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Boost your heart health by increasing your intake of these potassium-rich foods

What you eat plays a huge role in your overall health and well being. Potassium is an important mineral that some people tend to lack. It is essential for the transmission of nerve impulses, as well as muscle contraction (particularly the heart) and good kidney function, and plays a role in fighting high blood pressure, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Potassium is naturally present in pulses, such as white beans, chickpeas and lentils, vegetables (chard, spinach, potatoes, cabbage, mushrooms), fruit (avocado, banana, apricots, citrus fruit, blackcurrants), and dried…

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Eating almonds could boost ‘healthy’ cholesterol levels, suggests new study

They make a great go-to snack and are packed with nutritious goodness, so it may come as little surprise that eating almonds on a regular basis could boost levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, dubbed the ‘good’ cholesterol, while improving the way it removes low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (or ‘bad’ cholesterol), according to a new study. The researchers looked at HDL cholesterol levels and function in 48 people who ate 48g almonds (around a handful) on a daily basis over six-weeks, and the HDL levels of the participants when they swapped their almonds…

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Need a sugary boost? Gorge on this yummy Pear Crumble with ice-cream

This is one dessert which calls for a quiet moment with yourself. On one of those days when you are tired and need that sugary buttery boost – go for a pear crumble with a generous helping of ice cream. The contrast of hot crunchy crumble with cold velvety ice cream will make you go mmmmm. You’re worth every bite of it! Pear Crumble Pear Crumble Preparation Time: 10 mins| Baking time: 40 mins| Serves 3 Ingredients 2 pears, firm ¼ cup castor sugar For the crumble: 1 cup all-purpose…

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Actively Involved Fathers in Parenting Can Help Boost Baby’s Mental Skills

It is generally believed that mothers are of prime importance for the child’s healthy development but a recent study highlights the role of fathers as well. Mothers and fathers, both, have a very distinct way of parenting and it plays a vital role in the development of a child. In a general household, mothers are usually involved in disciplining or teaching the child and uses oral interaction whereas fathers are involved in playing games with the child, giving them tasks and structuring their conversations around these lines. Basically why this…

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Fruits and Vegetables May Help Boost Mental Health

It is said that you are in the best of health only if you have a healthy body, mind and soul. These three components are essential in bringing a balance to your life and keep you happy and strong. While we commonly pay heed to our physical state of being, our mental health takes a back seat. Call it taboo or what, but must people shy away from discussing their mental state. In today’s times, with alarming rise in cases of depression, anxiety and stress, it is important to talk…

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5 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism and Burn More Calories

Metabolism refers to certain chemical reactions in our body that help in maintaining the health of cells and organisms. It’s easy to understand this. People with a high metabolism are able to burn more calories and lose weight more quickly. But you don’t always have to depend on exercise and training, there are some other factors that can speed up your metabolism and with less effort. A few months ago I got myself tested in the gym for fat percentage, BMI and the works. I was informed that my metabolism…

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