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Benefits of Yam (Ratalu) And Its Side Effects

Yam is ideal for curing respiratory problems, skin diseases, digestion related ailments and cancer. It also protects the female endocrine system, increases nutrient absorption, improves cognitive abilities, conciliates metabolic functions and increases the count of the red blood cells. Due to the presence of Vitamin B6, Yam also prevents hypertension.

Benefits of Yam (Ratalu) And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Yam (Ratalu)
Nutritional Value of Yam (Ratalu)
Health Benefits of Yam (Ratalu)
Cures respiratory problems and heals skin diseases
Great source of Vitamin B6
Supports and protects the female endocrine system
Improves bowel habits and aids in digestion
Increases the Nutrient absorption in the body
Can improve cognitive capacity
Acts as a cancer deterrent
Conciliates metabolic functions
Helps to increase the production of red blood cells in the body
Uses of Yam (Ratalu)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Yam (Ratalu)
Cultivation of Yam (Ratalu)

Yam (Ratalu)

Yam is a root vegetable which bears close resemblance to sweet potato. The inside of a Yam is orange or white and they are related to grasses and lilies. They are perennial vines that can be ingested. They are grown in Oceania, Caribbean, Latin America, Asia and Africa. Nowadays, around 95% of the entire world’s yam crop is harvested in West Africa. It can be cooked in various ways, like it can be smoked, fried, baked, boiled, roasted or barbecued. Yam is also used as a dessert in many places after being grated. The tubers of Yam can grow up to 4.9 feet and it can weigh up to seventy kilograms. It is 3 to 6 inches in height. The skin of the Yam fruit is hard and rough to peel. It usually gets softened after heating. The inside of this fruit can have different colours such as pink, purple, yellow or white.

Nutritional Value of Yam (Ratalu)

Yam has a lot of nutrient density and is very healthy if consumed. It contains vitamin C, dietary fibres, thiamine, manganese, vitamin B6 and potassium. Yam has a very low glycemic index and supplies around 118 calories for every 100 grams. It has 54% glucose as compared to other potato products. In some countries in Africa, where food is scarce, Yam provides a high amount of protein intake ranging from 16% in the humid lands of West Africa and 6% in East and South Africa. Yam is limited in tryptophan, methionine, cystine, maino acids and sulphur.

Health Benefits of Yam (Ratalu)

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Yam (Ratalu)
Health Benefits of Yam (Ratalu)

Cures respiratory problems and heals skin diseases

Yam has long been a traditional medicine used in Japan, Korea and China since early ages. It contains cell proliferate and allantoin which speeds up the healing process if applied topically on boils, ulcers and other skin ailments. It is known to cure respiratory ailments and relieve cough, bronchial irritation and stimulate health of the respiratory system.

Great source of Vitamin B6

Yam has sufficient amount of vitamin B6 in it, which is necessary by our body to break down homocysteine (a substance which can damage the blood vessel walls). High content of homocysteine can lead to a heart attack if you have comparatively low cholesterol levels. Hence, having vitamin B6 in your body can make it immune to heart diseases. Yam also contains some amount of potassium, this is beneficial as it controls the blood pressure and heart rate by countering hypertensive effects. Yam also prevents hypertension to a certain extent. It also results in reduced blood pressure and increased kidney flow due to the enzymes present in Yam

Supports and protects the female endocrine system

Yam contains an enzyme which is beneficial for menopausal women. This enzyme provides a natural alternative to hormonal replacement in menopausal women. It supports the endocrine system in females as its root is full of beneficial enzymes. It contains vitamin B6 which acts as a substitute to fight symptoms related to PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) which include stomach cramps and mood swings.

Improves bowel habits and aids in digestion

Yam has dietary fibres in it, these fibres decrease bad cholesterol and reduce constipation. It also contains a gracious amount of potassium that helps in healthy digestion and also stimulates contraction of smooth muscle in the stomach. This in turn leads to beneficial bowel habits.

Increases the Nutrient absorption in the body

Consuming Yam juice on a regular basis can increase the nutrient absorption of the body. It also protects the enzymes which are needed by the body to create healthier cells and keep the body in good condition. Drinking Yam juice is very useful, as the nutrients are easily absorbed by the body in liquid form.

Can improve cognitive capacity

Yam has the power to increase the memory capacity and the learning capacity of the human brain. According to research, people who consumed Yam for a period of 6 weeks noticed a great change in their cognitive abilities. This is due to the antioxidant compound which is present in Yam. It can also cure Alzheimer’s to a great extent.

