Boost your heart health by increasing your intake of these potassium-rich foods

Boost your heart health by increasing your intake of these potassium-rich foods

What you eat plays a huge role in your overall health and well being. Potassium is an important mineral that some people tend to lack. It is essential for the transmission of nerve impulses, as well as muscle contraction (particularly the heart) and good kidney function, and plays a role in fighting high blood pressure, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Potassium is naturally present in pulses, such as white beans, chickpeas and lentils, vegetables (chard, spinach, potatoes, cabbage, mushrooms), fruit (avocado, banana, apricots, citrus fruit, blackcurrants), and dried…

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Low Calcium Intake Could Trigger Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Study

Low Calcium Intake Could Trigger Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Study

According to a latest study, those with deficiency in calcium in their blood are on a higher risk of experiencing Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) than those with optimal levels. Calcium plays an important role in maintaining healthy bones and joints, strong teeth and healthy blood vessels. It also helps regulate blood pressure and prevent diabetes. The researchers revealed that Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is fatal for over 90 percent of patients, and more than half of men and close to 70 percent of women who die of SCA have shown to have…

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What’s Your Daily Salt Intake? Even 5 Gram Can Put You at Risk of Heart Attack

What’s Your Daily Salt Intake? Even 5 Gram Can Put You at Risk of Heart Attack

No other ingredient is as basic but as important as salt in the culinary world. Without it, it is almost impossible to hit the right flavour note and make all the ingredients come together into a gastronomic joyride. A little sprinkling of the white crystals into a bowl of salad, steaks, omelette, stir-fries, soups, etc is customary. Now, coming to Indians, the love affair with salt goes another level. It is almost like a compulsory side that has to accompany every meal. Even our snacks and small bites come smeared…

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Can’t Stop Overeating? A Gene May Help You Control Your Food Intake

Can’t Stop Overeating? A Gene May Help You Control Your Food Intake

A country where 270 million people live below the poverty line, obesity seems to be a distant issue, meant for the rich folks of the first world. But India is under siege: junk food, alcohol and sedentary lifestyle are leading us to silent self-destruction, making one in every five Indian men and women either obese or overweight. Further, obesity among children and adolescents too is rising rapidly. Over eating or excessive intake of food is one of the major reasons of obesity among the masses. People who overeat have a…

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Why Your Water Intake is Essential in Preventing Urinary Diseases

Why Your Water Intake is Essential in Preventing Urinary Diseases

As much as we love winters, the cold season brings along with it a few spoilers. What top the list are dryness and dehydration. They are almost inescapable. You need to constantly remind yourself to hydrate and smear yourself with moisturisers to keep your skin supple. The cold wind doesn’t help even a single bit to keep the energy levels high, as the only thought that runs in your mind is to snuggle in some heated corner and warm up. You have to make the extra effort to take care…

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​Taste this: Your salt intake is double and dangerous

​Taste this: Your salt intake is double and dangerous

Many know they have to worry about salt, particularly if they have hypertension and abnormal amounts of lipids and fats in the blood. Scientists, however, have found that even patients with these diseases take more than two times the quantity recommended for a normal person. The National Institute of Nutrition’s dietary guidelines for Indians say salt intake higher than 8 gm/day is considered a risk factor for hypertension. Yet, a multi-centric study done on 500 patients in five metros showed that the mean total daily salt consumption was 10.9gm, with…

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High Intake of Saturated Fats May up Heart Disease Risk

High Intake of Saturated Fats May up Heart Disease Risk

Love to eat hard cheese, whole milk, butter, beef, and chocolate? Beware, as a new study suggests that regular consumption of such major saturated fatty acids can increase the risk of coronary heart disease. These should be replaced with unsaturated fats, whole grain carbohydrates or plant proteins, as part of an effective preventive approach, the study suggested. The findings showed that replacing 1 per cent of the daily energy intake from the combined group of these major saturated fatty acids with equivalent energy from polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, whole grain…

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India’s Salt Intake Twice the WHO-Recommended Mark

India’s Salt Intake Twice the WHO-Recommended Mark

The average salt intake in India is double that of the WHO-recommended maximum consumption level of 5 gm/day, a study said on Wednesday. Researchers at the George Institute for Global Health reviewed data involving 227,000 people across the country and found salt consumption “far exceeds” the World Health Organization (WHO) maximum target of just five grams per person each day. “The average daily salt intake was 10.98 grams per day for Indians aged above 19 against the WHO recommendation of 5 gm,” a statement from the institute said, highlighting the…

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More Evidence Links High Sodium Intake to Risk of Death

More Evidence Links High Sodium Intake to Risk of Death

Keeping sodium intake low may prolong life according to a new study that set out to clarify the long-term risk of eating too much sodium and the benefits of cutting down. Based on following more than 3,000 people with elevated blood pressure for over 24 years, researchers found that risk of death from any cause rose in a straight line along with sodium intake. “Our results are not that surprising because we know that sodium increases blood pressure, and we have found that it increases risk of cardiovascular disease also,”…

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Rye bread intake can help ease irritable bowel syndrome

Rye bread intake can help ease irritable bowel syndrome

Rye bread intake can help ease irritable bowel syndrome (Katrin Ray Shumakov/Getty Images) The patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) will experience milder symptoms with regular intake of rye bread that is low in FODMAP (fermentable oligo- di- and mono-saccharides and polyols). In a new study, it has been revealed that the people, who ate rye bread low in FODMAP experienced ease than patients who ate normal rye bread. “Our study shows that reduction of FODMAP content of a major food staple, such as rye bread, may reduce some symptoms…

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