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Dt. Radhika  - Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata

Dt. Radhika

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Diploma In Dietitian Health and Nutrition, Pursuing Diploma In Dietetics,Nutr...

Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata

3 Years Experience  ·  1450 at clinic  ·  ₹250 online
Dt. Radhika 92% (11 ratings) Diploma In Dietitian Health and Nutrition, Pursuing Diplo... Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
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Diploma In Dietitian Health and Nutrition - VLCC Institute of Beauty and Nutrition - 2015
Pursuing Diploma In Dietetics,Nutrition and Health Education - Indira Gandhi National Open University - 2017
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Dietitian at 2017 Belle Vue Clinic
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Member of Society of Nutrition and Dietetics in Kolkata

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Hypothyroidism - 5 Foods You Should Avoid

Diploma In Dietitian Health and Nutrition, Pursuing Diploma In Dietetics,Nutrition and Health Education
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
Hypothyroidism - 5 Foods You Should Avoid

The thyroid is a small gland located on the neck. When the thyroid gland functions normally, it is easy to ignore it but an underactive or overactive thyroid gland can cause a number of problems. An underactive thyroid gland is known as hypothyroidism. In this case, the gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. This, in turn, lowers metabolism. Your diet plays a large role in influencing the functioning of the thyroid gland. Some of the foods you should avoid in cases of hypothyroidism are:

1. Cruciferous Vegetables
This includes vegetables such as cabbage, bok choi, kale, sprouts, and broccoli. These vegetables restrict the thyroid’s ability to absorb iodine which in turn lowers the functionality of the thyroid gland. While you do not need to completely avoid these vegetables, you should restrict their intake to less than 5 ounces each day. Cooking these vegetables can also help reduce their effect.

2. Soy
Soy products are rich in plant-based phytoestrogen. This hormone interferes with the body’s ability to use the thyroid hormone. It can worsen hypothyroidism and even increase the risk of hypothyroidism. However, this has not been scientifically proven and hence there are no specific dietary guidelines on how much should be eaten. To be on the safe side, consume soy products in moderation and avoid them whenever possible.

3. Fatty Foods
Hypothyroidism is yet another reason to avoid fatty foods. Fats interfere with the body’s ability to absorb thyroid hormone as well as thyroid hormone replacement drugs. It also lowers the production of thyroid hormone and thus aggravates hypothyroidism. Ideally, you should avoid fatty foods such as red meat, fatty fish, butter, mayonnaise etc. You should also avoid foods that are deep fried. Instead, try steaming or baking your food.

4. Sugar
Many dieticians refer to sugar as empty calories. These calories do not have any nutrients but can slow down the body’s metabolism rate. It also leads to weight gain that furthers aggravates hypothyroidism as well as other lifestyle disorders such as diabetes. Limit your sugar consumption to 1-2 spoons a day or try and eliminate it completely. You could also try replacing sugar with honey to sweeten your tea.

5. Excess Fiber
An excessive amount of anything including fiber can be detrimental to the body. Too much fiber can create complications in the treatment of hypothyroidism. Thus, you should not consume more than 35 grams of fiber a day. This can take the form of whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and beans.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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10 Amazing Benefits of Eating Quinoa!

Diploma In Dietitian Health and Nutrition, Pursuing Diploma In Dietetics,Nutrition and Health Education
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
10 Amazing Benefits of Eating Quinoa!

Quinoa is considered to be one of the world's healthiest foods. It is gluten free and high in protein. It is among the few plants which contain all 9 essential amino acids. Quinoa is also rich in fiber, iron, potassium, phosphorus, Vitamin E, vitamin B and other beneficial antioxidants.

Here are 10 health benefits of quinoa:

