5 Ways to Use less Salt

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1.    Use spices and other flavor enhancers such as spices, dried and fresh herbs, garlic and ginger, citrus, vinegars and wine. Flavors can be black pepper, cinnamon and turmeric to fresh basil, chili peppers, and lemon juice.

2.    Use the right healthy fats — from roasted nuts and avocados to olive, canola, soybean and other oils.

3.    Searing and sautéing foods in a pan builds flavor. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of many vegetables and the taste of fish and chicken. If you do steam or microwave food, perk up these dishes with a finishing drizzle of flavorful oil and a squeeze of citrus.

4.    Get your whole grains from sources other than bread. White bread contains salt, not just for flavor but to ensure that the dough rises properly.

5.       Shop for raw ingredients with maximum natural flavor, thereby avoiding the need to add as much (if any) sodium. [Harvard]

Heart Checkup camp at Dept. of Science & Technology

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Heart Care Foundation of India organized a Heart Checkup camp for the employees and staff of Dept. of Science & Technology, Government of India. Over 200 employees and staff availed of this opportunity.

Speaking on the occasion, Padma Shri & Dr. B C Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India, said that all those who have a history of high blood pressure and abdominal circumference of more than 90 cm in men and more than 80 cm in women should have their lipid profile, blood sugar and blood pressure checkup done as they may be candidates for metabolic syndrome, which is responsible for future heart attacks and paralysis.

Dr. Aggarwal further said that maximum heart attacks occur in early morning in winter. All patients with heart disease, high blood pressure and/or diabetes should have their medication doses adjusted during winter.

Both aspirin and cholesterol drugs (Statins) can prevent heart attacks during winter and one should ask his or her doctor about the same.

Winter Guidelines

  • Keep doses of your drugs adjusted during winter.
  • Ask your doctor for aspirin and statin, if you are not taking them.
  • Say no to smoking. Early morning smoking with a cup of tea/coffee can be fatal.
  • Do not consume alcohol to relieve winter cold.
  • Take your flu vaccination.