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Tips to Keep Diabetics Out of the Hospital

Diabetic complications often lead to the hospital.

People with diabetes know what they’ll hear whenever they see their doctor.  Another exhortation to eat right and exercise, because that’s how to keep blood sugar levels under control.

It’s proven advice, but not enough to prevent a long list of diabetic complications heart and kidney disease.

Check your feet daily.

“Keeping good watch over your feet is an important aspect of good diabetes care,”

A high blood sugar level can cause nerve damage in the feet, and you might not feel a cut, scrape or blister that could be the start of a deep skin infection.

Coddle teeth and gums.

Diabetes sufferers run an increased risk of tooth decay, inflamed gums and gum disease because the condition increases vulnerability to bacterial infections and hampers the ability to fight them.

Brushing after every meal, or at least twice a day, and flossing once a day is crucial.


Go easy on salt.

Sodium and high blood pressure go hand in hand, and if you have diabetes, high blood pressure multiplies your already elevated risk of cardiovascular and kidney diseases. Cutting back on salt isn’t just a matter of reaching for the shaker less often. Prepared foods tend to be salt-heavy.

One large fast-food taco or egg-and-sausage biscuit has close to the American Heart Association’s recommended daily sodium limit.


Ditch the butter – go for olive oil.

Switching can make a marked impact on cholesterol, especially for those who have trouble reducing overall fat intake, Ganda says.

The saturated fat in butter raises blood cholesterol and the risk of cardiovascular problems. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat that can reduce bad cholesterol.

By the end, between 10 and 11 percent of those in the two Mediterranean groups had developed diabetes, compared with 18 percent in the low-fat group.


Kick the habit.

Smoking is a major factor in atherosclerosis. Which frequently puts people with diabetes in the hospital. When an artery becomes blocked and causes a heart attack, stroke or other vascular problem.

Smoking also raises blood pressure and cholesterol. Diabetes also puts smokers at greater risk of pneumonia – and of having a worse case.


Fend off depression.

“This is a chronic illness where patients are reminded daily they have diabetes,”.

Depression is dangerous for people with diabetes. Because it can make them feel as if they have no control over their illness.

That may make them feel so helpless they don’t stick to their medications or show up for doctor visits.

Most complications stemming from diabetes are preventable.

The key is to understand and manage the illness from day one to keep minor complications from becoming major. Diabetes is a time bomb, “It’s ticking, and unless you’re taking care of it … you’ll end up in the hospital.”

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Categories Advice, Exercise, Fitness, Health, Info., Wellness

Fat loss vs Weight loss

Health is the greatest gift and contentment is the greatest Wealth. Being obese comes with its own set of problems. It brings so many related health issues and has a major impact on lowering our confidence.

Trying to be slim and healthy can be a long and tough journey which requires a lot of effort, but shouldn’t we make sure we’re putting this effort in the right direction?

weight loss vs fat loss

There is a vast difference between fat loss and weight loss but not many of us know this. A few simple differences and it’s effects on our body are :

  • Body : Weight loss is a reduction in weight which includes fat, weight and water whereas fat loss focuses on losing only the fat content in the body.

  • Health : Weight loss can make our body weak as a we lose larger part of the important components whereas fat loss helps us burn the fat which results in increased stamina and energy.

  • Food : Reduction in diet and exercising can help us lose weight but fat loss requires a proper, balanced diet with regular exercising.

When we merely try to lose weight, we tend to reduce our food intake. This can harm our body, lead to weakness and sickness as our immunity system loses strength.

Fat loss mainly focuses on losing the unnecessary and excess fat from your body resulting in strengthening the muscles with regular exercising.

We must make sure we are benefiting from the efforts and hard work we put in towards making our body and health better by knowing and doing the exercises and diet in the right way.

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Categories Advice, Diet, Exercise, Health, Info., Sleep, Stress Management, summer, Tips, Wellness

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY IN THE NEW YEAR – 2019 TIPS

Let’s resolute to make 2019 the beginning of a healthy journey. Whatever your New Year resolution affect our body’s ability to fight infections and diseases.

For the body to function in a healthy manner these 4 are highly needed i.e, Diet, Sleep, Meditation and Exercise.

Most of us have a misconception about what to eat or what to eat less, diet is all about learning what to eat and when to eat.

Proper rest ensures our body and mind are repaired duly after hectic work and make us ready for energising next day. Like any mechanical engine, our bodies are meant to move – this reduces risk of heart diseases, cancer, high blood pressure, etc. Meditation is the way of controlling our own mind and consequently finding inner peace which is the main purpose of life.

The 4 Main Requirements:

1) Sleep:

Irregular or no sleep can affect stress hormones, growth, appetite, blood pressure and
cardiovascular health. Research shows that lack of sleep increase risk of obesity, heart risks and
infections. Hormones are released by the body during sleep that help repair cells and control body’s
use of energy. Lack of sleep makes us prone to more physical injuries and makes our body fatigue.

