Many experts now see inflammation as arising from an immune system response that’s out of control. When you catch a cold or sprain your ankle, your immune system switches into gear. Infection or injury trigger a chain of events called the inflammatory cascade. The familiar signs of normal inflammation — heat, pain, redness, and swelling — are the first signals that your immune system is being called into action. In a delicate balance of give-and-take, inflammation begins when pro-inflammatory hormones in your body call out for your white blood cells to come and clear out infection and damaged tissue. These agents are matched by equally powerful, closely related anti-inflammatory compounds, which move in once the threat is neutralized to begin the healing process. Our bodies weren’t designed for a daily barrage of toxins, infectious agents and stress, seen and unseen. This kind of demand requires a lot of support to maintain your immune’s system resilience. Our go-go lifestyle just doesn’t make room unless we pay attention to everything: what we breathe, eat, drink and absorb and feel. It all has a pro- or anti-inflammatory effect, and for most of us, the factors are skewed toward inflammation. One thing that’s certain … Continue reading Why is chronic inflammation on the rise? →
Human heart is always busy working to protect us. Hence, ensuring its optimal functioning is of utmost importance. Here are 11 simple tips to strengthen your heart health. Whole grain cereals are vital Include whole grain cereals such as whole wheat, brown rice, jowar, bajra, and nachni in your diet, since they are good for your heart. Drink a glass of ‘green juice’ regularly It could be wheatgrass, mint or coriander juice but drinking one of these daily helps detoxify your body, aids in weight loss, and makes your heart healthier. According to Chinese medicine, green juices are highly beneficial to the liver. The liver is the main organ involved in metabolism of fats. A toxin-free liver is your passport to better heart health. Apart from being heart friendly, green juices enrich the blood, treat anemia, eliminate bad breadth and body odour, remove drug deposits, counteract toxins, and thin and purify the blood. Your diet should contain 1/4th vegetables At least 25% of your diet should comprise of vegetables other than potatoes. Vegetables are rich in soluble fiber and help lower blood cholesterol. Fruits are helpful Eat at least 2-3 fruits daily. Fruits contain vital nutrients and antioxidants that not only … Continue reading 11 tips to strengthen your heart health →
A combination of diet and exercise is the chosen way of weight loss recommended by most health experts. This, most of the time means joining the nearest gym to start your exercises. The truth is, the gym isn’t for everyone. For some, distance or location of the gym can be a constraint or they may simply not be comfortable exercising with strangers. There could also be some who may find the gym membership heavy in their pocket. Our experts at Health Total understand this and recommend the below tips to help you continue with your weight loss regime without hitting that costly gym. Start Exercising at Home Weight resistance training such as push ups, planks, and lunges help work for several muscle groups at once. This helps to increase your strength and power. By using the weight of your own body you can build strength and do more number of repetitions, which will allow you to get leaner faster. Additionally, you get to perform your exercises at the comfort of your home at your own pace and privacy. Take regular, brisk walks or jog at least five times a week. Walking and jogging burn calories and contribute to weight loss. … Continue reading Go Slim Without The Gym! →
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 →
Biochemists refer to fat as lipid and it is solid at room temperature. However, oil is liquid at room temperature. All fats and oil are made up of fatty acids. It is the individual fatty acids that make all the difference to our health. This makes a good case for understanding good and bad fats. Visceral fat Excess body fat is more than just a cosmetic problem. It’s a health problem, which you should not ignore. Your waist circumference helps our experts predict the presence of VISCERAL fat in your body. Visceral fat surrounds your liver, pancreas, and intestines. It is metabolically active and dangerous for your health. Presence of this fat is the most vital indication that you need to lose weight. Why is visceral fat bad? Well, that is because it releases harmful chemicals, which could lead to any/all of the following lifestyle problems: Heart disease High blood pressure Knee pain Acne Hair loss Type 2 diabetes PCOD Skin infection Breathing difficulty Infertility Sleep disturbance Certain cancers Gastro intestinal problems Low immunity Subcutaneous fat Subcutaneous fat is fat that is found directly under the skin. It’s the fat that’s measured using skin-fold calipers to estimate our total body … Continue reading Everything you need to know about Fat →
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