Month: January 2017

DII : How Diet Can Prevent Cancer & Cardiovascular Diseases

I spoke to Dr.James Hébert & Dr. Nitin Shivappa to understand how Diet can prevent many inflammatory diseases like Cancer, Cardiovascular diseases. Reducing inflammation can reduce the risk of these diseases and diet plays an important role in controlling the inflammation. Diabetes, Cancer & Cardiovascular diseases have caused many deaths and these conditions affect majority of the population throughout the world and 50% of the US population is affected by these diseases.

How is Food Related to Inflammation?

There are foods that increases inflammation like Meat, Full fat dairy products- called as Pro- Inflammatory Foods, and there are foods that decreases inflammation called Anti Inflammatory Foods like fruits & vegetables, whole grain chapatis, Indian spices like Garam Masala, Cardamom, Turmeric and also Ginger, Garlic & Onions. Fruits and vegetables are so colorful & flavorful, rich in micronutrients-improving the body functionality.Eat them More!! 

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is the process by which the white blood cells in our body protect us from infection from bacteria and viruses. They initiate the process of tissue repair.

Inflammation is basically a response by the body to an injury.

Developing Right Eating Habits

Diet is the most determinant factor in inflammation and now a days it is very common to use a 20 year old suffering from diabetes or a person at 30-40 year old has difficulty in walking. Food is the fuel for us. We must eat right foods that helps in improving the functioning our body. We should love our body and focus on its development but in real sense, we are deteriorating our body. It is so sad.

Dr. James Hébert developed a tool to measure our diet, called Dietary Inflammatory Index Score (DII Score). DII Score measures our intake for pro inflammatory & anti inflammatory diet intake.  A low DII Score means a healthy diet and a high DII Score means the risk of occurence of inflammatory disease is increased.

From Left to Right,
Dr. Nitin Shivappa – Principal Investigatory
Dr. James Hérbert – Inventor of DII

It is important that we must start working on improving our body functionality and stay away from the life endagering diseases like cancer.

Inflammatory diseases are directly proportional to your BMI (Body Mass Index). Check your BMI here.We know how obesity is related to diabetes? We will not need any big hospitals or expensive medicines to cure our disease, just a little modification in our diet- thats all. Our ancestors didn’t suffer from such diseases because they ate food that is right for the body, but we focus on whats right for our taste.

Choosing Right Food

The refined grains are void of the minerals & vitamins present in the husk of the grains-avoid them, adopt having whole grains. Whole grains are rich in vitamins & minerals, nutritionally rich.

The masala Chai is full of flavors and anti inflammatory components which is best for our body. We do observe how a Masala Chai takes away our cold with its magical one cup serve.

Always prefer food that are naturally colorful and flavorful and consume spices, as they contain bioactive components that keeps the DII score negative, which is good.

White colored foods contain no pigments and are usually odorless and are calorifically high. Most of the sweets are white in color- containing no flavor, they are just sweet.

We have a wide range of products with a lot of flavor variants-flavors apart from giving charateristic taste & odor, contains compounds in minimal quantity that are beneficial to body, for example, Strawberry flavors contains flavoinds that will bring our DII Score down. Always pick a low fat strawberry flavored yogurt for extra benefits 🙂

We do observe in our Indian homes, how our mothers & grandmothers can heal our infections, fever, cold, body pains through foods either by consumption or topical applications.

Know your DII Score

An easy way to calculate DII Score is through an app DII Screener app available on IOS & Androidwhich is available to download for free. We can compute our DII Score. Connecting Health Innovation (CHI) designed it to introduce people about their intervention so that people can compute their score on their own. You can also fill out  Frequency Questionnaire- where you can give them your diet data and they will compute your DII, which is more accurate than screener based one called DII on Demand . The doctors will also tell how can you reduce your DII Score and what you should eat to reduce the Score…This is a paid subscription, as it is right said Prevention is Better than Cure.Know your DII score, take the Doctors help to keep the diseases away.

For more help or information on dietary inflammation, connect to www.chi-llc.net and www.imaginehealthy.org

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Understanding Alopecia : Hair fall or Hair Thinning

Overviewing Alopecia

Alopecia is a reversible disease; and an uncertain spot baldness, where hair falls out, leaving a circular smooth hairless patch. It is an autoimmune disease where the cells attack the hair follicle causing thinning of hair with or without noticeable patches of baldness. In some cases, the baldness may occur all over the body – beard, underarms, hands, legs and near genital areas. The hair lost may grow back in a few months, or remain permanent.

Loss of eye lashes

                  Alopecia is not a life-threatening disease; but is emotionally and physically effecting the lives of plenty.

There may be loss of eye lashes and nose hair too – which allows the dust and foreign particle to enter inside them. The bald area should always be covered to protect it from the sun exposure, dust, and foreign matter. Always wear a cap/glares to protect the bald scalp and missing eyelashes. Keep your nose moisturised with an ointment to prevent the growth of microorganisms.

Seek counselling if you are emotionally depressed.


Now, what to do?

When you have noticed the baldness or excessive hair loss and hair thinning which implied baldness, immediately visit your doctor.

