5 Surprising Causes of Heart Disease

June 24, 2019

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Heart disease is known as a silent killer. Most of the time its strikes unexpectedly or is detected at deadly stages. However, early discovery is the key. Besides the obvious causes of heart disease, there are additional factors you should watch out for. Here are 5 surprising causes of heart disease and how to prevent it.

Loneliness. While this sound like a cliché, there is an actual truth to it. Based on studies, the risk of heart diseases can go up at least 30 percent due to depression and loneliness. Unintended Isolation and loneliness can cause undue stress, high blood pressure and depression. When this happens certain brain chemicals also change, causing more damage to your body. It’s important to have a good social support and to distress. Also, if you feel the onset of depression, its best to immediately seek professional help.

Regular Drinking. Regular alcohol consumption can not only result in addiction and liver illness, but hardening of arteries as well. Cholesterol level can increase as well. A contributing factor in heart disease. It is okay to drink occasionally, and do drink moderately.

Recurrent Flu. If you regularly have the flu, it’s definitely a cause for concern and it is not just the flu itself. Being a viral condition, a person suffering from the flu can have a severely decreased immune system. That’s why a flu often comes with a cough, cold and other illnesses. Unfortunately, a weakened immune system can be prone to heart disease because the virus can get in the heart valves and canals, which in turn will weaken the tissues.

Lack of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an important nutrient needed by the body. A lack of the said vitamin has been known to cause heart diseases in some people. The good thing is that vitamin D is easily obtainable from foods like oily fish, green leafy veggies, egg yolks, orange juice and soy milk. You can have yourself checked if the vitamin D deficiency is severe. The doctor will likely provide supplements or vitamin D shots.

Diet Pills. Although maintaining a healthy weight is important, how you do it is significant as well. Diet pills, for instance, can cause more harm than good. Some diet pills have chemicals which can weaken heart muscles and block arteries and lead to heart diseases. Go the safer route: exercise and a good diet. It’s the longer way to lose weight, but it’s still the best. If you really want to take diet pills, consult a doctor. At least a medical practitioner can provide you with an informed choice and sound medical advice.


Is Rice Really Bad For You When You Are On A Diet?

June 24, 2019

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(Most people avoid rice because it is considered a bad carbohydrate which makes you put on weight – is that true?)

Most carbohydrates like wheat, rice, and other cereal like corn and millets contain a similar amount of carbohydrates and calories when compared by weight. Why, then, is rice considered to be bad for health when you are on a diet?

Rice in different cultures

Most rice growing countries depend on rice as their primary source of carbohydrates. Thailand, China, the Indian subcontinent, many parts of Europe and the Americas grown and eat rice. In fact many countries south east and Far East Asia start their morning with rice. Even traditional British households may include kedgeree in their breakfast menu.

The rice may be long grained, short-grained, round rice or gelatinous rice, depending on the country’s climate and so influences their regional dietary preferences. In Italy, for instance, the risotto is made of Arborio rice, which requires a great deal of cooking and when done has a sticky texture.

Why is rice bad for you?

Rice, in its natural state, has vitamins, minerals and proteins. However, the white rice which is used for cooking has been stripped of a lot of its nutritional value, leaving only carbohydrates behind. It goes through a laborious processing process including dehusking and polishing.

As a refined food, rice is not good for health. It lacks fiber and other nutrients. Too much of refined foods result in an overload of simple carbohydrates which are not good for digestion.

Another reason rice is bad for you

Since rice is difficult to portion, you can easily end up eating a lot more than you intended. It is not easy to estimate how much you would normally eat, unlike say bread or chapattis.

As rice is easily digested, you may eat what you think is a sufficient quantity and feel hungry shortly after. Then you will eat more food, thus increasing your calorie count.

How to eat rice the proper way

Avoid eating refined and polished rice. If you eat brown rice, it is much better for health because it ha more nutritional value and more fiber. Brown rice is as healthy as whole wheat.

