An ex-smoker shares his journey of quitting smoking. I have quit smoking for the last 24 days. Now, the nicotine cravings are slowly wavering off but all that resistance has taken a toll on me. I am in a constant state of unease. Watching movies, listening to music, eating food - all seem empty and joyless. Sometimes, I feel that it's because of quitting smoking and want to return my world, …
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Cowpeas, known as chawli in hindi belongs to the family of legumes. Commonly called black eyed peas, cowpeas are one of the very few legumes that are consumed by most Indians. In addition to being rich in taste and flavour, cow peas are also loaded with a variety of nutrients that are essential for normal functioning of the body. Here are 6 reasons why cowpeas score high on the taste and health …
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Limit your sugar-sweetened beverage intake if you are a teenager. An alarming study shows that daily consumption of beverages can impair your ability to learn and remember. Most of the beverages are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup or sucrose. In experiments over rats, researchers found that adult rats who consumed the sugar-sweetened beverages for one month performed normally in tests of …
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Constipation is a problem that many suffer from but ignore or avoid discussing. Constipation can cause considerable discomfort, but what's great is that small dietary changes are enough to treat the problem. If you have been struggling to pass stools every morning, the one change that you must make is to add some green leafy vegetables to your diet. Leafy vegetables like spinach (palak), …
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Hi, I am 52 year old male. I have a family history of high BP. Is there any way I can confirm if I have also developed hypertension? Having a family history of high BP is a risk factor for developing hypertension, so you definitely have a greater chance of developing it. Unfortunately, hypertension is a silent killer and mostly does not have any symptoms. However, a few people may develop …
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Do you eat soy products daily? Do not exclude them from your diet, especially if you are a woman, for a healthy heart. The key, however, is to begin eating soy early in life. According to new research, lifelong soy consumption, similar to the diet of women in Asia, produces the least atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries). Switching to a Western diet after menopause, similar to …
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The kidneys produce urine, which is carried through tubes called the ureters into the urinary bladder; from there it is eliminated through the urethra. An infection in the urinary tract is generally seen in the urethra or the bladder which comprises the lower urinary system. However, if this infection is not treated appropriately, it may lead to the condition called pyelonephritis that involves …
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Acidity, heartburn and reflux are signs of poor lifestyle choices and unhealthy dietary habits, so the best way to treat them is by making changes to both your lifestyle and diet. Here are some useful tips that you can try. 1. Avoid eating foods that trigger acidity: Fried, spicy foods like burgers, fries and chips may taste heavenly, but they are the main culprits behind your frequent bouts of …
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The Ebola virus is spreading like wildfire across West Africa, and its newest victim is the doctor who was leading the fight against the disease. In a sad and shocking blow to the entire movement to halt the virus' spread, Dr Sheik Umar Khan died on Tuesday. Credited with treating over 100 patients, Sheik Umar Khan, is one of the casualties amongst the many healthcare workers who have succumbed …
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The Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Maharashtra, today signed a MoU with the Jamshedji Tata Trust and UNICEF to launch a pilot community project to provide timely and quality care for severely malnourished children in the tribal district of Nandurbar, considered the most vulnerable in the state with respect to child health. The project is the outcome of the five-point …
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Lettuce is a common ingredient in salads, sandwiches and burgers that adds greatly to the taste of these foods. This vegetable is quite famous and is one of most widely used raw vegetables because of its myriad health benefits. This green leafy vegetable scores high on taste, nutrition as well as its health quotient. Here are the top six reasons to include lettuce in your diet regime - It …
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Researchers have identified the mechanism in the brain that is key to sensing glucose levels in the blood, linking it to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It could lead to new treatment and even prevention of diabetes. 'We have discovered that the prolyl endopeptidase enzyme -- located in a part of the hypothalamus known as the ventromedial nucleus -- sets a series of steps in motion that control …
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Following a healthy lifestyle may lower childhood cancer survivors' risk of developing the metabolic syndrome, says a study. Adults who had cancer as children are known to be at increased risk for the metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that increases the likelihood of developing heart disease and other health problems such as diabetes and stroke. People with the metabolic syndrome have …
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Two beneficial variants of a gene controlling red blood cells development have spread from Africa into nearly all human populations across the globe, a study reveals. While studying patients of African and South Asian descent, researchers at King's College London noticed that two genetic variants controlling the red blood cell regulator gene are of similar genetic structure not only in them but …
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