Archive for February, 2014

Is dark chocolate is good for your heart?

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels. Both arterial stiffness and white blood cell adhesion are known factors that play a significant role in atherosclerosis. The scientists also found that increasing the flavanol content of dark chocolate did not change this effect.

The impact of chocolate consumption in vascular health and show that increasing flavanol content has no added beneficial effect on vascular health. However, this increased flavanol content clearly affected taste and thereby the motivation to eat these chocolates. So the dark side of chocolate is a healthy one. Dark chocolate with high flavanol content or chocolate that are similar cocoa mass contents are very good and important indicators of vascular health.

Eating vegetarian diets may help lower BP

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

A new study has revealed that eating a vegetarian diet is associated with lower blood pressure (BP), and the diets can also be used to reduce blood pressure.
Factors such as diet, body weight, physical activity and alcohol intake play a role in the risk of developing hypertension. Dietary modifications have been shown to be effective for preventing and managing hypertension.

In the trials, eating a vegetarian diet was associated with a reduction in the average systolic (peak artery pressure) and diastolic (minimum artery pressure) BP compared with eating an omnivorous (plant and animal) diet.
In the 32 studies, eating a vegetarian diet was associated with lower average systolic and diastolic BP, compared with omnivorous diets.

Easy tips to get rid of constipation

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Constipation is an ailment that almost all of us have come across at some point or the other. ‘Pooping problem’ is a topic that one hardly likes to discuss.
Constipation basically refers to irritable bowel movements and is a common cause of painful defecation and can aggravate if not taken seriously.
However, there is nothing to feel embarrassed about. Here are a few simple homes remedies to ameliorate the irritation:
Lemon: Lemon is one remedy which most of the doctors recommend. Drinking a glass of warm water with lemon and a pinch of salt in it in the morning not only acts as a cleansing agent for the intestines, but also helps in smooth passage of stool.
Fiber: Consuming food rich in fiber can actually work wonders. So, it is advisable to start one’s day with food that has high quantity of fiber like dried beans, prunes, figs etc. as fiber rich food acts like a sponge thereby preventing crams and stomach bloating.
Raisins: Raisins are also high in fibre and help a lot in aiding digestion and relieving constipation.
Triphala powder: It acts as a great laxative. Just add one teaspoon of triphala powder in lukewarm water and a little honey and drink it just after you wake up empty stomach in the morning. It will work wonders.
Oranges: They are packed with Vitamin C and just one orange can supply 116.2% of the daily value of Vitamin C which provides instant relief from constipation.
Water: It flushes out all the toxins from the body and also provides fluidity for the flow of blood. It is advisable to to have at least 8 glasses of water for a smooth bowel movement.
Never ignore nature’s call: Yes, last but certainly not the least, one should never ignore a nature’s call as it is like inviting trouble for future.

Why fast food is bad for you?

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Most people now flock to fast food every day due to hectic schedules in the fast-paced world, which is really unhealthy and dangerous for your health. Below are three reasons why eating fast food is bad:
Obesity: Junk food is a major contributor to obesity, which increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic health problems. According to studies, kids who eat junk food regularly as part of their diet consume more fat, carbohydrates and processed sugar and less fiber leading to weight gain than those who do not eat fast food on a regular basis.

Bad cholesterol level: Since most of the fast foods contain high levels of saturated fat, eating these foods regularly can up the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood. High levels of cholesterol can cause heart attack and stroke.These foods also contain trans fat, which is the worst type of fat. Trans fat is linked to increased levels of bad cholesterol in the blood.
Sodium: Many fast foods contain high levels of sodium, which can cause high blood pressure, obesity, osteoporosis, etc. We need to eat certain amount of salt every day but overconsumption is harmful for the body. Experts have linked bowel cancer to overconsumption of salt.

Health Benefits of Mushrooms

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Though mushrooms are often regarded as vegetables, they provide most of the nutritional properties that are found in meat, grains or beans. Whether you opt for portobello, shiitake or white button mushrooms, they all are loaded with a number of essential nutrients and are also low in calories. Here are a few health benefits of mushrooms.
Good source of vitamin D
Like humans, mushrooms also produce vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. The ION recognises mushrooms as an exception to the rule that plant foods cannot naturally produce vitamin D. Consuming dried white button mushroom extract was found out to be as effective as taking supplements of vitamins D2 and D3 to increase overall vitamin D levels of the body.
Boosts the immune system
Mushrooms can also boost the immune system by increasing the production of proteins and antivirals released by cells as they try to protect and repair the body’s tissue. It also promotes the maturation of dendritic cells from the bone marrow that helps to enhance the body’s immunity further from invading microbes.
Source of antioxidants
Mushrooms are also a good source of antioxidanst. Antioxidants like selenium present in mushrooms helps protect the body cells from damage that could lead to chronic disease. Apart from that mushrooms also provide another antioxidant called ergothioneine that further protects these cells.
Weight management
If you want to loose weight, you can try substituting white button mushroom for meat. A study conducted, concluded that the subjects of this study who consumed mushrooms showed improvement in body composition such as reduced waist and weight loss.
Cancer fighting properties
Mushrooms are a natural food that contain cancer fighting ingredients. A study suggested that consuming a regular dose of white button mushrooms each day can decrease the risk of developing prostrate and breast cancer. Apart from that, shitake mushrooms are also known to inhibit tumour growths.

why tea is good for you!

