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Have You Been Including These Cancer Causing Foods in Your Diet?

Cancer kills a whopping 8.8 million across the world annually. The instances and number of deaths are only expected to rise in the coming decades. A host of factors come into play when we talk about the contributing factors, some of which include a sedentary lifestyle and obesity. What you put into your system also matters a lot. Our daily food choices have long term effects on our health. According to the American Cancer Society, “Substances and exposures that may lead to cancer are termed as Carcinogens”. They range from…

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How to Snack in the Right Way if You Have Type 2 Diabetes

If you have type 2 diabetes, you don’t need to include snacks in your daily diet, unless you’re on a type of medication, such as insulin or sulfonylureas, that can cause hypoglycemia. However, snacks—if they are healthy and part of the meal plan developed by your diabetes educator or dietitian—can help prevent blood glucose peaks and valleys, as well as overeating at mealtime.The trick is knowing which foods make a “good” snack, the right portion size, and how often you should eat between meals.Calculate snack carbohydrates and calories A good…

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Have you heard about Beer yoga?

When it comes to getting your zen on, there are so many forms of yoga to choose from in order to improve one’s flexibility, strength and find calm. Whether it is power yoga, Bikram Yoga, Iyengar Yoga or goat yoga — the variations don’t seem to end. And now, there’s a new type of yoga which is an amalgamation of two unlikely combinations — beer and yoga! What’s it about Yoga professional Nashi Venkataraman says, “Each class incorporates beer drinking into yoga poses. So, it’s about balancing the bottle on…

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Kanji: The Miracle Winter Drink You Should Have for a Healthy Gut

In Goa, at the Serendipity Arts Festival earlier this month, I attended a fascinating workshop on fermentation, curated by chef Manu Chandra. The session was conducted by Aditya Raghavan, who seems to be quite a maverick and treats his bacteria and yeast with much respect, almost as pets, which of course they are! It was at the workshop that I had my first sip of Kombucha, fermented tea, the supposed elixir of life, discovered by the ancient Chinese and being successfully marketed by the Americans since the 1990s, as a…

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Single stressful event can have extended consequences

A team of Indian scientists has found that a single instance of severe stress can lead to delayed and long-term psychological trauma. The study has been published in the journal Physiological Reports. The researchers found that a single stressful incident can lead to increased electrical activity in a brain region known as the amygdala. This activity sets in late, occurring ten days after a single stressful episode and is dependent on a molecule known as the N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor (NMDA-R), an ion channel protein on nerve cells known to be crucial…

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Is Soya Bad for Your Health? Here’s Why You Should Have it Sparingly

In recent times soya has been much talked about and touted as the new big thing, especially for vegetarians. However, studies indicate that the health benefits of soya may have been greatly exaggerated, mostly by the soya industry itself. In fact, soya makes its way into almost all processed food because of its versatility. Also, soya is cheap and in abundance. It adds thickness, creaminess and bulk to processed food. Now healthy or not, that is a question I have set out to answer.Doctors agree that eating soya on a…

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