As soon as we get out of bed, all we think of is food. Food is fuel, and healthy food is an elixir.
Man has made amazing progress over the years and in all areas, things are constantly improving. However, the quality of food eaten in urban cities all over the world has worsened. Cholesterol; a national problem The urban population has turned to eating more refined foods and refined sugars that remove essential nutrients from our food supply and cause a whole range of degenerative diseases. It is this nutrient deprived type of food that plays havoc with our system and upsets the ability of our body to handle cholesterol correctly. Cholesterol by itself is an essential substance, and it is harmless as long as it doesn’t get organised. Increasing number of free radical are produced in the body due to pollution stress, and everyday metabolic procedures of our bodies. These free radicals oxidize cholesterol and start the process of heart disease. Antioxidants are your friends When we are adequately nourished we can control the free radicals by a series of nutrients and enzymes known as antioxidants. Antioxidants are found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, whole pulses, legumes, nuts and seeds. A well nourished body can prevent oxidation of fat with the help of antioxidants like, vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, … Continue reading Strategies for Reducing Cholesterol →
When it comes to natural home remedies for high blood pressure, there are many options available, including ones related to diet, exercise, and other lifestyle factors. There are also several supplements that safely and effectively lower blood pressure naturally. Here are some of them that we highly recommend. Potassium Potassium has high blood pressure lowering effects. In fact, low levels of potassium in the body lead to increased sodium retention, calcium loss, and raise blood pressure. Potassium helps normalize blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels and helping the body get rid of excess water and salt. Freshly prepared vegetable juices are a great source of potassium. Here is a list of food items rich in potassium. Banana Watermelon Muskmelon Papaya Peaches Milk Dry fruits Fruit & vegetable juices Potatoes Whole grain Pulses Those suffering from hypertension along with poor kidneys, need to control their potassium intake as an excess amount can be toxic due to improper kidney function. They should consult their physicians. Calcium The calcium to phosphorus ratio has a bearing on blood pressure. Ratio of 2:1 is ideal. When you take in higher amounts of phosphorous (as in meats, soft drinks, chocolates) the ratio gets disrupted, eventually leading … Continue reading Best Nutrients to manage high Blood pressure →
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 →
One of the most important applications of good nutrition is that it keeps our immune system strong. Genetically all of us are born with a certain level of vitality or bio-energy. However, certain lifestyle and diet factors could lead our immunity to diminish, making us prone to sickness and ill health. However, one can enhance immunity naturally by leading the right lifestyle, exercising regularly, eating correctly and taking sufficient nutrients in the form of supplements. What causes low immunity There are several factors which could cause our immunity to diminish. They are as follows: Pollution Long working hours Poor stress management Use of stimulants Intoxicants Poor diet Overeating All these factors take a huge toll on our immunity and also cause low energy levels. So if you find yourself very tired by the end of the day, you maybe suffering from toxin accumulation in the blood. Low immunity and low energy levels are bound to affect your work performance for the worst. However, simply loading up on the right supplements can help improve immunity and also boost energy levels. Selenium Lately, researchers have acknowledged the many benefits of selenium. This mineral works best when taken along with beta-carotene and vitamin E … Continue reading Get Strong from Within →
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