Acts as a cancer deterrent

Cancer can be very painful and life threatening. In most cases, people lose their lives while battling cancer. It can tear families apart and cancer treatment is very expensive. The treatment of cancer like radiation therapy and chemotherapy itself can be very painful and can cause a huge discomfort. However, consuming Yam on a daily basis can increase the immunity of your body and prevent cancer to a certain extent. Due to its anti-oxidant qualities, Yam can prevent colon cancer from occurring. The dietary fibre present in Yam can prevent toxic compounds in food from clinging itself to the colon mucosa. Vitamin A present in Yam provides protection from oral cavity cancer and lung cancer.

Conciliates metabolic functions

The vitamins present in Yam can conciliate the metabolic function in one’s body. Yam contains vitamin A which maintains and protects the healthy mucous membranes. It can also improve vision and plays an important role in bone growth, wound healing, improving immunity and anti ageing.

Helps to increase the production of red blood cells in the body

Yam has a lot of minerals present in it which plays a major role in protecting and increasing the count of the red blood cells in the body. It contains copper and iron which aids in blood circulation inside the body. Yam also contains a sufficient amount of manganese which is used as a co-factor for superoxide dismutase and antioxidant enzymes.

Uses of Yam (Ratalu)

Yam has a variety of uses such as, healthy immune system functioning, lowering osteoporosis, protecting the tissues surrounding the heart and aiding in ventricular functioning.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Yam (Ratalu)

Yam can have some side effects if it is not used in moderation. It should be avoided by breast feeding or lactating women as it might be fatal for the child. Wild Yam has the ability to affect conditions related to estrogen imbalance in the body. If you have estrogen related issues like uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer or breast cancer, then Yam should be avoided as much as possible as it can make these conditions worse. People having protein S deficiency should also not consume Yam as they might be at an increased risk of forming blood clots. This condition can be very problematic and should be avoided.

Cultivation of Yam (Ratalu)

Yams are usually grown throughout the humid tropics and are priced very economically in most places. Plantation of Yam begins in the rainy season. The yield of the crop depends on where and how the sets are planted, provision of stakes, interplant spacing and sizes of the mounds. The seeds of yam are bulky to transport and are also perishable.

Popular Questions & Answers

I want to take some information about the all those foods which are helping to gain weight and makes fat, please kindly get me some tips about it,

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
You need to take high protein foods like all milk and milk products, eggs, pulses, sprouts, nuts, tofu, rajmah, chole, soyabean, paneer, chicken, fish etc. To gain muscle mass.
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I am suffering from weight gain. My actual weight is 96 kg and age is 29 years suggest me how can I lose.

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Hyderabad
Dear Lybrate User, You are not suffering from 'weight gain' You are suffering due to your 'Food Choices' To reduce weight you need to change your food choices. Best is to visit a dietician and take proper guidance on which foods help you and which damage your health. Try to go on a 1500 calories diet per day. Do 60 minutes of daily exercise. Eat simple and eat natural. Give up excess sweets / oily foods. Take health as a challenge and work for improving your health.
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I am a working women. I want to get my weight down. please suggest me what I have to do.

Post graduate diploma in? Early childhood care and education (ECCE), Bachelor of Science (Home) with major in FOOD AND NUTRITION
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Vadodara
Hi Lybrate user weight loss can be acheived if you to need to follow a proper diet and physical activity weight loss tips 1. Avoid much outside food, fried food and junk food. 2.Avoid papad, pickles, Coconut-peanut chutney. 3.Can eat homemade Paneer sabji, sandwich, paratha. 4.Opt for Brown bread, low fat cheese, skimmed milk, roasted food items. 5.Use skimmed milk in food items as much as possible, sprinkle over cooked sabji and add in milk, soups as thickening agent. Can be eaten as wholesome powder also 6.Avoid too much off starchy foods like Potato, Yam, arvi, sweet-potato, sabu dana (Sago), Maida, corn-flour. 7.Eat lots and lots of vegetables and green leafy vegetables in form of cooked vege, Salads & Soup. 8.Avoid canned and processed foods like cream biscuits, wafers, pickle, papad For specific weight loss diet loss plan, please enroll in my weight loss package.

I need to reduce my weight. I'm just 15 years old and I have some stretch marks on my knee. Need to lose weight immediately.

