తీపి దగ్గర తడబడుతున్నారా?

తీపి దగ్గర తడబడుతున్నారా? అమ్మాయిలకు స్వీట్స్ కు ఉన్న అవినాభావ సంబంధం గురించి ప్రత్యేకంగా చెప్పక్కర్లేదు. చాక్లెట్లు, ఐస్ క్రీములు, ఇంకా తీపి పదార్థాలు అంటే చెప్పలేనంత ఇష్టం. మరీ ముఖ్యంగా బయటకు ఎక్కడికైనా వెళితే స్నేహితులు, కుటుంబ సభ్యులతో కలిసి ఏదైనా వేడుక చేసుకుంటే తీపి పదార్థాల వల్ల కలిగే ఇబ్బందుల గురించి మనసులో ఒకవైపు భయం ఉన్నా వాటిని వదల్లేక తినేస్తుంటారు.  అయితే ఇలా తీపి పదార్థాలను తినడం అనేది సాధారణమైన అలవాటు కాదని. దీని వెనుక కారణం ఉందని చెబుతున్నారు శాస్త్రవేత్తలు. తీపి పదార్థాలు తినాలని అనిపించడం వెనుక కారణం అనే మాట వినగానే చాలామంది షాక్ కు గురవుతారు కచ్చితంగా. అయితే దీనివల్ల భయపడాల్సిన అవసరం ఏమి లేదు. తీపి పదార్థాలు తినాలని అనిపించడానికి గల కారణాలు తెలుసుకుంటే తీపి వల్ల కలిగే అన్ని రకాల సమస్యలనూ పరిష్కరించుకోవచ్చు. తీపి తినాలని అనిపించడానికి కారణాలు!! ◆ ఒత్తిడికి లోనవడం తీపి తినడానికి కారణం అవుతుంది అనే మాట ఒకింత ఆశ్చర్యానికి గురిచేస్తుంది. కానీ ఇది నిజమని తెలిసింది. ఒత్తిడికి లోనైనప్పుడు సహజంగానే శరీరానికి నిస్సత్తువ ఆవరించినట్టు బలహీనంగా అనిపిస్తూ ఉంటుంది. అలాంటప్పుడు తెలియకుండానే ఏదైనా తీపి తినాలని అనిపిస్తుంది. అలా అనిపించగానే మహిళలు ఇంట్లోనూ, బయట పనిచేసేచోటా తీపి కోసం చాక్లెట్ ల మీదా బయట అమ్మే తీపి పదార్థాల మీద ఆధారపడతారు. ◆ చాలామంది మహిళలను వేధించే సమస్యలలో నిద్రలేమి ముఖ్యమైనది. నిద్రలేమి ఉన్నవారికి శరీరంలో కలిగే హార్మోన్స్ ప్రభావం వలన తీపి తినాలని అనిపిస్తుంది. ◆ అలసట అనేది మనిషిలో అంతర్లీనంగా భాగమైపోయి కనిపించే సమస్య. చాలామంది అలసటను గురైనప్పుడు చాక్లెట్ నోట్లో వేసుకోగానే ఎనర్జీ వచ్చినట్టు ఫీలవతారు. ఆ కారణంతో చాక్లెట్ లకు స్వీట్ లకు అలవాటు పడితే వాటికి ఆడిక్ట్ అయిపోతారు. ◆ శారీరక శ్రమ లేనివాళ్ళలో స్వీట్లంటే ఎక్కువ ఇష్టం ఉంటుందట. శరీరంలో ఏర్పడ్డ మార్పులు దీనికి కారణమవుతాయి. శారీరక శ్రమ లేనప్పుడు సహజంగానే మనుషులు మహా బద్ధకంగా కనిపిస్తుంటారు. వారికి స్వీట్లు, చాక్లెట్లు అంటే చెప్పలేని మక్కువ ఏర్పడుతుంది. ◆ శరీరంలో తగినంత నీతి శాతం లేకపోయినప్పుడు కూడా తీపి మీదకు మనసు మల్లుతుందట. బాడీ డీహైడ్రేషన్ అయినప్పుడు తీపి తినాలని అనిపించినా సందర్భాలు గుర్తుచేసుకుంటే ఇది నిజమేనని అనిపిస్తుంది. నోరు తడి ఆరిపోవడం తీపి తినాలని అనిపించడం గమనించవచ్చు. ఈ సమస్యకు చెక్ పెట్టాలి ఇలా…. తీపి తినాలని అనిపించినప్పుడు ఎక్కువ చెక్కెరలు కలిగిన పదార్థాలను టచ్ చేయకూడదు. తీపిని కంట్రోల్ లో పెట్టాలంటే కొన్ని టెక్నిక్స్ వాడాలి. ◆ తీపి తినాలని అనిపించినప్పుడు చాక్లెట్ లు తినడం చాలామంది అలవాటు.  డార్క్ చాక్లెట్ లు పెద్ద పెద్దవి కొనుక్కుని లాగిస్తారు. అలా చేస్తే చాలా మొత్తంలో కేలరీలు పొట్టలోకి చాలా సులువుగా వెళ్లిపోతాయి. పైపెచ్చు అంత పెద్ద చాక్లెట్ లు ప్రతిసారి కొనడం అంటే కష్టమే. అందుకే చిన్న చిన్న చాక్లెట్  లేదా పెద్ద చాక్లెట్ లో చిన్న ముక్కలు ఒక రెండు మాత్రమే తీసుకోవాలి. ఇలా తీసుకుంటే కాసింత ఉత్సాహం వచ్చినట్టు ఉంటుంది. ◆ తీపి అంటే స్వీట్లు, చాక్లెట్లు మాత్రమే కాదు. తీపిని ఇచ్చే పదార్థాలు చాలా ఉంటాయి. చిలగడ దుంప, స్వీట్ కార్న్ మొదలైన వాటిలో తీపిదనం బానే ఉంది. కాబట్టి తీపి తినాలని అనిపించినప్పుడు వాటిని తీసుకోవచ్చు. ◆ తీపికి కేరాఫ్ అడ్రస్ గా డ్రై ఫ్రూట్స్ ని పేర్కొనవచ్చు. కిస్మిస్, ఖర్జూరం, అంజీర్ మొదలైన ఎండు ఫలాలలో తీపిదనం ఎక్కువ కాబట్టి తీసుకోవచ్చు. ◆ అన్నిటికంటే ఉత్తమమైనవి ఆరోగ్యమైనవి సహజమైన పండ్లు. అరటి, బొప్పాయి, దానిమ్మ, ఆరెంజ్, సపోటా ఇలా చెప్పుకుంటూ పోతే ప్రతి పండు తీపిదనాన్ని నింపుకున్నదే. కాబట్టి తీపి కోసం మనసు కొట్టుకుంటున్నప్పుడు హాయిగా పండ్లను తీసుకోవచ్చు. ◆ తీపికి మరొక ఆప్షన్ తేనె, బెల్లం. తీపి తినాలని అనిపించినప్పుడు టీ స్పూన్ తేనె లేదా ఓ ముక్క బెల్లం నోట్లో వేసుకుంటే మంచిది. అమ్మో తీపి తినాలని అనిపిస్తుంది. తింటే లావైపోతాం. అనే సందేహాలు పెట్టుకోకుండా పైన చెప్పుకున్న ప్రత్యామ్నాయాలు ఫాలో అయితే సమస్యే ఉండదు.                                     ◆నిశ్శబ్ద.

