maida flour

All You Need to Know about the Disadvantages of Maida Flour

maida flour

People all over India use maida and its products regularly to prepare common comfort foods. Fast food contains high portions of maida as well. White flour can have terrible consequences on our health and this is why it’s commonly referred to as the ‘white poison’. Read on to know why you must avoid it.

Why is Maida Unhealthy?

The whole grain of wheat has three parts – the bran that contains fibres and anti-oxidants, the germ that contains minerals and proteins and lastly, the endosperm that contains carbohydrates. When wheat is processed to produce white flour, the bran and germ are extracted. Maida is actually just the endosperm. So, the nutritional value of maida flour is quite literally zero.

To top it all off, the human digestive system cannot easily digest maida because it does not contain any fibres that aid in digestion.

There are more ways that maida can harm your health.

It Elevates Blood Sugar Level

Maida has a very high glycaemic Index. When you consume something made from it, a lot of sugar is released directly into your bloodstream and your blood sugar level spikes. To counteract this, your pancreas has to work overtime to produce a sufficient amount of insulin. Your pancreas can handle the load adequately if you consume maida occasionally but if you do it frequently, your insulin secretion plummets and eventually, you become diabetic.

Moreover, excess glucose in the body causes glycation. It means the sugar molecules attach themselves to the proteins of our cells. This can lead to heart problems, inflammation of joints, arthritis, cataracts and rapid skin ageing.

If you want help with curbing high blood sugar, you can seek advice from a doctor through MediBuddy’s E-Consultancy services.

It Offsets Cholesterol Balance

Good cholesterol or HDL helps to flush out the bad cholesterol or LDL. Maida raises the LDL level in your blood to such an extent that HDL cannot combat it. And when this happens, you become vulnerable to heart diseases, high blood pressure and kidney problems.

It Affects Metabolism

Maida slows down your rate of metabolism. That means that your body, instead of burning up fats as fuel, starts storing them. This leads to weight gain and eventually obesity.

It Damages the Gut

Maida does not contain fibres. Fibres help to clean your gut of food debris. Carbohydrates alone cannot do that. In fact, once it reaches the intestines, it turns to glue and clogs the system. Moreover, maida does not promote the growth and sustenance of good bacteria that aid in digestion.

It Weakens Bones

Maida is very acidic. When you consume it in excess, your body has to draw calcium to counter the extra acid. This is basically alkali from your bones and thus leads to reduction in bone density. The presence of excess acid in the body is another cause of inflammation and arthritis.

What are some Healthy Substitutes for Maida?

The best alternative for maida is whole grains. Make wheat, brown rice, bajra, jowar or ragi a part of your staple diet. You can also opt for soy flour or gram flour. These days, you can easily find bread, noodles, or pasta made with whole wheat that are certainly healthier alternatives.

While most foods made from maida have a brilliant taste, it should not become your excuse for overlooking the disadvantages of regularly using Maida flour. 

If you want help with curbing high blood sugar, you can seek advice from a doctor through MediBuddy’s E-Consultancy services.

Maida is a known to elevate blood sugar. Before consuming any, you should

consult a doctor on MediBuddy.






uterine fibroids

Uterine Fibroids – A Comprehensive Guide

uterine fibroids

Uterine Fibroids are quite common during a woman’s childbearing years. They are growths in the uterus and do not cause major health problems.

Read on to know more about them.

Uterine Fibroids Symptoms

Most women don’t show any symptoms of uterine fibroids. In other cases, the symptoms vary depending on the size, location, and the number of fibroids and can be any of the following.

  • Periods that may last over a week
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain or pressure in the pelvis
  • Backache or pain in the legs
  • Problems with emptying the bladder
  • Constipation

To figure out if you have fibroids, you can consult a doctor on MediBuddy.

Causes of Uterine Fibroids

There are no known causes for fibroids. However, based on research, some possible triggers are:

Hormonal changes

Progesterone and oestrogen prepare the uterine lining for the menstrual cycle by thickening it. These hormones seem to affect fibroid growth. This has been observed from the fact that fibroids reduce in size after menopause when the production of both these hormones slows down.

Genetic factors

Having uterine fibroids can also be a genetic problem.

How are Uterine Fibroids Diagnosed?

The obstetrician/gynaecologist may use any of the following tools to confirm uterine fibroids:


  • Ultrasounds: Internal or external ultrasounds can help diagnose fibroids. External ultrasounds are carried out by moving a transducer over the abdomen. The resulting images will appear on the screen of the device. An internal ultrasound requires a wand. It is inserted in the vagina to confirm the presence of fibroids.
  • Lab tests: If you have abnormal menstrual bleeding, then your doctor may prescribe lab tests to find out if fibroids are the reason.


