December 30, 2011

5 Pointers for the Party

A lot of times you would have heard tips from your elders or ‘Health freaks’, when your standard response would have been a mental smirk – “Is this what they have come up with, after years of studying?” or “This is so basic – I know it without even reading up about it”. If you can relate to it, then you are the right person to read this article. 

Big Deal!
5 basic tips that would come handy for your new Year Bash! Well, this note might elicit a similar response, but wait – let me add a bit more credence to it – ALL of these pointers are results of various studies, and more so, each of them has a certain effect on you as well – spare a minute to read through – am sure you might pick up atleast a thing or two.

Imagine yourself to be the uber-confident guy whose response to 90% of the things told to him are “So What! Big Deal!” And you have two more people joining you – the Happy Watchman who does not really interfere too much in your life, but every time he passes by your side, he puts in one or two pieces of relevant friendly advice. And of course, walking right in front of you is also the gorgeous nutritionist, who, somehow never ages at all – our dear Aunt Nutrition, who supports your point with science!

Tip #1 - Don’t Keep Sitting All the time
Big Deal-Guy: Yes – that’s obvious, else I will become fat and a couch potato!
Happy Watchman - Sitting for long hours can make your bum bigger. As per a study (mentioned in TOI few days back), the pressure put on areas of the body ‘used for sitting’ produces upto 50% more fat in those parts! This impacts not only ones who have a sedentary behaviour, but even those with a healthy diet and exercise habits are prone to be affected, if they spend long hours behind a desk. More so, it also raises your risk of developing cancer. 
Researchers have found a strong connection between inactivity and unregulated cell growth, which could finally raise a person’s risk of developing breast and colon cancer. They have recommended that one should indulge in some activity for one-two minutes for every hour of sitting! There is about 25-30% reduction in risk with higher levels of physical activity.

Aunt Nutrition – When subject to prolonged periods of ‘mechanical stretching loads’, the preadipocyte cells – the precursors to fat cells – turn into fat cells and produce even more fat – leading to fat replacing muscles / tissue in the body. For the cancer risk, parameters such as indicators of cancer risk, including sex hormones, insulin resistance, inflammation and body fatness – show improvement in women taking brisk daily walks [Via]

Tip #2 – Whatever you Eat, Eat Slowly
Big Deal-Guy: “Yeah Yeah, else food will not be digested and I will get fatter, right? Big Deal!
Happy WatchmanIf you want to reduce your risk of developing diabetes later in life, eat slowly. Study shows that fast eaters have a higher chance of developing diabetes. 40% of Cancers are caused by Factors we can change, including how we eat!
Aunt Nutrition: Study done in Japan found that people who eat food quickly are twice as likely to develop impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), known as pre-diabetes. Some 40-50% of the cases that develop IGT develop Type 2 diabetes within 10 years [Pic]

Tip #3 – Stay hydrated
Big Deal-Guy: "What?? I am drinking Alcohol for hydration, and maybe, soda as well!"
Happy Watchman: Water makes up approximately 60 to 70 percent of the human body by weight, so all of us need to stay hydrated to keep our bodies running smoothly. Avoid dehydration, while having alcohol.
Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it makes you pee alot and drains your body of fluids. After a night of drinking too much......have a glass or 2 of water before bed. You will feel less dehydrated. And your kidneys will thank you.
Aunt Nutrition: Consumption of ethanol has a dehydrating effect by causing increased urine production (diuresis), which causes headaches, dry mouth, and  lethargy. This can be mitigated by drinking water before, during and after consumption of alcohol. [Pic]

Tip #4 – Don’t Consume High Calorie Food with Alcohol
Big Deal Guy: “Why? Because I’ll puke if I eat too much?”
Aunt Nutrition -  It is not Alcohol per se, which adds to your calories, but it is what you have along with Alcohol that matters. Your body processes alcohol first, before fat, protein, or carbs. Thus drinking slows down the burning of fat. This could account for the weight gain seen in some studies.What you eat is important—if you consume a lot of cheese or other high-calorie snacks while drinking, you’ll most likely gain weight. [Via Shapefit]

Tip #5 – Gossip, Dance and Have Some dark Chocolate
A study published few months back establishes a strong correlation between coronary heart disease and satisfaction levels in four life domains—job, family, sex life and self. And that stress and depression increase the risk of heart disease.

