Preventing a double chin is an easy affair if you do the following:
Chin and neck specific exercises: Our necks become tight because of bad posture, sedentary lifestyle or desk work. Neck exercises work great for chin that is accumulating fat. You must always do simple exercise such as tilting head from side to side as far as head goes or tilting it forward and back to as far as it goes. Doing these exercise will make you feel a slight stretch. If you are feeling discomfort of any kind doing the neck exercise, go slow and build it up gradually.
Massage your chin and neck: Muscles of the chin and neck needs to be massaged everyday to avoid a double chin. It helps in blood circulation besides enhancing skin’s appearance.
Daily Exercises: Exercising everyday helps keep body in shape apart from ensuring that circulatory and lymphatic systems are working properly. It can be jogging for 10 minutes in a park or weight training at gymnasium; as long as you are stretching your muscles, you will prevent fat deposits including on your chin area.
Practice good posture: An incorrect posture may contribute to unnecessary lumps on your body. You should always check your posture (how you stand and how you sit), as fat seeks unfirm areas such as chin to settle in. Tip: Practice good posture or seek medical help to improve your posture.
Diet to get rid of double chin: Limiting your calorie intake will reduce the amount of fat you store in your body, including your chin. Eat fruits (especially apple, banana and berries), salad and low-calorie food items when hunger pangs strikes. Fat burning foods such as oatmeal, nuts and eggs must be incorporated in a diet chart to help your body avoid or get rid of fat deposits.
A double chin is an indicator of being overweight. It is time for you to make few lifestyle changes when you see a layer of fat developing around your jaw-line. Even if you are overweight by a little which is reflecting as a double chin, help it through diet and simple facial exercises.
Diet Dos for Diabetics
Have whole grain foods – The one big advantage of whole grain foods is that they do not allow the blood sugar to rise suddenly. So, choose whole wheat bread over white wheat. Similarly, replacing brown rice rich in choker for white rice, whole wheat pasta instead of white pasta, and trying to substitute whole wheat flour for white flour in your recipes, can go a long way in keeping your blood sugar normal.
Bitter gourd (karela) – This is a very effective vegetable for lowering your blood sugar level. It has natural plant insulin which helps to lower blood sugar level. So, have juices made from 3 to 4 karelas each morning. You can also take the veggie in your dishes. Powdered karela seeds can be used with water every morning for good result.
Fenugreek (methi) – Drink a glass of soaked methi seeds every morning. Drink the water in which the seeds were kept for being soaked overnight. Chutney can also be prepared with methi.
Lifestyle changes – You need to exercise regularly, avoid sugary foods and actually avoid exercising too much physical exercise. Too much of exertion can lead to fatigue.
Diet Don’ts for Diabetics
Avoid high fat foods – Diabetics are at an increased risk for stroke and heart disease. That is why they need to control fat intake as diligently as the intake of carbs. Diabetics also need to avoid saturated fats, full-fat dairy products, sauces that have cream, chocolate, butter, hamburger, steak and poultry skin. Take reduced fat milk, margarine and yoghurt.
Do not take simple sugars - Fructose and glucose are some simple sugars that diabetics must avoid. The simple sugars are found in cold drinks, sweet punches, sugary desserts, many fruit juices, and many other drinks. Make sure you read the contents of the drink before taking it. Vegetable juices and foods without sugar are good sugar substitutes.
Lifestyle – Do not lead a sedentary lifestyle, but at the same time avoid a lot of physical exertion as that can aggravate your condition.
The symptoms of the Parkinson’s disease can be improved by performing various weight related exercises. Cardio-vascular exercises such as stretching, balancing and weight lifting help to overcome the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. According to Dr. Daniel Corcos of the University of Illinois, Chicago, various exercises performed together have shown some positive effects on the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. But these effects are short lived and their long term effects are yet to be observed.
Researchers have found that patients who perform weight training exercises two times a week for two years show much better improvement in Parkinson’s symptoms than those who perform simple fitness exercises. Apart from these exercises, cycling too improves the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
How weight training exercises benefit people suffering from Parkinson’s disease is still to be analysed. The researchers, however, believe that these weight training exercises help the brain of the people suffering from Parkinson’s disease to function more efficiently and intensely. Generally the brain cells of people suffering from this disease produce low levels of Dopamine, a neurotransmitter essential for carrying nerve impulses. Weight training exercises enhances the production of dopamine by brain cells, thus improving the nerve transmission.
Weight training program is a great way to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease naturally but it should always be performed with the consultation of specialists. In fact, these exercises in turn reduce the intake of medicines also. It is always beneficial to follow a single long term weight training regime rather than multiple short term programs. Long term weight training exercises help to overcome the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease very effectively.
