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These 7 Amazing Foods Aid In Quick Weight Loss: Must Include In Your Diet

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Not all foods are the same. They all give you calories, but the calories contained in the food that you eat have different effects on your body. While some are capable of inducing weight gain, there are some which can induce weight loss. The weight-loss effects of these foods could be credited to anything; their ability to suppress your hunger or the nature of the calories contained. Nevertheless, there are some foods which can help you speed up your weight loss process and that too, the healthy way. While you may know about some foods which induce weight loss, it is quite likely that you’re not eating the most important ones. In this article, we bring to you 7 such weight loss foods which could help you burn those additional calories, but you never really knew about them.
Here are 7 best weight loss foods you have not been eating:
1. Boiled potatoes
When it comes to weight loss, potatoes do not seem to be quite popular. However, they are blessed with a number of properties which are ideal for weight loss. They are packed with a variety of nutrients, a small trace of every nutrient your body needs. On the satiety index, boiled potatoes score the highest among all foods. This will naturally make you eat less of other foods and cut down on your calorie intake. Boiled potatoes contain resistant starch as well. This is one of the most important nutrients for weight loss.
2. Tuna
Tuna is a type of oily fish which is low in terms of calories and high in protein. Despite being an oily one, it is a lean fish which low fat content. This fish is popular among bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts due to the high nutritional value and low fat content. Opt for the canned in water variety, not the oil one.
3. Cottage cheese
Cottage cheese is not seen as a weight loss food due to the carb and fat content. But the most important thing you need to know about cottage cheese is its high protein content. Eating lots of cottage cheese is a great way to boost your protein intake. It also induces a sense of fullness and is low in calories as well. Over time, regular consumption of cottage cheese induces weight loss.
4. Peppers
Capsaicin, a substance in chilly peppers, is known to induce weight loss. It boosts your metabolism, curbs appetite and speeds us the fat burning process as well. A study showed that eating one gram of chilly peppers in food can induce quick weight loss in people. However, this effect was not relevant in people who did were accustomed to eating spicy foods.
5. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is a good source of healthy fats. It contains medium chain triglycerides (MCT). These fatty acids are known to boost satiety and the rate at which the body burns fat. Multiple studies link coconut oil to weight loss in both men and women. However, it still is fat so you need to be mindful of your portions. Another good source of healthy fats is extra virgin olive oil.
6. Full-fat yogurt
Ironically, full-fat yogurt is much healthier and better for weight loss as compared to the low-fat variety. It contains probiotic properties which boosts your gut health. A healthy gut protects your body from inflammation and prevents leptin resistance in the body. This prevents the accumulation of fat and eventually promotes weight loss.
7. Cruciferous vegetables
Besides being the most nutrient-dense vegetables of all time, cruciferous vegetables are some of the best weight loss foods as well. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts contain essential fibers which are known to induce weight loss.


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Hepatitis A Causes and Symptoms

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Generally speaking, hepatitis A is more common in parts of the planet that are developing. It’s for the fact that sanitation and food handling practices are by and large poor. However, medical experts say that living in developed countries can also put you at risk of having hepatitis A, but it’s really a rare occurrence.

Just like what’s mentioned earlier, hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus or HAV. It can be spread around by someone who has hepatitis A because he or she is a carrier of the virus behind it. It is said that a person with hepatitis A is most infectious about 2 weeks before he or she begins to experience signs and symptoms.

Here are some of the ways that hepatitis A is spread around:

 

Consumption of food that is prepared by a person who has hepatitis A. This is most especially true if he or she has not properly washed his or her hands.

Drinking of water that is contaminated with the hepatitis A virus.

Intake of raw or undercooked seafood obtained from contaminated water.

Close contact with someone who has hepatitis A. This includes having sexual intercourse with an infected person, especially when the rectal or anal area has been touched with the fingers, mouth or tongue.

Using illegal drugs, especially when paraphernalia contaminated with the hepatitis A virus are used.

Symptoms

Medical experts say that it may take a while before the various signs and symptoms associated with hepatitis A show up. They say that someone may experience them about 4 weeks after getting infected. It’s even possible for someone with hepatitis A to not experience any sign and symptom at all.

