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    Top 10 Tips to Avoid Weight Gain

    By: Ruchi Bhatia

    With obesity comes many weight-related health issues. Here are the top 10 reasons why America has become a nation of overweight people - avoid them and you can free yourself from \"fat trap\":   1. Too much processed foods – they are cheap and convenient, but they are also full out sodium, sugar, chemicals and empty calories. When your body doesn’t get the nutrients it needs, it will crave more food. 2.  Low intake of fresh, whole foods – they are nutrient dense, and when your body gets the necessary nutrients, you will have fewer cravings. 3. Sedentary lifestyle – many people are taking in more than they burn. 4. Supersized portions – the larger the portion in front of us, the more we eat. 5. Supersized dishware – our plates has become larger and larger. We need more food to fill the plate. Our perception of portion size apparently is affected by the size of the plate. 6. Advertising and marketing – big corporations throw a lot of marketing money on processed foods. 7. Misinformation and disinformation – people are confused what to eat. Unfortunately the labels on process and packaged foods are not always telling the whole story. 8. Cost of food – process, massed produced food, and foods made with subsidized crops are cheaper than fresh produce and other sustainably grown whole foods. High fructose corn syrup is a great example – it is found in a lot of food items we get in the store. 9. Time management – most people are always on the go. They eat while they are doing other things, and this mindless eating often makes people overeat. Many people don’t have time to cook – they depend on fast food, take out, or dining out – most of the time such foods are loaded with fat, sugar, sodium, and hidden calories. 10. Stress – when we are stressed, our body produce the stress hormone cortisol, which packs a triple whammy. Cortisol slows metabolism, affects blood sugar level, increase fat storage, and promote cravings for fatty, salty and sugary foods. image courtesy - freedigitalphotos

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    Cardiovascular Health

    By: Deepa Agarwal

    http://www.optimhealth.in/news-blog/?p=82

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    7 popular fad diets you should NOT follow (and why)

    By: Neha Ranglani

    There are no shortcuts to success. We all know that but still want quick results when it comes to weight loss. Remember, all that weight didn’t come to you overnight; hence getting it off would also take some time. With so many diets flooding the market, searching one that is apt for you isn’t difficult. These diets may help you lose weight for a short period of time, but from your muscles and bones, leaving you feeling weak and ill. And once you go back to your normal routine, you gain all the weight or even more in no time. You do the math and see for yourself – what’s the point of following some diet regime which is short-lived, deprives you of nutrients and has many hazardous effects on your body? Busted – Diet myths that can ruin your health! Renowned nutritionist Neha Chandna explains why fad diets are bad for you including seven popular ones like GM diet and liquid diet. The best way to lose weight is to eat the right food, at the right time, in the right quantity, and exercise daily for 45 minutes to an hour.Take this quiz to know if your eating habits are right. The motive should be to lose weight gradually rather than rapidly. So how do you know if it is a fad diet? Here are some tips. How to spot a fad diet It promises exaggerated results in few days which is too good to be true. Will mostly have rigid eating rules. It restricts you from eating a lot of food groups like carbohydrates, fats, etc. It promotes ‘magic foods.’ The diet is sold based on a few testimonials without any research or studies done on its effect. It doesn’t involve much exercise along with meal plans. Ill-effects of fad diets on the body Constipation Weakness Loss of concentration Nausea Headache Depression Muscle loss Health risks like osteoporosis and many more While there are a number of fad diets that keep cropping up every now and then, especially when they are endorsed by celebrities, here a few popular ones to stay away from. Here are 10 diet habits that guarantee weight loss. Atkins Diet: Written by Dr Robert Atkins, this is the most popular fad diet which aims at reducing the main source of energy – carbohydrates to up to 20g/day and focuses more on vegetables, fats and proteins. Why it is bad: This diet recommends more than 30% of fat intake which is above the recommended allowance and can lead to extreme ketosis, which can cause damage to the organs in the long run. 7 scary things a high-fat diet does to your body. General Motor’s Diet: This is a 7-day diet plan which is based on the intake of specified food items which include raw vegetables, fruits, juice and lean meat. It restricts the intake of any dairy products and promises weight loss of around 5 kg in week. Each day is restricted to 1-2 raw foods in unlimited amounts. Why it is bad: This diet can make you weak and hungry, leads to the inability to exercise, depression and body pain. Liquid Diet: The idea is to cleanse the body and rejuvenate it with juices, water and clear soups. Why it is bad: This diet is very low on protein and can make you really weak. Not recommended for more than a day. Detox yourself with this expert-recommended diet plan. Blood Type Diet: Created by Dr Peter D’Adamo, it focuses on eating some and avoiding some foods as per your blood type. It follows a ‘one size fits all’ concept. Why it is bad: It bans a lot of health promoting foods making eating out difficult and some people may be healthy despite eating foods forbidden for them. Cookie Diet: Invented by Dr Siegal, this a diet in which one has to eat nine cookies a day that makes up to 500 kcal and then have a 500 kcal dinner, totalling up to 1000 kcal every day. Why it is bad: This diet gets monotonous and can cause nutrient deficiencies. Baby Food Diet: This diet is about eating 14 jars of baby foods throughout the day and a sensible dinner. The baby foods include mashed fruits and veggies. Why it is bad: It does not meet your nutrient needs and is low in protein. Eating like an adult is recommended. Cabbage Soup Diet: This is a 7-day diet which focuses on having as many bowls of cabbage soup every day with some fruits and vegetables. Why it is bad: This diet is bland, boring and makes you feel weak, resulting in poor concentration. The biggest drawback is that it makes you gassy and bloated. To avoid any damage to your body, do not opt for any fad diets. Just eat balanced meals and engage in physical activity to see the difference both physically and mentally. The process may be longer and less dramatic unlike fad diets, but the results will be long-term and benefit your body’s health.

