Experts say trans fats are not good for heart health. Trans fats are found in deep fried food items and oily food items. This is because trans fat clogs your arteries by raising your bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and lowering your good cholesterol levels (HDL). By cutting them from your diet, you improve the blood flow throughout your body.
Dental health is a good indication of overall health, including your heart, because those who have periodontal (gum) disease often have the same risk factors for heart disease. Bacteria in the mouth involved in the development of gum disease can move into the bloodstream. These bacteria can cause inflammation of the bold vessels, which may increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Sleep is an essential part of keeping your heart healthy. If you don’t sleep enough, you may be at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease no matter your age or other health habits. It is suggestive to make sleep a priority. Experts recommend a good 7 to 8 hours of sleep.
Research has shown that staying seated for long periods of time is bad for your heart health no matter how much exercise you do. Experts say it’s important to move throughout the day. Some easy steps are – Park farther away from the office, take a few shorter walks throughout the day and/or use a standing work station.
Studies show that the risk of developing heart disease is about 25 to 30 percent higher for people who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work. According to the American Heart Association, exposure to tobacco smoke contributes to about 34,000 premature heart disease deaths. Try to maintain a distance from passive smokers.
Looking Good During Pregnancy
Now that you know you are pregnant, you are embarking on one of the happiest phase in a couple’s life. And yet it is also a physiological burden on the mother’s body as the body goes through innumerable changes which manifest in poor skin and falling hair apart from a different shape of the body.
While taking care of the new life is imperative, taking care of yourself and looking good is equally important for a positive attitude and high self esteem.
Keep it simple: Comfortable clothes with clean cuts and smaller patterns look good during this time. Use solid colours and avoid over accessorizing. Invest in a good pair of maternity jeans.
Watch your posture: An incorrect and slouchy posture not just looks bad but also causes back strain. Walk straight consciously.
Invest in good comfortable shoes: There may be a slight increase in the shoe size too.
Exercise regularly: Keep your body healthy and prepare for childbirth but do consult your doctor regarding the best suitable exercises for you
Eat well: Eat a balanced diet and include a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and dairy. Avoid processed and packed food
Make water your best friend: It keeps your skin looking fresh and radiant and flushes toxins from your body
Stay happy and calm: Enjoy your hobbies, read books, listen to music and meditate as per your interest
If you are lucky, thick shiny hair could be a bonus of pregnancy, but sometimes greasy hair becomes oilier while dry hair gets even more brittle. There may be hair fall too while facial and body hair tends to darken.
If the hair is dry and brittle, use a mild shampoo and a good conditioner and stop yourself from rigorous brushing.
Wash oily hair often to keep it shiny
Avoid chemical treatments as far as possible
Transform your hairstyle as per your changing body by trying new hairstyles and fashionable accessories.
Normally skin texture improves during pregnancy, however sometimes the skin becomes dry or greasy or even spotty.
Clean the skin thoroughly. Moisture it if it is too dry and add a few drops of oil in the bath. Use as little soap as possible.
Use subtle shades to give a natural glow and use a concealer to avoid dark circles. When using make up, please make sure the product is mercury and lead free.
Skin pigmentation is a common occurrence during pregnancy while moles and birthmarks darken and grow in size. A brown line appears on the stomach and a brownish patch could develop across the face and neck.
Avoid strong sunlight as that tends to make the pigmentation worse
Always use a sunscreen with a strong filter
Do not bleach your face
Don’t stress or worry because most of these will disappear after pregnancy
Sleep and rest as much as possible
The nails may split and break more easily so wear gloves while doing household chores. A diet rich in vitamin E makes the nails strong so focus on a nutritious diet.
Stay happy, relaxed and calm and enjoy this beautiful period in your life.
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