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beer mug

Beer contains lot of nutritional values because of hops and barley present in it. Drinking it in low to moderate quantity will definitely have some of the positive effects on health.

Health benefits of beer:

  • Prevents cancer
    • Being a rich source of flavonoids, play a major role in the chemoprevention of cancer. According to a study, it is also a good source of polyphenols, due to the grains used for fermentation which has been proven effective in fighting cancer.
  • Loaded with Vitamins
    • Beer increases your vitamin B levels. Beer contains several B vitamins (B1, B2, B6 and B12).
    • Vitamin B6 present in beer prevents a build-up of homocysteine, which is responsible for heart diseases.
    • Beer is also a generous source of vitamin B12 and folic acid, an anti-anaemic factor not found in many foods.
  • Beer can increase your vitamin B levels. Beer contains several B vitamins (B1, B2, B6 and B12). A Dutch study found that beer drinkers had 30 per cent higher levels of vitamin B6 than their non-drinking counterparts, and levels that were twice as high as those of wine drinkers. Beer is also a generous source of vitamin B12, an anti-anaemic factor not found in many foods.
  • Protects heart
    • Beer helps prevent blood clots.
    • Studies have shown that low consumption of beer lowers bad cholesterol.
    • Beer reduces the risk of a heart attack. A study has shown that beer drinkers have a 40 to 60 per cent reduced risk of suffering a heart attack compared with non-beer drinkers.
    • Beer reduces blood pressure.
  • Gall stones and Kidney stones
    • Regular moderate consumption of beer decreases the bile concentration thus, preventing the risk of gall stone.
    • Also, it keeps your kidney healthy. It reduces the risk of developing kidney stones and even works as a treatment for the same.
  • Aids in digestion
    • Beer contains soluble fibres and possesses various digestive properties which include the stimulation of gastrin, gastric acid, cholecystokinin, and pancreatic enzymes helping intestinal transit.

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  • Bone density
    • Elevated levels of silicon in beer contribute to the bone density thus, preventing the risk of osteoporosis and it also makes the bone strong thus reduces the risk of fracture. Beer for stronger bones! A 2009 study concluded that the elevated levels of silicon in beer can contribute to higher bone density.

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  • Boosts memory
    • Studies have shown that beer consumption boosts memory and less likely to develop Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
  • Remedy for cold
    • This is the most renowned health benefit of beer.
    • When barley (present in beer) warms up, improves blood circulation and helps you breathe when feeling congested.
  • Diuretic
    • Consumption of beer increases the frequency of urination which facilitates the removal of toxins and waste products.
  • Stress Buster
    • Like any other alcoholic beverages, beer also reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Smooth skin
    • Vitamins in beer help in skin regeneration and reduce the pigmentation.
beer mug
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So, go ahead and enjoy your beer once in a while for some of these health benefits. Having a beer in moderation can be good for health.


Breakfast: Eat like a king

Healthy breakfast

Adelle Davis, the woman who first pioneered the first ideas of nutrition said – Breakfast like a King; Lunch like a Prince and Dinner like a Pauper. Today after so many years, the entire world of health and nutrition have come to the common consensus that – breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we all should start this meal as a king. It is because, all through the day whatever comes our way, we will be at our royal best tackling all.

Adelle Davis quote on breakfast

Eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast in the morning and one which includes proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and other nutrients is the most crucial needs of the overall health and functionality of our body. Wherein, proteins help build muscles and make them strong, carbohydrates provide the body with the fuel it needs to run throughout the day, vitamins and other nutrients like calcium helps develop stronger bones and improves our mental alertness.

Why is breakfast so important?

As the name suggests – breakfast means breaking fast after a long night without food. The gap between the two meals – dinner and breakfast, is the longest – more than almost 10 to 12 hours. Breakfast is the meal that you have for the first time after the day starts and you are having something to eat after a long period.

Breakfast kick starts the metabolism and helps burn calories throughout the day, which means that it helps losing weight also. It helps to stay focused and provides the body with the much-needed energy it needs to function optimally.

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Having a breakfast like a king can bring about a great change in our body and thereby our life. When you skip your breakfast and starve yourself, your body enters the defence mode and start conserving the energy and throws the body into slower metabolic process. This further affects the calorie burning process of the body causing weight gain.

Here are some importance of having a breakfast and having it like a king:

  • It helps improving our performance

The body gets energy deficient and dehydrated after a long night sleep. With a healthy breakfast, get to re-energize the body. After we have had breakfast, the body gets its essential nutrients. you could easily make out that your cognitive functions have improved like concentration, focus, speed and problem-solving skills.

