Fit Bit

Global holis­tic health guru Dr Mickey Me­hta helps you trans­form.

Savvy - - Contents - Fail­ing health? Weight woes? Dr Mickey Me­hta hunts away your fit­ness wor­ries. Write to him at [email protected]­na­m­ to get your queries solved.

Dr Mickey Me­hta helps you trans­form

I’m 32 and de­voted to my hus­band and kids. I have heard that if you have sex four to five times a week, you don’t need to do any ex­er­cise. Is this true? Sapna Mal­she, Mum­bai

If sex is healthy and with a le­git­i­mate part­ner, this shows you are high on love and the emo­tional quo­tient – which is ex­cep­tion­ally good for your im­mu­nity and also shows on your skin and hair. Fac­tu­ally, sex does burn calo­ries but there is no sub­sti­tute for ex­er­cise, be­cause only ex­er­cise gives fo­cused ad­dress to your dif­fer­ent body parts in­di­vid­u­ally. So one can con­clude: Max­i­mize your sex, op­ti­mize your work­outs, but never sub­sti­tute one for the other.

My 21-year-old son wants to start in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing. His gym trainer told him to eat din­ner and only 16 hours later, eat his next meal. Is that al­right? Joy Almeida, Goa

No, that is not al­right. First of all, if fast­ing needs to be done, it needs to be done with eat- ing ap­pro­pri­ate food and warm bev­er­ages. This type of fast­ing must in­clude lots of fruits, raw veg­eta­bles, dry fruits, nuts, roots, herbs and sal­ads which should be taken in com­bi­na­tion with hot soups and herbal teas. The sec­ond kind of fast­ing will be liq­uid fast­ing where one must con­sume co­conut wa­ter, lime juice (con­sist­ing of jag­gery, rock salt or amla), veg­etable juices (in­clud­ing car­rot, beet­root and tomato), squashes made of grated ap­ples and pears; or even or­ange, pineap­ple and sweet lime juices if they are sweet, not sour. This is only ap­pli­ca­ble for sum­mers. Dur­ing win­ters, one can have masala milk with cow’s ghee, nut­meg pow­der, saf­fron, dates (morn­ing) or black­cur­rants (night) and other nuts twice or thrice a day. The third kind of fast­ing can be re­sort­ing to a com­bi­na­tion of but­ter­milk and dry fruits. But I cer­tainly don’t ad­vise long in­ter­vals on an empty stom­ach.

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