Have steamed or boiled rice, whose water has not been discarded, instead of rice which is heavy in fats. You can also overload your rice with lots of vegetables which not only add color but also nutritional value. Colored vegetables are a good source of phytonutrients and antioxidants. You can also add white shredded meat to your rice to make a complete meal.

Rice is also easier to digest and is one of the first foods given to infants. It can also be cooked in a variety of ways since it has a relatively neutral taste and is a major source of carbohydrates. Cultures world-wide cook and eat different kinds of rice and in many countries and regions it is a staple food.

So rice is not really bad for you when you are on a diet as long as you don’t over-indulge and exercise portion control.


Ayurvedic Herbs & Home Remedies To Battle Obesity

June 24, 2019

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For women – if the waist circumference of is 88 cm and for men – if the waist circumference of is 102 cm, it means that the risk of metabolic and cardiovascular complications of obesity is on higher side.

Causes:

Overeating, lack of physical exercise, excessive intake of alcohol, Leptin deficiency (Leptin is a hormone (A hormone produced mainly by adipocytes fat cells) that is involved in the regulation of body fat. Leptin interacts with areas of the brain that control hunger), excessive eating of junk food, excessive intake of high calorie/fat/sugar rich diet, genetic.

Recent research shows that in some cases, certain genetic factors may cause the changes in appetite and fat metabolism which give rise to obesity.

Susceptibility to obesity and its adverse consequences undoubtedly varies between individuals.

Potentially reversible causes of weight gain:

Hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, Hypothalamic tumors or injury, insulinoma.

Drug Treatment:

Tricyclic antidepressants, Corticosteroids, β blockers, Oestrogen containing contraceptive pill.

Complications of Obesity:

Hypertension, Type 2 Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, Sleep apnoea, osteoarthritis, varicose Veins, Polycystic ovary syndrome, depression, gallstones, skin infections

Herbs to treat Obesity:

Alfalfa, Con silk, Dandelion, Gravel root, Horsetail, Hydrangea, Hyssop, Juniper berries, Oat straw, Parsley, Seawrack, Thyme, Uvaursi, and Yarrow can be used in tea form, for their diuretic properties.

Triphala: Triphala has been studied for antioxidant, anti-diabetic, and anti-obesity effects. Amalaki (Phyllanthusemblica) is effective for the reduction of cardiac problems, Diabetes and Oxidative stress.

This plant also shows significant anti-hyperlipidemic, hypolipidemic, and anti-atherogenic Effects and also shows significant reduction in Triglycerides, Free fatty acids and total Cholesterol.

It maintains good lipid profiling in experimental animals. Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) is a lipid-lowering agent. Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica) shows mechanisms which probably involve suppression of the absorption of meal-derived lipids mediated by gallic acid.

Dandelion helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates faster.

Curry leaves help to increase the rate of metabolism which in turn helps in burning extra facts.

The herb Alfalfa, can be used to reduce fat, as it acts as a diuretic and can help to enhance the rate of digestion.

Bitter Orange Synephrine, is the alkaloid of bitter orange. It is a primary active alkaloid. It is useful to stimulate the adrenal gland and is useful to burn fat.

Recent studies show that Garcinia cambogia melts fat. It contains a chemical called Hydroxycitic acid (HCA), similar to the citric acid present in lemon and limes.

Indian Bedalium (Guggulu)- In Ayurveda it is mentioned that Guggulu (Commiphormukul) has a karshan property. Hence it helps to reduce fat.

Natural Home Remedies:

Drink 2 to 3 cups of green tea every day. Studies published in the American journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people who consume 5 cups of green tea daily burn an average of 5% more fat than people who do not drink any green tea at all.

Vitamin C is useful to burn fat:

Eat fruits like lemon, bitter orange, tomatoes and sweet lime.

Eat Almond, Avocados, Sunflower seed, Pumpkin seed, Flax seed, and Olive Oil. Take lime juice with honey daily.

Cardamom is advisable. It is known as a thermogenic. It helps to burn fat.