“Your Future depends on your Dreams, so got to Sleep”

  •  Stick to a particular sleep schedule with same sleep and wake time. This helps to regulate
    your body’s clock and could help you fall asleep.
  • Avoid having afternoon naps because these can affect your sleep at night.
  • Sleep on comfortable mattresses and pillows, using uncomfortable mattresses can cause
    neck pain and hinder with your sleep.

2) Exercise:

Exercising for at least half an hour a day can help your body. Exercise strengthens your heart and improves circulation, the increased blood flow raises the oxygen levels in our body and hence reduces risk of heart diseases such as high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, heart attacks, etc. Regular exercise can also lower blood pressure and triglyceride level which are harmful fats.

“Excuses Don’t burn Calories”

  • Exercise has been shown to improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.
  • Jogging or Running can help your brain Health and Memory. It is good for muscles, bones and skin.
  • Additionally it increases your energy levels.

 

3) Diet:

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Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet can protect us from many diseases. . A healthy diet rich in Vitamins, Minerals and low-fat dairy can help to reduce your risk of heart disease by maintaining blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Nutritious foods improve health and promote weight loss, but the benefits don’t stop there.

“Nature is so Smart, it Put Medicine in Food”

  • A healthy diet will help you concentrate.
  • Healthy diet will reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Healthy meals will optimize energy levels.

4) Meditation:

“Meditation is the Action of Silence”

  • Reduces Stress. Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons people try meditation.
  • Controls Anxiety. Less stress translates to less anxiety.
  • Yoga therapy is known to cure asthma and not just manage it. In particular, it lessens the
    allergic reaction in your lungs.

Healthy Food Tips For a Fresh New year:

Try Variety of Food: Eating the same fruits day in and out will lead to hypervitaminosis which can
affect the body. Our bodies are incredibly complex, and no single food contains all the nutrients we
need for them to work at their best. Our diets must therefore contain a wide variety of fresh and
nutritious foods to keep us going strong.

Eat a mix of staple food: Wheat, rice, maize with legumes like lentils and beans with plenty of other
fresh vegetables.
Improve on your diary and meat content: These are vital sources of Calcium and Iron.

Say NO to Salt: Too much salt can raise blood pressure, which is a leading risk factor for heart
disease and stroke.

Avoid snacks: These contain harmful salts which can cause many health problems.
Cut down on Oils and Fats: Too much of anything is harmful and this goes to fats as well. Industrially-produced trans-fats are the most hazardous for health. A diet
high in this kind of fat has been found to raise risk of heart disease by nearly 30%.

Try steaming: Or boiling instead of frying food when cooking to reduce fat intake.
Choose white meat: These include poultry and fish which are generally lower in fats meats.

Sugar Intake: Too much sugar is not only bad for our teeth, but increases the risk of unhealthy
weight gain and obesity, which can lead to serious, chronic health problems.

Limit intake of sweets and sugary drinks: Fizzy drinks, fruit juices and juice drinks, flavoured water,
energy and sports drinks contain artificial sugars which can affect the body.

General Tips to Keep Body Healthy and Fit:

  • Exercising for 30mins a day can also help relax your muscles and give you good sleep.
  • Meditate for a period of time before sleeping, this enhances your sleep cycle.
  • Practising Yoga on daily basis can help keep the mind and body calm.
  • Yoga improves muscle strength and tone.
  • Meditating for 30 minutes can promote emotional health and generate kindness
  • Meditating strengthens the immune system
  • Exercising with friends Can Help Your Brain Health and Memory.
Categories Advice, Diabetes, Exercise, Fitness, Meditation, nutrition, PCOD & PCOS, skin, Tips, Wellness

Sara Ali Khan suffers from PCOD: What should you know about the disease

 

Polycystic Ovary Disorder is one of the most common diseases we see affecting women today. It is simply more than experiencing irregular periods.

Almost 1 in 10 women are diagnosed with PCOD and PCOS globally and it affects almost 10 million women on a global scale. Recently, on a chat show, it was revealed that Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter Sara Ali Khan, who is soon going to make her debut suffered from PCOD, which added to her rapid weight gain.

 

Here are some other common symptoms which many fail to ignore and put themselves at risk:


What is PCOD?

Polycystic Ovary Disorder (PCOD) problem is a hormonal disorder in women defined by a group of signs and symptoms. PCOD problem is one of the most common reasons for infertility in women. This health condition can cause problems with a woman’s menstrual cycle, cardiac function as well as appearance. Women who have polycystic ovary have multiple small cysts in their ovaries that occur when the regular changes of a normal menstrual cycle are disrupted.

