Green bath

The benefits of a walk in the woods may be so commonsensical that it seems nonsensical to give the activity a trendy name - forest bathing. But the premise of this alternative therapy is sound enough to have been introduced as part of a public health programme in Japan in 1982, when the ministry of forest coined the phrase shinrin-yoku to turn it into a national pastime that would enhance health, wellness and happiness.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH Apr 18, 2018 00:00 IST

Aids to memory

Forgetfulness is a terrible thing. In children, it leads to poor grades. In older people, it leads to mislaid keys and forgotten appointments.

Fill up on fluids

Apr 15, 2018 00:00 IST

Get your workout streak going wherever you are 

Apr 14, 2018 00:00 IST

Sleep right to fight fat

If you want to avoid gaining weight, sleep right. When you do not get your daily quota of sleep, your body follows a new tune that leads to all those love handles. Latest research shows that those who sleep for less than five hours a day on an average, or more than nine hours, gain weight.
Sujata Mukherjee Apr 11, 2018 00:00 IST

Eyes can get thirsty, too

Putting carboxymethylcellulose sodium in one's eyes two, three or more times a day may not sound like a great experience. But I can assure you that it can be. Drops of this chemical, called a topical lubricant, help to keep my eyes from burning, avoiding bright lights, becoming red and itchy, and generally feeling miserable.
 Jane E. Brody Apr 11, 2018 00:00 IST

A surfeit of vitamins

I take a multi-vitamin tablet regularly. I also take another supplement. Recently, my friend told me to include vitamin D and calcium supplements in my daily diet.
Dr Gita Mathai Apr 11, 2018 00:00 IST


It has been believed that omega-6 fatty acids - found in nuts, seeds and vegetable oils, including those used in processed and junk foods - increase inflammation while omega-3s, the fats in fish oil, lower it. Earlier studies suggested that a high omega-6 intake increases the risk for heart disease.
Agencies Apr 11, 2018 00:00 IST

Age of experience

Mekhala, who has just turned 17, pleaded with teary eyes. “You must tell Baba to say ‘yes’. He trusts you.” I knew I was getting into a difficult zone or, more honestly, an ethical minefield. I had been seeing Mekhala for more than three years. Initially, the concerns with which parents brought her were the usual bread-and-butter stuff mental health professionals are used to dealing with. 
J.R. Ram Apr 08, 2018 00:00 IST

Are you doing it right?

Last year, a survey found that three in 10 Britons brush their teeth once a day, while a recent American survey found that the average millennial will happily go for two or more days without brushing.
Apr 04, 2018 00:00 IST

The non-veg vitamin

There are 62 million diabetics in India. Many of these patients are prescribed metformin as it can safely combine with a variety of other medications and has relatively few side effects too. In recent times, however, the long-term (more than four months) use of metformin has been associated with a fall in the body's vitamin B12 levels.


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