Dhaka, Jul 3 (UNB) - If you are a tea lover, then you probably know that ‘adrak wali chai’ is the most refreshing drink ever invented. It relaxes your senses and energises you at the same time. Other than its calming properties, ginger has been known to have a lot of health benefits, reports the Indian Express.
Researchers from the University of Sydney found that ginger can help manage high levels of blood sugar which in turn creates complications for long-term diabetic patients. “Ginger extracts obtained from Buderim Ginger were able to increase the uptake of glucose into muscle cells independently of insulin,” professor of pharmaceutical chemistry Basil Roufogalis who led the research said in a statement.
But it’s not just restricted to diabetes, here are some other health benefits of ginger:
Studies in the past have shown that ginger promotes digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties and increases metabolism. It promotes a feeling of fullness and also helps gut related inflammation and enhances nutrient absorption.
If you suffer from nausea, then chewing a piece of raw ginger can be beneficial. Also, drinking a cup of ginger tea before travelling can help prevent nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness.
Helps fight cold and flu
Ginger is diaphoretic which means that it promotes sweating and makes the body warm from within. While suffering from cold, ginger can be of great help.
Improves blood circulation
The vitamins, minerals and amino acids in ginger tea can help restore and improve blood circulation that may help decrease the chance of cardiovascular problems. Ginger may prevent fat from depositing in the arteries, thereby helping to prevent heart attacks and stroke.
Relieves menstrual cramps
This one is for all women suffering from menstrual cramps. Try soaking a towel in warm ginger water and apply it to your lower abdomen. It may help relieve the pain and relax the muscles. At the same time, drink a cup of ginger tea with honey.
Dhaka, Jul 3 (UNB) - Obesity now causes more cases of four common cancers in the UK than smoking, according to a charity, reports the BBC.
Cancer Research UK says bowel, kidney, ovarian and liver cancers are more likely to have been caused by being overweight than by smoking tobacco.
It says millions are at risk of cancer because of their weight and that obese people outnumber smokers two to one.
But its new billboard campaign highlighting the obesity-cancer risk has been criticised for fat-shaming.
It is not the first time the charity has been accused of fat-shaming.
In February, comedian and campaigner Sofie Hagen took to Twitter to criticise the campaign.
One Twitter user, @KenLynch73, said linking obesity with cigarette-style branding was a new low.
Cancer Research UK says it is not about blaming people for being overweight.
Nor is it suggesting that smoking and obesity are directly comparable in terms of cancer risk. Both increase a person's risk.
Smoking remains the UK's leading preventable cause of cancer overall. Obesity ranks second, says Cancer Research UK.
But while smoking rates are decreasing, obesity is increasing, which health experts agree is concerning.
About a third of UK adults are obese.
In the UK, there are about:
13.4 million obese adults who do not smoke
6.3 million adult smokers who are not obese
1.5 million obese adult smokers
While the link between obesity and cancer is well established, the biological mechanisms behind it are not yet fully understood.
Fat cells make extra hormones and growth factors that tell cells in the body to divide more often. This increases the chance of cancerous cells being made.
Physical activity probably plays a role too, experts say.
Being overweight or obese does not mean a person will definitely develop cancer but it does raise their risk.
And this risk is higher the more weight a person gains and the longer they are overweight for.
According to Cancer Research UK, 13 different cancers are linked to obesity: • breast (in women after the menopause) • bowel • pancreatic • oesophageal (food pipe) • liver • kidney • upper stomach • gallbladder • womb • ovarian • thyroid • multiple myeloma (blood cancer) • meningioma (brain cancer)
The link between obesity and cancer is in adults only, although a healthy weight is important for children too.
Each year in the UK, the charity says, excess weight causes about:
1,900 more cases of bowel cancer than smoking
1,400 more cases of kidney cancer
460 more cases of ovarian cancer
180 more cases of liver cancer
Prof Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK's prevention expert, said the government should do more to tackle the UK's obesity problem.
The government had been slow to restrict unhealthy food and drink ads, the British Medical Association said.
