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  • 3 Reasons why BreakFast is Most Crucial meal of the Day

    In Health Tips On 08 August 2013

    We’re all told we need to eat breakfast every morning… but how many of us actually do it? And what’s the big deal about eating breakfast anyway? We hear time and time again that “I don’t have time for breakfast” or “I’m saving those calories for later so I can indulge later tonight.” Let us tell you, friend, neither of those are good excuses for skipping this very important meal. Think about it – every morning, you have an opportunity to feed yourself after hours of fasting. When you skip that meal, you’re far more likely to hit that mid-morning slump that takes you to the coffee/tea pot . Breakfast – even if you don’t like eating it – serves many purposes when it comes to your health. Let’s talk about a few right now. 1. Breakfast gives you that boost of energy and it will keep you from hitting that mid-morning slump When you eat first thing in the morning, you’re breaking the fast that you’ve been carrying for around 12 hours or so. This rush of glucose to your body is your body’s energy source and as you’re digesting your meal throughout the morning, you will continue to keep those energy levels elevated until it’s all been broken down and you’re ready for your next meal. 2. Eating breakfast will help you to be much more successful at keeping the weight off When you skip breakfast after already having fasted for around 12 hours from the night before, your body is craving something to get it kick started. If you don’t eat breakfast, your body stays in that starvation mode and you lose out on that metabolism boost. Just by eating breakfast, you can increase your fat burning ability and keep your metabolism high throughout the whole day. 3. Having something for breakfast every day helps to keep your blood sugar levels in check That first boost of glucose to your body in the form of breakfast is what keeps your energy high throughout the morning as it is breaking down the food that you ate. When you eat whole grains or other high-fiber foods at breakfast, your body can take a while to break those foods down – keeping your blood sugar levels stable.  So before you tell me that you don’t have time to make breakfast each morning – here are a few quick and healthy breakfast ideas that will help your energy soar and keep you feeling your best all the way through until lunch time (none of these take more than 5-10 minutes to put together): oat & whole grain with milk eggs yogurt muesli  fresh fruit roasted or steamed vegetables So it’s true: breakfast is still the most important meal of the day – but only if you eat it! Do you eat breakfast every morning? Do you notice a big difference in how you feel on the days that you skip this meal?  


    In Health Tips On 15 October 2014

    DARK CHOCOLATE-In which no milk solids have been added.Well ofcourse,fat and sugars are still added to cocoa solids to achieve a piece of dark chocolate,so eat in moderation. BENEFITS-Stop cravings,reduce insulin resistance.Antioxidants in it can improve BP,and heart health. HOW TO ENJOY DARK CHOCOLATE WHILE ON DIET- 1.A little treat daily can curb huge binges on calorie- and sugar-laden foods. Practice training your mind and body to enjoy the feeling of leaving most of the pieces of chocolate uneaten in the packet, awaiting another day to have some more. After a while, this self-restraint will come easily and will be a source of both pride and comfort to you. Dieting should be about changing your mindset as well as your body, so that you can remain a slimmer you without feeling deprived in the future. 2.If you have an urge to eat an entire bar of chocolate, wait it out. Do something different before allowing yourself to do this act, such as calling a friend, massaging your mate\'s sore neck or sorting out your scrapbook. After 20 minutes, most food cravings pass.  3.Use common sense when choosing and consuming pieces of quality chocolate during a diet. One to two pieces is good, while a whole bar daily is likely to keep the pounds in place. 4.If chocolate sets off a sugar binge,u may not be able to include chocolate initially as part of your slimming regime.If so, settle for more fruits in your diet and return to having chocolate in moderation when you have lost your weight and learn to control the binge triggers. 5.Avoid cheap, large blocks of chocolate. By learning to appreciate much smaller amounts of higher quality treats, you\'re learning how to really look after your health and be satisfied more simply. 6.Set aside the chocolate treat time for the end of the meal.Your stomach will already be full from eating meal. 7.Focus on tasting it,not simply crunching it into pieces and swallowing it.Take your time,let it melt on your tongue and savour very small bites of each square so that eating it is a slow but mindful process.Good quality chocolate can be a form of relaxation or even meditation almost when eaten slowly.

  • Why Do Special Occasions Make Us Vulnerable?

    In Health Tips On 03 December 2014

    What is it about special occasions -- holidays, weddings, birthdays, vacations -- that invites eating well past the point of being full? how to bounce back -- and how to prevent the next binge. Special occasions trigger binges for three reasons-  · First, they provide a social license to binge because everyon\'s doing it. Indulgence loves company. · Second, they provide opportunity: \"You\'re surrounded by foods like chocolate candy,pani puri,pizza,French fries,burgers and exposure begets indulgence. · And third, they provide a festive feeling: \"You think because it\'s not something you usually do that it\'s OK. You can compensate tomorrow. Special occasions are part of a complex web of hobgoblins that ensnare us in spite of our good intentions. Stress, loneliness, boredom, and feelings of deprivation all contribute.  \"Dieting for some people means skipping meals and getting overly hungry. That could cause a binge. You\'ll crave the foods you\'re leaving out.\"Dnt try to ignore your cravings, which can lead to feelings of deprivation. Instead, manage them by enjoying bite-sized indulgences. For example, you can satisfy a chocolate craving with a small piece of dark chocolate:

  • Winters-Not an excuse for walking

    In Health Tips On 10 December 2014

    Its  a Winter Season ...Let the calories  to start screaming  by burning them................. Here comes the time when we need to gear up ourselves. Summer is out now and as the winters arrive, there is variety of food available in the market to have in our daily menu. During winter, we tend to hibernate in our homes and avoid walking in the open air. But for a healthy lifestyle we need to balance our diet as well as physical activity. Now if we think of our lifestyle then it has become sedentary which is also pushing us to do walking on a routine basis. As far as our health is concerned, unknowingly, it gets poor due to the fact that we starts gulfing more food while sitting at home either watching television or doing work on laptop under our blanket. Being outdoor and getting some fresh air is good for your overall wellbeing. Walking in the cold burns more calories because your body has to work hard to stay warm. Once you start moving your body then it will release endorphins, which is feel good hormone and your blood starts pumping round your body, making you feel and look better. To make your walk harder increase the pace by taking longer strides swing your arms. Walking prevents constipation, arthritis, osteoporosis and improves efficiency of lungs and improves flexibility and posture. Cold air can allow our mind to be stress free which further helps in weight reduction by keeping cortisol (appetite causing hormone) levels in a normal range.  Walking with a healthy food during winter keep you stick to the shape. When you continue walking throughout warm and cold weather then your muscles gets habitual of it and won't be troubling you when you will again go for your first warm weather walk. Walking during winters helps keep our bones or muscles stronger and active throughout our life. During cold weather our muscles tends to get stiff due to the lack of oxygen which is the consequence of not being physically active. Sticking with the usual exercise routine is one the best ways to gear up your energy levels in winters.  

  • Commit To Be Fit

    In Health Tips On 26 December 2014

                                    THIS WINTER - SAY YES TO LESS SUGAR     â€‹ The weather outside is frightful​ -- but the food is so delightful! Winter often means getting into the rut of eating sugar-packed foods and accepting the inevitable winter weight that will pile on.  ​During the cold dark winter months, we get less sunlight, less exercise, and many people experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a mild form of depression. People suffering from SAD start to crave sugary foods to help deal with these winter blahs. Those with SAD eat more sugar because carbohydrate rich foods cause blood sugars levels to spike, which raises blood insulin levels. When this happens, the amino acid tryptophan travels up to our brains, where it is converted to serotonin- a hormone that makes us feel happy. This form of self medication makes us feel good in the short term, but too much sugar will lead to weight gain and other problems. There is a hormone naming leptin which sends signal to the brain when you have had enough to eat. In recent years, many people have become unable to hear leptin’s message to stop eating because excess sugar calories are storied as leptin- releasing fat, and the resulting chronic elevation in leptin levels eventually lead to leptin resistance. When you eat sugar it also triggers the production of your brain’s natural opioids- a key initiator of addiction. Your brain essentially becomes addicted to the sugar- induced opioid release. The abnormally high stimulation of your brain’s pleasure receptors by a sugar- rich diet generates excessive reward signals in your brain. These have the potential to override normal self control mechanisms, create tolerance and withdrawal symptoms, thus leading to addiction and overeating. Limiting or eliminating your sugar intake is the most effective way to break free from this disease-causing, over-eating cycle. Technically, any food will boost your metabolism and help your body temperature to rise, but culturally, we\'re not trained to think of salads or fruits and vegetables as winter eating because we associate winter with richer and heavier meals. So, when your body sends the message, Warm me up, your brain hears, Bring on the sweets like chocolates, candies. Sugar is a refined product that has been processed and stripped, consisting essentially of ‘empty’ calories. Studies show that consumption of sugar leads to decreased activity in white blood cells. There are some other ways that sugar can negatively affect your health as it contributes to hyperactivity, anxiety, & depression, causes concentration difficulties, reduces helpful high density cholesterol (HDL) and promotes an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDL), it may cause hypoglycaemia, increased fasting blood glucose levels and promotes tooth decay, it produces an acidic stomach, causes headaches. It is important to note that a diet rich in whole grains and other complex carbohydrates, vegetables, and protein foods can help minimize your desire for sugar. Specifically, eating a diet that focuses on protein and vegetables is a good way to minimize sugar cravings So enjoy the winters but strive to find the sweetness you desire from naturally sweet foods and try to incorporate natural sugar substitutes rather than refined sugars into your diet. Your body will thank you later!

  • VITAMIN D - Boon To Health

    In Health Tips On 18 April 2015

    Vitamin D has been shown to reduce many cancers. Vitamin D can also boost heart health. It reduces the risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, skin inflammatory diseases, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. It reduces the risk of prostate cancer, most likely because of its anti inflammatory effects. If your multivitamin does not contain vitamin D, consider taking additional vitamin D, especially if you are older, don’t get much sun rays. Low vitamin D levels are associated with an increased death rate.

  • Uncover the REAL Reason You Want to Lose Weight

    In Health Tips On 02 May 2015

    So you want to lose 4 kg, 8kg, 12 kg. Or whatever. The amount of weight you want to lose really isn't the important thing here.  What I want to talk about today are  your reasons to lose weight. The REAL reasons, not the surface level reasons we rattle off to ourselves every day. You see, we all have reasons for wanting to trim of a few pounds or fit into a smaller pair of jeans. Sometimes we just don't realize what they are. And we don't realize that how these reasons can actually steal the joy of living away from us even if they seem like positive reasons at first glance. We want to believe that losing some weight will change our lives. We tell ourselves that when we finally lose X amount of weight, it will make XYZ happen. So instead of focusing on making XYZ happen, we put all our time, energy and passion into the X number on the scale sometimes to the detriment of XYZ and other important areas of our lives. What are your reasons to lose weight? Here are some of the top reasons people normally say they want to lose weight: I want to feel fit and healthy. I want to be confident in myself. I want to be respected. I want to be appreciated. I want to be loved. I want to wear clothes I love. I want to get a better job. Honestly, these all sound pretty great. But when you add weight into the equation, the water starts to get muddy. Because here's what you're REALLY thinking: When I lose X kgs, I'll feel fit and healthy. When I lose X kgs, I'll be confident in myself. When I lose X kgs, I'll be respected. When I lose X kgs, I'll be appreciated. When I lose X kgs, I'll be loved. When I lose X kgs, I'll wear clothes I love. When I lose X kgs, I'll get a better job. And after a while, it actually starts to sound like this: If I don't lose X kgs, then I CAN'T feel fit and healthy. If I don't lose X kgs, then I CAN'T be confident in myself. If I don't lose X kgs, then I CAN'T be respected. If I don't lose X kgs, then I CAN'T be appreciated. If I don't lose X kgs, then I CAN'T be loved. If I don't lose X kgs, then I CAN'T wear clothes I love. If I don't lose X kgs, then I CAN'T get a better job. All the sudden you've turned a few positive aspirations into a BIG and OVERWHELMING blockade in your life. You feel trapped by your weight. It feels like you can't enjoy any part of your life until you see X number on the scale. Feelings of self-loathing, stress, and panic are right around the corner. You start feeling obsessed about what you're eating and how much you're exercising. You binge because you're starving and you starve yourself because you binge. It's a vicious cycle that goes around and around all because of all the things you tell yourself you CAN'T do UNTIL you lose the weight. It's time to unravel this mess and separate your weight from everything else you want in life. It's a simple process, but these thought patterns can be hard habits to break. Let's go back to our original list of reasons to lose weight: I want to feel fit and healthy. I want to be confident in myself. I want to be respected. I want to be appreciated. I want to be loved. I want to wear clothes I love. I want to get a better job. Now, instead of connecting all of these to a goal of losing X number of weight, keep them separate. For instance, how might you feel fit and healthy right now, regardless of your weight? Is eating out a lot making you feel sluggish? Are you stuck at a desk all day, and doing a few sets of squats or pushups throughout the day might help you feel more energized? Are you getting enough sleep to feel focused during the day? These are all areas you can examine and improve making changes in these areas might in fact lead to a little weight loss, or it might not. But it can sure make you feel better either way. One important thing: losing weight does NOT guarantee you'll reach any of these goals.There are plenty of people who are thinner than you who don't feel confident or loved or respected, who have jobs they hate, or feel like they can't find clothes that look good on their bodies. These issues aren't tied to weight alone they have a lot more to do with the way you think about yourself and your life. The important thing here is to remember not to allow your reasons and goals in life to be tied solely to your weight as if that number on the scale determines the joy you can have in life. It's not true. You can be miserable and thin (trust me) and you can be overweight and happy (also trust me). Weight is a piece of the puzzle, sure, but it's just one piece. Don't let everything hinge on it.


    In Health Tips On 06 June 2015

    It can create Vitamins and enzymes within themselves.  1 Bowl sprouts provides 40 mg of Vitamin C.  It increases the levels of Vitamin B1, Folic Acid and Biotin by 20-30% in our body.  Whole bean , Pulse, Seed or Grain can be sprouted 


    In Health Tips On 08 June 2015

    Brisk walk consisits of actvities that are sustained long enough to draw on the bodys fat reserves for fuel while increasing oxygen intake.  Lean body mass burns fat in the presence of Oxygen. Brisk walk helps in reducing weight by suppressing Appetite and thus reducing Food intake and by increasing BMR and hence Energy Expenditure. It also lowers set point and reduces body fat while retaining lean body mass. 

  • Metabolism and Weight Maintenance

    In Health Tips On 09 June 2015

    As we age, our metabolic rate starts slowing down. Reduce alcohol and food consumption. It`s better to increase exercise. Absence of enzymes that regulate food processing and absorption keeps some people thin but we can maintain our weight through a balanced lifestyle with the help of  Aarogyam - Way to Healthy Living. YOUR BEST WEIGHT LOSS AND WELLNESS PLATFORM


    In Health Tips On 10 June 2015

    As soon as you start feeling the Discomfort of Acid rising, drink a Glass of water. Water will help dilute it and your stomach will settle down soon. Acidity relievers are already in your reach, within Kitchen itself . Ginger and Mint Leaves are the best example of fighting Acidity.  Start a day with a cup of Ginger or Mint  tea ( a teaspoon of grated Ginger or Mint leaves in a cup of boiling water. Let it cool and have ). Chewing on Cinnamon, Cardamoms, Clove also helps in it. Fennel ( saunf)  after a Heavy Meal also helps in acidity and it is already common in India in Restaurants and homes. Apply it and am sure people who are facing the problems of Acidity and as a result not loosing  Weight will definitely be benefitted.  

  • Mint chutney Healthy and Delicious

    In Health Tips On 11 June 2015

    Pudina chutney is another Asian sauce that is not at all fattening and very nutritious as well. The main element of this sauce is mint that cools your palate. But it also includes tomatoes and green chillies for taste.  


    In Health Tips On 12 June 2015

    So, there are some hidden sources of caffeine in your  diet. It is better to carefully go through the list of ingredients if you are buying any packaged products for you from the super market. But most of the products don\'t even print the list of contents on the label. In such a case what to do? Well, knowing about the food items that might contain caffeine may help you.   Soda : Research claims that the caffeine content in the sodas might cause headaches, nervousness and blood pressure issues in children.    Chocolate : Most of us are not aware that some chocolates contain caffeine in them. And the worst part is children love chocolates. Try to curb your child\'s intake.    Ice Cream : Some flavours of ice creams do contain caffeine. It is better to be careful before buying ice cream for your kids.     If you want to loose your weight..You must be careful. Caffeine is a major Hindrance in a weight loss.  


    In Health Tips On 13 June 2015

    Osteoarthritis symptom relief Omega-3 fish oil can play an important role in reducing varying signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis when compared to people who don\'t take it. This is one among the top list of fish oil benefits. Treat inflammation The omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) present in fish oil is well known for its anti- inflammatory property. This is one among fish oil benefits. Anti-aging Believe it or not!! Fish oil has excellent ability to act as an anti-aging supplement. These health benefits of fish oil will keep you stay young by acting on the telomere shortening process. Fat burning Fish oil and exercise - the perfect combo for effective weight loss!! The eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) present in the fish oil plays significant role in fat burning. Heart health Fish oil is found to be very effective in preventing heart diseases. Studies suggest that people who have metabolic syndrome and predisposition to heart disease will be benefited from taking fish oil regularly. Boost brain Fish oil is highly recommended for students because of its unique property of improving memory and brain power. Studies prove that intake of fish oil has a direct relationship with the cognitive skills. Cancer support There is a greater chance of muscle loss in cancer patients under chemotherapy. One among the fish oil benefits is that it is an excellent choice for such patients to preserve lean muscle, thereby avoiding weight loss. Strengthens bone Probably, the most well known health benefit of taking fish oil is its ability to strengthen the bones. The omega-3 fatty and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) plays important role in bone health. Reduce high blood pressure One of the important fish oil benefits is that taking omega-3 fatty acids regularly will help reduce blood pressure to a certain extend. The DHA present in fish oil also contributes to this property. Stress relief If there is a supplement to keep your mental health, the prime choice should be fish oil. There are studies that clearly show that consuming fish oil is helpful in relieving suicidal thoughts and depression. Diabetes If you have diabetes due to insulin insensitivity, taking fish oil regularly may help you. This will help manage the blood sugar level and maintain insulin sensitivity in muscle and fat tissue.  


    In Health Tips On 15 June 2015

    Put some water, cumin seeds, ginger slices and a pinch of salt to a cup of yoghurt. Shake and mix it well to make a drink. It is rich in good bacteria (probiotics), antioxidants and electrolytes. It protects your body from various summer infections and also protects you from dehydration.

  • 9 ways to kill the slow killer- High Blood Pressure

    In Health Tips On 20 June 2015

    Generally, 120-80 is considered as normal Bp. But if the lower level rises, it is said that you are suffering from high Bp. How present lifestyle is responsible for this? Lack of exercise, unhealthy food habits, excessive intake of sodium through packed foods and many more are the reasons. Doctors are there to help you on that. Never try any self-medication. But medicines are not only remedy to keep Bp in level. There are some more ways to control Bp without pills. You must follow the routine to be healthy. If you don’t take proper steps from the beginning your heart is at risk. So, do you know how to control blood pressure without pills 1.Walk & Jog This is a fair answer of how to control blood pressure without pills. If you can jog briskly every day, it would be nicer but you can also have gentle walk in morning and evening. 2.Lose Weight Losing weight immediately is one of the vital ways to control Bp without pills. Research says if you are weighty at your waist you are more prone to have high Bp. So, shed your waist to keep Bp in level and look elegant. 3. Healthy Diet You may argue that you eat healthy foods still your Bp is high. It is because you don\'t eat foods that curb your Bp. Keep yogurt in your daily meal and increase your intake of fruits and green veggies. 4. Reduce Sodium In Diet This is one of the easiest of the ways to control Bp without pills. The salt ratio in your food must be less than 0.3mg salt in 100gm food. Many of you have a habit to add salt in cooked meals. Also hidden sources of sodium should be looked for like biscuits, dressings etc.That\'s very dangerous for high Bp. Stop it at once. 5.Stop Smoking & Intake Of Alcohol The nicotine and alcohol excite your body to create adrenaline which makes your heartbeat faster and increase the pressure of blood in arteries. So, to stay healthy stop or reduce the level of smoking and drinking. 6.Beetroot Juice Yes, this is also one of the ways to control Bp without pills. Experts suggest intake of 200ml juice can cut the high blood pressure approximately 7%. As beetroot is a source of nitrate it is capable of keeping high Bp at level. 7. Cut Intake Of Caffeine Though it is said that too much intake of coffee or caffeine beverages can increase your Bp level, there are doubts on the topic. Still, for your benefit it is always better to switch to green tea from coffee. 8. Monitor Your Bp Always be aware of your Bp level. You can check it at home or by any experts. If you check it regularly and follow doctor\'s advice, you\'ll need very little medicines to cure. 9. Cut Stress This is the most difficult thing to do. But you can\'t take risk on health of you or your dear one\'s. So, whenever you are stressed do some breathing exercise, calm yourself, rethink over the matter and discuss with your family and friends. Don\'t suppress everything inside you. Be calm & let stress not affect your health.  


    In Health Tips On 23 June 2015

      Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and all foods that are made with these grains. When people with celiac disease eat gluten their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage of villi, small finger like projections that line the small intestine, that promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body.     Celiac disease is hereditary, meaning that it runs in families. People with a first-degree relative with celiac disease (parent, child, and sibling) have a 1 in 10 risk of developing celiac disease. Celiac disease is a digestive disorder. Celiac disease can develop at any age after people start eating foods or medicines that contain gluten.   The only way to manage celiac disease is to completely avoid all foods that have gluten. Following a gluten-free diet will prevent permanent damage to your body and will help you feel better. A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). A gluten-free diet is used to treat celiac disease. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease. Eating a gluten-free diet helps people with celiac disease control their signs and symptoms and prevent complications. Initially, following a gluten-free diet may be frustrating, but there are many foods that are gluten-free and  substitutes exist for gluten-containing foods that are consumed.   Foods to be avoided strictly Cereals: Atta, maida, sooji, rye, barley, dalia Processed Cereals: Noodles, pastas, bread, bread rolls, pizzas, wheatflakes, breadcrumbs, soupsticks, semiyan, dalia, double roti, rusk, cake Snacks: Patty, burger, kulcha, nan, upma, crackers, biscuits, cutlets and other wheat products Cooked cereals: Roti, parantha, poories, dalia, halwa  Beverages: Barley water, hot chocolate, Complan, Horlicks, Boost, Bourvita, soups made of soup cubes or soup powder Desserts: Cakes, pastries, pies, ice cream, laddu with atta, eclairs, chocolates, milk cakes, jalebi and so on Tinned & Canned Foods: Vegetable sauces, instant curry mixes, baked beans Processed Meats: Sausages, hams, seek kabab, tikka and so on.   Food which can be taken Cereals: Rice, makki (bhutta), makki ka atta, tapioca, sago, bajra, jawar, sighara ka atta, arrowroot Pulses: All dals, besan, channa, besan papad, soyabean, rajmah Processed Cereals: Chirwa, murmura, rice flakes, cornflakes, puffed rice, popcorn, rice noodles, rice papad, sago papad and so on Snacks: Idlis, dosa, vadas, rice murukku, arrowroot halwa, aloo cutlets, roasted corn, roasted and so on Cooked cereals: Boiled rice, pulao, curd rice, makki ki roti, bajra, jawar roti, besan ki chapati Desserts: Freshly prepared rice kheer, sago kheer, fresh paneer, caramel custard, carrot halwa, sliced fruits with sugar, honey Beverages: Fresh juices, tea, coffee, fresh milk, fresh curd, lassi, soda, fresh soup with / without corn starch. Eat freshly cooked vegetables, fresh fruits, any kind of fats and oils, whole/ ground spices and condiments Freshly cooked meat, fish, chicken, eggs.  


    In Health Tips On 24 June 2015

    CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE IN WELLNESS AND WEIGHT LOSS.   Cold water closes our bodies pores and constricts our skin, while warm water opens our body pores and makes our skin feel looser. Same happens when you drink iced water. What Happens When You Drink Cold Water When you drink cold beverages your blood vessels shrink Your digestion becomes restricted Hydration is hindered. Instead of working to digest the food and absorb the nutrients to create energy, your body is expanding energy to regulate your temperature. This can lead to water loss. Drinking cold water after a meal creates excess mucus in your body, which can lead to a decrease in immune system function, making it easier to catch colds and illnesses. If you eat food while drinking cold beverages or immediately after, the water temperature solidifies fats from the foods we’ve just eaten and the body in turn finds it hard to digest the unwanted fats from our bodies. Some people say that drinking ice water is beneficial because it burns more calories. I argue that we do not want to make our digestive system have to work harder; we want to makes things as easy on it as we can. There are many other ways to burn calories! Benefits to Drinking Warm Water Here are some benefits to drinking water that is room temperature or warmer: Faster + increased Hydration Natural digestive enzymes are stimulated and therefore your Digestion is enhanced Food breaks down more easily Your bowels move better (warm water with lemon in the morning is great for this!) It purifies your blood and increases your bodies natural detoxification processes via your Skin, Kidneys and Lymphatic system Once you get into the habit of drinking water at room temperature or warm, you will notice a dramatic improvement in your digestion and the way your body feels while eating and after the meal. Some people have also reported reduction in Sugar Cravings. So, the next time you eat out ask your server to “Hold the Ice!”  


    In Health Tips On 25 June 2015

    CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE IN WELLNESS AND WEIGHT LOSS.   Turmeric Turmeric has been an integral part of Indian cooking since ages. And this is not without reason. This magical root is an excellent antiseptic and rich in volatile oils. Include it in all food preparations to gain its benefits on a daily basis. If you do have a scratchy throat, either have turmeric milk or turmeric tea.     Tulsi Almost every Indian home has a tulsi plant. Among its many benefits, tulsi is effective in preventing and curing common cold. It helps modulate the immune system and expels phlegm. Its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties are helpful in beating infections of the respiratory system.    Ginger This is another wonder food. As a preventive measure, add ginger in grated form or paste to everyday vegetables. Not only does it give a tangy taste, but it also helps fight the cold. Boil it in your tea water and enjoy the benefits of ginger flavoured tea. It soothes the throat and chases away viruses responsible for colds.   Honey Honey in its pure form has innumerable benefits. It qualifies as one of the foods to fight cold. It has antiseptic, antioxidant and antibacterial properties that help fight viruses, bacteria and fungi.    Pepper It can be hot and fiery and may make you sneeze pretty badly. At the same time, consuming oils from pepper can bring about great relief as it contains piperine, a compound effective in relieving fever and pain.   Garlic Research shows that regular consumption of garlic keeps colds at bay. In fact, this pungent smelling bulb is packed with an exceptionally large amount of antioxidants to make it as one of the super foods to fight colds. It can be eaten raw, but the smell often discourages people from doing so. Instead, you can add it in various dishes while cooking.     Mushroom Mushrooms are rich in potassium, vitamin B and immune boosting viruses. All these are necessary to maintain a healthy body.  

  • Starting Day With Tea/Coffee

    In Health Tips On 01 July 2015

    You must always start the day with something alkaline because your stomach has lots of acids. Tea and coffee adds more acid to your stomach. You should ideally start your day with a glass of warm water(which is neutral in pH..


    In Health Tips On 03 July 2015

    As summer is upon us, it is time to prepare your body and reduce body heat. Here are few healthy foods that can reduce body heat. Include these foods in your summer diet to remain healthy.   1. Watermelon This water-rich fruit is very effective in reducing body heat to a great extent. Being rich in water, it keeps you hydrated and cool. 2. Honeydew melon This is another fruit that can reduce body heat. During summers, have honeydew melon in your diet. 3. Cucumber This summer food is very rich in water and effective in providing cooling effect to the body. Have cucumber ever day to reduce body heat naturally. 4. Mint Mint is used as a home remedy to provide cooling effect to the body. Mint leaves juice is the perfect medicine to lower body heat. 5. Fennel seeds Soak fennel seeds in water overnight. Strain and have the water in the morning to lower body heat. 6. Tender Coconut water Drinking coconut water is one of the best home remedies to reduce body heat and fight summer health problems like dehydration. 7. Cold milk Healthy and cold fluids like milk or lemon juice are effective in lowering body heat. Mix cold milk with honey and have empty stomach in the morning.  


    In Health Tips On 04 July 2015

      There are many ways to keep your abdominal skin and whole body toned and fit. Let\'s see what you can do to get a toned and sexy tummy. Nourish your skin: If you are following an exercise regime to get a slim or lean look, you have to nourish your skin also. Skin loses its elasticity over time. Use a good moisturizer and apply it on your abdominal area, legs and hands also. Using moisturizer everyday will help your body maintain its elasticity when you lose weight. Exfoliate: Use a loofah or a good body scrub to exfoliate your skin. It helps remove dead skin and make the new skin generate itself. Exfoliate your skin at least thrice in a week but make sure you don\'t be harsh with your skin. Otherwise you can get rashes or flaky skin. Lose weight slowly: Everyone wants to lose weight quickly but the fact is, it is not good for you. When you lose more than three pounds in a week your skin becomes very loose. To maintain your skin\'s elasticity, follow proper exercise regime and don\'t over exert yourself. Stomach crunches: It naturally helps you to tighten your abdominal skin as you use your abdominal muscles to perform stomach crunches. Stomach crunches are a really fast and easy way to tone your skin and it helps build muscles also. Physical activities: Daily exercise in a gym can be boring at times so there are many other activities that will help your body regain a toned shape. You can join aerobics, yoga and zumba dance classes. Cycling is also a very good activity. Stay hydrated: Water is a very important component to maintain skin elasticity. One should drink at least two liters of water every day from both food and drinks. If you are not able to drink normal water, you can always choose drinks of your choice. Proper diet: Your eating habits make a big difference in your life. There are two necessary components, elastic and collagen, which you have to include in your diet. They help your skin to stay plump and elastic. Protein-rich foods such as cottage cheese, milk, legumes, tofu, nuts, beans, seeds and fish all contain collagen and elastin forming components.  


