How to protect my Liver?


Prevention is better than cure!

This statement always holds true for all instances of life. It is always better to take precautions than suffer ailments and bitterness of medicines.

We are going to discuss what all can be done to prevent Liver damage:

  1. Avoid Alcohol: drinking alcohol is associated with a faster progression of liver disease, says Marc Ghany, MD, MHSc, a staff physician in the liver diseases branch at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.
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  2. Reduce Consuming Pain Killers: Dr. Jensen recommends limiting the use of pain medications containing acetaminophen to less than 2,000 milligrams a day. “Acetaminophen can cause liver damage on its own, so if your liver is already harmed from other causes, the threshold for damage is lower,” he explains
  3. Discuss Your Medicines With Your Doctor: Each time you visit the doc, make sure you inform him/her about your existing prescriptions and recent health history. Some drugs are metabolized by the liver and may cause further harm when your liver is already damaged. Even supplements that are marketed as “natural” can interfere with liver function and cause severe side effects.
    These food items help protect from backaches!
  4. Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight can cause fat to build up in the liver and contribute to insulin resistance and liver damage from fibrosis, or scarring, of the liver. Work toward a healthy weight by exercising regularly, eating healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and watching your calorie intake.
    Learn different benefits of juices from fresh and raw fruits and vegetables!
  5. Don’t Give Up Coffee! “Patients who drank three or more cups of coffee per day had a 50 percent lower risk of disease progression,”

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    Those who consume 3 or more cups of coffee have lower risk of heart problems!
  6. Get vaccinated. Get tested for other viruses that affect the liver, like hepatitis A and B, and get vaccinated against them to reduce the risk for further liver damage.
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  7. Keep your appointments for regular checkups: For chronic hepatitis C, you’ll likely see your doctor every three to six months, depending on the severity of your illness and the type of treatment you’re getting. Don’t skip these appointments. Use them as opportunities to evaluate your care steps as well as your condition.

Source: Everyday Health

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15 Benefits of Guava

There are plenty of benefits of guava including improved immunity, weight management, stress busting,


Before we go into the details of it, the summary is: Heart Healthy, Weight Loss Friendly and More.

Done with that. Let’s get into the details of the benefits this fruit, that sometimes hurts the gums and teeth because of its seeds, has:

  1. Immunity booster as it contains high quantity of Vitamin C
  2. Lowers the risk of cancer
  3. Diabetic people can consume this sweet fruit
  4. Improves levels of the good cholesterol (HDL) and keeps heart healthy. Fresh juice of raw guava and other fruits & vegetables prove to be highly beneficial.
  5. Keeps away from constipation because of high fiber
  6. Vitamin A rich, thus, improves eyesight
  7. Contains folic acid (vitamin B-9) ; recommended for pregnant women since it can help in developing the baby’s nervous system and protect the newborn from neurological disorders
  8. Guava leaves have a potent anti-inflammatory action and a powerful antibacterial ability which fights infection and kills germs. Thus, consuming guava leaves works as a fantastic home remedy for toothache, swollen gums and oral ulcers
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  9. It’s a stress buster as it helps to relax the muscles and nerves of the body
    These other food items help fight sulkiness and depression!
  10. Contains vitamin B3 (niacin) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), which helps in improving blood circulation to the brain, stimulating cognitive function
  11. Helps you lose weight by regulating your metabolism. Interestingly, there is bacteria in your gut that is trying to help you maintain perfect weight!
  12. Juice of raw and immature guavas or a decoction of guava leaves is very helpful in relieving cough and cold since it helps get rid of mucus and disinfects the respiratory tract, throat and lungs.
  13. Has anti ageing properties
    What more can you do to keep your skin young and glowing?
  14. Mash some guava flesh with an egg yolk and apply it on your face. Rinse off after 20 minutes with warm water. When used once or twice a week, this scrub will remove dead cells from your skin and lighten your complexion. Guavas are also a great source of Vitamin K, which helps get rid of skin discoloration, dark circles, redness and acne irritation.
  15. Guavas rank high in astringent properties, guava leaves and unripe guavas even higher. Guava helps tone up and tighten the facial muscles, so apply a decoction of the leaves and fruit on your skin and voila!

To get more details, follow this link (source): Food.NDTV

Lose Weight Using Your Gut Bacteria

Good bacteria and bad bacteria are constantly fighting! Their battle shall govern whether you will lose or gain weight!


Did you know our gut houses tons of bacteria. Good and bad both. As you are reading this post, there is a war going on between the good and the bad – some 1,000 species of bacteria are duking it out, trying to establish dominance. Why should you care? Because whether the good bacteria in your gut or the bad triumph doesn’t just decide how well you digest your dinner, respond to allergens and fend off diseases—it also helps determine how much weight you’re likely to gain. Or lose.

Beware!! Raisins, the dried form of grapes can hurt your teeth and make you put on weight!

Yes! Bacterias also govern your weight management! “Simply put, if you get the microbiome—that collection of bacteria inside you—healthy, you will lose weight,” says Raphael Kellman, MD, a New York City physician and author of The Microbiome Diet. “It’s less about eating a certain percentage of carbohydrates, protein and fat than about correcting the overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria, which is making you crave the wrong foods, triggering inflammation.”

Also Read: How can you beat Type II Diabetes? Here is how!

This is big news: There are trillions of microbes in your belly that will—if you feed them well—help you fight flab and win.

