Monthly Archives: April 2014

A Versatile and Healthy Ingredient

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Oatmeal and whole grain cereals have been touted as the perfect start to a day for years. Its high level fibre and complex carbohydrate content is known to satiate one’s appetite for an extended time, helps lower Low density lipoprotein (LDL) “bad” cholesterol and facilitate weight loss. This is opposed to carbohydrates like white bread, potatoes, white rice and pastries which are quick boost blood sugar levels, but stimulates hunger faster, thus causing one to snack or overeat.

Despite its obvious health benefits, oatmeal has not been quite well received or widely embraced by the masses. This could be due to its bland taste and soggy texture. The solution to this could be Kordel’s Active Oat 35. Compared to normal oats, it is neutral in taste and is smooth and fine in texture, making it a versatile add – on to food and drinks. Enriched with brown rice, it also provides the heart with phytonutrients that helps reduce the risk of heart disease.

Oats contain a form of soluble fibre called oat beta-glucan which concentrates on the outer layers of the grains (oat bran). Since 1963, numerous studies have proven the beneficial effects of this soluble fibre on cholesterol levels. It works by dissolving in water and forming a thick gel in the digestive tract. This gel, then binds to excess cholesterol and cholesterol – like substances within the gut, preventing it from being absorbed by the body. The gel and cholesterol are then excreted as part of the body’s waste. Studies show that in individuals with high cholesterol, consuming just three grams of oat beta – glucan per day typically lowers one’s total cholesterol by 8% to 23%. This is highly significant as every drop in serum cholesterol translates to a 2% decrease in the risk of developing heart disease.

Oat beta – glucan also helps control blood glucose levels. The carbohydrate found in oat bran is an exemplary energy source because it converts into glucose very gradually, providing sustained energy and greater control of blood glucose levels. Hence, it is good for pre – diabetics who are trying to lower their blood glucose levels. Studies have also shown that oat beta – glucan has beneficial effects on diabetes. Patients with Type 2 Diabetes, who given oat beta – glucan experienced only slightly increase in blood sugar levels compared to those who were given other grains.

Additionally, oat beta – glucan also slows down sugar absorption and helps to reduce sudden fluctuations in blood sugar levels after meals. The European Food Safety Authority (ESFA) concluded that the consumption of oat beta – glucan can help lessen the spike in blood glucose levels after meals. The local research lab also recognised the fact that oat beta – glucan minimises the rise in blood sugar levels, provided it is not consumed together with food. Therefore, starting off your day with oat beta – glucan may make it easier to keep blood glucose levels under control throughout the day.

Get Enough Sleep!

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In our 24/7 culture, only 15 percent of people get adequate sleep every night. Everyone needs to sleep because it keeps your mind and body healthy. Sleep can help you do better in school, stress less. Sound good? Now consider some possible effects as below if you do not get enough sleep.

Learning and memory

Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory. In studies shows that students who sleep after learning a task tend to remember better. Short-term memory is one of the important parts of learning. Lack of sleep significantly impaired the ability of adult to remember what they learned the day before.

Metabolism and weight

People gain weight because inadequate sleep may affect the way our bodies process. This causes hormone imbalances among individuals who do not sleep at least eight hours a day. They tend to have better appetite and have more cravings for high-calorie foods. You may think that you burn more calories when you are awake but the extra calories consumed cannot be cover.

Safety

When you sleep, your brain is preparing for the next day. Inadequate sleep increases the risk of falling asleep during the daytime. In addition, it makes your brain work improperly. This may cause falls and mistakes such as errors, mistakes, and road accidents. For example, falling asleep when you are driving may cause accident.

Disease

Sleep disorder alters immune function. Getting sufficient sleep may also help fight cancer. Recent research indicated that people who don’t get enough sleep are at increased risk for developing certain kinds of cancer. For example, the risk of developing colon and breast cancers is higher.