బరువూ బరువూ ఎట్లా నీతో…. అంటున్నారా?

బరువూ బరువూ ఎట్లా నీతో…. అంటున్నారా? ఇదేదో సినిమాలో పాట కాదు. కొత్తగా వచ్చిన స్లోగన్ అంతకన్నా కాదు. అధికబరువు సమస్య ఉన్న ప్రతి ఒక్కరి మనసులో ఉన్న ఇంటెన్షన్. ఏంటి నిజమేనా కాదా?? బయటకు అధిక బరువు వల్ల తమకేమీ ఇబ్బంది అనిపించట్లేదులే అనే అభిప్రాయం కలిగించేలా ఉన్నా అధిక బరువు ఉన్న ప్రతి ఒక్కరి మనసులో అందరికీ ఈ బరువు వల్ల చెప్పలేని చావొచ్చింది అనే ఫీలింగ్ తప్పకుండా ఉంటుంది. అయితే అధిక బరువు ఉన్న వాళ్ళు చాలామందిలో ఫుడ్ విషయంలో చాలా అపోహలు ఉంటాయి. మరీ ముఖ్యంగా వాళ్ళూ, వీళ్ళు చెప్పే సలహాలు, అక్కడా ఇక్కడా చూసిన చిట్కాలు అన్నీ ఫాలో అవుతూ ఉంటారు. ఎక్కువ మందిలో బరువు తగ్గాలి అంటే చపాతీ తినాలి అనే అపోహ  ముఖ్యమైనది. మొదట అందరూ తెలుసుకోవలసినది. మన శరీరం ఎత్తుకు తగిన బరువు ఉందా లేదా అనేది. ఎత్తు, ఎత్తుకు తగిన బరువు ఉన్న వారిలో ఇతర ఆరోగ్య సమస్యల ముప్పు తక్కువగా ఉంటుంది. కానీ ఎత్తుకు తగిన బరువు కంటే ఎక్కువ ఉన్నా, తక్కువ ఉన్నా కూడా ప్రమాదమే… ఈ బరువును బట్టి మాస్ ఇండెక్స్ తో కొలుస్తారు. ఇది మహిళలలో 30 కంటే ఎక్కువ ఉండకూడదు, అలాగే 23 కంటే తక్కువ ఉండకూడదు. ఆ రెండింటి మధ్య ఉన్నవారు సహజంగానే ఎత్తుకు తగిన బరువు కానీ దాని అటు ఇటుగా కొద్దిగా తేడాతో కానీ ఉండవచ్చు. ఇక చాలామందిలో ఉండే ముఖ్యమైన ఆలోచన చపాతీ తింటే బరువు తగ్గుతారా అని. అయితే చపాతీ అయినా, అన్నం అయినా వేరే ఏ టిఫిన్ అయినా దానిని తగు మోతాదులో మాత్రమే తీసుకోవాలి. ఎందుకంటే ఏ ఆహారం అయినా ఎంత తింటున్నాం అనే దానిమీదనే ప్రతి ఒక్కరి బరువు ఆధారపడి ఉంటుంది. సాధారణంగా చాలామంది చపాతీ సూచించడానికి గల కారణం ఏమిటంటే వాటిని లెక్కపెట్టుకుని ఇన్ని అని తినచ్చు. అదే అన్నం అయితే ఒకటికి మూడు రకాల కూరలు ఉన్నప్పుడు ఎంత తక్కువ తిన్నా మూడింటితో కలిపి సుమరుగానే కడుపులోకి వెళ్ళిపోతుంది.  బరువు తగ్గాలి అనుకునేవారు చేయాల్సింది అన్నం మానేయడం, చపాతీ తినడం వంటి చిట్కాలు పాటించడం కాదు. బరువు తగ్గాలి అంటే తీసుకునే ఆహారంలో నూనెలు, తీపు, ఉప్పు, కారం, మసాలా దినుసులు మొదలైనవి తగ్గించుకోవాలి. తీపి తినాలని అనిపించినప్పుడు బెల్లం కానీ, తేనె కానీ, తీపిని ఎక్కువగా కలిగి ఉండే ఖర్జురం, కిస్మిస్, అంజీర్ వంటి ఎండు ఫలాలు కానీ చాలా తక్కువ మొత్తంలో తీసుకోవాలి. అలా చేస్తే బరువు అనేది ప్రశ్నే కాదు. బయటకు వెళ్ళినప్పుడు అనుకోకుండానే మనస్సు ఫాస్ట్ ఫుడ్ వైపుకు వెళ్తుంది. అందుకే సాయంకాలాలలో అందరితో కలిసి అలాంటి చోటికి వెళ్లకుండా పార్కులు, గుడులు వంటి ప్రదేశాలకు వెళ్ళాలి. అలా వెళ్తే అక్కడ ఎంతో ప్రశాంతత లభిస్తుంది. పాలు పెరుగు తింటే లావు అవుతాము ఏమో అనే అపోహ చాలామందిలో ఉంటుంది. కానీ వాటిని తీసుకోకపోతే కాల్షియం లోపిస్తుంది. కాబట్టి పాలు పెరుగు వాటి ఇతర ఉత్పత్తులు తీసుకోవాలి. ఓట్స్, సోయా, ఫైబర్ అధికంగా  ఉన్న వాటిని ఆహారంలో భాగం చేసుకోవాలి. అన్నిటికంటే ముఖ్యంగా సహజంగా లభించే విటమిన్స్, ప్రోటీన్స్ ను శరీరానికి అందేలా చేయాలి. ఇలా చేస్తే బరువు బరువు నీతో ఎలా అని ప్రశ్న వేసుకునే బదులు బరువు బరువూ ఇదిగో ఇలా అని దానికి ఒక దారి చూపించేయవచ్చు.                                     ◆నిశ్శబ్ద.

