Here are a few important alcohol consumption guidelines that could be very useful for diabetics: Drinks low in sugar Select drinks that are lower in total alcohol and sugar content. If you use mixers in your drinks, choose ones that are sugar free, such as diet soft drinks, club soda, lime juice, or plain water. Avoid “sugary” mixed drinks, fruit juices, sweet wines, tonic water or cordials. Light beer and dry wines Light beer and dry wines are good choices as they have less alcohol and carbohydrates. If you are a social drinker, try a “virgin” Bloody Mary or mocktails made without alcohol in between glasses of red wine. Don’t drink on empty stomach Never drink on an empty stomach or after a rigorous workout. It is advisable to check your blood sugar before you go to sleep and eat a snack at bedtime to avoid a low blood sugar reaction while you sleep. Remember, there is a drinking limit Limit yourself to 1 drink if you’re a woman or 2 drinks if you are a man and remember to drink slowly, enjoying each sip. In any case, do not drink more than two glasses of alcohol in a day. … Continue reading Alcohol consumption guidelines for diabetics →
There are a number of harmful activities we often indulge in, without thinking twice about what they could do to our health. Here are some activities that maybe contributing to our rising cholesterol levels. Smoking Smoking of cigarettes damages the walls of your blood vessels, which makes them accumulate fatty deposits. Moreover, smoking may lower your HDL level or good cholesterol. Obesity Risk of high cholesterol is higher if one’s body mass index (BMI) is 30 or more. Therefore, obesity is a factor we must control at the earliest possible opportunity in order to ensure a fit and healthy life. Large waist circumference If a man’s waist circumference is around 40 inches (102 centimeters) and a woman’s is around 35 inches (89 centimeters), they would stand a higher chance of suffering from high cholesterol. Poor diet Red meat and full-fat dairy products, which are high in cholesterol, increase our total cholesterol. Furthermore, high cholesterol levels can increase due to consumption of saturated fats found in animal products and trans fats found in certain baked confectioneries Lack of exercise A good exercise regime will help improve our body’s HDL level or good cholesterol while lowering the LDL level or bad cholesterol. However, lack of … Continue reading Factors contributing to cholesterol →
Although age brings you experience and wisdom, it also has the tendency to bring excess weight, health disorders, and a lot more into your life. Out of all these health disorders, weight gain could be a major concern for your health. This is simply because excess weight makes you vulnerable to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, increased risk of heart disease, and joint pains among other metabolic disorders. If you are able to get your weight under control, then nothing can stop you from becoming fit and healthy. Listed below are the 4 best ways to help you fight weight gain as you age: Stay away from stress As you grow, your responsibilities also increase. With greater responsibilities comes greater amount of stress that can take you that much closer to weight gain. The best way to avoid stress is to practise meditation, pranayama, or deep breathing. Exercise to stay fit Exercise or physical activities such as walking, swimming, or yoga is very important specially for those who are ageing. It keeps you active and allows you to stay away from gaining extra pounds. Increase protein intake Ageing is a phase where your bones get weak, your body becomes fragile, … Continue reading 4 ways to fight weight gain while you age →
This is a condition when the body chemistry becomes overly acidic. The PH values of saliva may go down to 6.0 and below. This can be easily tested by using a litmus paper. Testing For Acidosis Test your saliva on an empty stomach preferably on waking up. You can also test saliva one hour after meals. All you have to do is just spit into a bowl and dip the pH strip in it. Check the colour of the paper after one minute. If it corresponds to values of 7.0 to 7.3 it is considered healthy. A reading of 4.5 to 6.0 indicates acidosis and this state is likely to promote disease conditions in the body. In addition to the litmus test, there are certain frank symptoms that reflect acidosis. They are as follows: Body ache Headache Strong acid perspiration Foul smelling stools Hard stools Diarrhoea Sunken eyes Water retention Insomnia Also, if your teeth get sensitive to sour food or if you get small bumps on the roof of your mouth, if you suffer from bad breath, or experience difficulty in swallowing, it’s time to take a look at your diet. Moreover, it’s time to approach a health expert … Continue reading What is Acidosis? →
Weight loss is a major concern among women. While on weight loss, women tend to ignore essential supplements that could also help them in weight loss. Popping a simple weight loss pill may not be the only solution to losing weight, however, there are certain nutritional supplements which promote weightloss. How does the weight loss pill work? They work in any of the following three mechanisms: Brings down your appetite, giving you a feeling of fullness so that you eat fewer calories. Minimizes the absorption of fat, making you take in fewer calories. Increase the fat burning, which in turn helps you burn more calories. Which supplements are good for weight loss? Garcinia Cambodia It suppresses a fat-producing enzyme in the body and increase levels of serotonin, potentially helping to reduce cravings Chromium Chromium is an essential mineral for everyone, but it’s especially important for people trying to lose weight. insulin resistance is a prevalent condition that contributes to obesity and several other metabolic problems that predispose people to diabetes and heart disease. Studies have shown that Chromium helps combat carbohydrate cravings thus controlling excessive hunger. This indirectly helps weight loss. … Continue reading 5 supplements that help women in weight loss →
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