Planet-friendly, plant-based home cooking

With all the news about the health and environmental advantages of eating less meat, many people are trying to eat more plant-based meals. But where do you begin? Instead of trying to cook an entire vegetarian meal from scratch, start with one small step and build from there, says Dr. Rani Polak, founding director of…

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Lentils with a side of rice: the save-the-world diet?

Here is a rundown of the daily meal plan that dozens of health and environment experts are urging the world to adopt in order to sustain a global population of 10 billion by mid-century, while reining in climate change and preventing millions of premature deaths each year. Coming to dining tables everywhere by 2050: porridge…

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What is Blue tea and how it helps in losing weight

What is Blue tea? Blue tea, or butterfly pea flower tea, is a caffeine-free herbal drink that is made by seeping dried or fresh leaves of the Clitoria ternatea plant. The tea was first introduced in the South East Asian countries and the deep blue colour of the flower has been traditionally used to make…

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Gut hormone increases response to food

The holiday season is a hard one for anyone watching their weight. The sights and smells of food are hard to resist. One factor in this hunger response is a hormone found in the stomach that makes us more vulnerable to tasty food smells, encouraging overeating and obesity. New research on the hormone ghrelin was…

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Decorating for Christmas earlier could have mental health benefits

Dr. Marcus De Carvalho of HPR Treatment Centers says there are studies that show decorating for the holidays early has mental health benefits. There are two types of people in the world: people who break out the Christmas décor right after Halloween and people who refuse to touch them until after Thanksgiving. Turns out, there…

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How safe are probiotics?

Amid the increasing rise of probiotic use in Western society, a recent journal article asks whether we should evaluate the products’ safety with a little more scrutiny. For millennia, humans have consumed foods rich with live bacteria. Yogurt, for instance, dates back to at least 5000 B.C., and in Korea, kimchi — fermented vegetables — has…

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Childhood stress makes your brain mature faster

Stress in early childhood due to negative experiences — such as illness or divorce of parents — may lead to faster maturation of certain brain regions,during adolescence, a new study suggests. The study found that these experiences cause faster maturation of the prefrontal cortex and amygdala — that also play a role in the control…

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Here’s The Exact Amount Of Calories In Your Favourite Summer Fruits!

Summers are here in full force and any respite from the incessant heat is welcome. All across the Indian subcontinent, people are adding seasonal vegetables and fruits to their daily diets, either in the solid or juice form. Summer fruits are replete with a number of invaluable nutrients, dietary fibres and electrolytes, which are needed…

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For board exams, CBSE puts Type-1 diabetes under disabled category

Last year, the board allowed insulin-dependent students taking classes X and XII board exams to carry sugar tablets, chocolate, candies and water bottles inside the centre. NEW DELHI: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has clubbed students suffering from Type-1 diabetes with persons with disabilities (PwD) this year, asking them to fill up the forms for classes X and XII exams under this category. Last…

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What Is Body Composition?

While the scale will tell you how much you weigh, it doesn’t tell you what your body is made of. Body composition refers to everything in your body, split up into different compartments. Two compartments are commonly used: fat mass and fat-free mass. Fat mass refers to all the fat tissue in your body. Fat-free…

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Eat These Foods to Build Resistance Against Effects of Air Pollution

The air we breathe has reached dangerous levels of pollution. People with no known respiratory problems are landing up in hospital emergency rooms. While the government does its bit to improve air quality, we would like to introduce you to some natural antioxidant nutrients that can help your body deal with this onslaught.   Load…

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How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

For the first time, a generation of children is going through adolescence with smartphones ever-present. Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, has a name for these young people born between 1995 and 2012: “iGen.” She says members of this generation are physically safer than those who came before them. They drink…

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XTRAC laser treatment for psoriasis: Uses, benefits, risks

  The XTRAC laser is a type of excimer laser that has been used to treat many forms of psoriasis for two decades now. Approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000, XTRAC uses ultraviolet light to reduce the appearance of large patches of psoriasis.   People with psoriasis have long…