GROWTH AND MAINTENANCE
Most every cell and structure of the body is composed of in part by protein. Proteins are referred to as the building blocks of the body. For example, the protein collagen forms the matrix for bones, provides the tissue for tendons and ligaments, and strengthens artery walls.
Muscle cells must synthesize protein from amino acids provided by dietary protein to grow bigger (hypertrophy) and stronger. The muscle proteins formed are called actin and myosin. According to the sliding filament theory, actin and myosin are protein filaments that work in synergy to produce force from muscle. According to "Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning" by Thomas Baechle and Roger Earle, an increase in the number of these filaments is due to an increase in strength training and adequate protein intake.
Cell turnover is a daily process for the body. Cells are largely composed of proteins. Cells from the skin, hair, fingernails and the digestive tract die and slough off daily. Cells made mainly by or from protein replace the sloughed-off cells. This turnover of cells keeps the body in a continual state of repair and growth, and thus a need for protein.
|NATURAL THERAPHY FOR HEADACHE|
Natural Therapy For Headaches!
In about 5 mins, your headache will go.......
The nose has a left and a right side.
We use both to inhale and exhale.
Actually they are different.
You'll be able to feel the difference.
The right side represents the sun.
The left side represents the moon.
During a headache, try to close your right nose
and use your left nose to breathe.
In about 5 mins, your headache will go.
If you feel tired, just reverse, close your left nose
and breathe through your right nose.
After a while, you will feel your mind is refreshed.
Right side belongs to 'hot', so it gets heated up easily.
Left side belongs to 'cold'.
Most females breathe with their left noses,
so they get "cooled off" faster.
Most of the guys breathe with their right noses,
they get worked up.
Do you notice, the moment you awake, which side breathes better?
Left or right ?
If left is better, you will feel tired.
So, close your left nose and use your right nose for breathing..
You will feel refreshed quickly.
Do you suffer from continual headaches?
Try out this breathing therapy.
Close your right nose and breathe through your left nose.
Your headaches will be gone.
Continued the exercise for one month.
Metabolism means your body’s conversion of what you eat and drink into either energy or stored fat. Our metabolism changes as we grow older, studies reveal that after 30 it tends to slow down which makes weight loss a herculean task then.
But the good news is we can still try to boost our metabolism at whatever age we are at!
How do we burn calories?
Each ones calorie requirement for weight maintenance differs from the other. Metabolism depends on three factors, these are exactly the ones we can alter and play with to boost our metabolism.
Resting metabolic rate
We are burning calories even when we are standing in a bus, watching TV, sitting in front of the computer and even while sleeping; the reason is that our body needs energy to carry out these functions. The number of calories the body uses while resting is called resting metabolic rate, which accounts to 65-75 % of calories we use every day.
It is seen that men burn more calories than women, obese or fat people burn more calories than slimmer ones – even though they remain heavier, and younger people burn more calories than oldies. Our body’s resting metabolic rate declines by 10% after the age of 30. The reason behind this is as we age more muscle is replaced with fat, which leads to age – related decline.
Our body in motion burns about 15 to 30 % of your daily calories. This physical activity can be in the form of exercise like running, in the gym, skipping, they can also be general day to day activities like cooking, walking up the stairs, fighting with your siblings or even fidgeting in a crowded train.
Processing of food
Finally the rest of the 5 to 10 % of our calories is burned while digesting, absorbing, transporting and storing what we eat. The energy required for this process is referred to as the thermic effect of food.
Dr. Mehta Says “It is not just the MUFA: PUFA ratio that is important but the ratio of SFA: MUFA: PUFA that is important. And according to the latest recommendations by National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)the ideal fatty acid composition is 27-33% : 33-40% : 27-33%. And the fatty acid composition of Rice bran oil comes closest to these recommendations with the percentages at 24: 42: 34.” The SFA: MUFA: PUFA ratios of various oils were discussed and it concluded with the fact that Rice Bran Oil indeed has the most ideal fat composition, better frying stability and offers unique health benefits due to phytosterols present in it. The other oil which has ideal fat composition is groundnut oil and almond oil. Flaxseed oil was also discussed hugely; though it is not available right now it could be again one of the best oil as it will be the richest source of omega 3.
Rice Bran Oil is relatively new oil that is extracted from rice bran and is gaining popularity in Asian countries like Japan, Korea, China and India. It is not very expensive. It is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and has cholesterol-lowering properties due to the presence of a component called oryzanol. It contains natural vitamin E, (tocopherol and tocotrienol) which is an antioxidant. It also contains squalene, which is good for the skin. It is the ideal cooking oil since it has good stability/high smoke point (it does not decompose at high temperatures to form toxic compounds) and is suitable for deep-frying. Studies have shown that snacks prepared in rice bran oil absorb 12-25 per cent less oil than those prepared in groundnut oil.
