To meet our dietary needs, nutritionists throughout the country have begun looking at substances accessible in India. They're looking at ancient wisdom and seasonal local possibilities, which is unsurprising. These solutions are not only environmentally friendly, but they also help the local economy!
"Each season offers an array of gorgeous fresh vegetables, each rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and phytonutrients in their own way," explains Dr. Rajyalakshmi Devi of Lovlife Hospital. Furthermore, the climate provided by each season makes seasonal produce easily edible and absorbable by our bodies."
It's crucial to note, however, that these indigenous fruits and vegetables are sprayed with pesticides to prevent insects and pests from spoiling them. "Always choose seasonal fruits and vegetables as they are filled with the nutrients needed to aid you during that time," says Chef Kunal Kapur, who promotes eating seasonal cuisine.
However, keep in mind that these pass through numerous hands, potentially transferring germs. So wash your food with a natural action fruit and vegetable wash like Nimwash, which removes chemicals and pathogens while ensuring that it is safe to eat."
Further, he also shares his expertise on the various benefits of consuming seasonal food:
Seasonal Food Offers High Nutritional Value: Fruits and vegetables that naturally ripen taste better, are fresh and offer the highest amount of nutrients as compared to those that are preserved.
Seasonal Food is Cheaper: Crops produced seasonally are cost effective since farmers invest and harvest them in bulk. Sourcing of local stock also reduces the cost of logistics drastically.
Seasonal Food is Ecological: Eating seasonal food decreases the demand of out-of-season produce, increases the consumption of local farming and more importantly lessens the time for refrigeration, decreases the cost involved in transportation and irrigation of the crops.
Seasonal Food Tastes Better: Since the food produced in a particular season is fresh, it tastes better, sweeter and is perfectly ripened. When fruits and vegetables are harvested at the right time, it will be more flavourful.
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There are many ways to give a healthy start to the new year. Follow these tips:
Eat more Whole Foods: Making a conscious effort to fill your plate with more whole foods (such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and pure protein sources) and less processed foods is the easiest approach to start a healthy year (like bread, cheese, processed meats & pre-made frozen meals).
Choose a sustainable Diet: Rather than following fad diets that promise quick results while jeopardising your metabolism and mental wellness. Diets that you won't be able to maintain in the long run once you've reached your ideal weight without feeling deprived. Then worrying that your weight will return once you resume eating without a fixed diet is not worth the effort.
Choose a dietary plan that not only satisfies your objectives but also fits into your daily routine. Delivers slow but long-lasting benefits. It's a privilege to have a diet that may become your lifestyle rather than a "diet."
Where you may strike a balance between your social life and your occasional treats without jeopardising your progress or making you feel bad. Making long-term health a priority, developing self-awareness, and eating intuitively is your recipe to a "sustainable transformation".
Increase Vitamin D intake: Vitamin D supplementation is important not just for bone and immune system health, but it can also help avoid chronic health problems (such as heart disease, diabetes, and some malignancies) and even encourage hair growth. As a result, make sure to catch some sun for at least 15-20 minutes per day and complement with a vitamin D supplement (no more than 4,000IU per day).
Incorporate Movement Into Your Daily Routine: It doesn't matter if you're doing a workout, playing a sport, or simply going for a walk. For maximum functioning, it's critical to get your blood flowing and stimulate oxygen delivery to every region of your body. Make it a point to include some type of physical activity in your everyday routine.
Prioritize Sleep: We often end up preferring socialising above sleeping as overworking has become a badge of honour in our society. We push our bodies to extremes by depriving them of sleep and over-caffeinating them, which leads to anxiety and weakened immunological systems.
Sleep deprivation and poor quality sleep can cause major health issues like insulin resistance, neurological issues, weight gain, depression, and anxiety, to mention a few. As a result, it is critical that we obtain 7-8 hours of excellent sleep each night in order for our bodies to function at their best.
Reduce Stress: Stress is a major contributor to practically all health problems, from heart disease, obesity, and diabetes to digestive disorders (such as IBS, GERD, and gastrointestinal problems) and depression. Internal and external sources of stress are both possible. Although the ultimate goal should be to eliminate all stress.
