Sep 21, 2009

Beat Diabetes with Easy Remedies!

Sep 21, 2009
Diabetes among common population is on rise. It is more a disease related to lifestyle apart from some cases due to genetic factors. However, if you have diabetes, you need not panic. You can very well enjoy your life. You just require to change some of your habits related to diet and activity. A of us know that in diabetes, the blood sugar levels rise and body could not produce enough insulin- the hormone which regulates the sugar levels. So, what we need to do is manage our diet so that the sugar in blood doesn't rise or fall beyond normal levels. Apart from this, regular exercise (mild and not heavy workouts) are needed to control diabetes. To know how you can do this, read Home Remedies for Diabetes

Sep 19, 2009

Shatavari- Best Herb for Women's Health

Sep 19, 2009
There are many Indian herbs that treat many diseases the natural way. Among many herbs, one herb called Shatavari is mainly used for treating women related health issues. The name Shatavari itself define it as the best friend of women. Shatavari is a Sanskrit term that means 'woman with hundred husbands'. It's meaning is enough to tell its usefulness for women's health. However, Shatavari is also used to cure many other diseases. Read all about Shatavari- The Healing Herb for Women!

Sep 17, 2009

How Can You Balance Body Fat?

Sep 17, 2009
With all the knowledge about body fat on our weight and health, we tend to adopt weight loss programs and do not stop till we get rid of the last strain of fat from our body. But in spite of having bad reputation, fats are essential to protect vulnerable parts of our body. They also disseminate vitamins A, D, E, and K, that keep the hair and skin healthy. They play a major role in maintaining warmth in the body. However, they can also lead to increased levels of cholesterol and heart disease, and possibly cancer and weight gain as well. What to do then? Just balance you body fat but before knowing the tips for balancing body fat, first make the basics clear- know what are the types of fat so that you can keep the good ones and leave the bad ones.

Many Types of Fats

There are many types of fats- Saturated Fats, Monounsaturated Fats, and Polyunsaturated Fats.

Saturated Fats: In them, carbon atoms are saturated with hydrogen atoms. They raise the level of cholesterol in your blood which leads to heart disease and stroke. They mainly come from animal sources, like meat and dairy products including fatty beef, lamb, pork, poultry with skin, beef fat, lard and cream, butter, cheese etc. Some plant foods like palm oil, palm kernel oil and coconut oil also contain saturated fats, but they do not contain cholesterol.

Monounsaturated Fats: are simply fats having one double-bonded (unsaturated) carbon in the molecule. They can have beneficial effects on your health but when taken in moderation. They help in reducing bad cholesterol levels in blood and lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. They also provide nutrients needed for growth of body’s cell and have high levels of vitamin E. Foods high in monounsaturated fats include vegetable oils such as olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil and sesame oil. Other sources include avocados, peanut butter, and many nuts and seeds.

Polyunsaturated Fats: have more than one double-bonded (unsaturated) carbon in the molecule. They too can have beneficial effects on health, reduce cholesterol levels in blood and lower the risk of heart disease, if eaten in moderation. They have certain fats like omega-6 and omega-3 required by body but can't be produced by itself. Vegetable oils, including soybean oil, corn oil and safflower oil, as well as fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and trout, some nuts and seeds like walnuts and sunflower seeds are high in polyunsaturated fat.

How to Balance These Fats?

Eating foods that contain a higher level of unsaturated fats than saturated fats can lead to reduced blood cholesterol levels.

  • Limit the consumption of saturated fats to less than 7% of total daily calories. If you need about 2,000 calories a day, only 140 of them should come from saturated fats.
  • Replace foods high in saturated fats with foods high in monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated fats. Eat foods made with liquid vegetable oil and avoid tropical oils. Eat fish and nuts. Replace considerable amount of meat with beans or legumes.
  • Eat more of those foods that are naturally low in fat, such as grains, fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid fried, spicy, junk and processed food items as well as bakery food.
  • Avoid tinned food. If eating them, check the label to find their saturated fat content which should not exceed 20 %.
  • Ensure you take only one-teaspoon of oil for a meal.
  • Exercise regularly. Practice of Yoga is good for over all health and not only for balancing body fat.
  • If you have already gained a lot of weight then try these Innovative Ways for Weight Loss.

Sep 16, 2009

Do You Suffer from Bad Breath?

