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Sara Ali Khan suffers from PCOD: What should you know about the disease

 

Polycystic Ovary Disorder is one of the most common diseases we see affecting women today. It is simply more than experiencing irregular periods.

Almost 1 in 10 women are diagnosed with PCOD and PCOS globally and it affects almost 10 million women on a global scale. Recently, on a chat show, it was revealed that Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter Sara Ali Khan, who is soon going to make her debut suffered from PCOD, which added to her rapid weight gain.

 

Here are some other common symptoms which many fail to ignore and put themselves at risk:


What is PCOD?

Polycystic Ovary Disorder (PCOD) problem is a hormonal disorder in women defined by a group of signs and symptoms. PCOD problem is one of the most common reasons for infertility in women. This health condition can cause problems with a woman’s menstrual cycle, cardiac function as well as appearance. Women who have polycystic ovary have multiple small cysts in their ovaries that occur when the regular changes of a normal menstrual cycle are disrupted.

PCOS occurs not just in women, but in girls as young as 11! Polycystic ovaries are generally larger in size and denser than the normal ovaries. It usually occurs when the sex hormones go out of balance and the body starts producing more male hormones resulting in the onset of several symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

PCOD symptoms are related to menstrual disturbances and excess levels of androgens. Menstrual disturbances can include delay of normal periods, the presence of fewer than normal menstrual periods, or the absence of periods for over three months. A woman’s menstrual cycle may not be associated with ovulation and may result in heavy bleeding. Watch out for these symptoms to determine whether you have PCOD or not.

  • Irregular periods
  • Reduced fertility
  • Abnormal weight gain or obesity
  • Heart (cardiac) complications
  • Acne or skin rashes
  • Abnormal hair growth or hair loss

Causes

No one really knows what exactly causes PCOD, but it is likely to be the result of a number genetic and environmental factors. Researchers are studying the role that genetics might play in this development. Excess production of the hormone androgen can also cause PCOD.

Hereditary – If your mother or sister have a history of PCOD, then chances are you too might get diagnosed with this health issue.

Low-grade inflammation – When women have low-grade inflammation, it stimulates ovaries to produce androgens, leading to PCOD.

PCOD Problem Treatment

There is no PCOD solution, but it can be managed with right PCOD diet plan. Doctors may offer different medicines for PCOD problem treatment or suggest fertility treatment as PCOD solution, but below are some natural ways to manage this health condition –

Eat right

If you are obese, weight loss plans is all you need. The more overweight you are, the more likely you are to be insulin resistant whether you have PCOS or not. Losing just 5% of your weight will help lower insulin resistance. Eat more of weight loss foods and avoid sugary, salty, and fatty foods as much as possible. Increase your protein intake by making it at least 30% of your diet; make carbs less than 50% of your diet.

Know how to maintain a healthy weight.

Exercise

Moderate exercise such as walking or swimming for at least 30 to 90 minutes every day go a long way in managing the condition. It will also help you lower or get rid of insulin resistance.

De-stress

Chronic stress only makes insulin resistance worse. So, look for ways to de-stress your mind and body. For instance, getting good sleep of at least 7 to 9 hours can help lower insulin resistance. Stress reduction techniques, such as yoga and meditation let you connect with your body.

 

How is it treated? Is it curable?

Both PCOD, as well as PCOS, are types of lifestyle diseases which come from following unhealthy eating, practicing little to no physical activity. If not treated in time, PCOS can add up to problems for women trying to have a baby and conceiving can take a lot of time. In addition, women with PCOS also have a high miscarriage rate. Hence, the biggest way to get rid of PCOS is to improve your diet and lifestyle.

Categories Advice, Diabetes, Fitness, food, meal palnning

Understand Diabetes – Do’s and Don’ts

If you’re already following a healthy and nutritious diet plan, congratulations! You’re on your way to leading a fitter and longer life. But if you have any health problems, such as diabetes, check out this best food for diabetes control food list!

Diabetes is an acute metabolic disorder wherein the body is unable to convert sugars, starches and other foods into usable energy. Most of the foods you eat are normally converted into a kind of sugar called glucose during the process of digestion. The bloodstream then transports this glucose throughout the body. The hormone, insulin, then converts glucose into active energy or is stored for future use. The most common types of diabetes are type 2, prediabetes and gestational. In short, diabetes and sugar go hand-in-hand.

