All you need to know about cholesterol

We have all heard never-ending theories and advice when it comes to cholesterol. Here is a simple guide to everything you need to know about cholesterol.

  • It is a fatty acid like substance present in your body cells.
  • Plays a major role in cardiovascular diseases, heat stroke, blood pressure an diabetes
  • Cholesterol is vital for 3 elements – Hormones, food digestion and Vitamin D in the body
  • Now though the body makes enough Cholesterol, a lot of it additionally enters our body due to our diet.
  • Lipo proteins are the carriers responsible for Transporting Cholesterol through our body
  • There are essentially two types of lip proteins – Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and High-density lipoprotein (HDL)

Since the two make up your cholesterol count, here is what you must know about LDL and HDL

  • LDL is bad cholesterol and HDL is good cholesterol
  • While LDL is responsible for blocks in the arteries and heart strokes, HDL helps remove bad cholesterol from the arteries

Note: Your LDL level should never be more than 190. A high LDL level makes you more prone to heart diseases.

  • At the same time your HDL level should always be high – means lesser risk of heart attacks and helps carrying LDL to the liver, where it’s broken down.

Now, let’s move on to healthy lifestyle changes you need to implement right away, to control cholesterol levels.

  • Avoid food that is high in saturated fat i.e food from animals like mean, egg yolks, milk, butter etc.
  • Trans fat also should not be part of your diet, i.e. fried food items like chips, crackers and even cookies
  • Your health will automatically improve with intake of nuts, fish, fruits, oats, lentils and vegetables. All these keep LDL levels low and helps in cardiovascular conditions.

Exercising regularly is an indicator of better cholesterol levels and you also fight over-weight issues which usually cause lower HDL levels.

Remember:

  • You are likely to develop cholesterol, if it runs in the family.
  • Kidney and liver disease might also contribute to cholesterol levels
  • After the age of 20, Cholesterol levels automatically rise.
  • Check your blood pressure regularly

Did you know? ‘Cholesterol-free’ labelled foods do not mean they have less of it or they have removed it, they are basically made up of plant based food that contain no cholesterol at all.

Tired all the time? Change your diet

The good news is avoiding fatigue and tiredness is not really rocket science. Here are some things to avoid and simple changes you should be making to your diet right now.

Carbs

Choose your carbohydrate intake carefully. Avoid sweets, drinks with high sugar content, to prevent high sugar levels and ultimately keep away fatigue. However, the carb rich foods you must choose are milk, oatmeal, soy, apricots etc. These are usually low-glycemic.

Water

The most simple and basic must on the list. At least 10 cups of water must be consumed every day, to reduce dehydration and keep tiredness away. A tip to remember about liquids – cut down on caffeine. Do not consume more than 300 mg and keep drowsiness away.

Fruits & Vegetables

Orange, Bananas, Apple, Pears and vitamin reach food should be a part of your diet. Also, cooked vegetables and salads are great!

Breakfast

Never skip breakfast. Your breakfast should always be protein rich. Consumption of cereals, smoothies, oat meals, whole-grain rich food, yogurt etc is the best way to start your day.

Meat

Low meat, especially missing red meat in your diet might be the reason you are tired! Always include steaks in your diet. Also, protein rich and fatty foods like fish, turkey, eggs, pork and bacon must be on the list. For the vegetarians, there is always tofu and nuts to keep you energetic.

Snacks

Snacking and eating at regular intervals is compulsory. Don’t let your calorie intake drop by skipping meals. Three meals a day and snacking with lentil soup, nuts, avocado, berries and other fiber rich fruits and vegetables is the way to go!

hair care myths

Your beautician, friends, family, colleagues, almost everyone you know would have offered you these hair tips and tricks at some point in your life. It is time to debunk all those and keep it simple.

Shinier hair with a cold rinse

Did you know? Hair doesn’t really react to water temperature. So, a cold or hot rinse isn’t the key for shinier hair. Conditioner is the tip to shinier hair.

Frequent trimming for growth

Here’s the truth guys, regular trimming does not help in hair growth. It sure does keep the ends healthier and cuts off split ends, but has nothing to do with length. The growth is happening from the scalp and the root. So, growth irrespective of trimming, doesn’t alter. Trimming once in 3 months is more than enough, that too not for faster growth, remember!

