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Anxiety is what you feel when you are in the face of stress. Apprehension, tension, fear, nervousness, irritability, trouble concentrating are all characteristic of anxiety. Anxiety is present in everyday situations and is considered normal up to a certain extent. Make a few lifestyle changes and add particular foods to your diet and it may […]

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Anxiety is what you feel when you are in the face of stress. Apprehension, tension, fear, nervousness, irritability, trouble concentrating are all characteristic of anxiety. Anxiety is present in everyday situations and is considered normal up to a certain extent.

Make a few lifestyle changes and add particular foods to your diet and it may help in relieving or managing your anxiety.

Tips to reduce anxiety and stress

Research shows that anxiety manifests due to combination of genetics, environmental factors and brain chemistry. Certain foods are known to increase brain health and may prove to be beneficial in managing anxiety.

Related: Spending too much time on your phone may be a sign of anxiety

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan which aids in the production of serotonin, our happy hormone. It is also loaded with potassium, which regulates electrolyte balance and decreases feelings of stress and anxiety.

Vitamin D Rich Foods

Foods that are rich in Vitamin D might help curb feelings of anxiety. These include fatty fish like salmon, egg yolks, lean meats, soy, nuts and seeds. Eggs also contain tryptophan. Here are 5 ways to add eggs to your diet.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is rich in polyphenols, flavonoids in particular. These may reduce inflammation and cell death in the brain. Chocolate is also linked to improved mood.

Benefits of eating dark chocolate

Turmeric

Turmeric contains an active ingredient called curcumin. It is very common in South Asian cooking and many people use it as a home remedy to treat many illnesses. It reduces inflammation and helps with episodes of anxiety.

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Chamomile

Chamomile tea calms the nerves. The flavonoids present in chamomile have relaxing and anti-anxiety properties. It doesn’t necessarily prevent anxiety but can manage its symptoms.

Green Tea

Green tea has theanine. Theanine increases production of serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals can improve mood and increase feelings of calmness.

You can also use Green Tea for all your beauty needs.

Yogurt

Studies are showing a link between fermented products and positive effects on brain health. Fermented products may improve problems related to social anxiety and increased levels of happiness in some people.

Yogurts and dairy products in general have anti-inflammatory properties.

Make your own yogurt at home!

Please keep in mind that if anxiety persists over a longer time period, then it may be due to GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and will need to be evaluated by a doctor.

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Because Chai Is Life https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/because-chailife https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/because-chailife#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 07:53:10 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=40726 chai

For all intents and purposes, every cup of tea basically means a mug of tea- because have you seen the size of a cup?

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In any Pakistani household, tea is considered sacred. Days do not begin without tea, evenings are made merry with tea, successful parties are determined by “one more cup of tea” and all grief, happiness, hopes and dreams is shared with, you guessed it, some garma garam chai. Basically, a lot rides on making that perfect cup of tea- No pressure.

New to tea making? No worries, we’re making it super simple for you. Find the recipes to all types of tea (in the average Pakistani household) right here.

*For all intents and purposes, every cup of tea basically means a mug of tea- because have you seen the size of a cup?

Basic Tea

This is the most basic version of tea that everyone should know how to make, because teabag tea is basically a hack.

Ingredients:

Loose black tea

Water

Milk and sugar, to serve

Method:

For each cup of tea, measure out a little more water than you intend to pour into your cup. For example, for 1 full cup, measure out 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water. This will account for the water lost due to evaporation and absorption by the tea leaves.

Bring the water to a rolling boil. Add one teaspoon loose tea per cup of water.

Lower the heat and let simmer for 10 seconds. Turn off the heat and cover the kettle with a tea cozy to let the tea steep (dum) for another minute or two.

Place a mesh strainer over your mug and pour out your freshly brewed cup of tea! Serve with warm milk and sugar.

Variations: You may add a chai spice mix to your tea while it’s steeping. Cardamom, cinnamon and ginger powder are all popular additions.

The perfect setting: Family and friends gathered in the evening, having just enjoyed piping hot samosas.

Doodh Patti

For those nights when you’re feeling a little extra or you just want to thoroughly enjoy your cup of tea, I find it best to go with doodh patti (milk tea)- it’s the right amount of indulgence and warmth that you need without resorting to whipped coffee (another article for another day).

Ingredients:

Loose tea leaves

Water

Milk

Cardamom pods (optional)

Sugar, to serve

Method:

For one cup doodh patti, measure out ½ cup water and ¾ cup milk (to account for the long cook time and evaporation).

Bring the water to a boil, add 1 slightly heaped teaspoon tea and 2 cardamom pods. Immediately add the milk. Let the mixture come to a boil and lower the heat so that the tea is at a simmer for 20 seconds.

Repeat the process of bringing to a boil and reducing to a simmer, at least 3 times. The long cook time ensures that the tea is well-immersed in the milk.

