BROWN RICE

 

brown riceBrown rice, now a days, is very common recommendation by health practitioners, doctors and nutritionists and even in cookery shows. But there is always a question as to why we should use brown rice.

Brown rice is unmilled whole grain rice. It is produced by removing only the outermost layer, the hull, of the rice kernel and is the least damaging to its nutritional value; whereas the white rice obviously looks beautiful because it removes the next layers underneath the husk (the bran layer and the germ), leaving mostly the starchy endosperm even after it takes polishing to produce the white rice. Polishing removes the aleurone layer of the grain-a layer filled with health-supportive nutrients and essential fats.

Rice is an ancient food as we know.  The majority of the world’s rice is grown in Asia, where it plays an incredibly important role in their food culture. Thailand, Vietnam and China are the three largest exporters of rice.

imagesNow come to its nutritional features, it is very commonly known that rice is not at all a good choice for diabetic patients but do you know brown rice is good for diabetic patients. Brown rice is rich source of magnesium, a mineral that acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzymes, including enzymes involved in the body’s use of glucose and insulin secretion. It is also rich in fibers. In one of the most recent studies, which appeared in Diabetes Care, researchers who analyzed data on over 2,800 participants in the Framingham Offspring Study, found that the prevalence of both insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome was significantly lower among those eating the most cereal fiber from whole grains compared to those eating the least.

Brown rice is also good in lignans, a type of phytonutrient, it protects against breast and other hormone-dependent cancers as well as heart disease. Researches also show that eating a serving of whole grains, such as brown rice, at least 6 times each week is a good idea for postmenopausal women with high cholesterol, high blood pressure or other signs of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Brown rice is a good source of selenium. Selenium is a trace mineral, which can reduces the risk of colon cancer. It is an essential component of several major metabolic pathways, including thyroid hormone metabolism, antioxidant defense systems, and immune function. It has been shown to induce DNA repair and synthesis in damaged cells. It is incorporated at the active site of many proteins. Selenium also works with vitamin E in numerous other vital antioxidant systems throughout the body.

 

downloadBrown rice is also a good choice for maintaining body weight. Brown rice is the perfect addition to the daily diet for those seeking bowel regularity. In addition, brown rice also makes the tummy feel full which translates to smaller meal portions.

Brown rice is also rich in manganese; Manganese helps in production of energy from protein and carbohydrates and is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids, which are important for a healthy nervous system, and in the production of cholesterol, which is used by the body to produce sex hormones.

Brown rice is also good source of phosphorus, copper, magnesium, and niacin (vitamin B3) but the complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys these nutrients. The polished white rice must be “enriched” with vitamins B1, B3, and iron, but the form of these nutrients when added back into the processed rice is not the same as in the original unprocessed version, and several lost nutrients are not replaced in any form even with rice “enrichment.”

images (2)It has a mild, nutty flavor, and is chewier; and goes rancid more quickly because of the bran and germ. Its cooking time is also more than white rich. Rinse the brown rice properly then add one part rice to two parts boiling water. When it starts boiling turn down the heat, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes.

Brown rice is not a commonly allergic food but is not known to contain measurable amounts of oxalates or purines. In fact, the low-allergy nature of whole grain, organic brown rice makes it a grain alternative commonly recommended by healthcare practitioners.

 

WHEATGRASS-“Liquid Sunshine”

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Wheatgrass is a kind of grass. The above, ground parts, roots, and rhizome are used to make medicine. Wheatgrass is primarily used as a concentrated source of nutrients. It is also called as “A Natural Immune Booster”.

Wheatgrass is a food prepared from the cotyledons of the common wheat plant. Wheatgrass is allowed to grow longer than malt. Wheatgrass contains no wheat gluten. Wheatgrass is grown from wheat seeds, and contains high amounts of chlorophyll.

It is often available in juice bars, and some consumers grow and juice wheatgrass in their homes, but now wheat grass is also available in supplement form.

Wheatgrass contains large amounts of chlorophyll, and is thought to have a wide variety of health promoting properties. Harvest time is crucial and that is typically around one week after germination of the seeds and called it “jointing stage.” Frozen wheat grass is also available in the market but this is far less effective than freshly harvested wheat grass.

Most wheat grass tastes very bitter. It is commonly believed that they need to grow it in direct sunlight but this actually contributes to the bitterness. Expose the grass only to indirect sunlight, and harvest it right at the jointing stage when it is at its sweetest. One of the complications of growing wheat grass is that it is very easy to be contaminated with mold due to its tightly bound roots in moist soil.

“Its health benefits and curative powers were promoted in the 1940s by Ann Wigmore, a Lithuanian immigrant to Boston and holistic health practitioner.”

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF WHEATGRASS

  • Wheatgrass juice is rich in chlorophyll. About 70% is chlorophyll.
  • Chlorophyll is the first product of light and, therefore, contains more light energy than any other element
  • Wheatgrass is an excellent source of vitamin C, E, K and B complex (including B12).
  • In the minerals parts, it is rich in calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, cobalt, germanium, sodium, sulphur and zinc.
  • It also contain long list of functional unit of protein i.e. amino acids. Near about 17amino acids are present in this miracle grass as well as 80 known enzymes.
  • It is a powerful source of antioxidants that protects against free radical damage.

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  • In “The American Journal of Surgery” (1940), Benjamin Cruskin, M.D., recommends chlorophyll for its antiseptic benefits. The article suggests the following clinical uses for chlorophyll:
  1. to clear up foul- smelling odours,
  2. neutralize strep infections,
  3. heal wounds,
  4. hasten skin grafting,
  5. cure chronic sinusitis,
  6. overcome ear inflammation and infections,
  7. reduce varicose veins and heal leg ulcers,
  8. heal rectal sores,
  9. successfully treat inflammation of the uterine cervix,
  10. get rid of parasitic vaginal infections,
  11. reduce typhoid fever, and
  12. Cure advanced pyorrhoea in many cases.

