To shed kilos, have salads and more, experts tell us why

To shed kilos, have salads and more, experts tell us why

We all crave a fit body. And that goal is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we start practising just about any diet that is remotely promising. Salads, in this scenario, seem like an obvious healthy option, be it for mid-day snacking or as complete meals — that’s where we go wrong! The concept of a bowlful of leafy greens seems to be healthy because salads are mostly oil-free, and have no spices, gravy, starch and heavy meats. But hey, that’s the reason why you are losing energy and…

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Have you tried this superdrink yet? 6 reasons why you must have more green tea daily

Have you tried this superdrink yet? 6 reasons why you must have more green tea daily

Coffee and black tea have long featured as preferred beverage options for a lot of people. However, rising awareness about the need to improve lifestyles has led to increased consumption of healthier alternatives such as green tea. The antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties of this variety of tea address several health issues — ranging from bad breath to blood pressure. In fact, given our sedentary lifestyle and increased intake of fast foods, green tea is today more important than ever. A recent study published online in The FASEB Journal suggests that green tea could help alleviate…

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6 Heart Healthy Nuts and Why They’re Really Good For You

6 Heart Healthy Nuts and Why They’re Really Good For You

Nuts are great. Not only do they make for a crunchy and filling snack to chomp on between meals, they are also known to boost weight loss, brain power and heart health. These tiny wonders are rich sources of protein, fiber and several antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Most nuts contain Vitamin E, B2, folate and essential minerals like magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, copper and selenium. Some people may refrain from chomping on these healthy nuts thinking that they are high on calories but Consultant Nutritionist Dr. Rupali Datta clears the air. “Although…

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Why Is It So Difficult to Quit Caffeine? Understanding Caffeine Withdrawal

Why Is It So Difficult to Quit Caffeine? Understanding Caffeine Withdrawal

Caffeine’s is a serious addiction. Ever reasoned why some people have a harder time quitting it? It was only few years back when the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders considered caffeine intoxication and withdrawal as a diagnosis for mental disorders implying that people under caffeine intoxication or withdrawal may experience symptoms similar to signs of other mental disorders. While further research is warranted to establish the connection in its entirety, caffeine withdrawal is very much a thing of reality. “One reason why caffeine is so…

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Avoid drinking cow’s milk and have a beer a day for good health. Here’s why

Avoid drinking cow’s milk and have a beer a day for good health. Here’s why

Food trends often come and go, and with them a lot of confusion about what we should and shouldn’t eat for a healthy, balanced diet. Nutritional epidemiologist Karin Michels from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, USA, has spent much of her career studying how health can be optimised through a proper diet, and agrees there are many misconceptions around various foods. Believing that many people are not adequately advised on their diets by health professionals, which could have important outcomes for future well-being, she explains the truth behind…

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Here’s why Rajma Chawal is hurting you

Here’s why Rajma Chawal is hurting you

Why you may need to stop eating Rajma   A Punjabi get-together isn’t complete until they have platefuls of Rajma Chawal. It is time already that it should be declared the staple food for them. So, here is a bummer. They may hate this story and put its author on their to-kill radar, but we will still risk writing it. That’s for the sake of our health, of course. The story isn’t about rajma chawal, though, but only rajma. That’s some relief?   ​Full disclosure   Full disclosure: Rajma, or…

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Why You Feel Neck Pain When You Do Crunches

Why You Feel Neck Pain When You Do Crunches

Like most ever-evolving gym goers, I finally realized that to actually develop abs, I needed to start doing more core work (go figure!). But when I added a ton of crunch variations to my regular routine, I realized it wasn’t my abs that were tapping out from exhaustion—it was my neck. Every time I came up, the muscles holding my head were crying out louder than my soon-to-be six-pack. The pain went away like typical muscle soreness, so I assumed it just meant my neck was weak. Embarrassed, I never…

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Why you must cool down

Why you must cool down

A ritual often overlooked in lure of a quick drink at the bar with friends, a good cool down session is something that can make or break a workout programme, just like a good warm up. Remember running a half marathon with little preparation and finding it difficult to walk down steps the next day? The quadriceps must have hurt badly. While the main purpose of warming up is to prepare the body and mind for strenuous activity, cooling down is all about helping the body and sore muscles recover…

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A white Ambassador and lal batti are to kill for: Why the civil services coaching bazaar survives

A white Ambassador and lal batti are to kill for: Why the civil services coaching bazaar survives

New Delhi: A two-lane road leads up to the Batra Complex in Mukherjee Nagar, and it is not the one less travelled. Thousands flock here from every nook and corner of India to prepare for various competitive exams, particularly the civil services, at many big and small coaching centres, making for a multi-crore-rupee industry. The years of prep and money spent will be put to test on Sunday, when over 11.36 lakh aspirants will take the civil services exam preliminary, the first step towards joining India’s elite bureaucracy. Coaching hubs…

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Why Men Stalk Women? You Could Blame it on Their Heart Rate

Why Men Stalk Women? You Could Blame it on Their Heart Rate

Stalking is a problem that unfortunately most women have experienced at least in some point in their lives. Several movies, TV series and documentaries have narrated horrific incidences of stalking to bring to light the seriousness of the issue. While such a behaviour is believed to be a psychological problem, a recent study now draws link to the heart rate of men. According to researchers at the Sam Houston State University in Texas, US, men with low resting heart rate were at significantly greater risk of engaging in a variety of…

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