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OCD- Meaning, Risk factors, Symptoms,diagnosis and Treatment.

Obsessive Compulsive disorder is a disorder characterised by thoughts which are excessive in nature leading to certain repetitive behaviours which can harm a person psychologically according to the extent of OCD. Each of us do some repetitive actions which relieves us but it is normal only if it is in limit and do not harm us mentally and physically.
Personally, I usually check if door is locked and gas is off around 4 to 5 times when I go to sleep and while going out. I can't sleep without checking this number of times even though I know checking once is enough. I developed this in my teens but the difference is I use to check on gas and door for nearly 20 times then which was high but now I have consciously reduced it but not stopped.  But people with OCD involve themselves in this unnecessary actions for long hours in a day and they may not like doing this actions but are relieved or comforted after repetitive actions.
In this blog ,I will throw light on OCD , its s…
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Confused with the selection of cooking oil? 8 cooking oils towards healthier life..


Cooking oil selection is a dilemma for many. With new oils coming into market in the name of zero cholesterol , low absorption, we are naturally confused in selection of oil. I remember when I was kid my mom using groundnut oil. Later in 90's sunflower oil gained  popularity. Let's see the types of cooking oil to use and its benefits .

1. Ghee :

Ayurveda has given alot of importance to ghee owing to its healing properties. It contains omega-3 fatty acids with Vitamin A. It is good source of energy and easily digestible too. Ghee is good for heart health too . It lowers LDL (Bad Cholesterol) and increases HDL (Good Cholesterol). Ghee should be taken in small quantity everyday. Children diet should include ghee which gives them necessary fats for healthy growth. Adding a tea spoon of ghee in diet also decreases the incidence of arthritis.You can use ghee for seasoning curries and also as topping . It  enhances the taste and also helps in loosing weight when taken in sm…

Pre-Pregnancy planning checklist - 10 steps towards healthy pre pregnancy planning.


Pre pregnancy planning is necessary to prevent complications in pregnancy and birth defects in fetus which may be lifelong. Pregnancy is beautiful phase in every woman's life. A healthy baby is the wish of everyone and in order to nurture a healthy fetus women has to be healthy too. Here are few pre pregnancy checklist you can follow :
1. Eat food rich in folic acid :
Folic acid is very essential to prevent birth defects specially Spina bifida. Healthy nervous system formation in fetus requires folic acid . Folic acid rich food includes:
Green leafy vegetables specially spinach.

Citrus fruits




RDA(Recommended Daily Intake)

400 mcg of folic acid . If you are planning for pregnancy you can take upto 800 mcg. Eat nutritious diet: 
Include Iron containing foods like green leafy vegetables, dates,If your anaemic, stabilise your haemoglobin levels. ALSO REFER :

Eat calcium rich diet ex:…

Proteins - Recommended intake, benefits, supplementation and its effects on health.

Proteins are building blocks of our body with vital functions. Some of the functions of proteins are:

Helps in growth of the body and hence proteins play vital role in children. Helps in repair of the cells. Helps in building muscles. Enzymes are made up of proteins which aids in digestion. Harmones too are made up of protein which aids in many functions. Ex. Insulin in glucose metabolism. Haemoglobin too is protein which supplies oxygen to all body cells. Proteins provides energy .It provides you with 4 calories per gram. Proteins acts as a buffer system maintaining pH of our body. Proteins are fibrous thus providing rigidity and structure to the cell giving it a shape and structure. RDI{Recommended Daily Intake}:
0.8 gm per kg body weight.
56 gms for average sedentary man. 46 gms for average sedentary woman. Note:

Protein requirement varies according to age, activity level,muscle mass and status of health.30% of total calorie intake should come from protein.Older people require mor…

Benefits of Minerals to our body- Sources, and its RDA

Minerals are an essential component for our body to perform various vital functions ranging from growth and development to cardiac activity.
Minerals are divided into two types based on the amount required for our body.

1. Macro Minerals:

These nutrients are required in larger amounts . calcium, phosphorus,magnesium,sodium chloride,potassium. 

2. Trace Minerals :

These minerals are required only in trace amounts. Iron,copper,iodine,zinc etc.

CALCIUM:  Function: Formation of healthy teeth and bones.  Maintain fluid balance. Regulating Heart beat. Helps in blood clotting mechanism.  Nerve impulse transmission. 
Sources : Milk

*RDA : 1000 -1200 mg.  Women and older age group require higher levels upto 1200 mg.
PHOSPHORUS:  Phosphorus is an essential macro mineral.  Function: Helps in formation of teeth and bones . Helps in protein synthesis which is required for growth.

Sources : Milk,
Milk products
Whole grains.

RDA : 700 mg.
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Cancer Prevention - Tips to lower the risk of cancer.

In this blog,we will learn few ways that can prevent  cancer.
Now a days, we get to hear alot about cancer . It is increasing probably due to modern lifestyle, chemically grown crops , sedentary lifestyle, usage of plastics , smoking and the list is endless .

Avoid plastics and aluminium foil when it comes to food :

The chemicals in plastic seeps into the food or drink . It is high when u place the hot food or drink. Even u freeze the containers the entry of chemicals is also increased . Therefore, both hot and cold extreme temperature results in entry of chemicals to food.

Do not drink tea or hot beverages in plastic cup. Avoid chats in plastic plateAvoid  parcel of foods in plastic .
Stop smoking:

Smoking is the major cause of cancer .
 It causes many types of cancer including throat,head
and neck,oral,larynx,liver,pancreas,stomach,bladder,kidney,cervix and few types of leukemia. So if u notice, smoking leads to cancer of almost all the body parts from head to toe.
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