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  • HOME REMEDIES - Key to easy health

    In Health Tips On 24 July 2018

                HOME REMEDIES    COLD, COUGH AND INFECTIONS- These are a part of growing up of any child, but they leave the child with weaker immunity, and zero appetite. A pinch of turmeric (raw, or home ground) boiled in a cup of milk and given regularly to the child before bedtime cures productive cough and increases immunity  . A couple of tulsi leaves can also be added while boiling. It is especially recommended for swimmers and children who catch infections fast. CONSTIPATION-This is a common problem which affects not only adults but children too. (a)The easiest thing to do is to increase your water intake to at least 2-3 lts of water in a day. (b)Add ripe papaya and guava to your daily diet. (c)Making grated carrots a part of your meals. LOWERING CHOLESTEROL- Another common modern day ailment (a) A clove of garlic eaten regularly early in the morning can help in lowering your cholesterol over a period of time. (b) Half tsp of methi seeds soaked overnight in a glass of water, and swallowed along with the water is another remedy for lowering cholesterol with very good results. DIABETES-A lot of myths surround home remedies for diabetes, but only a few of them have shown good results (a) Drinking the juice of 1 medium sized karela(40-60 ml) every morning helps in keeping the blood sugar levels in check. (b) Methi seeds are a super food which give you more than one benefit, not only are they effective in high cholesterol but also in lowering blood sugar levels. NAUSEA DURING PREGNANCY-A lot of women face nausea during pregnancy, ginger in the form of a raw piece, ginger biscuits, ginger tea, ginger pickle helps reduce nausea considerably. LACTATION-Even though garlic and milk don’t go together, a glass of milk boiled with 1 tsp of chopped garlic for 5 minutes and had for a few days before bedtime can be very helpful to a new mother struggling with lactation.  

  • Superfoods -2

    In Health Tips On 23 July 2018

    SUPERFOODS 2  In continuation with the topic of superfoods here are a few more such foods that make it to the coveted category and qualify as superfoods. Superfoods are not only nutrient rich , but also carry in them the power to keep diseases at bay apart from controlling  and curing  them. Superfoods are nutrient intense , easy to source , easy to eat and are full of health benefits.Here are some more of the superfoods, try to incorporate at least some of them into your diet to enjoy their benefits 6.GROUNDNUTS (PEANUTS/MUNGPHALI) – Believe it or not they are a much cheaper but nutritionally superior alternative to almonds and cashews. They have more proteins and lesser amounts of fats than any other nut, making them easy on the pocket and on the calorie counter as well.  A good source of iron and fibre, They make an excellent high protein, low calorie power snack ‘ON THE GO’...that can be served in a wide variety of ways. 7.SOYA – Soya or the  poor man’s meat is the only ‘A’ class protein that is vegetarian !! It is one of the best sources of calcium, phosphorous and iron.  That helps in balancing the hormones especially during menopause. Include it in your diet as soybean, soy milk, soy paneer and soy nuggets. Soya is ideal for vegetarians wanting to meet their protein requirements while exercising and toning up. Soya milk is also a good substitute for those who are allergic to normal milk. 8.JAGGERY(GUD)- A piece of jaggery is still the favourite dessert after meals in rural India. If only, it were to become a trend among the urban population it would prevent anaemia in teenage girls and women. It is a good source of iron, calcium and phosphorous. Use it instead of white sugar (which gives only empty calories) wherever possible e.g. kheer, dalia , oats, curds and even tea. When combined with peanuts it forms a nutritious sweet (chikki), which is loved by all. 9.WALNUTS – Romans considered walnuts to be the ‘food of the Gods’. A rich source of protein, B vitamins, fibre, omega -3 fatty acids (helps in lowering cholesterol) along with remarkable anti – oxidant properties. They are beneficial in arthritis, asthma, eczema and psoriasis. Have a couple of walnut halves with your porridge or oats or as a garnish on your salad every day to notice a shine in your skin and hair. 10.BANANAS-  Filling, nutritious, nutrient intense, easily available, cheap and loved by all are some of the words that describe bananas. They are high on calcium and potassium and growing children should be encouraged to eat bananas and so should the elderly. They can come to the rescue of those suffering from constipation and those looking to gain weight the natural way.

