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Blog Topic : Learn about SUGAR in Nutrition, its scope and effects on your health Chemically and in simple layman language sugar is basically simple form of carbohydrate. Sugar is basically compound known as Glucose. Its derived from various sources like sugarcane, milk, fruits etc. This blog discusses on SUGAR in Nutrition and its effects on our day to day eating habits and, not sugar commonly known as a disease and the ways of detection of medical condition due to imbalance in blood sugar levels. Sugar in blood is not a disease but, imbalance of sugar in blood can cause metabolic diseases. Why Sugar is important Nutrition..? The compound Sugar in our food is instant source of energy for body and the only simple form of fuel for our brain as Glucose and, an alternate source of energy for other organ systems and muscles. The brain needs glucose to burn and use it as single and only source of energy and, actually brain is a very sensitive and important organ which needs instant energy to keep it up and working. What happens in body systems when sugar is consumed in excess? Sugar is the trigger to most of the normal medical condition or metabolic diseases an adult faces in present times but sugar is indispensable when it comes to sweetening your drinks and desserts. When consumed outside limits of moderation it causes Glucose imbalance in body, commonly known as High blood sugar. We all know that packaged sugar is available in 2 marketed packs types - White and Brown . The White one is majorly used while Brown is a little more not as a usual / daily routine. If not administered in monitored proportions or high intake of dietary sugar is not only harmful for adults, but can pose severe threats to the health of a child and teenager as well. When consumed outside limits of moderation it causes Glucose imbalance in body. See below points on how sugar affects your body: 1. Sugar can lead to a fatty Liver: Fatty liver is a troubling issue faced by many across the globe. It is wrong to think only alcoholics are subjected to fatty liver health condition. People who exercise little and consume huge amounts of fructose are also exposed to the threat of this disease. When a person doesn't do enough to burn up the existing amount of glycogen in his or her liver and take in fructose repeatedly, the liver turns that fructose into fat and thus impairing ones liver capabilities to a great extent. 2. Sugar may make you resistant to Leptin: Leptin is a hormone released by your fat cells. The hormone is particularly necessary as it sends signals to your brain telling it you are full and won't be requiring any more food. Fat people have more number of fat cells and thus additional Leptin too. The Leptin becomes inactive due to the effects of high blood triglycerides and insulin, both of which counter its functioning. 3. Sugar is addictive and there lies the key to temptation: Sugar is enormously addictive. If you like sweetened products, you will find it hard to resist your cravings for cakes, cookies or chocolates. Sugar accelerates dopamine secretion; this hormone makes a person feel good. Dopamine is the hormone released on the consumption of drugs such as cocaine. Researches reveals sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine. 4. Calories in sugar are not balanced out with any mineral or vitamin: Because of its lack of nutrient value, sugar is said to have empty or free calories. Food items rich in sugar tend to make a person lethargic and slackened while depriving them of essential minerals and vitamins. It is therefore, best to not allow children to have pastries, chocolates or puddings in excess. 5. Sugar leads to extensive tooth decay: Sugar can accumulate on your teeth if you are having too many sweetened food items. This causes your teeth enamel to wear away, making it more prone to cavities and dental caries. 6. Regular excessive consumption of sugar can cause dehydration and is known for causing puffy eyes and dry skin: The dehydration of skin leads to formation of dark circles under your eyes and, if you try reduce your consumption of sugar by half it will help you in rejuvenating your skin. 7. Excessive sugar consumption has always been linked to inflammation of skin and as a result it causes rashes and redness on skin:Even the most basic form of dermatitis or skin infection is attributed to excess consumption of sugar, specially from sources such as sweetened carbonated beverages, etc. Also, processed foods should be completely removed from diet as they contain lots of sugar. The excessive consumption of sugar is known to cause imbalance in the body and results in the secretion of insulin hormone and IGF-1. It