Post graduate diploma in? Early childhood care and education (ECCE), Bachelor of Science (Home) with major in FOOD AND NUTRITION
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Vadodara
Hi Lybrate user weight loss can be acheived if you to need to follow a proper diet and physical activity weight loss tips 1. Avoid much outside food, fried food and junk food. 2.Avoid papad, pickles, Coconut-peanut chutney. 3.Can eat homemade Paneer sabji, sandwich, paratha. 4.Opt for Brown bread, low fat cheese, skimmed milk, roasted food items. 5.Use skimmed milk in food items as much as possible, sprinkle over cooked sabji and add in milk, soups as thickening agent. Can be eaten as wholesome powder also 6.Avoid too much off starchy foods like Potato, Yam, arvi, sweet-potato, sabu dana (Sago), Maida, corn-flour. 7.Eat lots and lots of vegetables and green leafy vegetables in form of cooked vege, Salads & Soup. 8.Avoid canned and processed foods like cream biscuits, wafers, pickle, papad For specific weight loss diet loss plan, please enroll in my weight loss package.

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How To Increase Your Libido?

Diploma in Paediatrics, MBBS
Sexologist, Dehradun
How To Increase Your Libido?

What Is Libido? Why Does It Disappear Among Some of Us?

  • Libido is defined as a person’s overall sexual drive or desire for sexual activity. Low libido in women and low libido in men have some similar roots, along with some gender-specific ones as well.
  • For men, it’s actually quite normal to have a gradual decrease in libido as a man gets older. Each man is different, but most men tend to have some amount of sexual desire into their 60s and 70s. If aging isn’t at the root of libido decrease, a man may be depressed or experiencing too much stress. Other possible causes of  low sex drive men are a medication side effect, a decrease in male sex hormones due to an endocrine disorder or sleep apnea. A little-known fact is how sleep apnea can lead to an unusually low testosterone level.
  • Low testosterone can also cause erectile dysfunction (ED), a condition in which a man can’t get or maintain an erection. While both issues may involve low testosterone, ED and low libido do not necessarily equate or even happen at the same time. Men who have a hard time getting or maintaining an erection usually have a normal or even high sex drive.
  • When it comes to a low sex drive in women, there can be many causes. According to sex psychologist Sheryl Kingsberg, Ph.D, “Women’s sexuality tends to be multifaceted and fairly complicated.”
  • Common causes of a loss of sexual desire or low libido in women include issues in your relationship with your sexual partner, sociocultural influences (job stress, media images of sexuality, etc. ) and medical conditions (like fibroidsendometriosis and thyroid problems).
  • Low testosterone doesn’t just cause sexual issues for men. Women can also experience low testosterone. Female testosterone levels peak in the mid-20s and then steadily decrease until a woman goes through menopause. After menopause, female testosterone levels drop dramatically, and sex drive can drop dramatically as well. Birth control pills and other forms of hormonal pregnancy prevention can also have negative effects on a woman’s desire for sexual activity.
  • When it comes to how to increase your libido, there are two key biological chemicals that may affect your level of sexual desire whether you’re a man or woman. I’m talking about dopamine and prolactin. It’s theorized that dopamine increases desire while prolactin decreases it. If you take any medications, it’s important to know that some can increase prolactin release or inhibit dopamine release. Either of these two scenarios can decrease sexual desire and also cause other sexual side effects.
  • In men, low prolactin has been linked with multiple signs of poor sexual health and psychological health. Low prolactin levels are also associated with a larger body mass index (BMI), high blood sugar levels, lower levels of physical activity and just generally feeling unhealthier.
  • Relationship issues, depression, prescription medications, alcoholism, drug abuse and/or chronic diseases like diabetes can all be at the root of low sex drive for both sexes. A BMI that’s too high can also cause problems for both men and women when it comes to libido. Obese men tend to struggle with erectile difficulty, but studies have shown that losing only a small percent of weight can improve both male and female sexual function. A study conducted at Duke University reports that obese people are 25 times more likely to report sexual problems.

How to Increase Libido Through Diet

Let’s talk about how to increase libido through your diet, which includes what you should eat more of and what you should avoid or reduce significantly.