Best food for diabetes control

A healthy diet plays an important role in controlling and managing the symptoms of diabetes. Those having this health disorder can either not make enough insulin or their bodies cannot use the insulin correctly. This is the reason why too much glucose gets accumulated with the bloodstream. If you have diabetes, avoid foods high in sugars, carbohydrates and unhealthy fat, as such foods increase your blood sugar.

Key foods are fruits, vegetables and whole grains. There are certain foods that can help manage your blood sugar levels efficiently. Here’s a diabetic food list which you must follow religiously.

Indian Gooseberry (Amla)

One of the richest sources of Vitamin C, the Indian Gooseberry boosts immunity, improves digestion, is a potent liver cleanser, works as a laxative, brings a glow to the skin and prevents aging. This superfood must be part of your diabetic food list, as it helps bring down the blood sugar levels. Mix a tablespoon of amla juice with half a cup of bitter gourd juice and take it on an empty stomach in the morning. It is especially beneficial for young children suffering from frequent colds and throat infections.

Jambool

Dark purple in colour, the Jambool is an age-old remedy for a number of conditions. In the Ayurveda, the seeds, as well as the fruit, are used in the treatment of type 2. The dried powder of the Jambool seed is given in a dosage of 2 gm thrice a day. Eating the fresh Jambool fruit has a beneficiary effect on the liver and pancreas too. It helps remove toxins from the liver and prevents fatty liver infiltration.

Fenugreek seeds (Methi)

They are highly effective in treating type 2 diabetes and hence are a must in your diabetic food list. Two tablespoons of powdered methi seeds should be taken in the morning on an empty stomach to bring down blood sugar levels. In addition, this will also help bring down triglycerides and serum cholesterol levels. Methi leaves are also useful in combating anemia.

Helpful herbs

Certain herbs available in pharmacies are especially good in controlling diabetes. Karneem made from Karela is one such herb. Jambukasav, syrup made from jamuns is another such herb that helps control blood sugar.

Bitter gourd (Karela)

If you wish to keep blood sugar levels under control, drink a cup full of fresh bitter gourd juice first thing in the morning. Karela is known to be effective in lowering elevated blood sugar levels in type II diabetes. You can also have it in the cooked form. Karela helps improve carbohydrate metabolism, supports the immune system and is rich in Vitamin A and C. It is also beneficial in the treatment of piles, heat boils and rash.

Diabetic Food List: What Foods to Avoid with Diabetes

White rice

The more white rice you eat, the greater is your risk of getting type 2 diabetes. White rice and pasta can cause blood sugar spikes similar to that of sugar. Opt for brown rice. It does not cause the same blood sugar spikes thanks to fibre, which slows the rush of glucose into the bloodstream.

Sugar

Sucrose, present in table sugar, provides no nutrition instead increases calories and carbohydrates intake. Try substituting this kind of sugar with natural sugar, like honey, jaggery (gur), molasses etc.

Whole milk & its products

Try replacing high-fat milk or its products with low-fat milk and its products like low-fat yogurt (curd) or low-fat cottage cheese.

Tea and coffee

Avoid having more than two cups of the regular tea or decaffeinated coffee every day. Blended coffees are especially laced with syrup, sugar, whipped cream and other toppings that are loaded with calories and fats. Switch over to herbal teas.

Refined flour & its products

Replace these with whole grains, whole wheat or soy bread and unpolished rice, whole wheat pasta.

Chinese food

High-calorie, high fat, high-sodium and high-carb, Chinese cuisine can increase blood sugar drastically and keep it high for a while. So, if you love Chinese food, prepare a modified recipe at home using steamed vegetables and low-sodium, low-fat condiments and flavourings. The best would be to not include in your diabetic food list.

Fruit smoothies & juices

This might sound like a healthy refreshment, but can be a sugary disaster if you have diabetes. A large glass of smoothie contains as much as 500 calories and 92 grams of carbohydrates. Instead, make your smoothie at home so you can control what goes in it. You can add vegetables like spinach and kale and use low-sugar fruits like green apples and berries. Similarly, drinking a glass of orange juice with your breakfast is equal to sipping a can of soda.