Dr. Mehta also stressed on the fact that oil should not be reused and nor they should be used beyond their smoke point. She mentioned that a combination of oils (premixed) is available these days with various brands but it may not help unless the smoke point of both oils is close enough or else at high temperature the oil with lower smoke point may become toxic. And toxicity of oil is still under research. And also as such no more than two oils are allowed to be mixed in India.
There are households where various oils are blended. But blending oils is not always a practical thing to do and may also alter the taste of the food cooked in it. Rotating oils every month would be a better option wherein you change the type of oil every month or two.
2. Eat often: You should eat something every two or three hours while you’re awake. Not a full meal, but something. “Three squares a day” is an antiquated ritual, but this doesn’t mean you can’t eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. It just means that they shouldn’t be all-you-can-possibly-gorge affairs. Eating often keeps blood sugar levels stable, translating into more consistent energy levels.
3. Eat plants (Natural state): Plant foods are all abundant in fibre, which is something our diet tend to lack. Eating whole foods helps our bodies self regulate and brings pH levels into balance.
4. Drink water (no Mocktails): Your body needs a lot of water which is why you get thirsty. Drinking more than 1 aerated drink a day will make your diet unstable. It serves zero purpose and is purely junk. Even, I would advice you to stay away from these aerated drinks if you want a slimmer waistline.
5. Stay hungry: Well this is a metaphor. But literally you should not eat until you are hungry beyond a limit. Cutting off your meals early is a simple way of cutting out many superfluous calories. Don’t think that you can take 4-5 small meals in a day. If you are not hungry, you should avoid eating meal.
6. Eat Healthy fat: You will be surprised to know that one needs some fat to be healthy. There are 4 types of fat : saturated, monosaturated, polyunsaturated and trans fat. We need the first three in the right balance to improve health and even help us lose fat. Trans fats are those made my man. They are hazardous and guess where you find them?
7. Get enough Protein: Protein is found in abundance in meats, dairy products and legumes. Protein builds muscles and should make up between 15% and 30% of your diet. Because it’s hard to digest, it helps to get some each time we eat. Adding a bit of protein to each meal is enough to make your daily requirements.
8. Alcohol: I know, I know you know this. Still, many people tend to consider “drinking” is an activity that is separate from the rest of their diet. While this may be socially true, trust me, your body is noticing. Alcohol contains nearly twice the calories of proteins and carbs. It’s not terrible to have a glass of wine with dinner or a couple of beers every now and then. Alcohol serves no performance purpose other than, perhaps mental stimulation. Like cold drinks, it needs to be limited if you’re going to maintain a balanced diet.
9. Eat for what you do: Well one should eat that much only which one can digest. The biggest variables in your diet is the amount of carbohydrates that you consume. Carbs are for energy only. If you aren’t exercising you don’t need many. Carbs intake should vary between 40% when you’re not active or overweight to up to 70% when you’re on the go all day long.
10. Plan Ahead: Your diet will be smoother if you plan ahead. You should always plan for the next day. If there is party coming, you should try eating less few days before. This will compensate your body fat and you will not gain more fat.
These are the top 10 ways to trim your waistline fast.
Here are eight reasons to take those extra steps and make walking a part of your healthy lifestyle:
# 1: It deflects diabetes. New research links brisk walking to a significant risk reduction for developing type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance is a predictor of this disease, even in people with normal glucose levels. But a recent British study found that people with a family history of the disease who walked briskly, or performed some other type of moderate to vigorous activity on a routine basis, improved insulin sensitivity.
#2: It soups up your sex life. Sex and exercise go hand-in-hand. In a study of women between 45 and 55 years old, those who exercised, including brisk walking, reported not only greater sexual desire, but better sexual satisfaction, too.
#3: It saves you on gym costs. In this icky economy, people are cutting excesses, and that includes trips to the health club. In an American Heart Association survey, a quarter of the 1,000 people questioned had axed their gym memberships sometime in the previous six months. But no matter where you live, there’s a place you can pound the pavement or trek a trail to experience the benefits of walking, and 150 minutes of moderate-intensity walking a week can help manage stress and prevent heart disease. Moderate walking equals an average of about 100 steps per minute. San Diego State University researchers suggest using a pedometer and aiming for 1,000 steps in 10 minutes, and working up to 3,000 steps in 30 minutes.
