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smoking can give you a heart attack

Smoking, stress and an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to heart attacks!! Here are people for whom a heart attack turned around their lives. They stopped smoking, started regular exercise and ate well balanced diets. Success stories of how they gave up smoking and took a healthy active lifestyle…

Hope it doesn’t take you a heart attack to give up smoking!

Click here for the stories…

Click here to know why smoking is good for you…

 

Kids addicted to the internet

In today’s internet age, almost all of us have a broadband connection in our homes. From internet connection in our PC’s to net connection in our laptops, notebooks and cell phones too, net connection is available at our finger tips. Under such conditions most parents, typically working parents, in urban cities, are either unaware or not in control of the amount of time their children spend on the net.

There is a lot to do on the net. From social networking sites, emails, gaming to videos, songs, etc. it doesn’t take long for kids to get lost in the vast amount of entertainment.

More than half of the kids between ages 8-18 are spending an average of about 5+ hours every day on the net! It is not a phase, he isn’t simply becoming a loner, he is becoming an internet addict!

Becoming hooked on to the net for the right reasons like getting information for a project or reading up about something is to a certain extent acceptable but most children are busy socializing or playing games which can turn out to be pretty harmful. So it is of utmost priority that you limit and supervise the number of hours your child is on the net!

For more information:

Click here – Press release on Internet Addiction Disorder: A Rising Trend In Metros

Click here – An article in the Hindustan Times

 

The director, of Tata Memorial Centre (Cancer Research Centre), Parel, specialized in prevention and management of breast cancer, in an interview with HT, talks about preventive measures and what increases your risk for breast cancer.

Prevention

  • Keeping weight in check - A woman increases her risk of breast cancer by 12% for every 4 Kgs that she is overweight.

    breast feeding

  • Having a child within the right age - For every year after the age of 25 that a woman delays pregnancy she increases her chances of breast cancer by 18%!
  • Breast feeding - Breast feeding actually keeps you safe from breast cancer, in fact for every additional month that the woman breast feeds she reduces her chances of breast cancer by 12-13%.
  • Regular checkups - Every woman must also have regular self – examination, or doctor physical examinations or even regular mammography tests conducted so that she can detect the presence of any abnormality early.

He also suggests physical examinations are better as they are inexpensive and seem to have a higher detection percentage as compared to expansive mammography tests.

The article

 

artificial sweetners do not help you lose weight

Against the popular belief that using an artificial sweetener can actually help you lose weight, Rujuta Diwekar, famous author of ‘Don’t lose your mind lose your weight’, says that it actually helps you put on weight!

She is of the opinion; your total calorie consumption goes up the moment you choose a sugar substitute over sugar. Using these substitutes make you crave for more food, in turn making you consume more. Not to mention the fact that those who drink diet colas assume that they can now binge on pizzas or burgers again increasing your calorie intake.

The extra 20 calories you might gain with a spoon of sugar is nothing compared to the calories you will gain due to binging on more food. So opt for the sugar instead, it will probably keep you thinner!

Rujuta Diwekar’s article

Artificial sweeteners suger-free not risk-free

Macdonanlds fries are harmful

We have all heard that McDonald’s use preservatives in their burgers and fries. But here are very interesting studies and research that can prove how a burger has survived for almost a year! And more importantly what it is in that burger that is the reason for the burgers’ prolonged survival.

There have been cases of fries and burgers that have lasted more than 5-6 months without spoiling. It is a real mystery how McDonald’s manages to do so, and raises the very obvious question of - what are we eating then? Is it safe? Can we continue?

McDonald’s in moderation is not such a bad idea, say some nutritionists while others say that you must abstain from it.

Read and judge for yourself if McDonald’s is really worth it!

 

Click here to know exactly why a burger doesn’t rot…

Click here to read an article written by us that tells you all you didn’t know about McDonald’s…

 

morning healthy juices

For some reason we simply do not have the time to have the recommended 2-4 servings of fruits a day. When we are all in a rush to get to work, trying to manage our time, who has the time to do a daily check on the food we eat?

But what if we told you there was a way to make sure you got the right nutrition at one time of the day, just after the nice ‘rise and shine’?

Morning juices made with the right fruits and vegetables, in the right proportion, includes all the nutrition that we need to keep as going throughout the day and helps us stay fit and healthy. Whether you suffer from diabetes or are worried about weight loss or simply need to be energized all day, there is a special nutritious drink just for you!

So to know what is the recipe for your daily health drink, click here.

