April 3, 2017
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.
- 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.
March 27, 2017
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
March 23, 2017
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.
March 23, 2017
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 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 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 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.
March 20, 2017
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.
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.
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.
February 27, 2017
I read in a magazine to reduce weight, cut down carbs. It is unhealthy! It is your enemy! It should be banned! Have we not heard of these in different languages and emotions?
To be honest, carbohydrates or carbs, as they are called, is also your friend. The right intake of carbs will keep you healthy.
Healthy Carbs. No Way!
Carbs can be found in typical foods such as sugar in the form of fruits, vegetables and milk. If you have thought sugar is just your typical table sugar it is not so. Sugar is found in almost all forms of food, vegetables and fruits and your body needs sugar everyday. The right amount of sugar will help your body.
Another great way to consume carbs is eating rice, beans, peas and grains. If you don’t like starchy food, then fiber is another way to get going. Fiber such as peas, soya etc are just perfect.
What exactly does carbs do for you? (apart from adding the dreaded weight)
The Human body every second burns energy. Any activity be it running a marathon or lifting your pinkie finger burns energy and carbs provide the energy. And yes, even your breathing.
Another good deed that carbs do silently is, it, prevents diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and keeps obesity at bay. It also helps in indigestion and keeps cholesterol under control including the weight. Carbs helps in reducing or controlling weight if eaten properly.
A proper diet of fruits, veggies, fiber rich food actually helps in weight loss.
How much is too bad?
To even breathe and just be lazy you need 1300 calories a day. If you are active, atleast 3000 calories are needed. So, on an average, a person would require 2000 calories a day and carbs should ideally supply about 45 to 65 percent of this. Any calorie intake above 1200 for a lazy lifestyle is too bad.
A dietician or a nutritionist would be ideal to recommend your daily diet keeping other factors in mind.
Overall, it is all important to stick to a fiber rich veggie and fruits diet including whole grains, legumes and low fat dairy products.
A word of advice – just avoid added sugar products. They do more harm than good except taste heavenly in desserts and colas plus ensure fat all over the body that you would blame on carbs.
February 23, 2017
Everyone loves to have their 8 hours of beauty sleep but rare is it to get someone sleeping for 8 hours!
For the few lucky ones who sleep like a baby, research has proven that what they eat at night before sleep makes all the difference. Yes, there is a connection between food and sleep and there is proven research to substantiate the same.
Let us now take a look at what to eat to get a good night of sleep:
A diet rich in fiber and non-fiber carbs can help you sleep better. A few vegetables like cauliflower,broccoli, cabbage, peas, oatmeal, whole wheat pasta and a host of fiber rich food and fruits available in the market will ensure you sleep better and also digest the food overnight for a trouble morning.
Incidentally, warm milk and crackers ensure a good night sleep too.
Now one may ask – Why boring fiber?
Fiber is one essential need for the body that surprisingly never digests in any form but yet helps in lowering cholesterol, blood glucose to a trouble-free morning toilet!
What to avoid for a good night’s sleep
Sugar in any form should be avoided. Its good to have fruits such as bananas and cherries but bad to have them before sleeping. Bananas have 19 grams of sugar and cherries have 18 grams which can definitely keep you awake for a longer period of time. Have these rich sugar diet foods in the day time so that your body can release energy over a breakfast or a lunch.
Others that may keep you wide awake are fatty high-protein snacks, burgers, fries, alcohol, cola, coffee and a whole lot more.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, Americans aged between 18-64 consume three 12 ounce caffeinated beverages on a weekday. Now, that is a whole lot of energy to burn I would say!
Post your comments to have a trouble-free sleep and a good morning!
February 5, 2017
Improves hair growth when applied on to the scalp, moisturizes skin when applied regularly, helps tackle ulcers and throat infections – these are some of the benefits that are associated with coconut oil. But what many don’t know is that it can act as a toothpaste too!
