When you're looking for ways to stay hydrated and be healthy, the first recommendation you'll probably find is to drink more water. Due to excessive sweating in the summer season, many types of minerals get removed from the body, which leads to the problem of dehydration. Varun Khanna, Co-Founder, Fast&Up shares his list of alternatives to help you stay hydrated.
Cucumber Detox Drink
Cucumber juice is a hydrating and alkalising beverage packed with nutrients such as vitamin A, C, K, magnesium, silicon, and potassium. It can cleanse and detox the entire body, as well as aid with digestive issues like gastritis, acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion, and ulcers.
Cucumbers are mostly water, therefore extracting juice from their flesh is simple. The juice will taste like a stronger version of the spa water you might have sipped after a massage. Cucumber juice can be made simply by washing, peeling, and blending cucumber pieces with water. Add a pinch of salt and you're good to go. You can also add cucumber and mint leaves to your water bottle and create a quick version of a detox drink.
Electrolyte-infused water is a low-calorie, effective approach to replace electrolytes and stay hydrated. Some types are meant to help with hydration and mineral replacement, and they contain higher amounts of electrolytes. Depending on why you're drinking an electrolyte beverage in the first place, they are more likely to be worth your money. You may also make your own flavoured, electrolyte-infused water by adding freshly chopped or blended fruit and herbs to your water bottle.
Aloe Vera Juice
The aloe plant has high water content. So, if you're searching for a strategy to stay hydrated while also benefiting your health in a variety of ways, get some aloe vera juice!
Buttermilk is incredibly refreshing and cools our bodies off immediately. In the sweltering summer, a glass of buttermilk topped with cumin seeds, mint, and salt is ideal for quenching our thirst and cooling our bodies. It can also be served with ice cubes, making it a healthy alternative to the sugar-laden cold drinks and juices available in the market.
Lemonade is a popular beverage that offers numerous health benefits. Lemonade is one of the finest drinks for hydration because the acid encourages salivation, which can help you feel hydrated. A dry mouth reflects your body's desire for water. Salivation is not directly linked to hydration, but it does contribute to it in several ways. On a hot day, lemonade not only refreshes you but also keeps your body hydrated.
Coconut water contains a variety of essential elements, including minerals that many individuals need. Coconut water could be the ideal drink for rehydrating and replenishing electrolytes lost during physical activity. Electrolytes are minerals that serve a variety of functions in the body, including maintaining fluid balance.
Potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium are some of the most important electrolytes. There's not much needed to be done to make coconut water. Just grab a coconut, tap it open ( or maybe you could just ask the coconut vendor to do so ), pour the water into a glass and there is your fresh coconut water all ready to be consumed.
Dried fruits, flowers, spices, and herbs are used to make herbal teas. As a result, herbal teas can be made in a variety of flavours and tastes, making them an appealing alternative to sugary beverages or plain water. Some herbal teas contain health-promoting characteristics in addition to being delicious. Herbal teas have been used for hundreds of years and turn it's a great source of hydration.
Vegetable juice is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, as well as hydration. Vegetable juice can fulfil your thirst while also being healthier than some of the other drinks we consume.
The bottom line, your body must have enough fluid and electrolyte levels at all times in order to function correctly. Coconut water, milk, fruit juice, and sports drinks can all help you stay hydrated and maintain your electrolyte balance to keep you going throughout the day. (N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe)
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Chandigarh: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a lifestyle ailment which affects 25-30 per cent of the world population.
In India, the overall prevalence of NAFLD in the general population is close to 40 per cent and may still be higher at certain places, including Chandigarh, say doctors.
On the occasion of International NASH Day, the Indian National Association for Study of the Liver (INASL)-NAFLD Taskforce and Indian Consortium on NAFLD (ICON-D) launched an Action plan for the prevention and control of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in India'.
Experts feel that educating the public on healthy lifestyle will go a long way in preventing and controlling this disease.
NAFLD is usually thought as a benign condition and is often ignored by the patients.
The main reasons for NAFLD in India are the metabolic risk factors related to sedentary lifestyle and intake of high calorie food.
Overweight or obesity, diabetes mellitus (blood sugar), hypertension (high blood pressure) and dyslipidemia (deranged blood lipids) are the main risk factors for NAFLD, even though some patients may be predisposed genetically.
The diagnosis of NAFLD is usually simple, based on blood tests, ultrasound and few other tests, but may be delayed due to lack of symptoms in the early stage.
The disease may also be ignored by the patients and physicians alike due to slow progression and lack of specific complaints.
