Good Carbohydrates vs Bad Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are an important source of nutrition for us. They are one of the basic nutrients required to keep the body healthy and functioning, the others being proteins and fats. Carbohydrates are found in a variety of healthy and unhealthy food, causing it to become a topic of argumentative discussion.

The recent past has seen an increase in a lot of diets that require you to avoid or cut off carbohydrates completely from your diet. This is because of the presence of carbohydrates, better known as carbs, in foods you know are good for you like vegetables and in foods that you know aren’t healthy, like pastries. This has also led to the division of carbs into good carbs and bad carbs, however, they are generally categorized as bad for health as they cause weight gain.

The body needs sufficient amount of carbohydrates in order to function effectively and there is a certain amount of carbs that one should intake on a daily basis. However, this doesn’t mean one can load up on donuts, cakes, and cookies in order to fulfill their daily intake of carbs. An individual needs to know the difference between carbs that belong on your plate and the ones to avoid. Intake of carbohydrates is good and is necessary, although consuming the wrong carbs at the wrong time can work against your metabolism and come in the way of dropping pounds.

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Vitamin D and its importance

What are the most important things that we need to know about Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins that our bodies need in order to function in a healthy state. It is both a nutrient that we consume and a hormone that our bodies produce. It is colloquially referred to as the “Sunshine Vitamin” since our bodies naturally produce it after exposure to sunlight. Other sources of Vitamin D include foods such as dairy products, breakfast cereals, and fatty fish such as Salmon and Tuna.

What role does it play? What are its most important functions?

Vitamin D was initially considered to be responsible for maintaining the health and functionality of the muscles, bones and joints by facilitating the absorption and retention of calcium and phosphorus. However, further research over the last decade has shown that Vitamin D also plays a key role in developing a strong immune system, maintaining organ functionality and alleviating chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma. Furthermore, a lack of adequate Vitamin D can also accelerate pre-existing mental health conditions such as dementia and schizophrenia, in the elderly.

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PCOS Diet

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Diet – Do’s and Dont’s

PCOS is a disturbance of metabolic function, which may present with any of the following features:

  • Irregular or no periods
  • Subfertility
  • Acne and greasy skin
  • Abnormal body hair

PCOS is characterized by excess production of male hormones, hormonal imbalance and/or impaired glucose tolerance. On pelvic ultrasound, ovaries will appear enlarged with multiple small follicular cysts. The incidence of PCOS is up to 8 to 20% of women worldwide and is very common in the female population of the UAE.

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A Healthy Ramadan Plate

The holy month of Ramadan is a time when families gather together to enjoy a rich and heavy meal, particularly during Iftaar. One must keep in mind that during Ramadan, the diet of an individual who is fasting is completely altered and completely depends on the meals consumed during Suhoor and Iftar. It is crucial to decide and consume the right kind and amount of food because these meals help an individual sustain their fast for the entire day.

Suhoor (early morning meal) needs to be wholesome in order to provide the required nutrients and energy to last until the next meal at Iftar. An ideal Suhoor meal should contain foods rich in fiber, protein, calcium, and vitamins. Cereals like oats with nuts and dry fruits, wholemeal bread, green leafy vegetables, brown bread with yogurt and fruits are ideal meal options for Suhoor. Eggs are rich in protein and nutrients and help stay fuller. Dairy products are also a great source of nutrition that helps stay hydrated throughout the day. Dry fruit milkshakes, watery fruits like cucumber and tomato are great sources to keep the body hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is key during the non-fasting hours in Ramadan to keep the body hydrated throughout.

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Gut Health during Ramadan

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is a spiritual practice and is known to improve health. However, if one fails to follow the correct diet during Ramadan, it can cause digestive problems. Ramadan is a time when digestive issues are common, due to the changes in the timing, types and quantity of food taken during this period. During the month of Ramadan digestive issues like heartburn, belching, bloating and constipation are rather common. These conditions occur not just to those with pre-existing gastric problems but also to those who never had gastric issues before. Festivities and feasts during this month often cause acidity, heartburn, indigestion, constipation etc.

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