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Benefits of Buckwheat And Its Side Effects Tips

Diabetes Care Tips!

Dr. Ritu Singh 88% (32 ratings)
M.Sc - Clinical Nutrition, B.Sc - Home Science, Certified Diabetes Educator
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad

9 tips to eat smartly and healthy food in diabetes

Choose healthier carbohydrates

All carbs affect blood glucose levels so it’s important to know which foods contain carbohydrates. Choose the healthier foods that contain carbs and be aware of your portion sizes. 

Here are some healthy sources of carbohydrate

Whole grains like brown rice, buckwheat and whole oats

Fruit 

Vegetables

Pulses such as chickpeas, beans and lentils

Dairy like unsweetened yoghurt and milk. 

At the same time, it’s also important to cut down on foods low in fibre such as white bread, white rice and processed grains 

2. Eat less salt

Eating lots of salt can increase your risk of high blood pressure, which in turn increases risk of heart diseases and stroke. And when you have diabetes, you’re already more at risk of all of these conditions.


3. Eat less red and processed meat

If you’re cutting down on carbs, you might start to have bigger portions of meat to fill you up. 
These all have links with heart problems and cancers. 

Try swapping red and processed meat for these: 

Pulses such as beans and lentils

Eggs 

Fish 

Poultry like chicken and turkey 

Unsalted nuts

Beans, peas and lentils are also very high in fibreand don’t affect your blood glucose levels too much – making them a great swap for processed and red meat and keeping you feeling full. 
Most of us know that fish is good for us, but oily fish like salmon and mackerel are even better. 
These are rich in something called omega-3 oil, which helps protect your heart.
Try and aim to eat two portions of oily fish a week.
 
4. Eat more fruit and veg

We know eating fruit and vegetables is good for you. 
It’s always a good thing aim to eat more at meal times and have them as snacks if you’re hungry. 
This can help you get the vitamins, minerals and fibre your body needs every day to help keep you healthy. 

Products like fruit juices also count as added sugar, so go for whole fruit instead. 

5. Choose healthier fats

We all need fat in our diet because it gives us energy. But different types of fat affect our health in different ways.

Healthier fats are in foods like unsalted nuts, seeds, avocados, oily fish, olive oil, rapeseed oil and sunflower oil. 
Some saturated fat like ghee, dalda can increase the amount of cholesterol in your blood, increasing your risk of heart problems. 

It’s still a good idea to cut down on using oils in general, so try to grill, steam or bake foods instead. 
 
6. Cut down on added sugar 

We know cutting out sugar can be really hard at the beginning, so small practical swaps are a good starting point when you’re trying to cut down on excess sugar. 
Swapping sugary drinks, energy drinks and fruit juices with water, plain milk, or tea and coffee without sugar can be a good start.

Cutting out these added sugars can help you control your blood glucose levels and help keep your weight down. If your diabetes treatment means you get hypos, and you use sugary drinks to treat them, this is still important for your diabetes management and you shouldn’t cut this out.
However, if you are having regular hypos it is really important to discuss this with your diabetes team. 
 
7. Be smart with snacks 

If you want a snack, choose yoghurts, unsalted nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables instead of crisps, chips, biscuits and chocolates. 
But watch your portions still – it’ll help you keep an eye on your weight

8. Get your minerals and vitamins from foods
Consume one fruit on daily basis

It’s better to get your essential nutrients by eating a mixture of different foods. 
 
9. Don’t forget to keep moving

Being more physically active goes hand in hand with eating healthier.

Try to aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week

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Treatment of Corns!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 84% (10 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Treatment of Corns!

Treatment of Corns

Homeopathic Treatment of Corns
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Corns
Surgical Treatment of Corns
Dietary & Herbal & Herbal Treatment of Corns
Other Treatment of Corns
What is Corns
Symptoms of Corns
Causes of Corns
Risk factors of Corns
Complications of Corns
Lab Investigations and Diagnosis of Corns
Precautions & Precautions & Prevention of Corns
Treatment of Corns

Homeopathic Treatment of Corns

There is effective treatment for Corns in homeopathy. Homoeopathic treatment for Corns is completely painless and safe. Corns treatment may last up to a total duration of six months. However patient gets relief from pain much earlier. Following are some homeopathy remedies for corns.

