The next time you feel stressed, please note that you are risking an increase in cholesterol levels. Here are three ways in which stress impacts cholesterol: Stress, anger, and negative emotions impact your heart Well, your heart truly is a delicate organ. It leaps with joy when you are happy and it feels heavy as a stone when you are low. Stress, anger, and negative emotions make an impact on your heart. A Harvard medical school research states that the average risk of a heart attack increased, two hours after the outset of anger, by two to three times. Stress leads to depression In addition to anger and distress, psychologists also emphasize on feelings of depression and helplessness having a direct link with stress. To put it simply, we are physiologically different when we are happy and sad. Release of cortisol and destruction of HDL cholesterol Even when the cholesterol level is not high enough to obstruct the arteries, negative emotions make an impact. They cause the release of a biologically toxic chemical known as ‘cortisol.’ It causes a spasm in the arteries and cuts the blood flow to the heart muscle. The result is angina pain and at times … Continue reading 3 ways stress directly impacts your cholesterol levels →
Although Cholesterol is important, it could be harmful if we have more of the bad type i.e. LDL and less of the good type i.e. HDL which helps clean the LDL thus keeping the arteries clean. Bad cholesterol All of us have LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol in our blood streams. LDL cholesterol is lower in protein density and carries more fatty acids and is more prone to oxidation. It delivers cholesterol to the tissues. If you do not consume sufficient antioxidants like Vitamin A, C, E, Selenium, it can get oxidized very fast and that is when the problem begins. Good cholesterol HDL cholesterol on the other hand is higher in protein density and carries less fatty acids. It picks up excess cholesterol left by LDL and brings it back to the liver or to the tissue that needs it. Hence, it is called good cholesterol. Between these two types of cholesterol, LDL carries more oxygen and fatty acids and it is more prone to oxidation and produces cell damaging free radicals. Therefore, when you have an undesirable cholesterol ratio i.e. more LDL and less HDL you need to improve it by correcting your diet. Food & Cholesterol Food … Continue reading How to use food to improve cholesterol readings? →
Alcohol is everywhere – at family gatherings, festivals, social outings, business dinners, and of course parties. You may choose to indulge or abstain as per your choice but if you are a diabetic, you need to understand the effects of drinking alcohol on diabetes and its complications, before making a choice. So, if you are diabetic and wondering, which drink to go for and how many, read on! Alcohol & Diabetes; What’s The Connection? Historically, consumption of alcohol by the diabetic patient has been controversial. Recent studies have found out that insulin resistance “is minimal in individuals with regular mild to moderate alcohol consumption and increases in both heavy drinkers and subjects without any alcohol consumption.” What this implies is that moderate alcohol intake, if taken with a meal or snack is safe and has little or no effect on your postprandial glycemic control. However, heavy or continuous alcohol intake is associated with many health risks such as glucose intolerance, hypertension, cirrhosis of the liver and increased prevalence of diabetes-associated complications such as retinopathy and nerve damages. Be Safe! Although moderate drinking is difficult to define, it usually implies an average intake of 4-5 drinks per week. However, obviously, one … Continue reading Alcohol and diabetes →
Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of threat or danger. There could be many factors which could cause stress, such as family, work, relationships, illness, studies etc. When you get stressed a hormone called ‘cortisol’ is released in the body. Prolonged periods of continuous stress could lead to the build-up or increased level of cortisol in our system. This in turn can cause high cholesterol levels, a rise in triglycerides and blood pressure and thus increase one’s risk of suffering from heart problems. So if you’re feeling stressed out or if you suffer from high cholesterol levels, here are 3 simple ways to de-stress your mind and body to manage and control your cholesterol levels better! They are as follows: Meditation Soothing teas Exercise Meditation Practice 15-20 minutes of yoga or meditation every day. While doing this try to keep your mind blank and think of a beautiful scenery or a peaceful place which you would like to visit such as a waterfall or the mountains. Soothing teas Tea is loaded with L-theanine and healthy catechins, which are known to reduce anxiety and lower stress. Teas such as green tea, lemon grass tea or even chamomile … Continue reading 3 Simple Ways To Destress To Control Cholesterol Levels →
Those of you who are overweight and cannot walk due to knee joint pain, the best way to overcome it, is to lose weight. The obvious reason is that extra weight puts chronic stress on your knee joints and causes further wear and tear of the knee joints. However, as you age, the effect of wear and tear could happen to any of your joints namely your hands, wrists, hips, knees, feet, spine, shoulders. Hence, it’s logical to stop the problem right at its start by shedding some kilos. Maintaining a perfect weight has a lot of benefits. It includes freedom from heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and your knee pain. Listed below are 4 important ways in which weight loss proves to be a blessing for your knees: Reduced inflammation Due to excess weight gain, there is an increased pressure on your knees, which leads to inflammation. This inflammation causes unbearable knee pain which can be cured effectively only by getting your weight under control. Reduced pressure In case you are suffering from weight-induced joint pain, losing a few kilos and taking stress off your joints may ease your symptoms. Controlled weight means that there will … Continue reading 4 ways weight loss relieves you from knee pain →
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