Alcohol is everywhere – at family gatherings, festivals, social outings, business dinners, and of course parties. You may choose to indulge or abstain as per your choice but if you are a diabetic, you need to understand the effects of drinking alcohol on diabetes and its complications, before making a choice. So, if you are diabetic and wondering, which drink to go for and how many, read on! Alcohol & Diabetes; What’s The Connection? Historically, consumption of alcohol by the diabetic patient has been controversial. Recent studies have found out that insulin resistance “is minimal in individuals with regular mild to moderate alcohol consumption and increases in both heavy drinkers and subjects without any alcohol consumption.” What this implies is that moderate alcohol intake, if taken with a meal or snack is safe and has little or no effect on your postprandial glycemic control. However, heavy or continuous alcohol intake is associated with many health risks such as glucose intolerance, hypertension, cirrhosis of the liver and increased prevalence of diabetes-associated complications such as retinopathy and nerve damages. Be Safe! Although moderate drinking is difficult to define, it usually implies an average intake of 4-5 drinks per week. However, obviously, one … Continue reading Alcohol and diabetes →
PCOD is a common health problem which causes an imbalance of hormones. Women who suffer from this disorder experience an imbalance in their hormones, unwanted alterations to their menstrual cycle, and pregnancy problems. While many turn to medications to treat PCOD, the best way to treat it is through natural home remedies. So here are 5 simple home remedies to effectively treat PCOD. Cinnamon Powder Add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a glass of hot water and stir well. Drink this drink daily. You can also include this spice into your diet by sprinkling cinnamon powder on your cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, and other foods. Flaxseeds & Water Mix one or two tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseed powder in a glass of water. Drink it daily. Also include ground flaxseeds into your diet regularly by adding it to soups and salads. Soaked Fenugreek Soak three teaspoons of fenugreek seeds in water for six to eight hours. Take one teaspoon of the soaked seeds along with some honey in the morning on an empty stomach. Also, take one teaspoon of the seeds 10 minutes before lunch and one teaspoon 10 minutes before dinner. Continue this treatment daily. You can also include fenugreek seeds and leaves … Continue reading 5 simple home remedies for PCOD →
Apart from being loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, this leafy green also provides you with dietary fiber which aids digestion and treats acidity. So here’s how spinach helps manage and treat acidity problems: Spinach is alkaline Alkaline in nature and rich in chlorophyll, magnesium, carotenoids and fibre, raw spinach juice helps preserve the alkaline levels in our blood. It helps normalize the pH balance of the body and controls disease conditions. Helps in healthy digestion Spinach is rich in fiber and water content which makes it an excellent laxative. Adding spinach to your diet will help a great deal in preventing constipation while helping you with a healthy digestive tract. Good gastrointestinal health The best part about eating spinach is that you can guard your gastrointestinal health much more effectively and easily. It contains beta-carotene and vitamin C, which helps protect the cells of the body’s colon from the harmful effects that free radicals can have on them. Versatile food One of the biggest advantages of spinach is that it can be in many different ways. You can juice it, make a smoothie out of, or simply add it to your salads. You can also have it lightly cooked or add it to … Continue reading 4 Ways Spinach helps manage your Acidity →
Used in most Indian curries, turmeric has almost no calories (1 tablespoon = 24 calories) and zero cholesterol. This spice is used for nearly every health condition – right from smallpox to a sprained ankle, digestion, arthritis, immunity and even in cancer treatment. The reason for its health effects is the compound called curcumin. Just as oranges are rich in Vitamin C, turmeric is a source of curcumin. But before we tell you more about this compound, let’s understand the difference between these two. Curcumin Vs Turmeric Curcumin is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in turmeric. Turmeric, on the other hand, is the root of a plant known as Curcuma Longa and that’s probably where curcumin gets its name from. Curcumin belongs to a family of chemicals known as curcuminoid. Apparently, curcumin works on multiple functions and processes, so it can cure everything from pain and inflammation to tumors. Best Ways to Take Turmeric You can combine it with fat to obtain all its nutrients. When you eat it with healthy fats like coconut oil or ghee, the curcumin in turmeric can be easily absorbed in the digestive tract and into the bloodstream. We all know that turmeric milk … Continue reading Effects of Turmeric And Curcumin on Health →
Arrest the causative factors before you allow varicose veins to make your legs their home. Some of these steps can prevent their appearance: If you are overweight, try to lose the weight. Sitting or standing in the same position increases susceptibility to varicose veins. So, move around at regular intervals to improve blood circulation. Practice deep breathing and yoga as they relax the veins and promote healthy valve function. Avoid wearing high heels. Wear comfortable clothes especially around waist, groin, and legs. Tight clothes make varicose veins worst. Pregnant women must position their legs above heart level while relaxing for the blood to flow easily towards heart and prevent swollen feet. Those who engage regularly in aerobic activities such as walking and swimming stand a better chance of preventing varicose veins. Avoid scratching the itchy skin around the varicose veins. This can cause ulceration and bleeding. Wear compression stockings. They create a gentle pressure up the legs and prevent blood from pooling in the legs and thus, reduce swelling. A diet rich in fiber such as whole grain cereals and pulses, green leafy vegetables, and fruits helps prevent constipation, removes toxins in the blood, and maintains good vascular health. This … Continue reading 17 ways to prevent getting varicose veins →
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