Antim c
Ranunculus
Calendula
Bryonia
Pulsatilla 

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Corns

Allopathic anti-inflammatory medicines give you relief at the cost of your Immunity. The attention of a physician may be required if there is numbness, reduced feeling, or severe pain.. Medical attention is not usually required unless diabetes mellitus, poor circulation, or other problems make self-care difficult. 

Surgical Treatment of Corns

In some cases, surgical correction of the bony prominence that is causing the high pressure may be needed.

Dietary & Herbal & Herbal Treatment of Corns

Eat food such as spinach, cucumber, cherries and raspberries.
You can get alkali from millet and buckwheat grains.
Maximize the use of fresh organic vegetable and fruits
Avoid the processed and junk foods.
Maximize the intake of vitamin A, B complex, and C in your diet.
Avoid saturated fats, white flour, fried foods, sugar, alcohol, red meat, coffee, chocolate and soft drinks.  

Other Treatment of Corns

Remove bunching of socks, irritating stitching from socks, or any other local irritant.
Wear properly fitting shoes.
Try using doughnut-shaped corn pads, which may relieve pressure on corns. 
 

What is Corns?

Corns (also called clavi) are specially-shaped calluses of dead skin that usually occur on thin or glabrous (hairless and smooth) skin surfaces, especially on the top of toes or fingers.

Symptoms of Corns

Increased pressure on toes and
Irritation on toes
Inflamed skin.
Painful walking 

Causes of Corns

People who do lots of exercise, put more pressure on their feet.
Prominent bones in your feet can press against your shoes.
Poorly fitting footwear.
Poorly healed fractures.

Risk factors of Corns

The following are factors that increase your risk for Corns:

Weight gain
Old Age
More common in women than men
Bunions, hammertoe and other foot problems and deformities
Physical activities that cause pressure on the skin
Bad-fitting footwear.

Complications of Corns

Complications can occur if corns are not treated properly. Some of the most common complications are:

Infection
Development of a fluid-filled sac beneath the corn
Development of an ulcer 

Diagnosis of Corns

If you are getting constant foot pain, must report to your GP (general practitioner, primary care physician) about it. Your GP will examine your foot to look for any signs of corns.  The GP will interview the patient and ask about his/her lifestyle. The patient’s footwear may also be checked. There will be a physical examination. If the doctor suspects there may be an underlying bone structure problem the patient may be referred for an X-ray.  It (X-Ray) helps identify how and why a bone is causing a corn. Some times GP also recommend a pedobarograph, which can be used to examine foot pressure patterns. 

Precautions & Precautions & Prevention of Corns

Inspect feet regularly.
Wear properly fitted shoes.
Trim toenails straight across, but not too short.
Wear properly fitted socks with no irritating stitching.
Don’t ignore foot pain — it’s not normal.
Wash feet regularly
Don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day.
Avoid walking barefoot

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Women & Diabetes - Your Right To A Healthy Future!

Dr. Dharmendra Panchal 87% (10 ratings)
MD - General Medicine, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Diabetologist, Ahmedabad
Women & Diabetes - Your Right To A Healthy Future!

The disease itself may not discriminate on the gender basis, but when it comes to healthcare for patients with diabetes, women find themselves at a disadvantage as compared to men. Studies indicate that diabetes, a disease that affects over 371 million people worldwide takes a greater toll on women than men. Though, hormones in women do account for some of the unique challenges they have to face, but there are other societal factors as well that bring in the differences.

This World Diabetes Day, is about promoting the significance of affordable care for diabetes and equitable access for all women at risk or living with diabetes to essential medicines, technological information and self-management education they require and achieve optimal outcome to strengthen their adequacy to prevent type-2 diabetes. Because, It's your right to a healthy and disease free future!

So, how will you know if you are suffering from this deadly disease – Diabetes?

Symptoms

Women with diabetes experience many of the same symptoms as that of men. However, there are some that are specific to women.

Symptoms experienced by both women and men:

Symptoms unique to women:

Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year. Two out of every five women suffering from diabetes are of reproductive age. Women with diabetes have more difficulty conceiving and may have poor pregnancy outcomes.