Include Broccoli, Carrots, Beans, and Sweet Potatoes in your daily diet.

Eat one apple daily. The enzyme, pectin, present in it can help to reduce the absorption of fats through the cells.

Garlic (Allium sativum) should be used while cooking food. It contains Allicin which helps to reduce cholesterol and is, therefore useful to treat obesity.

Jawar, Ragi are advisable.

Include salads, beans, and dry cereals in the diet.

For breakfast, take a high fiber diet, preferably cereals with skimmed milk and fruits.

Drink Ginger (Zingiberofficinale) tea as it helps to burn fat.

For breakfast, take a high fiber diet, preferably cereals with skimmed milk and fruits.

Drink Ginger (Zingiberofficinale) tea as it helps to burn fat.

Add one teaspoon of Triphala (Combination of Chebulic Myrobalan, Belliric Myrobalan, Indian gooseberry) Powder in a cup of water. Boil it till it becomes half and take it with honey.

Ayurvedic Medicine:

Triphala Guggulu, MedoharVidangdilauh are advisable. Take these with the consultation of an Ayurvedic Physician.

Panchakarma:

Panchakarma Therapy is also advisable but this therapy should be taken in an authentic Ayurvedic Panchakarma Centre.

7 Health Problems Connected With Obesity

June 24, 2019

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Often people blame junk or processed foods for their obesity problem. If a person weighs more than 20% of the normal weight considering his/her height, then he/she is considered as an obese person.

However, you need to keep in mind that not every obese person would have all these health issues. Also, the risk of developing health issues increases, if someone in your family suffers from it.

Check out some health issues that are connected to obesity or overweight people.

1. Heart Problems

Excess fat can make an individual more inclined to have high BP and elevated levels of cholesterol. Both of these conditions are top reasons behind the occurrence of different types of heart problems or stroke. Fortunately, even losing a small amount of weight can decrease the odds of getting affected by heart problems or a stroke. You can lower the chances of heart issues by simply losing around 10% of your bodyweight.

2. Type 2 Diabetes

The majority of people who get affected by Type 2 diabetes suffer from obesity. You can take various steps to reduce the odds of getting affected by Type 2 diabetes, such as,
• By losing weight
• Having a balanced diet
• Exercising regularly
• Sleeping adequately

If you already have Type 2 Diabetes, then you can control the levels of blood sugar by staying more active physically and by losing weight as well. More physically active means that you require less medication to control your diabetes.

3. Gallbladder Disease

If an individual is overweight, then the chances of getting a gallbladder infection and gallstones are higher. Unexpectedly, weight reduction itself, especially fast weight reduction or loss excessive weight, can make you more prone to getting affected from gallstones. However, you’ll be less likely to get gallstones if you lose weight around 1 or 2 kilograms per week.

4. Cancer

It’s quite shocking to know that different types of cancers that are connected with body parts such as colon, breast, kidney, endometrium, and esophagus are connected to obesity. A few examinations and researches have seen connections among cancers of the gallbladder, pancreas, ovaries, and with obesity problem.

5. Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a joint problem that affects the hip, back, or knee of the patient. Due to the excess weight, extra pressure is put on the joints, which damages the cartilage eventually. You can reduce the stress on your lower back, knees, and hips by simply choosing weight loss, which may also improve your osteoarthritis condition.

6. Gout

The joints of an individual are affected with this health condition. This problem occurs when there’s an excess amount of uric acid present in the blood, which eventually converts into crystal form that gets stored in the joints. You’ll be surprised to know that gout affects fat or obese more compared to healthy people. In fact, the chances of getting gout increase if a person is overweight. However, you need to consult your doctor if you already have gout and planning to lose weight.

7. Sleep Apnea

It’s true that sleep apnea is connected with obesity problem. Sleep apnea is a breathing problem that develops snoring problem is disruptive breathing while sleeping. Sleep apnea is often the reason behind daytime drowsiness and increases the odds of stroke or heart problems. However, it has been seen the proper weight loss improves sleep apnea significantly.