Some of the initial signs and symptoms of hepatitis A include:

Tiredness and malaise
Achy muscles and joints
Pain in the upper right section of the abdomen
Loss of appetite
Mild fever
Headaches
Sore throat
Diarrhea or constipation
Hives or raised rash that’s itchy

These initial signs and symptoms associated with hepatitis A can last anywhere from a few days only to a couple of weeks. Afterwards, as the infection of the liver progresses, the following may be experienced by the individual:

Jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin as well as the whites of the eyes (sclera)

Pale colored stools
Dark colored urine
Skin itching

Tenderness and swelling of the upper right section of the abdomen

Although it rarely happens, hepatitis A can cause liver failure. When such develops, the person who is infected may experience severe vomiting, frequent bruising, bleeding of the nose and gums, drowsiness and confusion.

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Busting myths around blood donation

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As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) norms, ideally, one per cent of the total population should regularly donate blood to meet the requirements, which is anywhere between 1% and 3% of country’s population that would require blood in a year.

Contrary to the myth about blood donations making a person weak or anaemic, the body replenishes the lost blood in a matter of a few days, say experts.

“A healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma and platelets, so there is no question of becoming weak, much less anaemic. It is a myth and should not deter people from donating blood,” says Dr RK Singal, chairman, internal medicine department, BLK super-speciality Hospital.

 

The donors can give either whole blood or specific blood components, as there is sophisticated equipment available these days that extract relevant components from blood and the rest of the blood can be transfused back to the donor.

As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) norms, ideally, one per cent of the total population should regularly donate blood to meet the requirements, which is anywhere between 1% and 3% of country’s population that would require blood in a year.

About 65% of India’s population is young and if this section donates blood regularly, chances of the country facing blood shortage will be remote. Hence, there is all the more reason for people, especially youngsters, to come forward and be regular blood donors.

How to prepare

Have enough fruit juice and water in the night and morning before you donate

Have a full meal 3 hours before donation; never on an empty stomach

Have some rest for about 10-15 minutes after donation

Have some snacks or a juice with high sugar content after donation

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Erectile dysfunction’s connection with lifestyle

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By Dr Anjani Kumar Agrawal

healthy-lifestyle-can-reverse-effects-of-hypertensionAll over the world, but perhaps more so in India, men are embarrassed to admit that they may have a problem getting or keeping an erection — a condition known as erectile dysfunction (ED).

All over the world, but perhaps more so in India, men are embarrassed to admit that they may have a problem getting or keeping an erection — a condition known as erectile dysfunction (ED). From my research, I have found a strong link between ED and stress. Other major causes include smoking, drinking, diabetes, hypertension or high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. My advice to these patients is — do not get even more stressed over this situation. Instead, focus on taking the right medication and making some changes to your lifestyle, so you can once again enjoy a satisfactory sexual life.

 

DIAGNOSIS OF ED

We normally diagnose ED and its underlying causes by asking the patient a few questions about his medical and sexual history. This is sometimes done by sharing a questionnaire with the patient. The questions that we ask are designed to help us understand the cause of ED in the particular patient.

We also do a physical exam, ask for certain blood tests to rule out other medical conditions responsible for erectile dysfunction, and recommend imaging tests (if required) to determine whether the person is physically able to have an erection or not.

SHORT-TERM SOLUTION, LONG-TERM CURE

Underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia (high cholesterol levels) can cause ED. In these cases, ED can be reversed once the patient starts treatment.

In my experience, many men suffer from ED because of work stress, family pressure and anxiety. So, changes in lifestyle with regular exercise, yoga, abstaining from alcohol and smoking, and proper counselling help in treating ED. Along with this, medicines for ED are usually prescribed for about 3 to 6 months by which time lifestyle changes start to take effect and the patient is physically and mentally healthier, which helps resolve the problem.

An estimated 16% to 25% of men experience ED at some point in their lives. I would urge them not to be embarrassed about it. Seek medical help from a urologist or andrologist; get the necessary advice/medication; and go on to enjoy a healthy, fulfilling sexual life.

The author of this article is Dr Anjani Kumar Agrawal, head, andrology, department of urology sciences, Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital, Saket

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