Other health benefits of chlorophyll

  1. It is high in oxygen which is necessary for optimal function of brain and all body tissues.
  2. It has a capacity to rebuild the blood stream. The red cell count was returned to normal within 4 to 5 days of the administration of wheatgrass.
  3. According to Dr. Bernard Jensen, wheatgrass juice only take minutes to digest and uses up very little body energy.
  4. Chlorophyll is superior to any other plants because it carries over 100 elements needed by man. If grown in organic soil, it absorbs about 102 minerals from the soil.
  5. Chlorophyll is antibacterial and can be used inside and outside the body as a healer.
  6. Liquid chlorophyll washes drug deposits from the body.
  7. It neutralizes toxins in the body.
  8. It helps purify the liver.
  9. Chlorophyll improves blood sugar problems.
  10. Restores alkalinity to the blood. It can be used to relieve many internal pains, and has been used successfully to treat peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, constipation, diarrhea, and other complaints of the gastrointestinal tract.
  11. The enzymes and amino acids found in wheatgrass can protect body from carcinogens like no other food or medicine. It strengthens cells, detoxifies the liver and bloodstream, and chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants.
  12. The high grade content of iron in wheatgrass juice makes it a great blood builder, increasing red blood cells count. It regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body.
  13. The anti-bacterial effect of wheatgrass juice helps to relieve the itchiness caused by athlete’s foot. Soak feet in a small bucket with distilled water pre-mixed with two ounces of the juice.
  14. This is one of the very few juices that can actually remove heavy metals from the system. Regular consumption will greatly helpful in prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and any other mental problems.
  15. Wheatgrass juice contains a long list of amino acids that are the building blocks of protein.
  16. The anti-bacteria effect of wheatgrass creates an unfavorable environment for yeast and bacteria. Regular consumption of this juice will help to prevent further yeast and bacterial growth.
  17. The ability to regulate blood sugar level makes this green juice a suitable drink for diabetes.
  18. Wheatgrass juice reduces high blood pressure and enhances the capillaries.
  19. Wheatgrass juice is a superior detoxification agent compared to carrot juice and other fruits and vegetables. Dr. Earp-Thomas, associate of Ann Wigmore, says that 15 pounds of wheatgrass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrots, lettuce, celery, and so forth.
  20. A small amount of wheatgrass juice in the human diet prevents tooth decay. (Wheatgrass juice held in the mouth for 5 minutes will eliminate toothaches. It pulls poisons from the gums.)
  21. Gargle with wheatgrass juice for a sore throat.
  22. Wheatgrass juice prevents skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis.
  23. It keeps the hair from graying.
  24. Its juice improves the digestion and blood disorders of all kinds.
  25. Wheatgrass juice is high in enzymes and an excellent skin cleanser. (Pour green juice over your body in a tub of warm water and soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.)
  26. Wheatgrass juice is great for constipation and keeping the bowels open. It is high in magnesium.
  27. Wheatgrass juice can dissolve the scars that are formed in the lungs from breathing acid gasses. The effect of carbon monoxide is minimized since chlorophyll increases hemoglobin production.

“[Wheatgrass] can double your red blood cell count just by soaking in it. Renowned nutritionist Dr. Bernard Jensen found that no other blood builders are superior to green juices and wheatgrass. In his book ‘Health Magic through Chlorophyll’ 

PRECAUTION TO BE TAKEN

  • Excessive amounts of wheat grass can cause nauseous and headaches,
  • Hives, or swelling in the throat within minutes of drinking its juice. Hives and swollen throat are often signs of a serious allergic reaction and should be handled as an emergency. Anyone having these kinds of symptoms after ingesting wheatgrass may have even more severe reactions to it later.
  • It is also not a food but a detoxifying herb and should not be consumed every day for long periods of time.
  • It’s a good idea to use wheatgrass juice judiciously. When first starting wheatgrass one should only use one ounce once or twice a day, gradually working up to two ounces.

 growing-wheatgrass-with-soilBecause it is grown in soils or water and consumed raw, contamination with bacteria, molds, or other substances may be a concern. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not use wheatgrass.

 Wigmore’s notion that fresh wheatgrass had value came from her interpretation of the Bible and observations that dogs and cats eat grass when they feel ill. Wigmore claimed that the wheatgrass diet could cure diseases.

But always consult the physician in case of any clinical condition.

FLAXSEED – Commonly Known as Alsi and Linseed

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Flaxseed is commonly known as Alsi (in India) and as Linseed (in different parts of the world). The leaves, stems and seeds of the flax plant have been used throughout the history in cooking, medicine and clothing as well as other manufactured goods worldwide. It is a food and fiber crop that is grown in cooler regions of the world.

Flax fibers is the oldest fiber crop in the world. These are naturally smooth and straight fibers. European and North Americans depended on flax for vegetable-based cloth until the nineteenth century, when cotton overtook flax as the most common plant used for making linen paper.

It is native to the region extending from the eastern Mediterranean to India . Flax is grown on the Canadian Prairies for linseed oil, which is used as a drying oil in paints and varnish and in products such as linoleum and printing inks. Flax was extensively cultivated in ancient China and ancient Egypt.

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New Zealand flax is recommended as a World’s Healthiest Food. It also has a rich history of use for its fiber content as well as traditional medicinal uses.

Flax seeds are available in two basic varieties: (1) brown and (2) yellow or golden

KEY NUTRITIONAL BENEFITs OF FLAX SEEDS

  • It is rich in omega-3 fatty acid. The primary omega-3 fatty acid found in flaxseeds is alpha-linolenic acid or ALA.
  • It is also rich in fibers. The fiber found in flax seeds are Lignans. Lignan is present in the form of  phytoestrogens. Researchers rank flaxseeds as the number one source of lignans.
  • It provides antioxidant protection due to their structure as polyphenol.
  • Flaxseeds have mucilage (gum) content. “Mucilage” refers to water-soluble, gel-forming fiber that can provide special support to the intestinal tract. (For example, gums can help prevent the too rapid emptying of the stomach contFLAXseed oil/saydiet.inents into the small intestine, thereby improving absorption of certain nutrients in the small intestine. Arabinoxylans and galactoxylans are included within the mucilage gums found in flaxseeds.)
  • Flax seeds are also good source of B vitamins, magnesium, and manganese.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Flaxseed is used for a variety of medicinal purposes

  • Cardiovascular Benefits
    1. The primary omega-3 fatty acid in flaxseeds; alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA can be helpful to the cardiovascular system.
    2. ALA can help protect the blood vessels from inflammatory damage.
    3. Two other omega-3 fatty acids namely, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosapentaenoic acid  (DPA) also help in providing inflammatory protection by increase in the bloodstream.
    4. Risk of oxidative stress in the blood vessels can also be lowered by intake of flaxseeds.

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  •  Digestive Health Benefits
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    he digestive tract for the patients who ingested flaxseed showed a significant reduction in constipation, bloating and pain.
  2. The strong fiber content of flaxseeds, including their mucilaginous fiber, helps to delay gastric emptying and can improve intestinal absorption of nutrients.
  3. Flaxseed fibers also helps to steady the passage of food through the intestines.
  4. The lignans in flaxseed have been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  • Cancer Prevention Benefits
  1. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of flaxseeds also make them a logical candidate for cancer prevention
  2. Some studies have suggested that flaxseed may have a protective effect against breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer.
  3. The lignans in flaxseed may provide some protection against cancers that are sensitive to hormones without interfering with the breast cancer drug tamoxifen.
  4. Lignans may help protect against cancer by blocking enzymes that are involved in hormone metabolism and interfering with the growth and spread of tumor cells (Three of the lignans found in flaxseeds—secoisolariciresinol, matairecinol, and pinoresinol—can be converted by intestinal bacteria into enterolactone (ENL) and enterodiol (END) which have direct affects on our hormonal balance and in this way may play an especially important role in hormone-related cancer.)
  • OTHER BENEFITS

