Is This Bizarre Farmed Fish Deformity a Warning Sign for Humans?

The farmed fish industry is huge, accounting for about $60 billion worth of the fish consumed last year. For the first time in history, consumption of farmed fish has outpaced wild-caught.

The research, published this week in the journal Scientific Reports, found deformed ear bones in 50 percent of farm-raised salmon.

“All of the large 100-plus farm-raised salmon (weighing more than 9 pounds) had the deformity in at least one ear,” reports Newsweek.

“Fish with malformed ear bones, also known as otoliths, may lose as much as 50 percent of their hearing sensitivity.”

Hearing is vital to salmon’s survival in the wild—it alerts the animals to danger, to food sources, and assists with navigation.

While the researchers aren’t sure what’s causing the deformity, the fish don’t seem to be born with it; something in their diet or environment is causing the problem.

And if you’re wondering how a deaf salmon affects your dinner plans, it probably doesn’t, at least, not in the short term. But it can be an indicator of things to come—more health problems in farmed fish, and that could be disastrous for the industry if farmed fish become inedible due to health issues.

Allison Coffin, a researcher at Washington State University who wasn’t involved in the study, told Newsweek the findings are just “more evidence hatchery conditions are causing problems with the fish, and we need to figure out what we’re doing,” she says.

So, maybe, just have the salad. Or pay a little bit more for the wild-caught salmon instead.

This Is Exactly What Happens to Your Body When You Don’t Take a Rest Day

It’s called “Overtraining Syndrome.”

  • Glycogen stores are depleted. Opperman and Milano both noted that your glycogen decreases. Milano says “decreased glycogen may contribute to the lowered lactate responses,” meaning your muscles fatigue more quickly.
  • Corticosteroids increase. We know that cortisone and cortisol (stress hormones) are not good for weight loss, and even add to belly-fat retention. Milano told us that these elevated levels also depress the immune system by inhibiting the reaction of lymphocytes to antigens (basically, the fighter cells can’t fight the bad invader cells). So overtraining equals a higher likelihood of getting sick.
  • Your heart goes into overdrive. “Both resting heart rate and submaximal exercise heart rate are increased,” said Milano. Be nice to your heart. Take a breather.
  • Your performance suffers. Opperman told us that when sufficient rest is not included in a training program, your ability to perform (i.e., continue training, growing muscle, getting stronger) plateaus or declines, because your muscles literally cannot recover and regenerate. So things just get worse and worse.
  • You’ll lose muscle mass. Consistent breakdown + no recovery = bye, muscles. That’s the opposite of what you’re trying to do, right?
  • You’ll feel AWFUL. The tiny tears in your muscles cannot heal, which results in inflammation, swelling, and tenderness. Opperman says the feeling will “become extreme, lasting for days.” She also noted that you’ll feel physically exhausted for an extended period as well, which could make it hard for you to perform your day to day functions.
  • It messes with your mind. Muscular fatigue is not the only thing Opperman and Milano warned about. The fatigue and distress extend psychologically, and Milano noted that you’ll notice mental changes before physical ones. “Decreased vigour, motivation, and confidence; raised tension, depression, and anger accompany an individual’s recovery,” said Milano.

Do yourself a favour. Go to yoga, don’t skip savasana, do your cooldowns, and take a day off to recover. Need some pointers? Make sure you keep our recovery checklist handy, or try any of these recovery essentials.

8 Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids

Isn’t it a great idea to serve your child healthy foods?

Summer in India is full of delicious fresh fruit options that make great healthy snack ideas. Gather a variety of fresh summer fruits, such as watermelon, honeydew melon, plums, etc. Separate the sliced fruit into airtight containers and store them the freezer.


You can easily create cute snack sticks that are fun for your kids to eat using only healthy ingredients. Pair them with a ranch dip and serve them to your kids as a fun and delicious array of healthy options.

Fruits are always excellent snack ideas for kids during the summertime. You can put a fun twist on fresh summer fruit with yogurt covered lychees.

Fruit kebabs are a common summer treat. Line the vegetables and cheese on standard kabob sticks, alternating cubes of cheese and veggies. Serve the kabobs to your kids with ranch dip for extra flavour!


It’s sweet, healthy, delicious, and incredibly simple! As a healthy alternative to ice cream, try an easy yogurt parfait. Mix vanilla or fruit-flavoured yogurt with whole grain granola and fresh lychees and gooseberries (karonda).

I hope you would find these recipes of healthy summer snacks for kids useful! Do share your kid’s opinions about these recipes.

