Can you consume alcohol after getting a COVID vaccine?

As more and more people opt for the COVID vaccine, including everyone above the age of 45 from April 1, different queries have also cropped up on things one should do or avoid after getting a dose. Among the many such questions is whether it is okay to drink after getting vaccinated? According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, “As per experts, there is no evidence of alcohol impairing the effectiveness of the vaccine.” However, Dr Kirti Sabnis, infectious disease specialist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund said that while it…

‘I have it daily’: Mira Kapoor shares ayurvedic secret to good health

The summer season, although brings respite from the biting cold, is notorious for seasonal issues like increased body heat, migraine and even heartburn. However, instead of popping pills, one can always opt for natural and effective remedies to reduce the effects of heat on the body. One such solution is to consume “pitta-pacifying” foods or foods that have a cooling effect on your body, mentioned Mira Rajput Kapoor. The mother of two is a self-confessed Ayurveda fan who often shares snippets about how she incorporates the same in her daily…

Why you may not be losing weight despite intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting is fast becoming one of the most common weight-loss strategies. This diet plan is unique in that it does not limit one’s food choices and mainly focuses on what and when you eat. Some studies have even shown it to be a healthy way to lose weight and belly fat. It is believed to also help enhance metabolic health and extend lifespan in addition to weight loss. “However, it has not worked for some people. This may be because they are not adhering to the basic measures correctly,”…

‘Please get screened’: Late actor Chadwick Boseman’s wife Simone Ledward advocates for colon cancer awareness

Late actor Chadwick Boseman’s wife Simone Ledward Boseman raised awareness about cancer screening during the recently held NAACP Image Awards. While collecting an award on the late actor’s behalf, Simone expressed, “Don’t put it off any longer, please get screened.” The Black Panther actor died in August 2020 at the age of 43 due to colon cancer. “This disease is beatable if you catch it in its early stages so you don’t have any time to waste, even if you have no family history and even if you think that…

Focus on preconception counselling for a smooth pregnancy, suggest doctors

Many couples face issues when trying to have a baby. Which is why doctors suggest them to opt for preconception counselling as part of which the couple’s family history, risk factors, medical conditions, and lifestyle are discussed. Counselling will make sure that a woman has a safe, healthy, and happy pregnancy well before a positive result on a pregnancy test, said experts. When does preconception counselling begin? Preconception counselling begins three months before planning the pregnancy. “Now, patients are coming for preconception advice and that is a good change in…

Bombay Begums steers a conversation towards menopause: Other times it made for popular discourse

Currently streaming on Netflix, Bombay Begums is a story of ambitious women from various walks of life, their trials and disappointments. Among other things, it has steered the conversation towards an important health topic: menopause. In it, actor Pooja Bhatt essays the role of Rani, a bank executive, who has to walkabout a board meeting and splash some water on her face and dry her armpits, so as to ostensibly deal with hot flashes, a consequence of menopause. By showing this, the show puts the spotlight on one of the…

Summer superfoods to keep bloating, acne, itchiness away

Most of us have already started to feel the wrath of summer heat. One of the best ways to beat such seasonal issues in summers — which can range from excessive sweat to skin rashes — is to tweak one’s regular diet to include some summer-friendly foods. They act as a natural coolant along with helping you stay satiated for long. Celebrity nutritionist Munmun Ganeriwal recently shared some such quintessential summer “superfoods” that can do just that for you. Bael It is a North Indian fruit with great medicinal value.…

Speed nutrition: Three simple, effective dietary strategies

When it comes to nutrition, the amount of information about the various kinds of diets and weight loss plans along with the myriad do’s and don’ts can make anyone feel overwhelmed. “However, it doesn’t have to be that complicated,” said Ishani Vellodi Reddy, wellness entrepreneur and founder – Ishani Vellodi Wellness. “A few simple strategies will help to improve your health and also feel sharper than ever — with just a tiny bit of effort through the course of your day,” she told indianexpress.com. Below, she suggests a few simple…