#4: It can get you off meds. Using data from the National Walkers’ Health Study, including more than 32,000 women and 8,000 men, researchers found that those who took the longest weekly walks, not necessarily accumulated the most mileage per week, were more likely to use less medication. This shouldn’t deter you from taking shorter walks more frequently throughout the week, but you should consider squeezing in a longer walk once a week, perhaps on the weekend when you have more spare time
#5: It can help fade fibromyalgia pain. This chronic condition affects more than 4 percent of the population, and often involves pain, fatigue, and brain fog. A small study found that in women 32 to 70 years old, those who walked 60 minutes, performed light exercises, and stretched three times a week for 18 weeks reported significant improvements in walking and mental capacity, and were less tired and depressed.
#6: It helps you beat breast cancer. Women who walk regularly after being diagnosed with breast cancer have a 45 percent greater chance of survival than those who are inactive, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Yale researchers heading up the study also found that those who exercised in the year before being diagnosed were 30 percent more likely to survive, compared to women who didn’t exercise leading up to their diagnosis.
#7: Strolling reduces stroke risk. Walking briskly for just 30 minutes, five days a week can significantly lower your risk of suffering a stroke, according to University of South Carolina researchers. After studying 46,000 men and 15,000 women over the course of 18 years, those with increased fitness levels associated with regular brisk walking had a 40 percent lower risk of suffering a stroke than those with the lowest fitness level.
#8: It can save your mind. Italian researchers enlisted 749 people suffering from memory problems in a study and measured their walking and other moderate activities, such as yard work. At the four-year follow-up, they found that those who expended the most energy walking had a 27 percent lower risk of developing dementia than the people who expended the least. This could be the result of physical activity’s role in increasing blood flow to the brain.
YOU GOING FOR A WALK NOW!
Hobart's summer festivals including MONA FOMA, curated by Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie, and its convict-era attractions were also highlighted in the publisher's Best in Travel guide.
The Tasmanian capital's Museum of Old and New Art had proved a beacon for international attention.
With Hobart the only Australian city to make the Lonely Planet list - and one of only three in the southern hemisphere - the attention is expected to give a huge boost to the state's struggling tourism sector.
The high Australian dollar has hit tourism hard, while the cost of air and sea access has been a constant controversy in the island state.
Daredevil Felix Baumgartner reached a top speed of 1342km/h, or 1.24 times the speed of sound, in a record-breaking freefall from the edge of space. The speed, revealed at a press conference after the unprecedented leap from 39km up, was significantly higher than that given earlier by a spokeswoman, who had put his maximum speed as 1136km/h.No one has ever reached that speed wearing only a high-tech suit.The 43-year-old floated down to Earth on a red and white parachute canopy.
He had taken more than two hours to get up to the jump altitude. Baumgartner had already broken one record, before he even leapt: the previous highest altitude for a manned balloon flight was 113,740 feet, set in 1961. The Austrian had been due to jump from 120,000 feet, but the balloon went higher than expected, to 39 kilometers.
The Red Bull Stratos mission was the second attempt for the skydiver after an initial bid last week was aborted at the last minute due to winds.The biggest risk Baumgartner faced was spinning out of control, which could exert G forces and make him lose consciousness.
A controlled dive from the capsule was essential, putting him in a head-down position to increase speed. More gruesomely, the skydiver's blood could have boiled if there were the slightest tear or crack in his pressurized spacesuit-like outfit, due to instant depressurisation at the extreme altitude.
The outbreak of hostilities between M23 and the Congolese army in May,2012 forced the Virunga National Park Authorities,to shut down its tourism activity.
Government authorities were forced to withdraw from parts of the park earlier this year because of the advance by M23 rebels, and now tourists wanting to see the rare mountain gorillas.
Tourists wanting to see the Mountain gorillas usually fly into the Ugandan capital Kampala before driving to the Congolese border and crossing into Bunagana.
Why are cardio workouts important?
- To build stamina
- To boost energy
- To beat stress
- To lose weight
- Increases blood circulation
- Increases lung capacity
- Improves your alertness
How much cardio you need:
The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of cardio everyday. But you might want to talk to an expert if you have any health complications. If you’re a first timer with cardio, look to starting with 20-minutes-a-day cardio workouts, and increase the duration and intensity of exercise to improve your stamina and reach your weight loss targets.
The marketing gimmicks are the major reason for health conscious people falling prey to these traps. Most of the times, they forget that the particular food would still need to be consumed sparingly.
One should note that consuming baked chips doesn’t free you from your waistline worries. These chips are indeed less in calories compared to the fried ones, but aren’t calorie free. Also, the difference is only significant enough to fool you – 150 odd calories from the conventional fried chips vs. 120 odd from the baked.
In that one serving of 25-30 g of chips (15-18 crisps); a fried one offers undesirable calories through fat; while the baked one offers the same from easy carbs like sugar, corn starch and corns sugar used.
Another furtive fact is that any processed food item is ought to have high sodium content. When the ingredients are compared – fried chips are made out of potatoes, whereas baked ones are made out of dried potatoes. This makes it more processed and the sodium content cannot be neglected.
