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Reduce Death Risk with EUOR tips

Eating spicy food more frequently as part of a daily diet is associated with a lower risk of death, suggests a new study. The association was also found in deaths from certain conditions such as cancer and ischemic heart and respiratory diseases.

This is an observational study so no definitive conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect, but the authors call for more research that may “lead to updated dietary recommendations and development of functional foods.”

Previous research has suggested that the beneficial effects of spices and their bioactive ingredient, capsaicin, include anti-obesity, antioxidant, anti-inflammation and anticancer properties.

So an international team led by researchers at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences examined the association between consumption of spicy foods as part of a daily diet and the total risk and causes of death.

They undertook a prospective study of 487,375 participants, aged 30-79 years, from China Kadoorie Biobank. Participants were enrolled between 2004 – 2008 and followed up for morbidities and mortality.

All participants completed a questionnaire about their general health, physical measurements, consumption of spicy foods, red meat, vegetable and alcohol.

Participants with a history of cancer, heart disease and stroke were excluded from the study and factors such as age, marital status, level of education and physical activity were accounted for.

Compared with participants who ate spicy foods less than once a week, those who consumed spicy foods 1 or 2 days a week were at a 10% reduced risk of death (hazard ratios for death was 0.90). Those who ate spicy foods 3 to 5 and 6 or 7 days a week were at a 14% reduced risk of death (hazard ratios for death 0.86, and 0.86 respectively). The hazard ratio is the measure of how often a particular event happens in one group compared to how often it happens in another group, over time.

In other words, participants who ate spicy foods almost every day had a relative 14% lower risk of death compared to those who consumed spicy foods less than once a week.

The association was similar in both men and women and was stronger in those who did not consume alcohol.

Frequent consumption of spicy foods was also linked to a lower risk of death from cancer, ischaemic heart, respiratory system diseases and this was more evident in women than men.

Fresh and dried chilli peppers were the most commonly used spices in those who reported eating spicy foods weekly, and further analysis showed those who consumed fresh chilli tended to have a lower risk of death from cancer, ischaemic heart disease and diabetes.

Some of the bioactive ingredients are likely to drive this association, that is adding fresh chilli is richer in capsaicin, vitamin C and other nutrients. On the other side they caution against linking any of these with lowering the risk of death.

Should people eat spicy food to improve health? On this context, the University of Cambridge says that still more research needs to be done for confirming results that whether the actual cause is for intake of spicy foods or other dietary and lifestyle factors are also responsible.

 

The first rain drops after the scorching summer heat brings a lot of refreshment in the air. While we celebrate the monsoon rain we must also keep in mind that monsoon is prone to many diseases like cough and cold, typhoid and other health problems. Even bacteria tend to grow in food in this season, so, it better to avoid street food, drinks and fruits. This increases the number of doctor visits especially for the kids and aged people as they are more prone to seasonal infections.

It is often noticed that kids and elderly people love having unhealthy food stuffs. So, it is very essential to keep an eye to control such food habits. There are some effective and useful tips that will help you to stay healthy and you can maintain a healthy family.

Stay hydrated

You should drink enough water in this season to keep your body hydrated and refreshed. The humidity level tolls to inflate and you tend to sweat that prevents your body from releasing heat. It is recommended to carry a bottle in your bag as it helps to maintain the fluid balance of your body. Drink only boiled and filtered water to avoid water born diseases.

Monsoon diet

Maintaining a proper diet in this season is very important for staying healthy. When you feel hungry have your food moderately. Avoid street foods, drinks and junk snacks, instead include lots of fruits, veggies and use turmeric to cook food as it is rich in antioxidants.

Fresh food

Whenever you get vegetables from the market in this season, wash all vegetables in filtered water before consuming. Steam all leafy vegetables to kill the germs and remove the dirt. Avoid having contaminated food that is prone to illness.

Do NOT hog on street food!

Though the street snacks are very tempting like chaat, fried items, kulfis and golas but these are very harmful for your health and best to avoid. These street foods are prone to bacteria and germs as they are unprotected which may lead to diarrhea and jaundice.

Maintain hygiene

While travelling in buses and trains we come in contact with germs and bacteria that carry many diseases like styes, conjunctivitis and allergies. So, it is very important to maintain hygiene, dry your clothes properly and keep yourself clean. Always carry a hand sanitizer while travelling. Have separate towels and handkerchief; make sure that your little kid is not using the same towel and best if your kid’s towels are washed daily. Change your bed sheets at least twice a week.

Now enjoy your monsoon to the fullest. Let each rain drop make you filled with happiness. Along with all enjoyment stay healthy this monsoon!

A slim shapely portfolio tops the list of most of the today’s women. While some are genetically blessed with an amazingly trimmed body, many are not so fortunate. A lot of women who take to crash diets with the aim of losing weight, only end up harming themselves in turn. You cannot lose weight by eating less- while over binging is a strict NO but you should not also deprive your body of proper & adequate nutrients. The problem is that most of the women do not know what to eat to lose weight. There are certain foods that fill up sans getting you the unnecessary calories. The post below highlights on top 5 weight loss foods.

1.       Oats

This is a fantastic weight loss food and would be really handy for modern women.

oat

Oats are enriched in fiber & hence one serving would help you in feeling full all throughout the day. Thus, the doctors generally advise for oats in your breakfast so that you don’t have hunger pangs for a long time. Oats help to up your metabolism by a great extent that in turn burns off the undesired fat.

2.       Whole chicken

Whole chicken is succulent low-fat & iron-rich.

Whole chicken

It squashes the hunger pangs in a really palatable way and also supports you with rich nutrients- sans getting you fat.

3.        Red grapes

This is another sweet way to lose weight.

Red grapes

The dark red grapes are famous for a compound that block the formation of fat cells in your body. The sweet taste is an added bonus. If you are worried about your sweet tooth that makes sweets & candies irresistible, turn to red grapes.

4.        Brown rice

Then, you have brown rice. It’s fiber-packed, heartier & way better alternative to the usual rice that you consume for lunch or dinner everyday.

Brown rice

1.7g of brown rice involves Resistant Starch which is a super healthy carb that enhances metabolism & helps to burn the unnecessary fat faster. Besides, as this particular rice is a good low-energy-density food, it implies that it’s both heavy & filling- moreover, it’s low in the calorie department. Thus, when you get brown rice for lunch, you are full for a large part of the day, which eliminates chances of over-eating.

5.       Pear

Last, but not the least, you have pear as a fantastic weight loss aid.

Pear

According to studies, women who took 3 pears per day consumed lesser calories & lost more fat in comparison to those who did not.

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