Carbohydrate is very much a necessity for our body, but in excess leads to weight gain. The challenge lies in taking it in just the right amount, at right times. Carb cycling helps in losing weight by manipulating carbohydrate consumption by minimizing negative effects. Carb cycling is a way of dieting that involves planned increases and decreases in carbohydrate intake. This diet format which started with athletes and fitness models is now a favorite among common people to lose weight.
How Carb Cycling Works
In carb cycling, the week gets divided into: no carb days, low-carb days and high-carb days
NO CARB DAYS: Include vegetables in diet like leafy greens, onions, peppers and mushrooms along with good source of protein and fat in moderation. Total carb intake must be less than 25 grams per day.
LOW CARB DAYS: Total carb intake that comes from food intake must be less than 75 grams per day. Add in along with veggies small portions of any carbohydrate food like rice, rotis, potatoes and fruit.
HIGH CARB DAYS: Women can consume between 150 and 200 grams whereas men can have up to 300 grams. But this also depends on physical activity level. This day can be made into a day for cheat meal too, but do not binge eat.
This alternate cycle of No carb, Low carb and High carb will help to balance out energy requirement without making body to gain excess fat.
This is the age of online shopping and medicines too can now be bought through online portals. So no longer you need to go around searching for medical stores and nor you need to stand in lines. Order your prescription drugs, Over-the-counter drugs, child care products, wellness products from online stores. You just need to upload your prescriptions, select quantity, provide shipment details and you will get them delivered at doorsteps at great discounted price. This is very much helpful for senior citizens, people on regular drugs and busy parents.
Practo is a good platform to order your medicine online. According to them they have the widest range of medicines online, sourced from trusted network of pharmacies and medical stores. One could download Practo app on to their phones and get their service on the go. One could avail their service across 100 cities in India.
Netmeds is owned by Dadha & Company. They are one of India’s most trusted pharmacies, with over 100 years’ experience in dispensing quality medicine. In addition to prescription drugs, one could order wellness products, vitamins, diet/fitness supplements, herbal products, pain relievers, diabetic care kits, baby/mother care products, beauty care products and surgical supplies. There service can be availed by people living in even tier 2 and 3 cities.
MedPlusMart is one-stop shop for all your OTC and general product needs. From MedplusMart, one can buy products in three ways. 1) Online shopping – Place order online and get products delivered at home, 2) Click and Pick option – Select drugs over online and pick them from MedplusMart of your choice. You can choose your shop from a total of around 1400 stores. 3) Receive a Call back option – You can upload your prescription and MedplusMart customer Representative will call and confirm the order.
1 mg was founded in 2012 as HealthkartPlus. It was renamed to 1 mg in April 2015. Prashant Tandon, is the CEO and founder of 1mg. In addition to prescription drugs, wellness products, vitamins, diet/fitness supplements, one could order ayurvedic and homeopathic medicines. They help in even identifying generic substitutes, which are more affordable. 1 mg has more than one crore users. The website also has good content on health curated by reputed doctors.
PharmEasy is an online one-stop shop for all drugs and wellness products. This Mumbai based firm was launched in 2015. They deliver medicines across 710 plus cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Thane and Ahmedabad. The website also has good content on health and wellness.
Mangoes are in !….. They are just not juicy and yummy, but can can help to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality, and can promote healthy complexion and hair, and increase energy. It is the national fruit of India and the Philippines, and the national tree of Bangladesh.
The risk of developing asthma is lower in people who consume beta-carotene, found in mangoes
Mangoes, help to prevent constipation because of their fiber and water content and promote healthy digestive tract
Did you know that hormone or endocrine disruptors present in personal care products, cleaning products, non-stick cookware, plastics can disrupt growth, development and reproduction, and may even cause serious neurological and immune-system failures.
Endocrine disruptors are those chemicals that mimic or look like hormones in our body, including the female sex hormone estrogen, the male sex hormone androgen, and thyroid hormones. They block or alter hormonal signals within our body and wreak havoc.
Children and Pregnant Women are at high risk, But it can affect anybody
Who would want a synthetic chemical to get inside the body and disrupt body’s normal functions?
But truth is, eliminating them from our system is way too difficult. Endocrine disruptors are present everywhere, secretly present inside thousands of products which we use every day, such as food, personal care products, sunscreen, perfume, antibacterial washes, household cleaners, laundry products, vinyl shower curtains, plastic toys, electronics, household dust and germ sprays.