The 30 Best and Worst Foods To Eat Before Sleep

Contrarily, going to bed hungry may have worse consequences when it comes to a restful night’s sleep.

Eating one of the best foods before bed may help you ease into dream-land.

 1. Something


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A restless or shortened sleep can confuse your metabolism enough to promote weight gain.

2. Kiwi


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Get under the down comforter with this sleep-inducing food from Down Under. This sleep hormone is related to rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and its low levels may cause insomnia.

3. Cherries


Cherries act as a natural sleep aid thanks to their melatonin content, a naturally produced hormone that signals to our bodies that it’s time for bed.

4. Cereal and Skim Milk


Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which serves as a precursor for the hormone serotonin, a sleep-inducing agent. Higher fat whole milk will take your body longer to digest, keeping your body working late rather than snoozing.)

And according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating a high-glycemic carb like jasmine rice (or rice cereal) 4 hours before bed can cut the amount of time it takes to fall asleep in halfcompared to a low-GI food.

5. Bananas


“Sleep aid” is #17 on the list of 21 Amazing Things That Happen To Your Body When You Eat Bananas. Bananas also contain tryptophan, the precursor to calming and sleep-regulating hormones serotonin and melatonin.

6. Almonds


Another great muscle-relaxing magnesium source? Calcium plays its role by helping the brain convert the amino acid tryptophan into sleep-inducing melatonin. This also explains why dairy products which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are one of the top sleep-inducing foods.

7. Spinach


Yet another reason to love this versatile food. With its long list of sleep-inducing nutrients, spinach is an insomniac’s best friend. Not only is it a source of tryptophan, the green is an excellent source of folate, magnesium, and vitamins B6 and C, which are all key co-factors in synthesizing serotonin, and subsequently, melatonin. Spinach also contains glutamine, an amino acid which stimulates the body to get rid of the cellular toxins that lead to sleeplessness.

8. Poultry


Don’t count sheep, eat lamb! Tryptophan, an amino acid found in most meats, has demonstrated powerful sleep-inducing effects. Pair your source of tryptophan with a carbohydrate-rich food like brown rice (also high in sleep-supporting magnesium and vitamins B3 and B6) to enhance the eye-shutting effects.

9. Low-Fat Yogurt and Granola


Yogurt, honey, oats and bananas all contain tryptophan, and the carbs from the banana and whole grain granola will help the tryptophan-rich foods get absorbed by the brain. Oat’s tryptophan content is even higher when it’s left uncooked.

10. Peanut Butter On Whole Grain


The “whole” part is important. Whole grains include the germ of the grain, which is removed during the refining of whole wheat grains into white flour. This germ includes important B vitamins such as folate and vitamin B6—both important micronutrients required for proper absorption of tryptophan—as well as magnesium to loosen your muscles. Pair it with tryptophan-containing peanut butter (and perhaps some bananas and honey) to help you catch some ZZZs.

11. Cottage Cheese


Completely avoiding food before bedtime can actually be bad for your weight loss goals. Have a little cottage cheese before bed.

12. Passionflower Tea


For starters, passionflower tea has the flavone chrysin, which has wonderful anti-anxiety benefits and is mild sedative, helping you calm nervousness so you can sleep at night.

13. Lemon Balm Tea


Another relaxing tea is lemon balm.

14. Valerian Tea


Valerian is an herb that’s long been valued as a mild sedative, and now research is showing what tea enthusiasts have known for centuries. In a study of women, researchers gave half the test subjects a valerian extract, and half a placebo. Thirty percent of those who received valerian reported an improvement in the quality of their sleep, versus just 4 percent of the control group. While researchers have yet to identify the exact active ingredient, they suspect that receptors in the brain may be stimulated to hit “sleep mode” when coming in contact with valerian.

15. Hop Tea


Legend has it that when workers were gathering hops for the master brewer’s latest beer, they kept falling asleep on the job! People began to realize there was a sedative property to the hops, and they started using them in teas to aid with sleeplessness.

16. Coffee and Soda


We hope you’d know this one by now! But in case you need a little background info: “Caffeine can stimulate the central nervous system several hours after consuming it,” say The Nutrition Twins, Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT. “If you’re at all sensitive to it, you will probably lie awake.” Caffeine’s stimulating effects can last anywhere from 8 to 14 hours, so make sure to keep your sleep in mind when you’re thinking about the timing of that cuppa joe or afternoon diet soda. We’d recommend laying off around 8 hours before you’re planning to hit the hay.