Fried foods

French fries, fried chicken/fish and potato chips soak up tons of oil during their preparation. This leads to piling of extra calories if eaten frequently. At 25 grams of fat, 500 calories, and over 63 grams of carbohydrates, a large serving of french fries can spike your blood sugar levels. Also, it can lead to weight gain.

Foods to Avoid in Type 2 Diabetes

Those with type 2 diabetes should avoid refined grains as they affect blood glucose more quickly than whole grains. Here’s a list of grains and products made from refined flours to avoid or limit their intake:

  • White rice, pasta and flour
  • White bread, bagels and white flour tortillas
  • Cereals not made from whole grains
  • Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Muffins

Besides the above-mentioned foods, type 2 diabetes persons must avoid.

  • Trans fat – They have been linked to inflammation, insulin resistance and belly fat
  • Fruit flavoured yogurt – Flavoured yogurts are made from non-fat or low-fat milk and loaded with carbs and sugar. Plain yogurt can be a good option for people with type 2 diabetes
  • Flavoured coffee – Consider this as a liquid dessert and not a healthy beverage as it is loaded with calories and carbs that result in weight gain
  • Honey – Other forms of sugar – including natural sugars such as honey – can cause blood sugar spikes. Type 2 diabetes persons should also avoid brown sugar and maple syrup
  • Dried fruit – When a fruit is dried, it loses water that leads to even higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals. Dried fruits may contain more than three times as many carbs as fresh fruits do. Hence, type 2 diabetes persons should avoid them
  • Packaged snacks – They are nothing but mostly refined flour and supply few nutrients to the body. In fact, some packaged foods may contain more carbs than mentioned on their nutritional label.
Categories Diabetes, Diet, food, nutrition, Preventing Illness

Control & Live Better with Diabetes

Life with diabetes is a series of choices. What are the healthiest foods? How much, what and when questions fill your days, but they need not dictate your life!

Even if you are genetically prone to getting diabetes, you can postpone the problem or not precipitate it at all if you choose to eat sensibly and exercise regularly. The secret to managing diabetes or diabetes treatment does not lie in a pill. If you want to control your sugar levels without depending on conventional medicines, follow a good Indian diet plan for diabetes, eat timely meals and incorporate mild exercise into your daily routine.

The right Indian diet chart for the diabetic patient must fit into his schedule while helping him improve blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol numbers and also help keep weight on track. However, it can take some planning to fit your favorite foods into Indian diet plan for diabetes.

Myth about Diabetes

Sugar doesn’t cause diabetes. But there is one way that sugar can influence whether a person gets type 2 diabetes. Consuming too much sugar (or sugary foods and drinks) can make people put on weight. Gaining too much weight leads to type 2 diabetes in some people. Weight gain from eating too much of any food can make a person’s chance
of getting diabetes greater.

• Insulin isn’t a cure for diabetes; it just helps to manage the disease. Insulin helps get glucose out of the blood and into the cells, where it’s used for energy. When you do that, it keeps blood sugar levels under control.

• The onset of type 1 diabetes occurs most frequently in people under 30 years, however new research suggests almost half of all people who develop the condition are diagnosed over the age of 30.

• There is a major myth about gaining weight due to insulin therapy. And here is the explanation. When blood sugar is elevated, glucose is excreted in the urine, eliminating some of the calories consumed. Once insulin treatment is begun, those calories stay in the body, and if the patient consumes more calories than he or she burns, he or she will gain weight.

• There is some truth here — depression is more than twice as common among people with diabetes as among the general population, and blood sugar swings can affect mood in the short run.

• But depression is a treatable illness, and good diabetes control contains mood swings

• No one can accurately guess what his or her blood sugar is by feel. While lows have a distinct set of symptoms, these warning signs provide no reliable indication of how low you actually are, and while some people feel vaguely ill if their sugar goes high quickly, these same symptoms rarely are present when sugar creeps higher over a long period of time.

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Categories Advice, Diet, festival special, Fitness, food, Health, meal palnning, Meals and Snacks, Tips, Wellness

Well-Balanced Diet for Navaratri fasting

The festivities of Navratri begin shortly. Along with the fun and frolic of garba, it also brings along the nine-day fasting routine. In order to maintain good health, it is imperative that you follow a healthy diet and fast in a safe manner.

