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Health Update

The Perfectly Balanced Indian Food

June 29th, 2009
India’s cuisine is as rich and diverse as her culture. But despite this diversity, there is one underlying unity -- and that is the fact that all Indian food is perfectly balanced. Now for a closer look at the historic and regional influences that have marked “India” a gourmet’s delight, in the map of the world. Pre-Independence Pre-Independence, India consisted of large areas of land directly ruled by the British, as well as about 600 semi-independent kingdoms ruled over by Hindu maharajas and Muslim nawabs, under British supervision. Independence With Independence, the princely independent kingdoms were coaxed into merging with India. Each area with a distinct language and culture was given its own state. These separate cultures have their unique traditions that go back thousands of years. This...

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The Mathematics of Calorie Control

June 26th, 2009
All diet books and food plans consist of lists of rules for weight control in addition to regulations concerning “foods to consume” and “foods to avoid”. What, then, is the secret of success? The answer is simple. Reduction in intake of calories contributes to reduction in weight. If you look at all diets and weight loss plans minutely, the underlying common factor is the aspect of calorie control. How many calories to consume? Calorie needs are very individual; they depend on your weight, age, sex, activity level, metabolic rate and lifestyle habits. On an average, women require around 2000 calories a day, and men 2500 a day. What about athletes? An athlete would need more calories. Depending on the sport and goals, he would need to workout his calorie expenditure and add that...

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Strengthen your Bones

June 24th, 2009
Exercise helps build strength and stamina and increases bone density. People who exercise regularly are less likely to suffer from fractures or bone injuries – and ailments such as osteoporosis and back pain can be reduced or prevented with regular exercise. Osteoporosis is a bone-weakening disease that develops gradually and makes bones fragile and susceptible to fracture. This especially affects for women as they begin to lose bone density after the age of 30. Do you know? 1 in 3 women and 1 in 12 men over the age of 50 develop fragile bones, which makes them more susceptible to osteoporosis. Weight bearing exercises can improve calcium deposition in the bones. Regular exercise reduces the occurrence of ailments such as osteoporosis. What role does exercise play in building strong bones? Exercise helps develop and maintain...

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Sprouts

June 22nd, 2009
Why sprouts? Sprouts are immunity boosting foods. A fighting fit immune system is vital to good health. It is a proven fact that nutrients present in foods that we eat can really help strengthen our body’s natural defenses giving us unbeatable protection against infection, disease and allergy. Eating sprouts is a good way to supplement the diet with food enzymes that are critical for literally every biochemical reaction that takes place in the body. Box Sprouts can be called super foods, as they enhance health, energy and longetivity since they have the greatest nutrient content of all raw foods. What are sprouts? Sprouts are edible seeds that have just germinated. When you sprout a seed, enzymes are activated and the starches are converted to simple sugars. What sprouting does? All sprouts contain enzyme inhibitors...

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Rebounding to Good Health

June 19th, 2009
Bounce your way to back fitness. Trampoline rebounding is a great way to lose weight, gain cardiovascular benefits and have fun working out at the same time. The trampoline is a safe, efficient and effective workout device that you can use at home while listening to music or watching television. Trampoline basics Gymnasts and acrobats often use an elevated elastic canvas or net bed as a performing surface. The trampoline is a little more than just that. A spring or rubber suspension anchors the elastic canvas bed to a metal frame of table height. The sides are padded and the springs beneath cause the performer to bounce upward. How to use it While using the trampoline, concentrate on pushing down, using the balls of the feet, and not on...

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Myths and Misconceptions about Food

June 17th, 2009
Are you confused with all the print ads, T.V. commercials and headlines in the newspapers and magazines about correct diet and food habits? Some of these myths are probably floating around because we are always looking for a magical solution to our needs. Other times it may be a result of wishful thinking and our demand for quick answers. But in our readiness to swallow cleverly packaged illusions – media hype and testimonials – aren’t we fooling ourselves? Take a look at some common myths and let us separate them from facts. The most important step in weight loss is to eliminate fat from your diet. Fats tend to be blamed for weight increase and are always on the taboo list of people on diets. But the truth is that...

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