causes the sebum gland on your skin to become over productive and results in excess secretion of oil, which leads to clogging of pores and in turn aggravates acne. Reducing the intake of sugar will have a significant impact and will help in reducing acne. While sugar is known to cause many ailments of the skin, such as hyper pigmentation or discoloration of the skin, very few people know that it can also cause wrinkles on your skin. Sugar consumption can lead to a process known as glycation, which is the binding of protein with blood sugar, which then results in the formation of excessive collagen thus, making your skin brittle. Excessive consumption of sugar has been linked to inflammation of the skin mainly contributing to skin diseases such as psoriasis. When blood glucose level rises in the body due to excessive consumption of sugar, it disrupts the absorption or the flow of oxygen into the skin thus, reduces antioxidants and causes inflammation. Reduced intake of sugar will reduce the symptoms of psoriasis. What is a more natural form of sugar, White or Brown .? There are 2 forms of sugar available in marketed packs the WHITE and, the BROWN colour sugar. There is manufacturing difference between brown sugar and white sugar and lets try to understand here. The usual process of manufacturing sugar involves extracting the juice from sugar cane, which then is centrifuged to form finer granules. Unlike white sugar, brown sugar goes into some more steps in processing brown sugar to be blended with molasses. Blending with molasses enhances the natural constituency of the sugar, this minimal processing step that goes into making brown sugar enhances its nutritive value. Advantages of brown sugar over white sugar : As brown sugar is granulated sugar with molasses, so it contains greater amount of minerals and consequently is recommended over white sugar. Brown sugar has decent quantities of calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. Molasses, being a more natural constituent, so it scores over health benefits in comparison to white sugar. While white sugar includes synthetic flavors which may cause further damage to your health. As against this, brown sugar is slightly more beneficial. Compared to white sugar, brown sugar supplies a fairly reduced amount of calories. Brown sugar has more health enzymes than plain sugar. Healthy food habits one can take care in consumption of sugar : Sugary foods are temptation giving and are addictive ! The first thought that comes to your mind when you see a chocolate pastry or a strawberry cheesecake is an immediate urge to eat it. However, these foods are filled with excessive empty calories and unhealthy fats that do not contribute positively to your health in any manner whatsoever. Basically, you need to control those taste buds in order to remain healthy and moderation is the key to keep control over excessive consumption. As some examples here are some common foods that may be enjoyable but are surprisingly bad for you: 1. A chocolate cookie is something that you would love to eat anytime. These cookies are delicious to eat and thus, very difficult to stay away from. They contain calories in large amounts which are mainly from simple carbohydrates. They tend to raise your blood sugar immediately, thus leading to fat accumulation. 2. Ice creams are high in calorie content and fat. Most of the calories are from simple sugar and saturated fat that raise your risk of heart disease. Regular consumption of Ice creams increases body weight in no time. Some messages by World Health Organisation (WHO, International ) - - Reduced consumption of sugary drinks means lower intake of free sugars and calories overall, improved nutrition and fewer people suffering from overweight, obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. Free sugars refer to monosaccharides (such as glucose or fructose) and disaccharides (such as sucrose or table sugar) added to foods and drinks by the manufacturer, cook, or consumer, and sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices, and fruit juice concentrates. - Consumption of free sugars, including products like sugary drinks, is a major factor in the global increase of people suffering from obesity and diabetes, says Dr Douglas Bettcher, Director of WHO Department for the Prevention of NCDs. - Nutritionally, people dont need any sugar in their diet. WHO recommends that if people do consume free sugars, they keep their intake below 10% of their total energy needs, and reduce it to less than 5% for additional health benefits. This is equivalent to less than a single serving (at least 250 ml) of commonly consumed sugary drinks per day, says Dr Francesco Branca, Director of WHO Department of Nutrition for Health and Development. - According to the new WHO report, national dietary surveys indicate that drinks and foods high in free sugars can be a major source of unnecessary calories in peoples diets, particularly in the case of children, adolescents and young adults. * Source of information is WHO website
