The acid alkaline balance in the body can be defined as the fine line between good health and the verge of illness. The human body feels good at a pH of 7.0 to 7.4. Any value below or above this range causes an imbalance in its functioning and sets the ground for disease. Acidosis This is a condition when the body chemistry becomes overly acidic. The PH values of saliva may go down to 6.0 and below. This can be easily tested by using a litmus paper. Test your saliva on an empty stomach preferably on waking up. You can also test saliva one hour after meals. All you have to do is just spit into a bowl and dip the pH strip in it. Check the colour of the paper after one minute. If it corresponds to values of 7.0 to 7.3 it is considered healthy. A reading of 4.5 to 6.0 indicates acidosis and this state is likely to promote disease conditions in the body. In addition to the litmus test, there are certain frank symptoms that reflect acidosis. Bodyache, headaches, strong acid perspiration, foul smelling stools, hard stools, alternating with diarrhoea, sunken eyes, water retention, insomnia are … Continue reading Acidity and your body →
Diabetes doesn’t only affect blood sugar levels; it can adversely affect other parts of the human body, damage vital organs and cause havoc in your system. Diabetes is diagnosed when your blood sugar levels are too high. Since the same blood flows throughout your entire body, it’s likely to affect other parts of the body as well. Lack of Concentration It is seen that an increase in your sugar levels, affects your concentration power and makes it harder for you to concentrate on your daily tasks. Dry Skin In the case of diabetes, your skin finds it difficult to retain moisture. Due to lack of moisture, your skin gets dry and cracked. Stomach Problems Due to too much glucose, the food stays longer in your stomach, which causes bloating, heartburn, nausea, etc. Your stomach gets upset more severely and frequently when you are diabetic. Eye Problems The damaged blood vessels of your eyes cause issues like floaters, which if not treated on time might lead to loss of eyesight. A diabetic person needs to go for regular eye check-ups as it is mandatory to monitor your vision to avoid blindness. Heart Disease When you suffer from diabetes, there is an additional … Continue reading 5 effects of diabetes on your body →
Subcutaneous fat is the fatty or adipose tissue present immediately under the layers of the skin. Subcutaneous means “under the skin.” It includes not only fatty tissues but also blood vessels, which provide the skin with oxygen, and nerves. Subcutaneous fat acts like a shock absorber, serving to cushion our skin against any trauma, and also stores energy, which the body utilizes during times of increased activity. This fat different from fat that is present deeper in the body and cushions our organs. This is referred as visceral fat. So now we know subcutaneous fat is the fat that we can find lying under the skin. An excess amount of this fat can make the skin appear tight or stretched, and result in the unwanted cellulite or a dimpled look of the skin. When subcutaneous fat is comparatively small in amount, it tends to lie loosely below the skin layers and is thus less visible. However, not all subcutaneous fat is bad. In fact, many individuals get fat injections to plump out their face and reduce the look of wrinkles. So as much as few of us may battle subcutaneous fat that contributes to cellulite, many others look for subcutaneous fat injections to maintain youthful looking faces and body parts. In order to reduce subcutaneous fat, many people choose to diet. However, since this kind of fat stores energy, it is often … Continue reading Subcutaneous, good, and bad fat →
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 →
Belly fat refers to the accumulation of fat around your midsection. It is unappealing, undesirable and could also be a sign of obesity. However, adding the right foods to your diet might help. Here are 5 foods which help burn away belly fat. Ginger Ginger root can be an excellent weight loss aid and is in fact found in many weight loss supplements. Ginger root has appetite suppressing qualities, and it has been shown to rev up the metabolism. Fresh ginger, which is said to be the most effective form of ginger, is available all year round in the supermarkets. Oatmeal Regularly eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast is a great way to start a day off right. Research shows that oats are among the most filling foods, and eating them early in the day can reduce the number of calories consumed throughout the rest of the day. This is not surprising as oats are an excellent source of protein and fiber that are well known to enhance the feeling of satiety. In addition, oats are an excellent source of B vitamins and zinc. Apples An apple a day keeps the doctor away, goes the age-old saying. But did … Continue reading 5 foods that burn belly fat →
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