Answers to Most Frequently Asked Questions Related to Drinking Water

Yes, water is good for health. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water in a day. We have heard it all. Despite knowing the several benefits of drinking sufficient water, we tend to ignore it not take it so seriously.

Did you know? The human body comprises of 60% of water and each day we tend to lose 64 ounces of water only through the process of perspiration? Though it gets unnoticed since we are not working out, but the fact is even sitting on the chair, working or any sort of activity includes this process. So, now you know how important it is to drink sufficient water every day.

People have a lot of questions regarding drinking water – how much water should you drink, should you drink cold or luck warm water, should you drink water immediately after waking up? Let’s try to find answers to some of these questions

How much water should I drink per day?

The amount of water you should consume varies from person to person. Approximately it is said to have 8 glasses of water every day, but in some cases, women are suggested to have 11 cups of water whereas men are advised to have 16 cups of water. Again, it varies in the case of children too. The portion could also change depending on your exercise regime or the overall activity levels through the day.

Does climate impact the water need?

Yes, the amount of water your body needs gets impacted depending on the change in climate. You should always remember that our body reacts according to weather. If it is too hot, our body wants more of water whereas, in cold days, we prefer drinking less water. But, don’t always go by the demands of your body – there is a minimum limit we should always fulfil since our body needs the same amount of water no matter if it is cold or hot.

Does drinking water help in weight loss?

Even if you don’t change your lifestyle, consuming more water could help in weight loss. Consuming water before a meal reduces your appetite and you tend to consume fewer calories. Water is purely calorie free and it helps in increasing the number of calories you burn, which can eventually lead to weight loss. Replace your cold drinks with water or even drink a glass of water whenever you feel a little hungry – it diverts your mind from intake of calorie and helps you being healthy and definitely promotes weight loss.

Do water purifiers take away all the good minerals in the water?

RO Purifiers, which are becoming more popular these days, are blamed of removing minerals from the water. However, a good quality purifier will remove only the bad minerals present in the water and retain the good ones like calcium and magnesium. The inorganic minerals which are hard to absorb by the body are removed in the purification process and the good essential nutrients are retained.

Should I drink water from copper vessel? Is there any additional benefit of that?

Drinking water from the copper bottle works great for your mental and physical health. Since copper is considered one of the most important minerals for our body, it is recommended to store water in copper utensil overnight and drink it the next day. Consuming this early morning empty stomach reduces the risk of heart attack, helps in weight loss, it acts as antimicrobial, and it keeps you young. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which reduce body ache, it is good if you have acidity problem and many more such benefits.

Are there some “best times” to drink water?

We are all aware of the benefits of drinking water, but yes, there are some best times to drink water. Early morning as soon as you get up, drink one glass of water as it helps in removing toxins from your body. Drink water half an hour before a meal. It helps in weight loss and improves the digestive system. Many experts suggest not drinking water while eating meals. Wait for half an hour post meal and then drink water. It is also said that drinking water before taking bath can reduce the risk of cancer.

Is drinking too much water dangerous to health?

While drinking water is good for your health, consuming water in excess quantity could decrease of salt and sodium in your blood which could lead to water intoxication. It is quite serious and can be fatal. Your kidney can tolerate only half a litre of water every hour. If that increases, then the water starts flowing from blood to cells and it could result in swelling of the brain.

 Is it dangerous to drink water from plastic bottles?

Yes, it is harmful to drink water from plastic bottles. Plastic bottles release lot of toxins and chemicals – if water is kept in plastic bottles in heat or for a longer duration, these chemicals can be extremely harmful to the body and might lead to serious health issues. Several studies show that chemicals found in plastic water bottles can negatively impact the body hormones and specific organs of the body.

Water is one of the best drinks for your body. Keep it simple – drink when you are thirsty, drink clean water, and avoid plastic water bottles (they are bad for the environment too!).

The Best Morning Routines To Kick Start Your Day Right

How many times your New Year’s resolution has been about improving your health and overall lifestyle? Almost every time, isn’t it? How many times did you fail to keep up with your resolutions just into the second week of January? Nearly every year, isn’t it? Half of the January gone by, chances are you might have given up n your resolution already and if not, then you are on the brink of giving it up. If this sentence has found you nodding in a yes then this article is meant for you.

This year, instead of not being able to keep up with your resolutions, why not try and build some healthy habits to live by? Forming a pattern is more natural than vowing to stick to something. The latter is called forcing yourself to do something that you are not willing to, and the former is refining your system to adhere to something.

