The idea of fasting has been around for centuries. Whether you are cautious of what you eat by counting your daily calories or you practice alternate-day fasting, either approach can be effective if you want to shed some kilos, a new obesity study suggests. What is Alternate-Day Fasting? Alternate-day fasting requires you to alternate between eating small portions of food on one day and then feasting the next day. This trend is catching up in India. Food lovers who hate the concept of a conventional diet — eating fewer calories every day and then exercising to “earn” more — will approve of the idea of eating small portions on some days and more on other days. But, does this diet regime work? Can Alternate-Day Fasting Help Lose Weight? A study [Ref] suggests that intermittent fasting may help people lose weight, however, it may not be the safest diet regime. When you fast, your body is forced to dip into energy stores to get the fuel it needs to keep going, so you will definitely lose weight. This study [Ref] found that the “automatic calorie restriction” benefits still held true with a modified one-day fast. On their fast day, the participants … Continue reading Benefits of Alternate-Day Fasting →
What to eat If you wish to keep blood sugar levels under control then incorporate more fiber, whole grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, and a variety of fruits, and vegetables into your diet. You can also take a tablespoon of isabgol to increase your fiber intake. Eat sprouts every day. They are rich in protein, calcium, and nutrients that help increase immunity and balance blood sugar. Avoid refined foods such as white rice, maida, dessert, soft drinks, chocolates, sugar, and foods rich in fat. Bitter gourd (karela) Karela is known to be effective in lowering elevated blood sugar levels in type II diabetes. You can also have it in the cooked form. Karela helps improve carbohydrate metabolism, supports the immune system and is rich in Vitamin A and C. It is also beneficial in the treatment of piles, heat boils, and rashes. Indian gooseberry (amla) This berry has infinite benefits. It is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C, the Indian Gooseberry boosts immunity when taken in high doses (three to four berries). It helps improve digestion, is a potent liver cleanser, works as a laxative, brings a glow to the skin and is also beneficial in erasing age spots … Continue reading What to eat if you are diabetic →
Your skin can react to infections anywhere in your body. It can also react to the environmental toxins outside the body. It is vulnerable to many diseases. Internal factors such as an infection or external factors such as pollution, allergies etc, could cause skin disorders, which not only feel uncomfortable, but if left untreated, could cause bleeding and permanent scars. Dermatitis is a painful condition wherein the skin breaks out into a red rash, develops blisters and appears scaly. You may also experience a burning or itchy feeling. Contact dermatitis: is a type of dermatitis caused when the skin reacts to certain chemicals it comes in contact with. These may include poisonous plants such as ivy or oak or certain metals such as nickel which is found in many everyday products. Irritant eczema results from an allergic reaction to impurities such as chemicals in food and detergents or environmental factors such as the weather. It is also very common among people who have prolonged contact with water or those who need to wash their hands several times a day such as restaurant workers, cleaners, hairdressers etc. If the hands are not dried properly each time it could cause soreness and irritation. … Continue reading Skin Problems →
From among all the other factors, stress seems to be a prime culprit in precipitating high blood pressure. Although stress is universal, individual responses to stress are different. If you fall into the following categories you are more prone to develop hypertension. Workaholic If you are a highly work-oriented person who tends to operate under enormous pressure, you are prone to high blood pressure. Highly Aggressive Nature If you are highly aggressive, short tempered, and a person who possesses more capacity to work compared with others at your workplace, you are prone to high blood pressure. All Work, No Play If you are least interested in fun-loving activities and consider it a waste of time, you are making yourself highly vulnerable to high blood pressure. Hard Worker driving others to perform If you are not only a hard worker, but also drive people around to deliver the goods consistently, you are highly prone to high blood pressure. One Who enjoys pressure If you are a person who enjoys being under pressure, although it’s a good quality to have, it makes you vulnerable to high blood pressure. If stress-sensitive persons are exposed to stressful conditions over a prolonged period of time, their … Continue reading 5 types of people more prone to high blood pressure due to stress →
Life is too short to have regrets. Don’t let joint pain stop you from doing the things you love. Here are 6 safe ways, to get relief from joint pain. Our joints keep us running. However, due to unhealthy lifestyles, injuries, or old age, you may experience pain, stiffness or inflammation in them. This pain, if left untreated, could cause severe mobility problems. Lose some weight Excess weight puts more pressure on joints, causing pain and inflammation. Reducing your weight, even slightly, will help lessen joint pain. Try mild exercise Exercise makes your joints flexible and reduce stiffness. Include mild exercises, such as stretching or brisk walking into your daily routine, for a noticeable pain reduction. Hot & cold therapy Begin your day with a hot water bath. Hot water lessens pressure on muscles, thus reliving joint pain. Also, placing a bag of frozen peas onto the affected area, provides quick relief from pain and inflammation. Eating the right food Include Omega 3 fatty foods such as fish and haldi, which possess anti-inflammatory properties; into your diet to treat joint pain. Massage therapy Gentle massaging of joints will reduce stiffness and improve movement. Take the help of a physical therapist … Continue reading 6 ways to relive joint pain naturally →
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