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  • It prevents from gaining weight

Most of the time, people think that skipping their breakfasts can help them consume lesser calories. On the contrary, breakfast helps in consuming lesser calories by keeping you full throughout the day and preventing you from overeating during meals. The foods you eat during breakfast provides the body with essential nutrients that is stored in the body as energy and makes you feel productive during the day.

  • It makes you feel energized

It is quite simple – you eat you feel good and you do not eat and you would not feel so good, and this applies to breakfast also. Breakfast happens to be the first meal of the day, and you are having something to eat after almost 8 to 10 hours of gap. Our body need energy to function properly and this energy comes from the food that we eat. So, when we eat in the morning, it kick starts our body’s energy and makes us ready for the day to come.

It benefits the skin

We know that eggs, lean proteins, fruits and nuts are an intricate part of a healthy breakfast. All of these foods are enriched with the goodness of vitamin A and D and lutein – that helps maintain healthy and glowing skin.

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Eating a healthy and heavy breakfast helps the body get all the essential nutrients that can not only promote good health but also make you a complete individual, full of energy and confidence. If you are one of them who have been missing or skipping breakfast, its time you should change your habit and stay energized for the rest of your life.

Practising since 2005 as a registered dietician under IDA, Sheela Seharawat is the founding member and chief mentor of Diet Clinic, operating around 35 outlets successfully all over the country.

Dietitian Sheela Seharawat DC
Dietitian Sheela Seharawat DC

A motivational speaker, an expert dietician and a strong believer of healthy and motivated living, she has transformed the lives of many through her breakthrough diets and inspiration on living a healthy life. Another feather is added to the name of Diet Clinic Health Care as the esteemed magazine and organization “Silicon India Start Up City” has recognized and awarded “Diet Clinic” in their annual listing of “10 Best Startups in Fitness, 2017”.

Foods which strengthen our bones

Foods which strengthen our bones

When we see elderly people walking upright and even see them jogging in the nearby park, it leaves us guessing – what is it that makes them so much fitter and stronger at such an age? On the contrary we also see young people around us, unable to move properly or limp or find it difficult to make normal movements.

Well! The answer to it is efforts and good health, especially taking good care on our bones, right from the beginning – a healthy balanced diet which consists of foods that promote bone health right from our early age. Yes, it is true that as we age, bone health becomes a concern.

Bones are an important part of our body constitution and we should maintain and keep them healthy by feeding them with the right food and ensue their longevity. Poor health of our bones can cause certain conditions like osteoporosis and rickets and increase the risk of damage or break from injuries as we start aging. By eating a healthy and balanced diet we are able to provide all the nutrients required for healthy bones.

Foods that help maintain a healthy bone structure and strengthen our skeleton:

When it is about building and strengthening our bone structure there are two essential nutrients involved – calcium and vitamin D, wherein, calcium aids in support bone and teeth structure, vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium and bone growth. The process should start at an early age, so that as we age our bones does not become brittle and prone to breaking and damages.

  • Dark Leafy Greens and Veggies: It’s not any gimmick. Try to teach and make greens your favourite choice when it is about foods. They are just what the bones needs – the bone-building nutrients (Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin K). Some good ones are spinach, dandelion, kale and Swiss chard.
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Nuts and Seeds: Bones are not just hard and solid structures, they are living and have cells too and fluids. The bone cells break and again builds up and that is how they heal after braking and also remain strong. The moment we think of bones, calcium is the first thing that comes to our mind. Our entire skeleton is made up of 50% calcium, but at the same time it is other minerals too that is important.

Manganese in one such mineral that resides on our bones and its good source is seeds – pumpkin, Brazil Nuts and other seeds.

Nuts and seeds for good bones
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Walnuts are enriched with alpha linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids and helps decrease chances of bone breakdown.

  • Yoghurt and other Dairy products: Has high contents of proteins and good gut bacteria, and thereby promoting good health. It is also enriched with high quantity of calcium. Best is to go for low-fat yoghurt which serves as a healthy snack and keeps you fuller. Greek yoghurt is enriched with the additional goodness of extra proteins.
Milk for good bones
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Milk is a good source of calcium and vitamin D and helps to delay the loss of bone mass. It is also fortified. Choose non-fat milk for a better outcome.

