Sports drink during workouts


Sports drink during workouts

A sports drink beverage is designed to help athletes rehydrate when fluids are depleted after training or competition.

Electrolyte replacement promotes proper rehydration, which is important in delaying the onset of fatigue during exercise.

As the primary fuel utilized by exercising muscle, carbohydrates are important in maintaining exercise and sport performance.

Desirable Composition of Sports Beverages: Continue reading “Sports drink during workouts”

Food you should eat before a workout

Food you should eat before a workout

Pre workout meals / snacks

As we start to get regular with our exercise regimen, we need to gradually plan snacks/ meals to be consumed before and after exercise

What we eat before the exercise is important since we need to have enough energy to sustain the exercise at the level we intend to achieve. Now one may ask, why eat again while we actually want to mobilize the existing excess food stores. Well, there are 2 caveats to this:

Firstly, it’s not advisable to start exercise on an empty stomach. For example  early in the morning because there is a long gap between the last meal and subsequent one post exercise. Prolonged fasting period slows down the metabolism and we surely don’t want that. Continue reading “Food you should eat before a workout”

Indulge in mushroom healthily

healthy recipe involving mushroom

Mushroom (also known as dhingri or kukurmuta) is a fruity body of a fungus and is often used as a food source (not all types of mushrooms are edible). There are several types of mushrooms which serve as a low-calorie food.  White button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) is a strain of mushroom that constitutes 90% of mushrooms consumed in the U.S.

• The USDA reports that mushrooms contain high amounts of copper, which is needed to produce blood cells and maintain heart health.
• It also contains fair amounts of vitamins C, D and B; and the minerals selenium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and zinc.
• White button mushrooms improve immunity and may have anti-cancer effects.

Try out this healthy recipe involving mushrooms! Continue reading “Indulge in mushroom healthily”

Goodness of the Garden cress


Goodness of the Garden cressGarden cress seeds are called Halim in Hindi and Aliv in Marathi. It is commonly cultivated throughout the temperate regions of India and Pakistan. It has several health benefits associated with it.

Both the stems, seeds and leaves of garden cress are edible but only the stems and leaves can be eaten raw in salads or used for other culinary purposes. The seeds can be roasted or cooked before eating. Garden cress belongs to the cruciferous family and is related to mustard, pepperwort , pepper grass and watercress. Continue reading “Goodness of the Garden cress”

Is consuming egg yolk good for health?

In our earlier blog post we had a look at how eggs are a good source of nutrition.

Egg yolk has divided opinions. There are some people who consider it as something to be consumed as a part of the nutrition-rich egg, while there are others who consider it as a source of unhealthy fats, and think that it needs to be avoided.

The saturated fat content of eggs is about about 3 g/100 g and cholesterol content (about 200–300 mg/100 g. Owing to these two characteristics, during the past 40 years, the public had been warned against frequent egg consumption due to the high cholesterol content in eggs and the potential association with CVD (Cardiovascular diseases). This was based on the assumption that high dietary cholesterol consumption is associated with high blood cholesterol levels and CVD. Afterwards, subsequent research suggests that, in contrast to SFA and TFA, dietary cholesterol in general and cholesterol in eggs in particular have limited effects on the blood cholesterol level and on CVD. Continue reading “Is consuming egg yolk good for health?”

Health benefits of bitter gourd


health benefits of karela

Bitter gourd , also called Momordica charantia (MC) or bitter melon , is a member of the cucerbitaceae family, a perennial climber and is characterized by warty-fruit like gourds or cucumbers.

The white to green unripe fruit changes to yellow as the fruit ripens.The fruit has a characteristic bitter taste, which becomes more pronounced as the fruit ripens.

The plant thrives in tropical and subtropical regions, including:

  • South America
  • Asia
  • Parts of Africa
  • The Caribbean

Karela is a bitter melon with sweet consequences for health! What are the health benefits of consuming karela or bitter gourd? Continue reading “Health benefits of bitter gourd”

Make your macaroni more health-ilicious

Make your macaroni more health-ilicious

Say cheese and the next thing that comes to your mind is –Macaroni?!

Well, if you are an American then most definitely yes, since more than one million boxes of macaroni and cheese are sold there every day! It is less popular among Indians with other pasta varieties such as spaghetti, penne and fusilli being consumed more often.


While most of us do have fond childhood memories of digging into a dishful of steaming ‘macaroni and cheese’ at some point we fear piling on extra calories by binging on this cheesy delight. Let us see how we can enjoy an occasional indulgence in macaroni dishes by making it more healthy and nutritious.

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Diet during malaria

diet during malaria


South-east Asia contributes 2.5 million cases to the global burden of malaria. Of this, India alone contributed 76% of the total cases. Each year at least 2 million cases of malaria are reported in India. What is more worrisome is that half of these are caused by a severe and an often fatal strain called Plasmodium Falciparum (Pf).

Although the overall prevalence has declined in the past few years, some states like Orissa, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh still show large majority of malaria cases and some other states are at risk of epidemics. It was believed that malaria is more common amongst rural population due to poor hygiene, but the incidence of malaria is on the rise in India’s urban areas as well. Continue reading “Diet during malaria”

5 steps to make your food safer!


how to make your food safer

We often hear the cases of food poisoning and health issues which can be attributed to the food we consume. Many of them arise out of seemingly healthy food. Despite precautions there are often some gaps remaining which can cause several health issues.

How can you make your food safer?

Here are some steps!

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Should you go vegan today?

should you go vegan

A vegan diet appears to be useful for increasing the intake of protective nutrients and phytochemicals and for minimizing the intake of dietary factors implicated in several chronic diseases. A vegetarian diet is associated with many health benefits because of its higher content of fiber, folic acid, vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium, and many phytochemicals and a fat content that is more unsaturated.

Here are 7 reasons why you should go vegan today! Continue reading “Should you go vegan today?”