What you think you eat also matters

What you think you eat also matters   Research says that not only what we eat that affects our bodies but also what we think we're eating that matters. As per the new anecdotal research from Alia Crum, a clinical psychologist at Columbia Business School in New York who discovered this new habit by the human brain. Crum was interested in the way that a particular hormone called ghrelin operated in our bodies. Ghrelin's known as the hunger hormone, because it lets the body know when it's time to seek out food. When ghrelin levels in the stomach rise, it signals to the brain that it's time to eat food. When you satiate your ghrelin levels, your hunger drops and your metabolism kicks into gear to burn the calories that you've just consumed.  To test her theory about the brain's role in ghrelin production, Crum had volunteers drink two drinks -- one was labeled as a dessert drink called Indulgence with around 620 per bottle, the other was labeled a low-cal drink called Sensishake, advertised as only having 140 calories, zero fat, and zero added sugar. The trick? Both beverages were actually made from the same vanilla milkshake mix containing around 300 calories per serving.  Amazingly, the people who believed they were drinking Indulgence produced way less ghrelin than those that produced the sensible shake. That's to say -- when people thought they were eating more calories, their ghrelin production responded in kind. The takeaway? If you believe you're eating a heavy, calorie-rich meal, your hormones will back that up and behave in kind.  Source:www.npr.org

Save your Knees and Stay Fit

Save your Knees and Stay Fit   Knees are one of the important joints of our body which bear our weight. As we grow older the wear and tear also sets in. For those blessed with good health and are not overweight as they age it is important to incorporate a good diet and exercise to keep the whole body in tune and healthy. Apart from regular exercises you could do these few exercises to keep your knees from creaking and stay fit. These exercises can be done at home and at work and just by doing a few repetitions of these simple knee exercises every day you are ready to go!   Up the Stairs- Step-Up Place your left foot on the first step of a stairway and your hand on the wall or railing for balance. Slowly step up onto your left foot so you are standing tall on the step with your left foot, and your right foot's off the ground. Hold for a second, and then step back down off the step onto your right foot, so there's no weight on your left foot. Repeat up to 6 times. If Reverse legs, and repeat up to 6 times.     Sit  Up and Down Sit in a firm, armless chair with your feet flat on the floor and your arms crossed or loose at your sides. Slowly stand up, using deliberate, controlled movements, until you reach your full height. Hold for a few seconds, and then slowly sit down again. Repeat this exercise for about 1 minute. Note: Check your knees -- when going up or down, they should never move forward beyond your toes. Knee Extensions Sit in a firm chair with your feet on the floor and your arms loose at the sides. Lift on leg up till it is extended straight at the Knee level. Hold for 10 to 15 secs and slowly bring it down. Repeat with the other leg. You can do 5 to 10 repetitions. Apart from these exercises the number-one secret for happy knees is to stay at a healthy weight. Every extra KG you gain puts extra f pressure on your knees when you walk .

Summer Pool - Fitness

Summer Pool - Fitness   Summer is the best time to  work out and lose weight and Swimming is one great way to that. Splash ,swim and work out with no fancy gadgets .All you need is a swim suit and if your are sacred of water –it doesn’t matter , just stick to the shallow side. But you never know you could also end up learning how to swim and for those who already know, it’s time to brush up the other styles of swimming. When it comes to working out in the pool first get in and get accustomed to the water. After walking around you could start by holding on to the side bar/rod of the pool and work on kicking your legs - do flutter kicks and frog kicks. You can also use the edge of the pool to keep your balance while doing leg lifts to work the muscles on your tummy, legs and bottom. Do 10 sets each of lifting your leg in front of you, to the side, and behind you. Run in the water to increase your heart rate. If you think you are going to lose balance and fall just hold on to the rod. And if you do just hold your breath and you will get back up. While standing you could also do vigorous jumping and twisting while holding the rod for improving your muscle strength. Face up and hold the rod and cycle in the water .You could increase the push and test yourself as to how fast you can do this.The added advantage is that you wont feel the pressure on your knees and it is good for people who are slightly on the heavier side. Enjoy Summer and splash in the pool along with your friends or kids and also get into shape!

5 benefits of lemon, Honey and Warm Water

5 benefits of lemon, Honey and Warm Water   Drinking a glass of warm water with honey and lemon early in the morning is good for health. A age old adage which is prescribed by naturopaths, fitness instructors and dietitians. Check these 5 reasons why drinking warm water with lemon and honey is good for your health. The benefit of drinking this mixture early in the morning is that it helps hydrate your system and also improves your immunity. Improves digestion: Lemon, honey and warm water combined help give your digestion an instant boost. Lemon helps your digestive system by adding to the already present acid and assists it in flushing out unwanted toxins. Antibacterial: Honey acts as an antibacterial and beats any infections that might be present in your body. It also helps in the production of intestinal mucus which aids in the flushing out of toxins from the body. Cleans lymphatic system: Lack of water and essential fluids in the lymphatic system can make you feel sluggish and fatigued, lead to constipation, disturbed sleep, high or low blood pressure, stress and an all-round lack in mental function. Energy booster: The honey-lemon-warm water  concoction acts as an instant energy booster – minus the calories. Water helps clear your mind by providing fresh blood to your brain, and lemon activates negatively charged enzymes in your stomach – a great way to combat positively charged enzymes that react with the food you eat adversely, leading to it being digested poorly. Helps in weight loss:  Apart from its properties of cleansing the stomach, lemon present in the mixture contains a type of fiber called pectin that helps make you feel full and keeps cravings at bay. The warm water, honey and lemon also creates a more alkaline atmosphere in your stomach helping you lose weight faster.

