Women’s healthcare and Nutrition
A woman is the essence of life and an all-enveloping character is played by a woman as she plays the character of a daughter, sister, wife and mother all at a time within a span of few years. Nutrient-rich food provides energy for women’s busy lives and nutrition plays different roles during different stages of a woman’s life. During childhood, foods fuel growth. Through childbearing years, diet plays a role in fertility, a healthy pregnancy and prevention of chronic disease. In older years, what women eat can help keep minds sharp and bodies strong.
Women’s healthcare and its ignorance!!!
Women play vital and multiple roles, especially those who are employed, as a balance needs to be maintained by them both at home and workplace, thus ignorance of healthcare can have multiple implications on her surrounding environment such as her family, workplace and social network. Also hectic schedule of balancing workplace and home, along with balancing between social and personal requirements, lead to women ignoring their health and routine checkups resulting in diseases like high or low blood pressure, diabetes, heart diseases, asthma, urinary infection, arthritis obesity, anemia and depression.
Pepper has an important role in most of the soups and main course dishes. They are widely used around the world.
Medicinal uses of Pepper:
- In many Ayurvedic medicines pepper is used.
- It has tremendous antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties.
- Pepper improves digestion, kills worms, and treats coughs, colds, sinusitis, heart problems, colic, diabetes, anaemia and piles.
- For fever, a peppery soup is very helpful since it has anti-feverish qualities.
- For throat inflammation, chewing raw black pepper is very helpful.
- Pepper oil is used to treat insect bites and scalp infections.
Samosas, pav bhajis, pakoras are delicacies which no Indian can resist. Since these desi delights are rich in calorie content, regular indulgence can lead to abnormal cholesterol levels and increase of abdominal fat, besides paving the way to diseases like stroke, diabetes and blood pressure.
We simply love our evening chai with samosa whether or not it rains. But samosas wreak havoc on our diet by causing upset stomach, acidity, diabetes and obesity when consumed regularly. The samosa contains a maida flour shell stuffed with some filling, generally a mixture of mashed boiled potato, onion, green peas, spices and green chili and may have been fried in oil stored for several months, makes them unhygienic, and an absolute dietary villain.
Substitute with : Dhal Idli-
(Toor dhal soaked for about 2-4 hours and ground coarsely. Add ground masala of green chillies, coconut, ginger, coriander & curry leaves with Dhal. Make round or oval shape & steam in Idli stand in cooker for about 15-20 minutes). Serve hot during monsoon with or without chutney.
- Sugar exists in many forms besides just the white powdered cane sugar. Sugar in all of its forms (including corn syrup, honey and maple syrup) affects the body in the following ways.
- Sugar increases bad cholesterol and triglycerides and also stresses the liver.
- Though sugar in some form is naturally present in many foods, by itself, it contains no nutrients, no proteins, no healthy fats and no enzymes. Just empty and quickly digested calorie that actually pull minerals from the body during digestion.
- Jaggery is a natural sweetener and good source of nutrients. Also provides energy over an extend period of time.
- Jaggery aids in digestion and reduces constipation. Also helps in cleaning respiratory tracts, lungs, food pipe, stomach and intestine.
- Jaggery with water has cooling effect on body during summer.
Jaggery is beneficial for people with diabetes, liver disfunctioning, cold, dry cough and asthma