How you start your day defines the rest of the day to follow and hence, it is essential to start your day on a good note. Developing a healthy morning routine can increase your efficiency and productivity throughout the day. Cut through the chaos of morning rush by incorporating these morning routine habits and kick-start your day on a happy note:

Drink Water

As soon as you open your eyes, catch hold of a water bottle instead of your mobile phone. Drinking water first thing in the morning is known to improve metabolism and to flush out toxins from the body. Apart from this, it helps in keeping your body hydrated through the day – especially on busy days where you don’t even remember to drink a glass of water. How much water should you drink? Well, there can never be a right answer to this. Drink as much as you can. Start this routine with a glass of water and gradually increase it to a litre of water every morning.

Stay Away from Mobile Phone

Since mobile phones have replaced alarm clocks, the first thing a person does is scrolls through their mobile notifications in the morning after opening their eyes. An American Mental Health study research suggests that reading work-related emails and texts first thing in the morning is known to escalate stress and anxiety levels in humans. Stay away from your phone in the morning hours. Devote the first couple of your waking hours to recreational activities like stretching, workout, listening to music or reading.

Exercise in the morning

The benefits of exercising are aplenty. Physical exercise is known to get rid of stress, tension and anxiety thereby improving blood circulation in the body, strengthening immune system, improving metabolism and better sleep habits. Starting your day with exercise keeps your body energised throughout the day. It helps in combating fatigue and exhaustion.

Meditate

Meditation has various physical and mental health benefits. It helps in increasing concentration and focus along with reducing stress levels. It also keeps anxiety and panic at bay. Starting your day with a few minutes of meditation in the morning can result in high productivity and calmness throughout the day.

Devote time to learn something new

Morning hour is the best time to concentrate on learning or developing a new skill. Devote the morning hours to learning something new. It can be related to honing your professional skills or getting better at a hobby that you never found time for before. People who love reading can devote the morning hours to reading books.

Concentrate on what you are doing / Tame your thoughts

Learn to live in the moment. Every morning we wake up with a rush and keep mentally preparing for the day ahead without focussing on what we are doing. Brushing your teeth, drinking water, eating breakfast; everything is finished off in a jiffy. Stop doing that. Enjoy brushing your teeth, enjoy your meal – be mindful of what you are doing instead of always being in a rush of thoughts about what lies ahead.

Plan for your morning

The morning rush is often caused due to waking up late or being unprepared for the morning. Every day you are running late, but every night you tend to stretch yourself to the farthest limit of sleeping time. Stop doing this. Instead, invest your time in preparing for your morning. Set the alarm an hour early than your usual time. Prepare for your morning the night before going to bed. Iron your clothes and arrange everything in one place to avoid the chaos in the morning.

Your morning routine can make or break your day. Hence, it is imperative to form a healthy morning routine. A chaotic start to the day will end up in bigger chaos by the end of the day, and nobody wants to live a life like that. Follow these simple, healthy morning rituals and see the difference for yourself.

What You Must Know About The Growing Vegan Movement

The introduction to veganism has been accidental for many people. Surprisingly for a majority of people, using the term ‘vegan’ loosely for ‘vegetarian’ had made this introduction happen.

What is Veganism?

Veganism is the practice of following a vegan diet that excludes animal meat and certain dairy and plant-based foods. A person who practices veganism is called a vegan.

Veganism is not just about following a vegan a diet, but it is a lifestyle change. Ever since its introduction in the year 1944 by Donald Watson, the movement has evolved from a mere dietary change to a lifestyle change in the year 2010. The Vegan Society was founded in England in 1944, and back then the term vegan meant ‘non-dairy vegetarian’. Post-1951, the society defined the term vegan as ‘the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals.’

Although the vegan movement has been in existence since over a half century, it gained momentum in the year 2010 when environmentalists vowed to bring in a lifestyle change to save the planet from environmental disasters caused due to human negligence.

The path-breaking event occurred in the vegan movement when in 2010 The European Parliament defined the term vegan and asked the food industry to mark the food labels as vegan just like vegetarian and non-vegetarian labelling on the food packaging.

The movement isn’t restricted to any political boundary. Today, vegan movement is practiced in more than 100 countries across the world by people who are dedicated to the environmental cause and propagate sustainable living.

There are different vegan philosophies practiced by the vegans across the globe:

  • Ethical veganism:The vegans who follow a vegan diet are usually the followers of ethical veganism philosophy. This philosophy propagates changes in dietary habits. Ethical vegans do not consume any dairy products like milk, cheese, eggs including honey.
  • Environmental veganism:This philosophy emphasises the environmental impact created by the vegan movement. This philosophy focuses on adopting a completely vegan lifestyle than just dietary changes. Vegans who follow this philosophy avoid using products made by killing animals.
  • Plant-based veganism:Vegans who follow this philosophy live off on only plant-based foods produced from the ground.
  • Raw veganism:The followers of this philosophy do not consume food cooked above 48 degree Celsius. They believe that foods cooked above this temperature lose its essential nutrients and enzymes.