    In Health Tips On 07 July 2015

    Soups are often categorized as Healthy Foods.But this statement is partly true,as not all Soups are helpful for Weight Loss. Soups can be divided into 2 groups: Clear and Thick. Clear soups are generally Healthier as, Thick soups usually contain Starch,Cornflour and sometimes Cream,Cheese or other thickening agents,which add plenty of Calories and,often,low-quality Nutrition. A bowl of Clear Soup before your Meal can help you Loose Weight, as it helps avoid overeating while providing important Nutrition.If you add Vegetables to your soup, it can comprise a Healthy Meal in itself.


    In Health Tips On 09 July 2015

      You do not have to burn your palate by eating too many green chillies. After all, even these common chillies are spicy. Usually, these chillies are chewed with normal curries to make the food taste spicy. Spicy food can be healthy if you are having raw green chillies with it. But the moment these chillies become red after drying, they lose out of elements of their nutrition. Here are some of the amazing health benefits of Indian green chillies and why you should have them.   1. Protection Against Cancer Green chillies are rich sources of antioxidants and this makes them act like janitors of the body. They can protect the body against free radical damage giving you natural immunity to cancer and also slowing down the ageing process.   2. Improves Immunity Indian green chillies are rich sources of Vitamin C. You might have noticed that having chillies helps you open up your blocked nostrils. The Vitamin C in green chillies strengthens your natural immunity to diseases. 3. Great For Your Skin Green chilli peppers are also rich in Vitamin E that is essential for producing certain natural skin oils. So, having spicy food can actually give you good skin.   4. Zero Calories All the good things that you get from the chillies come at the cost of no calories. Chillies have zero calories and thus you can have them even when you are on a diet to lose weight. 5. Helps Reduce Blood Sugar Level Diabetic can benefit from having these common Indian spices. Green chillies can balance the blood sugar levels. That does not mean you gorge on sweets and then have chillies. 6. Helps Digest Food Faster Green chillies have plenty of dietary fibres. Contrary to common conceptions, eating chillies actually help you digest your food faster. 7. Reduces Risk Of Lung Cancer We still don\'t know how, but having green chillies has been linked with a lowered risk of having lung cancer. Smokers should watch out for this point considering they are smoking up their lungs every day. 8. Rich Reserve Of Iron Green chillies are healthy for Indian women as well as for those who are prone to iron deficiency. Green chillies are a natural source of iron.  


    In Health Tips On 10 July 2015

    Nuts include almonds, walnuts, cashew, pistachios, peanuts, pine, nuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts etc. Seeds include sesame seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, cucumber seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds etc. Many people believe that nuts are high in Cholesterol and bad for the Heart while others believe that they are bad for Weight Loss as they are high in calories. Both these beliefs are Untrue. Nut and seeds have very low Glycemic Index and are high in proteins and omegas and also play a vital role in Weight Management and keeping you Calm. Their high Satiety value makes them an ideal snack for weight watcher. They offer the easiest way to relive hunger pangs and help prevent food cravings by regulating Blood Sugar levels and providing vital nutrients. 


    In Health Tips On 14 July 2015

    This drink is the best way to remain energetic all day long to increase your rate of metabolism. So mix lemon juice and maple syrup with warm water and have it early morning. This will keep your bowel movements regular and increase your rate of metabolism as does honey.  


    In Health Tips On 15 July 2015

    Enjoy the Goodness of Bhutta in these Monsoons without any fear of putting on. It;s a real mid evening snack.


    In Health Tips On 17 July 2015

    Water: Drinking some water may help curb your appetite. But don\'t kill your appetite before having a nutritious meal. Use this method only to stay away from unhealthy snacks. Never Go Hungry: Skipping one meal may seem an easy solution but it isn\'t. This only makes things worse by doubling your cravings. An inner battle starts in which you may give up and eat more. Green Tea: During snack time, consume green tea. This way, you can avoid some unnecessary calorie consumption. Workout: The right amount of physical activity in your life might also keep your appetite in place. Try it out once and see if it works. Downsize: Decrease the portion size and increase the frequency of your meals. This may help you suppress your appetite. Manage Stress: Another reason to manage stress is that it makes you eat something. As stress deprives your body of its energy reserves, you may eat too much. So, curb your stress to curb your appetite Consume Enough Protein: One good thing about eating enough protein-rich foods is that they keep you feel full for longer. This may help you stay away form snacking.  


    In Health Tips On 18 July 2015

    Salmon for Shine Fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel are packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Your body can\'t make these healthy fats, so you have to get them from food or supplements. They help protect you from disease, but your body also needs them to grow hair and keep it shiny and full Grow With Greek Yogurt It’s packed with protein, the building block of your locks. Greek yogurt also has an ingredient that helps with blood flow to your scalp and hair growth. It’s called vitamin B5 (known as pantothenic acid) and may even help against hair thinning and loss. You may recognize pantothenic acid as an ingredient on your hair and skincare product labels Spinach to Battle Brittle Hair Like so many dark green leafy vegetables, spinach is full of amazing nutrients. It has tons of vitamin A, plus iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C. These work together for a healthy scalp and mane. They keep your hair moisturized so it doesn\'t break. Want to mix it up a little?  Guava to Prevent Breakage This tropical fruit brims with vitamin C. It protects your hair from breaking. One cup of guava has 377 milligrams of vitamin C. That\'s more than four times the minimum daily recommended amount. Bonus! Cinnamon for Circulation Sprinkle this spice on your oatmeal, toast, and in your coffee. It helps with blood flow, also called circulation. That\'s what brings oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles. Eggs for Growth Your protein and iron bases are covered when you eat eggs. They\'re rich in a B vitamin called biotin that helps hair grow. Not having enough of this vitamin can lead to hair loss. Biotin also helps strengthen brittle fingernails.  

  • How to Cut Children’s Screen Time? Say No to Yourself First.

    In Health Tips On 22 July 2015

    Parents are often at fault, directly or indirectly, when children and teenagers become hooked on Electronic Media, Playing Video Games or sending texts many hours a day instead of interacting with the real world and the people in it. And as digital overload can impair a Child’s Social, Emotional and Intellectual growth. This sad conclusion of many experts in child development has prompted them to suggest ways parents can prevent or rectify the problem before undue damage occurs. Today’s parents are unprepared “to deal with the intense pull and highly addictive nature of what the online world has to offer. As parents, we have an opportunity to guide our kids so that they can learn habits that help them make use of the digital world, without being swallowed whole by it.” Young children should not have their own cell phones or televisions in their bedrooms. Some parents are perpetually tuned into their own devices, responding to every ping of their cell phones and tablets, receiving and sending messages at times that would enrage Miss Manners.  Other parents fail to establish and enforce appropriate rules for media engagement by their children. Young children learn by example, often copying the behaviour of adults. I often see youngsters in strollers or on foot with a parent or caretaker who is chatting or texting on a cell phone instead of conversing with the children in their charge. Parents should think twice before using a mobile device when with their children.  Parents should check email before the children get up, while they are in school, or after they go to bed. The researchers also found that when parents were absorbed in their own devices, the children were more likely to act out, apparently in an attempt to get their parents’ attention.  Specially concerned about parental failure to pay full attention to their children “at critical times of the day, like when taking children to and from school. This should be a cell-free zone for everyone — no Bluetooth for parents or devices for the kids. The pickup from school is a very important transitional time for kids, a time for them to download their day. Parents shouldn’t be saying, ‘Wait a minute, I have to finish this call.’  ” Nor should parents or children be using devices when the family dines out, the Psychologist saying. “The art of dining and the connection between delicious food and nourishing conversation is being lost, not just in restaurants but at home as well.  â€œAcknowledge your kid’s upset without delivering long lectures about why they can’t have what they want.  â€œChildren grow into resilient adults by living through disappointment. It’s O.K. for your kids to be mad, bored or anxious about missing out on what their friends are up to online.” Experts urge parents to establish device-free times of day, like the first hour after school and the hour before bed. Cell phones and tablets should not be allowed at the dinner table. Make time for real-life activities with your kids that let them know that they’re worth your time and undivided attention. Do things together that nourish your relationship.” As for controlling the time children spend on digital media, the Harvard guide states emphatically that it is the parents’ responsibility: “Since the devices can be turned on anytime, you as a parent need to monitor their use, keep track of time, and then make sure the agreed upon rules are followed.”   Adding to this   screen is the major contributory factor for childhood obesity.


    In Health Tips On 31 July 2015

    Mind Distraction: Walking is like meditation . You have to deeply feel your body movements and explore your mind while on move, but with mobile in your hand, this process may not be completed. Invisible enemies: Purpose to go for walk is to attain health, so  mobile phone\'s  thermal and non thermal effect of radiations may create hurdles in your way to  health. Devoid of nature’s music: I have seen people listening music while walking, its not that bad coz music freshens your mind but the ear plugs may weaken your nervous system which is supporting hearing and also has a bad impact on your ear drums. So listen the music of nature, the wind blowing , the birds chirping and whispering of leaves. So keep the gadget at home to listen the real music. walking while talking : Deep breathing is required to energies each cell & neurone. But if you are talking, you may have to finish your walk early than planned. Extra burden in hand or pocket: Disturbed  gait and posture of carrying mobile phones make you feel deprived of all deserved happiness. 


    In Health Tips On 04 August 2015

    Seasonal changes bring along various health problems. Just now, you are hit by summer heat but within a month or two, you will have to get wet in the monsoon rains. Even if you do not get wet in the rain, you often suffer from cold and cough in this season. In worst cases, you can suffer from viral fever. But, you can remain safe from such problems. \"Prevention is better than cure.\" Here is what you should do to be healthy in monsoon. No cold water:  When it is a hot summer day, you come home and immediately open the refrigerator door to take out some chilled water. During monsoon, you have to control this habit of gulping cold water. You might feel humid at times but, avoid drinking cold water. You might catch cold in the rainy season. So, care for your health buy avoiding cold water consumption. Cold drinks should also be seldom consumed. Just remember, it is not summer so, your body needs to be adjusted according to the climate. Control your taste bud: During monsoon, diseases such as dengue, malaria are at their peak. Wet damp street corners are a home to mosquitoes and bacteria. Street food might tempt your taste buds, but you have to control yourself from salivating after seeing street foods. Street food is unhygienic and stale vegetables, yogurt, dirty water etc. used in it can make you ill. Personal hygiene: The body is prone to infections too! In the monsoon season, your feet gets wet due to the rain. Do not forget to clean the feet especially toe nails. You might suffer from foot infections if you neglect personal hygiene. Rain water spoils hair so, do not forget to wash your hair after coming home on a wet evening. Dry the wet footwear under the sun to kill bacteria and germs. Wear fresh clothes every day. Warm water bath: A cold shower can make you suffer from cold or fever. In monsoon, you have to care for your health by enjoying the amazing weather from the window panes. Prefer a warm water bath so that you do not have health problems. Warm water also kills germs from the body that might have attacked you when you were busy enjoying the rains.


    In Health Tips On 20 August 2015

    Ingredients :  1.5 tsp of red wine vinegar 1 tsp salt, more to taste  2 heads broccoli, cut into bite size florets (blanched) 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil  4 fat garlic cloves , minced 1 tsp cumin seeds 1/2 tsp pepper flakes Preparations: In a large bowl stir together the vinegar and salt.Add blanched broccoli and toss to combine. In a large skillet, heat olive oil until hot but not smoking. Add garlic and cumin and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in pepper flakes. Pour mixture over broccoli and toss well.Let sit for atleast 1 hour at room tempreture.and up to 48 (chill it if you want to keep it for more than 2 hours.. Adjust seasoning (it may need more salt) and serve


    In Health Tips On 22 August 2015

    “The miracle tree” Moringa oleifera is the tree from which the drumsticks (popularly called ‘sahjan’) is obtained have been used for culinary purposes, immense nutritional benefits and use in traditional medicine. The nutritional value of Sahjan is well established now and it has become a promising food for developing countries where malnutrition is prevalent. Drumsticks and Food Facts The drumsticks are prevalent as part of cuisine in India. In South India, the pods are used to prepare a variety of sambhar and other curries. In West Bengal of India, drumsticks are made into a variety of dishes mixed with poppy seeds, coconut and mustard. The state of Maharashtra uses drumsticks in preparing specialty sweet and sour curries. In Gujarat and Maharashtra, the pods are used in preparing a spicy curry preparation known as saragava ki kadhi. They are also used sometimes to add flavor to the food. Tender drumstick leaves are also used for garnishing vegetable dishes and salads.   Modern research on drumsticks The isothiocynate chemicals present in the leaves, fruits and seeds of drum sticks are known to cure many diseases. They are known to prevent cancer which is caused by various chemicals known as carcinogens. These chemicals are also known to regulate blood sugar, normalize the cholesterol levels in the blood and treat diarrhea. They also have aphrodisiac properties. These substances have potent anti-ageing effects, prevent cell death and also help in absorption of nutrients. They also reduce the inflammation associated with arthritis. It is a powerful antioxidant and stimulates the immune system.


    In Health Tips On 25 August 2015

    lemon peel contains even more vitamins, nutrients, and health benefits than the lemon juice. Lemon peels contain about 5 to 10 times more vitamins than lemon juice. Remember, organic will be best when consuming the peel to avoid eating any pesticides. Health Benefits of Lemon Peel Regulates blood pressure (special for high blood pressure) Fight against cancer Maintain bone strength Provides high hygiene and health of the oral cavity Helps to reduce weight Prevents overgrowth of parasites and intestinal worms (tapeworms) in the digestive system Protects against fungal bacterial infections Strong anti-depressive effect Helps with cystitis and tumors Decrease the cholesterol levels in the body which results in maintaining good health of our hearts. This is due to the presence of polyphenol flavonoids.   Cautions and Tips for Eating Lemon Peel 1. Wash Properly and Go Organic You must wash lemon peel before eating it as pesticides or insecticides may have been used during the growing process. Lemons that have been shipped great distances may contain a wax coating that prevents damage but it can be made using animal, plant or insect based products. Therefore, it is best to opt for organically grown peels. 2. Be Aware Of Crystallization Lemon peels contain a high amount of oxalates which are found in humans. When we have high concentrations of oxalates it can lead to problems which are associated with crystallization such as kidney or gallbladder stones. Therefore if you already suffer from these problems, avoid eating lemon peel.   Here  we have two common recipies which can be made in a zesty way--    ZESTY LEMON RICE INGREDIENTS 1 Peeled and finely chopped onion 5-6 Curry leaves 1 cup Rice washed and soaked 1 tsp Mustard seeds I inch finely chopped ginger 1 tsp Turmeric powder 2 tsp Chana dal 2tsp Urad dal A pinch Asafoetida 3 tsp Olive oil 1 tsp finely chopped coriander 1tsp grated lemon zest 2 Finely chopped green chillies For garnish Coriander For garnish Lemon skin 1 tsp Lemon juice   PROCESS In a pan add water, rice and salt and boil it. Heat a pan and add olive oil to it. Strain the rice and keep it aside. In the pan add mustard seeds, curry leaves and let the seeds crackle. Add chana dal, urad dal, green chillies and ginger and mix well. Add finely chopped onions and sauté well. Add the boiled rice to the pan and mix well. Add grated lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and coriander and mix well. Zesty lemon Rice is ready to serve.   REFESHING QUINOA SALAD 1 ½ cups quinoa ½ cup pine nuts 1  cucumber, peeled and finely diced (2½ cups) 3  tomatoes, seeded and finely diced (¾ cup) ½ small red onion, finely chopped (½ cup) ½ cup chopped fresh parsley ¼ cup olive oil 3 Tbs. lemon juice 2 tsp. grated lemon zest 1. Bring 2 quarts salted water to a boil. Add quinoa, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 12 to 14 minutes, or 
until quinoa is tender and small “tails” bloom from grains. 2. dry roast pine nuts. Cool, then transfer to large serving bowl. 3. Drain quinoa, and rinse under cold running water. Drain again. Add quinoa to pine nuts, and 
stir in cucumber, tomatoes, onion, and parsley. Fold in oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Enjoy it as main course or side dish.

  • KESAR - The Wonder Herb

    In Health Tips On 02 September 2015

    Here we have some tips to use Kesar in a regular routine for common ailments: Boon for arthritis patients to help in pain. In Low Blood pressure put some strands of kesar in milk and have it instead of coffee powder. Popping a pill to induce sleep can be replaced with kesar milk


    In Health Tips On 03 September 2015

    If you are wondering why you crave for food at night, there are a huge set of reasons. Here are a few reasons why this may be happening: Dehydration Boredom Hunger (accelerated metabolism) Low salt or sugar levels. Lack of protein in your diet Every night when you feel hungry, try to think about something that you should eat, not what you want to eat. Junk foods are a huge No No! Here are a few protein-rich healthy snacks that you can choose to munch on for the night. Go into the kitchen and prepare a healthy snack for your hungry tummy. Foods You Can Eat at Night:   1. Dark Chocolate: You can munch on some tasty dark chocolate which will lower your blood pressure. It will also satisfy your craving for chocolate & sweet. Now, don’t get too excited, just a cube of your dark chocolate will do. Don’t consume too many! 2. Dried Figs: Dried figs taste like chewy candy, and are the best for people with a sweet tooth. It is sweet yet healthy and tasty too, so try to munch on it when you crave for food at night.    3. Fruits: You can munch on some tasty fruit at night. If you want something cold, try to freeze the fruit and eat it. It is a healthy substitute for other junk food. 4. Roasted makhana: Have this crunchy mucnhy roasted makhana late at night and stay healthy and also they are brimming with antioxidants and fiber, and can be nibbled on guilt-free, as they’re low in calories and fat.   5. Nuts: Crunchy nuts satisfy your hunger as well as help you to fight against feel to have sleep during studies. Enjoy the protein punch without guilt !     6. Milk Low in calories and fat, milk contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps lull you into a deep sleep. Essentially, tryptophan is responsible for increasing the production of serotonin in the body; serotonin helps you feel sleepy. As an added bonus, the calcium and vitamin D in that cup of milk can boost the health of your bones.     7. Popcorn A whole grain, popcorn is the go-to snack when you\'re midnight cravings demand something a little salty. Not only is popcorn a good source of complex carbs, it\'s also low in calories (no dousing the kernels in butter, please). What\'s more, because it\'s low in fat, you won\'t wake up feeling bloated or with a tummyache. Just go easy on the salt.

  • ALFALFA : Father of all Foods

    In Health Tips On 17 September 2015

    Alfalfa's name is rooted in the Arabic word that means “father of all foods.     BENEFITS OF ALFALFA SPROUTS: 1. The herb is rich in protein as well as vitamins A, C and K 2. Heavy in phytoestrogens, alfalfa is used in the treatment of menopause symptoms to combat estrogen deficiency 3. Alfalfa sprouts are a good source of dietary fiber  4. An ideal choice for people who are trying to lose weight. - alfalfa sprouts are rich in fiber and protein, they may help to facilitate sensations of fullness for people who tend to overeat. 5. Compounds in alfalfa may help to prevent atherosclerosis, a serious cardiovascular disease associated with cholesterol plaque in the arteries of the heart. 6. Small reductions in blood sugar in individuals who eat alfalfa. 7. Alfalfa helps fight infection   8. Alfalfa slows down the aging process. 9. Dietary alfalfa increased levels of high-density lipoprotein (“good” cholesterol)   WARNING: Alfalfa supplements are also not advised during pregnancy   For nutritious sprouts in less than a week: • Pick a medium-sized jar, at least 9cm in diameter and 15cm in height. • Place 1-2 tablespoons of alfalfa seeds in the jar, and soak in tap water for 3 hours. • Secure a gauze sheet over the jar with a rubber band. • Drain the water, and store the jar out of direct sunlight and at an angle to drain any excess water. • Rinse the sprouts 2-3 times each day. • Gently shake the jar every now and then to prevent the sprouts from tangling. • Alfalfa sprouts can take up to one week to harvest, so be patient, and rinse before you serve!   WAYS TO USE ALFALFA SPROUTS Use in sandwiches  Sprinkle on the top omelet or scrambled eggs Add in sprouts ​


    In Health Tips On 21 September 2015

    Most of us often wonder about the foods to eat before yoga/workout/walk. Especially, if you are a beginner, it is better to know what works and what doesn\'t work as far as diet before your workout class is concerned.       1. Juices You can consume juices that contain fruits or vegetables as a part of your  diet. You can get rid of the toxins in your body with the help of those juices. Also, you can feel refreshed after consuming them. Try to go for cucumber, celery , amla, aloevera or spinach in your juices. 2. Bananas Bananas are rich in fibre and Potassium. Also, they are gentle on your stomach and they give you energy for your yoga practice. Consume 2 bananas at least an hour before your practice.. 3. Apples The best thing about apples is that they contain some amount of sugar which can energise you a bit. They also supply fibre and vitamins. They can also hydrate you a bit which is important before a workout. 4. Raisins Natural sugars are always preferable over other forms of sugar. Raisins can energise you before the yoga class with their natural sweetness. 5. Almonds If you wish to keep it simple, but healthy, eat a few almonds before your yoga class. Apart from supplying your body with Magnesium and Potassium, they also supply vitamins and ensure that your stamina levels stay high. 6. Water-melon They hydrate you and also energise you before you get ready for your yoga class. Enjoy a water melon which helps you enjoy your workout. 7. Oatmeal If you want some snack that contains healthy carbs before your practice session, choose oatmeal. It is easily digestible and a healthy carb-source. 8. Yogurt If you are not lactose intolerant, try a bowl of yogurt with fresh fruits before workout. It cools down your system and also provides some proteins to your system. 9. Apricots Yes, apricots, the dried ones, can be energisers before your yoga workout. You can carry them easily in your pocket if you are heading somewhere else for your practice.      


    In Health Tips On 22 September 2015

      The hibiscus flower is revered for its beauty, and it deserves equal respect for its healing powers. Many species have been used in traditional medicine, in addition to providing beverage teas. The tea is sour and tart—so people often add sugar and/or citrus. Now there\'s exciting research backing up hibiscus tea\'s medicinal benefits, especially for heart health. Scientists have confirmed that the deep red flowers gently lower blood pressure, thanks to their diuretic properties (they help the body eliminate excess water) and the fact that their anthocyanins block angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), the compound that causes blood vessels to constrict—exactly what the prescription combo of lisinopril and hydrochlorothiazide does, but to a milder degree and without side effects.   Hibiscus Tea Recipe: A recipe that pleases your taste buds—and your heart This makes a great, refreshing tea. The ingredients: 4 c water 3 Tbsp dried or 4-5 Tbsp fresh hibiscus flowers 1 cinnamon stick 1 Tbsp raw sugar   Boil water and pour over hibiscus and cinnamon stick. Steep for 10 minutes. Strain out hibiscus and cinnamon stick. Add sugar . Serve hot or iced.


    In Health Tips On 23 September 2015

      The herb is well known for its use in Italian cuisine - it is a major ingredient in pesto sauce.  Basil is also commonly used Indonesian, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine. BENEFITS OF SWEET BASIL 1. Calming the Stomach– The Italians may be on to something with adding Basil to everything. It is thought to have a calming effect on the stomach and 1/2 teaspoon of dried or fresh Basil Leaf in water can often help sooth indigestion and alleviate feelings of fullness. 2. Facial Steam for Headache: A facial steam with dried basil leaf can help alleviate a headache. Add a tablespoon of dried basil leaf to 2 cups of boiling water in a large pot. Carefully lean over the pot, cover head with a towel and breathe in the steam for 5-10 minutes until headache starts to subside. Bonus, you get to smell like an Italian restaurant for the rest of the day! 3. Helpful in Quitting Smoking: Chain smokers can try chewing basil leaves to get rid of their addiction. These can be more beneficial than nicotine patches, flavored gum or even plain candy to curb the urge. While the juice has a cooling effect on your throat, the chewing will distract you and the antioxidants will repair the damage caused due to years of smoking.   4. Help to Get Rid of Bad Breath: Bad breath can be detrimental to your self-confidence. Basil leaves can be a healthy substitute to special toothpastes and chewing gums to ward off bad breath. You can chew a handful of basil leaves to prevent bad breath. 5. Good for Eyes Being rich in vitamin A, basil leaves play an important role in eye health. You can soak a few basil leaves in water and wash your eyes with them every morning and before going to bed to prevent conjunctivitis, swelling, inflammations, boils and other infections. Basil leaves act as relaxants for your eyes to sooth stress induced fine lines. Chewing a couple of basil leaves helps to ward off eye problems caused by free radicals such as vision degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma.    6. Treatment of Vitiligo: Regular intake of basil leaves has the potential to cure ‘vitiligo’, a disease characterized by white patches on the skin. 7. Rich in Iron and good to incorporate in anaemia diet. 8. Rich in antioxidants and anti ageing properties. 9. It has antiinflammatory properties because of certain essential oils such as Eugenol. So, Lets start using one of the gem of herbs- sweet basil or thai basil...


    In Health Tips On 25 September 2015

    Bloating is any abnormal general swelling sensation which may make one feel like gas filling in the abdomen and it may even be passed out of the body.  As a symptom, the patient feels a full and tight abdomen, which may cause abdominal pain, and sometimes accompanied by increased stomach growling, or more seriously, the total lack of it.    The common causes leading to bloating / water retention are: Overeating Food Intolerances Constipation and other gastric conditions Menstruation – Pre-menstrual syndrome & polycystic ovarian syndrome. ​ Bloating may also result in weight gain.  This is because the body tends to retain water that gets accumulated in the tissues. Water retention may mainly be seen as swelling in the arms and legs, bloated belly and heavy breasts.   THE BEST AND EASIEST WAY TO COMBAT BLOATING IS TO HAVE LOTS OF WATER.   GOLDEN RULES TO REDUCE BLOATING INCREASED WATER INTAKE RESTRICT SALT TO 1/2 TSP / DAY INCREASE INTAKE OF LEAFY VEGETABLES ​FOODS TO INCLUDE: Green leafy vegges Whole grains Lentils Pulses Melons Citrus fruits Green tea Coconut water  FOODS TO EXCLUDE: Papad Pickel Popcorn Instant Noodles Soups Breads Colas Aerated drinks Fresh Yogurt: Yogurt being a Probiotic has the added benefits of supporting your immune system to make it more effective in tackling bacterial infection, ability to fight infections and in turn reducing excessive bloating.

  • Surprising benefits of curd

    In Health Tips On 03 October 2015

      1. Curd nutritional facts About 100 grams of fat has 98 calories. The nutritional value of curd is as follow: fat (4.3 gram), Carbohydrate (3.4 gm), Protein (11gm), Cholesterol (17mg), Sodium (364 mg) and Potassium (104mg). It also contains vitamin A, D, B-12, calcium and magnesium. Curd is one of the best sources for calcium.   2. Curd is good for digestion The various important nutrients present in curd is easily got absorbed by the alimentary canal. It also helps the other food nutrients in getting absorbed in the digestive system. Yoghurt helps to make PH balance by maintaining the acidity and alkanity of the digestion process. Curd helps to solve many stomach problems and provide relief who is suffering from dysentery.   3. Curd makes the bones and teeth stronger Curd is abundant with calcium and phosphorous. In fact, yogurt is the excellent source of calcium. Both calcium and phosphorous are the important minerals in making the bones and teeth stronger. Eating curd on regular basis is good as it helps to prevent from different arthritis problems and also deals with osteoporosis.   4. How curd helps to lose weight? Curd is known for high percentage of calcium. The mineral calcium prevents cortisol formation in the body. The imbalance of cortisol in the body leads to many lifestyle related disorders like hypertension and obesity. A new research has confirmed that eating 18 ounces of curd daily helps to reduce belly fat as greater amount of calcium allow the fats cells to release lesser amount of cortisol thus helps to weight loss.   5. Curd for healthy heart Consuming curd is great in maintaining healthy heart. Yogurt prevents the formation of cholesterol in the arterial region, thus prevents the person from hypertension and high blood pressure. Taking curd helps to minimize the risk of high blood pressure and balance the level of cholesterol in the body.   6. Curd used as beauty product Curd is an effective home remedy to enhance beauty and fair skin. Curd is being used as an effective home remedy for shining skin due to the presence of important minerals like zinc, vitamin E, phosphorous, etc. A glowing face can be maintained if the mix of curd, gram flour and lime is applied over the face followed by washing it after 15 minutes through water. Massaging of curd on the face acts as skin bleach and provides softness in the skin.   7. Curd removes dandruff Curd helps to get rid of dandruff. Curd can be used as one of the best homemade solutions in getting rid of dandruff as it having lactic acid, which is anti-fungal in nature. When the paste of henna and curd is applied over the scalp, helps in combating dandruff. Curd is also used as hair conditioner.   8. Curd is a substitute of milk A number of people are facing problems when they take milk. They are unable to digest milk that leads to lose motion or gas formation. This is happened due to lactose presence in milk, thus they are lactose intolerant. In such cases, people should take curd as it convert lactose into lactic acid that easily gets digested in the body. Here curd is the best substitute of milk and get all the nutrients of milk through curd.