Let’s have a close look at top 5 Endocrine disruptors. Also let me help you with tips to avoid them.
Phthalates are added to plastics to make them more durable and flexible. Phthalates are also used in cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers. They are also found in consumer products such as flexible plastic and vinyl toys, shower curtains, wallpaper, food packaging, and plastic wrap. Phthalates find their way inside our body by even consuming food that comes wrapped in containers made of phthalates or even breathing in air from room with wallpaper or phthalate containing flooring tiles.
How to avoid it:
Avoid plastic food containers
Opt for phthalate free cosmetic products
Say no to plastic toys for kids
Read the product labels clearly when you buy personal care products
BPA or bisphenol A
BPA is present in water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings, dental devices, medical devices, eyeglass lenses, DVDs and CDs, household electronic items, mobile devices and sports equipment. They are also used to coat the inside of food and drinks cans.
How to avoid it:
Say no to plastic water bottles
Look for BPA free containers and bottles in case you need to use plastic ones
Better skip the receipts, since thermal paper is often coated with BPA
Avoid plastics marked with “PC,” for polycarbonate
Perfluorinated compoundsperfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are the most prevalent PFCs. It is this PFOA we find in non-stick cookware’s. They are also found in fast food wrappers, microwave popcorn bags, disposable paper plates, stain-resistant carpets, carpet cleaning solutions, windshield washing fluid and fire-fighting foam, as well as in some adhesives, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, electronics and cleaning products. PFCs have been linked to a wide range of health effects, including weight gain, liver toxicity, increased neonatal mortality, abnormal mammary gland development, altered thyroid hormones etc.
How to avoid it:
Say no to Non-stick pans and pots
If you prefer using non-stick cookware, do not allow it to cross 232degreeC
Do not opt for clothing, furniture and carpets with water-resistant coatings
Say no to microwave popcorns
Say no to furniture and carpets that are marketed as “stain-resistant”
Avoid personal products that include the words ”fluoro” or ”perfluoro”, especially look for them in eye shadow, foundation, facial powder, bronzer, and blush
What do you think…can we grow plants without soil. If it is possible then farmers would be able to grow more food in less space. We could then grow plants on terrace and building tops and that also without mess.
Truth is researchers have discovered hundreds of years ago that the function of soil is simply to hold mineral nutrients close to plant roots and soil in itself isn’t necessary for plant growth. What they need is only water and nutrients. Great….So it is really possible to grow plants without soil….lets understand how to do that, so that we all could grow plants on our terrace and balconies.
Heard of Film Farming, Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Aeroponics….Truth is these farming method take up less water and provide us with much more healthier version of fruits and vegetables process as it eliminates weeds, bacteria and soil-borne pests. Also you can grow them year round…..!
Hydroponics is the technique of growing plants in soil-less condition with their roots immersed in nutrient solution. They grow with or without the use of an artificial medium like sand, gravel, vermiculite, rockwool, perlite, peatmoss, coir, or sawdust. Compared to growing plants in soil, Hydroponic growing allows to control the nutrient levels for plants directly. Because of the higher control over nutrients, hydroponically grown plants generally have a much higher yield than similar plants grown in soil. This method is good to grow lettuce, tomato, bell pepper. Vegetables that grow beneath the soil, such as onions, leeks, carrots, potatoes, yams and radishes will also grow very well hydroponically.
Aquaponics is all about growing Fishes and Plants together. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants naturally filter the water for the fish.
Aquaponics = Hydroponics + Aquaculture
So what essentially need to be done….Feed the Fish!
One can set up an Aquaponic system anywhere; outside, in a greenhouse, in basement, or in living room. The fish used includes tilapia and barramundi because they tolerate better diverse water conditions and they grow fast. Aquaponics is suitable to grow small vegetables like Lettuce, kale, watercress, mint, herbs, radishes and spinach.
Aeroponics is another indoor plantation system. In this plants are suspended in air with roots hanging and they are regularly nourished by spraying with nutrients and water solution. Because the roots are enclosed, less nutrient-water mix is needed for plants to grow and thrive. Aeroponics is a great way to save space as one can grow them either horizontally or vertically. It is suitable to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs in apartments.