Pour through a mesh strainer and serve with sugar.

Variations: Mix in one tablespoon of finely chopped almonds and pistachios.

The perfect setting: A cold winter’s night, enjoyed either alone or with a small group of close friends.

 

Tea-Bag Tea

Even though we are very reluctantly adding this to our list because teabag tea is a bit of a cheat, there are a couple of tricks you can use to make it taste better without taking up a lot of time. This is for those who just cannot be bothered to wait too long to get their day started.

Ingredients:

Tea Bag

Water

Creamer/milk

Sugar, to serve

Method:

Place your teabag in a cup, fill it up ¾ of the way and cover your cup with a coaster to let it steep for 30 seconds. Add creamer and stir thoroughly and add sugar to your preference. We find that one whole cup of water to one teabag results in weak tea.

 

Green Tea/Kahva

Green tea has become a staple in the average Pakistani household, and not just for the nights you feel that you have eaten too much. It’s easy to make and a quick solution to tea at night- minus the caffeine.

Ingredients:

Water

Green tea leaves

A pinch of fennel (optional)

Lemon wedges (to serve)

Method:

Bring one cup water to boil, add one generous pinch of green tea leaves, 3-4 pieces fennel (saunf) and immediately turn the heat off. Cover and let steep for 1-2 minutes. Serve with a wedge of lemon.

Variations: Green tea is easily customizable. You may add: fennel, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger or a combination of these. Serve with broken pieces of jaggery (gur).

The perfect setting: Outdoors, late night, as an excuse to extend a fun gathering.

 

 

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Smart Food Choices for 2018 https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/smart-food-choices-2018 Mon, 25 Dec 2017 10:53:45 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=30602 smart-food-choices-for-2018

New Year, new resolutions, new food choices and new you, what else do you long for? Getting into shape? Well, to get that perfectly toned body you need to make smart food choices in the new year to keep yourself fit and healthy. Maintaining a healthy diet might be something tough to keep up, but […]

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New Year, new resolutions, new food choices and new you, what else do you long for? Getting into shape? Well, to get that perfectly toned body you need to make smart food choices in the new year to keep yourself fit and healthy.

Maintaining a healthy diet might be something tough to keep up, but if you know how to make smart food choices, it is much easier than you think. Incorporate the following foods into your diet and reap the perks.

Eat Vegetables and Fruits

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Think of a plant based diet. Leafy green vegetables are packed with essential nutrients that help boost your fiber intake. Spinach, broccoli and asparagus are some of the healthy leafy vegetables that contain calcium, antioxidants, vitamin C and E, beta-carotene and fiber that are essential for heart health. Eat these veggies either raw or steamed.

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For fruits there is an array of healthy choices. Eat carrot for fiber and alpha-carotene, oranges for vitamin C, tomatoes for lycopene and papaya for its anti aging properties.

Breakfast with Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is one of the healthy foods and a great source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. It helps lower your cholesterol and weight. Incorporate oatmeal into your diet and find different ways to eat it every day. Add raisins or some crushed nuts to a bowl of oatmeal.

Sip Green Tea

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Drink green tea instead of gulping down soda or carbonated beverages. Green tea is rich in polyphenols that help boost body metabolism and burn fat faster. Moreover, green tea helps prevent heart disease and reduces the risk of cancer. It may also help with weight loss.

Add Flaxseeds into Your Diet

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Flaxseeds are the little wonders that are rich in lignans, fibers and omega-3 fatty acids that help lower cholesterol. Store the seeds in the refrigerator to prevent them from going rancid. Either munch them as seeds or grind them to sprinkle some on your cereal.

Munch on Nuts

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Nuts and seeds have myriad health benefits. They are high in mono-saturated fat, omega-3 fatty acid and vitamin E which help lower blood cholesterol and reduce risk of heart disease. Grab a handful of almonds, walnuts, peanuts and hazelnuts, and replace those sugary snacks with these healthy nuts and dry-fruits.

Eat Berries

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Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries and strawberries, you have got an assortment of these tempting. Picking berries for a healthy diet is the smartest food choice. These berries are the most powerful disease fighting foods and are composed of more than 85 percent of water. Moreover, they are full of potent antioxidants that help with age-related memory loss and arthritis.

Dark Chocolate!!

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Get some delicious, rich and sweet dark chocolate. Study proves that dark chocolates can actually do you good. This power packed delicious treat has many health benefits. One of the major reasons is that it helps prevent heart disease. Furthermore, it stimulates the feeling of pleasure that helps improve your mood.

 

When it comes to the foods for good health, opt for the foods that perform well in protecting your heart and keeping you hale and hearty. Squeeze these healthy foods into your breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner by making smart food choices in the new year to rev yourself up for the year ahead.

