A salty food craving is a strong urge or desire that can turn to an addiction in some people. For others, this craving could actually be masking an underlying mineral deficiency or a health problem like Addison’s disease. Sometimes, just exercising a lot, becoming dehydrated or having a bout of diarrhea can cause excessive water and salt loss from the body, bringing on temporary salt cravings.
Starting your day off gulping down a glass of milk might seem like a quick and nutritious start to your day, but milk being heavy in digestion can leave you prone to stomach aches and heartburn as well. In accordance with ayurveda, milk may be better saved as an end of day drink to help you wind down and crank up the sleep inducing hormones in your body.
Your body needs large amounts of potassium – 4,700 mg a day – for the heart, bones, and digestion. Bananas aren't the only source of this nutrient. Apricots, prunes, and avocado are richer in potassium, and a mere 3 oz serving of tuna can meet 10% of your potassium requirement. Veggies like white and sweet potatoes are not far behind. If you like legumes, eat kidney beans and soy beans on alternate days.
Insomnia is an indicator of magnesium deficiency. Moreover, since this vital mineral is important for muscular and nerve function, a deficiency often manifests as restless legs syndrome, which can wake you up many times in a single night. Recommended dietary intake is 400–420 mg a day for men and 310–320 mg for women. Eat whole grains, milk and yogurt, green leafy veggies, legumes, and nuts.
While pickles give you probiotics and antioxidants, it takes just 3 pickles (4") to cross your daily sodium quota, while 4–6 gherkins (3") cross the sugar quota. It's easy to have one too many, but when you do, pickles raise your blood pressure and blood sugar. Years of eating too many pickles can even put you at risk of stomach cancer. If you have high BP, diabetes, kidney or heart disease, and gastritis, limit intake and focus on fresh veggies.
Are sleepless nights the bane of your existence? Insomnia and exhaustion are a reality for so many people. And when sleeplessness adversely impacts both health and mood, it's something worth paying attention to. Sure, medical aids exist. But a more natural answer might lie within bananas. They're rich in magnesium, zinc, tryptophan, and potassium, nutrients that are essential for the body to sleep and rest. Here's how it works.
Ionize your water with a lemon or baking soda to manage your BP, blood sugar, and cholesterol; improve bone metabolism, keeping its mineral content high; and treat acid reflux. Alkaline water helps most if you're physically active as it balances the lactic acid in the blood after a workout and keeps your heart and lungs less stressed. But too much of it can hamper your digestion and deposit excess calcium in the kidneys.
The high aluminum and lead content in green tea can lead to health conditions like low hemoglobin. The antioxidants catechins and tannins hamper iron absorption from your food. If you're not on medication for high BP, anxiety, or arrhythmia, 3 cups a day is fine. Have 2 cups max if you're pregnant. Don't drink it before bedtime if you have insomnia. Stay off it if you're anemic and ask your doc if you're undergoing chemo.
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Copper is naturally self-sterilizing and has a toxic effect on pathogens, even antibiotic-resistant bacteria or super-germs like MRSA. Store potable water in a copper vessel overnight and drink it the next day. The water will also contain enough trace copper for body functions like digestion, wound-healing, flow of sensory information, and providing nutrition to the skin and hair.
Frozen foods are processed foods stored at low temperatures to suppress spoilage, and increase shelf life. But food processing introduces fat, sugar, and sodium into natural produce, decreasing its nutritional value. Further nutritional loss happens when we reheat or cook such produce. So even though these foods are easily accessible and quick to cook, they might not provide the intended health benefits.
Cortisol imbalance due to stress can manifest into palpitations, low energy, brain fog, night sweats, BP spikes etc. Moderate and regular exercise including yoga can get your stress levels down. Get adequate sleep and avoid screen exposure at night. Stay positive and laugh out loud. Consume foods with Vit C, take magnesium supplements and treat yourself to a massage.
Exercise to burn sugar for fuel and to increase insulin sensitivity. Avoid carbs and stock up on soluble fibre-rich foods to regulate your sugar spikes. Stay hydrated to prevent your liver from producing sugar. Chew slowly, eat chromium and magnesium-rich foods (with low glycemic indices), and reduce your portion size. Glucagon and cortisol spike sugar - avoid stress and sleep well.
A balanced diet is essential during dialysis. Keep a strict tab on your fluid intake. Legumes, beans, and cottage cheese will provide safe protein. Eat oatmeal and oat bran to keep cholesterol levels low. Keep salt in check by cutting down on processed foods; use lemon zest, vinegar, mustard for flavoring. Choose foods low in potassium - apples, pears, berries, radish, asparagus, and zucchini.
Iron helps produce red blood cells, which help transport oxygen to different parts of the body, and is involved in energy metabolism. Iron also plays a key role in immunity, nerve, and brain function. Have meat, seafood, spinach, and beans to maintain optimum iron levels but don't have more than 18 mg iron a day.
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