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  1. Flaxseed fiber is responsible for lowering the cholesterol level.
  2. Flaxseeds have also been shown to decrease the ratio of LDL to HDL cholesterol in several human studies.
  3. Its fiber in the diet also helps in stabilizing the blood sugar. Lignans in flaxseeds helps prevent Type 2 diabetes.
  4. There is evidence that lignans present in flaxseeds may promote fertility, reduce peri-menopausal symptoms, and possibly help prevent breast cancer.
  5. Omega-3 fats of flaxseeds help in improvement of brain function, and protects from common ills including depresssion, asthma, and pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • SAFETY COLUMNS 
  1. Flax has such a high fiber content, it’s best to start with a small amount and increase slowly; otherwise, cramping and a “laxative effect” can result.
  2. People with irritable bowel syndrome may have an especially strong reaction to it, and should be extra-careful.
  3. The oil in flax is highly unsaturated. This means that it is very prone to oxidation (rancidity) unless it is stored correctly.
  4. The flaxseed meal, stored away from heat and light, will be fresh for a few months, and the oil must be protected by refrigeration in dark containers, preferably being consumed within a few weeks of opening.
  5. Lignans contain phytoestrogens. Although research has shown them to be beneficial so far, it is unknown what effect high doses of phytoestrogens might have. 
  6. Flax contains very small amounts of cyanide compounds, especially when consumed raw. Heat, especially on dry flax seeds, breaks these compounds down. However, our bodies have a capacity to neutralize a certain amount of these compounds.
  7. The U.S. government agencies say that 2 tablespoons of flaxseed is certainly safe and is probably an “effective dose” for health purposes.

HOW TO USE FLAXSEEDS 

Flaxseed has a pleasant nutty taste. Introduce it gradually into your diet, then work your way up to 2 Tbsp. per day. Make sure to drink lots of water.

  • FLAXSEEDsSprinkle it on cereal or yogurt.
  • Add to baked goods.
  • Add to smoothies.
  • Fold into your favorite sauce recipes.

There are no side effects of eating flaxseed at the recommended daily amount. But patients on tamoxifen should not consume large amounts and must consult their physician before use.

Flaxseed is safe for pregnant women. Be sure to inform your health care provider first.

YOGA – “Health is wealth, Peace of mind is happiness, Yoga shows the way.”

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YOGA – “Health is wealth, Peace of mind is happiness, Yoga shows the way.”Swami Vishnudevananda

The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” meaning to yoke, join or unite. This implies joining or integrating all aspects of the individual – body with mind and mind with soul – to achieve a happy, balanced and useful life, and spiritually, uniting the individual with the supreme.yoga

In India, Yoga is considered one of the six branches of classical philosophy and is referred to throughout the Vedas.

Most Westernized yoga classes focus on learning physical poses, which are called asanas. They also usually include some form of breathing technique and possibly a meditation technique as well. Some yoga classes are designed purely for relaxation. But there are styles of yoga that teach you how to move your body in new ways. Choosing one of these styles offers the greatest health benefits by enabling you to develop your flexibility, strength, and balance.

Legend has it that knowledge of Yoga was first passed by Lord Shiva to his wife Parvati and from there into the lives of men.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF YOGA

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  • Yoga can help cure insomnia, as regular yoga practice leads to better and deeper sleep.
  • Yoga can help fight fatigue and maintain energy throughout the day.
  • Yoga is an effective treatment for a variety of autoimmune diseases because it can reduce the symptoms these diseases often cause, such as stiffness, malaise, fatigue, and weakness.
  • Regular yoga practice will create multiple and noticeable benefits to your health.

FOR HEALTHY BONES, MUSCLES, AND JOINTS

  • The physical benefits of yoga are myriad. Yoga keeps body strong, as it involves all the muscles in body to hold and balance yoga asanas (poses). The various yoga postures strengthen feet, legs, hands, abdominals, lower back, legs, and shoulders.
  • jointsYoga’s stretching and breathing exercises improve your flexibility, helping joints, tendons, and muscles stay limber.
  • Yoga improves your endurance, especially the more athletic forms of yoga such as ashtanga yoga, power yoga, vinyasa yoga, and Bikram yoga. Bikram yoga requires keeping your body in constant motion between poses, resulting in a strenuous cardiovascular workout and improved core strength.
  • Hatha yoga can relieve chronic back and neck pain, since the poses and postures gently stretch and strengthen back and neck muscles.
  • Yoga is often prescribed to help heal various injuries, including repetitive strain injuries, knee and back injuries, pulled hamstrings, even minor skin burns but only in experts observation.
  • Yoga is an excellent weight-bearing exercise that can improve your bone density. This is particularly beneficial for women approaching menopause, since yoga can help ward off osteoporosis, or thinning of the bone.

FOR HEALTHY CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM

  • Yoga has tremendous health benefits for your heart.
  • running-weight-loss-exerciseThe gentler forms of yoga lower blood pressure because the asanas (yoga poses, postures, and yoga positions) keep blood flowing evenly throughout body while you focus on your breathing.
  • People suffering from hypertension can benefit from yoga tremendously, as hatha yoga can lower heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Many practitioners claim that yoga has also lowered their cholesterol.
  • Power yoga is an excellent form of cardio conditioning, which strengthens core muscles while it keeps blood and oxygen circulating throughout the body.

FOR MENTAL HEALTH

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  • Yoga benefits anyone’s mental health by helping him or her relax, and it is an effective form of psychological therapy. Yoga reduces anxiety and stress, resulting in better health, better mood, and better concentration throughout the day.
  • Yoga has been used to help treat a wide variety of emotional and mental disorders, including acute anxiety, depression, and mood swings.
  • Even children can benefit from yoga. Those with attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity can learn to relax and get control by using yoga breathing and yoga asanas.
  • Because yoga is a form of meditation, it results in a sense of inner peace and purpose, which has far-reaching health benefits.
  • Yoga has been used to help heal victims of torture or other trauma.

FOR OTHER HEALTH CONDITIONS

  • Yoga can rid tension headaches and migraines because yoga circulates blood and oxygen to head, which can often, prevent headaches from starting.
  • A regular yoga practice helps boost antioxidants throughout body, resulting in a stronger immune system and improved ability to heal quickly from disease or injury.
  • Yoga can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight throughout your life. Power yoga is a vigorous form of yoga that burns calories, resulting in weight loss.
  • Many women going through menopause report an easing of symptoms when they begin practicing yoga.

DIET MANAGEMENT WITH YOGAmid

The first principle of yoga is Ahimsa, which means non-violence. Non violence indicates vegetarianism.

It’s a diet which creates health and vitality, supplying your system with ample energy, physical strength, strong digestion, effortless elimination, crystal-clear mental focus, and sharp memory, along with other physiological, emotional, and mental benefits.