    In Health Tips On 05 October 2015

    A beautiful, radiant and glowing skin is every girl\'s dream. Here we have summarised some easy dietary tips to follow in routine to stay younger-- - Cut out the sugar: The less sugar we eat, the better it is.  Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame should be strictly avoided. Not only are they nasty chemical substances, but they have also been connected to obesity and diabetes. Natural sugar sources like honey, dates, raisins should be used in moderation due to their health benefits. - Eat more healthy fat: One of the crucial things our body and our skin needs for long-term health is fat. Studies have shown that eating more fat makes our skin more elastic and less wrinkly. The increase in fat consumption has to be done in conjunction with sugar and grain reduction. Monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, oil contained in  nuts are well-known to be good for us. Chia seeds, flax seeds, and sesame seeds are good sources of healthy fats. - Greatly reduce your grain and starch intake: Most people believe that a diet rich in grains is good for health; whole grains in particular are touted as especially healthy. But starches, the carbohydrates in grains, are simply long strings of sugar molecules and eating them will still make our skin and body age prematurely. - Eat lots of vegetables: Vegetables will also provide you with plenty of fibre and antioxidants. However, make sure to cut down on starchy vegetables, as they can have a surprisingly strong effect on our blood sugar level. - Don\'t forget your daily protein: Protein provides important building blocks for our entire body. However, our body has little capacity to store protein. So, to supply our body and skin with all it needs, we have to provide it with sufficient amounts of protein on a daily basis. - Spice up your life: Herbs and spices including  garlic, basil, rosemary, thyme, curcumin and cinnamon are a great addition to any skin health and longevity eating plan. Not only do spices greatly add flavour and variety of our food, but they also contain bioactive substances with positive effects on general health, skin and life span. \"EAT HEALTHY-  STAY YOUNGER\"


    In Health Tips On 12 October 2015

    Eat small and frequent meals Stay hydrated. Keep drinking water, coconut water, lemonade(without sugar), herbal teas …as much as you can. It works as a great detox. Instead of using frying as a cooking method opt for grilling, dry frying, roasting, baking or shallow frying to keep a watch on calorie intake. Meet your daily protein demand by including low fat homemade paner, low fat curd or milk. Treat you sweet tooth with fruit raita, fruit shakes, dried kajur or apple kheer. Make better snack choices. Instead of munching on fried potato chips opt for healthier options like roasted makhana, 5-6 almonds and other nuts , 1-2 cholai laddoo, fruits (like apple, guava, pomegranate and mausami) and vegetables soup. Opt for healthier choice: Kuttu aata Puri or pakora --- Kuttu aata roti Kuttu aata roti -- Rajgira aata roti Potato veg --- Ghiya , pumpkin veg etc Kheer --- Flavoured yoghurt , curd    Lower your Cravings with low fat dairy. Drinking low fat milk,lassi and yogurt reduces your cravings to eat junk food.  Add cucumber, lauki or tomato to your yogurt to make it more filling. Try to have your meal in the afternoon as it will cover energy level for full day. Sleeping well in night keeps us afresh for a long period and then a good food in the afternoon will replenish the energy lost and once again we are afresh for the rest of the day


    In Health Tips On 15 October 2015

    SERVES: 2-3 INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)   ·         1 cup sama or vrat ke chawal ·         1 tsp cumin seeds ·         Â½ inch cinnamon stick ·         2 green cardamoms ·         2-3 cloves ·         3-4 whole black pepper ·         Â½ inch ginger + 1 green chili (crushed in a mortar-pestle) ·         8-10 curry leaves ·         1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves ·         2 tsp peanuts ·         2-3  tsp oil ·         2.5 to 3 cups water ·         1 tbsp chopped coriander for garnish ·         rock salt/sendha namak as required ·         lemon juice and lemon wedges as required   INSTRUCTIONS 1.     Rinse the sama or barnyard millet a couple of times in water like the way we rinse rice. 2.     soak in enough water for 20-30 minutes. 3.     dry roast the peanuts on a pan or in the oven till they become crunchy.coarsely powder them in a mortar-pestle or in a dry grinder. 4.     heat oil 5.     add all the whole spices - cumin, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and black pepper. 6.     saute till the oil become fragrant and the cumin crackles. 7.     add the crushed ginger-green chili and saute for half a minute on a low flame. 8.     add the  curry leaves, chopped coriander leaves and saute for 1 minutes on a low flame. 9.     now add the peanuts powder and stir. 10.  drain the sama rice and add to the sauted mixture & stir. 11.  add water & salt and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles till the water is absorbed and the millet grains are cooked. 12.  when serving also sprinkle some lemon juice in the pulao. 


    In Health Tips On 16 October 2015

      Ingredients : One cup samak flour 1/2 cup grated radish  1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves one cup fresh curd 2 green chilli (chopped) Salt (as per taste) Olive oil METHOD TO COOK Mix semak rice flour, radish, chilli, salt, coriander leaves, curd together in a large bowl Add some water to make pouring consistency. Drizzle some olive oil on a non stick/ heavy bottom iron gridle. Pour the mixture and spread it in a thin layer. Flip off the side. Cheela is ready with green chutney or sweet tomato chutney. 


    In Health Tips On 28 October 2015

    1. Consume Tea Green tea, White tea and green coffee are good for your immune system. But don\'t over consume them. Drink 1-2 cups a day.   2.Eat  Raw Garlic  is one immune booster. It contains allicin, minerals like Zinc, sulfur, Selenium and vitamins A and E. As it contains anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, it can be used to boost your immune system. Eat a raw garlic on an empty stomach. 3. Consume Yogurt Curd is nutritious and also an immune booster. It is also good for your digestive system. 4.Consume Oats Oats contain fibre and also anti-microbial properties. Consuming them regularly may help your body fight diseases easily. 5.Get Vitamin D Though over-exposure is dangerous, getting some morning sun can be healthy. As vitamin D plays its own role in protecting your body against certain diseases like diabetes and heart issues, get some morning sun. 6.Consume Lemon Juice We all know the fact that Vitamin C plays a role in defending the body against certain illnesses. It can also protect the body against bacteria, viruses and free radical damage. Consume orange or lemon or amla  juice. 7.Get Some Zinc Your body needs Zinc in order to produce white blood cells and free radical damage. Consume leafy greens and whole grains or else ask your doctor to prescribe you a zinc supplement.                \" Small changes can do big wonders to your health.\"  


    In Health Tips On 16 November 2015

    I often come across a common question from my clients asking me how I control food cravings. We are all surrounded by food. Every occasion is celebrated with food. Name it a company meeting or a family get together. The foods that are served in such occasions are refined, fatty, and sugary food. We rarely find healthy food in such parties. People who are trying to eat healthy, and are required to attend such occasions are in serious fight between their mind and stomach. Stomach growls for food and mind tempts to eat junk food. Finally unconscious busy mind wins the game and ends the up in eating junk. A huge amount of junk!!! People should not blame mind alone in this game, but the food also have a part in tempting the brain to eat the junk. There is lot of research going on, to find the effect of refined and sugary foods on food cravings and some studies proved that eating sugary and refined foods will hide satiety cues (they act on leptin and gherlin hormones in your stomach) and allows you eat more of sugary and refined food. That is the reason if you try a piece of French fries you tempt to have one more. There is famous add about potato chips quoting “No one can eat just one”. This is absolutely true with junk food. Food is having capacity to regulate and modify genes. Regular intake of junk food will modify genes and increase craving to junk food. Similarly regular intake of whole foods will help you set your biological rhythm. Here are few tips to keep away from this mind game. Before Going out: Don\'t go empty stomach for eat out. Have some fruits or salad or milk before stepping out so that you did not feel more craving for food. Take care while choosing options: Try to eat salads in first place than going for appetizers. When you are planning to attend a party, plan your remaining meals ahead and try to make them as healthy as possible like eating a sprouts salad, nuts, seeds, whole grain foods, tandoori options. Avoid appetizers and desserts if possible, or share them with a friend. Avoid foods that are filled with artificial colours. Food colours increase your body’s toxic burden. Take care of Portion control and food combinations.  After eat out: Do a good stroll for at least 30-45 min after having meal. Have a cup of green tea after stroll. Next day try to balance it out with a light meal or Detox. Try to be mindful and conscious when you are eating out. Eating is a ritual, follow it sincerely. “If you like a flower you pluck it, but if you love a flower you water it”- Buddha. Do not just “like” your body, “love” your body,  and nurture it with good wholesome food. In turn it loves you with vibrant health. Keep daunting this in your mind when you tempt to eat junk.  


    In Health Tips On 18 November 2015

      Soup is an excellent meal during the winter when your body needs more warming foods. A bowl of soup helps you stay warm and cozy during the cold winter. Soups are often very healthful, and trying out different recipes and ingredients is a great way to introduce new food to your child also. Here we are going to introduce some of the benefits of eating soups. Please have a look below: BENEFITS OF EATING SOUPS: Easy to cook Filling Does not leads to weight gain. Boost your immune system Easy to digest Offering good nutrients Eating soups increase your fluid intake. A low calorie option AVOID Use salt reduced stacks Avoid adding creams Avoid packet soups  

  • Throw Your Resolutions Aside and Eat like there is no Tomorrow

    In Health Tips On 21 November 2015

    With the Winters behind us, I know the thought of losing weight and remaining healthy can be intimidating. It's much easier to forget about the notion of New Year's resolutions until..well the new year. There are winter favorites like Gajar ka halwa, gond ke ladoo, hot chocolate, coffee,  around every corner. With all this temptation, why not just throw your resolutions aside and eat like there is no tomorrow? I am here to tell you that surviving the winter season does not have to be as challenging as we make it out to be. You can easily lose weight this winter season and have the occasional holiday treat and not feel like you are missing out. I am going to share with you 25 secrets and tips to help you stay healthy not only this winter season but year round. Tips to ensure that you lose-weight, feel great and have the best winter season yet. Don't wait until 2019 to start those resolutions!! Drink around 2.5 to 3liter water. This helps your body to stay hydrated, detoxify, and reduce the desire to eat when your body is actually thirsty. Increase your fiber. Aim for 50 grams a day. Increase the fiber in your diet, in the form of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes to balance your blood sugar, increase bowel movements and fill-up on good foods. Know your trigger foods. And get them out of your house! Have a fruit and vegetable smoothie for breakfast loaded with healthy protein to keep you fuller longer. Eat every 4-6 hours and bring snacks with you. This will help to make sure you don't stop for drive-through or are temped by sticky buns when you're doing any shopping at the mall. Stop eating 2-3 hours before bed. Your body needs to detox at night, not digest your food. No cheating! Cheat meals lead to cheat days. A healthy lifestyle is just that. Look at your healthy decisions as a healthy lifestyle as opposed to a diet that can be broken. Stick to the 3-bite rule. If you want to be polite and try a calorie-laden food that a co-worker brought to work, eat 3 small polite bites and then throw the rest away. Fill up on the healthy stuff first. Load your plate with fruits, vegetables, high-quality protein, high-quality fats (like avocado, coconut and olive oil), beans and legumes. After you finish that, if you want to have dessert, have a couple of bites. This way you get to indulge but you're full of good food first. Bring your own (food to the potluck). This was you can rest assured that something there will be suitable to eat. This is especially true if you have food allergies or choose not to eat gluten, dairy or sugar. Eat before you go (to a dinner party). This way if the food is super unhealthy, or the meal is very delayed, you don't cave into temptation to eat the entire bread basket. Don't become the lush of the party. Alcoholic drinks are loaded with calories for one. They also lead to snacking. Obey the 2:1 rule. Drink 2 glasses of water for every alcoholic drink. Meet the sleep quota (7 to 9 hours a night). Reward yourself with non-food rewards. Get a massage.  Take a manicure or pedicure in a good salon. Practice gratitude. Keep a gratitude journal. Write down 3 things every day you are grateful for. Schedule in bliss time. Put running, walking, baths, massages, facials, etc in your schedule. And then follow through! Work it out. Schedule in your workouts. Keep a food journal. Those that keep a food journal are much more likely to lose weight. Trust your friends. Allow a best-friend to call you out and hold you accountable for your food and drink choices when you go out. Make healthy shifts. Instead of gajar ka halwa go for gajar ki kheer. Focus on satiety. Eat slowly until you are 80 to 90% full. Then stop. Plan to indulge, but not to the point of sickness. When you go out, know that you will have a couple of foods you don't normally eat. That's okay. Don't over do it and don't be hard on yourself. Guilt is no good. Separate your emotions from food. When you're upset at the relatives, don't binge or munch.Go for a run in the park. Walk the dog. Take a yoga class. Relax and enjoy yourself. 

  • Tips For Good Digestion

    In Health Tips On 03 December 2015

    Do you suffer from everyday digestion problems: gas, bloating, stomach discomfort, occasional constipation, occasional heartburn, or fatigue after eating? A simple solution to these common complaints is to consider not only what we eat but how we eat. Stop Multitasking Meals We've all seen, or maybe even been, the person multitasking our meal, eating lunch while driving through traffic or catching a bite to eat at our desk because we could not take the time to have a proper lunch. Our bodies need an uplifting and settled environment in order to process and absorb the nutrients from our meals. If that is not available, then we should at least be sitting down to eat, not standing, walking or driving our way through a meal! Enjoy The Act Of Eating The act of eating is life-giving. The process of eating, according to Ayurveda, is important for the development of consciousness as well as our physical health. When we sit down to eat, our stomach is in a relaxed posture and our awareness is on the taste, texture, and smell of the food. This will greatly improve our digestion. Stimulate The Digestive Fire Improve digestion by stimulating the Agni, or digestive fire, before we begin eating. Weak digestive Agnimay result in fatigue after eating, so Ayurveda recommends eating a one-inch piece of fresh ginger with a few drops of lemon juice and a few pinches of salt before a full meal. This starts to activate the salivary glands, producing the necessary enzymes so that nutrients from food are easily absorbed by our body. Maintain healthy, strong digestion by adding ginger as a herbal supplement. Balancing the digestive fire is key in Ayurveda. If the flame is very low, it will take a long time to cook the food. In the same way, if the fire is too big, it can burn the food. If we put a huge log on a low fire, it will extinguish it. Our digestive fire should be balanced so that we can digest our meals efficiently and smoothly. Avoid Cold Drinks And Foods This is like pouring cold water on burning logs. Iced water, normally served at restaurants, extinguishes the digestive fire. Even juice or milk right out of the refrigerator is too cold for digestion. Juice should be taken at room temperature and water without ice. Recommendations for creating balanced digestion may vary, depending on your specific Dosha balance. For example, stomach acidity may require different Ayurvedic recommendations than for occasional bloating or sluggish digestion. Once you get into this habit of drinking beverages at room temperature, you will notice a dramatic improvement in your digestion and the way your body feels while eating and after the meal. Cold drinks and foods mixed with warm, cooked foods can cause stomach cramps, bloating and general discomfort in the stomach area. If you have Pitta imbalance, you can take cool drinks in between meals. Cold or frozen foods are not recommended for Pitta either because, even though they may temporarily cool down the heat, the Agni is still being overstimulated and the imbalance will continue. Eat Meals Aligned With Nature's Rhythm Have you ever gone out for a late dinner and found that it was a strain to wake up the next morning, or that it was difficult to be efficient during the following day? These are often the side effects of improperly digested food. The best way to avoid these problems is to follow nature's rhythm of suitable times to eat. When the sun is strongest, between 12 and 2 p.m., is when the digestive fire is also strongest. Agni is associated with the sun, and we know through Ayurveda that our mind and body are connected to the environment in which we live. Lunch should be the largest meal of the day, since that is the time the digestiveAgni is working at its maximum potency. As the sun goes down, so does our Agni. Dinner should be lighter than lunch, and should ideally be eaten before 8:00 p.m. Late-night meals interfere with sleep, and after 10:00 p.m. the body is working to burn off toxins and continue to digest food from the day. If you eat after 10:00 p.m., the food may cause toxins to accumulate in the system, and as a result the next day you wake up tired. If you are not able to wake up fresh and clear, then it is important to analyze the quantity of food and the time of night you are eating dinner. Drink Lassi (Yogurt) Drink a fresh yogurt Lassi either during or after the meal. This drink consists of ¼ cup fresh homemade yogurt, 1 cup of purified room-temperature water and SAINDHA SALT & BHUNA JEERA to taste. Blend it for one minute in the blender. Lassi is light and contains necessary bacteria that lubricate the intestines to help digestion go smoothly. Lassi helps reduce gas and bloating. It also taste delicious and can make a meal more satisfying and nutritious.  

  • Foods You Should Avoid If You Have A Cold Or A Flu

    In Health Tips On 09 December 2015

    These foods can worsen your cold or flu within an hour. Here is how what you need to stay away from. Processed Sugars:  Anything loaded with sugars like soda, juices and artificially flavored drinks can cause inflammation and weaken the body's white blood cell count, which reduces resistance towards foreign organisms. Dairy:  If you have a cold then dairy products can thicken existing phlegm so try and avoid it as much as possible. It may not have this effect on some, so try a bit and see how things work. Alcohol:  Like sugar, alcohol causes inflammation and reduce WBC efficiency. Avoid drinking and stick to broths and fresh juices. Refined Carbs: They breakdown into sugar and increase blood sugar. This again makes it difficult for your body to fight off and infection.

  • Green Tea Side Effects And Who Must Avoid It

    In Health Tips On 10 December 2015

    Green tea is one of the oldest herbal teas known to man. It gained quick prominence in India after its purported health benefits, the most popular of them- as an effective tool for weight loss. Some of these health benefits have many studies backing them while some do not. Due to the positive spotlight, green tea has enjoyed, some green tea side effects are often overlooked. But it's important to understand that Green Tea also has some limitations and a few of them are highlighted below. The tannins present in the green tea increase the stomach acid which may cause stomach ache, nauseous feeling, or cause constipation. Thus, green tea is not consumed on an empty stomach.. Green tea is mostly safe for adults when consumed in moderation. Green tea extract is also considered to be generally safe for most people when taken orally or while being applied topically on the skin for a short period of time. However, drinking too much green tea, more than 3 cups a day is considered to be unsafe. The side effects of green tea are due to the caffeine present in it, which may include some or all of these symptoms: Side Effects of Green Tea Mild to serious headaches Nervousness Sleep problems Vomiting Diarrhoea Irritability Irregular heartbeat Tremor Heartburn Dizziness Ringing in the ears Convulsions Confusion Who Must Not Consume Green Tea? Green Tea has been found to cause certain problems when taken excessively or cause problems to some people who suffer with certain ailments: 1. Stomach Problems: The tannins present in the green tea increase the stomach acid which may cause stomach ache, nauseous feeling, or cause constipation. Thus, green tea is not consumed on an empty stomach . It is best to drink green tea after a meal or in-between meals. People with peptic ulcers or acid reflux should not consume green tea excessively. A 1984 study concluded that tea is a potent stimulant of gastric acid, which can be reduced by adding milk and sugar. 2. Iron Deficiency: Green tea seems to reduce the absorption of iron from food. Drinking very high doses can actually be fatal. The fatal dose of caffeine in green tea is estimated to be 10-14 grams (150-200 mg per kilogram). Green tea can also reduce the bioavailability of non-heme iron. A 2001 study reports that green tea extract reduces the absorption of non-heme iron by 25%. Non-heme iron is the primary type of iron in eggs, dairy and plant foods such as beans, so drinking green tea with these foods may lead to reduced iron absorption. However, Vitamin C increases non-heme iron absorption, so you can squeeze lemon into your tea or consume other vitamin-C rich foods, such as broccoli, with your meal. In addition, drinking tea between meals seems to have little effect on iron absorption, according to the National Cancer Institute. 3. Caffeine Caution: Like all teas, green tea contains caffeine and excessive caffeine intake can lead to nervousness, anxiety, abnormal heart rhythm and shakiness. Some people have a natural low tolerance for caffeine, and they will suffer these symptoms even when ingesting small amounts. High caffeine consumption can also hinder calcium absorption, affecting your bone health and increasing the risk of osteoporosis. To help prevent caffeine-related problems, limit green tea intake to 5 or fewer cups per day 4. Pregnancy and Breast-Feeding: Green tea contains caffeine, catechins and tannic acids. All three substances have been linked to pregnancy risks. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, green tea in small amounts, about 2 cups per day safe. This amount of green tea provides about 200 mg of caffeine. However, drinking more than 2 cups of green tea per day is unsafe and has been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage and other negative effects. Also, caffeine passes into breast milk and can affect a nursing infant. In addition, drinking a large amount may cause neural tube birth defect in babies. 5. Anaemia: Green tea catechins can cause a decrease in the absorption of iron from food. If you have iron-deficiency like anaemia, the National Cancer Institute recommends consuming tea between meals. If you like to drink green tea with your meal, then studies show you should eat foods that enhance iron absorption. Foods high in iron include meats such as red meat and foods high in Vitamin C, such as lemons. 6. Anxiety Disorders: The caffeine in green tea might is said to make anxiety worse. 7. Bleeding Disorders: Caffeine in green tea might increase the risk of bleeding. 8. Heart Conditions: Caffeine in green tea might cause irregular heartbeat. 9. Diabetes: Caffeine in green tea might affect blood sugar control. If you drink green tea and have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar carefully. 10. Diarrhea and IBS: The caffeine in green tea, especially when taken in large amounts, can worsen diarrhea and symptoms of IBS. 11. Glaucoma: Drinking green tea increases pressure inside the eye. The increase occurs within 30 minutes and lasts for at least 90 minutes. 12. Should not be given to Children: The tannins in green tea may block nutrients absorption such as protein and fats in children. It may also lead to over stimulation because of the caffeine present in the green tea. 13. Liver Disease Green tea extract supplements have been linked to several cases of liver damage. Green tea extracts might make liver disease worse. Severe liver disease, as the level of caffeine in the blood may build up and last longer. 14. Osteoporosis: Drinking green tea can increase the amount of calcium that is flushed out in the urine. Caffeine should be limited to less than 300 mg per day (approximately 2-3 cups of green tea). It is possible to make up for some calcium loss caused by caffeine by taking calcium supplements. Can People On Medication Drink Green Tea? Green tea must not be taken along with these medications as it is known to cause negative reactions. Highly Interactive: Stimulant drugs like Amphetamines, Nicotine, Cocaine and Ephedrine.   How to Consume Green Tea? Do not exceed your green tea intake more than 3 cups in a day. For the best health benefits, 2 to 3 cups is recommended. However, doses of green tea vary significantly, but usually range between 1-3 cups daily is considered safe. To make tea, people typically use 1 tsp of tea leaves in 240 ml of boiling water. Drink green tea when it's freshly made but slightly cooled. Scalding tea can damage your digestive system. Moreover, recent studies suggest that too much hot tea can promote throat cancer..      


    In Health Tips On 10 December 2015

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  • Why should you wake up early in the morning?

    In Health Tips On 22 December 2015

      Rising early has been advocated by many philosophers and Ayurvedic masters like Aristotle and Vaghbata. Waking up early and having a daily routine is said to bring transformative change in body, mind and consciousness. In Ayurveda, misuse of the senses is considered as one of the main causes of disease and imbalance in the body and mind. The daily routine, called as Dinacharya, offers simple everyday practices to sharpen our senses and bring clarity to the mind, so that we naturally gravitate toward desires that are life enhancing. In dinacharya, waking up early is one of the key things for having a life full of awareness. It can also be very productive, it is seen that people who wake up early are consistently able to accomplish more during the day. This method has been recommended since antiquity and is now recommended by a number of personal development gurus. Modern research has attested the benefits of early rising. Studies have found that students who wake up early have better concentration than night owls and employees who are early risers are considered to be more pro-active. Sleep experts have suggested that going to bed early and waking up early will make one's body more in tune with the earth's circadian rhythms, offering more restorative sleep. Other studies have shown that morning people exhibit character traits like optimism, being agreeable, satisfaction and conscientiousness; whereas, Night owls, while linked with creativity and intelligence, are more likely to exhibit traits like depression, pessimism and being neurotic.

  • Are You Losing Weight The Wrong Way?

    In Health Tips On 25 December 2015

    We tend to resort to various weight loss methods to see quick results! Some of these methods may have a negative effect on your health. Weight Loss Methods You Must Avoid 1. Zero fat Diet- The body needs healthy fats like unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats to burn fat. You may also tend to cut down on calories by consuming artificial sweeteners and diet drinks which can be hazardous to your health. 2. Drugs and Pills We are tempted to try these for easy weight loss. However, they can sometimes severely damage your health. Supplements should be taken along with a balanced diet and exercise only. 3. Skipping Meals  Starving your way to weight loss is extremely unhealthy. It can slower your metabolism, cause unhealthy cravings and even make you sick. 4. Purging- This is where people satisfy their hunger cravings by consuming food and lose calories by throwing it up by methods like self-induced vomiting. This can have serious psychological effects on the person and can lead to bulimia. 5. Use of Laxatives - This is commonly used to stimulate digestion. Excessive use can weaken the digestive system and cause abdomen related disorders. 6. Smoking Some people use smoking to suppress hunger. Smoking is known to interrupt brain signals, killing hunger. This is why most smokers don't feel the effect after skipping meals. Long term use can damage the body and make it more susceptible to cancers. 7. Exercising too much Excessive amount of exercise can lead to injuries. Extensive cardio is not going to help. Instead, include running, weight training and pilates, yoga in your schedule. The trick is to balance exercise and a balanced diet to lose weight the healthy way. 8. Fad diets fad diets are for short term results. Instead, consume a balanced diet.   Adopt a heathy weight loss program  which balances your body and mind along with weight loss and envious curves. 

  • Unusual Side Effects Of Drinking Hot Water

    In Health Tips On 31 December 2015

    Did you know that drinking too much hot water can have a detrimental effect on your health? While you will find a lot of benefits about drinking hot water, you also should educate yourself about the ill-effects of consuming hot water. Is hot water really that bad? Does it have serious side effects? You will find answers to all such questions in this post! Let's have a look at the serious side effects of drinking hot water: 1. Water Balance Is Crucial To The Body Water is the elixir of life. Almost 50 percent of the human body consists of water. It hydrates the body and keeps the organs well flushed. We are often told that consuming Eight glasses of water is a must. Like most things in excess, even too much amount water too can be harmful. 2. Hot Water Has More Contaminants Hot water directly from the tap can be full of contaminants. If the pipes are old and rusted, then the chances of lead poisoning are very high. Also, contaminants readily dissolve and to a far greater extent in hot water than cold water. So, do not use hot water directly from the faucet under any circumstance. Instead, take cold water from the tap and heat it in a kettle and then consume. 3. Hot Water Can Scald Sometimes consuming hot water can be harmful and can easily scald the lips and the lining of the mouth, causing minor burns. It is best to first try a small amount of hot water and check its temperature before gulping it down. 4. Hot Water Can Also Injure Internal Linings If hot water can cause blisters in the mouth, then it can also damage the sensitive lining of the Oesophagus and Digestive tract. It can have a far reaching effect on your internal organs because the temperature of hot water is higher than the body temperature. 5. Surplus Intake Disturbs Sleep Consumption of unnecessary amounts of hot water, particularly before retiring for the night can also lead to affected Sleep patterns as the need to visit the toilet at night increases, disturbing Sleep. 6. More Can Damage Kidneys The kidneys have a specialised capillary system to flush out excess water from your body. They do not become cleaner if you think that consuming excess hot water can help filter the toxins from your system. On the contrary, excessive amounts of water can cause damage because of more work that is required to be done by the system. This leads to the deterioration of Kidneys over a period of time. 7. Additional Water Affects Blood Volumes Ingesting more than the required amount of hot water increases the total volume of your blood. The circulatory system is a closed system and unnecessary pressure has to be borne by your Blood vessels and Heart. 8. Excess Water Dilutes Electrolytes If there is excess water in the system, the electrolytes in the blood can become more diluted than that in the cells. Water from the blood will be drawn into the cells to maintain the balance between the blood and cells. This will result in the swelling of your cells. In the brain, this will exert cranial pressure and cause headaches and other problems. 9. Overindulgence Can Lead To Breathlessness Hot water, if consumed without being aware of how much is being consumed, can lead to several complications as seen above. Ultimately the pressure on your Brain and Circulatory system can result in Breathlessness and serious Internal Injury. Conclusion: It is a myth that drinking hot water is beneficial to health. Hot water can be harmful if it is full of toxins, such as Lead and other Contaminants. Hot water can also injure the insides of the gut and digestive system. It can scald the tongue easily. Consume in moderation and as and when needed to avoid health complications.

  • 9 Kidney Damaging Habits

    In Health Tips On 08 January 2016

    1. Lack of Water:  The kidney's primary function is detoxification and this is done with the help of water. With insufficient water there us a build-up of toxins in the body, which can affect other functions. 2. Excess Salt:  Salt increases blood pressure which in turn exerts a lot of pressure on your kidneys. Restrict your daily salt intake to around 5 grams a day, which is ideal. 3. Restraining Urination:  Controlling yourself from urinating can increase urine pressure and lead to kidney stones. So be sure to relieve yourself without any delay. 4. Excess Sugar:  High sugar foods increase the protein content in your system which in turn exerts pressure on your kidneys. Protein amounts in one's urine is a valid way to check kidney functioning.   5. Excess Animal Protein:  Red meat in particular increases the metabolic load on your body, especially the kidneys. Regular consumption of red meat can cause dysfunction or failure. 6. Lack of Sleep:  Sleep deprivation can lead to several health problems including kidney disease. Your body repairs damaged kidney tissue while you sleep, so better sleep means better kidneys. 7. Excess Caffeine:  High amounts of caffeine raises blood pressure and exercises the kidneys in excess. Regular consumption of caffeine can cause kidney damage. 8. Painkillers:  They have become a regular in our day to day lives and are used for almost any sort of pain. These pills naturally deteriorate the kidney and liver. 9. Alcohol Consumption: This legal toxin harshly exercises the kidney and liver so don't go overboard.

