Healthy nutrition tips for those fasting in Ramadan

Vegetable dishes should be preferred for both suhoor and iftar meals. Muslims around the world will be fasting for a month as of May 6, willingly abstaining from eating and drinking. But fasting can be a little difficult, especially for those in the northern hemisphere, as the days are longer. Ramadan is a time of self-reflection and self-purification, both physically and spiritually. Therefore, we need to learn how to maintain a balanced and healthy diet. First of all, it is necessary to consume foods in four groups which are milk…

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Childhood obesity and depression: How are they linked? Tips to help your child maintain a healthy weight

A recent study says that obese kids are at greater risk of suffering from emotional problems, suggesting a close link between obesity and mental health. Childhood obesity and depression: How are they linked? Tips to help your child maintain a healthy weight  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock New Delhi: Childhood overweight or obesity is a serious health problem that has reached epidemic levels in many parts of the world, including India. It can have both immediate and long-term health consequences. According to a recent study, obese kids are at greater risk of suffering…

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Healthy diet can beat symptoms of depression: Study

The study found that all types of dietary improvement appeared to have equal effects on mental health, with weight loss, fat reduction or nutrient-improving diets all can reduce the symptoms of depression. Dietary improvement significantly reduces symptoms of depression  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images Washington D.C.: While many might agree that ice-cream binge can soothe your soul during a rough phase in your life, a recent study suggests that weight loss, nutrient-boosting and fat reduction diets can reduce the symptoms of depression. In a new study published in Psychosomatic Medicine, a…

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Healthy Food Makes You Happy: Research Shows A Healthy Diet Improves Your Mental Health

Young woman buying fresh red peppers at supermarket. She’s picking peppers from the shelf.GETTY Depression has many origins: genetic, triggered by a specific event or circumstance or lifestyle choices. But it is a disease of the brain, and researchers find that ensuring it receives the proper nutrients is a way to prevent and treat depression. In the future patients experiencing depression may not only be referenced to a therapist, but a nutritionist as well. It has long been understood that fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean, unprocessed proteins are the…

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Wish To Keep Your Brain Healthy? Take Care Of Your Heart First

It turns out maintaining low blood pressure does not just help prevent heart attacks — it can also keep your mind sharp. Research presented Wednesday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago found that at-risk people whose blood pressure was kept lower than the recommended level had a significant reduction in mild cognitive impairment (MCI), the precursor to dementia. The research was part of the federally funded Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), a large-scale, long-term clinical study that also measured the effects of lower blood pressure on cardiovascular…

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Foodswitch: The App That Helps You Eat Healthy

Researchers have developed a novel app which can act as a nutritionist at the shopper’s side in the grocery store. Aptly named “FoodSwitch”, the app can help users scan a packaged food’s barcode, quickly see its nutritional rating and identify similar foods that are healthier. “FoodSwitch is unique in that users don’t have to hunt for healthier alternatives. They’re all listed in the app,” Mark Huffman, Associate Professor at Northwestern University in the US said in a statement released by the university. Unlike other nutrition apps, FoodSwitch also asks users…

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Want to keep heart healthy and strong? Avoid travelling to high altitudes

While the mountain air may be refreshing and offer respite from the heat, it is not so good for your heart. A new study improves our understanding of how the human body adapts to high altitude areas. It reveals that at high altitudes (over 3000 m), the lower amount of oxygen in the air leads to a decrease in the volume of blood circulating around the body, and an increase in blood pressure in the lungs.The findings are important for people who live, travel and exercise at high altitudes. The…

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World Thyroid Day, keep your thyroid healthy with the right diet, exercise

Do you have tremors, feel bloated pretty often or have been finding it difficult to concentrate lately? Although these can be symptoms for various other conditions, these three are also indicative of thyroid. Hence, it is best to go for a check up and see if you have hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. World Thyroid Day is observed on May 25 every year and its objective is to increase awareness and understanding about thyroid health. There are two types of thyroid- hyperthyroid (an over active thyroid gland) and hypothyroid (underactive thyroid gland). Thyroid cannot be…

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Is Quitting Sugar Completely A Healthy Option?

Regular consumption of sugar is said to have many repercussions; it may cause diabetes, obesity and other health issues. When you tend to consume excessive sugar, it may affect your liver, increase uric acid levels, causes metabolic dysfunction and trap you into this vicious cycle of craving and bingeing on sweets. While eating excessive sugar can be dangerous, quitting it completely can be equally harmful; we are not talking about white refined sugar, but natural sugars. Let’s find out if quitting sugar completely is a good option. Sugar Addiction What does excessive sugar consumption do…

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7 ways to lose weight, stay healthy. Think dark chocolate, honey, more

If losing weight is the biggest reason you are enrolling yourself to a gym, here’s something you need to do before introducing yourself to exercises or dumbbells. Remember, before you think of building those biceps or calf muscles, it is imperative that you right all the wrongs in your lifestyle. Inculcating healthy habits, such as eating right and leading a disciplined life is a must so that our body functions at its optimum level. This does not, however, mean that you go the extreme way and give up on all…

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