Lovingly Handle those Love Handles

Lovingly Handle those Love Handles    There isn't much to love about those love handles and they can be pretty challenging to get rid of. Since love handle fat is on the side of the abdominal area, you need to target the abdominal muscles and really work hard on them to target them precisely.  So here's a good strategy for lovingly let go of your love handles . Apart from having a fat free diet ,do a rigorous 30-minute cardio session every other day and do it for 6 days a week. Now for the love handles add these 4 –sets of exercises specifically for a 10-minute each to work on the love handles.    1. Standard Sit Ups  To perform this exercise properly, start by laying flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Bring your hands together behind your neck, supporting your head. Look up to the sky. As you exhale your breath, use the muscles in your abdomen to lift your chest towards the sky. Inhale your breath, and lower your body back to the starting position.     2. Oblique Sit Ups  The oblique sit ups are more tough compared to the standard sit ups. Position your body in the manner like the Standard Sit Up. Now allow your knees to fall towards one side of your body. Perform the sit up by raising your chest towards the sky and do two sets of 10 repetitions of the oblique sit ups.    3. Side Planks   To do this exercise, start by laying on your right side on an exercise or yoga mat. Make sure your legs are extended completely out to the side. Rest your right elbow on the ground, with your forearm on the ground. Look straight in front of you. As you exhale your breath, use the muscles in your abdomen and obliques to lift your torso and upper legs off the ground. Keep your hips and core elevated. 4. Cycle Crunches  To perform this exercise, lay flat on your back with your feet flat on the ground. Bring your hands behind your neck, supporting your head. Exhale your breath deeply, and raise your chest towards the sky while at the same time twisting your torso slightly to one side. Bring your right elbow to your left knee, and then lower your body back to the ground. Next, lift your chest towards the sky, bringing your left elbow to your right knee. Repeat all these exercises until you have performed two sets of 10 repetitions of each exercise.

Goat's Milk?

Goat's Milk? Not all of us are open to even thinking of goat's milk to drink. A few of us might have heard a voice in the streets selling Goat's milk, early in the morning. There are quite a good number of families in India who still prefer it to Cow's/ Buffalo's milk. They even feed it to infants. I have personally heard some American friends tell me that they have tasted Goat's milk and cheese and liked the taste and richness of the texture. Research and Doctors state that  Goat's Milk can be a good replacement for breast milk for the first ten to twelve months, but only in diluted form, 3 parts goat's milk and 1 part water.  Goat's milk is believed to be more easily digestible and less allergenic than Cow's milk. Unlike Cow's milk, goat's milk does not contain Agglutinin. As a result, the fat globules in goat's do not cluster together, making then easier to digest. Goat's milk contains more of the essential fatty acids Linoleic and Arachidonic than Cow's, in addition to a higher proportion of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids; these are easier for intestinal enzymes to digest.    Doctors are recommending Goat's milk for Infants who  are allergic to Cow's milk. It contains only  trace amounts of an allergenic casein protein Alpha that is found in Cow's milk. Casein in goat's is similar to human milk and hence creates not much digestive trouble in the child's tummy. Goat's milk forms softer protein clumps by the action of the stomach acid, which makes the protein more easily and rapidly digestible. Less reflux is seen in Children on goat's milk compared to Cow's milk. Many mothers who tried Goat's milk have described their children tolerating goat's milk better than Cow's.

Fitness with sticks and dance

Fitness with sticks and dance   A new form of exercise called Pound, where a  Los Angeles-based workout created by two fitness buffs  Cristina Peerenboom and Kirsten Potenza where you use drumsticks instead of the typical free weight for exercising. The difference is that the sticks used called RipStix weigh a pound each and are the movements are like you are drumming on a drum pad. Only that you would be drumming hard either in the air or on the floor and tapping your way to a toner body. According to Peerenboom and Potenza, “striking the ground and simulating drumming allows the participant to hear and see the body working symmetrically in form and exertion. This teaming of sound and motion is absent from all other workouts available today.” And because of this non-stop motion, you can sweat and burn up to 900 calories during an hour-long class. Now after reading this you might think of something familiar which we Indians have been doing since ages. Yes! The Traditional Kolatam in South India and the Dandia in North India. The amount of practice put in to perfect these steps paramount’s to a fantastic work out and there is no need to limit this to the festival times. You can form a group of friends, put on some foot tapping Bollywood numbers and do these dance exercises. Innovate the hand and leg movements and increase and decrease the tempo for an effective workout. But remember to increase the weight of the sticks for the added toning of the arms and enjoy the benefits of a well-toned body.