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By Olivia Sarkar
Did you know that over 40-year-olds might lose up to 8 per cent of their muscular mass every decade? After the age of 70, the pace of decrease may double. Sarcopenia, or advanced muscle loss, affects roughly one-third of persons over the age of 50. Muscles are crucial for organ function, skin health, immunity and metabolism, as well as for common physical acts like picking things up, reaching for something, opening a jar or getting out of a chair. To put it another way, keeping muscle mass as you become older is critical to living a happy and healthy life. "Muscle loss is an ageing factor that is rarely discussed, and people accept its signs, such as a loss of strength and energy, as a natural part of ageing," says Ganesh Kadhe, Associate Director Medical and Scientific Affairs at Abbott Nutrition. "However, muscle fitness can often predict how we will age and remain active and independent."
Muscle loss is an ageing factor that is rarely discussed, and people accept its signs, such as a loss of strength and energy, as a natural part of ageing. | Photo by Anupam Mahapatra on Unsplash
The good news is that you may assist, prevent or delay muscle loss by taking the appropriate precautions. While muscle loss is unavoidable as we age, it does not have to be.
To stay strong as you age, start following the tips below to fuel and keep muscles fit for years to come!
1. Engage in regular exercise, including resistance training, to maintain muscles and strength.
2. Eat good source of protein from lean meats, eggs and beans; aim for 25-30 grams of protein at every meal.
3. Choose a balanced diet full of veggies, fruits, whole grains, proteins, healthy fats and key vitamins and minerals like calcium and vitamin D.
4. Consider taking other muscle health ingredients, like HMB.
5. Talk to your healthcare provider about nutrition, especially if you are ill, hospitalised or recovering from surgery, to manage illness-related muscle loss.
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: strong, age, exercise, lifestyle, diet, food, veggies
By Pablo N
Traveling around the world is one of the best experiences you can have. If you are looking for your next trip, Hong Kong is the perfect destination. Hong Kong is a city with an electrifying personality in Cantonese culture.
It is also known as 'Fragrant Harbour' because of its deep-water harbor. The city is renowned as a tourist choice in southern-eastern Asia.
You can talk of the tea shops, dense neighborhoods, ornate temples, family-owned outdoor restaurants, Ocean Park, Golden Bauhinia Square, excellent public transit system. Hong Kong has everything you are looking for in a perfect adventure.
Below, we will share some previous tips to keep in mind when embarking on this trip. For India Nationals not planning to stay more than 14 days, a visit visa is not needed, however, you need to know what is required to apply for pre-arrival registration for Indians before departing the airport. The good news is that you can file for this registration online.
To proceed to enter Hong Kong is not difficult, you can apply for a visit visa to this destination at the Chinese embassy or at the immigration departments of the HKSAR. In this way, you will get all the information required to undertake the trip.
The perfect time to visit Hong Kong is from mid-October to late December. The period is the time of the year when the weather is refreshing and comfortable.
During your visit, you can also enjoy numerous festivals such as Monkey God Festival, Buddha Birthday, Chinese New Year, Mid- Autumn Festival, Art Week, among many others.
Hong Kong is renowned for being the food market of the world. Make sure to try out the Chinese, American, Italian, Cantonese, Mexican, and other cultural meals.Unsplash
Hong Kong boasts, one of the best public transit system in the world. Getting around the city should not pose any form of trouble. You can get around the city by taxi, rail, ferry, or even the Octopus Card Payment Method.
There are about 27 ferry routes that cover movements from Hong Kong Island to different neighboring islands like Peng Chai, Cheung Chau, Lamma Island, etc. The MTR System Mass Transit Railway is the best way to enjoy the famous sites to visit in the city.
All of these transport systems are cheap and convenient.
This destination is a buzzing city and can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. Here are three Do's and Don'ts when you are in Hong Kong.
●Enjoy the varieties of food culture
Limiting yourself to only a variety of food in a multicultural city like Hong Kong is nothing but a waste. This city is renowned for being the food market of the world. Before you leave, make sure to try out the Chinese, American, Italian, Cantonese, Mexican, and other cultural meals.
●Get an Octopus Card
The Octopus cards are your most reliable pass to most public transit in Hong Kong. You can obtain it at the airport or any transit station. 'Octopus cards' can be used to pay for transactions in stores, restaurants, cinemas, parks, etc.
