Sep 21, 2009
Labels: ayurvedic home remedies, Diabetes
Sep 19, 2009
Sep 17, 2009
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.
Labels: Health Tips
Sep 16, 2009
Labels: ayurvedic home remedies, Bad Breath
Sep 14, 2009
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!
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Sep 10, 2009
- 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.
Labels: ayurvedic tips, home remedies for sleep disorder, insomnia, insomnia cure, natural sleep, sleep disorder, sleeplessness