Fatty tissue that can help burn calories

  Did you ever think that fat could itself help burn extra calories. Fat in excess of the body’s need is used to produce heat by what is called as the brown adipose tissue. This can be one of the most promising natural ways to avoid excess fat deposition. But unfortunately this brown adipose tissue…

6 hours running to burn calories of the biryani meal

A typical friday or a weekend lunch for many hyderabadis is spent with either colleagues, friends or family and the preferred dish on the menu is the “all time favourite hyderabadi chicken biryani!”. It’s often accompanied with a soft drink and a dessert – again the hyderabadi favourite “double ka meetha”. For a hardcore biryani…

Blue light from gadgets increases altertness during the day

Light plays a very vital role in human health as it influences hormone secretion, heart rate, alertness, sleep propensity, body temperature, and gene expression. The perception of light includes glare and brightness which are functions of wavelength. The short wavelength of blue light makes it the most energy efficient light for humans as it is…

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…

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…

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…

Is there really a need to use low fat dairy?

All current dietary recommendations suggest use of low fat dairy products. Low fat milk, skim milk, slim milk, reduced fat milk, low-fat cheese, lite butter , etc. This and much more to confuse the consumers and subject them to the added pain of selecting the low fat options which are costlier and less easily available….

Short naps during the day can help unwind and rejuvenate

Do you feel extremely sleepy post-lunch? Are you often embarrassed about dozing away during meetings or presentations?  Well, you are not alone and there is nothing wrong with needing a small nap once a day . In fact, a short nap of 20-30 minutes can improve alertness and enhance performance at work and home. But,…

Bottle-feeding beyond 16 months poses serious health risks

If your baby is more than 16 months old and you are still using a nursing bottle for feeding milk and other beverages, then this should serve as a wake-up call! The same mother will then complain that my toddler does not eat solids well and is a fussy eater. Well, the fact of the…

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…