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    Tava Idlis veg

    By: Neha Ranglani

      Calories - 130 kcal Ingredients 2 leftover idlis 1/2 onion, chopped 1/2 tomato, chopped 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste Pinch of turmeric Salt to taste 1/4 tsp pav bhaji masala 1/2 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp oil Method Heat oil in a pan, saute onions for few minutes till translucent, add tomato, giner-garlic paste, turmeric powder and cook for few minutes. Add salt, pav bhaji masala, idlis and mix well. Add lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot.

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    Starting Day With Tea/Coffee

    By: Richa Garg

    You must always start the day with something alkaline because your stomach has lots of acids. Tea and coffee adds more acid to your stomach. You should ideally start your day with a glass of warm water(which is neutral in pH..

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    Tips for Navratri Fasting

    By: Gayathri Asokan

    Navarathri is the time of deleting unwanted stuff and refreshing the body ,mind and soul. It is the symbol of good winning over evil. A light meal with easily digestible food give complete rest to the body and better metabolism.I was on a fruit blend /smoothie fast two times a day and dinner as veg soup.It was found that this fast bring more energy and nutrients than a water fast or single fruit diet .Last time when I took a water fast ,i lost all energy and end up in vomiting..Fasting is not only to loss extra fat but also to give rest to our whole system. As always meditation helps to erase the unwanted thoughts and refresh !! For a navratri weight loss tip contact Nutritionist Gayatri Asokan, Kochi at 9656806312

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    Healthy eating for your growing child

