Monday, 28 October 2013

World Stroke Day 2013

World Stroke Day - October 29 2013
Stroke - a non-communicable disease that attacks 15 million people worldwide every year and claims a life every six seconds. 
On World Stroke Day, October 29, 2010, the WSO and its members worldwide launched the “1 in 6” campaign. The theme was identified to mirror today’s reality that one in six people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime. While the overarching “1 in 6” theme of the campaign will continue in 2012/2013, the slogan entitled “Because I care… “was launched on World Stroke Day 2012. The slogan was chosen as it can easily be adapted to all cultures and in any setting The slogan attempts to address prevailing misinformation about the disease.
 “Because I care…”
·         I want you to know the facts about stroke
·         I want you to learn how to prevent the assault of stroke
·         I will break the myths surrounding stroke, e.g., “stroke only happens later in life”
·         I want you to have access to the best possible treatment
·         I will ensure that you receive quality treatment, care and support
·         I will be with you every step of the way towards your full recovery
Do not take chances. One in six people is at risk for stroke – it could be you. Learn the facts. Save a life today. Act Now! commit to the following stroke challenges:-
Know your personal risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes, and high blood cholesterol.
Be physically active and exercise regularly. Experts suggest that regular exercise, for example a brisk walk of about 30 minutes at least four days a week, can go a long way in preventing stroke. 
Maintain a healthy diet high in fruit and vegetable and low in salt to stay in a healthy state and keep blood pressure low. The unhealthy junk foods can add up to your calorie and cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart problems.
Limit alcohol consumption.
Avoid cigarette smoke. If you smoke, seek help to stop now.
Learn to recognize the warning signs of a stroke and how to take action.
Sleep well. Sleeping less than five hours a day, can increase the risk of stroke or cardiac arrest.
Getting away from the office or family tensions is not easy, but try to change how you handle them. The more you relax, the more easily your body will be able to regulate stress levels. Select something you enjoy and stick to it. 

Mrs Shilpa Mittal
Nutritionist and Diet Consultant
Founder Shilpsnutrilife - Diet and lifestylemakeover

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Reducing Your Breast Cancer Risk - Other Dietary Guidelines

Reducing Your Breast Cancer Risk - Other Dietary Guidelines

Reduce the Amount of Fat You Eat 
Especially fat  from animal sources.  Environmental (and other) toxins accumulate in the fatty tissue of animals (especially red meat). Pesticides used on the food that animals eat, antibiotics that are injected to kill bacteria, and hormones that are injected for maximum growth, are all toxins that  can wreak havoc in a human body. These toxins can encourage the growth of cancerous cells.

 You should also avoid fast foods and junk food, as these contain many toxins in the form of transfats and preservatives.

Establish a Regular Exercise Program 

The biggest key to exercise is regular exercise, because it alters body chemistry in a favorable way to control fat deposits where excess estrogen is stored.

Maintain a Normal Weight 
Women who are of normal weight have a much lower risk of developing breast cancer.  If you are overweight, and especially if you have genetic factors that could pre-dispose you to cancer, consult with a nutritionist or dietician to help you plan a program to achieve permanent weight loss.

Eat  a diet rich in  B-Complex vitamin as it aids in the essential breakdown of female hormones (estrogen) by the liver.
Choline a  kind of B vitamin found in eggs, lean meat, fish, collards, and beans that has been shown to reduce cancer risk by 24% in women

Deficiencies in vitamin D have been found to possibly lead to cancer. You can increase your intake of vitamin D with a supplement, small amounts of sun exposure (with sunscreen protection), and by enjoying vitamin D fortified low-fat milk

CoQ10  Works as a powerful antioxident, increases energy at the cell level, and also boosts your immune system, which helps fight both the causes of cancer and the growth of existing cancer. It is produced in the body, but also found abundantly in organ-meats and tuna

Establish Healthy Eating Habits 
A good start would be to cut way down on fatty and/or sugary foods and drinks, replace the red meat you eat with fish, chicken or turkey, and up your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Your health depends on it!

Mrs Shilpa Mittal Nutritionist and Diet Consultant Founder Shilpsnutrilife - Diet and lifestylemakeover

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Treatment of osteopenia ("pre-osteoporosis") prevents osteopororsis

Treatment of osteopenia ("pre-osteoporosis") prevents osteopororsis

How often this happens...when you get your BMD done, it shows you in osteopenia range right, you are advised a few calcium supplements...and thats it you are done. Do you ever think of not letting it progress to osteoporosis.

