The most common cause of type 2 diabetes is eating too much of the wrong kind of carbohydrates. This is a path to self-destruction, eventually leading to high Blood pressure, high triglyceride, and low HDL (good cholesterol). Other reasons include a genetic predisposition to the disease, stress, and decrease in physical activity. Effective tips to manage type 2 diabetes Eat low glycemic foods such as oats, barley, bran, jowar, whole pulses, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Avoid sugar and foods containing sugar such as chocolates, desserts, sweets, soft drinks, white flour, cakes, biscuits, pizzas, rice, high sugar foods. Don’t drink fruit juices as they contain too much sugar (more than what a type 2 diabetic can handle). Reduce intake of saturated fats and hydrogenated fats as it increases insulin resistance. Fish oils have shown to improve insulin resistance. So eat fish 3 times a week or take fish oils supplements. Increase fiber in your diet by increasing your intake of green vegetables and whole grains. Walk for 30-40 minutes every day. We are not alone in our concern that type II diabetes is a growing national crisis. There are too many lives at stake and you have nothing to lose by … Continue reading Managing type 2 diabetes →
Here are a few important alcohol consumption guidelines that could be very useful for diabetics: Drinks low in sugar Select drinks that are lower in total alcohol and sugar content. If you use mixers in your drinks, choose ones that are sugar free, such as diet soft drinks, club soda, lime juice, or plain water. Avoid “sugary” mixed drinks, fruit juices, sweet wines, tonic water or cordials. Light beer and dry wines Light beer and dry wines are good choices as they have less alcohol and carbohydrates. If you are a social drinker, try a “virgin” Bloody Mary or mocktails made without alcohol in between glasses of red wine. Don’t drink on empty stomach Never drink on an empty stomach or after a rigorous workout. It is advisable to check your blood sugar before you go to sleep and eat a snack at bedtime to avoid a low blood sugar reaction while you sleep. Remember, there is a drinking limit Limit yourself to 1 drink if you’re a woman or 2 drinks if you are a man and remember to drink slowly, enjoying each sip. In any case, do not drink more than two glasses of alcohol in a day. … Continue reading Alcohol consumption guidelines for diabetics →
Don’t go out of your way to lose weight, when you can achieve it from the comfort of your own kitchen! Here are 5 home remedies for natural weight loss. Ginger & Green Tea We all know the benefits of green tea. But, did you know ginger can also help you speed up the process of weight loss? Add green tea and ginger to water and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes. You can also add in a bit of honey for sweetness. Consume it daily on an empty stomach to see the effective results. Coconut Oil Coconut oil just doesn’t add to your beauty externally, but internally as well. Replace your cooking oil with coconut oil and see that waistline shrink within weeks. Apart from weight loss, it also enhances the taste of your food. Warm Water & Lime Though it is one of the most common remedies, works wonder if followed diligently. Simply add a lemon to a glass of warm water and drink it first thing in the morning. Fennel & Water Fennel seeds are one of the best herbal remedies for weight loss. Sip on a cup of fennel seed tea 15 minutes before having a … Continue reading 5 home remedies that help you lose weight naturally →
Nutrition plays a vital role in making our immune system stronger. Moreover, certain foods help us fight flu effectively. Nutrition may not be able to eliminate the chances of contracting flu, but it would certainly be helpful in strengthening our immune system and lessening the duration and severity of flu’s symptoms. Eat Healthy Live healthy! There is no doubt that healthy eating habits lead to healthy lifestyles with increased immunity to fight various illness and infections. However, there still would be some diseases and infections, which would keep striking us, once in a while, regardless of how well we plan our meal options. Common cold and flu are perhaps one of those diseases. Recently, scientists have unraveled the complex mechanism of the immune system and its dependence on diet. Nothing makes as much difference to your health as a well-functioning immune system. If you have a good immunity, you can prevent anything from common cold to viral infection, stomach disorders chronic fatigue to even deadly cancer. Foods contain antioxidants, which stimulate immune functioning and increase your resistance to infections. Influenza, or flu, is a respiratory tract infection caused by a variety of flu viruses with symptoms like fatigue, fever or … Continue reading 10 foods to fight flu through a stronger immune system →
Detoxification is the process that enables you to get a healthier and fitter body. Here are 5 reasons for you to detoxify your body in order to enjoy improved energy levels. Toxins weaken our immune system Our body has a wonderful defence mechanism, but it needs to be kept fighting fit. Toxins weaken the system and the body falls prey to various diseases. Detoxification heals Detoxification can contribute to the healing of many acute illnesses that result from congestion and mucus formation due to faulty eating patterns. Detox leads to weight loss Another advantage of a detoxification programme is weight loss, although it is not its primary purpose. When a person, who normally consumes 3000 to 4000 calories by consuming sweets, fatty foods, refined foods and alcohol, switches to fruits, vegetables, juices, lots of water, whole grains, cereals and pulses, will naturally lose weight. At the same time, he/she will cleanse his/her system and experience a significant improvement in his/her health. Energy levels improve significantly after detox A simple detoxification program helps you a great deal in improving your overall energy levels significantly. Detoxified body is nutrient receptive Once your body gets detoxified, it gives you an amazing feeling of … Continue reading 5 reasons to detoxify your body for improved energy levels →
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