Difference between Vegetarian and Vegan

Vegetarian and vegan have been loosely used for each other by the ignorant section of the society. This inter-changeability of these terms dates back to the mid-2000s when the vegan movement was gaining momentum across the globe but with little to no awareness amongst the masses. Vegetarians have often argued about the difference between these two dietary choices and to their surprise, it is enormous!

Vegetarian is a person who excludes animal meat from their dietary choices. They go on to consume dairy products and eggs too at times whereas; a vegan completely abstains from these foods. A vegan is a person who consumes only plant-based foods and completely avoids dairy products as well.

What does a vegan diet comprise of?

The non-vegan people are often left baffled about what do the vegans consume. To their astonishment, the vegan diet offers a lavish spread of food choices which include:

  1. Soy:Soy is the staple food in the vegan diet. There is a massive variety of products made out of soy that the vegans can consume.
  2. Plant-based milk:The dairy milk is substituted with soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk and milk obtained from various grains like rice and oats.
  3. Grains, nuts, and seeds:Vegans can consume all kinds of grains, nuts and seeds. This provides them with a scope to experiment with their food.
  4. Fruits:Vegans can consume the entire production from the fruit families. 

Veganism and Nutrition Argument

For years the vegan movement has been affected by people who believed that vegan dietary foods could not replace the nutritious value of animal meat. There have been numerous researches across the globe to prove it otherwise. The vegan foods are enriched with essential nutrients like calcium, protein, iron, sodium along with the entire vitamins group including B complex and vitamin D.

Following a vegan diet during pregnancy has proven in better infant health compared to the kids born to the mothers who follow vegetarian or non-vegetarian diets during their pregnancy.

The environmental impact of our food choices and the dangerous climatic changes due to human negligence has paved the way for alternative lifestyles that promote and support sustainable living.

Diagnosed With High Cholesterol Levels? Here Is What You Need To Know

Good heart health begins in your younger days. The lifestyle and eating habits during your prime years will have a lasting impact on your overall health during the later years of your life. An average person’s heart beats about 2.5 billion times during their lifespan during which, millions of gallons of blood is pumped through the body. The blood is a carrier of oxygen, hormones, fuel and essential cells required for the proper functioning of the internal organs and the human body. Blood also clarifies the waste generated by the metabolic function.

It is no rocket science that heart is one of the most important organs in the human body. The sedentary lifestyle and stressful work and living conditions are adding to the ever-increasing health woes. The long and stressful desk jobs today are cited as one of the major reasons on unhealthy mind and body.

What is Cholesterol?

The most common heart health risk today is the high cholesterol levels in the body. Where does this cholesterol come from? It is a fatty substance found in certain types of food as well as made by the body itself. The human body requires cholesterol to work properly – it helps in protecting nerves and makes cell tissues. However, when the cholesterol levels cross the optimum level required by the body, it puts the person at risk of having strokes or heart attacks.

The high level of cholesterol in the body results in unused cholesterol. This unused cholesterol then builds up into blood vessel walls which results in blockages. These blockages, in turn, affect the blood and oxygen flow in the body which results in a stroke or a heart attack.

What are the Optimum Levels of Cholesterol?

The level of cholesterol varies in different age groups. Cholesterol consists of Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL) and High-density Lipoproteins (HDL). LDL is commonly known as ‘bad cholesterol’ and HDL as ‘good cholesterol’. The blockages caused in the human body are due to high or increased levels of LDL in the blood.

As we grow, the cholesterol levels tend to rise in the body. Doctors recommend getting your cholesterol levels checked every 5 years after the age of 20. Men are at a higher risk of having high cholesterol levels compared to women. The cholesterol level in women tends to increase post menopause.

The cholesterol levels are measured in milligram per decilitre (mg/dl).

Cholesterol Level in Adults:  A total cholesterol level less than 200 is considered as a good level to maintain. The LDL should be 40 or higher and HDL should be less than 100.

Cholesterol Level in Kids: A total cholesterol level less than 170 is considered as a good level to maintain. The LDL should be 45 or higher and HDL should be less than 110.

What to do when you have a high level of cholesterol?

It is not the end of the road if you are detected with high levels of cholesterol in your blood. It is time to make some lifestyle changes that include healthy eating and living. The most common cause of an increased cholesterol level is bad eating habits and lack of exercise in the daily routine.

