Making changes in what you eat can reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in your body and improve your overall heart health. Different foods can help lower cholesterol in different ways.
Eliminating the processed foods and replacing them with whole foods will help reduce the bad cholesterol while consuming more foods with the good fats (fish, nuts, etc) will increase the good cholesterol.
Additionally, an increase in physical activity by starting with daily walks of 20-30 minutes and gradually including some resistance training will help to raise your LDL-C levels and lower your cardiovascular risks.
Although it’s important to quit smoking, increasing your physical activity and making changes in your nutrition, it may only be part of the solution. If your LDL levels are borderline high or above, then taking cholesterol-lowering medication will give you time to reduce your LDL naturally as you make the lifestyle changes.