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On Horse Gram (Gahat) Beans

In vegetarian diet, beans are the major source of proteins & other nutritional needs. One of the is lesser known among beans is called “Gahat” or Horse gram. It is undervalued bean crop commonly used in Southeast Asian countries (India, Nepal) and some parts of Africa. It’s often referred as poor man’s pulse. Health Benefits […]

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On Aging Backwards

In the previous notes, it was mentioned that our aging process can be slowed or delayed by following healthy eating & active lifestyle. This notes post outlines simple 30minutes a day steps advocated by award-winning author Miranda Esmonde-White to slowdown or reverse (aging backwards) aging and live longer, healthier happier lives. Aging Reversal Is it […]

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On Aging Well

On my past few daily notes series, I have been writing about foods & wellness. Because the New Year 2020 is approaching and many of us make eating well & losing weight as our top new year resolutions. I thought it is timely reminder for all of us to stay focused on eating well & […]

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On Age-related Inflammation

Normally during physical activities like resistance training, downhill running leads to muscle soreness which leads to inflammatory response. In addition inflammation can be caused by depression, stress, deprivation. Inflammation is the intra–muscular response of body to injuries, infection or other harmful effects when your damaged tissue releases chemicals that tell white blood cells to start […]

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On Diet & Prevention of Chronic Diseases

In a previous notes, a brief outline of health benefits & risk of plant-based diets were noted. In this note, diet related chronic diseases & their managements is outlined briefly. There are several chronic diseases that are directly related to diet choices. A WHO report list the following nutrition-related chronic diseases: Obesity: This is caused […]

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Health Benefits of Plant-based diet

The main take home message of previous notes on ‘Blue Zones’ diet from Dan Buettner was that plant-based diet together with healthy life style (exercise, stress management, enough sleep, etc) may lead to longer and healthier life. To follow up the topic, major nutritional facts of plant-based diet and their role in healthier life is […]

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On 'Blue Zones' Diet

Have you heard about “Blue Zones“? What about “blue zones” diet? It appears that Blue Zones refers to the home to the healthiest and happiest communities in the world. A well known explorer, a National Geographic Fellow and best-selling author Dan Buettner has gathered food recipes from these blue zones called the ‘Blue Zones‘ diet. […]

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On Becoming Vegetarian

Fortunately, I don’t have any major health issues, however because of age, there were considerable risks of foods I was used to enjoying. Therefore, to live a healthier life in my older age, I decided to give up my meat-based diet and opted for vegetarian diet several years before. Practicing a healthier & vegetarian eating […]

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How Fitness Help Sharpen Memories in Older people

In a recent article in The New York Times‘ reporter Gretchen Reynolds summarizes findings from two recent studies about the link between the physical fitness and brain health (improvement in memories). It is believed that physical fitness & endurance exercises help sharpen memories. Exercises with high endurance improves memory in all age groups including elderly […]

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Learning From the Okinawan Centenarian & Their Diet

For some time I have been reading or watching news headlines about Okinawan longevity, their remarkable diet, highest percentage of centenarian population in the world, etc. etc. Until recently, I had not paid much attention to this topic despite our own interest in healthy life style. Finally, this week I decided to learn more about […]