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.”
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.
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.
Even after the advent of modern medicine, plants remain the most important source of medical relief.
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.
Also known as sabjaa seeds, they are known to provide relief for indigestion, sore throat, constipation.
A protein found in plants, lectin may cause gastro-intestinal problems and food allergies.
According to a study published in The British Journal of Nutrition in 2006, pine nuts are beneficial for controlling blood lipids and coronary heart diseases
The organic and free-range foods advocated by the Omni diet are more expensive than regular foods. Most of the recommended recipes contain unusual and expensive ingredients. These can be easily replaced with fresh local substitutes.
The gluten-free diet still represents the best and safest treatment for people with Celiac disease. Once the diagnosis of Celiac disease or Non Celiac gluten sensitivity is established, the therapy is adherence to a gluten-free diet for life.
Gondh laddoos made from the edible gum of trees native to the Middle East, Iran, Iraq, Africa have long been used as medicine in Ayurveda
Gluten sensitivity is characterised by both intestinal and extra-intestinal symptoms with early onset after gluten ingestion, rapid relief after gluten withdrawal, and immediate relapse after gluten challenge.
Several major changes in food and dietary habits in the last century are the key contributors.
Foods rich in Vitamin A and beta carotene including dark greens such as coriander leaves, methi (fenugreek), kale, drumsticks, parsley, cabbage, lettuce, spinach and yellow orange vegetables such as carrots, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, apricots, avocados and mango, butter, egg yolk, cheese and fish liver oils.
A food diary will show you whether you include all the food groups in adequate amounts, the variety of foods you consume, the amount of sugar and undesirable foods, and the frequency of intake.
Not many would know that asafoetida has a long history of use in Europe, it is also a major component in many Ayurvedic medicines.
Over-consumption of alcohol can have serious effects on an individual’s health and contributes to huge economic impact on society as a whole.
The word diet comes from the Greek word ‘Diaita/dieta’, which means a ‘way of life’.
Dining out can be a pleasant way to spend time with friends and family. With a little effort, eating out will not burden you with extra calories and can be a joyful experience.
At this time, there are not enough studies to determine right doses and safety levels. Until then, it is prudent to follow the principle of common sense, drawing from our ancient traditional practices.
It is suggested that glyphosate, the active ingredient in a herbicide, is the most important causal factor in this problem. Glyphosate is applied to the leaves of plants to kill both broadleaf plants and grasses.
Eating lots of berries is another unique aspect of the Nordic diet that may account for some of its health benefits. Studies have reported that the Nordic diet lowers blood pressure and improves insulin sensitivity.
It’s time to revise traditional wisdom and restore these forgotten grains into their rightful places in our diets.
Drinking matcha tea is actually the consumption of whole tea leaf as it is ground into a fine powder, giving the person drinking it 100 per cent nutrients of the leaf.
Non-anaemic iron deficiency was suggested as a causative factor for diffuse hair loss in women in 1963. Since then, numerous studies have evaluated the associations between decreased iron and hair loss.
Eating less has been found to be critical and seems to be the centrepiece of longevity.