Diabetes and Pregnancy

The affect of Diabetes, in a pregnancy will not be great, if controlled properly. Women with diabetes should talk to their gynaecologist while planning to conceive so that they can control their blood sugar levels even before getting pregnant. Your gynaecologist will help you control and monitor your diabetes and blood sugar levels during pregnancy.

And, if you fail to get your blood sugar levels under control during pregnancy, you may experience severe risks:

  1. Miscarriage
  2. Premature delivery
  3. Difficult delivery or cesarean section (C-section)
  4. Birth defects
  5. Having a large baby
  6. Preeclampsia (high blood pressure usually with protein in the urine)
  7. Low blood glucose in a newborn
  8. Breathing problems in the newborn
  9. Yellowing skin and eyes (jaundice) in a newborn
  10. Worsening diabetic eye problems and kidney problems for the mother
  11. Urinary or bladder infections

What is Gestational Diabetes?

When diabetes occurs in women during pregnancy, it is called gestational diabetes. It is usually diagnosed at the first week of pregnancy. Like in type 1 and type 2 diabetes, blood sugar levels become too high. When a woman is pregnant, more glucose is required to nourish the baby developing inside her womb. During this time, the body needs more insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. In some women, the body does not produce enough insulin to meet this need, and blood sugar levels rise, resulting in gestational diabetes. 

Fortunately, for most women, gestational diabetes will go away once the baby is delivered. However, women who have had gestational diabetes are at increased risk for developing type-2 diabetes. Further, people suffering from PTSD are in high risk group, and should consult their doctor immediately and those who are presently, affected with Diabetes should consult for pre-conception consultation.

Risk Factors for Diabetes in Women

You are at risk for type-2 diabetes if you:

  1. are overweight or obese
  2. are older than 45
  3. have a family history of diabetes (parent or sibling)
  4. have had gestational diabetes
  5. have had a baby with a birth weight of more than 9 pounds
  6. have high blood pressure
  7. have high cholesterol
  8. have other health conditions that are linked to problems using insulin, such as PCOS

Diabetes Treatment Options

Medications

There are various medications you can take to control the symptoms of diabetes. These include:

  1. Insulin therapy
  2. Sulfonylureas like chlorpropamide, which increase pancreatic insulin secretion
  3. Metformin (Glucophage), which reduces blood sugar

Lifestyle changes

A change in your diet and lifestyle can also help women control their diabetes

  1. Exercise and maintain a healthy weight
  2. Monitor your blood sugar
  3. Eat a diet focused on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  4. Strictly avoid smoking cigarettes

Alternative remedies

Women with diabetes can try other alternative remedies to treat the symptoms, such as 

  1. Eat more broccoli, buckwheat, sage, peas, and fenugreek seeds
  2. Take supplements like chromium or magnesium
  3. Take plant supplements

But, always remember to consult with your doctor before trying any new treatment. Even if they are natural, they can intrude with your on-going treatment or medications. So, this World Diabetes Day, take a pledge towards healthy living... because your health is important to someone else! In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

 

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Cheat Meals That Don't Feel Like Cheating!

Dt. Nidhi Nigam 88% (56 ratings)
PG Diploma in Clinical Nutrition, Diploma in Dietetics and Health Nutrition, Health Coach
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore

The question that I am asked all the times.

Can I get a cheat meal and not put on weight too?

The whole point of a cheat meal is to satisfy your taste buds for junk food, but you could pick healthier alternatives.So I am gonna ask you to consider these cheat meals over others like whole wheat pizzas, buckwheat or amarnath tikkis and sandwiches, whole wheat pasta in tomato based sauce with lot of veggies or chicken. This way, you will not jeopardize your weight loss diet but at the same time fulfil your food craving.

Top 4 Internal Organs You Should Pay Attention!

Dr. A.A Khan 93% (1041 ratings)
MBBS,CCA,DCA,AASECT,FPA,AAD,F.H.R.SM.I.M.S
General Physician, Bangalore
Top 4 Internal Organs You Should Pay Attention!

The health of our internal organs is one of those things we all take for granted until it’s too late. We think our youth and vitality will never pass but in truth, even though you’re not feeling it now, every dietary or lifestyle decision will affect you in the long run.

Fortunately, in our day and age, people are more in more interested in their lifestyle and habits. The number of people searching for a health-related subject is on the rise, while young people (especially millennials) and healthier and more physically active than ever.