 

personality type A diet

If you simply thought that your job or lifestyle was the only reason for your ill health and unhealthy eating habits, well here’s news for you. You personality type could also be the reason for you being stressed and wrong eating!

Type A personalities have a rushed, angry and reactive kind of behavior and highly stressed lives. They are supposedly are more prone to diabetes, hypertension, nutritional deficiencies and other such stress related problems. They usually tend to have irregular meals, binge at unusual times and consume loads of alcohol. For the same reasons they tend to be irritable, impatient and have disturbed sleep.

They are recommended a different kind of diet by nutritionist Madhuri Ruia.

She suggests that their diet should contain higher vitamin C, lesser sweet foods and caffeine; more regular wholesome meals and regular exercise to burn cortisol, the stress hormone.

To see the complete diet plan click here…

 

man drinking beer for living longer

New studies suggest that those who drink moderately throughout their lives live longer than those who do not drink at all. In fact even heavy drinkers outlive teetotallers! Before you hurry to bring out that bottle, note by moderate drinking, we mean 1 to 3 drinks a day.

In a study conducted over a period of 20 years, it was found that 69% of non-drinkers died, where as 60% of the heavy drinkers died and only 41% of the moderate drinkers There may be other factors involved but according to statistics those who drank out lived those who didn’t.

Another study at the University of Athens found that caffine actually helps in warding off heart diseases. So, having your morning cup of coffee can actually keep you healthy!

So looks like all those drinks that we thought would be unhealthy practices might actually help our health. But more research is required to back it up before you start sitting with your evening pegs drinking to your fine health!

To read the epaper click here

 

obese kid unhealthy eating

Most teens are resorting to this very option. With increasing intake of junk food and horribly unhealthy diets, the number of obese kids between the ages 14-18 has increased three fold. And now they are resorting to the option of bariatric surgery.

Bariatric surgery or weight-loss surgery is a procedure wherein the size of the stomach is reduced — often by removing up to 90 per cent of the organ. The surgery reduces the quantity of food the individual can consume.Thereby helping them lose weight. Dr. H Chandalia, eminent Diabetologist, says “This surgery is very effective but there are restrictions like you can only drink a very small amount of water at a time which may cause discomfort. In a way these surgeries are just one way to impose the lifestyle changes which the patient could otherwise not inculcate”.

Where the average size of a teenager’s stomach is about the size of a football, post surgery it becomes the size of an egg. The after effects result in immediate rapid weight loss and the individual almost never has a full meal again.

Not a Standard Procedure

There are certain situations where the child’s health is at stake, like with high BP or type 2 Diabetes, where this surgery is the only option out. But it is being clubbed with a well balanced diet structure and psychotherapy; post the operation, to help the kids deal with their condition.

But it is not a permanent solution for losing weight as without a balanced diet and proper nutrition the person can gain weight again. For teenagers who are not dangerously over weight, and have no other complications, they should resort to safer and natural methods of weight loss. Most doctors are not even sure of the consequences of changing an adolescents’ digestive system like this. Many turn down all or almost all teenagers as they do not consider this option as viable for children, especially those that come at a very young age of 12 and 13. They suggest rigorous weight loss programs instead.

While this option may become increasingly popular, especially among those who can afford it, it seems most popular among those with horrible lifestyles and high junk food intake. So instead of waiting until it comes to the point of surgery, cut down on the unhealthy food and increase your activity levels!

http://epaper.hindustantimes.com/PUBLICATIONS/HT/HM/2010/08/29/ArticleHtmls/ht-SPECIAL-Obese-teens-go-under-knife-to-29082010001017.shtml?Mode=1

http://epaper.hindustantimes.com/PUBLICATIONS//HT/HM/2010/08/29/PagePrint/29_08_2010_013.pdf

Loseit

Losing weight was never that easy. From dieticians to nutritionists to gym trainers, they all tell you the same thing. Eat less and exercise more, keep a watch on how many calories you intake and how many you manage to shed.

But what if you had a real time monitor over how much you were consuming and how much you were shedding? One that was in your mobile and you can use throughout the day - when you eat, when you exercise. The application can even recommend a good regime!

Loseit

Weight loss applications that can be downloaded in phones like blackberry, I phone and other such phones are simple, mostly free and not to mention fun and effective, according to many users.

The process is simple; immediately after you have a meal you enter what you have eaten into the application. It instantly gives you a count of the number of calories that you have taken in.

Similarly you enter the kind of exercise that you have done and for how long and it tells you how many calories you must have burned! Sounds interesting doesn’t it?

But of course a doctor’s consultation is required for check on the app as a machine cannot be relied upon a 100%.

 
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