Diabetes Diet: A Guide To Manage Diabetes With Healthy Food | Truweight

Medically reviewed by Spandana Nagulapally, Masters in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics

A diabetes diet is one of the most searched questions! Do you know why? It is because of the increasing prevalence of this life-threatening metabolic disorder.

Diabetes is one of the most threatening disorders which is spreading at an alarming rate. In the last three decades, the prevalence of diabetes has increased many folds irrespective of the income levels of the nation. 

According to the International Diabetes Federation, approximately 425 million adults (age between 20-79 years) are living with diabetes.

Moreover, 1 in 2 people with diabetes remains undiagnosed [1]. And, this number is expected to reach 629 million by 2045. Around 60 per cent of the diabetics is found in Asia.

79% of adults with diabetes were living in low- and middle-income countries: International Diabetes Federation

When diagnosed at an early stage, diabetes is easy to manage and control. The problem arises if this condition remains undiagnosed or untreated, as leads to several complications affecting your nervous system, heart, kidney, and even hands and legs.

Where the market is flooded with medications, attractive claims and supplements to control the blood sugar level. It is important to be well aware of the disease and its health management in the most natural way possible. 

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease characterised by elevated levels of blood glucose. It arises because the body is unable to produce enough insulin for its own needs, either because of impaired insulin secretion, impaired insulin action, or both. 

The ancient Greeks coined the term ‘diabetes’, meaning excessive urination with dehydration, but neither they nor the Romans appreciated that the urine contained sugar; “diabetes” was considered a kidney disease until the 18th century.

Types of diabetes

There are mainly 3 types of diabetes.

  • Type 1 diabetes

  • This type of diabetes is also called juvenile diabetes mainly affecting children and adolescents. It is an auto-immune disease as the insulin-secreting cells are destroyed by self-body and thus, the body is unable to produce insulin.

    Type I Diabetes affected people have to survive on daily doses of artificial insulin to regulate their blood glucose level.

  • Type 2 diabetes 

  • It is the most common type of diabetes, accounting for more than 90% of total diabetes cases.  It generally occurs in the middle age and older people. 

    Also known as Diabetes Mellitus, it affects the way the body uses and responds to insulin. Unlike Type I Diabetes, the body still produces insulin, your body cells do not respond as effectively as they do usually.

  • Gestational diabetes

  • This type of diabetes is associated with an abrupt rise in blood glucose level during the pregnancy phase, which causes complications to both the mother and the child.

    Though this kind of diabetes is temporary and goes away with childbirth, it makes the mother more susceptible to high risk of developing type 2 diabetes in later life.

    Prediabetes

    Sometimes, people get confused between prediabetes and diabetes. Prediabetes is the early stage of diabetes, at which if diagnosed, prevents further complications of actual diabetes.

    Also known as the ‘borderline diabetes’, prediabetes is characterised with a higher blood glucose level than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.

    What is insulin and its role in diabetes?

    Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas and it enables the human body to use sugar (also referred to as glucose) from carbohydrates you get from your food.

    Insulin maintains your sugar level and prevents it from spiking too high or going too low. Now according to our in-built mechanism, your cells need sugar for energy and sugars cannot go directly into most of your cells. Once a meal is consumed, the blood sugar rises and the pancreas releases insulin into the bloodstream.

    This insulin gets attached to the sugars and helps them enter the cells. In fact, insulin is the primary element that allows sugar to enter your cells and be used for bodily functions. If the body has excess sugar, the insulin stores in its liver use it when the body requires it.

    So basically insulin is what helps your body to keep the sugar levels maintained. The problem occurs when your pancreas starts secreting more or less insulin than your body requires. If the insulin production is low, the sugars in your body won’t be consumed and this can lead to long term implications like diabetes.

    Risk factors for diabetes

    The risk factors may vary from manageable to unmodifiable factors. The better understanding of the risk factors helps in effective prevention of the causes and disorder along with its better management.

    The risk factors can be categorised as:

    1. Unmodifiable risk factors

  • Family history
  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Such risk factors cannot be controlled and require proper medication and attention.

    2. Modifiable risk factors

  • Unhealthy eating habits
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • High BMI or obesity
  • Medical conditions like high blood pressure, cholesterol, PCOS or prediabetes.
  • Symptoms of diabetes

    The symptoms are specific and its timely diagnosis helps in better management and treatment of the disorder. The symptoms include,

  • Frequently feeling thirsty

  • Are you feeling thirsty even after consuming a few glasses of water? It may be one of the signals that you should get your diabetes checked by your doctor.

    What happens is in case of diabetes, our muscles and other tissues get dehydrated.

    When the level of blood sugar rises, the body tries to pull the water in the muscles and tissues in order to dilute the sugar in the blood. This is what dehydrates the body and we start craving to drink more water. 

  • Frequent feeling of urination

  • As a result of drinking excessive water, you feel the need to urinate more. The body also tries to get rid of excess sugar through urination.

    So, if you feel that you are urinating more than normal, take it as a probable symptom of diabetes and see a doctor.

  • Extreme pangs of hunger
  • Just like drinking, if you are feeling frequently hungry, even after just having eaten, you should see a doctor rule out diabetes.

    This happens when your tissues don’t derive enough energy from the food that you have consumed.

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • If you have a normal diet and are still going on losing weight, you should give it a check since this normally happens with people having type 1 diabetes.

    If the body doesn’t get enough energy from the food it is consuming, it breaks down other sources of energy like fats and proteins amongst others. This leads to obvious weight loss, which should be taken as a symptom of diabetes.

  • Fatigue

  • Sugar, as we all know, acts as the main energy provider to the body. In the case of diabetes, if the body is not able to convert the sugar into energy, we get a feeling of fatigue. This is a major symptom of diabetes.

  • Blurry vision

  • When the blood sugar goes abnormally high, it may lead to blurry vision. It happens because the fluid may have shifted into the eye duct. The problems normally resolve once the blood sugar level comes down.

    According to the research conducted by the National Eye Institute (NEI), the leading cause of blindness in Americans is Diabetic Retinopathy. People with diabetes have higher chances of contracting cataracts and glaucoma.

  • Slow healing of infections and wounds

  • If you are suffering from type 2 diabetes, you may have a tough time healing your infections and wounds. This happens because of the fact that more bacteria survive when blood sugar is high.

