High cholesterol and diet go hand in hand. If you consume a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables, and low in junk food, your cholesterol levels should be under control. However, if you consume a diet high in junk food and low on healthy foods, you may soon fall victim to high cholesterol. Junk food is high in unhealthy trans and saturated fats which lead to a build-up of LDL or bad cholesterol in the body. Cholesterol is found in two types, namely LDL (low-density lipoproteins) also known as ‘bad cholesterol’ and HDL (high-density lipoproteins) also known as ‘good cholesterol’. High levels of LDL have a see-saw effect on the total cholesterol in the body. As LDL (bad cholesterol) levels rise they lower HDL (good cholesterol). Excess amounts of cholesterol in our system lead to the cholesterol being deposited into the arteries, where it can form into plaque and lead to the following health problems: Severe heart pain Heart attack Stroke Blood clotting But the good news is that adding certain cholesterol-friendly foods, such as fish and chickpeas to our diet can help lower high cholesterol levels, and protect us from these health problems. Get fishy! The high levels … Continue reading Fish & chickpeas for cholesterol →
Perimenopause or pre-menopause is a relatively new term coined in the last twenty years by the medical community to describe symptoms caused by normal hormonal fluctuations that occur as a woman moves closer to her menopause. These symptoms can be broad-ranging and diffuse and differ for every woman, causing a lot of confusion and anxiety. And the younger you are, the more confused and worried you may be. The most common include irregular and/or heavy bleeding, insomnia, night sweats and/or hot flashes, worsening PMS, migraine, vaginal dryness and abdominal weight gain on the physical front. On the emotional front, changing hormones are linked to increased bouts of anxiety, depression, irritability and intense mood swings. Many women have experienced chest pain or palpitations from their hormonal imbalance. It’s also true that not every woman experiences symptoms (about 40%). A woman may go in and out of a perimenopausal state for as many as 10-13 years before she arrives at true menopause (the average age of which is 52 in the US). This means that it is perfectly normal, in fact natural, for a woman as young as 40 to begin feeling foreign and seemingly inexplicable changes in her body and emotions. … Continue reading What is perimenopause? →
Remember that type II Diabetes is a nutrition related problem and can lead to the development of several other health problems including heart disease. Therefore, controlling your diet could prove to be your best bet against diabetes. So get started to on a diabetic diet, based on your health goals, taste and lifestyle! To effectively manage your diabetes you could follow this diet for the next two weeks. Breakfast 1 cup green tea 1 tsp methi seed powder 2 tbsp roasted oat bran or wheat flakes with 100 ml skim milk/ dalia 1 apple or a bowl of papaya 5-6 almonds Lunch 2 slices of whole wheat bread or bran chapattis 2 cups cooked vegetables & 1 cup curd Salad (tomatoes, cucumber, cabbage, onion, mix sprouts) Tea 1 vegetable juice (dudhi+ mint) 2-3 wheat biscuits or popcorn or a handful of roasted channa Dinner Clean vegetable soup, Soya chunks 1 bowl rajma or kabuli channa 2 cups cooked green vegetables/ Fish (100 gms – grilled or steamed) twice a week 2 slices of whole wheat bread or 2 jowar chapattis However, if you are suffering from any medical problems or are under any medications, then please consult your family physician before … Continue reading Typical type 2 diabetes diet →
Joint pain is characterized by inflammation and a feeling of pain in joints such as the knees, elbows, and back. This happens because these joints are frequently subject to daily strain which causes them get swollen and cause us undesirable pain. While joint pain is not a very serious problem in the beginning, in many cases, it left untreated or ignored it could lead to serious health problems such as frozen shoulder, inability to climb up stairs etc. Home remedies for joint pain Medications and painkillers are commonly used to treat joint pain. But for long lasting relief it is best to turn to age-old home remedies. So here are six top home remedies to help ease joint pain and treat it once and for all! Epsom salt soak Fill a large bowl with warm water and add ½ cup of Epsom salt. Stir it around and submerge your sore joints in the liquid. If you are experiencing pain in a less convenient place to soak, such as your knees, you could take a bath with Epsom salts instead. To prepare the bath, fill a tub with warm water and add in 2 cups of Epsom salt. Soak in this bath for at … Continue reading 6 ways to ease joint pain at home →
Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate are compounds that promote joint cartilage repair and alleviate the symptoms of arthritis. You can go for Marine lipids such as cod liver oil or salmon oil since they contain Omega-3 fatty acids. They possess anti-inflammatory properties and provide substantial amounts of vitamin D (required for bone growth and vitamin A). They also decrease the pain and swelling significantly. You must add vitamin E supplements when taking fish oils. Studies show that consumption of Gamma Linolenic Acid or GLA provides as much as a 30% improvement in treating arthritic symptoms. You can take supplements in the form of Evening Primrose Oil, about 2gm a day in a divided dose. Grapeseed extract, also known as pcynogenol, contains proanthocyanidins, which give relief from inflammation. Bromelain and proteolytic enzymes help counteract the inflammation and also reduce the swelling. Boron is yet another mineral highly important in treating osteo-arthritis. Supplementing with boron has proved to be effective in producing a remission of arthritic symptoms. Take a lot of antioxidants such as vitamin E, C and beta carotene. These help prevent the breakdown of cartilage and are vital for the synthesis of collagen. Vitamin C along with bioflavonoids helps strengthen capillary … Continue reading Nutrients that help during arthritis →
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