    By: Palak Mittal

    When your child first starts school, he or she will start growing quickly and becoming more active. Children’s energy and nutrient needs are high, so it’s important they get the right foods. Protein is important for growing children as Protein is responsible to make them tall, Protein also helps in building tissues and calcium is important for the stronger bones and teeth. A proper and healthy choices of food helps your child grow taller and stronger. Here are all the things you can give and avoid in your child\'s diet. What to give Children need a healthy balanced diet containing plenty of fruit, vegetables and starchy foods. Encourage your child to choose a variety of foods to get the wide range of nutrients they need to stay healthy. Remember to include these sorts of foods: milk, cheese, yoghurt, soya beans and nuts – these foods are rich in calcium, which is needed for healthy bones and teeth fortified breakfast cereals, oily fish – these foods are good sources of dietary vitamin D, which helps to keep bones healthy meat, which is a rich source of iron – fish, pulses, green vegetables and fortified breakfast cereals are also good sources of iron citrus fruit, tomatoes and potatoes, which are all good sources of vitamin C Always remember Do Not force your child to eat more. Children have a small stomach size and can\'t eat much at a time Keep introducing new foods in the diet so that child gets familiar with that particular food easily, before introducing the next food Keep the portion size small Give your child 3 main meals and 2 healthy snacks in between. Make the plate attractive so that child tempts to eat food If your child don\'t want to eat greens then start adding them in chapati, sandwiches, pao bhaji or in Kathi rolls.   Foods to limit There are certain foods and drinks that can be harmful to your child’s health if they have them too much or too often. Sweets and snacks Eating sweet and sticky foods frequently between meals causes dental decay. Snack foods such as cakes, biscuits, chocolate and sweets can be high in sugar and saturated fat, and low in certain vitamins and minerals. If your child does eat these sorts of foods: Try to make sure they eat them only occasionally or in small amounts, so they only make up a relatively small part of the overall diet Help and encourage your child to clean their teeth every day Try picking a weekly sweet day, or choose the weekends as a time when your child is allowed to eat sweets Check the label and choose those options lower in fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt Drinks Sweet drinks damage teeth, especially if drunk frequently or sipped from a bottle over long periods between meals. So try to keep drinks such as fruit juice or squash to mealtimes, and try to encourage your child to drink water or milk in between. Salt There’s no need to add salt to your child’s food. The maximum amount of salt your child should have depends on their age. As a guide: four to six years – 3g a day seven to ten years – 5g a day 11 years upwards – 6g a day If you’re buying processed foods, even those aimed at children, remember to check the information given on the labels to choose those with less salt.   Vegetarian diet for children If you want to give your child a vegetarian diet, it\'s important to make sure their diet is balanced. Getting enough protein Make sure you find an alternative to meat, fish and chicken as the main sources of protein. These could include: pulses (lentils and beans) milk cheese eggs Getting enough iron You need to make sure your growing child is getting enough iron. Good sources of iron include: wholegrain cereals leafy green vegetables such as spinach and watercress pulses Nuts Remember, eating foods containing vitamin C with iron-rich foods, might make it easier to absorb iron from our food. You should also avoid giving your child too much tea or coffee because it could reduce the amount of iron they can absorb. Healthy weight If you encourage your child to eat a healthy balanced diet with only small amounts of foods containing sugar and fat, and you encourage your child to get plenty of physical activity, they should maintain a healthy weight If you are concerned about your child\'s weight, you are free to contact me for personalised advices.

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    Here’s What Eating Late at Night Does to Your Body!!!

    By: Palak Mittal

    With increases in obesity on the rise, we are beginning to hear more and more about the importance of avoiding eating late at night. Eating late at night is often blamed for obesity, though it can also contribute to fluctuations in your sleep cycle and changes in the number of times you need to use the bathroom during the night. THERE ARE NUMBER OF REASONS THAT SUGGESTS WHY TO AVOID LATE NIGHT EATING!! 1) WEIGHT GAIN Studies tend to show that when food is consumed late at night — anywhere from after dinner to outside a person’s typical sleep/wake cycle — the body is more likely to store those calories as fat and gain weight rather than burn it as energy. Think about it, unless you work the night shift, most people’s activities wind down as the day does. Settling in after dinner isn’t uncommon. Unfortunately, if we lie down after a huge meal, it can be a strain and lead to a feeling of lethargy in the morning. Disrupted sleep is also common when the body is working hard to digest what was eaten recently. 2) FLUCTUATIONS IN SLEEP CYCLE Another important reason why you may want to avoid eating late is due to the effect it can have on your sleep cycle. Research has found that the digestive process can have serious implications on your sleep cycle, causing you to wake up more often, and have a harder time falling asleep in the first place. One of the worst foods that you can eat if you have a hard time falling asleep at night are sugary foods such as cookies and other baked goods. In contrast, warm milk may actually help you fall asleep at night. 3) YOUR BLOOD SUGAR WILL SHOOT UP If you are a diabetic than eating late at night will actually make your blood sugar level high which generally tends to result in high fasting blood sugar. This will actually cause a serious problem to your health. If you are not a diabetic, yet you are eating late, than this will lead to obesity which can ultimately lead to Type2 diabetes.   Here are some Tips to Avoid Eating Late At Night When you feel like eating late at night, drink a cup of warm lemon water or an herbal tea. Hot liquids are soothing and warming. If eating late is a habit of yours, you will have to break that habit. Start by reducing your portion sizes and choosing healthier meals. Trade in junk food, white sugar, processes foods and white flour for whole grains, soups, fruits and vegetables. Brush your teeth earlier! It may sound too simple, but some people find that if they just brush their teeth, they are less likely to indulge in late-night eating patterns. Turn off the TV late night. Studies have shown that television can subconsciously trigger desires for more food. Go on a brisk walk after dinner. Meat takes longer than any other food item to digest. I recommend avoiding eating meat late at night, as it tends to stay in the digestive tract longer than grains, fruits, or vegetables.

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    Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Why is it the Best Cooking Oil?