Foods That Help

  • Natural Aphrodisiacs — Figs, bananas and avocados are natural aphrodisiacs loaded with vitamins and minerals that can encourage more blood flow to the genitals and naturally increase sex drive. 
  • Vitamin C foods — Vitamin C improves blood circulation to the organs so it’s important to make sure you consume foods rich in vitamin C on a daily basis. Vitamin C has also specifically been linked with a healthier female libido. Some great choices include broccoli, oranges, red peppers and guava.
  • Iron-rich foods — For women in particular, low iron levels can have a negative affect on sexual desire, arousal, lubrication and ability to have an orgasm. Great sources of iron include dark leafy greens like kale and spinach, along with grass-fed beef.
  • Collagen-rich foods — Collagen production naturally declines with age. This has a direct negative effect on skin health and makes it harder to keep skin firm. This phenomenon can make it harder for men to maintain an erection, and it can lead to a looser vaginal wall in women. To increase your collagen levels, you can consume more bone broths and opt for a collagen supplement powder. Vitamin C also helps to increase collagen production.
  • Sweet potatoes — Sweet potatoes or yams are loaded with potassium and vitamin A. The potassium can help with high blood pressure, which makes a man more likely to have erectile dysfunction. 
  • Watermelon — In 2008, research conducted at Texas A&M demonstrated that watermelon may have a Viagra effect. The phytonutrients known as lycopene, beta-carotene and citrulline found in watermelon help relax blood vessels. While watermelon might not be as organ-specific as Viagra, it can be helpful in the bedroom without any negative side effects when you naturally want to improve libido.
  • Spices like nutmeg and clove — Spices are loaded with antioxidants, which is great for overall health, including libido. Research published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine specifically found that extracts of nutmeg and clove enhanced the sexual behavior of male animal subjects. Clove is also great at improving bad breath.
  • Dark chocolate — Research has shown that chocolate consumption leads to the release of phenylethylamine and serotonin, leading to some aphrodisiac and mood-lifting effects. Just make sure you choose a low-sugar, high-quality dark chocolate.
  • Brazil nuts — These nuts are high in selenium, which plays a role in maintaining healthy testosterone levels.
  • Almonds — Rich in zinc, selenium and vitamin E, almonds contain vitamins, minerals and healthy fats that can improve sexual health and reproduction.
  • Water — Making sure you’re not dehydrated is helpful when it comes to your libido since dehydration can cause a number of negative side effects that can easily dull sexual desire. If you want to avoid possible fatigueheadaches and vaginal dryness then drink up.
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Importance Of Navratri - Ayurvedic View

B.A.M.S, M.D In Ayurvedic Medicine
Ayurveda, Amritsar
Importance Of Navratri - Ayurvedic View

Importance of fasting in navaratri.

  • India is a country with a rich historical and cultural background of festivals and celebration. Like other festivals of india, navaratri also has a significance and meaning attached to it.
  • The nine day sadhana of navaratri is not simply an age-old practice of worshipping the cosmic nature but also the rituals, practices and celebrations associated with it has the disciplines of health wisely interwoven into it.
  • Every year the beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn are two very important junctions of climatic and solar influence as the whole of creation goes through a kind of transformation with each changing season.
  • These are called ritu sandhis meaning seasonal junctions (transition from extreme seasons of summer and winter to more moderate seasons like spring and autumn). Due to the changes in the nature, the bodies and minds of people undergo a considerable change. These two periods or junctions are taken as opportunities for detoxification of body, mind and soul which in turn helps to maintain our physical and mental balance.
  • The beginning of autumn is celebrated as the festival of navaratri, the nine day period which commences on the first day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of ashwina.
  • " nava-ratri" literally means" nine nights"
  • The navaratri festival is observed by cleansing one's self of all the impurities to experience the divinity within. This observance is called upavaas, which literally means ‘residing close to oneself’.
  • Fasting is one of the techniques which is part of upavaas.
  • Navaratri is the time when people fast for cleansing, detoxifying and getting their bodies rested. Fasts are a means of internal cleansing, physically and spiritually. The basic cause of many diseases is the accumulation of toxic materials in the digestive system. When one fasts, the load on the digestive system reduces and meanwhile the body is able to carry out the cleansing needed in the system. It supports in adapting to the bodily changes during ritu sandhi.
  • Fasting also helps to build up self-control and discipline and bring more awareness control over senses which ultimately elevate the state of consciousness.
  • The world is a manifestation of three gunas (qualities) namely satva, rajas and tamas. These three qualities exist in varying levels within one's mind.
  • -satva is the quality comprising of clarity, purity and peace of mind which makes one dynamic, creative and harmonious.
  • -rajas is activity or movement which in excess results in pleasure seeking activities, anger, arrogance and destructiveness.
  • -tamas is inertia which in excess leads one to dullness lethargy.
  • We contain all of these gunas in varying degrees and they are in constant interplay with each other. Excessive rajas and tamas has a disturbing influence upon the mind and does not allow one to go deep within oneself.
  • So during navaratri, the aim is to reduce these disturbing influences and increase satva, allowing the satvik qualities to prevail leading to the highest condition of the mind.
  • On the first three days of navaratri, tamo guna prevails, then during the next three days, rajo guna prevails and during the last three days, satva guna prevails.
  • Diet  lifestyle has a deep influence on the state of one's mind and can therefore manipulate the levels of satva, rajas and tamas in one’s being.
  • Fasting in a disciplined way brings harmony between satva, rajas and tamas.