Market also has a range of chips with ‘microlight salt’ (claiming it to be low in salt content), ‘lightly salted’ labels. Again, go slow… the chips might be low in salt, but they still contain sodium!
About these chips being cholesterol free; the manufacturers aren’t doing anything special for you. The chips are meant to be cholesterol free; not fat-free! All you need to know is – plant sources never have cholesterol; so neither potatoes nor oil bear any cholesterol.
Time and again researches have proved that when fats and high temperature cooking gets along (baking involves high temperatures too!); trans-fats are bound to get generated. Then why fall for claims as ‘trans-fat free’ and expose yourselves with carcinogens more often!
If you are looking at the 1-2 g proteins coming from that one serving of chips; it’s as good as claiming the chips to be ‘zero-protein’; since the quality of that protein is way too inferior.
While it is true that green tea is rich in flavinoids and that flavinoids have various health benefits, it is also true that black tea has theaflavins – also healthy, also supported by health studies. Further – “All the proven scientific benefits of green tea would hold true only if large quantities are consumed i.e. 8-10 cups/day which is not advisable. So the health benefits one gets out of consuming 2-3 cups/day are better bowel movements, prevention of gastrointestinal bacterial infections and better immunity provided fresh fruits and vegetables are a part of the daily diet. It is not advisable to take any concentrated supplements of green tea since the primary source of antioxidants should be natural foods, so drinking it as hot water flavored with green tea bags is good enough.
As far as frequency of green tea consumption is concerned, the habit of drinking too much tea should be avoided because too much of tea causes giddiness, sore throat, insomnia, blood impurity as well as paralysis. High tea consumption causes lethargy and headaches, and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome can be aggravated.
There are two kinds of cholesterol, and you have probably already heard about them, but they are:
LDL - this is the "bad" cholesterol that can cling to arterial walls and create blockages that result in strokes and heart attacks.
HDL - this is the good type that is going to actually protect you from heart disease.
We get cholesterol from our foods, but our bodies can also make it too. This is why some unfortunate folks are the victims of genetically triggered high cholesterol. In other words, their grandmother (who was tall and thin like they are) had horribly high cholesterol even though she ate a healthy diet.
You can also have high cholesterol because of poor dietary choices, inactivity, and smoking.
Generally, if you have high LDL and low HDL you are going to be identified as someone with a cholesterol problem. If you also show low levels of blood calcium it is likely that you are going to be put on a special diet and medication.
Fortunately, that is the last step to treating the condition. Most people can begin to adjust their levels through lifestyle changes. This could mean exercising for half of an hour each day, quitting the smoking, and dieting to lose some weight.
Dieting is usually one of the most effective techniques. In fact, studies have shown for every two pounds dropped in body weight the HDL will tend to increase measurably (averaging around .35/mg). Losing weight may not be feasible if you are already at an optimal BMI (body mass index). If that is the case, we suggest you use the following foods to help in the battle against cholesterol:
• Oats - a cup of plain oatmeal each day is known to reduce the LDL in only six weeks. This is because it contains a compound that actually absorbs the bad cholesterol from the bloodstream;
• Nuts - when you eat unprocessed nuts you are actually helping to lower the LDL level in the body. This is because most nuts have a good amount of monounsaturated fat that can combat cholesterol in the bloodstream;
• Salmon - many fatty fish are full of omega-3, and this is another fatty acid that helps to balance the cholesterol levels. If you opt for sardines you are going to be able to boost good cholesterol quickly and substantially;
• Blueberries - though loaded with fiber and nutrients, the compound in blueberries that makes them that lovely blue color is a wonderful LDL attacker. It is going to always work to lower the level of cholesterol in the body, and just a cup a day can work wonders.
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2. Avocados contain more natural fiber than any other fruit, and this high fiber content aids in the buffer of dietary and metabolic acids and total body absorption of nutrients.
3. Healthy fats found in avocados raise “good” cholesterol (HDL) while lowering “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides by 20%.
4. Avocados contain 35% more potassium than a banana does. Potassium is important because it regulates blood pressure and to maintain the alkaline design of the body fluids.
5. Avocados provide the lutein necessary to protect you from age-related eye degeneration and reproductive cancers.
6. The anti-inflammatory or anti-acid properties of avocados prevent and/or treat rheumatoid arthritis.
7. Sufficient amounts of oleic acid improve your cardiovascular system and protect against prostate and breast cancer.
8. Vitamin B6 and folic acid control homocysteine levels – high quantities of homocysteine are linked to an increased risk of death from heart disease.
9. Glutathione boosts your body’s immune system, keeps your nervous system healthy and is a powerful antioxidant for reducing and eliminating dietary and metabolic acids.