Sep 16, 2009
Nothing is more derogatory than people trying to avoid you. There might be many reasons for that but one of the common reasons is bad breath or halitosis. You might be a lovely person with a very good reputation but as soon as it comes to communicating directly with you, people tend to shy away. In fact, bad breath can not only play havoc on your social life but also on your professional life leave aside your love life. However, bad breath problem is not an issue that can't be solved. A little mouth care, diet habits and lifestyle changes can get you rid of your bad breath problem. To know how, read Home Remedies for Bad Breath

Sep 14, 2009

Ayurveda Honeymoon in Kerala

Sep 14, 2009
Young people of modern day are more conscious towards their health and wellness than their ancestors were, in the yesteryears. In earlier days, people used to spend their golden time after marriage visiting beautiful places and enjoying all of life's pleasure including good food, sight seeing and of course making love to their life partners. Today's 'just married couples' too enjoy their honeymoon to the fullest but with a difference- now they proceed for an Ayurveda honeymoon in Kerala- so rightly described as the land of god!

Kerala is the true heaven for those who want to spend their leisurely time in beautiful surroundings amongst the raw nature. And because Kerala is the Ayurveda hub not only of India but of the whole world, it offers the most healthy holiday which refreshes the new couple for a great start of their lives together. The latest buzz is therefore Ayurvedic packages for honeymoon tour- the unique offering of this land where Ayurveda took birth.

Ayurveda package for honeymoon tours in Kerala mostly include a stay in a luxurious Ayurvedic cottage or in a luxurious houseboat. Here the couple gets healthy Ayurvedic diets and other blessings of this ancient alternative medicine. They are given ayurvedic massages to rejuvenate themselves. These massages not only make their bodies stress free but also fill them up with a new kind of thrill and excitement so necessary for this kind of tour. Not only they get advice on everything from healthy lifestyle, food habits, daily yoga practice, and meditation but also the knowledge about the need of keeping minds happy, fresh and lively.

So, if you are a newly wedded man or a woman, just explain the magic of Ayurveda holiday to your partner and head towards Kerala. And if you are a one who has been wedded since long, you can think of a second honeymoon- a Kerala honeymoon with refreshing Ayurvedic massage and all health and wellness!

Sep 10, 2009

Home Remedies for Sleep Disorder

Sep 10, 2009
Next time you are not able to fall asleep, don't just pop up that sleeping pill! They are harmful if taken frequently- you know that! Just follow some natural ways to cure your sleeplessness. Here are some home remedies for giving you restful good night's sleep!
  • Don't go by the general theory of ' daily eight hours sleep'. Ayurveda advocates quality of sleep. The quantity of sleep is decided by individual body. It may range from anywhere between 5-8 and even 9 hours. Find for yourself, how much sleep you need to feel afresh!
  • Set your body clock by following nature's pattern. Rise when sun rises, even sometime before that, and go to bed no later than 10 pm. Don't let the routine disturbed on weekends too!
  • Exercise keeps us fit but do it in the morning. Exercising late in the day or in evenings raises our energy levels and makes us too active to go to sleep. If you can't find time in the morning, make sure you exercise at least 4 hours before your bedtime.
  • Avoid rich diets for dinner. Ayurvedic diets favor lighter meals at night which is taken at least 3 hours before going to bed.
  • Have a glass of warm milk before going to sleep. Add some nutmeg to milk for Vata body type, cardamom for Pitta body type and dried ginger for Kapha body type. Know your Ayurveda body type before using any of the spice with milk. Taking wrong one can even hamper your sleep.
  • Get your lower limbs massaged with some non-staining oil like sweet almond or jojoba oil. For more relaxed sleep, mix few drops of lavender oil. Massage your lower legs, from knees to toes, and your lower arms, from elbows to fingertips, with easy up-and-down strokes with small quantity of this mixed oil.
  • Make your bedroom relaxing with clutter free and quiet atmosphere. Wear comfortable clothes. Do not watch TV or read anything just before going to sleep. You may listen to soft relaxing music.
  • Avoid alcohol or caffeine beverages, especially before going to sleep. Nicotine also leads to sleep deprivation, so quit smoking.
  • Avoid sleeping during the day. If you can't, make it as short as possible. Twenty minutes daytime nap is rejuvenating enough to recharge you for the rest of the day.
  • Do meditation for helping you deal with day-to-day stresses and worries. Stress is the worst enemy of sleep.
  • Poppy seeds, jatamansi, Indian Valerian and the essential oils of rose, lavender and sandalwood are relaxing and calming. They are helpful in getting restful sleep. Use them in ways you can.
  • At bedtime, rinse your eyes with rosewater, add a drop of ghee (clarified butter). Shut your eyes and go to sleep.
  • Combing hair before retiring is also a good practice for good night's sleep.
  • If married, make love to your partner. Its relaxing and helps you in getting a good quality sleep.