Enjoy Holi with these special Thandai recipes

There is no better reason than Holi to enjoy the cooling flavours of Thandai, also called the traditional Indian cold drink, known for its sweet, refreshing taste. Made on the special festival seasons, Thandai is known to cool down the body as it is rich in antioxidants. It is also considered a great digestive such that it restores the mucous lining and the gut-friendly bacteria. So, all set to treat your near and dear ones this Holi? Make these special Thandai recipes to add that much-needed zing to your festivities.…

Eating a lot of junk food this Holi? Here are some foods to help you reboot your gut

Even though you might be trying to eat healthy, festive seasons mostly disrupt such routine. They mark indulgence of fried food, sweets and anything that is rich with carbs, making our gut toss. If you want to reboot your gut in the best possible manner then, Dr Archana Batra, dietitian, physiotherapist and certified diabetes educator suggests some easily-available food items that can help you restore the same. “Your gut and brain are connected by millions of nerve cells and the gut is often called the second brain for good reason.…

Sachin Tendulkar Corona found positive.

Sachin Tendulkar has found corona positive and no one else himself has been twitting through Twitter, saying that the corona had been found to be positive and the corona has also been found positive in some tests. Tendulkar was born on 24 April 1973 in place of Mumbai. Tendulkar is a great cricketer of India, he has done many such things in cricket which is no less of a miracle and that is why he rules in the hearts of people. He has also earned a lot of names and…

Holi 2021: Here’s how you can safely enjoy the festival on your menstrual cycle

Holi is one of the most-loved and celebrated festivals in India and around the world. Every year, people look forward to taking part in the festivities, and even amid the pandemic, they are making sure they celebrate as safely as possible, with a few close friends and family members. But, if there is one thing that can act as a deterrent and stop people from celebrating the festival of colours, it is if they are on their periods. If Holi 2021 has coincided with your menstrual cycle, worry not. Sharana…

Breaks the record for the last 15 years, the cheapest home loan.

In the period of continued economic weakness of Corona, RBI has continuously reduced the repo rate, as a result of which the banks have reduced the interest rate, due to this, Mahesh is getting a home loan at the rate of 6.75% today, he claims Because of home loans, homebuyers see that this is the best time to buy a property. At this time, the repo rate of home loan is getting the cheapest home loan out of 15 years, in which if a customer wants to invest in share…

The Friction

Friction is defined as the force which opposes the relative motion between the two surfaces that are in contact with each other. The word friction is derived from the Latin word “fricare” which means to rub. In the above activity, a force is acting on the book opposing its motion. This force is called the force of friction. This force acts between the surface of the book and the table. If you apply the force along the left, friction acts along the right and vice-versa. So, the force of friction…

Got exams? Boost memory, reduce stress with these nutrition tips

Just like there are no shortcuts to acing exams, there are no shortcuts to a good diet that can help you stay focused. Now, with the exam fever catching up, nutrition experts suggest making a few diet tweaks that can help your stomach feel full and also boost memory. Celebrity nutritionist Munmun Ganeriwal recently took to Instagram to share quick nutrition tips for those appearing for their exams. Here’s what she said: “March-April is exams season in India. Eating the right food before the exams not only helps boost the…

Puffy eyes? Count on these easy remedies

Puffy eyes can be a result of many things. In fact, mild morning puffiness is commonly experienced by many which usually recedes after one washes their face with cold water. But if under-eye puffiness is still visible, here are some easy remedies that can help, courtesy of nutritionist Pooja Makhija. In an Instagram video, Makhija shared some nutrition hacks that can help. *It’s important to have two-three litres of water so that your brain knows that it does not need to store water. *Eat foods and vegetables rich in water…

One year of lockdown: Self care and mental health during a pandemic

by Dr Aparna Joshi “I haven’t been able to meet my wife and my baby since the lockdown. I am stuck, away from them and keep worrying about their safety. Being stuck indoors, while worrying about them, I am feeling a kind of a ‘mental congestion’”(35, Male) I had to move back home due to lockdown, it is getting really challenging for me here. My father is abusive towards my mother and I feel helpless, this is even impacting my relationship with my boyfriend (28, F) Narratives like these have…

