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  • Sumanta 5:08 AM on October 4, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , Food,   

    Fish eating in diabetes 

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    People suffering from diabetes can consume fish. Oily fishes are said to be better because they provide some good fatty acids (known as omega 3 fatty acids).

    Fish intake once or twice a week may be a wise idea.

    Consult your doctor doctor to know what is most appropriate for you.

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  • Sumanta 7:39 PM on March 4, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: , Food, , , Scurvy, ,   

    Vitamin C in cancer cure 

    tomatoVitamin C is a water soluble vitamin referred as ascorbic acid in the scientific world. Our body can’t store this vitamin, since it gets excreted via urine. Therefore, a continuous intake of this vitamin is required.

    Why this vitamin is important for our health? It helps our skin capillaries to remain intact and prevent bleeding and also helps in wound healing.

    What happens if we lack this vitamin? A well known disease called scurvy occurs when one lacks it in his or her body. Scurvy is characterized by gum bleeding.

    From what sources can we get this vitamin? Obviously from a bunch of plant sources like grapes, guava, lemon, orange, tomato, garlic etc. Well commercial preparations of this vitamin are also available in stores, but that might not be a wise way to take it since you are possibly going to miss the fiber rich pulp of the plant products, when you are taking the vitamin extract. Read somewhere that in old times sailors used to carry lemons with them when they went for long voyages to avoid vitamin C deficiency.

    Does vitamin C prevent Cancer? (More …)

     
  • Sumanta 6:53 PM on February 20, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: , Food, , , Niacin, Tomato, Vegetables, ,   

    Tomatoes for health 

    Who don’t like red appealing tomatoes in their regular diet? Tomatoes are not only good looking fruit, they are healthy too. There probably is an argument if tomato is a vegetable or fruit, let’s not dip into that today.

    If you have some place to do gardening, try planting tomatoes. They will give your garden an amazing beauty like red bulbs scattered all over. Another benefit of growing tomato at home is probably that you can eat healthy tomatoes with out the side effects of excessive usage of fertilisers of pesticides.

    Besides the appealing beauty of tomato, it is highly nutritious too. But how should we eat it- raw, boiled, fried or grilled? It can be eaten in any way but vitamin c generally degrades upon exposure to heat, therefore its probably wise to have them raw for extracting this vitamin (since tomatoes are rich in vitamin c).

    Some people may find eating raw tomatoes bit smelly. They may eat it using some other edible flavouring agent or creams but take care of there calories. A good way to avoid the smell and eat it in healthy manner is probably to eat it as a part of salad. Using chopped onion, coriander, cucumber and slight curd might add an edge to your raw tomato eating experiences.

    Some people also like to drink tomato juices, which is not bad but if the pulp of tomato is discarded while making juices you might be losing the benefits of the fibre in the tomato pulp. As you may know fibre rich diet is good for curbing obesity and also softens the stool. Moreover, sugar added to the tomato juices can make the tomato juices rich in calories and can contribute to weight gain, if taken regularly in high quantity.

    Finally, a component of tomato is niacin. Interestingly, niacin is also used as a drug to decrease blood lipid levels.

    So eat plenty of fresh tomatoes. Make your life and health colourful by adding colourful tomatoes to your diet.

    full plate tomatoes

     
  • Sumanta 7:37 AM on September 15, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: Calorie, , Food, Football, , Junk food, , , Sports,   

    Obesity in football fans 

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    Did you ever wonder how sports fans can become fat? Here is something very interesting for sports loving people. Recent studies show that football lovers tend to eat a lot of high calorie sugary-junk food when the team they support loss the match. This is so probably because the fans want to heal their pain of loss by means of eating a lot of junk food. Therefore, such fans of teams which loss matches regularly are more prone to the risk of gaining weight, and this may lead to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure etc. May a time come when simply by seeing the number of obese fans a team has in the football stadium gallery, one can predict how frequently that specific team football losses a match. Similarly, this should encourage football team coaches and players to win the matches rather than frequent losses, to keep their fans healthy, by keeping them away from such junk food habits.

    However, such high calorie diet consumption is probably not related to football team fans of the losing team only. In many other depressing instances too, like after getting a bad score in exams few people are prompted to eat such junk food in huge amounts, may be studies in future will unfold if such is also true and relevant.

