If you are a diabetic, sure you already are aware that your body has an inability to control levels of sugar in the blood and that you need to stay away from foods with high glycemic index (simple carbohydrates). However, recent researches point that smoking cigarettes and consuming tobacco doubles the damage to the body caused by diabetes by causing hardening of the arteries. Nicotine & Diabetes Smoking, in itself, poses many adverse effects on your health, but if you have diabetes and you smoke, your risk for heart associated problems, kidney disease, eye complaints (retinopathy), and other complications of diabetes increases dramatically. Not only do the risk levels rise, but existing complications can also worsen. A research recently published in American Journal of Medicine and Diabetes have connected smoking to high risks for glucose abnormalities such as glucose intolerance and impaired fasting glucose. Smokers appeared to have a 44% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-smokers. The risk was highly linked to the smoking degree and not on the fact that whether you smoke cigars, cigarettes, or pipes. The risk increase with each cigarette you smoke and heavy smokers (at least 20 cigarettes daily) had been shown … Continue reading Diabetes, caffeine, and nicotine, what is the link →
Nature is a natural and safe solution to all our health ailments. Ensure you include these foods into your diet, they’ll help you manage diabetes better. Bitter gourd (karela) If you wish to keep blood sugar levels under control, drink a cup full of fresh bitter gourd (karela) juice first thing in the morning. Karela is known to be effective in lowering elevated blood sugar levels in type II diabetes. You can also have it in the cooked form. It helps improve carbohydrate metabolism, supports the immune system and is rich in vitamin A and C. It is also beneficial in the treatment of piles, heat boils and rash. Indian gooseberry (amla) This all-rounder berry has infinite benefits. One of the richest sources of vitamin C, the Indian Gooseberry boosts immunity when taken in high doses (three to four berries). It helps improve digestion, is a potent liver cleanser, works as a laxative, brings a glow to the skin and is beneficial in erasing age spots (brown spots on the skin). When it comes to type II Diabetes, bringing down your blood sugar levels helps. Mix a tablespoon of amla juice with half a cup of bitter gourd juice and … Continue reading 7 foods for better diabetes management →
I must thank you for your overwhelming response to my article Strategies for Reducing Cholesterol. It gives me immense happiness to know that most of you have benefited greatly after following the diets given. It would take you 3-4 months of correct eating to completely bring your blood fats under the normal range. You have now completed a month of following a cholesterol lowering food-plan. The cholesterol battle In the metro’s we are all living in the cholesterol age. People are generally over stressed and under nourished. Under nourished not because of lack of food, but due to lack of good quality food. Natural foods are being replaced by canned foods, packaged soups canned juices, canned spices and pre-prepared masala pastes. Do remember that the longer it takes for any food to reach from the farm to your table the lower will be its nutrient content. Canned and processed foods have made life more easy and comfortable but at the cost of providing its very basic function – optimum nutrients. Processed, refined and canned food not only deprive your body of essential immune boosting nutrients, but also are the main cause of obesity, constipation, heart disease and cancer. Poor nutrition … Continue reading Controlling Cholesterol – Part III →
As you cross the age of 40, your immune functions start declining. If you are leading the life of regular Mumbaikar-rushing out to work in the morning, travelling the length of Mumbai; irregular meal timings, too many meals out, partying and eating restaurant meals, drinking and leading a sedentary life style-this information should be of special interest to you. All of us here in Mumbai are exposed to auto exhausts, pesticides, food additives, compounds emanating from cleaning products, new carpets, new constructions, open garbage, wood working chemicals to name just a few. Many of these chemicals accelerate the aging process. They enter through your lungs and poison your cells. They age your skin, attack your arteries, stress your body and stimulate the release of free radicals. Free radicals are bachelor molecules with a missing electron which promote cellular damage. These free radicals age us from within and the toxins we breathe in or swallow in through food, damage the body that passes for aging. But we don’t notice all this. Most of us don’t even think of fending off such an attack. We submit to these chemical insults that wear us down from inside and out. When this happens our … Continue reading Preserve your Immunity →
Pregnancy is one of the most important phases of every women’s life. You would have taken very good care to ensure that you get the right food with right nutrients while you were pregnant. You would have taken on a lot of baby weight during your pregnancy. After your child’s delivery, it is time for you to regain your old body and lose the excess baby weight that you’ve gained during pregnancy. Although, losing weight after pregnancy isn’t easy, it is crucial to lose those kilos before its too late. Once too much weight is accumulated, the route to weight loss becomes more complex. One of the proven ways of healthy weight loss after pregnancy is to eat a lot of super foods, which are rich in nutrients and minerals. Here is a list of foods to help Weight Loss post pregnancy: Chia seeds Fish Curd Beans Eggs Chicken Apple Cider Vinegar Dried Nuts Fruits Black Pepper Coconut oil Cruciferous vegetables Leafy Greens Lemons Ginger Chia Seeds They have moderate calories and are high in omega 3 fatty acids. Their high fiber diet makes them a great addition to any weight loss diet Fish It is an excellent source … Continue reading Superfoods for weight loss post pregnancy →
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