Happy Watchman- “Love a little” – It includes gossiping with friends every once in a while, watching a movie or play that makes you laugh, or even joining a laughter club. Also, include the occasional bite of dark chocolate, black tea or coffee, and even some wine, in your diet. In fact, Chocolate is good for your skin as well (Via)

Aunt Nutrition - “When we’re under stress, our body releases ‘fight or flight’ hormones called catecholamine which increase heart rate, blood pressure and blood glucose levels, and all these increase the risk of heart diseases,”.
Way out - There is a factor of gratification which is important in everyone’s life. This releases some endorphins which are cardio-protective. Activities that give gratification, like gossiping, laughing, watching a movie, etc, release ‘feel good’ hormones in our body, called endorphins, and these help quieten the apprehension surge in the body. This results in a surge in heart rate and a lowering of blood pressure.

Also, sex is good for the heart - Sex is anti-ageing. Making love is a way for couples to come together and connect.It’s a stress buster. In fact, touching each other and indulging in foreplay releases the same cardio-protective hormones, and couples who are intimate well into their 60s and 70s live longer and are more healthy [Via Live Mint]

These are few basic things that might help. The Happy Watchman went back to his work, and Aunt Nutrition is smiling at the Big Deal Guy, hoping that the “Big Deal” guy also took out something from this, except, of course, the last bit!

SCMM 2012 Goodie Bag

As the goodie bags for Standard Charted Mumbai Marathon 2012 are being filled, here is the first cut of the bag, just for our readers. With a range of brands participating in this oldest version of the marathon, the goodie bag surely seems to be packed with 'Health & Wellness' goodies. With the 'Go Green' theme this time, the green, and of course, the "Healthy World" logo - surely makes this one special! 
Goodie Bag for Standard Charted Mumbai Marathon, 2012
The details of the brands would be shared soon! Hope you like the goodie bag this time - and yes, Don't forget to flaunt it once you get it! :)

December 26, 2011

Tatva - Newsletter 3 - 23rd December 2011

In case you missed out on the last issue of Tatva, have a look. Healthy World had released its third Newsletter last Friday - Click here to read it and do share some honest feedback with us!

Thank you!

December 23, 2011

Fig-ure this out!

 If you thought that figs are just another fruit and have ‘some’ benefit, which is why the oldies recommend it, spare a minute to understand the ‘some’ of benefits.
Health benefits of figs can be attributed to the presence of minerals, vitamins and fibre in them. Figs contain vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2,calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, sodium,potassium and chlorine.
A snapshot - helps in prevention of hypertension, Lowers cholesterol, helps lose weight, prevents constipation, prevents cancer, reduces fatigue, increases brain power, treats anemia, strengthens bones, treats acne & pimples, helps treat respiratory disorders, prevents heart disease, is good for diabetic patients and even treats sexual weakness!

So these are 'some' benefits, right? Grab 1-3 pieces of figs in your daily diet and fig-ure it out yourself! :)