Why, What and How about proteins ? Get your all queries answered by Professional Dietician. In simple language and with many years of practicing experience I can say that protein in daily diet is important for all age groups, genders. A key take away message for all – our body i.e. skin, hair, nails, organs, muscles etc.. are all protein except the BONES. Realise and understand this fact to shape and plan your healthy plate or well balanced daily diet. Proteins gives support, maintenance and healing to several constantly going vital body processes, physiological processes, growth, repair and building body. To make it a point our body has a fuel tank fitted in it like a car, we can call this as Nutrition Tank. Lets discuss an example to make it easy - a car has a fuel tank fitted in it. Fuel quantity and quality is important factor to realize good performance and mileage by machine. Same way our body is fitted with Nutrition Tank, if you fuel it the right quality and quantity it performs well and, you realize an excited and energetic feeling being in Optimal Health State. But, with busy life schedule we hardly get anytime to fuel our body’s nutrition tank with good quality and quantity fuel or “Nutritious Diet” in this context. So our body becomes less energetic, feels less excited and starts ageing quickly. Its also not possible for everybody to eat right, eat hard. And, thus protein powders can help you in this situation to manage the gap. Marketplace is full of broad range of protein supplements or products and its difficult to select a few quality and affordable products to solve the purpose for lifetime. A Dietician help is prudent in understanding quality and basic requirements in selecting products to plan a long way in performing and affordable manner. Protein in diet is becoming more and more challenging for vegetarians and non vegetarians population considering availability of low quality and sick poultry or meat products available in market. Diet Planet has helped many with diet consultations and personalised diet plans for planning a nutritious well balanced daily diet and special diet for lactose intolerance in adults and children. Diet Planet's online clinic facility works well for all Indian style diet with worldwide reach. It helps saves your time and money travelling distances to consult an expert professional Dietician. While you also save yourself standing and waiting in queues. For face to face consultation meet at my diet clinic in gurgaon.
Sleep- an essential ingredient for a healthy mind body, beauty & soul !! “Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together “ - Thomas Dekkar Why do we sleep? Who taught us to sleep? How do babies know how to sleep the moment they land on Earth? Ever thought what would happen if no one would ever sleep on Earth? Did these questions ever puzzled your mind? Wonder why sleep is so important for all living beings? Right from their birth, all living beings are programmed for their survival. Thus, the newborns only know sucking(to fill their tiny tummies), breathing and excretion. Then what do they need sleep for? Researchers say that sleep is essential for processing and storage of all the important activities of the day, rejuvenation of mind, strengthening of muscles, growth and repair of body tissues etc. In short, apart from balanced diet and exercise, sleep is also a critical ingredient for a healthy and radiant beautiful body. Then why do we fight with our natural system by disturbing our daily routine? Perhaps, with our busy schedules and work, our priorities have changed but we all know that any disruption caused in our natural cycles forces our poor bodies to behave badly. Thus, in this 2 part series, we have tried to gather as much information as one needs to know to understand the relevance of sleep for a happy and “less stressful” day. While the first part of this blog post tells you- - The importance of sleep and the factors affecting it, and - The second part will round up the ways to kiss those sleepless nights goodbye! Why is sleep so important? Research shows that the sleeping hours of human beings vary depending on the age and individuals. Infants need approximately 17 hours of sleep which slowly reduces as they grow up. For an adult, ideal sleeping hours are considered to be 7-8 hours every night. Adequate sleep helps in good functioning of all vital functions of the