In Health Tips On 04 November 2014
Hair loss is not just due to external factors like dandruff, sun exposure and so on. It is also a result of an unhealthy diet. Here’s what your hair needs to remain healthy. Here, the nutrients you need for a full head of hair—and the foods that pack them Omega-3 Fatty Acids Good for more than your brain, omega-3 fatty acids nourish your whole noggin. The foods to eat: Flaxseeds, walnuts, salmon, tuna, Zinc Boosting tissue growth and repair, zinc helps keep your scalp and hair stay healthy. It also regulates hormones (testosterone included) in the body and helps maintain production of oil-secreting glands on the scalp that help your hair grow. The foods to eat: Chickpeas, wheat germ, oysters, beef, veal liver, roast beef. Iron when it comes to healthy circulation, eating enough iron is clutch. Iron helps deliver blood to the body\'s cells. The foods to eat: Dark leafy greens, whole grains, beans, red meat, turkey, egg yolks, mussels, oysters. Vitamins A and C Both vitamins contribute to the production of sebum, the oily substance that your hair follicles spit out. Nature\'s hair conditioner, it keeps your hair from breaking off. Plus, vitamin C increases the amount of blood-boosting iron that your body can put to use. The foods to eat: spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, pumpkin,Carrot Magnesium Magnesium is the most abundant mineral in the body and is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions—hair growth included, according to the National Institute of Health. The foods to eat: Almonds, spinach, cashews, lentils, brown rice. Protein A very important nutrient which acts as the building block of every tissue in our body including the hair and scalp, protein is highly essential for us. It helps in the production of new hair to replace the ones lost. A lack of protein can lead to thinning of hair, dry and brittle hair as well as eventual hair loss The foods to eat: Beans, nuts, grains, milk, cheese, fish, eggs, chicken.
In Health Tips On 31 October 2014
Benefit of eating breakfast The word `breakfast\' literally means to break your fast, after a necessary gap of 10 -12 hours without a sizable meal. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it give you energy to start a new day, but breakfast is linked to many health benefits, including weight control and improved performance. When a good breakfast is eaten, it boosts the metabolism. If a person goes too long without eating, the body will think that they are not being fed, which will in turn decrease the metabolism. Be sure to include protein and fresh foods with your breakfast, because the protein also will boost the metabolism. Skipping breakfast may cause you to feel sluggish and tired and you may have a hard time getting enough energy to make it through the day. Eating a well balanced breakfast in the morning will provide your body the fuel that it needs to convert to energy Remember that breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day, so planning a healthy breakfast may help you to avoid eating unhealthy treats later on. If you fill your stomach with healthy foods, you will be less likely to have unhealthy cravings. Children who skip breakfast may lack sufficient fibre, vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin B2. Reasons for skipping breakfast include lack of time, lack of motivation and lack of available breakfast foods Better Memory Studies have shown that children have better performance in school when they start out the day with a healthy breakfast. Eating breakfast provides fuel for the brain, which can help to improve memory and brain functioning. Starting the Day in the Right Frame of Mind Taking a quiet moment to sit down and enjoy your breakfast can be a good way to get you in the right frame of mind for the day. Our busy lifestyles have caused many people to forget about the importance of meal times, and breakfast is the best time to take a moment to reflect and plan the rest of your day. Eating breakfast every morning can help lower LDL cholesterol, also known as the \"bad\" cholesterol. When you skip breakfast, you are creating a chain reaction within your body: • First, you slow down your metabolism. • Second, fat is stored longer in your body. • Third, you have a higher tendency to overeat at your next meal. • Fourth, you gain weight and your LDL cholesterol goes up. People who skip breakfast tend to nibble on snacks during the mid-morning or afternoon. This can be a problem if those snacks are low in fibre, vitamins and minerals, but high in fat and salt. Without the extra energy that breakfast can offer, some breakfast skippers feel lethargic and turn to high-energy food and drinks to get them through the day. If you do skip breakfast, try a nutritious snack such as fresh fruit, yoghurt, a low-fat muffin or a wholemeal sandwich to help you through that mid-morning hunger.
In Health Tips On 08 October 2014
DRY FRUITS AND NUTS Dried fruit Dried fruit is fruit from which the majority of the original water content has been removed either naturally, through sun drying or through the use of specialized dryers or dehydrators. Dried fruits are always rich in nutrients, and therefore are an excellent option to increase a diet’s nutritional quality. Dried fruit contains no fat, cholesterol, or sodium. It also helps to sweeten bland food without adding refined sugars. Small bits of dried fruit can be added to plain yogurt, oatmeal, or wholegrain breakfast cereal, making it more palatable to young children . As a snack, dried fruit is vastly superior to junk foods, such as potato chips, pretzels, candy bars, and other unhealthy indulgences people reach for when they are hungry between meals. Tree nuts are cholesterol-free and chock-full of important nutrients, including protein and fiber. They are also a great source of vitamins such as folic acid, niacin and vitamins E and B6, and mienrals like magnesium, copper, zinc, selenium, phosphorus and potassium. Dried fruits are a nutrient-dense food and a particularly good source of dietary fiber, potassium and phenolic compounds, which are linked to a number of health benefits, including decreased risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Apricots Apricots are those beautifully orange colored fruits full of beta-carotene and fiber that are one of the first signs of summer. Nutrients in apricots can help protect the heart and eyes, as well as provide the disease-fighting effects of fiber. The high beta-carotene content of apricots makes them important heart health foods. Peaches Fresh, high-quality peaches are sweet tasting, they are low in calories, with one medium peach furnishing only about 37 calories. Yellow-fleshed varieties are a good source of Vitamin A. Plums Plums provide potassium, soluble and insoluble fiber, phytochemicals that function as antioxidants as well as some iron and Vitamin A. Dried Plums/Prunes can play an important role in promoting good digestive health. Blueberries Blueberries contain many of these naturally occurring antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E. In addition, blueberries contain anthocyanins and phenolics that can also act as antioxidants. Nuts Nuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. They are rich in fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants such as Vitamin E and selenium. Nuts are also high in plant sterols and fat - but mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 - the good fats) which have all been shown to lower LDL cholesterol. . Nuts are rich in good fats, and in combination with dried fruits, they provide important nutrients that favour lean mass gains as well as fat loss Walnuts When it comes to nuts, the walnut is the king. It\'s a great source of the healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids, which have been found to protect the heart, promote better cognitive function, and provide anti-inflammatory benefits for asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema. Almonds A quarter cup of almonds contains nearly 25 percent of your needed daily value of the important nutrient magnesium, plus is rich in potassium, manganese, copper, the antioxidants vitamin E and selenium, and calcium.Plus, almonds are one of the best nuts for lowering cholesterol because 70 percent of the fat they contain is the healthy monounsaturated variety, which has been shown to help clear arteries. Pistachios Pistachios are a good source of copper, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and B6.Pistachios contain higher amounts of fiber than many high-fiber foods. If you are trying to boost your intake, pistachios are an excellent source of dietary fiber. Brazil Nuts These nuts are extremely nutrient-rich and contain protein, copper, niacin, magnesium, fiber, vitamin E and selenium. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that works to neutralize dangerous free radicals.