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Diabetes : Prevention is best

Diabetes is a largely preventable condition. Consider these simple and easy-to-follow tips to help reduce your risk of getting diabetes!

Millions of people worldwide are living with diabetes and pre-diabetes (a condition in which glucose levels are higher than normal, but not too high to meet the criteria for diabetes). No doubt, diabetes is a common disease, but it is very dangerous too. Over the years, it can lead to a number of serious health problems like heart attack, stroke, blindness, and kidney failure. Now, the good news is that you can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes by making a few lifestyle changes. Once it sets in, diabetes is a lifelong (chronic) disease. So, it is highly recommended to take the right steps in advance and keep the condition at bay. Just follow the tips mentioned below and reduce your risk of getting diabetes significantly. Don’t worry – all these tips are simple, easy-to-follow and practical.

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Practical tips to prevent Diabetes:

Change your lifestyle

Making a few small changes in lifestyle can indeed make a huge difference. For instance, giving up sedentary lifestyle will help reduce the risk of diabetes. Doctors recommend about 30-45 minutes of brisk walking or jogging for activating blood cells and for lowering blood sugar levels. Read the rest of this entry »

How Your Pedicure Could Be Hurting Your Health?

We all love to get a pedicure but before making your next appointment to salon you must know how your pedicure could be hurting your health.

Pedicure is a perfect way to relax and pamper yourself after a stressful week. Women spend millions of dollars at nail salons every year to get healthy & beautiful feet and picture-perfect nails. But, they may not be aware of the risks associated with Pedicure. Pedicures can cause mild to moderate fungus or bacterial infections like athlete’s foot, nail fungus and infections which last for several weeks or months. Even though, you go to a high-end salon, if it is not keeping up with health and safety standards you are at a high risk of getting infection. So before you visit a nail salon, take a look at the possible side effects of pedicures to prevent fungus or bacterial infections.

Pedicurist doing a pedicure

Dangers of Pedicure

Dirty Whirlpool Foot Baths

Soaking feet in whirlpool foot baths make you feel relax, but they are a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus that thrive in a warm, wet environment. Although salon workers are supposed to clean the foot baths after every use, majority of them don’t do that. The dirt and dead skin become trapped in different areas of the foot bath and when you soak feet in this unclean foot bath, you are at risk of getting infections into cracked heels or open cut on the skin. Around 10 to 12 people a week suffer from fungal or viral infections like toenail fungus, warts and athlete’s foot because of dirty whirlpool foot baths.

To prevent fungal or viral infections, visit a salon that uses pipeless foot baths or individual bath liners. Also, make sure that your salon runs a cycle of disinfectant for 10 minutes between each customer. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Fueling Foods for Runners

Improve your health and performance in different running competitions and while training by including fueling foods in your diet.

Being runner, you may know that besides daily running practice, you must focus on nutritive diet that provides you sufficient energy to increase your performance. It is necessary for every runner to follow healthy and balanced diet that contains correct amount of proteins, fats and carbohydrates that let runner stay hydrated and energetic while training sessions. Fueling foods for runners are quite useful to stay powered up to give their great performance to achieve their goals. Some of the popular fueling foods are whole grains, pastas, bananas, etc. Check out here the full list of all the fueling foods for runners.

fueling foods that keep you energized while running

Whole Grains:

Whole grains are vital source of fiber and nutrients. Besides wheat breads and pastas, whole grains have more fiber content that let you stay energetic while training sessions. Fibers are hard to digest; so it will give you constant energy while training. Triticale, rye, and buckwheat are rich in heart-healthy phytonutrients that will also take care of your heart. Whole grains are also loaded with 13 grams of protein per serving to boost your protein needs. Read the rest of this entry »

Health Benefits of Kantola (Spiny Gourd)

Spiny Gourd or Kantola is a vegetable, which is normally seen in the Indian markets in the season of monsoon. It has many health benefits and that is the reason why it is started to crop up all around the world besides Indian subcontinent. It has tiny spines all over its body and that is why it has got its name as “Spiny Gourd”. It is also known as Teasle gourd, Kakrol, Kankro, Kartoli, Kantoli and Bhat korola. It is mainly cultivated in the mountain regions of India. It is easily cultivated on unfertile soil and its vine has only 3 to 4 months life span.

Health Benefits of Kantola (Spiny Gourd)

Momordica charantia is a botanical name of Kantola. It belongs to “Cucurbitaceous” family and has “Momordica” as a genus. Look wise Kantola is similar to bitter gourd and has a shape like water droplet of 2-3 cm diameter. Vine of spiny gourd grows slowly. Spiny gourd pods are dark green in color and they change color as they get ripe from light green to yellow, by indicating that they are overripen and bitterer in taste.

Only spiny gourds with the dark green color are edible and it is advised to prepare a dish after peeling the outer surface of it. It is mild and easy to digest. It is also used as medicine to cure different health problem in different form such as powdered or dried from. Check out spiny gourd’s health benefits. Read the rest of this entry »

Is it good to sleep without clothes?

Imagine life without sleep! That means you have to inspire yourself for being creative 24/7. But do you know that getting enough sleep is very essential for living long and healthy life. Sleep is a very important part of daily routine works like a sweet balm that relives and repairs us after a long day of work or play. Many of us ask a very common question that which type of clothes we have to wear for sleeping, on average, the answer should be: negligee or a blend tank top and shorts. The skinny and skimpy materials make you chill and free to move….but according to the recent research, sleeping without wearing is too much better than sleeping with clothes. It provides various health benefits and boosts up the performance of the body in the repair process, because all the body’s repair process occurs when we sleep.

