Mr. Shah was a happy man for most of him life. He loved his wife and children and truly enjoyed his work. He was reasonably healthy and relished each day of his life. Then a tragedy struck, which produced such stress in his life that he was unable to cope with the stress. Within six months he died of a heart attack. He was fifty-two. Why is your cholesterol high? There is no doubt in my mind that along with cigarette smoking, high blood pressure elevated cholesterol levels and a sedentary life style, stress is also a major risk factor leading to heart – disease. But it is difficult to quantify stress. What may be stressful to you may not be stressful to another person. Apart from work related stress anger is another emotion that can affect your heart. A Harvard Medical School study researched that the average risk of heart attack was increased, two hours after the onset of the anger by 2-3 time. Psychologists now in addition to anger and stress, emphasize the importance of depression and a general feeling of hopelessness. To put it simply, we are physiologically different when we are happy as compared to when … Continue reading Emotions – and Cholesterol →
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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 →
There is hardly anyone who does not want to lose those extra kilos and get back to their desired goals. In order to reach your dream body you might need to let go off some of your favorite foods. However, not everyone can let go of that delicious double cheese burger that easily. Hence instead of preparing boring meals, try making interesting replacements. These choices will make your meals more tastier and you will have more chances to stick with your weight loss regime. At Health Total, our experts suggest interesting replacement options which aid in meal planning for weight loss. This helps make your weight loss journey interesting rather than a boring exercise. Here are some tastier changes that you can make in your daily routine: Replace your white bread with Brown bread: You can make your own sandwiches by replacing refined flour breads with whole grain breads. Tasty Oats: While having oats is important for good health, some can find it extremely boring. Try having oats in different forms like masala oats, oats dosa or oats upma. You can also decorate a simple bowl of cooked plain oats with colorful fruits. Smoothie Magic: If you hate eating your … Continue reading Lose weight the right way to be healthier and happier →
There are a number of harmful activities we often indulge in, without thinking twice about what they could do to our health. Here are some activities that maybe contributing to our rising cholesterol levels. Smoking Smoking of cigarettes damages the walls of your blood vessels, which makes them accumulate fatty deposits. Moreover, smoking may lower your HDL level or good cholesterol. Obesity Risk of high cholesterol is higher if one’s body mass index (BMI) is 30 or more. Therefore, obesity is a factor we must control at the earliest possible opportunity in order to ensure a fit and healthy life. Large waist circumference If a man’s waist circumference is around 40 inches (102 centimeters) and a woman’s is around 35 inches (89 centimeters), they would stand a higher chance of suffering from high cholesterol. Poor diet Red meat and full-fat dairy products, which are high in cholesterol, increase our total cholesterol. Furthermore, high cholesterol levels can increase due to consumption of saturated fats found in animal products and trans fats found in certain baked confectioneries Lack of exercise A good exercise regime will help improve our body’s HDL level or good cholesterol while lowering the LDL level or bad cholesterol. However, lack of … Continue reading Factors contributing to cholesterol →
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