Wednesday, October 8, 2008

What is Lactose Intolerance ?

Many people avoid milk because they are unable to digest lactose the natural sugar present in milk. that’s because they have very little enzyme called lactase which is responsible for breaking down of milk sugar, but this doesn’t mean that you give up milk. Instead you could try other dairy products like cheese, yoghurt etc. as they are best sources for calcium.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Eat vegetables to maintain good health.

Why is it important to eat Vegetables.
Vegetables have great in nutritional value. They reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and prevent you from putting on more weight. Vegetables are rich in all vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, therefore eating food rich in antioxidants will reduce the damage caused by the free radicals. Free radicals can contribute to heart disease and ageing process. So it is important to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables every day.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

How to get rid of bloating?

Abdominal bloating is when the abdomen feels full and tight. Bloating can have a number of causes but the most common is the accumulation of intestinal gas. It can happen as a result of overeating, or may be result of food intolerance,for example lactose intolerance. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may be a cause, or constipation. To prevent bloating avoid overeating.

Friday, September 5, 2008

How to stay healthy?

In my experience, the only way to achieve a healthy, fit body is to focus on the healthy eating that is eating well proportioned regular meals consist of fruits and vegetables. It is also important to do resistance training and cardiovascular exercise in order to keep your body working throughout your life

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Are you eating fruits and vegetables?

It is always a good idea to eat different variety of fruits and vegetables. If you stick to one particular vegetable or fruit you may not get all the essential nutrients from it. The key to good health is variety .So try to eat fruits and vegetables of different colours. Red colour foods like tomatoes, chillies and strawberries are good source of antioxidants, which help to get rid of free radicals in heart and keeps your heart healthy .
On the other hand green leafy vegetables and fruits are rich in iron and calcium, therefore it is good to include spinach, kiwi fruit and broccoli in your diet.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Are you getting enough sleep?

Are you getting enough sleep? There are many of us who don’t get enough sleep .As a result of busy work schedule, hectic social life most of us find it difficult to sleep. Adults need at least 6-7 hours of sleep every night to perform optimally. Children's need even more. What we eat affects our sleep. Some foods slow down the nerves and calm the brain and so are called sleepers .where as other food that keep you awake are called wakers.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Benefits of Running

Running is terrific cardiovascular exercise. A study found that women who run around 60 km a week may reduce their risk of heart failure by 45%.
Running is an excellent activity to build and maintain bone mass.
It is also a great way of combating stress and relax mind.So what are you waiting for ,get into your good pair of shoes and start running.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Weight Training

Weight training helps to build bone mass, which guards against osteoporosis. Try to have a ‘leg day’ and an ‘arm day’ each week
Lighter weights will help the body to be sleek while heavier weights develop muscles.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Benefits of Walking

Walking is one of the best forms of aerobic activity, building cardiovascular fitness and doesn’t require special equipment.
Walking can help prevent osteoporosis by building strong bones.
Brisk walking burns around 275 calories an hour. Is strengthens your hip, thigh, stomach and bottom muscles. Walking is good to relax mind.

Breakfast for healthy living

When we are in hurry or rush. We often skip our breakfast and go out on empty stomach, which is not a good habit.
Our body needs adequate amount of nutrients to reach to its full potential. Eating breakfast everyday is a good way to kick starts your day.
Just, as you can’t go too far in your car with an empty tank, same is the case with your body. It needs fuel in order to run and perform the entire daily task.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Detox to stay healthy

Detoxification is cleansing process that can improve your health develop resistance to diseases and provide more energy. Most importantly it helps in weight loss.
Benefits of Detox Diet: "Cleansing of the digestive system and colon for improved digestion, better absorption of nutrients and reduced bloating.
Improved circulation and liver function for better elimination of toxins"
Detoxification is carried out by liver in our body. Liver works really hard everyday to eliminate the contaminants from our body. Taking lemon juice and honey with warm water is excellent way to detox your body.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Be Fit

To be Fit do walking atleast 30 minutes daily.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Healthy Looking Skin this Winter.

If you are having itchy and dry skin this winter.Here are some simple steps that you can do right in the comfort of your home to keep your skin healthy and supple.

1. Remove dead skin cells by brushing your body with loofah. Use gentle circular motion
2. Apply almond oil over the body and keep it for 15 minutes and then gently rinse it off.
3. Apply milk over the skin with a piece of gauze and leave it on the skin for 5 minutes. Milk has anti inflammatory properties and is very soothing to the skin.
4. Moisturise your skin when it is still damp.The best time to apply any cream or lotion is just after the bath or shower ,as this will help to lock in moisture .

Monday, July 28, 2008

Simple Way To Prevent Infection

A very simple way to prevent infection is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
It may sound ridiculously simple,but many bacteria and viral infections spread hand to hand,or hand to a surface where hand is touched .These infectious organisms accumulate under our nails and remain on the surface of the skin .So when you rub or touch your eyes ,nose and mouth,the infection spreads and you eventually fall sick.So wash your hands regularly with soap and stay healthy.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

How to manage Cold?