Here are a few things that you should do when detected with high cholesterol level:

  1. Healthy Eating Habits

Obese people, be it an adult or a kid, are at high risk of having high levels of cholesterol. Keeping a check on your weight is the best way to control your increasing cholesterol levels. Get rid of the fatty and unhealthy foods which are full of bad cholesterol. Reduce saturated fats and trans fats from the diet eat foods with Omega-3 fatty acids.

  1. Exercise Regime

Long sitting hours and no exercise can affect your heart health. You don’t need to get into extraneous workout regimen but maintaining a healthy exercise regime can go a long way. Exercising for at least 40 minutes every day has been scientifically proven to keep the cholesterol levels in check.

  1. Stretching between work hours

Stop being glued to your desk all the time. Take stretching breaks every 30-40 minutes. Get up from the chair, walk around a bit and stretch your body to get rid of the stiffness. This helps in maintaining a healthy flow of blood in the body while relieving stress and tension.

  1. Meditation

There are many scientific studies that back the claim that meditation helps in reducing stress and tension over time. By adopting a meditation regime, one can help in keeping a check on the stress and tension levels which, in return, helps in controlling and maintaining a healthy blood pressure level.

In today’s time, increased cholesterol levels have become a common occurrence. Getting the cholesterol levels checked at regular intervals can help in curbing the risk of heart diseases. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during your prime years is as important as taking your multivitamins every day. Sometimes, just changing the dietary habits or changing the lifestyle may not be enough and you might need to take medication. Speak to your doctor to take the appropriate medication.

8 Myths You Always Believed About Milk (But You Should Not)

Milk has been an integral part of the dietary intake in the Indian culture and being the first thing that a baby consumes after birth – why shouldn’t it be? However, there are many myths surrounding the intake of milk. Some people believe it to be a complete meal to meet the daily nutrition requirement while some believe that milk alone isn’t sufficient or is bad for your health. Whom to believe?

Here, we have debunked some of the common myths surrounding milk intake:

Myth: Milk is the best source of calcium.

Fact: Milk is a rich source of calcium but it certainly isn’t the only sufficient. In order to meet the daily calcium requirement in kids and adults, you cannot simply rely on milk. You would need to add other calcium-rich sources of food to meet the optimum calcium requirement for each meal.

Myth: There’s no limit to the quantity of milk consumption

Fact: Infants and toddlers meet their basic nutrient requirement from milk as it is the only thing that they consume until they start weaning. But after the age of 4, 2-2.5 cups of milk a day is more than sufficient. Excess consumption of milk can be dysenteric in some cases.

Myth: Milk is difficult to digest and causes bloating

Fact: This is not entirely wrong. People who are intolerant to lactose can find it difficult to digest milk. Indigestion further leads to bloating and other digestive issues. Lactose intolerance can set in at any age. Some people can be intolerant to lactose since their beginning years and in some cases, it is developed at a later age.

Myth: Raw milk is nutritious than boiled milk

Fact: No, it is not. Boiling doesn’t take away the nutrients from the milk. In fact, it is better to boil the milk obtained from a local milkman as it can be contaminated. Boiling, in this case, helps in killing the harmful bacteria present in the raw milk.

Myth: Milk is a meal in itself

Fact: Milk is rich in nutrients, but it cannot replace a meal. Milk can be consumed along with a meal. A glass of milk won’t be as filling as a complete meal. It will leave you hungry causing hunger pangs in a short period of time. The body needs other nutrients and minerals to meet its requirements and all of them are not found in milk. Don’t substitute a meal with milk or it can cause nutrition deficiency in the body in the long run.

Myth: Starting the day with a glass of milk is the best thing

Fact: Consuming milk the first thing in the morning can be troublesome for people who suffer from gastric and other digestive issues. Drinking milk on an empty stomach can have an acidic reaction in some people. Accompany your breakfast with a glass of milk.

Myth: Drinking milk gives strong bones

Fact: This myth is based upon the myth that milk is the best source of calcium which is not the case. Milk has rich calcium content but only consuming milk without any other calcium-rich foods won’t give you stronger bones.

Myth: Homogenization and pasteurization destroy the nutrients in milk

Fact: Contrary to the belief that homogenization is a chemical process, it is, in fact, a mechanical process. It has absolutely no effect on the nutrient content of the milk. The process of pasteurization is just for killing germs and not nutrients in the milk.

Myth: Dairy cows are not treated well

Fact: Not always. There are organic milk brands where cows are treated well, are fed good fodder, and they live in open, clean farms.

So is milk healthy or unhealthy?

Milk is the healthiest way to meet the daily nutrient requirements in a human body. Milk is the only thing consumed by a child until it starts weaning. The health benefits of consuming milk are aplenty. The purpose of debunking these milk myths is to educate our readers and to prevent them from falling for these common myths about milk consumption.