However, while it is virtually impossible, you may reduce stress by engaging in activities such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing, exercise, counselling, or whatever else you enjoy to help you disengage from the outside world and reconnect with yourself. "Me time" is not a self-indulgent indulgence.
Form A Morning Routine: Having a morning routine is similar to showing up for yourself and prioritising yourself. It's the same as honouring yourself and prioritising your needs. Following a morning routine allows you to get your day off to a good start by allowing you to be in tune with yourself before dealing with the rest of the world. This way, rather of allowing your day to control you, you take charge of it.
Say Your Daily Affirmations: Speaking your daily affirmations aloud will not turn you into a narcissist, but it will help you stay on track with the proper energy and mindset. Positive self-talk has the ability to transform unbelief, self-doubt, negative thinking, and body shaming attitudes into gratitude and romanticising your existence. So don't dismiss the importance of positive affirmations.
Set Daily Intentions: Setting your daily aims has a lot more impact than you might believe. It opens up our receptivity, manifests, and sends out what we want to bring into our lives. Intentions provide us with a sense of direction as well as motivation and inspiration to attain our goals. Together, writing down your intentions and saying your affirmations for the day creates the most effective visualising tool for staying focused and committed to your goals.
Choose Passion Over Perfection: Stop doing things half-heartedly. As a result, you put in more effort and become frustrated. However, if you are enthusiastic about a job or work, you should be able to complete it with less effort and more joy.
Because you'll give it your all and put your heart and soul into it. You are defined by your passion. It elevates you and allows you to shine. (Veronica Kumra is a Holistic Nutritionist)
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जामिया और जॉर्ज वाशिंगटन यूनिवर्सिटी, यूएसए के शोधकर्ताओं द्वारा लीवर कैंसर के थेरप्युटिक मैनेजमेंट के लिए पोटेंशिअल ड्रग टारगेट की खोज की गई है। यह फैटी लीवर रोग- और लीवर कैंसर के थेरप्युटिक मैनेजमेंट के लिए पोटेंशिअल ड्रग टारगेट के रूप में स्पेक्ट्रिन प्रोटीन की खोज है।
सेंटर फॉर इंटरडिसिप्लिनरी रिसर्च इन बेसिक साइंसेज, जामिया मिलिया इस्लामिया (जेएमआई) और जॉर्ज वाशिंगटन यूनिवर्सिटी, यूएसए के वैज्ञानिकों ने संयुक्त रूप यह शोध किया है।
यह एक गैर-अल्कोहल स्टीटोहेपेटाइटिस गैर-अल्कोहल फैटी लीवर रोग- और लीवर कैंसर के थेरप्युटिक मैनेजमेंट के लिए पोटेंशिअल ड्रग टारगेट के रूप में स्पेक्ट्रिन प्रोटीन की खोज की है। यह शोध गैर-मादक फैटी लीवर रोग और लीवर कैंसर के मामलों को नियंत्रित करने में सहायता करेगा जो तेजी से बढ़ रहे हैं।
शोध दल प्रोफेसर लोपा मिश्रा, एक प्रसिद्ध गैस्ट्रोएंट्रोलॉजिस्ट और निदेशक, सेंटर फॉर ट्रांसलेशनल मेडिसिन, सर्जरी विभाग, जॉर्ज वाशिंगटन विश्वविद्यालय, यूएसए, जामिया के डॉ. मो. इम्तियाज हसन और उनके पीएचडी स्कॉलर ताज मोहम्मद और अन्य शोधकर्ताओं के निष्कर्ष को अमेरिकन एसोसिएशन फॉर द एडवांसमेंट ऑफ साइंस (एएएएस) द्वारा प्रकाशित 'साइंस' की एक अत्यधिक प्रतिष्ठित पत्रिका, साइंस ट्रांसलेशनल मेडिसिन (17.956 का प्रभाव कारक) में प्रकाशित किया गया है। एएएएस दुनिया के सबसे पुराने और सबसे बड़े सामान्य विज्ञान संगठनों में से एक है।
शोध के व्यापक क्लिनिकल महत्व को समझते हुए, साइंस ट्रांसलेशनल मेडिसिन ने एसपीटीबीएन 1 नामक पेपर को डाईट-इनड्यूस्ड लीवर रोग और कैंसर के विकास को रोकने के लिए थेरप्युटिक टारगेट के रूप में इसकी वेबसाइट के होम पेज पर प्रदर्शित किया है।
जामिया विश्वविद्यालय के मुताबिक टीम ने एक प्रोटीन एसपीटीबीएन1 की भूमिका की जांच की, जो लीवर रोग और ट्यूमर के गठन में टीजीएफ-एसएमएडी3 सिग्नलिंग को बढ़ावा देता है और पाया कि 2-स्पेक्ट्रिन वेस्टर्न डाईट पर चूहों में लिपोजेनेसिस और लीवर कैंसर के विकास को बढ़ावा देता है।
उन्होंने यह भी पाया कि एसपीटीबीएन1 की मेडीएटिड थेरेपी के नॉकआउट ने चूहों को आहार-प्रेरित मोटापे, फाइब्रोसिस, लिपिड एक्युमेलेशन और लीवर में टिश्यू डेमेज से बचाया।