  • Fatty Fish like Salmon and Tuna: Mainly known for its high contents of omega-3 fatty acids, certain species of salmon like to sockeye salmon is high in vitamin D also. Tuna is another good source of vitamin D and calcium. Make sure you add these two in your diet to fulfil your daily dose of the much needed vitamin and calcium.
  • Beans: Especially black, white, kidney and pinto beans provides with a good dosage of vitamin D and some amount of calcium. Also people who eat beans in appropriate quantities in their diet, have lower risks of heart diseases, obesity and even cancers. Enjoy them the way you like.

Bone health has been a universal health concern for all ages. If its care and maintenance are started at a younger age, you will be one of those who people will admire when you jog around in the nearby park at an older age. Diet and supplements are the best way to keep feeding the bones with the right nutrients.

Dr. Ashu Gupta

Ashu Gupta is the founder of Ashu Gupta’s Diet Clinic and an acclaimed dietician and nutritionist. Her desires to see people around her life, a life full of good health and happiness made her pursue a career in food, health and nutrition. She staunchly believes that healthy living is not about just eating plain and tasteless foods and following strict guidelines with a lot of restrictions, but it is about enjoying life to the fullest with certain lifestyle modifications and enjoying all the good foods.

Very Berry Delicious!


It is the time of the year when the berries are available in the market-the most notable being strawberries.

The following are some delicious recipes using berries. Do try them out in your spare time.

Devil’s love bite cocktail


½ cup strawberry puree;

½ peg white rum,

Sugar syrup to taste;

2 tbsp. lemon juice


  • Blend fresh strawberries and strain the juice.
  • Shake along with the remaining ingredients in Boston shaker.
  • Garnish with fresh cut strawberries and salt on the glass rim.

Baked berry cheesecake


75 gms butter melted plus extra for greasing;

175 gms digestive biscuits;

175 gms seasonal berries plus extra for decorating;

450 gms cream cheese;

150 gms caster sugar;

1 tsp. vanilla extract;

4 eggs lightly beaten;

Icing sugar to dust


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  • Butter the sides and base of a 24cm cake tin. Place the biscuits into a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles rough breadcrumbs.
  • Alternatively, place them into a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin. Mix the crushed biscuits with the melted butter and press down into the base of the tin.
  • Spread the berries over the base and allow for chilling in the fridge for an hour.
  • Beat the cream, cheese, sugar, vanilla extract and the eggs together in a large bowl until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour over the top of the berries and then bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until pale golden and only wobbles slightly when you gently shake the tin.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Then run a knife around the edge to loosen it and carefully remove the cheesecake from the tin.
  • Sprinkle over a few blueberries/strawberries, then dust with icing sugar Best eaten at room temperature.

Raspberry Macaroons


100 gms almond powder

180 gms icing sugar,

100 gms egg whites,

¼ tsp cream of tartar,

35 gms castor sugar,

A few drops of pink gel paste food color.


  • Baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  • Place the almond powder and confectioners’ sugar in a food processor and process until finely ground (about 1 to 2 minutes).
  • Sift the mixture to remove any lumps. In the bowl of your electric mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar gradually add the superfine sugar, and continue to beat, on high speed, until the meringue holds in glossy and stiff peaks.
  • Once the almond structure is completely folded into the meringue, fill a pastry bag with the batter.
  • Pipe rounds of batter onto the parchment paper. Let the macaroons sit at room temperature for about 30-60 minutes.
  • Meanwhile preheat your oven to 150 degrees c. Bake macaroons for about 16-20 minutes. Remove from oven and place the baking sheet on a wire rack. Let the macaroons cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet. Place the macaroons on a wire rack to cool completely.

Raspberry filling– In a bowl beat or whisk, the cream cheese with the mascarpone cheese until nice and smooth with no lumps. Stir in 3-4 tbsp. of raspberry jam until well combined. Place in a small piping bag.

To assemble macaroons– Start with two cookies of about the same size. Pipe a round of raspberry filling onto the flat bottom side of one cookie. Take the second cookie and place it (top side up) on top of the filling to sandwich together.


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Rainbow sangria


White wine,

Black grapes,

Chopped strawberries,


Orange and green apples.

Preparation– Stack black grapes at the bottom of the tall glass. Add ice cubes over the grapes. Stack the entire remaining fruits one above the other. Pour white wine and garnish with strawberry.

Start this year with modern cocktails, strawberries

Recipe courtesy- Siva Kumar, Pastry Chef at Ibis and Novotel Bengaluru and Executive Chef, Gopal Jha, Grand Mercure, Bangalore

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