    By: Silky Mahajan

    With the new fad to eat fat free foods and remain healthy, the intent is to completely avoid fat. However, it is to be noted that fat is essential for various normal body functions, starting from proper brain functioning to hormone formation. What needs to be avoided is the unhealthy bad fat. Fat contains fatty acids, which are of two types-saturated and unsaturated. When heated, the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) react with the oxygen in the environment and get damaged. These are to be avoided. The saturated fatty acids are relatively strong and do not oxidize or create damage. So, the next time you pick up oils, this is what you need to look at. The good thing about olive oils is that it mostly contains mono saturated fatty acids (MSFA), which does not oxidize even at high temperatures (almost 180 degree Celsius).Another study showed that with deep frying using olive oil, it takes about 25 hours to produce the same damage as other cooking oils. Olive oil is produced by crushing olives. It can be refined or unrefined based on the amount of free oleic acid (lesser in the unrefined version).The unrefined form is the purer form, which is also known as extra-virgin olive oil. It has the aroma and flavor of olives and characteristic bitter taste. What it contains: A can of 100 g of olive oil contains the following. Note the high content of monosaturated fat is present, which is highly healthy. Monounsaturated Fat: About 70% Saturated fat:About 13% Omega-6:About 10% Omega-3:About 1% Vitamin E:72% of the RDA. Vitamin K:75% of the RDA. Some of the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil are listed below: Anti-inflammatory: Heart disease, cancers, diabetes, Alzheimer's are all chronic inflammatory conditions and using olive oil for prolonged periods can reduce the onset and severity of these conditions. The oleic acid acts against the C-reactive protein responsible for spreading inflammation. Antioxidants: The ingredients in olive oil including the anti-inflammatory oleocanthal and oleuropein are known for their antioxidant properties.The latter is what prevents oxidation of olive oil when heated. These have powerful health benefits and can help fight severe diseases. Cardio-friendly: There are various ways in which olive oil helps the heart, some of them being reduced inflammation, preventing blood clotting, lowering blood pressure, improving blood vessel lining, and improves LDL levels. Cancer: With its oxidative properties, it reduces the amount of free radicals in the body, thereby reducing cancer. Brain function: Olive oil also reduces cognitive functioning and reduces formation of beta amyloid which is seen in Alzheimer's disease. The Mediterranean diet is rich in olive oil and they have inherited these health benefits over centuries. In case of any query or to book an appointment with Dt. Silky Mahajan please send us a mail at info@foodsandnutrition.in OR call us at 080 6741 7780 (Dial Extension: 778)

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    Sample Blog Post

    By: Neha Mehta

    A blog post is a way to communicate your thoughts and ideas with associated images or videos. It is also a great way to engage your site visitors and by presenting them with articles which are of interest to them. Blog posts are also a great way for you to establish yourself as an expert in a niche.  To add another Blog post you should login, click Blog >> Add post. You can insert images in your blog post, by uploading them from your computer. First photo of the blog is used as thumbnail image with blog summary. You may like to read our post on 6 tips for writing effective blog posts for Nutritionists.  Note: You should delete this post or move it to drafts so that it is no longer visible to your visitors. 

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    Pre Workout Options by Dr Deepa Agarwal, Nutritionist

    By: Deepa Agarwal

    How much time before cardio? I typically eat a banana about an hour before my workout. Is this too far out? Should I eat closer to the workout time?  Answer: Basically you don't -need- to provided you have adequate glycogen stores from the morning afternoon or even day before. The key is to use energy that is stored as muscle glycogen before it gets turned into fat. This is why cyclists carb load the night before, they can use the stored glycogen the next day before it becomes fat. Your body doesn't work like a car in the sense that it is constantly converting what you put into it into useable energy, it's more like a cell phone that you charge and then use. Kind of a tortured metaphor but you get my point. There are foods that can be converted to glucose (energy) really fast. Dried fruits, crackers, any simple carbs basically. Bananas are actually not great for that purpose. They're slower to digest than say, berries. They're high in potassium and magnesium though which is great for after a work out because you're low on electrolytes.  Your goal is to have energy for a work out, and if you time it right your regular meals and healthy snacks during the day are enough. I wouldn't try and fuel yourself specifically for a work out, just eat a balanced diet at all other times and eat ENOUGH while making sure to drink lots of water. It is amazing how few people just don't eat enough nor eat healthy when they do. Solves almost all energy problems. Caffeine is completely unnecessary if you eat properly.  Haven't you had a workout where you get the timing just right and you have a ton of energy though you haven't eaten in awhile? The key is to schedule your work outs in that time frame, and then you can either eat as you go (extended cardio) or eat at the end (usually better so you don't cramp.)  At the end of the day, you have to get to know your body and also see what diet makes sense to the type of fitness you do. My best work outs are just before dinner. I've had two good meals and I've been hydrating all day. Then afterwards I can eat what ever I want because my body is in dire need of protein and carbs.

