Man has made amazing progress over the years and in all areas, things are constantly improving. However, the quality of food eaten in urban cities all over the world has worsened. Cholesterol; a national problem The urban population has turned to eating more refined foods and refined sugars that remove essential nutrients from our food supply and cause a whole range of degenerative diseases. It is this nutrient deprived type of food that plays havoc with our system and upsets the ability of our body to handle cholesterol correctly. Cholesterol by itself is an essential substance, and it is harmless as long as it doesn’t get organised. Increasing number of free radical are produced in the body due to pollution stress, and everyday metabolic procedures of our bodies. These free radicals oxidize cholesterol and start the process of heart disease. Antioxidants are your friends When we are adequately nourished we can control the free radicals by a series of nutrients and enzymes known as antioxidants. Antioxidants are found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, whole pulses, legumes, nuts and seeds. A well nourished body can prevent oxidation of fat with the help of antioxidants like, vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, … Continue reading Strategies for Reducing Cholesterol →
It is said that beauty is an inside job! Certain foods help the skin maintain its elasticity. If your skin is supple, your smiles or frowns can be rubbed off the face easily. But if your skin becomes dry, you get smile lines or frown lines imprinted on your face Wrinkles usually form when the skin loses its elasticity. To some extent, it is a result of aging. They first appear around the eyes and lips as in ‘laugh lines’. It is true that as we age, our skin becomes dryer and thinner, which leads to the formation of wrinkles. However, nutritional blunders committed by us cause the same deterioration of the skin identical to that caused by aging. One such blunder is an inadequate intake of vitamin C. It helps to form the connective tissue, makes the skin supple & prevents it from drying. You need to take at least 500mg of vitamin C daily to get its skin protecting benefit. This amount is available in a regular vitamin C supplement available in most pharmacies. Natural sources of vitamin C include guava, oranges, capsicums, cabbage, grape fruit, sour lime, papaya. Over exposure to sun is another factor that dries … Continue reading Are those Wrinkles or Just Nutritional Sins? →
Soothing with cherries Eating a cup of cherries every two hours will help ease the burning sensation while passing urine. Garlic, the bacteria killer Garlic is a natural antibiotic. The allium content of garlic acts as an effective antifungal and antibacterial agent. Eating 4-5 cloves of raw garlic will help combat urinary infections. Finely chop a few garlic cloves and gulp them down with warm water or make garlic pickle in lime juice and eat 4-5 cloves daily for at least a week. The vitamin C cure Vitamin C makes the urine more acidic, inhibits bacterial growth, and boosts immunity. High doses of vitamin C may also help treat urinary infections. About 2000mg 2-3 times a day is the recommended dose. However, since this is a high dose, it must be administered under a doctor’s supervision. If you are suffering from kidney stones or are prone to kidney stones, avoid taking vitamin C supplements. The radish relief The fresh green leaves of radish are packed with anti-bacterial properties. Taking around 150 ml juice made from radish leaves for a fortnight can help reduce inflammation of the urinary bladder and reduce the burning sensation while passing urine. The water wonder Nothing … Continue reading 7 natural remedies for bladder infections →
High Blood Pressure can be termed as the bane of modernization because in the primitive cultures blood pressure was practically unknown. Modernization has given us refined foods like sugar, maida and refined oils. This along with our sedentary lifestyles, irregular eating and sleeping patterns puts us at risk of suffering from many deadly diseases including cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. The exact cause of high blood pressure remains a mystery, but you may be prone to it if you are overweight, have high cholesterol levels, if you are a smoker, experience high levels of stress, drink excessive alcohol, drink a lot of tea & coffee. There is good reason to control high blood pressure with natural remedies as most of the medications used for the same may be effective and necessary but are toxic in the long run. Tips to lower high blood pressure As the first step, stop whipping your body with stimulants like coffee, tobacco, and alcohol. Along with managing stress and losing weight, one needs to follow a nutritious diet, comprising of foods that help keep your blood pressure in check. Eat more fruits and vegetables Fruits are concentrated with potassium, Vitamin C, sodium and loads … Continue reading Ways to keep high blood pressure away →
While some people may require medication to keep their blood pressure under control most of them can control it with proper diet intake, weight loss, vitamin supplements, and stress management. Eating your way out of high blood pressure should be your number one choice for managing it. To keep heart attacks and strokes at bay, your blood pressure should be maintained at 120/80 and not be in excess of 140/90. Are you stress sensitive? If a stress sensitive person is exposed to stressful conditions over a prolonged period of time, their blood vessels get constricted as a response to stress. This constriction causes the blood pressure to rise. Here are two ways to combat stress: Chilling out matters One of the easiest ways to combat mental stress is to meditate, go on a vacation, take some time out for yoga or meditation or simply relax. Pranayama helps Pranayama or simple breathing exercises can also help you lower your blood pressure, calm a racing heart and also improve digestion. Breathing has a direct connection to emotional states and moods. If you voluntarily breathe slowly, deeply and regularly, you will prevent a rise in blood pressure. While practicing breathing, try not to … Continue reading Manage Stress To Control High Blood Pressure →
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