Obesity and type 2 diabetes are actually two sides of the same coin. Both are characterized by insulin resistance (ineffective insulin) and hyperinsulinism (excessive insulin). About 85% of type 2 diabetic are obese and most obese people have insulin resistance and hyperinsulinism that leads to diabetes. Obesity is known to play a central role in increasing insulin resistance in the human body. Insulin resistance in the body results in increased production of insulin and consequent hyperinsulinemia. It seems that at some point a loss of control of blood glucose begins to emerge, resulting in dietary glucose intolerance ultimately resulting in type 2 diabetes. Obese individuals may develop different degrees of insulin resistance, but not all individuals develop glucose intolerance. This is where genetics play a role. A family history of diabetes predisposes the individual to develop a greater degree of glucose intolerance in comparison to the counterparts without any family history of diabetes. The association of obesity with the insulin resistance syndrome and cardiovascular risk is not only related to the degree of obesity but also seems to be critically dependent on body fat distribution. Thus, individuals with greater degrees of central adiposity develop this syndrome more frequently than do … Continue reading Obesity and type 2 diabetes →
Used in most Indian curries, turmeric has almost no calories (1 tablespoon = 24 calories) and zero cholesterol. This spice is used for nearly every health condition – right from smallpox to a sprained ankle, digestion, arthritis, immunity and even in cancer treatment. The reason for its health effects is the compound called curcumin. Just as oranges are rich in Vitamin C, turmeric is a source of curcumin. But before we tell you more about this compound, let’s understand the difference between these two. Curcumin Vs Turmeric Curcumin is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in turmeric. Turmeric, on the other hand, is the root of a plant known as Curcuma Longa and that’s probably where curcumin gets its name from. Curcumin belongs to a family of chemicals known as curcuminoid. Apparently, curcumin works on multiple functions and processes, so it can cure everything from pain and inflammation to tumors. Best Ways to Take Turmeric You can combine it with fat to obtain all its nutrients. When you eat it with healthy fats like coconut oil or ghee, the curcumin in turmeric can be easily absorbed in the digestive tract and into the bloodstream. We all know that turmeric milk … Continue reading Effects of Turmeric And Curcumin on Health →
Tomato is an excellent and readily available health choice. Have it as a fruit/salad, or chop it and make it a part of your vegetable recipe, or just grind it into a paste and prepare soup or gravy. This sweet and tangy little vegetable, not only has an attractive red appearance, but also is loaded with essential nutrients that our body requires. There are many advantages of eating tomato, and the best part is that it is readily available and suits everyone’s budget too. It helps us lose weight the natural way while giving us many other health benefits. Promotes healthy skin Eating tomato every day will give you a healthy and glowing skin. The vegetable comprises of beta-carotene that offers protection to the skin from the harmful UV radiations. Further, ripe tomato has the antioxidant lycopene, which makes the skin tough enough to bear the hazardous sun rays, thus, preventing the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Lycopene is an essential ingredient of most of the artificial facials available in the market. If you don’t like eating tomato, then you can enjoy its health benefits by using its pulp as a natural face cleanser. It’s very good for healthy weight … Continue reading 8 health benefits of tomatoes →
There are instances when your sweet tooth craves for a treat but your brain warns of calorie overload, try these delectable Low-Cal Sweets and Desserts. These recipes will not hinder your weight loss routine. They allow you to enjoy special occasions by satisfying your sweet tooth. You can make these sugar-free recipes and add both sweetness and health to your festivities: Oats Sesame Ladoo The natural oils in sesame seeds help bind the ladoo without use of any ghee. Ingredients 1 Cup Oats 1 Cup White Sesame Seeds 4-5 green cardamom freshly grounded 1 ½ cup coconut palm sugar or stevia Method Heat a pan, dry roast the oats and sesame seeds separately and keep aside. Cool and Grind the oats, sesame seeds and green cardamoms into a powder. Add the jaggery into this powder. Roll to make balls. Store in an airtight container. Dry Fruit & Dates Burfi Try this barfi loaded with nutrients and add good health to your celebrations. Remember not to overdo it. Ingredients 1/4 cup stevia powder 1/2 kg Dates (khajur) pits removed coarsely chopped 100 gm mixed dry-fruits (badam, cashew, pista) Powdered 1/2 cup desiccated grated dry coconut Method Add the dates, dry-fruits powder and … Continue reading 3 Fat Free Recipes For Fun Filled Festive eating →
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? →
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