Endometriosis Awareness Month: All you need to know about the painful disorder

Many celebrities have talked about dealing with endometriosis which, besides being painful, can also cause problems with conception. According to the Endometriosis Society of India, it is estimated that 25 million Indian women suffer from this gynaecological condition. But despite its rising prevalence, there is minimal awareness of it. March is identified as Endometriosis Awareness Month, and Dr Aruna Kalra from the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram shares with indianexpress.com some crucial facts about what it is, its symptoms, how it can be treated,…

Undiagnosed genital tuberculosis seen in over 10 per cent couples seeking IVF: Doctors

Expressing concern at the rising cases of genital tuberculosis, a leading cause of infertility in both men and women, doctors warn that as much as “10 per cent of the couples seeking fertility assistance have the disease and are unaware of it”. “Genital tuberculosis is treatable in an early stage but can damage fallopian tubes in women and cause azoospermia (complete absence of sperm in semen) in men if diagnosis or treatment is delayed. The number of couples coming with genital TB have increased by over 10 per cent in…

World Tuberculosis Day: A doctor debunks eight common myths

“Tuberculosis kills an estimated 4.8 lakh Indians every year, or more than 1,400 every day. There were about 24.04 lakh TB patients notified in 2019, a 14 per cent rise over the year 2018,” said Dr Parth Shah, a pulmonologist who consults on Practo. According to the online doctor consultation platform, most queries related to tuberculosis came from people belonging to 31-40 years of age followed by 21-30-year-olds. Top metro cities from where most queries came (in 2019) included Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, and Pune. Additionally, out of…

Count on these ayurvedic ‘gut healing herbs’ to relieve abdominal aches, gas and bloating

Gastric issues are quite common owing to one’s eating pattern and lifestyle habits. But did you know that instead of taking medicines, which can upset your stomach further, you can include some commonly-found kitchen ingredients in your diet for instant relief, said ayurvedic practitioner Dr Dixa Bhavsar. These gut-healing herbs are “handy and easy to consume”, and all you need to do is “either chew them or make a tea out of them.” What are some of these gut-friendly herbs? Fennel seeds Works best as a mouth freshener. When to…

Stars and the solar system & Sun.

THE UNIVERSE The universe consists of everything that exists. The sun, the moon, the planets, the stars, and all matter, energy, and space that exist constitute the universe. The universe contains billions the galaxies, each containing millions or billions of stars. Billions of galaxy clusters around the universe are strung together like a giant spiderweb. The universe is incredibly huge. No one knows the exact size of the universe. The universe has not always been the same size. Scientists believe that it began in a Big Bang (explosion) which took…

Trying for a baby? Here are five tips for a smoother conception

Around the world, many couples face roadblocks while trying to have a baby. This can leave them emotionally drained, stressed and anxious, causing more delay to their journey into parenthood. Dr Madhuprita Agrawal, an infertility specialist at Ashoka Super Speciality Hospital, says infertility is not a gender-specific problem. She suggests five tips that can help in conceiving faster. Read on. * Try at the right age: Biologically, men and women drop their potential to plan a pregnancy as their ages increase. If pregnancy is avoided at the right age, complications…

When is the best time to have a cheat meal?

After a week of religiously following one’s fitness routine, it is only natural to crave for and/or indulge in something we like — better known as a cheat meal. In simple words, a cheat meal or a calorie-dense food is nothing more than your favourite food, which is not a part of your regular diet. For cheat meals, many prefer to snack on their favourite foods during the weekends, and especially at night. But is there a time to enjoy cheat meals so as to keep the taste buds happy…

Want more energy? Here’s what you should pair your fruits with

Many of us tend to reach out for processed or fried snacks to satiate our unwanted hunger pangs. But, it must be noted that such foods are high in sugar and salt and must be avoided. They should, instead, be swapped with healthier substitutes like fruits. However, did you know that you can derive more from fruits by pairing them with a few specific foods? Throwing light on how one can do just that, nutritionist Shivika Gandhi said: “Grabbing a fruit for healthy evening snacking? Great choice there! However, we do…