Friday, February 14th, 2014

For those who do not like tea yet, here’s a bundle of benefits that it has on your health. Studies have shown that components found in tea can do wonders for your health – weight management, fighting diseases, de-stressing, etc. So think over it again and drink up.

Diseases: Studies link tea with a lower risk of heart attack and stroke, cancers, Parkinson’s disease, etc. Tea could also be beneficial to people with diabetes. A 2010 study found that the caffeine in tea may help in reducing the overall risk of diabetes.

Weight management: Tea is calorie-free, unless you add milk or sweetener. A 2011 study suggests that extracts from green tea may help burn calories.

Stress: Feeling stressed? Drink tea. One study found that black tea helped in reducing levels of stress hormones. Also, thianine (an amino acid) that gives flavour to green tea promotes relaxation and is also believed as a caffeine antagonist.

Youthful skin: If you are scared of getting fine lines and wrinkles, then drink tea. According to a study, extracts in white tea suppressed wrinkle formation by strengthening elastin and collagen – two important factors most commonly known for their ageing process. White tea is also believed to keep joints younger.

why beer is good for your health

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

For all those who believe that drinking beer may pose a threat to your health, recent studies have found that the drink has several surprising health benefits if consumed in moderate amounts.
Here are some amazing health benefits of beer:

• Drinking two beers a day can help in maintaining bone strength as it contains silicon which helps in strengthening bones.
• If consumed in the right amount, beer is good for one’s mental health and reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
• Since it is made of barley, it is an excellent source of fibre and hence consuming beer improves heart health and lowers cholesterol levels.
• Studies suggest that consumption of beer in moderate amounts reduces the risk of heart strokes.
• Since beer contains high water content, it helps reduce the risk of developing kidney stones.

Four ways to burn fat while you sleep

Monday, February 10th, 2014

You may have heard eating after 8 pm is bad for your health, especially if you are on a weight loss plan. But that isn’t true, the fact is that you just have to know which foods to eat and which ones to avoid as the evening advances.
However, try to eat dinner at least two hours before bed, and if you are one of those regular late-night snackers, try to finish it at least an hour before bed. This will help your body’s natural sleeping metabolism to burn fat even while you are asleep. Moreover, this will also help avoid sleep disruption due to poor digestion or stomach issues.
Here is a list of dos and don’ts before to help lose weight as well as for a good night sleep:
Foods to eat: Eat whole natural foods that are high in vitamins and minerals and low in saturated fat, trans fat, artificial sugar, sodium and cholesterol. Fruits, green vegetables, white meat protein (not red meat), healthy fats, cottage cheese, etc. are the healthiest choices for a weight management plan.
Foods to avoid: Fried food, bread products, grains, rice, high diary food like ice-cream, alcoholic drinks, caffeinated drinks, etc. should be avoided before bed. Besides, too much of anything should be avoided.
Small meals: Try to eat small meals throughout the day- this technique has been a ‘favourite tip’ of trainers and dieticians over the world in weight loss program. Eating frequent and small meals throughout the day will help your metabolism rate, and will also ensure that your body continues to burn fat throughout the night. However, you must ensure these meals are healthy and nutritious.
Avoid overeating: Keep your bedtime eating to snacks. Overeating or eating a big meal before bedtime can disrupt your sleep and put stress on the body’s digestive system. Try using small dishes to make the food seem significant and large.

5 superfoods for a healthy skin

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Diet plays a very important role as there are no short cuts to attain a healthy and glowing skin naturally.

Here are a few foods that you should eat for a clear, healthy and glowing skin.

Salmon: Salmon is a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids that protect the skin from sun exposure thereby providing radiance and glow to the skin.

Yoghurt: Yoghurt is a natural source of probiotic and excellent food for your face as it is effective in treating acne, eczema, dandruff and other problems to some extent.

Tomatoes: Tomatoes basically have an anti-ageing affect on our body as they contain antioxidant lycopene which is easily absorbed by our body thereby leaving you with a healthy skin and hair.

Green Tea: Green tea as we all know contains a good amount of antioxidants which when gets absorbed in the body, leaves you with that healthy glow.

Kiwis: Kiwis are a rich source of Vitamin C which help main a firm skin thereby keeping wrinkles at bay, This wonder fruit to contains antioxidants that keeps the skin healthy.

Strawberries are good for you

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

If you’re not already a fan of strawberries, you should be because they have immense health benefits. The red, juicy, delicious strawberries are one of the healthiest fruits to be included in your diet. The fruit originated in France.
Here are a few health benefits of strawberries:

• Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and hence boost immunity.
• The phenols in strawberries fight against many inflammatory disorders.
• Strawberries act as an anti-cancer agent as they are a combination of antioxidants and anti-infammatory agents that gut against the onset of many different forms of cancer.
• It is a superfood for healthy eyes as studies suggest that it can decrease the possibility of contracting age-related macular degeneration.
• Being a rich and natural source of Vitamin C, which is vital to the production of collagen, strawberries help improve skin’s elasticity and resilience, and keep wrinkles at bay.