Are you fit enough for these workouts?

Are you fit enough for these workouts? Guest article by Shwetha Bhatia There are a whole lot of unconventional workouts that are getting popular these days. Group classes are popular because of 2 things: they banish BOREDOM and promote BONDING! A beginner joining group classes from Zumba to CrossFit, can have his share of risks.…

How do you rate the intensity of your workouts?

How do you rate the intensity of your workouts? Guest article by Shwetha Bhatia The Borg Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) is an easy way of measuring physical activity intensity level. Perceived exertion is how hard you feel like your body is working. It is based on the physical sensations a person experiences during physical…

Hypothyroidism: The Basics

Hypothyroidism Guest article by Shwetha Bhatia Hypothyroidism is a common disorder of the endocrine system in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Causes: Iodine deficiency Autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Less common causes include: previous treatment with radioactive iodine, injury to the hypothalamus or the anterior pituitary gland, certain medications, a…

Alkaline Diet

Alkaline Diet Guest article by Shwetha Bhatia The pH of blood is slightly alkaline at 7.35-7.45. When there is a high acid load, the kidney and lungs compensate to maintain the alkalinity. Modern diets low in fruit/vegetables/nuts/dairy (magnesium, calcium, potassium) and higher in processed food (sugar, sodium and chloride) can lead to an increased acid…

Biotin, The Basics

Biotin – The basics Guest article by Shwetha Bhatia Biotin (also known as vitamin H or B7) is a B complex vitamin which is an important component of enzymes in the body that take part in fat, carbohydrate, protein metabolism and also cell growth. It is also known to stabilise blood sugar when taken with…

What is the best time to workout?

What is the best time to workout? Guest article by Shwetha Bhatia It is well established that many physiological functions are time-of-day (circardian rhythm) dependant. Therefore time of the day does affect exercise performance. Many people are bound to get affected when their workout time suddenly changes from morning to evening and vice versa. –…

Gluten Free Diet

Gluten Free Diet Guest article by Shwetha Bhatia Diagnosis & Management: Your physician would first rule out celiac disease through celiac disease blood tests. If those are negative, then you would participate in a gluten challenge, first eliminating gluten from your diet to see if your symptoms cleared up, and then “challenging” it, or reinstating…

Fitness should not be a short term goal!

Fitness should not be a short term goal! Guest article by Shwetha Bhatia Party season’s around the corner and suddenly we remember about fitting into that Little Black Dress! Making weight loss a short term deal for a few weeks is the worst thing you can do to your body. Making healthy New Year resolutions,…

Holiday Heart Syndrome

Holiday Heart Syndrome Guest article by Shwetha Bhatia It is an irregular heartbeat pattern presented in individuals who are otherwise healthy. The term is defined as “abnormal heart rhythms sometimes following excessive alcohol consumption; usually temporary”. Holiday heart syndrome can be the result of stress, dehydration, and drinking alcohol. It is sometimes associated with binge…

The Detox Sham

The Detox Sham Guest article by Shwetha Bhatia DETOX (short for detoxification) diet is the biggest sham in the health industry. We would like to make you aware of some “detox” facts before you waste your time, energy and most importantly health by following these fads! In the context of human biochemistry, detoxification refers to…