Wednesday, 21 June 2017

International Yoga Day

The World Yoga Day, also known as the International Yoga Day, falls on Wednesday, June 21. The theme of this year is  "Yoga for Health."

Yoga originated in ancient India around 5,000 years back. Yoga is an amalgam of physical, mental and spiritual practice which helps enhance one's physical as well as mental health along with the self-healing ability.

Practising yoga regularly helps to improve:

Flexibility
Respiration
Posture
Muscle strength
Weight management
Metabolism
Bone health
Blood flow
Immunity
Yoga also aids in combating stress causing changes in the genes, a study carried out by the researchers from Psychology at Coventry University in the United Kingdom, with Ivana Buric as the lead researcher, pointed out.

"The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body,"

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Don't take good health for granted

Don't take good health for granted

No one wants to be sick. But tell me very frankly when do we start to take notice and some action about our health, only after we fall sick or are in the process of losing our health. During this time, we make all sorts of promises and resolutions. But once we get it back, we often return to our old ways. Isn't this true??

Good health is one of those things that is usually taken for granted. Chronic, degenerative conditions usually takes years, even decades, to develop, nothing develops overnight.

For example, heart attack or a tumor on your body, do you think it developed overnight? No way. It took a long time to get to a size where it becomes visible. All your hardwork of abusing your body in the form of unhealthy lifestyle, stress, junk eating, toxic buildup, weakened immune system which had probably been around for years too showed it's effect. Do realize that, once a disease takes root, the decline usually starts gaining momentum.

To know how to preserve good health do get in touch with us at shilpsnutrilife@gmail.com or

Monday, 19 June 2017

In Rainny season wash fruits and vegetables well

In rainny season wash all vegetables and fruits thoroughly

In rainny season wash all vegetables and fruits thoroughly, esp green leafy vegetables, cauliflower, broccoli, brinjal, roots and tubers which harbour larvae, worms and dust. Clean them under running water.

Steaming them is the best way to get rid of germs. Soaking the greens in salt water for about 10minutes can help remove insects.

Research has shown that using just plain old water can remove 98% of the bacteria when it is used to rinse and soak produce.

If you decide to use vinegar, research has shown that a 3 part water to 1 part vinegar is most effective. A soak of five to10 minutes should be sufficient. Try to get the water temperature as close to that of the fruit or vegetable that you wish to clean. When you have a variety of fruits and vegetables, it might be best to wash these separately.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Antioxidant rich chutney

Nutritious Antioxidant Rich Chutney.

Made using fresh coriander, mint, spinach, curry leaves ...apt for any season....improves immunity. ..
beneficial for people suffering from Cholesterol, BP, Diabetes.

Ingredients -
• Coriander leaves - 1 small bunch
• Palak -1/2 bunch
• Mint leaves a few
• Curry leaves 12-15 leaves
• Tomato - 1 small
• Onion – 1
• Garlic – 7-10 cloves
• Lemon juice – 1-2 tbsp
• Green chilli – 1-2
• Ginger - a small piece
• Roasted flaxseed powder - 1 tbsp
• Dalia (split channa dal)- 1tbsp
• Salt to taste

Method -

Grind all the ingredients together. Serve as an accompaniment with dosa, idli, dhokla, chilla, pancakes, chapati, upma , make sandwiches.

This chutney is beneficial for people suffering from Cholesterol, BP, Diabetes.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Read your nutrilabel right

If you can't read it then WHY EAT IT....don't you at times feel everything written on the package food is beyond your understanding. ..If yes and you can't understand anything just leave it.

If the things written resembles name of a food go ahead, if you feel more like chemicals just throw it away.

Wake up guys before its too late.

Popcorn health benefits

Popcorn health benefits
Scientists have reported that popcorn contains more of the healthful antioxidant substances called "polyphenols" than fruits and vegetables.

"Popcorn may be the perfect snack food. It is 100% unprocessed whole grain as against all other grains which are actually processed and diluted with other ingredients - meaning only 51% of the weight of the product is whole grain. The average person only gets about half a serving of whole grains a day, and popcorn could fill that gap in a very pleasant way,"

In another surprising finding, the researchers discovered that the hulls of the popcorn -- the part that everyone hates for its tendency to get caught in the teeth -- actually has the highest concentration of polyphenols and fiber."Those hulls deserve more respect," "They are nutritional gold nuggets." One serving of popcorn will provide more than 70 percent of the daily intake of whole grain. It’s gluten-free

Popcorn is a great between-meal snack. “Popped corn” is mostly air, which makes it highly effective for staving off hunger cravings without damaging your diet.

But the way people prepare and serve popcorn can quickly put a dent in its healthful image. Cooking it in a potful of oil, slathering on butter, pouring on the salt makes it a nutritional nightmare loaded with fat and calories.

Go for air-popped popcorn as it has the lowest number of calories.

However popcorn cannot replace fresh fruits and vegetables in a healthy diet. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and other nutrients that are critical for good health, but are missing from popcorn.

Popcorn is one of the least expensive snack foods on the market today.....so goahead have a bowl full of popcorn today.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Don't skip Suhoor (pre-dawn meal)

Don't skip Suhoor (pre-dawn meal)

Suhoor is regarded as a benefit of the blessings in that it allows the person fasting to avoid the crankiness or the weakness caused by the fast.

Eat suhoor(sehri) just prior to dawn. Yes, it's hard to get up at that hour, which is why it has many benefits and rewards. And this morning meal is generally recognized as the single most important meal of the day. as this is needed to get you through the day. Many people eat a late night meal and sleep through till the dawn prayers. This is not advisable.