  • Superfoods -1

    In Health Tips On 22 July 2018

      SUPERFOODS - 1   If there is one age old saying that we all believe in and would like to follow, then it has to be -“Prevention is better than cure “ but this is easier said than done. The rising cost of food, hectic lifestyles along with a heavy dose of food fads is making it progressively difficult to maintain an appropriate diet that is not only nutritionally balanced but also fits in the budget. Surprisingly a diet that is healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. Locally and seasonally available inexpensive foods if used in correct combinations can be equally nutritious and light on the pocket as well. Here’s how… 1.TURMERIC(HALDI) – Turmeric is the most commonly found spice in all kitchens. This cheap nutritional superfood whose properties are acknowledged the world over is a powerful antioxidant and antibiotic. Combine a pinch of this wonder spice with a cup of milk, by boiling them together for 5 mins and have it just before going to bed regularly. It can do wonders for children who fall ill frequently and for swimmers (to prevent eye and ear infections). Turmeric milk increases the immunity of the body which is a lifelong benefit. 2.METHI SEEDS(METHRE’)- These tiny brown seeds are a part of many Indian pickles and curries. They give flavour to food and medicinal benefit to the body. Methi seeds contain ‘Pectin’ a gum present in them which has been found to be effective in reducing blood glucose and cholesterol levels as compared to other fibres. It helps diabetics in managing their blood sugar levels very effectively. Soak up to half a teaspoon of these miraculous seeds in some water overnight .On an empty stomach next morning swallow the seeds as well as the water. 3.GARLIC (LASSUN) – Another powerful anti-oxidant particularly helpful in reducing cholesterol and blood pressure. According to Ayurveda it is also helpful in preventing certain cancers; however this is not yet fully backed by scientific research. To reap the benefits of this superfood, have 2 cloves of chopped garlic (Indian variety) every morning on an empty stomach. 4.AMLA (INDIAN GOOSEBERRY) – One of the best sources of vitamin C, inexpensive, easily available and highly beneficial. It helps boost immunity, and guards against cold, cough and common flu(viral).It is the only food that retains almost 80% of its Vitamin C content even after cooking and preservation(pickles and chutneys).It is a cheaper yet more nutritious alternative to fruits as oranges and kiwi. 5.SPROUTS – One of the best snacks that can be eaten every day. Rich in fiber, iron, proteins and Vit B12. When combined with cucumber, tomatoes and carrots, they become even more nutritious. Sprouts chaat or salad is a nutrient powerhouse .Make sure to lightly steam them with a dash of salt and add lime juice before eating to increase their mineral and vitamin absorption.


    In Health Tips On 12 July 2018

                                  THE RELATIONSHIP OF FOOD AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE   JUST 10 years back no one could have imagined a 28 yr old young executive or a 30 something techie suffering from high blood pressure. But this is sadely true. More and more young people in the age group of 28-40 yrs are the regular victims of highblood pressure owing to “stress”, “long hours” and “bad eating habits” with little or no exercise this forms a lethal combination . This common misconception that  High blood pressure affects only the middle and old age groups has resulted in the disease going largely untreated and being a major contributor to heart diseases, stroke and renal failure. Even though Hypertension or high blood pressure as its commonly called is the most common lifestyle disease of industrialized societies. Half the people who suffer from high blood pressure are not even aware that they have a potentially harmful disease and the other half who are aware don’t know how to control it any other way apart from medicine. So…here are a few very effective dietary pointers ….   SPRINKLE ME NOT – Don’t add extra salt at the table , avoid sprinkling on salads, curd and fruit. Try a flavor enhancer like mint or roasted cumin powder instead. STAY CANNED -  canned food items as salted and smoked meats and fish are preserved in brine(salt + water) and are very high on the salt content. They are best avoided, switch to broiled or grilled fresh foods instead. STRAIGHT PACKET -  highly salted foods such as potato chips, salted nuts, popcorn and  namkeens, bhujia etc sometimes have 500 times the salt content they should normally have.  Banish them from your pantry. BOTTLES AND JARS - Foods such as ketchup, soya sauce, chilly sauce, pickles, papads and chutney use obnoxiously high quantities of salt as preservatives . They are  best avoided if bought from the market, but a homemade version catering to specifications can be made for die hard pickle and chutney lovers. CHINESE CHECKERS – This one is especially for the ladies . Chinese  food is getting popular by the day, with every nook and corner serving their own version of hakka noodles and momos, but a common flavour enhancer in  Chinese food is aginomotto . It’s a type of salt and can increase your B.P . practice moderation. TOO CHEESY - salted butter and processed cheese (all forms) are the hidden sources of salt. We don’t even realise when the added salt in them enters our system .Luckily unsalted butter is easily available in India now and a low salt cheese option can go a long way in improving your health. DRESS ME UP – Almost all salad dressings as mayonnaise and mustard, vinaigrette contain salt in them. Make your own salad dressings at home with simple ingredients as olive oil, vinegar, chilli flakes and fresh black pepper but minus the salt  and enjoy a much healthier version made especially for you. BAKED - Bakery products as cakes, pastries, buns and bread are made with baking soda(another type of salt), avoid them as much as possible. PIK ME UP -  All is not lost , with the awareness levels  regarding health and healthy eating rising, normal salt has got new age alternatives. ,Pick up  low sodium salts as Tata lite and LoNa for regular cooking . SOMETHING EXTRA – Avoiding alcohol and smoking and Exercising regularly can help you maintain your blood pressure for years and steer clear of the possible progression of the disease into a heart or kidney problem.. All these tips if incorporated into your diet and lifestyle can help you manage your high blood pressure very easily.   

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Nutritionist / Dietician, India 

Healthy living starts with the belief that good diet and nutrition should be a way of life. With over 15 years of top-notch training, skills and experience in nutrition and dietitics with spas, clinics, and slimming centres, Tithi Prabhakar shall guide you to a completely customized and successful journey to healthy living.


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