Is it good to sleep without clothes?

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Is Hookah pen healthy or bad for you?

Hookah smoking is a chic new trend among the youth all over the world. Hookah smoking is actually an age-old tradition started about 500 years ago, and since then it has been enjoyed by people of all ages. For those not familiar with the process of smoking hookah, a hookah is an instrument used for smoking a special type of flavored tobacco, popularly known as ‘shisha pen’. There are a variety of pleasing flavors, like strawberry, apple, mint, etc, which add enticing aroma to the hookah tobacco. In a hookah pipe, the tobacco (flavored) is heated either by charcoal or wood fuel and the resulting smoke is sent via a water chamber into a mouthpiece, through which the smoke is inhaled by the smoker. However, it is a fact that all those people who enjoy the leisure of smoking from a hookah are actually harming themselves. What’s even worse is that most of them are actually not aware of the several health risks associated to hookah.

hookah pens healthy?

There is a common misconception prevailing among people that smoking tobacco through a hookah pipe is safer than smoking through cigarette. People mistakenly believe that the water content present in the hookah pipe captures the toxin stuff and so the smoker is not exposed to them. Of course, the water does cool the smoke, making it feel less harsh. But cooler smoke does not mean that it is safer smoke. In fact, smoking tobacco from a hookah could be possibly more detrimental than smoking cigarettes. Read the rest of this entry »

Eat Healthy in New year with Healthy party menu ideas

New Year 2013 is just around the corner and people from all over the world are super excited to celebrate the occasion with great zeal and enthusiasm. Some people enjoy this day with a full blown party at night clubs while some people prefer to celebrate it with family members and close friends at home. If you are planning to celebrate this New Year’s Eve at your sweet home with your loved ones, then start planning your evening now. Besides decorating your home to create a festive atmosphere, one of the most important aspects to focus on treating your guests is the feast. Now, here are some wonderful ways to surprise your guests with a feast that is yummy yet healthy. Follow the ideas given below and make your New Year party a delicious success.

Eat Healthy in New year with Healthy party menu ideas

Drink dose

A huge variety of cocktails and other such drinks are super high in empty calories and you can avoid these calories by serving some healthy drinks like diet soda, ginger ale, green tea, light beer, fruit punch or cranberry juice. So, start your New Year’s party off with some healthy drinks this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Special Foods to eat during Christmas Holidays

Christmas is a time of celebration, gifts and spending quality time & share joy with family and friends. Christmas celebrations are incomplete without variety of seasonal foods, lovely dishes, treats and drinks. During Christmas, people eat foods that are high in fats and calories. On Christmas day alone, people consume around 6,000 calories which is 3 times as much as daily calorie requirements. So, including some Special foods can help you eat and drink healthy.Special foods are not only tasty but also provide lots of nutrition. If you don’t want to end up by filling up on unhealthy options, then try these twelve superfoods and stay healthy during Christmas holidays.

Special Foods to eat during Christmas Holidays

Twelve Special foods for Christmas Holidays

1. Bell Peppers

Bright and beautiful bell peppers are rich source of fiber, essential nutrients and antioxidants. Red bell peppers are loaded with Vitamin C. They have 3 times more Vitamin C compared to an orange. Green bell peppers also good source of Vitamin C. Bell peppers have vitamin B6, Vitamin A, silicon and folic acid in high amount and calories in low amount. They boost the immune system as well prevent cancer, cataracts, clot formation and heart problems. The antioxidants present in bell pepper improve blood circulation and decrease the risks of heart diseases. Minerals like iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, manganese selenium and zinc are also contained by these vegetables.

Enjoy bell peppers this Christmas holiday by adding them raw in a salad or roasted in a side dish. You can also serve them with hummus or dips. Make stuffed peppers for a tasty and filling vegetarian entrée. Read the rest of this entry »

Real Facts and Myths about Drinking Water

It is a well-known fact that drinking sufficient amount of water is vital for good health. In fact, water plays a crucial role in the proper functioning of our body. However, you will be surprised to know a fact that there are a number of misconceptions and myths about drinking water. Few myths are prevailing since ages and majority of people believe them blindly. Given below is a list of such common water myths that are alleged to be true but they are not in realty. Plus, some important information has been included under each point, with the help of which you can check out the truth behind these myths.

Real Facts and Myths about Drinking Water

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Iron Boosting Foods for Iron Deficiency In Women

Iron is the most vital element that is required for hemoglobin formation in the body. Hemoglobin, being present in the red blood cells plays a fundamental role in transfer of oxygen to various parts of the body. Both men and women lose around 1 mg of iron everyday through sweat or loss of cells from the skin or the gut. Apart from this, women lose on average an additional 20 mg or 40 ml of iron during every menstrual cycle. During pregnancy, women lose 2.5 mg of iron per day. Even breastfeeding results in a loss of an extra 1 mg every day. So, menopausal women, teenage girls and pregnant women must have adequate amounts of iron in their diet. It is quite obvious that you can fall behind on daily requirements unless you have an excellent iron rich diet. Some food items rich in iron content are listed here.

Iron Boosting Foods for Iron Deficiency In Women

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1. Spinach

Spinach has comparatively high iron content when cooked. As per USDA nutritional data, cooked spinach is energy-boosting and it stands out among healthy foods for women. 1 cup of cooked spinach consists of additional minerals and vitamin B6 along with the 6 g of iron. With just 41 calories, it also includes folate and calcium. Women need these minerals in greater volume than men. Overall good nutrition, including significant fractional protein, potassium, magnesium, fiber and vitamins A, C and E, may be found in other leafy green vegetables like kale and broccoli. Read the rest of this entry »