One of the easiest ways to fight cholesterol is to increase the intake of soluble fiber. This can be found in abundance in plant foods, especially fresh, raw and unpeeled fruits and vegetables. Soggy, overcooked vegetables lose a lot of their fiber value. Fiberous foods Researchers consider pectin (found in apples) to be the best known form of soluble fiber. Hence, apples are extremely potent in fighting cholesterol. Apart from their cholesterol lowering properties, apples are excellent for heart health as they have practically no fat and are very low in sodium. Some fiber rich foods you should definatley include into your diet are as follows: Unrefined grains such as dahlia (broken wheat), whole-wheat flour, wheat puffs, brown rice, jowar and bajra. Whole dals like channa, rajma, chowli, beans, and black dal. Wheat bran which happens to be one of the highest known fiber foods. It’s fiber content is about 50%. A diet rich in fiber lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, and keeps heart attacks and strokes at bay. Moreover, it has a powerful impact on the body’s metabolism of sugar and fats. A regular intake of 40-45 gm fiber a day is recommended to prevent heart disease. Fiber-rich foods are one of … Continue reading How fiber curbs cholesterol →
The most common cause of type 2 diabetes is eating too much of the wrong kind of carbohydrates. This is a path to self-destruction, eventually leading to high Blood pressure, high triglyceride, and low HDL (good cholesterol). Other reasons include a genetic predisposition to the disease, stress, and decrease in physical activity. Effective tips to manage type 2 diabetes Eat low glycemic foods such as oats, barley, bran, jowar, whole pulses, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Avoid sugar and foods containing sugar such as chocolates, desserts, sweets, soft drinks, white flour, cakes, biscuits, pizzas, rice, high sugar foods. Don’t drink fruit juices as they contain too much sugar (more than what a type 2 diabetic can handle). Reduce intake of saturated fats and hydrogenated fats as it increases insulin resistance. Fish oils have shown to improve insulin resistance. So eat fish 3 times a week or take fish oils supplements. Increase fiber in your diet by increasing your intake of green vegetables and whole grains. Walk for 30-40 minutes every day. We are not alone in our concern that type II diabetes is a growing national crisis. There are too many lives at stake and you have nothing to lose by … Continue reading Managing type 2 diabetes →
A combination of diet and exercise is the chosen way of weight loss recommended by most health experts. This, most of the time means joining a nearest gym to start your exercises. However, for some people distance or location of the Gym can be constraint or they may simply not be comfortable exercising around a bunch of strangers and prefer privacy. They may also find the membership heavy on their pocket. Our experts at Health Total understand this and recommend the below tips to help you continue with your weight loss regime without hitting that costly gym. Eat high protein & fiber: Have a full and healthy breakfast every morning. The first meal of the day is an important part of weight loss. Studies have shown that steady consumption of a high protein, nutrient rich, high fiber breakfast can help you stay satisfied longer and thus decrease hunger cravings later on during the day. Start Exercising at Home: Weight resistance training like push ups, planks, and lunges help work several muscle groups at once. This helps to increase your strength and power. By using the weight of your own body you can build strength and do more number of repetitions … Continue reading Go slim without the gym! →
One of the worst consequences incorrect dieting can bring about is sagging skin. Most women in their twenties and thirties have enough skin elasticity and hence, they rarely face this problem. However, post fifty, a lot of women experience sagging skin after a quick weight loss programme. This can certainly be avoided by taking vitamin, mineral, and essential oil supplements such as vitamins A, B-Complex and C, GLA, and flaxseed oil. If you are under sixty, the looseness usually disappears within three months after the weight is maintained. Weight loss that is sensible and steady will hardly have such problems. Dry skin leads to the formation of wrinkles. Many women complain that after a day or two of fasting, their skin looks dry and parched. Wrinkles are likely to appear on very low-calorie diets followed for a prolonged period of time. Most women follow their own patterns of weight loss, which includes missing breakfast and lunch and eating a moderate dinner. This brings about a severe cut in the calorie consumption and also creates water loss leading to de-hydration. This in turn brings about wrinkle formation. The salt and carbohydrates you get from your regular diet, bind water in the … Continue reading Dieting disasters lead to sagging skin →
Forget energy drinks and protein shakes, switch to coconut water instead. It will provide you with the energy and nutrients you need, minus the calories! Weight loss Coconut water is a perfect replacement for artificially sweetened energy drinks. The fat content in this magical drink is low and suppresses your appetite thereby making you feel full for longer. Ideal during dehydration Coconut water hydrates your gastrointestinal tract and provides you with essential elements that serves as a perfect option to fight water loss. Helps in digestion Coconut is rich in fiber content that reduces the occurrence of acid reflux. The bioactive enzymes help cure constipation since it is a natural laxative support and helps the body to bring back the body to physiological state. Nutrient rich Coconut water is rich in nutrients that provides you relief from various health conditions. Its unique composition provides you with essential nutritional benefits and health maintenance. Reduces Blood Pressure Coconut water is a balancing mechanism that controls your high blood pressure and helps in maintaining the appropriate amount of electrolytes in the body,
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