Healthy Life

Fact- Why The Zika Virus Is Causing Alarm

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There is no treatment or vaccine for Zika infection. (Reuters Photo)

Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has since spread to many countries in the Americas.

The following are some questions and answers about the virus and current outbreak:
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Have Oatmeal for Breakfast and Shed Those Extra Kilos

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Making oatmeal your breakfast cereal choice could help you eat less later during the day and control weight, says new research.

Researchers in the US have found that having oatmeal for breakfast resulted in greater fullness, lower hunger ratings and fewer calories eaten at the next meal. (more…)

Flavour Boosters: Ayurvedic Herbs We Must Have in Our Kitchen

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When it comes to sitting down for a meal, there is no greater feeling of satisfaction then being rewarded with delightful flavours. This is the reason why culinary masters go all out when it comes to perfecting the flavour in their dish, which could result from anything – from adding spices to herbs and more.

In Ayurvedic cooking, taste or rasa plays a very important role. And no, it doesn’t just have to do with making a dish delicious, but also delving deep into how all the ingredients put together can benefit your body and its well-being. Each ingredient has unique properties and it finds ways to make the most out of those benefits.

Herbs, the flavour boosters, have long held a prized spot in the kitchens. They still continue to be the magic ingredient used by many cooks to transform an ordinary dish into a memorable treat. They just never fail to impress. You can use them in a number of ways – as sprigs, chopped and mixed with other ingredients, or made into a paste and then used in marinades, curries, etc.

We bring you a round-up of 5 Ayurvedic herbs that are known for their signature flavour and health benefiting properties, and how you can use them in the kitchen (more…)

Train Your Brain to be Happy: The Many Health Benefits of Meditation

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Originally Posted- Kriti Malik , NDTV

We live in a world marred by distraction. Our minds are always racing, and we constantly seek some thing or the other to meet our needs and desires. As Buddha says, we’re hurling from one pleasant experience to the next – “What’s for lunch?”, “how will my boss like the new proposal I printed out and left on his desk hours ago?”, “how do I want to plan my weekend?” – it’s an endless rant which doesn’t pipe down till you hit the pillow. (more…)

Things Which Stress You Out

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You’ve tried all the popular remedies for stress, but you’re still jittery and tense. Perhaps there are some things causing you stress that you didn’t even know about. Here are some surprising factors that can be adding to your stress.  (more…)

Coffee Helpful For Your Blood Vessels

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A cup of caffeinated coffee may help small blood vessels work better, warding off cardiovascular disease, a new study has claimed.

The study of 27 healthy adults showed for the first time that drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee significantly improved blood flow in a finger, which is a measure of how well the inner lining of the body’s smaller blood vessels work. (more…)

Tips That Will Make Running Feel Easier

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Running may be about putting one foot in front of the other, but how you do it can make your workout seem that much easier. Brian Beckstead, cofounder of zero-drop Altra Running Shoes and dedicated ultrarunner, recently gave us some advice on how to improve running form. These four tips will definitely help you the next time you head out! (more…)

How Important is Iodine ?

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Overview

Iodine is an essential constituent of your thyroid hormones, which help regulate metabolism (the rate at which your body uses energy). Iodine is a key player in many biochemical reactions that affect heart rate, respiratory rate and a wide variety of other physiological activities.

RECOMMENDED DIETARY ALLOWANCE

110 micrograms/day (more…)

Which is the Key to a Healthy Diet?? Raw Food Vs Cooked Food

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New research indicates that cooking food bombards us with more energy than can be easily dealt with, and that eating raw food actually burns up calories. So is it time to throw away the cooker?

I’m no fan of the diet industry, but one of this slimming season’s offerings has a diverting premise. The Ice Diet by health writer Pete Bee, promotes burning more calories by being less warm. She encourages exercising out in the cold, turning down the heating, flinging open windows and eating more (but not exclusively) uncooked foods. Eating raw or lightly cooked foods, she says, requires more energy to chew and digest, while ingesting cold foods uses calories to warm the food and us up. But there’s more to it than that. Cooking food helps us ingest more calories, too. (more…)

Facts & Benifits Of IRON

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Overview

Iron is a critical mineral in the body. Iron is required to transport oxygen from the lungs to the cells in the body and for oxygen storage in the muscles. And, although iron is one of the most abundant elements on earth, it is also one of the most frequently observed deficiencies in the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of iron deficiency in the U.S. is about 2 percent in adult men, 9 to 12 percent in non-Hispanic white women and nearly 20 percent in black and Mexican-American women. (more…)