In addition to affecting the liver, NAFLD has also become a very common risk factor for various extra-hepatic diseases like cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, bone loss, obstructed sleep apnoea and cancers of various organs.
The treatment of patients with NAFLD revolves around maintaining a healthy lifestyle with good diet and regular exercise.
Those who are overweight are encouraged to lose weight by cutting down on their calorie intake and by burning more calories through aerobic or anaerobic exercises.
Patients who progress on to severe form of disease (NASH with or without fibrosis, cirrhosis, liver cancer) do require other modalities of treatment, including pharmacological drugs, endoscopy and liver transplantation for those with liver failure. (Agency)
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Consuming water-rich fruit can help you meet nutrient requirements while also keeping you hydrated. If you don't drink the recommended amount of water per day, fruits and vegetables can provide you with extra fluid, keeping you nourished and healthy. Fruit that is high in water content are popular in juices, smoothies, and snacks.
While summers can be extremely exhausting and force you to spend more time indoors to protect yourself from the sun, the exciting aspect of summer is delicious ice creams and fruit such as watermelons, strawberries, pineapples, and many more. This list of summer fruit is a great addition to your diet.
We know how much you love mangoes and they are undoubtedly our favourite part of the summer season! Mangoes are not only our favourite, but they are also used in a variety of desserts. They are high in antioxidants and, as a result, can boost immunity. They lower cholesterol and improve eye health. Mangoes are one of the best summer fruits because of all of these factors.
Watermelon is a summertime favourite for many people because it is not only delicious, but it is also high in nutrients. With a water content of approximately 90 per cent, this wonder fruit aids in the prevention of heart disease. Watermelon also aids in the production of the amino acid arginine, which aids in the immune system's function.
Strawberries have numerous health benefits due to their high levels of vitamin C, manganese, folate, potassium, B vitamins, and flavonoids. Strawberries are extremely beneficial in preventing heart disease and in lowering bad cholesterol. Strawberries have a high fibre content, so if you have digestive issues, including them in your diet can help.
For its rich flavour and juicy texture, this delicious and juicy fruit is a favourite of many. Pineapples are high in Vitamin C, which is important for fighting cell damage and boosting your immune system. Pineapple's high manganese content benefits bone health. It is also high in fibre and antioxidants.
Apple is a delicious and nutritious fruit that is popular in almost all seasons. Apples are delicious in salads, smoothies, pies and desserts, and as a snack. Apples have been shown to increase metabolic rate, improve heart health, and regulate blood sugar levels.
They are high in vitamins and minerals, which help to maintain healthy bones, teeth, and skin. We all believe in the adage, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," and without a doubt, it does!
Cantaloupes are high in vitamin C and A, both of which help to boost immunity. Cantaloupes' high potassium content aids in blood pressure regulation. Cantaloupe contains beta carotene, which aids in the prevention of cataracts and improves vision.
Because of its sweet flavour and health benefits, this low-calorie fruit is used to make a variety of delectable desserts. Cantaloupe infused in water makes an excellent summer health drink!
This fruit is high in Vitamin C, fibre, and antioxidants. Including papaya in your diet can help prevent cholesterol buildup in your arteries, boost immunity, and be an excellent source of vitamins for people with diabetes and those looking to lose weight.
Oranges are a favourite fruit of those who enjoy working out because it hydrates and energises your body, which is essential during workouts. Oranges have numerous health benefits, including lower cholesterol, improved heart function, and improved skin health due to their high Vitamin C content. (Agency)
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Jerusalem: Israeli scientists have claimed that a special food supplement containing zinc, copper and chemicals that are found in fruit may help fight viruses.
A team from Tel Aviv University showed that a mixture of the three food supplements, each approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), appears to be avery capable of inhibiting replication of RNA viruses in a remarkable way', Times of Israel reported.
In the study, published in the journal Pharmaceuticals, the team tested the mixture in the lab on cells from human lungs and elsewhere, along with RNA viruses including those that cause flu and the common cold.
Scientists found that virus replication was decreased by at least 50 per cent compared to normal circumstances.
"We have a mixture of ingredients, each of which is already approved by the FDA as a food supplement, and together appear very capable of inhibiting replication of RNA viruses in a remarkable way," Prof Daniel Segal, from Tel Aviv University's biomedicine school, was quoted as saying.
However, he acknowledged that the peer-reviewed research took place in-vitro and gave no firm indication so far of what impact on humans the supplements may have, the report said.
Beyond the zinc and copper, the compounds in the supplement are flavonoids, which are found in certain fruits and vegetables and are considered safe as a supplement.
