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Goodness of Cheese

Goodness of Cheese

cheese
Say CHEESE!!!!

My clients give me surprised looks when I tell them that cheese is allowed in their diets. Cheese has been in the news for causing weight gain, acne, heart disease etc. All this is not true.

If you have read the book by Dr. Spencer Johnson “who moved my cheese”, which is a book on change, so it is time for us to look at cheese from a different perspective. It is alright for many to eat fried food, drink alcohol but cheese has been a taboo and avoid it like the plague.

Yes, it is completely safe to eat cheese. Cheese has been our diets from centuries. But lets look at the goodness of cheese.

Benefits of Cheese

  • It is high in calcium, hence is a great choice to increase calcium intake.
  • Cheese prevents osteoporosis by improving bone health.
  • It  is a good source of  protein for vegetarians giving about 5-7 grams per cube.
  • Low in carbohydrates compared to other dairy products as the milk sugar(lactose) is broken down due to the aging process, hence a good snack for diabetics.
  • Cheese helps in “fat burning”. Yes, it does by decreasing the parathyroid hormone levels in our blood. The primary function of parathyroid hormone is to maintain normal levels of calcium in the body. When calcium levels drop too low, parathyroid hormone is secreted to instruct bone cells to release calcium into the bloodstream. Hence higher levels of calcium in the blood reduces the level of this hormone, thereby preventing loss of calcium from bones. Wow!!!
  • It Improves insulin resistance.
  • Helpful for those who are lactose intolerant due to the less or no lactose content. Cheeses such as Swiss, cheddar can be had to reap the benefits of calcium without lactose.
  • Helps to reduce migraine headaches. If you have repeated attacks, increase calcium intake.
  • Ideal to add to diets for children and adolescents who love variations in diets.
  • Helps to lower your blood pressure.
  • It prevents tooth decay by reducing plaque acids.
  • It is rich in fat soluble vitamins such as A and D, and also rich in vitamin B groups as well as zinc, phosphorous, iodine and selenium. Hence it does not cause acne.

How can you enjoy Cheese?

  • Grate it over salads and soups.
  • Add a slice in your whole wheat sandwich with veggies.
  • My favorite snack – Melted cheese over steamed broccoli.
  • Cheese with fruits are great appetizers.
  • Eat alone as a snack.

If you are worried about the fat content, opt for low fat cheese. If you exercise regularly and follow a healthy diet, then it is safe to add about one ounce or 30grams of cheese in your diet daily.

Obesity – Control High Blood Pressure with Yoga

Obesity – Control High Blood Pressure with Yoga

yoga and relaxation
yoga and relaxation

An off-spring of Obesity is High blood pressure and gradually as days go by, both of them can damage your heart, eventually leading to Heart attack.Yoga and naturopathic lifestyle intervention aim at eliminating the root cause of the disease namely hypertension, rather than its symptoms.

Suggested here are the following yoga techniques specifically recommended for control of Hypertension .Coupled with a dietary restriction there is no reason why High blood pressure cannot be controlled, cured and allow the victim to lead a normal life. Please take the help of a good Yoga teacher and start practicing both yoga and pranayama.

Yoga asanas:-

  • Ardha Kati Chakrasana.
  • Trikonasana.
  • Tadasana.
  • Vrikshasana.
  • Vajrasana.
  • Ustrasana.
  • Ekapada Uttanasana.
  • Sethu bandhasana.
  • Bhujangasana.

Pranayama

  • Sitali.
  • Nadi shodhana.
  • brahmari.
  • Yoga mudhra.
  • Meditation.

As you start practicing yoga daily for Hypertension, you will see that gradually, you will be losing also fat around your waistline which is the first sign of your becoming obese and also a direct indication that you are consuming extra calories. Dietary restrictions play a vital role in your controlling the calories consumption. One has to give importance to this aspect of diet also. Good luck. .