Archive for April 11th, 2013

Healthy snacks for five different occasions

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Is there a greater joy than eating between meals? And now, contrary to the old rules about snacking being the greatest evil in a dieter’s diary, healthy snacking has become an important tool in the weight loss process.

The importance of snacking

As any nutritionist or person who’s lost weight the right way will tell you, the first rule of weight-loss is to never allow yourself to go hungry. Which is why it’s not only important to eat healthy and wholesome meals, it’s also crucial to make sure you don’t allow big gaps between meals.

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Health benefits of Indian spices

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Red, yellow, green, black, brown…  a colour riot that exudes aroma. A mere pinch can take away your health woes while giving your food a flavour that is unparalleled. No wonder Indian spices are “smoking hot” all across the globe!

Indian cooking is known for its use of a variety of spices. A pinch of this and touch of that can make a world of difference to the taste of a dish. However, these spices are good, not just for your taste buds, but also for you health. Find out the various health benefits these spices give.

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Super food – Acai berries

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Typically consumed in juice or powder form, acai shot to the spotlight a few years ago as a super food packed with energy and nutrition. Find out more about this little berry and why it’s a considered a super food.

What is acai?

Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a native fruit of South America, found abundantly in the rainforests of Brazil. Harvested from the acai palm, this fruit resembles a grape and is extensively promoted as a superfood, and consumed as a berry or more commonly in juices and smoothies.

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Gastroparesis – Chronic complication of diabeties

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Gastro = Stomach,
Paresis = Partial loss of ability to move

Gastroparesis is a chronic disorder when stomach emptying is delayed in the absence of any blockage. The vagus nerve controls the movement of food from the stomach to the intestines during digestion. When the nerve is damaged or its signals are disrupted, the muscles of the stomach cannot contract normally and this either slows down or stops the movement of food.

Uncontrolled diabetes is the most common cause of gastroparesis.Chemical changes occur in the nerves due to high blood glucose levels. Blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body can get damaged. If this continues for a long time, nerves can get damaged.

Gastroparesis can also be the consequence of stomach surgery, viral infections, anorexia nervosa, bulimia, medications that slow contractions of the intestines, and diseases of the nervous system such as Parkinsons.

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