  • Recipe of Lettuce Soup

    In Health Tips On 11 January 2016

    Ingredients  3 bundles lettuce   2 onions 2 1/4 cups milk 2 tbsp amaranth flour/oat meal  2 tbsp butter/olive oil salt and black pepper (kalimirch) powder to taste Method  1.     Chop the lettuce and onions. 2.     Heat the butter in a vessel, add the chopped vegetables and fry for a little time. 3.     Mix the milk and plain flour and add to the vegetable mixture together with 3 teacups of water. 4.     Cook for 10 minutes. 5.     Blend them mixture in a liquidiser and strain the soup. 6.     Heat for some time, add salt and pepper. 7.     Serve hot.  Lettuce is beneficial in the treatment of insomnia as it contains a sleep inducing substance called 'lectucarium'

  • How Much Walking You Need To Lose Weight

    In Health Tips On 15 January 2016

    One of the harmless forms of exercise nowadays is walking. You can lose 500 grams per week or more, dependent on how often you walk. Only with walking you can lose more than 8 kg in five months without going at the gym. You can tone your muscles and improve your health while shedding kgs and inches from your body. You will love this easy and beneficial exercise routine once you learn how to implement the principles of walking to lose weight into your life. How to Lose Weight by Walking Number of calories that can be burn with walking depends on your body weight and walking place. Normally if you walk with speed of 5 km per hour (regular speed) you can burn around 400 calories per hour. But you don't need to go only 5km a day. For example, if you walk plus 3 km, you can burn extra 300 calories per day. Also you can walk a shorter distance, just combine it with your schedule. There is a device called pedometer (available in clinic for sale)to help you to burn some extra calories while walking and doing your daily plan. Pedometers and Weight Loss If you are attempting to get in shape with walking, one of the best things that you can do to help to increase the chances for your efforts is to go out and purchase a quality pedometer or a wrist band that can track your everyday exercises. Pedometer is a useful gadget that you place to your outfit close to your hip region. It is light weight and has a lot of features. The important feature is checking the quantity of steps you take amid your workout or through your whole day. If you want to find out how many miles you need to lose extra kgs, you have to figure out how many you are currently covering. Like this, you will see how much you have to expand your steps, or distance every day to see bettering in the number on the scale. So, if you take 8,000 steps with your current routine and daily habits and are keeping weight, the quantity of steps that you have to expand your daily distance to get thinner is just an issue of math; expanding your mileage as per the quantity of calories you need to burn (more details on that below). How Many Steps To Take to Lose Weight? An average person needs to take about 2.000 steps in the average mile to lose weight. For one mile 100 calories can be burn. The pedometer will keep track of your steps, how many calories you burn and how many miles you walk daily. Also it is a big help if you don't have to workout. You can simply add steps to your daily routine. 1 Mile = 2.000 steps and 100 calories burned 500 gram = 3.500 calories Loss 500 gm weight per week = 500 calories daily. You need to take 10.000 steps daily to lose 500 grams per week. Here are some ideas how to fit the walking in your busy day if 10,000 steps sound a lot (you don't need to start from 10,000 steps. Start slowly just you will lose less weight) Get off the bus and walk the rest of the way to work or to home. Park the car far away from your destination and walk the distance. You can walk to the station instead of taking bus or car. Don't use lift, take the stairs instead Walk the children to school. You can keep track or the number of kg you lost or how many calories you burned, depending what kind of pedometer you have. This data helps you stay informed regarding your advancement by giving you a reasonable picture of what you have physically accomplished amid your walk. Because of the critical elements recorded you will want to buy a decent quality pedometer  to guarantee each step is checked. How to Keep it Interesting Keep your routine interesting and switch thing around, because walking the same old track can be boring. Walk outside at different areas, parks, neighborhoods, or listen some music to enjoy, motivate and energize you to finish the daily walking. Don't stop with your daily walk because of cold winter weather. Buy a treadmill and put it in front of a television or window. You can enjoy in nature with looking through windows during walking, or savor every minute of your favorite show in front of television. You can invite friend or a family moment to join you. Even if they walk with you once in a week, it is still good way to mix up your daily routine. You can be bored with same old routine, even if you are dedicate walker. Don't let this happen to you. Switch up your routine and keep in interesting as much as you like. Walking Style We all know how to walk and have been doing so since we were a little kid. And throughout the years bad stance and habits may have made you to have less desirable walking standards. When you are walking for exercise you will focus your eyes about 100 feet toward, keep your chin up, squeeze your glutes and pull in your abdomen towards your spine. This walking style can help you to achieve the maximum from your workout.  

  • Recipe of Protein rich Green Pea Soup

    In Health Tips On 18 January 2016

    Ingredients 1 tsp oil 1 1/4 cups chopped onions 2 tsp finely chopped garlic (lehsun) 1 1/2 cups fresh green peas salt and to taste Method Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan; add the onions and garlic and saut on a medium flame till the onions turn translucent. Add the green peas, salt and 4 cups of hot water, mix well and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes or till the peas are cooked. When slightly cool, blend in a mixer till smooth. Transfer the mixture to a deep non-stick pan, add the pepper and bring to boil. Serve hot.

  • Healthy Carrot Puding for Weight Watchers & Diabetics

    In Health Tips On 25 January 2016

        Ingredients: Grated carrots- one cup Toned milk-3cups Chopped almonds-1tsp Chopped walnuts-1tsp Roasted sesame seeds- 1tsp Raisins- 10-12pc Dates-2 Kesar few strands Roasted makhana (crushed)- 10-12pcs Cardamom powder ¼ tsp Procedure Peel and grate carrots and pressure cook them. Heat 2 tsp olive in a non-stick pan and shallow fry almonds, walnuts, raisins, makhana, transfer them to a plate. In the same pan, add milk & grated carrot-stir continuously. Add milk, mix well and bring it to boil over medium flame. When it starts to boil,add kesar cook this on low flame for 10-15 min. Add cardamom powder, mix well and turn off flame. Garnish with nuts seeds and raisins. Transfer it to serving bowls and garnish with  with  nuts and raisins.

  • Super Veggies

    In Health Tips On 09 February 2016



    In Health Tips On 18 February 2016

    In this list, we step away from the gym and into your kitchen to present a practical list for cleaning up your eating habits and, as a result, your physique.


    In Health Tips On 24 February 2016

      Most of us are so worried about the fat in our body that we forget to notice the fat in our face. But you know what even that is damaging our looks. We all know yoga/ exercise helps us reduce belly fat, and you can also lose weight through yoga / exercise. So what can you do to get rid of those flabby cheeks and double chin?  Well, there are a number of effective facial exercises and that's what this post is all about.    

  • Is Your Brain Addicted To Food?

    In Health Tips On 26 February 2016

    Is Your Brain Addicted To Food? Given the current statistics on obesity and addiction in general, there is rising research about the potential link between the foods we consume and food addiction. There appears to be differences in individuals types of responses to environmental cues that influence the reward patterns in the brain. Many people persistently overeat despite considerable efforts to not do so! Experts are currently suggesting that our obesogenic food environment exposes people to high concentrations of addictive food substances refined sweeteners, refined carbohydrates,fat, salt and caffeine, thus creating an environment in which they lose control over the ability to regulate intake. Food Addiction                                                            While there is no official definition for food addiction, some addiction researchers have defined it as: Eating too much despite consequences, even those dire to health Being preoccupied with food, food preparation and meals Trying and failing to regulate food intake Feeling guilty about eating and overeating People with food addiction tend to display many of the same characteristics of those with other substance addictions they tend to have common brain chemistries and similar experiences of mood altering effects from the consumption of certain foods. In fact the cage tool used for diagnosing alcoholism can be applied to food addiction: Feeling the need to Cut down on the behaviour   Feeling Annoyed with others comments and criticisms Feeling Guilty about eating Feeling a need for the food first thing upon awakening an Eye-opener what can be done to treat and prevent food addiction? The first thing to remember is that each person's brain responds differently and it is very important to recognize individual variability, as well as to look honestly at the potential for food addiction based on family history and personal history. From a food perspective, try the following: Increase protein*  1 gram per kilo body weight Increase fiber* 3 grams or more per serving of grain food Decrease sugar and all sweeteners, even sugar-free 6 grams sugar or less per serving Increase monounsaturated fats (olive and canola oils, avocado and nuts) and omega three fats (fish, Decrease saturated and trans fats**) *Grehlin is a gut hormone that increases appetite. Both protein and fiber inhibit grehlin. **Leptin is a gut hormone that decreases appetite. A high fat diet, especially one high in saturated and trans fats, will inhibit leptin.   What about Super   Supplements? Supplements are usually a second tier of treatment when it comes to food addiction, but are nonetheless, very important in assisting in the process of creating balance biochemically. A few of the top supplements to consider include:   1. Omega 3 fatty acids - assist in neurotransmitter communication and protection of the nerves in the brain. 2. B complex vitamins - with folic acid ideally in the methyl tetrahydrofolate form for the bioavailable form of folate. B complex vitamins have a variety of functions including the assistance of positive mood and release of energy from food. 3. 5-HTP (Hydroxytryptophan)* - an amino acid that is the precursor to serotonin, the feel good  neurotransmitter, also known for appetite control. 4. Amino Acids- including dl-Phenylalanine, L-Tyrosine, L-Glutamine* assist with energy, mood and suppression of cravings. 5. Chromium - a mineral that assists in glucose/insulin regulation. Helps with maintaining stable energy and blood sugar.   Note: Caution must be used for people on psychoactive medications. As with any supplement, always discuss with your health care provider to cross-reference supplements and medications for interactions.   While this may seem depressing to some, it actually is good news. Science is in a time of discovery about some of the reasons why people have such difficulty managing what should be simple nourishment of our bodies with food. Food need not be the battle-field that it has become, but making changes toward a healthier diet is indeed a process a process that need not be judged, but treated with compassion, understanding and a commitment to learn and listen to the language of the brain.

  • Answers To Your Top 7 Walking Questions

    In Health Tips On 15 March 2016

    Check out her answers to your top 7 walking queries.  


    In Health Tips On 18 March 2016

    Nuts and seeds are an important addition to any health-conscious diet plan. They taste great and make a satisfying snack for both children and adults. Nuts and seeds are good for your overall health as they contain protein, fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E and many other minerals and antioxidants. However, as most nuts are high in calories and fats, do not eat them in excess. You can incorporate small amounts of a combination of these nuts and seeds in your diet to enjoy their health benefits.     Almonds                                                                   Many people consider almonds to be nuts, but they are technically the seeds of the almond tree. A small handful of almonds are all you need to eat daily. These oval-shaped nuts contain fiber, protein, calcium, zinc, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, iron and some B vitamins.   Brazil Nuts Brazil nuts are technically seeds, but people call them nuts due to their brown nut-like outer covering. These nuts help in the prevention of breast and other cancers, cirrhosis of the liver, heart disease and premature aging. They can also improve cardiovascular health, manage Type 2 diabetes, reduce arthritis symptoms, protect skin from sun damage, lower bad cholesterol, and fight anemia.     Chiaseeds Chia seeds are small, oval seeds that are mottle-colored with brown, gray, black and white. They can help reduce joint pain, keep the digestive system healthy, aid weight loss, reduce depression, fight arthritis and protect against diabetes, liver disease and heart disease. The recommended serving size is 1 to 2 tablespoons daily. Do not consume these seeds in dry, raw form     Pine Nuts Although used as nuts in the culinary world, in the botanical world, pine nuts (also known as cedar nuts) are the edible seeds of pine trees. The recommended serving is 2 to 3 tablespoons daily. These nuts help improve heart health, reduce bad cholesterol, protect the arteries from damage, suppress appetite, boost energy and improve vision health. They also help increase the blood's hemoglobin level and relieve fatigue and tension.     Pumpkin Seeds Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are flat and asymmetrically oval. Regular consumption of these seeds helps boost immunity, lower bad cholesterol, control blood sugar, fight anxiety and depression, reduce arthritis pain, increases insulin sensitivity, support prostate health, improve heart health, and reduce the risk of developing some types of cancer.     Sesame Seeds Sesame seeds are highly valued for their oil, which is exceptionally resistant to rancidity. They can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, protect against liver damage and prevent diseases like arthritis, asthma, migraine headaches, osteoporosis and certain cancers. Note: Excessive consumption of sesame seeds may trigger migraines and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms in people who are sensitive to nuts and seeds.   Sunflower Seeds Sunflower seeds are the gift of the beautiful sunflowers. They are an excellent source of vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant. Regular consumption of these seeds can help reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, prevent migraine headaches and reduce the risk of heart attacks. The recommended serving size is ¼ cup daily.   Walnuts By eating just 1 ounce of walnuts daily (7 shelled walnuts), you can enjoy many of the health benefits. Regular consumption of walnuts can help reduce the risk of prostate and breast cancer, lower high blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, aid in weight control, boost brain health and manage diabetes. They are equally good for your skin and hair.   Flaxseeds Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s. Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods. Fiber-Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types. It reduces Hypertension, Reduces the risk associated with skin cancer, Keeps depreesion in check, Fight against skin cancer, Reduces Cholesterol, eases the pain associated with arthritis.   Peanuts Keep your appetite from going nuts, Crack down on your sodium consumption, without giving up your salty snack fix, Reduce your risk of diabetes and control blood sugar, Keep your heart healthy, Protect yourself from colon cancer. INCLUDE AS A SMALL SMALL SNACK IN BETWEEN MAJOR MEALS.


    In Health Tips On 21 March 2016

      Most of us are not aware how to prepare broccoli and take its benefits. Here is a video in which you can know the ways to prepare broccoli deliciously.  

  • 5 Herbs and Foods for Lowering Blood Glucose Naturally

    In Health Tips On 06 April 2016

    People who are either diabetic or pre-diabetic are interested in lowering blood glucose naturally. Many common herbs and spices claim to have blood sugar lowering properties that make them useful for people with or at high risk of type 2 diabetes. Below are some herbs and foods you can consider including in your diet! #.Bitter Melon This Asian food lowers blood glucose and also lowers glucose in all the tissues of the body. Bitter melon promotes proper carbohydrate digestion. It can also reverse insulin resistants, and prevent complications that occur with uncontrolled diabetes. #.Cinnamon Cinnamon can lower blood glucose by almost 30%. At the same time it can lower LDL cholesterol by almost 28%, and lower triglycerides by up to 30%. #.Fenugreek Fenugreek helps the insulin producing cells of the pancreas to produce more insulin thus lowering blood sugar. At the same time Fenugreek lowers cholesterol and helps protect the liver from the damage from alcohol. It detoxes the liver too. #.Garlic and Onions Though mild in action, garlic and onions do lower blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides too. These foods contain alliin which is a sulfide compound that lowers blood glucose and helps insulin to be used for effectively. #.Neem Taking neem leaf extracts can lower the need for insulin injections by up to 50%. It also lowers blood glucose in general. Neem also increases circulation throughout the body thus helping to reduce complications associated with diabetes.   so explore your surroundings rather than popping pills everytime

  • Avoid Feasting during your Fasting for Navratri !!!

    In Health Tips On 08 April 2016

    Navratri is one of the main festivals celebrated all over India worshipping Goddess Durga in her various nine powerful manifestations throughout the nine days of the festival. Hindus usually fast for these nine days & worship the Goddess with great devotion & reverence. Fasting During Navratri The fast starts from the first day and carries on through the seventh or eighth day during Navratri. In the latter case, Navratri fast is broken on the ninth day or Navami. For devotees who observe partial Navratri vrat, the ritual involves breaking fast after evening puja. The devotees abstain from consuming meat, fish, eggs, alcohol, onions, garlic, dishes made with common salt or any kind of spice. Some people live only on milk, fruits and fruit juices for the entire length of fasting. Apart from tea, coffee and milk, sago and potato cooked with rock salt are extremely popular dishes among devotees observing partial fast. Milk products and dry fruits can also be consumed. Navratri rules also imply watching one's temperament, actions and behavior. This is particularly aided by following a strict vegetarian diet.   During the Navratri Fast : According to Hindu beliefs, fasting purifies the heart and soul of a person. Apart from spiritual benefits, fasting is also good for the health. It detoxifies the body, improves digestive system, controls blood sugar levels and most importantly, aids weight loss! When you are fasting, the capacity of your stomach to take excessive food lowers down. Moreover, eating too much than required can make you feel lazy and tired. So, make sure you do not feast on food but eat them in required proportions while fasting. The following are few essential diet tips which you can follow to remain healthy & going during your fasting period : Eat after every 3 hours even in fasts. Small meals at regular intervals keeps the metabolism intact. Have more of yoghurt, smoothies and fruits etc which will fill you up and maintain the required fluid level in the body. Make boiled aloo chat with green chutney, curd and boiled allo. Add some rock salt and black pepper. Replace kheer with mixed fruit curd. Instead of making kuttu pakodas and puri make kuttu ki roti/ cheela with less oil. Those who have the patience and the energy can try making idlis and dosas from sama. Drink milk twice a day but instead of whole milk replace it with skimmed milk. If you are making kheer then use skimmed milk only. Drink coconut water, lemonade, whenever you feel like. If you are herbal tea fan then go ahead with that as well. Instead of making potatoes bhaji all the time make pumpkin and ghia/ lauki subji (bottle guard). Eat veggies like pumpkin and dudhi (bottle guard) in different form like soups to fill you up with a fewer calories. Find a partner who is ready to fast with you. This helps in maintaining a control on your guilt trip. If you feel horribly hungry then attack on sweets or pakodas but take it in a moderate amount. if can avoid then attack on fruits. Eat a lot of fruits like apples, papayas, bananas or pomegranates. Nuts soaked overnight are great for your body. Drink a lot of water and fruit or vegetable juices throughout the day. Coconut water is also a great option. Above tips will reduce your calories intake to a bigger amount and you are bound to reduce weight too without affecting the metabolism. Healthy Navratri diet plan Start your day with a cup of green / herbal  tea and two dates For breakfast, eat fruits, nuts and raisins. Have milkshake/ juice/ coconut water around noon For lunch, opt for saudana khichdi/ rajgira roti with lauki/ arbi sabzi and a glass of chhaas with rock salt Mid afternoon, have fruit yoghurt In the evening, snacks like roasted makhana / 1-2 cholai ladoo / nuts  For dinner, start with vegetable soup, a bowl of salad with kuttu ka atta/rajgira roti and sabzi or semak pulav. Before sleeping, have a glass of skimmed milk.

  • Diabetic-Friendly Recipe

    In Health Tips On 09 April 2016

    Apple cinnamon milkshake     Ingredients   1 cups apples, peeled and chopped 1 tbsp soaked Raisins 1 cup chilled milk 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder Crushed ice to serve Method   Blend the apple in a blender with a little milk, until it forms a smooth puree. Add the cinnamon, soaked raisins and milk and blend again. Pour into glasses and top with crushed ice. Serve immediately.


    In Health Tips On 15 April 2016

    The Bael fruit, in actuality, is an herb with the botanical name of Limonia acidissima. Baael fruit has other names like wood apple, elephant apple and monkey fruit. In some parts of the world, this fruit is called elephant apple because it's a favorite food of elephants, while in other areas, it gets the name wood apple because of its hard wooden shell. It is actually considered sacred by Hindus, and is widely cultivated and eaten in India. Nutritional Value of Wood Apples The vast array of health benefits that are attributed to wood apples are mainly due to their  nutrients, vitamins, and organic compounds, including their tannins, calcium, phosphorous, fiber, protein, and iron.                                                           Health Benefits of Wood Apples Bael fruit also has great medicinal value for those who consume it, whether they are aware of these benefits or not! Let's take a closer look at the extensive health benefits of this interesting fruit!   Good for Digestion: Bael fruit is great for digestion because it helps to destroy worms in the intestine, and is a good remedy for digestive disorders. It is also recommended as a remedy for chronic dysentery. The trunk and branches of bael trees contain a gum-like substance called Feronia gum. This is commonly used to curing diarrhea and dysentery. Bael fruit is also recommended for people with peptic ulcer or piles since bel leaves contain tannin, which is known to reduce inflammation. The laxative property of wood apple also helps to avoid constipation and the subsequent, pain, discomfort and associated health risks of that condition. This, combined with the antifungal and antiparisitic activities, make bel fruit ideal for increasing digestive health. Blood Cleanser:  As little as 50 mg of bael fruit juice mixed with warm water and sugar is recommended for blood purification and the removal of toxins that can cause extensive damage to the body. This reduces the strain on the liver and kidneys, which are the normal lines of defense against toxins. Prevention of  Scurvy: Deficiency of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) causes scurvy. Since Bael fruit is rich in vitamin C, it can guarantees that you do not develop scurvy, a potentially life-threatening condition. This high level of vitamin C also increases the strength and potency of the immune system, thereby protecting people who consume wood apples from a variety of microbial and viral infections. Good for Diabetic Patients: The bael fruit, counteracts diabetes by reducing the severity of the condition and helps to manage the flow, secretion, and balance of sugars in the bloodstream. By managing the insulin and glucose levels, it is possible to prevent the spikes and plunges that can be so dangerous to diabetics. Relief from Respiratory Problems: Leaves of the Bael fruit tree help people avoid chronic or recurring colds and related respiratory conditions. They also help in curing sore throat and treating chronic cough due to its function as an expectorant. It loosens phlegm and helps eliminate the buildup in the respiratory system. Energy Booster: One hundred grams of Bael fruit pulp provides 140 calories, and the nutrients found in that amount boost organ activity and metabolic speed. This all results in additional energy and reserves in the body. The high protein content also means that the body can heal faster and the muscles can grow stronger, further boosting energy reserves. Good for Kidney Conditions: Regular consumption of wood apple is recommended for people with kidney complaints. Considering the detoxifying powers of wood apples, the kidney and liver can be protected if the correct organic compounds from wood apples are kept at healthy levels. Liver Health: As a good source of beta-carotene, wood apples also cure liver problems. They contain thiamine and riboflavin, both of which are known as liver health boosters, this fruit also functions as an ingredient in cardiac tonics.   Recipe : Bael Shake   Ingredients  Bael fruit ripe 1 Milk - 1 cup 1-2 dates and 12-15 kishmish Water cup Method First break the Bael fruit and scoop out the fruit pulp with the help of a spoon. Take the pulp and water in a large deep bowl take out the juice using blender. Mix bale fruit juice, milk , dates and kishmish , blend them well and strain the milkshake through strainer to get smooth milkshake. Serve chill. (you may add nuts and seeds as per recommended)

  • 20 Healthy (Alcoholic) Drinks to Sip This Weekend

    In Health Tips On 16 April 2016

      1. Red wine The antioxidants found in red wine, such as flavonoids and a substance called resveratrol, have heart-healthy benefits, so feel free to enjoy a glass or two. 2. Though if you're looking to cut calories, go white. Red wine may have the health benefits, but white wines tend to be slightly lower in calories. Light whites such as Riesling and pinot grigio have fewer calories than those with higher alcohol content such as Chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. 3. Basic Bloody Mary with fresh tomato juice. The problem with these though made with healthy tomato juice is that pre-made mixes are typically packed with salt and additives. Try ditching the pre-bottled stuff and use no sugar-added, low-sodiumtomato juice instead. From there, add in your fixings like one shot of vodka, a squeeze lemon, a teaspoon of horseradish, and a nice big celery stalk. 4. Dark and Stormy that's more like a Light and Stormy. This classic cocktail is made with fresh rum and ginger beer, which is packed with artificial sweeteners. Instead, mix 1 shot of light rum with two shots of sugar-free ginger ale and serve over ice. 5. White sangria without sugary extras. Sangria is wine-based, but it's also packed with sugar, brandy and, often, ginger ale. To cut major calories, use white wine, tons of chopped fruit (we like apples, strawberries, pears, and peaches) and seltzer. You won't miss the sweet stuff at all. 6. Tom Collins sans sugar This lemonade-like cocktail is typically mixed with gin, sugar, lemon juice, and club soda. To lighten it up, use a shot of gin, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and top with seltzer. No penalties if you don't have a Collins glass. 7. Light White Russian. This creamy dessert drink is packed with fat and calories, but it's possible to still get the taste using lighter ingredients. Instead of heavy cream or half and half, combine chilled coffee with skim milk. From there, add a shot of vodka and lots of ice. Yum! 8. Margaritas done light. Most margaritas are loaded with calories, as they usually include sugar-filled liqueurs and mixers, like triple sec or simple syrup. Instead, combine tequila with fresh lime juice. If that's too strong, pour in a dash of orange liqueur, but only a dash, as that's where the calories are. 9. Healthier Mimosa. Overall, orange juice and Champagne aren't the worst ingredients, but you can still cut calories by using only fresh-squeezed OJ and replace half the bubbly with seltzer. 10. Guinness (yes, really!) Despite it's reputation, this super-thick Irish beer isn't as caloric as you'd think. In fact, according to Men's Fitness, a serving of the stout brew clocks in at just 126 calories, which is 19 less than a Budweiser and 24 less than a Heineken. Guinness also contains just under 10 carbs, which is less than something like Sam Adams Boston Lager (18 carbs per serving). Why? It's partly due to Guinness' low alcohol content. 11. Vodka and club soda. It might be a bit on the snoozy size, but this clean cocktail is a sure bet when it comes to low-cal imbibing. Spice it up with lots of fresh lemon, lime, or even sliced cucumber. 12. Mojito with honey, not syrup. Mojitos are typically loaded with simple syrup, which is quite easy to replace. Muddle a sliced lime with fresh mint leaves, and add rum, club soda and a half-teaspoon of honey for a touch of sweetness sans extra calories. 13. Champagne but check the label. All sparking wines have sugar it's required for fermentation but there are measures you can take to cut calories. According to Shape, it pays to stick with Brut nature varieties of Champagne (brut signifies that little extra sugar has been added), Cava (Spain's sparking wine), and sparking wine from the U.S, as these regions have stricter rules about added sugar than Italy, the home of prosecco. Shapepointed out that a five-ounce glass of brut nature bubbly has about 120 calories, compared to around 175 for a non-brut variety. 14. Straight bourbon. You don't have to sacrifice flavor for health: According to Gizmodo, Bourbon generally ranges between 97 and 110 calories per 1.5 ounces, and it's packed with complex flavors unlike, say, vodka. 15. Spicy Michelada. This zesty drink features a bottle or can of light lager mixed with lots of low-cal extras like fresh lime, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, pepper, sea salt, and ice. 16. A seasonal hot toddy. Unlike eggnog, this classic winter cocktail won't pack on the pounds and it ll keep you toasty. Combine 1 to two ounces of scotch, whiskey, or bourbon with hot water, a little honey, lemon juice, and either cloves, a cinnamon stick or star anise. 17. A classic martini. Martini culture has been muddled with high-cal impostors like Cosmos, apple martinis, and the biggest offender creamy dessert martinis. Take a cue from Mad Men and enjoy a classic vodka or gin martini, which is mixed with dry vermouth and include no fattening additives. Those bleu cheese-stuffed olives, however, are another story. 18. Gin and tonic with less tonic. A refreshing gin and tonic might not seem terribly bad for you, but tonic water is made with high fructose corn syrup or sugar and clocks in at over 125 calories per can or small bottle. Instead, try mixing gin with club soda and only adding a small splash of tonic for fizzy sweetness. 19. Lighter Pina Colada. Everyone knows that pina coladas are a one-way ticket to calorieville thanks to the use of lots of rum and super-thick cream of coconut. In fact, some versions pack in more calories than a Big Mac! However, there are ways to still get the fruity flavor without all the guilt. One way: Replace cream of coconut with coconut milk or even coconut water.From there, add a shot of rum and fresh pineapple juice. 20. A French 75 with a colored twist.  This bygone cocktail usually mixes Champagne, lemon juice, cognac or gin, and sugar. Instead of the sugar, add a small splash of antioxidant-packed pomegranate juice or kidney-healthy cranberry concentrate (that's 100% pure cranberry juice). Not only will it taste super-tangy, but it ll have a seasonal red tint.   "Alcohol free is the best option, but if you can\'t resist then moderation is the best option."

  • You think Ice is cool... but actually its Not....

