Winters are one of the most splendid times of the year. Delicious baked goods, coupled with a cup of hot chocolate, are an absolute treat. The winter season brings us closer to family and friends over festive celebrations. Nevertheless, winters are harsh and can take a toll on one's health. While being in a festive mood, it is essential not to forget to keep yourself warm and watch out for potential infections.
The holiday season sees an exchange of many gifts. To enjoy the holiday spirit thoroughly, you must stay healthy. Turmeric is a magic ingredient that can be used almost in every dish and helps you to remain healthy. It works as an antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral that works as an immunity booster.
Here are some exclusive benefits of adding turmeric to your winter diet:
Physical Ailments: Turmeric is a natural substance found on the earth. Its healing properties include relief from common winter sinus, painful joints, indigestion, and cold and cough. For instant relief, you can add a pinch of turmeric to drinks like milk and tea. Daily consumption of turmeric can also help control blood sugar levels.
Winters: The holiday season is a joyous time, and we tend to indulge in alcohol and other unhealthy food items. What we call "holiday weight" can be unidentified health issues by the end of the season. A hint of turmeric can go a long way towards improving liver function. Turmeric is an antioxidant that benefits the body from the inside out.
To survive the harsh winters, one must consume foods rich in fats and proteins. We also consume hot beverages that may be soothing but upset the digestive system. Turmeric adds flavour to food and aids digestion. Consuming food with turmeric also gives a healthy glow to your skin, as the body gets rid of toxins.
Ancient Medicine: Turmeric has been a part of Asian food items and Ayurveda for many centuries. The healing properties of turmeric, which are especially significant during the winter, are magical. The main benefit is that it is a natural antioxidant. It helps you cleanse your body of harmful substances.
Flu Season: The beginning of winter marks the onset of the flu season. In most Asian households, turmeric milk is a natural medicine. Many pregnant women also seek comfort in turmeric milk in the mild flu. Turmeric helps eliminate bacterial infection and provides relief to sore throats.
Turmeric is a household favourite throughout the year. It is not only a good condiment, but also a healer. Spicing things up with turmeric is wise since artificial flavours and chemicals are part of our food groups. The healing properties of turmeric were studied for its blood-thinning properties, reducing the risk of cancer and treating Alzheimer's. (Health tips by Yashna Garg, Nutraceutical Expert, ZeoNutra)
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Chronic inflammation caused by obesity may trigger the development of cells that break down bone tissue, including the bone that holds teeth in place, finds a new research.
The study, completed in an animal model, found that excessive inflammation resulting from obesity raises the number of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC), a group of immune cells that increase during illness to regulate immune function.
MDSCs, which originate in the bone marrow, develop into a range of different cell types, including osteoclasts (a cell that breaks down bone tissue).
"This research promotes the concept that MDSC expansion during obesity to become osteoclasts during periodontitis is tied to increased alveolar bone destruction," said researcher K.H. Kwack from the University at Buffalo.
"Taken together, this data supports the view that obesity raises the risk of periodontal bone loss," Kwack added.
Bone loss is a major symptom of gum disease and may ultimately lead to tooth loss.
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease affects more than 47 per cent of adults 30 years and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For the study, published in the Journal of Dental Research, the team examined two groups of mice fed vastly different diets over 16 weeks -- one group, a low-fat diet that derived 10 per cent of energy from fat, the other group a high-fat diet that drew 45 per cent of energy from fat.
The investigation found that the high-fat diet group experienced obesity, more inflammation and a greater increase of MDSCs in the bone marrow and spleen compared to the low-fat diet group.
The high-fat diet group also developed a significantly larger number of osteoclasts and lost more alveolar bone (the bone that holds teeth in place).
Also, the expression of 27 genes tied to osteoclast formation were significantly elevated in the group fed a high-fat diet.
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Indians eat more fibre-rich plant based diet than people in the Western countries, reducing their risk of gut-related problems such as inflammatory bowel diseases like crohn's disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), colitis, and colon cancer, according to a research on Tuesday.
The international study, including researchers from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER)- Bhopal, sought to understand the relationship between gut bacteria and inflammatory diseases.
"Increased intake of carbohydrate in the form of fibre such as wheat, vegetables, fruits and lentils, mostly found in Indian diet lowers the incidence of IBD, crohn's disease, colitis, colectral cancer, etc., than western diets that are generally meat-based," lead author Dr Vineet K. Sharma, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, IISER Bhopal, told IANS.
The human gut contains 300-500 types of bacteria that are necessary for our survival. These bacteria help in digestion, protect us from infections and even produce essential vitamins and neurochemicals.
Depending on the kind of bacteria that dominates the gut, human beings are generally classified into three "enterotypes" -- Prevotella, Bacteroides or Ruminococcus.
The study included 586 healthy samples from western and non-western populations including 200 samples from India, and 189 IBS samples from western populations.
The 200 gut samples from India were taken from people from several locations in -- Madhya Pradesh, Delhi-NCR, Rajasthan and Maharashtra, Bihar, and Kerala. It is also the largest gut metagenome study from India, as most such studies are largely based on the Western population.