All you need to know about head injuries

Head injuries are life-threatening and are one of the common causes of mortality and disability in people. The injuries can occur owing to a fall or an accident when you get hit by any object on the head or while playing a sport. The injuries can range from mild to severe. So the injuries can be as mild as a bump, bruise, or even a cut on the head. But, one can sustain a traumatic brain injury in an accident that can lead to fractured skull bones, internal bleeding, and…

‘It’s so tough emotionally’: Khloe Kardashian tweets about her fertility struggles

If there’s one reason so many people are finding Khloe Kardashian relatable, it is that she is consciously making an effort to talk about things which many around the world consider a taboo. The reality television star, who is a member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, is using her influence to normalise the issue of infertility. The 36-year-old has a daughter, True Thompson (2), whom she shares with American basketball player Tristan Thompson. Khloe recently opened up about her fertility struggles, and wrote in a tweet reply that it is “tough…

Pandemic effect: Healthcare experts warn of rise of obesity cases among children

Confined to their homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, children are facing a higher risk of obesity due to increased intake of junk food, lack of socialisation and physical activities, healthcare experts have warned. COVID-19 is expected to possibly worsen the problem of obesity in middle and high socio economic groups, they said. The economic, food, and health systems disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare experts said, are expected to continue to exacerbate all forms of malnutrition. The latest National Family Health Survey, which was conducted in 22 states in…

UP government releases fresh Covid-19 guidelines.

Lucknow: After a continuous increase in the country, in our Uttar Pradesh also, there has been an increase in the corona cases. The government of Uttar Pradesh has issued some guidelines keeping in mind the coronavirus. Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary RK Tiwari instructed all the district collectors That is to ensure the testing of those who are coming from the high caseload areas/states. Maharashtra is the most affected state in Corona cases and the lockout has been done in many districts of Maharashtra. After breaking the Maharashtra rules, the Maharashtra…

Many districts of India are in lockdown conditions.

Increased cases of corona have once again raised concern. And strictness is being increased in many states of the country, and in the midst of this, it is reported that there are reports of strict prohibition in 40 districts of the country, which you should know. In which the most affected state is Maharashtra, besides the pace of Corona in Punjab, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have also raised concerns, new cases found in the last 24 hours have also broken the record of 110 days, in view of increasing…

Adding these vitamins, supplements to your daily routine can help reduce anxiety

It is a known fact that when you feel good mentally, you can overcome all the difficulties.  Be it mental health or physical well-being, our health is our greatest asset. Yet we take it for granted because it has the great ability to adapt and come to the rescue when we need it to.  While stress and anxiety can enhance performance in the short term, it has detrimental effects if it persists longer. “As most of us are victims of stress due to some reason or the other, it is…

Matters of the Mind: Are you feeling exhausted with the way things have been?

It was around this time last year that things started to change for us. Post the initial inertia amid the pandemic, many gradually adjusted, resolved to persist and saw through the increasingly stressful incomings through the year. Even so, to say that we have gotten used to the restrictions, anxiety, masks, no school, virtual meetings, cars and outings reeking of sanitisers, will be far from the truth. 2020 ended with a high note of vaccinations on the horizon and a desperate hope of a truly trying year finally coming to…

World Oral Health Day: Is brushing enough to maintain complete oral hygiene?

Maintaining one’s overall health is important to lead a healthy lifestyle, however, people tend to neglect their oral health. Amidst all of this dental practitioners are often asked about several oral concerns and even common misconceptions associated with them when it comes to oral hygiene. Questions range from why one should floss if there is a brush available or aren’t children supposed to brush twice or will cola melt my teeth. Confusion, doubts, or myths on oral hygiene are part of any dentist’s daily routine and on this ‘World Oral…

Sleep apnoea symptoms: Differences in men and women

Human beings need about seven to eight of sleep – and it is not just a remedy for those under-eye circles but a lot of other health issues as well. Sound sleep benefits the body overall and helps in repairing damaged cells and the immune system. “While some people lack sleep due to their schedules or work, there are also those who suffer from what is called sleep disorders. It is alarming to note that not many people take these seriously and are, therefore, also prone to other health conditions…

