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Benefits of Meat And Its Side Effects

Consumption of meat is associated with many health benefits. Most of these you would have not heard before. It contains nutrients that are extremely beneficial for our health. There is a huge misconception among many people that consuming meat is always associated with certain side effects. This, however, is wrong. Meat contains a rich amount of vitamins and minerals, thus strengthening our immune system and providing protection to the overall development of our body. They are also rich in proteins and carbohydrates which is why it is viral among athletes and other fitness buffs around the world. For more details regarding the benefits of meat, read on further.

Benefits of Meat And Its Side Effects

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Meat
Nutritional Value of Meat
Health Benefits of Meat
Cures insomnia
Triggers memory
Improves concentration levels
Enhances muscle growth
Reduces risk of heart disease
Prevents ageing
Tackles rickets
Prevents anemia
Prevents depression
Skin and hair care
Prevents cataracts
Boosts immunity power
Uses of Meat
Side-Effects & Allergies of Meat
Origin And Cultivation of Meat

Meat

You might have heard some people referring meat as ‘bad for health.' It is because consumption of meat can lead to cholesterol issues. This does not mean that meat is bad for health. Overuse of anything leads to certain issues for e.g. too much intake of fruits can cause a spike in sugar levels in our body. A healthy use of meat only brings about positive effects. They are not only rich in proteins but also rich in minerals and amino acids, thus, helping in the overall development and enhancement of the body. So the next time anyone will ask 'Is meat good or bad for health?” You know what to tell them. Meat can provide you with the required energy and can go an extra mile to repair body tissues. Some of the other benefits include triggering of haemoglobin, curing skin diseases and providing long-term energy. To know more about the possible health benefits and side effects of meat consumption, read on further.

Nutritional Value of Meat

As said before, meat is an excellent source of proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Since some of you are very eager to know the nutritional value of meat, we have put together some of essential constituents for the same. Every 100 gram of meat is said to have 421 mg of potassium, 4 mg of zinc, 10-20 mg of selenium, 73 mg of cholesterol, 143 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 57 mg of sodium, 26 grams of protein, 0 grams of sugar, dietary fibre and rich amounts of iron with omega-3 fatty acids. This information can tell you that the responsible consumption of meat can only bring benefits to the body of the consumer. Read on to find out about some more benefits of consuming meat.

Health Benefits of Meat

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Meat
Health Benefits of Meat

Cures insomnia

Some people (and in some cases, children) often suffer from sleeplessness at night. Extreme conditions can also lead to what is called as Insomnia. For people suffering from this condition, sleeping pills and other tablets are recommended. It is also studied that high amounts of iron in the body can help you have a good night’s sleep. This is why it is highly recommended to include meat in your daily diet. The generous levels of iron in meat can balance the rise and fall of blood pressure in our body, thus helping us with proper sleep at night.

Triggers memory

Rich amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in meat can trigger your memory by developing cell membranes in brain and the neurological system signal path. It is wise to consume a generous amount of meat to help you remember certain important aspects of your life.

Improves concentration levels

Including meat in your diet can improve the concentration levels by enhancing the flow of blood throughout the body. It can improve your brain activities, thus helping you focus on everything that is of utmost importance to you.

Enhances muscle growth

This is another reason why many people prefer meat. Meat contains rich amounts of protein which is a critical component of muscle growth and definition. A regular and wise consumption of meat is an excellent source of protein and helps you build a strong outlook.

Reduces risk of heart disease

Though many have claimed to have developed cholesterol problems due to meat consumption, a responsible consumption of red meat is said to lessen the possibility of heart diseases. The presence of rich amounts of omega-3 fatty acids can enhance the elasticity of the artery vessels, thus reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Some studies also reveal that meat consumption can decrease the possibility of blood pain and arrhythmia.

Prevents ageing

Consuming meat can prevent aging. It also clears out the chances of premature aging; due to the presence of generous levels of selenium in meat.

Tackles rickets

Vitamin D deficiency is often associated with certain conditions, such as bone rickets. This can affect children thus making their bones brittle and weak. It is advisable to include vitamin-rich meat in your diet to make you more prone to certain diseases and conditions.

Prevents anemia

Anemia often occurs due to lack of red blood cells in the blood and might make you weak and lethargic. This often occurs due to the deficiency of iron in food which is why it is recommended to include meat in your diet. The generous levels of iron in meat can enhance the production and formation of haemoglobin in the blood, thus making it easier to carry oxygen to different parts of the body.

