High cholesterol and diet go hand in hand. If you consume a healthy diet, high in fruits and vegetables, and low in junk food, your cholesterol levels should be under control. However, if you consume a diet high in junk food and low on healthy food items, you may soon fall victim to high cholesterol. Junk food is high in unhealthy trans and saturated fats which lead to a build-up of LDL or bad cholesterol in the body. Cholesterol is found in two types, namely LDL (low-density lipoproteins) also known as ‘bad cholesterol’ and HDL (high-density lipoproteins) also known as ‘good cholesterol’. High levels of LDL have a see-saw effect on the total cholesterol in the body. As LDL (bad cholesterol) levels rise they lower HDL (good cholesterol). Excess amounts of cholesterol in our system lead to the cholesterol being deposited into the arteries, where it can form into plaque and lead to the following health problems: Severe heart pain Heart attack Stroke Blood clotting But the good news is that adding certain cholesterol-friendly foods, such as fish and chickpeas to your diet can help lower high cholesterol levels, and protect you from these health problems. Get fishy! The high … Continue reading Cholesterol and diet; what’s the connection? →
The key defender against free radical attacks, vitamin E revs up the infection-fighting ability and body’s protective mechanisms against infection attacks. It prevents premature aging and clogging of arteries thereby arresting the progression of heart disease and stroke. Foods high in vitamin E are as follows: Almonds Peanuts Vegetable oils Cashew nuts However, it’s preferable to rely on vitamin E supplements as these foods are calorie dense. Carotenoids Carotenoids in combination with vitamin C and E make the ultimate threesome of immunity boosters. Foods like watermelon, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes and mangoes aid the natural production of natural killer cells and T-lymphocyte increases and thereby preventing the growth of cancerous cells. Zinc Zinc is another valuable mineral associated with immunity. It is found abundantly in wheat bran, jowar, bajra, shellfish, peanuts, and other types of nuts. It modulates the immunity system and protects from cold and cough. Often our food may not provide sufficient amounts of all essential nutrients, therefore it would be wise to include a multivitamin supplement as a part of a healthy diet. Garlic Several studies have identified a host of super foods which if had on a daily basis keep you fit and raring. Garlic is … Continue reading Vitamin E to boost immunity →
If we thought that elevated levels of cholesterol were the only major risk factor in a heart disease, latest scientific research has yet another surprise in store for us. New research suggests that every person who has suffered a heart attack does not necessarily have high cholesterol. In recent years, homocysteine has started gaining prominence as a cause of heart disease. What is Homocysteine Homocysteine is an amino acid, which is harmless if it is properly metabolized by the body. However, if it isn’t, then this amino acid would build up in excessive quantities in the blood, which increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. Men with the highest levels of homocysteine have three times more risk of precipitating a heart attack. This is despite all other factors such as lipid profile, blood pressure, and smoking being under control. Scientific researchers generally believe that homocysteine increases the possibility of clot formation and promotes plaque formation, damaging the arteries. Causes of homocysteine There is a generic factor that determines how efficiently our body metabolizes amino acid. However, the principle problem appears to be associated with our diet. Homocysteine levels in our blood tend to build up … Continue reading Homocysteine – A threat to the heart →
Every woman wishes to have clear, blemish-free skin. However, the problem of acne may cause blemishes on the skin. Every woman wants to know how to get rid of acne. However, there is no fixed treatment or method that can help one instantly get rid of the problem. If one finds out the specific cause of their acne problem, they can treat it better. There are certain natural and home remedies that will surely help everyone manage their acne problem. The best thing about these home remedies is that while they help you manage acne they also help you in weight loss the natural way. Stay away from sugar Consuming a lot of sugar or sugar products can increase your acne problem while adding weight. Sugar can not only aggravate the problem but also trigger it. Although completely eliminating sugar from your nutritional plan is not possible, you should try to reduce the amount as much as possible. If you crave sweets after dinner, it is advisable that you opt for fruits instead of any dessert. Staying away from sugar has many benefits for the body. Avoid alcohol Avoiding alcohol can help prevent acne. It is important to either avoid … Continue reading Tips to solve acne problem →
Most women are likely to develop small and ropy varicose veins at some point in their lives. This often makes them self-conscious about how their legs look, to an extent that they force themselves to spend their entire summer clad in long pants and stockings. It is not easy for them to bare their legs when those red and purplish veins are glaringly obvious. Let’s first understand what varicose veins mean. They are enlarged veins that are swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. They can be dark purple or blue, look twisted, and bulging. Varicose veins are commonly found on the backs of the calves or on the inside of the leg. They develop when valves in the veins that allow blood to flow toward the heart stop working properly. As a result, blood pools in the veins and causes them to get larger. Thus, it becomes vital for women to know the various reasons that lead to this ugly disease. The causes of varicose veins vary from person to person. The major reason for the cause of varicose veins could be due to weak or damaged valves.
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