One of the easiest ways to fight cholesterol is to increase the intake of soluble fiber. This can be found in abundance in plant foods, especially fresh, raw and unpeeled fruits and vegetables. Soggy, overcooked vegetables lose a lot of their fiber value. Fiberous foods Researchers consider pectin (found in apples) to be the best known form of soluble fiber. Hence, apples are extremely potent in fighting cholesterol. Apart from their cholesterol lowering properties, apples are excellent for heart health as they have practically no fat and are very low in sodium. Some fiber rich foods you should definatley include into your diet are as follows: Unrefined grains such as dahlia (broken wheat), whole-wheat flour, wheat puffs, brown rice, jowar and bajra. Whole dals like channa, rajma, chowli, beans, and black dal. Wheat bran which happens to be one of the highest known fiber foods. It’s fiber content is about 50%. A diet rich in fiber lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, and keeps heart attacks and strokes at bay. Moreover, it has a powerful impact on the body’s metabolism of sugar and fats. A regular intake of 40-45 gm fiber a day is recommended to prevent heart disease. Fiber-rich foods are one of … Continue reading How fiber curbs cholesterol →
Owing to continuous lifestyle changes, we tend to eat food more for its entertainment value rather than its nutrient value. In fact, the distance between food on the table and natural food is increasing by the minute. We need to keep in mind that food devoid of fiber tends to create more hunger, forcing us to consume larger quantities of refined food. Causes of Weight Gain Moreover, fiber-stripped food gets easily converted into fat owing to lack of bulk. All this simply leads to weight gain, which is the precursor to most degenerative diseases. Therefore, if diagnosed with diabetes, disciplining our body becomes the biggest priority. Planning our meals and working on a regular exercise regime will help us manage healthy blood sugar levels. Being overweight is a condition that cannot be left unattended while managing diabetes. Losing weight can play a big part in managing diabetes. It will help our body use insulin better. Lose weight & Manage your Diabetes! Excess weight is one of the major reasons for getting diabetes. Therefore, do not ignore excess weight, get rid of it. Health Total has helped many clients manage type II diabetes successfully. We, through our team of doctors and … Continue reading Excess weight and diabetes →
Homocysteine is an amino acid and breakdown product of protein metabolism that, when present in high concentrations, has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Have your vitamin B Vitamin B is very good to douse your homocysteine levels. Taking those three vitamins is the first step. You need to take at least 200 mg of folic acid daily to reduce homocysteine levels. To be absolutely sure that you are getting sufficient B-vitamins, take 2 mg of B-6 and 6 mg of B-12 as well. You will find these amounts in a typical B-vitamin Supplement. For most people, consuming at least 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables daily should be sufficient to normalize homocysteine concentration. Eat your fruits Fruit servings are ideal for homocysteine. One serving is equal to half a cup of cooked vegetable or one cup of raw vegetable. One fruit serving is equal to one small apple, banana or orange or one cup of papaya or watermelon cubes or any large fruit. Whole pulses are also a rich source of folic acid. Fruits, vegetables and whole pulses also tend to be high in other nutrients and soluble fiber, and provide additional benefit over … Continue reading Homocysteine diet →
Subcutaneous fat is fat that is found directly under the skin. It’s the fat that’s measured using skin-fold calipers to estimate our total body fat. Subcutaneous fat in the thighs and buttocks might not be as bad and may have some potential benefits. It may not cause as many problems as other types of fat such as visceral fat. However, subcutaneous fat cells on the belly could be dangerous if ignored completely. Good fat & bad fat Good fats refer to saturated fats that are found in meat, tropical oils, dairy products such as cheese, high-fat milk, curd, and butter. Saturated fats increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Bad fats refer to saturated fats and trans fats, which raise the total blood cholesterol levels and the LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol. Saturated fats are found in foods such as meat, dairy products, eggs, and sea food. Trans fats are found in packaged foods, fried foods, and other fast food snacks. Oils extracted from olives, groundnuts, sesame seeds, rapeseed, canola, and flaxseed contain a good quantity of Mono-unsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA). MUFA protects the cardiovascular system. Olive oil is the most popular choice as a heart-friendly oil since … Continue reading Subcutaneous, good, and bad fat →
Apart from making you one happy mommy, pregnancy is also going to make you plumpy! So make sure you lose that pregnancy fat now; before it’s too late! Plan your diet Once you decide to start the fitness regime, make sure you plan everything. Ideally you should first check with your doctor and then get on your weight loss routine. Your body needs time to recover from labour and other health changes that happen during the pregnancy. Exercise is a must New moms find it very difficult to take out some time for exercise. This is because they are sleep-deprived and the baby occupies most of their time. However, it is important for them to take walks and move around in order to lose weight. The power of breastfeeding Study suggests that new moms who breastfeed their children have the ability to lose weight faster than those who don’t. However, this observation depends upon a lot of variables, one of them being the calorie-intake by new moms. Eat more, weight less It is very important for new moms to eat meals at regular intervals accompanied by healthy snacks options. Skipping a meal might affect their overall health, and might also … Continue reading 5 tips to lose weight after pregnancy →
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