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

  • The more simple your meal, the fewer digestive enzymes your body needs to use.
  • Eat as much organic food as possible– eating organic foods reduce your exposure to the harmful chemicals.
  • Go easy on proteins and fats – Our body doesn’t need too much protein or fat. It can use only a certain amount of protein. If you consume more than your body needs, it will convert the extra protein into fat. In fact, our body doesn’t need protein, it needs amino acids, the building blocks of protein and most foods contain amino acids, with plants as the richest sources.
  • For healthy protein, eat foods rich in amino acids includes,

 A. Sprouted grains such as wheat sprouts, barley, quinoa, amaranth, oats, millet, and buckwheat;

 B. Sprouted legumes such as lentils, mung beans, chickpeas, green peas, black beans, etc.;

 C. Other sprouts: alfalfa, broccoli, radish, etc.

 D. Soaked nuts and seeds (just a handful a day);Moong dal sprout

E. Dark leafy greens (kale, collards, Swiss chard, spinach, parsley);

F. Micro-algae (spirulina – this is a complete protein food with all essential amino acids, chlorella, wild blue-green);

G. Fresh vegetables and especially their juices (carrots, beats, celery, spinach, etc.); and

H. The amazing wheatgrass juice.

  • Get a daily surplus of antioxidants- Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals, enzymes, or plant-derived nutrients called phytonutrients, found in food. They do what their name implies ANTI-OXIDATION.
  • Eat pro-biotic foods a few times a week to maintain healthy bacteria in the large intestine- Healthy intestinal flora helps digestion.

    A. In addition, it’s able to ‘produce’ certain enzymes and amino acids, otherwise           required to obtain from food.

   B. B12 is essential for the red blood cell production, and is known to lack in the vegan diet due to the cleaning and disinfecting of our food.

   C. Pro-biotic food includes: kombucha (fermented tea), raw Apple Cider Vinegar, raw sauerkraut, kim-chi (Asian sauerkraut), yogurt (soy or dairy), cottage cheese, miso, and tempeh (fermented soy beans).

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D. There are a few other cultural foods obtained through fermentation.

E. Old cultures have always had one or two pro-biotic foods consumed on a regular basis. They must know better.

  • Eat daily raw foods rich in enzymes

A. Especially fresh fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens, sprouted grains and beans, seaweed and micro-algae.

 B. Only raw foods have enzymes and life-force, and they are more important to our health than taking vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It’s the life-force and enzymes that keep us vibrantly alive and internally clean.

C. Enzymes are destroyed after use or by cooking and must be constantly replaced. Cooked foods draw from the enzyme reserves.

D. Any true healthy diet always includes at least 50% raw foods, raw salads, and use plenty of sprouts and greens leafy vegetables.

THE FIVE POINTS OF YOGA

  • PROPER EXERCISE: Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while beneficial to the body, mind and spiritual life. The Asanas also affect the internal organs and the endocrine system (glands and hormones).
  • PROPER BREATHING: Proper breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmical. This increases vitality and mental clarity.
  • PROPER DIET : Yoga advocates a lacto-vegetarian diet. A healthy motto is: “Eat to live, not live to eat”.
  • PROPER RELAXATION: By relaxing deeply all the muscles the yoga can thoroughly rejuvenate his nervous system and attain a deep sense of inner peace. In order to achieve perfect relaxation, three methods are used by yogis: “Physical”, “Mental”, and “Spiritual” relaxation. 
  • POSITIVE THINKING & MEDITATION: A positive outlook on life can be developed by learning and practicing the teachings of the philosophy of Vedanta. The mind will be brought under perfect control by regular practice of meditation.

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THE FOUR PATHS OF YOGA

KARMA YOGA – THE YOGA OF ACTION

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 Karma Yoga is the selfless devotion of all inner as well as the outer activities as a Sacrifice to the Lord of all works, offered to the eternal as Master of all the soul’s energies and austerities.”
Bhagavad Gita

BHAKTI YOGA – THE PATH OF DEVOTION OR DIVINE LOVE

bhaktiThe Bhakti Yogi is motivated chiefly by the power of love and sees God as the embodiment of love. Through prayer, worship and ritual he surrenders himself to God, channelling and transmuting his emotions into unconditional love or devotion. Chanting or singing the praises of God form a substantial part of Bhakti Yoga.

RAJA YOGA – THE SCIENCE OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CONTROL

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Raja Yoga is also called Ahtanga Yoga referring to the eight limbs leading to absolute mental control. The chief practice of Raja Yoga is meditation. It also includes all other methods which helps one to control body, energy, senses and mind.

JNANA YOGA – THE YOGA OF KNOWLEDGE OR WISDOM

jnana_icon_300This is the most difficult path, requiring tremendous strength of will and intellect. Jnana Yoga, the aspirant needs to have integrated the lessons of the other yogic paths – for without selflessness and love of God, strength of body and mind, the search for self-realization can become mere idle speculation.

 

 

The greatest weakness is doubt. Doubt is thy enemy. Doubt is the greatest sin. Slay this doubt. Slay the slayer mind.

Sri Swami Sivananda

PINEAPPLE

Scientifically known as “Ananas comosus” and belonging to the family of Bromeliaceae, of the genus; Ananas, “Pineapples” are a composite of many flowers whose individual fruitlets fuse together around a central core. Pineapples have a wide cylindrical shape, a scaly green, brown or yellow skin and a regal crown of spiny, blue-green leaves and fibrous yellow flesh. The area closer to the base of the fruit has more sugar content and ,therefore, a sweeter taste and more tender texture.

The flesh and juice of pineapples are used in cuisines around the world. In many tropical countries, pineapple is prepared, and sold on roadsides as a snack. They are sold whole, or in halves with a stick inserted. Whole, cored slices with a cherry in the middle are a common garnish on hams in the West. Chunks of pineapple are not only used in desserts such as fruit salad, but also as a main ingredient in savory dishes, such in hamburgers, and as a pizza topping. Crushed pineapple is used in yogurt, jam, sweets, and ice cream. The juice of the pineapple is served as a beverage, and is also as a main ingredient in cocktails.

In commercial farming, flowering can be induced artificially, and the early harvesting of the main fruit can encourage the development of a second crop of smaller fruits. Once removed during cleaning, the top of the pineapple can be planted in soil and a new plant will grow. Slips and suckers are planted commercially.

Both the root and fruit may be eaten or applied topically as an anti-inflammatory or as a proteolytic agent. In some practices, it may be used to induce abortion or menstruation or as an antihelminthic agent.

The pineapple tree is actually native to Paraguay in South America and spread by the local Indians up through South and Central America to the West Indies. Later, it was brought to Spain when Columbus discovered Americas’ in 1493.

Bromelain purified from pineapple stem or fresh juice, then provided in the diet over six months, decreased the severity of colonic inflammation in mice with experimental colitis

In Brazil, it is considered a staple food with the tribal people. The leaf of some types of pineapple is used to make embroidery thread. The fruit and juice also help to relieve constipation, as they have high fiber content.

NUTRITIONAL IMPORTANCE

Raw pineapple is an excellent source of manganese (76% Daily Value (DV) in a one US cup serving) and vitamin C (131% DV per cup serving). Raw pineapple juice may be used as a meat marinade and tenderizer.

