If you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol, your MD has probably already told you all sorts of things to do . . . and not do. This advice likely includes a prescription, but let’s consider some simple options that are easy to incorporate into your lifestyle. Wouldn’t it be nice to lower your cholesterol naturally and avoid the potential side effects of prescription drugs?

Soluble fiber can dramatically decrease cholesterol levels, especially if eaten multiple times per day. Add more of these healthful foods to your diet: oats, brown rice, beans and fruits.

In the book Prescription for Natural Cures, niacin and red yeast rice are both recommended to reduce cholesterol. In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study at the UCLA School of Medicine, it was found that red yeast rice extract significantly reduced cholesterol levels compared to placebo.

You’ve also probably heard that regular exercise helps to reduce the “bad” LDL cholesterol and raise “good” HDL levels. Taking a daily walk for 20-30 minutes is a good option, and it can help to reduce stress, too. For some more stress management tips, check out this link. http://www.sharecare.com/health/high-cholesterol/health-guide/heart-health-improve-cholesterol/reduce-stress-in-9-ways-10

Stress levels affect your cholesterol so we would like to offer one additional-and simple-idea for stress reduction. Set the alarm on your cell phone or computer to ring twice during your busy work day, and when it rings – STOP . . . and take three deep breaths.

Finally, Body Healing Power offers a wide variety of services, many of which have the benefit of stress reduction; but when it comes to managing your cholesterol, homeopathy and massage is recommended to balance the body and release the chest when you’re under pressure or experiencing anxiety or pain. And remember . . . at Body Healing Power we help your body heal itself naturally.