Top 4 internal organs

When it comes to preserving our health, it’s important to take a systematic, patient approach and deal with each of the internal organs separately, each with its needs. Occasionally some health issues are intertwined, so by focusing on one organ, you might be inadvertently preventing another more serious health problem. The top four internal organs that we should pay more attention to comprise the kidneys, heart, lungs, and the liver. Let us look at it in detail:

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The kidneys are two fist-sized organs below the rib that basically act as your natural filtration system. Each day, they filter about 150 litres of blood to produce 2 litres of urine. They are one of the most important organs that we possess and are vital to our survival.

Kidney diseases

Neglecting them for long periods of time can lead to:


These health conditions and other ailments that will require an expensive trip to the doctor. Famously, selena gomez was diagnosed with lupus nephritis, a variant of the disease that targets the kidneys. Over 60 % of lupus patients are affected by it. The singer/actress is on recovery and received a kidney transplant in september 2017 from a friend.

Guidelines for kidney health

The first thing you need to do to preserve your kidneys is staying hydrated. A good indicator of proper hydration habits is the color of the urine – if it’s any darker than straw colored, drink more fluids. As a side note, make sure to not overdo it. Drinking more than six glasses of water per day is redundant and in some cases, it might do more harm than good.Moving on, a stable and healthy diet can do wonders for your kidney health. Foods that possess antioxidant qualities (also called ‘’super foods’’) can eliminate free radicals and protect the body from various types of infections and diseases.

Some examples of super foods you should consume are as follows:
cabbage contains phytochemicals, an element that protects the body from free radicals.
• onions have plenty of flavonoids (quercetin, in particular) which prevent heart diseases.
• to reduce kidney inflammation, blueberries are a good source of anthocyanidins and vitamin c.
• strawberries have phenols, which maintain the cellular integrity of the body and kidneys in particular.

Heart

The heart is an important organ that pumps blood throughout the body, providing it with oxygen and protecting it from various ailments. If not taken proper care of, it can lead to coronary artery disease, heart failure, chest pain, hypercholesterolemia, heart arrhythmia and cardiovascular disease.

Diet guidelines for heart health

With that being said, it is common knowledge that the most delicious foods are of the same type bad for your heart. High sodium and high-calorie foods such as fast foods, processed and refined should be avoided as much as possible. If resisting them is hard (as is for everybody), try adjusting the portions. Eat fewer high-calorie foods and more low-calorie products such as fruits and vegetables. For example, focus on canned fruit, especially if it’s packed in low-calorie juice or water, canned vegetables or pick them frozen (preferably) fresh. Limit your intake of sugary frozen fruits, coconuts and vegetables dipped in sauces.

Fiber is an important ingredient not only for the heart but for the body in general. Fiber can reduce the levels of cholesterol, maintain blood pressure and prevent certain heart diseases by extension. Whole grains are rich in fibers.

Here are a few examples of grain products that have copious amounts of fibers:
• whole-grain pasta
• oatmeal
• whole-wheat flour
buckwheat, brown rice and barley
• whole-grain bread

And here are a few products that you could limit:
• muffins
• biscuits
• cakes
• pies
• egg noodles

Another alternative is to reduce the consumption of trans fats. Without getting too technical, trans fats (or trans fatty acids) are unsaturated chemicals that are found in fast foods. Experts split them into two large categories: natural and artificial trans fats. The former is produced naturally in the stomach of some animals and the food made out of them, like meat and milk, while the latter is produced industrially for wide consumption by adding vegetable oils to solidify them. Trans fats can raise your levels of cholesterol and increase the risk of strokes, type 2 diabetes, and strokes.

Bill clinton, who served as the 42nd president of the united states, has had surgery twice due to blocked arteries. In 2004, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery. Since then, the former president has adopted a healthier lifestyle, losing a lot of weight and following a dated based on vegetables, beans, and fruit.


A good method to limit trans fats consumption is to carefully portion how many solid fats are added to food when cooking. Also, cutting the fat off the meat, adding low sodium salsa to baked potatoes or spreading fruits low on sugar on toast are good habits to develop in the long run.

