What’s your new year resolution for 2016?

health resolution - new year 2016 resolution

Every New Year ushers in hopes for newer opportunities, happiness and success. On the New Year’s Eve, most of us do set some resolutions or list of things to do in the coming year. Often, these are forgotten the very next day but somehow our brain subconsciously registers them. The best way to make sure we fulfill our New Year resolutions is to write them down and declare it in front of family members and well-wishers!
Good health is pivotal to enjoying life to the fullest. So New Year resolutions frequently involve health-related commitments. Here is our take on some of the popular new year resolutions!

Which of these resolutions is there in your list?Read More »

Emotional eating – Are you a moody foodie?

emotional eating - is your eating habits driven by emotions

Are you a moody foodie?

Emotional eating is related to unreasonable and excessive consumption of energy dense foods (“comfort” or junk foods) in the absence of hunger. ‘Hunger’ is defined as the physiological (bodily) need to initiate food consumption while ‘appetite’ is the psychological urge to consume a specific type of food. Experts estimate that emotions are responsible for upto 75% of overeating!Read More »

High on alcohol or high on life – Choice is yours!

Downside of alcohol consumption

In a survey conducted by the Social Development Foundation of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) amongst 2000 teenagers (15-19 years old) in cities like Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Indore, Patna, Pune, Delhi, Chandigarh and Dehradun, it was noted that liquor consumption was most prevalent in Delhi and Mumbai followed by Chandigarh and Hyderabad. The reason cited for initiating alcohol intake was mainly peer pressure and also absent parents, easy money, and rising stress and depression.

In today’s fast-paced lifestyle with increased stress accompanied by loneliness, depression and the desire to ‘fit in’; more youngsters are resorting to alcohol as much as adults and elderly. Let us see what are the perils of “getting high” on this so called stress-busting beverage!Read More »

Prebiotics – Need to feed the friendly intestinal bacteria!!

sources of prebiotics

What are prebiotics?

Prebiotics are the group of foods that are not digested by our body and enter the large intestine as such where they are used by the good bacteria as source of energy. Scientists define them as “a selectively fermented ingredient that allows specific changes, both in the composition and/or activity in the gastrointestinal microflora, that confer benefits.”

Basically, the prebiotics form the food for probiotics or healthy bacteria in the intestine. The most common type of prebiotic is from the soluble dietary fibre inulin. Food sources providing inulin include:

What are the sources of prebiotics?

Vegetables:

  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Onion
  • Tomatoes

Grains:

  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Whole grains

Roots:

  • Chicory root
  • Dandelion root
  • Elecampane root

 

What are the health benefits of consuming prebiotics?

Consuming food sources containing prebiotics on daily basis can have the following beneficial effects on health.

  • Reduce the prevalence and duration of infectious and antibiotic-associated diarrhea;
  • Reduce the inflammation and symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease;
  • Exert protective effects to prevent colon cancer;
  • Enhance the bioavailability and uptake of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and possibly iron;
  • Lower some risk factors for cardiovascular disease; and
  • Promote satiety and weight loss and prevent obesity.

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5 lesser known benefits of drinking green tea

health benefits of green tea

Tea is one of the most common drinks in India. Cost wise it works out to be quite cheap, but activity wise it’s one of the richest source of powerful antioxidants due to the presence of different groups of Polyphenols. In contrast, in Western society the most popular beverage is coffee, but coffee does not present the versatile and potent health benefits at have been associated with green tea consumption.

While it has been around for long, green tea has, in recent times, gained prominence as a tea which provides several health benefits. Read More »

Health benefits of the elusive red dragon

Health benefits of red dragon fruit

Red pitaya is often known as the red dragon fruit (Hylocereus polyrhizus). Betacyanin is a pigment that is responsible for the red-purple color of the fruit. It has a mildly sweet taste and contains several health benefits. It  has been comprehensively researched for its antioxidant potential especially the polyphenols and betacyanin. 

Here are some interesting facts about red pitaya!Read More »