How to fast during navaratri:

  • On the first three days, we can follow a fruit fast:
  • Sweet fruits like: apple, banana, chikku, papaya, watermelon, sweet grapes and juices like amla juice, lauki juice and tender coconut water can be had.
  • On the next three days, we can have a one time meal of the traditional navaratri diet, during the rest of the day, we could have fruit juices, buttermilk milk.
  • During the last three days, we could follow a traditional navaratri diet.
  • Caution: the above diet is for a healthy person. If you have any health concerns, you could fast with minor changes in the prescribed diet, with the guidance of your vaidya.
  • Traditional navaratri diet:
  • The diets followed during navaratri are pitta pacifying as during this season there is a possibility of pitta being increased in the body.
  • Grains are avoided for the first few days.

Traditionally prescribed foods are:

  • Kuttu (buckwheat) roti and fasting rice (shamak rice).
  • Dosa from the shamak rice,
  • Dishes made of sago (sabudana), singhara atta (water chestnut flour), rajgira, potatoes, yam (suran), colocacia (arbi) sweet potatoes (shakarkand), kachalu etc.
  • Use ghee, milk and buttermilk. All these are cooling and pacifies pitta (raita of bottle gourd (lauki), raita of pumpkin (kaddu).
  • Drink lot of fluids like tender coconut water, juices, vegetable soups, etc. Besides providing energy, they also maintain the fluid levels and cleanse the toxins in your body.
  • Fruit chat made with papaya, pear (nashpati), apple.
  • Use sandhav namak (rock salt) instead of common salt, for cooking.
  • Avoid fried foods (replace fried potato with boiled potato).
  • Use healthy cooking methods like roasting, boiling, steaming and grilling.
  • Delicacies like sabudan vada, sprouted gram sundals, kuttu pakoda, singhara burfee and kheer can be had from the 8th day onwards.
  • Be strictly vegetarian.
  • Avoid onion and garlic.

Those who cannot go for a fast can do upavaas by abstaining from non-vegetarian food, alcohol, onion, garlic, too spicy food, and replacing common salt with rock salt.

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Erectile Dysfuntion - 4 Nutrients That Help

MBBS, F R S T & H London , Fellowship of College of General Practice (FCGP)
Sexologist, Alwar
Erectile Dysfuntion - 4 Nutrients That Help

Erectile dysfunction now has become a common disorder for most men. Middle aged men are most common to get erectile dysfunction mainly due to unhealthy life style, smoking and excessive stress. There are several other factors that are responsible causing this erectile dysfunction, but most men look forward for nutritional way of treatment to overcome this erectile dysfunction. Nutrients that really help in recovering from erectile dysfunction problem and enable men to have satisfactory sexual life.

Nutrients to overcome erectile dysfunction:
Dietary changes play a major role in solving many health issues of various concerns. Few vitamins that beat the erectile dysfunction are

1. DHEA: Dehydroepialdosterone is a hormone released from the adrenal glands. DHEA reaches the peak by the age of 25 and above for men. However, this vitamin is not directly available from natural foods, but is wild yam and soya beans may stimulate the body to produce more DHEA when there is a need. Excessive intake of this food may not lead to increased level of DHEA as this is produced by the aldosterone only with the decreased level in the blood.
There are several other factors that stimulate the production of DHEA are regular exercise to keep your body physically active, taking healthy nutritious diet, adequate rest and sleep and avoiding excessive stress.

2. Carnitine: Combination of vitamins like propionyl L carnitine, L carnitine and acetyl L carnitine are helpful to overcome erectile dysfunction in elderly persons. Combination of these vitamins helps to increase the level of testosterone hormone in the body. 2gms of each vitamin is required daily to overcome erectile dysfunction

3. Arginine: It is a type of amino acid that affects the production of nitric oxide. But nitric oxide is responsible for the vasodilatation effect thus, leading to the increased blood flow to the penis and causes penile erection. There are few studies that say that arginine also helps in removing  erectile dysfunction. Hence there is a controversial issue with the usage of arginine for erectile dysfunction.