PCOS occurs not just in women, but in girls as young as 11! Polycystic ovaries are generally larger in size and denser than the normal ovaries. It usually occurs when the sex hormones go out of balance and the body starts producing more male hormones resulting in the onset of several symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

PCOD symptoms are related to menstrual disturbances and excess levels of androgens. Menstrual disturbances can include delay of normal periods, the presence of fewer than normal menstrual periods, or the absence of periods for over three months. A woman’s menstrual cycle may not be associated with ovulation and may result in heavy bleeding. Watch out for these symptoms to determine whether you have PCOD or not.

  • Irregular periods
  • Reduced fertility
  • Abnormal weight gain or obesity
  • Heart (cardiac) complications
  • Acne or skin rashes
  • Abnormal hair growth or hair loss

Causes

No one really knows what exactly causes PCOD, but it is likely to be the result of a number genetic and environmental factors. Researchers are studying the role that genetics might play in this development. Excess production of the hormone androgen can also cause PCOD.

Hereditary – If your mother or sister have a history of PCOD, then chances are you too might get diagnosed with this health issue.

Low-grade inflammation – When women have low-grade inflammation, it stimulates ovaries to produce androgens, leading to PCOD.

PCOD Problem Treatment

There is no PCOD solution, but it can be managed with right PCOD diet plan. Doctors may offer different medicines for PCOD problem treatment or suggest fertility treatment as PCOD solution, but below are some natural ways to manage this health condition –

Eat right

If you are obese, weight loss plans is all you need. The more overweight you are, the more likely you are to be insulin resistant whether you have PCOS or not. Losing just 5% of your weight will help lower insulin resistance. Eat more of weight loss foods and avoid sugary, salty, and fatty foods as much as possible. Increase your protein intake by making it at least 30% of your diet; make carbs less than 50% of your diet.

Know how to maintain a healthy weight.

Exercise

Moderate exercise such as walking or swimming for at least 30 to 90 minutes every day go a long way in managing the condition. It will also help you lower or get rid of insulin resistance.

De-stress

Chronic stress only makes insulin resistance worse. So, look for ways to de-stress your mind and body. For instance, getting good sleep of at least 7 to 9 hours can help lower insulin resistance. Stress reduction techniques, such as yoga and meditation let you connect with your body.

 

How is it treated? Is it curable?

Both PCOD, as well as PCOS, are types of lifestyle diseases which come from following unhealthy eating, practicing little to no physical activity. If not treated in time, PCOS can add up to problems for women trying to have a baby and conceiving can take a lot of time. In addition, women with PCOS also have a high miscarriage rate. Hence, the biggest way to get rid of PCOS is to improve your diet and lifestyle.

Categories Advice, Exercise, festival special, Fitness, food, Health, Meals and Snacks, Tips

Navaratri tips for fasting

Navratri special: Navratri is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated twice in a year.

In the eastern state of West Bengal, the festival takes the shape of Durga Puja, when the devotees of the deity celebrate the triumph of good over evil.

In north India, Gujarati people observe a seven day fast during Navratri and break their fast on Navami, the nine days of the festival by worship young girls.

People from all over the world celebrate Navratri special with passion, intensity, and enthusiasm. While some people take participate in the celebrations for religious reasons but others look to give their body a much needed lose weight.

If you plan to fast this Navratri special then make sure that it is done the healthy way. It can help you lose weight, wash your mind and will leave you feeling great!

Tips to follow to make fasting in good health –

1. Keep yourself happy, making your cheeks rosy and eyes bright. Drink lots of water max to max 2 litter par day and liquid like lemon water, coconut water, Energy drink, green tea, and buttermilk.

2. Eat minimum meals and do not get hungry yourself. This will help keep blood sugar levels and stop you from feeling faint and low.

3. Amaranth Grain, one of the most promising unexploited food and folder crops. It is the best protein origin you can take during fasting. Make amaranth porridge with milk or cook it as namkeen dalia with lots of vegetables.

4. Combine high carbohydrates food like sabudana and potatoes which is mostly used in fasting with other stringy vegetables like bottle guard spinach, capsicum, tomatoes, cabbage, etc. Also try to roast, grill or bake vegetables instead of deep-frying them.

5. Samak rice is very easy to digest and can be applied in any kind of quantity.

6. Control those evil sugar strong desire by eating a lot of dates, Samak rice kheer, apple kheer, and fruits raita.

7. Try and eat healthy snacking and don’t overeat onnamkeens packets as they are high in salt and fat content.

8. Instead, pick for roasted makhana, a mix of nuts like almonds/ raisins/ walnut / baked chips, roasted peanuts, etc.

9. Change sugar with honey or jaggery.

10. Use skimmed milk instead of full cream milk.

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Categories Advice, Exercise, Meditation, Sleep, Stress Management, Tips, Wellness

How to Improve your Sleep

Sleeping is the main part of a healthy lifestyle so here we explaining how to improve your sleep, it also helps you to reduce your stress level if you have good sleep during the night.