    High blood sugar negatively impacts the white blood cells, which are actually responsible for the healing of wounds. Due to this, cuts, wounds and infections take much longer to heal when your blood sugar is high. 

  • Numbness in hands & feet

  • The high blood sugar can affect blood circulation and damage the body’s nerves. People with Type 2 diabetes often feel pain or numbness in hands and feet which can lead to nerve damage.

    These diabetes symptoms may include deep, rapid breathing, nausea or vomiting, stomach pain, flushed complexion, confusion, fruity-smelling breath and in severe cases, it can lead to comatose. 

    In some chronic cases, the following complications may also develop kidney disease (nephropathy), eye disease (diabetic retinopathy), nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy), vessel damage, amputations, due to nerve and vessel damage, dental issues and skin issues.

    Diagnosis of type 2 diabetes

    Consulting a doctor on time can help you in diagnosing your diabetes on time. The doctor will test your sugar levels through a blood test.

    In most cases, doctors will take a test in two days in order to confirm the disease. There are different types of tests for detecting sugar levels.

  • Oral Glucose Test- This test basically checks sugar levels two hours before and after drinking a sugary drink. It is taken to see the body’s ability to handle sugar.
  • Fasting Glucose Test- This test is taken on an empty stomach. One is not allowed to eat or drink anything before eight hours of taking the test.
  • HbA1C-  Also known as glycated haemoglobin test, this takes an average of the blood sugar tests of three months and requires a blood sample. It takes into account the number of RBCs which have become glycated or bonded with glucose molecules. Higher the blood glucose level, the more is the number of glycated RBCs.
  • An ideal diabetes diet plan

    What we mean when we say a “Diabetes Diet” is that you have to incorporate healthiest foods in regulated amounts in your meal plans and adhere to regular meal timings.

    You have to focus on a diet packed with nutrients and low in fat and calories. Make fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains key components of your diet and there you go! You will be able to enjoy all the foods and in the best way possible. It is important to bear in mind that moderation is the key! 

    It is important to eat three meals a day when following a diabetes diet. By doing this, you help your body to use insulin in a better way. 

    It is always recommended to consult a dietician or a nutritionist who can design the most effective diet plan for you depending on your condition, taste and lifestyle.

    Self-dietary management is the key step in providing the diabetics, the knowledge and skill in relation to treatment, nutritional aspects, medications and complications- American Diabetes Association

    Role of a diabetes diet

  • A Diabetes Diet includes low-fat and low-calorie foods that help to control blood sugar level.
  • A well planned healthy Diabetes Diet is found to even prevent or delay the development of Type 2 Diabetes.
  • The right diet that includes a variety of food groups will be a way to manage weight and hence tackle obesity, which is a major factor in handling diabetes concerns.
  • Dietary implementations are found to be a crucial factor in controlling heart diseases that in turn, helps in preventing Diabetes. [2]
  • A diet that fulfils nutrient needs like potassium, magnesium, and zinc can prevent Diabetes. Usually, people with uncontrolled hyperglycemia are seen to show deficiencies of these minerals.[3]
  • Diabetes diet food list

    A Diabetic Food List should particularly consider all foods that are low in GI (glycemic index) and rich in minerals and vitamins. Here’s a list of food elements to include and exclude in Diabetes Diet

    4 Elements of food that must be included in the diabetes diet

  • Complex carbohydrates

  • Including foods that have complex carbohydrates and high in fibre is one of the major factors in planning a Diabetes Diet. Carbs are quintessential because they impact the blood sugar levels more than other food groups.

    Consuming more carbs can spike up your blood glucose levels, too little carbs can lower it down too much, which is also not healthy. That is why having enough carbs, especially complex carbs with low GI is healthy.

    On the basis of the GI value, food items are categorised into 3:

  • Low: 55 or less
  • Medium: 56-69
  • High: 70 or more
  • Low GI food includes complex carbs like whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

  • Fruits

  • Although fruits are believed to be sugar promoters, there are certain fruits that can help in managing Diabetes.

    The only factor here to note would be to keep a check on the amount of consumption. Fruits like berries, apricots, citrus fruits etc are particularly good for Diabetes.

  • High fiber foods

  • Foods like whole grains, brown rice, bran foods are rich in fiber and are amazing for maintaining a Diabetes Diet. High fiber foods are also found to be helpful in controlling blood pressure and heart diseases, which are again helping factors for Diabetics.

  • Fat

  • The good fat or monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are found to be beneficial in a diet for Diabetes treatment. We say it a Diabetes treatment because a diet can actually prevent Type 2 Diabetes.

    Lean meats, low-fat dairy foods, vegetable oils and changing cooking habits like baking instead of frying can help in getting the right fats into your Diabetes Diet.

    5 Elements of food that must be avoided in diabetes diet

  • Sweetened beverages

  • These drinks contain high levels of fructose that can impact insulin resistance as well as promote weight gain. Moreover, sugar-sweetened beverages have shown promoting health issues that often come with Diabetes like fatty liver. [4]

  • Fat

  • While good fats can help in managing Diabetes, the bad fats i.e, trans fats are shown to be increasing heart-related risks. Although trans fats don’t spike up blood sugar levels directly, they are responsible for body inflammation [5] that are particularly harmful to Diabetic patients.

  • Packaged foods

  • Snacks for Diabetics should be chosen very carefully because usually, they contribute a lot. While most of us are dependent on packaged snacks, for Diabetic patients, these processed foods containing refined flour and a very high amount of carbohydrates raise blood sugar levels greatly.

  • Fruit juices

  • A Type 2 Diabetic patient should avoid strained fruit juices. Instead, it is better to eat whole fruits since it is rich in fibre and can be filling. Fruits are also a great snack option. 

  • Refined starchy foods

  • A Diabetes Diet should totally avoid food sources that are rich in refined starches like white rice, flour and bread.

    These foods once digested act like sugar in the body and increases blood sugar levels. Hence choose alternatives like brown rice, oatmeals, millet, buckwheat etc.

    The following diabetic chart has been prepared according to the food habits and the foods available in different regions of India. The diet chart includes healthy carbohydrates and proteins.

    The below chart is a simple and effective diet chart. The ingredients mentioned are a staple in any Indian household.

    An easy-to-follow diet chart Simple and Effective. All you need for it is in your kitchen already!

