What vegetarians can do to prevent vitamin B12 deficiency

If you’re a vegetarian, you may need to check your Vitamin B12 levels…

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image courtesy: oldwayspt.org

Last year, when I was working for an energy-water MNC, my body clock and food habits took a toll on my B12 levels. I had to get up early morning, brew my cup of coffee, sip it along with a slice of bread and drive to my workplace. I had to spend the entire day in the office which was completely air conditioned with absolutely no way of getting sunlight. During winters, it became such a pain that I developed a neck sprain that turned into a serious B12 deficiency-related bone-joint issue. When I went to a nearby neck & spine clinic, the doctor suggested a blood test and bang! My B12 levels had reduced to less than 70 which are considered “alarming”.  Yes, I am predominantly vegetarian and the doctor asked me to go for a diet rich in B12 along with 6 Vitamin B12 shots! Continue reading

Going organic? Here’s how to go homegrown

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image courtesy: gastronomicgardener.com

How do you deal with health during the times of resources depletion and global climate change? While battling to ban Monsanto and harmful chemicals in our processed foods, how can we look after our health priorities?

By eating sustainably.

There’s an undeniable connection between what we eat and how our health is. The famous saying, “you are what you eat” holds the code to change our eating habits in times of global resources crisis. If you’re already health conscious about eating, you may already be buying what’s labelled as “organic”. But ever wondered why these organic foods are even more expensive than the regular mass-produced food? Because, somewhere in the supply chain, it is NOT sustainable enough. The prices are higher because of the higher costs involved in production of such food. I am not denying their organic nature but the higher prices are worth giving a thought since it all comes in “packs” from your organic food retail store. Continue reading

Your quick-fix guide to insect bites

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With the rains knocking on our doors, insects of all kinds are waiting for their day in the sun. Damp weather is perfect for insects to make hay (read: bite/ sting). The good news is that most insects are pretty harmless and nothing much will happen in the event of a sting or a bite. Generally, insect bites will heal on their own and a visit to the doctor is not necessary. However, some stings and bites will cause problems. This can be quite annoying and, often, painful if you are travelling or are vacationing somewhere.

If you have been stung or bitten, especially by a bee, move away from the area immediately. Bees alert other bees, and you may get stung again.

Whenever you make a painful tryst with an insect, don’t lose your cool. Remaining still and calm is good because if you move the venom will also move through your blood stream.

If you have been stung by a bee or a wasp or a red ant and other insects with stingers, check the area you have been bitten. If the stinger is still in the skin, remove it. If you can’t get hold of it, use tweezers. Do it as quickly as possible. Continue reading

Medical procedure ahead? Here’s all types of pain, with intensities and pain scale

If you fear physical pain of a medical procedure, this blogpost tells types of pain and how to deal with it…
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This will resonate with you. Especially if you have to go to a dentist. Yes, we are talking about pain. It is the reason why we put up with pain to not see a dentist or undergo any other procedure that is painful. The problem, however, is that once you put off pain, it comes back to bite you on your backside even more virulently.

The bad news first: There will be pain in many medical procedures.

The good news: Medical science is continually evolving. A visit to the dentist today is much more painless, quick and efficient than it was a decade ago .

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Chubby is not ‘cute’: Why Indian city kids are getting fatter and what we can do

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image courtesy: http://www.topnews.in

Obesity in children has become this ugly fact disguised as a cute trait among Indian families. It is defined as a 20% excess of calculated ideal weight for age, sex and height of a child. Obesity is visible when there is an excess of accumulated fat in the subcutaneous tissue (below the skin) and other parts of body. A study in 2010 found over 42 million overweight children below the age of 5, globally. A staggering 35 million of them are from urban areas of developing countries. What this means for school children across the globe: as good as 10% of them (between 5 and 17 years) are obese.

Obesity in India

Considering the traditional Indian diet was supposed to be balanced and nutritious, the situation in India has gotten even worse. Nearly 15-20% of children in India are obese and about 30% more are on the edge and are likely to fall into the obese category.

About 10% to 30% adolescents are obese in India. The most dangerous concern, according to this study, is that as many as 60% to 70% of these will remain overweight / obese even in their adulthood. If obesity runs into adulthood, it may result in diabetes and other cardiovascular issues. Continue reading