Staying Fit During Festive Season

Staying fit during festive season This festive season is so very unique as we are just done with Dussera and now heading for Diwali.  This is the time to come out of the festival blues, at the same time need to gear up for the upcoming one. In this junction, if you neglect your fitness regime, it will surely effect your health. So, here are few tips help you to keep your fitness level intact. Must work out for 30 min: How much ever busy you are, never neglect your daily gym, yoga or workout classes. If you are occupied with guests or works to attend, at least take out half hour from your day and go for a walk. Switch on some festive music and dance on your own.. This will keep you healthy physically and mentally too. When we are preoccupied with things taking time for self gives us lot of relaxation. Fresh fruits and Green veggies: Consume more of fresh fruits or vegetable salads. Try to have a fruit dinner for a week to bring back your metabolism. Eating more salads before dinner also will compensate the oily and sweet food you have consumed in last couple of weeks. Avoid junk food: Saying ‘NO” is an art , and one must learn this when it comes to junk food. Festivals are the family time where food consumption will go out of control and we end up eating all the junk. So cut the junk food immediately from your diet so that your fitness levels will be maintained. Stay hydrated: Along with veggies and fruits, consume lot of water and stay hydrated. Staying hydrated helps  to keep your skin clear and your body healthy. It also keeps things “moving smoothly” in the digestive track, helping prevent stomach aches and improve bowel moments. By following above said simple tips you can be healthy, fit and fine. Just remember, don’t stress it. Even if you don’t get to do any of these things, or only add some of these tips in to your routine, just have fun! --Bhavana

Why You Should Eat More Of Broccoli

    Why You Should Eat More Of Broccoli     Broccoli is one vegetable which is filled with numerous health benefits for people of all ages. Broccoli basically belongs to the family of green leafy vegetables like cabbage, spinach and Brussels sprouts whose stalks and large flower heads are edible.  When you start to see all the great benefits of broccoli, you’ll now look to it as a go-to meal choice. Broccoli is one of those staple vegetables we were force-fed as children but continue to eat as adults. But the chemicals that produce that taste have health benefits that include protectingagainst several kinds of cancer - making this vegetable something of a wonder food. Broccoli has a lot of benefits for flawless skin. It is rich in antioxidants such as vitamins C and E. Vitamin C stimulates collagen production, thus keeping your skin healthy whereas vitamin A protects your skin cell membranes and prevents ultraviolet radiation damage. According to research quercetin found in broccoli is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, able to fight against aging. Vitamins B and E are also found in this delicious vegetable, and both are proven to give your skin a healthy glow. Broccoli contains a substance called glucoraphanin which gets converted into sulforaphane resulting in healthy skin and repairing of skin damage. Thus, eating broccoli renews your skin more quickly and gives your complexion a beautiful natural glow. It helps in detoxification of the body and straitening the immune system. Broccoli contains an unusual combination of three phytonutrients, glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin. Together these nutrients have a strong impact on our body’s detoxification system. Vitamin C, beta-carotene and other vitamins and minerals such as selenium, copper, zinc, and phosphorus present in dark green vegetables like broccoli can greatly improve your immune system, thus protecting you from various infections. Vitamins A and K, omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids and folate, on the other hand, add glamour and shine to your skin as well. Besides that, broccoli is also rich with ascorbic acid which helps detoxify the liver and is helpful for anyone in need of an immunity boost. Helps you stay away from a lot of health concerns. Studies have found that sulforaphane, a chemical compound found in broccoli, may be able to stop enzymes linked to joint deterioration and hinder inflammation. High amounts of vitamin K, also found in broccoli, can slow down the progression of osteoarthritis. there are a plenty of benefits to those who eat broccoli when battling a kidney disease. To patients with kidney disease, broccoli is especially helpful in preventing cardiovascular issues.Broccoli is filled with flavonoids, which are known for being the best cleaning agents of blood vessels. Eating broccoli is helpful in preventing infection being that it’s also abundant with vitamin C. It’s absolutely necessary for those suffering from any kidney issues to be wary of infection, and this super-vegetable can be one step closer to ensuring that. Researchers have proven that broccoli can prevent cancer. Broccoli has certain properties that can remove estrogens that cause cancer from the body. It has anti carcinogenic properties that prevents cancer. Broccoli is highly suitable to prevent breast and uterus cancer. It also fight cholesterol too. Broccoli’s amount of fiber may be great for our bowel movements, but it can be celebrated for more than that. Because broccoli is an invaluable source of soluble fiber, the vegetable can help lower cholesterol, especially when prepared by steaming it. So with all these amazing health benefits, there are more reasons for you to start including this magical vegetable in your diet for a healthier you!    ..Divya

