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Low Carb Diet - Know Side Effects Of It!

Low Carb Diet - Know Side Effects Of It!

A low-carb diet limits the amount of carbohydrates you consume daily. Carbohydrates are the fibres, starches and sugar found in vegetables, fruits, milk products and grains. These are further classified as simple natural, simple refined, complex natural and complex refined.

Refined carbohydrates are found in processed food items such as white bread, pasta, cakes and cookies, aerated drinks and soda. Common sources of natural carbohydrates include –

  • Grains
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Milk
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Legumes – peas, beans, lentils

A diet low in carbohydrates can help you lose weight and improve your metabolism. You might want to switch to a low-carb diet if you are aiming for weight loss or are looking to change your eating habits.

Health Risks of a Low-carb Diet

On one hand, a low-carb diet has been shown to keep away metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. However, there are a few risks associated with this diet. Studies reveal that reducing the intake of carbohydrates drastically may have the following side effects –

Health Risks of a Low-carb Diet -

Constipation -

Certain types of diet limit the consumption of carbohydrates so much that it leads to gastrointestinal disorders – acid reflux, dyspepsia and others – as well as bone problems. Moreover, you miss out on the essential nutrients that your body requires to function. Not getting enough of these nutrients can result in vitamin or mineral deficiencies.

Restricting carbohydrate intake to 20gms a day may lead to ketosis. Ketosis refers to a condition where your body does not get adequate glucose (sugar) to transform into energy. So, your body breaks down the stored fats and causes ketones to build up, triggering symptoms like nausea, headache, and mental/physical weakness.

If you are looking to cut back on your daily carbs intake, you should get in touch with a nutritionist/dietician first. He can prepare a diet chart for you while keeping in mind your overall health requirements.

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Cold - How To Manage It?

Cold - How To Manage It?

Common cold can be defined as a viral infection affecting one’s upper respiratory tract (throat and nose) characterized by mild fever, sneezing, body aches and headaches, congestion, cough, sore throat, runny nose and a general feeling of being unwell. It takes around 10 days to recover completely from the sickness. Although there is no treatment as such for the common cold, however, few remedies might ease the symptoms. 

  1. Stay Hydrated - Lemon and honey mixed with lukewarm water, in addition to clear chicken broth, works therapeutically on congestion or dehydration. However, refrain from caffeinated sodas, coffee and alcohol; beverages that can aggravate dehydration.

  2. Rest - Your body requires time to heal. Therefore, sufficient rest should be the utmost priority.

  3. Soothe your Sore Throat - A saltwater gargle early in the morning can bring great relief for your throat. Hard candy, tablets and sore throat sprays can be used as alternatives if you cannot gargle properly.

  4. Sip on Something Warm - Nothing feels better than a bowl of hot clear chicken soup when you are down with fever. It works wonderfully on the sore throat. Other warm beverages such as tea or a cup of warm clove juice help to improve nose and throat congestion by easing the mucous flow.

  5. Take Medications - Pain relievers, antihistamines (drugs to treat allergies) and decongestants might contribute to some relief. Nevertheless, these over-the-counter medicines cannot prevent or cure a cold entirely.

What not to consider as remedies?

  1. Antibiotics - Antibiotics help fight bacterial infections and are hence, not as effective against viral infections, the main contributor towards common cold.

  2. Cold medications for children below 6 - Over-the-counter drugs may have life-threatening consequences for children below the age of 6.

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Catering Your Oily Skin Efficiently!

Catering Your Oily Skin Efficiently!

Oily skin is a result of overactive sebaceous glands that produce excess oil, thus giving the skin its characteristic greasy look. Oily skin is usually caused by a number of factors such as stress, food, genetics and hormonal changes in the body. Blackheads, whiteheads and acne are some complications that can result from the skin.

It is important to take care of oily skin to prevent breakouts. Mentioned below are 10 tips to assist you in your skincare regimen:

1. Use warm water to clean your skin

Cleaning your face with warm water opens up the pores and clears the dirt from; thus removing the layer of oil on the face more effectively than cold water. 

2. Face masks
You may use face masks such as sandalwood or fuller earth to get rid of the excessive oil on the skin. In addition to removing oil, it also cleans and removes impurities from the skin.

3. Limit scrubbing
You should restrict exfoliating your face 2-3 times a week as too much exfoliation may result in excessive oil production. Over scrubbing may cause the skin to lose its natural oils and turn dry.

4. Use a toner
You may apply toner on the skin regularly for its astringent properties that help in cooling and soothing the skin. It also reduces pore size which thus decreases oil production.

5. Diet
Diet plays an important role in the health of your skin, so consuming too many oily and fried foods can increase the chances of getting acne and pimples on your skin. Eat more vegetables and fruits to keep your skin healthy.

6. Stay hydrated
Drinking water regularly helps in replenishing the lost fluids from your body and it also improves overall body health. 

7. Use medicated pads
To freshen up your face, use wet tissues or medicated pads to soak up the oil which shall help in freshening up your face.

8. Choose makeup wisely
It is not recommended to use heavy makeup if you have oily skin. Instead, use water-based makeup that is light and oily skin friendly. 

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What Should You Do To Control Your Diabetes?

What Should You Do To Control Your Diabetes?
For diabetic patients, missing out on prescribed medicines is at times beneficial. True or False. Take this quiz to know now
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My wife is having high sugar level 160 fasting & 250 non fasting from last 1.5 year (during pregnancy) even after 1 year of delivery. She's taking istamet 500 daily one tablet from last 4 month as prescribed by Dr. Still sugar level is same 160/250. Please suggest what to do.