    MealsFoods To EatEarly morning1-2 glasses of lukewarm water + lime juice + 1 tsp Methi seeds/powderBreakfast1 bowl of sprouts or 2 no Besan Chilla or 2-3 no Egg Whites BhurjeeMid Morning1 glass of vegetable juiceLunch2 jowar phulkas + 1 bowl of vegetable + 1 bowl of thin dal or curd + 1 bowl of saladEvening SnackGreen tea + Roasted chana or fruitDinner2 jowar phulkas + 1 bowl of vegetable + 1 bowl of thin dal / Roasted Chicken / Grilled Fish + 1 bowl salad

    North Indian Diabetes Diet Chart

    Meals Foods To Eat Early MorningWarm water with lemon juice Or Cucumber & Lemon water detox Or Green tea without sugar. BreakfastOne cup of porridge Or Two pieces of brown bread with boiled egg whites Or Wheat flakes with one cup of milk Pre-LunchCucumber, tomato, carrot, and beetroot salad Or Boiled vegetables, add a pinch of salt, pepper, and a little butter LunchTwo medium sized chappati with rajma or vegetable curry Or A fillet of baked fishEvening SnacksGreen tea without sugar DinnerTwo medium sized chappati with vegetable curry (brinjal, capsicum, etc) except root vegetables. Or Chicken stew, two small chapatis and a bowl of curd.Before BedA glass of warm milk with a pinch of raw ground turmeric.

    Diabetes Diet Chart For People From Eastern India

    MealsFood To Eat Early morningWarm water with lemon juice Or Apple cider vinegar and warm water Or Watermelon and lemon detox water Or Green tea without sugar. BreakfastOne bowl of wheat flakes with milk Or Two pieces of lightly buttered wheat bread, milk, and one boiled egg white. Pre LunchAn apple or an orange Or Raita or buttermilk LunchTwo medium sized chappati with vegetable curry Or Fish curry, one bowl or rice, and saladEvening SnackGreen tea with two digestive biscuits. DinnerTwo chapatis and one medium-sized bowl of daal. Or Two chapatis and chicken stew.Before BedA bowl of curd or a glass of warm milk.

    South Indian Diabetes Diet Chart

    Meals Food To Eat Early MorningBlack coffee with two digestive biscuits Or Green tea with lemon & honey Breakfast2-3 idlis with sambar with less salt Or Two dosas with chutney and sambar with less salt Or One small bowl of upma with chutneyPre-lunchA glass of buttermilk LunchOne bowl of rice and sambar with lots of vegetables. One bowl of curd. Or One bowl of rice with one small bowl of vegetable curry and either fish or chicken stew. One bowl of curd.Evening SnackGreen tea with digestive biscuits or black coffeeDinnerVegetable clear soup or chicken soup and two chapatis. Or Mix vegetable curry, two chapatis, and curd.Before BedA glass of buttermilk

    Diabetes Diet Chart suiting the Western Indian Population 

    MealsFood To Eat Early MorningLime, honey and warm water for detox Or Orange and lime juice Or Green tea BreakfastWheat flakes and milk Or Poha and one glass of fruit juicePre-lunchA bowl of curd LunchTwo chapatis and vegetable curry. Or Steamed or baked fish/chickenEvening SnackGreen tea with two digestive biscuits DinnerVegetable curry, two chapatis, and one bowl of curd. Or Fish curry or chicken curry, two chapatis, and cucumber salad.Before BedA glass of warm milk

    There you have it, folks! Hope you will stick to the diet chart and improve your health significantly.

    *Disclaimer: This is a general diet plan and should not be confused for a specific diabetic diet recommended for people with complex health conditions. We suggest you visit a nutritionist for in-depth health analysis. Diabetes affects each person differently and all the diets may not work for everyone. 

    Steps for healthy diabetes management

    There are few guidelines that should be followed for effective management of Diabetes. You can follow along or better involve your family as well and you will see that it’s not just healthy but motivating too.

  • Eat a well-balanced diet: Have the right, well-balanced plating with the half plate covered with fruits and vegetables, a quarter with protein and quarter with whole grains. Also, include dairy products along with good fats.
  • Exercise regularly: Make sure to indulge in one or the other form of physical activity for at least 20 minutes that ensures healthy metabolism with regular energy expenditure. You can also plan out the schedule for the same, keeping in mind the time availability and flexibility.
  • Stay hydrated: Make sure to keep yourself hydrated with a good amount of water and other fluids like buttermilk, coconut water or vegetable juice.
  • Lower your stress level: Stress can make you more prone to diabetes due to less sensitivity to insulin. Moreover, at the time of stress, your body adopts ‘fight or flight’ mechanism. It means that your body craves for extra sugar and fats. Hence, it is vital to relax and manage your stress level. You can try exercising, meditation, yoga, chatting with friends, replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts.
  • Avoid alcohol: If you are prone to diabetes, your blood sugar can dip to a dangerous level if you are drinking regularly. If you consume alcohol regularly, the liver will make removing alcohol from the bloodstream a priority instead of managing blood sugar.
  • Quit smoking: Smoking is a strict no-no. Kick this unhealthy habit for controlling your blood glucose levels. It can make your situation more complicated and may invite some other diseases also along with diabetes. When a diabetic patient continues to smoke, he or she is inviting heart and kidney disease, poor flow of blood to the legs and feet which could lead to fatal infections on the feet and toes and also ulcers and amputation.
  • Regular screening: Regular checkup with the doctor is essential as it helps to keep you on track with regular monitoring. It also guides you in planning out the further strategy, keeping you fit and active.
  • Truweight’s approach to weight loss and managing diabetes with diet

    Truweight, a wellness-oriented company, believing in the fact that ‘food is the best medicine’ came up with a diabetic plan.

    The designed diet plan includes a wide range of

  • Superfoods 
  • Complex carbohydrates
  • High protein
  • Omega-3- fats
  • This above mentioned diabetic food list is based on Indian food preferences and taste palate. This helps in the easy following, better acceptance and efficient follow up.

    These components are very helpful in regulating blood sugar level and in weight management because of their health and therapeutic benefits.

    The proof that you can manage diabetes with diet

    Truweight conducted a study on the 55 NIDDM subjects (21 males and 34 females) being either overweight or obese. Before commencing the program, their nutritional status was estimated via

    Anthropometric measurements: Calculating the height, weight and BMI (kg/m2). The classification of the subjects was done on the basis of their current, calculated BMI that helped in better understanding and efficient strategy formulation as depicted in Figure 1.

