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Various mouth-watering dishes of Eid al Fitr were mostly made with coconut milk including ketupat sayur (rice cake and vegetable coconut soup), opor (chicken in coconut milk gravy), rendang (spicy beef cooked with coconut milk) and gulai (beef with curry-like soup) definitely can’t be helped. Unfortunately, behind delicious combination of coconut milk and meats, there are a fat and cholesterol might be bad for you that will risk unexpected diseases even until this third week after Eid. Here are simple steps to follow to lower your cholesterol as well as risk of heart disease or stroke.
1. Add More Fiber
One of easy ways to keep cholesterol level in check is to simply eat more fiber. Fiber will keep waste moving through your intestines. Fruits and vegetables are natural source to reduce LDL (low-density lipoprotein) or also known as bad cholesterol level down. You can eat tomatoes which rich in many nutrients like lycopene and antioxidant help to reduce cholesterol, and garlic with allicin to reduce high blood pressure as well as cholesterol. You also can eat oranges and apples which boost HDL (high-density lipoprotein) or known as good cholesterol.
Remember, you have no reason to skip your exercise while stay at home due to COVID-19. You can still do some light exercises to keep your body move. Keeping your body move is proven to burn unnecessary fat. You can start with walking around the neighbour for about 30 minutes and continue with jogging or other light exercise you really enjoy. Always wearing your mask during walk, run or bike ride outside.
Ginger recognizes as one of important, versatile yet useful kitchen remedies offer an array of benefits. Ginger can reduce your LDL cholesterol level and boost your HDL cholesterol. Simply added raw ginger to your soup, other food or tea to lower your total cholesterol. 5 grams ginger per day helps to improve blood circulation, reduce joint pain after exercise as well as keep your good cholesterol level in check.