Skipping Suhoor prolongs the fasting period as your body will need to rely on the previous meal to provide you with all the nutrients and energy until Iftar (dinner). Due to the longer hours of fasting, you are more likely to feel dehydrated and tired during the day. Furthermore, skipping Suhoor also encourages overeating during Iftar, which can cause unhealthy weight gain.

So all those doing Ramadan please eat suhoor.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

How healthy is Idli Sambar?

How healthy is Idli Sambar???
Idli is the top food on the list for "eating healthy especially while eating out"

Idlis are made from a combination of rice and urad dal which is fermented and then steamed.

Both these processes are very good as it invovles predigestion by bacteria, cooking with no oil at all
and hence easier to digest. The fermented process increases the bioavailability of nutrients like folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, biotin.

However most restaurants use baking soda to speed up getting the idli batter ready and while too much baking soda does destroy nutrients and affects the digestive system in the long run. Similarly the ready made idli batter also contains some amount of soda.

Another important things is the combination of cereal n pulse improves the quality of protein i.e gives the best quality protein comparable to that of an egg which is considered excellent.

So go ahead relish those wonderful idlis on a super Sunday morning whether at home or out.

 

Can sitting for long hours put you in trouble?

Can sitting for long hours put you in trouble?

You may want to stand up while you read this.

Experts now say you should start standing up at work for at least two hours a day -- and work your way toward four.

Today, the average office worker sits for about 10 hours - office meeting, emails, eating meals,  computer etc.

Medical researchers have long warned that prolonged sitting is dangerous, associated with a significantly higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and depression, as well as muscle and joint problems.

Some have gone on to say that the office chair is worse for your health than smoking and kills more people than HIV. Even working out vigorously before or after work may not compensate for extending sitting.

Metabolism slows down 90 percent after 30 minutes of sitting. The enzymes that move the bad fat from your arteries to your muscles, where it can get burned off, slow down. The muscles in your lower body are turned off. And after two hours, good cholesterol drops 20 percent. Just getting up for five minutes is going to get things going again. These things are so simple they’re almost stupid.”

According to the expert statement released in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Americans should begin to stand, move and take breaks for at least two out of eight hours at work.

Gavin Bradley, director of Active Working, an international group
Gives following suggestions -
Take your calls standing.
Walk around.
Hold standing meetings,Walking meetings.
Walk over to a colleague’s desk instead of sending an e-mail.
Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
Taking a lunch break.
Isn't this Simple stuff.

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

We have to pay the price for how we live and what we eat

We have to pay the price for how we live and what we eat

The increase in our lifespan should be a blessing but our bad habits have turned it into a curse.

Modern day medicine is allowing us to live longer lives. Unfortunately, these long lives are not healthy lives. Our bad eating habits, sedentary lifestyles, and smoking have prevented us from enjoying the fruits of medical technology.

Today, even educated people do not understand the dangers say from faulty lifestyle and eating habits.

Well, we have to pay the price for how we live and what we eat.

Make the right choice. ....stay fit and healthy by paying a small price of eating healthy n exercising. ...to know more contact 09870404042 or email at shilpsnutrilife@gmail.com or visit website www.shilpsnutrilife.com

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CONNECTING WITH NATURE Go on a leg powered journey

#worldenvironmentday
CONNECTING WITH NATURE

Go on a leg powered journey
The simplest way to get back into the way of life of our ancestors is to travel in a more traditional way. We didn’t evolve driving on a motorway or riding a train. Slowing down, and walking to the top of a mountain, canoeing across a lake, riding a horse or being taken on a journey through wild country by a husky dog sled are all great ways to reconnect with nature.

Similarly walking barefoot on the grass or along the beach. Focus on the feeling of your feet connecting with the earth and the sense of feeling grounded that can come along with this.

Do try this. ...also comment below if you have any further ideas.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

THE THREE R’S THAT CAN SAVE US

THE THREE R’S THAT CAN SAVE US

We’re probably throwing out more food/money than we realize. We all do…but few of us recognise this and fewer still admit to it! In fact each of us throws away on average 120kg of food a year. but what can you and I do about it?? Do I really waste food?

The following  three R’s can save us!!!

REDUCE – food wastage by buying more efficiently.
Take a list with you to the grocery store; you’re less likely to buy items that you won’t use. Even better option is to plan your meals for a week which eases out shopping and cooking both.

REUSE- unwanted item where possible instead of disposing them
Donate any unopened non-perishable items that you definitely won’t use.
Clean out your fridge/freezer/cupboards on a somewhat regular basis and use  anything that is getting near to the manufacturers “best by” date.

RECYCLE - compost
Use any leftover food,use your creativity.
If at times you have brought a vegetable, can’t reduce it, it already started spoiling so can’t reuse it, you’re down to “recycle”, that’s where composting comes in, possibly some nice soil will magically appear.

Just THINK.EAT.SAVE: Reduce your foodprint!
Save Food, Save Environment and Save Lives………

So now you are aware about the 3R’s!
So Have fun

Monday, 5 June 2017

world environment day

World environment day 5th June

The host country for this year’s celebration is Canada and has chosen the theme “Connecting People to Nature” for 2017, which invites people to enjoy the outdoors and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share.

“It reminds us of what a treasure nature is, and encourages us all to protect and appreciate our environment.”

It is an ideal occasion to go out and enjoy your outdoor picnic or have a nature walk in wilderness areas.

Connecting to nature can involve all the physical senses: why not take off your shoes and get your feet (and hands) dirty; don’t just look at the beautiful lake ( if you have one in your area), jump in! Take a hike (if your surrounding area permits) at night and rely on your ears and nose to experience nature.

