In our previous blog post, we discussed about some tips to stay healthy during pregnancy. While following healthy habits is important, it is equally important to understand nutritional needs of your body and ensure that you get adequate nutrition. In this blog post we’ll have a look at some important nutrients needed by your body.
Certain nutrients gain more importance during pregnancy because of the specific physiological changes taking place. There is expansion of blood volume, increase in heart rate and growth of placenta. In addition to the macronutrients such as carbohydrate, proteins and fat, one has to pay attention to certain vitamins and minerals. Iron, folic acid and calcium are three vital nutrients that are often found to be lacking in our body and need to be supplemented during pregnancy right from the beginning. Read More »
There are no statistics reporting as to how many women in India are pregnant at a given point of time, but I am sure the number is really huge. Pregnancy is considered as just another phase of the life cycle in women but actually it is THE MOST IMPORTANT PHASE because it not only marks the arrival of a new human being but is also a rebirth for the mother. The health and well being of both is very crucial since their survival depends on each other.
Most women are very receptive to changes in diet and lifestyle during pregnancy as every mother wants a HEALTHY BABY. So no matter what they have been doing all this while, they want to build a healthy foundation for a normal healthy infant. Unfortunately, the much needed focus on nutrition during this phase is lacking with Doctors hardly acknowledging the need for a structured and specific diet regimen. Except that they mostly monitor weight closely but don’t tell the mothers the right way to gain or lose to achieve the ideal. Read More »
Obesity is one of the most common lifestyle diseases globally. More often than not, it is caused by a lifestyle that has too little activity and/ or too much (often unhealthy and junk) food. BMI (Body Mass Index) is one of the common indicators to check if you are obese. Apart from BMI, your waist size is another significant indicator to determine if you are overweight or obese.
Obesity may give rise to several other health complications like diabetes, hypertension or even a stroke or heart attack. Here are some tips you can follow to avoid becoming obese or even overweight. It’s better than to get started NOW rather than waiting for your weight (and hence BMI) to shoot up before starting!Read More »
We fervently scan the supermarket shelves to splurge on the latest healthful and nutritious product but are caught off-guard by the complicated yet fascinating cliches leaving us more anxious and perplexed about having made a wise decision in the name of “Health Food”. But are these health food really healthy? Or are they just a faux pas?
Let us attempt to decipher some of these jargons to facilitate informed nutritious choices for the future.Read More »
In our earlier blog post – Why do we crave for sweets after meal? we discussed about reasons for our sweet craving. While giving in to the craving and consuming artificial sweetener laden food might not be a good idea, we can consume some naturally sweet food, which do not contain artificial sweeteners, but can also satisfy your sweet cravings.
Here are some naturally sweet yet nutritious food.Read More »
Indians have a genetic susceptibility to be heavier especially at the abdomen. Americans and other Western counterparts have a different body structure and stature. the reference range for ideal body weight with reference to height for them and Indians vary widely and cannot be common.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is one of the most common indicators to check if you are obese. It is a measure of our weight relative to our height and waist circumference measure abdominal fat deposition.Asian Indians with a tendency to have higher fat mass distributed around the waist and greater risk of cardiovascular diseases have a lower cutoff for BMI and waist circumference. Read More »
Often we tend to indulge in ice-creams, mithais, custards, or simply chocolates even after a wholesome meal. Eating desserts has been associated with celebration and rewards since childhood, hence very often we find happiness and solace in consuming sweets. However, these sweet cravings ruin all our efforts to lose weight and leave us with a guilty feeling. But there is indeed a physiological reasoning behind this association.
Consuming sweet foods gives us happiness because they increase the serotonin levels. Serotonin is a chemical released by the brain which controls food intake, especially carbohydrates and high serotonin levels gives a feeling of “high” or uplifts our mood. Low serotonin levels occurring due to stress or depression are often a trigger for consuming carbohydrate –rich foods.
Why do most of us crave for sweets soon after meals?
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