Prevents depression

Omega-3 fatty acids in meat are very much essential to treat depression related problems. Those laboratory prepared anti-depressants may produce some side effects which is why it is advised to include meat in your diet to tackle depression and other depression related problems.

Skin and hair care

Studies reveal that consuming food items that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids is very much beneficial for maintaining a beautiful skin and hair. The presence of generous levels of fatty acids in meat can protect our skin, bones, hair, and teeth from dangerous conditions.

Prevents cataracts

Cataract is one of the most degenerative diseases that often occur in people aged 50 or above. If not treated well, it can lead to permanent visual impairment. Generous amount of meat in your diet can prevent the risk of cataract.

Boosts immunity power

With age, our body becomes more prone to diseases and other deadly conditions which is why it is very essential to increase our immunity power. We also need help in fighting against diseases. The generous levels of zinc boost our immunity by creating antibodies to fight against the free radicals. Rich levels of protein present in meat enhance the production of these antibodies to protect our body. Maintaining an immune body is very much essential for the growth, development and proper functioning of our body.

Uses of Meat

From the above-mentioned health benefits, you would have understood the possible uses of meat. Since meat is an excellent source of protein, it can be used to enhance the muscles and to stay fit. An abundant amount of omega-3 fatty acids in meat can be beneficial in maintaining the immunity power of the body. This also keeps us immune towards a lot of diseases. Also, a decent amount of iron in meat helps the bones, teeth, skin also keeping the hair healthy and perfect.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Meat

Many people are spreading the word that the consumption of meat might lead to certain diseases. While some side effects and conditions can be tolerated, others can be very dangerous and life-threatening to an extent. Some of the most commonly found side effects include the risk of cancer and heart diseases. Many studies around the world reveal that the consumption of meat (even chicken) is closely related to cancer. Many other hypothesis and theories establish a close link between meat and cancer. Other side effects like cholesterol issues and heart diseases are also quite common. And people who consume red meat regularly find it difficult to maintain a healthy body. These above-mentioned side effects are more likely to occur in individuals who consume meat very often. A responsible and wise use of meat can bring about some health benefits.

Origin And Cultivation of Meat

Many people are spreading the word that the consumption of meat might lead to certain diseases. While some side effects and conditions can be tolerated, others can be very dangerous and life-threatening to an extent. Some of the most commonly found side effects include the risk of cancer and heart diseases. Many studies around the world reveal that the consumption of meat (even chicken) is closely related to cancer. Many other hypothesis and theories establish a close link between meat and cancer. Other side effects like cholesterol issues and heart diseases are also quite common. And people who consume red meat regularly find it difficult to maintain a healthy body. These above-mentioned side effects are more likely to occur in individuals who consume meat very often. A responsible and wise use of meat can bring about some health benefits.

Popular Questions & Answers

I don't eat oily/ junk food but my cholesterol is very high. What may be the reason & how to control without medicine, as when I tried medicine I got bad cold due to moleculisation. Please advise.

BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Choose healthier fats. Saturated fats, found primarily in red meat and dairy products, raise your total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the "bad" cholesterol. Eliminate trans fats. Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Increase soluble fiber. Add whey protein.
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Hi, Please suggest Protein rich food list ,food that helps in hair growth, weight loss and strength.

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, B.Pharma, MD - Alternate Medicine
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
Veg Protein are Almond flour, NutroActive BrownXatta, Milk & Milk Products and Quinoa Non-veg Protein are egg, chicken.
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Im very thin like a stick not getting fat only. So can you suggest me anything so ill get fat.

Nutrition - Management of Weight & Lifestyle Related Disorders
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Weight gain can be a time-consuming process. But you have to be patient and practice it correctly. You should take every 2 hourly meal and fix your meal timing and include good amount of nuts and High Proteins Along With Calories Like Eggs, lean meat, fish, skinless chicken, pulses, sprouts, and dairy products that rich sources of proteins. Please take fruit shakes (Like banana, mango) + 5-6 almonds and 1-2 walnuts. In lunch have multigrain roti + 1bowl dal /palak paneer/ egg white bhurji + 1bowl salad. Evening have fruits shake/lassi/badam shake Dinner: 1-2 paneer stuffed roti/1-2 multigrain roti+ 1bowl dal+ 1bowl salad. Exercises To Gain Weight and Get Enough Sleep And Very Important Keep Yourself Motivated.

