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How to control cholesterol by home remedies, here’s what you must include in your diet

If you’ve been having a lot of chicken tikka, mutton seekh kabab and other tandoori dishes from restaurants on a regular basis, it might be a good idea to get a cholesterol check done. Cholesterol produced in your liver has many important functions like keeping our cell walls flexible and producing various kinds of hormones. However, just like anything else, too much of it is a bad thing. Your cholesterol levels largely hinge on your diet, and there are some foods that help bring them down naturally. Here is a lowdown on…

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Your summer Goa trip can go horribly wrong. Take these precautions

With the mercury shooting through the roof, Goa’s private lifeguard agency issued on Thursday an advisory for the hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals who head for the beaches in summer, especially in May, when the temperature in the coastal state peaks at 38-40 degrees Celsius. The advisory asks tourists to look out for rip tides and powerful underwater currents that are a major cause for drowning off beaches — a regular phenomenon in summer, while also advising swimmers and beach-goers to stay hydrated and avoid direct sunlight. “The…

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Smoking damages your heart, leads to high blood pressure, infertility

While the popular belief is that smoking largely affects the lungs because they get directly exposed to inhaled smoke, health experts warn that it also impacts the entire cardiovascular system. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), smoking tobacco is globally the second leading cause of heart diseases after high blood pressure. Nearly 12 % of cardiovascular deaths worldwide occur due to tobacco abuse and secondhand smoking. In tobacco cigarette, there is combustion, a burning of an organic material that generates temperatures up to 900 degree Celsius. Chronic exposure to…

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4 things that can help you decode returns from your investments

Photo: MorePixels The return we make on our investments is a vital data point in determining how our financial plan is progressing and making buying, selling and rebalancing choices. All these decisions may go wrong if that basic returns number is not evaluated and understood correctly. Here is what you need to know so that you interpret and use the information provided by the return numbers to further your investment plan. Look beyond the number What you see published as the return number may not be what your investment earned….

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How to lose belly fat, make these simple changes in your diet, workout plan

Belly fat may be tougher to lose than fat in other areas of your body. But there is a reason why you must work harder to get rid of it: associated with it are a host of illnesses, be it cancer, lung disease, and heart disease. Luke Coutinho, holistic nutritionist and founder, Purenutrition.me, says that even working out religiously at the gym may not be enough to lose pesky belly fat. “We often find it difficult to reduce belly fat because it is not just about quantity and choice of exercise, but also…

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What are the best fruits for diabetes? Your ideal diet must include these

If you are living with diabetes, you may have found all kinds of conflicting information about diabetes-friendly diet. And the most common misconception about this diet is that fruits should not be a part of your diet. This is not true. People with type 2 diabetes have to be careful about their carbohydrate intake as it directly affects the blood sugar level. According to a study conducted in 2013, fruits can be a part of a diabetic meal plan. According to Dr Pradeep Gadge of Dr Gadge’s Diabetes Care Clinic, “People with…

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