World Sleep Day 2021: Know the hidden risks of poor sleep in women

Sleep plays an essential part in maintaining one’s overall health. Sleep deprivation can result in cases of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and other chronic diseases, along with stress and anxiety. But, did you know that there is a biological variation when it comes to how sleep affects both men and women?  The vicious cycle of sleeping less and performing minimal physical activity has dangerous consequences, especially for women. “That is because women have more hormonal changes throughout their lifespan, said Dr Sibasish Dey, head, medical affairs, Asia and Latin America, ResMed…

Musk melon or kharbuja: Why you must have it this season

The days are getting warmer. That is why one needs to make certain changes to their daily routine and incorporate more seasonal fruits and vegetables. Fruits not only help keep the body hydrated and full but also help build one’s immunity in the long run. While all fruits have their own benefits, one fruit that you must have as part of your summer diet is musk melon. Relished for their sweetness and juiciness, musk melons are easily available in the market during this time of the year. Besides keeping your…

World Sleep Day 2021: How important is a good night’s sleep for overall health?

Getting 7-9 hours’ sleep is essential for your overall well-being. “Currently, owing to stress and hectic schedules, about 35 per cent people fail to get a good night’s sleep. This, in turn, tends to affect their health,” said Dr Satish Bhalgat, Dentist specialised in Sleep Dentistry, ACI Cumballa Hill Hospital. On World Sleep Day, observed annually on March 19, read on to know why a good night’s sleep is the need of the hour. Sleep is an important function that calms your mind and cleanses your body leaving you feeling…

54% Indian adults slept more during the COVID-19 pandemic, reveals survey

Ahead of World Sleep Day 2021, a survey has revealed how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted Indian adults’ sleep. Conducted by Royal Philips, the study titled Philips Global Sleep Survey 2021 found that since the start of the pandemic, Indian adults experienced new sleep challenges — about 37 per cent experienced difficulty in falling asleep, 27 per cent in staying asleep while 39 per cent woke up during the night. As per the survey, 67 per cent of Indian adults said they are completely or somewhat satisfied with their sleep while…

From improving digesting to aiding weight loss: The many benefits of using copperware

You are what you eat, and perhaps, what you drink from, too, if ayurvedic practitioner Dr Dixa Bhavsar’s words are to go by. In a recent Instagram post, Dr Bhavsar pointed out the need to make copperware an essential part of one’s life. According to her, besides altering the taste, copper has numerous Ayurvedic benefits for the body and is therefore recommended for use. Here’s what she said: “I drink water from my copper water bottle throughout the day and I feel so much lighter and fresh. The water from…

Stressed? Avoid these nine foods

When stressed, many of us turn to certain foods that help us calm down. But, the foods we resort to — a cup of strong coffee or sugary treats– do not necessarily fall under the healthy category. Agreed Dr Uma Naidoo, a Harvard nutritional psychiatrist, who recently took to Instagram and said, “When we’re stressed, we often choose the convenient foods to fit our schedule. However, these foods usually contain ingredients that worsen your stress levels.” All these foods might satiate the taste buds, but are highly processed and can lead…

It’s OK to grieve for the small losses of a lost year

Written By Tara Parker-Pope When I’ve asked people what they lost in the past year of pandemic life, the answer often starts the same way. “I can’t complain.” “I’m one of the lucky ones.” “I know I should count my blessings.” They are, of course, comparing their losses to the loss of life of 2.6 million people around the world during this pandemic, which makes it harder to talk about these smaller losses. Many people have lost precious time with family and friends, or they’ve been forced to cancel travel…

This summer, detox and boost your immunity with ayurvedic ‘Agni tea’

With the temperatures rising, it becomes extremely important to make some seasonal changes in one’s diet and fitness routine to keep the summer heat at bay. While there are many ways to do so — consume liquids and eat foods that are light — you can also opt for suitable herbal remedies. Ayurvedic practitioner Niti Sheth recently suggested some benefits of regulating one’s digestive fire during the summer months by consuming certain detox drinks. According to the practitioner, one needs to “cleanse” as per their body type, but she added…

