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Vegetranism reduces toxins

Sticking to vegetables for five days a week can significantly reduce the body’s amount of antibiotics and phthalates – a common chemical added to plastics – says a new research.

To come up with the conclusion, researchers in Korea quizzed participants to stay at a Buddhist temple for five days, during which time they ate a vegetarian diet.

The researchers analyzed urine samples before and after the stay, and found that levels of the chemicals dropped dramatically by the end of the experiment, reports Discovery News.

The boffins also measured the participants’ diets before the study and found that what they ate 48 hours prior to the study was related to the amount of the chemicals found in their urine.

“A significant correlation was found between food consumption and the urinary levels of several antibiotics and phthalates,” they said. “Although the exposure to target compounds might be influenced by other behavioral patterns, these results suggest that even short-term changes in dietary behavior may significantly decrease inadvertent exposure to antibiotics and phthalates and hence may reduce oxidative stress levels.”

Read more: Veg diet can help keep toxins away – The Times of India


Slim does’t always mean healthy

You may be slim and still have dangerously high levels of fat within you, according to the British Medical Research Council.

Using MRI body scanners doctors demonstrated that even super-slim people could have high levels of internal fat collecting around the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas. These people, dubbed “skinny-fats””, could be seriously putting their health at risk.

“The fat we can see on overweight people is subcutaneous fat,” The Daily Telegraph quoted Dr Ron McCoy, Melbourne-based spokesperson for the Royal College of Australian GPs, as saying. However, what could be more dangerous is visceral fat or the fat we can’t see but which surrounds vital organs.

Dr McCoy said: “Visceral fat is metabolised by the liver, which transforms it into cholesterol. Cholesterol circulates in the blood and

can collect in your arteries, creating heart disease and high blood pressure.”

Visceral fat is also believed to produces more hormones and proteins than subcutaneous fat, affecting glucose levels and leading to the onset of type 2 diabetes and other health problems like cardiovascular disease.

But the question is if one is thin then how does fat accumulate inside the body.
Lack of physical exercise is the biggest reason.

Sam Mower, an exercise physiologist, said: “If your body isn’t moving, it doesn’t metabolise the fat that’s building up – either outside or inside.”

Diet is another factor.

“If you’re

eating foods high in saturated fat, such as butter, cheese, cakes and biscuits, it’s nearly all stored as visceral fat,” Mower said.

The menopause and sugar intake by way of alcohol consumption are among other causes.

Read more: Slim doesn’t always mean healthy – The Times of India

26-Sep-2010 World Heart Day

World Heart Day

26 September 2010

Cardiovascular diseases are the world’s largest killers, claiming 17.1 million lives a year. Risk factors for heart disease and stroke include raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, smoking, inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables, overweight, obesity and physical inactivity.

See How can you get into Good Mood

Start your day well: “Often people start their day in a stressful situation, getting late for work, cursing the traffic, and arriving in a foul mood,” says Kumar. So set yourself up to be in a good mood. “Lay out your work clothes the previous night and make sure your car has gas. Wake up to energising music, take a bubble bath – start your day with ease and comfort. Then, chances are that mundane stress won’t get to you as easily,” says Kumar.

Look on the bright side: “The premise of cognitive therapy is that thoughts and attitudes – not external events – create feelings. So identify the trigger that provoked the negative feeling,” says Dr S Sudersanan, psychiatrist, Dr BL Kapur Memorial Hospital, Delhi. Everything can have a positive, negative, faulty or optimistic interpretation, so see things positively before drawing conclusions.

Be inspired: You can’t help getting stressed, but you can deal with it. “Read a gripping or inspiring book or watch a funny movie (think Govinda) or serial,” says Kumar. Exercise can also alter your mood. Or be creative – cook, paint, play an instrument, etc. The trick is to be completely involved in whatever you do. “Concentrating on what you are doing now will help you forget how you’ve been ‘feeling,’” says corporate trainer Harpreet Ahluwalia.

Change your physiology: Research shows that the structure of your body, the pace at which you breathe, and the rate at which you move all direct your mood.

“If you are in a depressed physiology (hands down, shallow breathing and slow movements), your nervous system gets a signal that says ‘I’m upset,’ and follows it,” says Dr Rakhi Anand. “But if you stand up, dance, or increase the rate at which you breathe, your brain will follow suit.”

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