Struggling with high blood pressure? Not anymore. Here are 5 best ways to control your high blood pressure and enjoy a healthy life. Lose weight Obesity is one of the biggest risk factors for high blood pressure. Weight gain has serious implications and one of them is the rapid rise in your blood pressure. Bring down alcohol consumption Restrict your alcohol intake since the effect of alcohol on blood pressure is so significant that some researchers believe it accounts for most cases of hypertension. Once you abstain from drinking, controlling your blood pressure becomes a much easier task. Stay away from sugar Avoid sugar since it raises insulin levels and high blood pressure is often accompanied by high blood levels of insulin. More over high levels of insulin make weight loss a more difficult task. Therefore, controlling blood pressure may become a difficult task if you keep consuming sugar. Quit smoking It would be in your best interest if you give up smoking because tobacco directly impacts blood pressure. It increases clot formation and increases risk of precipitating a heart attack or a stroke. Restrict yourself from smoking if you wish to keep your blood pressure under control. Fish it … Continue reading 5 ways to control high blood pressure →
The next time you feel stressed, please note that you are risking an increase in cholesterol levels. Here are three ways in which stress impacts cholesterol: Stress, anger, and negative emotions impact your heart Well, your heart truly is a delicate organ. It leaps with joy when you are happy and it feels heavy as a stone when you are low. Stress, anger, and negative emotions make an impact on your heart. A Harvard medical school research states that the average risk of a heart attack increased, two hours after the outset of anger, by two to three times. Stress leads to depression In addition to anger and distress, psychologists also emphasize on feelings of depression and helplessness having a direct link with stress. To put it simply, we are physiologically different when we are happy and sad. Release of cortisol and destruction of HDL cholesterol Even when the cholesterol level is not high enough to obstruct the arteries, negative emotions make an impact. They cause the release of a biologically toxic chemical known as ‘cortisol.’ It causes a spasm in the arteries and cuts the blood flow to the heart muscle. The result is angina pain and at times … Continue reading 3 ways stress directly impacts your cholesterol levels →
The blood circulating in the blood vessels exerts a force on the wall of the vessel. If your arteries are narrow and rigid, there will be more pressure exerted on them by the pumping action of the heart. When the pressure is too high, it negatively impacts your health. High blood pressure can have symptoms such as a headache, giddiness, and nose bleeds. People vulnerable to high BP Those who are overweight. Those who are above 45 years of age. Those having a family history of hypertension. Those who smoke, drink, or consume excess amount of caffeine. Those who have an inactive or sedentary lifestyle. Those undergoing a lot of tension and stress. Those who don’t eat vegetables and fruits (Potassium rich foods). Those who eat too much salt, fried food and sweet. BP management is important High Blood Pressure can be termed as the bane of modernization because in the primitive cultures blood pressure was practically unknown. This disease, harassing thousands today, is a result of a destructive lifestyle, smoking, obesity, alcohol intake, insulin resistance and stress. A disease that reflects your heart health and it can be fatal too. It has three major consequences – stroke, heart attack … Continue reading High BP – the silent killer →
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Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) are pivotal for the normal growth and development of our body. However, the fact is that makes them crucial is that the human body does not manufacture them. Thus, the only way to acquire them is through our diet. The essential fatty acids Two major classifications of EFA include Omega-6 and Omega-3. The ideal ratio between the two categories is 4:1. The general Indian diet has Omega-6 in abundance (without the addition of oil in the cooking process). The invisible fat present in cereals, grains, vegetables, and dals ensures around 10-15 grams per day of Omega-6 fatty acids. Foods which are rich in Omega-3 include fish, walnuts, soybeans, almonds, leafy vegetables, and flaxseeds. The imbalance The bad news is that majority of us do not eat as much of these as they should be eating, therefore this makes our body Omega-3 deficient. Further, we add approximately 35 grams of vegetable oil to our food while cooking. These vegetable oils can further disrupts the balance between Omega-6 and Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Moreover, a low HDL level tends to pose a bigger threat to the heart than high cholesterol levels. The only way we could boost our HDL … Continue reading What are Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) →
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