Archive for March, 2013

Top 10 tips to maintain weight loss

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

You’ve worked hard to shed those extra kilos – sweating it out at the gym, denying yourself cheese and chocolates – but, it’s not over yet.

Most people once they have achieved their target weight fall back into old habits and pile on the kilos within months after losing them. This yo-yo approach to weight loss has its own drawbacks, for one it increases the risk of having a heart attack and secondly, it leads to loose and baggy skin. So, follow the ideas enumerated below to keep those kilos off for good!

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Natural wonder – Wheatgrass

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Sip on some wheatgrass juice to detoxify your body.

You can grow it at home!

Wheatgrass and its nutrients

Wheatgrass is a common wheat plant (it belongs to the wheat family), which looks like a lot like lawn grass. In the west, consumption of wheatgrass started in the 1930s as a result of experiments conducted by Charles F Schnabel, an agricultural chemist. In his first experiment, he used fresh cut grass to nurse dying hens back to health. Feeding on wheatgrass, the hens not only recovered but began to produce eggs at a higher rate than a healthy hen.

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Yaana Gupta reveals her fitness secrets

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

The gorgeous Yaana Gupta chats with us about her fitness plan, diet secrets and beauty tips!

Hi Yaana! Thanks for talking to us. You are known for your ultra-toned body. Tell us, what does good health mean to you?

The English word “health” comes from the Old English word hale, meaning wholeness, or being whole so in that sense to be “healthy” doesn’t just mean one is free from illness or pain on a physical level. It is more than that. Being healthy means being balanced on many levels, it is about the condition of one’s mind, body and spirit. So to me optimal health would be an ability to deal with all life’s challenges (physical, psychological, emotional) without experiencing stress or resulting in any imbalance.

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Drink ‘natural’ this summer

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Ditch the colas and cold coffees, beat the heat with these natural drinks!

Drink healthy this summer!

Yes, it’s heating up. You are sweating, dehydrated and tired. Do not reach for that cola yet. We have some refreshing, natural options for you!

Say NO to cola/aerated drinks

Well, all those cold colas stacked up in the corner shop looks tempting. Skip it! It’s loaded with sugar and is bad for you in so many ways.

Say YES to Tender coconut water

Walk down the road, and help yourself to some refreshing tender coconut water instead. Coconut water is considered as “fluid for life”. It contains a bounty of nutrients that can help fight the summer heat. It’s a natural coolant and can help reduce body heat.

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Top 10 high fibre foods

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

If a bowl salad full of veggies is the only thing that pops in your mind when someone talks about high fibre food, feed your brain with numerous other options.

Fibre constitutes a very important part of our diet. But why does something which doesn’t even get absorbed into our bloodstream still hold a respectable place as a food essential in our regular and balanced diet? At the very basic level fibre is roughage that helps in binding and moving food ahead in the digestive tract and its presence in our diet ensures regularity of bowel.

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Natural wonder – Oats

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Kick-start your day with a low-calorie, energy giving breakfast to take you through your hectic morning schedule!

Oats and its nutrients:

Oats is a species of cereal grain grown for its seed. High in fibre, while oats are primarily used as livestock feed, it is suitable for human consumption in the form of oatmeal and rolled oats. This grain gains its distinctive flavour from the roasting process it undergoes after it’s harvested and cleaned. This process, however, does not strip it off its fibre and other nutrients.

Oats are high in magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, selenium, magnesium and zinc. It’s a good source of carbohydrates and proteins; in addition it is high in dietary fibre content and is also low fat.

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Eating protein-rich breakfast reduces unhealthy snacking in the evening

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Eating a breakfast rich in protein significantly improves appetite control and reduces unhealthy snacking on high-fat or high-sugar foods in the evening, according to an expert.

This could help improve the diets of more than 25 million overweight or obese young adults in the US.

Heather Leidy, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, is the first to examine the impact of breakfast consumption on daily appetite and evening snacking in young people who habitually skip breakfast.

In her study, 20 overweight or obese adolescent females ages 18-20 either skipped breakfast, consumed a high-protein breakfast consisting of eggs and lean beef, or ate a normal-protein breakfast of ready-to-eat cereal.