body and help natural daily detox. It helps in improving our immunity and smooth functioning of our cognitive processes. It helps to refresh and restore body functions to counteract on from various illnesses and prevents from hazardous diseases like cardiac arrest, diabetes, blood pressure issues etc. Adequate sleep helps to stay fresh, healthy, alert, and conscious, more prompt, aware and active. It helps to restore memory, information and stabilizes all the crucial body systems like the nervous system, muscular system, skeleton system etc. It helps to reduce anxiety at a greater level. In a nutshell, a good night’s sleep recharges our brain and body, thus keeping us robust, and hearty and body cells bouncing with life and energy. What really is affecting people’s sleep these days? Even without having a real pathological sleep problem, a lot of people experience troubled sleep. What could be the reason? Experts say that there are a number of factors affecting our sleep that need not be the sleep disorders such as: 1. Diet: Yes, diet plays an important role in balancing the quantity and quality of sleep. One of the reviews in 2016 indicated that a high carbohydrate diet promoted shorter onset to sleep and longer duration of sleep than a high fat diet. It is advised to eat less carbohydrate and fatty food at the end of the day before going to bed. A well-balanced diet containing fresh fruits and vegetables, low fatty food, and a reasonable amount of carbohydrates may be a good option for individuals suffering from sleep deprivation. Also, sufficient gap between last meal of the day and hitting the bed also helps in getting a good quality sleep. A guidance under Proefssional Dietician can help you show the right path and way. 2. Late caffeine intake: Usually, if taken in the later part of the day, caffeine can keep you up till late. 3. Irregular sleep schedule: Ever heard of circadian rhythms or sleep/wake cycles? Studies suggest that if we wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day, then our body gets accustomed to the schedule and after a few days of practice, it starts shutting itself down automatically at the same time daily. So, if your sleep times vary significantly every day, then your body’s clock is really having a hard time adjusting and this may be a reason for a bad sleep quality. 4. Lack of activity: A lethargic day can definitely offer plenty of yawns but does not guarantee a good night’s sleep. Inactivity does not exhaust the body enough to need a nice shutdown. 5. Too much screen time: During ancient times, sleeping hours were decided depending on sunrise and sunset. The natural cycle of sleeping was set by natural light sources. Production of the hormone called Melatonin helps to fall asleep at night. This hormone gets activated by darkness and prepares the body for a good sleep. But today because of usage of artificial light sources at night viz. night lamps, iPads or tablets, mobile screens, computer screens etc., production of melatonin is suppressed and as a result, it affects the sleep pattern and leads to sleep deprivation. These days, we are so much under the spell of these gadgets and the apps they offer, that many people find it difficult to stay away from it even during nights. The habit of checking the notifications for emails/ messages keeps their mind engaged all night. This behavior eventually disturbs the natural bodily processes and leads to sleep deprivation, cognitive issues, headaches, dizziness, fatigue etc.. 6. Stress and anxiety: A big factor of sleeplessness is the inevitable stress that has taken a toll over our lives these days. Surely, can’t be completely cut-off but if tried, can be reduced to an extent. Troubled relationships on daily basis land up you in your brain and mind struggling to solve the quiz and being engaged all time in this constant stress and taking away the natural smile from your face. A session with professionally qualified psychologist, hypnotherapist or marriage councellor can help with it. 7. Uncomfortable bedding: Could be a reason of a disturbed sleep for some, especially for those with the “Princess and the Pea Syndrome”. Using the mattresses and pillows beyond their life expectancy makes them less friendly and sometimes hurting too. What are the common sleep disorders? If you think you are not getting a good night’s sleep even after doing everything correctly, then it is always advised to get checked by a medical professional or a sleep expert regarding any kind of sleep disorder. A combined effort with Dietician and Physchologist and Hypnotheraist will help more to give the healing touch. Some common sleep disorders are: • Dyssomnias: it is a broad category of sleep disorders involving