Can go zym or not I am 21 year old boy my weight is 37 only I don't know how to gain weight.

Nutrition - Management of Weight & Lifestyle Related Disorders
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Weight gain can be a time-consuming process. But you have to be patient and practice it correctly. You should take every 2 hourly meal and fix your meal timing and include good amount of nuts and High Proteins Along With Calories Like Eggs, lean meat, fish, skinless chicken, pulses, sprouts, and dairy products that rich sources of proteins. Please take fruit shakes (Like banana, mango) + 5-6 almonds and 1-2 walnuts. In lunch have multigrain roti + 1bowl dal /palak paneer/ egg white bhurji + 1bowl salad. Evening have fruits shake/lassi/badam shake Dinner: 1-2 paneer stuffed roti/1-2 multigrain roti+ 1bowl dal+ 1bowl salad. Exercises To Gain Weight and Get Enough Sleep And Very Important Keep Yourself Motivated.
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Popular Health Tips

Libido - 8 Foods That Adversely Affect It

Sexologist
Sexologist, Chennai
Libido - 8 Foods That Adversely Affect It

Your libido or is very important for having a passionate intimate life with your partner. An enhanced drive is required to have the ultimate experience in bed improving your overall physical experience. There are foods that boost your libido, enhancing your sexual urge. However, some foods are also responsible for restricting your libido, which may result in poor sexual drive and loss of longing to have sex.

Here some common food items from your everyday consumption list, which are responsible for restricting your libido.

1. Beans: Beans are usually praised as they are high in fiber and contain antioxidants. However, beans are not considered good for a sexual drive because of being glassy. Beans contain indigestible sugar, which causes gastric issues and lowers your libido.

2. Chocolate: Chocolate contains methylxanthines, which makes your skin more sensitive and aroused. However, in spite of acting as an enhancer, chocolate results in fatigue and causes tiredness. Due to fatigue, sexual performance is lowered.

3. Fried Food: Enjoying greasy fried foods like burgers and fries should be restricted if you want to have healthy sex. The trans-fat found in fried foods is known to cause a decrease in the male and female libido. The impact of devouring these trans, unsaturated fats results in irregular sperm production in men and meddles with gestation in women. French fries should be avoided before having sex.

4. Microwaved popcorn: Microwave popcorn can have severe effects on your libido. The chemicals present in the inner lining of the bags which contain these popcorns is said to cause a lowering of sex drive in men. The acids present such as perfluoroalkyl acids- PFOA and PFOS cause lowering of sperm count.

5. Red meat: Regular consumption of red meat makes you consume excessive growth hormone, fats and antibiotics. These decrease natural sperm production and production of testosterone. Loss of sexual drive is caused.

6. Potato chips: Potato chips contain trans-fats, which may cause oxidative body damage and disrupt normal hormone secretion. You are likely to gain weight, get tired easily and thus your overall libido will go down.

7. Cheese: Cheese is processed with antibiotics and growth hormones. This causes disorder in the natural production of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. These are the primary sexual hormones, which are related to sex drive. Hence, consuming a lot of cheese is bad for your libido.

8. Soya bean: Soya beans can cause disruption and disorder in hormone levels because of the presence of phytoestrogen compounds in it. These compounds try to mimic estrogen and cause lessened energy and sex drive.

A decrease in your libido and sexual drive can be caused from the most common everyday foods that you consume. You should know which foods to avoid, if you want to have a healthy sexual life.

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Nephrotic Syndrome - Recommended Diet For It!

DM - Nephrology, DNB (Nephrology), MBBS , MD - Medicine
Nephrologist, Mumbai
Nephrotic Syndrome - Recommended Diet For It!

Nephrotic Syndrome is a condition which is characterised by the loss of protein into the urine (called proteinuria) as a result of increased glomerular permeability and oedema. This results in low protein level in the blood. The low levels of protein in blood result in the drawing of fluids into soft tissues. A severe form ‘hypoalbuminemia’ can cause scores of secondary diseases such as ascites (retention of fluid in the abdominal cavity), pleural effusion (build-up of fluids between the lungs and the chest), or high cholesterol. It can also result in retention of fluid in other parts of the body such as eyelids, lower extremities etc.

What can cause this?
Nephrotic syndrome is mainly caused by damage to the kidneys. This leads to an increase in the concentration of protein in the urine. In adults, it can be caused due to glomerulonephritis or damage to the glomerulus of the kidneys while in children it is likely caused by minimal change disease (kidney disease marked by the abnormal loss of protein through the urine).

