If you have weak digestion, you need to watch the types of food you eat and also take liver tonics to detoxify your liver. Fennel (saunf) is an excellent natural treatment for flatulence. It absorbs excess gas and reduces the feeling of pressure thus, prevents belching or passing of gas. Fennel Seeds Fennel can be used to flavour food for added nutritional and health benefits. It is good for children because of its gentle effect. It benefits colic in small babies and reduces stomach aches in people of all ages (as it contains aspartic acid which helps expel gas from stomach). When to eat fennel seeds Fennel seeds are mostly eaten after meals. It is an excellent mouth freshener and can simply be chewed to get most of its benefits. Fennel can be used in a dose of 1 tsp three times a day. While black pepper (powdered) and white pepper powder can be used as 1.5 grams (quarter tsp) twice a day. Best way to eat fennel seeds Fennel seeds, can be added to meat dishes to give an authentic Italian flavour. It is used to marinate fish, chicken and to flavour eggs. It can be sprinkled on soups, … Continue reading Kitchen spices for gas problems →
High cholesterol and diet go hand in hand. If you consume a healthy diet, high in fruits and vegetables, and low in junk food, your cholesterol levels should be under control. However, if you consume a diet high in junk food and low on healthy food items, you may soon fall victim to high cholesterol. Junk food is high in unhealthy trans and saturated fats which lead to a build-up of LDL or bad cholesterol in the body. Cholesterol is found in two types, namely LDL (low-density lipoproteins) also known as ‘bad cholesterol’ and HDL (high-density lipoproteins) also known as ‘good cholesterol’. High levels of LDL have a see-saw effect on the total cholesterol in the body. As LDL (bad cholesterol) levels rise they lower HDL (good cholesterol). Excess amounts of cholesterol in our system lead to the cholesterol being deposited into the arteries, where it can form into plaque and lead to the following health problems: Severe heart pain Heart attack Stroke Blood clotting But the good news is that adding certain cholesterol-friendly foods, such as fish and chickpeas to your diet can help lower high cholesterol levels, and protect you from these health problems. Get fishy! The high … Continue reading Cholesterol and diet; what’s the connection? →
Every time you puff on a cigarette, your increasing your chances of getting diabetes. Follow these 7 tips, to help lower your risk of getting diabetes. Quit smoking The foremost thing a person is required to do to stay from diabetes is to quit smoking. The success rate for such a bold move is much higher than those who use other methods. Replenish antioxidants Replenish your intake of antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin A, C and E. and Selenium, which abounds in fresh fruits and vegetables. These help you achieve the results faster. Go for fruits and veggies Choose fruits and vegetables that have high water content as these help to even out the drying effects of nicotine and caffeine. Once you overcome this, nothing can stop you keeping away from diabetes. Fiber it up Increased fiber content in the diet helps pick and eliminate toxins, thus detoxifying your body alongside. Detoxification helps clean your liver, and also speeds up the entire process. Opt for a high fiber diet comprising of foods such as wheat bran, whole pulses, jowar, bajra, fruits and vegetables, which would provide you with the necessary bulk to prevent constipation. Go for an alkaline diet An … Continue reading If you smoke, follows these tips to keep diabetes away →
Assuming that you have followed the cholesterol lowering diet given on 21st May 1998 you may want to know how to continue further. Diet Therapy If you are one of those with the worst cholesterol readings i.e. very high LDL and very low HDL, then diet therapy would work best for you. But if you are slightly above the normal range, then the efficacy of the diet in reducing cholesterol is also proportionately less. To recap the last article on cholesterol lowering strategies; I had mentioned that as long as your body is well nourished and you have sufficient supplies of antioxidants available as in fruits and vegetables you need not worry about your body’s ability to handle cholesterol. However if you are eating a lot of processed and refined foods, whole milk and red meat and your blood tests shows a bad HDL to total cholesterol ratio and very high cholesterol readings, then you must get down to some serious thinking about your dietary habits. I have seen that people with a very high cholesterol reading are often surprised at their lipid profile and wonder where they could have gone wrong, especially, if they are vegetarians. My advise to … Continue reading Strategies for Reducing Cholesterol – Part II →
One of the most economical and highly accessible slimming agents comes from nature in the form of fresh and pure water. This zero calorie drink is loaded with innumerable boons. Weight loss benefits of water When consumed with high fiber foods, it makes the fiber swell giving the dieter a feeling of fullness, and stops him or her from eating more. Water helps transport nutrients to and from the cells, aids digestion, eliminates wastes, and toxic impurities from the body and cools the body through perspiration. Insufficient intake of water will hamper these crucial body functions. Health authorities recommend a daily intake of seven to eight glasses a day. Most of the time, we don’t even realize that we are thirsty. Say ‘NO’ to sodas! Every time you sip a 300 ml bottle of your favourite fizz, you guzzle a lot of calories. Not to mention, the six teaspoons of sugar that comes along with it. Its sodium content increases the body’s demand for water instead of playing the expected role of quenching our thirst. Diet colas contain only one calorie per can. However, diet colas are avoidable because they contain only carbonated water with artificial colouring and sweeteners. So, … Continue reading H2O – the zero calorie drink →
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