●Avoid getting caught up with the crowd
You can save yourself a lot of annoyance and irritation by avoiding being caught up in the large crowd of the town. Fix your shopping to the weekdays and avoid getting on the MTR during rush hours.
●Don't break the smoking laws
Hong Kong frowns strictly on smoking in public places. Avoid smoking in clubs, parks, lifts, restaurants, transits, workplaces, and strict. Fines and punishments that amount up to 5,000HKD are charged on offenders for smoking in public places.
●Don't miss the festivals
When you visit the city during a festival period, don't miss out on the opportunity to witness some carnivals or events. Hong Kong is also a great place to celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve.
●Don't stand on the left
Whenever you are on the escalators or a walkway, always remember to stand on the right-hand side and let people walk on your left. Citizens get angry whenever people block the left side of the walkway, and it's evident that you are a visitor.
This town is one of the most beautiful tourist centers around the world. You can decide to organize all the places to visit in order to discover the best attractions in Hong Kong.
One point to add, is that the citizens are friendly and approachable. You will be surprised to know that many of the residents also speak English. You will find the city easy to navigate and enjoy as there are many activities to do and witness.
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Be it Deepavali or Christmas, in southern cities, late at night, a savoury aroma wafts into the streets. This is usually from the hot oil in which rice flour is dipped into. Out come golden, crunchy snacks, and the whole neighbourhood knows about it.
Originating from the Tamil tradition, 'murukku' is a staple. Even if it is not a festive occasion, it is always welcome on the table. The word murukku comes from the Tamil word that means 'twisted'. It derives its name from the coils and twists it is shaped into while frying.
Rolling out coiled shapes from the dough Image credit: Wikimedia commons
The primary component of murukku is rice flour. Like most festive treats, rice is soaked for a certain number of hours depending on how crunchy or soft the murukku has to be. It is then ground with spices and mixed with butter to keep it soft. A clean, white cloth is used to absorb moisture and act as a piping bag. The shape of the murukku is formed by pressing hard and swiftly turning. This shape is placed on a ladle and fried.
Frying the murukku Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
The aroma involved in the process of making murukkus comes mostly from the mixing and the frying. It doesn't last very long. The crispy fried end product is placed in a dry container and either distributed to other households or eaten at every possible opportunity. Each household has a unique way of making murukku. Some of them use more spice, some use less; some add in cumin seeds, some add colour, sometimes, the shape varies, and the crunch is different. On festive evenings, the women of the house do the rounds around the neighbourhood exchanging wishes and snacks. Murukku is sure to be a part of the platter.
Keywords: Deepavali, Snacks, Murukku, Savoury, festive occasion.
Eating is often associated with the banana leaf in South India. The pleasant green leaf peeping out of steamers, wrapped under paper in a food parcel, or used as a substitute for a plate is always a welcome sight.
Ordinarily, banana leaves are used in regular meals, but today's city culture has promoted the use of utensils. To eat on a banana leaf, one must either go to a hotel or attend a feast. On festivals too, to eat out of the large green leaf is a luxury.
While aesthetic and in line with traditions, eating from the banana leaf comes with a lot of health benefits. The first step of washing down the leaf with water cleans any residual dirt and ensures a hygienic meal. The stiff fibrous layer of the leaf has a waterproof lining which is enriched with minerals that are good for the body. The banana leaf contains the same properties as green tea and having food rest for a couple of minutes on it absorbs all the nutrients.
A meal served on a banana leaf Image credit: wikimedia commons
Since it is a leaf, obviously, it is eco-friendly. The used leaf can be turned into compost and added to the soil to enrich other plants. Plates need not be washed; the leaf can simply be thrown away. These days, however, the nurture of the leaves is contaminated with chemicals. The soil is sprayed with fertiliser and the leaves grow with pesticides sprayed on them regularly. Eating food out of these leaves is not advisable unless one can absolutely ensure that it is organic.
The practice of eating on the banana leaf is healthier than eating off a plat because the leaf is shaped in such a way that it can hold only so much at a time, or it will tear. This allows for a balanced meal. In order to make sure that the food does not get completely mixed up, enough space is left between each dish, this also regulates the intake of food. Overall, the appeal of eating something from a part of nature itself makes anything taste good. A clean banana leaf after a meal is significant of a healthy eater.
Keywords: Banana Leaf, Festivals, Food, Tradition