Why not do your bit to green the urban environment, by greening your street or planting a window box.

In the age of asphalt and smartphones and among the distractions of modern life, connections with nature can be fleeting. But with little help, our environment can be clearer than ever that we need harmony between humanity and nature so that both are able to thrive.


Saturday, 3 June 2017

Small changes can make a big difference

World environment day special
Small changes can make a big difference

Following small changes will help to reduce your “foodprint” and save our environment

Buy local, organic foods that do not use chemicals in the production process.

Buy food with a thought. Do not buy more food than you need to avoid food wastage.

Go vegetarian atleast once a week.

Plant a vegetable garden.

Cook food with care, serve just enough,use what is left.

Do not waste water, like do not let it run while we brush our teeth.

Request smaller portions at restaurants.

Avoid excess food packaging, use cloth bags, reuseable cups, non plastic bottles.

Avoid plastic bottles.

Don’t litter.

Just THINK.EAT.SAVE: Reduce your foodprint!
Save Food, Save Environment and Save Lives.........

Thursday, 1 June 2017

World Milk Day

World Milk Day 1st June

#WorldMilkDay is celebrated on 1st June in many countries across the world.

Significance - to raise the awareness about the importance of milk and its products as part of a #health #balancediet.

"Milk is the #FirstFood for Human

It was initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to celebrate all aspects of milk as a global food.

Did you know, Milk is a #completefood except for iron and vitamin C. It contains lipids, #proteins, carbohydrates, salts, minerals like #calcium and phosphorus, vitamins like Vit A,  B complex– in other words, all healthy nutrients required by our body.

I know most of you don't like milk, we make faces...give excuses like it does not suit our system, other mammals milk is not designed for our body n so on right. ..

To make it interesting, you can add different flavours to it. Saffron, cinnamon, vanilla essence, rose essence, dry fruit powder, strawberry squash thandai syrup etc.

Still not a liking for milk then have milk products like panir, curd, buttermilk,  cheese, ghee etc.

Benefits of milk - strong bones,  muscles, improves sleep,  quality of hair and skin and also acts as a naturalantacid.

So go ahead and have a glass of milk today...doodh doodh doodh piyoo glass full doodh.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Quit smoking - Slip, don't slide

#worldnotobaccodayspecial
Quit smoking - Slip, don’t slide

Quit smoking, and your risk of a heart attack drops almost immediately, returning to that of a never-smoker within five to 15 years. Breaking the addiction isn't easy—some 40 percent of smokers try each year, and most of them fail. But a failed attempt is not a final defeat. What distinguishes successful quitters is their willingness to keep trying.

Slip, don’t slide

There’s an important distinction between a slip (a mistake) and a slide (a relapse). You slip when you smoke once or twice after your quit date. You relapse when you go back to your former smoking pattern. Slipping is common and doesn’t make you a smoker again. If you slip, try to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it the next time. Above all, don’t let one slip lead to another cigarette, then another...

You may have to quit two, three, or even more times before you stop smoking for good. Not succeeding may just mean you need more help.

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Monday, 29 May 2017

Are you a smoker and suffering from sleep disorders?

#worldnotobaccodayspecial
Are you a smoker and suffering from sleep disorders?

Yes! Smoking is the reason. Nicotine is a stimulant, so smokers take longer to sleep and are more likely to suffer from sleep problems.

Sleeping disorders have become a common phenomenon in 21st century . The current lifestyle greatly affects the sleeping pattern of human beings. Among many causes, smoking is one main cause for sleeping disturbances.

Cigarettes contain nicotine that affects sleep. It is a stimulant that keeps you awake. But smokers are not aware of this fact. Rather they claim that a puff of cigarette smoke makes them feel calmer and helps them relax. On the contrary, nicotine stimulates the mind and the body. It interferes with the body’s ability to fall and stay asleep.

Give up smoking and improve your sleep pattern.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Smoking just ONE cigarette uses up 25mg of vitamin C

#worldnotobaccodayspecial
Smoking just ONE cigarette uses up 25mg of vitamin C

Focus on Vitamin C ... Did you know that smoking just ONE cigarette uses up 25mg of vitamin C? Levels of vitamin C are also further depleted by stress and pollution, so a regular supply is necessary.

Vitamin C is essential for a number of vital bodily functions including tissue growth and repair, collagen production, wound healing, and a healthy immune system.

Good dietary sources include awla, citrus fruit, broccoli, strawberries, guava, bell peppers, papaya, and kiwi fruit.

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Jal-jeera

#HealthySummerdrinks
Jal-jeera, or jaljira, is an Indian beverage made from a mix spice powder used to flavor this drink. In Hindi, “jal” means water and “jeera” means cumin.

The beverage form is essentially lemonade and jaljira powder, and is a popular summer drink in India. It is sometimes served as an appetizer, as it is intended to “startle” the taste buds.

Jaljira powder generally consists of cumin, ginger, black pepper, mint, black salt, some fruit powder (usually either mango, or some kind of citrus zest), and chili or hot pepper powder.

The cumin is a medicinal ingredient which aids digestion. The mint has a cooling effect. Black salt or rock salt acts as a digestive.

Jaljeera is popular in northern India because it is thought to have cooling properties, against the temperature of the region. It is generally served with appetizers before a meal, but is also drunk between meals. Some versions do not involve any added sugar.

Sip on this cooling summer beverage.

 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Bael Sherbet

#HealthySummerdrinks
Bel sherbet
Bael or wood apple is also known as Elephad Bengal Quince. It gets its name of wood apple due to the hard cover.It is native to India.

It is an excellent summer cooler. The juice is very soothing and a great medicine for heatstroke. It cools down the body and the stomach, and helps preventing heat exhaustion in summer season.

