Will Need
- Garlic bulbs, 4
- Lemons, 4
- Ginger powder, 2 tablespoons
- Water, 2 liters
- Before doing anything else, wash the lemon thoroughly and cut it.
- Wash and clean the garlic bulbs as well.
- Put the garlic bulbs, the cut lemon, and the ginger powder into a blender.
- Once done, pour the mixture into the water and heat it until it starts boiling.
- Remove it from the heat and let it cool down. Drain the mixture and store it in a glass bottle.
How To Consume
- You can drink about 2 dL of this drink each day. Ideally you can have it two hours prior to lunch on an empty stomach.
- Drink it for 3 weeks, and then stop for a week.
Why do you think garlic today enjoys the luxury of being a kitchen staple? It is because of its incredibly wonderful nutritional benefits. Even the ancient Egyptians consumed garlic for stamina (Don’t believe? You can check with the descendants of Cleopatra or Tutankhamun!).
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About 1 in every 6 American adults has high blood cholesterol (1). Why? Because 1 in every 6 American adults doesn’t consume lemon.
You, I, or anybody might not like the way ginger tastes. But it plays a great role in keeping cholesterol levels low. According to a 2013 study, ginger, apart from lowering bad cholesterol, also raises the good cholesterol (3).
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Consult your doctor before you start taking any natural remedy.
That is how simple the recipe is. Now if you are wondering how on earth anything as simple as this drink can lower cholesterol, just relax and read on –
Garlic is known to reduce blood pressure, prevent blood clots and lower cholesterol. It obstructs the artery-clogging plaque at its initial stage by keeping the individual cholesterol particles from sticking to the walls of the arteries.
Yes. As simple as that.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, individuals who consume lemon juice on a regular basis can see a significant drop in their bad cholesterol levels (provided you exercise regularly).
Also, lemon, as we all know, is rich in vitamin C. According to the University of Michigan Health System, taking foods high in vitamin C can help lower bad cholesterol (2).
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It has also been found that having ginger can significantly weaken atherosclerotic lesions – which, in simple terms, means that it can lower the bad cholesterol levels (4).
Few More Tips To Get Rid Of Bad Cholesterol
1. Color Your Diet
I mean to say – ensure that you are taking fruits and vegetables of all colors. Fruits and veggies contain antioxidants, which are nothing but the ultimate superheroes of your body. These can help lower bad cholesterol. Have them in plenty, and you can be one of the healthiest people you would have ever met.
2. Increase Your Fiber Intake
Soluble fiber is the number one enemy of bad cholesterol. You can consume oats, barley, flax seeds and legumes – these are good sources of soluble fiber.
3. Say NO To Trans Fats
You live away from trans fats, or you don’t live at all – that is how dangerous trans fats are. They increase bad cholesterol, lower good cholesterol, and do all that needs to be done to put you in the hospital for the rest of your life. So avoid them at all costs. Foods high in trans-fats include processed and baked foods, greasy fast foods, pastries, cakes, etc.
4. Maintain A Healthy Weight
And how can you do that? By getting out of your home every day and exercising.
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5. Reduce Stress
Excessive stress causes bad cholesterol, and bad cholesterol causes excessive stress – a vicious cycle. Meditate and maintain a positive attitude, and drive stress (and bad cholesterol) out of your life.
Bad cholesterol is not inevitable. Just follow what this post says, and keep the danger away!
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