जामिया का कहना है कि डेटा दर्शाता है कि एसपीटीबीएन 1 गैर-अल्कोहल स्टीटोहेपेटाइटिस और लीवर कैंसर में चिकित्सीय हस्तक्षेप के लिए एक पोटेंशिअल टारगेट का प्रतिनिधित्व करता है।
डॉ हसन लैब ड्रग डिजाइन और डेवेलपमेंट के क्षेत्र में काम कर रही है। उनकी शोध टीम प्रयास ने पहले भी शीर्ष स्तरीय क्लिनिकल रिसर्च जर्नल में कई पेपर प्रकाशित किए हैं, जिनमें लैंसेट रेस्पिरेटरी मेडिसिन, सेमिनार इन कैंसर बायोलॉजी आदि शामिल हैं। (एजेंसी)
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Amid the rise of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, health experts on Saturday warned that this variant may lead children to witness more problems as compared to the Delta variant.
According to experts, the Omicron variant can be more lethal for children as this variant primarily affects the upper respiratory tract and children have higher respiratory rates than adults making them more susceptible to agents in the air.
"Children's respiratory tract is smaller than adults and this new variant is majorly affecting upper respiratory tract among infected patients," Animesh Arya, Senior Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, New Delhi told IANS.
"Hence it can be said that there are possible chances of children witnessing more problems, which may be of concern but not lethal than adults," Arya added.
Tushar Tayal, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Gurugram said that as compared to previous variants to date this variant is affecting more children in numbers.
The experts said that the symptoms of Omicron in kids are majorly similar to adults like sore throat, mild fever, fatigue, etc.
"We should be more prepared for our children's safety this time. The symptoms present in children are not much different from adults, which includes, cough and cold, fever, etc," Tayal told IANS.
"Parents should make their children stay at home as much as possible, take every Covid-19 related precaution and take good care of their nutrition in order to fight severity if get infected," he added.
According to data from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an average of 672 children were admitted to hospitals every day with Covid-19 during the last week ending Sunday -- the highest such number of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, a study by the CDC said that kids who were infected with Covid-19 had a higher risk of developing new cases of diabetes after their infection.
In India, the Union Health Ministry on Saturday morning said that with 64 fresh Omicron infections being detected in the last 24 hours, the national tally of this highly transmissible Covid-19 variant has mounted to 3,071.
As per the ministry, till now, the infection has spread to 27 states and UTs. However, Maharashtra and Delhi continue to be the worst-hit states.(By Vivek Singh Chauhan)
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India's Ayush industry is expanding globally and its market size has grown significantly during the last two years of the Covid pandemic as the domestic trends re-established the traditional system of medicine, nearer mainstream medicines. But can it, and especially, its major constituent ayurveda, capture a bigger share in the global wellness market?
Ayush, which combines ayurveda, yoga, unani, siddha - all indigenous to India and among the world's oldest healthcare systems - and homeopathy, touts a holistic approach to health,
Ayurveda, central to the Ayush, is among the world's oldest traditional medical practice, but is beyond it, stressing the requirement of healthy and natural lifestyle, and an organic interconnectedness among body, mind, and spirit.
The approach of Ayush systems which aims at immunity promoting interventions as an effective, safer, accessible, and affordable way is the reason for their increased use globally during the pandemic.