Bael fruit is a storehouse of  good health nutrition and is a energy booster.

Packed with protein, phosphorus, Vitamin C and B complex thiamine and riboflavin and tannin it strengthens the heart and mind.

It cures acidity, increases body resistance and improve the memory.

It also cures ulcers and gastric disorders, treats acidity, burning sensation in the stomach and nausea, cleans the stomach of impurities and also cures amoebiasis.

A good source of beta-carotene, Bael also cure liver problems.

Here is how to make Bel Ka Sherbat

Ingredients:
- Bel (wood apple) 1 medium size
- Sugar 2-3 tsp (according to your taste)
- Cumin Powder 1/2 tsp (optional)
- Black Salt 1/2 tsp (optional)
- Water 2 cups

Directions
- Break open the bel and take out the pulp with a spoon
- Soak the pulp in water for 2-3 hours (or cook the pulp in 3 cups of water for 15 minutes)
- Strain it
- Add sugar, black salt and cumin powder into the strained juice and mix well
- Serve chilled with ice cubes.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Barley water

#HealthySummerdrinks
Barley water
In some countries, people consume barley rice during summer for its cooling properties.

Boil a table spoon of barley seeds in a liter of water. Bring down the quantity to half, if you don’t enjoy the bland taste, then you could add a dash of lemon and keep consuming barley water through out the day.

-Barley water also brings down the heat content in the body.
-It also works as an excellent substitute to aerated drinks to quench your thirst.
-As it’s a cooling agent it also helps reduce burning sensation in the stomach.
-It improves digestion and fight constipation, feeling of nausea.”
-Barley water also prevents urine from stinking. Infact it is the best medicine when you have a Urinary Tract Infection.
-Regular consumption of barley water cleanses your kidney and keeps it free of toxins.

A study conducted by American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that the fiber that comes from barley water lowers cholesterol, cuts risk of Type-2 diabetes.
The antioxidants in barley prevents cancerous growths.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Kokum juice and Solkadhi

#HealthySummerdrinks
Kokum juice /solkadhi – refreshing summer drink

A tangy, refreshing drink made from this purple berry, native to India, is ideal for this sweltering heat. Kokum is low in calories, contains no cholesterol or saturated fats, and is rich in dietary fibre. A powerful antioxidant, it is rich in vitamin C, and contains a fair amount of potassium, manganese and magnesium.

INGREDIENTS (one glass)
Dried kokum rind – 4 to 5
Mint, finely chopped – 1/2 tbsp.
Roasted cumin powder – 1 tsp.
Sugar or jaggery or honey – 1 tsp. (optional)
Black salt – 1/4 tsp.
Water – 1
Ice cubes – 2 (optional)

METHOD OF MAKING
Step 1: Soak the kokum rinds overnight, or in hot water for couple hours, or till they get soft.

Step 2: Once the rinds are soft, squeeze and extract pulp.

Step 3: To the pulp, add chopped mint leaves, water, roasted cumin powder, black salt and sugar.

Step 4: Stir well, and serve chilled.

– Kokum juice is great for the summers, as it reduces body heat, prevents dehydration and cuts risk of sunstroke.
– Can combat digestive problems like flatulence, acidity and constipation

Solkadhi is a type of curry usually had with rice or sometimes drunk after the meals. Popular in the Konkan region of India, it is made from coconut milk and kokum. It’s known for it digestive properties. The preparation is prepared by mixing coconut milk with kokum, a little bit of salt and/or chili-garlic paste is added for taste.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Natural cooler

Natural summer coolers n filler .....grab a 10rs serving of each of this. ..rather then those #junkies #healthy #karvanda #whitejamun #sourawla #nutrientdense

Friday, 19 May 2017

Watermelon the super cooler

Watermelon the super duper cooler

It is the season of watermelons. They are best during the summer as they are sweet and juicy. As the name says it all watermelon is 92% water and only 8%sugar.

Research shows that watermelon cuts the risk of sun related skin damage by 40%. That's because watermelon is nature's richest source of lycopene, an antioxidant that scavenges the UV-induced free radicals that cause sunburn and wrinkling. Lycopene may also help reduce the risks of cancer and other diseases.

Watermelon can help improve sleep. It is high in vitamin B6 which helps manufacture serotonin and dopamine (mood related chemical) in brain.When levels of serotonin increase at night, the brain is less sensitive to disruptive stimuli (like noise) during sleep.

Watermelons are rich in electrolytes, sodium and potassium which are lost through perspiration. Also its high potassium content helps to control BP.

They are rich in Vitamin A, B and C. What's more, they are low in calories and very nutritious.


Musk melon - kharbhuja

Muskmelon (kharabuja, cantaloupe)

Muskmelon, also known as Kharbhuja, Cantaloupe is a member in the large Cucurbitaceae family. Some of the popular fruits and vegetables in the cucurbit family include squash, pumpkin, cucumber, gourd…etc.

The muskmelon or cantaloupe, is a perfect summer fruit. It’s high water content can help take care of the fluid loss that our bodies go through due to perspiration in this summer season. It also helps to combat the heat in the body and thus, prevents heat-related disorders during summer.

It is known for its low calorie content and sweet and enticing aroma. Having this yellow-orange coloured succulent fruit early in the morning is also good for your digestive system. A great source of beta-carotene, folic acid, potassium, vitamins C and A, muskmelon not only helps you stay healthy, but is also great for your skin and hair.

