Gur is so Good

Gur, popularly known as jaggery, is a powerhouse of nutritional goodness. Most Indians can relate to the elders in their house finishing off a meal with a piece of this sweet. Jaggery is essentially unrefined sugar obtained from raw and concentrated sugarcane juice. It can also be made form the sap of coconut and date palm. It has more minerals and vitamins as compared to t...
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The Ball is in Your Court

The exercise ball, often called Stability ball or the Swiss ball, is an excellent workout aid, for young and old alike. It is a great tool to build stability and balance, to tone up large muscles , as well as for recuperating from an injury. Moreover, working out on a stability ball doesn't feel like workout at all! Simply sitting on the ball reminds the body to constantly ...
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Stress, Cortisol and Testosterone – demystifying the relationship

Stress is bad for health. Who doesn't know that? But how exactly does is take a toll on our health? Stress leads people to overeat, indulge in smoking, drinking and other harmful habits, promotes diseases and be chronically fatigued. But on a cellular level, there is much more to understand about stress.Stress is our instinctive response to a fight-or-flight situation. ...
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Your body – To Love or Not to Love?

My husband and I are both quite health conscious, but our outlook on what constitutes good health differs quite a bit. While he is a perfectionist and is super critical of even the smallest of flaws in his own body as well as of others, I am a lot more accepting of different shapes and sizes, as long as they are fit. To him, fitness means low body fat percentage, taut abs, ...
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Why maintaining a healthy body and mind is an important social responsibility

 Of all the things in the world, every person fears one thing the most - death.  Every day when we get up, we have a full list of things to accomplish in the day. Some get done, many don't. Indeed, we always have many things on our present and future lists to tick off. Somehow, this busyness and need to do many things carries over from one day to the other and the ...
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Don’t Weight Up. It could give you a Headache!

There are plenty of studies published on WebMD and other medical sites online that highlight the relation between obesity and frequent headaches among children and adults alike. While I couldn't get my hands on to a study that provided a cause-and-effect relation between the two, there is no doubt that obese people are more likely to have episodic migraines and are at a ris...
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Why bother leaving the house?

Isn’t it a marvellous age that we live in? Ready access to information, technology and consumer- friendly services have truly made our worlds spin around us. One could spend a complete day (or even weeks or months) without as much as needing to step out of the house. You can work from home, order food at home, exercise at home by putting on a work-out video, get a massage a...
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Changing your lifestyle – When dreams clash with reality

At some point in our lives, we have all wished for better circumstances – a better paycheque, a better body, a better relationship, a better lifestyle, or generally a better life-state. However, when it comes to doing something about it, often we feel incapable of taking steps in the direction of any improvement. The biggest reason that stops or demotivates us is the varied...
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The temple we have forgotten to pay homage to

Human body – a marvellous construction that can sustain itself and heal itself, one which runs non-stop for the lifetime of a human being. It signals itself for whatever it wants, and also rewards itself with good health when it gets it. Using the powers of human mind, the body has the ability to create wonderful, never-seen before marvels many times bigger than it’s own si...
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The reason why I became a health freak

I have struggled with weight issues for over 15 years now. That amounts to half my time spent on this planet! As a child, owing to my excess weight, I dealt with health issues, self-image issues, fat-shaming, fad-diets and torturous gym routines over many years. It isn't easy for a high-schooler in India (or rather anywhere) to have a successful teen-age with the pressure o...
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