Archive for April 24th, 2013

Exercise may help prevent brain damage caused by alcohol

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Aerobic exercise can help former heavy drinkers to reverse the damage alcohol has done to the brain, researchers say.

The results of the study conducted by the University of Colorado Boulder indicated that regular aerobic exercise like walking, running or bicycling is associated with less damage to the brain”s “white matter” among heavy alcohol users.

White matter, along with gray matter, are the organ”s two major physical components. White matter is composed of bundles of nerve cells that act as transmission lines to facilitate communication between various parts of the brain, said lead study author Hollis Karoly, a doctoral student in CU-Boulder”s psychology and neuroscience department.

“We found that for people who drink a lot and exercise a lot, there was not a strong relationship between alcohol and white matter,” said Karoly. “But for people who drink a lot and don”t exercise, our study showed the integrity of white matter is compromised in several areas of the brain. It basically means white matter is not moving messages between areas of the brain as efficiently as normal.”

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Tips for an energetic morning

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Feel groggy when you wake up every morning? Here are a few quick tips, guaranteed for an energetic morning!

Breathe deep

Deep breathing has many benefits; that’s why it is an important part of yoga. Metabolically, it brings more oxygen into your body, satisfying every organ’s need and boosting immunity. Plus, it stimulates nerve relaxation and clears away stress, fatigue and depression. Set aside a couple of minutes before going to bed and practice deep breathing. You’re now more likely to get up feeling energetic than usual.

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Important benefits of carbohydrates

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Carbohydrates/Sugars/StarchesDon’t say no to carbohydrates, choose healthy carbs instead!

Carbohydrates, why you need them!

As low-carb foods and diets become a rage, we tell you why carbohydrates form an essential part of your diet.

Carbohydrates are an ideal source of energy for the body, as it can be easily converted into glucose – the body’s energy giver. Although proteins and fats are also sources of glucose, they take much longer.

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Healthy diet prevents lifestyle diseases: Dr. Niti Desai

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Niti Desai has a rich and varied experience in the field of nutrition, having built anenviable client list of individuals and organizations.

Niti has a masters degree in nutrition and dietetics and postgraduate diploma indietetics from the Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. She is an executive council member of Indian Dietetic Association – Mumbai chapter.

She was the official nutritionist for the Femina Miss India 2008 and Grazia FordSupermodel India 2008.She also advised olympic champions – Mary Kom, Gagan Narang and others in preparation of London olympics while on board with olympic gold quest.

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

I am working in an Healthcare IT which demands irregular shifts. Please suggest how to loose weight. Currently following the product ‘Metaslim for a while. Have gained 10 kgs, optimum is 52 kg, Please help

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