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6 breakfast cereals healthier than others

Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Saturday, March 9, 2013 0 comments

Did you know that even a bowlful of 'healthy'breakfast cereals could add to your calorie count?

Doctors, for sometime now, have debated on the permissible level of sugar in breakfast cereals, especially of the coloured and sugar-frosted varieties. While it is advisable to check the nutrition value of the breakfast cereal before buying it, one should also consciously make healthier lifestyle choices by having all cereals with skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, and avoiding to add extra sugar among others, but if you still like a bit of sweetness in your breakfast substitute white sugar with fruits (even dry fruits) like banana, dates, raisins, or any citrus fruit. A wholesome breakfast it would make for, while staving off your urge for midday snacking. Even those maintaining a workout routine can derive maximum benefit from this habit, as it also helps them get past their weight loss plateau.

Medical doctor and wellness expert, Dr Shikha Sharma helps us list breakfast cereals that are healthier than the rest.
Porridge is the most healthybreakfast idea. It is rich in minerals and has high fibre content that keeps blood sugar under control. Use a little jaggery if you wish to sweeten it, otherwise you can top it with fresh fruits or sprinkle some raisins and almonds.

Abundant in carbohydrates, iron and Vitamin B complexcornflakes work very well for school kids and elders too. It is a particularly good breakfast in the rainy months because the body starts holding water owing to high moisture in the air.

Wheat flakes
It is a modification of wheat porridge and is a nice change from run-of-the-mill breakfast cereals. But unless fortified with extra calcium, it is not much use having just wheat flakes for breakfast.
A bowl of oats in the morning is great for those sufferinghigh cholesterol and diabetes, provided you don't add extra sugar to it. The high fibre content in oats balances the blood sugar, and relieves people prone to depression.


Muesli is a great breakfast choice as it has raisins, almonds and four different grains. The comparatively high sugar content in muesli keeps growing children and those into sports, energetic. It can be served with both milk and yoghurt. You can creatively garnish the muesli and serve it up as a quick evening snack to kids.

Poha/rice crispies
The poha version of rice crispies is popular in Indian households, and makes for a light and healthy breakfast. But make sure your poha is only lightly sauteed.

Aside from the usual cornflakes and oats, there is a whole assortment of chocolate, honey and fruit-flavoured breakfast cereals that find takers among young kids. Just how good or bad an idea is it?

Avers Dr Sharma, "Although it is best to go for natural cereals, it is alright to break free from the mundane breakfast chart once in a while. The purpose is to serve up a good mix that is both appealing to the taste buds and has nutritional value."

Next time you are at the departmental store picking breakfast cereals, don't get carried away by the glossy packaging.


Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Saturday, February 9, 2013 0 comments

Mesotherapy for fat reduction & Cellulite

A medical treatment for spot fat and cellulite reduction, Mesotherapy is considered an effective alternative to surgery or liposuction. Although not a specific weight loss procedure, Mesotherapy can be used to help reduce the appearance of cellulite on the thighs, abdomen, hips and buttocks and its targeted spot fat reduction makes it perfect for specific areas of puffiness on the face, such as the eyelids or under the chin.
How does it work? Mesotherapy contains a specialised cocktail of targeted vitamins, mineral, enzymes, plant extracts, amino acids, anaesthetics and medications, which are administered just below the surface of the skin at the treatment site. After consultation, the Doctor will create a specific formula to reduce the fat in your cellulite, which will improve impaired circulation and break down damaged connective tissue – thereby smoothing the skin’s surface.
How is treatment administered? The treatment involves a series of micro injections that are administered just below the surface of the skin at the location of the problem area. Unlike liposuction, there is no down time after treatment, making it a far more appealing option than surgery.
Is it painful? Patients may feel a slight pinching or burning sensation when the injections are administered. However the area can be numbed using either ice or a topical anaesthetic to make treatment more comfortable.
Will I need more than one treatment? At your consultation with the Doctor, a treatment plan will be devised and you will be advised how many treatments will be required.


Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Saturday, February 2, 2013 0 comments

What is insomnia?Insomnia is repeated difficulty in getting to sleep, staying asleep or getting enough good quality sleep, despite adequate opportunity, which leads to some form of impairment of performance or wellbeing during the daytime. If it occurs regularly or over a long period of time, it's called chronic insomnia.
About one in three adults will have had some sort of problem with insomnia within the past 12 months. For most the problem is fairly short-lived, but for as many as one in ten it becomes a chronic problem which significantly affects their life.
There are many different patterns of insomnia. For example, one in three people with insomnia have no problem getting off to sleep but then wake in the early hours and cannot get back to sleep.

Causes of insomniaA common trigger for sleeping difficulties is stress and worry. Some people are particularly vulnerable because they are more likely to show a more extreme response to stress, such as people who are depressed, chronically ill or struggling with other difficult issues such as relationship problems.
Other common causes include physical illness that causes pain, environmental noise, depression, shift work, caffeine or alcohol consumption, and medication side-effects. Other illnesses can disrupt sleep, such as menopausal hot flushes and urinary problems from infection or prostate disease causing night-time waking. Insomnia is much more common in older people.
Once triggered, sleep problems may then be perpetuated by the individuals beliefs and behaviors – they often worry excessively about the effect that inadequate sleep will have on them and so strive excessively hard to get to sleep, take daytime naps or sleep in late which can disrupt the natural rhythm, or turn to medicines or alcohol in the belief that this will help (most just induce unnatural patterns of sleep). A vicious cycle of poor sleep and stress is quickly set up and persists after the initial trigger has passed.Insomnia contributes to excessive daytime tiredness, which in turn may be responsible for accidents, recurrent infections (inadequate sleep has been show to suppress the immune system), poor concentration, irritability, work and relationship problems and a general inability to cope. In children it may be linked to poor growth.

Treatment of Insomnia:Sleeping tablets may be prescribed for short-term use only, when the cause of insomnia has been identified asbereavement or jet lag, for example.However, it's usually more important to address any underlying cause of the insomnia and attempt to restore a normal sleep pattern through changes in behaviour and lifestyle.
Deal with issues and anxieties which may keep you awake worrying. Make sure your bedroom is dark, cool and unstimulating Make sure your bed is comfortable and not too hot. Try to follow a set routine, going to sleep and getting up at the same time and avoiding daytime naps, and don’t work or watch TV in your bedroom. Recent research has shown that the effect of cooling on the body, and particularly the brain, such as following a bath, shower or hairwashing, can induce sleep.
You should also try avoiding stimulants such as caffeine,nicotine and alcohol. Getting more exercise during the day, having a warm milky drink before bed, and herbs such as valerian and camomile can also help.

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