Breastfeeding vs. formula feeding: What’s best for the child?

Dr Gandhali Deorukhkar Pillai, a Consultant Obstetrics Gynecologist, Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai Central, shares how breastmilk and breastfeeding can help the baby to be healthy

Breastfeeding vs. formula feeding: What’s best for the child?The benefits of breastfeeding are well established. Breastfeeding protects your baby from ear infections, diarrhoea, pneumonia, and other diseases. Breastfeeding is the recommended way to feed a newborn. Depending on the circumstances, however, various factors might lead you to consider formula feeding. How long should I breastfeed my baby? The American Academy of Paediatrics recommends […]

Smart health tips to maintain hydration

The body needs to stay properly hydrated to support daily functions and to avoid some health problems

Smart health tips to maintain hydrationIt is important to stay hydrated. Water helps you stay cool, maintains skin health, supports kidney functions and helps energise muscles among other health benefits. However, staying properly hydrated can be difficult for some people. Drinking water may not be a priority for other people because of their demanding and busy life. In some cases, […]

Live healthy: Nutrition tips to manage Navratri fast

Navratri - the nine nights of the celebration of Goddess Durga has begun from today, and the people will welcome the fest with much fervour. The festival witnesses beautiful colours and devotees observing fasts for nine days in honour of the Goddess

Live healthy: Nutrition tips to manage Navratri fastMany devotees follow the strict no-meat practice, and it enables one to tuck into vegetarian specialties during the fest. However, one should keep a tab on fasting as it is essential to avoid any health mishaps.  Niyati P Likhite, a Dietician, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan, suggests a few tips to conquer the fasting period and yet […]

What causes kidney stones and what to do about them?

Your kidneys remove waste and fluid from your blood to make urine. Sometimes, when you have too much of certain wastes and not enough fluid in your blood, these wastes can build up and stick together in your kidneys. These clumps of waste are called kidney stones

What causes kidney stones and what to do about them?Stone disease has plagued humanity since ancient times. Kidney stones have been identified in Egyptian mummies. The Hippocratic oath describes their treatment, “I will not use the knife, not even verily, on sufferers from stone, but I will give place to such as are craftsmen therein.” Who gets kidney stones and why? As the climate […]

Effective ways to protect your skin this summer

Summers make you more prone to heat stroke and sunburn, and it can also do long term damage to skin including premature aging. Regardless of your skin colour, as even dark coloured skin can get sunburned, you need to take adequate care of your skin. Here are some tips for summer skin care

Effective ways to protect your skin this summerSun protection: Remember sunscreen is not just the one you apply. You can even eat your sunscreen! Surprised aren’t you? Well there are oral sunscreens (heliocare/hydralife) which contain polypodium leucotomos.  Additionally, use a sunscreen SPF at least 30+.  Apply 20 minutes before you go into the sun to allow your skin time to absorb it. Hydration: Keep […]

Marathon runners, here’s how you can avoid dehydration and over-hydration

A marathon runner’s sports performance is highly efficient when the runner is adequately hydrated. An excess or deficit of fluids can lead to fatal consequences

Marathon runners, here’s how you can avoid dehydration and over-hydrationRunning creates excess heat. This leads to sweating, a coping mechanism of the body to cool down. The blood fluid becomes thicker as a result of the decline in fluid content in the body. Greater force is required to pump blood through the veins. This overloads the heart eventually leading to a heart attack. “When […]

Here’s how you can combat the sweltering October heat

Dr Paritosh Baghel, a Consultant Physician, S L Raheja Hospital, shares how the common man can tackle this scorching October heat

Here’s how you can combat the sweltering October heatMumbaikars are currently experiencing the wrath of ‘October heat’ as rising temperatures have turned the city into a furnace. According to weather forecast agencies, the temperature is expected to remain high during the week. With the rising temperatures and poor air quality, there is an increased risk of infections, reducing stamina, dehydration, and bevy of […]