    In Health Tips On 22 April 2016

    Summer is almost here and most of us are guilty of coming home and directly heading towards the fridge for some cold water as a relief from the scorching heat outside. Even though ice has many health benefits, drinking ice water or cold water can only give temporary relief and drinking ice water regularly has its downside. Here are some reasons why you shouldn't drink ice or cold water: 1. Interferes with your digestion:  Drinking ice water or cold water hampers the process of digesting food as it causes your blood vessels to shrink. This can slow down the process of digestion and as the food is not digested properly, the nutrients are lost or not absorbed by the body.  2. Robs you of nutrients:  The body's temperature is 37o C and when you drink something at a very low temperature, your body has to spend energy to regulate its temperature. This spent energy is otherwise used to digest food and absorb nutrients, thereby leaving your body short of nutrition. 3. Increases your chances of getting a sore throat:  Drinking cold water can cause the buildup of respiratory mucosa, which is a protective layer of the respiratory tract. When this layer gets congested, the respiratory tract is exposed and becomes vulnerable to various infections and hence the chances of your throat turning sore are high.  4. Decreases your heart rate: Drinking ice water or cold water decreases your heart rate. Studies have shown that drinking ice water stimulates the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is the 10th cranial nerve and is an important part of the body's autonomous nervous system that controls involuntary actions of the body. The vagus nerve mediates the lowering of the heart rate and the low temperatures of ice cold water act as a stimulus to the nerve which causes the heart rate to drop. " So whats the solution now..... Here we go..... use the Desi Fridge (earthen pot) being used since ages to keep you cool in increasing sumers obviously an impact of global warming. "

  • Ways to Keep Alcohol From Ruining Your Diet

    In Health Tips On 23 April 2016

      Eat before you drink When your stomach is empty, alcohol is absorbed quickly, which means you\'ll feel the effects within minutes. But eating something rich in lean protein and/or good fat, which are both digested and absorbed slowly, creates a buffer. So to curtail your tipsiness, nibble on something like a golf ball-sized portion of nuts, or fresh guacamole with veggies before you take your first sip Count your drinks correctly If you count one drink as one of what you\'re served, you may be greatly underestimating your intake. Technically, 12 oz of light beer (one bottle or can), 5 oz of red or white wine (a little smaller than a yogurt container), and 1 shot of liquor all pack about the same amount of alcohol, and each contains roughly 100 calories. But one study found that wine and liquor served at restaurants are about 40% larger than these standard drink portions. Another report, out last week, found that beer and wine contain higher alcohol levels these days, so when you order a drink out, you may be getting 50% more alcohol than you think. In addition, if you order a pint of beer (16 oz), you\'ll get four extra ounces than one standard drink, and then there are mixed drinks that contain more than one shot (like those illustrious Long Island Iced Teas!). The lesson: if you underestimate your intake, you may be far tipsier than you think. That means not only more alcohol calories than you counted on, but also a loosier goosier state of mind than may seriously affect your appetite. Slim down your drink order If you're a beer drinker, the type you order can have a big impact on your nutritional bottom line. A bottle or can of ultra low carb beer contains about 3-4 grams of carbs. But a regular version packs at least 10 grams, about as much as 10 mini pretzels. That means three a week adds up to an extra 1,560 grams of carb per year, the equivalent of nearly five loaves of bread. Drinks made with mixers are even bigger carb and calorie traps. Just four ounces (a half cup), of a sweetened mixer will cost you a whopping 25 grams of carb (about 14 gummy bears worth), and decadent drinks like a mudslide can contain over 500 calories, more than the amount a slice of chocolate cake. Slow your pace One of the biggest culprits in alcohol-driven overeating is getting too tipsy, too fast. To slow down the rise in your blood alcohol level, order a tall glass of water with every alcoholic drink. Alternate sips, and be sure to finish at least 12 ounces of H2O for every cocktail. This simple strategy may cut your total consumption in half. Prevent mindless munching If you're at a bar with free happy hour apps, or one that serves up goodies, like popcorn or nuts, turn your back on the free fare, or place them out of arm's reach. Research shows you'll mindlessly munch if food is right in front of you, without even realizing it, and even if you aren't hungry. But if it's out of sight, you're much less likely to seek it out. Pre-plan your post-drink meal Alcohol can indeed act as an appetite stimulant. And we all know it lowers inhibitions. So if you don't want to give in to eating things you wouldn't touch if you were sober, create a pre-drinking strategy. Stash something in your bag, like an all natural energy bar, so you won't grab a greasy slice of pizza. Or scope out restaurants nearby where you're going out, so if your friends want to grab a bite, you can suggest a spot where you know you can order a healthier option. Finally, strategically place some light snacks within sight at home, like pre-popped organic popcorn on the countertop, or cut fruit and fresh veggies and hummus front and center in the fridge. If you get a case of the munchies before bed, you're much more likely to grab what's readily available, rather than digging for something like chips or cookies. Volunteer to be the designated driver The best way to prevent alcohol from derailing your diet is to avoid drinking altogether. One tactic is to save your group taxi or ride-sharing costs by offering to drive (stick with naturally calorie-free club sodas with lime all night). While it may not be as fun as indulging with your group, you're the one who'll wake up the next day without a food or alcohol hangover, and that feels pretty darn good. Hangover Remedies: What Works? Don't get your hopes up. Traditional hangover remedies usually aren't effective, and some may actually make you feel worse.


    In Health Tips On 27 April 2016

    1. Triceps Dips     You will need a stable chair to perform this exercise. Place your hands shoulder-width apart on the chair, while your bum is in front of the chair. Your legs should be bent on the floor about hip-width and yourback close to the chair. Now straighten out your arms but always keep the elbows slightly bent. Then slowly bend your elbows and lower your body towards the floor until your arms are at about 90 degree angle (you will feel tension in the triceps) then press with your arms and push yourself back up to the starting position. Repeat 10-15 times.   2. Push-Ups Get on the floor with your hands under your shoulders. Keep your elbows close to your side and then lower your body. Then return to starting position. If you find it too hard, change your starting position so that your knees are bent and touch the floor. Repeat 10-15 times   3. Triceps Extensions You can do this exercise by standing or lying on the floor. You will also need 1-2 kg weights If you lie on the floor: Lye on your back and raise your arms above your chest. Keep your elbows slightly bent and not locked. Now bend your elbows at 90 degree so the weights reach the floor. Your elbows should be on either side of your head. Lift back to starting position. Repeat 15 times. If you stand on the floor Stand with knees soft and not locked. Straighten your arms while your elbows are next to your ears. Now bend your elbows at 90 degrees. Then squeeze your triceps to straighten your arms. Repeat 15 times. 4. Bent-Over Row Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees and bend your upper body forward from the hips up. Keep your spine neutral and don't bend your lower back. Your hands should be straight under your shoulders. Now bend the elbows back while lifting your arms towards the sides of your chest (your shoulder blades should be pulled towards each other). Slowly lower the weights (1.5 kg) in a controlled movement and feel the tension at your triceps. Repeat 15 times. 5. One arm Pushup Lie on your left side while your knees are slightly bent. Put your left arm on your right shoulder. Then press your right palm into the floor until it's straight and lift your upper body. Repeat 10 times, and switch sides. Don't Forget to Stretch Resistance training is great for building strength, but stretching is essential for keeping your joints moving freely. Stretch your triceps by reaching one arm up and then behind your head, aiming for the middle of your back. Gently press on the elbow with the other hand and hold for 10-30 seconds and repeat on the other side. Another great stretch: Side neck stretch: Lean your right ear to your right shoulder, pressing with the right hand on the top of your head. Keep left shoulder down by reaching toward the ground. Hold for 10-30 seconds and repeat on the other side.

  • 5 Easy Ways To Slip In Ayurveda In Your Everyday Life

    In Health Tips On 30 April 2016

    Ayurveda is not all about herbs; it is also a way of living a disciplined life. It has certain rules and regulations that can be followed to live a healthy and well-organised life. Ayurveda also helps in balancing both physical and mental health. Here we have listed few ayurvedic principles that you can incorporate in tour daily life to have a happy and healthy life: 1. Get up early in the morning According to ayurveda it is advisable to get up early in the morning. Early morning is the time to get some fresh air and positive energy and save it up for rest of the day. 2. Start your day with a (water) power drink Start your day with a glass of water and if you want, add a spoon for pure honey. It helps you flush out toxins from the body and honey helps get rid of the unwanted bacteria from the body. It also helps in fatigue and ease bowel movement as a result constipation also improves. 3. Exercise and meditate A good thirty minute of exercise will help you to keep your system active and will keep your weight in check, which is the major cause of most problems. At the same time it is important to take out few minutes to shut yourself from all the chaos and simply relax.  4. Eat the ayurvedic way You are what you eat this saying is absolutely true! Ayurveda emphasizes on eating fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables. It is important to stay away from the oily and junk food to have a healthy body. If you continue to follow ayurvedic way throughout then your body will start developing positive energy and will clear all the doshas. 5. Add more herbs and essential spices to your diet Do include spices like ginger, turmeric, garlic, cumin and black pepper in your cooking. All these herbs help to cut bad cholesterol and trigger the metabolism as well.    

  • Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)

    In Health Tips On 11 May 2016

    Surya Namaskar is a yoga pose that helps you to welcome the new day by paying homage to the sun. One of the main benefits of doing Surya Namaskar daily is an increase in energy levels. Ideally, Surya Namaskar should be done outdoors while basking in the early morning sunlight. This allows you to absorb the sunlight and your melatonin levels rise. This is basically a hormone that helps to get rid of sleepiness. Here are some of the little known benefits of doing the Surya Namaskar every morning. Stretching Lose Weight Posture n Balance Improves Digestion Helps You Get Strong Bones Releases Stress Improves Bowel Movements Cures Insomnia Improves Blood Circulation Regulates Menstrual Cycles Radiant Skin Spiritual Significance 12 Surya Namaskar Steps  

  • Anti-Aging Watermelon Ginger Detox Drink

    In Health Tips On 17 May 2016

        Watermelon and ginger are known for their nutritious value and refreshing properties. The watermelon and ginger drink is the best way to detox your body. The benefits of watermelon make it a preferred choice for a healthy diet. Watermelon-Ginger Juice can be prepared fresh. Need a little help getting started? DON'T WORRY. Here is the recipe to inspire you......   Ingredients 2 cups fresh watermelon (deseeded)  1/2 fresh lemon (juiced) 1 teaspoon peeled ginger (fresh preferred) A pinch of black pepper A pinch of black salt (as per your taste) Method: Place all ingredients in blender jar and Blend until smooth Pour into glasses and serve immediately

  • Reasons you should drink Sugarcane Juice this Summer

    In Health Tips On 25 May 2016

      The summers seem to be beating down on us and with the heat come diseases like heatstrokes and bouts of dehydration. But there is one summer drink that can help you overcome the sweltering heat and other diseases in a jiffy sugarcane juice. Here are 10 reasons you should have a glass of sugarcane juice everyday this summer. Is a potent energy booster: Sugarcane contains a large amount of glucose along with other compounds. The glucose and other electrolytes make it an instant pick-me-up. Not only does it give you that instant boost of energy, but if drunk when cold, it helps cool down the body during the harsh summers. Fights against cancer Sugarcane is packed with antioxidants that have a very potent effect on the body. According to a study, Phytochemistry,  flavones present in sugarcane juice are highly effective in stopping the production and spread of cancerous cells. Another study found that the juice was especially effective in curbing the onset and spread prostate and breast cancer. Beats dehydration The summer heat and high amount of humidity make one very prone to dehydration. But sugarcane juice can definitely thwart that ill effect of the summers. Packed with a high concentration of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and manganese, sugarcane juice acts a perfect drink to replenish lost electrolytes and water. Helps your kidneys function better and beats urinary tract infections: Sugarcane juice contains a large amount of proteins, making it perfect to help your kidneys function optimally. Moreover it is alkaline in nature and is the perfect antibiotic agent. Apart from that, when had in a diluted form (diluted with water or coconut water) it works perfectly to relieve the pain and burning sensation most people experience during a bout of urinary tract infection. Is a potent antioxidant: According to a study, researchers found that the compounds present in sugarcane juice has the ability to not only scavenge free radicals, but also reduced the production of iron complex and inhibit lipid peroxidation all processes that lead to the deterioration of the body and its organs Keeps your liver healthy Sugarcane is known to keep your bilirubin levels in check, that is one of the reasons that this juice is used in Ayurveda to treat conditions like jaundice. But, apart from that, sugarcane has a protective effect on the liver as well. Sugarcane juice actually helps protect the liver from damage and acts as a palliative to a damaged liver. So, if you have been on a binge drinking spree, have suffered from jaundice, or just want to care for your liver, have a glass of sugarcane juice everyday. Acts an effective digestive agent Sugarcane juice has large amounts of potassium in it, making it the perfect agent to aid in digestion. The potassium also acts as an antimicrobial agent protecting your stomach from infections and improve peristalsis (the movement of food through the stomach). Gives you healthy skin: Packed with a compounds called alphahydroxy acid and glycolic acid, sugarcane is an elixir for the skin. It not only helps reduce acne, but also reduces the appearance of blemishes, prevents ageing and keeps your skin hydrated. The glycolic acid is especially known for its instant benefits when applied on the skin. So the next time you see a pimple on your face, don't panic, just apply some sugarcane juice to it. You can also add it to your favorite mask or face pack and use it as a scrub too. Helps fight bad breath and other common infections: Due to the high mineral content, potassium and alkaline nature, sugarcane makes a very effective antimicrobial agent. The minerals present in the juice keep the teeth healthy and the other agents prevent tooth decay due to infections. It is also known to boost one's immunity and keep common infections at bay.    


    In Health Tips On 01 June 2016

    One of the most critical but overlooked vitamins in the world is vitamin B12.  Vitamin B12 is involved in the metabolism of every cell of the body. If left untreated, vitamin B-12 deficiency can lead to prolonged blood diseases as well as neurological issues. Here are seven alarming signs associated with vitamin B-12 deficiency. #1.Dizziness                                                                     Frequent bouts about dizziness and vertigo can indicate B12 deficiency. You may experience a feeling of wobbles when you get up too fast from a sitting position. You may also feel dizzy when you walk up or downstairs, it could also be dangerous. Chronic vertigo symptoms should be brought to your doctor's attention, so you can be given the required treatment for the deficiency. #2.Forgetfulness Chronic and uncharacteristic forgetfulness may indicate a B12 deficiency. Many patients assume that they are suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's, especially in their senior years while all they lack is B12. A simple blood test can diagnose B12 deficiency, and a supplemental regimen can help improve your memory. #3.Muscle Weakness Lack of vitamin B12 and insufficient oxygenation to muscles can result in sluggishness and uncharacteristic muscle weakness. Suddenly an individual who carries big loads will not be able to manage a heavy purse or a gym bag. #4.Pale Complexion Those suffering from B12 deficiency are pale in complexion due to the lack of red blood cells. The body releases excess bilirubin, which zaps those rosy cheeks and leaves behind a pale, yellow visage. #5.Pins and Needles                              Experiencing pins and needles throughout your body when you haven't compressed your body could be signs of B12 deficiency. Numbness or the feeling of electric shock waves could be a result of nerve damage in B12 deficient patients. Nerve issues in the body can be traced back to low oxygen levels, due to poor red blood cell production, which the B12 vitamin largely affects. #6.Unexplained Fatigue Fatigue felt for days even though you regularly get a good night's sleep may be the result of a B12 deficiency. This is due to lack of red blood cell production, which is one of B12s responsibilities. Lack of red blood cells means oxygen transport to your organs is lacking, which is what is causing extreme fatigue. #7.Vision Issues Low B12 stores over the long term can lead to vision changes and damage your vision. Retinal damage can be results of the blood vessels in the eye are blocked. As a result, you may experience light sensitivity, blurred or double vision, tracers or shadows, which all result from damage to the optic nerve. However, supplements can restore full vision.  


    In Health Tips On 02 June 2016

    Spiny gourd or Kantola is available across most parts of India during monsoons. Some may know it is as kekrol, kakrol, bhat karela, korola, kartoli or some other name, but one cannot deny the health benefits of this vegetable. It belongs to the bitter gourd family but is not as bitter in taste even with the skin on. HAVE A LOOK AT THE BENEFITS OF KANTOLA VEGETABLE : * Reduce blood sugar level in diabetic patients * Reduce the chances of cancer * Work as anti-aging * Improve eyesight * Reduce excess sweating (Hyperhidrosis) * High in fiber and anti-oxidants and thus very useful for easy digestion * Lactating mothers can eat this veggie to decrease the problem of vomiting in infants. * Great source of phytonutrients and low in calories I know most of the peoples don\'t like this vegetable, but look at its so many benefits and include this vegetable in your diet and get its benefits.


    In Health Tips On 06 June 2016

    HEALTH BENEFITS OF FALSA FRUIT The fruit controls the blood pressure and cholesterol also soothing liver and gall bladder problems,  It solves urinary problems such as burning and their juice helps ease the problem of high acidity and indigestion  Phalsa cures anemia and skin dryness. Phalsa relieves headaches, pimples, burning sensations, acidity, leucorrhea, and food aversion. The fruit brings on urine flow, relieves thirst, protects against heat stroke, vomiting, nausea, and uneasy feelings due to heat. The juice is digestive and alleviates stomach aches, normalizes the heart rate and blood pressure. The fruit is full of antioxidants and is used to reduce cancer risk. The ripe fruit is cooling. It is used to relieve heat conditions, throat disorders, and stomach aches. Recipe For Phalsa Sherbet Ingredients 1/2 Kg Phalsa fruit 2 Litres Water 2 Tsp Ground cumin seeds 2 Tsp Rock salt Jaggery or Sugar or kishmish or dates for sweetness Fresh mint leaves for garnishing Method Soak phalsa in water for 30 minutes. Strain out the fruit. Mash the fruit and remove the seeds. Add ground cumin, rock salt and jaggery to the water. Mix well. Chill, add garnishing and serve.  


    In Health Tips On 07 June 2016

    Almost all of us are enjoying the taste of muskmelon during this summer.  As it is a seasonal fruit and have so many health benefits, so we should include this fruit in our fruit list.  But don\'t throw the seeds which are present inside it. Save them and consume it. As it is also very beneficial for our health. To consume muskmelon seeds, first you need to scoop out the fruit. Separate the seeds from the fruit, wash the seeds and allow it to dry in the sun for a day. When dry, you can binge on these muskmelon seeds during the day. HEALTH BENEFITS OF MUSKMELON SEEDS: These seeds are rich in Proteins and vitamins.  Good for our bone health.  Decreases the chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes.  The omega-3 fatty acids present in muskmelon seeds play an important role in fighting cardiovascular diseases.  Muskmelon seeds help expel intestinal worms.  Helps to fight  summer cold. These seeds have the ability to flush out excess phlegm from the body. They also provide relief from congestion The best benefit of muskmelon seeds is weight loss. The high fiber makes your tummy full thus not allowing you to consume foods when not hungry as well as relieves constipation.    \"You can eat your muskmelon seeds raw which is better. You can also add it to your salads to make your meal tastier! Muskmelon seeds can also be sprinkled in breads and buns while preparing a yummy sandwich. Also you can add these seeds in deserts , thandai etc.\"  


    In Health Tips On 28 June 2016

    The wedding cake, the flowers, the rings ... the personal trainer? For some brides- and grooms-to-be, getting in shape for the big day is an important part of wedding planning. Just as getting married is a major lifestyle change, so is successful weight loss, experts say. It's natural for brides and grooms to want to look their best for their wedding day, and going about it the right way can make the difference between living healthier, or heavier, ever after. So we are providing special program which will bring a more healthier weight & inch loss and flawless and radiant skin in a natural way to prepare you for the special day.  


    In Health Tips On 30 June 2016

    Oats are whole grains and a very rich source of nutrients  and milk is dairy. The benefit of eating oats with milk is that you are now two steps closer to having a nutritious breakfast. Taken with milk, oats are a good breakfast option. Stick to skimmed /low fat milk and substitute sugar with some chopped fruit . Oats are also high in fibre. This means that eating a small portion helps to fill you up, without adding to the calorie intake.  The health benefits associated with oats are well documented- oats are recommended to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, reduce cholesterol, reduce calories, help in weight loss, etc.  In addition to the low carbs, high protein and high fibre benefits of oats, you also get your dose of calcium from milk and one of your 2 fruit portions for the day.


    In Health Tips On 01 July 2016

    Benefits of walking barefoot are quite impressive and inspire people to include this practice in their routine lives. Here's a bit more about some interesting benefits of barefooting: Improving Sleep Quality Balance Electrons & Influence The Brain Develop & Increase Your Senses Improves Your Overall Posture Strengthen the stabilizing muscles of the ankle and feet prevent back and knee pain prevent several orthopedic problems.                                                                    If you're interested in adopting this lifestyle, it is important to pay attention to the following do's and don'ts of walking barefoot. Try to walk on grass when it contains some moisture. Avoid walking on soil or grass that is littered with bird droppings, dirt, etc. Walking on beach soil is an ideal choice to ensure your feet only absorbs energy, not toxins. Try walking barefoot after flying to avoid disturbing your body's bioelectrical rhythms. Never forget to wash your feet thoroughly after grounding. Never walk barefoot when you have an open cut on your soles.

  • PUMPKIN SEEDS - The Perfect Seeds

    In Health Tips On 08 July 2016

      HEALTH BEENFITS OF PUMPKIN SEEDS  1. Prostate Protection:  Pumpkin seeds promote overall prostate health and alleviate the difficulty in urination associated with an enlarged prostate. 2. Improved Bladder Function: In some studies, pumpkin seed extracts improved bladder function in animals. 3. Depression Treatment:  Pumpkin seeds contain L-tryptophan, a compound naturally effective against depression. If you suffer from those mood swings and low feelings just add the Pumpkin seeds to your routine. 4. Prevention of Osteoporosis:  Because Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, pumpkin seeds are a natural protector against osteoporosis. Low intake of zinc is linked to higher rates of osteoporosis. 5. Natural Anti-Inflammatory:  Pumpkin seeds effectively reduce inflammation without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs. 6. Prevention of Kidney Stones:  Pumpkin seeds prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation, according to studies. 7. Treatment of Parasites:  Pumpkin seeds are used in many cultures as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites. Studies also show pumpkin seeds to be effective against acute schistosomiasis, a parasite contracted from snails. 8. Great Source of Magnesium: 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds contains 92% of your daily value of magnesium, a mineral in which most Americans are deficient. 9. Lower Cholesterol:  Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, compounds that that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol. 10. Cancer Prevention: The same phytosterols that lower cholesterol also protect against many cancers. Having lots of health benefits the seed is a must in todays dietary requirement. The best dieticians advise the pumpkin seeds to be added as almonds in your diet. You can procure the seeds from a grocer store or from various online portals   


    In Health Tips On 23 July 2016

    Rajma chawal (kidney beans and rice) is a favorite North Indian dish in our house.  The great thing about this dish is that it's warming comfort food with tons of health benefits. Rajma are considered as a healthy foods because of their high fiber content and its ability to lower cholesterol. They are also relatively high in phytoestrogen, and are usually considered as substitute for meat. Rajma are digested slowly by the body, making them a good protein choice for diabetics or anyone looking to maintain healthy glucose levels Chawal has also so many nutritional benefits for your body. Replace your white rice with brown rice or semi brown rice to increase the Fibre content in your diet and decrease the glycemic load. Brown rice are also considered as a whole grain. So enjoy our Indian Delicacy of Rajma Chawal By keeping the Mantra of Moderation in your mind. 


    In Health Tips On 28 July 2016

    Iodine is a trace mineral and a nutrient found naturally in the body. Iodine is needed for the cells to convert food into energy. Humans need iodine for normal thyroid function, and for the production of thyroid hormones. It is the most potent killer of cancer cells, so it prevents Lots of cancers of Thyroid, breast, ovary, skin etc. Due to its deficiency also PCOD develops It is very brain alert element, studies says that if it is taken during pregnancy , child born will be brilliant. Moreover it is also associated with the stuck weight. It is also needed for the skin otherwise you will sweat less Sources of Iodine Sea Vegetables. The ocean hosts the largest storehouse of iodine foods, including Kelp .... This antioxidant rich weed is another great source of iodine. ... Organic Yogurt. Organic Navy Beans Organic Strawberries Raw, Organic Cheese Organic Potatoes Iodized salt is table salt with iodine added. It is the main food source of iodine. Normally our daily requirement of iodine is 150 microgram. CAUTION : Beware all those who has high blood pressure and are advised to restrict the salt., over restriction of salt can cause it's deficiency also. 


    In Health Tips On 29 July 2016

    Baby corn provides the valuable nutrition which lacks in most people's diets. It is extremely low in fat as well, which can help with their weight loss goals. Baby corn is high in potassium and folic acid. It also has a Lower glycemic index than regular corn, making it a great substitute. A serving of baby corn would contain only 8 grams of carbohydrates. This is because in the immature baby corn the sugars have not yet developed. Baby corn is a good low-carbohydrate food for people on diets that cut carbohydrates. Baby corn is an excellent source of B vitamins. Baby corn provides folic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin A few of the important benefits provided by corn are: A power house of minerals  Those little yellow kernels contain more minerals than you can ever think of! Corn contains a large proportion of magnesium, iron, copper and most importantly phosphorus, which is needed for healthy bones. These nutrients not only prevents your bones from cracking as you grow older but also enhances the normal kidney functioning. Improves digestion  Corn is filled with fibre that is a huge boon for digestion. It prevents constipation, haemorrhoids and even lowers the risk of colon cancer considerably. Skin Care  Corn is rich in antioxidants, which help in keeping the skin younger for longer. Apart from the regular consumption of corn, it can also be applied as Corn Oil which is a rich source of Linoleic acid. Controls cholesterol  Cholesterol is a substance that is produced by the liver. There are two types of cholesterol; good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL). An increase in the bad cholesterol due to the intake of fatty foods weakens your heart and can also lead to cardiovascular diseases. The vitamin C, carotenoids and bioflavonoids contained in baby corn keep your heart healthy by controlling cholesterol levels and increasing the flow of blood in the body Prevents anemia Anemia is a condition where the red blood cell count is reduced considerably due to the lack of iron. Thus, baby corn benefits health as it is rich in vitamin B and folic acid that prevents anaemia. Essential during pregnancy Pregnant women should make it a point to include some corn in their diet. Consumption of corn provides a rich source of folic acid. Make sure you clean it thoroughly. The deficiency of folic acid in pregnant women affects the baby. Lack of folic acid in the body affects the brain development of the baby. Baby corn Benefits the health of both the expecting mother and baby. So here we can go for the recipe which is good for weight loss and a variant in your salad can be added. Baby Corn and Mushroom Salad recipe Preparation Time: 10 minutes   Cooking Time: 2 minutes   Total Time: 12 mins    Serves 4.  Ingredients 1/2 cup spring onion cubes 1/2 cup fresh mushrooms (khumbh), sliced 1/2 cup blanched and cubed baby corn 3/4 cup bean sprouts 1/2 cup red and green capsicum cubes 1/2 cup cucumber cubes For the dressing  1 tbsp olive oil 3 cloves finely chopped garlic (lehsun) 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil leaves 2 tsp lemon juice salt and black pepper (kalimirch) powder to taste Method  For the dressing  1.         Heat the oil in a non-stick pan, add the garlic and saut? till it browns lightly. 2.        Add the basil leaves and mix well. Cool completely. 3.        Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix well. How to proceed 1.         Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and toss lightly. Refrigerate. 2.        Just before serving, add the dressing to the salad and toss well. 3.        Serve immediately.  


    In Health Tips On 04 August 2016

    While we take a good care of our diet and stress on eating nutritious and healthy, we seldom miss out on foods that can actually make us ill. Foods with chemicals, pesticides, and toxins can cause the most aggressive diseases. Here is a list of 8 food items you should stop eating to prevent cancer: 1. Canned Tomatoes Tomatoes are counted among the best foods to prevent cancer, but canned tomatoes can damage your body to a great extent. All cans come lined with a toxic chemical, bisphenol-A, or BPA, which can cause cancer. Try opting fresh tomatoes for cooking. Avoid using canned food, ready made puries and tomato ketchup.  2. Cured and Smoked Foods The common chemicals used to preserve smoked and cured food from spoiling, nitrites and nitrates change into nitrosamines and nitrosamides when cooked. Various studies show that these N-nitroso compounds cause colon cancer. 3. Farmed Salmons Salmon sounds like one of the healthiest foods possible. But farmed salmon doesn%u2019t come with similar health benefits. Farmed fishes are fed unnatural diets and are contaminated with chemicals, antibiotics, toxins, and other known carcinogens. They also have less amount of healthy omega-3 fatty acid and contain high levels of mercury and cancer causing dioxins.   4. Hydrogenated Oils Hydrogenated oils, also known as trans-fats, are altered in chemical structure to increase their shelf-life. Chemicals used to mask their smell and taste are found to double the risk of breast cancer. 5. Microwave Popcorn A relatively healthy snack comes with a bag with another story. Many microwave popcorn bags are lined with chemicals which increase the risk of breast, lung, leukemia, bladder, kidney, prostate, thyroid, and lymphoma cancers. 6. Potato & other packed  Chips A popular quick and tasty snack option, potato chips, are high on trans-fats and calories, but also come with acrylamide, a carcinogen commonly found in cigarettes. They are also known to cause high blood pressure and cholesterol in people. 7. Processed Meat Bacons, hams, sausages, hot dogs, and other kind of processed meat contains excess amount of salt and sodium nitrate, the most common carcinogen found in food industry. The high amount of chemicals and preservatives also cause serious cardiovascular diseases. 8. Sodas Weight gain, inflammation, and insulin resistance are the famous health disorders caused by popped sodas. The artificial coloring and chemicals in them increase a risk of pancreatic cancer.  

  • Twist your weekend plan to achieve your fitness Goals

    In Health Tips On 05 August 2016

    The weekend is here and this means you have more free time! It is advisable to allot a little extra time for your workouts. We know you're guilty of skipping workouts or take a rest day on weekends. !!!!But dont!!!! If you need to take a rest day, do it on a weekday when you are already stressed by office work. Plan and make interesting healthy recipes to celebrate your Saturday. Here is your weekend/holiday plan: Morning : Your body is tuned to waking up at the same time daily so dont oversleep just because it is the weekend. Begin your day by sipping some herbal tea while you sit in the balcony or by the window with your family. Spend some time interacting and talking about good things. Workout: Apart from the regular workouts do some extra workout . Suppose everyday you go for brisk walk, on weekends try some jogging in addition. If you do stretching exercise -indulge in weight training. Habitual of doing a set of yoga poses-try some difficult poses. Relax: After workout pamper and relax yourself with steam/sauna some kind of ubtan/ scrub or body pack to get that radiant skin , you always wanted for. Meals: cook something fancy for your breakfast (cafe style or so), enjoy it which you always miss because you have to rush to your work place. Lunch also can be planned according to your choice. Take some healthy evening snack. In Dinner of course you need to be careful, you enjoyed today for whole day so keep your stomach light now with a nice bowl of salad or a soulful steaming soup. Sleep well tip : Relax your mind and soul with mindful meditation before you go to bed. You can just sit on your bed or on the floor and practice meditation. It improves memory and even eases pain. You'll also sleep better with a calmness and a sense of satisfaction.  Bottom Line: Monday- the week will start in a good mood and  you will not hesitate in taking your weight on Monday morning.    