Small Changes In Bedtime Habits Could Help You Lose Weight

    Small Changes In Bedtime Habits Could Help You Lose Weight     A lot of people will be of the opinion that a late-night meal can lead to overeating and lead to you putting on more weight than normal. The opinion is that when people eat later at night, they tend to consume more calories. Late-night eating is associated with obesity because if you’re waiting to eat until very late, you may wind up overeating. It may be that you’re a late-night snacker and your snack choices and quantities get out of control, or you eat a really late dinner and wind up splurging on a super filled desserts. Yet remember, it’s the food that is making you fat in this case, not the fact that you’re eating before bed. If you must eat later at night, plan your meals out ahead of time and don’t eat more than you intended. Also there are some foods which help in the process of weight loss when taken before bedtime. So here are some of those super foods which not only help you kill your hunger pangs but are also the perfect weight loss aiding food too. Diary Products: Did you know that a glass of milk, or a small cup of curd, or buttermilk or even a protein smoothie before bed can do more than fight the pre-bedtime hunger pangs. They also help you build more muscle while you sleep. The tryptophan in protein-rich foods like milk are beneficial for sleep. According to research which was recently published a slow-to-digest form of protein that keeps exercisers’ muscles fueled with amino acids, so they can build lean mass all night long. Also you could take cottage cheese, as it is very slow digesting and coats the stomach to be assimilated by the body over many hours. As a protein, it also stimulates glucagon release; a solid pre-bedtime choice. Just make sure you’re using plain cottage cheese, not the flavored varieties with added sugars. Milk is best consumed with carbohydrates because it makes the amino acid more readily available to your brain for absorption. You can also drink it with other foods that contain tryptophan to increase your chances of falling asleep faster. It would be much better if you had warm milk because it relaxes the senses. Examples of the best bedtime snacks you can pair with milk are banana Green Vegetables: While these aren’t considered a protein, they contain virtually no calories, are high in fiber, and they’re very filling. Often times when you get a late night craving, eat a big bowl of green veggies and it will completely kill your cravings. Its a perfect diet saviour. Oatmeal: Although oatmeal is admittedly a much better alternative to breakfast cereals. Apart from being low on fat, oatmeal is also packed with protein. If you’re feeling extra hungry, a bowl of oatmeal can fill you up without being hard on your digestion. You are also less likely to go hungry throughout the night if you consume oatmeal instead of ready-made oat-based breakfast cereals. In a recent study, researchers found that participants who ate oatmeal felt more satiated than those fed with breakfast cereals. Both groups received the same amount of calories. Tea: There are lots of delicious and natural teas you can enjoy before bedtime. They’ll help you burn more fat, provide vitamins your body needs, and all the while help you relax. A cup of tea barely has any calories in it that you can drink more than one serving before sleeping. It won’t be as tasty as a bowl of cereal or a lean turkey sandwich but it provides more weight loss benefits than other bedtime snacks. Depending on the type of tea of you consume, you can enjoy fewer calories and different ways of losing weight. Green tea and oolong tea are recommended to shed off excess pounds. Both have been credited to encourage weight loss in several studies. And the most important of all get a good night's sleep to boost the chances of you losing weight. During the night your lymphatic system performs the important task of detoxifying your body. If it didn’t do this, you’d retain harmful elements that cause inflammation and prevent you from losing weight the healthy way. To get better sleep, it’s always best to sleep in cooler temperatures. When those limits are exceeded, you don’t sleep as well. And remember to stop using any electronic devices like your laptop or cell phone at least two hours before going to bed. That helps relax your brain waves. Choose a good book instead, and wrap up in blankets to keep warm.     ...Divya

How to Reduce Cholesterol in the Indian Diet

  How to Reduce Cholesterol in the Indian Diet     It is also time to change the habits of everyone in the house and teach the younger generation about eating healthy. Foods to restrict, avoid Rich pastries, doughnuts, croissant, deep fried snacks and sweets, cream, butter, ghee, mayonnaise, shrimps, liver, sausages, hamburgers, red meats, full cream milk and yogurt, kheer, condensed milk, evaporated milk, all full fat cheeses, fast foods, coconut oil, palm oil, Restrict use of coconut milk, dessicated or fresh coconut. Foods allowed * All kinds of vegetables, in any amount. * All kinds of lentils. They contain good amount of protein but no saturated fat. * Whole eggs 3 times a week and one at a time. * Choose chicken (skinned), and all kinds of fish prepared in any way but not deep fried.. * Fat free milk and yogurt and low fat cheeses * Fruits at least 3 in a day. Eat any citrus fruit when you feel the need for a sweet. * Use sesame, mustard, olive, sunflower, soyabean, oil in cooking. * Not more than 2 cups coffee per day. How to cut down fat and cholesterol in the cooking · First of all change the daily menu and opt for foods that need lesser oil, lesser coconut products and no frying. · Use oats to thicken soups as they do in the MiddleEast. · Instead of cream or coconut milk, use ground paste of nuts or skim milk. Or even a little low fat paneer ground to a paste makes the dish both tasty and healthy. · If you insist on using eggs, use one whole egg and the other only the egg white. Even in baking you may do so without affecting the texture of the baked product. · You can cut down on 30 % of the given fat in a recipe and still get a good tasty dish. · De-skin poultry and remove all visible fat before cooking. If you need to cook red meat, then cook in sufficient water, chill and skim the fat layer that forms on top. Then continue with the preparation.

