Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) are pivotal for the normal growth and development of our body. However, the fact is that makes them crucial is that the human body does not manufacture them. Thus, the only way to acquire them is through our diet. The essential fatty acids Two major classifications of EFA include Omega-6 and Omega-3. The ideal ratio between the two categories is 4:1. The general Indian diet has Omega-6 in abundance (without the addition of oil in the cooking process). The invisible fat present in cereals, grains, vegetables, and dals ensures around 10-15 grams per day of Omega-6 fatty acids. Foods which are rich in Omega-3 include fish, walnuts, soybeans, almonds, leafy vegetables, and flaxseeds. The imbalance The bad news is that majority of us do not eat as much of these as they should be eating, therefore this makes our body Omega-3 deficient. Further, we add approximately 35 grams of vegetable oil to our food while cooking. These vegetable oils can further disrupts the balance between Omega-6 and Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Moreover, a low HDL level tends to pose a bigger threat to the heart than high cholesterol levels. The only way we could boost our HDL … Continue reading What are Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) →
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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Suffering is disease and contentment is good health. This only points out the profound connection between our body and mind. A person with a disturbed mind cannot possess a healthy body. But, ‘don’t worry be happy’ is easier said than done, for anxiety spares no person. Every one of us has, at some point or the other, experienced stress in the form worry and anxiety. How to know if you are getting anxious: You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that you are getting anxious but some of these questions directed at yourself will help: Is there a constant list of problems both real and imagined running in your mind all the time? Are you the type who can never fully relax and enjoy, even when there is no work? Do you need constant stimulation? Do you worry about what people think? Do you rerun conversations in your head about the last party you attended? Do you go over how you looked and sounded in any meeting or forum? Are you unable to say no, & take on more work than you can do? If you have answered ‘yes’ to two or more of these questions … Continue reading Stress & Blood Pressure →
Homocysteine is an amino acid and breakdown product of protein metabolism that, when present in high concentrations, has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Have your vitamin B Vitamin B is very good to douse your homocysteine levels. Taking those three vitamins is the first step. You need to take at least 200 mg of folic acid daily to reduce homocysteine levels. To be absolutely sure that you are getting sufficient B-vitamins, take 2 mg of B-6 and 6 mg of B-12 as well. You will find these amounts in a typical B-vitamin Supplement. For most people, consuming at least 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables daily should be sufficient to normalize homocysteine concentration. Eat your fruits Fruit servings are ideal for homocysteine. One serving is equal to half a cup of cooked vegetable or one cup of raw vegetable. One fruit serving is equal to one small apple, banana or orange or one cup of papaya or watermelon cubes or any large fruit. Whole pulses are also a rich source of folic acid. Fruits, vegetables and whole pulses also tend to be high in other nutrients and soluble fiber, and provide additional benefit over … Continue reading Homocysteine diet →
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