    In Health Tips On 26 August 2016

    Eating pumpkin is good for heart and will keep you in shape as well. It's good news for patients of High Blood Pressure that Potassium inside it will keep a check on their blood pressure also. Nowadays we have seen small children with specs and eating a lot of junk. So parents if including simple vegetables like pumpkin which is rich in provitamin Beta- carotene (converted to Vitamin A) can keep those nasty specs away from the sparkling eyes of your kids. For women , it has a lot of fiber to keep them in good shape and tone. And during lactation period after child birth , it keeps the hormones in optimum range of milk formation. In the early twentieth century, people used pumpkin seeds to treat enlarged prostate symptoms, . They contain protective compounds called phytosterols, which may help shrink the prostate which is an add on benefit of pumpkin.   "So eat this Golden colour to get all the Golden Benefits."   Here is the recipe of hearty soup of pumpkin to enjoy. Pumpkin Soup Serving size: 1 Pumpkin (250 gm) 1 Medium size onion peeled, chopped Olive oil  1tsp Salt as to taste Black pepper as to taste Lemon juice 1tsp Dried basil or fresh basil leaves for garnishing Method Heat olive oil in a pressure cooker, add onion and saute for 2 minutes. Add diced Pumpkin, saute for a minute, then add 1 cup water and pressure cook until one Whistle is given out. Strain excess stock and reserve. Puree the vegetables. Add the reserved stock and a cup of water to puree to reach the required consistency. Garnish with basil leaves, sprinkle lemon juice and serve.  


    In Health Tips On 07 September 2016

    Banana Blossoms is known to have numerous health benefits and is really a boon. As such it is recommended to eat it often.  They can be eaten raw or cooked and are used primarily in Salads, Curries or Soups. Health benefits of Banana Blossom include: * Strengthen Uterus * Regulates Menstrual Cycle * Highly Beneficial for Nursing mothers * Treatment of Anemia  * Good For Diabetic patients. * Improved Kidney function. * Effective against Peptic Ulcer. * Controlling Hypertension( High Blood pressure) * Helps in Chronic Constipation.

  • CHOLAI- A Hearty Vegetable

    In Health Tips On 12 September 2016

    Amaranth Leaves - Power house of Nutrition I realized in my daily practice talking to the various clients that it's a neglected vegetable, some of you must have not seen ever in your Kitchen.. Just because its not the culture of the house to cook it. I am sure most of you are ignoring this vegetable since long.  Do you have any idea about its benefits?????? So, we are here to let you know about the tremendous benefits of these leaves and after knowing the real facts surely it will be a part of your routine to add it in regular menu. Description: Cholai comes in two varieties, green stemmed leaf and red stemmed. The red stemmed variety is more sour than the green stemmed variety. A few years back, the seeds(rajgira) of the plant had gained much popularity for their health benefiting properties because of which they were caped under the superfood segment. But tracing back history, amaranth seeds were the staple food of the Aztecs and have been used for centuries to make many dishes. Benefits: Some of the health benefits of amaranth is that. The high presence of iron in amaranth leaves help iron deficiency which is the main cause of anemia.  It can fight gray hair and hair loss. With the natural juice of amaranth leaves applied to hair can stop hair fall.  The calcium it contains (like all leafy veges do) reduce the risk of osteoporosis and other calcium deficiencies. It also can improve eye sight with the help of vitamin C.  How we can include it in routine: You can make Cholai saag , cholai sabji , daal  cholai , alloo cholai etc. Another way to eat this green is to it can be stuffed in chappatis and chelas etc..   Amanranth leaves is popular in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Manipur, Tripura and also Mizoram.  It is a summer crop, and the hotter the place, the more sour the leaf gets.  So, hunt for the good quality leaves and make yourself and your family healthy.  Note: Amaranth leaves contain good amounts of oxalic acid and hence people suffering from kidney diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and gout should avoid consuming frequently this leafy vegetable in large amount.


    In Health Tips On 14 October 2016

    Most dried herbs and spices are low in calories, providing about 4 to 7 calories per teaspoon. So feel free to use them even if you are following a low-calorie regimen. Some are surprisingly good sources of nutrients. New research findings suggest that several herbs are also rich sources of antioxidants that may possibly prevent the growth of cancer cells and protect delicate arteries from oxidizing damage that begins the buildup of plaque. Among them: allspice, basil, clove, coriander, dill, fennel leaves, mint, nutmeg, parsley, rosemary, and sage. Aside from their nutrient and antioxidant contents, there are many health claims made for individual herbs. Here are but a few: Most, however, have not been scientifically proved. Use the recommended spices for losing weight, as spices are considered as helping fight oxidative stress and inflammation as an important part of protecting your heart, and to gain muscle, as well as to satisfy cravings and hunger and raise your mood.   


    In Health Tips On 21 October 2016

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  • Great way to get your Greens and Protein together - DAAL PALAK

    In Health Tips On 08 December 2016

    Dal Palak is very famous and a healthy North Indian dish. Dal Palak is also combines the goodness of veggies with protein. Dal Palak is delicious too. Dal Palak is now a days prepared by many due to its high nutritional values and health benefits. Lentil and vegetables are not only good for health even it gives balance to your diet. This is a great way to get your greens and protein. It is an easy, healthy and flavorful dal made with palak and moong dal. It is easy to prepare and gives you unique taste. I made this Dal Palak which is a typical Dhaba Style. Ingredients: 1/2 cup Yellow Moong Dal/Split Moong Dal 1.5 cup Roughly Chopped Spinach 1 Tomato Chopped 5-6 Clove Garlic Minced 1 inch Ginger Minced 1 Finely Chopped Green Chili 1/2 Cup chopped Onion 2 Dry Red Chili 1 tsp Red Chili Powder 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds Pinch of Asafetida/Hing Salt 1 tbsp Oil 1 Lemon Juice Method: 1. Wash and soak moong dal for half an hour. 2. Add dal in a pressure cooker, add tomato, pinch of hing and cook it with required water (1 ? cup) for 2-3 whistle, and then remove it from the flame and keep aside to let them cool. 3. Heat oil in a deep pan or kadhai, add cumin seeds, pinch of hing, minced ginger, garlic and saute for few seconds. 4. Now add dry red chili, chopped green chili, chopped onion, salt and stir fry till onion become golden brown. 5. Add chopped spinach, turmeric powder, red chili powder and cook 2-3 minutes while stirring. 6. Now add precooked dal, mix well, bring it to boil and cook for 3-4 minutes on low to medium flame. 7. Remove from the flame, add lemon juice. 8. Dal Palak is ready to serve with roti, rice or naan.

  • Green Garlic , Arrival of Chilly Winters

    In Health Tips On 15 December 2016

      It is already winters in many parts of India, Winter has arrived not just because Calander is showing, but because one of my favourite thing on earth happens around this time of year.  The aromatic and a medicinal herb "Green Garlic" comes into season Green Garlic or Green Chives are very young tender versions of the garlic we all know and love and Relish. It has a softer flavour profile than matured bulb. Adding freshly chopped green garlic to the ordinary dishes can make the dish extraordinary. I add in my soups , idlis, Chapattis, Chillas, Raita and Shorbas to get its divine flavour. Even I add this on my Pizza which my kids love to have . The other is my signature green garlic chutney- which is favourite all around my family and kids (will share recipe at the end of my writing) To add on to the glory of this herb ,  it adds to the immunity, keeps a check on Cholesterol, increases the blood count and serves as anti inflammatory herb. The most interesting reason(most of us are looking for ) to add in your diet is keeps your waistline slim.   Here is the recipe of Green Garlic Chutney:   Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups chopped coriander (dhania) 2- deseeded amla  1 1/2 tbsp roasted chana dal (daria) 4-5  small green chillies , roughly chopped 1 tsp chopped ginger (adrak) 1 1/2 tsp chopped green garlic (lehsun) salt to taste Method: Combine all the ingredients  in a mixer and blend till smooth. Refrigerate in an air-tight container and use as required.

  • Let's Celebrate New Year Eve without Guilt

    In Health Tips On 29 December 2016

    Hello Everyone, This time I am here to keep you on Health track while eat outs. is about to come after 2 days and the special thing is that this time New Year is on . So you all have already planned your Saturday's and Sunday's plan. So as most of my clients are trying to lose their weight with a great dedication and they are also having eating out plans on this New Year Eve. Since, so long you are doing an excellent job to reduce your weight, so now do not spoil your efforts just for the sake of taste. Always Remember that Don't think that New Year came only once a year. Every day is a new day if you achieve something new daily. Enjoy your outings but do not harm yourself. "The key is to acknowledge that you are making a choice to include some extra [calories] at this eating event. Do it and go back to your usual healthy lifestyle afterwards without that burden of guilt." Knowing that you have control over your diet is important; even at a social event, you remain the master of your meal plan. Make 1st January the best day of year.


    In Health Tips On 13 January 2017

    Arogyam Wellness wishing you all a very Happy Lohri The very first north Indian Festival of the Year. We all are very much excited about tonight that we gonna celebrate Lohri in a rocking way.  Lohri celebrations are characterized by blazing bonfires, folk dance and songs and trays filled with rewri, peanuts, popcorn, gajjak and the other Indian Mithais specifically gajar pak .. Celebrate the Lohri & Makar Sakranti Festival but do not ruin your health by over indulgence. Every ritual and food options specific to this festival are having significant health benefits but moderation is the key for good health. Here we are going to introduce you all about the munching options which are available in front of you tonight. Peanut jaggery gajjak : Peanuts jaggery Gajjak is appreciated for its natural goodness of Peanuts. Peanut Jaggery Gajjak keeps you warm and energetic in chilly winters. It is also a rich dose of omegas and iron. Til jaggery gajak : It is calming to your nerves. Also Increases the matter in your bones.( prevents osteoporosis) (Refined Sugar Please excuse me!!!!) Popcorns: It is Rich in Fiber. The health benefits of popcorn include its ability to regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels, improve the digestive process, protect against osteoporosis, prevent cancer, inhibit cognitive decline, prevent premature aging, and help you lose weight.  (refer to unsalted and butterfree popcorns) Here is signature recipe of ours to enjoy this chill Dry fruits laddu: Ingredients  kg mixed nuts, dates and dried coconut  kg jaggery or palm sugar or palm jaggery  tsp green cardamom powder 3 tbsp Cow's  ghee? Instructions 1. In a blender pulse nuts coarsely. Chop dates. 2. To a heavy bottom pan add  cow's ghee and roast the nuts on a low heat, add coconut and seeds and fry for 2 to 3 minutes 3. Add cardamom powder. Fry stirring well till you smell the roasted coconut. 4. To a heavy bottom pot, add grated jaggery and 2 tbsps. Water and melt on a low heat. Filter this to remove impurities. Add 1 tbsp. Ghee to the jaggery and begin to boil it till it reaches a soft ball consistency. You can drop a spoon of this syrup in a bowl filled with water. The syrup can be rolled to a soft ball. Switch off the heat. 5. Pour jaggery syrup to the roasted nuts and stir well. On a low flame, begin to cook, keep stirring to prevent burning. It has to be cooked till the jaggery strings are seen. 6. Let the mixture come down to warm, roll the mixture to balls with greased palms.


    In Health Tips On 17 January 2017

    Enjoy the Seasonal Goodness!!! I love when seasonal produce hits the market!! Had been dying to get some of the hara chana/ choliya as I love it. With the coming of the winter season the market is filled with green Choliya. You all must be aware about the nutty taste & flavour of  Green chick peas( Choliya), but beside it's taste it is a healthy protein option too. It is good for............ Diabetes: Green Chickpeas are a perfect super food as they are rich in proteins and Fibre as well as having low Glycemic Index so a good choice for diabetics.  Heart health :They are high in fiber, (9g per serving) and naturally low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, promoting a healthy heart . Weight loss: Being an excellent source of fibre, green chickpeas beans contribute to satiety, helping to maintain a healthy weight.   Anaemia: They are an all-natural non-allergenic fresh source of protein. A good source of iron, they contain other minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium for healthy blood and bones. Gluten free: It's Gluten Free, so it is  good choice for Celiac Patients. The only drawback with this is, it is time consuming to clean and shell them but it's really worth for the taste and freshness of Green Choliya. Achieve your health and fitness goals today. Now you are wondering about how to include this Green Peas in your daily diet, so here are the so many ways to cook delicious recipes of Green Peas. Have a look: Raw Green Choliya Green Choliya Salad Green Choliya Stuff roti Green Choliya Pulao Paneer and Green Choliya veg Aalu and Green Choliya veg Green Choliya and Tofu Veg Green Choliya and Bengan veg Beside the Green Choliya , even it's leaves are having so many benefits and you can also include that also in your diet. You can mix it's leaves in your green Choliya salad or else you can make Hare chane ka saag or else you can make aalu and chana saag veg. Our Signature Recipe : o   Green GRAM 1 1/2 cups o   Onions chopped 2 o   Tomatoes chopped 2 medium o   Green chillies chopped 2-3 medium o   Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons o   Black salt (kala namak) to taste o   Roasted cumin powder 1 teaspoon o   Chaat masala 1 teaspoon o   Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon o   Lemon juice 2 tablespoons METHOD Take the hot chana in a bowl. Add onions, tomatoes, green chillies, coriander leaves, black salt, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala, red chilli powder and lemon juice and mix well.


    In Health Tips On 25 February 2017

    Fenugreek, better known to us as Methi is used as an herb (dried or fresh leaves), a spice (seeds) and also as a vegetable  (fresh leaves that is methi and sprouts). One of the healthiest seeds used in cooking and also for its medicinal properties, slightly bitter in taste, is known to have an array of health benefits. BENEFITS OF FENUGREEK ? THE MULTI-TALENTED SEEDS Prevents Diabetes - Well known to control blood sugar levels in diabetic people by slowing down the sugar absorption rate in the blood. Reduces Cholesterol ? Contains Saponins, that help reduce the body?s absorption of cholesterol from fatty foods, especially the bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Aids in Weight loss - Being a natural soluble fiber source and suppressing appetite, increases the supply of energy and modulates carbohydrate metabolism. Increases breast milk supply - Fenugreek has Galactagogue properties helping in the supply of breast milk for nursing mothers. Protects from Cancer- The mucilage in fenugreek bind with foods flushing out toxins from the body and thus prevents cancer. But most of you guys are wondering that how to include these seeds easily in your diet BEST WAYS OF CONSUMING FENUGREEK Dry roast fenugreek seeds on medium-high heat for one to two minutes, Stir frequently and add 1 teaspoon over Indian curries , salads and stir-fry dishes. Soak 1 teaspoon overnight in water and gulp the next morning with 1 glass water Sprout fenugreek seeds by soaking them in water overnight , keeping them in a jar covered with a cloth for few days until tiny green shoots appear. The sprouted fenugreek seeds can be added to any kind of salads. Fresh fenugreek leaves can be added to rotis , parathas , dosas and idlis. Herbal teas made with fenugreek seeds, lemon and honey is an effective remedy used to treat fevers.

  • Healthy Holi

    In Health Tips On 11 March 2017

                                    You kept them safe every Holi, this Holi keep them healthy too                         Holi, a festival of colors offers a lots of goodies for your platter. Lets add a sparkel of colours  and  health to our platter this Holi.    Offer your sweet hearts a sweet Baked Gujiya. Indulge completely into natural colors : Tell them to eat the colors too - serve a bowl bright colorful fresh crispy fruits. Prepare a brown bread baked dahi bada and serve with less amount of Tamarind  chutney.   So you had a safe holi you used herbal gulal and ate healthy. Next day is the time to do a Respiratory detox to cleanse your respiratory tract of colour debris.   Next morning to Holi do a good Pranyam in a clean environment. Inhale steam                                                              

  • Your awareness of Tuberculosis protects you and your loved ones

    In Health Tips On 23 March 2017

      Tuberculosis is completely curable but limiting the spread of TB depends on successfully finding and treating people with the illness, to prevent them from passing it on to others.   24th March is marked as World Tuberculosis day to make you and all aware of protection against Tuberculosis and a complete healthy recovery of the affected person.   Your foremost responsibility should be to protect yourself from getting infected.   Follow the tips to keep yourself TB safe:   Keep your environment well ventilated and more exposed to Sunlight.     Keep your immune system strong. Use two superfoods to increase your immunity   Raw Turmeric   You can purchase raw turmeric in your local vegetable market Moringa leaf Powder You can purchase Moringa leaf powder from a health  store or online at 1180545065377952/posts/?ref=page_internal   How to help in speedy recovery of Tuberculosis infected person:   The chief therapeutic agent needed for the treatment of tuberculosis is Calcium. Calcium Rich foods and how to consume them to reap the best benefits:   Boil the Cow milk with raw grated turmeric. Let the milk cool to lukewarm and sip the warm milk Moringa leaf powder Sprinkle it over the fresh juicy fruits like apples, grapes, pears, oranges, pineapples or melon. Have a warm cup of Moringa leaf powder tea   Tuberculosis prevents the absorption of nutrients and micronutrients from intestines leading to deficencies in body.  Body being deficeint effects the immunity status of the infected person.   Listed are the nutrients and micronutrients required to battle TB and its rich sources:   List of Nurients and Micronutrient Rich food   Vitamin C                     All citrus fruits, amla, bell peppers,         broccili etc                                          Vitamin D   Good fats, milk and milk fats, whole egg and fish.   Vitamin A   Pumpkin, Mango and carrots   Copper   Copper Vessel water   Zinc   Pumpkin Seeds, Whole grains   Vitamin E   Almonds, cashews and other seeds   Selenium   Brazil nuts is the highest source.   Iron     Green leafy vegetables, Garden cress seeds, Iron pot cooking.          For drinks, unsweetened lemon water or plain water either hot or cold may be taken. Diet should be proteins rich. Add the below foods are premium sources of proteins. Milk, Soyabean, Tofu, egg, fish, lean meats and all pulses and lentils One of the best vegetables which should be incorporated as part of a tuberculosis diet is the bitter gourd.    Avoid below foods: Avoid all devitalized foods such as white bread, white sugar, refined cereals, puddings and pies, tinned, canned and preserved foods. He should also avoid strong tea, coffee, condiments, pickles and sauces Alcohal and drugs are to be avoided completely In Ayurveda Tuberculosis is called Rajyakshma : King of dieases as it lowers the immunity and invites other diseases.   Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapies like:   Virechana (purgation)   and   Vamana (emesis)    Can be used in pulmonary tuberculosis according to severity of disease and strength of the patient, to avoid further progression of the disease. Panchakarma procedures are useful in prevention also. Any healthy person can also undergo these procedures for well-being.   If one does not undergo timely tuberculosis treatment then the infection may spread to the kidney, spine and abdominal organs and can even be fatal For those suffering from tuberculosis, following a balanced diet is essential to bring about a cure as most individuals suffer from malnutrition. During tuberculosis, getting proper nutrition should be given utmost importance as there is a deficiency of many nutrients.   As TB lowers the appetite consumption of Syurp Drakshasara improves appetite   Lets make the world Tuberculosis free !!  

  • 16 Top tips to make your Ashtami even healthier

    In Detox On 03 April 2017

      So the wait is over. Ashtami/Navami is approaching and every other household is bustling with the preparations of celebrations. Ashtami morning your big Kadai is out, Chanas are soaked, sooji is getting roasted and potatoes are getting boiled. The aroma of these delicacies and sound of Bhajans is making your household a hub of spiritual energy.   The Menu remains the same for most of the households:   Halwa Poori. Kala Chana. Aloo ki Sabzi. Dahi Balle. Some slight modifications in your cooking style would make the Ashtami food even healthier Healthy Poori:   In that kadhai replace your normal Ghee with Cows Ghee. While frying dont overcrowd the kadhai. This leads to drop in temperature of oil, increasing the speed of cooking hence causing more absorption of oil in your poori. Dont use the oil over and over again for frying. As once the oil is used for frying it starts breaking down into Trans fats. The Trans fats are very harmful for your heart health and other vital organs.   Kala Chana:   Being low in fat, high in dietary fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals, Kala Chana is indeed a healthy addition to your Asthami /Navami day.   Eating the healthy food and preparing it an even healthier way is an icing on the cake. Keep the oil low. Keep the spices. Replace the amchur powder with freshly squeezed lemon to add that tangy taste.   Sooji ka Halwa:   Sooji ka halwa is a very nourishing dish post Navratri. Loaded with lots of benefits make itself an indispensable part of Ashtami/Navami Prasad: Boosts energy. Keeps nervous system healthy. Improves bone health. Cook it the healthy way and eat in control: Cook your Sooji ka Halwa in Cows ghee. Just control the portion size.   Aloo ki Sabji: Dont make those taste buds crave more just make a few changes to your cooking style: Use boiled potatoes. Add little yogurt to add the tangy flavor rather than keeping the thick tomato gravy.   Dahi Balle: It so simply for these little Balle to lose their calories and keep the nutrition Instead of frying the Balle,Bake them. Fuss free and less time consuming too. Dont devour on that tamarind chutney. Keep it less on your plate.                                                                                            

  • I am feeling stressed - Kick this line away

    In Health Tips On 07 April 2017

        She felt a vague set of emotions engulfing her at times. In middle of a party she   would want to allude all and take a quite lonely corner. In a flourishing home a   supportive husband and lovely two kids and her own flourishing career. She   always looked for a time where she would be all alone and try to sort out her   overwhelming thoughts and feelings. Everyone around could see the waves of   changes she was going through they took it as a routine stress. Slowly the black   cloud creeped in and soon she succumbed to the clinically diagnosed depression     Never leave the signs of depression unattended. Each of you is aware of the   symptoms of depression. Worst part about being inflicted by depression is that the   person or the close ones try to dig into to the reasons behind it   STOP  there.   Reasons or causes may be deep rooted and not easy to uncover.     Shift your focus on to winning over the depression.   Did you know it is very easy to pull yourself out of the eye of this tornado at the   beginning stages .It creeps into your life as the disguised wolf, the term we use very   loosely I am feeling stressed . Nip it in the bud with no retreat centers, no gigantic   changes in your routine just taking care of you mental health.   All you have been doing for your physical fitness fits in to keep you mentally fit too.   Saying in laymans terms: The Food you eat. The physical activities you indulge into.   In todays world of opportunities there are ample of food options as well as fitness   options.   While the fitness options ranging from a stroll in a park to aerobics, yoga, gym, sports   many of them are left unexplored. While look at the food menus correcting it the   Junk food menus you would have explored them all. Ranging from pizzas to pastas,   exotic breads, Indian cuisines, Chinese, Lebanese, Thai, Mexican and tempting   confectionaries all processed to harm your physical as well as the mental health.   What you were not aware all these foods are marring you of your mental health. Junk foods are highly addictive. Once you get glued to them you miss your nutrients for brain that a healthy meal would yield. Junk food causes inflammation to your brain. The person suffering from this is hungry all the time. Junk food lowers our to form new memories and learn new things rapidly. It is a vicious circle- junk food can make us feel pleasure when we are sad, so we eat more, which makes us sadder.   Would you agree with me the age 15 to 50 is more stressed and thus   depressed now a days? See the correlation in the tables below. What they   consume is what their brains perceive.    It is so easy to keep mentally healthy just eat a balanced healthy diet.   Every time when you yell at your kids after results I got 100% marks in maths   when I was of your age just think of all the junk you have been feeding them   and its impact on their brain growth.     Glued to TV, Mobile, internet  Another cause of stress.   Do an experiment- Tomorrow morning do not press the snooze button. You will be   definitely waking up 30 mins prior to your daily time. Give this time to an early   morning stroll or a light yoga or aerobics. Now notice your day carefully today. Were you little easy going? Did that post walk or exercise smile kept glued to your face today? Did you forgive everyone today? Did you need less of that caffeine dose today?   This is what exercise and active life style does to you   Depression will not even get closer to you with the two golden rules being   followed.                                                                   

  • Do you feel tired often? Add chia to your diet.

    In Health Tips On 08 April 2017

    Chia Seeds - The word Chia means  Strength.   Knowingly or unknowingly you would have savored these tiny seeds in your subs, breads, granola bars, muffins, brownies and salads.   For traditional Indian cuisine lovers these power boosters find their way in your summer favroite Faluda.   Little did you know these are power packs of energy boosters?   The soldiers of Aztec empire now the Mexico City called it runners food and said just 1 spoonful of chia could sustain them for 24 hours.   Lets divulge into the ocean of nutrients they hold.   Omega-3 Rich - Chia seeds have a huge percentage (20%) of omega-3 a plant food substitute for fish-oil. Omega-3 is an important fatty acid that does not get generated in the body and is available only via diet. Being rich in Omega-3 makes Chia seeds of utmost importance in natural nutrient industry: All pregnant mommies add these tiny seeds to make your tiny babys brain develop better. The required intake of omega-3 rich foods leads to Higher- IQ and better brain development of the baby.   Prevents cardiovascular diseases. Prevents dementia and maintains brain health with ageing. Helps in fighting bi-polar depression and anxiety.   Dietary Fiber: Are you from the club of salads haters that make way to your plate    for the sake of fiber they have. One serving of Chia seeds completes your one days requirement of dietary fiber.  All the carbs it has are fiber. Rich fiber content of chia improves: Bowel Regularity. Higher Fiber content makes it a good insulin level balancer. Chia seeds curb hunger and suppresses appetite. Chia has a soluble fiber that supports the growth of probiotics in the gut.   A healthy treat for your heart:   Chia has anti-inflammatory properties. It regulates:   Bad Cholesterol. Lowers the blood pressure. It works as an anticoagulant. Chia seeds helps the body to absorb fat soluble vitamins A,D, E and K.   Enhances your Athletic Performance:   Consuming chia seeds improves your exercise performance. It works the same way as a sugar laden sports drink does but saves you from the loading calories.   Balances your Insulin:   Chia works on the gross root causes of development of diabetes: It improves your metabolism disorders like dyslipidemia(excessive fat in the blood)    Regulates insulin resistance Stronger bones: Chia has about 18% of daily calcium needs of our body. Boron is a very crucial nutrient present in Chia. Boron present in chia promotes: Bone density, preventing osteoporosis. In some cases reverses Arthritis.           Used by many athletes as it improves body%u2019s ability to increase testosterone. This helps in recovering from exercises, aches, pains and building muscle mass.   Boost concentration, focus and the ability to learn new information.   Reduces menopausal and PMS symptoms.   Allergies   Builds muscle mass and helps lose weight:   Its a top plant based source of protein. Chia adds lean muscle and burns fat.   Works on roots of Breast and Cervical Cancer:   Chia seeds kills the malignant cells without harming the normal health cells.   Improves your Dental Health: Saves you from your trip to someone you and your pocket fears the most The Dentist. Rich in Zinc it prevents tarter by keep plaque from depositing on your teeth. Antibacterial effect keep away the bad breath. Vitamin A and phosphorus makes it important for strong teeth and a healthy mouth.   For the ones who believe in statistics:   28 grams, or about 2 tablespoons of Chia supplies only 137 calories and one gram of digestible carbohydrate!   Do you gain all your weight due to that sweet tooth?   Its has a solution for your sugar cravings too!! The water that Chia absorbs keeps you feeling fuller longer reducing your sugar cravings.   Finding it tough to get rid of your Pooch Belly?   The dietary addition of chia seeds also reduces visceral adipose tissue, a belly fat tissue that effects the metabolism of the body and is a component of obesity!   Chia seeds have a mild nutty taste and can easily be added to most dishes as a garnish, yet chewing small seeds like chia generally doesnot make the omega- and other nutrients readily available for digestion and assimilation. The best way to access their vitamins and minerals is to either grind or soak them.   Soak Chia in 1:10 ratio of chia to water. Let it be there for 30 minutes to 2 hours.   Added so much to your information about Chia- that will not help. Rush and grab your bag of Chia from your grocer or online at   Best way to get energy!!                          