Foods to Boost Your Mood

  Foods to Boost Your Mood         Nuts: Dry fruits or nuts as we call them are all high in magnesium, which plays a major role in converting sugar into energy, and are also filled with fiber to keep your blood sugar levels even. Keep a bag of nuts like almonds, cashews and hazelnuts at your desk and just a handful will give you longer lasting energy than a cup of coffee ever will.   Dark Chocolate: Eat a square or two of dark chocolate energizes the body by providing an excellent source of iron and magnesium. Dark chocolate can improve cognitive function, it can prevent Alzheimer and dementia and it can also boost your mood in a matter of minutes. The darker the chocolate you consume, the better! Dark chocolate slows down the production of stress hormone, and the anxiety levels automatically decrease, moreover, chocolate also makes the brain release endorphins and also boosts the serotonin levels. This creates a feeling of well-being that lasts for several hours.     Green Tea/ Ginger Tea: A large review of studies conducted by researchers world over found that drinking three cups of tea daily was associated with a positive attitude. Also a report recently showed that study participants who sipped four or more cups of green tea daily reported having a more positive mood. Green tea has been used for thousands of years due to its numerous benefits. Just like berries, green tea is also very rich in antioxidants, amino acids and L-theanine, known for reducing stress and anxiety while improving the mood. If consumed on a regular basis, green tea can give a feeling of overall well-being.   Fish: Salmon is a great source of the energy-boosting goodness that is essential omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for energy production, brain activity and circulation. Just a gram of fish oil each day and noticed a 50 percent decrease in symptoms such as anxiety, sleep disorders, unexplained feelings of sadness, suicidal thoughts.     Milk: Milk contains proteins high in tryptophan, which is a building block in the bloodstream for serotonin in the brain. It’s a source of carbohydrates and vitamin D (low levels have been associated with depression), which is required for the production of serotonin. Milk is also a source of calcium, which has been shown to reduce anxiety.   Banana: Bananas contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals, as well as tryptophan which is known for raising serotonin levels. All the compounds found in bananas are mood-boosting, and vitamin B6 converts tryptophan into serotonin, the mood-lifting hormone. Bananas are one of the world’s best foods for supplying your body with energy. Rich in potassium and B vitamins, they can provide your body with a more sustained release of energy. The supply of vitamins and carbohydrates in bananas make you feel full, help slow down digestion and keep blood sugar levels stable.   ..Divya

Cinnamon and Honey have Some Unbelievable Benefits!

    Cinnamon and Honey have Some Unbelievable Benefits!     There are a number of health benefits of honey and cinnamon which include a strong immune system, digestive system, healthy heart, bones, skin, teeth, and hair, weight loss, itching, and arthritis. Honey comes with a number of health benefits when consumed individually, and when consumed in combination with a number of food items, the most useful combinations are formed with cinnamon, ginger, and milk. Both honey and cinnamon are individually used for dental care. A mixture prepared from the two is also useful in dental care, particularly in removing bad breath and toothache.   Honey and cinnamon can help bring down high blood pressure numbers when used consistently. Since high blood pressure is a precursor to serious heart problems, it’s important to keep your blood pressure at healthy levels. Honey has been shown to help prevent blood pressure from getting to high levels. Cinnamon has been shown to actually lower blood pressure when it has reached higher than desired levels. The combination of the two means you’re getting both preventive and immediate help for high blood pressure.   This mixture has been found to manage the pain caused by arthritis. Research also shows that a lot of people said that it has provided them a relief from the pain they have had for years. You should consume this mixture of 1 Cup of hot water 2 Teaspoons of honey 1 Teaspoon of cinnamon daily both in the morning and evening as well. It could be the anti-inflammatory properties of each item that cuts down their pain.   Many people have found that taking the mixture of honey and cinnamon can build up your vitality in about a week. The honey will give you a nice little boost without raising your blood sugar levels and you won’t have to worry about a jittery feeling like you would get from coffee. Use 1/2 Tablespoon of honey, a glass of water, a little bit of cinnamon sprinkled on the top. Just keep a container of this aromatic spice and a jar of organic honey at work and you can sip on a nice cup of tea in the afternoon. You’ll definitely feel refreshed.   One of the most intriguing benefits of using honey and cinnamon is the potential to ward off cancer with them. Research on a mixture of both is largely nonexistent, but studies have been done on the individual ingredients and the results are promising. Cinnamon alone has been touted as an anti-cancer spice, and honey has also gotten its fair share of attention as being helpful in fighting off cancer. When the two are mixed together you are getting the benefit of both at the same time, doubling the potency. It’s important to remember that these sort of results don’t appear overnight or from a one-time use. You’ll need to use this every day in order to reap the long-term benefits.   ..Divya

Benefits of not skipping breakfast

    Benefits of not skipping breakfast   A lot of us are tired of hearing the advice that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But a lot of us tend to ignore it. In a recent study it was concluded that about 18 percent of males and 13 percent of females between the ages of 35 and 54 tend to skip their breakfast regularly. Here we bring you some health benefits of eating breakfast on time and regularly too.   Aids Weight Loss: In one recent study, people who ate breakfast as their largest meal lost an average of 8 kgs over three months. The other participants consumed the same number of total calories per day, but ate most of their calories at dinner. The large-dinner group only lost an average of 3 Kgs each over the same time period.   Boosts your energy: Consuming a breakfast high in fiber and low in carbohydrates will make you feel less tired during the day. When your breakfast consists of items like whole-grain breads and cereals which should provide at least four grams of fiber per serving you're fueling your body for the entire morning. If you are a high caffeine user, consider getting a protein into your body at breakfast, so that your caffeine has something to bind with for maximum energy.   Helps Burn Calories:  Whether you're on a strict diet or not, breakfast is a great way to help burn those unwanted calories. By eating smaller meals throughout the day, you're increasing your body's metabolism. In fact, research shows that those who frequently ate breakfast cereal both refined grain or the whole-grain types consistently weighed less than those who rarely or never ate breakfast cereal.   Good for diabetes and heart ailments and also for overall health:  According to a recent study skipping breakfast may increase a woman's diabetes risk. Women who ate breakfast an average of zero to six times per week were at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than women who ate breakfast every day. Also eating breakfast was associated with a lower incidence of heart disease in people between ages 45 and 82. The study also found that skipping breakfast was associated with hypertension, insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar levels.   Increases Memory and aids better concentration levels:  In a recent study it was found that middle-school students who ate breakfast every day had better attention, concentration, memory, and school achievement than those who consumed breakfast only sometimes or never did. That means eating breakfast is likely to improve cognitive function related to memory and test grades. During sleep, the main source of the brain's energy, glucose, decreases, hence the help from breakfast. In another study it was found that eating breakfast, such as oatmeal, improved the spatial and short-term memories of elementary school children. While these studies looked at children and teenagers respectively, it's believed that eating breakfast can improve short-term memory in adults as well.   ...Divya

