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!
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 →
There is more concentration of Vitamin C in the brain tissue than in any other tissue in the body. It is a powerful antioxidant. During stress, more of it is used up. Therefore, those under stress should consume anywhere between 500 to 1000 mg daily. Vitamin C They are rich in antioxidants and are an ideal food for reducing stress. They contain simple sugars as well as complex carbohydrates which help raise serotonin the `feel good’ neurotransmitter. There are a number of people who overeat during a stressful time. Those who eat food to battle stress eventually end up battling obesity. Fruits are an ideal food for such people. Foods Rich in Vitamin C Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli are rich in bioflavonoids which are powerful antioxidants. During stressful times, the body generated a whole lot of free radicals, which harm the cells. The bioflavonoids protect the body against such damage.
Before going on that crash diet, you should be aware of what it could do to your body. Read on to know more about the pros and cons of crash dieting. We all love faster results, especially if its got to do with weight loss. We think crash dieting is one of the ways through which we can shed pounds much faster. However, before you think of getting on this diet, it is worthwhile to analyse the pros and cons of a crash diet. The pros: Faster results The only thing that you benefit from a crash diet is that, it makes you lose your weight faster. The results are visible in just a few days! Short-term Unlike other diets, a crash diet is a short-term diet where the results are faster and you accomplish your goals early. The cons: Too restrictive One of the most important problems with the crash diet is that it is very restrictive. While other diets are a good combination of proteins, nutrients, and other vital minerals, crash dieting abstains you from eating any calories, which often leads you, literally to starvation. This is not a good idea if you are looking to lose weight … Continue reading PROs and CONs of a crash diet →
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 foods, 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 our diet can help lower high cholesterol levels, and protect us from these health problems. Get fishy! The high levels … Continue reading Fish & chickpeas for cholesterol →
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