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Here’s how bananas can help you lose weight

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October 20, 2016

Banana is the most misunderstood fruit for weight watchers. We tell you ways this wonder fruit can actually help you shed some kilos. Here they are:

Since, bananas are loaded with potassium, they help in preventing water retention in your body, which in turn reducing bloating or swelling up of the body. This is one of the best foods for a flatter belly.

Rich in choline and all types of Vitamin B, they prevent the body from storing fat, especially in the tummy area. They do this by accelerating the fat burning process as they effect the fat-storing genes in the body directly.

This is something that most of us face, in spite of eating healthy or resorting to a proper lifestyle, we just can’t give up junk food cravings. Eating a banana when you crave for such unhealthy food is a great way to satiate your hunger and hence lets you avoid junk.

Loaded with all good things, bananas are rich in pro-biotic elements which help the growth of good bacteria in the gut, which indirectly aids in the proper digestion of food, indigestion being the most important reason for weight gain.

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Are 10 most tweeted foods healthy ?

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October 19, 2016

The foods we tweet about have a lot to say about our overall health. Researchers shed some light on some bizzare results, where out of 10 top tweeted foods, only chicken could be considered healthy food. As astonishing as it may sound, the only fast food brand to feature was Starbucks.

In a list of top 10 tweeted foods in the US, coffee was the most tweeted between mid-2014 to mid-2015 followed by beer then pizza, the study revealed.Chicken, the only food that can be considered healthy, came seventh in the list.

For the study, scientists at University of Utah surveyed nearly 80 million Twitter messages — a random sample of one percent of publicly available, geotagged tweets — over the course of one year. They then sorted through about four million tweets about food to prepare a top 10 tweeted foods list.

The top 10 tweeted foods were:

1. Coffee
2. Beer
3. Pizza
4. Starbucks
5. IPA (Beer)
6. Wine
7. Chicken
8. BBQ
9. Ice cream
10.Taco/tacos.

The researchers found that tweets from poor neighbourhoods, and regions with large households, were less likely to mention healthy foods. Also, people in areas dense with fast food restaurants tweeted more often about fast food.

“Our data could be telling us that certain neighbourhoods have fewer resources to support healthy diets,” said lead author of the study Quynh Nguyen, Assistant Professor at University of Utah College of Health.
These types of comparisons could provide clues as to how our surrounding neighbourhood – the environment that we live, work, and play in — impacts our health and well-being, suggests the study published online in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Public Health and Surveillance.

Perhaps neighbourhoods laden with fast food restaurants could benefit from having more supermarkets or farm stands that sell fresh produce, Nguyen noted.

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Things to eat before and after your workout

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October 19, 2016

No matter what sort of workout you follow, what you eat before you begin and after you’re done is very important. So, whether you’re into circuit training, strength training or cardio, here are foods that you should consume.

CARDIO- Pre workout:

Consume a low fat and high carb meal at least an hour before you start. Ideal choices include a banana, glass of milk or a handful of almonds.

CARDIO – Post workout:

This is the time when your body needs nutrients so that it doesn’t go low on energy. It’s best to opt for protein and carbs , which will help ease the aches in your muscles. Low fat milk, coconut water or a smoothie are great drinks to have instead of sipping on caffeine-filled drinks.

CIRCUIT TRAINING- Pre workout:

Focus more on carbs and slightly lesser on proteins. Fruits are your best bet — apples and bananas are a good option. You could also eat a mix of dried fruits about 45 minutes before your workout.

CIRCUIT TRAINING- Post workout:

This meal should comprise very little fat. Opt for a fresh salad, smoothie, protein shake or fruits. Strength training comprises exercises that use resistance in order to bring about muscular contraction. This, in turn, will improve your strength and endurance.

STRENGTH TRAINING- Pre workout:

It is very important to have protein and carbs an hour before your workout. This will help ensure that you don’t get tired easily and also lower the chances of muscle breakdown.

STRENGTH TRAINING- Post workout:

When you work out, your body is undergoing a lot of wear and tear. Hence, it is important that you provide it with the right foods to recover. A whey protein shake once you’re done or have an energy bar.

