Monday, April 21, 2014

Lashing Out at Partner- Can Blood Sugar be the Culprit

The hubby and the kids become cranky whenever they feel hungry. So whenever we go out, my handbag will be full of healthy snacks- to ward off their crankiness and stupidity. I did not devote much thought to it, until I read about an amazing research.

What does the research say?

Scientists say that lower blood sugar levels may make married couples, angry at their spouses. It can likewise make them lash out aggressively- all because of one simple reason- they are hungry.

To prove their point, the researchers used voodoo dolls and 51 pins.

Story of voodoo dolls and pins

Hey, this is not a story, but a catchy heading. The research involved 107 couples. All participants were given voodoo dolls which represented their partners and 51 pins. At the end of each day for 21 consecutive days, the participants have to poke 0 to 51 pins depending upon how angry they were with their spouse.

The better halves were not present at that time. They also checked their blood glucose levels before they retired to bed and also before breakfast. The funny yet informative result was that- the lower the participant’s blood glucose levels the higher the number of pins they stuck in the dolls.

What do you infer from the study?

To be calm and collected requires energy and this is partly provided by the glucose. The researchers say that the brain is a very demanding organ. In order to control your anger you have to maintain healthy blood glucose levels.

Foods that help maintain blood glucose levels-
·      Porridge
·      Broccoli
·      Spinach
·      Green beans
·      Strawberries
·      Salmon
·      Lean meats
·      Sparkling water
·      Cinnamon.

The study throws light on an important matter. Hunger caused by low levels of blood sugar levels may play a role in marital arguments. If both the partners are hungry then heaven forbid tempers would flare up and may even result in domestic violence. All because of one simple reason – hunger

Like the famous poem "for want of a nail a kingdom was lost".

So, whenever you are about to talk something important to your spouse. Ensure both of you are well fed and not feeling hungry when you discuss an important topic.

Take care,
Swarnam

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter

God proved his love on the cross. When Christ hung and bled and died, it was God saying to the world, “I love you”. – Billy Graham

You know what?
Crucifixion may have happened 2000 years ago.
And it may seem a long time ago---
But God still lives and cares for you,
In your deepest, darkest, loneliest
Scariest and helpless moments…..

 He rises up from his throne,
Comes down to meet you,
Lift you up from the doldrums,
To give you a hand,
Mould you, make you
Into something you have never been.

He cares for you,
Guides you step by step
Teaches you to flap your wings,
To fly- to soar high in the heavens
To make you sit with kings.

To give you a hope and future
That’s God for you
He can be your best friend
And can guide you in paths unknown
He did this for me-
And I am sure he will do the same for you.

Happy Easter!

Take care,
Swarnam

Photo by Lamnee


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Incredible Nutritional Tips To Deal With Gastritis


Do you suffer from gastritis? Here is a crisp and clear post to help you deal with it effectively. So sit tight for the inside information….


What is gastritis?
It is the inflammation or erosion of the lining of the stomach. It can occur suddenly or gradually. The symptoms may be nausea, bloating, vomiting, indigestion and that dreaded burning feeling in the stomach.


The causes may be due to infections, certain medications, alcohol, allergic reactions, stress and food poisoning to name a few.
Foods to include and keep off-

University of Maryland researchers have done a fantastic job by suggesting some of the best options and I have detailed it in the columns below.


Foods to include for gastritis by University of Maryland Researchers
Flavanoid  foods- apples, cranberries, cranberry juice, onions, garlic and tea
Antioxidant foods- blueberries, cherries, tomato, squash, bell pepper
Foods high in vitamin B and calcium- almonds, beans, whole grains, dark veggies, spinach, kale and sea vegetables.

Foods to avoid for gastritis by University of Maryland Researchers
Avoid white bread, pasta and sugar
Reduce baked foods, crackers, cookies, onion rings, French fries, cakes, donuts, processed foods and margarine
Avoid beverages such as coffee, alcohol and carbonated drinks
 Some general tips and info-

·      Add lean meats, cold water fish, tofu and beans to include variety in your diet
·      The best oil to use is olive oil
·      Drink plenty of water
·      Exercise for 30 minutes a day
·      Include multi vitamin supplements that are rich in A, C, E, and B vitamins
·      Omega 3 fish capsules also work wonders.
·      Probiotic supplements create a favorable stomach environment
·      Homeopathic and acupuncture treatments work well.
·      Eat a fiber rich diet
·      Avoid high fatty foods at all costs
·      Scientists found fermented milk products can modulate the immune response and increase the thickness of gastric muscle gel layers in animal studies
·      So be wise to include fermented milk products for a trouble free tummy.

Hope this information was useful.

Take good care,
Swarnam

Photo by Marin

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Amazing Health Benefits of Green Exercise


It’s really good that you do your exercise in the gym or inside your house. Sometimes we can’t help it because of the seasonal fluctuations. But if the weather is good then why not enjoy a dash of green exercise?

What is green exercise?
You might wonder. It is the physical exercise undertaken in natural environments. It peps up your immunity, physical and emotional wellness.


Health benefits of green exercise

Get ready for a jog if the weather in your place is right. Because after you end up reading this post, you may want to breathe in some fresh air.

Scientists found that exercising outdoors
·       Improves mental wellbeing compared with exercising indoors
·       It revitalizes and increases energy and positive engagement
·       Reduces tension, confusion, anger and depression
·       Increase enjoyment and satisfaction
·       Reduces stress and enhances overall happiness
·       Reduces blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the level of stress hormones
·       Reduces aggressiveness
·       Symptoms of kids suffering from ADHD reduced when they played in green environments.
·        Optimizes mental health

Oh! My! That’s a lot of good stuff you get from green exercise. Researchers found that green areas with water enhanced the health benefits even more. A blue and green environment seems even better for health. At the end of the day these are the colors of Mother Nature.