The findings, published in the Nature's Biofilms and Microbiomes journal, showed that the Indian gut microbiome has the highest abundance of the Prevotella genus of bacteria, in particular, a species called Prevotella copri (P.copri).
This bacterium was also found to dominate the guts of other populations that consume a carbohydrate and fibre-rich diet, such as the Italian, Madagascarian, Peruvian, and Tanzanian. But, the gut microbiomes of people from Western countries like the US are dominated by Bacteroides.
Further, they found that P. copri is significant in the metabolism of complex polysaccharides and dietary fibres in non-western populations.
It is thus logical that this type of bacteria predominates the gut microbiome of the healthy Indian and non-western population that consumes a diet rich in plant-carbohydrates and fibres, Sharma explained.
"The proportion of P.copri in Indians is 30 per cent and can reach upto 60-70 per cent. Of the more than 1200 species of Prevotella, P.copri is the most abundant in Indian human gut," Sharma told IANS.
On the other hand, the guts of Western population were found to have other Prevotella species such as P. intermedia and P. nigrescens. These bacteria are usually found in the mouth, which points to a mouth-gut axis. These bacterial species are inflammatory and have high virulence and antibiotic resistance genes, making the Western population more susceptible to gut inflammatory diseases.
"Our insights would help in the development of new probiotics and prebiotics for different health-related conditions associated with the gut which is much needed for non-western populations," Sharma said.
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The festive season is around the corner and with sugar-laden sweets, snacks and luncheons, festive eating tends to tip towards an indulgence. The pandemic alongside the festive season gives us double the reason to take care of our health, especially if you are living with a chronic health condition like diabetes. People with diabetes need to find ways to manage their health smartly and effectively to mitigate risks that come with the disease such as kidney problems, heart diseases, nerve issues, foot problems, and so on. Controlling glucose levels, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and regular medical consultations are key to managing this disease effectively.
Dr Jothydev Kesavadev, Diabetologist and MD of Jothydev's Diabetes Research Centres said, "It is imperative for one to always make sure diabetes is being well-managed, but, during the festive season, it is important than usual. Uncontrolled diabetes can heighten the risk of developing severe diseases or complications. Regularly monitoring glucose levels helps you catch spikes or trends that suggest your diabetes may be getting out of control. This also helps you to take timely measures," he explains.
Here are a few tips for better diabetes management during the pandemic:
Scheduling is Key
Diabetic patients need to continue medications without interruption. Apart from continuous monitoring of glucose levels, do plan regular consultations with the doctor. It is also imperative that patients do not ignore high blood glucose levels, HbA1C >10%, or positive urine ketone status.
No Pain, No Gain!
Diet & exercise play a major role in preventing and managing diabetes. Attention to nutrition and adequate protein intake along with exercise helps control weight and lower blood pressure. It also lowers harmful LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, raises healthy HDL cholesterol, strengthens muscles and bones, reduces anxiety, and improves general well-being. Patients with diabetes are encouraged to take up 45 minutes of moderate activity every day.
Wearable Devices for The Win!
Technology advances have led wearable devices, to allow patients to keep a close tab on glucose levels. One such wearable is the Freestyle Libre that go a long way in helping people with diabetes (both type 1 and 2) manage the disease well. Continuous glucose monitoring, through these devices, offers the highest levels of accuracy and performance standards.
Say No to Stress
Stress can be a major barrier to effective glucose control. This has become worse during the pandemic, as health anxieties and long lockdowns have given rise to emotional responses like anxiety, frustration and disappointment. One can opt for healthier life choices such as exercise, yoga and meditation to avoid stress.
The pandemic is still with us. Patients with diabetes need to practice utmost caution to reduce the risk of catching an infection. Along with vaccinations, patients with diabetes need to ensure safe choices such as social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequent hand washing.
