For a change, we actually want to increase something in your body - your high density lipoprotein (HDL) levels. HDL is the "good" kind of cholesterol, the kind that's carried by high-density lipoproteins. You want as high an HDL level as possible - at least greater than 40. Increasing your HDL can be done a couple of ways:
- Consuming healthy fats found in olive oil, fish, and walnuts (a tablespoon, 4 ounces, or 12 a day is the right amount)
- Walking or any physical activity for 30 minutes a day
- Having a drink of alcohol every night (seven on Saturday night doesn't count). But if you're at risk for alcoholism or see other signs that drinking alcohol could be unwise, skip this tip.