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Study finds Down’s syndrome ‘treated’ with green tea https://htv.com.pk/news/study-finds-downs-syndrome-treated-green-tea Wed, 08 Jun 2016 10:55:50 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=19761 Study-finds-Down’s-syndrome-‘treated’-with-green-tea

A chemical in green tea has been shown to improve cognitive

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A chemical in green tea has been shown to improve cognitive ability in persons with Down’s syndrome, scientists and doctors said.

In a year-long clinical trial, the treatment led to improved scores on memory and behaviour tests, they reported in a study, published in the The Lancet Neurology.

The positive impact remained six months after the trial ended.

Brain scans revealed that the compound, called epigallocatechin gallate, altered the way neurons in the brain connect with one another.

“This is the first time that a treatment has shown efficacy in the cognitive improvement of persons with this syndrome,” said Mara Dierssen, senior author of the study and a researcher at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona.

While significant, she added in a statement, the results should not be interpreted as a “cure”.

“But it may be a tool to improve these individuals’ quality of life.”

Experts not involved in the study described it as “exciting” and “an important piece of work.”

At the same time, they cautioned, the findings must be validated in additional trials.

Down’s syndrome is the most common genetic form of intellectual disability, and afflicts approximately one in 1,000 people, according to the World Health Organisation.

Also known as trisomy 21, the condition is caused by the presence of an extra, or third, copy of chromosome number 21.

Humans normally have 23 pairs of chromosomes, which together contain up to 25,000 protein-coding genes.

In Down’s syndrome, the extra copy causes some of the genes in chromosome 21 to be “over-expressed”, leading to reduced cognitive abilities and other health problems.

In earlier experiments with mice designed to mimic Down’s, Dierssen had shown that inhibiting one of these genes, DYRK1A, improved function and development in the brain.

‘A leap forward’

But the technique used — gene therapy — was not an option for humans, so the researchers turned to the green tea compound.

In the trials, 84 young adults with Down’s syndrome were split into two groups.

One was given a decaffeinated green tea supplement containing 45 per cent epigallocatechin gallate, along with weekly online cognitive training.

The second group had the same training, but ingested a look-alike placebo instead of the supplement.

The subjects took cognitive tests after three, six and 12 months.

There was little-to-no change in most categories, but in a few — the ability to remember patterns, verbal recall, adaptive behaviour — the “green tea” group scored significantly better.

Moreover, they improved over time.

“It’s exciting that an understanding of the genetic neurobiology of Down’s syndrome is leading to the possibility of disorder-specific treatments,” said David Nutt, head of the Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, in commenting on the study.

Marie-Claude Potier, a Down’s specialist at the Brain and Spine Institute in Paris, said the results were a “leap forward,” but that safety and efficacy need to be confirmed.

Still genetics is not everything, cautioned another pair of researchers, even as they recognised the importance of the new study.

“We can no longer afford to view someone with Down’s syndrome solely through the lens of trisomy 21,” noted Fabian Fernandez and Jamie Edgin of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Arizona in a commentary.

It is equally important to “understand each individual in light of their larger genetic and environmental background,” as well as other health problems and access to education, they wrote in The Lancet Neurology.

Source: AFP/Relaxnews

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Green tea could contain new treatment for rheumatoid arthritis https://htv.com.pk/news/green-tea-contain-new-treatment-rheumatoid-arthritis Thu, 18 Feb 2016 12:36:10 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=16723

A team of US researchers have discovered that a compound

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A team of US researchers have discovered that a compound in green tea could have the potential to treat joint pain, inflammation and tissue damage in sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis.

The debilitating illness is an autoimmune disorder which largely affects the joints in the hands and feet, causing painful swelling for sufferers which can go on to damage cartilage, erode bones, and leave the joints deformed.

Existing drugs however are not only expensive, but can also suppress the immune system and are not always suitable for long-term use.

To look at a possible alternative the team of researchers from Washington State University in Spokane looked at a molecule found in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG).

The molecule was given to rat models of human rheumatoid arthritis specialist with ankle swelling. After being given EGCG for a 10-day period, the team observed that the swelling was significantly reduced.

Their study’s results showed that EGCG, already known for its anti-inflammatory properties, could have great potential as a new treatment for rheumatoid arthritis thanks to its ability to block the signals of the protein TAK1, through which signals to cause inflammation and tissue damage are submitted.

The team’s lead researcher Salah-uddin Ahmed, who has been studying rheumatoid arthritis for the past 15 years, now believes that this new study “has opened the field of research into using EGCG for targeting TAK1”.

The findings were published this week in the journal arthritis specialist and Rheumatology in dubai.

Recent studies on green tea have also shown that it has many other health benefits, such as in helping treat high cholesterol, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), liver disease, diabetes, and various cancers, as well as helping to reduce the risk of heart disease, according to The University of Maryland Medical Center.

Researchers believe many of the health benefits of green tea come from its high level of polyphenols, a group of chemicals with powerful antioxidant properties. EGCG is the most studied of these polyphenols, and the most active.

Source: AFP/Relaxnews

 

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