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Health Benefits of Turmeric Tea

Natural plant products have been used for their medicinal benefits since the beginning of human history. Turmeric is a spice and has long been recognized for its medicinal properties.  Turmeric is the root or the rhizome of the Curcuma Longa plant and belongs to the same family of plants as ginger. Turmeric plant is native …

Green Tea as a Functional Food

Functional foods are foods with positive health effects that extend beyond their nutritional value. All foods are functional to some extent because all foods provide taste, aroma and nutritive value. However, foods which provide added physiological benefits, which may reduce chronic disease risk, called the functional foods are of great interest globally for health optimization. …

Is Green Tea good for Immunity?

Proper functioning of the immune system is essential for the body to fight against many diseases, mainly those caused by microorganisms and their toxins and also some chronic diseases. The positive effects of green tea on the immune system have been accepted by the Eastern cultures for centuries, especially the Chinese and the Japanese. For …

Green Tea – For Brain health

Green tea is a “true” tea, (i.e. Camellia sinensis), that has undergone minimal oxidation during processing. More and more researchers are reporting the health benefits of drinking green tea, especially those related to brain function, memory and mood. According to recent studies at the University of Basel, green tea improves brain health particularly working memory. …

Dietary Approach to Prevent (Stop) Hypertension- DASH Diet

Elevated blood pressure arises due to a combination of lifestyle, dietary and hereditary factors and the interaction of these factors. Many studies have shown that certain dietary patters and foods play an important role in the development of hypertension. Changes in diet have been shown to lower blood pressure, prevent the development of hypertension and …

Role of Diet in Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis and low bone mass are two major public health problems of the present century. Osteoporosis is the disease of the skeletal system or the bones. It is characterized by low bone mineral mass and deteriorated bone structure, which increases bone brittleness and the risk of fractures. In osteoporosis the loss of bone tissues proceeds …

Is Dehydration A risk even during winters?

Most people associate dehydration with hot and sweaty weather or with excessive physical activity during summers. Dehydration is not limited to summers and poses a risk even during winters. So, how is dehydration a risk during winter? Water is essential to life. It is required to maintain the essential functions of the body at cellular …

Role of Diet in the Treatment of Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are common non- cancerous tumours, that generally develop in women during the reproductive age. (for more information on fibroids read – Fibroids- Not Always Notorious; on www.healthynudgez.com) The cause of the fibroids is not well-understood, but lifestyle factors such as diet, physical activity and mental stress, all have an effect on both, the …

Green Tea for Healthy Skin

Tea is one of the most popular beverages consumed through out the world. Tea, which comes from the plant Camellia sinensis, is consumed for taste and for its various health benefits. It is consumed in as green, black or oolong tea. However, among all these, the most noteworthy effects on health have been observed with …

Can Adopting a vegetarian diet lead to better Health?

Recent researches, various studies and the new evidences all point towards the fact that, adopting a vegetarian diet can actually lead to better health and a better quality of life.  Risks of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, along with their resultant complications, both behavioural and quality of life related, are strongly related to lifestyle …

Who doesn’t start the day with a refreshing cup of morning tea?

Tea, the dried leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis, is the most popular beverage, consumed by over two-thirds of the world’s population. Different types of teas available in the market are black (fermented), green (non-fermented) and oolong (semi-fermented). These are classified based on the levels of oxidation that the leaves have undergone. Drinking tea has …

5 ways to develop healthy eating habits during childhood

A child’s eating habits and food preferences are established early in life. Eating habits that children pickup, when they are young, have long lasting consequences. A healthy diet promotes better physical health that is translated into good mental and physical health not only during childhood but also later in life, as adults. Know More – …

5 foods that help improve your child’s mental growth

Human brain performs complex set of functions, which include attention, memory, thinking, learning, and perception. Brain development is faster in the early years of life as compared to the rest of the body. There is an ever increasing number of studies and researches, which suggest a connection between foods (nutrients) and their effect on brain …

5 quick healthy bites on the go

Most of us feel hungry at times other than the main meal timings. The main question then arises as what to eat without increasing the caloric value of the day and that which gives both satiety and provides good nutrition? Most of my clients, mainly those who are on diets, pose this question on a …

5 Electrolytes and their Importance in Maintaining Good Health

Electrolyte levels are mostly determined by food and water consumption so keeping the right balance simply comes down to proper nutrition. Sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphate are the 5 most important electrolytes. All known higher life forms require a subtle and complex electrolyte balance between the intracellular (inside the cells) and extracellular (outside the …

6 Super Foods for Maintaining Hormone Balance

Hormones are chemicals released by a group of tissues called glands (endocrine system) present in the various parts of the body. These hormones affect not only the organ where they are produced other cells, organs and systems also in the body. These are carried throughout the body by the blood transport system. Hormones affect all …

Antioxidants – their importance in Health and Disease

What are anti-oxidants? Antioxidant simply means any substance that prevents or delays the oxidation of oxidizable substances in the body. Antioxidants are thus those nutrients in food that have the capability of reducing the capacity of free radicals to damage the body tissues. Antioxidants delay or inhibit cellular damage mainly through their free radical scavenging …

Diet During Monsoon

While monsoons are remembered for the wet mud smell, the enchanting rains, the cool breeze, but they also bring along with them some unwanted illnesses like cold, fever, infections, indigestion and much more. One way to keep away from all this by eating healthy food. The metabolism during this period becomes sluggish. The weakening of the …

