This week, a health screening campaign was organised at my company and most of my colleagues went to do the free BMI, Cholesterol and Glucose tests. It was not surprising to discover that some of them have high cholesterol levels due to their sedentary lifestyle and diet of processed food which are fast and convenient but not healthy for our body.
Cholesterol circulates in the blood, and as blood cholesterol levels rise, so does the risk to our health. That's why it is important to have our cholesterol tested so we can know our levels.
There are actually two types of cholesterol, "good" and "bad". HDL cholesterol is the good kind while LDL is the bad kind. Too much of LDL or not enough of HDL increases the chances that cholesterol will start to build up in the inner walls of arteries that feed the heart and brain. You can read more about cholesterol and how it affects your heart at American Heart Association website.
I had posted the Lemon and Garlic Drink which can help to lower cholesterol levels if taken daily at my The Kitchen Companion blog and thought it would be good to post it here.
Lemon and Garlic Drink
30 cloves of garlic
1 litre water
Cut the lemons into slices. Peel the skin from the garlic. Place the lemon slices and garlic into a pot and pour in the water.
Place the pot onto a stove and simmer in low heat for 1 hour. Switch off the heat and allow to cool.
Pour the lemon slices, garlic and water into a blender and blend until smooth and thick.
Pour the blended mixture into a glass container and keep refrigerated.
Drink daily in the morning on an empty stomach by mixing 1 teaspoon of the mixture with a glass of lukewarm water.
The combination of garlic and lemon can form a perfect combo for your health. As both garlic and lemon have anti-septic and anti-bacteria properties, their mixture can be use to strengthen respiratory system, prevent colds, flu, infections and also lower cholesterol and high blood pressure.