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Eat fruit, don't drink it 

A fruit is the epitome of healthy food, a fountainhead of nutrition loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Yet, when you discard the fibre and turn a fruit into juice, you throw away a large part of that nutrition and are left with a glass loaded with calories and sugar.
Sujata Mukherjee Mar 29, 2018 00:00 IST

The Most Popular Health Insurance Myths Busted

“Why would you buy health insurance while you are young and healthy?” 
Mar 29, 2018 13:44 IST

Solar blues

The slightest exposure to the sun leads to an itchy red rash on my body.
Dr Gita Mathai Mar 28, 2018 00:00 IST

Why Health Insurance Is Not a Luxury, But a Necessity

A nation’s well-being and productivity depends on the health of its citizens. With a rampant increase in the number of lifestyle diseases, accompanied by ever-rising medical inflation, health insurance has become the need of the hour. In a bid to provide health cover to the underprivileged, the Union Budget this year saw the unveiling of the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS). NHPS will provide health insurance cover of up to Rs. 5 lakhs per family, to over 10 crore underprivileged and vulnerable families. This cover will be offered for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation.
Mar 26, 2018 17:09 IST

Green grouse

I have no argument with people who adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet for health, religious, environmental or ethical reasons. But I object vehemently to proselytisers who distort science or the support for dietary advice offered to the more than 90 per cent of us who choose to consume animal foods, including poultry and red meat.
Mar 21, 2018 00:00 IST

Tired? Blame the T cells

Have you been feeling tired, lethargic, short on energy and unable to complete daily chores? While these complaints are common in all age groups, they are more likely in older people, especially women. The tiredness can also is expressed as daytime drowsiness.
YOUR HEALTH - DR. GITA MATHAI Mar 21, 2018 00:00 IST

Don't drink too much

With summer almost here, we'll soon be consuming litres of water. The general impression is - the more the better.
Mar 14, 2018 00:00 IST

Violence in children

We Indians are smug about our pacifist natures, non-violent culture and children who study hard, do well and make it to the top of multinational companies. Juvenile delinquency, violence and drug addiction has no place in this bright picture. As far as we are concerned, it is confined to the underprivileged.
Dr Gita Mathai Mar 14, 2018 00:00 IST

Subtle signs of a thyroid disorder

Problems with estrogen and testosterone, the body's main sex hormones, tend to attract widespread public interest. But we might all be better off paying more attention to a far more common endocrine disorder - abnormal levels of thyroid hormone. Thyroid disorders can affect a wide range of bodily functions and cause an array of confusing and often misdiagnosed symptoms.
Mar 14, 2018 00:00 IST

Fitchits

Having migraines increases the risk for cardiovascular diseases, a new study has found. Using the Danish National Patient Registry, researchers matched 51,032 people with migraines, 71 per cent of them women, with 5,10,320 people in the general population without migraines. 
Agencies Mar 14, 2018 00:00 IST

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