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6 FOOD ALLERGIES IN CHILDREN IN INDIA

Food allergies in children are nightmares for every parent. The symptoms are not always the obvious — skin rashes and itching. In fact, they manifest in many ways than one and are different for each food. Here are the common foods that could give your child an allergy and how to spot one.

1. WHEAT (or GLUTEN)

Allergy to wheat or gluten is common among children and happens due to gluten, a protein component found in it. However, only 10 percent of gluten intolerances are genetic. Most of the other cases they are usually due to a bout of major illness or reaction to medications and surgeries. Apart from wheat, barley, rye and oats also contain gluten that could lead to the same allergy.

Symptoms to watch out for;

  • Watery diarrhoea
  • Indigestion that could lead to nausea, headache, excessive burping, etc.
  • Stomach aches, due swelling of the intestinal wall

Food substitutes;

Wheat can be substituted by a number of flours like millets (jowar, ragi, bajra), rice, maize, amaranth etc as substitutes for breads and pancakes. Alternatively, potato starch and tapioca are used as baking agents for muffins and cakes.

2. SOYA BEAN

Although, not as common as wheat allergy, soya is not compatible in some children with a sensitive digestive system. Known as a potent food that leads to hormonal imbalances, it isn’t easy to digest for some kids.

Symptoms to watch out for

  • Swelling on the hand and feet, tongue and lips
  • Puffed eyes
  • Flatulence and bloating

Food substitutes;

Since soy is mainly eaten for its complete protein content, any animal foods like milk, eggs or meat can be a good replacement. Alternatively, pulses, beans and sprouts are good substitutes too.

3. MILK

Allergy to milk, known as lactose intolerance, affects almost sixty percent of individuals all over the globe, at some point in life. Lactose intolerance is either primary or secondary. In the case of primary lactose intolerance, one is unable to tolerate milk or milk products. Whereas, those with secondary lactose intolerance can digest milk products like yoghurt, cheese, cottage cheese, etc.

Symptoms to watch out for;

  • Bloating
  • Heaviness in the stomach
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting

Food substitutes;

Almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, hemp milk, coconut milk are good replacers for milkshakes, baking and with cereal. Calcium substitutes include leafy vegetables, chickpeas, eggs and seeds. Protein can be substituted with soy, pulses, meat or eggs.

4. EGGS

Some children are allergic to this protein rich food and can’t take it a bit. While others might be allergic to either egg white or the yolk.

Symptoms to watch out for

  • Skin reactions like red patches or rashes all over the body
  • Stomach aches
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath

Food substitutes;

Eggs are widely used for baking – and can be replaced with yoghurt or aquafaba (chickpea water). The protein content can be obtained from milk, pulses or meat.

5. NUTS

Peanut allergies are very common. However, other tree nuts like almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachio are equally to be blamed.

Symptoms to watch for;

  • Mild swelling of tongue, lips and eyes
  • Nausea

Food substitutes;

Seeds are the best replacement for nuts nutritionally. Omega 3 can be obtained from egg yolk and the protein can be obtained from milk.

6. CHILLIES

Children usually can’t tolerate spicy foods, but that doesn’t indicate an allergy. Introduce chillies to your child from the age of two to allow the taste buds to develop optimally.  However, they are usually allergic to fresh green chilli used to season a variety of dalsand curries in India.

Symptoms to watch out for;

  • Refusing foods, even ice-creams due to itchiness in the tongue
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Sore throat

Food substitutes;

Use more of pepper, celery and ginger as spice in cooking. Try small quantities of dried red chilli or paprika flakes once every 2 days.

GOOD TO KNOW

Most allergies go away as children grow, provided that adequate care is taken.

Children today are fussy eaters, and often refuse food that they don’t find tasty or appealing. This is not an ideal marker to detect allergies. Look out for physical signs and stool abnormalities.

While weaning babies, introduce one food at a time so as to detect allergies and intolerance.

Allergy symptoms in infants and toddlers change after five years of age. So check with your paediatrician or nutritionist and try to reintroduce the foods to your child.

TUNE IN TO YOUR BODY CLOCK FOR A HEALTHY GUT

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Most of us think of the body clock, or circadian rhythm, as the internal system that regulates when we fall asleep and wake up. But there’sso much more than this to your body’s natural clock. According to the 2,500-year-old traditional Chinese medicine, every function of your body is linked to a specific time on your organ clock. Each organ has a two-hour time slot everyday when it’s at the peak function. This is the time when that particular organ and its related meridians are said to be the most energized affecting everything from emotions to productivity to disease management.