  1. Quinoa comes in red, white and black colors. It is an edible seed and becoming very trendy among the people who are health conscious. It is loaded with the richness of many important nutrients. There are traces of nutrients present which are very healthy for the body These include flavonoids which are basically the plant antioxidants which have beneficial effects on the health. Quercetin and Kaempferol are flavonoids and are found in large amounts in quinoa. Both these molecules have anti viral, anti inflammatory, anti cancer and anti depressants effects.
  2. Very high in fiber, much higher than most grains. It is high in fiber, but boiled quinoa has less fiber in it as it is absorbed by the water. It has almost 17-27 grams of fiber per cup.
  3. Gluten free and perfect for people with gluten intolerance. A gluten free diet is considered to be healthy as long as the starches are not refined as this causes a problem. If gluten foods with refined sugars are consumed they are equal to consuming junk food. Quinoa is a natural gluten free product and is used in gluten free recipes. This increases the nutrient value and the antioxidants of the gluten diet.
  4. Amino acids make up the protein. Some of these amino acids are known as essential as we need to get them through diet. Many plant foods are deficient in some essential amino acids like lysine. But quinoa is an exception, as it contains all the nine amino acids.
  5. The glycemic index is usually done to measure the blood sugar levels. On eating foods high in glycemic index, it can stimulate the hunger and leads to obesity. The glycemic index of quinoa is 53 which is low.
  6. Certain nutrients like magnesium, potassium, zinc and (for women) irons go missing from the diet. Quinoa is very high in all these minerals, especially magnesium.
  7. Quinoa can lower blood sugar and triglyceride level thus, improving metabolic health.
  8. Quinoa appears to be very high in antioxidants, which are increased even further after the seeds are sprouted.
  9. Helps in losing weight as quinoa is high in fiber, protein and has a low glycemic index.
  10. Quinoa is very easy to include in diet.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Mustard Vs Vegetable Oil - Which One Should You Really Use?

Diploma In Dietitian Health and Nutrition, Pursuing Diploma In Dietetics,Nutrition and Health Education
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
Mustard Vs Vegetable Oil - Which One Should You Really Use?

Vegetable Oils are the oils that are obtained from various plants and their sources. They comprise of different types of oils which are procured from sources like seeds, herbs, nuts, legumes and fruits. Common examples of vegetable oils are olive oil, soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil and peanut oil.

Mustard oil is also, in fact, a vegetable oil as is extracted from the seeds of the mustard. Mustard oil is used a lot in traditional cooking. However, today, most people like to use new varieties of vegetable oils. But how healthy is this trend?

Mustard oil is a vegetable oil obtained from mustard seeds. It is dark yellow in colour and has a pungent odour. Its main benefits are

  1. Mustard oil contains good unsaturated fats. These fats don't get deposited in your blood vessels.
  2. It contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that reduce blood cholesterol levels.
  3. Mustard oil also contains ‘Glucosinolate’, a substance that has antimicrobial properties. Thus, the oil is effective against infections.
  4. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, mustard oil is very good for people with irritable bowel syndrome as it helps reduce inflammation along the lining of your stomach.

Vegetable oils

  1. In comparison to mustard, vegetable oils are tasteless and are known to adapt to the food’s natural taste, due to which consumers often pick them up over mustard.
  2. Almost all vegetable oils are cholesterol-free, but they do contain some saturated and unsaturated fats and saturated fats, as we know, do play a role in blood cholesterol level.
  3. Each one of the vegetable oil such as olive, sunflower and groundnut have some benefits and negatives. Let’s take a quick look at the oil profiles of these three common vegetable oils before you select the oil for cooking in your kitchen.

Oil profile

  1. Groundnut: It is high in MUFA or monounsaturated fats and PUFA or polyunsaturated fats, and both of these help in lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol. Groundnut is also a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant with anti-cancer properties and skin benefits.
  2. Sunflower: What’s perhaps the best thing about this oil is its light flavor that doesn’t overpower other ingredients. It also contains a protein that helps regulate blood glucose levels.
  3. Olive: It’s high in MUFA, so it’s linked to lower risk of heart disease and breast cancer. Extra virgin oil is rich in natural plant antioxidants and these can protect against damaging free radicals. The oil is reasonably high in saturated fats, so it should be used sparingly.

You can choose the oil for yourself keeping the above guidelines in mind, as no oil is best for all. You need to match the oil with your cooking style and health needs to get the best out of it. We recommend that you mix two oils and cook. This way you get the best of the best.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Nuts - How To Know If You Are Allergic To Them?

Diploma In Dietitian Health and Nutrition, Pursuing Diploma In Dietetics,Nutrition and Health Education
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
Nuts - How To Know If You Are Allergic To Them?

Nuts are a rich source of energy but are also one of the most common food allergens. Both children and adults can suffer from nut allergies. While some children may outgrow the allergy, for others this is a lifelong condition. When it comes to children, the sibling of a child who is allergic to nuts also has a high risk of being allergic to them as well.