  • Pineapple is low in calories (provides only 50 cal per 100 g).
  • It is rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber like pectin and has no saturated fats or cholesterol.
  • Pineapple fruit contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain that digests food by breaking down protein. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently.
  • Bromelain also has anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-cancer properties.
  • Fresh ananas is an excellent source vitamin C of antioxidant vitamin.
  • It also contains good amount Vitamin A (provides 58 IU per 100 g) and beta-carotene levels. These compounds are also known to have antioxidant properties.
  • This fruit is rich in B-complex group of vitamins like folates, thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin.
  • Pineapple is also rich in minerals like copper, manganese and potassium.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF PINEAPPLE

  • Pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis.
  • Pineapple is also known to discourage blood clot development.
  • Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue. It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.
  • Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory. Regular ingestion of cup of fresh pineapple daily is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It produces mild pain relief.
  • In Germany, bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication because it is thought to reduce inflammation and swelling.
  • Fresh pineapple is not only high in this vitamin C, but because of the bromelain, it has the ability to reduce mucus in the throat and good for the treatment of cough.
  • Fresh pineapple juice is also good for a healthier mouth. It discourages plaque growth.
  • It helps get rid of intestinal worms.
  • Studies have shown that consumption of pineapple regularly helps fight against arthritis, indigestion and worm infestation.
  • Vitamin A is also required maintaining healthy mucus membranes, skin and essential for vision. Studies have suggested that consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps body to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • It is required for the collagen synthesis in the body. [Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body protect from scurvy; develop resistance against infectious agents (boosts immunity) and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.]
  • In addition, Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids, helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Copper is helpful co-factor for red blood cell synthesis. Manganese is a co-factor for the enzyme super-oxide dismutase, which is a very powerful free radical scavenger.
  • Pineapple is an effective diuretic, and it has been known to be used as a contraceptive as well.
  • The ripe fruit is used to reduce excessive gastric acids in the body and reduce gas.
  • When sour and unripe, it is also beneficial, as it then aids digestion, relieves dyspepsia and helps to increase appetite.
  • It can fight off viruses that cause cough and colds. These fruits have bromelain, which is effective in suppressing coughs and loosening mucus.
  • Pineapples are known to prevent different kinds of ailments. This is because this fruit contains beta carotene that is good for our sense of sight.
  • It can also improve conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome and gout.

 SIDE EFFECTS

  • An excessive consumption of pineapple may erode tooth enamel, due to the high sugar/fructose content, so it is always advisable to brush your teeth well after consuming this fruit.
  • The unripe juice should not be given to pregnant women, as it has been known to induce uterine contractions.
  • Don’t use the mixture if redness bumps or swelling occur. Don’t apply pineapple to burns, broken skin or rashes.

Drink pineapple juice as frequently as possible or eat pineapple everyday. It is as good for health as much for skin. It helps with heart and kidney problems, has protein digesting enzyme. It has proved beneficial for women suffering from irregular and painful periods and is an effective remedy for sore throats and colds.

FOX NUT- The Lotus Seed

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Fox nut it is also known as Makhana, Phool Makhana, lotus seeds, Gorgon nut, Euryale Ferox . The plant fox nut belongs to the family Nymphaeaceae. It grows in water and is found in India, Korea, China, Japan and Russia. In India, it is popularly known as makhana.

This is a native Asian water plant and is mainly cultivated for its edible seeds. They look like popcorn.

They are the edible seeds of lotus flower which can be roasted or fried. These are used in many dishes of India. They are also considered as very pious food and used in many rituals. Along with this they are also highly beneficial in terms of nutritional values.

For geographical and climatic reason Bihar in India is the heaven for Makhana Production. Around 63% of the total Makhana production comes from Bihar. Makhana is superior to dry fruits such as almonds, walnut, coconut and cashewnut in term of sugar, protein, ascorbic acid and phenol content.

HEALTH AND NUTRITIONAL IMPORTANCE

These seeds are low in saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol and are high in magnesium potassium and phosphorus. It contains 9.7% easily digestible protein, 76% carbohydrate, 12.8% moisture, 0.1% fat, 0.5% total minerals, 0.9% phosphorus & 1.4%mg iron/100gm. It also contains useful medicinal properties are as follows:

  • It is high in fiber, so it helps to avoid constipation. They help the body to remove the waste and thus prevent the accumulation of toxins.
  • It is digestive for all age groups. Due to its astringent property, it is helpful in diarrhea and helps in improving appetite.
  • It contains flavonoids which are antioxidants and reverse the adverse effects of free radicals in the body. They also prevent the inflammations in the body. These free radicals are the main cause of many degenerative diseases like diabetes mellitus, heart problems and even cancers.
  • As Makhana are powerful antioxidants they also known as anti aging foods. Aging is also a result of adverse effects of free radicals in the body.
  • Makhana acts as an aphrodisiac. It increases quality and quantity of semen, prevents premature ejaculation, increases libido and helps in female infertility.
  • It helps in building action in dysentery, frequent urination.
  • Fox nuts regulate the blood pressure as they are low in sodium and high in potassium. So a very beneficial food for the hypertensive people.
  • It can also treat insomnia, palpitations and irritability.
  • It strengthens the heart.
  • It is also helpful in anemia.
  • According to Ayurveda, Fox nut alleviates vata and pitta dosha.
  • It strengthens the body and reduces burning sensation and quenches thirst.
  • According to the Chinese medicine, fox nut or Makhana is used to strengthen spleen and kidneys.
  • According to herbalists it is helpful in preventing early discharge of semen and restores sexual vigor in older men.
  • It is also recommended for the women during pregnancy and post natal weaknesses.
  • Makhana regulates blood pressure, relieves numbness and aching near waist and knees.
  • It increases moisture level in body tissues.
  • They are low in calories, fat and high in fiber so can be a good food for diabetics. They also helps to lower the blood sugar levels, so a healthy snack for diabetics.

Fox nut or Gorgon Nut is a type of seed we add into our weekly cereal or soup on a regular basis to maintain overall health.

KHAS-KHAS- The Poppy Seeds

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Khas/poppy seeds are commonly called Khus, Khas grass, Cuscus or Khas Khas. The botanical name for poppy is Vetiver zizanioides, which belongs to the family Poaceae. This plant is mainly used for perfumery and medicinal benefits. This herb is also used for flavoring drinks and also for cooling purposes.

Poppy seeds have immense benefits to a man. Poppy is an important herb in Ayurveda to treat various health conditions. Its origins are from India, long tufted grass available in plenty in marshy river banks. This grass has a mild, musky smell that has a cooling effect on the body and mind. The roots of this grass are used to extract oil which is used as a medicine for many diseases. This oil is also used in making perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and oils. They are also used in beverages and food items.

Today the plant is also cultivated in the North Indian states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab and in the South Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Poppy seeds of superior quality are harvested when they are ripe, after the seed pod has dried

POPPY SEEDS ARE USED AROUND THE WORLD IN VARIOUS CUISINES:

In India, Iran and Turkey poppy seeds are known as khas khas and are considered highly nutritious, mostly added in dough while baking bread, and recommended for pregnant women and new mothers.

In European cuisines, poppy seeds are eaten with pasta. In Lithuania and Eastern Slovakia a traditional meal is prepared for the Christmas Eve dinner from the poppy seeds. In Indian cuisine and Pakistani cuisine, white poppy seeds are added for thickness, texture and also give added flavor to the recipe.

In Indian states poppy seeds are used in various ways like

– In Bengal (West Bengal and Bangladesh) white poppy seeds are called posto. They are very popular and are used as the main ingredient in a variety of dishes.