During the day

The purpose of sleep is to make us effective during daylight hours. Whether you consider yourself to be a good sleeper, or you struggle to get a good night’s rest – it’s important to realize the full potential of your nightly sleep. Here are several ways of changing your daytime habits to improve your sleep at night …

  • Take physical exercise
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Curb your caffeine intake
  • Restrict tobacco after dark
  • Avoid alcohol

During the evening

The very fact that it’s the norm to have dedicated bedrooms in our homes indicates just what a priority sleep is to us. Whereas the other rooms in our homes are where we enjoy relaxed wakefulness, the bedroom is where we should anticipate having the good quality sleep.

As such, we should do what we can to make it a sleep-friendly environment. It’s important to consider the following arrangements that are likely to support good quality sleep …

  • Turn out the light
  • Let the room breathe
  • Optimum temperature
  • Banish noise

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During the night

How often have you found yourself lying in bed thinking: “If only I could relax, I’d be able to sleep”? Well, there has to be truth in that.

The following excerpts will give you an idea of what each technique involves …

1 Progressive muscle relaxation

Turn your attention to your arms and hands. Create some tension in your hands and arms by pressing your fingers into the palms of your hands and making fists. Do that with both hands now. Feel the tension in your hands, feel the tension in your fingers and your wrists, feel the tension in your forearms.

Notice what it is like. Keep it going … and now relax. Let those hands flop. Let them do whatever they want to do; just let them relax.

It’s almost as if you couldn’t be bothered to move them. Let go of the energy and tension that was in the muscles there, breathing slowly and deeply.

2 Imagery training

Keeping your eyes gently closed, concentrate on picturing a pleasant scene. Picture yourself standing on a grassy slope. Look down at your feet – there is green grass all around you, the kind that grows well in the summer months. It looks thick and strong – it looks healthy.

Just ahead of you, you will see there is the beginning of a path, and as you look down that path, you can see it winds down through some bushes, to a beautiful sandy beach, and beyond to the sea, a deep, clear blue.

And as you stand on that grassy slope, as you look around you, you feel the breeze, warm and gentle on your cheek, and you feel the sun on your head, warming the back of your neck. It is a beautiful morning.

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Categories Advice, Diet, Exercise, Fitness, Health

5 Health Tips to stay Fit in this Summer

5 Health Tips to stay Fit this Summer

We are in Summer – one season when we plan for vacations and travel around with family.  This is also why we need to be fit and disease free. But, how would you get there? What would you do to remain healthy and fit throughout the summer? We will bring a series of articles and tips that may help you to lose some weight , Stay Fit and beat this hot summer.

Let’s begin with 5 important basic Health & Diet Tips Today :

Be a smart eater:

The best way to follow a healthy plan is to eat smart with plenty of vegetables and fruits. You may need to change your eating habits, unlike what you would eat say in winter. Different seasons require different diets to maintain the body. You would need to alter and organize your eating habit in summer, which should focus on your health and not on your weight. Eat at regular intervals during the day, maintaining to eat plenty of vegetable salads and fruits or fruit juices. These will only burn off the calories and strengthen the vitamin contents in your body.

 

Decrease the carbohydrates and Increase Proteins:

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 The important thing is to know what constitutes your food intake. Does it contain carbohydrates or is your intake protein based food. In any case, one should avoid all kinds of fatty foods, especially when you are trying to lose weight. While having small meals always keep in mind that you should not take any kind of carbohydrates or fat related food, but instead take protein rich food. This would keep your body hydrated and healthy with a glowing skin, in spite of summer temperature.

 

Exercise, exercise and exercise:

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Exercise forms an integral part of a healthy diet plan. And one can feel the effects of exercise, which burn out excessive calories. Be it a walk, jogging, some gym workouts or Yoga would rather help your healthy diet plan to enhance your body. It is always advisable to participate in some form of physical activity for 45 minutes daily.

 

Hydrate yourself Well: This is simple.

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Drink a lot of water or Fresh fruit Cut bowls or juices throughout the day. This would not only quench your thirst, but would also cool your system. These would regain your electrolytes, which are lost through sweating. Once you get dehydrated you will lose all your energy and your body won’t respond to the normal functions. Having a lot of fruit juices would keep your body hydrated.

 

Maintain a record:

If you can maintain or keep track of your summer health diet plans, you would definitely lose weight and remain healthy. This will help you to introspect on what you eat and why you eat. You’ll become mindful eater.

So go ahead , plan for that dream vacation you always wanted to have. Eat plenty of vegetable salads and have lots of fruits and fruit juices to fine-tune your body to look fresh with a skin glow, even during the summer. Stay Healthy and Happy.

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