Amongst the many factors that lead to high blood pressure like smoking, alcohol intake, obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance etc, stress seems to be a major player in precipitating high blood pressure. Although stress is universal, individual responses to stress are different for eg. You have the Type A personality, highly pressure prone and totally work oriented. He or she is usually aggressive, short-tempered, with a capacity to work more than others. He/She is not interested in any fun-loving activity and considers it a waste of time. He/She is always striving to be rewarded and noticed. He not only is a hard worker but also drives people around him to deliver and enjoys being internally stressed. Such a person is usually more prone to develop hypertension than a relatively easy going person. Stress will cause high blood pressure in a stress sensitive person if he is exposed to such conditions over a prolonged period of time. The blood vessels get constricted as a response to stress and this constriction causes the blood pressure to rise. One way to combat mental stress is to meditate, take a holiday or to simply relax. Think of what the poet Thomas Gray said “The paths … Continue reading How stress effects your blood pressure →
Acidity has become quite a common problem faced by many of us. It is further aggravated by certain foods. Almost everyone seems to be affected with this health disorder that mainly arises due to lifestyle mismanagement. Here is a list of certain foods that may also trigger acidity. Coffee If you are someone who consumes coffee more than once in a day, there are more chances of you getting severely affected with acidity. Coffee is highly acidic and stimulates your stomach to produce digestive acids that creates an acid reflux in your system. Tomatoes Infused with malic and citric acid, tomatoes can produce a great amount of gastric acid that leads to acidity and heartburn. Chocolates While some experts say that it is the caffeine in the chocolate that triggers acidity, but actually chocolate relaxes the muscle that controls the backflow of stomach acid which in turn leads to heartburn and acid reflux. Fatty or fried foods Since fatty foods take more time to digest, they tend to stay longer in your stomach which gives birth to gastroesophageal reflux disease. Such foods also lead to obesity and other health disorders. Alcohol People who consume alcohol quite often complain about the problem … Continue reading 5 foods to avoid to control Acidity →
Being on the heavier side not only makes one socially conscious but also prone to certain diseases. Having fat more concentrated on the waistline can sometimes be the sign of pre-diabetes. It is best to control this tendency early on by making some simple diet changes. Other than regular exercises add these amazing weight loss drinks to your metabolism. Our health experts believe in managing all health related issues with the use of food therapy. They believe that including natural drinks not only impart vitamins in the body but also help flush out the toxins. This helps lighten the liver making it function at its optimal best thus improving the metabolism. Below mentioned are some simple but effective drinks to help shrink your waistline by flushing out the toxins: Green Tea This drink helps kick start the body’s process of metabolism. An addition of ginger and cinnamon increases the antioxidant value of this tea. It helps fight free radicals, thus making it easy to reduce belly fat. Recipe Place cinnamon sticks and crushed ginger in a pan. Pour boiling hot water over it. Cover it and let it steep for 10 minutes. Now strain the drink into a cup. You … Continue reading 3 Best Drinks to Quickly Reduce Your Waistline →
Subcutaneous fat is the fatty or adipose tissue present immediately under the layers of the skin. Subcutaneous means “under the skin.” It includes not only fatty tissues but also blood vessels, which provide the skin with oxygen, and nerves. Subcutaneous fat acts like a shock absorber, serving to cushion our skin against any trauma, and also stores energy, which the body utilizes during times of increased activity. This fat different from fat that is present deeper in the body and cushions our organs. This is referred as visceral fat. So now we know subcutaneous fat is the fat that we can find lying under the skin. An excess amount of this fat can make the skin appear tight or stretched, and result in the unwanted cellulite or a dimpled look of the skin. When subcutaneous fat is comparatively small in amount, it tends to lie loosely below the skin layers and is thus less visible. However, not all subcutaneous fat is bad. In fact, many individuals get fat injections to plump out their face and reduce the look of wrinkles. So as much as few of us may battle subcutaneous fat that contributes to cellulite, many others look for subcutaneous fat injections to maintain youthful looking faces and body parts. In order to reduce subcutaneous fat, many people choose to diet. However, since this kind of fat stores energy, it is often … Continue reading Subcutaneous, good, and bad fat →
Green tea is particularly rich in polyphenols. These are active agents against cancer, heart disease. They protect the body against stress. It would be worthwhile to switch to drinking green tea instead of regular black tea as black tea loses some of its antioxidant properties due to fermentation. Chamomile Tea is herbal tea that helps bring about relaxation and promotes sound sleep. If you find that your life has been a bit hectic and you find yourself all knotted up like a bundle of nerves, you can take a cup of chamomile tea to put yourself at ease. Due to its ability to induce relaxation, it may help to reduce the effects of stress. However, some people are known to be allergic to this herb. So use it with caution. If you experience nausea, vomiting or diarrhea then stop using it. Chamomile tea should be best taken at bed time. About 1-2 cups in the night are sufficient to wash away the day’s stress and induce sleep. Meditation helps combat stress by allowing the mind to accumulate energy in silence. When we stop our mental chattering we can become more centered and generate a lot of positive energy. Pranayama that … Continue reading Good stress busting options →
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