Do you ever wonder as to why you are the first one to be affected by the slightest change in weather or food binge at the local chaat stall and most of your friends seem to be doing fine? Our immunity is not only a result of good genetics, but a lot depends on stress, nutrition, exercise and medication. The immune system is like the defense force of the body, which protects it from external toxins, chemicals, bacteria and viruses as well as fights back and protects us from any trouble that brews within. Even the most health conscious people fall ill. However, by fine tuning certain aspects of our lifestyle we can strengthen the immunity and protect ourselves from premature aging and degenerative diseases. A host of recent studies have shown a positive correlation between diet and immunity. Like most of our organs, the basic composition of immune bodies is protein. Protein can be supplied through dairy products, lean meat, fish and pulses. Amongst dairy products, curd and yogurt has particularly been in the limelight for it’s ability to enhance immune function. The gut-friendly bacteria present in curds enhances the intestinal cells’ ability to release immunoglobulins and … Continue reading Boost your immunity the natural way →
Here are 7 lifestyle choices that help reduce or prevent hot flushes that women experience during menopause: Dressing matters Dress in layers, so that you can remove clothes as needed. Wear natural fabrics such as cotton. Lesser stress helps Reduce stress with the help of relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises and yoga. Keep ice water or cold beverage handy. Nice shower helps Take a nice shower before going to bed. Bed sheets matter Make sure that you use cotton bed sheets or blankets. Cool your body temperature When hot flushes appear, try to cool the body temperature with sprays or moist wipes. Stay away from hot flush triggers Avoiding hot flush triggers such as spicy food, alcohol, hot weather, sauna, stress, anger, and cigarettes helps you a great deal in managing hot flushes. Ayurveda is helpful Ayurvedic herbs such as Brahmi, Ashoka, Shatavari, and supplements of isoflavones are highly effective in reducing hot flushes. Most women would benefit a great deal from the remedies mentioned above. However, if your hot flushes are severe and you do not get the relief that you are looking for, your doctor may suggest a limited course of hormone replacement therapy to make your … Continue reading 7 lifestyle choices to reduce hot flushes during menopause →
There are instances when your sweet tooth craves for a treat but your brain warns of calorie overload, try these delectable Low-Cal Sweets and Desserts. These recipes will not hinder your weight loss routine. They allow you to enjoy special occasions by satisfying your sweet tooth. You can make these sugar-free recipes and add both sweetness and health to your festivities: Oats Sesame Ladoo The natural oils in sesame seeds help bind the ladoo without use of any ghee. Ingredients 1 Cup Oats 1 Cup White Sesame Seeds 4-5 green cardamom freshly grounded 1 ½ cup coconut palm sugar or stevia Method Heat a pan, dry roast the oats and sesame seeds separately and keep aside. Cool and Grind the oats, sesame seeds and green cardamoms into a powder. Add the jaggery into this powder. Roll to make balls. Store in an airtight container. Dry Fruit & Dates Burfi Try this barfi loaded with nutrients and add good health to your celebrations. Remember not to overdo it. Ingredients 1/4 cup stevia powder 1/2 kg Dates (khajur) pits removed coarsely chopped 100 gm mixed dry-fruits (badam, cashew, pista) Powdered 1/2 cup desiccated grated dry coconut Method Add the dates, dry-fruits powder and … Continue reading 3 Fat Free Recipes For Fun Filled Festive eating →
Most women are likely to develop small and ropy varicose veins at some point in their lives. This often makes them self-conscious about how their legs look, to an extent that they force themselves to spend their entire summer clad in long pants and stockings. It is not easy for them to bare their legs when those red and purplish veins are glaringly obvious. Let’s first understand what varicose veins mean. They are enlarged veins that are swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. They can be dark purple or blue, look twisted, and bulging. Varicose veins are commonly found on the backs of the calves or on the inside of the leg. They develop when valves in the veins that allow blood to flow toward the heart stop working properly. As a result, blood pools in the veins and causes them to get larger. Thus, it becomes vital for women to know the various reasons that lead to this ugly disease. The causes of varicose veins vary from person to person. The major reason for the cause of varicose veins could be due to weak or damaged valves.
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 →
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