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Compound Exercises: The quickest way to get into shape this year

Are you too busy for a workout? If your answer is affirmative, then you definitely need to find out about ‘smart’ exercises. Exercising too hard and for too long is passe. Fitness professional Nawaz Modi Singhania says, “There have been times when my day has ended at 2 or 3 am, and I haven’t managed to get a workout in. But I still do a quick compound workout in just eight or 10 minutes.” There are days when you know you have to look fit the next morning and cannot…

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Don’t carry your sleep debt into 2017

Yes, Mumbai is the city that never sleeps, but its citizens are taking that adage quite literally. And it’s causing more harm than ever. More people are sleeping less, which is dangerous, say experts. Do you find yourself in snooze mode all the time, even after getting six hours of shuteye? That’s due to a backlog of sleep debt — a spillover effect of late timings from the weekend into the week and due to poor daily sleeping habits as well. As the year draws to a close, city doctors…

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Trick Your Brain into Craving Healthy Food

You can teach your brain’s reward centers to crave healthier, lower-calorie foods over junk, research at Harvard and Tufts U. recently found. And it’s easier than you think. For six months, obese adults followed the scientifically designed “iDiet,” which prescribes healthy foods and helps eaters understand their “food instincts”—e.g., hunger, availability, familiarity—and learn to control them. At the end, MRIs showed that the reward center in the dieters’ brains “lit up” more intensely at photos of healthy food than at shots of the unhealthy crap that used to excite it. One of the biggest keys to retraining your…

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How to get more fibre into your diet

Most of us need to eat more fibre and have fewer added sugars in our diet. Eating plenty of fibre is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer. Government guidelines published in July 2015 say that our dietary fibre intake should increase to 30g a day, as part of a healthy balanced diet. As most adults are only eating an average of about 18g day, we need to find ways of increasing our intake. Children under the age of 16 don’t need as…

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Facebook Posts May Offer Insight Into Mental Illness

Your Facebook status updates, ‘likes’ and even photos could help researchers better understand mental health disorders, a new study says. Social networks may even be used in future to treat mental illness, particularly among young people, the researchers said. “Facebook is hugely popular and could provide us with a wealth of data to improve our knowledge of mental health disorders such as depression and schizophrenia,” said the study’s lead-author Becky Inkster from University of Cambridge. Over a billion people worldwide use Facebook daily – one in seven of the global…

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For physicians, mouth is a window into rest of the body

Open your mouth wide, please,” is a request most senior physicians make of their patients. By looking at the teeth, tongue and gums, a doctor can get vital clues about what’s going on in the rest of the body, and sometimes identify possible problems such as a cardiac disease or diabetes. Senior consultant physician Dr K V Tiruvengadam, who has been peering into the mouths of all his patients for more than 60 years, says good oral hygiene can add years to a person’s life.”Oral health problems, such as gum…

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