From massaging onto the scalp to oil-pulling, this oil is literally packed with numerous benefits, particularly when it comes to health. Studies show that the anti-bacterial properties of coconut oil could possibly combat certain strains of Streptococcus bacteria, which reside in the mouth. Regular use of coconut oil is also capable of inhibiting the multiplication of a good number of bacteria and also, effective in reducing the risk of oral infections.
Should I dump my toothpaste?
No – it is too early to literally replace your toothpaste with coconut oil. A sudden switch will prove more harmful than beneficial. The change has to be made over a period of time.
For starters, you could try taking a tablespoon of good quality coconut oil, swirl it around in your mouth for as long as you can and spit it out. Once you have gotten used to that, you can make your own toothpaste using coconut oil fir regular use.
The recipe is:
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 2 or 3 tbsp baking soda
- 15-30 drops lemon juice
Mix the ingredients together and use regularly, and put an end to your teeth and gum problems!!
Got any tips that you would like to share?? Put them in the comments section below!
January 30, 2017
Sometimes, “lather, rinse, repeat” isn’t enough to keep strands shiny and soft. Your hair needs to be nurtured from within to look its best.
Incorporate these healthy eats into your daily diet and get ready to say goodbye to dull, drab strands
Adequate water intake is necessary for hair cells to transport nutrients and vitamins to the hair root. Hydrated hair is happy hair!
Omega-3 fatty acids are a powerhouse of nutrients when it comes to giving you a good hair day. Munch on flaxseeds and walnuts to add shine to your hair, and also fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and herring to boost your omega intake as well.
Dark green veggies
Veggies are one of the best things you can incorporate into your diet for overall health. Leafy green vegetables like spinach and broccoli are an excellent source of iron and calcium.
This fiber-filled food can be considered “Queen Bee” when it comes to hair-healthy foods! Whole wheat bread, fortified cereals increase your hair’s growth rate; also give your body vitamin B, which promote happy strands by boosting your red blood cell count
Containing both calcium and protein, it can help lengthen and thicken your hair. Greek yogurt can provide about three times as much protein compared to regular yoghurt.
This oil is good for almost anything! Not only can you add coconut oil into your daily diet, but you can also add it right onto your hair! Run it through your hair, and let it sit for about 30 minutes before taking a shower. The fatty acids in the oil bind to the protein in hair and protect both the roots and strands of hair from breakage.
January 23, 2017
Why squander on products that may or may not help your skin?? Just make sure you eat the right food to get that glowing skin that we all dream of, because beautiful skin needs commitment, not a miracle.
No doubt yoghurt provides delicious benefits for your body, enriched with protein, calcium, vitamins and probiotics. But it also does great beauty wonders for your skin. It’s an all-around beauty multi-tasker that fights acne and pimples, restricts premature aging, relieves sunburn, reduces discoloration and keeps your skin glowing and youthful.
Along with boosting your immune system, pomegranate possesses anti-aging properties, thus rejuvenating your skin. Pomegranate juice is useful in reducing fine lines and wrinkles on your skin. It helps the skin cells to regenerate and prevents dark spots and pigmentation troubles. Regular intake keeps you looking younger and beautiful.
Foodies everywhere love walnuts for their crunchy texture and great taste. Aside from filling a hunger gap; they are also a beauty secret. Being the powerhouse of Omega-3 fatty acids, they lock-in moisture and nutrients in the skin. Applying walnut oil will cure your dark circles and removes puffiness under the eyes.
Avocados not only nurture your skin when you eat them, but also when applied topically they prevent dry skin and brittle hair and nails. Eating half an avocado would probably lower your cholesterol level. Replace your sunscreen lotions with this fruit. It helps in protecting your skin from the UV rays of the sun, also a remedy for removing sun burns and eczema from the skin.
From regular fever to some of the deadliest bacterial and viral infections, basil can cure diseases. The juice of crushed basil leaves cleanse your skin from within. Basil purifies the blood and eliminates the toxins, thus healing and preventing eruptions on skin. The antioxidants present in Tulsi make you look younger and fresher. Basil has more powerful antibacterial properties when compared with other home remedies for acne. Basil can help to inhibit the growth of bacteria which causes acne problem. It works well as a skin and hair moisturizer too.