Is fasting healthy? Many may wonder if going on a nine-day fast is indeed healthy for our bodies. Yes, it is an extremely healthy practice as long as you do not starve yourself. Fasting helps you cleanse and detoxify your body and mind. All you need to do is fast in the correct manner by eating small meals frequently and select healthy eating options.

Bad effects of not fasting properly:

Many people who fast also go to play garba or dandiya in the evenings. Since this requires stamina and energy, it is vital that you fast in a proper manner in order to enjoy the festivities and not strain your body’s health. Some of the ill-effects of not fasting properly are:

  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Fainting due to a drop in blood sugar level
  • Unable to sleep properly
  • Lack of stamina
  • Tiredness

Who should avoid fasting?

We suggest diabetics and pregnant woman avoid this fast as it can cause a drop in the blood sugar levels which is not conducive in both the cases.

sabudana khichdi for navratri fasting

1.) Breakfast options (choose any one)

  • Fruits shake with wet almonds.
  • Fruits with cream of milk.
  • Amaranth porridge with nuts.

2.) Mid-morning options (choose any one)

  • Green tea with water.
  • Lemon water with fruits.
  • Coconut water with fruits.

3.) Lunch options (choose any one)

  • Baked sabudana tikkis with veggies and curd.
  • Grilled Vadas with mint spicy chutney.
  • Kuttu chapatti with vegetables and salad with raita.
  • Samak rice with vegetables and salad.

4.) Post Lunch

  • Drink a cup of hot green tea.

5.) Evening time

  • Green tea with baked chips or roasted makhana or baked namkeen.

6.) Dinner (choose any one)

  • Paneer tikka with vegetables.
  • Milk with fruits.
  • A bowl of vegetables and salad.
  • Pumpkin and bottle gourd soup with vegetables.

 

Here is the collection of Farali recipes which you can have during fasting. All fruits and foodstuff made of fruits are eaten during the seven days. The devotees, who have taken fast, would get up early in the morning, take bath and worship to the Maa Durga.

People follow a specific diet for Navratri special, if they haven’t observed a nirahar means water-less fast. Special in Gujarati people may not eat onion, garlic, wheat, rice, vegetables etc.

They take beverages like tea, coffee, and milk, on Navratri. Dishes made of sago, potato, and Singhare ka atta, kuttu ka atta is generally consumed by the people, when they observe fast on Navratri.

Sendha namak as rock salt is used instead of common salt, for cooking on the festival. All fruits and foodstuff made of fruits are eaten during the seven days.

drum stick rasam

Here is the Gujrati farali recipes..

  • Sabudana Khichdi
  • Mandvi Paak
  • Singhoda ni Kheer
  • Moriyaani Khichadi
  • Dudhi no halvo
  • Suran Bataka ni khichadi
  • Potato Rosti
  • Potato Wafers
  • Farali Batata vada

South indian navaratri festival recipes..

  • Rice Payasam
  • Carrot Payasam
  • Lemon Rice
  • Besan Ladoo
  • Vermiceli Kheer
  • Udipi Sambar
  • Drumstick Rasam
  • Idli recipe
Categories Advice, Exercise, festival special, Fitness, food, Health, Meals and Snacks, Tips

Navaratri tips for fasting

Navratri special: Navratri is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated twice in a year.

In the eastern state of West Bengal, the festival takes the shape of Durga Puja, when the devotees of the deity celebrate the triumph of good over evil.

In north India, Gujarati people observe a seven day fast during Navratri and break their fast on Navami, the nine days of the festival by worship young girls.

People from all over the world celebrate Navratri special with passion, intensity, and enthusiasm. While some people take participate in the celebrations for religious reasons but others look to give their body a much needed lose weight.

If you plan to fast this Navratri special then make sure that it is done the healthy way. It can help you lose weight, wash your mind and will leave you feeling great!

Tips to follow to make fasting in good health –

1. Keep yourself happy, making your cheeks rosy and eyes bright. Drink lots of water max to max 2 litter par day and liquid like lemon water, coconut water, Energy drink, green tea, and buttermilk.

2. Eat minimum meals and do not get hungry yourself. This will help keep blood sugar levels and stop you from feeling faint and low.

3. Amaranth Grain, one of the most promising unexploited food and folder crops. It is the best protein origin you can take during fasting. Make amaranth porridge with milk or cook it as namkeen dalia with lots of vegetables.

