6 ways to increase your HDL naturally

HDL is the good cholesterol.  It helps to “scoop” up excess cholesterol in the arteries and brings it back to the liver where it is then excreted via the bowels.   Thus, high HDL is heart protective.

If you are struggling to raise your good cholesterol, the following tips may help you.

1.  Increase Vitamin D3 levels:  Consult with your natural medicine oriented doctor to determine the dosage of Vitamin D3 needed.

Low Vitamin D3 levels are associated with low HDL

2. Drink some alcohol:

1 to 2 drinks can increase HDL levels.  But no more!

3. Reduce your consumption of trans fats.  Trans fats are formed whenever oil is heated to high temperatures as is the case when food is deep fried.  They are also identified on food labels as partially hydrogenated fats.

4. Increase your consumption of monounsaturated fats:

Monounsaturated fats found in olive oil and avocados can help to increase HDL.

 5. Take Krill Oil:  Consult with your natural medicine oriented doctor to determine the right dosage for you.

Studies have shown that krill oil can lower bad cholesterol levels by 34 per cent and boost good cholesterol by 44 per cent.

6. Do HIIT –  high intensity interval training

HIIT can help to raise HDL

 Summary: Raising the HDL can be challenging, but these 6 tips can help you protect your heart and reduce the clogging of your arteries by  excess cholesterol.


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About Aroop Banerji N.D., L.Ac

Aroop Banerji N.D.., L.Ac is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He obtained his bachelor science in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California – Davis. He pursued doctoral education in Naturopathic Medicine and graduate level training in Chinese Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in using dietary supplements, diet therapies, herbal medicines, and acupuncture for chronic health complaints.
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