Dietary fiber refers to the indigestible part of plant-based foods. These parts contain substances such as cellulose, pectin, and lignin which are resistant to the action of digestive enzymes. Types of dietary fiber Fiber is essential for aiding digestion, lowering high cholesterol levels, and managing weight. Also, similar to cholesterol, which is found in the body in two types, namely HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) dietary fiber can also be categorized in two types as well. They are as follows: Soluble fiber Insoluble fiber Learn More: Truth About LDL & HDL Cholesterol Soluble fiber As the names suggest, soluble fiber such as gum, pectin, and mucilage dissolves to form a gel-like substance during digestion. Soluble fiber can be easily found in a variety of foods. They are as follows: Beans Lentils Peas Citrus fruits Apples Chickpeas Barley Oats Corn Nuts Insoluble fiber On the other hand, insoluble fiber such as hemicellulose, cellulose, and ligin, does not dissolve and retains its shape during digestion. Foods high in insoluble fiber are as follows: Wheat bran & flour Cauliflower Potatoes Tomatoes Cucumbers Nuts Carrots Brown rice Flaxseeds Cholesterol lowering benefits of fiber Excess levels of cholesterol levels in the body lead … Continue reading Fiber it up for cholesterol →
Back pain can be managed effectively through the following home remedies: Ginger Cut thin slices of fresh ginger root and put them in a pan of boiling water. Simmer and boil it on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature and strain it. Add honey and then drink it. You can drink this ginger tea two or three times a day for a few days or until you see improvement. You can also make an herbal tea with one-half teaspoon of black pepper corns, one-half teaspoon of cloves and one teaspoon of ginger powder. Herbal oil Massaging your back with an herbal oil can help your muscles relax and relieve pain. You can use any herbal oil such as eucalyptus oil, almond oil, olive oil or coconut oil. Heat the oil until warm and massage it gently over the aching area. Garlic Eat two to three cloves of garlic every morning on empty stomach. You can also massage your back with garlic oil. To make garlic oil, heat some coconut oil, mustard oil or sesame oil on low heat and then add 8 to 10 cloves of garlic to it. Fry the … Continue reading 4 simple home remedies for back pain →
Good and beautiful hair is something every woman wants. But sadly excess pollution, unhealthy diets, and our hectic lifestyles leave our hair dull, damaged, and lifeless. But beautiful hair is not out of your reach. Try our easy home remedies and fall in love with you hair all over again! Fancy fenugreek Fenugreek works effectively to increase the length of your hair. Simply make a paste of fenugreek seeds with two tablespoons of coconut milk and apply it all over your hair. Leave it for 45 minutes and wash it off. This will not only give you healthy hair but also make your hair silky and smooth. Hibiscus flower This flower is also known as ‘flower of hair care’. Just make a paste of hibiscus flower with coconut oil and apply all over your hair. It not only treats dandruff but also improves the quality of your hair. Aloe vera If want to work some magic on your hair, go the aloe vera way. You can simply apply aloe vera on your scalp and wash it off or make a mixture of aloe vera gel and 1 medium sized egg to add some extra shine to your tresses. Satin pillows Say … Continue reading 5 healthy tips for good hair →
Your skin can react to infections anywhere in your body. It can also react to the environmental toxins outside the body. It is vulnerable to many diseases. Internal factors such as an infection or external factors such as pollution, allergies etc, could cause skin disorders, which not only feel uncomfortable, but if left untreated, could cause bleeding and permanent scars. Dermatitis is a painful condition wherein the skin breaks out into a red rash, develops blisters and appears scaly. You may also experience a burning or itchy feeling. Contact dermatitis: is a type of dermatitis caused when the skin reacts to certain chemicals it comes in contact with. These may include poisonous plants such as ivy or oak or certain metals such as nickel which is found in many everyday products. Irritant eczema results from an allergic reaction to impurities such as chemicals in food and detergents or environmental factors such as the weather. It is also very common among people who have prolonged contact with water or those who need to wash their hands several times a day such as restaurant workers, cleaners, hairdressers etc. If the hands are not dried properly each time it could cause soreness and irritation. … Continue reading Skin Problems →
The next time you feel stressed, please note that you are risking an increase in cholesterol levels. Here are three ways in which stress impacts cholesterol: Stress, anger, and negative emotions impact your heart Well, your heart truly is a delicate organ. It leaps with joy when you are happy and it feels heavy as a stone when you are low. Stress, anger, and negative emotions make an impact on your heart. A Harvard medical school research states that the average risk of a heart attack increased, two hours after the outset of anger, by two to three times. Stress leads to depression In addition to anger and distress, psychologists also emphasize on feelings of depression and helplessness having a direct link with stress. To put it simply, we are physiologically different when we are happy and sad. Release of cortisol and destruction of HDL cholesterol Even when the cholesterol level is not high enough to obstruct the arteries, negative emotions make an impact. They cause the release of a biologically toxic chemical known as ‘cortisol.’ It causes a spasm in the arteries and cuts the blood flow to the heart muscle. The result is angina pain and at times … Continue reading 3 ways stress directly impacts your cholesterol levels →
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