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A recent study has shed light on the possible threats of consumption of meals post 6 p.m, especially by women.

In today's fast-paced lifestyle where one has to work for long hours, eating meals on time is usually not on most people's priority list. While skipping meals has already been linked to an increase in risk of number of lifestyle diseases, a recent study has shed light on the possible threats of consumption of meals post 6 pm, especially for women. According to a new study that is scheduled to be presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2019 from November 16-18 in Philadelphia, US, women who consume a higher proportion of their daily calories late in the evening are more likely to be at risk of cardiovascular disease than women who have their meals at 6 pm.

For the study, the researchers used the American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7 measures to assess the cardiovascular health of 112 women. The Life's Simple 7 measures were assessed at the beginning of the study and for one year later. Based on meeting the Life's Simple 7, a heart health score was computed.

It represents the risk factors that people can improve through lifestyle changes to help achieve ideal cardiovascular health.

"The preliminary results indicate that intentional eating that is mindful of the timing and proportion of calories in evening meals may represent a simple, modifiable behaviour that can help lower heart disease risk," said study lead author Nour Makarem from Columbia University in the US.

In electronic food diaries, the participants of the study reported how much and when they ate for one week at the beginning of the study and for one week 12 months later. The researchers then used the food dairy completed by each woman to determine the relationship between heart health and the timing they ate food.

As per the findings of the study, after 6 pm with every one per cent calories consumed, the heart health declined. These particular women were found more likely to have higher body mass index, higher blood pressure and poorer long-term control of blood sugar. Other than this, similar findings occurred with every one percent increase in calories consumed after 8 pm.

"It is never too early to start thinking about your heart health, whether you're 20 or 30 or 40 or moving into the 60s and 70s. If you're healthy now or if you have heart disease, you can always do more. That goes along with being heart smart and heart healthy," said study researcher Kristin Newby, Professor at Duke University.

Your blood is responsible for a lot of things; ranging from transporting oxygen, hormones, sugar, fats and cells to your immune system to cleansing your body system and further keep it moving. Toxins are stored in our body on a daily basis through certain types of foods, pollution and stress among other factors. Detoxification process boosts the immune system, improves the skin and regulates healthy changes. While your lungs, kidneys and liver do a great job of purifying your blood naturally, there are foods that may make the job slightly easier. Before that, we'd like to bring your attention towards why it is important to detoxify and cleanse blood:
  • You will be less prone to skin problems like acne, blemishes and dry and unhealthy skin, all of which indicate impurities present in the blood.
  • Blood cleansing also helps eliminate the risk of various health and skin conditions that are caused by impure blood, which include allergies, headaches, nausea, et al.
  • A healthy blood supply impacts major organs and their functions. Kidneys, heart, liver, lungs and lymphatic system are all dependant on a healthy blood count.
  • Blood cleansing is important for uninterrupted transportation of gases like carbon dioxide and oxygen to and from the lungs and the rest of the body.
  • Blood purification process helps to regulate your body's pH value, water balance and temperature.
  • Healthy blood contains white blood cells that help minimise blood loss from an injury and ensure a healthy platelet count.

Here are foods that may help stimulate the blood purification process:

blood purifiers, broccoli

1. Broccoli

Broccoli is said to be one of the best natural blood purifiers that helps remove toxins from the body. This veggie comes loaded with calcium, vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fibre, potassium, manganese, phosphorus and glucosinolates. Regular consumption of broccoli ensures loading up on antioxidants that help detoxify blood and boost the immunity system. Toss it in your salads and include it in your everyday delicacies. Here's how you can include more broccoli in your diet.

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2. Fresh Fruits

Fruits like apples, plums, pears and guavas have pectin fibre that is useful in cleansing blood. They not only bind with excess fats in your blood but also with heavy metals and other harmful chemicals or waste and remove them efficiently. Moreover, the lycopene glutathione found in tomatoes is useful for eliminating waste and chemicals. Don't forget to add a bunch of berries like strawberries, blackberries and cranberries to your diet that help keep your liver health in check.

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3. Green Leafy Vegetables
You may not be a fan of green leafy vegetables, but let us tell you that these veggies are loaded with essential nutrients and antioxidants that keep diseases at bay. Choose from kale, lettuce, spinach and mustard greens to ensure a healthy blood flow. These greens are responsible to increase enzymes in the liver that help promote the blood detoxification process.

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4. Beetroot

Beetroot is said to be a natural source of nitrates and antioxidant betalains that can reduce inflammation and oxidative damage in the liver. Most studies have shown that beetroot juice helps increase the production of enzymes that naturally detoxify the body. Add beetroots to your salad bowls or desserts.

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5. Jaggery

A popular sugar alternative mostly found in Indian households is known to be a natural blood purifier. This unrefined sugar has fibre that helps cleanse the digestive system, prevents constipation and expels waste from the body. The high iron content in jaggery helps restore haemoglobin levels and keeps healthy blood flowing in the body. Moreover, it is known to eliminate clotted blood from the body, further helping cleanse blood.

blood purifiers,  water

6. Water

Water is one of the most common and simplest natural blood purifiers. Kidneys flush out toxins from the blood through urine and water is your best bet to help stimulate this process. Water expels all the harmful chemicals and toxins in your body and help the organs function well. According to Ayurveda, an ideal way to use water as a blood purifier is to store some warm water in a copper vessel overnight and drink it the next day on an empty stomach. The copper tends to cool your liver down from excess work it's done to detoxify your blood and the water helps stimulate the waste elimination process.

blood purifiers,  turmeric

7. Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the best natural healers that help fight inflammation. It can help promote liver function. Its curcumin compound is known to be the fighter for most problems in our body. Turmeric milk, recommended by most experts, generates red blood cells besides piling your body with essential nutrients and acting as a health tonic.

blood purifiers,  lemon

8. Lemon

Warm water with lemon is said to promote the breakdown of fat and also tends to ease the load on your kidneys, while the vitamins and minerals in the lemons help detox your blood and overall body system.