High cholesterol is one of the major worries of most people. Most adults have higher than recommended cholesterol levels. We do not usually worry too much about heart diseases until we are middle aged. But adults as young as 20 also need to watch cholesterol because high levels of LDL or bad cholesterol at a young age are more likely to cause the development of heart disease in the later years of life. Eat to lower Cholesterol By eating healthy foods we can reduce the risk of developing heart disease and improve our health, without resorting to medicines. Though we cannot change our genes – a contributing factor to high cholesterol, we can definitely change our diets. Food significantly affects the cholesterol levels. Following are the top 3 foods which help lower high cholesterol: Oats This food can reduce total cholesterol & LDL cholesterol. Oatmeal and oat bran are important sources of dietary fiber, and they contain a mix of soluble and insoluble fibers. The active ingredient in oats is beta-glucans which lowers blood cholesterol. An intake of 40 grams of oat bran or 60 grams of oat meal a day can bring about a 5% reduction on serum cholesterol This … Continue reading The ‘Top 3’ food and lifestyle changes to control cholesterol →
Many digestive problems can be prevented with lifestyle changes. Poor eating habits such as eating too quickly or skipping meals can result in digestive discomfort. We must be sure to eat food slowly while chewing thoroughly. Eating several small meals throughout the day would help lessen any symptoms of digestive discomfort. Moreover, eating a balanced diet can help us avoid digestive discomfort. Unhealthy diets can contribute to difficulties for our digestive system. Thus, we must eat less quantities of processed food and sugar and more quantity of fiber, fruits, and vegetables. Foods rich in magnesium, wholegrain breads, and cereals help us in faster digestion. We must not forget to hydrate our body properly and must drink around eight glasses of water daily. Giving the sodas, soft drinks, and pops a skip can help us immensely. We must cut right back on caffeine, which we end up attaining through beverages such as coffee, tea, and alcohol. These are all highly dehydrating and will only snatch away our B-vitamins, which are so essential for healthy neural, immune, and digestive functioning. We must constantly try and eat food, which are rich in vitamin C. This vitamin is a natural laxative, which is available … Continue reading Lifestyle changes and digestion →
As per research conducted by Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) Chickpeas are high in cholesterol-friendly proteins, phytosterols and soluble fiber, which make them an excellent cholesterol-lowering food. Here are five ways in which eating chickpeas can help lower your high cholesterol. Maintains healthy blood sugars levels Improves digestion Reduces blood pressure Protects against heart disease Aid weight loss Are Chickpeas Good To Manage Cholesterol? Chickpeas, also known as Cicer arietinum, are a part of the legume family and are one of the most widely cultivated and eaten foods in the world. These beans are known by many names, including garbanzo beans, Bengal gram, and Egyptian peas. Though small in size, these little legumes come with numerous health benefits. The health benefits of chickpeas are as follow: Weight loss Lowers high cholesterol Boosts immunity Keeps blood sugars in check Aids digestion Protects against heart disease Increases energy levels Builds muscle Cholesterol is a waxy fat-like substance which is secreted by the liver into our bloodstream and is responsible for carrying out important functions such as the production of bile, hormones, and vitamin D. There are two types of cholesterol present in our blood, namely LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol). Certain factors … Continue reading Are Chickpeas Good To Manage Cholesterol? →
Changing levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone have a role to play in age-related inflammation. We still don’t understand all the connections, but it appears that a decrease in estrogen corresponds with a rise in the cytokines interleukin-1 and interleukin-6. This changes the rate at which new bone is formed, a leading indicator of osteoporosis. We suspect that before menopause the balance of hormones has a calming effect on inflammation, but hormones work on so many levels that it is difficult to identify the exact process. What we do know is that symptoms of chronic inflammation often become more apparent during and after menopause. The hormonal changes leading up to menopause also contribute to weight gain. And there is clear evidence that extra fat cells, especially around the middle of the body, add to systemic inflammation by creating extra cytokines and C-reactive protein.
Arthritis is a rheumatic disease that plagues most people beyond the age of fifty. Arthritis can be really difficult to live with, as the pain is so unbearable, it practically immobilizes the person. Literally speaking, arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that causes pain, stiffness, and swelling. It refers to a number of disorders such as osteoarthritis, gout, ankylosis spondylitis, systemic lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. The problem is further compounded if the person is overweight, since excess body weight puts more stress on the weight bearing joints. When the cartilage cushion between the joints is destroyed, the joints begin to rub against each other causing stiffness, swelling, decreased mobility, and intense pain. Arthritis may be limited to only one joint or it may affect a number of joints like your hands, fingers, feet, arms, hips, and knees. The pain can be mild or severe depending from person to person eventually leading to joint deformations. Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis may experience periods of remission. Emotional stress and damp weather do not cause arthritis but may worsen the symptoms. Arthritis may be caused due to a number of physiological conditions such as endocrine problems, a poor immune system, or due … Continue reading Here’s something about arthritis →
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