One of the worst consequences incorrect dieting can bring about is sagging skin. Most women in their twenties and thirties have enough skin elasticity and hence, they rarely face this problem. However, post fifty, a lot of women experience sagging skin after a quick weight loss programme. This can certainly be avoided by taking vitamin, mineral, and essential oil supplements such as vitamins A, B-Complex and C, GLA, and flaxseed oil. If you are under sixty, the looseness usually disappears within three months after the weight is maintained. Weight loss that is sensible and steady will hardly have such problems. Dry skin leads to the formation of wrinkles. Many women complain that after a day or two of fasting, their skin looks dry and parched. Wrinkles are likely to appear on very low-calorie diets followed for a prolonged period of time. Most women follow their own patterns of weight loss, which includes missing breakfast and lunch and eating a moderate dinner. This brings about a severe cut in the calorie consumption and also creates water loss leading to de-hydration. This in turn brings about wrinkle formation. The salt and carbohydrates you get from your regular diet, bind water in the … Continue reading Dieting disasters lead to sagging skin →
Dietary fiber refers to the indigestible part of plant-based foods. These parts contain substances such as cellulose, pectin, and lignin which are resistant to the action of digestive enzymes. Types of dietary fiber Fiber is essential for aiding digestion, lowering high cholesterol levels, and managing weight. Also, similar to cholesterol, which is found in the body in two types, namely HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) dietary fiber can also be categorized in two types as well. They are as follows: Soluble fiber Insoluble fiber Learn More: Truth About LDL & HDL Cholesterol Soluble fiber As the names suggest, soluble fiber such as gum, pectin, and mucilage dissolves to form a gel-like substance during digestion. Soluble fiber can be easily found in a variety of foods. They are as follows: Beans Lentils Peas Citrus fruits Apples Chickpeas Barley Oats Corn Nuts Insoluble fiber On the other hand, insoluble fiber such as hemicellulose, cellulose, and ligin, does not dissolve and retains its shape during digestion. Foods high in insoluble fiber are as follows: Wheat bran & flour Cauliflower Potatoes Tomatoes Cucumbers Nuts Carrots Brown rice Flaxseeds Cholesterol lowering benefits of fiber Excess levels of cholesterol levels in the body lead … Continue reading Fiber it up for cholesterol →
Many digestive problems can be prevented with lifestyle changes. Poor eating habits such as eating too quickly or skipping meals can result in digestive discomfort. We must be sure to eat food slowly while chewing thoroughly. Eating several small meals throughout the day would help lessen any symptoms of digestive discomfort. Moreover, eating a balanced diet can help us avoid digestive discomfort. Unhealthy diets can contribute to difficulties for our digestive system. Thus, we must eat less quantities of processed food and sugar and more quantity of fiber, fruits, and vegetables. Foods rich in magnesium, wholegrain breads, and cereals help us in faster digestion. We must not forget to hydrate our body properly and must drink around eight glasses of water daily. Giving the sodas, soft drinks, and pops a skip can help us immensely. We must cut right back on caffeine, which we end up attaining through beverages such as coffee, tea, and alcohol. These are all highly dehydrating and will only snatch away our B-vitamins, which are so essential for healthy neural, immune, and digestive functioning. We must constantly try and eat food, which are rich in vitamin C. This vitamin is a natural laxative, which is available … Continue reading Lifestyle changes and digestion →
Apart from stress levels, exercise, and other aspects of life style, your diet can profoundly influence this delicate acid-alkali balance. Eat this, not that! Acidosis can be prevented by increasing intake of alkaline based foods. Some foods leave an acidic residue thus increasing the acidity of the blood. Here is a list of foods which lead to increased acidity levels. Refined foods (sugars and maida) Most grains, (including wheat, oats, rye, barley) Oily & fried food Spicy food Coffee Some foods leave an alkaline residue. These contain higher levels of calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Such foods reduce the acidity and help in maintaining the alkalinity of the blood. For example, citrus fruits (like oranges, sweet lime, grape fruit) are acidic in taste, but become alkaline when digested and help restore the alkaline balance in the body. However, it is important to note that when citrus juice is canned or bottled it becomes acid-forming. Most fruits except plums are alkaline. Most vegetables are also alkaline in nature especially root vegetables like yam, beetroot, carrots, sweet-potatoes, radish etc. Thus, in order to maintain the right acid-alkali balance, our diet should contain one-fifth ( 20%) acid forming foods such as grains (like … Continue reading Importance of diet for acid-alkali balance →
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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