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Benefits of Wheat And Its Side Effects

Wheat is one of the most versatile grains when it comes to nutritional value and health. It can be found all over the world and is very easy to incorporate in your daily diet. It has a ton of health benefits such as controlling obesity, improving the metabolism in your body, preventing type 2 diabetes, reducing chronic inflammation, preventing gallstones, preventing breast cancer, promoting gastrointestinal health in women, preventing childhood asthma, protecting the body from coronary diseases, relieving postmenopausal symptoms and preventing heart attacks. By including wheat in your diet regularly, you can benefit from all the nutrients it has to offer and prevent the occurrence of a multitude of ailments.

Benefits of Wheat And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Wheat
Nutritional Value of Wheat
Health Benefits of Wheat
Controls Obesity
Improves Body Metabolism
Prevents type 2 diabetes
Reduces Chronic Inflammation
Prevents Gallstones
Prevents breast cancer
Promotes Gastrointestinal Health in Women
Prevents Childhood Asthma
Protects against coronary diseases
Relieve postmenopausal symptoms
Prevents heart attacks
Uses of Wheat
Side-Effects & Allergies of Wheat
Cultivation of Wheat

Wheat

Wheat is an extremely common cereal and is present in almost everything you eat. From pasta, bagels, crackers, and bread to cakes and muffins, this wholesome grain is an essential part of almost any food. It’s health benefits depend predominantly on the type of wheat being consumed. For instance, whole wheat is considered one of the healthiest forms of wheat, whereas extracted versions of this grain are less healthy as the outer brown layer is often removed. This layer contains a variety of nutrients such as Vitamin B3, B2, B1, folic acid, copper, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, fiber, and iron, and losing out on them can have an impact on your diet.

Wheat is filled with a host of nutrients that are great for your health. It contains catalytic elements, Vitamin E, Vitamin B, mineral salts, copper, calcium, iodide, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, Sulphur, silicon, chlorine, and arsenic, which is why it is a great foundation for any diet.

Nutritional Value of Wheat

In 100g of wheat, there are 339 calories. The total fat present in wheat is 2.5g out of which there is 0.5g of saturated fat, 1g of polyunsaturated fat, and 0.3g of monounsaturated fat. It has 0mg of cholesterol. Wheat has 2mg of sodium and 431 mg of potassium. The total carbohydrate content of 100g of wheat is 71g. It has 14g of protein with 3% of the recommended daily dose of calcium, 19% of iron, 20% of vitamin B-6, and 36% of magnesium. However, it has 0% of vitamin A, C, D, and B-12.

Health Benefits of Wheat

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

Controls Obesity

Although wheat is known for controlling obesity, this benefit is far more active in women than in men. Consuming whole wheat products on a regular basis can really help patients suffering from obesity and can lead to considerable weight loss.

Improves Body Metabolism

When your body’s metabolism is not functioning at an optimal level, it can lead to a variety of metabolic syndromes. Some of the most common ones are high triglycerides, visceral obesity (which leads to a pear-shaped body), high blood pressure, and low levels of HDL cholesterol. These can put patients at risk for cardiovascular diseases. This is why most doctors recommend making whole wheat grains a part of your diet. They improve your overall digestion, which ultimately leads to better metabolism, thereby preventing these problems from arising in the first place.

Prevents type 2 diabetes

While type two diabetes is a chronic condition and can be very dangerous if not controlled properly, it is also a disease that can be reversed if one pays more attention to one’s diet. One of the nutrients found in abundance in wheat is magnesium. This mineral is a co-factor for over 300 enzymes that directly affect the way the body uses insulin and secretes glucose. Thus, consuming whole wheat on a regular basis helps to control the sugar in your blood. By simply replacing the rice in the daily diet with wheat, diabetics can easily control their sugar levels by a decent margin.

Reduces Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation basically refers to any inflammation that has lasted for a few months. It can be caused due to many reasons such as a reaction to a harmful stimulus or a problem within the immune system. Though it may not sound like a very serious problem, if left unchecked, it can lead to certain types of cancer, and even rheumatoid arthritis.

Fortunately, chronic inflammation is something that can be controlled with wheat. Wheat contains betaine, which not only reduces inflammation but also helps with other ailments such as Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Prevents Gallstones

Whole wheat helps prevent gallstones in women. Gallstones are formed due to the excessive secretion of bile acids. Due to the fact that wheat has insoluble fiber in it, it ensures smoother digestion which requires lesser secretion of bile acids, thereby preventing gallstones.

