In the modern era of a hectic lifestyle, it has become natural that most of us look for quick ways of losing weight. Several crash diets and fad diets have come into being for weight loss in a short span of time. Lemon detox diet, also known as the “Master Cleanse” is one of the popular and effective among fad diets. Though it might not be familiar to many people, it has been practiced by several Hollywood celebrities. It gained popularity when Beyonce, the famous Hollywood singer lost around 20 pounds in 2 weeks after following this diet. Continue reading
Selenium is a vital trace mineral needed by our body in small amounts. Just like other vitamins and minerals, selenium plays an important role in proper functioning of the body. Deficiency of selenium can lead to several health issues like fatigue, thyroid gland disorder, liver problems, reproductive disorder etc. Selenium aids the prevention of serious health issues like Keshan disease and cancer. Overdose of selenium can cause spots on nails, irritation, fatigue etc. Continue reading
Is your diet lacking in zinc? Time to think about it! Vitamins and minerals are indispensable for the maintenance of overall health. One mineral that often misses our attention is zinc. Though needed by the body in small amounts, this mineral is vital for maintaining the sense of smell, building a healthy immune system, triggering enzymes and for the formation of DNA. It also contributes to other aspects of health like vision, taste, hair and skin. It is believed to improve testosterone production in men and lessen PMS symptoms in women as well as boost the health of prenatal babies. Deficiency of zinc can lead to diarrhoea, impotency, stunted growth, loss of appetite, hair loss, eye and skin lesions, and impaired immunity. The best way to improve your zinc intake and prevent zinc deficiency is to incorporate foods rich in zinc in your daily diet.
Inflammation has become a common problem these days. Excess Inflammation in our body can trigger serious health issues so it shouldn’t be ignored at any cost. Inflammation can be there on the body surface or within the body. Symptoms of inflammation include redness, swelling, joint stiffness, loss of appetite, fever, fatigue, breath shortening, high blood pressure etc. Few Inflammatory disorders are atherosclerosis, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, etc.
In order to stay away from these severe symptoms and disease conditions, you need to include anti-inflammatory foods as well in your diet. This article will help you know the best foods to include in your diet to ignore any otherwise causing issues. Continue reading
We all need energy for performing our daily activities. Energy is required by our body not only for external functions like walking, talking, eating, moving; but also for internal functions like breathing, blood circulation and digestion. But do you know how energy is produced? Well, metabolism is the answer. In simple words, metabolism is a process of energy production in our body from the food we intake. It is indeed obvious that without metabolism, we won’t be able to survive at all.
We need energy and for energy, metabolic activities are necessary. Several metabolic activities take place in our body simultaneously. There are certain foods that have the quality of boosting metabolism. But before proceeding to discuss those food items, let us first understand the process of metabolism. Continue reading
Heart diseases have become quite common these days. High cholesterol level is one of the contributing factors to heart disease. Most of us have this misconception that cholesterol is harmful for health. It should be kept in mind that cholesterol is a kind of fat or lipid produced in the liver and some amount of it is essential for proper functioning of the body. Cholesterol can be categorized into two types, namely:
- High density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol or “good cholesterol”
- Low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol or “bad cholesterol”
Now, you might have got an idea as to which type of cholesterol poses adverse effects to your health. It is evident that high levels of LDL cholesterol can block your arteries, causing heart diseases. Similarly, it is extremely important to get the desired level of HDL cholesterol (above 60 mg/day) as it rids your body of excess levels of bad cholesterol by transporting it from the blood vessels to the liver from where it is excreted and eliminated. Thus, even low levels of HDL cholesterol can increase the risk of heart disease. Continue reading
“SNACKS”- This word brings smile on snacks lovers face. Snack is any food that is eaten in between meals. Snacks are important as they satisfy your hunger cravings in between meals. Usually snacks are consumed in lesser amount than meals, but they are often more fattening and unhealthy. Most of the snacks that we consume such as burgers, sandwiches, chips, wafers, sausages etc are high in carbs. These carbs get stored in the body as fat and lead to weight gain. They pose several other adverse effects on health. Thus, consuming healthy and nutritious snacks is as important as consuming healthy meals. Continue reading
Have you ever heard about probiotics? Wondered how to include them in your diet when they are considered to be healthy. This post delves you through the importance of probiotics in maintaining a healthy system and the best foods to consider.
What are Probiotics?
Bacteria are often conceived as disease causing organisms and something associated with bad health. But all bacteria are not harmful. Our intestines consist of several kinds of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics refer to the beneficial gut bacteria which facilitate digestion by stimulating the digestive juices and enzymes. These bacteria are produced by the action of lactic acid, bacteria and yeast. Continue reading
Carbohydrate plays a vital role in our body. Without it our survival is impossible. Carbohydrates are basically large organic compounds that can be classified into three types – sugar, starch and fiber.
Functions of Carbohydrates:
Their main function is to provide energy. Almost 80% of our energy is produced by carbohydrates. Hence, it is often said that “Carbohydrate is our fuel”.
Other essential functions of carbohydrates are to maintain digestive system, promote good bacteria growth, regulate the nervous system and formation of co- enzymes like ATP, NAD and FAD. High carbohydrates (fiber) help in preventing diseases like diabetes and cancer. Deficiency (lack) of carbohydrate leads to unhealthy weight loss, weakness, fatigue, mood swings, digestive problems like constipation, dehydration, marasmus disease, ketosis, etc. Moderate amount of carbohydrate needed by us is 100-150 gm per day. Continue reading
With the unhealthy lifestyle and increased consumption of fast foods, indigestion has become a common problem. Excessive consumption of junk food adversely affects our digestive system, causing problems like gas, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation etc. Consuming easily digestible food is the best way to facilitate the smooth functioning of the digestive system. There are many foods that are easy on our digestive system and improve digestion by providing the important bacteria needed by it. Continue reading