The most common cause of type 2 diabetes is eating too much of the wrong kind of carbohydrates. This is a path to self-destruction, eventually leading to high Blood pressure, high triglyceride, and low HDL (good cholesterol). Other reasons include a genetic predisposition to the disease, stress, and decrease in physical activity. Effective tips to manage type 2 diabetes Eat low glycemic foods such as oats, barley, bran, jowar, whole pulses, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Avoid sugar and foods containing sugar such as chocolates, desserts, sweets, soft drinks, white flour, cakes, biscuits, pizzas, rice, high sugar foods. Don’t drink fruit juices as they contain too much sugar (more than what a type 2 diabetic can handle). Reduce intake of saturated fats and hydrogenated fats as it increases insulin resistance. Fish oils have shown to improve insulin resistance. So eat fish 3 times a week or take fish oils supplements. Increase fiber in your diet by increasing your intake of green vegetables and whole grains. Walk for 30-40 minutes every day. We are not alone in our concern that type II diabetes is a growing national crisis. There are too many lives at stake and you have nothing to lose by … Continue reading Managing type 2 diabetes →
Dietary fiber refers to the indigestible part of plant-based foods. These parts contain substances such as cellulose, pectin, and lignin which are resistant to the action of digestive enzymes. Types of dietary fiber Fiber is essential for aiding digestion, lowering high cholesterol levels, and managing weight. Also, similar to cholesterol, which is found in the body in two types, namely HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) dietary fiber can also be categorized in two types as well. They are as follows: Soluble fiber Insoluble fiber Learn More: Truth About LDL & HDL Cholesterol Soluble fiber As the names suggest, soluble fiber such as gum, pectin, and mucilage dissolves to form a gel-like substance during digestion. Soluble fiber can be easily found in a variety of foods. They are as follows: Beans Lentils Peas Citrus fruits Apples Chickpeas Barley Oats Corn Nuts Insoluble fiber On the other hand, insoluble fiber such as hemicellulose, cellulose, and ligin, does not dissolve and retains its shape during digestion. Foods high in insoluble fiber are as follows: Wheat bran & flour Cauliflower Potatoes Tomatoes Cucumbers Nuts Carrots Brown rice Flaxseeds Cholesterol lowering benefits of fiber Excess levels of cholesterol levels in the body lead … Continue reading Fiber it up for cholesterol →
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 →
Man has made amazing progress over the years and in all areas, things are constantly improving. However, the quality of food eaten in urban cities all over the world has worsened. Cholesterol; a national problem The urban population has turned to eating more refined foods and refined sugars that remove essential nutrients from our food supply and cause a whole range of degenerative diseases. It is this nutrient deprived type of food that plays havoc with our system and upsets the ability of our body to handle cholesterol correctly. Cholesterol by itself is an essential substance, and it is harmless as long as it doesn’t get organised. Increasing number of free radical are produced in the body due to pollution stress, and everyday metabolic procedures of our bodies. These free radicals oxidize cholesterol and start the process of heart disease. Antioxidants are your friends When we are adequately nourished we can control the free radicals by a series of nutrients and enzymes known as antioxidants. Antioxidants are found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, whole pulses, legumes, nuts and seeds. A well nourished body can prevent oxidation of fat with the help of antioxidants like, vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, … Continue reading Strategies for Reducing Cholesterol →
What’s the best weight loss drink for you? It’s safe, natural, and pure, it’s water! You can drink litres of it without worrying about the calories. Here are the numerous health and beauty benefits you can derive by simply increasing your water intake. Clear skin Drinking warm water helps flush out toxins and keeps you well hydrated. It fights against all the impurities thereby, giving you a clear glowing skin, free of acne. Treats constipation Suffering from constipation or cramps? All you need to do is sip a glass of lukewarm water and you’ll experience instant relief. It naturally relaxes your muscles and provides relief to your belly. Aids weight loss We all know the effective role of lukewarm water in weight loss. It helps with the breakdown of food that prevents it from converting into fats. The fats just melt away thus, making you look thin and fabulous. Helps blood circulation The role of warm water is quite essential in controlling your blood circulation. Drinking warm water eliminates the fat deposits and other accumulations in the nervous system leading to proper blood circulation. Relief from arthritis Drinking warm water soothes your muscles and nerves from cramps and also provides … Continue reading 5 health benefits of drinking warm water →
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