Which we have the food industry to thank for

I never had a sweet tooth, but I was still addicted to sugar. Yes, you read that right. The sugar I was addicted to didn’t look like doughnuts, cookies, pastries, candies, and cakes, but it looked more like pasta, bread, cornflakes, nachos, and potato chips. Being a university student, I always leaned towards buying food that was easily affordable but not the healthiest. Even though I would look for “high in protein” or “low sugar,” I realized it was just a trick the food manufacturers used to get more of their products sold.

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When I had that revelation, I decided to stop letting food packaging mess with my head and always chose fresh, organic produce, even though I had to pay an extra buck. …


Take a step in the right direction this holiday season

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It’s the time of the year, where family and friends get together to celebrate each other, show love and give thanks for the past year, it seems like such a contradiction when this is done by killing an innocent being and stuffing it with mashed potatoes. All while historians were still in a dilemma about whether the turkey was the meat served at the First Thanksgiving.

Each year 245 million turkeys are killed in the US alone, with 46 million just killed on Thanksgiving only. …


And how you can incorporate them into your meals

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The rise of a plant-based lifestyle has been unstoppable. Whether it's for climate change or animal welfare or personal benefits, the plant-based lifestyle is here to stay. With several people transforming, an occurring question has always been: “but where do you get your protein from?”

Why does our body need protein?

Proteins are made up of amino acids and these are the building blocks of life. …


#5: Not eating after sunset

The Buddha once said, “to keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise, we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear.” Most of us learn this the hard way. Not until we are prescribed medicine we can’t even pronounce. In this day and age, the mind-body connection is very relevant and obvious. When you are stressed, your body will respond by giving you fatigue or acne and when you are not eating well, your mind will respond by giving you a headache.

I learnt how to respect my body and give it all the nutrients it needs. After all, our bodies are regenerative, not degenerative. Every single cell in our body is fighting to protect us from sickness. However, this doesn’t happen without a little effort from our side. …


7 ways to improve your gut health

We are surrounded by thousands of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Some of them living outside our bodies and some of them inside.

A fun fact is, we have more bacteria cells in our body than human cells. Roughly we have about 40 trillion bacteria cells in our body and about 30 trillion human cells.

For those of you living under a rock, the gut (gastrointestinal tract) is the long tube that starts at the mouth and ends at the back passage (anus).

So this gut it’s really important. It looks something like this.

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When you think of bacteria, you would immediately think “disease”, however, some bacteria are very important for your immune system, heart health, weight, skin…


Breakfast has been a controversial topic in the health industry, so many health specialists claim it the “most important meal of your day” while others claim you need to “skip it”.

What is a flexible solution to this?

Let’s understand this first: everyone has different bodies, and what works for you might not work for someone else.

But let’s also understand the science behind breakfast. Breakfast simply means breaking your fast after a 7–8-hour sleep.

Several studies have shown us that people who go big on breakfasts tend to have healthy body weight and are able to keep this alive for the longer term, compared to the ones who skip. …


Change your mindset today

Have you come across a meditation guru telling you miracles you can do with your mind? Yes? No?

Your mind is a powerful tool, no doubt. And just like everything else, even with your health, your mindset really does matter. In fact, your health journey will most likely begin in your mind.

So, the real question should be: How do we develop a healthy mindset?

It can be overwhelming sometimes, and make you feel clueless or helpless, with questions like “but, where do I start?”

A change in your mindset is itself shows that you’re willing to change your life for the better and for the benefits of the longer term. …


Your gut is lined with over 100 million nerve cells

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Digestion is a carefully orchestrated process, which is why you have so many brain cells down there. The gut is not a glamorous organ. You might hear people say I want to dedicate my life to become a cardiologist or a neurosurgeon, but very few people want to dedicate their lives to study the gut. A significant part of the body, hitherto relatively unexplored.

Apart from extracting energy from the food we eat, the gut accounts for most of our immune system and produces more than a dozen hormones that influence everything from our appetite to our mood.

Buried in our intestines, deep inside its tissue, is a very thin layer of the brain. It’s called the enteric system and comprises the same cells, neurons found in the brain. There are over 100 million neurons in the gut, except instead of being in one big lump, like the brain, the neurons in your gut are spread in a thin mesh that extends from your throat to your rectum. …


You’ve been wondering how to get started with DeFi?

DeFi is a cool way to say Decentralised Finance, which involves building a brand-new financial system with underlying blockchain technology and enabling truly unfiltered access to global financial systems.

In a world where finance is gatekept and controlled by opaque institutions that seek to take a significant cut of every transaction, block off competitors and control customers, DeFi is critical to fulfiling finance’s true purpose.

DeFi has gained a lot of momentum in the past year or so as it crosses $1B worth of total value locked (at the time of writing). A lot of people have begun to show interest in DeFi, mainly because of its ability to continuously earn a good amount of interest on DAI (the famous USD pegged stablecoin). …


Growing up, I was taught that banks were the primary pillars of the financial world — I realized, I was wrong when I got my hands on DeFi.

Just as you begin to think the buzz around DeFi has elevated, you might think that most people at least have bank accounts. Well, you’re wrong. As per research, about 1.7 billion people in the world do not have access to a bank account.

Not being connected to a financial system, makes day-to-day living much more complicated. …

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Vishva Dave

Curating my fascination about the human body. Holistic management.

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