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Health Hazards of Junk Food

"Eating junk food is not good for health" you have heard this a 100 times but actually nobody cares. A little peek into the world of junk food. Wikipedia says that junk foods are ready to eat convenience foods containing high levels of saturated fats, salt or sugar and little or no fruits, vegetables or dietary fiber.

Research studies have proved that junk foods are not good for health. According to Fox news, fertility doctors found out that young men aged between 18 and 22 who ate high amounts of junk food had poorer quality of sperm than those who ate a nutritious diet.

Science daily speaks about the ill effects of junk food on pregnant ladies and young children. Mothers who eat high sugar and high fat diets have babies who are likely to become junk food junkies in their later years.
 A word of caution to those women who eat unhealthy diet during pregnancy and breast feeding, you may be putting your kids at risk of developing long term irreversible health issues that incl…

Positive Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Recently I read about chia seeds and this really fascinated me. Such small seeds packed with so much health benefits! So, if you want to increase your nutritional IQ read the entire post. Chia seeds are obtained from a desert plant belonging to the mint family.
They can be eaten raw or the chia sprouts can be used in sandwiches, salads and other dishes. Chia seeds contain significant amounts of protein, fats and fiber. The seeds are rich sources of omega 3 fatty acid and alpha linoleic acid. The good thing about these seeds is that, they are rich in antioxidants and can be stored for long periods of time.
A peculiarity of this seed is that when added to water and allowed to stand for 30 minutes chia forms a kind of gel. This action inside the stomach helps you to stay hydrated for longer periods of time and retains electrolytes in your body fluid. The swelling action helps to cleanse and soothe the colon. It absorbs toxins while lubricating and strengthening peristaltic action.
Chia giv…

Is Fat Healthy?

Should you include fats in your diet? If so, what kind of fats and how much should be included? If you want all your doubts cleared, then better read this post rather attentively. Fats are nutrients that are used by the body to build nerve tissue including the brain and the nerves. Fats are required for healthy hormone production and they also supply energy to the body.
The main types of fats are unsaturated fats and saturated fats. The unsaturated fats are found in plant foods and fish and they are very beneficial to the heart. They can be grouped into monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats.
Monounsaturated fats are good fats and they are found in olive oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, avocadoes, olives and nuts. Polyunsaturated fats are further grouped as omega 3 fattyacids and omega 6 fatty acids. They are called as essential fatty acids.
Omega 3 fatty acids are one of the most media friendly forms of poly unsaturated oils because so much has been written about them.…

What is Visual Gastric Band Therapy?

For those of you who are obese and want to slim down, here is a good news! You would have heard about the adjustable gastric band commonly made of inflatable silicon which is placed around the top portion of the stomach through laparoscopic surgery.  
Health pop reports about a new study in which, patients undergoing gastric bypass surgery may increase their chances of becoming an alcoholic. Excessive drinking is associated with cirrhosis of liver, pancreatitis, cancers of liver, mouth, throat and esophagus. In addition to all these diseases, there are also psychological disorders and increased risk of accidental injuries and violence.

Now a new process has come to fore which is called as the visual gastric band therapy. This procedure uses hypnosis and makes the brain believe that the stomach is smaller than its usual size thus avoiding over eating of food.

The good thing about gastric band hypnosis is that it does not require surgery and further hospitalization. This therapy is safe…

Health Effects of Vegetarian Diet

The practice of eating plant based diet without dairy products, eggs and meat is called vegetarianism. Vegetarianism can be followed for different reasons, it can be due to religious beliefs, animal rights and other factors including health, political, environmental, cultural and economic values.
There are differences within the practice of following a vegetarian diet. Ovo veg diet includes eggs but not dairy products. Lacto veg diet includes dairy products but not eggs. Vegan diet excludes eggs, honey and dairy products. Ovo-lacto veg diet includes both eggs and dairy products.
Since vegetarian diet does not include foods from all the sources many people had and some still have questions about the nutritional adequacy of the vegetarian diet. But the American Dietetic Association has said that vegetarian diets if well planned are healthful and nutritious, is suitable for all age groups and it also helps prevent heart diseases, cancer and diabetes. Recently an Australian study has also f…

Role of Carbohydrates in Promoting Health

I read in an article that Spelt an ancient grain provides more fiber than whole wheat bread and it is wonderfully nutritious. So what role does carbohydrates play in promoting health? First, let us move up the ladder from the basics.
Carbohydrates supply energy to the body to perform physical activity and for proper functioning of organs. Carbohydrates can be grouped into simple and complex carbohydrates. The basic building block of every carbohydrate is sugar. It is a simple union of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.
Whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans are the best sources of carbohydrates. They contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients. It would be wise to include these in your daily diet. Refined carbohydrates are obtained from refined grains, white bread, white rice, pastries, sugared soda and other highly processed foods. You would be helping yourself a lot if you limit if not avoid including refined carbohydrates in your diet. The digestive system converts the digesti…

Health Hazards of Energy Drinks

Recently the UAE health authorities have issued a ban stating that the kids and pregnant women should not consume energy drinks. Until then, I was blissfully unaware about the existence of energy drinks and the harm it causes to the body. After a small research this is what I found out.
According to its manufacturers energy drinks increase energy levels and it is the result of variety of stimulants and vitamins. Energy shots are specialized variety where they are sold in 50 ml bottles and they are concentrated form of energy drinks.
There is a widespread awareness in the health circles that these energy drinks are not good for health. Energy drinks may induce agitation, anxiety, irritability and sleeplessness. These so called energy drinks contain high amounts of caffeine which can cause nervousness, increased urination, abnormal heart rhythms and sometimes pupil dilatation when taken with anti depressants.
Caffeine present in energy drinks excretes water from the body and dilutes the hi…

How to Cope up With Acne?

Acne is a skin condition caused by the changes in sebaceous glands. This includes  white heads, black heads, and red inflammation of the skin as a result of infection. According to Wikipedia, the oil from the sebaceous glands combine with the dead skin cells and blocks the pores. Oil builds up under the pores and the skin bacteria grow very quickly. This infection results in acne. Acne is not a serious medical condition but we should be careful about the bacterium Propionibacterium acnes. Researchers have found out that this bacterium may cause infections after surgery including infections in the brain. This microbe may even spur some cells to become cancerous. This bug may increase the risk of prostate cancer.
This is not to terrify you, but it is better to be informed about certain health risks. Shifting our focus to the main topic acne, proper skin care could greatly reduce acne. A mild, moisturizing soap should be used for cleaning your face. Before you go to bed remove all dirt and…

Role of Proteins in Promoting Health

Proteins are essential nutrients required by the body for growth, maintenance and repair. They can be said as the building blocks of the body. The proteins are found all over the body.
The proteins are broken down into amino acids by the process of digestion. There are 22 amino-acids which can be grouped as essential and non essential amino acids. The non essential amino-acids are those that can be produced by the body. The essential amino-acids are those that cannot be produced by the body. They are obtained through food sources.
The food sources that have nine essential amino-acids are called complete proteins. The proteins that are incomplete usually lacks in one or two of the essential amino acids. The main functions of proteins are fighting diseases, building and repairing body tissues, producing enzymes, hormone production, maintenance of skin, hair and nails and transporting oxygen throughout the body. The other functions include producing antibodies, maintenance of fluid balance …