This festive season, even those with diabetes can enjoy life to the fullest, provided these simple measures are followed to keep the glucose levels under check. (Agency)
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2 नवंबर को आयुर्वेद दिवस, विषयवस्तु 'पोषण के लिए आयुर्वेद' : नए और स्वास्थ्यकर व्यंजनों के जरिए हमारे दैनिक आहार में आयुर्वेद की शक्ति को दिखाने के लिए आयुष मंत्रालय 2 नवंबर को '6वें आयुर्वेद दिवस' के अवसर पर राष्ट्रीय आयुर्वेद संस्थान के वीडियो को जारी करेगा।
इस समारोह के मुख्य अतिथि राजस्थान के मुख्यमंत्री अशोक गहलोत होंगे। वहीं, केंद्रीय आयुष और पत्तन, पोत परिवहन व जलमार्ग मंत्री सर्बानंद सोनोवाल इसकी अध्यक्षता करेंगे। केंद्रीय आयुष राज्य मंत्री डॉ. मुंजपरा महेंद्रभाई और राजस्थान सरकार के चिकित्सा, स्वास्थ्य व आयुष मंत्री डॉ. रघु शर्मा इस समारोह के विशिष्ट अतिथि होंगे।
वहीं जयपुर ग्रामीण के सांसद राज्यवर्धन सिंह राठौर, जयपुर शहर के सांसद रामचरण बोहरा और राजस्थान विधानसभा में विधायक व मुख्य सचेतक डॉ. महेश जोशी विशिष्ट अतिथि होंगे।
मंत्रालय 'आयुर्वेद पोषण' के क्षेत्र में वैज्ञानिक उपलब्धियों पर आधारित एक लघु फिल्म भी लॉन्च करेगा। यह फिल्म आयुष मंत्रालय के तहत एक स्वायत्त निकाय केंद्रीय आयुर्वेदीय विज्ञान अनुसंधान परिषद् ने बनाई है।
उत्सव के दौरान होने वाली अन्य महत्वपूर्ण कार्यक्रमों में एक वेब पोर्टल की लॉन्चिंग, आयुर्वेद स्वास्थ्य समीक्षा पुस्तिका व पोषण के लिए आयुर्वेद दस्तावेज का अनावरण, एनआईए न्यूट्री कुकीज का विमोचन, विभिन्न सीसीआरएएस प्रकाशनों का अनावरण और पांडुलिपि प्रकाशनों का विमोचन शामिल है।
आयुर्वेद दिवस समारोह का आयोजन ‘आजादी का अमृत महोत्सव’ पहल के तहत किया जा रहा है। इस वर्ष की विषयवस्तु 'पोषण के लिए आयुर्वेद है।’
महिला एवं बाल विकास मंत्रालय, सामाजिक न्याय एवं अधिकारिता मंत्रालय, पंचायती राज मंत्रालय, खाद्य प्रसंस्करण उद्योग मंत्रालय और शिक्षा मंत्रालय सहित कई अन्य मंत्रालय भी समारोह में हिस्सा लेंगे।
इस आयोजन का मुख्य आकर्षण आयुर्वेद खाद्य प्रदर्शनी होगा। यह ‘खाने के लिए तैयार’ स्वस्थ खाद्य वस्तु और कई अन्य नए व्यंजनों का प्रदर्शन करके खाद्य क्षेत्र में आयुर्वेद की ताकत का प्रदर्शन करेगा। यह आयुर्वेद के विभिन्न हितधारकों को एक छत के नीचे लाने के लिए एक आदर्श मंच के रूप में काम करेगा।
इस समारोह के भाग के रूप में, आयुष मंत्रालय के तहत आने वाली सभी राष्ट्रीय संस्थान और अनुसंधान परिषदें 'पोषण के लिए आयुर्वेद' विषयवस्तु से संबंधित कार्यक्रम आयोजित करेंगी। इन कार्यक्रमों में एक राष्ट्रीय संगोष्ठी, सार्वजनिक व्याख्यान, चिकित्सा शिविर और क्विज व अन्य प्रतियोगिताएं शामिल होंगी।
सभी राष्ट्रीय संस्थान और अनुसंधान परिषद अधिक पोषण वाले आयुष उत्पादों, जिन्हें उन्होंने आयुर्वेद के सिद्धांतों पर विकसित किया है, को लॉन्च करने की संभावना की तलाश भी करेंगे। इन उत्पादों में टॉफी, बिस्किट, कुकीज, चाय आदि शामिल हैं।
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To exhibit the strength of Ayurveda in our daily regimen of food through innovative and healthy recipes, the Ministry of Ayush will release videos prepared by National Institute of Ayurveda on the occasion of ‘6th Ayurveda Day’ today, November 2nd.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will be the chief guest of the celebrations, while Union Minister of Ayush and Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal, will preside over the function. Union Minister of State for Ayush, Dr Munjpara Mahendrabhai, and Minister for Medical, Health and Ayush, Government of Rajasthan, Dr Ragyu Sharma, will be the guests of honour.
Jaipur Rural MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Jaipur City MP Ramcharan Bohra and MLA & Chief Whip In Rajasthan Assembly Dr Mahesh Joshi will be the special guests.
The Ministry will also launch a short film based on scientific achievements in the field of ‘Ayurveda Poshan’. The film has been made by Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Ayush.
Among other important events that will take place during the celebrations include the launch of a web portal, the unveiling of Ayurveda Swasthya Samiksha Booklet and Ayurveda for Poshan document, release of NIA Nutri Cookies, unveiling of various CCRAS publications and release of manuscript publications.
The Ayurveda Day celebrations are being held under the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav initiative. The theme this year is ‘Ayurveda for Poshan’.
Various other ministries including the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Ministry of Food Processing Industries and Ministry of Education will also participate in the celebrations.
Ayurveda Food Expo will be a major attraction of the event. It will exhibit the strength of Ayurveda in Food Sector by showcasing various Innovative recipes like Ready-to-eat healthy foods and others. It will serve as the ideal platform to bring together various stake holders of Ayurveda under one roof.
As part of celebrations, all National Institutes and Research Councils under the aegis of Ministry of Ayush will organize events related to the theme ‘Ayurveda for Poshan’, including a national seminar, public lectures, medical camps, and quiz and other competitions.
All National Institutes and Research Councils will also explore the possibility of launching Ayush products like toffees, biscuits, cookies, tea etc of high nutritional value, which have been developed by them on the principles of Ayurveda.
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