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 →
Foods have a role to play in the causing inflammation. Thus, it becomes very important to know the foods that cause inflammation. Know your foods Right from a bottle of unhealthy vegetable oil to most polyunsaturated vegetable oils such as: Safflower oil Sunflower oil Corn oil Peanut oil Soy oil All of them are high in linoleic acid. This is an omega-6 essential fatty acid that the body converts into arachidonic acid. Moreover, omega-6 fatty acid has a predominantly pro-inflammatory influence. These same oils contain almost no omega-3s (found in rich supply in cold water fish, phytoplankton, and flaxseed), which soothe inflammation. For most people, high-carb, low-protein diets are inflammatory. We’ve seen repeatedly that low-carb diets reduce inflammation for most women. However, you will need to listen to your own body and carefully observe which foods fuel inflammation for you. Therefore, the best thing you can do is to plan you diets based on the above inputs.
Back pain can be managed effectively through the following home remedies: Ginger Cut thin slices of fresh ginger root and put them in a pan of boiling water. Simmer and boil it on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature and strain it. Add honey and then drink it. You can drink this ginger tea two or three times a day for a few days or until you see improvement. You can also make an herbal tea with one-half teaspoon of black pepper corns, one-half teaspoon of cloves and one teaspoon of ginger powder. Herbal oil Massaging your back with an herbal oil can help your muscles relax and relieve pain. You can use any herbal oil such as eucalyptus oil, almond oil, olive oil or coconut oil. Heat the oil until warm and massage it gently over the aching area. Garlic Eat two to three cloves of garlic every morning on empty stomach. You can also massage your back with garlic oil. To make garlic oil, heat some coconut oil, mustard oil or sesame oil on low heat and then add 8 to 10 cloves of garlic to it. Fry the … Continue reading 4 simple home remedies for back pain →
The joy of pregnancy for a woman is beyond expression. However, it is not just the joy that pregnancy gives a woman that is important, there are other key factors that you need to know. You need to pay attention to the health and body concerns that pregnancy brings into your life. Here are 5 health and bodily changes caused by pregnancy. A big belly The most prominent feature of pregnancy is of course your big belly, which keeps expanding with the size of your baby. Shrinking that belly size is the most difficult task but with an effective diet plan and physical activities it can be achieved. Hair Loss Thinning of your hair is a commonly seen during pregnancy. You will notice hair loss due to unexplained reasons, but do not worry because it is only temporary. Shoe Size Swollen feet become the biggest woes of this pregnancy journey. As your body gains weight there is a lot of pressure on the feet, which tend to get swollen and often pain, Emotional Symptoms Pregnancy brings too many moods. Sometimes you are happy, and sometimes you are sad. These mood swings are commonly associated with pregnancy and can keep changing from time … Continue reading 5 things pregnancy does to your body →
Good and beautiful hair is something every woman wants. But sadly excess pollution, unhealthy diets, and our hectic lifestyles leave our hair dull, damaged, and lifeless. But beautiful hair is not out of your reach. Try our easy home remedies and fall in love with your hair all over again! Fancy Fenugreek Fenugreek works effectively to increase the length of your hair. Simply make a paste of fenugreek seeds with two tablespoons of coconut milk and apply it all over your hair. Leave it for 45 minutes and wash it off. This will not only give you healthy hair but also make your hair silky and smooth. Hibiscus flower This flower is also known as ‘flower of hair care’. Just make a paste of hibiscus flower with coconut oil and apply all over your hair. It not only treats dandruff but also improves the quality of your hair. Aloe Vera If you want to work some magic on your hair, go the aloe vera way. You can simply apply aloe vera on your scalp and wash it off or make a mixture of aloe vera gel and 1 medium sized egg to add some extra shine to your tresses. Satin Pillows … Continue reading 5 healthy tips for good hair →
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