India's AYUSH has reported tremendous growth in the last few years because of growing global and domestic demand, enabled by research and development in the sector.
According to a report from Ayush Ministry, with a turnover of $18.1 billion, the market size of the Indian AYUSH industry, as a whole, has grown by 17 per cent during 2014-2020.
Among its different product segments, plant derivatives experienced 21 per cent growth in the same period, followed by nutraceuticals (20.5 per cent), pharmaceuticals (15.8 per cent), plant extracts 14.7 per cent and herbal plants (14.3 per cent) as per the report.
The Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) report titled 'AYUSH Sector in India: Prospects and Challenges', says that in terms of the global share, India has grown faster in the AYUSH market as compared to the world and accounts for about 2.8 per cent of the market, which is likely to hold even though disruptions in production are not ruled out.
"According to the RIS report, the market size of AYUSH in India has registered a growth of 17 per cent between 2014 and 2020. Despite the global slowdown in economic activity in 2020, the market for AYUSH is estimated to reach $23.3 billion in 2022.
Research and research in the Ayush sector is also being promoted with more comprehensive results to be revealed soon," said the ministry's media advisor, Sanjay Dev.
The Indian Medicines Pharmaceutical Corporation Ltd (IMPCL), the public sector manufacturing unit of the Ayush Ministry, has recorded a turnover of Rs 164.33 crore (tentative) for financial year 2020-21. This is the highest in the company's history and an all-time high profit of approximately Rs 12 crore is reported for the year.
In 2019-20, the company's revenue was Rs 97 crore, as per the ministry.
Ayurveda sector in India has registered 17 per cent growth which is consistent with the growth trajectory of the global ayurveda Industry. As estimated by the International Market Analysis Research and Consulting Group, the ayurveda market is expected to grow by around 15 per cent during 2020-2025.
The study has estimated the global market size of the herbal sector which was estimated at $657.5 billion in 2020 and is likely to touch $746.9 billion by 2022.
According to the Data Bridge Market Research study, the global herbal medicinal market is expected to reach $426.43 billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 5.34 per cent during 2021-2028.
Available market research on herbal and ayurveda medicine sector says that ayurveda constitutes a small portion of the total herbal market, but its growth potential is much higher.
The global traditional and complementary medicine market has been valued at around $360 billion. However, only a minor share of that market gos to ayurveda, between $7.2 billion-$9.6 billion.
The rising interest in ayurveda showcases potential of Indian medicine systems to be a global leader with a proper strategic vision and operational efficiency in the sector. (By Avinash Prabhakar)
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Toronto- Worries and anxiety over the Covid-19 pandemic can impair basic cognitive functions, leading to poorer decision making, delays in mental processing speed, and alteration of the perception of risk, finds a study.
The study led by researchers at McGill University and The Neuro - Montreal Neurological Institute - Hospital surveyed 1,517 people to assess the lingering impacts of the pandemic on a combination of cognitive tasks, targeting vital brain functions such as processing and maintaining information, The Times of Israel reported.
"The impairments associated with worry observed here suggest that under periods of high stress, like a global pandemic, our ability to think, plan, and evaluate risks is altered," Kevin da Silva Castanheira, the lead author of the study and a graduate student in McGill's Department of Psychology, was quoted as saying.
The survey asked subjects to rate their concerns over Covid-19, and then challenged them with various cognitive tests and compared the results to pre-pandemic samples. The tests measured things like reaction to stimuli - the ability to process and interpret information, and risk assessment.
The results showed that people who felt higher rates of fear or worry related to the pandemic did not perform as highly on simple cognitive tasks, and were more likely to experience "reduced information processing speed, ability to retain information needed to perform tasks, and heightened sensitivity to the odds they were given when taking risks".
"The impact of stress and of worry on cognitive function are well known, but are typically studied in the laboratory setting," said Madeleine Sharp, a neurologist at The Neuro. "Here, we're able to extend these findings by studying the effects of a real-world stressor in a large sample."
The findings are consistent with a study by Israeli researchers which showed that children experienced more stress as a result of the pandemic, exhibited unhealthy social and dietary habits, and were even prone to higher rates of violence, the report said.
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