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Ayurvedic treatment and home remedies for women’s health

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October 19, 2016

Menstruation, menopause, obesity, irregular periods, acne, anemia are some of the problems that are commonly faced by women. Here are some natural remedies and ayurvedic herbs that can help prevent and control these problems.

Painful menstruation

During menstruation or periods you may experience loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and constipation. Women are recommended to consume mixtures that are available in stores like Sundari kalp forte which aids female reproductive organs and cleans the blood. Ashokarishta is another ayurvedic tonic for heavy bleeding and inflammation.

Pre menstrual pain

Have plenty of liquids in your diet – water, soups or fresh juices. But avoid alcohol and smoking. Opt for balanced diet but avoid processed food and fast food. Take a cold shower. Maintain healthy bowel
movement.

Piles

To prevent and reduce piles, it is recommended to flush out the intestine, drink water and exercise. Avoid constipation with a rich fibre diet.

Greying hair

According to ayurveda, anger, warm showers, colds and sinus problems are some of the reasons for greying hair. You can try Mahabhringaraj oil, an ayurvedic medicine for greying hair. De-stress from your worries and anxieties. Take cold showers too. Cure your cold and sinus.

Menopause

At this point of your life, it is important to have calcium rich food to avoid osteoporosis, exercise daily and have a balanced diet. You can also practice yoga exercises like pranayama and sarbangasana.

Obesity

Guggulu or Commiphora mukul and Punarnava or Boerhaavia diffusa are two herbs that can help you reduce weight. But it is also important to exercise and follow the right diet to prevent obesity or reduce
obesity.

Acne

Acne tends to scar the facial skin, but you can fight acne with cinnamom, sandalwood, turmeric, neem and giloy or Tinospora cordifolia.

Cramps

Arth plus, is an ayurvedic medicine for anti-inflammation and cramps. Besides cramps it can prevent joint pain, backache, sprains and arthritis. Rumarhto Gold is another ayurveda treatment for cramps and body pain. Avoid foods that aggravate cramps like pulses. Anger, stress, lack of sleep and lack of water can stimulate cramps. Do not over exercise and go for regular massages. Avoid pungent food too.

Anemia

Anaemia is a common problem for women; sadly it is a silent health problem. Prevent anaemia with amla, aloe vera and Punarnava or Boerhaavia diffusa. Have a diet rich in iron; consume vegetables like
spinach, nuts, beetroot, red meat, apples, amla and plum. Soak in the sun too as it increases the production of red blood cells.

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Top 8 advantages of lemon in water

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October 19, 2016

In India, tea and coffee is regularly consumed at breakfast, lunch and during mid-afternoon but we forget drinking water. Drinking water is important and to spruce it up, what you can do is add a slice of lemon or squeeze a lime in water.

Skin care

Several cosmetic products promise glowing and healthy skin, but it comes at a cost. Try lime water for healthy and glowing skin. Besides, benefiting the skin, water and lime juice reduces aging, blackheads and wrinkles. Lime water is also a cooling agent, best way to beat the Indian heat.

Stomach health

Digestive problems are the most common ailments but warm water and lime juice is the solution to most digestive problems. Lemon juice helps to purify the blood, reduces your chances of indigestion, constipation, eliminates toxins from the body, adds digestion and reduces phlegm.

Oral health

Reduces bad breath and stops bleeding gums. It also reduces toothache.

High blood pressure

Lime contains potassium which controls high blood pressure and reduces the effect of nausea and dizziness.

Mental health

Lemon water can also prep up your mood and relieve you from depression and stress.

Respiratory problem

Lemon water can reduce phlegm; and can also help you breathe properly and aids a person suffering with asthma.

Anti – ageing

Lemon water or nimbu paani reduces the production of free radicals which are responsible for aging skin and skin damage. Lemon water is calorie free and an antioxidant.

Infections

Lemon water can fight throat infections thanks to its antibacterial property. If salt water does not work for you, try lime and water for gargling.

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