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Monica Dogra chooses to go vegan, Read to know why

Monica Dogra hopes to add more yoga to her fitness regimen

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Mumbai, September 9, 2017: Singer-actress Monica Dogra has chosen to go vegan to be “more ethical and clean in our bodies”.

“I’ve been vegetarian for a few years, but after a bunch of friends watched ‘What the Health’, we had some conversations about just wanting to be more ethical and clean in our bodies, and so we decided to go vegan together,” Monica Dogra said in a statement.

“CrossFit (a fitness regimen) has been really challenging as it’s high intensity and focuses on building strength. I hope to add more yoga to my regimen and then I think I’ll have created the perfect road map for my body’s health and fitness,” Monica added.

On the work front, Monica Dogra, who made her acting debut in Bollywood with the 2011 film “Dhobi Ghat”, is set to release a single soon. (IANS)

 

 

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A Healthy Diet Can Help The Treatment of Bipolar Disorder: Study

The team measured body mass index (BMI) at the beginning of the study.

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Consuming a healthy balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables can benefit those undergoing treatment for bipolar disorders, a new study suggests.

Bipolar disorder — previously known as ‘manic depression’ — is characterised by episodes of depression and of abnormally elevated mood with periods in between the two extremes.

“We found that people who had a better-quality diet, a diet with anti-inflammatory properties, or a lower BMI, showed better response to add-on nutraceutical treatment than those who reported a low-quality diet, or a diet including foods that promote inflammation, or who were overweight,” said lead researcher Melanie Ashton of Deakin University in Australia.

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Foods rich in fibre was found to reduce this adverse effects of stress in mice. Pixabay

The fact that there are two opposite sets of symptoms means that finding an effective treatment is difficult, suggests the study presented at the ECNP Conference in Barcelona.

While current medications are useful, they are better at targeting mania symptoms (the ‘up’ phase), leaving a lack of effective treatment for people experiencing depressive episodes, it added.

For the study, the team involved 133 participants who either took a combination of nutraceuticals (compounds derived from foods such as vitamins or minerals that treat or prevent a disease or disorder) including the anti-inflammatory amino acid n-acetylcysteine (NAC), or NAC alone, or a placebo (a dummy pill) for 16 weeks.

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Eat good food. Pixabay

The team measured body mass index (BMI) at the beginning of the study, and then measured depression and how a person is able to function in their day to day life.

The participants filled in a questionnaire about what they usually eat over the year and researchers calculated a diet quality score where good diets included a healthy diet with lots of fruit and vegetables, whereas poorer-quality diets had more saturated fat, refined carbohydrates and alcohol.

Also Read: A Diet rich in Nutrients Helps in Living Longer: Study

“If we can confirm these results, then it is good news for people with bipolar disorder, as there is a great need for better treatments for the depressive phase of bipolar disorder,” Ashton noted. (IANS)

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