     Biochemical analysis– estimation of Fasting blood sugar (FBS) level and Postprandial blood sugar (PBS) level.

  • Diet recall– 24-hour recall method was employed for the assessment of the diet pattern of all the participants.
  • The diet intervention was given to every participant having complex carbohydrates, low glycemic index foods and moderate protein. This diet was administered to subjects for the duration of 12 months with regular counselling and follow-ups.

    The results showed that there was a significant weight loss of 6% achieved in the span of 3 months as shown below.

    Table 1: Initial and Final weight of the subjects in 3 months with the administration of Truweight’s weight loss plan

    ParametersMalesFemalesInitialFinalInitialFinalWeight (kg)105.298.780.775.4

    Similarly, the blood glucose profile showed improvement in the Fasting and postprandial phase due to fibre and bioactive-rich compounds present in the Truweight diabetic program. The systematic representation of the Blood glucose profile is shown in Figure 2.

    Figure 2: Pre and Post Fasting Blood Sugar and Postprandial Blood Sugar level with Truweight’s weight loss plan

    The magic doesn’t lie in the medication or following any specific path for treatment. It lies in being aware of the disorder, its timely diagnosis, and efficient management.

    To manage diabetes better, certified nutritionists of Truweight recommend our own FSSAI tested food products that are high in fibre and protein. Our clients are a testimony to how effective these products are when it comes to lowering the blood glucose level. 

    Here are the list of products recommended by our health experts. 

  •  Trufiber

  • A combination of soluble and insoluble fiber, Trufiber is made of fenugreek, cumin seeds, psyllium husk, fennel and basil seeds.

    What are soluble and insoluble fibres?

    Soluble fiber- This type of fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Soluble fiber is found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium.

    Insoluble fiber- This type of fiber promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk, so it can be of benefit to those who struggle with constipation or irregular stools. Whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts, beans and vegetables such as cauliflower, green beans and potatoes are good sources of insoluble fiber.

  • Mighty Millet Idli

  • Millets are prescribed frequently by diabetologists quite simply because they are particularly known to bolster diabetes management measures. The high fiber content in millet is responsible for slowing down the release of sugar in the bloodstream.

    In fact, it would be more appropriate to claim that it slows down digestion – which results in the distribution of sugar at a more even pace.

  • Seeds cocktail

  • Nuts and seeds are also some of the best sources for magnesium, which is an important mineral in regulating blood glucose levels for diabetics and those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It can also lower bad cholesterol and risk of heart diseases.

  • Shake a day

  • This unique combination of protein and fibre would be a great energy drink for Diabetes.

    Since it does not impact blood glucose levels and also helps to sustain sweet cravings which are common among diabetic patients.

  • Jambu Gymenuma

  • This is a well researched ayurvedic herb which helps in controlling elevated blood sugar levels without any side effects.

    It is a combination of Jamun seeds and gymenuma leaves both of which help in the stimulation of insulin secretion from the pancreas and stimulating pancreatic cell growth.

  • Chia Buckwheat Cookies

  • Buckwheat- This ‘grain’ actually comes from a fruit seed making it an ideal food for those with gluten sensitivities and diabetes.

    Research findings have shown that buckwheat can actually lower blood sugar levels. Buckwheat is high in magnesium, phytonutrients, and dietary fiber.

    Chia- The omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants in chia are very healthy. However, it is best known for its fibre content. Chia seeds seem to slow glucose passage into the blood. They keep the stomach fuller for a longer period of time and reduce the appetite.

  • Teatox-D

  • Teatox-D is a refreshing and delicious herbal tea, especially for diabetics. The powder made using Gymnema, amla and cinnamon are healthy and works efficiently for diabetic management.

    It possesses distinct property as sugar destroyer due to the presence of phytochemicals like triterpenes, saponins and polypeptide which are responsible for sweet suppression activity.

    The magic doesn’t lie in the medication or following any specific path for treatment. It lies in being aware of the disorder, its timely diagnosis, and efficient management.

    Success Stories

    Dr Rakesh, an Orthopaedic surgeon, was quite worried about his diabetic condition and had an HbA1C level of 7.5. He was utterly stressed and in an unfit condition. In his wife’s own words, Rakesh was plagued by fatigue, especially during vacations.

    Being doctors themselves, Dr. Rakesh and his wife knew the importance of avoiding regular and long-term medications and this is when they came to Truweight looking for a solution.

    Rakesh who had been to several weight loss programs in the past was initially sceptical about Truweight since none of the earlier programs yielded the desired results.

    Nevertheless, he enrolled in our programs and followed it diligently. And what followed was a dream come true for Dr Rakesh and his family.

    Rakesh solely attributed his success to food and diet plan that was prescribed by Truweight’s nutritionists. Out of Truweight’s superfoods, Nuts Muesli, Millet Idli, Quinoa Dal Dosa and Trufibre are his personal favorites.

    By eating the right food and following Truweight’s advice, Rakesh was not able to control diabetes but also overcame fatigue.

     Like Rakesh, another client of ours also realised her dream with Truweight.

    Divya Iyer, a chemist by profession, was a pre-diabetic when she first visited Truweight and her HbA1C levels were quite high. At that time, she was suffering from varicose vein and knee pain postpartum and on top of this, her HDL levels were low and she had severe vitamin D deficiency.

    It was not only the excess weight that was plaguing Divya but also a horde of health issues related to being overweight. In the past, she had taken a number of weight loss programs and therapies but to avail.

    After her success with Truweight, Divya could not stop praising Truweight for its realistic and scientific approach towards weight loss. According to her, the well-researched range of nutritious and tasty superfoods and a personal dietician who can tailor the diet plan according to the client is the best thing about this entire program.

    Truweight helped Divya understand her body and its needs. After joining Truweight, she realised that she was consuming unhealthy and nutrient-deficient foods for decades. Nutrient-dense superfoods provided by Truweight helped her come a long way.

    With the help of our superfoods, well-trained nutritionists and dieticians, Divya lost a staggering weight of 32.90 kgs in 14 months.   

    **Disclaimer: The testimonials mentioned above are based on each individual’s experience and results may vary for different individuals.

    The real meaning of diabetes management lies in incorporating healthy habits for better management of the disease along with the health of family and future generations.

    FAQs

    Q: What foods to avoid with diabetes?A: Diabetic patients should avoid foods that are high in sugar and simple carbohydrates.