  1. Check your 2 P’sProbiotics are a type of good bacteria, similar to the ones that already reside in your gut. Ingesting these organisms aids digestion and helps change and repopulate intestinal bacteria to balance what doctors refer to as “gut flora.” Prebiotics are plant-fiber compounds, also found in food, that pass undigested through the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract and help stimulate the growth of good bacteria. When pre- and probiotics are combined, they become an intestinal power couple (or, in blunter terms, they kick nutritional butt).
  2. Intake Live Bacteria Fermented foods deliver probiotics directly to the gut. A cup of yogurt a day? It’s a nice start. Look for products that say “live and active cultures” on the label, and be careful when it comes to fruit-infused flavors: Some are loaded with sugar, which can feed bad bugs, so be sure to check the ingredients and aim for fewer than 15 grams per serving.
  3. Fibers is Always Good : Foods that are high in fiber help promote the growth of friendly bacteria. Case in point: In a University of Illinois study, people who ate high-fiber snack bars experienced a growth of anti-inflammatory bacteria in their bellies

    Did you know consumption of Indian Gooseberry or Amla, means consumption of the Nectar of Life??
  4. Mix Your Menu : One study showed that individuals who had a healthy weight, body mass index, waist circumference and blood sugar level were more apt to have high levels of three different types of bacteria—Firmicutes, Bifidobacteria and Clostridium leptum. What’s more, in a pair of French studies, people with diverse gut microbiomes were less likely to be obese or at risk of diabetes. Plus, their intestinal ecosystems were home to fewer pro-inflammatory bacteria. It’s easy to change up your meals: If you had salad with grilled chicken yesterday, for example, go with a fish taco or a tofu stir-fry today.
  5. Do Not Skip Meals : This one is a no-brainer. What you don’t eat is every bit as crucial as what you do add to your diet. Keep your gut flora fit by cutting back on these offenders.
    Source : Healthdotcom

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Junk Food At Schools Under FSSAI Scanner


The food regulatory authority of India, FSSAI has now brought Junk Foods under its scanner, and issued a list of guidelines to all the schools over its website. As per the drafted guidelines, country’s top food regulator is set to restrict consumption and availability of junk food in schools. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued draft guidelines on availability of wholesome and nutritious food in schools to control junk food consumption among children. (Official PDF Here)

Under the draft guidelines, which were first submitted to the court last year, food high in fat, salt or sugar will not be sold within 50 metres of a school’s premises.(Business Insider)

No Junk Food In Schools Now On

The objective of releasing this document is to provide wholesome, nutritional, hygienic and safe healthy food to the students across the 14 lakh schools in India. The lack of availability of balanced diet, nutritional food, awareness about food safety coupled with lack of physical activity among the school kids is the main central cause of many health related issues among school kids.

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A healthy lifestyle is cornerstone of good health, physical fitness, energy and reduced risk for disease. It is based on the choices one makes about his or her daily habits. Good nutrition, daily exercise and adequate sleep are the foundations for continuing health lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle includes diet based on balance, variety and moderation coupled with regular physical activity commensurate with one’s age, gender and body constitution. As  per  “Dietary Guidelines  for  Indians,  2011”   by National  Institute  of  Nutrition  (NIN),  a balanced diet is one which provides all nutrients in required amounts and proper proportions. It should provide around 50-60% of total calories from carbohydrates, preferably from complex carbohydrates, about 10-15% from proteins and 20-30% from both visible and invisible fat. In addition, it should provide other non-nutrients such as dietary fibre, antioxidants, which bestow positive health benefits.

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Childhood  obesity

Childhood  obesity  is one  of  the  most  serious  public  health challenges  of the  21st  century. Overweight children are likely to become obese adults. As per WHO, about 44% of the diabetes burden and  23%  of  the  CYD  burden  is attributable to  overweight  and  obesity.  Overweight children are more likely than non-overweight children to develop insulin resistance, hyper­ insulinemia, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age, which in turn are associated with a higher chance of premature death and disability”.

Diabetes and pediatric metabolic syndrome

Type  2 diabetes   which  is very  common  in adults  is now  increasingly   being  reported   in children. The  leading  risk factor  for kids  is being  overweight,   often  connected   with an unhealthy  diet  and lack of physical  activity.  According   to a study  done  by  Dr Anoop  Mishra  et alan   post  pubertal Indian  children,   67%  males  with  high  BMI  were  found  to have  insulin  resistance  while  overall prevalence   was  about   22%   in  males   and  36%   in females IS.    As per the Diabetes Atlas 2006 published by the International Diabetes Federation, the number of people with diabetes in India is around 40.9 million and is expected to rise to 69.9 million by 2025 unless urgent preventive steps are taken.

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Guidelines Drafted by FSSAI

  1. Restrict  / Limit  the Availability  of most common High Fat Sugar and Salt (HFSS) Foods in Schools and area within 50 meters.
  2. Develop  a  Canteen   Policy  to  provide   Nutritious,   Wholesome  and  Healthy   Food  in Schools.
  3. Regulate  Promotion  of ‘HFSS  Food’ among School Children.
  4. Food  Safety  and  Standards   Authority  of India  should  consider  reviewing  the Labeling Regulations  to enable disclosure  of all Relevant  Information.
  5. Establish  Stringent  Limits for Unhealthy  Ingredients.
  6. Encourage  Physical Activity by School Children.

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