LIFESTYLE & LEISURE


It can be a simple stress-buster. Tanushree Kar explains Starting your day on a positive note is one of the most important things that you could do to make your life stress free. Most of us bounce out of bed, grab a cup of coffee or tea, steal a quick glance at the morning paper and scramble...

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Tea has many healthy properties. Tanushree Kar describes some of them Whether cutting chai or full cup – an average Indian consumes about five cups of tea per day; so it might be a good idea to talk about the health benefits of tea. Tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world after...

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It is an economical source of vegetable protein, complex carbohydrates, dietary fibre and vitamins, points out  Tanushree Kar Ever wondered why the labourer’s little son is healthier than the little rich kid who gorges on burgers and pizzas? Perhaps the answer lies in the diet of dal-chawal...

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Beware of the expanding midriff in your middle age, advises  Tanushree Kar If wrinkles and creaky joints were not bad enough, once you cross your 45th birthday, weight begins to accumulate around your waistline. No one is spared - even ectomorphs, the naturally skinny people who have spent...

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Go slow on using antibiotics for minor ailments, says Tanushree Kar. It might just help save your life some day when fighting a far more severe infection When the first life-saving antibiotic, penicillin, was introduced in the early 1940s amidst all the gloom of the Second World War, doctors...

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Mushrooming malls that dot the metros and other smaller cities, have shelves displaying all types of cookware. But often, tempting discounts make people buy cookware that is not always safe and sometimes even hazardous to health. To understand the benefits and risks of cookware materials, let us...

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When the little girl sang ‘somewhere over the rainbow’ in the classic MGM musical, The Wizard of Oz, she certainly wasn’t referring to food. However, filling your plate with wholesome natural foods that reflect the colours of a rainbow, not only makes a meal more appealing, but healthy too. Here...

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What’s common between turmeric, tuna, soybean and Mozart? They all boost your brain power, says Tanushee kar Alzheimer’s disease, the neuro-degenerative disorder characterised by dementia, hits most people between the ages of 60-80. The lowest incidence of the disease in the world is among...

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The benefits are more widespread reports Tanushree Kar, quoting recent studies Supplementing the diet with folic acid can cut a person’s risk of suffering a stroke by almost 20%; this is what a fresh look at cumulative published research suggests. Although doctors and health authorities have...

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New research finding on the minimum therapy needed for good asthma control is good news for patients finds Tanushee Kar Allergic respiratory disorder, particularly asthma, is unique in that it defies the general pattern of incidence of most diseases. The prevalence of asthma is the highest in...

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Four seeds are at the forefront of nutritional research, finds Tanushree Kar Perhaps no other creation of Nature embodies the concept of a time capsule as perfectly as the seed of a plant. Designed to perpetuate the plant species to which it belongs and packed with vital reserves of...

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The secret of strong bones lies in achieving a synergy between several nutrients, not just having calcium says Tanushree Kar With every major osteoporosis fracture, the risk of death doubles. Yet it is not taken seriously the world over”, says Professor John Eisman of the University of New...

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Aromatherapy, a term coined by the French chemist René-Maurice Gattefosse in the 1930s, involves plant extracts of select essential oils such as lavender, chamomile and tea tree. These are massaged into the skin, put in baths or inhaled. Although aromatherapy, in the past, has claimed to help...

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The well-known nutritionist, Anjali Mukherjee has emphasised the use of healthy fats The well-known nutritionist, Anjali Mukherjee has emphasised the use of healthy fats in her book Healing with Food where she says that since all oils and fats are made up of fatty acids, it is the individual...

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5 factors to focus on when your company has been acquired With all the euphoria in the country about the Birlas and Tatas acquiring companies abroad, it is difficult to ignore the fact that large corporates and their surrounding universe will continue to be consolidated through mergers and...

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Loss of sleep affects concentration, cognitive speed and precision, workingmemory, reaction time, reflexes, overall behaviour and emotions In Japan, the late 1980s -- a time of skyrocketing real estate and stock prices -- were years of the infamous baburu keiki or Bubble Climate of the Japanese...

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Gandhiji’s idea about nutrition are interesting but unknown In the 1940s, when India was neither poised nor rising, Mahatma Gandhi had written about the nation’s health with a focus on the common man. One is amazed by the depth of his knowledge about nutrition -- a diet which he recommended...

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Recovering from chemotherapy, multiple surgeries, including brain surgery, Lance Armstrong went on to win the most gruelling athletic event. It was all in his mind! Lance Armstrong is winner of professional cycling’s most gruelling race (a three-week, 3,000km run through the most arduous...

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It’s important to make sure your working environment is “back-friendly”. Here are some ideas Today’s office workers, whether at a call centre in Gurgaon or manning the new frontier in wired skyscrapers at Nariman Point, are learning the hard way about work-related health disorders. The press...

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A paradox lies at the heart of the so-called Mediterranean diet: people in the region sit down to long, convivial meals replete with rich meat or seafood with cheese, not to forget the liberal libations of olive oil and salads plus whole grain breads -- all washed down with copious quantities of...

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