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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 …

Importance of Proper Fluid Intake During Pregnancy

Feeling thirsty itself means your body is already dehydrated, so one should always respond to the feeling of thirst. Plain water is a good choice, but all non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated drinks can count towards your fluid intake, including milk, fruit juice, smoothies and hot drinks. As a mother-to-be, it is essential to be make sure …

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 …

(Vitamin B6) A Hard-Working Nutrient

Vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine, is a water soluble vitamin and is very essential for the proper functioning of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in the body (from breakdown to utilization of these macronutrients). It is also required for the proper growth and development of the brain, nerves, skin, and many other parts of the body. …

Vitamin B12- A Unique vitamin

Vitamin B12 is a unique B-complex vitamin. Unique because despite being water soluble and having a large molecular structure it can be stored in liver. Our body needs vitamin-B complex for many essential functions. Vitamin B12 is a large vitamin having cobalt (a metal) in centre of its structure, thus it is also known as …

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 …

Obesity- Not Just A Body Shape But A Silent Chronic Disease!!!

Obesity is defined as a condition of abnormal or excessive fat accumulation in adipose tissue. The distribution of fat in the body is either around the waist and trunk (abdominal, central or android obesity) or peripherally around the body (gynoid obesity) -both of which have important health implications. Obesity is a common and preventable disease …

All you should know about Milk and Dairy Products

The first food for any mammal including human is “MILK”. It the white liquid produced by the mammary glands of mammals to feed their offspring until they get ready for solid food. Dairy products are packed with essential nutrients which are difficult to obtain from low dairy or dairy free products. Since times immemorial, they …

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 …

Choose the Right Food if You Have Celiac Disease..!!

It is an autoimmune disorder, also called celiac sprue and gluten intolerance, this occurs when the body treats gluten protein, found in wheat, as foreign body. This disorder can damage the villi, millions of fluttering hair like structure that line the intestinal tract and helps in absorption of nutrients into the blood stream. Without healthy …

5 foods that must be included during pregnancy

Pregnancy is period when a woman needs a balanced diet which would fulfil the nutritional needs of mother as well as of growing foetus. A good nutrition and healthy lifestyle would ensure a healthy, full term baby. The “American Pregnancy Association” (as also the Indian Council for Medical Research) recommends that pregnant women should consume an additional …

5 foods to be avoided during pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful phase in every woman’s life. A balanced diet during pregnancy would ensure, a healthy baby and healthy mother, both during and after pregnancy. Pregnancy does not mean just doubling the calories, instead , a nutritious meal is more important which should include foods from all the food groups and which 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 …

Breastfeeding-A Boon For Baby

Breast feeding is like a boon given by God to both mother and baby. Exclusive breast feeding is recommended for first 6 months of a baby’s life. And then as part of their daily weaning diet until 1- 1.5 year. It has many advantages over formula milk. It is the healthiest option for both mother …

Pineapple – A Multibeneficial Fruit

Pineapple or Ananas comosus is a wonderful tropical fruit with immense health benefits. Its main producers are Thailand, Brazil, Philippines and China. Pineapple fruit is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is rich in carbs(sugar) ,fibre ,vitamin C ,vitamin b1,vitamin b6 , folate , manganese, potassium ,copper ,phytochemicals and polyphenols. It contains …

Really want to know how much salt you are consuming

SALT CONTENT IN PACKAGED FOOD Studies shows that even 1g per capita reduction in salt can reduce over 7% deaths due to stroke and heart attack. SALT (sodium chloride) is a basic ingredient of our food. As Love, happiness, excitement, harmony add taste to our lives, similarly; salt enhances the flavour and taste of our …

Wheat Grass Juice

Wheat grass, is the young grass of common plant Triticum aestivum. It contains carbs, proteins, iron, calcium, magnesium, 17 amino acids, phytonutrients, and Vitamin A, B, C, E, and K. It contains 70% of chlorophyll which contributes to its darker colour. It can be taken in the form of tablets, fresh juice and also in …

Soy foods- A Right Choice for You !!!

Soy food are considered to be good source of high quality protein and essential fatty acids. Certain evidence shows that they reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, breast and prostate cancer. Soy foods are an excellent source of protein for vegetarian people, who do not eat eggs or not able to buy supplements to …

Superfood-Coconut Water

incredibly useful for children and adults during cholera or severe diarrhoea and dehydration Fresh coconut water is the most appealing based upon observations regarding its hydration capabilities. It act as a natural alternative to sport drinks. It is natural nutritious beverage and is very popular all over the world. It has therapeutic properties as it …

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 …

Do’s and Don’t’s For Summer Health

The increasing summer heat burns you inside out but fortunately summer also offers you abundance of tasty and nutritious foods, including wide variety of fruits and vegetables (loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C and A) and protein foods. By simply choosing the right ones, you can help prevent common hot-weather woes: These are some of the …

Sickle Cell Anaemia or Sickle cell disease

Sickle cell anaemia or Sickle cell disease is a genetic disorder, in which the body produces abnormally shaped red blood cells that have a crescent or sickle shape. These cells do not last as long as the normal, round red blood cells do (haemolysis), which leads to anaemia. Children with sickle cell anaemia show growth …

Constipation – A Modern Lifestyle Disease

A large number of population suffer from a lifestyle disorder called constipation. Constipation is the type of modern disease of lifestyle, which is caused by irregular and unhealthy dietary pattern. Lack of physical activity, inadequate dietary fibre and too little liquid or water intake are few major causes of constipation. To prevent constipation, it’s important …

GDM- Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

It is the diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy It is defined as the glucose intolerance with onset or first recognition during pregnancy. According to the maternal health division India, one in 10 pregnancies is associated with diabetes, 90% of which are diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. In India, the rate of GDM are estimated to be 10-14.3% …

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 …