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    ...Though not all stress is bad, sometimes being anxious or nervous helps but when it takes over more than just those tummy butterflies, or the horse power of your brain it creates more tension than your heart can handle. And by heart I do not mean the literary or poetic vision of it but the basic science of it all; the pumping of your heart. The basic blood flow that is supposed to be distributed all over your body, which helps in sending all the signals to continue the smooth running of all the organs. When the heart is over-burdened for a continuous period of time it creates imbalances that alter the algorithm of the body functioning. Different chemicals are produced, reacting in an uncommon way. ...

    TOI on July 4, 2017, 3 a.m.

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    ...In this fast placed world, everyone is looking for a quick solution to everything, pop a pill, get a placebo effect and carry on your day. Most of the brands that you see in the super market are just this. Not to say that they are cheating you….sure they do have the ingredients that are known to reduce those health concerns. But is that enough to compensate a healthy meal? Are they FDA approved? Are the health claims they make justified? Has there been enough R&D done to prove it? Weight reduction pills, fat burners, satiety pills, hunger control capsules and the sort, fly off the market shelves at a speed you would even be able to phantom. Marketing geniuses!!! Read the internet, follow a couple of celeb diets, focus on a basic trend and you have it all set. ...

    TOI on June 27, 2017, 12:44 p.m.

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    ...A lot of us have been busy battling our daily lives with pressure of work, commute, running of the house, taking care of children and elders in the family, basically the daily grind. We have forgotten to take care of our own needs putting everything and everyone before us till comes a wakeup call. Sometimes it is as mild as the first body aches and pains. We start feeling the stiffness in our joints as we walk up the stairs, bend to pick up things, getting tired after a little exertion, breathless if we run to catch our children and such small tell-a-tale signs. But sometimes it’s that rude shock like the onset of diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, osteoporosis or even a heart attack. Our body sends us warning signals long before which we in advertently fail to understand. Though the human body is self repairing in many ways, and is conditioned to adapt too but we end up pushing its limits. If we do not give it the time to recuperate how will it heal? ...

    TOI on June 20, 2017, 7 a.m.

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    ...With the remake of “Rocky” in Bollywood being written about, I can’t help but think about Stallone’s inspirational run against the foggy skyline of New York, as he prepares for his match. Though the film was all about boxing, running is shown as an integral part of his workout, as is for the preparation of most sport activities. Sports and Health experts have always given a thumbs up to running as a regular exercise to burn those calories, up your metabolism, get that cardio vascular strength and keep the endorphins high. However recent studies have also shown that running, increases production of brain derived growth factor (BDGF), in the hippocampus. BDGF is a chemical released in the brain that protects neurons and promotes their growth. So for the rest of us regular people do put in a bit of running with your workouts if you are a gym person. And if you are one of those that prefer walking, then add a little sprint to your routine. ...

    TOI on June 11, 2017, 3:05 p.m.

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    ...Here is how animals can teach us well in this sphere of things. Learn to chew like a cow: Cows chew on grass, for a long, long time, semi-digesting their food with their saliva. This is called the cud. Very often as children we have been told to chew our food slowly and completely before swallowing it. Very few adults follow that system. Many gulp their food down in the urge to eat more. The saliva in our mouth amylases the food into semi-digested bolus which goes down the esophagus to be further digested in the stomach. Lions eat when they are hungry: It is a well-known fact that a lion and a gazelle can be in the same grassland, not far from each other and yet the latter will have nothing to fear if the lion is not hungry. We humans eat when the food is placed in front of us, irrespective of whether we are hungry or not. If it looks good, and smells appealing, we will dig into it. Our stomach and diets notwithstanding. ...

    TOI on June 6, 2017, 12:01 a.m.

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    ...So what could be a better mood perk up than the freshness of a walk outdoors or the company of a treadmill partner. Walking creates more than getting the blood circulation going, it also spikes up the serotonin levels. Being in the sunshine after being closeted indoors all day definitely is the feel-good factor. The company of a friend to chit-chat while you exercise definitely ups those serotonin levels along with your blood circulation. Walking drives away the lethargy that one might be feeling after sitting throughout the day. It also gives you a sense of achievement as you fulfill your need to exercise and accomplish your goal. While walking as exercise maybe delegated to the elderly, for most people “let’s take a walk” is usually for conversations. And conversations lead to a free expression of emotions, a comfort between friends, a guidance from a senior, a connect between lovers, all of which release the hormone serotonin. So what might start as a leisurely walk usually ends up with a lot more than just that to take home. ...

    TOI on May 30, 2017, 7:28 a.m.


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    ...But we never seem to go down to the basics of understanding why till it becomes a frequently repetitive situation or gets so chronic that family members may have to rush you to the hospital suspecting a heart attack. Acidity occurs when the basic PH balance of our stomach remains acidic over larger periods of time, upsetting the tender linings of our stomach. In certain cases a stomach abnormality called hiatal hernia can cause acid reflux. This happens when the stomach acid is thrown back into the esophagus because of the partial closing or failing of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). If one is overweight then the diaphragm which is the muscle that separates your stomach from your chest is pushed upwards causing the LES to be stressed open. ...

    TOI on May 16, 2017, 2:21 a.m.