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These Detox and Recovery Waters Are Actually Worth the Hype

Trendy waters are all the rage, but how many of them really have health benefits? A dietitian investigates which ones to say “yes” and “no” to. Yes: Watermelon Water Watermelon water is more popular than ever, showing the best of the fruit with a high potassium content, lycopene, vitamin C, and of course, water. (Fun…

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Benefits of Swimming: 10 Reasons Every Woman Should Get in the Water

Swimming can make over your muscles, transform you into a cardio goddess, and turn back the aging clock. Need more reason to suit up? We’ve got ’em right here. Dive in. Benefits of Swimming: It Counts as Both Cardio and Strength Training In swimming, if you aren’t moving constantly, you’re sinking. (Forced cardio!) Plus, water…

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Whiplash: How to Reduce the Pain With Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

  Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs due to a sudden forceful change in motion causing unrestrained whip-like movement of the head and neck. It causes inflammation and damage to the soft tissue of the neck and upper back but can affect the middle and lower back. It leads to a constant sharp, stabbing…

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How Common Is Magnesium Deficiency—and Could You Have It?

  Magnesium is an important mineral that aids in energy production, the immune system, heart health, and more. But are you getting enough of it through diet alone?   What to know about magnesium deficiency You may not be as familiar with magnesium as you are with better-known minerals such as iron, calcium, and zinc….

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Higher Heart Disease Risk for Disadvantaged Women than Men

Women from low socioeconomic strata are 25 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack than disadvantaged men, according to a new study published in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The results highlight the need for tailored interventions for women to address the gender gap and deliver the best possible care.     Researchers…

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A Smart Guide To Scary Chemicals

  Every week, our Facebook feeds explode with new warnings about toxins in our daily lives. But is that couch with flame retardants or your nonstick skillet really going to kill you? We dug deep into the research to find out which chemicals actually pose a risk and what we all can do about them…

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Key Facts and Common Myths About COPD

  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is a progressive disease marked by a person’s inability to empty air out of their lungs, which makes it difficult for them to breathe.   COPD includes both chronic bronchitis and emphysema.   Symptoms of COPD include breathlessness, a lasting cough that produces phlegm, and chest infections.  …

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Strength Train Your Brain

The newest fitness craze focuses on strengthening your brain. Here’s how to play your cards right and build more mental muscle. Get Your Brain to the Gym   I know what to do when my thighs get a little jiggly (hello, squats and lunges), but what about when the trouble zone in question is a…

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10 Lesser Known Reasons Why Walking is Good For You

  Walking offers a plethora of health benefitsFrom helping you shed those extra calories to controlling diabetesHere are 10 interesting facts which will make you walk a lot Walking offers a plethora of health benefits. From helping you to shed those extra calories and lifting your mood to controlling diabetes and lowering your blood pressure,…

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Natural Remedies for Fibromyalgia

  Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder that causes pain and fatigue in the muscles. This pain tends to be on specific tender points on the body, including on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs, and occurs when pressure is put on them.   Doctors don’t really know what causes fibromyalgia. People of all…

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Which Vitamins are Good for Dry Eyes?

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that occurs when the eyes do not make enough tears, or if the tears vanish too quickly. There are many treatments for dry eyes. Can vitamins help prevent or treat dry eyes? We find out.   If an individual has a healthy balanced diet, they should be able…

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Unfortunately, many people who lose weight end up gaining it back.

  In fact, only about 20% of dieters who start off overweight end up successfully losing weight and keeping it off in the long term (1).   However, don’t let this discourage you. There are a number of scientifically proven ways you can keep the weight off, ranging from exercising to controlling stress.   These…

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Jones Fracture: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

  A Jones fracture refers to a break between the base and shaft of the fifth metatarsal bone of the foot. The fifth metatarsal is the long bone on the outside of the foot. It is connected to the smallest toe.   A Jones fracture is the most common type of metatarsal fracture, and it…

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