Products stop suiting hair texture

We think beyond a point, certain products stop suiting our hair. Now this is the myth we need to debunk. So, if weather conditions, hormones and habits change, that’s when your shampoo starts working in different ways. Also, straightening, coloring, makeovers or other changes to length and texture is the reason products give varied results. Switching brands is not the key, maintaining the texture by avoiding heat and other changes around is.

Hair dyeing can cause damage

Don’t worry about coloring your hair, especially if hair is not healthy or damaged. Dyeing doesn’t tamper health of the hair. Remember, the hair in the scalp is always newer than damaged ends, so coloring doesn’t cause further damage.

Brush your hair when wet

Firstly, excessive brushing is not recommended at all. Secondly, brushing while hair is still wet can cause the most damage. It is better to detangle hair with your fingers. Brushing your hair will easily cause breakage. Most importantly, avoid brushes with sharp edges and use more wide-toothed combs.

essential oils

Lemon Oil

Since summer is almost here, we thought we must begin with lemon, a perfect essential to beat the heat. Apart from being antibacterial and helpful for digestion and the immune system, lime oils also help in up lifiting your mood. So, this summer here is all you have to do

– Mix lemon oil with your shampoo

– Detox by drinking a glass of water mixed with few drops of lemon oil every morning

– Spray around and on yourself some lemon oil mixed with water, helps with fragrance and also keeps the bugs away from clothing.

– Break free with lemon oil massages, relieves stress and improves concentration

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is smooth and is the best thing to let your hair down and break free from all the stress. Not only that, the oil also helps in easing pain. From migraines to burns and stings, lavender oil is a great remedy for multiple purposes/healing.

Also, guess what? this one is also recommended for the kids! Lavender oil is a must have for your child, both during bed time and a bath. Massage it for your kids every night before going to sleep. Around two tablespoons will do. Plus, the fragrance will give you and your kid a good night’s sleep.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a great antifungal! Being antiseptic, it very much helps in curing cuts and infections. Also, this essential oil helps in keeping the acne away. Beneficial for both dry and oily skin, this oil can be combined with your daily soaps and shampoos. Not only that, when mixed with coconut oil, tea tree oil also works as an anti-dandruff agent.

Tip: Stay lice-free by spraying some tea tree oil mixed with water on your hair!

Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil has the cure for more than just one problem. The oil works as an insect repellant (works great when mixed with tea tree or lemon oil) and protects the skin from itching. It is popularly known to aid chest congestion, treat arthritis and acts as reliever for muscle aches. The oil also rejuvenates your sense and takes away the strain from your body.

Tip: A steam with eucalyptus oil mixed with hot water is always a great remedy!

Sandalwood Oil

Sandalwood oil is one of the best essential to tackle sleep problems. It also works to reduce stress, anxiety and is highly recommended for depression. And like most oils, sandalwood too helps tackle skin conditions and relieves back pain as well.

Tip: Add the oil to cotton and place it under your pillow for sound sleep.

nail care tips

You must be wondering why nail care is so important, considering a manicure or pedicure is just a door step away. But, once the pampering is done, it’s time to maintain the nails. So, here are some tips that will surely come handy in keeping those nails healthy and strong.

Don’t let the polish stay

Sometimes, we tend to let the Nail polish stay for too long. Don’t wait for it wear off by itself. The key is to make sure nails don’t turn brown. So, remove your nail polish every 3 weeks at least to avoid staining of nails.

Regular Moisturizing

This one is really simple. Just moisturize your hands every night before going to bed and you are good to go. This not only keeps the nails strong but also helps with healthy cuticles.

Dry Mani/Pedi

Yes, while most of us soak our nails in water in the process of pampering, we are forgetting one important thing. The chemicals used in the water more than often enter the skin, making it vulnerable. So, the best thing to do is to opt for dry manicures and pedicures, which are hygienic and also last longer.

Except at times, salt water soaking helps with nail injuries and kills germs.

Keep them short

Keeping nails short and regular clipping will help in maintaining them dirt free. Though long nails seem fancy and are the trend of all times, short nails are hands down the winners. Short nails help from breaking, avoids ingrowth and definitely reduces infections. Also, you don’t have to worry about broken nails or bruises anymore!

Avoid/sterilize metal tools

How about nail brushes instead of metal grooming tools to clean them up? Clean up with brushes to escape cuts from other tools. Also, if you feel there is no escaping from all of them, then don’t forget to sterilize the grooming tools. Make sure the stuff used to remove cuticles and dead skin is always clean, both at home and the parlor.