Importance and Requirements of Nutrition for Sports Persons

What is Sports nutrition? Sports Nutrition is that field of Nutrition that provides guidelines regarding need of nutrients in order to improve the performance of the sports persons. Good Diet and Nutrition before and after competitions can help to turn an average performance into an outstanding one! Importance of Nutrition in Sports: Athletes in training …

The Role of Dietary Fibre in Health

Dietary fibre is primarily that part of plants in diet, which is resistant to digestion by the gut enzymes and are not absorbed into the system. Examples of fibre are cellulose, hemi-cellulose, lignin,, pectin, gum, mucilage, etc. There are basically two types of fibre which are available through our diet- soluble and insoluble. But most …

10 Simple Guidelines for Weaning

As per the WHO directive a child needs to be on “exclusively breast milk” for the first six months of life. It is important not only because the nutrients in breast milk are as per the child’s requirement but also because it imparts immunity for life and helps to form a bond between the mother …

Salt–hypertension Cardiovascular Risks and Stroke

It is estimated that, 62% of cerebrovascular diseases and 49% of ischemic heart disease is due to increased blood pressure, around the world. World Health Organisation (WHO), has recommended a decrease in the overall salt consumption by the world population, in order to reduce risk of deaths from hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Salt(NaCl), is …

Health Benefits of Whole Grains

What is a whole grain? A whole grain is the entire seed of the plant and is called a kernel. A kernel consists of three parts, the bran is a outer part or skin which contains antioxidants and  B vitamins but mainly recognize for providing the fiber in the diet, endosperm  is the largest part …

Acne Vulgaris and Diet

Acne vulgaris (or simply acne) is a long-term skin condition characterized by areas of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, greasy skin, and possibly scarring. Acne mostly affects skin with a greater number of oil glands including the face, upper part of the chest, and back. Acne occurs when sebaceous (oil) glands attached to the hair follicles are …

Dietary Guidelines during Adolescence

Adolescence is the time when  a lot of developmental changes happen, both physical and mental , which may cause a change in the  food habits and choices. Also, the adolescent child  is  more independent, so, (s)he would like to make her/his own food choices. Parents will have to help the adolescent  plan a healthy diet …

How Drugs and Nutrients Interact

Medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can affect how the body uses nutrients and conversely the food or the nutrients that we take along with these medicines influence the effectiveness of the medication. A drug-nutrient interaction is the effect of a medication on food or a nutrient in food. Medications interact with foods and nutrients in …

Health in Nut-shell – Nuts A Healthy Snack

Nuts are nutrient dense fruits with a hard-outer covering, are tasty and convenient all-time favourites packed with loads of health benefits. Nuts are rich sources of un-saturated fats, high in good quality vegetable proteins, fiber, minerals, tocopherols, phytosterols, and phenolic compounds and are low in carbohydrates. They are not as sweet as other fruits, but …

5 Fruits and Vegetables Every day to keep the Doctor Away

The World Health Organisation and Food and Agriculture of the United States reports recommend adults to consume at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day excluding starchy vegetables. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommend you make one-half of your plate should be made up of  fruits and vegetables. The Australian Dietary guidelines recommends …

Water versus other Liquids- Summer special

Water represents a critical nutrient whose absence will be lethal within days. Water’s importance for prevention of nutrition-related noncommunicable diseases has emerged more recently because of the shift toward large proportions of fluids coming from caloric beverages in daily modern lifestyle. Water comprises from 75% body weight in infants to 55% in elderly and is …

Drink Freely: To Beat The Heat This Summer

Now that the summers are here, everyone is telling everyone else to drink more fluids to beat the heat. However, the question is what to drink, something that is good for health and also good on the tongue as well. There are many drinks available in the market and many others those can be prepared …

Spice up your heart healthy diet

Healthy eating does not mean a tasteless flavorless meal. In a research done on the amount of antioxidants found in commonly consumed foods, it was found that among the 50 top ranking antioxidant rich foods, 13 were spices. The spices mentioned are cloves, oregano, ginger (ground), cinnamon, turmeric powder, curry powder, red pepper, turmeric powder, …

Weight Loss – A Challenge III

Paleo Diet The Palaeolithic diet, also referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet, and hunter–gatherer diet, commonly known as Paleo Diet, consists of foods that are assumed to have been available to humans prior to the establishment of agriculture. Studies, on healthy subjects put on paleo diets for three weeks, found significant improvements …

Foods that help to get a good night’s sleep

Not getting a good night’s sleep can lead to many physical and psychosomatic diseases. Obesity, raised blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, insomnia (sleeplessness, caused by long time habit of not getting proper sleep), headaches, irritation, aggression and violent behavior can all be caused by lack of proper sleep. Lack of proper sleep could be due to, …

Weight Loss – A Challenge II

Weight Loss Series Ketogenic Diet A ketogenic diet is one which is low in carbohydrates and high in fats. Conversely, lets put it this way that a the ketogenic diet allows us to live for long periods of time on practically no carbohydrate intake. So, we can live with much lower insulin levels than normal. …

Weight Loss – A Challenge 1

Weight Loss Series Obesity is one of the most challenging problems of the present times. Despite the best efforts on part of the obese, the Dietician and the Physicians the problem is increasing day by day. There is general consensus that decreasing energy intake and increasing energy output is the key to reducing weight and …