Of course, fats are not necessarily bad. Here’s a list of fats that, consumed in sensible proportions, can do wonders for the heart:
• avocados
• nuts
• seeds
olive oil
canola oil
• light margarine

Fats to avoid:
• gravy
• bacon
• coconuts
• butter
• lard
• palm kernel oils

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Lungs

The lungs are as fragile as they are important. An intricate system of thousands of tubes, sacs, and alveoli power them throughout the day, absorbing air and eliminating what’s not useful to the body continuously.

Lung diseases

Before getting into the specifics, as obvious as it’s been for the last 60 years, this needs to go on the record: do not smoke. Experts have linked smoking to cancer over half a decade ago, as well as demonstrating that it clogs the airways and damages the cilia, which acts as kind of a filtration system that eliminates pollutants and heal infections.

Guidelines for lung health

Exercising will not compensate for smoking, but it does strengthen the cardiovascular system, improving the efficiency of the lungs in the process. What’s not so obvious to many people is that many foods indirectly affect the health of the lungs. High-fat diets can lead to lung cancer, while fruits have been shown to prevent it.Together with avoiding smoking and exercising daily, there are a few dietary tips that can preserve the lungs. Staying hydrated is important because water acts as a cleansing agent, improves the blood flow and clears the area where the mucus is stored.
If you’re concerned about lung tumors, pomegranates are known to slow their growth. When it comes to vegetables, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage can draw the advancement of lung cancer to a stand. Consuming magnesium regularly in the form of nuts, seeds, and beans, while providing the aforementioned fatty acids, keep the lungs functioning properly. Vitamin c, which can be found in carrots and oranges, lower the risk of lung diseases.Don’t think lung diseases are reserved for the elderly. Amy winehouse was diagnosed with early emphysema when she was just 24. Extensive touring, smoking and various other factors along with a generally unhealthy lifestyle contributed to the development of her disease.

Liver

The liver is one of the most important internal organs that manages the metabolic processes in the body. Old and damaged blood cells are sent to the liver, destroyed and promptly eliminated from the system, making way for newer ones.

Liver diseases

High consumption of alcohol causes cirrhosis, while other forms of neglect cause hepatitis, liver failure, chronic liver disease and fatty liver.

Diet guidelines for liver health

As always, there are some things that you can do in order to prevent the diseases mentioned above. A group of japanese researchers found out that consuming 5 to 10 cups of green tea daily improve the overall health of the liver. Another study states that high-oxidant tea can improve the liver enzyme after 12 weeks.Moving on, high antioxidant fruits such as grapefruits protect the liver cells and reduce inflammation. By consuming anthocyanins from cranberries and blueberries 3 to 4 times a week, the liver is protected from damage and scar tissues.Moreover, it’s also been shown to halt the progression of liver cancer cells in rats, with further research being needed to determine if it can be replicated in humans. Grapes also lower inflammation, but in concentrated form.The prickly pear, an exotic species of comestible cactus used in traditional medicine, was the subject of a 2004 study that demonstrated how this fruit regulates cholesterol levels and compensates for the negative effects of alcohol consumption.

Conclusion

Thanks to science, we now know that a bacon and eggs-based breakfast is a thing of the 50’s, cutting down on fat will help prevent heart diseases, smoking cigarettes are linked to lung cancer and antioxidants halt infectious progressions and heal them. In our current era of fast eating and living city lives, stressed out and focusing on our careers, our personal health usually takes a second spot in our list of priorities. Thankfully, science and medicine progress at an incredible rate, and we’re more aware of the health risks posed by our chaotic habits than ever before.

 

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Macrobiotic Diet

Dt. Surabhi Jain 91% (1769 ratings)
MSc
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lucknow
Macrobiotic Diet

People ask me about the latest concept in Diet That is Macrobiotic Diet . I am personally a Big fan of Chinese/ Korean / Japanese Television Series . So their food always attracted me and how they put their meal together was always very intimidating for me . So lets see what is actually this Macrobiotic Diet...

Macrobiotic diet: Macrobiotic is a Greek word that combines two words- macro, which means great and bios, which means life.

Macrobiotic literally means the ‘passageway to a long and healthy life’. The macrobiotic diet has its roots back in the Japanese food traditions. It was developed and popularized by a Japanese philosopher named George Ohsawa. The core concept of this diet revolves around the Chinese philosophy of balancing ‘yin and yang’ and involves making certain changes in eating habits, lifestyle, and meal options, in order to remain fit and healthy.