The term "osteopenia" means "too little bone." It is not a disease. It refers to bone mineral density (BMD) that is not severe enough to indicate osteoporosis.

Bone mineral density is a measurement of the level of minerals in the bones, which shows how dense and strong they are. If your BMD is low compared to normal peak BMD, you are said to have osteopenia. Having osteopenia means there is a greater risk that, as time passes, you may develop BMD that is very low compared to normal, known as osteoporosis.

Osteopenia only slightly increases fracture risk.That's why its important to take care

Calcium The body cannot produce calcium; therefore, it must be absorbed through food. Dairy products, green leafy vegetables, nuts and soya are rich sources of calcium. Calcium supplements should be taken on the advice of a doctor. Good forms of calcium supplements are calcium carbonate and calcium citrate. But one should be careful not to get more than 2,000 mg of calcium a day.
Vitamin D supplementation- Vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium. Foods which are rich in vitamin D are eggs, fatty fish like salmon, cereal and milk fortified with vitamin D. Sunlight is also a good source of vitamin D. 
Exercise especially weight-bearing exercises done at least three to four times a week such as walking, hiking, and dancing are all good choices necessary to maintain bone health. 

In addition to diet and exercise, quitting smoking and avoiding excessive use of alcohol and cola will also reduce your risk of bone loss.

Mrs Shilpa Mittal
Nutritionist and Diet Consultant
Founder Shilpsnutrilife - Diet and lifestylemakeover

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Strong Women Make Stronger Women

Osteoporosis is called the silent epidemic because of its symptomless development and the lack of public awareness. Don't be silent, spread the word.

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Mrs Shilpa Mittal
Nutritionist and Diet Consultant
Founder Shilpsnutrilife - Diet and lifestylemakeover

World Osteoporosis Day 2013

World Osteoporosis Day 2013
The theme for 2013 ‘Strong Women Make Stronger Women ’ will highlight the reasons why women in particular especially postmenopausal  are at greatest risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
Professor John A. Kanis, President, IOF (International Osteoporosis Foundation) says, “Osteoporosis is a serious threat to women’s health - worldwide one in three women over the age of 50 will suffer a broken bone due to osteoporosis. Yet too many women are unaware of their increased risk after menopause and fail to take preventive measures.”
IOF recommends five essential strategies to help maintain bone and muscle strength in later life:
1.Exercise 30–40 minutes, three to four times per week and ensure a mix of resistance training and weight-bearing exercise. As you age resistance training (e.g. using elastic bands, weight machines) becomes increasingly important.

2. Ensure a bone-healthy diet that includes enough dietary calcium and protein, with enough fruits and vegetables to balance the increased need for protein. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D too – through sunlight, diet, and supplementation if required.

3. Avoid negative habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol intake and maintain a healthy body weight. Women who are underweight are at higher risk compared to those with a normal body mass index.

4. Find out whether you may have personal factors that increase your risk of osteoporosis. Common risk factors include early menopause before the age of 45, use of glucocorticoids, rheumatoid arthritis, malabsorption disorders (e.g. celiac or Crohn’s disease), previous fragility fracture, or a family history of osteoporosis and fractures. Complete the One-Minute Osteoporosis Risk Test

5. Menopause is the critical time to get your doctor to assess your bone health status. Ask for a fracture risk assessment (e.g. FRAX) and, if indicated, take a bone mineral density test. If treatment is prescribed ensure that you adhere to your therapy.

“Women are the pillars of strength for their families and communities. I urge all women approaching the menopause to take action for bone health now in order to enjoy good quality of life and independence long into the future.” said Judy Stenmark, CEO, IOF.

Although Osteoporosis is called the silent epidemic because of its symptomless development and the lack of public awareness. Don't be silent, spread the word.

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Mrs Shilpa Mittal
Nutritionist and Diet Consultant
Founder Shilpsnutrilife - Diet and lifestylemakeover

Strong Women Make Stronger Women

Mrs Shilpa MittalNutritionist and Diet ConsultantFounder Shilpsnutrilife - Diet and lifestylemakeover

Thursday, 17 October 2013

People with osteoporosis can feel their bones getting weaker

 People with osteoporosis can feel their bones getting weaker

Osteoporosis is commonly called a “silent disease.” Often, breaking a bone is the first clue you have osteoporosis. Some people learn that they have osteoporosis after they lose height from one or more broken bones in the spine. These broken bones can even occur without any noticeable pain.

