Cholesterol has often been termed as the enemy, since high levels of cholesterol are often the culprit behind a heart attack or stroke. But the truth if the matter is, that our body needs cholesterol to function properly and carry out a number of important functions. Cholesterol is present naturally in the body in two types, namely LDL (low-density lipoproteins) and HDL (high-density lipoproteins). It is an essential fat which provides stability to every cell in the body. While both these types of cholesterol are required for the healthy functioning of the body, high levels of LDL also known as ‘bad cholesterol’ can lead to plaque build-up in the arteries. This can put one at risk of suffering from a heart attack or stroke. HDL: The well-behaved cholesterol HDL is also known as ‘good cholesterol’ or ‘well-behaved’ cholesterol. Compared to other cholesterol particles, HDL cholesterol particles are denser in nature and thus known as high-density lipoproteins. HDL cholesterol plays a lead role in protecting us from serious health problems caused due to high levels of LDL. HDL moves through the bloodstream and flushes out excess levels of harmful LDL cholesterol particles. It keeps the arteries clean and prevents plaque from … Continue reading How to raise HDL cholesterol →
Acidity is a condition that occurs when acid from the stomach moves upward into the food pipe. The acid causes irritation which leads to heartburn. However, some people may experience acidity without heartburn symptoms as well. These can include belching, difficulty in swallowing food, and chronic cough. In the article, we focus on the connection between an acidity and chronic cough. Link Between Acidity and Chronic Cough A chronic cough is usually defined as a cough that lasts for more than eight weeks. Reports suggest that 25% or more of chronic cough cases [Ref] is associated with acidity. However, this does not mean that acidity is the cause of a chronic cough in many of these individuals. Some indications that a chronic cough is a result of acidity are: Coughing mostly at night or after your meal Coughing while you’re lying down You are coughing even after not smoking Tests for Acidity in People With Chronic Cough An acidity-related cough is slightly more complicated. Your doctor may try putting you on proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a type of medication for acidity, for some days to see if the symptoms resolve. If your symptoms resolve with PPI therapy [Ref], it is … Continue reading Is Acidity The Main Reason For Your Chronic Cough? →
Forget energy drinks and protein shakes, switch to coconut water instead. It will provide you with the energy and nutrients you need, minus the calories! Weight loss Coconut water is a perfect replacement for artificially sweetened energy drinks. The fat content in this magical drink is low and suppresses your appetite thereby making you feel full for longer. Ideal during dehydration Coconut water hydrates your gastrointestinal tract and provides you with essential elements that serves as a perfect option to fight water loss. Helps in digestion Coconut is rich in fiber content that reduces the occurrence of acid reflux. The bioactive enzymes help cure constipation since it is a natural laxative support and helps the body to bring back the body to physiological state. Nutrient rich Coconut water is rich in nutrients that provides you relief from various health conditions. Its unique composition provides you with essential nutritional benefits and health maintenance. Reduces Blood Pressure Coconut water is a balancing mechanism that controls your high blood pressure and helps in maintaining the appropriate amount of electrolytes in the body,
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The next time you feel stressed, please note that you are risking an increase in cholesterol levels. Here are three ways in which stress impacts cholesterol: Stress, anger, and negative emotions impact your heart Well, your heart truly is a delicate organ. It leaps with joy when you are happy and it feels heavy as a stone when you are low. Stress, anger, and negative emotions make an impact on your heart. A Harvard medical school research states that the average risk of a heart attack increased, two hours after the outset of anger, by two to three times. Stress leads to depression In addition to anger and distress, psychologists also emphasize on feelings of depression and helplessness having a direct link with stress. To put it simply, we are physiologically different when we are happy and sad. Release of cortisol and destruction of HDL cholesterol Even when the cholesterol level is not high enough to obstruct the arteries, negative emotions make an impact. They cause the release of a biologically toxic chemical known as ‘cortisol.’ It causes a spasm in the arteries and cuts the blood flow to the heart muscle. The result is angina pain and at times … Continue reading 3 ways stress directly impacts your cholesterol levels →
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