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Stress, stress, stress…

Some of you might be too familiar with this (rather unfortunately!). Everyone experiences stress from time to time, because life happens! You might be stressed about an exam, starting a new job, getting married (completely understandable!), or even something as mundane as facing rush hour traffic daily.

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Stress affects everyone differently and could lead to detrimental health impacts, like heart disease and clinical depression. Curious to learn more about stress? Here are some facts you may have not known:

#1: There are mainly three types of stress

These are acute stress, episodic acute stress, and chronic stress. Acute stress

Do you relate to this kid?

If you’re a hardcore carb-lover, it’s time to think about whether your go-to carb-loaded foods are actually good for you.

Just like you’d consider a movie’s reviews before watching it, the glycemic index is a “rating” for foods that have carbohydrates.

When you eat foods that contain carbohydrates, your blood glucose levels rise to break down these nutrients. The glycemic index of a food, which is a numerical value, tells you how fast your blood glucose levels will rise:

  • A high glycemic index means that the carbs in that food item are digested…

The humble and versatile banana — a popular fruit worldwide that’s great as a snack, breakfast, or even dessert. There are lots of recipes that feature bananas, like smoothies, oats, pancakes, puddings, fritters, muffins, and even bread. (Yes, we’re referring to the lockdown banana bread obsession!)

So a banana can be a great addition to many dishes, but there’s a lot of confusing information out there about whether the fruit is actually good for health. Some hail banana as a “superfood”, while others condemn it as a culprit for weight gain and indigestion.

In particular, there’s a lot out there…

It’s an age-old healthy food battle — brown vs. white. Brown bread, brown rice, brown pasta…we’ve all been told these are better choices. But are they really the healthier options?

Well, Dr. YOU is here to clarify one question regarding brown foods you might have had:

“Is brown bread actually healthy?”

Simply put, the answer is YES! Brown bread is healthier than white bread.

Brown bread is made from whole grains, while white bread is made from processed grains. A whole grain kernel has three parts: the bran, germ, and endosperm. …

Do you remember the climax of the last movie you watched? The lead characters in a romcom reach a breaking point in their romantic venture and are fighting for their love. The lone wolf in an action movie single-handedly (and rather miraculously!) takes down the crime syndicate that was out to wreak havoc worldwide. Or you finally find out the sob story behind the spirit terrorizing a family in a horror movie while the characters scramble to help the spirit find peace and leave the family.

The climax is usually the most exciting part of movies. But have you ever…

Our India Health Habits Survey indicated that people tend to be more conscious about sugar intake than salt intake. This means people say “no, thanks” to a slice of cake for the sake of their health, but would readily say “yes, please” to a packet of chips.

If you think you’re guilty of this, you are not alone! It’s much more difficult to keep track of your salt intake because so many foods you eat have more salt than you think. The World Health Organization recommends having no more than 1 teaspoon of salt daily.

Too much salt in your…

Do you know that one friend, family member, or colleague who seems to effortlessly do it all? They somehow meet all their deadlines, eat healthy, have a happening social life, and even get time to exercise. Their productivity is so intimidating that it makes you question everything YOU are doing with your life.

Well…your body has one organ that does it all like that you should definitely be grateful for — the liver.

Your liver is much more important than you think. It is involved in hundreds of tasks that keep your body going. Some of these functions include controlling…

“Death, so-called, is a thing which makes men weep,

And yet a third of life is passed in sleep.”

― Lord George Gordon Byron

It’s true — nearly a third of our lives are spent asleep.

So why is it that for most of us, it’s becoming increasingly hard to get a good night’s sleep? We sleep too late, wake up groggy, and then repeat the cycle all over again, assuming we have the weekend to ‘catch up’.

While some people rely on coffee, tea, or an energy drink to jump-start their days, and we wrote an interesting piece on…

Have you ever had a question about alcohol that you were too afraid to ask? Maybe you thought it was too silly to warrant serious discussion.

Well, Dr. YOU is here to clarify one such question you might have had:

“Why do I urinate so much when I drink alcoholic beverages?”

Well, this is because of the effect that alcohol has on a hormone that controls your urine production. This hormone is called antidiuretic hormone or vasopressin. It is released from the pituitary gland, which is found behind the bridge of your nose.

Normally, vasopressin tells the kidneys to reabsorb…

In the India Health Habits Survey, many respondents in the youngest (18–24 years) and oldest (more than 55 years) age groups said that they exercise daily. This was true for both moderate-intensity and vigorous forms of exercise. These individuals prove that age is just a number when it comes to exercise!

There are plenty of benefits to exercise. It improves your heart health, is a great de-stressor, strengthens your muscular and skeletal system, and lowers your risk of many chronic diseases like diabetes.

Instead of elaborating on the numerous health benefits of exercise (something you may have heard time and…


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