The other common causes of nephritic syndromes are:

  1. Genetic disorder
  2. Immune disorder
  3. Cancer
  4. Infection
  5. Use of specific drugs
  6. Certain diseases such as diabetes mellitus, lupus
  7. The incidence of this disease is seen more often in males than in females.

Diet that is recommended in Nephrotic Syndrome:
In patients diagnosed with Nephrotic syndrome, the intake of salt, fat and protein must be checked. There should be emphasis on the consumption of dietary fibres that are present in vegetables and fruits.
The intake of protein and fluid should also be monitored, but this solely depends on personal factors such as age, weight and condition of the patient. It is recommended to consult a renal dietician who can guide you appropriately.

  1. Sodium/salt intake: The sodium or salt intake must be restricted as it leads to high blood pressure and results in fluid retention in the body, thus causing oedema (build-up of fluids within the body cavities and tissues) in the body. Avoid processed food as it contains a lot of salt.
  2. Protein intake: Protein is an essential part of the diet as it helps in the general makeup of the body and development of muscles. The consumption of protein must be kept under check and it is the best to consult your dietician for this. Loss of protein in urine needs to be replaced by class 1 high quality proteins in nephrotic syndrome.
  3. Limit fat and cholesterol intake: It is always good to curb on bad cholesterol as it is the reason behind several heart diseases. But, with patients diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome, it is highly recommended to avoid food rich in fats. This means staying away from unhealthy fatty meat or junk food.
  4. Fluid intake: Fluid intake does not have to be necessarily reduced, but it is always good to consult your doctor for the same.

“You are what you eat”. Nephrotic syndrome can slowly progress to chronic kidney disease if the necessary steps are not taken to curb it in an early stage, and diet control is a major way to do so.

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Kidney Dysfunction - Ayurvedic Remedies For It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Valsad
Kidney Dysfunction - Ayurvedic Remedies For It!

The bean-shaped organ kidneys in our body is one of the most important parts that helps in eliminating waste products from the body and also for maintaining the hormonal balance. But due to various reasons such as stress or wrong diet, often the kidneys may face irregular working disorder.

Of course, there are a number of medicines today and also medical treatments to cure various kidney diseases. But if you are not pretty sure of taking such treatments and wish to have something much secure, then trying the home remedies can be the best thing. Ayurveda has a list of remedies that help in curing such kidney issues.

Things To Avoid

  1. Reducing Salt Intake: When the condition of the kidney is not feasible, consuming salt over it can make the situation even worse. If you are urinating, again and again, this means that your body already have an excess amount of potassium and the kidney failure is may be due to an abnormal balance of hormones in the body fluid. Hence, it is the best thing to take a low salt diet. Consuming frozen food items may also add extra salt to the body and hence an ideal practice is to go for fresh fruits, vegetables and meat items.
  2. Lowering Protein Intake: Now, this is a tricky thing and you need to cross check this. There are many times when kidney problems take place due to the high amount of protein intake while some other times it takes place due to lack of protein in the body. So, lowering the protein intake can be done to cross check whether the condition is improving or not.

Remedies To Follow

  1. Herbal Tea: Among various natural remedies that can be started to cure kidney ailments, one of the best one is to include herbal tea in the diet. There are a number of herbal tea options that can be included in your daily diets such as dandelion tea, blueberry tea and marshmallow tea, but the one that is said to affect the most is the green tea. Green tea is said to be high in antioxidant properties and hence they are great in curing kidney ailments.
  2. Aloe Vera Juice: This one plant helps in curing a number of issues both externally as well as internally. Whether it is skin issue or intestine issue, aloe vera juice can be of great help. Aloe Vera has an anti-oxidant property and hence it is great in treating kidney infection and then curing the diseases of the kidney completely.
  3. Water: This can be the simplest way to treat any kind of kidney problem. If you are in the initial stage of any kidney ailment, then the best way is to treat it with water. Drink at least about 6-8 glasses of water each day that will allow you to urinate more and hence the problem may get cured.
  4. Yoga: Pranayam, suryanamaskar and meditation should be followed everyday. 

