Inflammation – The Basics

The terms Inflammation and anti-inflammatory diet are being tossed around lately and I thought this would be a great time to share some information on these topics. So let’s delve into what these things mean, who would benefit from an anti-inflammatory diet and how to go about it. What is Inflammation? The word inflammation is a widely misunderstood term considered…

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS) is one of many bowel disorders that can cause anything from mild discomfort to extreme bowel issues. IBS belongs to a group of bowel disorders classified as non inflammatory bowel disorders as opposed to Inflammatory Bowel Disease which is characterized by inflammation of the intestines. So read further to understand what is IBS and how to manage…

BASICS OF RICE

Rice has been the staple food for us in India for ages and also for the most part of Asia. Though this has been the natural trend, a lot of fear and speculation have risen over this wonderful crop due to misinformation and twists of truth. I plan to outline the basics and bust some myths in this blog post.…

SUPPLEMENTS #3

Athletes are a group that use supplements for a myriad of reasons We are back with our supplement series for the month! So far, we have covered protein and protein related supplements and commonly used vitamin and mineral supplements. While the former is still a never ending list, this article aims to cover more performance oriented supplements. Athletes use supplements…

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – The Basics

PCOD/PCOS. This term is commonly heard of nowadays. We see several women diagnosed with this condition. But what is it? Do we really know? This article aims to cover the basics of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD). We believe it is imperative to have basic knowledge about the conditions that are seen today and make ourselves…

KNOW YOUR CYCLE

Talking about menstruation is still a taboo. Hushed voices and whispers is how we communicate. It is extremely important to be aware and know how the monthly menstrual cycle works. This brief blog post highlights the basics of the menstrual cycle.  What is menstruation? Menstruation is the elimination of the endometrium (the thick uterine lining) through the vagina. The menstrual…

INSULIN – THE BASICS

Our body is regulated by a wide variety of hormones that ensure optimal functioning of the body. What is insulin and what is its function? Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that is needed for the use or storage of body fuels (1). For this very reason, insulin is known as an anabolic hormone. Anabolic hormones are those…

SUPPLEMENT SERIES #2

We are back with our supplement series for the month! Incase you haven’t read our previous article, click here. This month we will be covering some supplements that are seen very commonly in households. Do you and your family take these supplements? If so, are they really necessary? 1) Multivitamins: Multivitamins are supplements that usually contain a combination of vitamins…

SUGAR ADDICTION

Eating this causes weight gain. Eating this increases cravings. Eating this gets you addicted to it. Meet the new villain in the health and fitness industry, sugar.     White sugar has got a bad reputation in the health industry for a while, since we moved away from fat. Leaving aside weight gain, white sugar or sucrose has been said…

MINDFUL EATING

You’re eating a banana while working. You suddenly notice an email from your boss that you haven’t replied to. You shove the banana down your throat and your fingers swiftly start typing a reply, while you struggle to chew the banana. You are done typing a few seconds later, but notice that your banana is gone! You check under your…

GUT HEALTH

Gut health is currently the new buzzword in the health and fitness industry. Products claiming to improve your gut and its function are slowly increasing. This might make you wonder what the fuss is all about! Gut microbes, microbiota, microbiome… What do these terms mean? Why is the gut so important? Read on to find out! What is the gut…

SUPPLEMENT SERIES #1 – PROTEINS

With several people engaging in fitness and sports, the belief that supplements are the magical key to improvements in performance is making the rounds. Vitamin and mineral supplements are widely used by the general population, which we will address later. This article will cover supplements commonly used by fitness enthusiasts and athletes. Are you using supplements backed by evidence for…

INTERMITTENT FASTING

With a variety of new diets making the rounds, it becomes difficult to gauge which is the right one for you as an individual to follow. A lot of information is available, but which is actually factually correct is the bigger question!  Off late, fasting diets have been making the rounds, with intermittent fasting in the spotlight. This article aims…

DITCH THE ALL OR NOTHING MENTALITY!

Apples are good. Biscuits are bad.
Salads are better than a pizza.
If I eat some chips, I am bad.

Do you have this mentality when it comes to food? Black and white thinking in terms of food can be harmful! I have observed this mentality in several people these days. The mind plays a very important role when it comes to eating and shapes your relationship with food. This is crucial for a sustainable eating pattern!

A single food or nutrient is not inherently good or bad! Besides food choices, your lifestyle and other habits also matter! Why is this extreme thought process dangerous?

WHAT IS ON YOUR PLATE?

Over the past few years, it is evident that fitness has become popular. People are consciously trying to change their eating habits and adopt a better lifestyle. However, only a small population is actually aware of what they are eating. Most of us assume that exercising is the easiest way to shed some weight and become ‘healthy’. (Why weight loss…

FAD DIETS: WHY IT WON’T WORK IN THE LONG RUN.

“Sorry, I can’t eat cake I’m on a diet” By definition, a “diet” is the sum of energy and nutrients obtained from foods and beverages consumed regularly by individuals. To put it in simple terms, it is what you eat and drink on a day to day basis. Somewhere along the way, the meaning shifted to something more specific. Something…

ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL

If you meet a nutritionist/dietitian and they hand you a pre-made meal template without understanding your lifestyle, you need to do just one thing. RUN. It is not an unfamiliar practice for ‘nutrition coaches’ and for that matter even qualified nutritionists to hand out premade diet plans to any client that walks in. With the market flooded with ‘detox plans’…

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