8 Superfoods that help in better workout!

    8 Superfoods that help in better workout!     It is very important to be energetic before you hit the gym or do any form of an exercise for your body. It is not advisable to do exercise on an empty stomach , positive impact on your performance and results. So here we get you some yummy, healthy and energy boosting superfoods that are a healthy snack which you should try next time you’re heading for your workout.     Oats:  Oats are packed with fiber, which facilitates a steady release of carbohydrates into your bloodstream, and therefore a steady energy supply throughout your workout. Oats are one of the best examples of food that release carbohydrates gradually and hence makes it one of the best food to be taken ahead of an intense workout. They’re also packed with fibre and vitamins. A cup of oats 30 minutes before a gym session is ideal.     Banana:  Banana is one of the most perfect pre workout foods as they are full of complex carbs, minerals such as potassium and finer. They are great providing a great energy boost for the body before workout. Bananas are filled with fast acting carbohydrates that keep energy levels up during a gym session.     Chia Seeds:  Chia seeds are truly super foods as are loaded with omega-3 fats for sustained energy, protein, and antioxidants. Ancient Aztec and Incan warriors ate chia for strength and stamina during battle. Having chia a few hours before a long, intense workout can help provide fat for fuel after the carbs burn off. You can even have them during sustained activity such as hiking or bicycling to really amp up your energy levels.     Wholegrain bread:  Wholegrain bread is one of the most flexible workout foods so it is always worth having some at home. A great source of carbs, wholegrain bread goes with lots of other excellent energy foods such as hard boiled eggs or slices of chicken or avocado.     Quinoa:  If you workout later in the day, eating some quinoa at lunch can provide you with carbs and protein for energy and muscle repair. It’s a fantastic energy food. Eat this superfood a few hours before you workout.     Caffeine:  Caffeine is one of the most tried-and-tested ways to boost energy. A strong coffee or an energy drink before a workout will give you a great boost. Studies have also shown caffeine has a positive impact on workouts for people who enjoy regular exercise sessions. It is also said to have increased the rate of fat-burn in people who regularly consume it before workout.     Dry Fruits:  Eating nuts and seeds at dinner can give you energy for evening workouts because they cover all of your macronutrient bases,containing carbs, protein, and fat. Eating a few nuts and seeds during sustained exercise can also provide a boost of energy to keep you going during endurance activities.     Egg whites:  Egg whites are your perfect go to workout food. Though the egg whites are really good for an intake before the workout, make sure you avoid the egg yolks as they can make you feel bloated at the gym. A single egg white contains about four grams of protein, so try making a quick egg white omelette before you hit the gym, as it’s one of the best healthy gym snacks you can have. ..Divya

This is how too much sweet affects your child's behaviour

    This is how too much sweet affects your child's behaviour     It is a common practice in almost every household to make our children feast on chocolates irrespective of when they are happy or sad. Chocolates and sweets do the trick for parents when it comes to making kids do something that the parents want them to do. But what a lot of them don't realise is sugar and other carbohydrate intake can dramatically impact children’s behavior, particularly their activity levels.   Scientists and researchers alike have for long suspected that consuming large amounts of sugars may lead to childhood health problems. Research suggests that there are many negative effects associated with children consuming diets heavy in sugars which mainly includes hyperactivity and obesity..   In a recently conducted survey, it was revealed that that sugar consumption contributes to the aggravation of the symptoms of ADHD, including hyperactivity, aggression and destructive behaviour. Also the research saw children being more calmer when there is less intake of sugars.   Apart from hyperactivity, excess consumption of sugar also leads to obesity and Malnutrition in kids. Researchers also found that children who consumed more sugar and sweetened beverages had the highest probability of being obese. This is because sugar and sweetened beverages are absorbed quickly in the bloodstream, causing an increase in blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels are high, any calories provided by these sugars that are not used right away are then stored for later use as fat.   It is observed that many children who consume excessive amounts of sugar are overweight, but the reality is they may still be malnourished. The weight of the child does not always convey if he is well nourished. This is because foods high in sugars provide empty calories. Empty calories are calories that provide little to no nutritional value.   Children who fill up on empty calories are likely to miss essential nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, that would be provided by a nutrient-dense meal. This may lead to malnutrition and nutrient deficiencies.   Another recent research by scientist supports the idea that a breakfast with a lower sugar load may improve short-term memory and also the attention span of children at school. Giving your child a breakfast which contains finer , such as oatmeal, whole-grain bread, etc, instead of loads of refined sugar will keep adrenaline levels more constant and make the school day a more productive and happier experience. So the next time you have to pack the lunch box for your child make sure you include delicacies with good fibre content in it which will take their day and surely yours more delightful.   ..Divya

Good food to avoid heart burn

Good food to avoid Heartburn Heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. Heartburn is a digestive problem that occurs when stomach acid comes into contact with the lining of the esophagus, causing irritation.But the risk factor is something that increases your chances of getting a disease or condition. The same is true with heartburn. Some of the risk factors for heartburn may be beyond our control, such as another medical condition. Other factors, such as certain lifestyle habits, can be modified to help reduce the occurrence of heartburn symptoms. Majority of heartburn symptoms are food related. If you’re the type who couldn’t care less if you are eating salty foods, oily foods, spicy foods, nutty foods, fatty foods, “feel good” foods, and all other assortment of foods that can trigger disorders in your body, then you’re a candidate for heartburn. If you continue to be mindless of what’s going on inside your digestive system, you will soon feel its unpleasant effects.  Symptoms of heart burn: A burning feeling in the chest just behind the breastbone that occurs after eating and lasts a few minutes to several hours. Chest pain, especially after bending over, lying down or eating. Burning in the throat -- or hot, sour, acidic or salty-tasting fluid at the back of the throat. Difficulty swallowing. Feeling of food "sticking" in the middle of the chest or throat. Heartburn may cause chronic cough, sore throat, or chronic hoarseness.   Causes of heart burn Oranges, grapefruits and orange juice are classic heartburn foods. They are likely to cause heartburn, especially when consumed on an otherwise empty stomach. Pepper, Mexican food, chili, and any other food that is loaded with pepper or other spices can trigger heartburn, If these spicy food triggers your heartburn, avoid it. Then slowly reintroduce milder versions of whatever you like, Alcohol also makes the esophagus more sensitive to stomach acid. Good foods to avoid heart burn Fruits: Bananas, Fresh or Dried Apples Vegetables: Broccoli, Cabbage, and Carrots Meats: Lean Ground Beef, Skinless chicken breasts Dairy: Fat free cream cheese, Feta or goat cheese Grains: Corn bread, Multi-grain or white bread, Bran Beverages: Mineral water Home remedies to avoid heart burn   Regular practice of in taking one to two glass of water, In early morning is healthy habit and helpful in acidity control. Tulsi ( Holy basil ) plays an important role in controlling acidity. Consuming few leaves of tulsi leaves anytime gives relief from acidity and is one of the useful home remedies for acidity. Natural and effective dosages for acidity control are: take one table spoon amla with one table spoon haritaki (chebulic myroblan) Take two tablespoon honey with two tablespoon natural cidar vinegar before meal. Mint juice containing peppermint oil are god herbal remedy for treating heart burn. It is recommended to be taken after meal, it reduces gas formation. This is one of the useful home remedies for acidity. Intake cold milk, coconut water, almonds or raw garlic, all these give you relief from acidity and heartburn. Intake Jaggery on hourly basis will give you relief from acidity. Half glass butter milk one table spoon of coriander juice is effective in case of stomach burns, indigestion, and acidity. This is one of the best home remedies for acidity. 

