Suffering is disease and contentment is good health. This only points out the profound connection between our body and mind. A person with a disturbed mind cannot possess a healthy body. But, ‘don’t worry be happy’ is easier said than done, for anxiety spares no person. Every one of us has, at some point or the other, experienced stress in the form worry and anxiety. How to know if you are getting anxious: You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that you are getting anxious but some of these questions directed at yourself will help: Is there a constant list of problems both real and imagined running in your mind all the time? Are you the type who can never fully relax and enjoy, even when there is no work? Do you need constant stimulation? Do you worry about what people think? Do you rerun conversations in your head about the last party you attended? Do you go over how you looked and sounded in any meeting or forum? Are you unable to say no, & take on more work than you can do? If you have answered ‘yes’ to two or more of these questions … Continue reading Stress & Blood Pressure →
Alcohol is everywhere – at family gatherings, festivals, social outings, business dinners, and of course parties. You may choose to indulge or abstain as per your choice but if you are a diabetic, you need to understand the effects of drinking alcohol on diabetes and its complications, before making a choice. So, if you are diabetic and wondering, which drink to go for and how many, read on! Alcohol & Diabetes; What’s The Connection? Historically, consumption of alcohol by the diabetic patient has been controversial. Recent studies have found out that insulin resistance “is minimal in individuals with regular mild to moderate alcohol consumption and increases in both heavy drinkers and subjects without any alcohol consumption.” What this implies is that moderate alcohol intake, if taken with a meal or snack is safe and has little or no effect on your postprandial glycemic control. However, heavy or continuous alcohol intake is associated with many health risks such as glucose intolerance, hypertension, cirrhosis of the liver and increased prevalence of diabetes-associated complications such as retinopathy and nerve damages. Be Safe! Although moderate drinking is difficult to define, it usually implies an average intake of 4-5 drinks per week. However, obviously, one … Continue reading Alcohol and diabetes →
Mr. Shah was a happy man for most of him life. He loved his wife and children and truly enjoyed his work. He was reasonably healthy and relished each day of his life. Then a tragedy struck, which produced such stress in his life that he was unable to cope with the stress. Within six months he died of a heart attack. He was fifty-two. Why is your cholesterol high? There is no doubt in my mind that along with cigarette smoking, high blood pressure elevated cholesterol levels and a sedentary life style, stress is also a major risk factor leading to heart – disease. But it is difficult to quantify stress. What may be stressful to you may not be stressful to another person. Apart from work related stress anger is another emotion that can affect your heart. A Harvard Medical School study researched that the average risk of heart attack was increased, two hours after the onset of the anger by 2-3 time. Psychologists now in addition to anger and stress, emphasize the importance of depression and a general feeling of hopelessness. To put it simply, we are physiologically different when we are happy as compared to when … Continue reading Emotions – and Cholesterol →
Homocysteine is an amino acid and breakdown product of protein metabolism that, when present in high concentrations, has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Have your vitamin B Vitamin B is very good to douse your homocysteine levels. Taking those three vitamins is the first step. You need to take at least 200 mg of folic acid daily to reduce homocysteine levels. To be absolutely sure that you are getting sufficient B-vitamins, take 2 mg of B-6 and 6 mg of B-12 as well. You will find these amounts in a typical B-vitamin Supplement. For most people, consuming at least 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables daily should be sufficient to normalize homocysteine concentration. Eat your fruits Fruit servings are ideal for homocysteine. One serving is equal to half a cup of cooked vegetable or one cup of raw vegetable. One fruit serving is equal to one small apple, banana or orange or one cup of papaya or watermelon cubes or any large fruit. Whole pulses are also a rich source of folic acid. Fruits, vegetables and whole pulses also tend to be high in other nutrients and soluble fiber, and provide additional benefit over … Continue reading Homocysteine diet →
Hot chicken soup is one of the best ways to fighting cold. Here are 3 amazing benefits of chicken soup in fighting your cold away. This is a twelfth-century remedy, which was often recommended by eminent physicians. Moreover, chicken soup has been one of the most popular home remedies globally for fighting cold and flu. The best part about having a warm bowl of chicken soup while suffering from cold is that it helps immensely in delivering various nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and silicon in a form that makes it extremely easy for your system to absorb during a cold. Here’s how chicken soup helps fight a cold: Contains amino acid Chicken contains a natural amino acid called ‘cysteine,’ which is released in the stock when the soup is prepared. This amino acid acts like any other mucokinetic drug. Immunity-boosting minerals Chicken soup is loaded with minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, silicon, and sulphur that boost your immune system to fight a cold. Combines well with other key ingredients Clear chicken soup with lots of black pepper, ginger, garlic, and onions keeps the sinuses opens and reduces cold symptoms. These key ingredients add flavour to the soup while … Continue reading 3 amazing benefits of chicken soup for fighting a cold →
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