On Campus

Help! There’s mint in my tea!

Bharat Savur | Updated on October 27, 2013 Published on October 27, 2013

I love brewing tea with mint leaves. In fact, tea without mint tastes blech! Is having mint daily good or bad for health?


Mint is good, Sudha. It minimizes side-effects from tannin and caffeine. Mint is also a great digestive, eases stomach aches, restricts bad bacteria or fungus from growing in the body and reduces headaches. It’s rich in vitamins A, C, B2 and iron. Also, mint chutney makes a low-calorie, healthy bread-spread – better than butter. Go for it!

Try as I might, I can’t touch my toes. What does that make me?


It’s cool, sport, I can’t touch my toes either despite exercising regularly for so many years. I suggest: don’t dwell on what you can’t do, but on what you can and then do it well. Toe-touching from a standing position is done to strengthen leg muscles and make them flexible, but it can tear the muscles and ligaments supporting your back. Many exercise coaches certify it as an X-rated (a no-no) exercise.

The safer way to do it is while sitting down: Sit erect on the floor-mat with your legs spread apart in front of you. Smoothly, stretch both arms toward your left foot. Bend head toward left knee. Return to erect position.

Repeat toward the right foot and right knee. Do each side 5 times. Gyaan: If you can’t get your head right down to your knee, go only as far as you can without straining. Remember, the wise exerciser survives and thrives to exercise the next day.

I attend a football-training session every Sunday. Since it’s early in the morning, I don’t have breakfast and feel a little sick while playing. Should I have something?


Yes, Naren, eat a banana before the session. Eat it slowly. Have a cup of lukewarm milk with it. That will keep you going. During the training session, sip on water or coconut water to cool the stomach and hydrate muscles.

The writer is co-author of the book ‘Fitness for Life’ and teacher of the Fitness for Life programme.

Published on October 27, 2013

A letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

The coronavirus crisis has changed the world completely in the last few months. All of us have been locked into our homes, economic activity has come to a near standstill. Everyone has been impacted.

Including your favourite business and financial newspaper. Our printing and distribution chains have been severely disrupted across the country, leaving readers without access to newspapers. Newspaper delivery agents have also been unable to service their customers because of multiple restrictions.

In these difficult times, we, at BusinessLine have been working continuously every day so that you are informed about all the developments – whether on the pandemic, on policy responses, or the impact on the world of business and finance. Our team has been working round the clock to keep track of developments so that you – the reader – gets accurate information and actionable insights so that you can protect your jobs, businesses, finances and investments.

We are trying our best to ensure the newspaper reaches your hands every day. We have also ensured that even if your paper is not delivered, you can access BusinessLine in the e-paper format – just as it appears in print. Our website and apps too, are updated every minute, so that you can access the information you want anywhere, anytime.

But all this comes at a heavy cost. As you are aware, the lockdowns have wiped out almost all our entire revenue stream. Sustaining our quality journalism has become extremely challenging. That we have managed so far is thanks to your support. I thank all our subscribers – print and digital – for your support.

I appeal to all or readers to help us navigate these challenging times and help sustain one of the truly independent and credible voices in the world of Indian journalism. Doing so is easy. You can help us enormously simply by subscribing to our digital or e-paper editions. We offer several affordable subscription plans for our website, which includes Portfolio, our investment advisory section that offers rich investment advice from our highly qualified, in-house Research Bureau, the only such team in the Indian newspaper industry.

A little help from you can make a huge difference to the cause of quality journalism!

Support Quality Journalism
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor
You have read 1 out of 3 free articles for this week. For full access, please subscribe and get unlimited access to all sections.