Ishi Khosla

Ishi Khosla is a practicing clinical nutritionist, consultant, writer and columnist associated with The Indian Express.

She is a former senior nutritionist at Escorts. She heads the Centre of Dietary Counselling and also runs a health food store. She feels that for complete well-being, one should integrate physical, mental and spiritual health. According to her: “To be healthy should be the ultimate goal for all.”

Articles By Ishi Khosla

Diet diary: The many benefits of horse gram

Horse gram or kulath ki daal has been found to play a vital role in treatment of kidney stones

Diet diary: Mind your waist, not waste

Eating more than what you want just to finish can lead to added kilos with a huge price.

Diet diary: The sleep hormone

Melatonin is a hormone that controls the body’s circadian rhythm —an internal system that regulates sleep and wakefulness.

Diet diary: Traditional help against dengue

For dengue, it is suggested that the juice is extracted by crushing and sieving fresh papaya leaves. One leaf gives about one tablespoon of juice, which is quite bitter.

Be on guard for Celiac disease

Interestingly, while it was unknown in the older population some time ago, it is now known to be twice as likely to be diagnosed than the general population.

The role of collagen in our lives

Collagen hydrolysate is a hydrolyzed form of the protein and is also called gelatine. It has received increasing attention in the past decade.

Diet diary: Try these simple home remedies to fight the flu

There are some medicines to provide relief from symptoms, however, simple natural preparations in our own homes can help address minor complaints.

Diet diary: A seed of many uses

Traditionally, in many Asian, and African countries, black seed oil was used as a natural remedy for a wide range of diseases. Benefits documented include their use in headache, toothache, nasal congestion, and intestinal worms.

Diet diary: Hibiscus, the garden remedy

Other benefits of hibiscus include its antibiotic and antiviral properties believed to effective against influenza viruses, including the H5N1 virus that causes bird flu.

Diet diary: Grandma’s copper wisdom

Low copper consumption increases our risk of coronary heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, gout, anemia, nervous disorders, pigmentation defects, brittle bones and lung disease.

Diet diary: Choose your pot carefully

Cookware should be safe, convenient and durable. A variety of materials are used to make cookware today. The selection is usually dictated by cultures, cuisine and preferences.

Cold brew coffee: An adrenaline rush, without the heartburn

Caffeine increases the release of epinephrine (adrenaline), which stimulates the central nervous system, increases states of alertness and increases heartbeat.

Diet diary: Your favourite guacamole dip has quite a few health benefits

The average serving of an avocado provides a high-nutrient and photochemical (disease fighting) dense food consisting of fibre, magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Lutein, Zeaxanthin and phytosterols.

Diet diary: Functional foods and Japanese FOSHU — Foods For Specified Health Us

Japan's Ministry of Health and Welfare initiated a regulatory system to approve certain foods with documented health benefits. Thus, was born FOSHU — Foods For Specified Health Use.

Diet Diary: Grandmother’s potion, with Chirata, can treat a variety of health problems

Chirata, indigenous to the Himalayas, is a bitter tasting plant commonly used in traditional medical systems of our country. It is valued for treating a variety of health problems.

Diet diary: The curious case of declining immune function in athletes

Elite athletes have been found to be at risk of developing immune system-related disorders like auto-immune disorders, and gastrointestinal disturbances like bloating, cramping, nausea, and vomiting.

Diet diary: Why some proteins are hard to digest

Gliadin is water soluble while glutenin is insoluble and is responsible for the strength of the dough. It is glutenin which imparts adhesive plastic-like properties to flour. It is this wheat protein which binds the atta together.

Diet Diary: Medicinal value of plants

Even after the advent of modern medicine, plants remain the most important source of medical relief.

Diet diary: This summer, drink the right kind of beverages

It is not advisable to drink copious amounts of water or cold drinks along with meals as it has been shown to suppress gastric secretion and impair digestion. A plain glass of room temperature water or some green tea or soup are fine with meals.

Diet diary: Seeds of the Thai Holy Basil and their therapeutic benefits

Also known as sabjaa seeds, they are known to provide relief for indigestion, sore throat, constipation.