Posts Tagged ‘Healthy diet’

Rice consumption linked to healthier diet

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

food1_240x240Researchers have shown that consumers can improve their diets simply by enjoying white or brown rice as part of their daily meals.

In a study, lead author Theresa Nicklas, DrPH, of Baylor College of Medicine, analyzed the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey datasets from 2005-2010 and evaluated the association of rice consumption with overall diet quality and key nutrient intakes in a nationally representative sample of 14,386 U.S. adults.1

Nicklas said their results show that adults who eat rice had diets more consistent with what is recommended in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, and they showed higher amounts of potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fiber while eating less saturated fat and added sugars. She said that eating rice is also associated with eating more servings of fruit, vegetables, meat and beans.

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Enjoy Christmas with a 5 day Pre-Cleanse program

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Christmas celebrations are already in the air with New Year not far away. Indeed, everyone is looking for a way to indulge in scrumptious plum cakes, sinful chocolates and delicious savouries, keeping fitness intact.

Well, enjoy yourself this New Year by including a 5-day pre-Christmas cleanse with lifestyle medicine techniques, which helps strengthen the body, boosts immunity, balance hormones, and reduce insulin resistance. Undeniably folks, regulation of your drives by simple nutrition, exercise and cognitive strategies, will involuntarily reduce portion size, replacing deprivation with self-regulation.

A good breakfast can include dry fruits and nuts, such as 2 dates, 2 apricots and 1tbsp raisins, 3 almonds, a walnut and 2 cashew nuts, with a glass of fresh vegetable juice.

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Healthy eating and sleep habits help improve kids’ performance in school

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Researchers have suggested that eating healthy food and getting proper sleep can help children succeed in school.

Krista Casazza, Ph.D., R.D., assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences explained that when kids go to school without eating breakfast, their cognitive function can be affected.

Casazza suggested that kids should start the day with fruits, proteins and whole grains and they should avoid sugary cereals because they cause a sugar high.

If the kids do need to eat something prior to dinner, parents should offer healthy choices like yogurt, fruits and veggies or some “kid stuff” like baked chips.

Casazza also advised children to drink water instead of soda as it lacks nutritional value.

Kristin Avis, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine said that children need a good night’s sleep for their overall school performance.

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Golden rules to keep Alzheimer’s at bay

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

A few simple lifestyle changes could help protect you against Alzheimer’s.

According to health experts, taking steps to a healthy lifestyle can protect against heart disease, stroke, cancer – and dementia, the Daily Express reported.

Their advice comes amid warnings that rates of the deadly brain disease will triple in the next 40 years unless preventative measures are taken.

Increasing scientific evidence has shown that following a specific diet and exercise routine can reduce the risk of developing dementia by more than half.

Leading US researcher Dr Neal Barnard launched the seven guidelines at the International Conference on Nutrition and the Brain in Washington.

Taking regular exercise, eating plenty of vegetables, beans and pulses and limiting bad fats are all key.

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High BP is risk factor for heart attacks: Dr. Pavan Kumar

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Dr. Pavan Kumar is leading cardiac surgeon and head of department of cardiovascular surgery at Nanavati Hospital and honorary consultant cardiac surgeon at Lilavati Hospital and other prestigious hospitals of Mumbai. He has extensive experience of over 26 years in field of adult cardiac surgery and specialises in coronary bypass surgery, heart valve repair/replacement surgery and other complex heart operations .

He has performed over 10000 such operations till date and credited to be safest heart surgeon in Mumbai with success rate of above 99.5%. His other area of interest is Telemedicine. He is founder of Telemedicine centre at Nanavati hospital, which is largest telemedicine service provider in western India. The centre has won many prestigious national awards under his leadership.

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Steps to prevent a stroke revealed

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Quitting smoke, limiting alcohol, eating more fruits and vegetables, and keeping your weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar in check, can lower your likelihood of stroke.

Still, there are eight lesser-known ways to protect yourself, based on research, ABC News reported.

Walk 20 minutes a day. We know—you work, you have kids, errands to run, dinner to make, and an episode of Real Housewives to watch, but make the time.

Even if you break it up into two 10-minute sessions, it’s worth it.

Walking a total of 2 hours a week can cut your stroke risk by 30 percent, according to a large study of nearly 40,000 women, conducted over a 12-year period.

Walk briskly (so you can talk but not sing) and your chances are reduced by almost 40 percent.

Know the difference between sad and depressed. The latter makes you 29 percent more likely to suffer from stroke, says a new study of more than 80,000 women.

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Simple tips to lower your blood pressure

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Hypertension, also called the ‘silent killer’ can be managed and prevented by making some low-cost lifestyle changes.

Hypertension or high Blood Pressure, as it is commonly called, is a condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is chronically elevated.

With each heartbeat, heart pumps blood through the arteries to the body. Blood pressure is the pressure or force with which blood is pushed against the walls of the blood vessels.

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Top 10 tips to beat the blues

Friday, May 17th, 2013

We’ve all felt it at some time or the other! Feeling blue is a colourful (pun intended) way used to describe a low mood. It’s indicative of a depressed state of mind and though it may not be severe, being aware of such a state is the first step towards overcoming it.

Sometimes we unconsciously get past the state and are able to get back to normal, but sometimes we need a little help seeing the sunnier side of life again. People have different ways of dealing with ‘the blues’. Finally, doing something that will make you feel good and positive is the simplest route to happiness. Careful though! Resorting to any unhealthy or unnatural way of dealing with the feeling might have serious health and social implications.

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White veggies also essential to healthy diet

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Colorful vegetables are often promoted as top nutrient sources, but leading nutrition scientists have revealed that potatoes and other white vegetables are just as important to a healthy diet as their colorful cousins in the produce aisle.

Authors of a scientific supplement published in the peer-reviewed journal, Advances in Nutrition, explore the state of nutrition science on white vegetables, especially potatoes, in supporting a healthy, well-balanced diet.

“It`s recommended that the variety of fruits and vegetables consumed daily should include dark green and orange vegetables, but no such recommendation exists for white vegetables, even though they are rich in fiber, potassium and magnesium,” said the supplement’s editor Connie Weaver, PhD, distinguished professor of nutrition science at Purdue University.

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Simple steps for a healthy heart

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Discover simple steps for a healthy heart – all in less than 30 minutes a day. Read on…

Think of the mundane things you do in 30 minutes every day. Watching TV? Lazing around? It’s time to make changes in these four areas, for a healthy heart boost.

Eat smart

A healthy diet’ does not necessarily mean boring and bland. Just make sure you have enough of each food group, and you’re good to go. Heart patients may need some special changes to their diet; however, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that restrictive. (more…)


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