"While we are very much aware of the health risks associated with smoking, less effort has been thrown behind tackling obesity, which is now a major cause of cancer," it said,
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said: "The NHS can't win the 'battle against the bulge' on its own.
"Families, food businesses and government all need to play their part if we're to avoid copying America's damaging and costly example."
Dhaka, Jul 3 (AP/UNB) - One of the few Malaysian female rappers, Bunga says she at first didn't consider a career in music.
"My initial dream was to be a politician or a lawyer," the 19-year old rapper told The Associated Press before her first performance in Singapore for the Malay arts festival "Pesta Raya" last weekend.
Her success has her changing her tune.
Bunga, whose real name is Noor Ayu Fatini Mohd Bakhari, is one of the only known rappers who wears a hijab and baju kurung, a traditional Malay dress, at her performances. Selfies on her Instagram account show her wearing various shades of hijab, but she didn't start that way.
From Perak, the fourth-largest state in Malaysia, she became popular after a video of her performing in baju kurung in a local rap competition went viral in November. "When I reached the venue, I was wearing regular clothes," Bunga said.
But even though she was the only female at the event, she did not stand out. "At the very last minute, I bought myself a baju kurung at the venue itself."
Her popularity soared earlier this year when she was invited to rap at a cypher show "16 Baris" that takes place in a barbershop. The show features up-and-coming talents from around Southeast Asia.
Bunga raps about her own personal life, her experiences of being bullied, facing love, and working at a gadget shop. She also gives advice to girls through her rap. She steers clear of obscenity and racism. "(Being a female rapper) doesn't mean I have to act like boys or talk about gangsters," Bunga said.
But rapping in traditional garments comes with its own challenges. "We can't jump around so much wearing baju kurung," said Bunga. Another challenge is facing criticism. Bunga said she has been criticized for "bringing down the image of women" by rapping in a hijab.
Bunga said she is not deterred and she is "living proof" that women can make it in a male-dominated rap. "I've realized that there are more hijabis who want to rap. I think that's a good thing because you shouldn't worry about what others say."
Now based in Kuala Lumpur, Bunga is dreaming big. "I want to make a lot of songs. I want to go on tours. I want to release albums. I want to go worldwide."
Atlanta, Jul 3 (AP/UNB) — Atlanta's city council has approved a far-reaching ban on smoking and vaping in restaurants and bars — and potentially one of the world's busiest airports.
City council members approved the ban Monday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported . It covers cigarettes, cigars and electronic cigarettes. If signed by the mayor, it would take effect on Jan. 2, 2020.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the few major U.S. hubs where people can still smoke inside designated rooms.
Most of the busiest airports in the U.S. ban smoking in all indoor areas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a 2017 report .
Denver International Airport last year closed the last of its indoor smoking lounges and is now smoke-free indoors. Others with total bans on smoking indoors include O'Hare International Airport in Chicago; Los Angeles International Airport; Dallas Fort Worth International Airport; and Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.
As of Jan. 2, 2019, all but five of the 35 busiest U.S. airports were completely smoke-free indoors, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation . Those still allowing smoking in designated places inside included Dulles International Airport near Washington D.C., along with airports in Atlanta; Las Vegas; and Nashville, Tennessee.
In Atlanta, some tobacco and vape stores, private clubs and cigar bars would be exempt from the ban, the Journal-Constitution reported. So it wasn't immediately clear whether the ban would apply to all of the businesses inside Atlanta's airport.
Atlanta's airport will fully comply with the ordinance, and the current smoking rooms inside Atlanta's airport "will be converted to other spaces," airport spokesman Andrew Gobeil said in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday.
In 2016, Atlanta city officials solicited bids for a project to convert nine of the airport smoking rooms into cigar shops. The shops would be designed so that people could smoke cigars and cigarettes inside the shops for an entry fee or minimum purchase price, according to city documents. However, that bidding process was later canceled, the city's website shows.
New York, Jul 3 (AP/UNB) — Coffee bars selling $3 iced lattes are popping up in high schools, helped along by dairy groups scrambling for new ways to get people to drink milk.
