How to strike a balance between junk and healthy food

Consuming junk food on a regular basis gives us too many calories, unhealthy fat and carbohydrates, which contributes to an increased risk of obesity, acidity, and many other chronic health conditions. Here, the nutritionists tell you how to balance junk and healthy food

How to strike a balance between junk and healthy foodAccording to nutritionists, it is important to find a balance between healthy with junk food. Ankita Ghag, clinical nutritionist, Co-founder and director, Vacchan Arogya said, “If you consume junk food make sure that you compensate by eating healthy food,  the previous or the next day.” Nutritionists emphasised on controlling the portions while consuming junk food. […]

How dietary prebiotics are linked with better sleep

Prebiotics lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, help in improving digestion, and reduce risk of obesity and result in better hormonal balance

How dietary prebiotics are linked with better sleepWhat is the first thing that comes in your mind when you hear the word bacteria? A large group of harmful microorganisms? But not every bacteria that exists is harmful. Probiotics are the bacteria that are good for our health and are found in fermented foods like yogurt, buttermilk and kimchi. On the other hand, […]

Here’s how to protect yourself from pneumonia this winter

Pneumonia can be life-threating especially to kids and people over 65yrs of age. Those people suffering from other chronic illness like lung disease, diabetes or immunocompromised condition are also susceptible as their immunity is considerably low

Here’s how to protect yourself from pneumonia this winterSeasonal changes bring with them various illnesses. Other than the usual cough and flu, viral infections breeze in with the onset of the winter. One of the infections caused by viruses is known to be Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP). What is pneumonia? Pneumonia is an infection caused in one or both lungs, occurring due to […]

Studies suggest, drink coffee to live longer

The new study shows that there is a stronger biological possibility for the relationship between coffee and longevity and found that mortality was inversely related to coffee consumption for heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease

Studies suggest, drink coffee to live longerOne study surveyed more than 520,000 people in 10 European countries, making it the largest study to date on coffee and mortality, and found that drinking more coffee could significantly lower a person’s risk of mortality. The second study was more novel, as it focused on non-white populations. After surveying over 185,000 African-Americans, Native Americans, […]

Air pollution ups COPD cases in metros, say docs

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is broad term to describe progressive lung disease that may include emphysema, bronchitis, breathlessness and irreversible asthma and so on. With Delhi’s smog becoming a discussion in the entire country, a burning question about non-regulated air pollution is in front of us. My Medical Mantra tries to understand how air pollution is a leading cause of rising COPD in metro cities

Air pollution ups COPD cases in metros, say docsDelhi’s smog has become the topic of discussion these days. With air pollution becoming one of the prominent causes for COPD, doctors across the countries say it is worrisome. Most cases of COPD are caused by inhaling pollutants; that includes smoking (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, etc.), and second-hand smoke. Owing to which, people experience breathlessness and […]

Soon: Crash course to integrate ayurveda and allopathy, says AYUSH ministry

Since Modi government has come to power, a lot of emphasis has been on Ayurveda and yoga. Ayurveda is promoted as an alternative medicine. My Medical Mantra spoke to Shripad Naik, The Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), about ayurvedic and allopathic doctors’ integration, government measures to take yoga-ayurveda at school level and so on

Soon: Crash course to integrate ayurveda and allopathy, says AYUSH ministryMMM: Is there are need to integrate Ayurveda and allopathy? Shripad Naik: Our focus is on the patient, may it be any medicine. We will give a medicine which is good for the patient to help him recover. Owing to which, the integration of these two branches is important. AYUSH ministry is prepared for it. […]

Counselling helps moms to bring up healthy preemies, finds survey

Being a mother of a premature baby can be quite difficult owing to the cluelessness of the whereabouts of the nutrition for the child. According to a new survey conducted by a leading healthcare and research foundation, mothers with information about nutrition are four times more prepared than those mothers who have not undergone any counseling during delivery

Counselling helps moms to bring up healthy preemies, finds surveyPreemies need special medical care in a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU. They stay there until their organ systems can work on their own. According to World Health Organization, India tops the list of 10 countries with the greatest numbers of preterm births with an elephantine figure of 3,519,100 births a year. Every year, an […]

7 sexual fears that haunt men

Responding to such sexual fears with a mature self-understanding and cooperation of the partner is the first and the most important step, and often nothing more may be required. If however, the fears persist, help of a professional ‘sex and relationship counsellor’ may be needed

7 sexual fears that haunt menThey may brag about their conquests or boast about their virility, but there are so many common fears about their sex life that haunt their minds. 1) Fear of Impotence: ‘Anxiety about impotence’ ranks first in order of prevalence, in all the sexual fears that men bear. Ironically, the fear itself is the greatest cause […]

Yoga helped me to get ‘back’ on track

Dr Apratim Goel, Dermatologist and laser surgeon of Cutis Skin Studio, who is a fitness enthusiast, reveals her keep-fit formulas

Yoga helped me to get ‘back’ on trackIf you happen to meet Dr Apratim Goel, you will be pleased with her enigmatic smile and flawless skin. She swears by her fitness regime and informed, “I grew up seeing my mom doing yoga every day. Later, I suffered from lower back pain and decided to opt for yoga.” She added, “I have a […]

Owning a dog could reduce your mortality risk and boost heart health

The results showed that single dog owners had a 33 per cent reduction in risk of death and 11 per cent reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease during later follow-ups compared to single non-owners

Owning a dog could reduce your mortality risk and boost heart healthA team of Swedish scientists have used national registries of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health. Their study shows that dog owners had a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or to other causes during the 12-year follow-up. A total […]