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Keep a water bottle with you and drink from it regularly.

As the Jubilee Games approaches, Ismaili athletes around the world are spending countless hours training. But underestimating sweat loss and not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration and serious side effects.

Sixty per cent of all deaths in India are now attributed to NCDs. An Aga Khan Health Board programme aims to reach as many rural and urban members of the Jamat as possible. AKHB India

Non-communicable diseases kill 38 million around the world each year. In India, the country’s Aga Khan Health Board rolled out Health Mantra, a national programme to help the Jamat to better understand the growing threat of NCDs.

The World Health Organization, headquartered in Geneva, expects deaths from NCDs to increase by 17 per cent over the next decade. Thorkild Tylleskar

NCDs are the leading cause of death in the global population, and a serious problem in the Ismaili community. Unhealthy diet is a key risk factor — one that the Ismaili Nutrition Centre is helping to address.

Jardalu (Apricot). MARA ZEMGALIETE / DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB

Jardalu (or apricot) is a soft fleshy fruit, usually pale yellow to orange in colour, with a relatively large stone that is easy to remove when the fruit is ripe. They can be eaten raw, dried or cooked into a tasty dessert.

Imli (Tamarind). Katykman / Dollar Photo Club

Imli (tamarind) — also known as aamli and “Indian date — has a delicious sweet and sour flavour and is a versatile ingredient. It can be eaten raw as a bean, used for flavouring like a spice, and enjoyed as chutney, a condiment, and even as a

It is a myth is that those with diabetes should avoid eating fruit; although fruits have a high sugar content, they  offer an important source of vitamins, minerals, water and fibre. Theresa Dao

To increase awareness of diabetes globally, every 14 November is marked as World Diabetes Day. Shahzadi Devje, a Registered Dietitian and Clinical Diabetes Educator, explores some common myths about diabetes, particularly in South Asian cultures.

Even when fasting,  regular dietary recommendations should be followed. Continue trying to eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day.

For Muslims with diabetes, the fast during Ramadan can present a challenge in day to day management of the condition. In this article, Dr Hala Alsafadi offers tips on staying safe.

Gajar (carrot).

Gajar (carrot) is a crunchy root vegetable available in a range of colours like orange, red, yellow, purple and white. It is a good source of beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in our bodies.

Using fresh garlic, ginger, and herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, and oregano makes it easier to prepare great-tasting food, while reducing the need to use excess salt.

High in vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, fruit, and fish, the Mediterranean diet is associated with a significant improvement in quality of life. Many South Asian foods work well with it, and some simple changes can help you incorporate the Mediterranean lifestyle into

The fibre, complex carbohydrates and protein in pulses are a great combination for satisfying hunger and keeping you full, helping you to eat less overall and preventing your blood sugar from spiking too often.

Over 50 per cent of people with pre-diabetes who eat healthier and are physically active can delay or even entirely prevent themselves from becoming diabetic. For those who have type 2 diabetes, eating cooked pulses along with a high-fibre diet can help control long term

Non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease are the leading cause of mortality around the world, but they can be prevented by diet and lifestyle changes.

In 2008, non-communicable diseases were responsible for an astounding 63 per cent of deaths world-wide – more than all other causes combined. Known as NCDs, they include diabetes, heart disease and cancers, and are a growing concern to people of South East Asian descent

Children at Bait-ul Ilm snack on a healthy plate of vegetables.

Childhood obesity rates in the United States have more than tripled in the past thirty years, with many other western countries showing similar trends. What foods are children eating that may be contributing to this epidemic, and what can be done? Researchers at the US

Use less salt when cooking. Rather than pouring salt straight from the container, measure out the amount you would like to add using a teaspoon.

Eating too much sodium and not enough potassium has been shown to increase blood pressure, which can be dangerous because it makes the heart work harder than normal and can lead to heart disease or stroke. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued new

Keeping a record of what you eat for a few days will help you to know your habits and consider what changes you can make.

Small lifestyle changes are easier to sustain and are more likely to last. Making a drastic change is difficult and less likely to be successful. Rather than focusing on immediate results, it is better to take things one step at a time and not to become discouraged.

Set goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely — otherwise known as SMART goals.

The start of a new year is a great time to make improvements to your lifestyle habits, whether by being more active or cooking more healthily. Setting SMART goals is an effective approach that can be used not only for health, but also in other aspects of life.

Colourful, delicious, and nutritious: pea and bean salad is a great source of fiber and protein, and it makes for a great snack or meal.

The feeling of fullness is very difficult to measure, or even to understand, as there are many factors involved. Although some people believe that all calories are equal, researchers are finding that solid foods have some advantages over fluids.

Good food choices support intensive training while limiting risk of injury and illness.

When talented, well-trained and enthusiastic athletes meet in competition, attention to detail can make all the difference between defeat and victory. What you eat and drink affects how well you train and whether you can compete at your best. Registered dietitian and sports

Accompany your meal with plenty of salad.

Eating out at an Indian or Pakistani restaurant can be nutritious; however, it is less healthy when food items are deep-fried, cooked in excess oil, or prepared in ghee, coconut oil or coconut milk. Here are some tips for making healthier choices.

Children, like adults, should be eating at least five servings of vegetables and fruits daily.

Few children are born with a liking for every vegetable, but researchers wondered if infants could learn to enjoy a specific vegetable, and how many tastes it would take. Their studies show that while it may take more than 10 attempts to get the child to try something new,

Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Dietitian Shirzad Chunara checks out the research.

How many times do we receive emails claiming that a specific combination of foods will cure cancer, or that eating large amounts of certain foods will eliminate our cholesterol? Nutrition advice is everywhere, but it is important to know how to separate credible, good

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