“Triglyceride” is a fancy word for a type of fat. Your body makes some triglycerides, but they also come from food. Calories that your body doesn’t use are turned into triglycerides and head straight to your fat cells. Here are five tips to lower your levels:

Get More Omega-3s Omega-3s are healthy fats that are good for your heart and will lower triglycerides. Eat at least two servings of Omega-3-rich fish like wild salmon, sardines, and rainbow trout each week. Talk to your doctor about taking fish oil supplements.

Limit Refined Carbs Cut down on the bad carbs – those tempting treats that are high in sugar, like candy and dried fruit, or contain white flour. They can cause a sudden rise in your body’s insulin, which can lead to a spike in triglycerides.

Drink Less Alcohol If you have high triglycerides, alcohol should be considered a rare treat. Even small amounts can dramatically increase triglyceride levels.

Reduce Unhealthy Fats A diet heavy in saturated and trans fats will raise your triglyceride level. Cut down on saturated fats buy limiting such foods as marbled red meat, poultry skin, and other full-fat dairy products. Trans fats are even more harmful, so carefully check labels on packed foods.

Maintain a Healthy Weight If you’re overweight, you are at a greater risk for high triglycerides. But simple lifestyle changes, like following a balanced diet and exercising, can help you lose weight and lower your triglyceride levels.

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