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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 …

Diet, Causes and Symptoms of PCOS

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common metabolic abnormality found among females of the reproductive age. PCOS is the most common cause of infertility in women. It is basically a multifaceted disorder in which women are presented with major clinical conditions such hirsutism, obesity, oligomenorrhea and infertility. Primarily characterized by ovulatory dysfunction & hyperandrogenism. Socioeconomic …

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 …

Add some spice to your life!

Spices and herbs have been used in foods for centuries. A herb is a friend of a physicians & praise of cooks as said by Charlemagne. Fat, Sugar & Salt Reduction Tips Herbs & spices can help retain flavor in your food while reducing fat, sugar & salt / sodium. Reducing Fat – reducing 1 …

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 …

Are you also a Whey Protein person? Then must read this!!

Whey is a mixture of proteins isolated from “whey”, the liquid material created as a by-product of cheese (Paneer) production. Whey is left over when milk is coagulated during the process of cheese production, and contains everything that is soluble from milk after the pH is dropped to 4.6 during the coagulation process. It is …

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 …

Your Kidney and Nutrition

What is CKD? It is the chronic kidney disease, in which the kidney’s are unable to filter wastes from blood. There are 5 stages of CKD, each stage represents a level of kidney damage. Stage 1 as least severe and stage 5 as most severe. Nutrition plays a huge role in CKD. Just like diabetes, …

Super Food-Strawberry

This tiny fruit have huge health benefits. Strawberries are packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber, folic acid and also an excellent source of manganese- a mineral and are low fat. Many studies have shown consumption of diet rich in fruits lower the risk of chronic diseases including cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Strawberries consist of ellagic …

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, …

Is Sleep Hygiene Affected by One’s Dietary Choices

These days due to increased work pressure, long hours of work and exposure to artificial lights, travel related and other stress can cause problems and may affect sleep quality. The best way to get a good night’s sleep is to practice good sleep hygiene (sets of practices, habits, and environmental influences that impact one’s health). …

Beating the Exam Blues

Exam time is a stressful time for both parents and kids. And parents normally come to dieticians with the complaints that the child is not eating properly due to stress of studies and exams. What then should be an ideal diet during exam time? A diet rich in vitamins and minerals, increased fluid intake and …

Mid-Night Cravings

Have you ever smuggled any sweet or a snack from the refrigerator at mid night? Well if you have then you aren’t alone. Many recent studies have shown that most of the people develop midnight cravings. This is because human sugar cravings peak around midnight. But have you ever wondered why? Well, science is again …

Herbs in Daily Life

Herb is any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers that have aromatic properties, and has culinary, medical, cosmetic, veterinary or other use of some kind. The useful part is different with every plant, it can be the leaves, flowers, roots, barks or seeds. In other  words the plants, which can be a tree or shrub, …

Super Food- Ghee

You must have heard of “Ghee”, the yellow coloured solid fat jar that is available in most of the Indian houses or in other words clarified butter. Ever thought what is so good about that yellow fat which makes it so popular amongst all Indian? Let’s learn about it. Ghee is basically prepared by traditional …

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 …

Care for Healthy Eyes

The window to the world are your delicate eyes. Nothing can substitute the quality of life good vision offers. Eyes are too delicate that they don’t just demand your attention but also demand good nutrition, like any other part of the body. Some conscious efforts can protect your eyes, which also help in improving your …

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. …

CHILD OBESITY- causes and prevention

Researches show that urban kids as young as 7 years old are facing the threat of obesity and in turn becoming prone to heart diseases. One, out of 4 kids, is obese and faces the threat of various chronic diseases such as diabetes, dyslipidemia and heart disease. Due to no or scarce physical activity and …

Meet the 9 Important Minerals of Your Body

Calcium It is the most essential mineral for strong bones and teeth. It also helps in controlling blood pressure levels, promotes a keeps normal heartbeat. A normal level of calcium in the body over life time can help prevent osteoporosis. Requirement per day 1000-1200 mg for healthy adult. Source of ca: Milk and it’s products, …

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 …

Super food: Pumpkin Seeds

After decades of clinical and epidemiological research, the influence of diet on health and disease, or rather disease risk, particularly chronic diseases like coronary heart disease, Diabetes Type 2, cancer and obesity, has become widely accepted. The effect of overall dietary patterns on disease risk has become a new approach in nutritional counselling and research. …

Effects of Excessive use of Tea and Coffee

Tea and Coffee are two of the most widely consumed beverages worldwide. Many scientific researches have been conducted to examine the relationship between tea-coffee and various chronic diseases and health outcomes, such as cardiometabolic risk, liver disorders, various cancers, gastro intestinal conditions and neurological conditions. These effects could be attributed to the various bioactive constituents …

ABC of Healthy Eating Practices Among Children

An Obvious shift in Today’s Lifestyle: Poor eating habits- Schools: Nutrition Disaster Areas (Harvard Expert). Passive entertainment- BMI and hours of television viewing -positively associated.   ABC of HEALTHY EATING AIM: Variety Moderation Balance Achieving Ideal weight Regular Daily Exercise BUILD: Whole grains- as per calorie needs. 2-3 Servings of low fat milk/curd/paneer 5-7 different …

Immunity Boosting Foods During Winter Season

It takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. It turns out that eating some pretty surprising nutrients will help keep the immune system on guard. As we head into winter, it’s a good time to boost immunity to avoid nasty colds and flu. First let’s understand what IMMUNITY is: “Immunity …

21 Simple Rules for a Healthy Body

Drink 3 glasses of warm water in the morning Be physically active Practice Yoga atleast 3 times in a week for 45-60 minutes Eat high protein breakfast Avoid Sugar, and simple carbohydrates such as jams, jellies Include more Fresh vegetables and fruits in the diet, recommended daily allowances 750 to 1000 gm. Eat at regular …

Detoxification after Binge Eating and Drinking

De-Toxification, or just detox, simply means cleaning the body of the harmful substances or toxins. Toxins could be the chemicals ingested such as food colours and additives or the by-products of the metabolism of certain foods or drinks, such as certain drugs or alcohol. The body has natural methods of detoxification. Liver is the main …

Super Food: Curd

We all know curd is a dairy product obtained by milk coagulation process called curdling. Curdling of milk is a very common practice in Indian homes. You must have heard about a word probiotic, but what are they? Probiotics are the live bacteria or microorganism that are believed to provide health benefits when consumed. Probiotics …

Obesity and Nutrigenomics

Nutritional genomics is a branch of nutrition which studies the interaction between nutrients and the genes of an individual. It describes the influence of genetic variation on nutrition. Nutrigenomics tries to define the relationship between specific nutrients or nutrient regimes (diet) on human health. By exploring the interaction between dietary pattern and genetic factors, nutrigenomics …

12 Foody Facts for Healthy Heart

1. Is zest good for heart health? Yes, Orange zest (outer orange covering of oranges) is rich in flavonoids, which are anti-inflammatory compounds and also the zest has anti-hypertensive effect that protects the arteries and help manage blood pressure. 2. Brewing for heart health Recent studies have shown that taking black coffee in moderation can …

Super Food-Walnut the “Brain Food”

They are the stone fruit of walnut tree. One of the world’s healthiest food, as it is nutrient dense with protein and essential fatty acids, carbohydrates, vitamins and essential minerals. The shell of the fruit that encloses the kernel is hard and two halved which has a crinkly appearance like that of the brain that …