An estimated 20 million Americans are believed to have kidney disease, with thousands more potentially at risk for developing kidney problems.1 Kidney damage doesn’t usually happen overnight. It is a steady process that occurs over several years as a result of some poor lifestyle choices and improper management of other[.....]
Brushing, flossing, and using a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash can keep your teeth clean. Drinking sufficient water, having dairy products, fruits and vegetables, protein, and nuts can strengthen your teeth. But smoking, sugar, hard foods like hard candy, acidic foods like citrus juices, sticky foods like dry fruits, and alcohol can damage them. Ayurveda recommends oil pulling and the use of herbal chewing sticks for dental health.
Burning sandalwood incense releases a fragrant, woodsy odor. It doubles as a safer alternative to chemical air fresheners. The aroma will also relieve tension and anxiety, making it ideal for at-home stress relief. In turn, you’ll feel more relaxed and get better sleep. These benefits can even decrease systolic blood pressure and encourage wound healing. To protect your lungs, don’t burn incense every day. Use it in a well-ventilated, airy space
Studies show that about 70–80% of women use a bra of a wrong size, putting themselves at various health risks. All thanks to the laces and nets which trick us into buying an ill-fitting bra based on just the looks. One of the most common mistakes women make in this regard[.....]
Balance is key in a healthy diet. And that applies to fats as well. Cutting them out altogether isn’t a good idea, but which fats are healthy? Pass up on the saturated fats in butter and animal fat, as well as the unhealthy trans fats in processed foods. But you can safely consume moderate amounts of unsaturated fats like olive oil and avocados, and enjoy the fatty goodness of fish like salmon or tuna. Certain saturated fats like ghee and coconut oil may not be off the cards either!
Silence can boost the production of brain cells. This benefit will strengthen your hippocampus and improve your memory, keeping your mind in tip-top shape. Your short and long-term memory will also get better, along with your risk for dementia. Even just two minutes of quietness will prevent heart disease by lowering your heart rate and blood pressure. You’ll also feel more relaxed, making it easier to sleep at night. Have insomnia? Get rid of background noise.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can lower blood pressure (BP) by suppressing the activity of renin, an enzyme that raises BP. By lowering the bad cholesterol and triglycerides and flushing out toxins, ACV checks the formation of plaque or fatty deposits in arteries. This ensures smoother blood flow. ACV also prevents excessive blood clotting. By aiding weight loss, it also acts on obesity-related high blood pressure. Have no more than 2 tablespoons daily and dilute it well.
Most of us tend to frown upon people who kick their sandals off to walk barefoot. We automatically start thinking it to be part of some kind of hippie ‘new age’ bohemian philosophy – linked to being irresponsible and reckless. However, you’ll be surprised to know that walking barefoot, also[.....]
During pregnancy the amount of blood pumped by your heart raises by 30 to 50%. Your heart rate also quickens from 70 beats to 80 or 90 beats a minute. This extra work can sometimes cause heart rate irregularities which are not worrisome. In some cases, stress, anxiety, blood sugar fluctuations and some medications can be responsible for palpitations. Your doctor will also want to rule out causes like hyperthyroidism and heart trouble.
Walking is the easiest way to increase your lifespan and stay healthy all of those years. As a moderate-intensity exercise, brisk walking every day for at least 30 minutes will reduce weight gain and inhibit multiple diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, dementia, and cardiac issues. Taking short walks in the midst of a busy day can improve your mood, boost your creativity, and reduce stress. Keep walking for a healthy mind and healthy body.
If your left arm feels heavy or painful, you may start worrying about heart problems. But the heart is not always to blame for the weird sensation in the left hand. You may have overexercised at the gym or had an injury; you may be having a panic attack; you may even have heartburn. The symptoms of all these conditions mimic the symptoms of a heart attack and other heart problems. Some medication can also cause heaviness in the left hand. It's important, though, to see your doctor to rule out heart issues if you do have left arm heaviness.
Pranayama techniques in yoga focus on regulating and balancing your breathing to improve your health. The benefits of different methods include maximum oxygen supply to the lungs, an efficient expulsion of carbon dioxide, better blood circulation, regulated heart rate and blood pressure, and most importantly reduced stress. It helps keep you calm throughout the day in any situation.
The role played by tea and coffee in blood pressure is still debated. For years, it was believed that caffeine present in them will have an adverse effect on blood pressure. But, recent research studies suggest that long-term moderate intake of coffee or tea does not have any detrimental effect on healthy individuals. Green tea, hibiscus tea, and black tea have proved their antihypertensive effects.
Extra virgin olive oil, the essential oil, or the tasty olives – all of these are increasingly becoming a common part of our daily diet and lifestyle. But what about the leaves? Olive leaves have been used in traditional medicines to treat multiple conditions and, in general, for good health as[.....]
Peanuts can keep you full thanks to their unsaturated fats, proteins, and fiber. You’ll be less likely to binge eat, making it easier to lose weight. The unsaturated fats also improve cholesterol levels and blood pressure, so you’ll have a lower risk of heart disease. If you’re dealing with skin problems or arthritis, the anti-inflammatory properties of peanuts will help. They also prevent skin cancer by protecting your skin from sun damage.
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