There are different medicines and also herbs available to treat kidney dysfunction. But these above mentioned can be the easiest methods of all. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Health Benefits of Kiwi

Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
Health Benefits of Kiwi

1. High Source of Vitamin C

If you thought that lemons and oranges were the highest sources of Vitamin C, then think again! According to the nutritional break-up of kiwi fruit, per 100 grams contain 154 percentage of Vitamin C, which is almost twice that of lemons and oranges. Vitamin C acts as powerful antioxidant, eliminating free radicals that could cause inflammation or cancer. It also helps in boosting the immunity of the body against harmful pathogens.

2. Sleep Inducer

Having trouble sleeping? According to a research done by Taipei Medical University, “Numerous studies have revealed that kiwi fruit contains many medicinally useful compounds, among which antioxidants and serotonin may be beneficial in the treatment of sleep disorders.” It is said that having two kiwi fruits one hour before bedtime can help immensely in inducing sleep.

3. Good Source of Dietary Fiber

This exotic fruit is loaded with dietary fiber, which helps in the prevention of numerous diseases. According to a study done by the University of Leeds, “Increasing consumption of fibre-rich foods can lower risks of both cardiovascular disease (CVD) and coronary heart disease (CHD).” According to researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, high fiber foods keep one full for longer and control metabolic markers like blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. It also facilities weight loss and is often recommended to diabetics.

4. Helps in Digestion

Kiwi fruit contains an enzyme known as actinidain which is known for its protein dissolving properties, similar to that of papain in papaya. This is the reason why it is commonly used as a meat tenderiser. Moreover, it helps in the digestion of proteins in the body and is also known to help patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
 

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Cancer - 6 Ways To Help You Manage Your Condition!

MBBS, MD, DM - Oncology
Oncologist, Pune
Cancer - 6 Ways To Help You Manage Your Condition!

We live in an age where every single individual, more or less, is exposed to the risk of cancer. It is probably an unfavorable lifestyle we lead that deprives us of good health. This might alarm many but considerable changes in lifestyle can help you realize cancer as a preventable disease. Cancer does not only make you undergo severe suffering but it also affects your friends and family. The pallor of misery spreads wider than you think.

  1. Abstain from tobacco: Consuming raw tobacco or smoking tobacco can be equally detrimental to your health. Tobacco increases your chances of contracting the disease. As is known, passive smoking can also affect your health adversely. Tobacco can be the potential cause behind cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, lungs, oral cavity and even the pancreas. It might harm your kidneys and cervix. It is upon you to quit tobacco at the earliest possible. One should also try and persuade friends and relatives to give up smoking.
  2. Drink alcohol in moderation: Complete abstinence from alcohol might not be possible if you have already been ushered into your work- life. The society might require you to be an occasional drinker. It is important to drink in moderation. Crossing the limit can propel consequences as serious as cancer of the stomach, pancreas, liver and the heart.
  3. A balanced and nutritious dietDeciding on a plant- based diet or a Mediterranean diet can aid your fight against the risk of cancer. A Mediterranean diet will involve green leafy vegetables, lots of fresh fruits, whole grains, mixed nuts, legumes and also the use of extra- virgin olive oil. Fish can be a safe bet but red meat should be avoided. One must also try to avoid processed meat as they tend to make you prone to the risk of cancer.
  4. Immunization: Hepatitis B and HPV or Human papilloma virus vaccines are extremely necessary to protect you against the sexually transmitted types of cancer.
  5. Sun protection: Caring for your skin doesn't arise from vanity. Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent kinds of cancer; the chances of this disease can be restricted by remaining in shade especially during midday, by wearing covered clothes and by using a good sunscreen lotion repeatedly while outside.
  6. Exercise diligently: Did you think it was okay to have weaker muscles and bulging layers of fat? If yes, you probably have grown numb to the inadequacies you face in result. Unchecked fat can lead to obesity which further complicates health conditions. Metabolic activity differs from person to person. Regular exercising can help regulate metabolism according to the needs of your body. Physical exercise protects you against the risk of breast and colon cancer. Moderate or vigorous physical activity for 150 to 75 minutes a week respectively can reduce the risk of cancer.

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

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Table of Content

Meat
Nutritional Value of Meat
Health Benefits of Meat
Cures insomnia
Triggers memory
Improves concentration levels
Enhances muscle growth
Reduces risk of heart disease
Prevents ageing
Tackles rickets
Prevents anemia
Prevents depression
Skin and hair care
Prevents cataracts
Boosts immunity power
Uses of Meat
Side-Effects & Allergies of Meat
Origin And Cultivation of Meat