  1. He will examine the hair carefully under microscope.
  2. Doctor may perform Scalp Biopsy by removing a tiny piece of skin to understand the condition. It may be infected by fungal – tinia capitis.
  3. A blood test will also be done to examine for the presence of abnormal antibodies and thyroid gland conditions

What Causes Alopecia:

  1. The white blood cells may attack the hair follicles, causing them to shrink, and slow down the hair growth. The shrink hair usually falls down and causing temporary baldness patch.
  2. 1 in 5 people has a family member who must have suffered from Alopecia. Genes maybe responsible for this.
  3. Virus or bacteria attack in the persons environment – The research is still going on.
  4. Pitted nails – Having small dents in finger nails and toe nails.
  5. Suffering from an autoimmune disease – Diabetes I type, Thyroid, Arthritis
  6. Extensive hair loss.
  7. Stress aggravates the problem. Stay cool 🙂

Treatment:

  1. Injection of corticosteroids into the scalp or skin. Corticosteriods are hormones that promotes hair growth. They can be taken orally or the cream can be used for topical applications.
  2. Minoxidil (Rogaine) is the only FDA drug that has been approved to treat female pattern baldness. Apply topically on the scalp for hair growth.
  3. Anthralin is an ointment that helps hair grow again. Apply the ointment on the scalp for some time and rinse it.
  4. Eat more anti-inflammatory foods such as whole grains, fruits, garlic and onions, vegetables, extra virgin oil.

Don’t Worry: The stem cells, responsible for supplying the new cells to the follicle, are not targeted;  the hair might grow back!!

 

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Crash Diet : Don’t Go Bonkers

Many girls starve themselves to loose weight, without realizing the harmful effects it may have on their own body. For permanent changes in the body, do not go a ‘diet’. Crash diet restricts calorie intake & is extreme in its nutritional deprivations, which implies a lack of concern for proper nutrition.A lot of people eat as little as they can, for the name sake to reduce weight. Who are you trying to cheat girls? It is your body, which requires unconditional love for your own self. It is tough in the beginning but very gorgeous at the end, never forget that 🙂

Weight is just a number, how you feel about your body is important. What is the point if you weigh 45 kgs and feel lethargic ??

What is the Alternate Solution?

Work out; don’t like exercising, okay! Focus on your food habits and your lifestyle. Modify the lifestyle, make it a healthy one and commit yourself to a better well being.  Food is just not carbohydrates, proteins and fats, there is more to it!!

80% of the body weight depends on the food habits we inculcate.

You must re-learn the food habits:

  1. Eat regularly every 2-3 hours, yes, you must eat to lose weight.

    Wondering what to have 2-3 hours? Nature has a lot to offer us !!

  2. The digestive system is the most active during morning hours; 7am-10am. Never skip your breakfast!
  3. The digestive system is the least active during evening hours; have your dinner not later than 8pm. So, do not pump in food and snacks in the night. Have it in the day time instead.
  4. Eat within your threshold, i.e eat how much your body can digest– the best way to do is to be attentive while you eat.
  5. Fruits must be eaten whole, instead of cutting it or juicing it. Cutting fruits into pieces, increases the surface area of the fruit, hence, increased losses of nutrient. The antioxidants present in the fruit must be oxidised inside the human body and not outside- in the juicer !

                                   Have fruits within 10 mins after you wake up!

  6. All low-fat and sugar free foods when eaten in excess, can harm the body.
  7. Every body is different and copying others diet plan/regime is a no-no.
  8. Stress can make you fat ! Nobody has ever figured about what is life all about, so keep the stress levels in control. Stress releases hormone;cortisol, which lowers the metabolic rate, thus preventing fat burning and converts food to fat. When you are stressed, the body doesn’t secrete any digestive juices so nothing gets digested and absorbed. So, while eating, keep all your senses focused on only one thing: FOOD
  9. Regularly eat foods that are local; Idli in Hyderabad, Chole in Delhi & Pizza in Italy. It is better to digest & assimilate owing to its agricultural regions.
  10. Don’t count calories, count the nutrients !

                                                     Nutrients>Calories

 

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The Magical Yogurt

Yogurt, the most wonderful dairy product

Yogurt contains beneficial bacteria that improves the digestive system of a human body. It, has now occupied most of the shelf space in the dairy aisle of any supermarket, no wonder how thankful we are to the various flavors a yogurt can offer.

What do we get from Yogurt?

Yogurt is known to improve the gut bacteria, hence it is labelled as a Prebiotic Food, which improves digestive system which includes relieve from Diarrhoea, Constipation, bowel diseases.

So, for all of you who suffer from Lactose Intolerance, yogurt is the solution to this problem.

  1. Woman suffering with diabetes, also suffer from Vaginal Infections. Having yogurt helps fighting against yeast infection which improves woman’s health. Eating yogurt decreases your pH levels of vagina. The normal ph level of vagina is 4, while the infected pH levels may go upto 6.
  2. All dairy products provide calcium. It also benefits you from Osteoporosis. Calcium and Vitamin D are closely associated. The Vitamin D content is sufficiently high in yogurt meeting your daily requirements of this Vitamin.
  3. The product keeps your menstrual cramps at bay.
  4. Top it with Flax seeds, which means you can improve your intake of fibres and omega-3-fatty acids.

Omega-3-fatty acids, improves our brain functioning, improves our immunity, reduces hair fall and curbs joint pain. Omega -3-fatty acids helps you if you are going through depression or frequent uncontrollable mood swings.

Yogurt topped with fruits and dry fruits, top yours with flax seeds

With dairy companies providing a wide range of yogurts, be ready to pick one according to your choice.

  1. Low Fat or Full Fat; you can always check the nutritional table on the pack
  2. Vitamin D enriched yogurts are available. It is for you if are suffering from joint pains/bone related issues.
  3. Cholesterol content of the product has to be checked.

My Choice Always: Danone !!

 

 

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