    Q: Can hereditary diabetes be prevented?A: Yes, hereditary diabetes can be prevented if you eat healthy foods and exercise regularly.

    Q: How to avoid diabetes in the early stages?A: If you are a pre-diabetic, it is crucial to consult a diabetologist and switch to a diabetic-friendly diet. It is also very important to indulge in physical exercises. This will prevent the condition from turning into a full-blown Type 2 Diabetes. Q: Are bananas good for a diabetic?A: Since bananas contain fibre, vitamins and minerals, eating them can benefit diabetic patients. However, they should eat it in moderation. Q: Can a diabetic patient eat rice?A: For better sugar control, diabetic patients must avoid rice. Instead, they can eat brown rice or millets.

    Embrace a healthy diet plan as it is the best way to keep your blood glucose under control and prevent complications.

    Stay healthy, fit and diabetes-free! Cheers!

    Georgia Plant Reports 8-Day Ethylene Oxide Leak

    Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News.

    Oct. 4, 2019 -- A medical supply sterilizing facility east of Atlanta that is under scrutiny for toxic emissions had an 8-day leak of ethylene oxide, a cancer-causing substance, last month.

    The city of Covington on Wednesday released a report on the September ethylene oxide leak at the BD facility, which the company said was about 7 pounds per day, totaling 54 in all.

    State regulations do not require sterilizing companies to report leaks of less than 10 pounds per day, but BD notified Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD).

    The EPD said Wednesday that it’s investigating the BD leak.

    The state agency Thursday announced results of another ethylene oxide leak investigation -- a July incident at a second metro Atlanta sterilizing plant, run by Sterigenics.

    The Smyrna facility, northwest of Atlanta, has had several unreported releases of the chemical in the past 5 years, the EPD said. Each was less than 10 pounds, Sterigenics said in an email to an EPD official.

    The BD leak, from an improperly closed roof valve, happened as the city was testing the air around the plant to determine the level of emissions of ethylene oxide, a Covington official says.

    Local politicians and community leaders had called for the independent air testing amid concerns about cancer risks from ethylene oxide in the Covington area.

    A July report from WebMD and Georgia Health News identified three metro Atlanta census tracts in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data as having a higher cancer risk from air pollution, largely driven by ethylene oxide. Two of the tracts are in Fulton County, near Sterigenics. The third is in Covington.

    The EPA classified the chemical as a cancer-causing substance in 2016.

    Michael Dourson of Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, which has contracted with BD, says the 54 pounds over 8 days “is of no concern to me from a cancer point of view.”

    “It would have to be a lot larger [release] for us to be worried,” he says.

    The Moisturizer Cardi B Uses For Skin To Hustle In

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    Ever since Hustlers hit the theatres last week, it’s all anyone is talking about: our group chat has been inundated with plans to a) see the movie and b) learn how to pole dance. And we want to know AAALL the on-set secrets from how J.Lo mastered that pole to Cardi B’s beauty regimen.

    Turns out we’re in luck! In a recent interview with Refinery 29, Cardi B’s go-to MUA; Erika La’ Pearl, revealed that to achieve Cardi’s stripper-smooth skin, she used a drugstore staple, the Pond’s Crema S Nourishing Moisturizer, $9. The cream is actually intended for the face so it works like magic on the body – Cardi’s skin literally glistened all movie long. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a celeb getting creative with their skincare products; Beyoncé reportedly uses eye cream as a moisturizer to spoil her skin. Which got us thinking; why not treat your entire body to more luxurious formulas? It’s certifiably boujee but at drugstore prices for special occasions, it’s worth a try, right? #Treatyoself.

    Source: Pond’s

    Pond’s Cream S is designed for dry to very dry skin so as you can imagine, it’s extremely hydrating. The formula is infused with botanical extracts including apple and seaweed extract, both of which are packed with antioxidants that will restore and replenish your skin. Seaweed, other than being uber-hydrating, boasts anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and anti-bacterial properties and is packed with amino acids that help promote cellular repair. In short, it’ll take your skin from dry and flakey to hella-smooth. It’s the perfect lotion, also for post-shave, as it’s super gentle and hypoallergenic so it won’t irritate your skin. Sounds good right? You can, of course, just use it on your face for a major hydration hit!

    How Cardi Used The Cream On Set…

    Once Cardi’s skin was prepped and hydrated, La’ Pearl used MAC Iridescent Powder, $29, in Golden Bronze to add a little a lot of shimmer. “I applied a lot of this all over her body with a brush, so when the set lights hit, her skin would be like bam!” La’ Pearl explains why she loves the cream, “It keeps the body hydrated but not too greasy or oily.” Excuse us, while we run to the nearest drugstore!

    Shop it here, $9.

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    Does Scalp Micropigmentation Look Real? Micropigmentation Experts

    When people enquire about scalp micropigmentation it is common for us to be asked a lot of questions. Understandably, one we hear more than any other is: “Does scalp micropigmentation look real?” Of course, if you are undergoing a hair treatment the last thing you want is anyone to notice. Read on to find out what we do make sure that not even your nearest and dearest will be able to tell the difference – unless you tell them of course!

    How Do We Make Scalp Micropigmentation Look Realistic?

    Many of our clients tells us that even when they look closely into a mirror they can’t tell the difference between their real hair and the treatment.

     

    The procedure usually takes a minimum of three sessions to complete. The first sees us apply a light pigment to create the first layer. The second session is where we start to blend the colour in with your existing hair follicles.

     

    It doesn’t matter whether it is the full scalp, or small areas at the front or back. Our technicians add in the right level of density so it looks like a real hairline is taking shape on your scalp.

     

     

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    When it comes to the third session we place an emphasis on adding detail and making sure you are happy with your appearance. Depending on the level of work needed and the type of hairline you require, it can sometimes take more than three sessions to achieve the desired look. However, the technician will discuss this with you before the treatment begins to ensure you still want to go ahead.

     

    Our skilled technicians can find the right tonal blend with any follicle or skin colour. Their aim is to make the scalp micropigmentation look exactly like hair follicles.  They create a flawless and extremely realistic hairline that nobody will be able to notice. If you are undergoing treatment across the whole scalp, we shave your hair and then find the perfect colour match to ensure a seamless finish.

     

    Realistic Results From Real Clients

     

    Take a from one of our clients earlier this year. David is over the moon with the results. And as you will hear, he no longer thinks or worries about his hair, thanks to the treatment he received at Skalp.

