The next time you feel stressed, please note that you are risking an increase in cholesterol levels. Here are three ways in which stress impacts cholesterol: Stress, anger, and negative emotions impact your heart Well, your heart truly is a delicate organ. It leaps with joy when you are happy and it feels heavy as a stone when you are low. Stress, anger, and negative emotions make an impact on your heart. A Harvard medical school research states that the average risk of a heart attack increased, two hours after the outset of anger, by two to three times. Stress leads to depression In addition to anger and distress, psychologists also emphasize on feelings of depression and helplessness having a direct link with stress. To put it simply, we are physiologically different when we are happy and sad. Release of cortisol and destruction of HDL cholesterol Even when the cholesterol level is not high enough to obstruct the arteries, negative emotions make an impact. They cause the release of a biologically toxic chemical known as ‘cortisol.’ It causes a spasm in the arteries and cuts the blood flow to the heart muscle. The result is angina pain and at times … Continue reading 3 ways stress directly impacts your cholesterol levels →
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 →
High cholesterol and diet go hand in hand. If you consume a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables, and low in junk food, your cholesterol levels should be under control. However, if you consume a diet high in junk food and low on healthy foods, you may soon fall victim to high cholesterol. Junk food is high in unhealthy trans and saturated fats which lead to a build-up of LDL or bad cholesterol in the body. Cholesterol is found in two types, namely LDL (low-density lipoproteins) also known as ‘bad cholesterol’ and HDL (high-density lipoproteins) also known as ‘good cholesterol’. High levels of LDL have a see-saw effect on the total cholesterol in the body. As LDL (bad cholesterol) levels rise they lower HDL (good cholesterol). Excess amounts of cholesterol in our system lead to the cholesterol being deposited into the arteries, where it can form into plaque and lead to the following health problems: Severe heart pain Heart attack Stroke Blood clotting But the good news is that adding certain cholesterol-friendly foods, such as fish and chickpeas to our diet can help lower high cholesterol levels, and protect us from these health problems. Get fishy! The high levels … Continue reading Fish & chickpeas for cholesterol →
This dark leafy green is extremely rich in iron, vitamins, and minerals; and are every diabetics superhero when it comes to managing blood sugar and BP levels. Diabetes management Infused with antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid, spinach prevents oxidative stress-induced changes in diabetic patients. It is also known to increase insulin sensitivity and lower glucose levels. Cancer prevention Green vegetables like spinach contain chlorophyll which blocks the carcinogenic effects of heterocyclic amines that are produced while cooking at a high temperature. Asthma prevention Consumption of spinach helps you stay away from asthma since it is an excellent source of beta-carotene which supplies you with a good amount of nutrients. Foods like apricots, carrots, pumpkin, and broccoli are also rich sources of beta-carotene. Lowering blood pressure For someone who is suffering from high blood pressure, it is recommended to include spinach in your diet. It negates the effect of sodium and helps you balance your blood pressure levels. Bone health Vitamin K is quite essential for healthy bones. It acts as a modifier of bone matrix and decreases your chance of bone fracture. Spinach is rich in Vitamin K that improves calcium absorption and may reduce urinary excretion of calcium. Promotes regularity Spinach … Continue reading 7 ways spinach helps manage diabetes and BP →
The summer heat can cause many annoying skin problems, such as dry skin, boils etc. So here are 9 simple tips to treat skin rashes: Coconut oil Coconut oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and helps soothe rash and treats inflamed skin. Water Drink a minimum of 8 to 10 glasses of water every day to cleanse your body off harmful toxins and chemicals. Fruits Eat at least 3 coloured fruits rich in antioxidants every day such as pomegranate, black grapes, cherries, and strawberries. They are loaded with antioxidants and prove to be helpful for avoiding skin problems. Oatmeal Oatmeal is another familiar skin treatment option. Besides being a gentle exfoliate, oatmeal will also alleviate inflammation. Mix 2 tablespoons of oatmeal with 6 tablespoons of milk and apply the mixture on areas affected with skin rash. It helps reduce inflammation and soothe the rash. Aloe Vera Aloe vera has many nutrients and properties which are beneficial to the skin. Aloe vera is used as an anti-inflammatory agent and also provides anti-bacterial and anti-fungal aid. Apply the gel from a leaf of the aloe vera plant directly to the skin rash. If you are not able to find one or do … Continue reading 9 tips to treat skin rashes →
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