Changing levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone have a role to play in age-related inflammation. We still don’t understand all the connections, but it appears that a decrease in estrogen corresponds with a rise in the cytokines interleukin-1 and interleukin-6. This changes the rate at which new bone is formed, a leading indicator of osteoporosis. We suspect that before menopause the balance of hormones has a calming effect on inflammation, but hormones work on so many levels that it is difficult to identify the exact process. What we do know is that symptoms of chronic inflammation often become more apparent during and after menopause. The hormonal changes leading up to menopause also contribute to weight gain. And there is clear evidence that extra fat cells, especially around the middle of the body, add to systemic inflammation by creating extra cytokines and C-reactive protein.
Certain signs of Acidity can be extremely tedious to bear. When the gastric glands of the stomach produce extra acid than the usual amount, it leads to acid reflux. Here are some signs that could point towards the fact that you could be suffering from acidity. Burning throat This is the first and one of the most common symptoms of acidity that you will experience. The moment you feel the burn in your throat, it’s better to take precautions and keep yourself away from acidity. Sour Taste When the stomach acid rises back to your throat, it leaves behind sour taste. The taste is unpleasant and it is a clear sign of acidity. You may also experience a burning sensation after this. Frequent Regurgitation One of the common occurrences during acidity, regurgitation is the backlash of food particles or liquid or bile moving up your throat. Chest Burn Due to the extra heat produced during acidity, the chest starts to feel a burning sensation. At times, this sensation might be severe and could make it unbearable for you. Vomiting Acidity at times also leads to vomiting. In cases where the body is unable to hold the food back or the … Continue reading Top 5 signs that indicate Acidity →
Homocysteine is an amino acid and breakdown product of protein metabolism that, when present in high concentrations, has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Have your vitamin B Vitamin B is very good to douse your homocysteine levels. Taking those three vitamins is the first step. You need to take at least 200 mg of folic acid daily to reduce homocysteine levels. To be absolutely sure that you are getting sufficient B-vitamins, take 2 mg of B-6 and 6 mg of B-12 as well. You will find these amounts in a typical B-vitamin Supplement. For most people, consuming at least 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables daily should be sufficient to normalize homocysteine concentration. Eat your fruits Fruit servings are ideal for homocysteine. One serving is equal to half a cup of cooked vegetable or one cup of raw vegetable. One fruit serving is equal to one small apple, banana or orange or one cup of papaya or watermelon cubes or any large fruit. Whole pulses are also a rich source of folic acid. Fruits, vegetables and whole pulses also tend to be high in other nutrients and soluble fiber, and provide additional benefit over … Continue reading Homocysteine diet →
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) →
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 →
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