– In Karnataka cuisine, Gasagase Payasa very popular in southern part of the South Indian state of Karnataka.

– In Andhra cuisine white poppy seeds are used various recipes., called Gasaalu in Telugu.

– In Maharashtra, poppy seeds are used to garnish anarsa, a special sweet prepared during the festival of Diwali.

NUTRITIONAL IMPORTANCE OF KHAS KHAS

  • Poppy seeds contain good levels of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium.

–   Copper is required in the production of red blood cells.

–  Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis.

–  Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

–  Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the powerful anti-oxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase

  • Poppy seeds contain many chemical compounds that are known to have anti-oxidant, disease preventing and health promoting properties.
  • These seeds are a good source of fatty acids which are required for the body’s good health. These seeds are especially rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Linoleic acid protects the heart from many heart diseases
  • Poppy seed oil contains oleic acid. Studies conducted on this acid show that it is helpful in treating breast cancer.
  • Poppy seeds outer coat is a good source of dietary fiber. 100 g raw seeds provide 19.5 g. It helps in increasing bulk of the food by absorbing water down the digestive tract and thereby easing constipation problem.
  • Additionally, dietary fibers bind to bile salts (a product of cholesterol) and decrease their re-absorption in the colon. It thus helps in a further decrease in blood LDL cholesterol levels.
  • The seeds are excellent source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, and folic acid.
  • Dried poppy seeds contain very small levels of opium alkaloids such as morphine, thebaine, codiene, papaverine etc., these chemicals have beneficial effects on the human body; soothe nervous irritability, act as painkillers, and used in pharmacy as well as in many traditional medicines in the preparations of cough mixtures, expectorants etc.
  • Poppy seeds have rich carbohydrate content. Thus, poppy seeds enhance the energy levels.

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Poppy seeds are good sources of carbohydrates and thus, these are helpful in enhancing the level of energy supplied to human body for routine functions.
  • Poppy seeds are also good sources of fatty acids, especially the omega-3 fatty acids, which are required by human body to ensure good health.
  • The presence of linoleic acid in poppy seeds protects the body from heart attacks and other heart disorders.
  • The oil made from poppy seeds is helpful in treating breast cancer, as it contains oleic acid.
  • Poppies are used to treat vomiting and nausea.
  • Drinking a decoction of poppy seeds helps all nervous disorders.
  • Consumption of a paste of poppy seeds daily cures insomnia.
  • Regular consumption of poppy seeds cures asthma and cough.
  • Regular application of a smooth paste of poppy seeds under the eyes cures dark circles and inflammation of the eye lids.
  • A paste of poppy seeds and ghee cures abdominal pain, colic and sciatica.
  • A dosage Poppy seeds paste cures diarrhea.
  • Poppy seeds paste applied over the affected area give relief, in case of any swelling and joint pains.
  • This also has a good curing effect, on gout, arthritis, rheumatism and other bone related diseases.
  • In Iran, poppy seeds are used to treat boils and nosebleeds, and healers in Algeria sometimes stuff poppy seeds into tooth cavities to relieve pain.

 USES OF POPPY SEED OIL

  • Anti Inflammatory: The very soothing and cooling effect of this essential oil calms and pacifies all sorts of inflammations. It is particularly good in giving relief from inflammations in circulatory system and nervous system.
  • Anti Septic: This oil efficiently stops the growth of the bacteria responsible for causing septic, and eliminates them, thereby helping cure septic and giving protection against it. Being totally safe, this oil can be applied externally on wounds or taken orally, to protect wounds as well as internal organs from septic.
  • Aphrodisiac: This oil has an aphrodisiac effect. It enhances libido and gives arousals. Since sex has more to do with the psychology (brain) than the physiology, remedy for most of the sexual disorders like frigidity, lack of libido, impotence etc. lays in the brain. Certain components of this oil stimulate those portions of brain and the problems are over.
  • Cicatrisant: It is a property by virtue of which a substance speeds up the eradication or disappearance of the scars and other marks from the skin. It promotes growth of new tissues in the affected places which replace the dead and discoloured tissues. This is also useful for the post delivery stretch marks, fat cracks, after spots left by pox, burns etc.
  • Nervine: A tonic for the nerves is called a nervine. This oil takes care of the nerves and maintains them in good health. It also heals the damages done to the nerves by shock, fear, stress etc. Further, it helps get rid of nervous disorders, afflictions, epileptic and hysteric attacks, nervous and neurotic disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, lack of control over limbs etc.
  • Sedative: The Essential Oil of Vetiver is a well known sedative. It sedates nervous irritations, afflictions, convulsions and emotional outbursts such as anger, anxiety, epileptic and hysteric attacks, restlessness, nervousness etc. and even benefits patients of insomnia

 OTHER USES

  • Poppy seed oil is used as condiment to add flavor to different types of recipes.
  • The oil derived from poppy seeds also has cosmetic benefits and is used for various massages on the head and skin.
  • They are used very commonly while making bread, cakes and muffins. They can be roasted or eaten raw, sprinkled on salads, or in salad dressings, while baking and cooking pastas and vegetables.
  • Poppy tea can induce a state of calm and relaxation.
  • Poppy seeds do not contain any narcotic properties and hence one can benefit from poppy seeds nutrition without the effects of opium.
  • It has a calming effect on the sore areas.
  • Khus-Khus grass is used as a natural cooler Its dried grass and roots are used to thatch the side panels of coolers. This method helps in adding fragrance to the moist air.

Consuming poppy seeds in large amounts can lead to serious health complications and addiction. If khus-khus is taken in huge amounts, it can cause constipation and dizziness. It is not recommended for pregnant women since it causes nausea and in some cases can even give the sense of mild euphoria.

TYPE OF VEGETARIANS

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There are many ways to be vegetarian. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to vegetarianism. Every vegetarian adopt some type of vegetarian diet, but what they choose to eat and not eat depends on what type of vegetarian they want to be.

Vegetarian means:-
Generally speaking, a vegetarian eats fruits, vegetables, dried beans and peas, grains, nuts and seeds and avoids meat, fish, and fowl. However, within the vegetarian category, there are a number of subgroups, including the following:

# Lacto-vegetarians who eat plant foods plus dairy products
# Lacto-ovo vegetarians who consume both dairy products and eggs
# Vegans who avoid all animal products — no dairy, no eggs — and eat only vegetables, fruits, and grains
# Semi-Vegetarians – A semi-vegetarian could be a person who usually eats vegetarian but occasionally eats meat, for instance, or it could be someone who doesn’t eat red meat but eats other meats.
 Fruitarian Diet- The least common type of vegetarian diet is called a fruitarian diet. Fruitarians eat only the ripe fruit of plants and trees.

#Raw-Food Diet – Some vegetarians only enjoy a raw-food diet. “Raw-food diets are those that emphasize eating uncooked stuff — truly raw products, uncooked, non-homogenized, etc. Some people would eat 100 percent raw, others would consider two-thirds or more is raw. A raw-food diet might include vegetables only, or it might include fish, meat, and eggs as well.

There are health risks to consuming a raw-food diet. Eating uncooked foods, such as some fish or meat, can cause food poisoning.

