Benefits of Olive Oil

Health benefits of Olive oil can be attributed to its chemical composition i.e. rich in monounsaturated fats i.e. oleic acid and antioxidants such as vitamin E and carotenoids. Higher proportion of monounsaturated fats is linked to lowering of risk of heart disease as it controls the “bad” levels of LDL cholesterol and raises levels of the “good” cholesterol, HDL whereas antioxidants found in Olive oil are known to have a protective effect against certain malignant tumours in the breast, prostate and digestive tract. It is also known to lower blood sugar levels and blood pressure.

Types of Olive Oil
Olive oil comes in various forms – some of this is just plain marketing but some has real significance as it helps to distinguish the flavor, taste, freshness and medicinal properties of the oil. Grading of olive oil is done on the basis of extraction process followed and acidity content. Virgin Olive oil is extracted from olives using only pressure, a process known as cold pressing. Extra Virgin Olive Oil has just 1% acid whereas Virgin olive oil has about 3% acid. On the other hand light oil is the one which is filtered to remove much of the sediment. With each grade there is change in taste and also suitability / usage of oil.
Olive oil has its benefits but at the same time it is not suitable for Indian style of cooking. Extra virgin olive oil can be used for cold dishes and salads only. That’s because extra virgin olive oil has a low smoke point . Whereas Virgin Olive oil can be used for low temperature cooking. Pomace oil is like the refined oil used for frying and high temperature cooking in all types of Indian cuisines.

We must choose our fats/oils carefully. Sedentary adult males should not consume more than 25 gms of visible fat daily. All fats in foods provide three types of fatty acids. Based on the chemical nature of fatty acids they are broadly grouped as saturated, mono-saturated and poly-saturated. Fats from coconut oil, vanaspati, animal fats (ghee or butter) provide saturated fatty acids. High intake of saturated fatty acids increase atherogenic risks and their intake should be limited in adults. Oils from sources like groundnut, palm, sesame and olive are rich in mono-saturated fatty acids as compared to others.

We need remember that oil is oil at the end of the day. Every gram of fat/ oil provides 9 kcal. Hence it would be wise not to start filling your dishes with Olive oil.

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Sedentary lifestyle, junk food culture and lack of workout, together create an unsafe concoction that is making more and more people obese. Besides being unpleasing aesthetically, obesity brings with it numerous ailments such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke.

The act of balancing your weight includes calories as a part of that equation. So, when it comes to weight loss, burning calories that you take in, by reducing extra calories from food and beverages or through physical activity should be taken into` consideration.

A quick but healthy weight loss plan should include a balanced diet that should not starve you. In fact a good weight loss diet plan allows you to eat enough food while allowing your body to burn calories. This becomes possible because the diet in itself has the ability to enhance the rate of metabolism that would result in burning more calories and lose few pounds every week.

A method called Calorie Shifting is recommended as a part of fast weight loss diet plan as it is known to keep your body’s metabolism high all the time. Calorie shifting is all about alternating the foods/meals you eat in a way that your body’s metabolism remains high all the time.

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Role of Diet in Fibroids

Although fibroids can be left undisturbed in most of the cases but cases where Health Complications affect daily life of an individual, it is advisable to remove Fibroids. Surgical removal of Uterine fibroids is suggested in the following cases:

* Post menopause, when chances of fibroid tumors turning malignant are high
* Severe iron deficiency anemia occurs due to excessive bleeding
* Fibroid hindering pregnancy

Recently, MRI Guided HIFU (Magnetic Resonance Imaging guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound), has been one of the most common non-surgical procedure, to treat fibroids. However, if the pain, bleeding and irritation is high, surgical removal of fibroid is possible through myomectomy.

Even though the etiology of fibroids is not known in most of the cases, hormonal imbalance is considered to be one of the underlying causes. Hence, Diet and certain lifestyle modifications help in managing fibroids.

Certain Foods help in easing symptoms of fibroids

 — Diet rich in fiber, complex carbohydrates, adequate protein and low fat help in bringing down the severity of fibroids
— Organic vegetables and fruits should be preferred over the foods grown with pesticides protection since such eatables may cause fluctuation in hormonal levels
— Whole grains, raw fruits and vegetables contain digestive enzymes and fiber which are capable of reducing the severe effects of fibrin in fibroids
— Anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric, oily fish (like salmon, mackerel) etc must be included a lot in the diet
— Alcohol intake must be reduced since it may cause improper functioning of liver thus disturbing hormone breakdown in liver
— Water is capable of flushing out the unwanted toxins from the body. Hence adequate water intake is a must
— Excess weight may also cause hormonal problems and so it is always better to maintain adequate body weight with proper physical activity and lifestyle.