Every breakfast consisted of 350 calories and was matched for dietary fat, fiber, sugar and energy density.

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Be extra careful with premature babies: Dr.Vaidyanathan

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Dr. P. V. Vaidyanathan did his undergraduate in medicine and PG from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital.

He started private practice in Chembur and has been practicing there for 22 years, treating children with various physical and psychological problems.

His parenting books are titled Make Your Child Stress Free, Managing the Unmanageable Child and Doctor, Why is My Baby Crying? His spirituality books are titled Spirituality Bytes and Arise Awake.

Dr.Vaidyanathan answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

My sister’s daughter is just 3 months an tends to cry a lot. Any guidelines for her?

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Natural way to remove tan

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

With global warming on the rise and the mercury levels dipping, the harsh UV rays of the sun  probably causes the most dreaded skin conditions for Indian skin-tanning and pigmentation.

Read on and find out more about how sunlight exposure leads to tanning and sunburn, and simple home remedies to lighten tan and remove sunburns.

Overexposure to sun is harmful to your skin, and it doesn’t need a brain surgeon to figure out why. Staying in the sun for prolonged periods is an open invitation to tanning, pigmentation, dark spots, sunburns and even skin cancer. Recent studies even show that people who spend considerable time outdoors are more at the risk of having a depressed immune system and an accelerated ageing process.

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Natural wonder – Carrots

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Eat more carrots to keep your eyes healthy and a lot more

Have you ever seen a rabbit wearing glasses? No, right? It is  because carrots are vegetables packed with nature’s goodness. Apart from boosting your eyesight carrots have various nutrients which make it a must-have in your regular diet.

Health benefits of carrots:

  1. They work wonders on the skin: Carrots contain beta- carotene, a form of vitamin A called retinoic acid, potassium, calcium, zinc, vitamin B, vitamin E, iron and phosphorus. These vitamins and minerals have powerful anti-oxidant properties. Hence carrots are an effective natural remedy for dry skin, chapped lips and dry skin conditions like eczema. A fresh grated carrot makes for a superb beauty face mask.
  2. Help fight cancer: Carrots also have anti-cancer properties. They cut down cancer risk by preventing and helping in treating cancers of the lung, throat, stomach, intestine, breast, bladder and prostate.
  3. Immunity builder: Carrot juice is beneficial as the indigestible fibre is removed by juicing. It is a miracle drink which boosts immunity, provides a daily dose of vitamins and minerals and is naturally sweet as compared to colas and artificially flavoured commercial drinks. The amount of beta carotene available in carrot juice is almost 100% as compared to only 10%  in a raw carrot.
  4. Good for your eyes: Carrots contain a form of vitamin A which prevents night blindness. They also reduce the risk of developing a condition called Age Related Macular degeneration (AMD) due to carotenoids present in them. They don’t improve your eyesight but they keep the eyes healthy. They also fight eye infections like conjunctivitis and blepharitis (inflammation of eyelash follicles).
  5. Prevent and treat lifestyle diseases: Carrots are beneficial in various lifestyle diseases like diabetes mellitus, heart disease, gout and dyspepsia. They are known to reduce blood cholesterol levels, reduce stroke and reduce symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in which the prostate grows in size and causes urinary problems in older men.
  6. Soothes your stomach: Carrots are a wonder cure for gastro-intestinal ailments and have been used for these conditions since ancient times. They relieve gastritis, an upset stomach, peptic ulcers, coeliac disease (seen in children where digestion is affected) and Crohn’s disease (a chronic inflammatory disorder of the entire alimentary tract). Carrot juice combined with spinach juice and lime juice helps in curing constipation. Carrot soup is also used to treat diarrhoea. It has also been used in olden times to remove worms from the body as a vermicide.
  7. Improves fertility and more: Coupled with the fact that carrots have absolutely no fat that make it a dieter’s delight, raw carrots help in improving fertility and stimulate the secretion of milk in breast-feeding mothers. They also help if a woman has excessive bleeding during menses, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) and combat vaginal and urinary tract infections due to their antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties. They are  considered anti-anaemic and helpful for osteoporosis.

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