Lifestyle

Are you still not losing weight?

Most of us rely on the weighing scale/smart watch to judge our health and tend to use weight loss as a parameter to know the effectiveness of a workout/lifestyle change. Little do we realise that weight is not a great indicator of health. Unless you track your fat percentage, which gives you the breakdown of your weight, whether it comes from fat/muscle/water/bone,  weight is just a number.

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There are other factors apart from your weight that will tell you how well your body is responding to a lifestyle modification or a workout.

 

  1. Energy level: Feeling energetic and up to a workout or cooking dinner even after coming from office? The most important sign that your lifestyle is healthy is your energy levels through the day. Fresh food and regular workout gives you a constant and steady supply of energy without having to reach for coffee or other stimulants. While good nutritious food helps you in alleviating vitamin/mineral deficiencies, regular workout helps increase your circulation; both of which are inevitable for good energy level. This means that you don’t have to snooze your alarm several times before you decide to pull yourself out of bed, don’t have to drag yourself till 6 pm in office or during meetings with a coffee/red bull every hour.
  2. Mood: Fresher the food you eat, better your mood. If your mood has been very calm, pleasant and your thoughts have more clarity, it’s a clear indication that your food/lifestyle change is having a positive impact on your body. Your mood is directly related to your gut health/intestinal bacteria. On the other hand, junk food and foods that harm your gut bacteria, causes anxiety, stress, depression and other diseases.
  3. Hunger and Satiety: Hunger and appetite are signs of vitality and good health. But not if you feel hungry all the time. Feeling hungry all the time is a sign that you are not nourishing your body with enough fresh food. When you eat fresh food that satisfies your taste buds, your gut and mind feels satisfied and body nourished and you won’t over eat. Eating highly processed food or consuming food aiming at sheer weight loss wont achieve this.
  4. Fitness and strength : Sometimes the scale doesn’t budge after regular workout and eating good food, but your clothes might start getting looser . You might also be able to do more reps with the current working set, or run more distance in the same time than previously. These are clear signs that your strength and fitness levels are increasing. The scale might even move up, which is a great indicator that you are getting more muscle mass and losing fat.
  5. Sleep quality : Feeling refreshed in the morning after a restful night’s sleep is priceless. This refreshed feeling is also one of the main indicator of a healthy lifestyle.Being sleep deprived and poor quality of sleep are some of the main factors that affect the over all health of a person. Reasons for this can be numerous, but the effect of this on the body is pretty much the same for everyone. Poor workout performance, foggy brain, low energy levels, slow metabolism , stress , increased risk of heart diseases, weight gain are the results. Eating light meals a couple of hours before bedtime and being active through the day can enhance your sleep quality which will help you recover better and improve your immunity. Watch this video on how to improve your sleep.

Like Helen Keller said, The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.

 

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Lifestyle

What Causes Hair Loss?

Is it weak hair or weak bones? Is it hair fall or hormone imbalance? Is it frizzy hair or dehydrated body?Is it a bad hair day or badly stressed day?

Most of us spend more money on supplements to stop hair , loss & improve hair growth, expensive cosmetics and hair care products, but lose out on the basic things that affect hair growth.

Our hair and skin in its natural state can talk a lot about our overall health and lifestyle. Hair is not a vital organ in our body (though we consider it vital for our looks), hence health and maintenance of hair won’t be a priority if the other vital organs are not well nourished or in a healthy state.

 Some of the most important things to prevent hair loss are small changes in your lifestyle, and can be done without emptying your wallet.

Digestive health and Nutrition: Ever felt you lose more hair on the days you feel bloated/constipated or when you eat food that cause heartburn? It’s true, that our digestive health directly affects our hair, and so does the nutritional status of our body.

Hairfall is also a sign of weak bone or calcium loss. Mineral deficiency in your body can easily be spotted by analysing your hair and its health.

Healthier our food, lustrous our hair. When we eat food that is devoid or fibre or any nutrient, it stays in our intestines longer, which impacts our hair growth too.

Tip : Eat fresh, healthy food and include good fat in diet. Avoid sodas, bottled/sugary juices and other junk food.

 

Hydration: The lustre of our hair is an indicator of hydration in our body. Sip water throughout the day, especially during dry/hot days. Drinking more water will reduce the bad hair days and wont make hair dry and frizzy. When we consume less water, the digestion is affected too. This in turn causes changes in the gut bacteria and reduces hair growth.

If the heater is on in your house/work place during harsh winter, try using a humidifier.

Tip: The colour of urine is the best indicator of hydration in human body, should be clear to mild yellow.

Stress: Long term stress and anxiety might cause diseases in hair follicles, causing hair to fall out sooner than normal, accelerate greying process, weaken the hair more etc. Stress also increases fat storage and causes hormone imbalance, which again affects hair growth.

Tip : Stress can easily be avoided by keeping our mind calm, reducing unwanted stress, practicing meditation for a few minutes every day and avoiding things that will increase negativity in life. Learn 10 tips to reduce stress in daily life.

Sleep: Loss of sleep, reduction in sleep quality, erratic sleep routine, changes in body clock (circadian rhythm) affect the hormone balance, immunity, energy level and mental clarity. Our hair is very sensitive to all such changes inside our body. An average adult needs minimum of 7-8 hours of restful sleep. Restful sleep will help recover, nourish and remove toxins from our body.

Tip : Create and stick to a regular and healthy sleep routine. Learn how to sleep better

Inactivity: When we lead a sedentary life, the blood circulation in our body reduces. This also means that our hair and other organs in our body are not getting enough oxygen, blood supply and nutrients. If the circulation is less, even if we pop expensive supplements for hair growth, the nutrients won’t reach the hair roots. Strength training not only strengthens your muscle, but also your hair. Read about the benefits of strength training here.

Tip : Easiest way to increase blood circulation and hair growth is to start leading an active life, with an hour of work out a day. Learn how to move often and better with these tips.

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Food

Banana Flower- The blossom of health

Most of us would have seen this flower, but not all know that it is edible and highly nutritious.

Yes, you can forego your multivitamin pill for a few days and have this instead. It has vitamins, proteins, flavonoids (“Natural Antioxidants”) and Iron.

It has traditionally been used and known for:

  • Cleansing GI tract due to the ‘antifungal’ and ‘antimicrobial’ properties

  • Preventing constipation because of its high fibre content

  • Fertility and other hormonal issues (menopausal bleeding, cramps during periods, PCOD etc.)

Banana blossom is a must for those who have PCOS/PCOD, thyroid and hormonal problems, constipation and bloating.

Eating this blossom is good for the environment as this would be discarded otherwise. This is also easy on the pocket as it wont cost anywhere near a hormonal therapy or fertility/PCOD treatment. It has anti-Cancer properties and is very effective in treating infantile malnutrition, weak bodies and peptic ulcer.

In China, it is used in medicines to treat bronchitis/asthma, heart pain and diabetes. In India it is used to make healthy and tasty dishes like ‘usili/poriyal’, ‘vada’, ‘thoran’, ‘Mochar Ghonto’ and other curries. I agree it is a little hard work to clean up the flowers and cook it. But it’s definitely worth it.

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