PROBIOTICS

Probiotics                                                                                                                      

Probiotic comes from the Greek word pro, meaning “promoting” and biotic, meaning “life.”Probiotics is live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and bifidobacteria are the most common types of microbes used as probiotics, but certain yeasts and bacilli may also be used. Probiotics are commonly consumed as part of fermented foods with specially added active live cultures, such as in yogurtsoy yogurt, or as dietary supplements.                                                                         

Lactobacillus  –

helps in treating and preventing yeast infectionsurinary tract infectionirritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, treating lactose intolerance, skin disorders (fever blisterseczemaacne, and canker sores), and prevention of respiratory infections, reduce abdominal pain, increases immune response and reduces overgrowth of pathogens in digestive tract.

Source:  Foods that are fermented, like yogurt, curd, buttermilk

Bifidobacteria

Source:  Foods that are fermented, like yogurt, curd, buttermilk

helps in curing dental cavities, improve blood lipids, glucose tolerance improvement in the symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating, bowel dysfunction, aids in the synthesis of B-complex vitamins and vitamin K in the intestine, improves immunity and digestion, cancer prevention and alcoholic liver restoration disease caused due to excessive intake of alcohol.

Saccharomyces boulardii      

     Source: Present in lychee and mangosteen fruit, baker’s yeast, fermented products like bread

It is effective in preventing and treating diarrhoea, act as antibiotic, to treat acne and maintain and restore natural flora in the large and small intestines and treatment of IBS(Irritable bowel syndrome), urinary tract infections (UTIs), vaginal yeast infections, high cholesterol levels and fever blister.

Streptococcus Thermophillus                                          

Source: Yoghurt and other fermented dairy products, cheese

Benefits: Produces large quantities of the enzyme lactase, making it effective in the prevention of lactose intolerance, act as anti-carcinogenic, reduces risk of antibiotic associated bacteria, helps in making reduced fat cheese and reduce abdominal pain. It helps in providing gastrointestinal benefits and antioxidant properties.

                                                   

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Detoxification!!!-Garlic and onion for detoxification!!!

Detoxification is the biochemical process that transforms non-water-soluble toxins and metabolites into water-soluble compounds that can be excreted in urine, sweat, bile or stool. Our body undergoes lots of wear and tear both inside and outside. Hence, body has to be detoxified in order for it to function properly and to promote general health and well-being. 

             

 

                                                          

 

Garlic and onion for detoxification!!!

Garlic and onions are rich in sulphur-containing compounds which are involved in sulfation, the main detox pathway for environmental chemicals and certain drugs and food additives.  These also help with the elimination of harmful heavy metals from the body.

Garlic cleanses the respiratory system and purifies the blood. Garlic act on bile ducts, and activates gastric juices as well as cleansing the gastric system. It helps the body to naturally detox nicotine, and other toxins that can even help to reduce stress.

 

Tips: Eat 3-4 fresh garlic cloves every day. Crushed or grated garlic can be used for all gravies & curries; chopped raw onions can also be used in fresh salads, curds and raitas.

TOP 10 FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND NUTS AVAILABLE IN THE WINTERS

oranges 1. Oranges:

Winter is the season for fresh citrus fruits and oranges are our top pick here. This tart-sweet fruit packs in a load of the very essential vitamin-C — that helps your body in its fight against germs; in addition to potassium, folate, minerals and fibre.

apples2. Apples:

Well, we have all heard it – “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. This otherwise super-expensive fruit is available in plenty during the chilly months, which makes it more affordable. Bite into one for your mid-day snack, and reap its benefits!

carrots3. Carrots:

This root vegetable has more carotene (what the body converts to vitamin-A) than any fruit or vegetable. In addition, carrots are an excellent source of vitamins B, C, D, E and K, as well as calcium pectate (a pectin fibre that has cholesterol-lowering properties).

mustard leaf4. Mustard leaves (sarson):

A winter crop, the mustard plant’s leaves are highly nutritious. The young tender leaves of the plant are flavourful – are an excellent source of several vital antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and carotenes.

peas5. Peas:

Peas, with their sweet taste and starchy texture come loaded with phytonutrients that provide us with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

Turnip6. Turnips:

Turnips pack in insoluble fibre, folates, vitamins and minerals. This root vegetable has a rather pungent taste, which becomes mild after cooking.

spinach7. Spinach:

It’s counted among the world’s healthiest veggies. Vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and a host of flavonoids that offer antioxidant protection – this leafy vegetable – has them all.

methi/ fenugreek leaves 8. Fenugreek leaves:

Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytonutrients. It can lower cholesterol, help keep your diabetes under check and more. Make those methi parathas, today!

raddish9. Radishes:

Radish, a root crop that is pungent or sweet in taste is available in plenty during winter. This root vegetable has a lot of roughage and is a powerhouse of potassium, folic acid and ascorbic acid. Eat it raw, make parathassambhar or whatever.

peanuts10. Peanuts:

A source of vitamins, potassium, protein, carbohydrates, calcium and fat – peanuts are good for you in so many ways. Roast or boil some peanuts and have them with your tea this chilly evening

Food Combination

Food Combination

Food combination must be right as wrong combination result in adverse health effects like bloating, indigestion, stomach pains etc.

Food Craving- Type, Source and Solution

Food Craving- Type, Source and Solution
Food Craving- Type, Source and Solution

FOOD CRAVINGS- 5(Cravings For carbohydrates)

Food craving is an intense desire to consume a specific food, stronger than simply normal hunger. Usually food cravings arise to satisfy emotional needs, such as anxiety, stress, boredom and mood swings which lead to low serotonin levels.  This low serotonin levels (neuro transmitter) sends a signal to the brain to have a positive impact on food. While cravings can mean a number of things including psychological reasons, a strong craving usually indicates your body is low in a specific nutrient, vitamin or mineral which are listed below!

When you crave carbohydrates???    

(Refined food based cravings): Indicate insulin resistance, hypoglycaemia (blood sugar fluctuations), chromium deficiency or fatigue. Low carbohydrate level in your body leads to mood swings. In extreme cases, it might even lead to depression.  So we crave for carbohydrates to boost our mood. Sometimes when your energy levels are down you tempt to have high carbohydrate foods as your appetite is low.

How to curb it: Never skip your meals. Replace white rice and refined flours with brown rice & whole wheat flour. Have more fibre rich foods like fruits and vegetables to overcome it. 

FOOD CRAVINGS-4(Craving For Fatty Foods)

Food craving is an intense desire to consume a specific food, stronger than simply normal hunger. Usually food cravings arise to satisfy emotional needs, such as anxiety, stress, boredom and mood swings which lead to low serotonin levels.  This low serotonin levels (neuro transmitter) sends a signal to the brain to have a positive impact on food. While cravings can mean a number of things including psychological reasons, a strong craving usually indicates your body is low in a specific nutrient, vitamin or mineral which are listed below!

When you crave fatty foods???         

                                                           

People crave fats and oily foods because their diets are deficient in essential fatty acids. Others may be experiencing a deficiency in fat soluble vitamins, especially vitamins A, D, E and K. Some have fast metabolism that burn up calories rapidly; these are the people who eat more and still remain thin. Fats and oils contain the high calorie levels that these people need to feel satisfied. Cravings for fatty or oily foods therefore are linked to nutritional deficiency. However, fatty food cravings are also linked to stress and emotional eating.

How to curb it: Fatty food cravings can be curbed by consuming nuts & dry fruits like walnuts, almonds, dates and flaxseeds as they are rich in essential fatty acids.

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