It's one small way the dairy industry is fighting to slow the persistent decline in U.S. milk consumption as eating habits change and rival drinks keep popping up on supermarket shelves.
At a high school in North Dakota, a $5,000 grant from a dairy group helped pay for an espresso machine that makes lattes with about 8 ounces of milk each. The drinks used 530 gallons of milk this year.
"We buy a lot of milk," said Lynelle Johnson, the food service director for the Williston Public School District.
It's not clear how much coffee drinks in high schools might help boost milk consumption, or whether the concept will gain traction across the country. But with consumption of milk in the U.S. down 40 percent since 1975, the dairy industry is looking for all the help it can get.
The industry famous for its "Got Milk" advertising campaign is hoping its newer "Undeniably Dairy" slogan will help fend off the almond, oat and soy alternatives that are becoming more popular. And regional dairy groups are encouraging schools to serve milky drinks like smoothies and hot chocolate, as well as iced lattes.
The efforts come as the dairy industry is also trying to adjust to changing views about diet and nutrition.
With fat no longer seen as a dietary evil, skim milk has suffered the sharpest declines in demand in recent years. And it's difficult for dairy producers to reduce production of skim milk because it is left over after making other products such as butter, cheese and ice cream.
As skim milk becomes especially tough to sell, Organic Valley is even drying some of the surplus and mixing it back into low-fat and fat-free milk to boost the nutrients and make it creamier.
"We're just exploring everything we can," said George Siemon, who was CEO of Organic Valley when the plans were developed, but has recently stepped down.
The dairy industry blames rules that limit the fat content of milk in schools for consumption declines, arguing that generations of students are growing up disliking milk because of the watery taste of skim.
In the meantime, it's hoping lattes can make milk go down easier. In Florida, a dairy group said it paid for coffee carts in 21 high schools this past school year. In the Southwest, a dairy group gave grants to seven schools for coffee programs.
Not all high school coffee bars get grants from dairy groups, and the money may only cover a small portion of costs. School food operators also say lattes offer other benefits, such as giving teens a reason to stay on school grounds. At a national convention for school lunch officials this month, one session will also detail how schools in Orange County, Florida used coffee drinks to get students to buy lunch.
For an extra $2, students can turn the cup of milk served with lunch into a coffee drink at a nearby cart. Without the lunch, it costs $3.
The Orange County schools did not receive industry grants for the coffee bars, but the local dairy council provided chalkboard-style signs and menus.
Cafeteria directors and dairy groups say coffee drinks in schools have to follow nutrition standards, making them healthier than the lattes students would get anyway outside schools.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which sets rules for schools participating in its meal programs, says high schools can sell espresso drinks that are no bigger than 12 ounces, and that are made with fat-free or 1% milk. The drinks have around 150 calories, school food directors say.
But not everyone thinks teens should drink coffee, or that they need milk.
The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages caffeine consumption among children, citing potentially harmful effects on developing bodies. And while dairy is an efficient way to get calcium and vitamin D, it's not the only way to get such nutrients, said Dr. Natalie Muth, a pediatrician and representative for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
As for lattes, Muth said there are ways to encourage students to get the nutrients of milk without promoting caffeine habits that could lead to headaches, agitation and lack of sleep.
"If they're going to be having that outside of school, that's one thing. But in schools, the idea is to promote good health and nutrition," Muth said.
Exactly how schools prepare coffee drinks can vary, but milk is a primary ingredient for lattes. "It's really milk with some coffee, as far as proportion," said Julie Ostrow of Midwest Dairy.
It's why the group is providing a grant for a coffee bar at a fourth high school in the Fort Zumwalt, Missouri district this upcoming year. In exchange, the group gets data on how much milk is used for the lattes, as well as information for personal pizzas, mozzarella sticks and other products with dairy.
But the group might not be happy about one of the newer options: This past year, the coffee bars began offering almond milk for 40 cents extra, said Paul Becker, the district's food director.