Assuming that you have followed the cholesterol lowering diet given on 21st May 1998 you may want to know how to continue further. Diet Therapy If you are one of those with the worst cholesterol readings i.e. very high LDL and very low HDL, then diet therapy would work best for you. But if you are slightly above the normal range, then the efficacy of the diet in reducing cholesterol is also proportionately less. To recap the last article on cholesterol lowering strategies; I had mentioned that as long as your body is well nourished and you have sufficient supplies of antioxidants available as in fruits and vegetables you need not worry about your body’s ability to handle cholesterol. However if you are eating a lot of processed and refined foods, whole milk and red meat and your blood tests shows a bad HDL to total cholesterol ratio and very high cholesterol readings, then you must get down to some serious thinking about your dietary habits. I have seen that people with a very high cholesterol reading are often surprised at their lipid profile and wonder where they could have gone wrong, especially, if they are vegetarians. My advise to … Continue reading Strategies for Reducing Cholesterol – Part II →
Our digestive system today is greatly challenged. Thanks to the ever-widening menu of strange foods, colours, food chemicals, processing chemicals, additives, preservatives etc. To add to this, we often eat irregularly, exercise very little, work till late, sleep less, and are constantly stressed. It’s no wonder that most of us have badly maintained digestive systems, a reduced immune response and increased susceptibility to digestive problems like diarrhoea. Diarrhoea is one of the most common problems encountered during summers and if proper care is not taken, it can lead to acute dehydration and even prove fatal. Diarrhoea is in fact not a disease in itself but a symptom. It may be caused by any infection in the gastrointestinal tract transmitted through contaminated food and water or dietary factors like faulty food preferences and specific allergies or even emotional factors like stress and anxiety. The digestive system gets weakened due to dehydration in summer. This leads to low digestive power. This is further weakened by vitiation of doshas and dhatus due to high environmental temperature. Hence following diets, which increase power of digestion and strengthen the digestive system, would be beneficial to prevent and combat diarrhoea during summers. Acute Diarrhoea is characterized … Continue reading Diarrhoea in summers →
Constipation can be very inconvenient and quite a hindrance to our daily routine. However, there are a number of yummy foods that can give you quick relief from that annoying constipation. Here’s what you should do if you suffer from constipation. Coconut water Coconut water is a good home remedy for treating constipation. Regular consumption of coconut water is very beneficial owing to the fact that around 25% of carbohydrates found in coconut water are made of dietary fiber. Bananas Bananas soften stools and prevent constipation. Bananas being rich in pectin, holds water and provides bulk to the stools. Moreover, it also helps improve intestinal flora. Apricots Also known as Zardalu, these are highly alkaline in nature. They act as a gentle laxative and are known to be effective in the treatment of constipation. They have high in soluble fiber, which has bulk forming properties. Soluble fiber absorbs and retains water, stimulating peristalsis. Eating about 6-8 Apricots a day could be beneficial. Bael fruit Siri phal or Bael fruit is valued in India for its laxative properties. You can take around 50 gm of its pulp on a regular basis to fight constipation. It helps clean up the intestines and improves bowel … Continue reading Best tips to manage constipation naturally →
There are numerous lifestyle and diet related factors which could be causing a spike in our Blood pressure levels. Here is a list of the most common causes of high blood pressure. Age: The older we get, the higher we face the risk of having HBP Family history: If close members of our family have hypertension, our chances of developing the condition become higher. Obesity or overweight: Overweight refers to a condition where we have extra body weight from muscle, bone, fat and/or water. Obesity generally refers to a condition of just having a high amount of extra fat in our body. Overweight and obesity are more likely to cause high blood pressure compared with people who possess normal weight. Physical inactivity: Lack of exercise coupled with a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of hypertension. Smoking: Smoking causes our blood vessels to narrow, which results in higher blood pressure. Moreover, it reduces the oxygen content in our blood and thus, our heart has to pump faster to compensate for this, which causes a rise in our blood pressure level. Alcohol intake: People consuming alcohol regularly have higher systolic blood pressure compared with those who do not. High salt intake: People who do not consume much … Continue reading Causes of High Blood Pressure →
There is hardly anyone who does not want to lose those extra kilos and get back to their desired goals. In order to reach your dream body you might need to let go off some of your favorite foods. However, not everyone can let go of that delicious double cheese burger that easily. Hence instead of preparing boring meals, try making interesting replacements. These choices will make your meals more tastier and you will have more chances to stick with your weight loss regime. At Health Total, our experts suggest interesting replacement options which aid in meal planning for weight loss. This helps make your weight loss journey interesting rather than a boring exercise. Here are some tastier changes that you can make in your daily routine: Replace your white bread with Brown bread: You can make your own sandwiches by replacing refined flour breads with whole grain breads. Tasty Oats: While having oats is important for good health, some can find it extremely boring. Try having oats in different forms like masala oats, oats dosa or oats upma. You can also decorate a simple bowl of cooked plain oats with colorful fruits. Smoothie Magic: If you hate eating your … Continue reading Lose weight the right way to be healthier and happier →
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