Zinc is known to have anti-viral qualities, but also to struggle to enter cells. The other ingredients in the new supplement appear to bolster its ability to do so, Segal said.
SARS-CoV-2, the RNA virus that causes Covid-19, hasn't yet been tested, but Segal said he is optimistic its replication may also be slowed given results on other viruses from the coronavirus family.
"Such an inexpensive combination of dietary supplements would be highly advantageous to have, alongside vaccines, as a safe prevention method affecting various RNA respiratory viruses," Segal said.
"These results are very promising, possibly enabling the development of an orally administered treatment," added Prof. Ehud Gazit, head of Tel Aviv University's Blavatnik Center for Drug Discovery and part of the study.
He said that such a product would reflect an "important step forward," as it would be safe, natural, and potentially effective against a range of viruses and variants. (Agency)
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In line with the Central Government's initiative to support AYUSH mission, the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) in association with the National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN), Pune and the Central Council for Research in Naturopathy, has launched 'Master Chef Competition', in the run-up to the Global AYUSH Investment Summit, which will be held from April 20-22 at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
The objective of this competition is to reinvent and promote AYUSH ethos for food. It aims to provide an international platform to showcase the diverse and inclusive culture and heritage of Indian foods.
Under the theme 'Ahara for Poshan', the Master Chef Competition has six entry categories for participation- Cereal-based preparations, Millets-based preparations, Nuts/Pulses-based preparations, Fruits/Vegetable-based preparations, Dairy product-based preparations and Fusion.
The competition is open for all above the age of 18 years and registration can be done for free by filling a Google form and uploading one recipe video of five-seven minutes duration. The video should mention the recipe's method of preparation and its health benefits and can be recorded in either English or Hindi. Only one entry per candidate is allowed and in case of any conflict of interest, the candidate will not be allowed to participate in the competition.
The competition requires recipes to be aligned with the dietary principles of AYUSH streams and should be prepared from natural ingredients sans any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Tanuja Manoj Nesari, Director, AIIA, said: "Master Chef competition is our initiative to highlight the importance of incorporating AYUSH into our modern diets, and bring to the fore the nutritional value of our native grains, cereals, millets and other natural ingredients to promote a healthy way of living. The competition will also introduce Ayurveda and its genesis with healthy eating to an international audience which is very receptive and keen to learn this Indian Ayurveda science."
After the screening round, five candidates will be shortlisted in each category, and all shortlisted participants must give consent to be present physically in the final round. The shortlisted candidates will participate physically in the final round that will be held on the day of the Global Summit at Gandhinagar.
There will be three winners in each of the six categories with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh for the winner and Rs 75,000 for the first runner-up and Rs 50,000 for the second runner-up. Overall, there would be 18 winners.
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London: An edible additive used in foods such as baked goods, ice cream and salad dressings has the potential to harm our gut microbiota, finds a study.
Introduced into the modern diet nearly half a century ago, the food additive E415, also known as xanthan gum, is also widely used as a substitute for gluten in gluten-free foods.
When it was first introduced, xanthan gum was thought to not affect us as it was not digested by the human body.
However, the new study, published in the journal Nature Microbiology shows that the additive nevertheless affects the bacteria that live in our intestines. And these bacteria are important for our health and well-being.
"So far xanthan gum is considered a keto-friendly product. This is because it is believed that xanthan is not digested by the body and therefore it doesn't count in the daily calorie or macronutrient intake," said researcher Sabina Leanti La Rosa from Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in Norway.
However, she explains, the new study shows that gut bacteria break down xanthan gum to its constituent monosaccharides, which are subsequently fermented to produce short-chain fatty acids that can be assimilated by the human body. Short-chain fatty acids are known to supply up to 10 per cent of calories to humans.
This suggests xanthan gum, approved as safe to use in foodstuffs in large parts of the world based on assessments made 50 years ago, could in fact add to a person's calorie intake.
When xanthan gum was first introduced, it was thought that the additive went straight through the body without affecting the person who ate it.
But now the researchers noted that we are starting to see long-term effects of xanthan gum that were not seen earlier.
"We only see these changes in gut bacteria of people eating a 'westernised diet' where processed foods and additives make up a significant part of the food intake. For example, we do not see the same changes in indigenous people from different parts of the globe who eat limited amounts of processed foods," La Rosa explained.
"Based on this study, we cannot conclude if and how xanthan gum affects our health. But we can say that the additive affects the microbiota in the gut of people who consume it through food," she added.
The researchers called for more research to understand the impact of xanthan gum on the human gut.
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