4. Pyconogel: 120mg of pyconogel daily helps to solve the sexual problems. This vitamin is found in pinus pinaster and helps to improve the sexual life. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Sexologist.

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Prenatal Nutrition & Pregnancy Diet & Tips!

CCT, DMAS, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG), MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, DNB, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Chennai
Prenatal Nutrition & Pregnancy Diet & Tips!

Pregnancy is that period of time in a woman's life when she is excited about giving birth to her baby. She is not only responsible to keep herself healthy, but her baby is also her responsibility. What she eats, how she lives and her daily routine will affect the baby. Thus, to have a healthy pregnancy it is necessary that you exercise regularly and eat well. You should also avoid those things that may hurt your baby. 

Take care of what you eat

During pregnancy it is important to get proper nutrition so that you and your baby are healthy. For slow and gradual weight gain, it is necessary to pay close attention to the folic acid, calcium and iron intake. However, if you are obese, then your weight gain regime will be different from others. 

The diet during pregnancy should include:

  1. Intake of fruit and vegetables is important as they are good sources of Vitamins, minerals and even fiber. They are good for digestion and also help in preventing constipation. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables daily.
  2. During pregnancy carbohydrates are also important as they act as an important source of energy. Different food items that are rich in carbohydrates are potatoes, bread, breakfast cereals, pasta, rice, noodles, millet, maize, oats, yams, sweet potatoes, and corn meal. It is better to eat whole grains and potato with the skin on as they are rich in fiber. 
  3. Intake of protein is very important during pregnancy, and thus you should take lean meat, pulses, beans, nuts, fish, and eggs. All these items should be cooked well so that you do not face any problem in digestion during pregnancy. 
  4. It is also necessary to eat dairy products like milk, cheese, butter and yoghurt during pregnancy. They are important because they contain the calcium and nutrients that are necessary for the growth of the baby. 

What to avoid
Just as you should eat certain food items to be healthy, there are certain foods that must be avoided to be fit and healthy. Avoid the following during pregnancy

  1. Drugs and alcohol
  2. Medicines that are not prescribed by your physician
  3. Smoking tobacco
  4. Fried and oily food
  5. Fishes those are rich in mercury like shark, tilefish, swordfish and those fishes that are caught in local waters are not considered safe. 
  6. Too much intake of caffeine is also hazardous for a pregnant lady. 

Thus, by following the above-mentioned  diet tips you can keep your baby and yourself healthy. Always get advice from your physician for any decision that you take during pregnancy. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Gynaecologist.

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Best Foods to Take in Pregnancy

MRCOG, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology), MBBS
IVF Specialist, Delhi
Best Foods to Take in Pregnancy

During pregnancy it is important to get proper nutrition so that you and your baby are healthy. For slow and gradual weight gain, it is necessary to pay close attention to the folic acid, calcium and iron intake. However, if you are obese, then your weight gain regime will be different from others.

The diet during pregnancy should include:

  1. During pregnancy carbohydrates are also important as they act as an important source of energy. Different food items that are rich in carbohydrates are potatoes, bread, breakfast cereals, pasta, rice, noodles, millet, maize, oats, yams, sweet potatoes, and corn meal. It is better to eat whole grains and potato with the skin on as they are rich in fiber.
  2. Intake of protein is very important during pregnancy, and thus you should take lean meat, pulses, beans, nuts, fish, and eggs. All these items should be cooked well so that you do not face any problem in digestion during pregnancy.
  3. Intake of fruit and vegetables is important as they are good sources of vitamins, minerals and even fiber. They are good for digestion and also help in preventing constipation. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables daily.
  4. It is also necessary to eat dairy products like milk, cheese, butter and yoghurt during pregnancy. They are important because they contain the calcium and nutrients that are necessary for the growth of the baby. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an IVF Specialist.
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Table of Content

Yam (Ratalu)
Nutritional Value of Yam (Ratalu)
Health Benefits of Yam (Ratalu)
Cures respiratory problems and heals skin diseases
Great source of Vitamin B6
Supports and protects the female endocrine system
Improves bowel habits and aids in digestion
Increases the Nutrient absorption in the body
Can improve cognitive capacity
Acts as a cancer deterrent
Conciliates metabolic functions
Helps to increase the production of red blood cells in the body
Uses of Yam (Ratalu)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Yam (Ratalu)
Cultivation of Yam (Ratalu)