Posts Tagged ‘health tips’

Staying fit with a healthy diet

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Healthy diet, health tipsWhen you start eating healthy you can have complete control over your body and also you’ll gain more confidence once you’re in control of your body. Today, there are many health risks which people have become aware of and thus they are doing their best to change their nutritional intake. A healthy and well balanced diet can help one get a good figure too. Exercise and a balanced diet are the main factors which play a role in getting a good body.

Foods To Avoid

There are some foods which are tasty but can cause massive medical complications over time. So you should have limited amounts of those foods to keep yourself healthy

 Alcohol
 Fried foods
 Trans fats and unsaturated fats
 Packaged foods
 Flavored water
 Soft drinks
 Sweet foods like chocolate
 Excess of baked goods like cupcakes, cookies and cakes

What To Eat

You can switch to healthier snacks instead of grabbing a pack of chips every now and then; have a bowl of fruits or yoghurt when you feel hungry. It’s filling and healthy. You can also try organic foods and fruit juices instead of having soft drinks. You can have alcohol but keep that within limits. Get a personal diet chart made form a nutritionist so that you know what’s good for you. Have all the micro and macro nutrients in right amounts daily. Also you need to have enough water and fiber for a fully functional body. Fiber helps in bowel movement and water helps in almost all body functions.

Switch from flab to fab!

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Health tips, body fitnessThese days people have become very health conscious and what we eat has direct control over our health. If you want to stay in shape and maintain a slim but healthy figure, you need to check what you eat. But instead of having unhealthy tidbits, you could switch to something which is healthy and also takes care of your hunger pangs.

Curb Your Hunger Pangs Between Meals

• Yoghurt- This is a very good and healthy option. You can go for the ones which are made in store or you could make your own. It takes about a night to get made so it’s not a tough thing to do. If you don’t like the natural sour taste of yoghurt, you could mix some honey with it or throw in some fruits like berries to make it into a delicious dish. One cup of yoghurt can be very good for you and it makes sure that your digestive system is in good condition. You can also freeze the yoghurt and enjoy delicious frozen yoghurt.

• If you want something crunchy you can go for baked soy cheese nachos. These are very healthy as they are not fried. The cheese is added in minimum amount, just to bring in the flavor and nachos are an all time favorite for all. You can buy a bag of soy cheese nachos and have them when you wish for a guilt free snack. Soy is a good source of protein too.

• You can have a nut snack too. Add your favorite nuts like cashew nuts, peanuts, with lots of raisins and dry fruits if you want. This is a very healthy pick for you and its rich in vitamins and minerals too.

5 tips to deal with insomnia

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

insomnia, treatment for insomniaInsomnia is a big problem that makes almost 30% of the total population of the world suffer. After the recent strike of the global economic recessions, the problem has become more prominent. There are a lot of reasons behind such lack of sleep. It may happen due to job losses, economic worries, finances, homes and many other issues. However, a sleeping disorder will only add to the problems and it is important that you get a good eight hour sleep so that you can deal with all other problems.

There are a few things that may help get your sleep right. They are discussed as follows:

  • Eat Right Before Bed

Do not have food that is spicy for dinner as it may cause heartburn. It advisable that you eat a minimum amount before going to bed so that you know how the body reacts to what has been consumed

  • Tea, Honey And Milk

In order to make your body relaxed, you could have a cup of tea or a glassful of warm milk before going to bed.  A common tea that is known to be effective in this regard is Chamomile.

  • Exercise

An evening exercise can be very effective to keep insomnia at bay. Your body will be prepared for a complete relaxation by the regular exercise in the evenings. It will take away the anxiety from you and you will feel more relaxed.

  • Noise And Lighting

If you have a sleeping disorder it is important that the conditions of your bedtime atmosphere are suitable. Therefore, you have to make sure that you have a quiet and dark room to sleep at night.