4. Combine high carbohydrates food like sabudana and potatoes which is mostly used in fasting with other stringy vegetables like bottle guard spinach, capsicum, tomatoes, cabbage, etc. Also try to roast, grill or bake vegetables instead of deep-frying them.

5. Samak rice is very easy to digest and can be applied in any kind of quantity.

6. Control those evil sugar strong desire by eating a lot of dates, Samak rice kheer, apple kheer, and fruits raita.

7. Try and eat healthy snacking and don’t overeat onnamkeens packets as they are high in salt and fat content.

8. Instead, pick for roasted makhana, a mix of nuts like almonds/ raisins/ walnut / baked chips, roasted peanuts, etc.

9. Change sugar with honey or jaggery.

10. Use skimmed milk instead of full cream milk.

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Categories Advice, Exercise, Meditation, Sleep, Stress Management, Tips, Wellness

How to Improve your Sleep

Sleeping is the main part of a healthy lifestyle so here we explaining how to improve your sleep, it also helps you to reduce your stress level if you have good sleep during the night.

During the day

The purpose of sleep is to make us effective during daylight hours. Whether you consider yourself to be a good sleeper, or you struggle to get a good night’s rest – it’s important to realize the full potential of your nightly sleep. Here are several ways of changing your daytime habits to improve your sleep at night …

  • Take physical exercise
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Curb your caffeine intake
  • Restrict tobacco after dark
  • Avoid alcohol

During the evening

The very fact that it’s the norm to have dedicated bedrooms in our homes indicates just what a priority sleep is to us. Whereas the other rooms in our homes are where we enjoy relaxed wakefulness, the bedroom is where we should anticipate having the good quality sleep.

As such, we should do what we can to make it a sleep-friendly environment. It’s important to consider the following arrangements that are likely to support good quality sleep …

  • Turn out the light
  • Let the room breathe
  • Optimum temperature
  • Banish noise

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During the night

How often have you found yourself lying in bed thinking: “If only I could relax, I’d be able to sleep”? Well, there has to be truth in that.

The following excerpts will give you an idea of what each technique involves …

1 Progressive muscle relaxation

Turn your attention to your arms and hands. Create some tension in your hands and arms by pressing your fingers into the palms of your hands and making fists. Do that with both hands now. Feel the tension in your hands, feel the tension in your fingers and your wrists, feel the tension in your forearms.

Notice what it is like. Keep it going … and now relax. Let those hands flop. Let them do whatever they want to do; just let them relax.

It’s almost as if you couldn’t be bothered to move them. Let go of the energy and tension that was in the muscles there, breathing slowly and deeply.

2 Imagery training

Keeping your eyes gently closed, concentrate on picturing a pleasant scene. Picture yourself standing on a grassy slope. Look down at your feet – there is green grass all around you, the kind that grows well in the summer months. It looks thick and strong – it looks healthy.

Just ahead of you, you will see there is the beginning of a path, and as you look down that path, you can see it winds down through some bushes, to a beautiful sandy beach, and beyond to the sea, a deep, clear blue.

And as you stand on that grassy slope, as you look around you, you feel the breeze, warm and gentle on your cheek, and you feel the sun on your head, warming the back of your neck. It is a beautiful morning.

Categories Beverages, Diet, Fitness, food, Health, nutrition, skin, Wellness

Health benefits of Bottle Gourd in Morning

8 reasons to start your day with Bottle Gourd juice!

What is the first thing you do after waking up? If you have a habit of drinking bed tea or coffee, give it up right now! Kick-start your day with a healthy Bottle Gourd juice. Be it post workout and detoxification or dealing with UTIs. Bottle Gourd juice can work wonders for your health.

#1 Acts as an excellent post workout drink

Replace your protein shake with a healthy and natural post workout drink – (Bottle Gourd)lauki juice. The presence of natural sugars in the vegetable not only restores glycogen levels but also replaces the carbohydrates lost from the body during a workout. This juice also improves the efficiency of the muscles due to its high protein and nutrient content.

#2 Helps you deal with UTI

If you are experiencing a burning sensation or pain while urinating, all you need to do is drink a glass of freshly prepared lauki juice every morning. Because, symptoms of urinary tract infection such as burning sensation and pain are caused due to high levels of acid in the urine. And as lauki juice is loaded with water and is alkaline in nature, it exerts a cooling effect on the body and acts as powerful diuretic agent, relieving the burning sensation.

