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Tips to Keep Diabetics Out of the Hospital

Diabetic complications often lead to the hospital.

People with diabetes know what they’ll hear whenever they see their doctor.  Another exhortation to eat right and exercise, because that’s how to keep blood sugar levels under control.

It’s proven advice, but not enough to prevent a long list of diabetic complications heart and kidney disease.

Check your feet daily.

“Keeping good watch over your feet is an important aspect of good diabetes care,”

A high blood sugar level can cause nerve damage in the feet, and you might not feel a cut, scrape or blister that could be the start of a deep skin infection.

Coddle teeth and gums.

Diabetes sufferers run an increased risk of tooth decay, inflamed gums and gum disease because the condition increases vulnerability to bacterial infections and hampers the ability to fight them.

Brushing after every meal, or at least twice a day, and flossing once a day is crucial.


Go easy on salt.

Sodium and high blood pressure go hand in hand, and if you have diabetes, high blood pressure multiplies your already elevated risk of cardiovascular and kidney diseases. Cutting back on salt isn’t just a matter of reaching for the shaker less often. Prepared foods tend to be salt-heavy.

One large fast-food taco or egg-and-sausage biscuit has close to the American Heart Association’s recommended daily sodium limit.


Ditch the butter – go for olive oil.

Switching can make a marked impact on cholesterol, especially for those who have trouble reducing overall fat intake, Ganda says.

The saturated fat in butter raises blood cholesterol and the risk of cardiovascular problems. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat that can reduce bad cholesterol.

By the end, between 10 and 11 percent of those in the two Mediterranean groups had developed diabetes, compared with 18 percent in the low-fat group.


Kick the habit.

Smoking is a major factor in atherosclerosis. Which frequently puts people with diabetes in the hospital. When an artery becomes blocked and causes a heart attack, stroke or other vascular problem.

Smoking also raises blood pressure and cholesterol. Diabetes also puts smokers at greater risk of pneumonia – and of having a worse case.


Fend off depression.

“This is a chronic illness where patients are reminded daily they have diabetes,”.

Depression is dangerous for people with diabetes. Because it can make them feel as if they have no control over their illness.

That may make them feel so helpless they don’t stick to their medications or show up for doctor visits.

Most complications stemming from diabetes are preventable.

The key is to understand and manage the illness from day one to keep minor complications from becoming major. Diabetes is a time bomb, “It’s ticking, and unless you’re taking care of it … you’ll end up in the hospital.”

Categories Advice, festival special, food, Tips

Breaking the Traditions of Sankranti

As an Indian, our calendar is filled with numerous festivals and holidays, but this festival marks the first festivity of the new year. The joy and excitement of the new year is carried forward till Makar Sankranti that falls two weeks into the new year.

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A time for kite flying, bonfires and prayers, but most importantly, a time for Feasts. With delicious delicacies all around, it is tough to hold oneself back. But what if you could enjoy these delicacies in a healthy way that benefits your body and your taste pallette? It would be a dream come true!

A few famous and traditional dishes are :

  • Til laddoo

  • Puran Poli/obbattu

  • Til chikki

  • Gud Paratha

  • Sakkari Pongal and more.

And some of the most common ingredients include Jaggery, Til, Ghee and Oil. Excessive intake of these can lead to :

  • Weight gain

  • Rise in blood sugar level

  • Rise in cholesterol

  • Acidity

To avoid the after effects of a happy Sankranti, you need to take some cautious steps.

  • Replacing : Replacing a few ingredients with healthy ones or reducing the intake can help us maintain our health. Reduce the intake of jaggery and replace ghee/oil with olive oil/bran oil.

 

  • Being active and involved : Being involved in the activities at home, helping in cleaning and decoration keeps us active and burns down the calories of heavy meals.

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY IN THE NEW YEAR – 2019 TIPS

  • Tone down the laughter time : Although laughter is beneficial for us, it is important we provide our body with sufficient sleep and rest. Insufficient sleep can increase our stress levels.