17. Chocolate


Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that chocolate treat after dinner isn’t doing your REM any favors. Like coffee, dark chocolate also contains caffeine, which can increase arousal, prevent your body from shutting down, and decrease your ability to develop and sustain deeper stages of sleep. Chocolate bars have varying amounts of caffeine, but an average 2-ounce, 70 percent dark chocolate bar contains around 79 mg—over half of what’s in an 8-ounce cup of coffee. If you know you’re sensitive to caffeine, but don’t want to ditch the dark chocolate completely, try savoring your sweet treat earlier on in the night or cutting down on portions.

18. Alcohol


That nightcap might actually be doing the opposite of its intention. While a late-night glass of wine can help relax you and help you fall asleep faster, it actually prevents your body from fully indulging in its REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycle, which is where truly restful sleep and dreaming occurs. According to nutritionist Mitzi Dulan, RD, “Research shows that drinking alcohol before bed can make you more likely to wake up throughout the night and diminishes quality of sleep. We also know alcohol can lead to snoring since it is a potent muscle relaxer.” For a little motivation to cut back on the booze, check out these amazing benefits of giving up alcohol!

19. Fatty Foods


We’re talking about the usual suspects here, like cheeseburgers, loaded burritos, and ice cream sundaes. (Yep, you’ll have to say bye-bye to Ben and Jerry before bed!) “These high-fat foods take longer to digest,” offer The Nutrition Twins, which they explain will keep your body up working rather than relaxing. Fatty foods “often cause bloating and indigestion that interferes with a sound night’s rest,” they continue. This leads to a more fragmented sleep, so you wake up the next morning without feeling refreshed.

20. High-Sugar Cereals


Pass right by the fruit loops, please. “Eating high-sugar cereals will make your blood sugar spike and crash, which will affect your sleep,” says nutritionist Lisa DeFazio, MS, RDN. She continues, “choose cereal with less than five grams of sugar per serving.”

21. Hot Peppers & Spicy Foods


Spicy foods are a go-to when it comes to revving up your metabolism, but they’re also ruining your chances at falling asleep. Spices like cayenne and Tabasco get their metabolism-boosting properties from capsaicin, which can trigger heartburn in sensitive individuals. Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, explains this compound gets your blood flowing as well, “Its thermogenic properties can increase the body’s core temperature.” Since your core temperature naturally decreases as you get ready to sleep, raising it can cause you to feel more awake and struggle with staying asleep.

22. A High-Protein or High-Fat Dinner


A little lesson in logic: “You may think a high-protein or high-fat dinner will keep you full all night, preventing you from waking. But research shows that eating a high-protein meal before bed can lead to sleep disturbances,” advises Palinski-Wade. Experts believe it’s because a meal containing a high protein content contributes less tryptophan—the amino acid which is a precursor to the calming hormone serotonin—than it does other amino acids. A lower tryptophan to other large amino acids ratio actually reduces serotonin. And, like many other foods on this list, you may wind up with indigestion or acid reflux since you’ll be lying down with a full stomach.

23. Dried Fruit


Consuming too much of a high-fiber food like dried fruit can bother your stomach and cause you to have gas and cramps during the night, according to DeFazio. “This is thanks to their high-fiber, low-water content.” Come morning, don’t eat ’em, either. They’re one of the top foods nutritionists wish you would stop adding to your overnight oats.

24. Water


You might want to rethink having that tall glass of H2O on your bedside table—unless you’re saving it for the morning. “Yes, you should drink plenty of water during the day to stay hydrated. In fact, even slight dehydration can significantly drain your energy levels,” offers Palinski-Wade. “But if you drink too much right before bed, you may find yourself awakening multiple times to urinate. Instead, start to taper off your fluid intake about three hours before bedtime.” To chug more water during the day and help aid your weight loss efforts, try one of these detox waters!

25. Pizza


Whether it’s a quick fix for working late or your go-to drunk food, a slice of pizza might satisfy your cravings, but it’ll leave you worse off in the A.M. “The combination of fat in the cheese and the acid in the tomato sauce can have a negative impact on your sleep quality,” says Palinski-Wade. “High-acid foods can trigger acid reflux, especially when eaten close to bedtime. Even if you don’t feel ‘heartburn,’ this reflux can cause you to awaken partially from sleep and leave you tired the next day.”

