Did you know cucumbers can do more than just getting rid of dark circles? Here are 15 health benefits of cucumber, that you probably didn’t know about. Cucumis sativus, commonly known as cucumber, is a culinary vegetable, belonging to the gourd family. Eaten raw, cooked or pickled, it provides a variety of anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory health benefits. Here are 15 health benefits of cucumber you should know about. Weight loss Cucumber make a good, filling and hydrating snack as its 96% water. Treats kidney stones It lowers uric acid in kidneys, and helps dissolve kidney stones Detoxification Flushes out waste and harmful toxins from your system. Diabetic friendly Contains an insulin-producing hormone needed by pancreatic cells to produce insulin. Fights inflammation Cools down the body and reduces unwanted inflammation. Beauty booster Contains skin-friendly minerals, namely magnesium and silicon which gives your skin a radiant look and strengthens hair and nails. Cholesterol friendly Contains sterois which lowers bad cholesterol. Immunity booster Loaded with vitamins A, B and C it boosts immunity and energy levels. Lowers cancer risk Contains lignans, which lowers breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate cancer risk. Mouth freshener Heals diseased gums and helps banish odour-causing bacteria. Memory protection Contains … Continue reading 15 cool health benefits of cucumber →
Assuming that you have followed the cholesterol lowering diet given on 21st May 1998 you may want to know how to continue further. Diet Therapy If you are one of those with the worst cholesterol readings i.e. very high LDL and very low HDL, then diet therapy would work best for you. But if you are slightly above the normal range, then the efficacy of the diet in reducing cholesterol is also proportionately less. To recap the last article on cholesterol lowering strategies; I had mentioned that as long as your body is well nourished and you have sufficient supplies of antioxidants available as in fruits and vegetables you need not worry about your body’s ability to handle cholesterol. However if you are eating a lot of processed and refined foods, whole milk and red meat and your blood tests shows a bad HDL to total cholesterol ratio and very high cholesterol readings, then you must get down to some serious thinking about your dietary habits. I have seen that people with a very high cholesterol reading are often surprised at their lipid profile and wonder where they could have gone wrong, especially, if they are vegetarians. My advise to … Continue reading Strategies for Reducing Cholesterol – Part II →
In today’s world of rumors and lies, even nutrition hasn’t been spared! Here are the 5 most common misleading nutritional myths, many of us fall prey to. More Proteins for More Muscles You do not need an extra dose of protein to get more muscles! Each one’s body is designed according to specific needs and sometimes our bodies cannot take handle that extra amount of protein. Therefore, while trying to bulk up you may be actually harming your body instead. Only Fish Gives You Omega-3 Fats Fish is not the only source of Omega-3 fats. Foods such as canola oil, walnuts, flaxseeds, and soybean also provide you with an adequate amount of Omega-3 fats that help in shielding your heart while helping you with weight loss. White Bread v.s Brown Bread You cannot declare a certain type of bread as healthy or unhealthy especially based on colour. It all depends upon the ingredients of the bread and the good that it does to your body. Carbs Make You Fat Carbs don’t make you fat. They provide you with appropriate energy to boost your metabolism and keep you energized throughout the day. It also helps you burn extra fat during your workout, … Continue reading 5 most common nutritional myths →
Strangely, just like weight loss, people do struggle to gain a few pounds as well. It has been medically proven that being underweight too can cause severe health problems. Usually, people tend to think that following a weight gain food plan will work. However, it requires the same amount of control and will power as one would need while following a weight loss food plan through following recommended intake of high-calorie foods. The idea of a weight gain foods is to put on healthy weight and steer clear of saturated fats. Whole milk Milk is an important beverage for the most of us. From a creamy cup of coffee to a healthy bowl of oatmeal/cereals soaked in milk, there are several ways of enjoying this essential source of nourishment. Although a weight gain food plan would not require you to give up on milk, you will have to switch from fat-free or skim milk to whole milk. It is high in essential nutrients, vitamins, and contains healthy calories. One glass of whole fat milk contains 3.25% fat and 150 calories. It nourishes your body and helps you gain weight faster. Cheese for weight gain If you love cheese, then stick to … Continue reading Weight gain foods for men →
How you treat your body affects how healthy you are. Lack of rest, exercise, and sleep compromise immune function and increase your susceptibility to ailments. Exercise! Light to moderate exercises strengthens your body and keeps the illnesses away. Adequate sleep and rest are equally important. One must try and get at least eight hours of sleep (to rejuvenate ourselves). To keep one’s stress levels under check, incorporate relaxing techniques like meditation, tai chi or pranayama into your daily routine. Eat Right Remember that each gram of wrong food that goes into your system substitutes for one gram of immune enhancing nutrient that you would otherwise take. Immunity building is a process and not a fixed state. It needs to be worked upon consistently. This information is for any person who does not want to fall sick. You have to work at your immune system just like you work on your career, sports, family, and relationships. Those who apply themselves early to a disciplined lifestyle generally acquire a better immune system than those who don’t!
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