Let\'s turn the clock around!! 08 July 2015
Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living!
Gone are the days when our parents worked 9 to 5 and came back home to us early, following a routine that is desired by the body and mind. Advancement in many fields, international opportunities, competition, inflation, and an ambitious attitude has pushed us to work through day and night to achieve our goals. Be it a call centre, hospital, aviation, or an MNC, night shifts are very common nowadays.
Research says that night shifts can disrupt your body\'s sleep-wake cycle, known as circadian rhythm. Our body is naturally programmed to sleep and rise with the sun. Forcing yourself to stay up all night and be alert at work the next day can be quite challenging. Also, the metabolic rate of your body naturally slows down at night. Providing the right nutrition to be alert and active hence becomes the most crucial aspect.
People working at night tend to weigh more or have a higher body fat percentage. Some also suffer from constipation, acidity, and ulcers, etc. due to various reasons like:
No time to exercise
Too tired to exercise
Meetings and deadlines
Altered food timings
Eating wrong foods in wrong quantities
Vending machines, junk, sodas, chips, and fast foods, which are the only options easily available in the canteen area
Unwanted mid-meal snacking out of boredom
If you want to excel at your work, be productive, and be healthy as well, you need put in that extra effort. Here are a few health guidelines for the night-shift workers:
Since your day starts at night, try to eat your dinner between 8pm and 10pm before you leave for work or carry a tiffin along with you. Make sure you include a good amount of salad and whole grains like wheat, brown rice, ragi, etc. in your meal to keep yourself full for a good 2-3 hours.
Fill in your mid meals every 2-3 hours with healthy high-fibre snacks like fruits, nuts, roasted chivdas, khakras, roasted puffed rice (kurmura), etc. to keep your metabolism active, and prevent hunger pangs and weight gain.
The most common issue people face while working at night is drowsiness, for which you need to include protein-rich foods in your meals, like eggs, chicken, low-fat cheese, peanut butter, low-fat fruit, yoghurt, etc. These keep you alert and focused unlike carb loaded foods like potato, rice, cereals, etc., which have a sedating and relaxing effect making you feel sleepy.
Avoid sugary foods like sweets, chocolates, cakes, etc., because the body\'s ability to process sugar declines at night thus easily converting it into fat. You also have to avoid fried foods like chips, burgers, vada pav, french fries, etc., which will surely increase the fat in your body.
Stop visiting the cafeteria too often so that you don\'t get tempted to pick up the wrong foods. Though carrying food from home may sometimes be a tedious affair, it is definitely a safer bet.
Drink water liberally. Even in the air-conditioned atmosphere, you lose moisture from your skin, and that will leave you tired and fatigued affecting your work capacity. So keep a bottle of water on your desk and drink regularly. Remember that beverages like coffee and tea dehydrate you, so limit their intake. Have buttermilk, green tea, or lemon juice instead.
Snacking for entertainment must be avoided. Instead, to keep your muscles active and feel alert, take a short break, stretch, climb some stairs, do breathing exercises, etc.
After you get back home, have a light snack before you sleep. A glass of milk with poppy seeds or a bowl of oats porridge can give you a sound sleep.
Make sure you sleep for 4-5 hours at a stretch to wake up feeling refreshed. Any kind of disturbance in sleep can affect the later part of your day, making you feel drowsy and sluggish.
Try incorporating at least 30-35 minutes of exercise everyday, be it brisk walking, swimming, jogging, weight training, dancing, etc. to help reduce your fat percentage, improve blood circulation and immunity, and prevent sedentary lifestyle issues such as obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. The best time to do it is after waking up and before leaving for work. Try to regularize your sleep and meal timings to that of your body clock for maximum health benefits.
In the entire bargain to make a living, don\'t forget to live life. Listen to music, go for a long drive, meet friends, watch a movie, and do all that makes you happy.
10 Superfoods to Fight Acne 10 July 2015 Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living!
Is acne bringing down your self-esteem? Don\'t worry! You are not the only one. Research has shown that during adolescence, close to 90-100% of the population has at least an occasional whitehead, blackhead, or pimple, regardless of race or ethnicity. In most cases, acne begins between the ages of 10 and 13 and usually lasts for 5 to 10 years.