Being health conscious has never harmed anybody. In Fact we can set new trends and traditions by choosing a healthy lifestyle despite the several occasions that lead to heavy food. To be healthy is not an overnight result, but a choice you have to make everyday.

‘ The best gift you can give yourself and your loved ones is a healthy and a long life.’

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Categories Advice, Diet, Exercise, Health, Info., Sleep, Stress Management, summer, Tips, Wellness

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY IN THE NEW YEAR – 2019 TIPS

Let’s resolute to make 2019 the beginning of a healthy journey. Whatever your New Year resolution affect our body’s ability to fight infections and diseases.

For the body to function in a healthy manner these 4 are highly needed i.e, Diet, Sleep, Meditation and Exercise.

Most of us have a misconception about what to eat or what to eat less, diet is all about learning what to eat and when to eat.

Proper rest ensures our body and mind are repaired duly after hectic work and make us ready for energising next day. Like any mechanical engine, our bodies are meant to move – this reduces risk of heart diseases, cancer, high blood pressure, etc. Meditation is the way of controlling our own mind and consequently finding inner peace which is the main purpose of life.

The 4 Main Requirements:

1) Sleep:

Irregular or no sleep can affect stress hormones, growth, appetite, blood pressure and
cardiovascular health. Research shows that lack of sleep increase risk of obesity, heart risks and
infections. Hormones are released by the body during sleep that help repair cells and control body’s
use of energy. Lack of sleep makes us prone to more physical injuries and makes our body fatigue.

“Your Future depends on your Dreams, so got to Sleep”

  •  Stick to a particular sleep schedule with same sleep and wake time. This helps to regulate
    your body’s clock and could help you fall asleep.
  • Avoid having afternoon naps because these can affect your sleep at night.
  • Sleep on comfortable mattresses and pillows, using uncomfortable mattresses can cause
    neck pain and hinder with your sleep.

2) Exercise:

Exercising for at least half an hour a day can help your body. Exercise strengthens your heart and improves circulation, the increased blood flow raises the oxygen levels in our body and hence reduces risk of heart diseases such as high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, heart attacks, etc. Regular exercise can also lower blood pressure and triglyceride level which are harmful fats.

“Excuses Don’t burn Calories”

  • Exercise has been shown to improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.
  • Jogging or Running can help your brain Health and Memory. It is good for muscles, bones and skin.
  • Additionally it increases your energy levels.

 

3) Diet:

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Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet can protect us from many diseases. . A healthy diet rich in Vitamins, Minerals and low-fat dairy can help to reduce your risk of heart disease by maintaining blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Nutritious foods improve health and promote weight loss, but the benefits don’t stop there.

“Nature is so Smart, it Put Medicine in Food”

  • A healthy diet will help you concentrate.
  • Healthy diet will reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Healthy meals will optimize energy levels.

4) Meditation:

“Meditation is the Action of Silence”

  • Reduces Stress. Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons people try meditation.
  • Controls Anxiety. Less stress translates to less anxiety.
  • Yoga therapy is known to cure asthma and not just manage it. In particular, it lessens the
    allergic reaction in your lungs.

Healthy Food Tips For a Fresh New year:

Try Variety of Food: Eating the same fruits day in and out will lead to hypervitaminosis which can
affect the body. Our bodies are incredibly complex, and no single food contains all the nutrients we
need for them to work at their best. Our diets must therefore contain a wide variety of fresh and
nutritious foods to keep us going strong.

Eat a mix of staple food: Wheat, rice, maize with legumes like lentils and beans with plenty of other
fresh vegetables.
Improve on your diary and meat content: These are vital sources of Calcium and Iron.

Say NO to Salt: Too much salt can raise blood pressure, which is a leading risk factor for heart
disease and stroke.

Avoid snacks: These contain harmful salts which can cause many health problems.
Cut down on Oils and Fats: Too much of anything is harmful and this goes to fats as well. Industrially-produced trans-fats are the most hazardous for health. A diet
high in this kind of fat has been found to raise risk of heart disease by nearly 30%.

