There are a number of harmful activities we often indulge in, without thinking twice about what they could do to our health. Here are some activities that maybe contributing to our rising cholesterol levels. Smoking Smoking of cigarettes damages the walls of your blood vessels, which makes them accumulate fatty deposits. Moreover, smoking may lower your HDL level or good cholesterol. Obesity Risk of high cholesterol is higher if one’s body mass index (BMI) is 30 or more. Therefore, obesity is a factor we must control at the earliest possible opportunity in order to ensure a fit and healthy life. Large waist circumference If a man’s waist circumference is around 40 inches (102 centimeters) and a woman’s is around 35 inches (89 centimeters), they would stand a higher chance of suffering from high cholesterol. Poor diet Red meat and full-fat dairy products, which are high in cholesterol, increase our total cholesterol. Furthermore, high cholesterol levels can increase due to consumption of saturated fats found in animal products and trans fats found in certain baked confectioneries Lack of exercise A good exercise regime will help improve our body’s HDL level or good cholesterol while lowering the LDL level or bad cholesterol. However, lack of … Continue reading Factors contributing to cholesterol →
There are many things today that challenge our digestive system. Mouth-watering delicacies dangling in attractive menus of top restaurants are more than enough to drag us towards them. However, food, edible colors, food chemicals, processing chemicals, additives, and preservatives served by these restaurants coupled with little or no exercise, working late, being sleepless, and facing constant stress have resulted in bad maintenance of our digestive systems. Symptoms of indigestion Symptoms of indigestion include belching, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, burning sensation after eating food, nausea, joint pain, muscle pain, and weakness. These symptoms could be due to a disorder in the stomach or the intestine. Causes of indigestion Certain food and beverages such as alcohol, colas, coffee, fried foods, maida-based foods, spicy and greasy foods, and preserved foods can cause indigestion since they irritate the digestive tract. Liver problems, gall stones, ulcers, and lack of friendly bacteria are other causes. Psychological factors also contribute to indigestion. Stress and digestion Stress, anxiety, and anger can disturb digestion. Indigestion can sometimes be caused by insufficient (HCL) hydrochloric acid in the stomach. HCL is required for digestion of food such as fish, chicken, and meat. HCL levels decline with age. Therefore, older people … Continue reading Why is indigestion a concern →
Cholesterol is a wax like substance found in our blood stream. Liver is responsible for production of 2/3rd of the cholesterol in our body yet what you eat has a deep effect on your cholesterol level as the remaining 1/3rd is obtained from our diet. Why cholesterol can be a problem Most of the cholesterol that ends up narrowing your arteries and contributing to heart disease come from your diet mainly whole milk products and meat. Though we know cholesterol mostly as the “bad” guy some cholesterol is required by the body for functions like maintaining cell membranes, insulation of the nerve fibers, manufacture of bile and Vitamin D and most importantly for production of steroid hormones, and sex hormones. But when level of total cholesterol crosses 200mg/dl it is a high risk factor for inviting several health problems like heart attacks, strokes and arthrosclerosis. Cholesterol friendly foods Healthy eating habits form the cornerstone of any cholesterol control plan. I am sure you have heard of oat bran’s power to lower cholesterol. It has a special kind of fiber called beta-glucan. It binds with cholesterol in your digestive tract and helps in its elimination. But, guess what! Oats are not … Continue reading Cholesterol Cutting Chutney →
There is no specific diet that can prevent or treat PCOD.
Festivals are loaded with joy and fun. However, they have a tendency of disturbing your diet schedules. Don’t have to worry. Here are few tips to enjoy the festivities without gaining much weight. Low Fat, Low Sugar Products Make use of ingredients such as low fat milk, low sugar products, and other dairy products to make sweets and snacks. They help control the excess weight gain. Natural Nutrients Festivals are full of fresh fruits and yoghurt. Load up your plates to get your daily share of vitamins. This helps detoxify your body while also helping you is losing the extra weight. Good Breakfast Women tend to get busier as each day progresses. Take care of festival days especially by including a nutrient-rich heavy breakfast. This keeps you energetic and active all through the day. Less Oil Cook your food using limited quantity of oil. When you eat oily foods occasionally, you tend to consume more than what you normally consume. Hence, eat less even when you eat oily foods occasionally. This helps reduce the chances of taking in excess fat into your body. Drink Water When it is snack time during festivals, drink a glass of water for sure. A … Continue reading 5 tips to stay slim during a festival →
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