Archive for December 21st, 2012

Health tip of the day

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Eating wholegrain foods like whole-grain bread, rice or pasta at least four times reduces the chance of having cancer by 40 per cent.

Fitness Q&A: No time to exercise?

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Fitness expert, Namita Jain answers readers’ questions on fitness. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Thursday.

This week’s answer:

1.Hi Madam
I am in urgent need of your help. I am 30 years old female and I weight 70 kg. I am into a administrative level job and my I normally work with the files and in the computer, which is obvious that i have to sit in my office for 8-9 hours daily. I suffer from irregular periods and a check -up with the doctor has revealed my over-weight being a major reason for it. Please suggest me a proper diet chart that could of help to me
Eagerly awaiting to hear from you
upasana das

2. Hello Ma’am,
I’m Daksha , female from Gujarat my age is 28 years my height is 5’3 and weight is 70kg !! i m desperate to lose weight as soon as possible. i do job full time & married so i have no time to concentrate on exercise or food (JUNK) that i eat… as a result now i have gained a lot of weight on my middle body ; tummy, hips & thighs… i dont fit in clothes also… …wht shud i do & or eat..
please help me with diet..
Thanking you in advance. :)
Daksha Vank


Eating family meals together boosts kids’ fruit and veggie intake

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Regular family meals round a table can increase kids’ fruit and vegetable intake, and make it easier for them to reach the recommended five portions a day, according to a new research.

The World Health Organization recommends a daily intake of five 80g portions of fruit and vegetables to promote good health and stave off serious disease and obesity in later life.

The home environment is likely to be a key factor, because this is where dietary habits are developed and cues taken from parents who exert the most influence on the quality of a child”s diet, the researchers said.

They therefore looked at the diets of more than 2000 primary school children, attending 52 different schools across London. English was a second language for almost half the kids, whose average age was eight.


Ways to prevent muscle loss, obesity and diabetes identified

Friday, December 21st, 2012

A new research by an Indian origin scientist and his team has paved the way for new treatments for ageing, obesity and diabetes.

The study found that by inhibiting a particular molecule produced naturally in the body, muscle loss due to ageing or illnesses could be prevented.

Blocking the same molecule will also trigger the body to go into a ‘fat-burning mode’ that will fight obesity and also treat the common form of diabetes.

The exciting discoveries have led the Nanyang Technological University scientists to embark on joint clinical research with local hospitals to further validate their findings, which were previously carried out on animals.

Associate Professor Ravi Kambadur and his team from NTU’s School of Biological Sciences found that a protein called Myostatin, which controls muscle cell growth, is responsible for initiating muscle loss.


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