  • Music

Music, they say, has the ability to heal almost any problem. It has been proven scientifically that light and soothing melodies can work wonders before bedtime.

 

Keeping a Check on Your Liver Health

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

liver care, treatment for liverThe liver is a vital organ present in all vertebrates. It is the largest internal organ in the human body and it has several important body functions. Liver controls metabolism in a major way. Apart from that, it also secretes several bio-chemicals which are necessary for digestive processes. Other functions of the liver are to produce substances which work for the immune system of the body. Liver is also concerned with protein synthesis and detoxification of the body’s various substances. Liver produces bile which emulsifies fats in the process of digestion.

Main Diseases Of The Liver

a)      Pale Stools- this situation is characterized by reduction in brown pigmentation from fecal matter, mainly caused due to irregularity in liver functions.

b)      When bilirubin mixes with urine, it causes the color of urine to become dark.

c)      Jaundice is a common problem which is caused when the bilirubin gets deposited on the skin.

d)     Excessive bleeding when a cut or bruising occurs could be due to some abnormality in the liver.

e)      When there is excess loss in nutrients and minerals a person might feel more lazy and tired than usual. This is also caused to abnormal liver functions.

f)       Swelling of the abdomen and feet without any known cause could mean liver problems too.

How To Take Care Of Your Liver?

Limit your intake of fried food and processed foods. Also you should reduce the intake of fructose as excess fructose could affect liver functions. Increase your intake of vegetables, fresh fruits and natural fruit and vegetable juices. You could also go on a detox diet once in a while to cleanse your system. Also reduce the intake of alcohol. They are mostly empty calories and excess alcohol cannot be taken care of by the liver.

Fixing Up a Green Smoothie At Home

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Green Smoothie, preparing Green SmoothiePeople are now becoming more and more health conscious. Recent research shows that more than half American citizens are overweight and cholesterol issues leading to heart attacks and strokes are the highest due to this reason. This kind of information is disturbing and people are shifting to choosing alternatives when it comes to the food intake. Pollution levels have also gone up in the past few years. Our bodies are exposed to larger number of chemicals daily, some of them being carcinogenic as well. One can’t sit at home all day for protection but what you can do is start detoxifying your system and going for various anti oxidants to cleanse the system.

  • Green smoothies for detoxification

One of the best detox drinks is a green smoothie. Its healthy, its nutritious, it builds up the immune system and you can have as much as you want without feeling guilty about gaining weight. So whenever you feel the urge to have a soda, switch to a green smoothie.

  • How to make green smoothies

You can try out various delicious vegetables and fruits to make your green smoothies. Here is one healthy and simple green smoothie recipe-

Freeze and chop up spinach (whole) and cut up an apple, a banana and two avocados. Put them all in a mixture and blend till desired consistency is got. Add half cup coconut water and 1 teaspoon hemp seeds. Mix in some herbs and spices to give it a good taste. Blend again to have a great green smoothie.

Tea VS Coffee Which Is Better For Your Health

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

health tips, effect of tea on your health, tea vs. CoffeeMany of us are addicted to tea and coffee and too much of anything is not good. It has been said by scientists and researchers that both of these beverages contain caffeine and that cause some kind of addiction in the system which people find difficult to get rid of. That’s why it’s necessary for us to understand which one is a healthier option. Research shows that coffee and tea both have their pros and cons.

  • Coffee

Advantages

a)      It gives us energy and stimulates our mind

b)      Helps steer clear of liver cirrhosis

c)      Contains several ingredients which help decrease chances of developing kidney stones, especially in women

Disadvantages

a)      Excessive coffee drinking can lead to stained teeth

b)      Causes bad breath

c)      Increases headaches and leads to loss of appetite

d)     Can cause indigestion

e)      In some cases, it even might cause sterility

So like everything coffee too has its pros and cons. It can be noted that coffee is safe and good for health if taken in limited amounts. Always brush or wash your mouth after having a cup of coffee.