  • Learn how you can make Earth a happier planet by adding these to your routine

    In Health Tips On 21 April 2017

      With the high rises around us and tech savvy world we have lost the touch with earth. On the Earth Day 2017 let us root back to our creator Dharti.   When the people on earth    are happy and loving they are definetly  going to keep earth Happy!!                                                                        Somethings evolved with the human evolution. Food and exercise are the two things that evolved to a huge extent.   Taking you to basics of Exercise and food today on Earth day.    Most ancient form exercise Yoga evolved over thousands of years to keep us grounded mentally and physically.     Out of the 5 Chakras the first Chakra - the Root Chakra  belongs to the earth element of our being.   Enlighten the Root Chakra bringing commitment, steadfastness and sturdiness with the three Earthy Yoga Asanas:   Be conscious about the downward energy through your legs and your feet to feel connected with Mother Earth today.   Standing Mountain Pose (Tadasana)   The ultimate earth posture, Tadasana       relates to the strong, centered and   unwavering presence of a mountain. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and concentrate on the four corners of your feet as you press them down into the floor. Engage the muscles of your legs by hugging them towards the midline as you lengthen your tailbone down to the earth and lift through the crown of your head     Tree Pose (Vrksasana)   The focus and commitment required in balancing poses not only stabilize our bodies but also our minds; while Vrksasana conjures the imagery of a tree with it roots digging deep  below the crust of the earth. Standing in Tree Pose with your hands at heart center, press down through the four corners of your standing foot and  engage the muscles of your standing leg  pressing your inner thigh strongly into the lifted foot.   Lengthen your tailbone down to the floor, anchoring your Tree pose and creating more stability. With a strong connection to the earth below, begin to grow the limbs of  your tree taking your arms overhead.     Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)   Virbhadrasana II requires the steadfast commitment of a warrior, strengthening your legs and opening your pelvis to deepen your connection to the earth. Come into Warrior II with your front kneebent to 90 degrees directly over your front ankle and your back leg strong and straight. Take a moment to connect to the floor beneath your feet as you press the four corners of each foot down into the floor.   Allow your hips to deepen as you engage your legs, feeling the heavy quality of the earth.   Remaining connected to the earth below your feet, begin to draw your legs toward one another, lengthening your tailbone straight down as you begin to lift up and out of your pelvic bowl. Notice the relationship between rooting down into the earth while simultaneously drawing the earths energy up through your legs to support the whole pose.   Bringing more earth qualities into your practice results in a much needed grounding energy that helps us remain stable and connected as we seek expansion in our poses.   Asanas is just a way to connect with the earth element. In the age of high rises where you lost touch with earth bring it in parts to your balcony.   Flourish your balcony with home grown indian herbs and nourish your kitchen with their benefits.   Coriander:   The health benefits of coriander include its use in the treatment of skin inflammation, high cholesterol  levels, diarrhea, mouth ulcers, anemia,   indigestion,  menstrual disorders, smallpox,  conjunctivitis,  skin disorders,  and blood sugar disorders, while also  benefiting eye care.     Growing Instructions:   1) Crush a handful of coriander seeds from your spice jar, spread it evenly in a pot and cover lightly with soil.   2) Drench the soil regularly till you find signs of germination.   Mint /Pudina:   The health benefits of mint include the following: Digestion:  Mint is a great appetizer or palate   cleanser, and it promotes digestion.  It also soothes stomachs in cases   of indigestion or inflammation. When  your stomach feels sick, drinking a    cup of mint tea can give you relief.   Growing Instructions:   1) Plant some stalks in an independent pot to yield a lush plant   2) Make sure you dont over water the plant   2) Mint is an invasive plant. Thus, if you choose to plant it in a flowerbed, it can take over the entire section in no time!   Curry leaves/Kadi Patta   The health benefits of Kadi patta includes treating diarrhea, cures skin infections, improves eye health, helps in controlling diabetes, improves digestive health.   Growing Instructions:   1) Get a healthy sapling from your local nursery.   1) Even though its a hardy plant, it can be fussy at times. Diluted & leftover curd or buttermilk serve as excellent home produced fertilizers that promote its growth!   Holy Basil/Tulsi:   With lots of good for your health. Holy basil treats bronchitis, malaria, nausea, vomiting, eczema, reduces stress and      anxiety, enhances metabolism etc.        A bit fussy to nurture but once it               gains roots, it grows with its                       care giver and becomes a                            companion and lasts years.      Growing Instructions:    Pluck the dried seeds off the plant  and just bury them in the soil. Soon  you will have baby plants that you  can propagate and distribute once  the saplings are fairly strong and  healthy to be transplanted.  The plant needs lots of sunshine so take care not to grow it in shade. Do not deprive it of water.   Fenugreek/Methi:   The health benefits of fenugreek include relief from anemia,  loss of taste, fever, dandruff,  stomach disorders, biliousness,  respiratory disorders, mouth  ulcers, sore throat, diabetes,  inflammations, wounds and insomnia.         Growing Instructions:   1) Take a few methi seeds from your spice jar. Sow the seeds by spacing them out in a pot. 2) Cover lightly with soil. 3) Sprinkle and drench the soil generously with water and soon you will find signs of germination. In a couple of weeks, the tiny seedlings will mature into pretty bunches. 4) Methi grows best in winters. Sow the seeds before the onset of winter.   Dill:   Its health benefits range from high ant-oxidant to improved   bone health. Helps in digestion,             insomnia, bone health, diabetes,    arthritis, menstrual disorder        respiratory issues etc.    Growing Instructions:    1) Use a container that is at least one  foot deep.  2) Sprinkle seeds over your soil-filled  container and cover them with a light  dusting of potting soil. 3) Keep the soil moist; the seeds will germinate in a few days. 4) Seeds are sown in spring and can take up to three weeks to germinate. 5) Dill dislikes being transplanted, and is best sown directly. 6) Dill likes well-drained, sunny spots and shelter from wind. Use stalks to lend support to the plant.           does not belong to us   we belong to it!!  

  • 11 Ways to beat early summer heat at home

    In Health Tips On 24 April 2017

    Barley or Jo: Your dadi nanis favorite summer whole grain with its immense nutrition benefits is a boon for summer cooling benefits too.   Barleys micronutrients and minerals take good care of your overall wellness:   Regulates blood pressure. Improves bone health. Lowers cholesterol keeping the heart healthy. Detoxifies some cancer causing compounds. Improves sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory. Weight management. Treats UTIs to which you are more prone in summers.   Barley water cools your body perfectly in summer giving you all the above added benefits. Barley Water Recipe: Soak Whole grain barley in water for 4 hours. Strain it and boil barley in 3-4 cups of water. Cool it.   Drink 1 to 2 cups of barley water daily for good health. To improve its taste and enhance its health benefits, you can add a little lemon juice and raw honey.     Chana Sattu:   You must have heard people from various parts of India talking about Sattu being there summer favourtie. Sattu is a high protein source. Its often called poor mans protein for its low pocket draining market value.   With its almost instant cooling effect on the body it nourishes your body High fiber content keeps your gut healthy. Keeps blood sugar in control. Detoxifies system of greasy food. Enhances muscle mass.   Sattu ka Sharbat   Mix sattu and jaggery powder and blend to make a smooth paste. Add earthen pot water and stir well. Strain it to avoid the grains.   You can make it salty substitute jaggery with rock salt.   Bael Fruit or Wood apple:   This is an ultimate medicinal summer fruit  Bael fruit has been known for its medicinal values since the ages of Rishi Munis for it medicinal values. Cures diarrhea. Reduces acidity in gut. Antimicrobial and antifungal properties   Avoid Bael during pregnancy.   Bael is very good to treat your IBS.   It takes me back to childhood lanes when we were forced to take bael ka sherbet little did I know it guarded me against the summer heat.   Know the bael fruit and its benefits    Bael ka sherbet: Scoop the pulp after cracking the hard shell. Soak the Bael pulp. When ready to serve strain the pulp in a strainer. Add crushed jaggery. Mix well in a blender to make a smooth paste. You can add fresh mint also to it.     Rose Petals:   Rose petals are very useful for removing excess heat from the body. Aid in weight loss and treatment of piles. Consume in moderate quantity of Gulkand or Rose Sherbet in summers to beat the heat.   For diabetic or people who want to reduce weight avoid sugar or gulkand.   You can simply infuse fresh rose petals. Let it stay for some time and sip it lukewarm of chilled.   Khus:   This plant softens the heat of summer. It has a very cooling and calming effect on the nervous system.   Benefits of Khus: Relieves stress and Insomnia.  Used for treating mouth sores. Khus is given in summer to avoid burning micturition. Treats fungal growth.   Coconut water or Nariyal pani: Dehydration occurs commonly in summers. Coconut water adds water and various minerals to replenish your body of what was lost in sweating. Good for Kidneys as is a diuretic.   Protects body from infections.   Improves energy levels.   Regulates acidity.   Add it to your routine early morning empty stomach for best benefits.   Chia:   Chia kills the heat. The seeds are solid power boosters. An energetic summer is what you would want. Indulge into the goodness of Chia seeds.   Know Chia personally and grab your pack here   Cucumber:   Beat the heat with the amazingly alkaline cucumber.   Benefits of Cucumber: Improves skin health.    Promotes hair growth High water content cleanses the body by removing toxins.           Gond Katira: Do you suffer from heat strokes in summer. Gond katira is must for you. Herbal remedy for diarrhea.     Suppresses tumors and stimulates the immune system.   Good purgative.   Soak Gond katira in water over night to use it for summer cooling effects.   Eating right during summers keeps you cooler and protects you from summer discomfort.   Beat the heat with these local produces as they grow around you because your body needs them.      

  • Make your bones and muscles stronger with these Yoga practices

    In Health Tips On 05 May 2017

    Yoga is for everyone. Its benefits range from touching your soul to changing your curves. A complete package in itself   Bridge Pose or Setu-   Instructions 1. Lying on your back, bend both knees and place the feet flat on the floor hip width apart. Slide the arms alongside the body with the palms facing down. The fingertips should be lightly touching the heels. 2. Press the feet into the floor, inhale and lift the hips up, rolling the spine off the floor. Lightly squeeze the knees together to keep the knees hip width apart. 3. Press down into the arms and shoulders to lift the chest up. Engage the legs, buttocks and mula bandha to lift the hips higher. 4. Breathe and hold for 4-8 breaths. 5. To release: exhale and slowly roll the spine back to the floor. Benefits Bridge pose builds core and lower body strength, lengthens and strengthens the spine, energizes the body, and stimulates the endocrine and nervous systems. Variations Variations: One leg up at 90 degree   Variations: Arms supporting hips   Variation: Arms holding ankels.       Tree Pose Instructions: 1) Begin standing in Mountain Pose (Tadasana), with your arms at your sides. Distribute your weight evenly across both feet, grounding down equally through your inner ankles, outer ankles, big toes, and baby toes.   2) Shift your weight to your left foot. Bend your right knee, then reach down and clasp your right inner ankle. Use your hand to draw your right foot alongside your inner left thigh. Do not rest your foot against your knee, only above or below it. Adjust your position so the center of your pelvis is directly over your left foot. Then, adjust your hips so your right hip and left hip are aligned.   3) Rest your hands on your hips and lengthen your tailbone toward the floor. Then, press your palms together in prayer position at your chest, with your thumbs resting on your sternum.   4) Fix your gaze gently on one, unmoving point in front of you. Draw down through your left foot. Press your right foot into your left thigh, while pressing your thigh equally against your foot.   5) Inhale as you extend your arms overhead, reaching your fingertips to the sky. Rotate your palms inward to face each other. If your shoulders are more flexible, you can press your palms together in prayer position, overhead.   6) Hold for up to one minute. To release the pose, step back into Mountain Pose. Repeat for the same amount of time on the opposite side. Modifications & Variations Practicing Tree Pose can be a great way to gain balance, grace, and poise for beginners and advanced students. Try these simple changes to adapt the pose to your current abilities: If you are unable to bring your foot to your thigh, rest your foot alongside your calf muscle or the ankle of your standing leg, instead. Rest the toes of your raised foot on the floor if you need extra assistance balancing. If you are very unsteady, try practicing the pose with your back against a wall for extra support. Alternatively, you can place a chair next to the standing-leg side of your body and rest your hand on the back of the chair for extra support. For a greater challenge when your arms are overhead, close your eyes. Practice balancing without using the outside world for reference. Benefits 1) Tree Pose stretches the thighs,  torso, and shoulders. It builds strength in the ankles and calves, and tones the abdominal muscles. The pose also helps to remedy flat feet and is therapeutic for sciatica. 2) Most notably, though, Tree Pose improves your sense of balance and coordination. Regular practice will improve your focus and your ability to concentrate in all areas of your life, particularly during those times when you might normally feel off-balance.   Warrior Pose I and II    Warrior Pose I   Instructions   1. Stand erect and spread your legs about three to four feet apart. Your right foot should be in the front and the left foot behind. 2. Now, turn your right foot outwards by 90 degrees and the left by 15 degrees, making sure the heel of the right foot is perfectly aligned with the center of the left foot. 3. Keep your arms on the waist and hold it. 3. Exhale and bend your right knee, such that your knee and ankle form a straight line. Make sure that your knee does not go ahead of your ankle. Benefits 1. This asana is known to strengthen and tone the lower back, the arms, and the legs. 2. It helps to stabilize and balance the body as it increases the stamina. 3. It is also a great asana for those with desk or sedentary jobs. It stimulates the metabolism as well as restores the spine. 4. This asana helps ease out frozen shoulders. 5. It also helps release stress from the shoulders almost immediately. 6. This asana relaxes the mind and the body, spreading the notion of peace, courage, grace, and a sense of auspiciousness.     Warrior Pose II       Instructions   1. Stand erect and spread your legs about three to four feet apart. Your right foot should be in the front and the left foot behind. 2. Now, turn your right foot outwards by 90 degrees and the left by 15 degrees, making sure the heel of the right foot is perfectly aligned with the center of the left foot. 3. Keep your parallel to the floor and at your shoulder height. 3. Exhale and bend your right knee, such that your knee and ankle form a straight line. Make sure that your knee does not go ahead of your ankle. Benefits 1. This asana is known to strengthen and tone the lower back, the arms, and the legs. 2. It helps to stabilize and balance the body as it increases the stamina. 3. It is also a great asana for those with desk or sedentary jobs. It stimulates the metabolism as well as restores the spine. 4. This asana helps ease out frozen shoulders. 5. It also helps release stress from the shoulders almost immediately. 6. This asana relaxes the mind and the body, spreading the notion of peace, courage, grace, and a sense of auspiciousness. 7. This asana gives a good balance and arm strength. Living in the world of technology where whatsapp and facebook keep us glued these asana's help you stretch you muscles and make your bones stronger. Do your Moves!!  

  • Yes mommies we can do this!!

    In Health Tips On 13 May 2017

    While taking care of your family and kids somewhere you forgot to be take care of your all time buddy "Your health." He missed you over all these years. We at Arogyam make you meet your old buddy again.        How we take care of you?     Your Health coordinators care for you as their family!! 

  • Seeds of this most popular summer fruit work wonders for your body!!

    In Health Tips On 23 May 2017

    Do i even need to name this fruit. Everyones Summer   favorite ever cooling and refreshing water blast    Watermelon is an extremely popular fruit. While we all enjoy eating this sweet refreshing fruit, we usually discard the tiny seeds scattered in it without realizing or rather knowing of their health benefits. These seeds are loaded with nutrients including fatty acids, essential proteins and lots of minerals.These seeds are rich in vitamin B like thiamine, niacin, folate and minerals like magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron, zinc, phosphorus and copper. Besides, they are a great source of calories with 100 grams of watermelon seeds providing around 600 of Kilo calories.   These seeds can be used for treating diabetes too.    

  • Cut your ties with the word "Tension"

    In Health Tips On 24 May 2017

      Anantasana   Is also known as Lord Vishnu pose. This yoga asana might seem difficult but it just needs good flexibilty to do it the correct way.    Why should you do Anantasana ?   Anantasana relieves you of unwanted stress. Bringing peace of mind and a stillness. To maintain the balance of this asana one needs to concentrate. When one concentrates the mind forgets all the self talks and tensions. Being regular with this asana re-wires your brain in a way that it remains calm during the entire day also. Improves your digestion as it enhances your abdominal muscle strength. When the digestion is good the over all body remains healthy. All the ladies in the town this asana has a catch for you.It helps you get those thunder thighs in shape and the hips too. Helps relieve arithritis pains.   Go slow and follow steps: Lie down flat on your mat and turn to the left. Your right arm should be raise perpendicular to your body. Use your left palm to hold your head above the mat and make it stable Bend your right knee and with your right hands thumb and first two fingers hold the big toe of your right foot. Maintain your balance before you jump to next step. Stretch the right leg towards the celing with exhalation. Try to stretch within safe limits. Keep the pose steady with a count. Release it and repeat for right side.                                                                                                     Safety measures: If you have shoulder or neck pain avoid this yoga. If you suffer from spondylitis, slip disc, or sciatica you must do this asana under supervision of a Yoga instructor.   "Yoga helps you cure what should not be endured"   Copyrights of image Arogyam Nutrition Yoga studio Rohini Sec- 11

  • Lose weight with this Superfood till June

    In Health Tips On 09 June 2017

      GREEN ALMONDS- A RARE DELICACY Green almonds are just unripe almonds,available for a very short period of April to June.You can just eat the tender almond after removing the outer husk,or use it in salads and soups. Healthy snack supporting weight loss- They offer same nutritional benefits as almonds,including Vitamin C,E,Iron,Calcium,Magnesium,Riboflavin,L-carnitin. Rich in protein and fiber and have low glycemic index Good amount of healthy fats aids in weight loss.     Just snack on these little green bunches and add to your health!!

  • How often and how should you weigh yourself

    In Health Tips On 20 June 2017

      Too much or too little of anything is harmful. Are you used to stepping on your weighing scale too often i have heard people step on the weighing scale 2-3 times a day or are you the one who ignores the corner that has your weighing scale. Extremes are always bad but then what is the balance point between the extremes.  Weighing too often:  Did you feel that tension hovering around you the entire day. Your weight being the same as you checked in morning and evening. Did you feel an instant disappointment when your yesterdays hardwork didnot yield results and the weight didnot even budge 100 gms. All the stress you put yourself through too much monitoring increases your craving for a comfort food. Leading you into a vicious circle of over-eating and thus the scale not showing any results. Completely Avoiding the weighing scale: Did you step on your scale after 3-4 months and were taken aback with the gain of 2-3 kgs that crept in without your clothes clinging you more. In this scenario you completely ignored that you might be eating wrong and adding to your Kgs. Its very important to find th balance between the two. So lets start a wiser way and: Start weighing once a week. Maintaining a weight chart. Monitor your weight loss and weight gain be it even 100gms.    Relate the chart to your eating and workout patterns and voila you hit the bulls eye.  This is what is required a Balance which is different for every one. You can do it yourself as internet is exploding with all sort of information but if you dont have much time you can take professional help always.   How to weigh yourself ? Weighing machine is the tool that will keep up your motivation if you are eating and working out in a balanced way. Weighing machine is an indespensible tool for entire family to keep fit. So a dependable weighing machine is what you should be looking for go for a good, durable and high precision weighing machine. The shelf life of good branded machines is quite high compared to a local or chinese that may be even half the cost but low lifecycle making you put money again and again into it rather than shelling money one time into a guarenteed weighing machine giving you result precision to 2 decimal places.    Weigh your self early morning and empty stomach and around same time each day. Step on your machine 3 times to check that machine is giving consistent weight all three times. Keep you own personal weighing scale.  

  • Its not just a beautiful flower its a health boon for you

    In Health Tips On 23 June 2017

            A golden little flower holds so much for your health                                                                                                                            - By Dr Richa Garg   It serves you right from the natures lap and is closest to your natural biological self.   An age old medicinal flower known for its versatile benefits since last 5000 years. The flower oils are the extracts that actually heal you.  One cup of chamomile serves you two calories, two milligrams of sodium and no cholesterol. You can have it anytime of the day but best time is just before you get into bed. Its really a light delight with its mild fruity flavour and my favourite is the beautiful color it renders to the water when infused and the aroma. With Loads of health benefits its a must have drink in your routine: Subsides your Muscle Pain: Had a new workout or a rough day at work grab your cup of Chamomile tea. An anti-inflammatory by nature it soothens those over strained muscles and subsides the pains due to the inflammations. Relieves Menstrual Cramps: Is it that time of the month again. Those cramps effecting your routine. Have a cup of fruity elixir of chamomile and you will be on rolls again. Reduces Ulcer Pain: Those ulcers at places they cannot be soothed. Well this flower proves a boon to your ulcer pain too. Boosts Immunity: Do you feel sick too often or feel tired too often just add this to your routine and this revitalizes your immunity and makes you kicking active again. Treates Hemorrhoids: Its a home remedy for those painful Haemorrhoids. Helps in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A strong digestive relaxer it can be used to treat multiple stomach disorders like gas, acid reflux symptoms, indigestion, diarrhea, anorexia, motion sickness, nausea and vomiting. Prevents Allergy And Rashes: A very efficeint soother for skin issues. It gives you that flawless glowing skin with its anti-oxidant benefits and relives skin rashes and allergies.    Chamomile  helps reduce the skin tone and relive dark circles under the eyes. Just let the steam of the Chamomile tea lighten your skin tone also use the teas bags drained and cooled on your eyes to get rid of those dark circles.   Helps Get Rid Of Migraines: Eases severe pains of migrane  Promotes Sleep: Inhale the vapour of your chamomile tea and sip it you will feel the relaxation instantly. That hows it finds its place in the aroma therapy treatments.Its relaxing aroma balances our emotions and harmonal balances.  Works as a good detox for the Kidneys Subsides your pimples: The chamomile oil soothes your acne and pimples. Just dab a little oil on it. Helps control diabetes: Daily intake of chamomile tea keeps your blood glucose levels maintained Have a healthy home made diet and top it with the Chamomile tea in your routine it will yield better weight loss results. Market has many vendors the top three brands that have yielded maximum results to our clients are: Pure Nutrus Chamomile Tea Gokul Chamomile Tea infusions Te - A - Me unwind Chamomile A cup with so much to dwell in and attain a solace in todays stressed out environment go for it and ease out !!

  • Alfa alfa seeds with a funny name are so rich!!

    In Health Tips On 07 July 2017

    Alfa alfa known as Lasunghaas in hindi is of the legumes family and Medicago sativa in Latin The name alfa alfa sounds funny but trust me its full of so many nutrients for you and all while its low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. The sprouts of these tiny seeds are densely nutritious. They carry more protein, vitamins and minerals, and a lower amount of starch, than the unsprouted seeds. The starches of the seeds are turned to simple sugars and are easier to digest when consumed as sprouts. Alfalfa with its high micronutrient content is sometimes used as a nutritional supplement. Health Benefits of Alfa Alfa touches and revitalizes the vital organs of your body: Diabetes: Many studies claim that alfa alfa treats and prevents Diabetes. Diabetes can definitely be controlled with the lifestyle changes. They reduce the blood glucose levels and reduces your dependency on insulin. Breast cancer: The diet plays an important role in curbing the breast cancer. The alfa alfa provides the female body with plant form of enzymes that regulate growth of malignant cells. Reduces Menopause Symptoms and heavy Menstruation flow: Alfa alfa is a good source of vitamin K and phytoestrogens (plant hormones that are similar to human estrogens). Vitamin K helps in blood clotting so reduces heavy flow in menstruation while together with estrogen it reduces those PMS symptoms that make you feel so undone. Prevent Osteoporosis: vitamin K and phytoestrogens has an effect on regulating estrogen, which could help minimize PMS and symptoms of menopause Prevents Osteoporosis: These little seed sprouts prevent as well as treat osteoporosis.They vitamin K in alfa alfa promotes the absorption of calcium in human body. Antioxidants and Other Anti-Aging Agent rich: This for the elixir of life look young and feel with the antioxidant properties of alfa alfa you can save spending thousands of rupees on your antiaging cream.    Combat Cholesterol: Alfa alfa reduce the levels of lipids in your blood lowering the bad cholesterol and maintaining that vital heart well. Source of Vitamin C: You donot like those tangy fruits that give you vitamin c for your immunity boosting worry not. The alfa alfa gives you ample amount of vitamin C to keep your immunity system well. Stomach ulcers Alfa alfa reduces the inflammation in the inner lining of the stomach and heals those painful ulcers. Relives joint pains: Having the properties of natural anti-inflammatory foods it is a boon in diet for those suffering from arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Diuretic:They are diuretics keeping your kidney well functional by increasing your frequency of urination. If I share the micronutrient stats you will be astonished to see they matching the labels of the multivitamins your doctor prescribed you and the best part is it is all natural and is 100% absorbed by your body unlike those chemical pills. vitamin K vitamin C folate manganese  copper phosphorus magnesium riboflavin zinc iron thiamine vitamin A Everything is not for everyone stands true for alfa alfa too: Sprouts carry food borne diseases so keep them very hygienic and avoid them to be fed to a person who is already ailing with any disease. If you are taking blood thinners you should avoid alfalfa sprouts. If you are suffering from autoimmune diseases like psoriasis avoid alfa alfa.   Diabetics who are using other herbal supplements and medications that is known to lower blood sugar If your condition is sensitive to Estrogen levels avoid alfa alfa. If you are pregnant and nursing avoid alfa alfa as it causes uterine stimulation     How to consume alfa alfa in your daily diet? Added to soups, on top of sandwiches and with salads. How to sprout Alfa alfa seeds? Soak a tbsp of Alfa alfa seeds in water for over 6 hours. Wash and drain the water. Wrap the seeds in a cheese cloth. They should be moist but water should not be dripping.  Rinse the seeds every 6-7 hours to avoid any bacterial growth. When you see white shoots about and inch long just rinse and refrigerate them immediately. The more you adhere to natural supplements more pronounced are the health results. The Chinese doctors used alfa alfa in medicines also. It is a 5000 year old medicinal seed to be trusted for its authenticity of health benefits.  

  • Mango and Myths

    In Health Tips On 03 August 2017

      Finally, the myths around those innocent mangoes have been busted. Consuming a portion controlled 100 gms of fresh mango stabilizes the blood sugar. So as always portion size control plays a vital role in letting the Mango effect your sugar and insulin levels.   Recent study published in Nutrition and Metabolic insights mango contains fiber that allows only a small absorption of sugar into blood stream.   For the foods or fruits to be categorized fit for Diabetic or people with insulin imbalance measuring rod is the Glycemic Index. Glycemic Index determines how fast the particular food will spike your blood sugar. Glycemic Index of 55 or below is considered low. Glycemic Index of 56 to 69 is considered moderate. Glycemic Index of 70 and above is considerate high. The lower the GI, more slowly will the blood sugar level rise. Good news for mango lovers the Glycemic Index of Mango is 51 that is comparable to that of the papaya. So rest assured the half cup of Mango blended mango shake without sugar is adding only nutrition to your body and not at all impacting your blood sugar. Add some nuts and seeds to your glass of shake that will further reduce the Glycemic Index and increase the protein content. A big slice of mango approx. 100 gms also ensures minimum impact on your blood sugar levels. Mangoes are a very good source of Vitamin A and C. The fiber they hold is that what is found in oatmeal.   Ayurveda and Mangoes We have beautiful explanation in our Vedic scriptures about mangoes   as the Sanskrit Shloka says, Ripe Mango is best fruit to eat. Its sweet in taste, acts as aphrodisiac, gives stamina to body, good for your heart, good in Vata dosha diseases, makes the skin glowing and lustrous, improves digestive fire, coolant, and increases the quantity and quality of semen also. Its a rule that mango should be ripe by itself on tree, not with chemical and organic Mango is best one now a days Now all those who were scared mangoes and mango shakes(a compatible combination of Milk and mango according to Ayurveda) are free to add them to their summer routine.   KEY: Portion control is the key to enjoy it without affecting your sugar and insulin levels.  


    In Health Tips On 02 September 2017

    WHITE  Foods in white group are bananas, cauliflower, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, onions and potatoes. White foods contain anthoxanthins, which may lower blood pressure and cholesterol.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RED Foods in red group are red apples, beets, cherries, pink grapefruit, red grapes, red peppers, red potatoes, strawberries, tomatoes and watermelon. Red foods contain lycopene, which may reduce prostate cancer risk..  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- GREEN Foods in green group are green apples, artichokes, avocados, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, cucumbers, green grapes, peas, lettuce, limes, green pepper, spinach and zucchini and so on.Green foods contain chlorophyll to prevent anaemia Some contain lutein, which combined with zeaxanthin -- found in grapes, corn, red pepper, egg yolks and oranges -- may reduce cataracts. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ORANGE Foods in orange group and in yellow group are, apricots, butternut squash, carrots, grapefruit, lemons, nectarines, mangoes, oranges, peaches, pears, yellow peppers, pineapple,pumpkins, corn, sweet potatoes and  Orange/yellow foods contain carotenoids, which help with eye health, reduce the risk of some cancers, help prevent heart disease and improve your immune system.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PURPLE Foods in purple group are blackberries, blueberries, plums, eggplant, figs, purple grapes, prunes and raisins. Purple foods contain anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that protect your cells from damage. Blueberries, in particular, can help with memory loss due to aging.    

  • Change your mind to Change your figure.- HAPPY DIWALI

    In Health Tips On 13 October 2017

    Excited for Diwali !!!! Almost all of you have prepared your mind that Diwali is coming soon and you are going to do so many deviations , results in increased weight. But what about the people who are trying hard to reduce the weight.  By doing this , you may ruin your past weight loss efforts. So, how who can help you in this problem ? So the answer is only "You".. Yes you are responsible for the victory or the failure.  So you have to choose any one.  Take it as a challenge for you because during this time period so many stuff like fried, lots of sweets are in front of you, but you have to choose what is right for you.  Just change your mind to change your figure.  Diwali is a biggest festival of our country, so enjoy this festival with the full joy with your family.  

