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Mothers are the pivot of a family’s health and nutrition, often acting as caregivers to their partners, children, and aging parents. Their own health, however, often takes a backseat while prioritizing others. A new survey on women’s health from MDVIP and Ipsos reveals that the Covid-19 crisis has been especially trying on women’s physical and mental health. Over 2 in 5 admit they’ve developed unhealthy habits such as overeating and drinking (44 percent), and over half say they have felt more stressed, anxious, or depressed during the pandemic (53 percent). Many have delayed seeking medical care due to the pandemic.
While lifestyle changes and healthy habits are essential for long-term and sustained well-being, mothers can start with changing what’s on their plate. After all, we are what we eat! Leading nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar shares her top magic foods to include in one’s diet and live healthier, in her new audiobook “Secrets of Good Health” on Audible.
As per Rujuta, while Gondh laddoos are traditionally lactation food, they are beneficial to all women even as part of their daily diets. She says, “Gondh makes our bones stronger and thus makes us look lean. Therefore all women should eat them during winters in the form of a laddoo as they also make for a good mid-meal snack.” Additionally for all the women who suffer from the issue of unpredictable periods, should definitely include gondh in their daily diet to help manage the problem.
“Whenever I feel a desire to eat something sweet, I eat dry coconut with jaggery,” says Rujuta. Coconut is filled with essential fatty acids that can reduce wrinkles. Not just this, including coconut in the daily diet, promotes hair growth.
Madhuri Ruia, nutrition specialist, and pilates expert suggests adding nutrient-rich almonds as well. “The first food I recommend mothers should definitely add to their daily diet is almonds. Almonds can be eaten at any time of the day, as they are healthy and are also known to be a nutrient-dense snack enriched with Vitamin B2, Vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, protein, etc. — each of which is important for maintaining a healthy life. Besides that, almonds are also a rich source of protein. They contain healthy fats and vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) which have been shown to impart anti-aging properties,” shares Madhuri.
For Madhuri, next comes probiotic-charged yogurt. “Yogurt is rich in probiotics, which are microorganisms that are known to be good for a person’s gut and help strengthen the immune system. Eating yogurt every day can increase the level of good bacteria in a person’s gut and can improve the first line of defense against pathogens. Additionally, yogurt is high in calcium, minerals, and vital vitamins that are important for the body, and help protect one from seasonal flu,” adds Madhuri.
Healthy diets can also keep mums’ bodies in balance, fight fatigue and slow down aging. Raghav Gupta, Founder Of Oateo Oats names oats, and nuts, and berries as quick hacks for optimum nutrition for moms. Self-care and better nutrition can sometimes come simply in the form of a bowl of overnight oats. There have been multiple studies that have proven how diets rich in whole grains can lower the risk of disease, boost immunity and also contribute to overall physical fitness. Oats is one such grain that is packed with essential nutrients.
“Nutritionally, 100 grams of oats have as much protein as two whole eggs, a high concentration of Beta Glucan which is a unique dietary fiber and also micro-nutrients like Iron, Magnesium. Oats can especially be beneficial for breastfeeding mothers,” he says. Finally, for a sweet delight on your plates, add berries such as strawberries, raspberries, and local variants like jamun, karwanda — packed with antioxidants and vitamins like Vitamin C, manganese, folate, and copper. (IANS/JC)
Hackers have stolen crypto tokens worth $120 million from Blockchain-based decentralised finance (DeFi) platform BadgerDAO. Several crypto wallets were drained before the platform could stop the cyber attack. In a tweet, Badger said it has received reports of unauthorised withdrawals of user funds. "As Badger engineers investigate this, all smart contracts have been paused to prevent further withdrawals. Our investigation is ongoing and we will release further information as soon as possible," the company said late on Thursday.
According to the blockchain security and data analytics Peckshield, the various tokens stolen in the attack are worth about $120 million, reports The Verge. According to reports, someone inserted a malicious script in the user interface (UI) of their website. Badger has retained data forensics experts Chainalysis to explore the full scale of the incident and authorities in both the US and Canada have been informed. "Badger is cooperating fully with external investigations as well as proceeding with its own," it said. DeFi is a collective term for financial products and services that are open, decentralised and accessible to anyone. DeFi products open up financial services to anyone with an internet connection and they are largely owned and maintained by their users. While the attack didn't reveal specific flaws within Blockchain tech itself, it managed to exploit the older "web 2.0" technology that most users need to use to perform transactions, according to reports. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: crypto wallets, BadgerDAO, decentralised finance, Blockchain, 120 million, crypto tokens, Hackers)
A total of 120 top Bollywood and other celebrities are expected to attend the wedding of film stars Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal which is scheduled on December 9 in Rajasthan, said Rajendra Kishan, the District Collector (DC) of Sawai Madhopur district of the state on Friday. The District Collector told mediapersons: "These 120 guests shall follow all COVID-19 protocols and fully vaccinated guests will get entry in the much-hyped celebrity wedding."
Kishan said that the organisers have been asked to strictly follow all Covid-19 protocols. Also, those who are not vaccinated, will not be allowed without the negative RT-PCR test report, he added. "We have been informed by organisers that a total of 120 guests are invited to the wedding and the events will take place between December 7 to December 10," he added.
Earlier at 10.30 a.m., Kishan called a meeting which was attended by administrative, police and forest department officials, hotel and event managers to ensure adequate arrangements for crowd control, smooth regulation of traffic, and law and order situation amid the VIP movement. The wedding venue Fort Barwara, that has been converted into a heritage hotel, is situated in the panchayat samiti Chauth Ka Barwara. The venue is around 22 km away from Sawai Madhopur and is around 174 km from Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur district is famous for the Ranthambore National Tiger Reserve and as per reports, the guests are likely to be taken for a tiger safari. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Rajasthan, December 9, Vicky Kaushal, Katrina Kaif, film stars, celebrities, Bollywood, Katrina-Vicky)
The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), which confirmed the first two cases of the Omicron variant in Bengaluru on Thursday, is continuously monitoring the situation in four cities - Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Pune. The NCBS is a part of a consortium of national laboratories performing genomic surveillance across four city clusters. The consortium was established four months ago with support from The Rockefeller Foundation's Pandemic Prevention Institute, and is led by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad.
Dr Rakesh Mishra at the CCMB said on Friday that the consortium is continuously monitoring the situation in all the four cities and has upscaled its efforts to sequence as many samples as possible Apart from the CCMB and the NCBS, the consortium includes CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology - IGIB in New Delhi and the Pune Knowledge Cluster, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory in Pune.
The first case of the Omicron variant was detected in South Africa and reported to the World Health Organization on November 24. | Unsplash
The consortium is focused on upscaling genomic surveillance as part of national efforts led by the INSACOG - Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium - to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The consortium intensified its sequencing efforts after the World Health Organisation announced Omicron as a Variant of Concern. Such an intensified effort enabled the Bengaluru team at the NCBS, a member laboratory of INSACOG, in collaboration with Strand Life Sciences and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), to detect, rapidly sequence and verify the existence of the omicron variant in samples from two Covid-19 infected individuals.
They hope this will aid in a rapid response to contain the spread of variants of concern. Prof Satyajit Mayor from the NCBS conveyed the information to local and national authorities, and the Indian government released a statement on December 2, all within four days of receiving the samples. Both SARS-CoV-2 genomes have also been uploaded to the global repository for SARS-CoV-2 sequences, GISAID, so that they can be publicly available to the scientific community, the NCBS said. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Hyderabad, New Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, The National Centre for Biological Sciences, Situation, NCBS, Omicron)