26. Peppermint


Leave those apres-dinner mints on the check and head home! There are health benefits of mint, but sleeping well isn’t one of them. “Many people pop peppermints into their mouths after dinner to freshen their breath,” says Hayim. “Some people have it in their tea thinking it will soothe them. But, as it turns out, peppermint is a heartburn trigger. So, definitely stay away from it before bed!”

27. Green Tea

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We are huge fans of green tea at Eat This, Not That!—after all, we created an entire best-selling plan in which happy test panelists lost 10 pounds in a week! So enjoy this nutritious sipper throughout the day, but make sure to taper off several hours before bedtime, at the least. On top of caffeine, green tea contains two other stimulants, called theobromine and theophylline, which Hayim tells us may cause increased heart rate, feelings of nervousness, and overall anxiety.

28. Fries and Ketchup


This fast-food combo serves up a double whammy when it comes to disrupting those sweet dreams. On top of fries being greasy, they’re also high in fat, and will keep you up as your body tries to digest them. Dipping them in ketchup is asking for more trouble. “Ketchup is extremely acidic thanks to the tomatoes it’s made with,” offers Hayim. “In addition to the acid that is naturally there, ketchup is usually preserved with other chemicals that make them even more acidic and may lead to heartburn.” Watch out for tomato sauce, too: “Pasta and marinara sauces can contribute to indigestion and heartburn,” The Nutrition Twins say. “This is especially important if you’re prone to indigestion. When you lie down to go to bed, digestion slows and the horizontal position can make heartburn and indigestion even worse.”

29. Raw Onions


Being able to kiss someone goodnight isn’t the only reason to give up these guys right before bedtime. “Onions can cause gas that affects the pressure in your stomach,” says Hayim, which can result in acid to enter back into your throat—not a pleasant feeling when you’re trying to catch some ZZZ’s. She explains, “Studies have found that raw onions can cause potent and long-lasting feelings of reflux in people who already have heartburn.” Now that’s something to toss and turn over. So even if you’re eating healthy on those late-nights at the office, be sure to nix these from your salad.

30. Too Much Food


While you shouldn’t go to bed starving (that presents its own body-busting problems, like depleting your lean muscle storage), you also shouldn’t hit the sack completely stuffed. When you eat a large meal before bed, your body is working to digest it long into the night — and if your body is still worked up, so are you. The later you fall asleep, the less rest you’ll get, and you’ll wake up feeling groggy and more likely to reach for calorie-dense items.

Excess weight can increase odds of asthma in women

New York, April 2 :Obesity and a common endocrine system disorder among women of reproductive age – polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – are independently linked with asthma, says a study.

Women with PCOS may have enlarged ovaries and the disorder is associated with problems such as irregular menstrual cycles, excessive hair growth, acne, obesity, reduced fertility and increased risk of diabetes.

“A greater proportion of women with polycystic ovary syndrome report asthma, and the results of this study suggest that asthma is associated with PCOS and excess weight,” said lead author Anju Elizabeth Joham from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

“These findings highlight that polycystic ovary syndrome is a complex disorder that includes significant inflammatory underpinnings. These results also raise awareness of the need to consider higher risks in other health areas in this condition,” Joham said.

The findings are scheduled to be presented today at ENDO 2016, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, in Boston.

The researchers assessed the prevalence of asthma in reproductive-age women. They also investigated the impact of obesity on the prevalence of asthma in the women who had PCOS compared with those who did not have PCOS.

To examine these links, Joham and her colleagues analysed data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH), an ongoing national periodic survey that has been following more than 58,000 Australian women of various ages since 1996 and periodically collecting data from them about the factors that influence their health.

The researchers randomly selected the survey responses of 9,145 women about their polycystic ovary syndrome and asthma status.

The study showed that PCOS status and body mass index (BMI) in both the overweight and obese categories were independently associated with asthma.

Polycystic ovary syndrome was associated with increased odds of asthma and BMI in the overweight and obese ranges was also associated with increased odds of asthma, the study showed.

Fresh fruit reduces risk of heart attack, stroke

A fruit a day can keep heart diseases at bay, a new study has found, adding that people who eat fresh fruit regularly are less prone to a heart attack or stroke than people who rarely eat fresh fruit.

“The association between fruit consumption and cardiovascular risk seems to be stronger in China, where many still eat little fruit, than in high-income countries where daily consumption of fruit is more common,” said lead author Huaidong Du from University of Oxford in Britain.

Smoking causes vision loss in patients, say ophthalmologists

According to the doctors, several studies have shown that smoking increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and dry eye syndrome.