  • PATRA POTLI SWEDAN (Ela Kizhi massage)

    In Health Tips On 22 November 2017

    Ayurveda is known to be one of the oldest medicinal traditions in India and potli massage therapy finds its roots in this science. We all represent a miniature nature. All elements in the nature are represented within us in a micro-form. Example – According to Ayurveda the wind is represented in the body in the form of Vata  the fire is represented in the form of Pitta and water is represented in the form of Kapha. When these micro-elements are imbalanced, we try to create balance using macro-elements.. Almost every medicine is derived and procured from the nature to help in creating balance inside human body. Patra Pinda Swedan or Ela Kizhi massage is one of the best examples wherein we use the herbal leaves of medicinal plants obtained from nature for external treatments. The Age-old technique is instrumental in helping body pain, joint stiffness, back pain and related diseases and rejuvenates soft tissues of body. If you are suffering from any of these concerns then you can go for this rejuvenating therapy: Chronic pains Frozen shoulder Inflammation Swelling and Stiffness Arthritis Sciatica Low back pain or Lumbago (Lumbar spondylosis) Cervical spondylosis post viral fever aches Musculo-skeletal pains as in myalgia and or fibromyalgia Pain due to repeated trauma of bones, joints, muscles, soft tissues Neuromuscular diseases No wonder then that this therapy is hugely recommended for women once they cross their 30s when they have higher chances of facing bone & muscles related concerns. If you’re curious, here’s a quick go-to guide on the potli massage therapy. Potli massage therapy is done using heated herbal pouches also known as potlis (or poultice) that are used to rejuvenate, relax and nourish the affected area. When these potlis are placed on the body, they have a therapeutic effect. Well, aren’t we all looking for that massage that heals our pain as well as leaves us feeling refreshed? Potlis contain a selection of Ayurvedic herbs, both, fresh and dried herbs   having analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, that are carefully chosen based on your Ayurvedic constitution and the issue that you’re being treated for. They are then packed into a muslin cloth after cooking with dry herbs, coconut etc. and dipped in warm medicated oil (for a wet massage) and then massaged onto specific pressure points that help in healing the body. They also help stimulate blood circulation which promotes faster recovery and healthy skin as well. When the heated potli is massaged on the body, it opens the pores and relaxes the muscles, allowing the carefully selected herbs to work on the body and mind, and the later being the reason why it is thought of as being very relaxing. DURATION OF THERAPY: This complete therapy will take around 50-60 min. If you wish to target a particular body part like legs or shoulder or lower back for healing a local potli massage can also be taken rather than having on whole body which takes around 20 minutes to be completed. It can be taken for regular 7 days, 10 days or 14 days to see the exact results. During these healing treatments you will be guided for diet also which should be wholesome, nutritious and based on ayurvedic principles of pathya -apathya (Do’s & Don’ts). Experience the deeper relaxation and transformation in your body through Arogyam nutrition’s panchkarma therapies.


    In Health Tips On 07 December 2017

    Are you fed up of the chemical treatments at Parlor or Salons for glowing skin? Here is the solution of your problem with completely herbal treatment devoid of any side effects. Experts at *Arogyam Nutrition* bring you the trusted age old therapy   *NAVRA POTLI FACIAL THERAPY* In this Facial, we use 100% natural ingredients to retain the health of your skin. It is advisable to take this facial on regular basis to get its maximum benefits like: Removes Facial Toxins Prevents sagging of Skin Removes Blemishes Keeps the skin Soft, Supple and Radiant. Retains overall Youth and vitality of the Facial Tissues. For Facial Muscle toning Relieves stress and tension, which in turn may reduce the appearance of fine lines. Rejuvenate and nourish your skin with some herbal treatment instead of undergoing some chemical treatments that bring you regular glow but in long term do a lot of damage. Switch to natural pampering of your skin , with Navra Potli Facial.


    In Detox On 19 December 2017

    ​ It’s good to care about your skin as much your health and body. Your skin talks a lot about your health. Creams and lotions work only externally. Have good food for that glow on your face naturally. Beet root, carrot and tomato works best for your skin. It has too many health benefits like lowering your bad cholesterol, improving digestion, detoxifying your body and healthy hair too! For women, it improves the Menstrual problems as well as cures Anemia. Beetroot is good for circulation and help to calm the Nerves and also it can drastically help in lowering High-Blood pressure. It can be a good detox drink as it cleanses the Liver and the Intestines. Carrots, Beetroots and Tomatoes are rich in Antioxidants and thus free our Body from Toxins, free Radicals and purifies our Blood. They help Detox and cleanse our Body internally. Add dash of ginger to make it anti-cold. Drink one glass of Carrot, Beetroot and Tomato Juice everyday and you'll have a Healthy glowing Skin and a Healthy Body too. ​​

  • 5 Benefits of working out during the Cold Season

    In Health Tips On 16 January 2018

    Do you feel the zeal of exercising is going down with the cold? Many of us stretch ourselves for exercising even during summers, for them winter becomes a wonderful excuse which actually works well in both directions. You become physically inactive and growing in your size as well.  The last thing you need for your body and mind is to give up on your daily workout routine during these bone chilling winters. Although it may not seem logical to go out for workout in early mornings  and late evenings. Moreover the days are short, there is still a lot of stuff can work indoors.   Below are the five reasons to consider based upon scientific research and my own experience of workout.         1. Gaining winter weight: Although you may crave for fatty , fried and comfort foods this winter season. But this is the last thing your body needs. You should maintain your continuity of exercising at least 6 days a week to avoid piling pounds. This is of course in addition to following  winter specific diet tips ( Winter Diet Tips ). Actually you are preparing your body to remove the woollens gracefully during the spring season. You might have noticed people with bulged tummy removes sweaters in last, as they feel comfort in hiding under woollens. So be the first to remove sweater during the spring. 2. Maintain your well being: Researches have also shown that regular exercise boosts up your immune system and creates hormonal balance and keeps you away from viral infections. This is because while you are working out, your blood is pumping more than usual, oxygenating your immune system cells around your body quicker to seek out and eliminate toxins. Moreover, it makes your body more alkaline.   3. Exercising keeps you warm & happy This is a special effect of winter exercise that it raises your temperature and you feel less chilli in winters than usual. This natural rise in temperature is not comparable to sitting in front of room heater which takes electricity costs also. (Just Kidding). Sorry to interrupt but here one good tip is coming in mind I would like to share is in place of heaters & blowers keep a warm water bottle in your lap to make you feel cosy. Exercising during winters can also make you feel happier. A regular workout will keep the winter hues away by pumping happy hormones.     4.  Exceed your body & mind limits This can be experienced practically when you will take out mat to stretch yourself. You even won't believe yourself that you can do it which you actually see in pictures & video. Your mind will start believing in yourself. This will boost up your confidence to achieve something new.           5. Sunny aspect for few Housewives and retired persons can go outdoor during sun for exercising. The sun is main source of vitamin D. Sun helps in maintaining your immune system. makes you happier and more flexible, strengthens your bones & lower the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. It is not easy to exercise alone in a room, thanks to workout videos on you tube and other sites. Else join some exercise groups or take helps of instructor.           Conclusion: There's nothing better for your body than maintaining regularity in your exercise routine and following the winter diet. Hopefully, with the help of this article you would be able to convince yourself to continue workout this winter despite the chill. You will be surprised how more fit you will become by the time springs arrives and make this quote fit on yourself. "Summer bodies are made in winters"  


    In Health Tips On 30 April 2018

          On Budha Purnima, Budhists Celebrate by making Classic Indian Kheer and sharing it with people less fortunate than themselves. In this post, I share a recipe for Indian Style Kheer. I have made a few changes to the Classic Indian Recipe and you can check the Recipe below given.  But the taste of this kheer with Delicate Flavours are Traditionally Indian and are a    fitting treat for this Holiday.        HEALTHY RICE KHEER Ingredients Brown / Red rice - 20 g Milk- 200 ml Almonds (5)- Chopped 2 Walnuts 4-5 Dates (remove stone and chop) Sesame seeds (1 tsp) 2 Figs - chopped Grated fresh coconut- 1tbsp Kesar- Few strand 1 Elaychi Kishmish- 8-10 METHOD: Soak rice overnight in water and drain in morning. Boil milk, keep it on low flame. Cook rice in milk on low flame, when rice done mix all other ingredients and cook for another five minutes. (if found less sweet, dash of honey can be added.) If you are short in time , then you can replace rice with red poha. Red poha need not to be soaked , just wash and add into milk instantly.  


    In Health Tips On 25 May 2018

      On World Thyroid Day, I would like to share the hidden cause of bad thyroid Health and tips to improve. Do check to know very common, easy but really effective tips to improve Thyroid Heath.

  • 10 Common Foods act as Super foods in PCOS

    In Health Tips On 26 May 2018

      PCOS is a complex association of endocrine (hormonal) and metabolic interactions, creating an imbalanced hormone profile resulting in ovarian hyperstimulation, which leads to multiple cysts in ovary & infertility and other symptoms like weight gain, mood swings, delayed or no periods, scanty menstrual blood flow, mood swings, facial hair, insulin resistance and hair fall, leaky gut, bloating etc. Fortunately, it has been shown that improving baseline nutrition& lifestyle and losing weight (if needed) can do a lot to improve both the symptoms and the underlying hormonal imbalance. Find below 10 common foods, acting as a superfood for PCOS: ​1. Green/Raw Papaya: RAW PAPAYA Papaya is good for inducing periods or regulating the menstrual cycle. It is rich in vitamin A, calcium, potassium and vitamin B in the form of folic acid, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-1 and riboflavin. Papaya also increases metabolism and improves digestion.   How to consume: Green papaya is thick and fleshy from inside. Consume it like common foods. Grated papaya flesh can be kneaded in Chapaati flour to make it high fibre and as there is no particular flavour of papaya so its easy to take it. It can be cooked as a vegetable curry also to have with roti or rice. Raw papaya can be prepared as a salad also. Wheat Grass: WHEAT GRASS It purifies the blood, detoxifies the liver and cleanses the colon and prevents cancer cells to grow.   Consumption of wheatgrass helps to balance PH levels in the body to make a more suitable environment for ovary. It increases oxygen levels in the body to improve cell and organ structure. It improves anaemia due to its high chlorophyll content. How to consume: Fresh wheat grass can be grown in kitchen garden and grind it with some water to prepare fresh juice. Consume it immediately as you prepare it. Powdered wheat grass is second option which is taken in dose of three grams dissolved in a cup of water should be taken on an empty stomach everyday. 3. Pineapple: Pineapples are loaded with an enzyme called bromelain; an enzyme that can produce some pretty incredible effects when ingested in the right amounts. In fact, bromelain has indications which include acting as a: Pain Reliever   PINEAPPLE Blood Thinner and Anti-Coagulant Anti-Inflammatory Agent Pineapple is a fabulous source of manganese, a nutrient that may help fight against PMS-related irritability.This tropical fruit also contains high levels of potassium, which can fight bloating. And don’t forget the sweetness from a fresh pineapple can curb those sugar cravings which are common in PCOS. 4.Tomatoes: They are rich in a carotenoid called lycopene, which can help fight Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome(PCOS) heart disease and cancer. Lycopene is in greater quantities in a processed or cooked tomato, rather than a fresh TOMATOES one, because lycopene is tightly bound within the tomato’scell walls.Heatbreaks down those walls, thus releasing more lycopene for the body to absorb and use. Cooking tomatoes in olive oil helps to dissolve lycopene and carry it into the bloodstream. Tomatoes are also a good source of chromium which fights with insulin resistance and sugar cravings. How to consume: Consume it in raw /sautéed salads. Prepare tomato soup to get maximum lycopene. . Flax seeds: Rich in omegas, so fixes up mood also. Lignan in flaxseeds helps reduce androgen FLAX SEEDS levels. As a result, when flaxseed is added to your PCOS diet, it helps reduce testosterone levels and improves lipid profile, both of which are helpful in managing and controlling of PCOS.   How to consume: 1-2 tsp of roasted seeds can be chewed empty stomach. Flax seeds can be added to different food preparations like cereals, can be added to curd in powder form. Take care to chew them well or have it in the form of powder. 6.Fenugreek seeds (Methidana): FENUGREEK SEEDS It is  believed that a phytoestrogen called diosgenin content in fenugreek seeds can affect estrogen. Fenugreek can improve glucose metabolism as well   How to take: Overnight soaked 1tsp seeds in water can be consumed early morning. Add as a spice in cooking. Grow sprouts and add a tbsp to your regular salad.    kalonji (Black / Nigella seeds):   KALONGI SEEDS Kalonji – A must have spice in your pantry, Black seeds are a boon to women suffering from PCOS. Humble black seeds boost metabolism, help weight loss and regularize menstrual cycle by balancing stubborn hormones in PCOS. They also reduce blood sugar by enhancing insulin sensitivity. Most importantly, it help in preventing the follicles from turning cystic How to consume: Kalongishould be taken once or twice daily 2-3 gm (about ¾ tsp) ideally before breakfast or at night. Spearmint:   SPEARMINT  High levels of male hormone- testosterone (yes, women do have a small of amount of testosterone in their body!) and other female hormonal imbalances triggers facial hair to grow thicker and more men-like. Spearmint has been proved by research to reduce the levels of circulating male hormone- testosterone and thus help in controlling and reducing the growth of thick facial hair in PCOS. Also, as testosterone triggers loss of scalp hair or balding in women with PCOS, spearmint can also help in reducing hair loss. How to cosume: A good quality organic Spearmint (peppermint works fine as well) tea should be steeped for two to three minutes and taken twice daily minimum five days every week Licorice root(Mulethi)   LICORICE ROOT It has natural anti-androgen properties. And it also offers hormone balancing benefits.  By maintaining estrogen balance in the body, Licorice helps promote regulated ovulation and improved fertility.Licorice can boost digestive health and treat Leaky Gut, which is not uncommon in PCOS patients. Itlimits the growth of harmful bacteria in the gut. This further improves the health. How to consume: licorice(mulethi) powder (3 gm) can be brewed in hot cup of water and sip it while relaxing once or twice in a day. cinnamon(Dalchini): Cinnamon has been seen to reduce insulin resistance significantly. Insulin resistance is considered as the number one cause for both diabetes and PCOS. Cinnamon also reduces the occurrence of Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH,) which also contributes to the occurrence of PCOS. How to consume: Cinnamon tea: Start your morning with a cup of cinnamon tea. Cinnamon can be added to both milk tea and black tea. Try to have it without sugar as it could reduce the effectiveness of cinnamon.  powder: Sprinkle some cinnamon powder on your yoghurt, smoothies and shakes. Cinnamon is a versatile spice that adds flavour to everything from curries to desserts. Note: This information is given in general. Always ask your dietitian or naturopath before starting any food or herb in particular for specific recommendation based on your hormones levels and your body constitution.


    In Health Tips On 11 June 2018

    BMI- Body Mass Index is commonly used criteria for weight categorization. We will learn how to calculate and categorize our own BMI in a very simple method through this video.


    In Health Tips On 19 June 2018

    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a lifestyle Disorder. An eating plan


    In Health Tips On 21 June 2018

    Osteoporosis (meaning porous bones) refers to a medical condition in which the bones of an individual become thin and weak. The previous stage is called osteopenia (a precursor to osteoporosis). The bones become fragile and therefore start losing its strength. The medical researchers have reported that women are more prone to getting osteoporosis as compared to that of men, but that does not mean that men are completely immune to this disease. Where there are almost 50% women suffer from osteoporosis by the age of 60, there are about 30% of men who face the problem of osteoporosis.   Well, it has always been said that sooner you start taking care of your health especially bones, the better it is.   Osteoporosis is a very common medical condition nowadays and major factors that are responsible for the increased prevalence of this disease is the lifestyle changes which include the living patterns and the diet changes. What Causes Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis happens when there is an imbalance between new bone formation and old bone resorption. The body may fail to produce enough new bone, or too much old bone may be reabsorbed, or both. If calcium intake is not sufficient or if the body does not absorb enough calcium from the diet, bone production and bone tissue may suffer. Thus, the bones may become porous, resulting in spongy and brittle, prone to fractures. Other conditions that may lead to osteoporosis include overuse of corticosteroids (Cushing syndrome), thyroid problems, lack of muscle use, bone cancer, certain genetic disorders, use of certain medications, and dietary deficiency of calcium.  Risk factors for osteoporosis: Women above 60 years of age. Early menopause natural or surgical. Poor diet & lifestyle: Cigarette smoking, eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia, low amounts of calcium in the diet, heavy alcohol consumption, inactive lifestyle. Rheumatoid arthritis itself is a risk factor for osteoporosis Family History of osteoporosis. Overuse of corticosteroids Hypothyroidism Chronic Emotional stress Foods That Cause Osteoporosis   Alcohol– Increases inflammation that can lead to more calcium being leached from bones. Sweetened / Aerated drinks beverages– The sugary drinks like canned juices and aerated drinks like cola are the most dreadful drinks for your health especially bones, as these drinks extract the calcium from the bones. Carbonated drinks contain a lot of phosphates which is responsible for leaching of calcium from bones. It has been proven in a Harvard Study that the women just 16-20 years young had already started loss of bones as they were consuming a lot of carbonated drinks. Sugar is also responsible for inflammations. Processed, red meat– A high intake of sodium and red meat may result in bone loss. Caffeine/Tea– Excessive caffeine intake can result in bone loss as it causes hindrance in iron and calcium absorption from food. Natural Treatments for Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis Diet To help you get all the vitamins and minerals you need to build and maintain strong bones, it’s important to eat a varied diet with adequate calories to fuel all your body’s processes. Mainly calcium and vitamin D are important. Other Nutrients needed to prevent bone disorders include iron, vitamin C and magnesium. Iron deficiency (anaemia) is a risk factor for osteopenia and osteoporosis because iron is essential for collagen synthesis and vitamin D metabolism. Vitamin C plays a role in collagen formation. It also helps stimulate the cells that build bones, enhances calcium absorption, and helps vitamin D to work properly. Foods that provide Calcium include: dairy products like yogurt, milk or paneer. salmon or sardines; dark leafy green vegetables; and other veggies like broccoli, Makhanas (puffed lotus seeds), sesame seeds, calcium. Magnesium rich foods include: leafy greens like spinach, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, black beans, figs, banana, cranberries, sunflower seeds, dark chocolates and Almonds & Avocados. Sources of vitamin C include: citrus fruits, papaya or guava, berries, peppers, kiwi, broccoli and Amla(Indian gooseberry), star fruit, phalsa ,tomato. Collagen protein: collagen is one component of bone that helps to build its framework and provide a flexible structure that can withstand pressure. Collagen is found naturally in things like bone broth or can be taken in protein powder form or supplement form. Foods that supply Iron (which can help to prevent anaemia) include: chicken, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, spinach, kala chana , garden cress seeds, dates and raisins etc.  Alkaline diet that helps protect bones. This means eating lots of veggies, fruit, sea vegetables and plant foods. Wheat grass is highly alkaline food. It’s also best to lower the amount of sodium in your diet by eating more unprocessed/whole foods. It also helps to avoid things like: processed meats, fast foods, fried foods, canned goods, salty condiments or sauces, frozen meals, ready to eat meals etc. In addition, try to limit your intake of sugary products, sweetened drinks, alcohol and caffeine. Practice Exercises: To help maintain skeletal strength, it’s important to stay active. Osteoporosis has greater risk of fractures, so be careful while Exercising. Avoid strenuous and jerky movements. Exercise helps your body reduce the decline in bone mass associated with aging. It has many others benefits, too, such as contributing to hormone balance and a healthy body weight.  Exercise is needed to keep muscles strong. It also helps with coordination and balance. Weight-bearing exercises are the most beneficial for your bones, although this term often confuses people. Weight-bearing exercises include any type that “forces you to work against gravity” and that you practice with an upright posture. This way your bones and muscles must support your body weight. To prevent and cure osteoporosis, yoga and Pranayama will be a great addition in your lifestyle. It will fix up your hormonal balance which is the root cause of problem. Oxygenation by breathing techniques will make your body alkaline and will help you in reducing bone sponginess. Cool, Calm and Clean environment and yoga practice – a wows combination for your health. Take Supplements That Can Help Protect Bones Calcium — It’s best to obtain calcium from foods in your diet. However, you can take a supplement for boost. Most adults need about 1,000 milligrams daily. Choose calcium citrate, take it before meals for better absorption in a divided dose of 500mg everyday. Vitamin D — Experts recommend that people who have a history of deficiency, elderly adults,take a vitamin D supplement daily. Dosage recommendations vary person to person. Magnesium — Magnesium is a mineral; your body requires for proper calcium metabolism. Aim to get between 300–500 milligrams daily. Epsom salt bath is super source to get it through skin. Ayurveda perspective of osteoporosis is, when vata (air) element is vitiated in our body and affects our bones is called Asthi Majja Kashaya. Traditionally used medicines for Asthi-majja kashaya (osteoporosis):Asthi shrinkhala ghrita, Shatavari, Ashwagandha churna, Shuddha guggulu, Mukta pisti, Praval pisti, Shankhabhama. Oil enemas (basti) particularly work on Asthi Dhatu (bones) and Majja Dhatu (bone marrow) along with Abhyangam therapy. Maintain A Healthy Weight Obesity can increase inflammation and contribute to hormonal changes that damage bones. Maintaining a healthy weight makes it easier to exercise and stay active into older age. Get Enough Sunlight Vitamin D helps improve calcium absorption. It’s best to obtain it via natural sunlight. To allow your body to make enough vitamin D to protect your bones, aim to get 15–20 minutes of sunshine on your bare skin daily. 6. Get Enough sleep: A sound sleep of at least 7-8 hours per day helps in better assimilation and absorption of nutrients. Lack of sleep may lead to adrenal fatigue and associated symptoms. Final Thoughts on Osteoporosis: Osteopenia is a condition characterized by lower-than-normal bone density. It precedes osteoporosis and causes brittle, weaker than normal bones that are more likely to fracture on minor jerk. Risk factors for osteopenia include: being a woman following menopause; dieting or calorie restriction; eating disorders; taking medications that interfere with mineral absorption; anaemia; smoking cigarettes; too little exercise; obesity and a family history. Natural treatments and prevention include: balanced diet with enough calcium and vitamin D; getting regular & safe exercise; maintaining a healthy weight; not smoking; and preventing vitamin D deficiency by getting adequate sunlight exposure and sound sleep, maintaining alkalinity in body.


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  • SHIRODHARA- Experience the Serenity

    In Health Tips On 30 August 2018

      Shirodhara, is a unique, blissful ancient Panchkarma  therapy, balances and stabilize the mind. This procedure/therapy induces a relaxed state of awareness that results in a dynamic psycho-somatic balance. It comprises of two terms  ‘Shiro’ meaning Head and ‘Dhara’ meaning Pouring in Stream of medicated oil, milk or any other liquid based upon individual needs. This treatment has immensely positive  impact on our nervous system. It immediately acts to calm and relax your mind and has a cleansing effect on the nerves & thoughts. Stress, according to Ayurveda, is a state of imbalance of prana vayu, sadak pitta, and tarpaka kapha. Shirodhara re-establishes the functional integrity between these three doshic subtypes and thus helps alleviate stress & tension. Warm oil (or other liquid) pours in a continuous stream for 45 minutes over the forehead (between eyebrows, the third eye), an area where nerves are highly concentrated. The pressure of the oil onto the forehead creates a vibration. The oil saturates the forehead and scalp and penetrates into the nervous system. In classical Shirodhara, a copper pot (kumbha) with a standard size hole at the bottom is used to pour oil. This is filled up with oil or any other therapeutic liquid at ambient temperature. The dripping should happen in a constant rhythm. The gentle pressure and soothing warmth of the oil allow the body, mind and nervous system to experience a deep state of rest, mimicking to meditation. The gentle pressure of the oil falling onto the forehead may also play a role in inducing rest. In the process of Shirodhara, particular pressure and vibration is created over the forehead. The vibration is amplified by the hollow sinus present in the frontal bone. The vibration is then transmitted inwards through the fluid medium of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This vibration along with little warmth  may activate the functions of brain which then brings the amount of serotonin and catecholamine to the normal stage of sleep induction. Again, it is proved in modern human physiology that pressure has an effect on impulse conduction through tactile (touch)and thermo (heat)receptors. In Dhara therapy, prolonged and continuous pressure due to pouring of the medicated liquid may cause tranquility of mind and induces natural sleep. WHO CAN OPT FOR SHIRODHARA : Shirodhara may assist with the following conditions: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Insomnia or disturbed sleep Jet Lag Hypertension Psoriasis Chronic Headaches and Migraines Memory loss Hair loss Tinnitus and Hearing loss Irritable bowel syndrome Healthy individual can also take Dhara to experience a deep sense of relaxation & Rejuvenation. How Dhara affects us : IT CAN RELAX THE MIND AND BODY The medicated liquids and oils used in the process help relax the body and mind by removing the harmful toxins accumulated . The removal of toxins helps purify the soul and the body. It helps enhance relaxation and makes one feel more positive about life. IT ASSISTS IN INCREASING ENERGY The oil which is poured onto the head flows to all the other areas of the body. This helps increase energy in the body, and makes people feel fitter and more active. This therapy can be used for the treatment of weak and feeble patients, trying to recover after long-illness. IT CAN IMPROVE HEALING This method assists nutrients from oils to freely flow to the brain, which assists in healing the body from deep within. IT CAN TREAT INSOMNIA Medicated liquids calm the mind and stabilize the nervous system. This helps sufferers to be cured of insomnia. IT CAN TREAT HAIR LOSS The flow of oil /medicated milk on the scalp, temples and hair can help cure hair loss problems. Regular use of oils / milk can make hair follicles stronger, smooth and encourage the growth of new hair. 3 Types Of Shirodhara Sneha dharauses herbal oil (tail) or ghee. Ksheer dharauses milk infused with herbs. Takra dharauses buttermilk infused with suitable herbs. Sneh Dhara An Ayurvedic practitioner can make use of different herbal oils and ghee based on his or her wisdom and experience. Different oils can be mixed and used depending on the practical experience and judgment of the practitioner Ksheer-dhara This is another type of shirodhara in which medicated milk or milk infused with herbs is rhythmically poured on the forehead from a specific height and for a specific time period allowing the milk to run through the scalp and into the hair. Specific indications of Ksheer dhara Hair loss Pitta imbalance For rejuvenation in summer and hot climates Insanity of Pitta origin (as a supplemental therapy) Giddiness Sleeplessness due to aggravated Pitta Fever of Pitta origin Takra-dhara Takra-dhara is a type of shirodhara in which herb infused takra or butter milk is poured from a specific height and for a specific time period continuously and rhythmically, allowing the takra to run through the scalp and into the hair. Specific indications of Takra dhara Graying of the hair Headache Indigestion Burning of the hands and feet Disorders of the eye, ear and nose, related to Pitta and Kapha aggravation Skin diseases of psychosomatic origin, as in psoriasis Are the results of the treatment permanent? Shirodhara provides relief from nervous disorders and may also help to reduce blood pressure, induce sleep and reduce hair loss. However, this is an Ayurveda treatment that produces immediate results. But a person can get affected by anxiety or stress or sleep disorders after a certain time after completing the treatment. The results are, hence, not permanent and a person may have to opt for the treatment again. To sustain results the approach should be multi-focal,  taking care of diet , nutrition , lifestyle , relationships and expectations, a  balance is required. Are there any side effects? Shirodhara is a very beneficial treatment and there are no serious side-effects associated with the treatment. However, some people may experience a feeling of heaviness in the head. Some people can get a bit dizzy while the chances of giddiness may increase for people if they had kept their eyes open during the treatment. PRE-SHIRODHARA  PREPARATION : When scheduling an appointment for shirodhara, keep in mind that you may need additional rest following the treatment. Shirodhara cleanses the mind and senses. Make use of this time and avoid unnecessary stimulation after your treatment. Eat lightly before your appointment. Shirodhara has an effect on the digestive system and a full stomach is not advised. Prefer Light Food Options before the Therapy like: Veg Khichri Veg porridge Warm vegetable or lentil soup ALSO TAKE CARE OF THE FOLLOWING: Your hair will be saturated with oil. Dress appropriately and comfortably. Wear an old shirt, something you don’t mind getting oil on. It is advised to leave the oil in your hair for at least a one hour following the treatment. Prepare to cover your head following the treatment. If the weather is cool, windy or cold, bring an old warm hat, again something you don’t mind getting oil on. A plastic shower cap also works well. Avoid anger , large crowds (concerts, restaurants/bars, large gatherings) and make the remainder of your day peaceful. This is your time for mental rest. - Therapy Room Cautions used to Get A Great Shirodhara   Maintain Silence No music should be playing during shirodhara, cell phones should be turned off and there should be no interruptions and no conversations taking place. Any noise will disrupt the experience of disengaging from outside stimuli and experiencing mental rest. Be Mindful of The Room’s Temperature In cooler climates and during the cooler seasons of the year the room should be ‘toasty’ warm throughout the treatment. The head will be wet with oil during the treatment so it is very important that the client does not get cold during the process. If so, the experience could become unpleasant. In the warmer months of the year make sure the temperature of the room is comfortable and avoid deep cold air conditioned rooms for shirodhara when possible.    Post-Treatment Guidelines People, who have undergone this treatment, will have to remove the oil from their hair. It is better to add shampoo to hair first and then use water to wash the hair. This is because the shampoo will stick to the hair and ensure that is properly cleaned. Caffeine should be avoided for a few days after the treatment as caffeine has a negative effect on the nervous system. A person should use warm water for bathing and drinking purposes. A person should also go for a light diet and avoid eating oily food.    


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  • 8 Golden rules to Prevent Kidney Disease By Dr Richa garg

    In Expert Diet Tips On 18 March 2019

    Prevention is always better than Cure As we all are already aware about this famous quote. So keeping this concept in my mind, sharing few tips to prevent Kidney diseases. These are the general guidelines which everyone needs to follow but if someone is having major Kidney issues (CKD), then they need to follow spefic diet plan and lifestyle. It may vary depending on the person conditions. 

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