It is impossible to consume a nutritionally safe diet when you follow these rules. You would have to add substantial extra foods for it to be healthy — for example, milk, nuts, grains and then you have got a vegetarian diet.”

Why Do People Choose a Vegetarian Diet?
Many people decide to eat a vegetarian diet for health reasons. Research has shown that vegetarians have a lower body mass index (BMI) and lower cholesterol and are less likely to die from heart disease. They may also be at lower risk for constipation, diverticulosis (small pouches that protrude from the large intestine and can become infected and inflamed), gallstones, and appendicitis.

Others become vegetarians for religious beliefs, because of environmental or animal welfare concerns, for economic reasons, or because they just don’t like the taste or texture of meat.

Is a Vegetarian Diet Healthy?
People who adhere to a vegetarian diet may not be feeding their body important nutrients it needs to optimally function, particular concern is vitamin B-12, which comes naturally only from animal sources, and protein, iron, vitamin D, calcium, and zinc.

So, if you are considering adopting a vegetarian diet, talk to a nutritionist to make sure you get the nutrients you need to stay healthy. By taking certain vitamin supplements and by careful meal planning, being a vegetarian can be a healthy and rewarding way of life.

ACIDITY- An acid reflex

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Acidity is one of the most common problems faced by most of us, irrespective of age, contribution of lifestyles we follow today. From the young to the old aged, all of us experience acidity, some in fact experience it severely and even on a daily basis.

Acidity refers to a set of symptoms caused by an imbalance between the acid secreting mechanism of the stomach and proximal intestine and the protective mechanisms that ensure their safety.
Acid that is produced in our stomach helps in digesting the food we eat, but when there isn’t enough food to digest, or if this acid is produced more than the required quantity, it leads to acidity pangs. Among others, belching, nausea, vomiting and mouth ulcers are common symptoms of acidity.

One of the most common symptoms of acidity is heartburn.

  • Heartburn is a sensation of tightness, pain or discomfort in the middle of the chest that can but doesn’t always follow an occurrence of acid reflux. Heartburn is exactly what it would feel like if acid ate away at the lining of your esophagus, because that’s what’s happening.
  • Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid regurgitates up into the esophagus. Reflux is the cause of heartburn. However, you may feel no pain at all when reflux occurs.

So we can have acid reflux without heartburn, but can’t have heartburn without acid reflux. Acid reflux is the cause, and heartburn is a potential sensation. If a person has frequent acid reflux, he may have acid reflux disease. Acid reflux disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the same thing; both terms refer to a chronic condition.

Basic causes of acidity

1. Bacteria Helicobacter Pylori: It is usually contracted during childhood and in most people is present in the stomach though it does not cause any problems. In others, Helicobacter Pylori causes increased release of pepsin, which further causes acidity.

2. Born acidic (Zollinger Ellison syndrome): Some people are said to be born acidic with no specific cause for acidity. Their bodies produce increased excess acid.

3. Foods: Amongst the primary causes of acidity are the inappropriate food habits of today. Excessive intake of hot, spicy, fried foods, strong chocolate, tea, coffee, garlic, onions, non-vegetarian diets etc cause acidity. Acidity also arises by keeping the stomach empty for long time, by skipping breakfast.

4. Lifestyle: The lifestyles we follow today also have a major role in causing acidity. Excessive intakes of alcohol, smoking, lack of sleep, stress, anger, fear, excess worrying etc cause acidity. Also, intakes of anti-inflammatory medicines like Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID’s), and conditions like pregnancy, aging, obesity etc lead to acidity.

Dehydration is one of the leading causes of excess stomach acid. Water has a neutral pH, meaning it is neither an acid nor a base. When your body has sufficient amounts of water, it can naturally regulate the acidity of the stomach content.

Eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia can therefore also contribute to excess stomach acid buildup.

Symptoms

  1. Dyspepsia and heartburn are often the main symptoms of acidity.
  2. Heartburn is characterized by a deeply placed, burning pain in the chest behind the sternum (breast-bone).
  3. It occurs after meals and is brought on by excess intra-abdominal pressure like lifting weights or straining.
  4. It can also occur at night on lying down and is relieved when the individual sits up. The pain is very closely related to posture.
  5. The symptoms of ulcers are mainly pain that can be either localized or diffused. Sometimes it radiates to the back or to the chest.
  6. The most common symptom is dyspepsia, a burning or aching pain in the upper abdomen sometimes described as a “stabbing feeling penetrating through the width of the gut”. Rarely, there is no pain at all, but only a feeling of indigestion or nausea. Eating a meal usually relieves the pain in duodenal ulcer, but in a gastric ulcer there may be no change, or the pain may become worse.
  7. Peptic ulcer disease can sometimes occur without symptoms. Symptoms may also arise when there is no ulcer present, which is known as non-ulcer dyspepsia.
  8. Other symptoms may include bad breath, hair loss, belching or nasal congestion.

Treatment-

Follow some Home remedies to avoid acidity

    1. Drink water the moment you get up in the morning. This would flush out, the excess acid in the stomach and other unwanted material that would have accumulated during the night.
    2. Coconut water taken at least thrice daily helps in fighting acidity.
    3. Include banana, watermelon and cucumber in your daily diet. Watermelon juice is great for curing acidity.
    4. Drink a glass of milk – everyday.
    5. After all three meals take a small piece of jaggery and keep it in your mouth and suck.
    6. Chewing tulsi leaves can give a big relief from acidity by calming down the burning sensation and gas.
    7. Drink lemon juice with addition of equal amounts of salt and sugar.
    8. Mint juice is another contender in ayurveda treatment for acidity cures. Chew mint to soothe the acidic content of the stomach and help promote effective digestion and decreased symptoms associated with acid buildup.
    9. Drink cold milk to receive instant relief from heartburn and acidity.
    10. You can also go for coriander seeds and aniseed or sauf to get instant relief from acidity.
    11.  Drink lukewarm water regularly, it has great relieving capacity from acidity problem.
    12.  Avoid aerated drinks and avoid caffeine as it is the main problem of causing acidity problem. Instead of having aerated drinks and caffeine, one should have herbal tea.
    13.  Overeating is another important cause of acidity problem, hence you should avoid overeating.
    14.  Keeping long intervals between meals is another cause for acidity. Have small but regular meals.
    15.  Try to take your meal two to three hours before going to bed. It one of the      most important habit that one should  follow in their routine to control the acidity problem.
    16.  Boil one cup of water. To this add 1 tsp of Aniseed (Saunf). Cover and leave overnight. Strain the water in the  morning, add 1 tsp of honey. When this is taken 3 times a day it prevents acidity.
    17.  To 1 ½ liters of water add 1 tsp Caraway seeds (shah jeera). Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Sip while  warm. Have the concoction 2-3 times a day for 5-6 days.
    18. Always try to avoid pickles, spicy chutneys, vinegar, etc. from your diet.