Try steaming: Or boiling instead of frying food when cooking to reduce fat intake.
Choose white meat: These include poultry and fish which are generally lower in fats meats.

Sugar Intake: Too much sugar is not only bad for our teeth, but increases the risk of unhealthy
weight gain and obesity, which can lead to serious, chronic health problems.

Limit intake of sweets and sugary drinks: Fizzy drinks, fruit juices and juice drinks, flavoured water,
energy and sports drinks contain artificial sugars which can affect the body.

General Tips to Keep Body Healthy and Fit:

  • Exercising for 30mins a day can also help relax your muscles and give you good sleep.
  • Meditate for a period of time before sleeping, this enhances your sleep cycle.
  • Practising Yoga on daily basis can help keep the mind and body calm.
  • Yoga improves muscle strength and tone.
  • Meditating for 30 minutes can promote emotional health and generate kindness
  • Meditating strengthens the immune system
  • Exercising with friends Can Help Your Brain Health and Memory.
international tea day
Categories Beverages, food, nutrition, Preventing Illness, skin, Stress Management, Wellness

Rejoicing International Tea Day With Cup of Life

INTERNATIONAL TEA DAY was first observed in Delhi, India back in December 15th 2005 and migrated to countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, etc. International Tea Day aim to draw global attention of governments to the impact the global tea trade on workers and growers, and has been linked to requests for price supports and fair trade.

Tea drinking began in China for medical purposes. The simple mixing of tea herbs with boiling water has helped relieve many ailments. Tea helps to rejuvenates the weak body after a long day of work.

international tea day

The health benefits of tea are numerous like, Tea help to reduce blood sugar level, it helps improve gut health, helps reduce blood pressure, and it reduces the risk of strokes and cancer too.

“In India, TEA is not just a beverage, it’s an EMOTIONS.”

-Akhilasoukhya

There are quite a few Emotions (varieties) of Tea:

Black Tea:

Black Tea is the favourite among tea drinkers, it accounts for more than 90% of the tea sold in the West. Black tea is generally stronger than any other tea and contains more caffeine too.

“You can’t buy Happiness, but you can buy tea and that’s kind of same thing.”

-Akhilasoukhya
international tea day

Oolong Tea:

Oolong tea is the product made from the leaves, buds, and stems of the Camellia Sinensis plant which is the same plant that is also used to make black tea and green tea, while some people take Oolong Tea by mouth to sharpen thinking skills and improve alertness.

“Tea is the solution to all problems.”

_Akhilasoukhya

Green Tea:

Green tea, native to China and India, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries across the world. Green tea has extensively been used for medical purposes.

   “We are par-tea people!”

-Akhilasoukhya

White Tea:

The least strong tea which is known for its rich aroma and flavor is a mild beverage with high amount of anti-oxidants and is appreciated by tea connoisseurs for its unmatched subtlety, complexity and natural sweetness.

 “Tea is liquid wisdom”

-Akhilasoukhya
international tea day

Apart from the above mentioned, tea can also be classified regionally so hence,

Butter tea or “gur-gur”, as it is known in the Ladakhi language, is a beverage popular in the Himalayan regions. It is traditionally made from tea leaves, butter, water, and salt. Himalayan nomads are known to drink almost 40 cups a day.

Another is Masala Chai which is common in the urban parts of our country, it is the usual tea with a twist of classic Indian masala and ginger to give it its unique taste.

international tea day

Assam tea, as its name suggests, is a black tea native to Assam. The tea is known for its body, briskness and strong malty flavour. Darjeeling tea is famous all over the world. It has many varieties, including black, green, oolong, and white. Typically, Darjeeling tea is thin bodied and has a distinct aromatic smell. A tea that soothes the senses, you could say.

Nilgiri tea, also known as blue mountain tea, is grown in the southern part of the Western Ghats. It is a dark, flavourful and extremely aromatic tea

On the occasion of INTERNATIONAL TEA DAY we have given you a tour of all the tea. Comment down below, let us know which is your favourite?

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.

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.

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