Yoga -to unite with your spiritual side!

International day of yoga or World Yoga day is celebrated on June 21st . In Sanskrit, the word yoga comes from the root yuj which means “to add”, “to join”, “to unite”, or “to attach”.

Can individuals with diabetes eat mangoes?

One food that lessens the heat and frustration of the summers is the delicious golden MANGO! While all of us eagerly await the arrival of this king of fruits, very few of us are able to enjoy it guilt free, especially people who are overweight or those with diabetes. But, we have some good news…

Therapeutic benefits of cinnamon

Cinnamon is an expensive spice used in selected Indian households mostly as a seasoning for pulaos, curries, soups and certain desserts. However, its use as a medicinal by ancient Egyptians shows that it has wider applications for

Every diabetic needs foot exam

In individuals with diabetes, the average risk of foot ulcer development is 15%. Several factors such as walking barefoot at home/outside, inadequate education and care by healthcare providers and poor affordability are main causes for increased risk of foot ulcers. Unfortunately, cases are identified only in advanced stages when amputation becomes necessary leading to

Take charge of your diabetes with frequent self- checks

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you ought to be prepared to test blood sugars at home using a suitable glucometer. Checking blood sugars at home also called as self monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) is not only a convenience but a necessity . Especially in the initial stages, having a glucometer at home…

Microalbuminuria : critical marker of kidney disease

In a study on North Indian population,  more than 20% of the diabetics (duration less than one year also) were found to have microalbuminuria.  Microalbuminuria (defined as urinary albumin excretion of 30-300 mg/day, or 20-200 µg/min) is an earlier sign of vascular damage and being an Asian puts us at higher risk. In individuals with…

Quit sugar for a day!

Can you try it?! Yes, avoid added sugar for a day?..It is very challenging, but if you are able to do it, it will be like a revolution! I know that you are thinking that you actually do not consume much sugar daily, but we can tell you that there is sugar hidden in almost…

Optimum weight gain during pregnancy

Being pregnant does not give women a license to gain oodles of weight as is the case with most affluent Indian women. At the same time, the pregorexic (overly restricting energy intake and overexercising) mothers need to be cautioned regarding inadequate weight gain to prevent compromised nutrition to the baby throughout pregnancy as well as…

Discover the benefits of Green Bananas over yellow ones

As they ripen, green bananas turn into yellow which are the ones usually eaten by all. Most of us are unaware that the green- unripe and starchy banana provides more health benefits than the yellow- ripe and sweeter one. The texture of green bananas is similar to that of root vegetables like potato or yam…

Manage blood sugars using fenugreek seeds

The higher fiber content of fenugreek slows the breakdown and absorption of carbohydrates resulting in gradual release of blood sugars. This is especially beneficial in reducing the surge in blood sugar levels after meals

Benefits of the bitter Fenugreek seeds

Fenugreek, commonly known as ‘methi’, has been used as traditional medicine in many parts of the world, especially in China, Egypt, India and Middle Eastern countries. Their bitter taste imparts a peculiar flavour

What makes oats a perfect breakfast cereal

Oat was actually discovered as a weed in barley and wheat crops in late prehistoric period. So what was being fed to horses and poultry came to be used extensively used by humans when we realized its profound health benefits attributable to its fiber quality and quantity. Its overall nutritional composition is very similar to…