The macrobiotic eating approaches have long encouraged people to eat natural, whole foods that not only support the health of their bodies, but also the ecosystem and natural order of life. Major principles of macrobiotic diets are to reduce animal product, eat locally grown foods that are in season, and consume meals in moderation. This diet is more about achieving a balance in your life and not just in your diet. It promises a healthier and more holistic long-term lifestyle to its followers. This diet has no age restrictions and can be followed by all kinds of people, irrespective of their age. This diet has various benefits including a better immune system, weight loss, prevention of degenerative diseases, prevention of heart related problems, increased fitness levels and a prolonged life span.

When on Macrobiotic Diet: ‘What to eat’ and ‘What not to eat’

Macrobiotic diet is a restrictive diet.

The macrobiotic diet suggests that you should eat the following:

Whole grains: 40 to 60% of your diet should be organic grains. They should include grains such as oats, brown rice, millet, corn, and buckwheat. Vegetables: 20% to 30% of your diet should consist of vegetables. You can have broccoli, cauliflower, green cabbage, carrots etc. Choose locally grown and in-season vegetables. Veggies such as potatoes, eggplant, spinach, tomato should be cut down on. Beans and sea vegetables: Beans should be about 5% to 10% of your diet. Chickpeas, lentils can be had. You can have sea veggies such as noru and agar-agar.

You can have seafood while on macrobiotic diet but make sure that it is only occasionally and the seafood that you choose is freshly caught. You can have about 1 to 2 two cups of nuts every week. Nuts like chestnuts, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and pecans are regarded as the best. Fruits: Macrobiotics tend to eat fruit only few times a week. Make sure that the fruits you choose are organic, locally grown and in-season.

What you cannot eat on macrobiotic diet:

-You're not allowed to eat dairy products, eggs and poultry, other meats, processed foods as well as refined sugars, tropical fruits, any fruit juice, chocolate and some vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplant, spinach, and zucchini.

-You can only drink when you feel thirsty. Also, spicy stuff is a complete no-no. Alcoholic beverages, soda, coffee, and anything that is highly refined, processed, or chemically preserved is also not allowed when following this diet.

Methods used for cooking: The favored methods are lightly steaming, boiling, pressure cooking, stewing, pickling, or quick sautéing with unrefined, cold-pressed oil. However, on occasion, macrobiotics may broil, bake, dry roast, pan fry, deep-fry, juice, or eat food raw. Some devotees also avoid cooking methods that involve electricity. Instead they use pots, pans, and utensils made from naturally occurring materials. Also, if you follow the macrobiotic diet, you will only be eating two or three times a day. No snacks in between meals either. Another rule is to stop eating food before you are full, even if your plate may still contain food.

Chewing of food: Chewing of food is an important ritual of the macrobiotic diet. Each bite of food should be chewed at least 50 times ( lets be realistic and I suggest 17 times). The supporters of this diet are strong believers that if you chew your food until it turns to liquid form, it will be easier for your body to digest it. Being grateful for food is another practice that followers of macrobiotic diet follow. Pausing to express gratitude towards food before eating it is a habit followed by macrobiotics.

The level of effort required for this diet is high.

The macrobiotic diet requires steady effort. Although it may not seem so at first but it is actually flexible. Depending on how you prefer it, you can begin slowly, move gradually from one level of intensity to the next.

Exercise: Regular exercise should be done.

Are there any Restrictions or Preferences?

Vegetarians and vegans: The classic macrobiotic diet is pescatarian (meaning it allows you to eat fish) as well as being low-salt and low-fat, but you can easily modify it to make it vegetarian or vegan. You need to make sure that all your nutritional needs are met, including vitamin B12, iron, zinc, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Gluten-free: Although the macrobiotic diet doesn't prohibit gluten, you may be able to adapt it to work for a gluten-free diet.

Does it show results?

If you’re looking to adapt to a diet plan that is healthy, the macrobiotic diet is definitely a good choice. It’s opulent in nutrient-packed foods that are at the same time low in calories.

While there’s no complete proof as such, but medical research has always been in favour of diets that are mostly vegetables, fruits, and whole grains may lower the risk of several diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Anyway, you’ll reap plenty of health benefits with this diet.

If weight loss is on your checklist too, the macrobiotic diet is likely to help you with that too.