Prevents breast cancer

Wheat bran is an anticarcinogenic agent in women, which means that it counteracts the effects of carcinogenic and prevents certain types of cancer. When estrogen levels increase and reach an excessive level, it leads to breast cancer. Wheat bran optimizes estrogen levels so that they stay controlled at all times, thus preventing breast cancer. This is especially effective in premenopausal women, who are generally more at risk for developing this type of cancer. Moreover, wheat also contains lignans. Lignans occupy the hormone receptors in the body, which also helps keep the high circulating estrogen levels in check, which aids the prevention of breast cancer.

Promotes Gastrointestinal Health in Women

As discussed earlier, wheat is rich in fiber and helps with smoother digestion. This means that the body requires lesser acid bile secretion to break down the food and pass it along. As a result, there is lesser acid bile secretion and enzymes in the stool. This can prevent colon cancer from occurring and in general promotes better gastrointestinal health, especially in women.

Prevents Childhood Asthma

With pollution levels constantly on the rise, more and more children are at risk for developing childhood asthma. However, consuming a wheat based diet can bring down the chances of developing childhood asthma by at least 50%. This is because wheat is rich in magnesium and vitamin E. However, for a lot of asthma patients, wheat is also a nutrient they’ve been asked to avoid so this is something that one should include in the diet only after consulting with a doctor. It is the best way to prevent your condition from getting worse.

Protects against coronary diseases

Plant lignans is a phytonutrient that is highly abundant in whole wheat. When consumed, they are transformed into mammalian lignans in the intestines by responsive flora in the body. One of the lignans that is found in wheat is known as enterolactone, which protects the body from cancers that are hormone dependent, such as breast cancer. They also prevent various types of heart disease. Wheat also increases good cholesterol (HDL) in the body, which also as a significant role to play when preventing heart disease. Another benefit of wheat that can reduce the risk of heart disease is that it fights obesity.

Relieve postmenopausal symptoms

Indulging in a diet that has high whole wheal content is great for women who have just gone through menopause as they are at risk for a variety of diseases. It helps with high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and high cholesterol by slowing down the progression of atherosclerosis, which refers to the building up of plaque in the blood vessels and arteries, and reducing the chances of heart attacks and strokes in women.

Prevents heart attacks

More often than not, doctors prefer natural treatments and cures for patients who have suffered from a heart attack. This is because these treatments work faster and also take less of a toll on the body. While it is not entirely clear why these work better than medicinal drugs, doctors do encourage natural treatments. Whole grain foods such as wheat and foods rich in dietary fiber have been proven to reduce blood pressure levels in patients, which reduces the chances of having another heart attack. Of course, a healthy diet needs to be accompanied with all the recommended exercises in order for it to be truly effective.

Uses of Wheat

Wheat is used to create a variety of foods that are consumed in an average person’s daily life and, therefore, it is very easy to incorporate it in your diet. One of the easiest ways to procure wheat is just to include bread in your meals, preferably whole wheat bread. You can use it to create delicious sandwiches and subs. Another way to incorporate it in your diet is to have wheat flakes for breakfast. You can add a bunch of tasty fruits to the bowl to add to its nutritional value and taste. Wheat is used to create livestock feed. Wheat is also used to make beer.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Wheat

People who are susceptible to allergic reactions are warned to avoid wheat as it can make the reactions worse. This can lead to eczema, itching, hives, and rashes. Wheat is also high in oxalates, which is why you should not overdo it with it. Too much oxalates in your blood can lead to a host of problems such as kidney stones, gallstones, and gout.

Cultivation of Wheat

Wheat traces its origins to South West Asia, although it is now grown all over the world. Wheat cultivation occurs at high altitudes.

Popular Questions & Answers

For the last two days I'm suffering from acute gas problem accompanied by nausea & dizziness. Taking Pan D twice a day but without much relief. What's to be done for immediate relief.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, Take,  plenty of water to hydrate your body to prevent constipation diluting acid in stomach. Go for meditation to reduce your stress to nourish your body including digestive system to check gastric disorder. Your diet be simple, easily digestible on time to check gastric disorder.  Tk,  apples,  carrots,  Papaya, tonned mill. Take,  homoeopathic medicine:@ Acid sulph 30-6 pills,  thrice. @ China 200-6 pills thrice. Avoid, junk food,  alcohol & nicotine Take, care.
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Is it mandatory that I should avoid rice, wheat for weight loss? Im planning for pregnancy in the near future so kindly suggest ways to reach the ideal weight with the balanced diet and supplements.

