Health Tips
Stay healthy by reading wellness advice from our top specialists.

Here are some of the tips to keep from falling sick this summer:-

- Ayurveda recommends that you should wake up during the Brahma Muhurat and after attending to nature's call, do Surya Namaskara and take a light and fresh breakfast.

- Stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water. You can also add a dash of lime and mint in water and drink every day. Make sure you do not drink chilled water as it will make you sick.

- Consume foods that have more water content. Choose to eat sweet fruits like melons, pears and grapes. Vegetables like cucumber and zucchini and dairy products such as milk and ghee should be present in your diet.

- Do not forget to add herbs in your diet. Amla, brahmi, neem and gudduchi are known to be the best cooling herbs that will keep the pitta dosha in balance.

- Avoid sour foods that may include cream and vinegar. Spicy dishes should also be avoided as they can heat up your body causing various health problems, especially digestive issues.

- Cook with cooling spices like fennel seeds, mint, anise and cardamom. Make sure you add them in your daily diet to keep the pitta dosh in balance.

- As per Ayurveda, rose water is a magic potion that has innumerable healing powers and cooling effect on the body. You can apply rose water on your skin after being exposed to sun in order to get relief from excessive heat.

- Taking a 10-15 minute walk at sunrise will help stimulate your mood and body's production of vitamin D.

Roti is nothing but another form of bread and vice versa, and till date it has been well established that roti is far better than the regular white bread.However, bread is more convenient than roti because for roti you need to prepare the dough, roll it out and then cook it.

Bread is prepared by combining water and flour with the addition of a few more ingredients, which usually is baked. But sometimes, it is fried and steamed as well.

However, nutritionists do not recommend bread because of the fact that modern-day bread preparation involves the removal of roughage from flour.

Roti, on the other hand, is recommended by nutritionists because roughage is not removed from it during preparation. Another factor is the addition of yeast. Bread contains yeast which does not suit every person's digestive system, which is not present in yeast. So this is another plus point for roti.

But now that all the new and healthy forms of bread are available in the market, like brown bread and multi-grain bread, you can get all the nutritional value of a roti from the ever-so-convenient bread. However, most of these contain preservatives and are highly expensive. So in terms of health, these breads come close to roti but they still have certain drawbacks which still make roti a preferable choice.

Conclusion

Yes roti is a healthier option but you need to realize that it is just a part of the meal and not the entire meal. Hence, the nutritional value of its accompaniments tends to be more important. For example, eating a roti topped with ghee is not as healthy as it is to eat a grilled chicken sandwich.

So if you are indulging in either roti or bread, keep in mind that the accompaniments of these two will define the ultimate nutritional value of your meal.

A new study recently revealed that ketogenic diets could slow aging.

Researchers went on to add that following a low-carb, high fat eating diet may actually prevent age-related conditions such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s and even cancer.

While such studies are open to debates and interpretations, dietician Jasleen Kaur, Founder of Just Diet, talks to this correspondent on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle by following the right kind of diet.

She adds, “People want to lose weight quickly these days by following a lot of low carbohydrate diet or a high protein diet these days.
I think fad diets are just a way to achieve a quick weight loss” she says, adding, “It doesn’t contribute to health gain. To avoid one food group completely and take one is not healthy.”

Kaur, on the other hand, stresses that one must follow a healthy lifestyle in which all food groups are included like lentils, vegetables, flatbreads etc. She further adds that physical activity for 30—40 minutes daily is of optimum importance.

She further adds:
-It appears to me that most of us live to eat. Do we always eat because we are really hungry?
-Most people eat, out of boredom or when they are stressed.
-Most people can’t wake up or when they open their eyes they need a cup of tea or coffee, frequent consumption of tea or coffee adds, further toxins to the body.
No tea or coffee empty stomach.
-No elimination of carbohydrates from the diet. Don’t be dependent on one food group and eliminate another from the diet that will lead to only weight loss, not health gain.
-Sleep pattern- to sleep and get up on time decides your work and eating habits in the whole day.

A new study now suggests that having chocolate cake early in the morning could actually be a really good way to start the day.

According to food trend expert Liz Moskow, chocolate could be the best addition to our mornings routines.

Speaking to The Sun, she said that there was a a study that recently came out from Syracuse University re-touting the benefits of dark chocolate, specifically on cognitive function – abstract reasoning, memory, focus.

She went on to add, “The thought was eating chocolate prepares you more for your workday, so what better day part to incorporate dark chocolate into your meal than breakfast?"

But it's not just productivity and alertness a morning chocolate indulgence could help.

Other studies claim that chocolates can help in weight loss by giving the bodies the much-needed hit of sugar while reducing the desire to consume more and more.

Researchers at Tel Aviv University who conducted similar studies would even go as far as to recommend we eat chocolate cake for breakfast.

The reason for this is that our metabolism in more active in the morning.

Moskow adds that by combining the inference from the two studies, once can predict that breakfast might start seeing brunch amuse-bouche chocolate cakes or brunch and breakfast restaurants incorporating a robust dessert menu.

Infertility is on the rise in modern India. In men, the quality of semen is the main reason of failing to impregnate the partner. Healthy life style is effective in improving the chances for conception and can also help in increasing the sperm count.

- Control the cholesterol: Couples with high cholesterol levels take longer to conceive. Couples or either of the partner with high cholesterol find it difficult to conceive as compared to other couples. Maybe high levels of total cholesterol and free cholesterol are associated with a significantly lower percentage of spermatozoa. So, get in those whole grain fibres, whole fruits and lean plant proteins into your daily diet and keep a check on your lipid profile.

- Opt for fruits and vegetables: Eating yellow and orange coloured fruits and vegetables had a profound effect on the health of the sperm. Yellow and orange colour in fruits and vegetables is because of “carotenoids” including beta carotene which is converted to Vitamin A in the body. It is one of the most potent antioxidants. Sweet potato and melon were found to improve both the quantity and quality of sperms while red vegetables particularly tomatoes, which contains lycopene, improved the quantity of abnormally shaped sperms by 8-10%. The hero here was the carrot which increased the motility of the sperm, improving its chance to reach the egg.

- Go easy on processed food: Processed and fast foods are both known to be detrimental to health. Men who consume healthy & natural diet which includes whole grains, legumes, fruits vegetables and healthy fats, have better sperm motility.

- Keep the weight in check: The fact has been proved that an obese male partner may mean a delayed conception. Obesity is also known to reduce the sperm concentration. Increased BMI is also associated with decreased levels of testosterone and an increase in oestrogens – causing low sperm counts and infertility. Eat healthy and exercise regularly to improve sperm quality.

Dr. Sonal Shendkar
Dr. Sonal Shendkar
MBBS, Dermatologist Medical Cosmetologist, 7 yrs, Pune
Dr. Nitin Desai
Dr. Nitin Desai
BAMS, Ayurveda Panchakarma, 22 yrs, Pune
Dr. Sagar Salunke
Dr. Sagar Salunke
MS/MD - Ayurveda, Ayurveda Panchakarma, 2 yrs, Pune
Dr. Suhas Sodal
Dr. Suhas Sodal
MBBS, Pediatrician, 8 yrs, Pune
Dr. Ajaykumar Kumawat
Dr. Ajaykumar Kumawat
BHMS, Family Physician, 14 yrs, Pune
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