Potassium present normalizes the heartbeat and promotes the supply of oxygen to the brain

Thursday, 18 May 2017

White jamun - wax jambu

WHITE JAMUN (WAX JAMBU) FRUIT
Have been seeing this fruit on and off lately everywhere quite in abundance……thats white jamun,have you heard of it, its a variant of the black jamun, the tree produces white coloured fruit,commonly known as white jamun.

White jamun  is grown especially for its cooling nature that can be very refreshing and slaking on a hot day.

They are pear-shaped structure, comes in varying colors ranging from white, pale green color, green, pink, rose red and crimson color. The fruit is crisp, almost crunchy and juicy in taste you can eat these fruits out-of-hand, without any need to peel the skin.

Common names of the fruit include wax apple, love apple, java apple, chomphu, wax jambu, rose apple, bell fruit, makopa.

Health benefits
Stops diarrhea & dysentery.
Relieves throat affections and other respiratory diseases.
Removes worms.

Vinegar made from the fruit gives relief in colitis, indigestion, stomach diseases. It relieves gas and improves digestion.

Many members of the Wax Jambu family have volatile oils which help in medicinal applications. The medicinal oil is present throughout the living tissue most of the Wax  Jambu species.

A 2008 study published in “Advances in Biological Research” also indicate the fruit’s phytochemicals have mild antibiotic and antifungal properties against staphylococcus, candida aureus and mycrobacter smegmatis.

Go ahead Njoy the fruit especially now when its in season.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

World hypertension day

The theme for World Hypertension Day is Know Your Numbers with a goal of increasing high blood pressure (BP) awareness in all populations around the world.

Why all the fuss about high blood pressure?
About 1 in every 3 adults has hypertension anyways. This is a really startling statistic. Why? Because research studies have shown us how dangerous high blood pressure can be.

If you need help in lowering your Blood pressure connect with me at 09870404042 or mail me at shilpsnutrilife@gmail.com

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

World Hypertension Day - know your numbers

Understanding Blood Pressure Readings  Know your Numbers

Do you know what your blood pressure is and what it means?
If  you answer “no,” and might be wondering why you need to know that…..Right, then please read on and do get your BP checked.

Blood pressure refers to how much force your blood is putting on the walls of the arteries in your body. When there is a large amount of force on the walls of your arteries it is called high blood pressure, or hypertension.

High blood pressure or hypertension is a disease and is often called the “silent killer” because symptoms are often not felt or noticed by the person who has the disease.
It is very important for you to know what your blood pressure is so that you can take action to keep yourself healthy.

For now, concentrate on what your blood pressure is, and in what category your reading places you.

NORMAL BP
Starting at age 20, the American Heart Association recommends a blood pressure screening at your regular healthcare visit or once every 2 years. A normal systolic pressure is less than 120, and a normal diastolic pressure is less than 80. What this means is that a normal blood pressure would be anything less than 120/80. If even one of your numbers is higher than what is considered normal, you should think about making some lifestyle changes.

PRE HYPERTENSION
If your blood pressure is between 120/80 mmHg and 139/89 mmHg, then you have prehypertension. This means that you don’t have high blood pressure now but are likely to develop it in the future. You can take steps to prevent high blood pressure by adopting a healthy lifestyle. However check it at least every year or more often as your doctor suggests.

HIGH BP 
If your blood pressure reading is higher than normal, a single high reading does not necessarily mean that you have high blood pressure. However, if readings stay at 140/90 mm Hg or above over time, your doctor will likely want you to begin a treatment program. Such a program almost always includes lifestyle changes and often prescription medication.

HYPERTENSIVE CRISIS
If, while monitoring your blood pressure, you get a systolic reading of 180 mm Hg or higher or a diastolic reading of 110 mm HG or higher, you should seek immediate emergency medical treatment for a hypertensive crisis or have someone drive you to the hospital right away.

Take care Get your blood pressure mointored regularly.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Refreshing and cooling drink for summer

Refreshing and cooling drink

Looking for something refreshing to drink that will not only cool you but also hydrate and at the same time tastes delicious? This is the drink for you.  There is nothing more refreshing then lemon, cucumber, watermelon and mint water! And wait until you find out the benefits!

Watermelon contains organic compound citrulline that helps the body flush out toxins. Water helps flush nasty toxins and waste through our system giving organs like the liver and kidney an easier time doing their job.

Lemon or lime juice helps stimulate and regulate the digestive, stimulates bile production, and thins out bile, which allows it to flow more freely.

Mint leaves are not only a nice refreshing flavor to add to your drinks, but also help you digest more effectively and relax cramped up stomach muscles.

Beets have shown themselves to be particularly helpful when it comes to aiding the liver in detoxification.

Cucumber, Watermelon, Lemon and Mint Water

Ingredients:
12 cups of filtered water (3 quarts)1 medium organic cucumber,2-3 small organic lemons,10-12 organic mint leaves, 4-5 watermelon cubes

Directions:
Wash lemons and cucumbers; slice thinly. Add lemons, cucumber, and mint to pitcher. Cover with water and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight or Slice up a good amount of watermelon into cubes, rind and all, and put them into a jug or pitcher.

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Or cut 1 juicy lime into wedges and toss in with the watermelon. Add a handful of fresh, fragrant, mint leaves and pour in 2 liters of cool water, filling the jug all the way to the top. Let this sit overnight in the fridge and let all the yummy flavors steep and infuse the water. When you want to drink it, put in a generous helping of ice cubes, pour, and enjoy daily.

Try substituting or adding a lemon for the lime, cucumber for the watermelon, beets or a combination of all of them.(cucumber lemon or watermelon, mint).

Stay cool and refresh this summer.

Tadgola a great summer fruit

Tadgola a great summer fruit

Tadgola a great fruit especially to have in summer, it actually cools you down although peeling the fruit is a little messy job.