  • Tea

Advantages

a)      Green tea has anti oxidant ingredients which helps fight the signs if aging

b)      Polyphenols help in cancer prevention to some extent

c)      Has a soothing effect on the body and it gives a rejuvenated feeling due to the presence of caffeine

d)     Makes teeth stronger

Disadvantages

a)      Since tea has high concentration of fluorides, it may increase the risk of osteoporosis, especially in women

b)      May cause kidney stones if taken in excess daily

c)      May cause liver disease too

Thus, same as coffee, tea has its own risk factors if taken in excess. So whichever you choose make sure the consumption is limited to two to three cups maximum.

Keeping your body PH under control

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Maintain body PH, body careAcidification is something that causes too many problems in the body. But it can be cured completely if you get to understand the symptoms. One of the main reasons why this acidification takes place is because the pH level of the body is not balanced. Here are some of the ways how you can control the pH of the body:

Step 1– firstly you should make sure that you do not get acidification frequently. For this you will have to stop consuming high acid drinks and foods. Chilly food and fast food is something which you should strictly avoid in order to maintain the perfect balance of pH in your body. Changing your diet will be the best way to start the process of balancing your pH level.

Step 2– consume foods that are rich in alkaline such vegetables and fruits. This will help to balance the level of body pH within a few days.

Step 3- exercising is another way how the oxidation of acids can take place. If you work out regularly then there are high chances that you will be relieved from acidification which in turn will keep a balance of the pH level in the body. Since exercise helps increase the flow of urine and sweat the channels of acid elimination increases.

Step 4– consuming alkaline mineral supplements will keep the body free from acidification. Even if you eat foods that are rich in acid percentage the alkaline mineral supplements will help to remove the ill traits quickly.

How can yoga cure back ache

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Benefits of yoga, health tipsWhen people hear the word yoga the first thing that comes to their mind is they would have to bend their body in positions that are almost impossible to do. But the real fact is it helps to cure the pain from which you are suffering. Yoga is very helpful for those who are suffering from back ache. Although in the initial stages you may feel that it is giving you more pain but the after effects of yoga will definitely help you to get rid of that back ache.

Yoga tips for curing back ache

Hatha yoga is the best possible way to cure the back pain. Here are some of the ways how you can proceed with the yoga:

• Aerating the spine daily- it is important that there exists some space between the spine and the vertebrae. This will help the spinal discs of your body get a break and if you perform in the morning then it is better for you. all you will need is a wall or a pole where you will have to reach so that the spine remains straight. This will aerate the spine completely.

• Lifting with legs- this is one of the easiest ways of doing yoga. Instead of carrying a heavy weight with your back you will have to lift the same thing with your legs. For this you can keep a proper posture so that you do not face any kind of strain while lifting the weight.

• Keeping a straight spine- this is not exactly yoga but a daily practice that would keep your back ache away. It often happens that a person walks with a hunch. This not only looks bad but also increases your back pain. Walking with a straight posture will help to avoid the problem.

Should I stick to a fruit diet

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Fruit diet, health tips, nutritionThe saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor way” is very much correct considering the fact that “Health is Wealth” for you. Keeping fruits in your daily diet is very important to maintain a proper health and this diet plan is not limited to any age. Even if you are old enough you can include fruits in your diet provided you choose those fruits that do not cause acidity in you.

Advantages of keeping fruits in your diet

There are many advantages of keeping fruits in your diet. They are as follows:

 First of all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes get digested easily. In fact they also act for the healing of many diseases.

 If you have the habit of eating raw fruits then it is better for you because in that way it will help the body to maintain the moisture balance. Since fruits have a low percentage of sodium it helps the people who do not prefer salt in their diet.

 Consuming raisins, apricots and dates will help you to strengthen the bones because they are rich in iron and calcium and will also help for the proper regulation of blood in the body. One of the best fruits that provide calcium to the body is custard apple.