Each year, 1.5 million people suffer a fracture because of weak bones. The most common breaks are of the wrist, spine and hip. Bone disease is costly for society and individuals with the disease. Four times as many men and nearly three times as many women have osteoporosis than report having the disease.

Mrs Shilpa Mittal
Nutritionist and Diet Consultant
Founder Shilpsnutrilife - Diet and lifestylemakeover

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

World Food Day 16 October 2013

World Food Day
16 October 2013


16 October 2013 is World Food Day.  The day is about recognising the worldwide problem of hunger.   And this year the theme for the day is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”.   

However, it is not just about donating food to the world's hungry and undernourished peoples. It is about doing something to help them help themselves. If I was hungry and someone gave me a plough to farm my land I would be far more grateful than if they gave me a sack of potatoes.If I had a plough I could be self-sufficient and produce my own food.That is what the day is trying to encourage.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation is a division of the United Nations, and is responsible for World Food Day.  Along with raising awareness of hunger and poverty, the day aims to encourage economic and technological cooperation between different governments and with non-governmental organisations.

With an estimated 1.02 billion malnourished people across the globe it is a pretty serious matter and worth the public and private investment that is being sought out.So that's why it is important to raise awareness via World Food Day.

Have you heard of stomach binding?  Ziporra Mbungo ties a rope tight around her stomach so that she can stave off hunger pangs – food is scarce and she gives what little food she does have to her grandchildren.
What kind of world are we living in when a human being needs to do this? This method is in common use right now in Somalia.  After one of the worst droughts experienced in more than fifty years the current famine has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people and more are dying.

There are a number of factors that decide whether famine will be declared.  Some of these factors include whether 20% of the population is living on less than 2,100 calories, the presence of civil war and when people have access to less than four litre of water per day.

They need aid right now and that means sending food and water.  It might be time for World Food Day yet, but the struggle against hunger should be fought all year round.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Global Handwashing Day October 15

 Global Handwashing Day October 15

Global Handwashing Day is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to wash their hands with soap. It takes place on October 15 of each year. The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of handwashing with soap as a key approach to disease prevention.

Hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including the common cold, staph infections and the flu.


Combine water, soap and friction -- for as long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice, or at least 20 seconds and germs won't see their next birthday.

However, when soap and water are unavailable, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be substituted.

Mrs Shilpa Mittal
Nutritionist and Diet Consultant
Founder Shilpsnutrilife - Diet and lifestyle makeovers

Slide share -Colour your Diet

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Ideas to make your diet more colourful!

Ideas to make your diet more colourful!
If you are cooking new recipes, or traditional favorites, you can improve your health by incorporating as many colors as possible.

Here are a few ideas on how to get more color on your plate:
• Add chopped carrots, tomatoes, or cabbage to any soup or stew.
• Increase flavor of  pasta sauce by adding a mixed vegetable medley.

• Make desert sweetly healthy by using tons of colored fruits, and skip the ice cream!
• Turn a sandwich into a more filling treat by using fresh veggies.

•Add colourful fruits and veges to your bhel whether it is sprouts bhel, kurmura bhel or khakhra bhel.
• Order a pizza without cheese! Just tell them to pile the veggies up high instead.

• Ask for broccoli, spinach, tomato, garlic, mushrooms, onions, and peppers on your next pizza.
Make a simple salad with lettuces, tomatoes and a healthy addition of toasted walnuts or almonds. Follow this with grilled eggplant and zucchini with a drizzle of olive oil. And for dessert, enjoy a slice or two of melon with a handful of berries.

For Breakfast or in between meal filler always provide a fruit! Bananas, Apple Slices, Seedless Grapes, Pears Slices. If you eat dairy and your kids like to dip their fruit, yogurt works well! incorporate the fruit yoghurt into the meal Or handful of Raisins to a bowl of oatmeal.

Snack can be Veggie Time!! Cut up Celery, Carrots, Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes. Once again, a dip might be helpful or try hummus, or perhaps a great homemade dressing, a store bought salad dressing works fine too!

Multi-colored meals are a great way to get all your important nutrients without going hungry. Beef up any meal by adding a veggie from every color group for a filling, and satisfying healthy meal. 
The above suggested idea layout gives you at least 6 opportunities a day to eat a colourful fruit or vegetable! I really encourage parents to make this fun and keep it light, no pressure, no battles. If your child starts off by eating one colour a day that is a great start…you can build up to a rainbow over time.  Healthy bodies are made one bite at a time so celebrate every step towards the rainbow!
Once your family gets used to eating a rainbow a day you can start working towards eating two rainbows a day.