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Use This Cooking Hack to Reduce Arsenic Levels in Your Rice

Worried about arsenic in your rice? Try this simple kitchen hack: According to an experiment that aired this week on the BBC show Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, soaking rice overnight and cooking it with extra water can reduce levels of the carcinogen by up to 82%. Experts say this cooking method is a simple way to limit exposure to arsenic, which may be especially dangerous for pregnant women, children, and anyone who eats a lot of rice. Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that’s present in soil and can make its…

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10 Delicious and Healthy Protein Snacks to Up Your Energy Levels

Once, while I was travelling in Gujarat, I got myself invited to a breakfast at the home of an elderly couple. The breakfast was splendid. They served steaming, crunchy vadai, buttery aloo parathas, gajar halwa, etc. But the thing that stood out in my memory was the chilla that was served to me that morning. Hot, crisp and fresh off the tawa, it had been prepared using moong dal, not the traditional besan, and boy, was it delicious. The lady explained that she had made the clever substitution because the…

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The Brain’s Need for Glucose: Low Levels Could Predict Alzheimer’s Risk

People often confuse sugar with calories but they are very different. Sugar is a glucose compound which is broken down by the process of metabolism, into simpler molecules with the release of energy. Sugar, a form of glucose is necessary for sustaining life in a living organism. Any living organism or tissue or even a cell eventually dies when the sugar level depreciates. This glucose compound helps in manufacturing energy to perform essential biological processes. Such biological processes taking place inside a living organization leads to the sustaining of respective…

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5 Home Remedies to Control High Levels of Uric Acid

Being healthy is not for special occasions. It is a day to day challenge to fortify yourself from within. Good nutrition is as important as cultivating certain healthy habits to reduce your risk of falling prey to some of the chronic lifestyle diseases that are becoming increasingly common. With our hectic schedules and convenient choices, having high levels of uric acid is one such problem that many of you could face. Uric acid is a chemical found in your blood which is created when a substance called purine is broken…

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Low Protein Levels May Increase Kidney Function Decline in Elderly

Older adults with low blood levels of a circulating protein in the blood may be at an increased risk of experiencing decline in their kidney function, a study has found. The findings showed that higher blood levels of a protein called soluble klotho — with anti-ageing properties — may help preserve kidney function. “We found a strong association between low soluble klotho and decline in kidney function, independent of many known risk factors for kidney function decline,” said David Drew from Tufts University in Massachusetts, US. The kidney has the…

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Cat food recalled for low levels of essential nutrient

The J.M. Smucker Company has announced a limited voluntary recall on 20 canned cat food products from the brands 9Lives, EverPet and Special Kitty because the products may have harmfully low levels of thiamine (vitamin B1). Cats with low thiamine in their diets may be at risk of developing a deficiency, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Symptoms of vitamin B1 deficiency include gastrointestinal or neurological issues, as well as decreased appetite, salivation and weight loss. Neurological signs can occur in advanced cases and may include wobbling walking…

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