Bsc Food & Nutrition, Msc Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Hi lybrate-user No you don't need to avoid wheat and rice in order to lose weight. You should reduce their portions in your meal. Wheat has important B vitamins, such as thiamin, folate, and vitamin B6, and the minerals magnesium, zinc, and manganese content. You should have whole wheat rotis. Avoid ghee on the rotis. With regards to rice you can opt for handpounded rice in smaller quantities / red rice / Brown rice also. The health benefits of rice include its ability to provide instant energy, regulate and improve bowel movements, stabilize blood sugar levels, and slow down the aging process. It also plays a role in providing vitamin B1 to the human body.

Sir/madam, I running continued since 1st Aug 17, Now after running 2 Km my legs/knee started pain. What's the reason & what should I do.

MPT, Mphill
Physiotherapist, Delhi
Dear lybrate-user you may shin pain, whenever you do over training or beyond your limits then there is micro fractures at the front of your lower leg. Stop running and use ICE massage at least 4-5 times in a day, wrap crape Bandage around painful area.

I am 19 years old female. I am already taking medication of Ginette35 for my irregular menstrual from a long time. Will it be safe to take phenq pills (dietary supplement for weight loss) along with them.

Bsc Food & Nutrition, Msc Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Hi lybrate-user Try to lose weight naturally. Exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet. Avoid weight loss supplements. Ten Ways to Improve Your Diet 1. Eat 2 fruits every day. 2. Add fibre to your diet. For example oats, Rajma 3. Increase your vegetable intake. You should consume minimum 3 seasonal vegetables everyday 4. Stop eating when you are satisfied. Be aware of portion sizes. Eat a gap of 2 hours so that there is sustained release of energy. 5. Eat whole grains such as brown rice, whole wheat bread, and whole grain cereals, Oats 6. Enjoy two sources of low-fat dairy products every day: milk, yogurt. 7. Use cold pressed vegetable oils. 8. Limit saturated fat. Read the labels. And remember that fatty meats or cheeses, butter, and whole milk products have large amounts of saturated fat. 9. Eat 6 meals every day. Small portions at regular interval. 10. Target 8-10 glasses of water everyday. The best way to judge the water intake is by the colour of the urine. The yellowish it gets that means you are dehydrated and need to take water. Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health.

Popular Health Tips

Body Inflammation (Soojna) - 7 Foods That Can Help Reduce It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), C.R.A.V
Ayurveda, Delhi
Body Inflammation (Soojna) - 7 Foods That Can Help Reduce It!

Inflammation or soojan in the body can make it difficult for you to follow your daily routine. According to Ayurveda, this is caused by an imbalance of the pitta dosha. As the pitta dosha increases, the heat in the body also increases leading to inflammation and other issues. To reduce the pitta dosha, one must consume foods that are not hot or warm in nature and increase the consumption of foods that have a cooling effect.

7 amazing foods that can really help:

  1. Turmeric: Turmeric contains an important anti-inflammatory compound known as curcumin. This can help reduce inflammation associated with arthritis, arteriosclerosis, asthma, and cancer. It also reduces the effects of inflammatory oxidants such as nitric oxide. Turmeric can be used to flavor foods or steeped into a tea.
  2. Flax: Nuts such as flax and pumpkin seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. They also help cool the body. Some other nuts and seeds that you could include in your diet are almonds that have been soaked in water overnight and peeled, sunflower seeds, coconut and popcorn without salt. Avoid nuts such as brazilian nuts, chia seeds, cashew nuts, walnuts and sesame seeds as they can increase body temperature.
  3. Garlic: Garlic is a wonder food that is very important in a pitta pacifying diet. Along with other nutrients, garlic contains allicin that has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming garlic on a regular basis can also help protect a person against heart diseases by reducing inflammation in the veins and arteries.
  4. Ginger: According to Ayurveda, ginger is considered as an universal medicine. This herb has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation. It also aids in digestion and promotes healthy blood circulation. The best way to consume ginger to fight inflammation is to steep it in a tea.
  5. Whole grains: To reduce the pitta dosha, you should include plenty of dry, sweet whole grains in your diet. This includes barley, oats, quinoa, wheat and rice. These foods are good sources of fiber and proteins. They also have a low glycemic index and help maintain body temperature.
  6. Leafy vegetables: Vegetables that reduce the pitta dosha are usually sweet and astringent. These vegetables are best eaten raw at mid-day when the digestive system is functioning at its peak. Lettuce, kale, leeks, collard greens and wheat grass are some of the vegetables that you must include in your diet. On the other hand, avoid spicy vegetables like green chillies, onions, and radishes.
  7. Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain lycopene that helps reduce inflammation in the lungs. This vegetable can be consumed raw or juiced but when cooked, the lycopene amount increases. However, avoid raw tomatoes as they can irritate the digestive system.