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    Acidity ? Simple home remedies to get rid of it.

    By: Meghana Kumare

    MEGHANA KUMARE DIETICIAN    ACIDITY IS A COMMON PROBLEM AND ITS PREVENTION We see people avoiding eating many things and they produce a reason '' I have an Acidity Problem".  Acidity is alifestyle  disease. Acidity is dependent on stress level, lack of adequate sleep and ofcourse diet and exercise. Intresetingly,  this much talked  about health issue is not handled with  accurate remidies. Every individual is diffrent and the '' Nuskha" that cures one person may not help another.  Among the very common MYTH is that COLD MILK will help you out in Acidity. It may make you feel better for the time being. It reocurence after some time, because milks buffer action is acidic so its stimulate acidity and it aggravates it . Everyone knows that heart burn is a symptom of acidity. Apart from this many symtoms are seen like a migraine, abdominal and chest pain, sometimes backpain. In several cases this small acidity convert to peptic ulcers. Antacid may be used, it provides immediate relief from symptoms by neutralizing the excess acid which is secreted. So try following homemade remedies which can be easily followed to get relief from acidity . Water - Drink a lot of water to make your body alkaline. Consumption of fruits - alkaline fruits like banana , chikoo and mango, watermelon, muskmelon should be eaten Tulsi leaves-  it help  produces more mucous in stomach and reduces the effect of gastric acid Jeera - stimulate the production of saliva for better digestion Cloves - it is calmative and improves the movement of food down the stomach it helps to secreat excess saliva Eliachi- acoording to Ayurveda eliachi balances all three doshas , stimulates digestion and relives stomach spasam . Pudina or mint - it gives a cooling effect and reduces the burning sensation Ginger- it helps in better absorption and digestion of food Amla- it has vitamin C and high fiber which helps in healing stomach linning affected due to acidity Apple cider Vinegar- one teaspoon of this vinegar added to a glass of cold water has alkalizing effect. Thus it helps in treating stomach acidity Gaddishakkar or mishari - taking a mishari helps to reduce acidity . this should be taken by acidity prone people regularly. Manuka - take 10-12 manuka, it helps to reduce acidity . The problem of acidity can be managed by avoiding  the known causative factors like alcohol consumption spicy foods,  steroids etc.  People who are highly stressed must take psychological treatement. Avoid non- vegetarian diets. It is usefull in minimizing symtoms of acidity .The acidity should not be neglected to avoid further complications . Its treatement should be continuous to avoid reacurence. For Acidity treatement, one need to keep a close watch on the food habits and the symptoms. Finaly just want to say sickness and diseases can be vicious so keep your body strong and eat nutritious.      

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    Sample Blog Post

    By: Hemali Kapadia

    A blog post is a way to communicate your thoughts and ideas with associated images or videos. It is also a great way to engage your site visitors and by presenting them with articles which are of interest to them. Blog posts are also a great way for you to establish yourself as an expert in a niche.  To add another Blog post you should login, click Blog >> Add post. You can insert images in your blog post, by uploading them from your computer. First photo of the blog is used as thumbnail image with blog summary. You may like to read our post on 6 tips for writing effective blog posts for Nutritionists.  Note: You should delete this post or move it to drafts so that it is no longer visible to your visitors. 

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    Egg White Vs Yolk - Which Is Healthier?