“One way to reduce the risk of developing Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is by not smoking. Macular degeneration causes loss in the centre of the field of vision. Over time, vision loss increases significantly.

Sachdev said vision loss due to smoking does not have any symptoms like many other eye diseases, but a dilated exam can detect eye diseases in their early stages before vision loss occurs. Some other types of eye-related problems caused by excessive smoking include cataract and glaucoma.

Steroid use can turn ‘good’ fat into ‘bad’

The findings showed that brown fat is an important player in causing obesity by steroids, which are prone to side effects like weight gain and obesity.

Brown fat, also known as the good fat, is found in both humans and animals.

Compared with placebo treatment, prednisolone — a steroid used in the treatment of various inflammatory and autoimmune conditions — was found to reduce the production of heat in brown fat and increase the production of energy derived from a meal.

7 Nutritious foods essential for working moms

Remember, most healthy foods give you the energy and nutrients needed for your body to handle all of the pressure your day brings. And even more, healthy and nutritious foods bring a smile on your face. Because a balanced diet can let you have a balanced mind.

Here is a list of healthy meals and nutritious foods tips to help you eat well and do well for yourself and your loved ones.

1. Whole-grain cereal

You can establish a quick morning healthy eating ritual with your family.

2. Lean meat and fish

The pillar of most healthy meals is protein that gives you the strength to work for your family. Don’t hesitate to eat as much of the meat and fish as you feel the need to.

3. Fruits

Fruit is essential for healthy eating because it’s packed with vitamins and minerals your body needs. If you have a big appetite, go for leaner fruits like strawberries, grapes etc.

1. Leafy greens

Vegetables are a powerful food group aimed to strengthen our bodies, provide us with healthy nutrients and fill our bellies with health. Most healthy meals consist of a large quantity of green vegetables. Lean vegetables have less carbs and make an excellent addition to your daily healthy eating plan.

5. Carbs

Carbs are the main source of your energy during the day. But have in mind, not all carbs are the same and not equally good for your balanced diet. One of the best options for you are various sorts of beans and peas.

6. Nuts and biscuits

Nuts are a superfood, packed with heart-healthy fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and dietary fiber protein, vitamins, and minerals.

7. Smoothies

Most healthy foods are good for blending. Blend together some mango, apple and a banana with a handful of fresh green vegetables, some oatmeal and milk to have the best possible snack on the go.\


Hope you find this list of super nutritious foods helpful! Share with us your favorite healthy and nutritious foods that keep you active all day.

Healthy breakfast recipes for your school going kids

You know if right breakfast is not chosen for kids or overfeeding is done, instead of feeling energetic, kids will fell sleepy.Therefore choosing the healthy breakfast recipes is very important.

Here I am sharing few quick healthy breakfast recipes, which you can try for your child.

1. Fruit platter

Fresh fruit juices and smoothies (a thick, smooth drink of fresh fruit pureed with milk, yogurt) are great, if your child likes variations.

2. Milk


Milk is great source of calcium, very essential for kids in this growing stage. It can be one of quick healthy breakfast recipes if your child is fond of milk.

3. Northie’s Corner

Grind soaked dal to make batter, add salt, chilly per your child’s taste.

Stuffed Rotis: These are cooked in same way as prathas, but they are not greased, this way their nutrition values stays intact and roti becomes yummy.

You can also mash vegies in dough to make stuffed rotis, like I sometimes mash dal in flour to make dal wali rotis for my child.

Roti Variants: Like Makke ki roti, bajre ki roti are great source of iron for kids and can make simple meal yummy .

4. South stand

Magic Idlis: Rice idli, sooji idli are most apt for healthy breakfast.

Upma: Upma is also a great healthy breakfast, you can customise it by adding vegetables of your child’s taste. This will improve taste and second benefit would be that kid will eat vegetables also.

5. Others

Sprout bowl: Sprout bowl is also one of easy and healthy breakfast recipes for child.

Poha: Poha is a perfect start of day – a healthy, light and easily digestible meal. This is my kid’s favourite and I generally add lot of vegetables to it.

Eggs/Meat: Eggs are great protein source, you can try giving simply boiled eggs. Vegetable omelettes can be a great recipe too. Chicken and meat can also be given, consult your paediatrician regarding what time you should start giving non- veg to your child and in what amount.

This list is endless, I have just tried to add quick healthy breakfast recipes. I am looking forward to many recipes from smart mommies like you. Do share and enrich me your experiences.