Here are the details of the benefits, for the knowledge seekers:
  • Prevent constipation: There are 5 grams of fiber per three-fig serving. So, it helps in healthy bowel function and prevents constipation.
  • Weight loss: The fiber in figs also helps to reduce weight and is recommended for obese people. Take care - figs also result in weight gain, especially when consumed with milk.
  • Lower cholesterol: Figs contain Pectin, a soluble fiber. When fiber goes through the digestive system, it mops up globes of cholesterol and carries them out of body.
  • Prevent coronary heart disease: Dried figs contain phenol, Omega-3 and Omega-6. These fatty acids reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Prevent colon cancer: The presence of fiber helps to mop up and usher out cancer causing substances.
  • Protection against post-menopausal breast cancer: Fiber content in figs give protection against breastcancer.
  • Good for diabetic patients: The American Diabetes Association recommends figs for a high fiber treat. Fig leaves reduce the amount of insulin needed by diabetic patients who have to take insulin injection. Fig is rich in Potassium. Potassium helps to control blood sugar. Fig leaves have anti-diabetic properties
  • Prevention of hypertension: People used to take more sodium in the form of salt. Low potassium and high sodium level may lead to hypertension. Figs are high in potassium but low in sodium. So, it helps to avoid hypertension.
  • Sexual weakness: Figs are known since ages for reducing sexual weakness. Soak 2-3 figs in milk overnight and eat them in the morning to enhance your sexual power. It also helps in gaining weight.
  • Strengthens bones: Figs are rich in Calcium and calcium helps to strengthen bones
  • Urinary calcium loss: People having high salt diet may be affected by increased urinary calcium loss. Potassium content in figs helps to avoid that.
  • Prevent macular degeneration: Vision loss in older people is due to macular degeneration. Fruits and figs generally are good for avoiding this condition.
  • Relief for throat: The high mucilage content in figs, helps to heal and protect sore throats.
  • Figs are quite useful in various respiratory disorders including whooping cough and asthma. Since they are also good for digestion, they help in treating constipation, indigestion, stomach ache, etc. Figs are also good for fever, earache, boils, abscesses, venereal diseases and is excellent for the liver. Fig is a highly alkaline food, therefore helps to regulate the pH of the body. Figs are rich in flavonoids and polyphenols. These are antioxidants, which prevent the damage caused by free radicals. Fig is known for its soothing and laxative properties. Figs are low in fat and sugar.
  • Because figs contain iron, they are useful in treating anemia
  • Mash about fresh figs and them on your face and leave for 10-15 minutes. This is useful for treating acne and pimples
  • It is said that eating figs can relieve fatigue and boost brain power too
Precaution: Taking too much fig can cause diarrhoea. Dried figs are high in sugar and might cause tooth decay.

In fact, according to the website (, even the leaves of the fig tree have their health benefits. “The leaves of the fig have repeatedly been shown to have antidiabetic properties and can actually reduce the amount of insulin needed by persons with diabetes who require insulin injections” (AnInsulin-Lowering Leaf in Diabetes)
[Source (primary), Picture, Fig Eating]

December 16, 2011

Tatva - Newsletter-2 16th Dec'11

Healthy World released its second Newsletter today - Click here to read it and do share some honest feedback with us!

Thank you!

December 15, 2011

Healthy World's Newsletter-1

Even though the blog was born AFTER the first newsletter was published, the elements remain the same nonetheless.

Here is the link of the newsletter

If the link does not open directly, please cut-paste the same in your browser, and it will show up! Technology sometimes eludes you!

We intend to get this newsletter up and running every Friday - hope to catch you there!

December 13, 2011

Tatva - the basic element

Yet another droning blog on health & wellness? Another set of sponsored suggestions and passive marketing? Well yes - a blog on Health & Wellness for sure - but hopefully, with a twist! And No - We are not going to recommend complex compounds or weird postures to you, promising good health. Nor are we going to scare you with complicated names of medicines that permeate within your stomach, and literally, re-engineer your system. And hopefully, we won't even recommend food for which you would have to close your nose and gulp down, for the sake of looking slimmer and prettier!
We believe in simple, practical solutions - even though all this might be relevant for you, we would rather stick to simplicity as our core strength, but, of course, avoiding the line of oversimplification.
So, breakdown your complex systems - and lets enjoy some basics. Welcome to Tatva - the basic elements that make you - YOU! Happy Reading!