Acne is mostly due to the way our skin reacts to hormonal changes. The skin contains sebaceous glands that naturally release sebum, an oily substance that helps protect it. During puberty, raised levels of the hormone testosterone can cause too much sebum to be produced. This happens in both boys and girls. The sebum can block hair follicles. When dead skin cells mix with the blockage, it can lead to the formation of spots. Bacteria in the skin multiply, causing pain and swelling beneath the blockages.
We often blame chocolates, oily foods, and sweets for aggravated acne. But this is just a myth. Food itself has no effect on acne. The frequency of your flare-ups depends on the hormonal changes, genetics, stress levels, and skin type. Foods like sodas, burgers, pizzas, chocolates, cakes, biscuits, samosas, vada pav, etc., which are high in sugar and white flour, cause a spike in your insulin levels leading to excess cortisol production, which is responsible for acne development. Any kind of psychological or physical stress also raises the blood cortisol levels. So keeping the cortisol levels under control is a crucial factor. You can keep your cortisol levels low by following a good healthy diet, yoga, exercise, listening to your favorite music, getting enough sleep, and having a positive attitude in life.
Let\'s focus on top 10 foods that can actually help you prevent acne or fight the existing ones:
Fish or Flaxseeds: These contain a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which have the ability to reduce inflammation in our body that can trigger cells to clog pores and potentially cause acne. They are wonder foods for the skin and body. Have 2-3 servings of salmon, sardine, or mackerel per week, or 1-2 tablespoon of flaxseeds in your soup, smoothies, shakes per day to up your omega-3 intake.
Avocado: This is an excellent source of Vitamin E, which protects the skin from radical damage caused by poor diet and environmental toxins. It boosts your immunity to fight against those nasty bacteria causing red bumps on your beautiful face. It keeps your skin supple and free of blemishes. Other rich sources of vitamin E are almonds, walnuts, peanuts, olive oil, etc.
Alfalfa Sprouts: Though they may look like grass, they are power packed with vitamins like A, C, K, etc. and minerals like zinc, selenium, copper, which help to detoxify the liver, flush out toxins from the body, and give you a clear glowing skin. The super nutrition content, combined with the high amounts of chlorophyll, make these an extraordinary healer. You can steam them and add them to your soup, salads, sandwiches, or juices.
Kiwi: It has 3 times more Vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C may not directly cure acne, but contributes to a strong and healthy immune system which helps you to eradicate any sort of infection. It also is necessary for formation of healthy cell walls, collagen and elastin keeping the cell skin cell structure intact and promoting healing of the affected cells and scars. You can also opt for other vitamin c rich foods like oranges, lemons, bell peppers, amla, guava, etc. since your body does not store this water soluble vitamin, you need to get enough of it from your daily diet.
Carrots: These are filled with betacarotene, which gets converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is the best antioxidant for the skin. It improves skin texture and maintains healthy skin cells. You can also get
Vitamin A from tomatoes, sweet potato, red and yellow bell peppers, cantaloupes, etc.
Sunflower Seeds: These are rich in selenium, which in combination with Vitamin E works wonders to protect the skin from bacterial damage. They reduce inflammatory damage to the skin, preserve skin elasticity, and control acne development. Other foods rich in selenium are Brazil nuts, fish, shellfish, mushrooms, etc.
Pumpkin Seeds: These are good sources of zinc. Studies have shown that zinc deficiency can weaken the immune system making one prone to any kind of infection. Hence zinc in your diet can help you prevent flare ups and protect skin from any bacterial invasion. Other foods rich in zinc are sesame seeds, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, chickpeas, wheat germ etc.
Yoghurt: It contains live bacteria that prevent the growth of bad bacteria in the gut and allow the good fellows to grow. These good bacteria do not allow the bad ones to enter your system, thereby improving your immunity and defense against skin infections. Especially if you are on antibiotic treatment, 1 cup yogurt a day can be of great help.
Green Tea: It contains flavonols and polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that help to control skin infections, soothe inflammation, and boost the immune system, thus detoxifying the body.
Water: The benefits of water are umpteen, hence it makes sense to drink plenty of water. Water is a universal solvent. It dissolves the toxins, throws them out of the body, carries the nutrients and antioxidants to the skin cells, and promotes faster healing, reducing acne flare ups. Drink more on days your activity level is high or the temperature outside is much higher than usual.
We all understand the pain and stress one goes through when one sees new zits and pimples popping up. Integrate these 10 foods in your diet to stay vibrant and skin healthy. Heal yourself with the right foods.
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