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.
Everyone loves to have their 8 hours of beauty and healthy 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 healthy sleep 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 healthy sleep and a good morning!
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.
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.
According to WHO, the average life expectancy in 2015 was 71.4 years. With the world’s current dietary habits, we can expect this number to decrease drastically. Let’s take a look at some of the food that will help you have a long life (Jeethe raho!):
Yes, sometimes it’s as simple as that – drinking water rather than juices or soda, can greatly increase your life span as it improves your cognitive functions and cleanses your body.
The nuts that are good for you are generally unsalted and unroasted nuts (If you want you can roast them at home). Nuts can include peanuts, cashews, walnuts, and almonds. Consuming nuts improve your longevity, as they are a source of healthy fat and are healthier snacks rather than chips and cookies.
Garlic not only adds flavour to your favourite food, but also strengthens your immunity and possessed anti-viral properties. Additionally, it aids in the absorption of essential nutrients, which is always a plus.
Research has suggested that human bodies are not capable of digesting cow’s milk due to its high sugar and fat content, which is what most of us consume daily. Instead of cow’s milk, try coconut milk, almond milk, or even sheep’s milk.
Vegetables, especially broccoli, sprouts, and spinach are great for increasing longevity due to their nutritional and medicinal properties.
Last of all, eat as much homemade food as you can –opt for home-cooked meals rather than processed foods because honestly who knows what’s in all those bottles and packets of food?
Do you have any other suggestions for improving longevity? Let us know in the comments section below.