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It's Halloween... a good time for some healthy pumpkin
It’s Halloween…the first day of a three-day observance of Allhallowtide; the second day being All Saints Day followed by All Souls day. So before you plan your costume parties, go trick-or-treating, or decide how to spook your friends, you have to carve jack o’lanterns from huge orange pumpkins. What better day then, to write about this nutrient-dense vegetable/fruit which is a veritable power-house of vitamins and minerals….and not just a Halloween decoration, or a pie filling for Thanksgiving.

Health benefits of Pumpkin
They contain good amounts of potassium which stabilizes blood pressure. In fact the daily consumption of this vegetable will bring down both systolic as well as diastolic blood pressure in just 12 weeks.Increased potassium intake is also associated with a reduced risk of stroke, protection against loss  of muscle mass, preservation of bone mineral density, and reduction in the formation of kidney stones.They con…
'chEATING OUT' this Diwali
Having cardiac disease, diabetes or trying to lose weight is hard enough. Trying to manage your cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels or weight during the festival season is sometimes harder. My patients often ask if they can have 'cheat days' when they can consume, albeit in moderation, one of their favourite foods. Something they can tuck into without it doing much harm to their cholesterol or blood sugar levels...or to their body fat percentage. It is indeed very hard for them when there is a special occasion and there is yummy but unhealthy food everywhere...and they can only eat the salad options. I tell them to indulge in moderation and then consume an additional amount of their spice mix. They have to remember that this does not give them 'carte blanche' to over indulge all the time. If you are not on the spice mix, have a tsp of cinnamon and fenugreek seed powder, increase your exercise activity and carefully monitor your bloo…
20th October 2016- World Osteoporosis Day
The word "osteoporosis" means porous bones. When this occurs, the bones become so weak and brittle that even mild stresses like bending over to pick up a wallet, pushing a grocery cart in a food mall, or coughing, can cause a fracture.

Our bone strength is related to its mass or density due to minerals like calcium, phosphorus etc present in it. In osteoporosis, bone strength decreases as calcium, phosphorus and other minerals get depleted. Bone strength depends on an adequate supply of dietary calcium. Estrogen plays an important role in bone health by promoting bone growth.

Risk factors:

- Sex - fractures from osteoporosis are more common in women than in men.
- Age - the older the individual, the higher the risk for osteoporosis.
- Family history - having a close female relative with osteoporosis may increase ones risk.
- Small body frame - generally, the smaller the body frame, the thinner the bone.
- Lifestyle - smoking, consumption of …
12th October2016- World Arthritis Day
The theme for this year’s World Arthritis Day is ‘The future is in your hands, take action’.  We must encourage arthritic patients to take action daily and to live their life to the fullest, in the healthiest way that they possibly can.

Living with rheumatoid arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases is not easy and can be physically and mentally crippling. The symptoms of arthritis include pain and limited function of joints. Arthritic joint inflammation causes joint stiffness, swelling, tenderness, redness and warmth in the affected area.

Regular exercise with the help of a physiotherapist, a healthy diet and the strong support of a family/friend group will go a long way in helping the patient enjoy a good quality of life and have better self-worth.

Improved medications now ensure that there is no longer as much joint damage, especially to the hands…something that would previously alert everyone that a person had arthritis. However, everyday task…
Pumpkin Seeds
Back in the day, the rich would use slivers of pistachio as a garnish for mithai while the poor would have to make do with pumpkin seeds.

These flat green seeds are one of nature’s most nourishing foods. Here is why :

- They contain high amounts of vitamin E, B-complex, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. - Pumpkin seeds promote overall prostate health and alleviate difficult urination associated with an      enlarged prostate gland. - They are an excellent source of tryptophan, the amino acid which is needed for good quality sleep  and for keeping anxiety and depression at bay. - The B-complex vitamins in pumpkin seeds work as co-factors in the body to help reduce cholesterol  and enhance GABA activity which is also known to reduce anxiety and neurological disorders. - Pumpkin seeds also contain anti-inflammatory properties which provide benefit for those that suffer  with chronic inflammation such as in sinusitis, arthritis, bursitis, and other autoimmune disorders. - Pu…