Archive for February, 2013

Five foods that can make your skin glow!

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

To get that flawless and radiant skin, pay attention to what you eat, rather than what you put on it.

What you eat shows on your skin!

Eat these foods for radiant-looking skin.

Salmon to prevent premature ageing

A healthy skin desires essential fatty acids and most kinds of sea food have them in more or less amounts. As a premier source of omega-3 fatty acids, cold-water, oily fishes are laden with anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids. And salmon is an excellent example of that. People who ate diets rich in such foods have shown late appearance of skin wrinkling, as omega-3 fatty acids prevents the skin from drying out, keeping it supple and elastic for a longer time.


Broccoli may help women fight PMT

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Women who eat food rich in non-heme iron – found in plants food like Broccoli – are less likely to suffer from premenstrual tension (PMT), researchers have claimed.

They said that iron might be related to PMS as it is involved with the production of the brain chemical serotonin, which helps regulate mood.

The researchers looked at the health of about 3,000 nurses, who they followed for 10 years.

At the start all the nurses said that they did suffer from PMT but by the end of the 10-year period, a third had been diagnosed with it and two-thirds had not.

When researchers at Massachusetts University and Harvard looked at their diets, they found a link between high consumption of non-heme iron and a lower chance of developing PMT, the Telegraph reported.


Don’t touch these foods post workout

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Post workout meal should help you refuel and recover, not pile on more fat. Here’s a list of what not to eat, post workout!

An intense workout always makes you feel great. But your first thought post workout is food! A right diet, being psychologically motivated and a regular physical activity is a must in your quest to lose weight. However, you might be surprised to learn that certain combinations of foods eaten post workout can actually sabotage your entire weight loss campaign!

Sweetened drinks and soda


Natural way to stop hair graying!

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The sight of first gray hair can be a nightmare for many. There are several artificial ways to get rid of them, but let’s see how we can stop hair graying the natural way!

Your appearance has a huge impact on your confidence level. Looking young can make you feel younger and more confident. Hair graying can give your confidence a dip and change the way you look at yourself. Here are some natural ways to keep gray hair away.

Indian gooseberry (Amla) is a saviour – It is believed that Indian gooseberry helps in maintaining hair pigmentation and stimulates the hair growth. It is a tasty fruit and can be consumed in different forms. Other alternative is to mix amla powder with oil and apply it to the hair.


Don’t like milk? Alternate routes to calcium!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Detest the taste of milk and worried about how to get your daily dose of calcium and vitamin D? Here’s a list of calcium-fortified foods which can protect you from osteoporosis!

There are scores of others who are just like you, but still manage to get their daily supplements without having to depend on dairy products. Calcium and vitamin D are essential for strong bones. So, if you are lactose intolerant or just don’t like milk for reasons unknown, check out the other sources of calcium and vitamin D.

Soy milk


Lack of sleep can trigger obesity and heart disease

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

A week of bad sleep could “switch off” hundreds of genes and raise the risk of a host of illnesses including obesity and heart disease, scientists have claimed.

According to the new study, getting fewer than six hours’ sleep per night deactivates genes which play a key role in the body’s constant process of self-repair and replenishment, the Telegraph reported.

Our bodies depend on genes to produce a constant supply of proteins which are used to replace or repair damaged tissue, but after a week of sleep deprivation some of these stopped working.

The findings suggest that chronic lack of sleep could prevent the body from fully replenishing itself and raise the risk of a host of diseases, the researchers said.

Scientists from Surrey University divided 26 volunteers into two groups, one of which slept for less than six hours per night for an entire week, and one which slept for ten hours per night.


Mediterranean diet ‘as good as statins’ at reducing heart attack risk

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Following a Mediterranean diet with plenty of olive oil and nuts has been found to be almost as good at reducing the risk of a heart attack as taking statins, according to researchers.

They believe a diet of fish, chicken, fruit and vegetables is “better than a drug” because it does not have side effects, while cholesterol-lowering statins can cause problems like muscle cramps, the Telegraph reported.

They conclusions is based on a five-year study in Spain, which compared the effects of three different types of diet on the chance of having a first heart attack or stroke in almost 7,500 people at high risk of cardiovascular disease.

Two of the diets were variations of the Mediterranean diet, one supplemented with nuts and the other with extra-virgin olive oil. The third was a low-fat diet.


Natural wonder – Sprouts

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Make friends with those little white wiggly things coming out of seeds and grains to reap huge health benefits.

How about growing a jar of unadulterated nutrition right on your kitchen counter? If you are game for some fun, start sprouting your regular beans and lentils to increase their nutritional value manifold.

Interestingly, sprouts can grow in any climate, equal meat in nutritional value, mature in 3 to 5 days, require neither soil nor sunshine, and can be eaten raw. Now, how amazing is that?

All edible grains (wheat, rye, barley, millet, rice), seeds (alfalfa, clover, celery, oats, radish, fenugreek, sunflower), and legumes (moong, peanuts, moath or matki, brown lentil or masoor, chickpeas or kala chana, soy beans, white beans) and broccoli can be sprouted.


Permanent stress significantly increases diabetes risk in men

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Men who reported permanent stress have a significantly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than men who reported no stress, according to a study by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

The finding is based on a 35-year prospective follow-up study of 7,500 men in Gothenburg.

Since the 1970s, a large population based cohort study has been undertaken at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg to monitor the health of men born in Gothenburg between 1915 and 1925.

Using this unique material, researchers are now able to show that permanent stress significantly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Of the total sample, 6,828 men without any previous history of diabetes, coronary artery disease or stroke were analysed. A total of 899 of these men developed diabetes during the follow up.


Plain packaging of tobacco products could cut smoking

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Plain packaging of tobacco products would cut smoking, experts suggest.

For the study, 33 tobacco control experts from the UK (14), Australasia (12) and North America (7) were recruited. Professionals in these regions were targeted because these countries are currently considering (or have recently implemented) plain packaging for tobacco products. They were then interviewed about how plain packaging – packaging without brand imagery or promotional text and using standardised formatting – might impact the rates of smoking in adults and children.

The experts estimated that plain packaging would reduce the number of adult smokers by one percentage point (on average) two years after the introduction of plain packaging.

More impressively, they believe that generic packaging would reduce the percentage of children trying smoking by three percentage points (on average) two years after plain packaging is introduced.


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