Get control of your blood cholesterol levels. If you take small steps you’ll find it easier. Did you know that “High blood cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke.”!
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It’s getting to be that time of year – the holidays are upon us! After a busy fall getting settled back into a routine, it’s easy to pick up bad habits when it comes to your healthy diet. So beyond trying harder, what strategies can we follow to help stick with healthy habits, even at the busiest of times? It typically takes repeating an action 21 times before it becomes a habit within a day-to-day routine and small steps are all you really need to get you started and live a long and healthier lifestyle. Or, at the very least, small steps will allow you to gradually get use to the necessary lifestyle changes for the desired healthier lifestyle.
- Eat a healthier, balanced diet.
- Cook and eat more meals at home. Eat breakfast. Pack lunch.
- Make eating out a special occasion.
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
- Increase physical activity.
- Be smoke free.
- Ditch sodas.
Canadians looking to improve their overall health can start their day off right with psyllium fibre!
Psyllium fibre, the naturally sourced dietary fibre found in Metamucil powder, has a long history of use in traditional and herbal medicines. In fact, it can provide multi-health benefits, such as helping to lower cholesterol to promote heart health*. Since first being introduced to Metamucil, several years back, I have discovered that it was actually an easy yet positive way to make a change in my life.
Slowly, I’ve been modifying my diet by focusing on these tips:
- the right portions of whole, unprocessed foods
- Whole grains
- low fat dairy
- lean cuts of meat and opting for vegetarian more often
- reducing use of highly processed foods
- eating soluble fibre ( 21 to 38 g daily )
There are several reasons for using Metamucil:
HOW DOES METAMUCIL HELP TO TEMPORARILY SUPPRESS APPETITE WHEN TAKEN PRIOR TO A MEAL?
When taken with 240 mL of liquid prior to a meal, Metamucil psyllium fibre thickens and forms a gel which aids in the sensation of fullness and prolongs the intestinal phase of nutrient digestion and absorption, helping to temporarily increase feelings of fullness and reduce food intake.
HOW DOES METAMUCIL WORK FOR LAXATION?
Metamucil contains a bulk-forming fibre without any chemical stimulants. The active ingredient, psyllium husk, is a soluble viscous fibre that absorbs and holds moisture. This causes the psyllium to swell, supplying the necessary bulk to help form an easily eliminated stool. Metamucil will not cause immediate evacuation but generally produces an effect in 12 to 72 hours.
HOW CAN METAMUCIL HELP ME MAINTAIN HEALTHY BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS?
The psyllium in Metamucil forms a viscous gel, which traps some sugars as the gel moves down the intestine. Trapped sugars are slowly released and absorbed into the body—helping the body maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Remember whatever healthy steps you take will be steps in the right direction. That’s always worth it!