The seeds of chronic inflammation (and a lot of other health issues) start with the gut. Two-thirds of the body’s defenses reside in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract — yet it is often the last place traditional practitioners look. Intestinal bloating, frequent bouts of diarrhea or constipation, gas and pain, heartburn and acid reflux are early signs of an inflamed digestive tract. It’s not surprising that your immune system first clicks into hyper drive in your digestive tract — it was designed to eliminate viruses and bacteria in your food before they infect your body. It has to glean the wheat from the chaff: taking sustenance from the food you eat and ridding your body of the rest. And we give our digestive systems plenty of work to do. Our evolution from the hunter-gatherer diet to convenience and fast food is overwhelming our metabolism and GI tract. The deck is now stacked in inflammation’s favor. The modern diet offers us an upside-down ratio of fatty acids (omega 3, 6, and 9), too much sugar and carbs, and high levels of wheat, dairy, and other common allergens.
Dietary fiber refers to the indigestible part of plant-based foods. These parts contain substances such as cellulose, pectin, and lignin which are resistant to the action of digestive enzymes. Types of dietary fiber Fiber is essential for aiding digestion, lowering high cholesterol levels, and managing weight. Also, similar to cholesterol, which is found in the body in two types, namely HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) dietary fiber can also be categorized in two types as well. They are as follows: Soluble fiber Insoluble fiber Learn More: Truth About LDL & HDL Cholesterol Soluble fiber As the names suggest, soluble fiber such as gum, pectin, and mucilage dissolves to form a gel-like substance during digestion. Soluble fiber can be easily found in a variety of foods. They are as follows: Beans Lentils Peas Citrus fruits Apples Chickpeas Barley Oats Corn Nuts Insoluble fiber On the other hand, insoluble fiber such as hemicellulose, cellulose, and ligin, does not dissolve and retains its shape during digestion. Foods high in insoluble fiber are as follows: Wheat bran & flour Cauliflower Potatoes Tomatoes Cucumbers Nuts Carrots Brown rice Flaxseeds Cholesterol lowering benefits of fiber Excess levels of cholesterol levels in the body lead … Continue reading Fiber it up for cholesterol →
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There are several reasons that give rise to dry itchy skin, especially when they follow fad diets. Itchy skin is a warning signal for multi-nutrient deficiencies or it could be an indication of adult onset diabetes. It is also seen in hypothyroid patients, especially in winter. An iron, B-complex, or EFA deficiency could be the likely cause. Reasons for chipped nails can vary from calcium, protein, zinc, and iron deficiencies to hypothyroidism. Poor blood circulation can also be blamed for unhealthy nails. People with cold hands, cold feet, and brittle nails should step up their aerobic exercises, which help strengthen the entire cardiovascular system. Most people on a well-planned diet don’t face a hair loss problem but a deficiency in proteins, calcium, vitamin A, zinc, iron, or the B vitamins can be the reason behind one’s shedding hair. Sometimes, it is due to a deficient diet or due to the body’s inability to absorb these nutrients from the diet. Moreover, there are times when the body is stripped of essential nutrients due to an illness, stress, or emotional turmoil. Taking calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin A and B supplements, and increasing the protein content in our diet can easily curb hair … Continue reading Are you a victim of dieting disasters →
High blood pressure refers to a common condition where the long-term force of blood against our artery walls is high enough to eventually cause health problems such as heart disease. Our blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood our heart pumps and the extent of resistance to blood flow in our arteries. In simple terms, the more blood our heart pumps and the narrower our arteries, the higher our blood pressure. Here is a list of the symptoms of high blood pressure. Common symptoms of high blood pressure Consistent headaches Feeling of nausea & uneasiness Discomfort in the stomach with a consistent urge to vomit Dizziness & feeling lightheaded Feeling of unsteadiness & vertigo Blurred or double vision (diplopia) Nosebleeds Palpitations Breathlessness or shortness of breath Common symptoms for children with high blood pressure Regular headaches Feeling of fatigue Blurred vision Nosebleeds Bell’s palsy (an inability to control facial muscles on one side of the face) High blood pressure (HBP) or hypertension is a major health issue today, which typically do not have many symptoms, but can have serious health consequences, if not treated in time.
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