Why tea and biscuit first thing in the morning is not right

Nothing should come in the way of the romance brewing between an Indian and their morning cuppa of tea.Talk adversely about the morning tea and most Indians get seriously offended. How can one imagine mornings without a chai? Tea-drinkers are so addicted to it that unless they get a satisfactory dose, they are irritable and…

Choose coconut oil for all seasons… for all the healthy reasons

In most parts of India, coconut oil is mostly considered as a hair oil and people are apprehensive about its use in daily cooking. Also, it has earned a bad reputation because it contains up to 90% saturated fats. However, recently  coconut oil has come in the limelight for its vast benefits on heart health….

How to manage elevated triglycerides

Indian population with predisposition to fat deposit in the abdominal area is more prone to high triglycerides than cholesterol. High waist circumference is a clear indication of high fat percentage in the body and an elevated triglyceride is a direct test to confirm the same. Although triglycerides is an important test within the lipid profile…

Fatty liver resulting from excess fat!

Obesity is accompanied by several co-morbidities due to accumulation of excess fatty tissue. This fat can even form a layer/coating on the liver impairing its functioning and gradually causing destruction of cells often termed as fatty liver of the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).  In India, 9-32% of the general population is known to have…

Make good use of the radish greens

The greens often kept intact to maintain freshness of the vegetables are not to be discarded since they may be packed with more nutrients that the vegetable itself. Such is the case with Radish leaves which can add loads of antioxidants and fiber to the meal along with a peculiar pungent taste liked by many.

Utilizing the waste to the fullest- wheat bran

In continuation with our post on best out of waste, we present to you – Wheat bran! Wheat is the second highest consumed grain in India after rice. The bran fraction of wheat is rich in fiber, minerals, vitamin B6, thiamine, folic acid and vitamin E and some phytochemicals. These multiple nutrients are available only…

One of the best oils made from waste – Rice bran Oil !

Often thrown away as waste product of milling, bran is the part of cereal grain which is particularly rich in dietary fiber, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Especially, the essential fatty acids or oil present in the bran layer of rice is being touted as one of the  most superior oils with ideal ratios of fatty…

Decoding lipids – The good, bad and ugly

The lipid profile throws some numbers and jargon at you that are often confusing. The total cholesterol is still understandable but we often think what is LDL and HDL. LDL cholesterol is the bad cholesterol or simply the one that clogs the arteries supplying oxygen to vital organs causing heart diseases and stroke while the…

Getting rid of excess Creatinine

Creatinine is a waste product of metabolism that needs to be thrown out of the body. But when kidneys are not functioning properly it does not get eliminated and starts to accumulate in blood. Typically individuals experience fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, confusion, swelling in the feet, etc. These symptoms when observed in individuals with long-standing…

Risks of high Uric Acid levels in blood

Initially high uric acid was seen in urban population especially non-vegetarians with high intakes of red meat , crustaceans and alcohol. But, lately hyperuricemia is affecting all groups of people including rural, young and vegetarians. This is a major concern lately because it is seen in most overweight individuals both , young and old. Recent…

Need to address an elevated fasting blood sugar

Imagine that despite not having eaten anything for almost 8 hours, your blood sugar can still be elevated! You may wonder, how is that possible? There are several mechanisms at play here. For a lay person, it is just important to remember that the carefully designed body has its own systems in place to adjust…

Overactive thyroid gland leads to overactive metabolism

Contrary to hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism may cause sudden weight loss, sweating , irritability and irregular heartbeat. In case of hyperthyroidism there is increased metabolism, hyperactivity of the heart rhythm, and extreme restlessness and anxiety .