10. Avocado are alkalizing to the blood and tissues.
However, this is subject to many considerations. For instance: Is the vegetable patty fried, steamed or grilled? Is it fried in palm oil? Is it loaded with cholesterol-ridden cheese? Is it layered with unhealthy mayo? A normal, veg sandwich weighs approximately 71-100 grams and has approximately 70 to 150 calories each - IF (and this is important) - it's ingredients are healthy and prepared using healthy methods. Depending on size and the content added to it, the health qualities of a veg sandwich may be high or low in calories, fat and fiber.
When can a veg sandwich be unhealthy?
Even though a veg sandwich is made of various vegetables, it can be unhealthy due to the amount of processing the ingredients have gone through. Besides, some veg burgers are loaded with excess amounts of sodium, which can cause trouble to your heart and kidney.
Additionally, watch the amount of butter or oil used in a veg sandwich before categorising it as healthy. Beyond that, size does matter. If your veg sandwich is loaded with extra toppings and cheese, then it may contain calories greater than 1,000 – which is half a day’s calorie intake for a person who's approximately 6 feet tall!
Sunita says, "A veg 'burger' contain a harmful compound known as Hexane – it is a by-product of gasoline refining that is used to separate whole soybeans into soy oil, protein and fiber. This compound can cause serious health problems ranging from nerve problems which can lead to pain, numbness, muscle problem and digestion problem."
Word of caution
"Veg sandwiches can definitely be healthier than normal meat burgers, but be cautious while choosing one," says Sunita. And if you want the best out of your veg sandwiches, then it best to make them at home. It is simple and you will also be aware of exactly which ingredients are added.
Here is the Dietician's pick for a healthy veg sandwich recipe:
15 ounce of black beans
½ diced onion
½ diced red pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
Mash the above ingredients in a food processor. Shape the mixture into patties. Spray a pan with cooking spray and cook the patties on medium heat for about 3 or 4 minutes on each side.
Add the patty to whole grain buns or bread slices, add some tomato and onion slices, and voila! Your healthy veg sandwich is ready.
Corn is not at all unhealthy. Since it's rich in carbs, it’s a great source of energy. High in nutrients, corn is extremely rich in Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5 and Vitamin C, which helps in fighting diseases and generating new cells. High in fibre, corn also helps in lowering cholesterol levels in the body by reducing the levels of blood sugar in diabetics too. A whole grain product, it can be easily included in a healthy diet.
If raw and fresh corn is healthy, then why is popcorn unhealthy?
Popcorn is not unhealthy either. It’s a great filler between meals, as long as it’s unbuttered and contains less salt. The buttered and salted popcorn should be restricted because of the fat and sodium content in it. Also, since popcorn is normally eaten while watching television or a movie, there’s a greater chance of eating large quantities of popcorn because one is more engrossed in the film rather than the quantity of popcorn eaten. Excess intake of fat and sodium has its consequences on health, as we all know.
Will eating corn chips make me fat?
Yes, if the chips are fried and it’s consumed in large quantities and the excess calories are not burnt off, they are sure to make you fat. Weight gain is not about just one food, but an energy balance.
Are cornflakes healthy? Cornflakes are very low in fat and contain mostly starch. Also it’s eaten in combination with milk, which brings in a balance of carbohydrates and protein.
Regular consumption of corn, in moderate quantities, has been associated with better cardiovascular health. How true is the statement? Corn by itself cannot protect the heart. But yes, it’s as good as any other grain like brown rice, wheat, ragi, jowar, etc.
Corn can be used in many ways – as a breakfast cereal, as a snack (boiled corn / corn cup / popcorn), as part of a salad or soup, as an ingredient in a baked dish, etc. At the risk of sounding clichéd, weight loss or gain is not about one single food. It’s about a healthy lifestyle.
Bottom-Line. Add corn to your meals and snacks to receive its health benefits. Just watch the amount you eat and practice portion control when eating corn and it will not make you fat!
Chickpeas As a Weight Loss Food
The nutlike taste and buttery texture of chickpeas is not the only reason to eye this humble pea; its amazing weight loss capabilities makes it a dieters favourite. In 2010, a study was conducted to test the ability of chickpea to lower food consumption in 42 participants over a 12 week study. The same people were later asked to follow their regular diet for weeks. Results showed that people claimed that the level of satiation after eating chickpea was higher.
Due to their high fiber content, chickpeas make a great weight loss food by making one feel fuller for longer.The fibre content also takes care of digestive disorders.
Chickpeas help decrease heart disease : Studies have revealed that chickpeas being lower in fat levels can lower bad cholesterol and overall cholesterol levels.
Chickpeas for Diabetics: Chickpeas provide carbohydrates for people sensitive to insulin and those suffering from diabetes.