 Along with calcium your body also needs vitamins and consuming lemons, guavas and oranges will allow your body to achieve the required percentage of vitamin C. Papaya is also an effective fruit that gives carotene and vitamin C to the body.

Dealing with gastric pain

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Cure gastric pain, health tipsGastric pain is something that everyone will face at some point in their life. This pain can be really awful especially if you are not habituated to it. It has the capability of reducing the work productivity and will make you weak throughout. Bloating, active acid secretions, abdominal pain due to indigestion are some of the main causes of gastric pain.

Tips to cure gastric pain

The burning sensation that you get on having gastric pain is unbearable. Following are some of the tips that will help to cure you of this pain:

Firstly you should not starve for a long time. For that you will have to eat your meal thrice a day and it would be better if you avoid eating snacks for dinner. This often results in acid secretion at night which in turn causes gastric pain.

When you are eating make sure you eat to a certain limit. Over eating may cause quick acid secretion from the food you eat. It is wise to eat a small portion of food after every 3 hours.

Consumption of foods that have a high percentage of fat should be avoided. Oily foods and foods containing also comes in the same category as they helps to trigger sudden acid secretion.

Too much of chili consumption should also be avoided as they cause abdominal pain and dyspeptic symptoms. This may also result in bloating and nausea.

There are people who have the habit of drinking high amount of milk. That should be stopped because milk contains protein and calcium that causes too much of acid production.

Health benefits of tomato

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Benefits of tomato, health tipsTomato is one of the best foods that keep your body healthy and has lots of other benefits as well. Although they are available throughout the year there is a season when their growth is plenty and that is the time when they are the most effective. If you think that a fresh tomato has better chances of improving your health then you are partially wrong. The health benefits of tomatoes do not depend on their freshness. Ketchup, spaghetti, sauce, pizza and barbecue sauce have the same type of health benefit as that of the fruit.

What makes tomatoes so healthy for the body

We all know that tomatoes are good for our health but hardly any of us know why it is so. Following are some of the points that would clear all your doubts:

 Lycopene- you must have seen the red pigments in the tomato but you never asked how that happens. Well it is due to lycopene which is also a member of the carotenoid family that gives the red color to the tomato. This element helps to prevent cancer in a person and also acts as an antioxidant. They also help to keep the skin free from any kind of rashes or skin disease.
 Cardiovascular protection- along with lycopene beta carotene and vitamin C is also present in tomatoes. They are also powerful antioxidants which help to prevent any inflammatory damage to the cell membranes. They are also responsible for preventing heart attacks in a person.

Staying healthy after 50

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

health, nutrition tips for aged, old age healthThe age 50 is very crucial as far as it is concerned with your health. Many doctors say that people should take proper care of their health once they have crossed the age of 50. There are many ways of taking care of health after 50.

Medical tests:

Once you are over 50, you should consider doing a series of medical tests to ensure that you are healthy:

  • Routine weight check up
  • Regular blood pressure check up
  • Routine Eco Cardio Gram
  • Regular blood tests

All the above tests if done properly at regular intervals will keep you away from any serious threat of health problems. If any problem is examined in of the tests, you can take the proper steps before it is too late.

Blood tests:

Blood test is the most important of all the above mentioned medical tests. Few diseases like blood sugar, lipid profile, thyroid etc can be diagnosed with the help of blood test report. If any discrepancy is found in the level of the hemoglobin, an important component of blood, red blood cells and white blood cells, then proper corrective measures can be taken immediately before the situation becomes worse.

Other tips to stay healthy:

Other than undergoing regular medical tests, make sure that you take proper diet containing all the essential nutrients in the correct amount. You should avoid too much oily, spicy and junk food. This can give rise to several other health problems later on. Make sure that you walk everyday in the morning or in the evening for a particular period of time, so that the joints and the bones are in proper working condition. If you don’t move your joints regularly, then you are prone to develop osteoporosis which is very common in people of age 50 and above.

