Is Eating Rice Good for You?

I have recently been to Asia and I must say, they really love their rice! I mean it’s not a bad thing, just that living in the US my entire life, I have never been accustomed to eating rice everyday. I eat rice maybe once or twice a month and sometimes, I don’t even have it for more than a month. So eating rice almost everyday during my visit to Japan, I got curious about its health benefits and risks.

White rice does not contain gluten.

This is good news for me and others that are trying to eliminate or at least minimize gluten in their diet. As most of you may already know, gluten can cause so much health problems and it’s better if you try to eliminate it. This is especially true if you have gluten intolerance or gluten sensitive. White rice does not contain gluten so it is safe to eat and won’t cause any digestive problems for you.

It is very easy to digest.

Whole grains can be hard to digest due to phytic acid. In order for some grains to be easily digested, you have to properly prepare them before cooking by soaking and for some, fermenting, to release the bran. These can be bothersome if you just want to cook and eat and you don’t want to deal with these preparation methods. As for white rice, this is not a problem as the bran is already released so all you have to do is cook it and eat without having to worry about digestion.

Blood sugar levels and white rice.

White rice is high on the glycemic index and as such, it is always thought of as a food that can raise blood sugar level. However, one thing that is often omitted when discussing foods that are high on the glycemic index is that a food that is high on the list only affects the blood sugar level when eaten by itself. As we all know, it is very rare that rice is eaten without other foods. It is always accompanied by other foods such as meat, vegetables, broths and fat. From these, we can conclude that rice will not raise your blood sugar level, unless you eat it daily by itself but you won’t do that right?

As for now, I have included rice in my diet. I still don’t eat everyday but it is now a part of my weekly meal plan. It’s a good food that will let you feel full for longer plus it’s cheap so it will be very helpful in my efforts to save money.

Benefits of an 8 hour Sleep

Sleep plays a major role in our overall health and well-being. Studies show that a person that does not get at least 8 hours of sleep every night is at a greater risk of developing health issues like heart problems and weight problems.

Having said that, here are some of the reasons why getting enough amount of sleep should be everyone’s priority.

  • It reduces stress

Stress is something that most of us deal with and it will become worse if you are not getting the right amount of sleep. The body, when sleep deprived, is on edge and it will release stress hormones, putting you at a greater risk of developing heart problems and suffering strokes.

  • Heart problems

As mentioned above, lack of sleep can cause heart problems and strokes since your blood pressure level will rise as well as your cholesterol levels. Your heart will be much more healthy if you are getting the right amount of sleep.

  • Improved Memory

Getting a good quality sleep wherein you are in “a deep sleep” helps improve your memory. While your body is resting, the brain is working to make connections with what happened throughout your day.

  • Lose Weight

Losing weight is a goal for almost everyone I know and what I tell them is to get the right amount of sleep, which is around 8 hours. Sleep deprivation will cause hormonal imbalance in the body that can affect your appetite. Losing weight or maintaining your weight will depend on the amount of sleep that you can get.

  • Depression

Depression is something that has been a lot more common in recent times and we can correlate that with people not getting enough sleep due to demanding work or school hours. Serotonin is a “happy” chemical that the brain releases when you get enough sleep. Lack of sleep will result in this chemical not being released.

  • Overall well being

The body needs to repair itself after a long day of going through stress, battling the UV rays of the sun and pretty much everything that your body goes through. The only time that the body can repair itself without being interrupted is when you sleep so if you are not getting enough of it, the body will not be given the time to repair itself.

Sleep should be a priority for everyone. Everyone needs to take a break every now and then and if your work is demanding more time from you and sleep is sacrificed, you might want to think about the future repercussions of such job and if it is worth it to risk your health and well being for it.