A good digestive system enables good health. If we enjoy good digestion, the food we eat is absorbed and carried to its destination. However, at times, the food simply passes through the intestines without being digested, which make us feel uneasy and bloated. Many people are weighed down with annoying conditions such as nausea, bloating, gas, abdominal cramps, lack of appetite, foul smelling stools, or constipation alternating with diarrhea. Emotional stress is known to aggravate these symptoms, which are collectively known as the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS is characterized by a disturbance in the movement of the Gastro Intestinal (GI) tract. Wittingly or unwittingly, many of us abuse our GI tract with our habits of overeating and consuming excess quantity of sugar, coffee, alcohol, and maida. Further, inadequate chewing, lack of fiber, irregular eating hours, inadequate rest, and stress all add up to abuse our GI tract. A poorly functioning GI tract could be the root cause of several health issues. It is often confusing to know whether you really have IBS because most disorders of IBS and GI tract display similar symptoms. Moreover, there are a few other conditions such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitus that display … Continue reading What is irritable bowel syndrome →
The key defender against free radical attacks, vitamin E revs up the infection-fighting ability and body’s protective mechanisms against infection attacks. It prevents premature aging and clogging of arteries thereby arresting the progression of heart disease and stroke. Foods high in vitamin E are as follows: Almonds Peanuts Vegetable oils Cashew nuts However, it’s preferable to rely on vitamin E supplements as these foods are calorie dense. Carotenoids Carotenoids in combination with vitamin C and E make the ultimate threesome of immunity boosters. Foods like watermelon, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes and mangoes aid the natural production of natural killer cells and T-lymphocyte increases and thereby preventing the growth of cancerous cells. Zinc Zinc is another valuable mineral associated with immunity. It is found abundantly in wheat bran, jowar, bajra, shellfish, peanuts, and other types of nuts. It modulates the immunity system and protects from cold and cough. Often our food may not provide sufficient amounts of all essential nutrients, therefore it would be wise to include a multivitamin supplement as a part of a healthy diet. Garlic Several studies have identified a host of super foods which if had on a daily basis keep you fit and raring. Garlic is … Continue reading Vitamin E to boost immunity →
Cholesterol has often been termed as the enemy, since high levels of cholesterol are often the culprit behind a heart attack or stroke. But the truth if the matter is, that our body needs cholesterol to function properly and carry out a number of important functions. Cholesterol is present naturally in the body in two types, namely LDL (low-density lipoproteins) and HDL (high-density lipoproteins). It is an essential fat which provides stability to every cell in the body. While both these types of cholesterol are required for the healthy functioning of the body, high levels of LDL also known as ‘bad cholesterol’ can lead to plaque build-up in the arteries. This can put one at risk of suffering from a heart attack or stroke. HDL: The well-behaved cholesterol HDL is also known as ‘good cholesterol’ or ‘well-behaved’ cholesterol. Compared to other cholesterol particles, HDL cholesterol particles are denser in nature and thus known as high-density lipoproteins. HDL cholesterol plays a lead role in protecting us from serious health problems caused due to high levels of LDL. HDL moves through the bloodstream and flushes out excess levels of harmful LDL cholesterol particles. It keeps the arteries clean and prevents plaque from … Continue reading How to raise HDL cholesterol →
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The popularity of mushrooms has soared in recent times. From gourmet cuisines to home cooked meals, mushrooms are a much-revered food group. Mushrooms are highly valued by Chinese for its medicinal properties. According to Chinese medicine, mushrooms contribute to increased immunity and promote conversion of cancer cells to normal cells. This is because mushrooms contain a compound called betaglucan, which is a proven immune stimulant. So anyone with low immunity problems should definitely add mushrooms into their diet. Types of Mushrooms Mushrooms are found in thousands of varieties but many of them are toxic and unfit for consumption. Thus, it is wise to purchase the safe and edible varieties of mushrooms available in the market. Button Mushrooms These are white or brown in colour and cooling in nature. They help reduce cholesterol levels and eliminate excess mucus from the body. This makes them particularly beneficial for people prone to coughs, flu, and general respiratory problems. They also contain antibiotic properties that help boost immunity levels by increasing the white blood cells and help the body fight against disease producing microorganisms. Further more, button mushrooms assist in reducing heat conditions such as nose bleeds and boils on the back brought about by the excessive … Continue reading Boost Immunity With Mushrooms →
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