Interesting fact: Chickpeas equal milk or yogurt in calcium level.
Chickpeas contain high quality protein and are a good source of folic acid, manganese, iron, copper, magnesium and molybdenum. Vegetarians can mix chickpeas with rice or whole grains to get wholesome amount of proteins in their regular diet.
100 g of chickpeas contains:
Proteins: 8.9 g
Carbohydrates: 18.7 g
Fat: 2.5 g
Fibers: 8.6 g
Iron; 2.8 mg
Sunshine will help boost your Immune system. Go out and expose as much of your body in the early morning sun each day for 30 mins. Gradually work up to this if you have not done this for some time.
Drink plenty of clean water.
Foods to help support the Immune/Lymphatic System:
Peaches, Apples, Berries, Radish, Oranges, Garlic, Ginger, Rockmelon, Lemons, Limes, Leeks, Tangerines.
Laugh a lot. Laughter is said to help boost your immunity while releasing feel good hormones. You also give yourself a good internal massage at the same time.
Your digestive system and colon also requires attention if you have not been eating well. Focus on eating at least 50% raw fruit and vegetables each day and eat foods high in fibre such as flax seeds, bananas, pears, psyllium husks, and organic whole grains. This is important to maintain the health of your immune system and a colon cleanse may also be in order which will also leave you feeling refreshed, light, and energized. A healthy flora of good bacteria will also supercharge immune function which can be obtained by regular consumption of fermented foods such as yoghurt, kefir, kim chi, sauerkraut etc.
We all know that sugar is not good for our health while many studies have pointed to sugars affect on weakening the Immune System. There are other sugars and substitutes too which is important to avoid such as Corn Syrup and Aspartame. Honey is a great substitute for sugar and has medicinal value as well as boosting your immune system. Dates are a healthy sweet alternative which is also loaded with magnesium, potassium, iron, Vitamin A and lots of other nutrients.
Relaxation is an important part of health which can assist in relieving stress while enhancing your immune function.
Living out your passion helps you to thrive in the world and find meaning....all important immune boosting and stress relieving approaches to life.
Aerobic training is basically any type of exercise that occurs while the body is continually utilizing oxygen. This exercise is performed at a moderate- to low-intensity level.
During aerobic exercise the body uses oxygen to help supply the energy needed for exercise. The objective of endurance training is to develop the energy production systems to meet the demands of activity for as long as they are required.
For example: Marathon running, cycling, rowing, sport such as basketball, football, martial arts or even obstacle race for that matter.
Endurance training relies largely upon the glycolysis system, which is the energy system that takes place with the presence of oxygen and can burn both carbohydrates and fat for fuel. It is only when you push it to very high intensities that you will begin to approach your lactate threshold* or VO2 max**.
**VO2 max is a measurement of how much oxygen your body is able to consume and use efficiently while exercising. It is usually stated in milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of body weight per minute.
*Lactate threshold, is how rapidly your body is able to remove the waste product of lactic acid (produced during exercise of higher intensity). If you are not able to do this well, you will experience a great deal of discomfort shortly into higher intensity exercise and be forced to stop. If your body is efficient at removing these waste products, then you will be able to exercise for a much longer period of time.
A typical hour-long, moderate-paced jog is not going to take you to your lactate threshold, so although it may be decent exercise, it won't do much to improve your endurance performance. If you are looking to improve upon your endurance performance, training to increase your VO2 max or lactate threshold can be very beneficial.
How do we increase our endurance?
Take One Step at a Time
Be consistent, be patient, and build up slowly. Add a km to your program every week to your weekend long run.
Eg. Start with 1 km, then 2, then 3, then 4 every week. Every 4th week, reduce mileage by skipping the long run. Rest and recover. The next week, start building again, 1 km at a time.
Do some jump roping, skipping drills, box jumps, and even high-knee sprints through the "rope ladder" that you often see at football training camps.
Run Long and Fast
On your long runs, pick up the pace for the last 25 percent of the distance. Gradually accelerate to your marathon goal pace. Run hard enough at the end to accustom your body to the late-race fatigue of the marathon.
How do we gain in speed?
While we all run at different paces and in different places, many of us share a common goal — to get faster.
Train your Running Muscles
The only thing that can make you faster is stronger legs. You will need to work out your leg muscles at least twice a week in the gym. Do a variety of exercises like squats, lunges, leg extensions, hamstring curls & calf raises to strengthen your thighs hamstrings & calves.
Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!...
This is interesting. After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.
Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.
But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system..
Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Many other cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, 'A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!'
PASS IT ON TO YOUR FRIENDS...
PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit !!!
