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Health Effects of Functional Beverages

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What are functional beverages? Functional beverages are drinks that help in maintaining our good health, providing us hydration and helps in maintaining our body fluids. They not only provide essential nutrients but also bestow health promoting non-nutrients. Also considered as health drinks or performance enhancing drinks with ingredients such as vegetables, fruits, minerals, vitamins, herbs etc, they are packaged as ready to drink energy shots, green smoothies, enhanced water and protein shakes. Functional Beverages are especially popular amongst the sports industry. They hold a great potential to enhance our health and prevent chronic diseases. Importance They are considered health in […]

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Impact of Inadequate Nutrition on Health

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Are you lately feeling tired, irritated, having bowel problems, noticing mood swings and physical health problems, having brittle nails and hair fall problems? If the answer to the above is YES, you are suffering from inadequate nutrition or Malnutrition. In simple words, the food you are consuming is unable to meet your body’s nutrient and energy demand, which is required for its smooth and diseases free functioning. Malnutrition (Over / Under Nutrition) affects our nutritional status thus affecting our overall health. Here are some of the impacts of Inadequate Nutrition:- Immunity: Our immunity and the body’s ability to fight germs […]

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Know the Requisites of Personalized Nutrition

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Nutrition and what does it mean? The food we consume provides us with energy and nourishment for our body to grow and stay healthy. This process of incorporating and consuming adequate Nutrients for sustenance is called Nutrition. Nutrients The compounds which make us stay healthy and fit along with being essential for our growth, development, immunity, wear and tear are called Nutrients. Nutrients generally fall under Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins, Vitamins and Minerals. They play a major role in a person’s health and the cause and effect of diseases. Personalized Nutrition and its Need The requirement of nutrients varies person to person […]

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Plant Based Healthy Dairy Substitutes

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Dairy products like milk, cheese, butter, ghee, curd etc often constitute a large part of our diet due to its health benefits. It is observed that Vegans and many people in general fear consumption of milk and milk based products due to its proposed contamination, lactose allergy or intolerance, religious and sentimental beliefs. Here are some plant based dairy alternatives to protein. Milk: Milk has a number of health benefits and is used freely amongst many food preparations. It is rich in protein, calcium and carbs. Alternatives like Oat Milk, Soy Milk, Almond Milk, Rice Milk, Flax-seed Milk, Coconut Milk, […]

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Plant Forward Eating: What It Is All About, Its Pros And Cons?

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What is Plant Forward Eating? This is a systematic way of encouraging more greens in our daily eating habits, but not necessarily a vegetarian diet. It doesn’t completely cut off meat from the diet, but finds healthier plant based replacements like vegetable, fruits, nuts, whole grains, pulses and legumes, soy, etc. Pros of Plant Forward Eating Plant based diet is associated with consumption of vitamin C, E, fiber, folic acid, magnesium which reduces build-up of toxins and oxidative stress that is often linked to increased life span. Plant foods are cholesterol-free and comparatively high in fibre and resistant starches which […]

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Fermented Food and Its Relation to Being Healthy

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What are fermented foods? Fermentation is an age old preservation process used for meat, vegetables, milk etc to extend their shelf life in the absence of refrigerators. The process in which bacteria, fungi and yeast are introduced to any food or beverage naturally or through inoculation is termed as Fermentation. Consumption of fermented foods ensure presence of beneficial bacteria in our diet. Some of common fermented food items consumed by us on a daily basis are Chocolate, Cheese, Curd/ Yoghurt /Buttermilk, Wine, Beer, Vinegar, Pickles, Dal and Rice fermented batters, Soy sauce etc. Importance of Fermented Food It enhances the […]

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What Is Your GUT Feeling?

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Innumerable times in life we come across this quote “What is your Gut feeling” literally translated as, what do you feel from within? Gut simply means your entire gastrointestinal track starting from your mouth to anus. Gut feeling is simply related to our self-instinct. Let us know what does our Gut health mean and why is it so important to take care of it? A healthy gut is extremely crucial for the smooth functioning of our body and maintaining a healthy micro-biome (microorganisms in our body). A diet consisting of processed or junk foods, sugars and foods rich in fats […]

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Body Shaming and Its Evil Effects and Repercussions

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan the most beautiful woman in the world, officially crowned Miss World 1994, Vidya Balan, an actor par excellence, Sania Mirza, a sports personality bringing laurels to our country, the plight shown of a common girl who was termed overweight as per potential bride standards in the movie “Dum Laga Ke Haisha”, what exactly is common amongst them and many more such people? In spite of them being at the top of their professional or personal lives, they all have been Body Shamed at some point of time in life. What exactly is Body Shaming? An unpleasant or […]

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Intermittent Fasting and Everything You Need To Know About It

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Am sure everyone has come across the words ‘Intermittent Fasting’ many times, and more so in reference to weight loss. Let’s understand what exactly Intermittent Fasting is? Intermittent Fasting and how it’s done? Intermittent Fasting is not a diet but a time table / pattern of periods of unrestricted eating and fasting between meals with no feed or calorie reduction. There is a time frame in which food can be consumed and thereafter it is like a fast. Different Types of Intermittent Fasting:- The 5-2 Method: Fasting is done 2 days in a week and the calorie intake has to […]

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Making Breakfast Healthy With These 4 Easy and Nutritious Recipes

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Today, due to the fast paced life and hectic schedules, most Indians, male and female alike, rush through their breakfast or many a times give it a skip to save time in the morning. Generally, the staple breakfast consists of chapatti with pickle and tea or our regular favorites like Poha, Upma, dosa etc. which are full of dense carbohydrates and are quick and easy to make. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Having a filling and nutritious breakfast containing all the 5 essential nutrients in adequate quantity like carbohydrates, fats, minerals, vitamins and fats, keeps cravings […]