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Consuming Sugar itself doesn’t cause Diabetes

Diabetes, which is excessive glucose in your blood, leads to serious health problems if left untreated.
Diabetes is a serious health issue. It’s the one of the leading causes of death across the world.

Consuming sugar itself doesn’t cause diabetes. But there is one way that sugar can influence whether a person gets type 2 diabetes.

Symptoms of diabetes include
– Fatigue
– Increased thirst, hunger and urination
– Blurred vision
– Numbness or tingling in the feet or hands
– Unexplained weight loss

Extra belly fat is linked to insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and heart and blood vessel disease.

How is Diabetes gotten?
When we eat any kind of food, our body takes that food and turns it into energy (sugar) while digesting it. This is what gives us the energy we need. During this process, insulin is produced from our pancreas which controls the sugar in our bloodstream. This entire process is what keeps our body healthy.

Without the pancreas producing this insulin, the sugar will stay in our blood and begin to create serious health issues.

High blood sugar have been known to cause blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, and other organ function problems, and if left untreated, it can be fatal.

There is more likelihood to develop type 2 diabetes if you are not physically active, overweight or obese.

Extra weight can causes insulin resistance and can be noticed amongst people with type 2 diabetes. Where the body fat is located also makes a difference.

How to test for Diabetes.
The way to truly test for high or low blood sugar level is to take a medical test.

Prevention.
– Get active
Exercising can help lose weight, Lower your blood sugar and also boost your sensitivity to insulin.

– Eat Fiber.
Foods high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains and nuts. They help with prevention of diabetes.

– Choose an healthy lifestyle not just diet.
Choose to begin to live healthy. Drink water, exercise, eat fruits, know your numbers (BMI).

 

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Helpful Tips Bloated Tummy

I was in this room filled with people and suddenly, I felt it coming, but it was almost too late. 
Before I could say LA LA land, it was out, penetrating the nostrils of everyone in the room. Hands instinctively went to the nostrils, I joined in the game too, my hands on my nose, I asked the question on everyone’s mind “Did someone just let out gas here?”
Letting out gas can be a tricky business especially when you are bloated.
A major culprit is the indigestion of food. This can be decreased by chewing food properly, especially carbs.
Now gas isn’t necessarily harmful unlike constipation, but it can be pretty uncomfortable and well, socially degrading.
We put together a list of food that can help with a bloated tummy.
1. Ginger.
2. Honey
3. Water
4. Pineapple
5. Fiber like legumes, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes.
Some things to avoid when having a bloated tummy include:
1. Onions
2. Beans: You could soak before cooking.
3. Carbonated drinks.
Remember to chew on food properly, it gives your digestive system less work to do.

Would you rather Stand?!

There are always two sides to a story or anything in life.
The bad and the good.
Black and white.
Ugly and beautiful.
Standing and sitting…and as always, there will be people on both sides of the divide.

Standing versus Sitting, which really should we engage in more?

As much as standing for prolonged duration can have its effect, when properly balanced, it can be beneficial to the health.

  • Physical inactivity is the 4th leading risk factor of death globally, which means that 6% of deaths globally result from physical inactivity.

Sitting is a huge part of physical inactivity, hence the reason why standing wins.

  • Proper circulation.
    When standing in the right posture, there is improved circulation of oxygen in the blood.
  • You are more productive.
    When you stand, and move around, you are able to get more things done as blood flow to the brain increases helping to increase concentration.
  •  Prevention of disease.
    With standing and other physical activity becoming a part of your day, it can help normalize blood sugar helping to prevent related diseases.

But be reminded that sitting isn’t bad, PROLONGED sitting (and standing) is just the issue.

Stay healthy

Stress triggers Indigestion

We all have to deal with a certain amount of stress. It is unavoidable. But then, do you know that stress can affect your digestion?

Heard of a student that has to rush to the toilet just before a major exam or a staff that suddenly comes up with constipation just before a major presentation? Yeah, those can be attributed to the effect of stress on the digestive system.

The brain has a direct effect on the stomach. For example, the very thought of eating can release the stomach’s juices before food gets there. This connection goes both ways. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the stomach.

Stress can increase the acid in your stomach causing indigestion. It can cause your colon to react in a way that gives you diarrhea.

The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, stress, all of these feelings can trigger symptoms in the stomach. Stress can cause reactions in your stomach making you feel nauseous, in fact, stress can cause inflammation of the gastrointestinal system, and make you more susceptible to infection.

So, what’s the way out?

Resist the ’emotional- eating’ urge.

At this time, your system would need a healthy well-balanced diet. Avoid lots of sugar (which might be what you will crave for), fat or alcohol. Eat light, don’t stock up on junk. Carrots, Yoghurt and nuts are examples of things you can snack on.

Physical Exercise

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Physical activity relieves tension and stimulates the release of brain chemicals called endorphins that relieve stress and improve your mood. You don’t have to go hardcore, but something light will be of great help.

Find your relax zone.

Surround yourself with music you love, take time out to meditate in a serene environment, and make yourself relax, before long your bowels will begin to cooperate again. Finding someone to speak with to can be of great help.

Reduce stress triggers.

Go slow on the things that cause you stress. Avoid drinking or smoking. Coffees won’t be advisable during this time. Avoid drugs, except prescribed by your physician.

Take time out to relax and avoid stressful situations. only a healthy being can be productive.