You see I am an expat. But whenever I feel low just thinking about my motherland gives me a fresh boost of energy. In the same way we all belong to Mother Nature going back to her would work miracles for your health.
So shun all these concrete and go out for a walk.

And along the way pledge Mother Nature that you will protect her at all costs. Happy Earth Day!

Take good care,
Swarnam

Photo by Feelart

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Top Foods That Reduce Your Cholesterol Levels

Concerned about your cholesterol levels? Here is a tip to cheer you up! Scientists say that if you eat one serving of beans, peas, chick peas or lentils per day, you can significantly reduce your bad cholesterol levels. Thus, you can keep cardiovascular diseases at bay.


What are the LDL and HDL cholesterols and triglycerides?

LDL- The low density lipoproteins are the bad cholesterol. It builds up on the walls of your arteries and causes heart diseases.

HDL- it is the good cholesterol. The high density lipoproteins are called good because it takes the bad cholesterol from the blood and protects it against heart diseases.

Triglycerides- They are fats carried in the blood from the food we consume.

What are good fats and bad fats?

The so called good fats are
·      Monounsaturated fats
·      Polyunsaturated fats

The bad ones are
·      Saturated fats
·      Trans fats

Foods that Reduce Cholesterol

·      Oats and high fiber foods
·      Fish and omega 3 fatty acids
·      Walnuts and almonds
·      Olive oil

Harvard scientists recommend these foods to reduce cholesterol
·      Barley and whole grains
·      Beans, eggplant and okra
·      Vegetable oils such as canola, sunflower and safflower
·      Fruits rich in pectin- apples, grapes, strawberries and citrus fruits
·      Soy, fatty fish and fiber supplements
·      Foods fortified with sterols-margarine, granola bars and orange juices. And chocolates too!

A wise tip

Fresh red meat, processed red meat and high fat dairy increase the risk of heart diseases. So do all you can, to cut these or minimize its usage. Try to reduce your fat intake from saturated fats and trans fats. Reduce your weight and do your daily dose of exercise.

Take care,
Swarnam

Photo by Staurt Miles

Monday, April 7, 2014

Can Morning Sunlight Help You to Become Slim


I usually go for a walk in the evenings, but a recent revelation by scientists had me second guess my walking routine. After reading this post, there is a greater possibility that you would change your walking routine.

Which is the best part of the day to go for a walk?

Scientists have found a surprising new strategy for managing your weight, the bright morning light. They found that people who had a brisk walk in the morning sunlight had a lower BMI than those who took an evening walk.  The earlier you find the morning light the slimmer you get.

Can light impact your body weight?

Light can be said as the charge that operates your internal body clock. This body clock is responsible for circadian rhythms which in turn regulates the energy balance. Scientists say that if a person is not exposed to sufficient sunlight at the early hours of the day, it could desynchronize the body clock. This will bring about changes in the metabolism which leads to weight gain.

So taking the above facts into consideration, you are better advised by the study researchers to get more exposure to light. In order to promote wellness, work places and schools should have windows. Employees can enjoy their lunch outside or got out for a break. Last but not the least indoor lighting should be improved.

Added benefits of morning walk,

When you step out into nature, you feel refreshed and your energy levels soar to new heights. The cool and misty climate recharges your batteries for the grueling work ahead. Your mind is calm and you feel peaceful.

Sometimes I go for morning walks and I have seen people saying their morning prayers while walking. Early morning walks peps up even your spirituality. Morning walks are good for people with depression, high blood pressure and arthritis.

Your lungs and blood get a rich boost of oxygen. The morning light help you to stay slim and fit.



Take good care,
Swarnam

Photo by Digital Art




Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Beauty and Health Secrets of Shea Butter

Shea fruit known as African women’s gold is silently making a social revolution in the African continent. The Shea butter known for its numerous medicinal and beauty benefits, offers a solid origin of income for the women. It empowers women to be financially independent. Now that's truly amazing.

What is Shea Butter?

It is an ivory colored fat obtained from the nut of the Shea tree. This butter is a triglyceride, so I have my own doubts about it being used in cooking. But it works wonders for your skin.

Traditionally elderly women and young girls sit on the floor and break the shells using small rocks. Then the nuts are separated, crushed with mortars, roasted in huge pots over open wood fires and ground. The paste is separated from oil, and then you get the golden yellow creamy Shea butter.



What are the health benefits of Shea butter?

This butter is an all natural vitamin A cream and also has vitamin E in it. The butter is said to have anti-inflammatory properties, moisturizing and moisture retaining properties.



Shea butter is used in lip gloss, moisturizers, emulsions and hair care products. Big names such as L’oreal, Body Shop, and L’occitane use it in their beauty products.

The American Shea Butter Institute says that it can be used for

·       Dry skin
·       Wrinkles
·       Rashes
·       Sunburn
·       Rough skin on feet
·       Frost bites
·       Eczema
·       Heat damaged skin

You can use Shea butter for a beautiful glowing and healthy skin. It can also be used to treat
·       Insect bites
·       Small skin wounds
·        And aches.

Be sure to have a bottle of Shea butter on your kitchen shelf.



An interesting thing about this butter is that it can help make music. African Percussion instrument makers use it to increase the durability of wood. It can even make you sing, guess how? By increasing the glow of your skin, it can make your heart sing.

Take care,
Swarnam

Photos by Idea go and Africa