     

    The Most Experienced Technicians

    When you come to visit one of our clinics, you will notice that all of our technicians have shaved heads. The real reason is that they have all undergone the treatment themselves. So not only do you receive treatment from a fully qualified professional, but also one that understands it inside out.

     

    Of course, that alone isn’t enough to convince most people, which we totally understand. That’s why we are always happy to show other treatment results from real clients we have helped. You can see how scalp micropigmentation looks on our clients. We will answer every question you have and take you round the clinic so you can see the equipment and environment.

     

    Walking into a clinic to talk to strangers about your hair is bound to make you nervous. And we want to do everything possible to put your mind at rest. We also have a that always welcome newcomers. Here you can discuss experiences with our customers and see more photos.

     

    Scalp micropigmentation is the most realistic hair treatment available today. It can help you regain your confidence and change your life for the better. Get in contact with us today to see how we can transform your hairline.

    Getting to the Bottom of Vaping Illness Outbreak

    Oct. 2, 2019 -- More than a month after the first vaping-related death, the CDC has beefed up its recommendation to avoid e-cigarette or vaping products, and it warned users to avoid products that contain THC in particular. This came after reports that most people affected with the vaping-related lung illness had vaped THC, often bought on the black market.

    Even so, the CDC emphasizes it has still not zeroed in on a single cause, although chemical exposure is suspected.

    With cases now surpassing 800, and at least 17 deaths, what's taking so long to figure this out?

    Tracing the cause of any outbreak is complicated, says Laura Crotty Alexander, MD, an associate professor of medicine at the University of California San Diego, who has studied vaping for several years. She and other experts interviewed say this outbreak has many complications, including:

    • The sheer number of ingredients and additives vaped
    • The variety of devices
    • The growth of vaping
    • The wide segment of the population that vapes
    • The poor or reluctant recall of patients to report what they vaped
    • The role of black market vaping cartridges

    Alexander also brings up another possibility: ""These cases may not all be the same thing." She belongs to a group of vaping researchers who meet online often to discuss the latest findings on the health effects of vaping. Different chemicals involved in the outbreak may lead to different symptoms in patients, creating subsets of patients rather than a single cause leading to a single condition, she says. At this point, that's just a theory, she emphasizes.

    Patients report a history of vaping before getting a cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and belly pain. Some have needed to be put on ventilators.

    The idea of a combination of factors makes sense, says Kyle Boyar, a cannabis scientist and vice chair of the American Chemical Society Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision. Labs are testing more substances as the investigation unfolds, he says. But "we have so many different vape mixtures that are out there. There are trends, especially in the black market. [They will say] 'I heard this guy is using this, it works really well.' '' So the ingredients change.

    As the substances change, testing labs struggle to keep up. "Until you know that something is a risk, it's impossible to test for everything," Boyar says.

    8 Mindful Eating Rules That Will Make A HUGE Difference

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    When’s the last time you ate mindfully? Tried a diet fad, sure. Attempted to go gluten-free for the week, yes (#struggle). Even detoxed to retox by giving up booze? Hi, me. Mindful eating on the other hand, is entirely different.

    Board-certified dermatologist, Vinyasa-trained yoga instructor, and holistic nutrition expert, Dr. Jennifer Chwalek, is here to break down what this even means. And no, it’s not thinking about your next meal while consuming your current one. Instead, mindful eating focuses on practices that aid in better digestion and increased metabolism.

    Things like eating when it’s light out instead of dark, drinking warm, not cold water with meals, and never eating alone, can make a huge difference in your overall gut health and also allow you to reach target weight goals – if that’s your thing. If not, it will still benefit your internal systems and we could all use a little more of that. Especially after a Sunday Funday rager brunch, am I right?

    Heed Dr. Chwalek’s advice below and be on your way to eating mindfully.

    1. Consider the Nutritional Value in Your Meals

    Ask yourself: Does what I’m eating support and nourish my body? Or is it empty calories just serving to satiate a craving or emotion, which may leave me feeling overstuffed, fatigued and unfulfilled? It’s ok to splurge once in a while, but Dr. Chwalek suggests doing so by choosing smaller portions of higher-quality ingredients, like a small piece of good dark chocolate, so you don’t overdo it and feel sick. Another one of her tips for considering nutritional value? Eat the rainbow every day and at every meal. “I would much rather get my nutrition from food, than supplements,” she says.

    2. Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

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    Even if you’re hangry as hell, say after a workout or a long day at work, Chwalek advises against making, buying, or ordering more food than you can actually stomach. “I try not to intake more than I can or need to consume since we waste so much food in this country,” she says. An easy tip for making this possible, when you’re ready to devour three helpings of the fridge leftovers staring you down? “Take a minute to think about where the food came from, acknowledge all those who were involved in the preparation, and give gratitude for the care that was put into it,” she explains. “This may seem silly, but when you really stop to consider all the people who were involved in the preparation of your salad for instance (right down to the farmers who farmed the vegetables and those involved in the transportation of the vegetables to the stores, etc), it expands your capacity for gratitude.”

    3. Don’t Eat Alone

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    When you eat, be mindful of the process. “So often we are in a hurry in everyday life and eating on the go (literally running down the street or sitting in our cars) that we don’t have proper digestion,” says Chwalek. “This contributes to many of the GI [gastrointestinal] issues in our culture and there is research to support that when we eat alone, we are more likely to engage in poor eating habits and binge eat. Eating with others stimulates beneficial neurochemicals and improves digestion.” There you have it.

    Commit to making lunch plans, even if that means eating your brown-bagged whatever outside on a stoop with a friend. The same thing goes for dinner. Try to plan more date nights at home cooking with bae or start a meal subscription club with your besties where everyone signs up for a different one and cooks one night a week. Not only will you be eating more mindfully, but cheaply as well.

     4. Chew Slowly

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    According to Chwalek, noticing the texture and flavor of your food and savoring it in each bite also slows us down so we are less likely to overeat. “There is a quote by Yogi Bhajan that I love: ‘Don’t invite imbalance in your life.’ I think about this a lot when I’m planning what to eat or how to eat,” she adds.

    5. Try Intermittent Fasting

    Intermittent fasting seems to be blowing up right now, even though it’s been around for thousands of years. “It was intended as a purification practice to prepare the body for worship or meditation in many cultures and there is increasing evidence in western medicine showing that caloric restriction (or intermittent fasting) reduces oxidative damage and inflammation, improves energy and metabolism, and protects against some age-related diseases (such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer),” says Chwalek.