My wife is having high sugar level 160 fasting & 250 non fasting from last 1.5 year (during pregnancy) even after 1 y...
Diet control should be strict. Regular exercise is must. She needs to increase the dose. It can be increased to twice daily but before that discuss with your treating physician.
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I am taking half of 10 mg tryptomer antidepressants. How to cut dose mam /sir. Please help.

I am taking half of 10 mg tryptomer antidepressants. How to cut dose mam /sir. Please help.
Reducing the dosage is entirely dependent on your doctor and your symptoms. This is a good medicine that can be used for a long time. But if you want to come off of medication, you need to combine medication with therapy. The fact that you want to go off of the medication is your drive to work really hard to come off of it. Here is what you need to do: combine medication with therapy to learn some coping skills and develop tools to face the day-to-day challenges with confidence. Then if you go episode-free for three years under the combination of medicine and therapy, you could initiate weaning you off of the medication gradually and under strict monitoring of the psychiatrist. I know that this may sound discouraging but if you had contacted me many years ago I would have told you at that time to combine the two therapies. But it is never too late, and now you have a clear agenda and time plan to resolve the depression. In the meantime please do the following: when you are depressed, you will feel lazy though I would like to call it lethargy. There is an inertia and lack of energy to even think, let alone act. You are required to literally do the opposite of what you feel like doing. Depression makes you want to withdraw, lie down, sleep, become lethargic, slow down, make you too lazy to even think etc. So when I suggested doing the opposite, you will need to fight this disease. You must become active; stay upright during the daylight time; meet people; never sleep during the day, wake up by 6 am every day, play some active games, especially contact games, do physical exercises, talk to people and join some social clubs, eat more of proteins and vegetables, attend yoga classes etc. Watch sitcoms on tv or comedies and cheer yourself up. Go for excursions in groups, for outings, camps, conferences, and religious conventions. Get a pet dog and spend time training it, exercising it and relating to it. Expose yourself to some sunlight every day, at least 30 minutes but not in the scotching heat. I hope you can find someone to love and be loved too. Whatever happens, please incorporate these three important adaptations in your life: always be responsible, be respectful, and be functional. If you did these three things, lots of things will go well in life. Please pray and have faith in god to alleviate your sufferings. Don’t wait for others to help. Use your own motivation, which might be at its lowest, but persevere and win this battle. You have youth on your side.
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Hi, After using melalite xl for 4-5 days on my neck, my whole neck started peeling off and there is so much irritation and redness. Is it normal? I've stopped using it since last two days. Will this get cured itself?

Hi, After using melalite xl for 4-5 days on my neck, my whole neck started peeling off and there is so much irritatio...
Stop it. You are suffering from irritant contact dermatitis causing redness. Medicine available for good improvement. As the treatment varies depending on the severity. Send photos of the affected area, by direct online consultation for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
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Know The Types Of Fever!

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The main cause of Viral fever is an infection. It is contagious, and it spreads from one person to another by coming in contact directly with an infected person’s body fluids. Viruses are spread when an infected person sneezes, coughs, yawns or talks. Tiny particles of viruses are sprayed into the air, and if a healthy person is close enough, he/she can get infected and may start showing symptoms of fever anywhere between 16 to 48 hours.

Hello I am experiencing palpitations once a week, they appear for 5secs and gone! normal rhythm and pulse. I've done echo, ecg, thyroid profile, blood tests, everything is normal! the palpitations are like "lub dub lub dub lub dub" on chest and back to normal!

Hello I am experiencing palpitations once a week, they appear for 5secs and gone! normal rhythm and pulse. I've done ...
I would recommend you to go for 24 hours or 48 hours holter monitoring, because ecg is an instantanious investigation, so it may miss any rhythm change happening at times different from ecg is done, do you have dizziness or vertigo then you must go for the above mentioned test, & also you should look whether you are too much anxious about anything, then it is taken care of first.
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Hello mam and sir my height 6.3 weight 68 im doing 1 hour gym but weight gain is not improve so tell me dait plan for weight gain any supplement.

Hello mam and sir my height 6.3 weight 68 im doing 1 hour gym but weight gain is not improve so tell me dait plan for...
Dear user, your ideal body weight should be around 91-92 kg so there is need to loose around 23-24. Gaining weight by the natural way helps to keep your weight steady and healthy. If your average calorie intake is smaller than your calorie expenditure, you won’t gain weight. Weight gain needs to take care of your diet and lifestyle for the whole day. Tips never work to achieve your target, but you may do certain changes like avoid gaps in between two meals, add a healthy meal and reduce junk meal. You may add paneer, potatoes, legumes, nuts in your diet. We are having weight gain program which based on customized diet, no medicine, no herbs, no starvation along with clinic fitness so there is no side effect. You can connect us through private consult or through our website kg to become fit.
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I am suffering from over weight problem usually I have very busy schedule from morning 9 to 11 pm in night so I don't have time to do physical exercise but in my office I will never sir in one place but still my weight is increasing and I will eat normal food only very rarely I eat food in restaurants.

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Obesity also lead many other problems .so avoid munching in between the office time, avoid sugars and it's products, fried, processed foods. Drink 8-10 glass of water daily. For further diet related queries contact us on Lybrate.
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Hair Care Tip!

Hair Care Tip!

Hair Care Tip!

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