Also known as ice apple, palm fruit or nungu. It is a delicious fruit, famous in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, in summer. In Bengal, it is known as Taal. In Bihar, it is known as Taari.

It grows in clusters, and has a coconutty, brown exterior. On cutting open, each fruit had three to four jelly seeds that have a soft yellowish skin that darkens to a light brown when exposed to air.

They are a great source of potassium and low in sodium which helps to control blood pressure.They cool your body during summers and also help in maintaining electrolyte balance.

Eat this anytime of the day and enjoy it to the fullest in summers.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Creative ways to increase water content

Creative ways to increase water consumption

If you find it cumbersome to force yourself to drink plain old water all the time, there are several other interesting ways to ensure you’re getting the right amount of water... to keep yourself hydrated

•Fall in love with herbal or iced teas. Surprise your taste buds with a variety of them such as mint,ginger, lemon, cinnamon, fennel, and peppermint. Herbal teas are known to be rich in antioxidants as well.

•Have a bowl of clear soup or cold soup. It will not only fill you up and provide nutrition but also increase the water content in your body.

•Similarly you can have combination of vegetable juices too.

•Again lemon water, chass n coconut water can also be incorporated.

Stay hydrated stay healthy

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Herbal iced tea with Sabja seeds

#HealthySummerdrinks
Herbal Iced Tea with Sabja seeds

A refreshing and cooling tea for hot summers

They are cooling and prevent heartburn and also relieves a bloated stomach.They are very good for digestion especially in a hot climate.

Herbal Iced Tea with Sabja seeds: Take 4 cups of water. Add two tablespoon of black tea or green tea leaves, 6-8 freshly cut basil leaves and heat till the tea boils. Strain tea and refrigerate. To this add 1 large lemon juice.  While serving add soaked sabja seeds to this and garnish with slice of lemon or cucumber.

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Watermelon white portion dosa

Watermelon (White portion -peel) Dosa

Isn’t it amazing to have a fruit whose each and every part is useful, the fruit itself pink portion, seeds and yes the rind i.e the white portion, yesterday i had posted a sabzi out of it. A few days back i tried this dosa believe me its amazing ….do try.

Ingredients:
Rice – 1 1/2 cup
Melon pieces(white rind portion alone) – 1 cup
Fenugreek seeds – 1/2tsp
Scrapped coconut – 1/2 cup
red chillies, coriander seeds, cumin seed
finely chopped onion-1 med, green chilli-2-3, coriander and curry leaves
Salt – for taste

Method:
Soak rice and fenugreek seeds in water for two hours.
Puree the white portion of the watermelon.

Grind the soaked rice, coconut and melon puree together into a smooth batter. You can also add red chillies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds while grinding.

Add salt to the batter and mix well. The batter doesn’t have to ferment.

The batter should be little thinner than Idli batter consistency.

Now add finely chopped onion, green chilli, coriander and curry leaves to the batter and mix well. Keep this aside for about 15 minutes so that all the flavours blend well.

Heat tawa/griddle and pour a ladle full of batter spread and cook on both the sides in medium-low heat till they turn golden brown.

Serve hot with Chutney or Sambar

Sabja seeds or tukmaria

Sabja seeds or falooda seeds or tukmaria or basil seeds

Sabza seeds is known by the names sabja seeds or falooda seeds or tukmaria or basil seeds.

The seeds look similar like black sesame seeds and are a bit smaller comparatively and you need to soak them in water. 2 minutes of the seeds in water and you can see it absorbing the water and become jelly like. You can eat it as it is with a spoon. While the outer layer will be soft and smooth like jelly, the center will be crunchy like when you eat seeds.They are most commonly used in making falooda, added to sherbets, milkshakes and other drinks. Basil seed does not have taste of their own but they give a good texture to the dish and make it healthy too.

Basil seeds have many health benefits:
They are cooling and thats why they are added to many cooling drinks like falooda, rooh afza, nimbu pani and sherbets.

They are good for sore throats, cold and respiratory disorders.

Very good for digestion especially in a hot climate.

Basil seeds are a natural laxative which helps to cure constipation that is caused by excess body heat during summer.

They prevent heartburn and also relieves a bloated stomach which results from incorrect eating habits, also reduces nauseous feeling and controls vomiting.

It is known to cure for urinary tract problems which are once again normal during peak summer time.

It is an excellent natural body coolant.

The seeds have a diuretic action and flush the kidneys.

Sabja seeds have a calming effect on the brain. They relieve stress, tension, mental fatigue, depression and migraine. They also aid in enhancing the mood.

Chewing sabja or tukmaria seeds cure mouth ulcers and other infections of the mouth. They also help fight plaque and cavities.

How to use
Soak them in water for 30 mins. Once they absorb the water, a translucent gelatin like coating is formed around them. Strain and then use these soaked seeds in drinks, coolers, sherbets, ice creams, falooda or kulfis. remember to add enough water,otherwise the soaked seeds become lumpy when they start swelling.

Try having 1tbsp of sabja seeds this summer for the cool cool effect

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Watermelon white portion sabzi

Watermelon white portion (peel) sabzi

Do you know that the rind of water melon is edible? The term rind usually refers to the skin or peel of a fruit.

In watermelon, the rind consists of two parts – the outer green skin and the inner white pulp.The outer green skin of the rind is hard and inedible, so it is discarded. The inner whitish part of the rind is edible, although it has a bland taste when raw and is not as soft as the central red part.

