If you are a diabetic, sure you already are aware that your body has an inability to control levels of sugar in the blood and that you need to stay away from foods with high glycemic index (simple carbohydrates). However, recent researches point that smoking cigarettes and consuming tobacco doubles the damage to the body caused by diabetes by causing hardening of the arteries. Nicotine & Diabetes Smoking, in itself, poses many adverse effects on your health, but if you have diabetes and you smoke, your risk for heart associated problems, kidney disease, eye complaints (retinopathy), and other complications of diabetes increases dramatically. Not only do the risk levels rise, but existing complications can also worsen. A research recently published in American Journal of Medicine and Diabetes have connected smoking to high risks for glucose abnormalities such as glucose intolerance and impaired fasting glucose. Smokers appeared to have a 44% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-smokers. The risk was highly linked to the smoking degree and not on the fact that whether you smoke cigars, cigarettes, or pipes. The risk increase with each cigarette you smoke and heavy smokers (at least 20 cigarettes daily) had been shown … Continue reading Diabetes, caffeine, and nicotine, what is the link →
Foods are an essential part of our life. They can either better your health or lead you towards dangerous health disorders. Health Total understands the importance of a healthy diet and therefore works to give you a complete solution for various disorders. Here are top four foods advised by our health experts that is a must for those suffering from PCOD: Green leafy vegetables Green, leafy vegetables have the most nutrients per calorie than any other food. They are rich in iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins. Vitamin B, in particular, plays a vital role in managing PCOD symptoms. Here are some of the things that Vitamin B is responsible for; sugar and fat metabolism, thyroid function and hormone balance, among others. Fruits Fruits are a rich source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients and should be included as part of a PCOD diet. So, try to eat fruit that has a lower GI and have a handful of seeds or nuts with your fruit as protein helps to regulate the sugar spike resulting from fruit. Fruit with a low GI value include cherries, plums, grapefruit, apples, pears, … Continue reading 4 top foods to include in your diet during PCOD →
Did you know that one regular peg or two ounces of gin, vodka, rum, or scotch contains about 150 calories? Even a four-ounce-glass of port wine is about 170 calories. Alcohol increases the secretion of hydrochloric acid and gastric juices in the stomach stimulating our appetite. It also strips the body of vital nutrients such as zinc and vitamin B and C. Thus, dehydrating is the effect of alcohol that the body uses up 240ml water to metabolize one ounce of pure alcohol. The water needed is drawn from the cells leaving us high and dry. It dehydrates the skin making it prone to wrinkles. When taken on an empty stomach, it instantly enters the bloodstream and delivers a greater punch compared with drinking on a full stomach. Food impedes alcohol absorption. Moreover, alcohol upsets blood sugar making you insulin resistant and more prone to weight gain. Booze in moderation does not harm the skin, but more than two glasses of alcohol a day robs the skin of its moisture. If we cross our drinking quota on a particular night, try to replace lost water by drinking lots of fluids the next day and eating something salty to retain the … Continue reading Alcohol and dieting →
Here are three most common culprits that cause eczema: It’s in the genes Eczema is an allergic condition passed down from generation to generation. Nevertheless, as soon as signs of eczema occur, scan your diet for the offender that triggers the allergy. People suffering from eczema might also have experienced bouts of asthma or hay fever. Common allergic foods These include eggs, soybeans, peanuts, wheat, oats, chocolates, and dairy products such as milk and cheese. So, if you are allergic to any one of these eliminate them. Other factors such as emotional stress, excessive sweating, contact with detergents, and certain chemicals triggers an allergic reaction resulting in eczema. The Omega-3 deficiency Besides heredity and food additives, a number of people are deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids. There are two families of EFAs, the Omega-6 fatty acids found in sunflower, safflower and corn oil, and the Omega-3 fatty acids found in flaxseed (Alsi seeds), seafood, walnuts and rapeseeds. Your diet should provide a balance in the proportion of 4:1 of Omega 6: Omega 3. Unfortunately, our diets contain excessive amounts of Omega 6 fats and we deprive ourselves of the essential Omega 3 fats. Urban diets tuck in ten to … Continue reading 3 main culprits of eczema →
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 →
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