How are Uterine Fibroids Treated?

If your uterine fibroids do not cause any symptoms, many doctors recommend ‘watchful waiting’. In this approach, the doctor will prescribe treatment only if there are significant symptoms.

The treatment methods are:

  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists: Also called Gn-RH agonists, these medications can put your body in a post-menopausal state to stop the effects of oestrogen and progesterone. The fibroids will shrink once your body is in this state.

Remember, this state is temporary – your menstrual cycle will resume once you stop medication.

  • Progestin-releasing intrauterine device: Also called IUD, this device is an effective treatment for women who suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding caused by fibroids. However, this only helps with the bleeding. It will not shrink your fibroids. Moreover, it also prevents pregnancy.
  • Tranexamic acid: This is a medicine that can help women gain relief from heavy bleeding. Like IUDs, this will not treat the fibroids.
  • Non-invasive procedure: This is an MRI-guided procedure that is carried out while you are inside the MRI machine. The MRI machine helps doctors pinpoint the location of the tumours. They then use sound waves to break them down.
  • Uterine artery embolization: This treatment prevents blood flow to the fibroids. As a result, they die and shrink.
  • Myolysis: In this, experts use an electric current to destroy the fibroids. Conversely, they may use a laser instead.
  • Endometrial ablation: This treatment uses heat, hot water, microwave energy, and currents. It destroys the lining of the uterus so that fibroids cannot grow.
  • Hysteroscopic Myomectomy: This treatment is used if you have fibroids growing inside the uterus.

Uterine fibroids are not a cause for alarm. Almost all women have fibroids
at some point in their lives. But, if they do cause the aforementioned sym-
ptoms, consult a doctor.



What We Know About Obesity and Being Overweight

The battle against malnutrition in India has been going on for years now. But, it seems, there’s a new nutritional problem that’s affecting many Indians — obesity. What’s even scarier is that climate change and other world problems will compound this global epidemic manifolds.

What exactly is obesity and how is India coping? Find out in this infographic.




healthy Body Mass Index

Why a Healthy Body Mass Index is Instrumental to Your Happiness

healthy Body Mass Index

A healthy Body Mass Index is a fine and precarious line. If your BMI slides or shoots up, your body will be vulnerable to all kinds of disorders. And, that is why it is essential to find out what your ideal BMI is so that you can maintain it. 

What is BMI?

Body Mass Index is a measure of an individual’s body fat in relation to her/his weight and height. Through it, you can find out if your current weight is healthy.

How Can You Calculate BMI?

To find out your healthy Body Mass Index, you need to know your height in feet/metres and weight in pounds/kilos. Then divide your weight by the square of your height.

For both men and women, the ideal BMI should be within the range of 18.5 and 24.9. Anything below or above this range is considered unhealthy. Also, ensure that your waistline is less than 80 cm (women) and 94 cm (men).

Remember, BMI is not a one-size-fits-all score as it depends on factors like age, height, gender, bone density etc. To find out if your BMI reading is healthy, you can talk to a doctor on MediBuddy.

What if You Don’t Maintain a Healthy Body Mass Index?

High BMI can lead to:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart ailments
  • Kidney problems
  • Diabetes
  • Back and joint pain
  • Loss of eyesight
  • Respiratory ailments

Low BMI can lead to:

  • Malnutrition, anorexia and nutrition deficiency
  • Low bone density and even osteoporosis
  • Malfunctioning immune system
  • Anaemia
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Infertility in both women and men
  • Growth issues and eating disorders in children


How Can You Maintain a Healthy BMI?

Now that we have established why it’s important to attain a healthy BMI, you need to know a few simple ways that help you achieve a good reading.

To lower your BMI:

  • Exercise: physical activities especially aerobic workouts can help you burn a large number of calories in a very short time. It also boosts your metabolism and that prevents the kilos from piling up.
  • Eat healthily: limit your consumption of carbohydrates. Instead, eat plenty of green vegetables. Reduce your portion size and eat five times a day. That will speed up your digestion.
  • Sleep: Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep every day. It restricts the production of the hormone that makes you hungry.  
  • Breakfast: to lose weight, never ever skip breakfast. This is the most important meal of the day. A healthy breakfast increases the body’s metabolic rate.

To raise your BMI:

  • Calories: the easiest way to increase your BMI is to increase your calorie intake. So, your diet should consist of lots of cheese, butter, eggs, nuts, oily fish etc.
  • Supplements: your dietician may prescribe diet pills to help you gain weight.
  • Eat larger portions

Healthy Body Mass Index is the secret to a long healthy life. Committing to it means a life free of ailments.

You can’t sit back thinking all’s well just because you have a decent BMI score.
It’s important to consult a doctor and get a health check done regularly to find
out where your health stands.