difficulty falling or remaining asleep, due to which the person may experience excessive sleepiness throughout the day. This gives a feeling of being “less rested” and therefore decreases the performance. • Parasomnias: It is an umbrella term for all the abnormal things that can happen to people while they sleep like sleepwalking, sleep talking, sleep paralysis, nightmares, sleep related eating disorders, sleep aggression, sexsomnia etc. People tend to do physical movements during dreaming, thus injuring self or their bed partners. • Circadian rhythm sleep disorders: The inability to go to sleep and awaken at normal sleep times come under this category. Though, the quality of sleep is not affected. How your sleeping positions affect your body? The greeting of “Good Night” acts as multiplier to positivity and makes everybody look forward to a relaxing and really good sleep after the hectic day. Some researchers say that your sleeping positions can decide on your peaceful and healthy sleep. Few people may feel comfortable sleeping on their stomach or back while others may like to slumber on either side of their body. Sleeping on the back is considered to be the healthiest sleeping position. It gives proper positioning to all the vital organs of the body to function in a right way without putting much pressure on any specific organ while sleeping. Though it may be difficult for many people to sleep on back, they can always opt for sleeping sideways which is considered to be still better than sleeping on stomach. Sleeping sideways is an excellent option for the people suffering from snoring habit. It helps to keep air flow smooth through airways. Researchers suggest that people who feel comfortable sleeping sideways should consider sleeping on left side of their body. This position helps with good heart pumping and blood flow in the body. Sleeping on stomach is considered to be a bad pattern of sleeping as it disturbs the body posture especially spine. This position generally creates lower back pain to many people. Now, if you are convinced about the seriousness of a good night’s sleep and really want to justify those pyjamas and your comfy & cushy bed, click on the link below!! So, Folks take away message is "Refine your habits and sleep like a baby" !!! I hope you liked and learned from this Sleep series of blog, part-1. Stay tuned to watch out part -2 of this Sleep series of blog. We are happy to address any Qs you may have :) Contributing Authors :- Priyanka Khandelwal Professional Nutritionist/ Dietician Diet Planet - The Online Diet Clinic web: www.dietplanet.co.in Call & whats app: +91-9871658530 Charu Agarwal Consultant Psychologist & Clinical Hypnotherapist (California Hypnosis Institute, USA) Call & whats app: +91-9717193558 Pooja Kolambe Freelance Councellor, Educational Psychologist and, access bars practitioner Whats app - +91-8886347733
GOODNESS OF VIRGIN COCONUT OIL (VCO) What is VCO – VCO is soothing oil with natural aroma of coconut. It has the nutrient profile of medium chain fatty acids only. Interestingly, VCO is made from coconut milk, around 25 coconuts will yield 750- 1 liter of CVO…….. Wahoo….I never knew that. And, 1 coconut tree can produce up to 100 coconuts in a year. Now you can guess why VCO is costly compared to any normal branded Coconut Oil products available on shelf in market. Unrefined coconut oil is medium chain fatty acid (MCT) oil with innumerable health benefits. It’s one of the best oil to cook Indian cuisines as it can be used at high temperature without forming any toxins which create physiological stress in the cells of the body. SOME MAJOR BENEFITS  Major source of Lauric acid-Immune boosting power as good as mother’s milk  Trans free & Cholesterol free  One of the best massage oil for Kids and senior people. Good natural aroma.  Good for Skin , Hair and Beauty  Helps to reduce heart disease risk  Helps to reduce Obesity or Belly Fat- Acts on improving BMR (Basal metabolic rate) of the body as it has thermogenic and MCT properties  Protects skin from Bacterial Infections  Helps in treatment of Hypothyroidism  Helps in improving Sport Performance or Gym Workout Thus called as - “Mother of all Oils”  TIP OF THE DAY - In ½ cup of black coffee add ½ spoon of VCO to improve your fat loss or improve your performance at the gym or any sport - Just have 1 spoon of it empty stomach 1st thing in the morning for best of health, hair and skin. - Never reuse the oil used for frying. Priyanka Khandelwal’s Diet Planet – the Online Diet Clinic is just a Click away to help you!!! I like to be poked on my Clinic fb page  I am happy to help answer any Q’s you may have to lead a healthy lifestyle!!!
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