Ever heard of eggs made from plants? Here’s everything you need to know

Would you like to try nutritious scrambled eggs that are not made using regular eggs? Wondering what we are talking about? Hold on till we reveal more. Without jumping on to labels like vegan or vegetarian, the alternative protein industry is looking at plant-based options for everyday consumers, and one such option is the plant-based egg. “We are impact-focused entrepreneurs who want to make a change in the way people eat. But because of my hospitality background, I realised that bringing that change would not be easy unless you give…

Does eating mangoes lead to weight gain?

Fruits must be enjoyed guilt-free as they are extremely nutritious and a great way to keep hunger pangs at bay in a healthy way. But many people tend to stay away from summer fruits, especially mangoes, fearing weight gain. But should you avoid eating them? Here’s what a nutritionist says. According to Pooja Makhija, mangoes have an “impressive nutrition profile with vitamin A, vitamin C, copper and folate. It has just one per cent of fat”. Other benefits include the breakdown and digestion of protein and fibre, which keeps the…

WHO urges healthworkers to allow lifesaving mother-baby contact

The COVID-19 pandemic is severely affecting the care of sick or premature newborn babies, with many being unnecessarily separated from their mothers and put at risk of death or long-term health problems, global health experts said on Tuesday. Two new studies cited by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that thousands of neonatal healthcare workers are not allowing mothers with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections to have skin-to-skin contact with their newborns, and nearly a quarter of those surveyed are not allowing breastfeeding. Yet keeping mothers and babies together and…

What is the calcium score test to detect risk of heart attacks all about?

Heart-attack, according to Mayo Clinic, “occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked. The blockage is most often a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances, which form a plaque in the arteries that feed the heart (coronary arteries).” It is responsible for many deaths around the world. “A heart attack is a wake-up call for all of us. Especially for the younger generation, as deaths from heart disease are increasing in the country. Calcium scoring is a newer method to predict the risk of heart attack…

Why consuming ginger is great for your immune system

The year 2020 made everyone realise the importance of eating healthy, exercising, and working towards boosting the immune system. As such, kadha concoctions and superfoods became the buzzwords. But, did you know that ginger — a staple in most Indian kitchens — is one of the best ingredients to strengthen the immune system? Anthony William, the author of Medical Medium, recently took to Instagram and shared that “ginger is the ultimate antispasmodic and helps us be less reactive.” “Ginger’s antispasmodic properties come from its more than 60 trace minerals, well over…

Why you should have fennel (saunf) sherbet this summer

With the summer season approaching, it is important that you keep your body cool and well hydrated to beat the scorching heat. And nothing can be better than a healthy summer cooler. You may have tried a variety of summer coolers but what if we tell you that there is one such drink that not only hydrates but also detoxifies the body and promotes weight loss? Nutritionist Munmun Ganeriwal suggested drinking variyali sherbet which she said is an instant summer cooler. “Long before detox drinks got glamorised by the ‘weight…

Here’s a handy guide for all your COVID-19 vaccine queries

It is understandable that around the country while people have registered for the COVID-19 vaccine, there are some questions and confusions in their minds. We have already entered the second phase of the vaccination drive, which means a sizable chunk of the population has already received the jab. If you are next in line and are looking for someone to answer your questions and clear your doubts, look no further. Dr Rahul Pandit, Director-Critical Care at Fortis Hospitals Mumbai, and member of Maharashtra’s COVID Taskforce has come up with a…

Here’s why Gwyneth Paltrow ‘didn’t feel the need’ to bring up her coronavirus experience

Gwyneth Paltrow had — earlier this year — revealed that she had COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic, some time in February 2020, and had even shared personal details of the experience in a blog post, mentioning how it caused her “fatigue” and “brain fog”. Now, the 48-year-old actor has shared the real reason why she did not “feel the need to bring it up”. “I got it so early that there weren’t Covid tests available,” she was quoted as telling The Hollywood Reporter. “We couldn’t even get tested…