As such there is no cure for a cold but it can be managed with some simple self care.
First of all it is important to know that your own immune system is your best defence against cold viruses. You can also treat the symptoms to help make you feel better, but you will still have the cold.
Some self care tips:
  • Take plenty of rest
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of fluid each day( preferably water ) as this will help to keep the mucous loose and more liquid
  • Breathe in steam
  • Stop smoking
  • Wash your hands in warm water

How to have healthy heart?

For a healthy heart eat at least a couple of meals of fish each week. The omega-3 fats in fatty fish such as salmon and tuna reduce blood pressure, triglycerides and fatty build-up in the arteries and the risk of irregular heart beat, clots and sudden death.
Omega-3 fatty acid makes blood platelet less sticky, helps protects the lining of arteries and thus reduces the risk of heart attack.
Omega-6 fatty acid also lowers the risk of heart disease. The good sources of omega-6 are vegetable oils such as safflower, soyabean, sunflower and corn oil.

Monday, July 21, 2008

How to Manage Your Anger

The following tips will help you control your anger.

1.Change the way you think.
when you are angry,you get upset and make things go even more worse.Suppose if your car breaks down, instead of cursing yourself for not getting anything right will not fix your car.
So try to replace your thoughts with some thing else.Remember that getting angry is not going to make you feel better.

2. Do meditation
focus on slow ,deep gentle breathing disengaging the mind from distracting thoughts and sensations.

Laughter is the best medicine.Silly humor can help defuse rage in number of ways.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Stretch Before You Exercise.

Before starting any exercise like (jogging, cycling, walking) it is always better to stretch your body. Stretching not only increases blood flow to your heart and muscles, but also improves flexibility.
High impact exercise can exert lot of force and pressure on your muscle, as a result your muscles will get tired very quickly. Therefore stretching first before starting any exercise is very effective and will prevent any muscle injury and also help relieve tension.
Hold all stretch positions for at least 10 counts. Stretching should be performed in a smooth controlled slow manner without giving any sudden jerk. If you experience any discomfort, stop it right way.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Keeping your heart healthy

Take steps to keep heart healthy and remain fit. Avoid heart problems in the future by adopting a healthy lifestyle today. Here are some tips to keep heart healthy :

1) Be Physically Active:
Regular physical activity will keep you fit and make your heart healthy.

2) Eat a healthy diet:
Decrease the amount of calories you're eating until you're consuming fewer than you burn. Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products can help protect your heart. Fruits and vegetables are highly effective in making heart healthy.
Omega-3 fatty acids, a type of polyunsaturated fat, may decrease your risk of heart attack, protect against irregular heartbeats and lower blood pressure. Some fish are a good natural source of omega-3 fatty acid and are also present in smaller amounts in flaxseed oil, walnut oil, soybean oil and canola oil and supplements.
Avoid eating butter.

3) Reduce Salt (Sodium) Intake:
Sodium causes you to retain water, increases swelling in your legs and makes it more difficult for your heart to pump. Eating too much sodium can even trigger sudden heart failure. Limiting sodium a major component of salt in your diet helps prevent your body from retaining extra fluid.

4) Quit smoking:
If you smoke, then you are doing damage to your heart and blood vessels. So quit smoking now.

5) Quit Alcohol:
Alcohol is not good for your heart.

6) Maintain a healthy weight:
As you put on weight you accumulate fat. This excess weight can lead to conditions that increase your chances of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

7) Do regular health checkup:
High blood pressure and high cholesterol can damage your heart. But without testing, you probably don't know whether you have these conditions. Regular checkups can tell you what your numbers are and whether you need to take action.

8) Follow healthy lifestyle:
Following a healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be complicated, and it doesn't mean you need to live a life of self-deprivation. Instead, find ways to incorporate heart-healthy habits into your lifestyle , be happy and you may well enjoy a healthier life for years to come.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Add Fibre to your diet

Fibre in your diet is very important. Fruits offer quick energy .They are also high in fibre. Fibre in your diet help in digestion, reduces the risk of breast cancer in women, treat long term constipation and also maintains healthy balance of intestinal flora.
Pectin is the main soluble fibre, found in fruits. It is present in the skin and the flesh of many fruits. During digestion it dissolves into jelly like substance and help in removing toxins from our body.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Benefit of Vitamin D

Recently I visited my Doctor and was surprised to know the importance of Vitamin D in our life and thought to share this useful info with you guys.

Vitamin D is very essential for good bone health because it helps body to absorb Calcium. But getting enough Vitamin D isn't always easy, especially if you avoid the sun.As it is not readily available from a normal diet and the ability to manufacture Vitamin D diminishes with age.

So if you are not getting enough Vitamin D, it may result in bone loss and increase risk of fracture.So the easiest way to get Vitamin D is to expose yourself to sunlight just 15-20 minutes daily. But make sure you don't stay too long in Sun as it may cause Sunburn and may lead to Skin Cancer later on. Make sure to apply Sunscreen if you intend to stay for long time in Sun.