Follow some healthy practices to avoid acidity

  1. Eat meals slowly to avoid ingesting excess air.
  2. Avoid eating very large meals.
  3. Avoid carbonated beverages and legumes which can also increase the amount of gas produced in the stomach.
  4. Engage in relaxation techniques and stress relieving activities.
  5. Fatty and oil food rich in acidic contents should be avoided.
  6. Exercise regularly. Exercise is important for maintaining overall body health and will contribute to easing symptoms of indigestion, especially as a source of reducing stress buildup. Be sure to keep well hydrated when exercising.

Precaution

  1. Overdose of antacid tablets or other acid reducing medications or treatments, may affect your digestion and your nutrition may also suffer. If you experience persistent stomach acid symptoms, consult a physician.
  2. Milk and antacids are not advised as long-term solutions: both will increase overall acid production in our stomach. You may try drinking something acidic, like orange juice, which can be initially painful (just as milk is initially soothing) but counter-intuitively reduces acid production in one’s stomach over the long term.
  3. The use of prescription antacids that reduce the stomach acid can lead to vitamin B12 deficiency which can in turn cause pernicious anemia.

But in case of continuous acid reflex and heart burn always consult the physician and dietician and follow prescribed medicines and diet to being healthy.

WONDERS OF BREAST MILK

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Breast milk, to be specific human milk, is the milk produced by the breasts (or mammary glands) of a human female for her infant offspring. Milk is the primary source of nutrition for newborns before they are able to eat and digest other foods; older infants and toddlers may continue to be breastfed, either exclusively or in combination with other foods.

Under the influence of the hormones prolactin and oxytocin, women produce milk after childbirth to feed the baby. The initial milk produced is often referred to as colostrum, which is high in the immunoglobulin IgA, which coats the gastrointestinal tract. This helps to protect the newborn until its own immune system is functioning properly, and creates a mild laxative effect, expelling meconium and helping to prevent the build-up of bilirubin (a contributory factor in jaundice).

Breast milk is species-specific for humans and changes according to the infant’s needs. For example, if the baby is born pre-term, breasts produce milk that has a different composition, especially suited for a premature infant. In fact, for premature babies, breast milk can make the difference in life and death. Also, the newborn’s first milk, colostrum, is in many ways different from the mature milk. It contains lots of antibodies, and acts as a laxative to purge the newborn’s bowels from waste accumulated during the time in utero.

Additionally, research published in 2010 has found that breast milk for boys is different from breast milk for girls. The milk produced for boys has a higher fat and protein content than the milk for girls.

Nutritional Importance

  • Protein in breast milk is mostly whey, which is easier to digest than casein (main protein in cow’s milk). Protein of breast milk has high amounts of amino acid taurine, which has an important role in the development of the brain and the eyes.
  • Fats in breast milk are practically self-digesting, since breast milk also contains the enzyme lipase, which breaks down the fat. Fat is the main source of calories for babies – and babies need lots of calories to grow well. Also, fat in human milk has large amounts of certain omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain development (provided the mother eats those good omega-3 fats herself).
  • Vitamins and minerals in human milk are bioavailable-meaning they get absorbed well. Breast milk contains substances that enhance the absorption of minerals and vitamins.
  • Immune boosters– In each feeding mother deliver millions of living white blood cells to her baby to help baby fight off all kinds of diseases. Also, when mother is exposed to a germ, she makes antibodies to that germ and gives these antibodies to her infant via her milk. Breast milk also contains factors that prevent microbes from attaching, and a long list of other antiviral, antibacterial and antiparasitic factors.
  • Even more amazing, if a baby contracts an illness that mom has not been exposed to previously, he will transfer this organism through his saliva to the breast, where antibodies are manufactured on site and then sent back to baby via the milk to help him cope. Mothers who wean their babies from the breast during the first and even second and third years of life often notice that their child becomes sick more than before, or for the first time.
  • Hormones and enzymes– Breast milk has lots of digestive enzymes, and also many hormones. These all contribute to the baby’s well being.
  • Breast milk is even able to kill the HIV virus! An unknown component of breast milk appears to kill HIV particles and virus-infected cells, as well as blocking HIV transmission in mice with a human immune system.

Health Benefits

  • Breastfeeding prevents obesity– Formula-fed babies are more likely to be obese during adolescence. Longer periods of breastfeeding greatly reduce the risk of being overweight in adulthood.
  • Healthy teeth- Formula-fed babies have worse jaw alignment and are more likely to need orthodontic work as they get older. This is probably because the sucking action during breastfeeding improves the development of facial muscles and the shape of the palate.
  • Healthy eyes and ears– Bottle fed babies have worse vision, and get more ear infections than breast-fed infants.
  • General health– Bottle fed infants and children have more and more severe upper respiratory infections, wheezing, pneumonia and influenza. They have more diarrhea, more gastrointestinal infections and constipation.
  • Health later in life– Formula-fed babies has a raised risk of heart disease, juvenile diabetes, multiple sclerosis, asthma and allergy. Breastfeeding may also play a role in preventing digestive diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, as well as childhood cancers

Breast milk contains several substances that help the baby’s brain and can increase the child’s IQ.

  • It contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid that is important for the brain. The levels of this fatty acid in breast milk depend on the mother’s consumption of omega-3 rich foods, such as fish and flax. The DHA levels are also highest in babies who are breastfed the longest.
  • Breast milk has cholesterol, which is needed to make nerve tissue in the growing brain.
  • Breast milk is high in lactose, which is broken down in the body into glucose and galactose, and galactose is a valuable nutrient for brain tissue development.
  • Taurine, an amino acid found in breast milk, is important to the brain development. This amino acid is low in cow’s milk.

Benefits for Mother

  • Breastfeeding helps a woman to lose weight after birth. Mothers burn many calories during lactation as their bodies produce milk. In fact, some of the weight gained during pregnancy serves as an energy source for lactation.
  • Breastfeeding releases a hormone in the mother (oxytocin) that causes the uterus to return to its normal size more quickly.
  • When a woman gives birth and proceeds to nurse her baby, she protects herself from becoming pregnant again too soon, a form of birth control found to be 98 percent effective — more effective than a diaphragm or condom.
  • Breastfeeding appears to reduce the mother’s risk of developing osteoporosis in later years.
  • Diabetic women improve their health by breastfeeding. Not only do nursing infants have increased protection from juvenile diabetes, the amount of insulin that the mother requires postpartum goes down.
  • Women who lactate for a total of two or more years reduce their chances of developing breast cancer by 24 percent.
  • Women who breastfeed their children have been shown to be less likely to develop uterine, endometrial or ovarian cancer.
  • The emotional health of the mother may be enhanced by the relationship she develops with her infant during breastfeeding, resulting in fewer feelings of anxiety and a stronger sense of connection with her baby.
  • A woman’s ability to produce all of the nutrients that her child needs can provide her with a sense of confidence.
  •  Researchers have pointed out that the bond of a nursing mother and child is stronger than any other human contact.
  •  Holding the child to her breast provides most mothers with a more powerful psychological experience than carrying the fetus inside her uterus.

Social and Economic Benefits of Breastfeeding

  • The benefits of breastfeeding go beyond health considerations. Mothers who nurse their children enjoy social and economic advantages as well. For example: Women who breastfeed avoid the financial burden of buying infant formula.
  • Breast-fed babies are less likely to need excessive medical attention as they grow.
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