What, Why and How of Fibroids?

A fibroid is a benign tumor of fibrous connective tissue. Fibroids develop when uncontrolled cell growth occurs for an unknown or sometimes known reason. Some of the known reasons are hormonal imbalance, intake of high fat foods, foods contaminated with pesticides or abnormal weight gain.  Fibroids may form anywhere in the body and usually do not require specific treatment or surgical removal.  It may occur in people of any age or sex, but are often seen in adults.

Fibroids may be of two types

* Soft Fibroids:

Soft fibroids or fibroma with a shaft consist of numerous loosely connected cells and less fibroid tissues. These usually appear in the regions like neck, armpits or groins, eyelid etc.

* Hard Fibroids:

Hard fibroids consist of many fibres and few cells unlike soft fibroids. These usually appear in the skin.

Women are more prone to site-specific type of fibroids called uterine fibroids. Depending upon the location of occurrence in the uterus its size and number may vary.   Uterine fibroids often occur in women of child bearing age.  In most women these are usually too small to cause any problem or even be noticed. It is extremely rare that fibroids become cancerous.

No one knows what causes uterine fibroids, but their growth seems to depend on estrogen, the female hormone. Occurrence of Fibroids is low in women in 20s, instead it is more common in 30s and 40s when estrogen levels are high and shrink after menopause when estrogen levels drop.  A recent survey estimates that nearly 25 million women in India face this problem with fibroids and the reasons may be delayed pregnancy, obesity and increased consumption of red meat.

 The prominent symptom of fibroids, in both genders is the appearance of a small tumor which may or may not be tender. Some tumors may be itchy and may cause irritation, sensitivity and pain may also occur in some cases. Color and size may also change over time. Because of its protruding nature it may get damaged and may bleed if the injury is severe.

Even though the symptoms mentioned above may be common in both genders, when it comes to uterine fibroids, there are certain specific symptoms which can be witnessed in women as follows:

— Heavy menstrual periods, sometimes clotty
— Unusual bleeding (between periods)
— Lengthy periods
— Increased frequency of urination
— Pelvic cramps/ severe pains
— Fullness or heaviness in lower abdomen
— Pain during intercourse
— Infertility (In rare cases, where fibroid is in a position disturbing child growth)
— During pregnancy-Bleeding, premature labor, miscarriage (in rare cases)

Hypertension

Today’s fast moving world has made us used to several comforts as well as has pushed us towards excess tension and stress levels which may turn into a serious silent killer illness called ‘Hypertension’. Irrespective of age, people of both genders are nowadays more prone to hypertension. Consistent elevation of pressure exerted by blood on the wall of arteries is known as high blood pressure or hypertension. The levels of blood pressure categorization are as follows:

-Normal: Less than 120/80
-Pre-hypertension: 120-139/80-89
-Hypertension: 140/90
-Stage 2 hypertension: 160/100

There may be multiple causes of hypertension like increased body weight (when BMI exceeds 25), lack of physical activity (due to unavailability of time/ laziness), lack of adequate sleep (due to night shifts/excess workloads/travel), improper foods habits (like intake of high salted foods/preserved foods/junk foods) or existing co-morbidities (like fluctuating blood sugar levels/kidney related problems) etc.

However certain dietary and lifestyle modifications would help a lot in managing hypertension, some of which are as follows:

* A proper healthy diet (adequate carbohydrate and protein, low fat) in required quantities and proper time, with adequate nutrients and fiber is mandatory.
Drinking plenty of water will help in maintaining proper blood pressure levels.
Regular exercising of at least 30 minutes of aerobic a day would help a lot.
Quit smoking.
Limit alcohol intake.
Limit the addition of salt in diet and make sure that it is less than 1,500 mg per day.
Reducing stress with practices like meditation, listening to music or practicing yoga might reduce blood pressure levels.
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In many cases there may not be evident symptoms when the blood pressure levels are high. But it is always advisable to monitor the blood pressure levels periodically at least once in every six months.