Healthy food for Digestive System

Healthy food for Digestive System Digestion is the mechanical and chemical breakdown of food into smaller components that are more easily absorbed into a blood stream, for instance. Digestion is a form of catabolism: a breakdown of large food molecules to smaller ones. The digestive system is very important for the maintenance of health. The digestive system processes everything we eat and drink to supply the body with the energy and material that it needs to function, build and maintain itself. It comprises the digestive tract from the mouth through the stomach, small and large intestines, to the anus. There are many areas in the digestive process where things can go wrong. Below we have addressed : * Crohn's disease, * irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), * hemorrhoids (piles), * indigestion, and * diarrhea. We can reduce the risks of developing a range of Digestive System Disorders, and add many more years of healthy, active time to their life span, by eating a healthy, high fiber diet including lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, while avoiding processed foods, fast foods, and foods that are high in salt, sugar, and fat. you may benefit from including one or more of the following foods in your diet - all of them are rich in nutrients that are particularly important to the health of your digestive system. Ginger Ginger is often used to settle an upset stomach or treat severe stomach ailments such as dyspepsa or colic. It is frequently used today in developing countries to treat diarhea. Ginger contains special enzymes responsible for catalyzing the proteins in your food, thus aiding in digestion and the prevention of craps. Foods rich in fiber Your body needs fiber. Once the missing fiber in the diet, you are prone to constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heart disease and some cancers. Foods rich in fiber and filter to keep food in the digestive system to extract energy and nutrients, wastes also pushed back out. Please add to your daily diet you all kinds of vegetables, fiber from whole grains, whole grain products, fruits, vegetables, beans, peas, lentils … Water   Drinking water between your meals cleans the stomach of the small trapped food pieces and gives it a rest so it can stop producing acids. Water also helps to clean the digestive tract of small pieces of food. Enzymes, water, and good bacteria all work together to maintain optimum digestion, nutrient absorption and health. Avocados Avocados are one of the best foods you can eat for digestive health. Avocados work to stimulate the healthy functioning of your digestive organs, including your pancreas, gallbladder, liver and intestinal tract. Oats Not only do whole oats contain plenty of soluble- fibre, they also provide significant amounts of selenium, thiamin, phosphorus, and manganese, and smaller amounts of copper, folate, vitamin E, and zinc. If you have to choose between rolled oats and quick oats, choose the rolled variety. Rolled oats are made with a steaming process that doesn't destroy many nutrients, while quick oats are made with dehydrating and pre-cooking processes, which typically leave oats extremely nutrient-depleted. Cod liver oil Cold liver oil provides plenty of natural vitamin A, It also provides natural vitamin D, which we know is an extremely powerful immune system modulator, with research indicating that vitamin D may be critically important in preventing the development of autoimmune conditions, including those of the GI tract.  If you want to build and maintain a healthy digestive tract for the long term, you really have to take a holistic approach and address several areas of your life: your food choices, eating habits, exercise habits, resting habits, and emotional health.

Why Am I Not Able To Lose Weight ??

    Why Am I Not Able To Lose Weight ??   This has been a tough question to be answered. For those of you who feel nothing can make them lose weight ," dieting , gym, yoga..nothing can help them reach near their target weight" - scientists think they might have found a reason why. A new study has identified a protein that locks excess fat in our bodies, preventing it from being burned off easily. And while its irritating to know that our bodies are fighting against our attempts to lose weight, the discovery could help to explain why overweight people find it so difficult to shed the additional pounds. Researchers from the University of Cambridge in the UK focused on a protein  They found that mice without this gene that codes for this protein burned off excess weight significantly faster than those that had it. It appears that the more excess fat these animals had, the harder the  protein worked, in a kind of self-preservation mechanism. So why would our bodies be fighting against our attempts to lose weight? Human bodies store fat in two forms: white adipose and brown adipose tissue. White adipose fat is 'regular' fat that's burned to give us energy when needed. Brown adipose fat, on the other hand - which babies have an abundance of - is solely used to keep us warm, and this gene's job is to make sure it isn't 'wasted' on any other kind of pursuit (like powering a lengthy session on the treadmill or workout). When investigating this gene in human subjects, they found a correlation between body mass and levels of the protein. "Our discovery may help explain why overweight individuals find it incredibly hard to lose weight," said the researcher . "Their stored fat is actively fighting against their efforts to burn it off at the molecular level." Knowing this, the researchers say they could manipulate this protein to find potential treatments for both obesity and eating disorders in the future. Thermogenesis - the production of heat by the human body - has become an area of growing interest for scientists tackling problems related to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, but until now, very few molecules had been identified that can decrease thermogenesis. "We have found an important mechanism that could be targeted not just to help increase people's ability to burn fat, but also help people with conditions where saving energy is important, such as anorexia nervosa," said some researchers The researchers admit that a drug to combat or fight obesity is still some way off, but their findings could be used to inform the development of future treatments. The study has been published in Nature Communications.So guys and girls, pep yourself up to keep up your workout regime,and wait for the medication to fight this protein gene. Keep Healthy!!! _PUSHPA