Remember that good sleep is not about the number of hours you’re in bed. If you wake up a lot in the night or snore, you may not be getting quality sleep to keep you fresh and healthy.

Heart Healthy Foods

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Certain foods can decrease your heart disease risk significantly. Mix and match a handful of these foods below every week to eat your way toward a healthier you. Find out how these top four foods may help lower your risk of heart disease.

First, fibre is the necessity for every human being. Diets that are high in soluble fibre can decrease bad cholesterol. People who eat adequate amount of whole grains tend to be leaner and have a lower risk of heart disease than those who don’t. Start eating for a healthy heart by filling your plate with fruits and vegetables. For example, food such as oatmeal, barley, beans, and citrus fruit are high in soluble fibre.

Besides that, nuts are filled with vitamins, minerals, heart-healthy fats and low levels of saturated fats. Research has shown that people who eat nuts have a lower rate of heart disease compared to people who do not eat them. Nuts include walnuts, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios and many more.

Dark chocolate has been well known to benefit cardiovascular health. It may also boost the immune system by reducing inflammation. Maintaining a healthy blood vessel lowers risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease and dementia. Cocoa may help lower blood pressure as it contains Epicatechin to boost nitric oxide. The nitric oxide helps to keep blood pressure lower. Be sure to choose dark chocolate that contains 70 percent cocoa solids.

Sardines are another food that provides nutrient for our heart. These tiny fishes are also loaded with omega-3 in the form of fish oil. Research shows that eating sardines could protect increase “good” cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart attacks among people, You may want to stick to fresh ones to avoid the canned variety’s which is high in salt content.

Moreover, research shows yogurt is able to protect against gum illness. Left untreated, gum disease could lead a person’s to a greater risk for cardio related diseases. Experts believe that probiotics could help to counter the growth of the harmful bacterium within the mouth. Probiotics are live active cultures used to ferment foods, such as yogurt. Professional also suggests that they may improve digestion and boost immunity too.

In addition, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and fibre can be found in tomatoes and with the excellent quantity of carotenoid, combining with alternative vitamins and minerals to assist in the prevention of diseases. Analysis suggests that the mixture of nutrients in tomatoes could help stop cardiovascular disease.

Lastly, as we know that ‘an apple a day keep the doctor away’, apple is another agent that act as a heart protector. Experts said that the strong antioxidant flavonoid elements consists in the apples play the important role in preventing harmful cholesterol from oxidizing that result in the build-up of plaque in the arteries, as well as inhibiting inflammation.

With heart disease the No.1 killer in this world, a cure that could dramatically reduce these deaths would be great. If you start with a healthy diet in childhood, heart attacks can be significantly reduced.

 

The Best Bed Frames

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You may be suffering a headache for choosing a bed frame for your new home and have no idea which one is the best among all the colours, designs and shapes. Choosing the right bed frame is important, not only for a good night’s sleep, but also to enhance your bedroom’s décor.

Firstly, you will need to consider about the size of the bed. Two main factors that influence the size are the number of people sleeping in the bed and the size of the room. A single person might be fine in a single bed while two people will require a queen or king size bed. If there are more in the room, you may want to consider about a Double Decker which occupied less space. Even the size of the room is big enough for a big bed, but don’t forget to draft out the other furniture that will be in the room.

The material of the bed has been always the main problem when choosing a bed frame. There are various materials of bedframe but mainly they are made from three materials which are metal, wood and leather. A metal bed frame is the most affordable option among while a wooden bedroom gives a classic feel. Leather bed frames usually costly, but brings the modern bedroom style.

Lastly, the design and style of the bed frames that everyone wants it to be best fit in their bedroom. Always consider about the colour of the room when choosing a bed frame. If you have a dark colour wall, you probably don’t want to have a reddish or yellowish bed frame that looks weird in your room. Of course, this part will leave it to you or the owner of the room as everyone has different taste and favourite about the design and colour