    The most common ways to fast include the 16/8 method, where you fast every day for 14-16 hours and limit your eating window to 8-10 hours (not eating after dinner and skipping breakfast, or having a late one). Another alternative method is eating normally, but restricting calories to 500-600, once or twice a week or doing a 24-hour fast once a week.

    6. Eat Your Biggest Meals When It’s Light Out, Not Dark

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    Eating your biggest meal during the day is important because this is when your digestive power is at its peak, according to Chwalek. “A 2017 study in Nutrition Reviews examined the relationship between circadian rhythms, eating behaviors, and the GI microbiome and showed that when we eat and the frequency between our meals also influence the gut microbiome and its metabolic activity,” she explains. Well duh, there’s no doubt about that one. When we eat a box of pasta post 8pm, we feel like sh*t by the next am, but when we have a bigger lunch and more time to digest it, followed by a light dinner, we too also feel lighter. Win-win.

    7. Use Spices to Create More Satiety

    Spice up your life! “Spices are important in stimulating our metabolism and improving digestion and the absorption of nutrients,” says Chwalek, “and when you eat spice-deficient food you’re more likely to overeat, crave sweets, and experience fatigue.” Maybe rethink that bland kale salad, mmkay? Try turmeric for stimulating antioxidant pathways and enhancing digestion, and cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric for regulating blood sugar.

    8. Never Drink Cold Water with Meal

    If you love to drink ice cold water with every meal, you may want to rethink. You’re actually doing your digestion a disservice according to Chwalek. “In Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, drinking cold water (especially after a warm meal) is felt to cause an imbalance in digestion since cold water contracts the stomach and makes it harder for you to digest and absorb food and/or liquid. Whereas warm water improves blood circulation and stimulates the digestive system, aiding in elimination and preventing constipation.” Lukewarm water for me, please!

    If this has just made you drastically rethink a few of your fave eating habits, then check out these 5 diet myths too!

    Why I ALWAYS Bake My Brows!

    In honor of National Brow Day, I wanted to share with you guys one of my ALL-TIME favorite makeup hacks… baking my brows – it’s my holy grail! Without baking my brows, they can be a sweaty mess by the time it hits 5 pm, whereas when I bake, they look flawless no matter what I’m doing. I also love that baking them makes them look a little more natural and softens your look – so it’s great if you like to fully fill your brows but don’t want it to look too harsh. Baking your brows can take one minute or you can let your bake set while you do your makeup, the end result is the same: soft, full brows that last ALL day long!

    How To Bake Your Brows

    Step 1: Once you’ve filled in and sculpted your brows, take a dense stiff brush like the Smoke & Smudge Brush, $18, and pack a loose setting powder onto your brows. You can apply it just at the front of that’s the area you want to soften, or if you tend to get oily brows, you can use it all over. Don’t worry that your brows look a bit crazy, they’ll look great when you brush away the powder.

    You can use a translucent or colored loose powder, I use our Easy Bake Setting Powder in Banana Bread, $34, as that’s what I use every day to brighten under my eyes.

    Step 2: Wait one minute or longer for the baking powder to work its magic.

    Step 3: Using a spooley, brush through your brows to remove the remaining powder. We like to brush our brows upwards at the front of the brows, then follow the shape from the arch to the tail.

    Et voila! Insta-ready brows that’ll stay in place all day long. For more brow tips, check out the brow shaping rule you need to know.

    Give Seniors a Annual Memory Checkup, Experts Say

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    MONDAY, Sept. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many older people show evidence of mental decline, called mild cognitive impairment, but doctors often miss this sometimes early sign of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

    To help doctors get a better handle on their patients' mental state, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is urging physicians to assess patients aged 65 and older at least once a year.

    The academy recommends that doctors use a mathematical tool that helps quantify their patients' memory and thinking skills.

    "Since thinking skills are the most sensitive indicator of brain function and they can be tested cost-effectively, this creates an enormous opportunity to improve neurologic care," study author Dr. Norman Foster, of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, said in an AAN news release.

    Around the world, nearly 7% of people in their early 60s suffer from mild cognitive impairment, as do 38% of those aged 85 and older, according to the AAN.

    Using the new metric can alert doctors so that optimal care can be provided. Although there is no cure for mild cognitive impairment, its presence can help doctors keep watch should the patient progress to dementia.

    "We cannot expect people to report their own memory and thinking problems because they may not recognize that they are having problems or they may not share them with their doctors," Foster said.

    "Annual assessments will not only help identify mild cognitive impairment early, it will also help physicians more closely monitor possible worsening of the condition," he added.

    The report was published online Sept. 18 in the journal .

    Gene testing to guide antidepressant treatment: Has its time arrived? - Harvard Health Blog

    Depressive disorders are among the most common conditions that disrupt lives. Fortunately, medications, psychotherapies, and lifestyle changes are usually successful in treating depression and related disorders, even if symptoms are not entirely eliminated. Sometimes people don’t gain sufficient relief from treatment, or must try several medications before finding one that works well. In an age of exciting advances, including brain imaging and genetic testing, many doctors and patients reasonably hope that new technologies will offer answers. And in fact, for antidepressant choice, several companies sell genetic testing as a means to guide treatment. But do these tests work?

    Genes, gene testing, and depression

    Genes determine some of our risk for depression and some of our response to treatment. However, no single gene or small number of genes determines much of either in the general population. And the few genes used in the current commercial test panels do not appear to be the key genes determining risk or response. Some of the genes tested are related to drug metabolism. These genes can affect drug levels in the blood, but generally don’t predict clinical response. Other factors, including age, diet, hormonal state, gut bacteria, and any other concurrently taken drugs, are far more important in determining how a person metabolizes a drug and responds to treatment.

    Most people with depression improve with careful evaluation of all of these factors, appropriate antidepressant choice and dosing according to expert guidelines, as well as follow-up care to monitor treatment response and address any side effects. Currently, there is no scientific evidence that gene tests are needed or would be helpful as part of those assessments.

    What do the studies tell us?

    A dozen studies focusing on patients with depressive disorders have reported outcomes from using commercially available gene test panels to guide antidepressant choice. Most studies were completely unblinded — that is, doctors and patients knew a special test was given. Even with that bias, the use of gene results showed no evidence of effectiveness. A few studies were partially blinded, but doctors and patients still knew some patients got a special test. In these studies, too, the tests failed to show value on their key measures of efficacy.

