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  • What's wrong with vegetarianism?

    Turns out that vegetarians are more prone to mental and physical illness, as compared to meat-eaters.

    Austria's Medical University of Graz conducted a study that revealed the vegetarian diet to carry elevated risks of cancer, allergies and mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. This is despite vegetarians leading healthier lifestyles, with lower alcohol consumption and lower body mass indices. Interestingly, the study also found that those who eat less meat tend to avoid doctor's appointments. Ironically, it is the vegetarians who showed highest need for medical treatment, accompanied by lower quality of life and general lack of health.

    Wonder what this means for vegetarians in India...

    In the meanwhile, here are some gorgeous vegetarians whose health you can worry over.

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  • Time your meals to optimize weight loss

    Trying to shed those excess kilos? Scientists have brought it down to an exact time of day.

    Trying to shed those excess kilos? Well, scientists have brought it down to an exact time of day. Turns out that eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at a specific time plays a key role in weight loss.
    Watch the video to learn when to time your meals.

  • Source: How to Lose Weight Without Even Trying

    Losing weight takes a lot of sweat and discipline, but even when you're not powering through a treadmill interval workout or counting calories, there are a lot of simpler ways to see those pounds drop on the scale. Employing these 10 little tricks daily will help you lose weight, no gym or diet required.

    • Always start a meal with a glass of water: You'll stay hydrated and feel fuller instantly, which can help you from overeating.
    • Make a few simple swaps at every meal: Going for a vinaigrette dressing instead of a Green Goddess dressing at lunch can save you 80 calories, while opting for fresh fruit instead of dried can save you dozens as well. Get a list of simple swaps to save calories here.
    • Have a piece of dark chocolate for dessert: Instead of opting for the cookies in the break room, quiet your sugar cravings with a piece of dark chocolate. It may not feel quite as satisfying the first few times, but as you wean yourself off your
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  • These seemingly innocent habits aren't doing your health any favors These seemingly innocent habits aren't doing your health any favors These seemingly innocent habits aren't doing your health any favors
    By Linda Melone, Prevention

    You eat well, you exercise, and you even get the right amount of sleep (most nights, anyway; no one's perfect). But chances are, you've got some other little habits that are costing you in the health department--without you even knowing. Check out these 10 hidden health risks, and simple ways to fix them.

    1. You cross your legs
    Sitting with legs crossed at the knee can bump up blood pressure, according to a study published in Blood Pressure Monitoring. Leg crossing increased systolic blood pressure nearly 7% and diastolic by 2%. "Frequent crossing of the legs also puts stress on the hip joints and can cause pooling of blood in the legs when the veins are compressed," says Stephen T. Sinatra, MD, FACC, a Connecticut-based cardiologist and author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. "This could predispose you to inflammation of the veins of the lower legs and possibly a blood clot." Dr. Sinatra says

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  • The cure for AIDS is here

    A second baby has been 'cured' of HIV, marking a huge success in the search for a cure.

    Pregnant women infected with the HIV virus are given medication during their pregnancy to prevent passing the virus on to the fetus. In a recent case, a woman who did not take the prescribed medication during her pregnancy, gave birth to a child with extremely high risk of infection. The child was given a three-drug treatment 24 hours after birth. Within six days, the virus began to disappear. By the 11th day it was no longer detectable in the baby's bloodstream.

    This is the second baby to be cured of AIDS, making it a huge success in the search for a cure for AIDS. Watch the video below on the first baby that was succesfully treated for the removal of the HIV-virus.

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  • Quadruple your weight loss by making one easy tweak to your routine per week
    By Alyssa Shaffer, Prevention

    If your goal is to lose weight and exercise more, forget the deprivation diet and marathon workouts. Research shows that taking baby steps--not giant leaps--is the best way to get lasting results.

    A study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine found that participants who made one small, potentially permanent change in their food choices and/or physical activity each week (such as drinking one fewer can of soda or walking 5 more minutes each day) lost more than twice as much belly fat, 2½ more inches off their waistlines, and about 4 times more weight during a 4-month program, compared with those who followed traditional calorie-restriction and physical-activity guidelines.

    "When you focus on just a couple of small changes at a time, you begin to ingrain some healthy habits that last for a lifetime, rather than trying an all-or-nothing approach that more often than not fails

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  • When Michelle Wallace was diagnosed with endometrial cancer at age 43, after the birth of her fourth child, she realised that her newborn son might never know her. So she did something that was both brave and heartbreaking. She left her baby a video message so that he could get to know the mother he would not remember, except through the shared memories of his siblings. She created a "legacy video".

    A legacy video allows a person with a terminal illness to leave messages for their loved ones after they have passed away. It allows family members to see them after they have departed, to keep memories alive, and like in this case, reach out to children she has not been able to spend time with. Her son will now be able to hear her voice, see her talking and catch a glimpse of the person his mother was.

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  • The Best Foods to Eat to Beat Diabetes (and 5 to Avoid!)

    Foods to Beat DiabetesFoods to Beat Diabetes

    Have the disease, or simply want to lose weight? The following foods can help:

    Whole Grains: Not all carbs are bad. Foods made with whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread and brown rice, are sources of filling fiber (aiding weight loss, which can reduce your diabetes risk) and nutrients such as potassium, which helps the pancreas release insulin, the hormone that helps your cells use glucose for energy.

    Fish, Eggs, Poultry: Carnivores, rejoice: These foods (poultry without the skin) are fair game in a diabetes-friendly diet. Why? Because they're high in protein (result: full stomach) but typically low in fat (result: better weight management). Fatty fish also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which cut down on cardiovascular problems that can accompany diabetes.

    Related: 12 Key Tips to Keep Your Diet on Track »

    Fruits: These sweet treats aren't forbidden. Although they do contain sugar, the rate at which it enters the bloodstream is slowed by fiber. Fruits with a red, blue or

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  • Dental cavities the bane of your oral hygiene? Extensive research is now revealing that there are proven remedies to fix tooth decay.

    Until recently it was believed that tooth decay is caused by sugars and starches that remain on the teeth. The bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these leftover food particles, producing acids that destroy tooth enamel, thus causing tooth decay. But studies on indigenous people who do not brush or floss show that many have teeth almost completely free of tooth decay. Research conducted by Dr. Westom Price and other dental pioneers suggest that the real cause of tooth decay is:

    • Lack of minerals in the diet
    • Lack of fat-soluble vitamins (A,D,E & K)
    • Intestinal system being unable to properly absorb nutrients
    • Presence of phytic acid (from grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes)
    • Over time, the blood chemistry and ratio of calcium and phosphorous become disproportionate and result in minerals being removed from the bones,causing bone and tooth decay. In order
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  • The Depressed Cake Shop

    25 bakers create surprising treats to raise awareness on mental health issues.

    Grey cupcakes at the India Depressed Cake Shop.A recent story on Slate describes the harrowing journey of a family supporting their daughter through bipolar disorder. Unlike cancer, which is a disease more easily addressed in public and in private spaces, mental illness still remains a difficult conversation. "Friends talk about cancer and other physical maladies more easily than about psychological afflictions." As his daughter sought treatment, the family felt isolated and alone in their struggle to recovery.  Friends and relatives tiptoed around the issue, unsure of how to broach the subject or offer their support.

    Aware of this stigma, and in an effort to raise awareness on issues of mental health, the India Depressed Cake shop was organised. Lavonne, a baking academy and pastry store in Bangalore, put together the Indian episode of the Depressed Cake shop, a pop-up cake shop tied thematically to mental illness. Home-bakers and professionals from all over the city brought an assortment of baked desserts, characterized by humour

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