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Thinking of making over your eating habits in the new year? U.S. News and World Report just released its best and worst diet rankings for 2020, making the process of choosing the right diet for you a little easier. Unfortunately, one of the worst ones happens to be the most popular. Out of 35 diets, the Mediterranean diet ranked number one for the third year straight, with other evidence-based diets trailing not far behind. Meanwhile, the trendy keto diet, beloved by many a fitspo influencer, came in second-to-last place, CNN reports. Read on to see which diets are worth exploring and which you should skip this year. The Battle of the Diets The findings have been published in the US News and World Report’s 2020 rankings of the best diets. A certified panel of nutritionists and medical specialists involved in the field of diabetes, weight management, cardiac health compared a…

Sleep is one of the primary strengths and support of Maharshi Ayurveda. It impersonates a fairly significant role as that of a diet when it comes to supporting health and balance in the body. It has enormous health benefits as it helps in alleviating stress and reviving energy. While we are sleeping, our body works to repair and restore the tissues. Sleep influences each and every part of our lives, ranging from our work performance to our long-term mental and physical health. But, quite regularly, we spend restless nights, or our eyes abruptly pop open at 2 am, and we just can’t fall sleepover. This happens due to sleep imbalance in our body, which is usually caused due to a number of factors. According to Ayurveda, sleep imbalance is normally caused due to an imbalance in the three doshas namely, Vata, Kapha, and pitta doshas. Usually, when the coordination between…

Flax seeds comprise about 55% ALA, 28–30% protein, 35% fiber, and phytoestrogens. They are rising as one of the world’s current functional foods. But, flax seeds contain some molecules called anti-nutrients. These anti-nutrients produce toxic intermediates in your body and inhibit the absorption of minerals. They trigger numerous side effects associated with the consumption of flax seeds. What Are Flax Seeds? Flax seeds are procured from the plant Linum usitatissimum. The seeds are kenned for their oil content while the stems are abundant in high-quality fiber. Nutritionists and fitness fanatics globally are haunting over the health interests of flax seeds. The alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and the fiber content of flax seeds are accountable for their health benefits. ALA is an essential polyunsaturated fatty acid that has anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic (anti-clotting) properties. Flax seeds or flax seed oil are frequently used as fish oil substitutes. You can also find either the…

Flaxseeds may up your weight loss game. These tiny seeds are packed with ingredients that can benefit mobilize fat and improve health. But what is the best way to consume flaxseeds? How do you add them to your diet without making your food tasteless? Let’s find out. What Are Flaxseeds? Flaxseeds are tiny, sesame seed-shaped seeds of the flax plant. They are also known as linseeds. Scientifically, flaxseeds are called Linum usitatissimum (meaning, “very useful” in Latin), and they are either golden or amber-colored. Flaxseeds have a robust, bright, and soft outer covering. They do not have a distinguished smell or taste. You can readily find them at a local supermarket in whole and ground forms. Flaxseeds are little brown or golden seeds. They have a smooth and hard outer covering and can be found in supermarkets in whole and ground forms. How do flaxseeds aid weight loss? Omega-3 And…

Flaxseed is one of the richest sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed contains the right amount of fiber, protein, antioxidants, lignans, omega-3 fatty acids, and a number of vitamins and minerals, that offer excellent benefits to your health, skin, and hair. Nutrition Facts of Flaxseed The usual serving size of ground flaxseed is 2 tablespoons (tbsp). That serving includes: 80 calories 3 grams (g) protein (6 percent daily value, or DV) 4 g carbohydrate (1.33 percent DV) 6 g fat (9.23 percent DV). Flaxseed is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). 4 g fiber (16 percent DV) 100 milligram (mg) phosphorus (8 percent DV) 60 mg magnesium (14.28 percent DV) 120 mg potassium (2.55 percent DV) According to the USDA’s National Nutrient Database, two tablespoons of whole/unground flaxseed (considered about one serving) contains about: 110 calories 6 grams carbohydrates 4 grams of protein 8.5…

Sleeping well directly affects your physical and mental health and the quality of your waking life. Fall short and it can take a serious levy on your daytime energy, productivity, emotional balance, and even your weight. Yet many of us regularly toss and turn at night, striving hard to get the sleep we need. There is a solution. Making easy but important changes to your daytime routine and bedtime habits can have a sound effect on how well you sleep, leaving you feeling mentally sharp, emotionally balanced, and full of energy all day long. How Can I Get a Good Night’s Sleep? Getting a better night’s sleep may seem like an impossible goal when you’re wide awake at 2 AM, but you have much more control over the quality of your sleep than you realize. Just as how you feel during your waking hours often connects on how well you…

Are you amongst the one who curses people for going to the gym every day, when you cannot even make up your mind, heart, and body to get up from the comfy couch? Do you just digest the fact that you are superb in your skin, and that whoever tells you otherwise is not doing it for good, instead is body-shaming you? Have you just compromised with your shape because you don’t wish to try? Or are you among those who have tried their best but still could not get a good result? Probably the devil of laziness has overpowered you to an extent where you do not want to come out of your comfortable latitudes and longitudes. So much so that, now you have adjusted and bargained with the situation thinking how it would make any difference. Possibly you have also told yourselves the lie of “oh god, I…

The importance of salt can very well be gauged by the no-taste-effect caused by its lack in the food. The food does not seem complete without the required amount of salt in it. However, it is important to limit the intake of salt as the excess of it can harm your body in a number of ways. Sodium, a mineral that regulates body’s water balance and is responsible for muscle contraction has to be consumed in sufficient amounts for the body to function at its best but overdoing it can give rise to chronic problems like high blood pressure and heart disease. So the question is what is the ideal amount? How Much is Too Much? As per certain researches, the ideal amount of sodium to be consumed is between 2,500 milligrams and 6,000 milligrams. Some experts advise to keep the level till 2,300 milligrams but one must know that…