    By: NEHA SINHA

    The humble egg is considered a super food by nutritionists thanks to loads of nutrients it is packed with. A rich source of protein, eggs have other essential nutrients like iron, phosphorus, vitamin D, vitamin B12, selenium, choline, and amino acids. Thus, there are no doubts about the goodness an egg offers. But, is it the egg yolk or the egg white that is more beneficial? Read on to know who is the winner. Egg White - Low in calories, rich in protein, zero fat, zero cholesterol Egg white is a low-calorie and fat-free source of protein, which also comes loaded with potassium, sodium, calcium, riboflavin, niacin, and magnesium. Primarily known for helping in losing weight, egg white also contributes to building muscles. Thus, by eating only the egg whites, you get the majority of the protein part that a whole egg has to offer and eliminating the intake of cholesterol that is found in the egg yolks. One big egg white can provide about 4 gram protein and of the 70 calories of a whole egg, only 17 calories constitute egg white. It has no cholesterol and no fat unless you use oil while cooking. Thus, egg whites are the preferred choice for body builders as they are low in calories and high in protein. Including the low-fat, protein-rich egg white in your regular diet will also aid in weight loss and reduce the risk of heart disease. Whether it%u2019s aiding a healthy pregnancy or reducing the arteriosclerotic diseases%u2019 risks, promoting satiety, supporting the electrolytes levels and promoting healthy skin, it is undoubtedly the egg white that offers them all. Egg yolk - Rich in vitamins and minerals Egg yolks have more vitamins, more minerals, and more fat than egg whites. Egg yolks contain vitamins B6, B12, A, D, E, and K whereas egg whites do not have vitamins A, D, E, and K. Unlike the egg whites, egg yolks are rich in cholesterol and have a minimal amount of protein. Considered to be a good source of the essential fatty acids, egg yolk offers higher amounts of phosphorous, folate, selenium, and calcium. Along with these nutrients, egg yolks are also extremely rich in iron, carotenoids, and vitamin A. The carotenoids and vitamin A in the egg yolk are known to improve the health of the eyes and the eye sight. A large egg yolk contains 4.5 gram of fat, 66 mg of phosphorous, and 245 IU of vitamin A, thus helping in regulating the electrolytes in the body. Vitamin K helps in preventing blood clotting, stopping the degeneration of the muscles, increasing the levels of testosterone, and reducing inflammation. Choline present in egg yolks is said to improve cardiovascular health and to decrease the risk of breast cancer in women. The only hitch here is that the egg yolks contribute to adding LDL in blood cholesterol. However, several recent studies dispute this fact and emphasize that whole eggs are to be consumed as part of the diet irrespective of one%u2019s age and condition. Nutritionists advise consuming 4 to 7 eggs per week and they insist that it is neither the egg white nor the yolk is a loser, but the whole egg is a winner.

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    What are Probiotics? #$%&

    By: charu arora

    What are Probiotics? &&& sdfjsdf !@#$%^&*() Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. Good bacteria are naturally found in your body. You can find probiotics in some foods and supplements. Also we've all been told that probiotics are good for our digestive system. Media leaders like CNN and Huffington Post have spoken in depth about the pros and cons of these supplements. There are hundreds of options on the market, and it can be hard to navigate the attributes of each to find a formula that's best for your needs. How Do They Work? Researchers are trying to figure out exactly how probiotics work. Here are some of the ways they may keep you healthy: When you lose "good" bacteria in your body (like after you take antibiotics, for example), probiotics can help replace them. They can help balance your "good" and "bad" bacteria to keep your body working like it should. That's why the team at Reviews.com recently released a guide to choosing a probiotic. They looked at 200 supplements, analyzing potency, purity, and other essential factors. They ultimately determined a variety of formulas that work well for the unique needs of different people like antibiotic recovery and IBS. Here are some important things to consider when finding one that works for you:   CFU Count Probiotics come with a specific dose of bacteria that which are alive within the supplement. It's important to find a colony forming unit (CFU count, referring to the amount of bacteria) that maximizes the impactfulness of the cultures. Look for supplements that have at least 1 billion CFUs per serving. Some probiotics may have lower numbers, but that doesn't mean that they don't work just look for something in this range. You may find formulas with far more than this. Often high CFU probiotics are prescribed doctors for specific reasons, so always check with your physician to be safe. Shelf Life Probiotic cultures are alive when created and die off over time. Each bottle comes with an ensured expiration date, which means that the bacterial count is guaraunteeed until the expiration date. You may find a great probiotic at an excellent price, but keep in mind that it will only have that CFU count until that date, so it's important to note. Bacterial Variety Take a look at which bacterial strains are present in the supplement. Probiotics should have more than 1 strain of bacteria and they actually work better that way. 75 percent of studies that compared the effect of a strain mixture with a single strain supplement show that a mixture is more effective at improving IBS, immune function, and overall digestive health. It's also important to note which specific strains are included. Certain types of bacteria work well together as a team, like B. longum and L. helveticus No two digestive systems are the same, so the choice of probiotic is ultimately up to personal preference. These key factors can help guide your search and help along the way! You can take a look at the full review written by Reviews.com here and see their top picks here: https://www.reviews.com/probiotic-supplement/ For personalised consultation and customised diet plans, you are always welcome to contact us at palakmittal.zest.md or can like our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PalakDietClinicMeerut/ (If expert advice is needed)

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