All about Good Health – Dr. Bhuvaneshwari Shankar

Dr. Bhuvaneshwari Shankar is the Senior Consultant Clinical Dietitian. She has 36 years of experience as a Clinical Dietitian. She was the Vice President (Dietetics) and Group Chief Dietitian for the Apollo Hospitals Group which has 70 hospitals. She has been with the Apollo Hospitals for the last 34 years and has been instrumental in raising the Clinical Nutrition standards of the Apollo Hospitals to an appreciably high level of patient rating.

Dr. Bhuvaneshwari holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Nutrition, with a specialization in Critical Care Nutrition.  She is an Examiner for various Universities, member, Board of Studies – Nutrition, Madras University. She is an Expert Committee Member, Nutrition Board- Government of India.

She has presented papers at various national and international forums. She is constantly exposed to clinical nutrition practices across the globe. She has quite a few research papers released in national and international journals on Clinical Nutrition. She has released Apollo Clinical Nutrition Manual for adults and Pediatrics, a step toward raising the caliber of Clinical Nutrition across the Group.

She is the only dietitian from Asia who is accredited to be the teacher for European Diploma in Clinical Nutrition conducted by the ESPEN.

To add to her credentials, she was instrumental in getting the “Best Of Best” Award for the critical care practices of Apollo Hospitals Chennai by participating in an International Nutrition Survey where 183 hospitals across the globe participated.

In an exclusive conversation with Zotezo, she has spoken about good health. Here are the edited excerpts of the interview.

Team Zotezo: What is intermittent fasting? Does it help?

Dr. Bhuvaneshwari: Intermittent fasting is having long fasting hours around six to eight hours and not earing anything during that period in providing energy.
In her opinion, there is no need for intermittent fasting. The main thing is the total energy which needs to be saved. For example – a person who is used to eating at regular timings or who is prone to get gastritis would never be suggested intermittent fasting. Since this might lead to craving or sugar drop.

Team Zotezo: Explain how the use of organic and natural foods along with a balanced lifestyle helps alleviate medical conditions like PCOD, Diabetes, Cholesterol?

Dr. Bhuvaneshwari: Organic and natural foods are safer to consume for any disease since they are devoid of any processing or refining process. Vegetables that are grown organically without the use of pesticides are safe. Whole brown rice, pulses with skin, flaxseeds can be consumed easily.

Team Zotezo: Do you believe in Keto or Atkins Diet? If yes or no, then why?

Dr. Bhuvaneshwari: Keto diet therapeutically works. Cutting down carbs in your diet helps a lot. No need to stop carbs. All these Keto or Akins diets cannot be followed for a long period of time. It is not necessary to increase or decrease carbs or protein in one go. “Carb is not a bad guy, you just need to know how much to cut down”.

Team Zotezo: Share some easy diet tips for good health.

Dr. Bhuvaneshwari:  Some tips for good health can be – Eat balanced and fresh as possible. Eat organic and natural foods. Go for regular walks. Count your calories. And sleep for at least 6 hours.

Team Zotezo: Air Pollution is now
the talk of the season. Can you share some tips to stay healthy?

Dr. Bhuvaneshwari:  To stay healthy in air pollution one can do
the following:

  • Avoid unnecessary exposure to pollution
  • Do good breathing exercises
  • Drink plenty of water

Team Zotezo: What would you recommend losing fat or a
healthy lifestyle? Is it really mandatory to lose fat to stay healthy?

Dr. Bhuvaneshwari:  Do not overdo on anything and eat a balanced diet. Since everybody’s body is different, so weight alone is not responsible for a healthy lifestyle. Health has a holistic approach. Physical activity is also necessary to be fit. Happiness in mind also matters in case of a healthy body and mind and hence a healthy life.

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