    You may share your opinions below in the comments section. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Please cross check information from other sources too. Reference: link
     
  • Sumanta 7:42 AM on August 20, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , Food, , , omega 3 fatty acid, Rheumatoid arthritis   

    Fish role in rheumatoid arthritis prevention 

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    Salmon Teriyaki – Sushi Tengu

    If we are asked, which species on earth is the best friend of humans, probably we all will say dog, however, some may bet on cats, pigs and other pets. Although dog provides us some emotional/mental health benefit and help us with few of our daily life jobs they directly can’t protect you from heart attack or stroke. Same for pigs, eating a lot of their yummy flesh can shoot your lipids high up and risk your life. But in this regard there is one particular species which serves humans probably the most, though most don’t seem to understand it. Yes, we are talking about the poor sea fishes. These fishes are today suffocated by human sea activities like oil spillage in the sea, over-hunting of fishes and lots.

    Those who regularly read health websites, journals may be aware of the potency of the fatty sea fishes in providing good fatty acids which are protective to human heart. To surprise you further let me share with you a new fact that came in front of us through a large study, that these fatty sea fishes can decrease our chances of developing a rheumatoid arthritis. It’s the same omega 3 fatty acid which is known to have some protective role in battling heart attack and stroke can lessen the chance of developing a rheumatoid arthritis. Yet, if you are genetically susceptible from the latter you may not be benefited since your gene is betraying you here. The protection against this specific type of arthritis may be by virtue of certain anti-inflammatory property of this fatty acid. So, if you are planning to add a non-vegetarian dish to your meal, you may choose fish like salmon or mackerel instead of meat products.

    You may share your opinions below in the comments section. Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. References- http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_139685.html
     
  • Sumanta 8:42 AM on July 20, 2013 Permalink |
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    Age of starting solid foods in a infant may be related to diabetes 

    People generally don’t tend to care much about the time when their child should be started on solid foods. Lot of grandparents myths are followed in this issue. Some say a baby should be started on solid food at 3 months age, for some its 6 m0nths and for some it may even at 1 year of age. Now the question is, if the timing when to start solid food for a baby is important at all. The answer is yes, it matters a lot and of your wonder this simple timing errors can be related to the chances of developing diabetes type 1 in a kid.

    Evidences hint that if a baby is started on solid food before four months of age or at six months or after 6 months, one may be at high risk of developing type 1 diabetes. Although how such timing is important are not that clear and will be unfolded in near future hopefully. Therefore, solid foods introduction between 4 and 5 months might be the ideal time according to the experts.

    This is quite a inspiring finding, a step towards prevention of type 1 diabetes at no extra expense, except the knowledge. Check it with your pediatrician to be guided correctly in this matter.

    Extra links: DIABETESTypes of Diabetes
    Baby eating baby food (blended green beans)

    Baby eating baby food (blended green beans)

    For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider.  Please cross check information from other sources too. Reference: link

     
  • Sumanta 7:09 AM on July 8, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , Autism & bacteria, , Food, , Memory & reading, , , Teen   

    Obesity, sleep and exercise; Autism and bacteria; Memory improvement 

    Back with teenage obesity talk again. New links are unfolding between the number of sleep hours and type of food choice. Adolescents who sleep for fewer hours than required tend to choose more fast foods whereas, those who sleep plentiful make healthier food choice. And it’s worth noting that eating a lot of high calorie fast food directly increases body weight. American Academy of Pediatrics recommends teens to get a sleep of 9-10 hours nightly. So teens may rethink how they can sleep more, may be watching less TV at night or cutting some of those late night parties.

    Moving forward with obesity talk, have you ever wondered why or how exercise may be related to decrease in weight loss. Yes exercise burn calories, but there is something more too. Recently a small study revealed that after strenuous exercises our appetite decrease therefore, we consume lesser calories and it may help maintain our body weight. Although the long term effects of such exercises are yet to be unfolded.

    Next in today’s discussion is autism. Although in previous posts we discussed about various potential relation of autism with social and environmental factors, today we will look into a new interesting finding. A study of autistic children’s gut bacteria showed that they have lesser number of bacteria than non-autistic children. Previously gut bacteria were said to be related to various health function like digestion, maintaining body weight etc. Autism link is new in that list.

    Finally, are you a crazy book worm type individual? If yes there is something good for you today. Reading novels in the class hiding it under the desk is probably common in almost all countries. Well these book worms are actually insuring their old age mental health (although the author don’t encourage under-desk hiding reading habit in class). Reading habits (or those who prefer writing a lot) can preserve our memory power for future. And the best thing is even if you are an elderly with no habit of reading/writing you can start now too because the study shows that brain stimulating activities at any age boosts memory. So try making reading and writing a new pass time.

    Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. References- http://www.aan.com/PressRoom/Home/PressRelease/1195, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_138446.html, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_138438.html, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_138406.html

     
  • Sumanta 10:43 PM on June 30, 2013 Permalink |
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    Breast cancer prevention: fish role 

    We should be always thankful to the oily fishes like salmon, sardines or tuna because of their contribution towards multiple health benefits to humans. Man already found their importance since these fishes provide certain good fats (sometimes called PUFA) to battle stroke and heart problems. Now a small but significant new benefit of these oily fishes unfolded, they can provide women protection from breast cancer too.

    Although fishes are proving themselves as angels to our lives, meat products are continuously losing their position with respect to human health benefits. Meats (red meat mainly) are accused as risk factor hypertension, obesity, heart problems, breast cancer etc. Therefore man should now think of saving the home of these fishes so that further pollution of the river and sea waters can be prevented to preserve the habitat of these aquatics. Protecting their ecosystem can let them live in huge numbers and every man can get access to these creatures with in a reasonable price to get some protection from heart problems or stroke or breast cancer.

    Tuna steak served in a French bistro

    Tuna steak served in a French bistro

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    For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. 
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  • Sumanta 7:40 AM on June 25, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , Food, , , season, , ,   

    Seasonal fluctuation of vitamin D 

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    Today’s talk is based on something rather common to all, about vitamin D a king supplier of calcium to our body. We are all aware that we get this vitamin from sunlight and certain food products. Have you ever wondered, out of 365 days which time of the year is the best for getting vitamin D from the sun?

    New studies show that vitamin D synthesis by our skin is highest during the August and gradually fall by February. That means vitamins are also seasonal like certain fruits are. Also, this seasonal pattern of rising of this vitamin levels may be related to prevention of flu which occurs during this period. So during these months of the year, it may be ideal to get more vitamin D from the sun. But this is a study based on the US so it may not be the same in other parts of the globe since seasons have a different pattern at different regions.

    Finally, let’s take a quick look in the food sources for vitamin D: egg yolk, oily fishes (like mackerel, sardines, salmon etc), fortified milk etc. are good sources of the vitamin.

    Vitamin D is essential for osteoporosis prevention. Osteoporosis is a condition that decreases bone mineral density and increases the chance of getting a fracture due to minor traumas.

    Related Item: Uterine Fibroids & vitamin DPlease cross-check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Reference: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_138061.html
     
  • Sumanta 8:34 PM on June 18, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: Breakfast, , , Food, , ,   

    Skipping breakfast and diabetes 

    People’s thought about diabetes (type 2) are generally negatively oriented specially when it comes about eating food, a fear always bubbles that eating more food will increase the risk of diabetes. Well that’s partly true, depending on various facts like what type of food we are talking about or the quantity of food etc. and hence some individual skip their meals to keep blood sugar levels in control and mostly breakfast meals are skipped.

    Recently a small update came that skipping breakfast is not a wise idea since it can increase risk of diabetes.  So better to have a regular healthy breakfast. Possible explanation why skipping breakfast is not a healthy practice is somewhat like the following (as understood by this author): if we take a breakfast our insulin production process starts from the early morning and by the time we will be having our lunch, some insulin is already there in blood standby by virtue of the morning meal (it’s a bonus since during our lunch some insulin is secreted normally).  Whereas, if we skip our breakfast the first insulin release will occur during lunch and it will probably not be sufficient to use up or burn the glucose level rise after lunch and those on insulin might require more of it to keep the glucose level in control.

    Therefore a small dietary practice change may help us battle with diabetes better. Talk with your doctor to know what will be appropriate for your health.

    Lunch Time

    Lunch Time

    For other diabetes related posts please try this link: DIABETES For RSS feeds about diabetes please try this link: RSS DIABETES (not google chrome friendly).Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Reference: link

     
  • Sumanta 7:14 AM on June 14, 2013 Permalink |
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    Doctor of choice for overweight individuals 

    If you are an overweight or obese person and planning to get a control on your pound scale what is your mental architecture about the doctor you visit? Well, what I want to mean is, do your doctor’s physical outfit make you motivated to stick to their dietary health advices. To dilute the issue furthermore- how comfortable are you as an overweight individual to get health tips from a slim and trim doctor.

    Whatever your answer is here is what studies say about this particular behaviour of overweight/obese persons. The finding is that obese patients trust health-related dietary advice given by an obese doctor more. This is probably due to the feeling of being in the same situation and sharing same difficulties due to increased body weight. But what will happen if the doctor loses weight in the meantime because one can’t keep that overweight figure forever to inspire his/her patients? Well answer to it will also be available someday, hopefully.

    Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Reference: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_137623.html

     
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