The alarming rise in cases of dengue across cities in the country has become an increasing cause of worry. It now more important than ever to be aware of the risk factors, and protect yourself. Prevention in this case, is truly better than cure.
What is dengue?
Dengue is a disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes. Dengue cannot be spread directly from person to person, i.e., is not contagious. A person can only become infected by the bite of a mosquito that is infected with the dengue virus. It is important to note that these mosquitoes bite during the daytime as well as nighttime.
Dengue usually begins with chills, headache, pain while moving the eyes, and backache. Persistent high fever is characteristic of dengue. Other symptoms to watch out for are exhaustion, backache, joint pains, nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure and rash.
Because dengue is caused by a virus, there is no specific treatment for it; treatment of dengue is typically concerned only with the relief of symptoms. People who show the symptoms mentioned above should immediately consult a physician. It is important to drink plenty of fluids, stay hydrated, and get as much rest as possible.
Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF)
DHF is a more severe form of dengue and can be fatal if untreated. It tends to affect children under the age of ten, and causes abdominal pain, hemorrhage (bleeding), and circulatory collapse (shock).
There is no vaccine to prevent dengue. Prevention of dengue requires eradication of the mosquitoes that carry this virus. This means high standards of hygiene and sanitation. Avoid areas littered with garbage. All containers of stationary water (like drums or buckets) should be covered or discarded, including flower vases and pets' feeding bowls. If your area is infested with mosquitoes, wear long sleeves, use mosquito repellants and fumigate if necessary.
IBD is a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). It usually affects the intestines, but may occur anywhere from the mouth to the end of the rectum (anus).
The exact cause of Crohn's disease is unknown but it is a condition that occurs when your body's immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue (autoimmune disorder).
People with Crohn's disease have ongoing chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Crohn's disease may involve the small intestine, the large intestine, the rectum, or the mouth. The inflammation causes the intestinal wall to become thick.
This inflammation in Crohn’s disease is in the entire thickness of the gastrointestinal tract, hence it is called Transmural disease which means through the wall of the organ. Crohn’s disease can be segmental, that measn it can affect a particular area of the GI tract leaving the other absolutely healthy. Hence when a biopsy is taken it is necessary to detect the area of pain aptly.
High Risks for Crohn's disease
• Your genes and family history
• Environmental factors
• Tendency of your body to over-react to normal bacteria in the intestines
Crohn's disease may occur at any age. It usually occurs in people between ages 15 - 35.
Symptoms of Crohn's disease
• Crampy abdominal (belly area) pain
• Loss of appetite
• Joint pains
• Pain with passing stool (tenesmus)
• Persistent, watery diarrhea
• Weight loss
These vague symptoms is a main cause of Crohn’s disease going undetected. Doctors have seen patients who had undetected Crohn’s disease for almost two years.
Diagnosis of Crohn's Disease
I have great admiration for the man. He may not be going about it the perfect way but at least he is doing something. He has set the cat amongst the pigeons! A lot of the exposures are thanks to him directly or indirectly. Best part is that the media moguls are apparently ready to put their necks on the line something unheard of in our country!
Below article is written by one of Kejriwal's classmates from IIT:
I know Arvind since our IIT Days. Since I know the man like the back of my hand, it really pains me in reading all these misinformed opinions of him. He is one of the most intellegent knowledgable person I have come across in my life definitely the most selfless honest. On those IIT Days also, while we all were thinking about our career thinking of leaving India at the 1st oppurtinity, he was hell bent on doing something to change the face of India. He was a big fan of V.P. Singh those days was very inspired with his honesty (Bofors) efforts to achieve social justice (Mandal commission). He was almost a non-believer hated BJP for the Mandir movement. Whoever is accusing him to be a RSS/BJP agent has no idea what he/she is talking about.
Those doubting his honesty/integrity should be informed that he was Joint Commissioner, Income Tax Dept in Delhi when he resigned from IRS. By conservative estimates, an officer of this rank in Delhi/Mumbai makes atleast Rs. 1 crore per month from external sources (you can make out what these external sources can be). How many of us can dedicate our life to the nation when such a lucrative career is infront of us? I am making USD 12,500/month here he was 10 times brighter than me.
I appeal to all Indians (irrespective of caste/religion) to not let go of this chance to reclaim our country from these corrupt politicians. It is because of our Chalta Hai I Don't Care attitude that things have come to this.
And lastly, if you can't do anything for the country, atleast please dont accuse Kejriwal of being communal/arrogant/dishonest without checking the facts. We all batchmates (belonging to various castes/ religions) believe that if India can elect 100 leaders like Kejriwal to the Parliament, the country will be counted among the best in 10 years time.
We people have given so many chances to Congress as well as BJP and have seen what they did for the country. We should also give one chance to Kejriwal and see what he can do for India and its people.