Nut allergies can be categorized as an allergy to peanuts or an allergy to tree nuts. Tree nuts are nuts that grow on trees such as walnuts, cashew nuts and almonds. Peanuts are not considered tree nuts as they grow underground in the form of legumes. A person can be allergic to both types of nuts but it is not necessary that if you are allergic to peanuts, you should avoid almonds as well and vice versa.

There are laboratory tests to determine the types of food you can be allergic to but in most cases, you realize you are allergic to something only after consuming it. Some of the symptoms of nut allergies include:

  1. Redness
  2. Rashes
  3. Tenderness of the skin
  4. Hives
  5. Swelling of the hands and feet
  6. Sneezing
  7. Runny nose
  8. Sore throat
  9. Watery eyes
  10. Nausea
  11. Vomiting
  12. Stomach cramps
  13. Diarrhea
  14. Shortness of breath

Most of the symptoms that affect the skin and respiratory system can be relieved with the help of antihistamines. Cold compresses can also help relieve itchiness caused by nut allergies.
One of the most severe forms of nut allergies can result in Anaphylaxis. This can be described as the swelling of the throat so much so that the airways are blocked and it becomes difficult to breathe. It is often accompanied by swelling of the facial features and itchiness. The only way to relieve this swelling is with an adrenaline injection. This reduces the swelling and reopens the airways. The most common type of adrenaline injection is known as an epi pen.

Some types of foods that commonly contain nuts and should be avoided include baked goods, pesto, nougat, marzipan, soups, multigrain bread, honey, granola, sauces such as hot sauce and barbeque sauce, salad dressings and veggie burgers. Nuts are often also used as thickening agents and hence if you know you are allergic to nuts, pay attention to food labels before you buy any product and make it a habit to tell your server in a restaurant that you are allergic to nuts. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.

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Hi am 18 years old male, am skinny guy, want to increase height, so am south Indian, but am taking Punjabi diet, as calories directly proportional to HEIGHT, but I masturbate daily, should I stop it? How many calories should I take daily for height?

Diploma In Dietitian Health and Nutrition, Pursuing Diploma In Dietetics,Nutrition and Health Education
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
Hi am 18 years old male, am skinny guy, want to increase height, so am south Indian, but am taking Punjabi diet, as c...
Hi lybrate-user, Males usually gain height upto 21 years - 25 years depending on your lifestyle and genetic composition. A proper nutrition and balanced diet along with correct exercise and sound sleep is what will result in height gain. Of course, genetics also have a huge role to play in this. Swimming, basketball, yoga, stretching help in gaining height. How frequently you masturbate is not related to you gaining height. So, I suggest you adopt a healthy lifestyle and you should shoot up soon.
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I have recently done a Vitamin D3 test of a body and it was 11.2 even my wrist size is nearly 150 cm. Please suggest me a proper diet to increase my Vitamin D3 levels and should I take any nutritional supplements for this. Please tell me how much time should I spend in sunlight and playing.

Diploma In Dietitian Health and Nutrition, Pursuing Diploma In Dietetics,Nutrition and Health Education
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
I have recently done a Vitamin D3 test of a body and it was 11.2 even my wrist size is nearly 150 cm. Please suggest ...
Hi lybrate-user, It is quite common to have a Vitamin D deficiency. To recover from this it is important to have a balanced diet and take enough sunlight. Try spending 20 mins in sunlight everyday before 9 am. Earlier, the better. Also, have 2 whole eggs daily (I hope you are ok with eating eggs ). Eggs help in the synthesis of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is best obtained from medicines or injections as prescribed by a doctor. So, please consult a physician for the same. And wrist size is 150 cm. Are you sure?
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My face has swollen significantly over the last 3-4 months without any weight gain or medication. I had my thyroid checked and it's fine. What can I do to deal with my puffy face?

Diploma In Dietitian Health and Nutrition, Pursuing Diploma In Dietetics,Nutrition and Health Education
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
Hi lybrate-user, Did you check for cholestrol levels or if you have water retention? I would definitely encourage you to have at least 3 lt water daily and consume less salt. So, avoid foods high in salt. This would include salted nuts, chips, papad, pickle etc.
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