Is It Good for Certain Conditions?

A diet that is plentiful in vegetables and fish is a great option if you have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or any heart disease. It helps in lowering cholesterol, and any diet that helps in shedding the pounds is good for all these conditions.

Because the diet limits the intake of sugary and fatty foods, it’s also good for people with diabetes.

Macrobiotic diet: The Verdict:

Any diet that increases vegetables, decreases sugar and fat, and includes a lean source of protein like fish is good for you in many ways. But it will take time for most people to adjust to this new eating lifestyle and philosophy. The first 10 days are the hardest.

If you can stick with it and eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods, you’ll be on your way to better health.

Make sure that you include non-dairy foods fortified with calcium and vitamin D, such as soy and almond milk, because the diet eliminates dairy.

Whole Or Refined Grains - Is One Better That The Other?

Dr. Deepa Agarwal 88% (40 ratings)
Phd In Clinical Nutrition, M.Sc - Clinical Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Hyderabad
Whole Or Refined Grains - Is One Better That The Other?

Whole grains are called so because they contain parts which have been removed from the refined grains, such as germ and bran. Brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal and buckwheat are a few types of whole grains which are preferred over refined grains such as white rice, flour etc. Whole grains add a whole lot of nutrition to the food you consume.

Here are a few reasons why you should replace refined grains with whole grains:

 

 

  1. Whole grains are more nutritious: When compared to refined grains, whole grains preserve a lot of nutrients, such as protein and fibre, which help in digestion and make one feel satiated for a long period of time. The whole grains are also packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healthy fats which add to the nutritional value of the food you consume. Thus, you get more nutritious food for the amount you pay which is usually lost when the grains are refined.

  2. You lose more fat: The higher amount of fibre present in whole grains help in regulating the flow of blood. This reduces the risks of diabetes and because the nutritional value of whole grains is so high, it makes you feel full faster that reduces the portion you consume on a daily basis. This leads to weight loss due to portion control.

  3. They help with the process of digestion: Whole grains have digestive benefits as well. The high fibre content helps in regulating the movement of bowels and helps in getting rid of diverticulosis (development of small pouches in the digestive tract). Diverticulosis causes inflammation, diarrhoea, pain and constipation. Whole grains are also rich in lactic acid that regulates the spread of good bacteria in the large intestine area.

Thus, when compared to refined grains, the health and nutritional benefits are huge which is why you should replace the refined grains with whole grains.

Celiac Disease And Diet

Dt. Shreni Lalpurwala 90% (126 ratings)
M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Surat
Celiac Disease And Diet

Celiac disease
Celiac disease (gluten-sensitive enteropathy), sometimes called sprue or coeliac, is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
If you have celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an immune response in your small intestine. Over time, this reaction damages your small intestine's lining and prevents absorption of some nutrients (malabsorption). The intestinal damage often causes diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, bloating and anemia, and can lead to serious complications cutting out gluten from diet and including healthy and delicious foods that are naturally gluten-free may help to improve its complications.

Foods such as meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, rice, and potatoes without additives or seasonings do not contain gluten and are part of a well-balanced diet
You can eat potato, rice, soy, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, or bean flour instead of wheat flour.
You can eat gluten-free types of bread or pasta
Avoiding foods with gluten is critical in treating celiac disease. Removing gluten from your diet will improve symptoms, heal damage to your small intestine, and prevent further damage over time.

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7 Foods That Help In Boosting Good Cholesterol!

Dr. M.P.S Saluja 87% (321 ratings)
MD, House Job Certificate ( SKIN & STD) , MBBS
General Physician, Gurgaon
7 Foods That Help In Boosting Good Cholesterol!

Cholesterol is generally regarded as something bad for the health. As a part of diet, everyone tries to avoid anything that has cholesterol in it. What needs to be understood is that not all cholesterol is bad. There is also good cholesterol, which is actually very essential for body functions. This is required for the production of essential hormones. Inadequate amounts of good cholesterol can lead to problems ranging from simple hormonal imbalances to severe issues like infertility.

The following are some food items, which contain sufficient amounts of good cholesterol and should find a place in your plate. They are essential for various body functions including hormone formation.

