A research on consumption of Energy drinks shows that they hurt our heart, increase our Blood Pressure levels, and long term consumption leads to cardiovascular diseases.
Commercially available energy drinks are much popular these days! They sure do provide that extra lap of jog. But ever wondered what actually happens in our body as we consume these Taurine and Caffeine-rich drinks?
To find out, researchers from the Mayo Clinic looked at the effects of consuming just one 480 ml energy drink, and their conclusion was alarming: the recorded increase in blood pressure and stress hormone responses were so significant that they could conceivably trigger new cardiovascular events. (Source: Science Alert)
To test their theory, the researchers gave 25 healthy volunteers aged 18 years or older a 480 ml can of Rockstar Energy Drink and instructed them to drink it within five minutes. The group had fasted beforehand and also abstained from alcohol and caffeine for 24 hours prior to the experiment.
On another testing day two weeks removed (in a random order), the same participants drank a placebo beverage designed to resemble the energy drink in taste, texture and colour – but lacking any of the caffeine or other stimulants found in the Rockstar drink, which includes 240 mg of caffeine, 2000 mg of taurine, and extracts of guarana seed, ginseng root, and milk thistle.
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What the researchers found when they compared the results of the two drinking sessions was that consumption of the energy drink saw a 6.4 percent increase in average blood pressure.
Further, the average norepinephrine level – the hormone responsible for mobilising the body into action, especially with regards to the fight-or-flight response – increased from 150 picograms per millilitre to 250 pg/mL in those who consumed the energy drink, whereas the placebo elicited only a 140 pg/mL to 179 pg/mL increase (a 74 percent vs 31 percent change, as the researchers point out).
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“These acute hemodynamic and adrenergic changes may predispose to increased cardiovascular risk,” the authors write. “Further research in larger studies is needed to assess whether the observed acute changes are likely to increase cardiovascular risk.”
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Everything that is not tasty, ends up being healthy! Isn’t it true? Be it as bitter as bitter gourd or as sour as Gooseberry (or known as Aamla अमला in Hindi).
Let’s look at Aamla then! How is this notoriously sour fruit going to benefit our health? This humble fruit, also known as the Indian gooseberry, is one of the most important foods in Ayurvedic medicine and is a storehouse of good health. It has almost twice the antioxidant power of acai berry and about 17 times that of the pomegranate. Use this inexpensive wonder fruit to stay well this winter. (Source : India Today)
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- Cures Sore Throat and Cold – Containing good amount of Vitamin C, Aamla has been known to cure bad throat. How to use it? Simple! Mix 2 teaspoons of aamla powder with 2 teaspoons of honey. Have it three to four times a day for immediate and effective results.
- Relief from Constipation – Tough mornings? Let this fibre rich fruit help you with it! Dried and powdered form of Aamla is easily available in the market, and having it before sleep with lukewarm water smooths the bowel movements!
- Helps in Curing Painful Mouth Ulcers – If taken in liquid form, aamla can also cure mouth ulcers. Dilute aamla juice in half a cup of water, gargle and you’re set.
- Anti-inflammatory properties – Aamla helps in reducing arthritis-related pain. Snack on dried aamla or have it fresh and raw. Both work.
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- Weight loss – Are you working out hard to reduce your weight? Including aamla in your diet will achieve amazing benefits as it improves metabolism and aids in faster digestion.
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It has been observed that there has been a rise in the number of people suffering from Type-2 Diabetes. Reasons are many, but it really does come down to one main cause – poor lifestyle.
So how to beat Diabetes? Improve lifestyle! Here are 5 basic yet very effective changes that you may bring to your lifestyle to control your sugar levels. (source: Everyday Health) So go ahead, beat diabetets this World Diabetes Day!
- Improve Diet: A healthy diet for people with type 2 diabetes includes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, lean meats, and low-fat dairy. Focus on eating fruits and non-starchy vegetables, like broccoli, carrots, and lettuce, and having smaller portions of starchy foods, meat, and dairy products. Be especially careful about loading up on foods that are high on the glycemic index (GI), a system that ranks foods according to how they affect glucose levels. High-GI foods include white breads, white rice, and soda.
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- Lose Weight: Where your fat is distributed also affects your diabetes risk and management. People who carry most of their fat in their belly (apple shape) are more prone to type 2 diabetes than those with fat mostly in the thighs, hips, and buttocks (pear shape). A woman whose waist measures more than 35 inches and a man with a 40-inch waist need to lose weight for good diabetes management.
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- Exercise Regularly: When you do physical activity, such as walking, your muscle contractions push glucose out of your blood into your cells. The result: Better blood sugar levels. Of course, the more intense the exercise, the better. Regular weight-lifting sessions can also help keep blood sugar levels steady.
- Control Sleep Apnea: Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person stops breathing temporarily while sleeping. People with type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea are at higher risk of death from heart attack and stroke. Their blood sugar levels also fluctuate more dramatically while sleeping than in those who have type 2 diabetes, but not sleep apnea, according to one study. These fluctuations have been linked to a higher risk for diabetic complications.
- Soothe Stress: Stress relief may help you sleep better and is important because not getting enough sleep can worsen type 2 diabetes. Sleeping less than six hours a night has also been found to contribute to impaired glucose tolerance, a condition that often precedes type 2 diabetes.
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- Besides yoga, try deep breathing before bed. Other tips to try:
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods at night.
- Maintain a slightly cool temperature in your sleep environment.
- Block out all light and noise.
- Go to bed at the same time every night to establish a sleep schedule.
So basically, eat well, work out well and take it easy and sleep just fine! Enjoying life and taking care of yourself helps!