#3 Detoxifies your body and exerts a cooling effect

Drinking a glass of lauki (Bottle Gourd) juice on an empty stomach makes you feel fresh and energetic. The juice contains 98% water and antioxidants that help in flushing the harmful toxins from the body. This in turn cleanses your body and helps you to start your day with a bang! Also, during the hot summer days, sipping this nutrient-rich juice not only satiates your thirst but also prevents loss of sodium from the body, providing a cooling effect.

#4 Helps you lose weight

Did you know that lauki juice is low in calories and fats, making it an effective drink to lose weight? Also, it is rich in fibre that keeps you full and thus, prevents you from hunger pangs. And being an excellent detoxifying agent and a great post workout drink, lauki juice helps you to achieve your weight loss goals.

#5 Acts as a natural remedy to get rid of suntan

If you don’t want summers to ruin your skin or leave a dark patch on your face and back, then try this home remedy to deal with suntan. Loaded with anti-inflammatory properties and high water content, lauki juice acts as a natural bleaching agent to lighten your skin tone. Due to the high water content, it also moisturizes the skin.

#6 Treats constipation and other digestive problems

If you suffer from constipation or flatulence, ensure you drink a glass of lauki juice once a day (preferably early morning). With 98% water content and high fiber content, lauki juice helps in proper digestion of food. It also contains electrolytes that helps in maintaining electrolyte balance in the body and help your to fight diarrhea.

#7 Helps you to deal with hair loss

If you have tried everything one earth and still haven’t found anything to prevent hair loss, then this miracle-like remedy might help you! Known to be loaded with nutrients, lauki juice when applied in combination with sesame oil on the scalp proves to be effective in treating hair loss and even baldness. And what’s more, in Ayurveda, it is known to prevent premature greying of hair.

#8 Relieves stress and depression

Lauki juice contains the highest amount of choline, a neurotransmitter, than any other vegetable. It is loaded with vitamins, amino acids and minerals that help in the synthesis of neurotransmitters that in turn help in proper functioning of the brain cells and thus, prevent mental disorders like stress and depression.

We are sharing a quick magic Bottle Gourd juice recipe with all of you.

Ingredients

• 1 cup Ghiya chopped.
• Mint
• Cumin powder
• Ginger
• Water
• Ice cubes
• Salt

Recipe

• Take 1 cup peeled and chopped Bottle Guard in a blender.

• Add handful mint, ½ tsp cumin powder, 1-inch ginger, ¼ tsp salt.

• Add 1 cup chilled water and blend smooth.

• Pour Bottle Guard juice in a glass with few ice cubes.

Categories Advice, Diet, food, New Food, nutrition, summer, Wellness

Know about Basil or Sabza or Tukmaria seeds

Sabja seeds, or basil seeds call them by any name, but including these magic seeds can be very healthy for your body. Usually consumed after soaking it in water, two teaspoons have only 40 calories but is very nutrient dense.

It is low-carb and high in protein, which is a rare combination in most vegetarian sources of food, The fibre will keep you feeling satiated long and ensure that you do not end up eating again. As a result, you end up eating lower calories and can potentially lose weight.

Sabja seeds have about 11gm of proteins, 5gm of carbs and 2gm of fibre, which makes it the perfect mix for weight loss. Sabja seeds contain oil components, which comprises of 50% linoleic acid, 22% linolenic acid, 15% oleic acid and 8% unsaturated fatty acids. It is also a good source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. This means it has anti inflammatory properties.

How to use?

The simplest thing you can do is soak two teaspoons of sabja seeds in water and drink it every day. “They can also be added to sherbets, falooda, smoothies for added benefits,”

Sabja seeds have always been used in Ayurveda largely due to its medicinal properties. It has a cooling effect on our body. It has also been used to treat conditions such as depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and metabolic imbalances.

When soaked in water, the seeds absorb water and increase in size, which in turn increases the fibre content. It has a mild flavour and it can also be mixed with yogurt. Make sure to allow at least 10-15 minutes for it to swell up.