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

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How Constipation Can Be Treated With Home Remedies?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Alternate Medicine, CFN
Sexologist, Karnal
How Constipation Can Be Treated With Home Remedies?

Constipation can make you miserable. Though medically defined as less than three stools a week or worse, daily bowel movement is essential to keep healthy and feel fresh. Caused by slow movement of food through the digestive tract, constipation can occur due to poor bowel habits, eating less fiber, medications, hormonal issues or some other disease. However, it can be easily fixed with fiber, fluids and frequent exercising. You can try these natural treatments to relieve your discomfort and keep it away:

1. Coconut Oil and Flaxseed - A great combination
Coconut oil is a wonderful hydrating agent and eases stools. Flaxseeds help in the elimination of toxins, excess fat and cholesterol from the body. So in one tablespoon of coconut oil, add half a teaspoon of flaxseeds, chew well and eat this every morning.

2. Harad or Terminalia Chebula Myrobalan - A Wonder Fruit
An important ingredient of Triphala, harad is a wonder fruit that has amazing health benefits. One of these is relieving constipation. Take the small black variety and roast it with few drops of Ghee and grind to store. 5-6 gms daily with water at night will relieve constipation.

3. Yogurt - Excellent Source of Probiotics
Probiotics which contain beneficial bacteria are a great remedy for constipation. However, you can take the humble homemade yogurt full of beneficial bacteria in your meal every day and get relief from constipation.

4. Fiber Fix - Figs and more
Fiber helps to bulk up your stool making the bowel movement faster. Figs are a great source of soluble fiber and you can soak 2-3 overnight and have both the fruit and the sweet water to get regular bowel movement. You can also include high fiber whole wheat bran cereal to your diet for added benefits.
Do not forget to back your fibers with 8-10 glasses of water as you increase your intake.

5. Baking Powder - The Versatile Solution
Baking powder has an alkalizing effect and eases movement through the bowels. Add a teaspoon to ¼ cup of warm water and drink it quickly for best results.

6. Oatmeal Tea - When things are Severe
Oatmeal is fibrous, Honey is healing and moisturizing and Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory agent which soothes the stomach. Together, they can stop severe constipation. So, take a cup of water and add three teaspoons of oatmeal, a Chamomile tea bag and two teaspoons of honey. Drink 2-3 times a day if your problem is severe. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Lubrication Issues In Women - What's The Best Way To Manage It?

MD-Pharmacology, MBBS
Sexologist, Delhi
Lubrication Issues In Women - What's The Best Way To Manage It?

Vaginal dryness can be caused due to a range of factors, including hormonal alterations, medicine side effects, psychological factors like stress and anxiety and much more. Female lubrication begins as your hormones signal your brain that you are being aroused sexually.

There is swelling in the inner and outer vaginal lips and your vulvovaginal glands start secreting fluids to help the process of penetration. But some women find it really difficult to feel wet and ready for the intercourse and experience painful intercourse before they finally lose interest in the whole act of lovemaking. Before you give up hope, ask yourself these few important questions and make the necessary changes to help yourself lubricate enough while enjoying intimate acts.

Are you too stressed out?
This is one of the most important reasons behind the lack of sexual drive in both men and women. It also occurs when you are ageing and approaching menopause. Lack of proper lubrication also takes place as your hormones rise and then fall, and you can consider meditating or performing a few yoga exercises in the morning to help your sex health.

Are you on a medication?
There are certain antibiotics and other medicines that lead to vaginal dryness as a form of a side effect and your sex health would come back to its normal state after seven days of finishing the course.

Are you hurrying too much?
It can so happen that your regular sexual activity is demanding for a longer course of foreplay, such as kissing, touching and cuddling, so that you get the time to become fully aroused. There are some erogenous spots in your body that crave for attention, and you can try a new position or a new sex toy or probably go with playful stroking and kissing all over the body to get stimulated.

Is everything about your diet alright?
Your diet mirrors how your body is going to respond to various situations. It is good to include loads of fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables in your diet and curb down those sweet meats, cream coffees, fries and junk foods and drink more water. You can also consider incorporating zinc and vitamin supplements as they help in lubrication.

Thankfully, these ways of handling lubrication issues are much easier than estrogen inserts. If you are experiencing symptoms like hot flashes owing to vaginal dryness, you can go for an oral medication as prescribed by a health expert.

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

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Obesity In Children - Ways To Prevent It!

