Arthritis is a rheumatic disease that plagues most people beyond the age of fifty. Arthritis can be really difficult to live with, as the pain is so unbearable, it practically immobilizes the person. Literally speaking, arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that causes pain, stiffness, and swelling. It refers to a number of disorders such as osteoarthritis, gout, ankylosis spondylitis, systemic lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. The problem is further compounded if the person is overweight, since excess body weight puts more stress on the weight bearing joints. When the cartilage cushion between the joints is destroyed, the joints begin to rub against each other causing stiffness, swelling, decreased mobility, and intense pain. Arthritis may be limited to only one joint or it may affect a number of joints like your hands, fingers, feet, arms, hips, and knees. The pain can be mild or severe depending from person to person eventually leading to joint deformations. Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis may experience periods of remission. Emotional stress and damp weather do not cause arthritis but may worsen the symptoms. Arthritis may be caused due to a number of physiological conditions such as endocrine problems, a poor immune system, or due … Continue reading Here’s something about arthritis →
Many people these days are wary of the word ‘cholesterol’. However, contrary to the bad reputation it has received lately, cholesterol is essential for several important body functions including nerve heath and cell strength. Cholesterol friendly foods A fat-free diet may not be the best way to control cholesterol because not all fats are bad; what’s important is that you eat the right type of fat. Cholesterol is produced by our liver and is also found in the foods we eat. Foods high in calories and saturated fats raise the LDL (bad cholesterol) levels while lowering the HDL (good cholesterol) levels. Conversely, unsaturated fats (MUFA) such as those found in mustard oil, rice bran oil, olive oil increase HDL levels and lower LDL levels. High levels of LDL could precipitate serious health conditions including heart disease. Apart from eating a well balanced diet, the following recommendations could help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels. What to include Include some carbohydrates from whole grain in your meal. Many people cut down on carbohydrates assuming that they increase weight. However, carbohydrates offer a range of health benefits that you cannot afford to ignore. Dietary fiber The dietary fiber found in cereals, fruits, vegetable … Continue reading Understanding Cholesterol →
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Menopause cannot be stopped. After a certain age every woman will achieve it. So, it’s better to treat the symptoms related to menopause so that you can have a relaxed lifestyle. Fatigue Why fatigue happens: Sporadic sleep is one of the most common problems we see during perimenopause and menopause. Hormonal balance depends on sufficient rest and optimal nutrition. And your ability to rest and make good dietary choices directly affect your hormonal balance. Relief tip: Take two minutes a day to just breathe. Find a relaxing spot where you can be alone for a little while to reflect. Take time to notice your breathing, each breath, in and out. Weight Gain Why it happens: Changing hormones can alter how we store weight. When your body undergoes stress (such as in menopause) it stores up calories as part of its “survival mode.” Relief tip: Try to decrease your intake of refined carbohydrates. Try eating more high-quality protein, vegetables, healthy fats, and some fruit. Be mindful of carbohydrates. By including extra fiber and healthy protein in your diet, you can help your body retain steady blood sugar levels, and you’ll be less likely to store away those calories as fat. Hot … Continue reading 5 treatment aspects for menopausal symptoms →
PCOD usually accompanies a lot of other health disorders. Most of the people suffering from PCOD tend to develop cysts in their ovaries and cause hormonal imbalance. It is usually androgens, the male hormones that increase in number and create a problem in women’s menstrual cycles. The normal ovulation cycle also gets disturbed and ovulation gets delayed or does not happen at all. To help offset the effects of PCOD having a healthy lifestyle is important. The types of diet to follow, information on the role of carbohydrates and protein is vital. What to eat, and when to eat, types of exercise and how much exercise is to be followed. A healthier lifestyle is considered the first step to managing PCOD. This starts with a healthy diet, regular physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight. Keeping this mantra in mind, our health experts have shared five simple modifications that you need to incorporate in your lifestyle if you are suffering from PCOD: Drink plenty of water Drink at least 2 litres of water every day. Flavoured water will help. This way, you can incorporate it in your daily routine and stay hydrated throughout the day. Regular intake of water will … Continue reading Diet tips for PCOD →
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