Diet and lifestyle key for a good heart

CHENNAI : The heart is a vital organ as it pumps blood, and delivers oxygen and other nutrients throughout the body. Hence maintaining a good, healthy heart is important. Certain foods will increase cholesterol levels in the blood, increase blood pressure and this will have an impact on heart diseases. FOODS TO INCLUDESoluble fiber: Helps lower blood cholesterol levels, reduces risk of heart disease. Sources include fresh fruits and vegetables, beans and lentils.Tea: Contains catechins and flavonoids, which helps maintain healthy blood vessels. Green tea is rich in antioxidants. Dark…

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Wondering what is the secret to having a healthy lifestyle? A good night’s sleep is the answer

Wondering what is the secret to having a healthy lifestyle? A good night’s sleep is the answer.(Unsplash) India has emerged as the country with a highly sedentary lifestyle among 18 countries including the US, the UK, Japan, Ireland and others. Indians walk an average of 6,533 steps daily, according to a report by Fitbit. According to the report, Hong Kong is the most active. Indians also get the least amount of nightly sleep on an average after Japan at 7 hours 1 minute, 48 minutes lesser than the average nightly sleep of…

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Life in the home counties brings 16 more years of good health…

Wokingham, Berkshire, has the highest healthy life expectancy in Britain at 70.7 years. Photograph: Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy The gap in healthy life expectancy between parts of Britain has widened over the past decade to become as large as that between the UK and Sudan, a leading group of parliamentarians has warned. In a sign of growing inequality in Britain, residents in Blaenau Gwent in south Wales can now expect up to 16.4 fewer years of good health than those in Wokingham in Berkshire, according to a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group…

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Good enough to eat? The toxic truth about modern food

Pick a bunch of green grapes, wash it, and put one in your mouth. Feel the grape with your tongue, observe how cold and refreshing it is: the crisp flesh, and the jellylike interior with its mild, sweet flavour. Eating grapes can feel like an old pleasure, untouched by change. The ancient Greeks and Romans loved to eat them, as well as to drink them in the form of wine. The Odyssey describes “a ripe and luscious vine, hung thick with grapes”. As you pull the next delicious piece of fruit from…

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Diet tips, avoid these 5 foods for weight loss, good health

National Nutrition Weekis celebrated from September 1 to 7 to generate awareness about eating right for good health. Diet and exercise are important for weight loss and good health. But you can harm your fitness routine by eating some unhealthy foods. Here are 5 foods that you need to cut from your diet to see the results: * Protein bars:  Protein bars are often processed and filled with artificial ingredients and sugar. They can actually make your calorie count go high, and you will end up having to work harder to lose the excess kilos. *…

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Gut health diet, 5 best foods to increase good bacteria in the gut

Your gut health is extremely important as the bacteria in the gut helps digest and absorb food. And it also impacts your weight loss plans. While some foods are good for gut and boost the good bacteria, certain food items like pizzas and burgers can harm the gut balance and cause discomfort. Here are 5 foods that you need to eat for good gut health: * Yoghurt:  Dairy products like yoghurt, probiotics and yakult boost your gut and promote the growth of healthy lacto bacillus bacteria. Other fermented foods like kefir and kombucha are also recommended. * Banana:  Bananas are…

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Best superfoods for your diet, eat these 5 foods daily for good health

National Nutrition Week is held every year from September 1 to 7 to generate awareness about eating right for good health. The first such week was held in 1982 and aimed to highlight the causes of malnutrition and how to reduce it. A healthy diet lies at the core of good health and weight loss. And ‘superfoods’ define food that is nutritionally dense and good for your health. Here are 5 superfoods that you need to add to your diet: * Eggs: Eggs are a great source of high quality protein, and are also rich in vitamin…

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10 best bread recipes that prove why we cannot do without the good old double roti!

Bread is a staple for most people around the world. Breads are basically made with grains. Every country has its own history, tradition and method of making breads. Be it bruschetta, roti, naan, pita, focaccia or baguette, each country makes its own special bread! Indeed, it is your favourite companion when you don’t have anything else in your refrigerator. Is brown bread healthier than white bread? – White bread is made up of bleached flour that makes it lighter in color whereas brown bread is made of whole wheat flour…

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True Life: I Made Pickle Guacamole And It Was Actually Good

The whole world is a little bit obsessed with guac. I feel like I’ve heard the popular adage “guac is extra” about a million times this year. My theory is that the popularity of avocado toast spawned the popularity of guac (or is it the other way around?) and we’ve been payin’ extra ever since. This particular guac is a little different then our average. That’s because this guac has pickles! This should come as no surprise to you, dear reader, since 80% of my recipes alone use pickles. Call us crazy (like, that’s…

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Is Tequila Good For Health? Here’s Why It’s Believed To Be

Highlights Tequila is considered healthier than other alcoholic drinks. Tequila is produced from the blue agave plant native to Mexico. It has been proven to promote bone growth in mice. Is there such a thing as ‘healthy alcohol’? If certain individual studies on the effects of tequila are to be believed, then there sure is! The Mexican alcoholic drink is touted to be healthier than other drinks like whiskey or vodka because of some supposed health benefits that it has. That seems extremely odd because the drink has got a…

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