Fellowship in Neonatology, MRCPCH(UK), Diploma in Child Health (DCH), MBBS
Pediatrician, Delhi
Obesity In Children - Ways To Prevent It!

Research shows that overweight children have a higher chances of developing chronic health problems such as hypertension, asthma, high cholesterol, and even cancer as they grow up. Apart from these health conditions, being obese can cause severe self-esteem problems as well. In short, obesity in children, more specifically childhood obesity, can affect the overall physical, mental and emotional health of your child.

Here are 5 easy ways to prevent your child from falling into the perils of obesity.

1. Develop healthy eating habits in your child
Encouraging your little ones to develop healthy eating habits is vital for maintaining optimum body weight. Instead of high sugar and high fat foods, a child’s diet should consist of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods (such as oats, quinoa and wheat). Proteins such as lean meats, lentils, beans and fish should be included in his/her eating plan as well. Most importantly, serving food in the right portion sizes will ensure your child is getting the right amount of nutrients, while preventing him/her from consuming empty calories. Inculcate these eating habits in them right from the time they are toddlers so that it stays with them as they get older.

2. Make your child avoid calorie-rich foods
Getting your child to avoid fatty, sugary and salty foods can also prevent him from tipping over the weighing scale. Present before your child low sugar and low fat alternatives that he/she would enjoy eating such as apples, bananas, carrots, etc.

3. Encourage your child to pursue physical activity
Try to encourage your child to engage in some form of physical activity for about 60 minutes every day. From brisk walking, swimming, dancing to skipping - your child could opt for any of these physical activities. Having your child lead an active life can see him/her enjoying a number of health benefits like respite from stress, strengthening of his/her bones and muscles and decrease in blood pressure, to name a few.

4. Put a limit on your child’s TV time
When it comes to the time that your child may spend before the TV, computer or other gizmos, it should be not more than half-an-hour per day. Instead, devise fun activities wherein your child as well other members of the family can take part in or ones in which your child does not need a company.

5. Ensure your child gets enough sleep
Lastly, a good night’s rest that lasts about 9-12 hours is vital for optimal weight maintenance. Studies reveal that children who slept for less than the required number of hours were more at risk of being obese. This is because less sleep causes fatigue, leading to a decrease in physical activity and therefore, use of energy. Hence, young kids need up to 8 to 10 hrs sleep but older kids need 6 to 8 hours sleep.

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 Salad

Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
Health Benefits of Salad

Traditionally salads were known to be prepared of only raw vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, cabbage and onion which are cut into slices and sprinkled with a pinch of salt and lemon. They were either served as the smallest portion among the other food items in the meal plate or totally ignored.

Hey folks, if you have also been doing the same, it’s now time to change.

But, let me first tell you the importance of having salads which will definitely lead you to start having salads with your meals. You can also be very creative in making your salad colorful, tasty, crunchy, balanced, appealing to eat and obviously healthy.

Why salads?

· Starting your meals with a bowl of salad will help you attain weight loss. Not a joke, it’s true because salads are low in calories, high in fiber and rich in other nutrients. Fiber helps you feel full making you eat, the remaining meal less and ultimately lose weight.

· Eating a high fiber salads aids in lowering cholesterol and also is known to prevent constipation.

  • Eating a little good fat (like the monounsaturated fat found in olive oil, avocado and nuts) with your vegetables in salads appears to help your body absorb protective phyto-chemicals  (known to protect against cancer and heart disease), like lycopene from tomatoes and lutein from dark green vegetables.
  • Best way to skip croutons (deep fried pieces of wheat bread) which are few in nutrients and have a high glycemic load is to replace them by nuts and seeds and maintain the crunchiness in the salad.
  • Want to balance it with proper carbohydrates and protein to make it a whole meal; you can add brown rice or protein packed Quinoe, grilled chicken, low fat Paneer, Tofu or Sprouts.

· People, who do not like to eat fruits, can relish on salads which combine fruits and vegetables and eat it as a whole meal or in between snacks. This will provide them a host of powerful antioxidants which will protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.

 

 

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Table of Content

Wheat
Nutritional Value of Wheat
Health Benefits of Wheat
Controls Obesity
Improves Body Metabolism
Prevents type 2 diabetes
Reduces Chronic Inflammation
Prevents Gallstones
Prevents breast cancer
Promotes Gastrointestinal Health in Women
Prevents Childhood Asthma
Protects against coronary diseases
Relieve postmenopausal symptoms
Prevents heart attacks
Uses of Wheat
Side-Effects & Allergies of Wheat
Cultivation of Wheat