Total cholesterol is a measure of the total amount of cholesterol in your blood and is based on the HDL, LDL, and triglycerides number. Total cholesterol: less than 200 mg/dL. LDL Cholesterol LDL cholesterol makes up the majority of the body’s cholesterol. LDL is known as “bad” cholesterol because having high levels can lead to plaque buildup in your arteries and result in heart diseases and stroke. HDL cholesterol HDL cholesterol absorbs cholesterol and carries it back to the liver, which flushes it from the body. HDL is known as good cholesterol because having high levels can reduce the risk for heart disease and stroke. HDL cholesterol scavenges and removes LDL or bad cholesterol HDL reduces, reuses, and recycles LDL cholesterol by transporting it to the liver where it can be reprocessed. HDL cholesterol acts as a maintenance crew for the inner walls (endothelium) of blood vessels. Damage to the inner walls is the first step in the process of atherosclerosis, which causes heart attacks and strokes. HDL scrubs the wall clean and keeps it healthy. HDL cholesterol levels greater than 60 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). Triglycerides Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood that your body … Continue reading Components of cholesterol →
It is said that beauty is an inside job! Certain foods help the skin maintain its elasticity. If your skin is supple, your smiles or frowns can be rubbed off the face easily. But if your skin becomes dry, you get smile lines or frown lines imprinted on your face Wrinkles usually form when the skin loses its elasticity. To some extent, it is a result of aging. They first appear around the eyes and lips as in ‘laugh lines’. It is true that as we age, our skin becomes dryer and thinner, which leads to the formation of wrinkles. However, nutritional blunders committed by us cause the same deterioration of the skin identical to that caused by aging. One such blunder is an inadequate intake of vitamin C. It helps to form the connective tissue, makes the skin supple & prevents it from drying. You need to take at least 500mg of vitamin C daily to get its skin protecting benefit. This amount is available in a regular vitamin C supplement available in most pharmacies. Natural sources of vitamin C include guava, oranges, capsicums, cabbage, grape fruit, sour lime, papaya. Over exposure to sun is another factor that dries … Continue reading Are those Wrinkles or Just Nutritional Sins? →
PCOD is a common health problem which causes an imbalance of hormones. Women who suffer from this disorder experience an imbalance in their hormones, unwanted alterations to their menstrual cycle, and pregnancy problems. While many turn to medications to treat PCOD, the best way to treat it is through natural home remedies. So here are 5 simple home remedies to effectively treat PCOD. Cinnamon Powder Add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a glass of hot water and stir well. Drink this drink daily. You can also include this spice into your diet by sprinkling cinnamon powder on your cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, and other foods. Flaxseeds & Water Mix one or two tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseed powder in a glass of water. Drink it daily. Also include ground flaxseeds into your diet regularly by adding it to soups and salads. Soaked Fenugreek Soak three teaspoons of fenugreek seeds in water for six to eight hours. Take one teaspoon of the soaked seeds along with some honey in the morning on an empty stomach. Also, take one teaspoon of the seeds 10 minutes before lunch and one teaspoon 10 minutes before dinner. Continue this treatment daily. You can also include fenugreek seeds and leaves … Continue reading 5 simple home remedies for PCOD →
PCOD has become a common issue among women and the cases have just been increasing regularly. Most of the times, women suffering from PCOD tend to take their health and the issue very lightly. They fail to take into consideration how PCOD can affect them. To help you get a better understanding, our health experts have pointed out 7 things you should know if you are suffering from PCOD. Diet Can Make a Difference What you eat can directly affect your PCOD condition or even make you more prone to it in future. It all starts with your diet and what you feed your stomach. A Perfect Balance It is very important for you to maintain a balance in everything. Be it a balance between your diet and exercise or your proteins and carbohydrates. Do Not Starve PCOD does make it difficult for you to lose weight but that doesn’t mean you should starve or opt for crash dieting. It is very important for every woman suffering from PCOD to eat in moderation and at an interval of every 2 hours. Regular Test If you are affected with PCOD, then it’s really important for you to go for regular check-ups. Tests … Continue reading 7 things a woman who suffers from PCOD should know →
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