Marathon training: The what, when and how much you must eat to prepare for a race

Marathon training: The what, when and how much you must eat to prepare for a race

Running a marathon is no small feat. Training for one is a process that requires time, dedication and proper nutrition. What you eat, in fact, plays the most important role in training for a race. Add to it when you eat — whether before or after the race. If you get it all right, breasting the tape on the finish line, in good time, would be one of your life’s most memorable feats. Simply put, watch out for what you eat in order to power through a long run. You…

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Winter Greens: How to Buy, Store and Cook With a Variety of Saag This Season

Winter Greens: How to Buy, Store and Cook With a Variety of Saag This Season

Come winter and the grocery store is flushed with seasonal produce. One of the best things about winter produce is the wide array of fresh vegetables that one gets to experiment with in regular cooking. From cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, beets to a wide variety of greens, locally known as saag; you are literally spoilt for choice this season. While winter veggies are fairly easy cook with, most people are usually apprehensive about cooking with greens. Most cooks and housewives are comfortable with cooking other vegetables as once you remove the peels, you…

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Did you know a heart attack can affect men and women differently? Here’s how

Did you know a heart attack can affect men and women differently? Here’s how

Previous studies on heart attacks suggests that causes, symptoms, treatments, and outcomes can all differ between men and women. Adding to that, researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) Germany analysed patient data collected from two studies with a total of 4,100 participants. They found that within one year of having a heart attack, the women in the sample were 1.5 times more likely to die than men with similar case histories. The team are now urging doctors to provide intensive support to female heart attack patients, especially in the first 365…

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Is Eating Water Better Than Drinking It? Here’s How To Include Edible H20 In Your Diet

Is Eating Water Better Than Drinking It? Here’s How To Include Edible H20 In Your Diet

Reams have been written about the significance of drinking water. Regular water intake is essential to our health as our body does not really have a fixed reservoir of water and keeps losing it in the form of urine and sweat. Adequate water supply also helps maintain smooth functioning of some of the most essential bodily processes like maintaining the electrolyte balance, preventing constipation, supplying oxygen and essential nutrients to the body as well as to the brain, facilitating digestionand flushing waste and toxins out of the body. Dehydration or lack of water will…

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Carbohydrates and Diet: How Much Do You Really Need in a Day?

Carbohydrates and Diet: How Much Do You Really Need in a Day?

It is mind-boggling to understand how our bodily processes are so intricately entwined and need careful planning of our daily diet to achieve a state of good health and wellness. In my opinion, most of the weight related issues are the outcome of a bad dietary pattern or a lifestyle that is too sluggish to be able to maintain a healthy body. You are what you eat, this has been repeated over and over again and that is exactly why we need to understand the role of various food groups in…

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How to do Pranayam: Yoga Breathing Exercises You Must Include in Your Routine

How to do Pranayam: Yoga Breathing Exercises You Must Include in Your Routine

Those who follow yoga may have heard of the practice of pranayam. The word is derived from ‘Prana‘ which stands for ‘life force’ and ‘Ayama‘ which means ‘to lengthen or to work on it’. Prana, in yogic terms, means the force within the body that is vital for the functioning of the body as well as its vitality. Yogic texts describe Prana as a potent force that runs through various chakras and nadis in the body to keep the body healthy, energized and invigorated. Breathingplays an extremely crucial role in the regulation and maintenance of Prana. It is believed that…

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How technology will help fight food fraud

How technology will help fight food fraud

Food fraud is everywhere. In the aftermath of the horsemeat scandal in Europe, and with cases reported around the world, including in Canada, awareness is high. Dalhousie University recently released a study on food fraud and the results were surprising: A whopping 63 per cent of Canadians are generally concerned about food fraud. Worse still, more than 40 per cent of Canadians feel they have been victims of food fraud already. These are alarming results that can’t be ignored. Food fraud can take many forms. It can include adulteration — substituting one ingredient with a much cheaper…

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Carbohydrates and Diet: How Much Do You Really Need in a Day?

Carbohydrates and Diet: How Much Do You Really Need in a Day?

It is mind-boggling to understand how our bodily processes are so intricately entwined and need careful planning of our daily diet to achieve a state of good health and wellness. In my opinion, most of the weight related issues are the outcome of a bad dietary pattern or a lifestyle that is too sluggish to be able to maintain a healthy body. You are what you eat, this has been repeated over and over again and that is exactly why we need to understand the role of various food groups in…

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Do you associate pizzas with parties? Your weight may determine how you think of food

Do you associate pizzas with parties? Your weight may determine how you think of food

In a new research, researchers have found that people of normal weight tend to associate natural foods such as apples with their sensory characteristics. On the other hand, processed foods such as pizzas are generally associated with their function or the context in which they are eaten. Raffaella Rumiati, neuroscientist at the International School for Advanced Studies, said, “It can be considered an instance of ‘embodiment’ in which our brain interacts with our body.” With two behavioural and electroencephalographic experiments, the study demonstrated that people of normal weight tend to…

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Here’s how to have a happy, hassle-free pregnancy: Read the latest in research

Here’s how to have a happy, hassle-free pregnancy: Read the latest in research

There is a wealth of information on pregnancy. But not much is known about modern-day issues that many mothers face. For instance, will your usage of mobile phones affect your baby? Here’s what researchers have to say: * Use of antidepressants during pregnancy can affect your child’s mental health. Researchers from the National Centre for Register-based Research at Aarhus BSS showed an increased risk involved in using antidepressants. Previous research showed that use of antidepressants during pregnancy increases risk of autism in the child and leads to birth defects.  …

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