Month: February 2015

Early to Bed & Early to Rise

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Some of us are Early risers, meanwhile others need a reason to wake up early in the morning. Are there any “Benefits ” for  our health on waking up early? Studies have shown “morning people” are often more positive, more optimistic and more likely to experience satisfaction in their lives.

Here are some Advantages of Waking up early:  Continue reading

Amla and its amazing Health Benefits

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Amla or gooseberry is rich in Vitamin C. About 100 grams of amla contain 445 mg of vitamin C, that is more than 200 % of daily requirement of this vitamin.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and has many health benefits, including cancer prevention, skin health and repair, protection against heart disease, and helps cure cold and cough faster. Continue reading

Fiber and its Importance in Our Body

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Fiber is the part of plant-based foods that our bodies cannot digest fully. It passes through our digestive tract without providing nutrition or calories, and yet it is very healthy for us.

A fiber rich diet can –

• Lower the risk of several forms of cancer

• Reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease

• Help in regulating the digestion

• Help in weight loss

• Preventing elevated cholesterol and blood pressure

Fiber helps to keep our bowel movements regular and ward off certain diseases. Carcinogens in our intestines bind to it and move through our colon more quickly than they otherwise would, reducing our risk for colon cancer.

Fiber helps to reduce cholesterol levels and may help in lowering the risk of heart diseases.

Having fiber rich foods can help you feel fuller for a long time. You don’t feel hungry for a long time as fiber delays the process of digestion. So fiber plays an important part in losing weight.

As fiber helps in delaying the sugar absorption, it helps in lowering the blood sugar levels. In this way, fiber helps in lowering the risk of diabetes.

Fiber helps the body in having regular bowel movements. It also helps in increasing weight and size of the stools and softens it.

And be sure to drink plenty of fluids when adding fiber to your diet. While fiber is normally helpful to your digestive system, without adequate fluids it can cause constipation instead of helping to eliminate it.

Some good examples of fiber-rich foods include:

• Legumes (lentils, dry beans and peas)

• Vegetables

• Fruits

• Brown rice

• Whole grains (wheat, oats, barley)

Modifiable Risk Factors for Cancer

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World cancer day is on February 4 th, and it is time to take a close look at this major public health concern in India. Cancer has become one of the ten leading causes of death in the country. It is estimated that there are about 3 million new cases of cancer at any particular point of time with 1 million new cases every year and cancer deaths are likely to touch 7 lakh by 2015.

Although many possible risk factors are being studied and some, such as tobacco use have been confirmed as a definite cause for cancer, here some of those factors which are modifiable. Continue reading