  1. Avocado oil: Most oil is considered bad, but avocado oil contains about 70% of good cholesterol and should be used for its heart-healthy benefits. Being a great antioxidant, it protects the heart by reducing inflammation and by improving blood pressure. Eating whole avocado is also beneficial for the heart and the body as a whole.

  2. Buckwheat: This whole grain is rich in many vitamins, quite a few minerals, and is a good provider of dietary fiber. It is also gluten-free and is rich in antioxidants, making it extremely cardio-friendly.

  3. Soy: Too much saturated fat in the diet cannot be digested and the liver converts these and stores it, which adds to obesity. Soy which is a good replacement for animal fat and even dairy products can help improve cholesterol levels and prevent fat accumulation.

  4. Salmon: This is one of the most heart-friendly food items, which is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and good cholesterol. It lowers triglyceride levels and provides a good amount of protein for the body.

  5. Spinach: The cholesterol which settles against the blood vessels is washed off by consuming spinach – in regular quantities at regular intervals. It is also the richest source of lutein, which is known as guardian against aging diseases including hypertension.

  6. Go the nutty way: While most would consider nuts as rich in oils, truth is they are loaded with good cholesterol. Therefore, whether it is almonds or pecans, ground nuts or walnuts, nuts are great for the heart. They are also rich in minerals including calcium, copper, magnesium, and potassium and contain various vitamins. So about a teaspoon of chopped nuts should be on your plate on any given day.

  7. Dark chocolate: Again, like nuts, most of us tend to avoid chocolate, but these restrictions are only for the white ones with sugar. The dark one is extremely healthy for the heart with loaded antioxidants, which prevents clogging of arteries. It is also rich in flavonoids, which are useful in controlling blood pressure and other heart diseases.

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

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Autism- Diagnosis, Diet And Homeopathic Treatment!

Dr. T.Kirankumar 95% (41 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Bangalore
Autism- Diagnosis, Diet And Homeopathic Treatment!

Nobody knows the exact cause of autism. All medical science knows is that it’s a complex neurological disorder which is detected within the first three years of life and is caused due to structural changes in the brain. Autism causes a number of symptoms which grade from mild to moderate to severe, like-

  • Difficulty in communication and social interaction
  • Language impairment
  • Preoccupation with fantasies
  • Repetitive acts (echolalia)
  • Excessive possessiveness to certain objects
  • Intellectual impairment
  • Over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity to pain
  • Developmental problems

Causes
Genetic predisposition is the most common cause of autism. Exposure to environmental toxins is the other. Other causes are use of certain drugs during pregnancy, vaccinations etc.

Diagnosis
Diagnosis of autism can only be done by clinical evaluation as there are no laboratory tests for it. The psychiatrist prepares a detailed developmental case history of the child before arriving at a diagnosis.
There are a number of Autism screening tests to diagnose autism as well. One thing to always follow is to go to a psychologist who has a history of treatment of autistic disorders.

Diet
Theories are emerging that autism may be caused by a super sensitive child’s response to foods like gluten found in grains and casein, a protein found in milk. These transform into substances that act like opiates in the child’s body.

These drug-like substances alter the child’s behaviour, his perceptions, and his responses to his environment. Recent research has found chemicals with opiate activity in the urine of a significant number of children with autism.

Autistic children have shown mild to dramatic improvements in speech, behaviour after going on a gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet.

Some of the foods that can be eaten on GFCF diet include rice, quinoa, potato, buckwheat flour, soy, amaranth, corn, fruits, vegetables, beans, tapioca, meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, nuts, eggs, and sorghum, among others.

Homoeopathic treatment of Autism:

  1. The homoeopath carries out a detailed study of the family history of serious diseases which are linked to the development of autism in his patient.
  2. The genetic evaluation of the patient is followed by case analysis which takes into account impaired functions in the patient like repetitive behaviour, lack of social skills, speech issues etc.
  3. The homoeopathic medicines indicated for autism are twenty and are usually given in combinations. A homoeopath takes the decision about the exact medicine to be given, its combination with other support medicines, the dose and its repetition based on the case history of the child.

By no means should one try to cure autism by self-medicating on homoeopathic medicines as this can cause deleterious effects.
It usually takes a minimum of six months for some perceptible changes in autistic children. Homoeopathic treatment may have to be continued for over a year if the symptoms of autism are very severe.

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

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