About water melon white rind it is said that is very helpful in relaxing blood vessels and lowering blood pressure as it has a high dose of cirulline amino acid .Finding a use for it also helps cut down on the amount of garbage you produce, so it’s good for the environment as well.So why to throw it, and try making its sabji.
It is very simple, tasty and easy to make. It tastes very similar to loki(bottle gourd), cucumber, turai all water based vegetable group.

My Mom use to make it, i remember enjoying it a lot, hope my version is nearest to hers.

Ingredients

1 cup water melon white rind peeled and cut

1medium sized chopped onion

1medium sized chopped tomato

1tbsp finely chopped garlic

1tsp ginger grated

1 finely chopped green chilli

Salt to taste

½ tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp red chili powder

1 red chili cut into big pieces

1 tsp. Mango powder

1 tsp cumin seeds

A pinch of asafoetida

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

INGREDIENTS-FOR-GRAVY

Method

Heat the oil in pan on medium high heat. Add asafetida, cumin seeds and dry red chili, let it splutter till it stops.

Add the grated ginger,garlic chopped onions and saute until it turns transparent.

rind

Add the chopped tomatoes, peeled and chopped water melon white rind, salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, mango powder and green chillies.Mix well.

Do not add water because water melon rind is cooked in its own water.

Cover the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, on low flame for 10-12 minutes or till the vegetable is almost done i.e it should be easily pierced with a fork and most of the water is almost absorbed.

Now remove the cover from the pan and lemon juice.

Water melon white rind sabji is ready. Garnish with coriander leaves.

This side dish goes well with the roti, parantha and poori.

Enjoy!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Watermelon white portion benefits

Yes You are right that is WATERMELON.

Isn't it amazing to have a fruit whose each and every part is useful, the fruit itself pink portion, seeds and yes the rind i.e the white portion.

The watermelon rind or the white portion is mostly discarded, has a powerful antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase. The rind also contains citrulline, an amino acid which helps in the production of nitric oxide, that dilates blood vessels and paves way for smoother blood flow, thus improving heart health.

Keep watching this space for recipes incorporating white rind of watermelon. ....reducing the footprints

#watermelonwhiteportion #citrulline #antioxidant #hearthealth

Monday, 24 April 2017

Raw mango culinary uses

Culinary uses of raw mango

Include as much raw mango in your diet as you can, be creative…..
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ENJOY MANGO SEASON TO FULLEST

 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Raw mango onion salad

AN EXCELLENT SALAD TO PREVENT SUNSTROKE AND REDUCE BP AND CHOLESTEROL

Mix finely chopped pieces of raw mango and onion together, add chopped green chillies, a dash of rock salt, a pinch of turmeric and red chilli powder, garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

Onion due to its high sulphur content prevents body fevers that can be caused due to sun stroke.Raw Mango is excellent for preventing sun stroke.

Apart from this, raw mango gives vit C and potassium and onion helps in thinning of blood, so this salad also helps to reduce BP and cholesterol.

ENJOY A SALAD WITH DUAL BENEFITS

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Indian Summer vegetable - Cucumber

Indian summer vegetable - CUCUMBER OR KHEERA

Cucumber is one of the oldest cultivated vegetables.
Cucumber has 96% water content, which helps in keeping the body hydrated and in regulating body temperature.

Cucumber contains a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber that work effectively for regulating blood pressure.

Digestive disorders like acidity, heartburn, gastritis and even ulcers can be cured by the daily consumption of fresh cucumber juice.

The high water content in cucumber is very effective in flushing away the toxins from the digestive system and hence aid digestion. Thus cucumber acts as a diuretic. Regular intake of cucumber helps to dissolve bladder or kidney stones.

For the cooling effect in this hot summer have atleast one cucumber a day.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Indian summer vegetable - Tinda

Indian summer vegetable - TINDA OR BABY PUMPKIN

Tinda, also called Indian round gourd or apple gourd or Indian Baby Pumpkin, is a squash-like cucurbit grown for its immature fruit, a vegetable especially popular in South Asia.

Tinda" is also called "tindsi" in rajasthan, in Marathi, it is called Dhemase.

Since it is moisture-filled it keeps your body cool and healthy. It is a type of vegetable with very less calories and almost 94% water. It is beneficial for the stomach problems which mostly occurs in summer like acidity, diarrhea,by increasing water absorption and their by relieving stomach acidity.

It is very mild and soothing vegetable for intestinal tract.It is also very effective in urinary tract infections.Also A bowl of cooked tinda is useful to cure light fever.

 

Friday, 14 April 2017

Indian summer vegetable - Pumpkin (kaddu)

Indian summer vegetable - PUMPKIN (KADDU)

Pumpkin is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E and also has flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants like leutin, xanthins and carotenes. Research shows that people who eat a diet rich in ANTIOXIDANTS are less likely to develop certain cancers.

Pumpkin is said to be cooling, diuretic and is good for curing improper digestion and eliminating intestinal worms from the digestive system. Pumpkin contains potassium and fiber. It also controls blood pressure and sugar. It helps in curing skin diseases. It is thought to regulate blood sugar levels and help stimulate the pancreas — thus diabetics are advised to eat pumpkin.
 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Ridged Gourd -Indian summer vegetable

Indian summer vegetable - RIDGED GOURD (TORI, TURAI)

Ridged gourd- It is also known by other names such as loofah, luffa, turai, turiya, tori etc.

It helps in purifying blood, lower the sugar level of the blood and it is good for stomach. We can also drink the juice of tori in the morning which will help you to protect from infections

Bitter gourd -Karela Indian summer vegetable

Indian summer vegetable - BITTER GOURD (KARELA)

Children might pull a long face at the mention of bitter gourd or karela, but as one grows older, ones cultivates a taste for the bitter.