“Basil seeds also offer benefits in preventing weight gain in people with metabolic syndrome. Animal studies have shown that consumption of basil seed extract may delay the development of insulin resistance and shows promise in treatment of diabetes. Basil seeds’ high fibre content likely slows digestion to prevent spikes in blood sugar, and subsequently the hormone insulin, following meals,”

Thus, basil seeds or sabja seeds can safely be added to your diet. However, just eating these seeds won’t lead to weight loss. You need to add some more diet tweaks and workout in order to lose weight.

 

 

A word of caution. Children and pregnant women should avoid consuming sabja seeds. Young kids could choke on these seeds, if they are not mixed well with water. In case of pregnant women, these seeds are known to lower down the levels of estrogen in the body. It is best to consult your doctor if you’re pregnant or suffering from any other ailments before adding sabja seeds to your diet.

Categories Advice, Diet, food, meal palnning, New Food, nutrition, Protein, Wellness

How to Grow Broccoli Sprouts at Home

What’s so special about broccoli sprouts? According to various researchers (including Johns Hopkins and Ohio State University), they contain 1,000 percent more nutrients than mature broccoli!

Sulforaphane, the prominent phytochemical in broccoli, combats cancer on several fronts − including removal of carcinogens, prevention of cancer cell production, destruction of breast cancer cells, and tumor reduction. These small plants are in the cancer research limelight for their unique ability to exert 50 times the amount of cancer fighting power of broccoli.

Sprouts are easily absorbed into the system because they also contain potent digestive enzymes.

Ingredients

2 tbsp broccoli sprout seeds.

Filtered water

Instructions

  • Add 2 tablespoons of broccoli sprouting seeds to a widemouthed quart jar.
  • Cover with a few inches of filtered water and cap with the sprouting lid.
  • Store in a warm, dark place overnight.
  • The next morning, drain the liquid off and rinse with fresh water. Be sure to drain all the water off.
  • Repeat this 3-4 times a day. Continue to store your seeds in a warm, dark place. After a few days, the seeds will start to break open and grow.

  • Eventually, the sprouts will be an inch or so long and have yellow leaves. Now you can move the sprouts out into the sunlight.
  • Continue to rinse them 3-4 times a day until the leaves are dark green. Now they are ready to eat!
  • This whole process will take about a week. Patience is key!
  • Once they are ready, replace the sprouting lid with a standard mason jar lid and store in the refrigerator.
  • Serve on top of salads, stirred into soups, or however strikes your fancy.
Categories Advice, Diet, Fitness, food, Health, meal palnning, New Food, nutrition, Protein, Wellness

Why everyone should eat Chia Seeds?

Weight loss can be a major challenge today because of the abundance of food available and a more sedentary.

But inthis modern-day superfood that is native to South America can help you with weight loss in a healthy way . In older times, chia seeds were a staple in Mayan and Aztec diets, but later got banned due to their ritualistic religious use. Needless to say, these seeds have made a comeback with a bang in the market due to their positive connection with weight loss.

When you think of chia seeds, you most likely think of the tiny seeds that were the joke of a generation as we slathered them on clay sculptures and gleefully watched the sprouting of ‘green hair’ on Homer Simpson and porcupines.uhh..now let us go keen on them, Chia seeds are rich in fibre and thus eating them in between your meals not only stops you from bingeing but also helps you eat less in your next meal.

Chia is the edible seed of Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant in the mint family.

The seeds are hydrophilic, absorbing up to 12 times their weight in liquid when soaked and developing a mucilaginous coating that gives chia-based creams and beverages a distinctive gel texture.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy – 486 kcal (2,030 kJ)

Carbohydrates -42.1 g

Dietary fiber-34.4 g

Fat-30.7 g

Protein-16.5 g

 

Chia seeds on average contain 6% water, 42% carbohydrates, 16% protein, and 31% fat. The fatty acids in chia seeds are highly unsaturated, with the major fats being linolenic acid (50–57% of total fat) and linoleic acid (17–26%). The seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and the B vitamins thiamin and niacin.

Ground or whole chia seeds are used in Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Paraguay for nutritious drinks and food.

Chia seeds may be sprinkled or ground up on top of other foods. Chia seeds can also be mixed into smoothies, breakfast cereals, energy bars, granola bars, yogurt, tortillas, and bread. They can be soaked in water and consumed directly or mixed with any kind of juice or milk.

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