    Notably, many patients had not responded well before entering a study because they were receiving inappropriate treatments. They improved when switched to more standard treatments. However, the same changes would have been made without guidance from the test if the treating clinicians had simply followed good practice, rather than getting an unproven and expensive genetic test. And our ongoing review of newer studies on these tests suggests similar flaws and no further evidence favoring their use.

    What do experts say about using gene tests to determine treatment for depression?

    Against this background, experts with no financial interest in genetic testing have repeatedly recommended that genetic tests should not be used in choosing treatments for depression (see here and here). The American Psychiatric Association convened a task force that reviewed the evidence and agreed: the tests should not be ordered.

    Recently, the FDA advised that the tests had no proven value and should not be used. Then they went two steps further, stating that use of the tests could lead to inappropriate treatment choices that might harm patients. Additionally, the FDA sent a warning letter to one company and has contacted others selling the tests, advising them that they cannot legally make specific recommendations to clinicians or patients based on their test results.

    Why are gene tests so appealing?

    Genetic testing is appealing, both to vulnerable patients and time-constrained doctors. And it is vigorously marketed to both parties by the companies that sell it: through news reports, websites, television, and magazines, and to doctors in their offices. There are few restraints that hold that marketing to the facts, yet the facts are clear in evidence summarized by numerous experts and agencies. Currently available genetic test panels have no proven value for choosing antidepressant treatment, and their use risks providing inappropriate care. So, while gene testing can be very useful for some other conditions, notably some cancer treatments, that success does not yet apply in treating depression. Perhaps this will change with more research, but appropriate tests are years away.

    If gene tests aren’t effective, what is?

    In the meantime, there are many good and effective actions to take if treatment is not working well. You and your doctor can

    • review your symptoms and diagnosis
    • review side effects of other medications you take to see if this is part of the problem
    • double-check that you are taking the medications correctly
    • consider other factors that might affect your response to treatment, such as alcohol, marijuana use, or other substances
    • change the doses or types of medications based on guideline recommendations, or seek a consultation with an expert.

    When a medication change is needed, the clinician treating you should follow available guidelines (such as these) or help you obtain a consult from a mental health professional who is more knowledgeable about psychiatric medications. Psychiatry consultations are available at most hospitals and clinics; some hospitals offer these consults by phone or through their websites.

    Related Information: Understanding Depression

    Nasty Chemicals That Should Never Touch Your Skin | Botani

    Did you know it only takes 26 seconds for chemicals to enter your bloodstream? When you think of all the nasties floating around it’s a pretty alarming fact. When you’re putting those chemicals directly on your skin though? It’s a whole new level of scary. The truth is, the beauty industry is notorious for adding chemicals to their products. Here at Botani, we KNOW they have absolutely no benefit so we opt for natural, vegan, plant-based alternatives every time.

    It’s estimated that every-day, women add 500+ chemicals to their bodies through shampoos, conditioners, soap, skin care, makeup, fragrances and more. These chemicals can have devastating effects including; skin irritation, allergic reactions, reproductive issues and even cancer. If you want to keep yourself safe, please don’t let these chemicals go anywhere near your skin.

    1.  PEG’s aka Polyethylene Glycol

    PEG’s are not a stand-alone chemical. PEG’s generally include ethylene oxide and 1,4 dioxane. Ethylene oxide can harm the nervous system and is a known human carcinogen. Just to add a bit more fuel to the fire, it can interfere with reproductive health.

    They are commonly found in moisturisers, cleansers, sunscreen and treatments. The sad fact is this ingredient does add moisture and has been shown to soften skin. Unfortunately, the risks far outweigh the benefits.

    Botani Alternatives: we don’t believe in drowning your skin in chemicals to achieve a soft, luminous complexion. Instead, we use naturally derived Olive Squalane and Coconut Oil to nourish and hydrate.

    2. Parabens

    It’s estimated almost 60% of cosmetic products contain parabens. These are cheap and nasty chemicals that are used to prevent fungus, mold or other parasites from growing in the product. Basically, they’re to give products a longer shelf life.

    Alarmingly, parabens are quickly absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream. Once they make their way there, they wreak all sorts of havoc. One of the big issues is, they mimic estrogen and disrupt our hormone balance. Studies are underway to prove the use of parabens increases the risk of breast cancer.

    Botani Alternatives: the truth is, you don’t need chemicals when nature offers such a natural bounty. Our range includes the use of Grapefruit Seed Extract, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Avocado Oil which are all safe and effective!

    3. Fragrance

    This is a big one. Those lovely, fresh smells omitting from perfumes, cosmetics and skincare you commonly associate with high-grade ingredients could actually be a result of synthetic ‘fragrance’. Under FDA law, manufacturers aren’t required to list the ingredients they use in their so-called ‘fragrance’. This little loophole enables them to add whatever toxic / cost effective chemicals they see fit to their concoction.

    Studies have linked fragrance to chemicals known to cause cancer, respiratory problems, reproductive issues and more.

    Botani Alternatives: We don’t use artificial ingredients to keep our products smelling delicious because we don’t need to! Naturally derived essential oils such as French lavender, orange peel and rosewater are safe and beautiful.

    4. Silicone

    Silicones are used in a multitude of products including; moisturisers, foundation, sunscreen, shampoos, conditioners, serums and more. While considered a ‘low-hazard’ chemical, silicone is an ingredient you should avoid at all costs. Silicone will form a seal over your skin which will clog pores and trap dirt. The result? Unhealthy dehydrated skin prone to acne and congestion.

    They are widely used because they have the illusion of working. They create a barrier between your skin making your skin look and feel smoother. They are cheap, nasty and have no long-term benefit for your skin.

    Botani Alternatives: Smooth, blemish free skin can be achieved naturally. We use Gotu Kola Leaf Extract in our Acne Rescue Cream to calm irritated pores. Along with the added healing benefits of squalene and acai berries, you really are spoilt for choice with our range of naturopathically formulated, plant derived skincare.

    So there you have it. If your beauty products are laden with PEGs, parabens, fragrance or silicone, they should never touch your skin. Also? They have ZERO benefits to your skin care routine. Instead, try Botani’s botanically based, natural, vegan skincare range. Your skin (and your health) will thank you for it.

    Content Reference – https://www.truthinaging.com/review/what-is-it-pegs

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