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What is a Patiala Peg and How Did it Get its Name?

  If you have partied in North India, or even gone out with friends for a few drinks, there is a good chance you would have heard the term ‘Patiala Peg’ being used. Accompanied by loud banter and an attempt to outshine or exhibit bravado, the Patiala peg has come to signify more than a measure of whisky, it is almost a sign of ‘masculinity’ in Punjab. The rough volume of a Patiala peg is around 120ml. This is roughly four ‘smalls’ or two ‘large’ drinks in colloquial terms. However,…

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What is Epilepsy: Its Causes and Treatment

The word “epilepsy” comes from the Greek word, “epi” which means “upon” and “leptos” which means “seizure”. People with epilepsy tend to have recurrent seizures (fits). The seizures occur because of a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain. This causes a temporary disturbance in the messaging systems between brain cells. During a seizure the patient’s brain becomes “halted” or “mixed up”. Every function in our body is triggered by messaging systems in our brain. What a patient with epilepsy experiences during a seizure will depend on what part…

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The Shocking Story of Toxic Fast Food Packaging and Its Cancer Risks

As much convenient as fast food is to quickly take care of the hunger pangs when they kick in (besides these foods also being lip-smacking and delicious) they are not at all good for our health in the long run. Sure, we all love those greasy burgers, crunchy fries, salted snacks, and packaged treats, but the fact is that can do severe harm to our body if we are not careful. Even when you head to the supermarket, you shouldn’t just pick up anything and everything. The practice of reading…

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That ultra-fatty cheat meal you just ate? It’s gonna absolutely hammer your liver.

EVEN THE FITTEST guys will admit it: We all love to dig into a fat, greasy burger or a few glistening slices of greaseball pizza every now and then. Taking a break from a strict diet when trying to get shredded for catching more glances at the beach is an essential part of the process—you need that infusion of crazy calories to boost energy and your metabolism, plus free your psyche from the constant tedium of chicken and rice and veggies. But going too crazy with high-fat meals on your…

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Now, it’s the ‘Sirtfood Diet’

With January being the month of resolutions, it’s no surprise that food diets are doing the rounds. The latest craze is the Sirtfood Diet by Aidan Gogginsand Glen Matten, that lets you indulge in chocolate, coffee and more. Sirtfoods are newly-discovered food groups. These foods activate a certain protein called sirtuins, which aid the fat-blasting genes in the body. Sirtuins regulate metabolism to clear out the cells, detoxify the body and thus help one lose weight. Along with their fat-burning effect, sirtfoods are said to also have the ability to…

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It’s all about loving your body, the way it is

Recently, a global beauty and make-up brand made headlines when it appointed a man as its face. This comes at a time when body inclusivity and positivity has taken the form of a revolution. For every unhealthy social media trend, there’s a counter trend of healthy support. For every magazine that photoshops its cover girls, there’s one that’s breaking formulae by featuring the ‘unconventional and not perfect’ body type. For every body shaming troll online, we have an army of body positive people up in arms against them. India too,…

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