Pulling the socks up

    Pulling the socks up   Winter is a season where in we want to tuck ourseleves in the bed for more time,and be warm...We don't feel like doing anything in the morning times. But time will stop for none,neither your responsibilities . Cooking meals, Packing boxes and getting ready for the day will never stop unless and until you are on a holiday or you are a man..Women are the only ones who have this problem in Indian scenario. So in these dull winter mornings for any women going for a workout or a walk will virtually be out of their routine. And we have N number of reasons tell, "i will catch cold, have sinus,body is paining,etc.".But where will the calories go, of the hot samosas,mirchi bajji and hot masala things u ate the whole day?of the hot teas u drank every hour?.The the lethargy you show in these winter days will allow the calories to sit quietly in our body and enhance the fat tissues,thats why we feel we are more heavier in winter when compared to any other season. Now what can we do to pull ourselves out of that warm blanket and flush out those calories from our body?? * Make an attempt sleep early,as early as possible, because sleep deprivation will never allow you to get out of the bed on a winter morning. * Try and eat less oil/fats as far as possible, so that even if you are not working out some days fat deposites won't me much * Cheat for some days ,pamper your body with ample fats ,but with a sincere promise to your own self to shed the fat soon(This will give u guilty free enjoyment) * Tell yourself that you are doing work out for your own good,not to show off, so that you won't cheat the mins of work out * Lastly ...Never torture your body with heavy work out,even for a day. Go slow. If you try to compensate a missing day of workout  on the next work out session...your body will totally give up, and you will remain a loser at the end of the day.. Keep rocking,love your body in what ever shape n size it is, love your work outs....Be healthy!! - Pushpa Bhaskar

No Overdose Please

  No Overdose Please In this competitive world, peer pressure and social pressures are pushing people in to problems. One among them is, over doing workouts just to reach a zero size body. But have you ever thought about the repercussions this over exercise has? Every body in this planet is unique and responds differently to different workouts. “When you aim to own certain size and shape and do too much of work outs without listening to your body or not knowing the characteristics of your body, then the results will bring more complications than ever” say experts. You might end up with physiological, psychological or hormonal imbalances which are too dangerous. Before starting any work out plan, consulting your family doctor is must. Especially for women, if you had deliveries and surgeries then you have to take advise from your gynaecologist on your wait loss or gain. Then they will tell you the figure you have to arrive based on your age, medical background. But never ever jump in to conclusion and play with your body by undergoing too much of workout regime unless doctor prescribes the same. Avoid too much work out: When you are working out in a gym having no expert around or having no knowledge on how to use and how much to use the machines then it might cause injuries to you. So avoid too much workout than the required dose. Listen to your body: When the exercises you are doing cross the normal limit then body will surely give you an alarm. Be open to receive the same. You body is your best friend and tells you what is good for you and what is not. Catch the signals and stop there when your body is saying you are already overburdened. Address health issues: When doing regular work outs and proper exercise can bring back your health, it can even destroy more if you cross the limit and do excessive workout. so make sure that your exercises are always as advised by your trainer / expert. ....Bhavana

Bring Out The Best Ganesh Chaturthi Special

  Bring Out The Best (Ganesh Chaturthi Special)   Ganesh chaturthi festival starts with installation of Ganesh idols at homes, Markets, Residential Societies and shopping complexes. Theses celebrations will continue for 9 days and also 11 days in few cities. This is a community festival celebrated by groups of people at a large scale. This is a big event, combined with many cultural programmes and discourses are being given during this festival season. When a community is a coming forward and celebrating, that will help the whole group to learn new things and help us to have fun too Ganesh Chaturthi helps us to make friends and know about people who stay in our society. Mingling with new people , talking to them, extending support to each other enhances our interpersonal skills. These celebrations are meant for jollification of every individual. You can actively take part in the events and take this opportunity to showcase your talent. If you are staying in a Society, which is a multi lingual community you will get to know different cultures of the country just by participating in this festival. People of different States celebrate this festival differently. This is also an example of “Unity in Diversity” of our country. On this auspicious occasion, one can keep aside their busy work schedules and can park their personal tensions outside and have fun with family and friends. Meeting with people, taking active participation in such events can rejuvenate you. They also bring out the leadership qualities in people and make you stand out in the crowd. On this Ganesh Chaturthi, lets all bring the best out of us.. Get Set Go.... .....Bhavana

Magnificent Mushrooms

  Magnificent Mushrooms Mushrooms are not so invited by many of us onto the dinner table...due to their smell or the shape or the general feeling that they grow in an unhygienic environment...but that is not the truth. Mushrooms have rich vitamins and minerals and offer nutrition to human bodies in various ways. There are various recipes to make you start loving mushrooms for good. Mushrooms are amazing vitamin D carriers. They have also been used for centuries in The Far East to treat Arthritis, Allergies, others serious ailments and Bronchitis too. Mushrooms can boost ones immune system, many University studies have published journals on this matter too. One Mushroom type called KOMBUCHA is popular worldwide for its anti-aging effects while improving skin tone and reducing wrinkles. REISHI mushrooms have similar properties such as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Selenium is a trace mineral in these mushrooms that serves as an important antioxidant with excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. SHITAKE mushrooms can fight cancer cells in humans as well as mice. Even this variety contains Selenium, studies have shown that it might play a role inpreventing cancer, although more research is necessary. Selenium plays an important role in regulating Thyroid function. Rich in protein, lipids, vitamins and amino acids, Shitakes present tangible benefits for our skin through their anti-inflammatory features, and enhance immune system. Mushrooms are not just a topping option for Pizzas or for picking off from Salads to trash away....these seem to beas valuabel as gold for Prathyusha Talluri