High levels of cholesterol are related to intake of processed foods, sedentary life style, nutrient deficiencies and stress. Many people think that cholesterol in the diet is directly responsible for cholesterol in the blood. So all they have to do is to cut out high – cholesterol foods and their blood cholesterol will become normal. However, this is a common misconception. The goodcholesterol lifestyle Merely cutting down on dietary cholesterol will have very little, almost an insignificant effect on blood cholesterol. Relying on a low cholesterol diet to lower blood cholesterol probably won’t work for most people. When the body is fed with high cholesterol foods like eggs, red meat, high fat dairy products, the excess cholesterol is metabolized and excreted leaving blood levels unchanged. Further more, the liver compensates for the excess intake of cholesterol by reducing its own production so that the blood levels of cholesterol do not rise. All this happens if the person is leading a healthy life style, consuming a lot of antioxidants in the form of fruits and vegetables; eating whole food in the form of whole grain cereals, whole grain pulses & avoiding processed & refined foods in addition to exercising. All these … Continue reading The Fibre – Cholesterol Connection →
Nutrition plays a vital role in making our immune system stronger. Moreover, certain foods help us fight flu effectively. Nutrition may not be able to eliminate the chances of contracting the flu, but it would certainly be helpful in strengthening our immune system and lessening the duration and severity of flu’s symptoms. Eat Healthy Live Healthy! There is no doubt that healthy eating habits lead to healthy lifestyles with increased immunity to fight various illness and infections. However, there still would be some diseases and infections, which would keep striking us, once in a while, regardless of how well we plan our meal options. Common cold and flu are perhaps one of those diseases. Recently, scientists have unraveled the complex mechanism of the immune system and its dependence on diet. Nothing makes as much difference to your health as a well-functioning immune system. If you have a good immunity, you can prevent anything from common cold to viral infection, stomach disorders chronic fatigue to even deadly cancer. Foods contain antioxidants, which stimulate immune functioning and increase your resistance to infections. Influenza, or flu, is a respiratory tract infection caused by a variety of flu viruses with symptoms like fatigue, fever … Continue reading 10 foods to fight flu through a stronger immune system →
Today, most of us realize too much cholesterol is not good for us. Increased blood cholesterol eventually leads to blockage in the blood vessels of heart and brain. If left undetected and untreated, it will finally lead to heart attack or stroke. Unfortunately, most of us do not know how much of cholesterol is enough and when to pull the strings on our diet. Food & Cholesterol There are a number of foods in your everyday diet that can alter the fate of your cholesterol. A number of cardiovascular tragedies could be averted and lakhs of rupees could be put to better use. Today, nutritionists believe that one of the fastest and the most economic way to bring down cholesterol is a right diet. Eliminating a few foods and increasing a few others can actually help minimize chances of a heart attack. This exciting new theory promises to bring a complete turnaround in our once clogged arteries. It would just be perfect if we have a handy guide to the amount of cholesterol we consume and a guideline for selecting low cholesterol foods over high cholesterol ones. Oat bran for oodles of heart health. This old fashioned food can do … Continue reading How Much Dietary Cholesterol is too much! →
Apart from being loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, this leafy green also provides you with dietary fiber which aids digestion and treats acidity. So here’s how spinach helps manage and treat acidity problems: Spinach is alkaline Alkaline in nature and rich in chlorophyll, magnesium, carotenoids and fibre, raw spinach juice helps preserve the alkaline levels in our blood. It helps normalize the pH balance of the body and controls disease conditions. Helps in healthy digestion Spinach is rich in fiber and water content which makes it an excellent laxative. Adding spinach to your diet will help a great deal in preventing constipation while helping you with a healthy digestive tract. Good gastrointestinal health The best part about eating spinach is that you can guard your gastrointestinal health much more effectively and easily. It contains beta-carotene and vitamin C, which helps protect the cells of the body’s colon from the harmful effects that free radicals can have on them. Versatile food One of the biggest advantages of spinach is that it can be in many different ways. You can juice it, make a smoothie out of, or simply add it to your salads. You can also have it lightly cooked or add it to … Continue reading 4 Ways Spinach helps manage your Acidity →
I must thank you for your overwhelming response to my article Strategies for Reducing Cholesterol. It gives me immense happiness to know that most of you have benefited greatly after following the diets given. It would take you 3-4 months of correct eating to completely bring your blood fats under the normal range. You have now completed a month of following a cholesterol lowering food-plan. The cholesterol battle In the metro’s we are all living in the cholesterol age. People are generally over stressed and under nourished. Under nourished not because of lack of food, but due to lack of good quality food. Natural foods are being replaced by canned foods, packaged soups canned juices, canned spices and pre-prepared masala pastes. Do remember that the longer it takes for any food to reach from the farm to your table the lower will be its nutrient content. Canned and processed foods have made life more easy and comfortable but at the cost of providing its very basic function – optimum nutrients. Processed, refined and canned food not only deprive your body of essential immune boosting nutrients, but also are the main cause of obesity, constipation, heart disease and cancer. Poor nutrition … Continue reading Controlling Cholesterol – Part III →
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