Karela's bitter taste is generally attributed to the quinine it contains. Cooked bitter gourd stimulates the appetite, cleanses the liver, purifies the blood, and provides many other benefits.

It is established cure for boils, rashes, fungal infections and ring-worm. It also helps control hypertension and diabetes, and generally increases immunity.

Bitter gourd has phenolic compounds that reduce glucose release during carbohydrate digestion. Thus, it has a hypoglycemic effect and is good for diabetes.

 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Indian summer vegetable Ash Gourd

Indian summer vegetable - ASH GOURD

Ash gourd also known as white gourd, white pumpkin, wax gourd or petha . It keeps your body cool and healthy. Contains almost 96% water It protects you from heat stroke.

Ash-gourd is loaded with nutrients. It's an excellent source of vitamin B1 (thiamine), a good source of vitamin B3 (niacin). Its high potassium content makes this a good vegetable for maintaining a healthy blood pressure.

Ash-gourd is also useful in treating respiratory disorders like asthma, blood-related diseases, and urinary diseases like kidney stones.

Watch out next in the Series is bitter gourd (karela)

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Indian Summer Vegetables

All about Indian summer vegetables

Indian summer vegetables includes those vegetables that are traditionaly available between the months of April and June.

Though, sceintific prgress has made it possible to grow these vegetables all year through, they are at their nutritional best during the summer season. They also suit are constiution during those months.

The typical Indian summer vegetable is soft-skinned, soft-fleshed and moisture-filled, and perfectly suited for hot climates. A thumb rule is that all vegetables that grow on creepers can be classified as summer vegetables.

The gourd family is a vast group of Indian summer vegetables, the most commonly available vegetable is bottle gourd (ghia, doodhi), bitter gourd (karela), ridged gourd (tori), snake gourd (chichinda), ash gourd (petha) and wax gourd (padval), parmal,Kundru (Coccinia Indica),pumpkin (kaddu).

Tinda or baby squash is another common summer vegetable, especially in North India, as also the ladyfinger, okra or bhindi, which is available throughout the warmer months. The cucumber is a cooling, juicy summer vegetable that is had raw. Among leafy vegetables, choulai saag (amaranth greens), as well as its lovely red version, are typical of summer. Tender green mangoes, another popular summer offering, is full of Vitamin C, and are cooked in various ways.

MOONGDAL PARATHA

High protein, easy on stomach Moong or Mogar paratha a rajasthani delicacy

A high protein option for vegetarians especially quality wise, moogar paratha, which is a combination of cereals (wheat flour) and pulses (moongdal) gives  you a good combination essential protein almost comparable to an egg.

Also high in fibre as well as other essential nutrients, including potassium, phosphorous and B vitamins.

Yellow moong dal is extremely light and easy to digest, so very apt for this season. ..do give it a try.

Ingredients
"Mogar/Moong dal/ split yellow dal -1 cup
Wheat flour- 2 cups
Red chilly pd -2 tsp ( adjust as needed)
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Asafoetida a pinch
Water as needed
Salt to taste
Oil for frying + 1tbsp for adding while making the dough
Water as needed

Method
Soak the yellow moong dal in enough water for 3-4 hours.
Drain the water from soaked mogar /yellow moong dal.
In a vessel add wheat flour, put dal,  chilly powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida,oil & salt.
Mix them well, add water little by little and make a dough like a chapathi dough.
Divide them to equal balls and roll them with a rolling pin.
Make small balls & roll all to thin chapathis & keep aside.

Heat a tawa and place the rolled roti on it, once you see little bubbles on top , flip and cook the other side , drizzle oil as needed.
Once you see little brown spots flip and cook them again.
Cook by pressing the roti well with a ladle so that they get little crispy.

Do the same for the rest of the dough balls.
The crispy mogar roti is ready to enjoy as a snack or a meal ."

Monday, 3 April 2017

Lemon and sunstroke

#foodstopreventsunstroke
Lemon
Extremely great for the summer, it is worth squeezing a lemon to make a fresh-fruit drink because lemon ranks high as a health food. It contains very few calories and provides a little bit of vitamin C.

You can get rid of dizziness or nausea, which is common during the summer due to the scorching sun, by sucking on lemon or sipping its juice.

Lemon juice also makes an effective thirst-quenching drink in fevers, measles, and pox. Lemon is regarded as a youth restorative.

HYDRATE WELL THIS SUMMER TO KEEP STROKE AT BAY 

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Onions and sunstroke

#foodstopreventsunstroke
Onions and sunstroke

Have you heard of farmers keeping an onion with them while working in blazing hot sun………n also eating lot of onions do u know the reason behind this?

Onions due to its high sulphur content prevents body fevers that can be caused due to sun stroke. Farmers in Gujarat and Rajasthan keep an onion below their cap to keep the heat from getting to them.

Eat atleast 2-3 onions a day especially if you are out in sun to prevent sunstroke.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Coconut water and sunstroke

Coconut water – the fluid of life

Tender coconut water is the natural isotonic beverage with almost the same level of electrolyte balance as we have in our blood.

Here is how it is excellent for the summer:

Oral rehydration medium – high in magnesium, potassium, saline and natural sugar. Popular with athletes.
Keeps the body cool.
Application on the body prevents prickly heat and summer boils and subsides the rashes.

It can be used (in emergencies) as a substitute for blood plasma.
The reason for this is that coconut water (the water found in coconuts – not to be confused with coconut milk, which comes from the flesh of the coconut) is sterile and has an ideal pH level. Coconut water is liquid endosperm – it surrounds the embryo and provides nutrition.

Keeps the body cool.