Causes and cure of chronic bad breath

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

chronic bad breath, bad breathBad breath is something which can happen to anyone at any age.  Medically this condition is called halitosis. There could be many reasons why someone could have bad breath.  The main thing to keep in mind is that contrary to popular belief, mostly bad breath occurs due to internal problems and not due to poor hygiene. Poor oral hygiene does cause bad breath but mostly it doesn’t last long if a person brushes twice a day. If you see that the problem persists for more than a week, there could be other reasons.

Main causes

  • Liver problem
  • Gum diseases
  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Excessive drinking
  • Dry mouth disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Acid reflux

To find out the right cause of bad breath you should first check what’s internally wrong with your body. You should understand which kind of disease you have so that you can cure it in order to take care of bad breath.

Cure

  • Have good oral hygiene
  • Do not smoke, don’t drink excessively
  • Remember to floss
  • Visit the doctor if you have bleeding gums
  • Try to stay well protected in winters to steer clear of bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Clean your tongue
  • Drink plenty of water go for an oral health checkup once every 3 months

Once you find out the cause you can cure bad breath. Just make sure that you follow the daily oral healthcare needs and take medication if necessary.

Benefits of Yogurt for a Healthy Body

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Yogurt, health tipsYogurt is known to be one of the most nutritious and healthiest of foods known to man. They have several properties which can provide several health benefits. Yogurt is a basic dairy product which is made after milk is fermented with the help of bacteria. The fermentation of the lactose in milk causes lactic acid to be produced which in turn is used to help the milk turn into yogurt. You can get several flavors of yogurt like strawberry, apple, orange, blueberry, mango, pineapple, etc. You can even go for frozen yogurt and drinkable yogurt which have their unique essence and tastes. One can even have sour yogurt with a sprinkle of sugar or honey or chocolate on top to make the dish more interesting.

Advantages of having yogurt

  • One cup of yogurt taken at night can help in enhancing weight loss.
  • Having yogurt keeps the colon free from worms
  • Yogurt helps in keeping gastrointestinal cancer
  • Yogurt improves immunity
  • Helps absorption of other nutrients
  • Heals intestinal infections
  • Gives back strength to the body after diseases and sicknesses
  • Helps decrease risks of yeast infection
  • Good source of protein
  • Helps lower cholesterol

Since yogurt has so many good properties including it in one’s daily diet is every useful for people of all ages. Many patients are also given a cup of yogurt in their hospital diet. Since it heals the body, gives it strength and helps lose weight, it is probably one of the most effective food material which we can make use of.

Tips to Take Proper Care Of Your Hands And Feet

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

hand and foot care, manicure, pedicureWe pay a lot of attention to our bodies. We take care of our skin, body shape, hair and nails but often we forget to make sure that our hands and feet are in good condition as well. Apart from getting pedicures and manicures we can also make sure that our feet and hands are soft and supple.

Give yourself a pedicure/manicure at home

  • Get lukewarm water
  • Get shampoo, brushes and scrubbers
  • With an ear cleaning bud, push back your cuticles
  • Dip your feet or hands in the water for 2 minutes and then mix shampoo in the water
  • Scrub well but not too roughly
  • Cut your nails and shape them well
  • You can apply nail polish as well
  • Do not forget to put moisturizer after that

A pedicure once a month can help keep the hands and feet clean and healthy at all times. You can also go for a professional salon manicure and pedicure with bleach treatments but this should be done only once in 3 to 4 months as bleach isn’t very good for the skin.

When you go out, you should apply sunscreen on your hands and feet as well. Tan lines can also appear so you should take care of that. Always wash your feet when you come home at the end of the day. Dirt accumulation can make your feet darker than the rest of the body within a week.

You can also apply lemon and sugar on the affected areas. Scrub half a lemon with sugar until the sugar melts. Do this twice a week for best results.