The daily dips and spikes in one’s vitality, provides valuable information into the hidden health imbalances. When the energy of a meridian isn’t flowing optimally, the body gives out symptoms, which are clues as to what’s happening and what’s really needed internally. Finding and listening to these patterns helps us learn about what the body specifically needs. This is a sample how to plan an ideal day for your body and mind, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 3-5 a.m.: Peaceful sleep


Organ: Lung

Soft breathing patterns when you are fast asleep boost oxygenation and elimination of toxins from the body.

 

5-7 a.m.: Cleanse your bowel

Organ: Large intestine

This period naturally stimulates the elimination of stools and lightens up the body to gear up for the day. Drink some warm infusions or water, go for a walk or do a light workout. Avoid stimulants like tea/ coffee and heavily spiced meals.

 

7-9 a.m.: Eat a nourishing breakfast


Organ: Stomach

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A nourishing meal, be it warm preparations, fruit or smoothies must be eaten to boost stomach and digestive health. Chose your meal preference as per your body type and what ingredients suit you the most.

 

9-11 a.m.: Be Productive

Organs: Pancreas and spleen

The spleen is the most important digestive organ alongwith the liver. You can squeeze in a late breakfast at this hour too. Do the most mentally taxing chores at this time as your body is at its productive best.

 

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Eat a light lunch with friends


Organ: Heart

The body experiences happy emotions during this time. Eating a light lunch and including a lot of raw salads nourishes the heart.

 

1-3 p.m.: Finish sedentary chores


Organ: Small intestine

The body’s processing again after a second meal, separating usable energy from waste. This is also when indigestion and bloating are the most common symptoms. Do not lie down immediately after lunch or do any heavy exercises.

 

3-5 p.m.: Snack smart

Organ: Bladder

The body’s energy levels dip during this time and it is when most of us experience drowsiness or lethargy. Eating a savoury meal (salt being the key here) helps keep up the energy levels. Remember not to overdo on fats and high salt content foods.

 

5-7 p.m.: Supper

Organ: KidneyActions:

Recovery processes begin during this hour. The body’s energy levels peak during this time too, enabling the body to cleanse and prepare to go into rest most. Eating a nourishing meal at this hour (early dinner) works wonder to keep the gut healthy. For most of us, hunger pangs and cravings arise around 5-6pm. Eating a nourishing meal prevents unwanted binging and restores body’s recovery cycle.

 

7-9 p.m.: Unwind

Organ: Pericardium

This is the time to unwind, do some meditation, read, have a bath or have lighthearted conversations. This prepares the body for a good night’s sleep.

 

9-11 p.m.: Hydrate before bed

Organ: Metabolism, blood vessels

A blood circulation needs adequate hydration to maintain its function. Drink some warm infusion or water during this time for best results. Remember not to drink too many fluids 30min to bedtime so as not to wake up in the middle of the night.

 

11 p.m.-1 a.m.: Bedtime

Organ: Gallbladder

The gall bladder aids in the body’s muscle regeneration and healing processes. going to bed around 11am aids in this process.

 

1-3 a.m.: Sleep mode on

Organ: LiverAction: Deep sleep and dreaming

The liver controls a lot of recovery and digestive process in the body. It is liked to fiery emotions and blood metabolism. If sleep doesn’t happen till this time or if sleep is disturbed, it leads to weakening of the body’s vitality.

 

Designing your day to nourish your body clock not only keeps the gut healthy, it leads to optimal absorption of nutrition which gets converted to vital energy and keeps the body disease free. Optimizing gut health prevents disease, and aids in the treatment of most lifestyle linked medical conditions including acidity, constipation, diabetes, hypertension etc.

NUTRITION AND TUBERCULOSIS

 

Being a highly infectious disease, Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis that most often affects the lungs, with symptoms that can develop in other parts of the body. It is the second deadliest disease worldwide, each year more than 13.7 million people became an active case of tuberculosis and more than 1.5 million cases of TB patients die.  When infected the body starts using more energy trying to fight the infection. It often causes a loss of appetite leading to weight loss, protein breakdown leading to muscle wasting. There is an increase in the requirements of micronutrients such as vitamin A, E, B6, C, D and folate to enhance the bodys wear & tear. 

ENERGY GIVING FOODS

Carbohydrate being the primary energy giving nutrients, is most importnt while nourishing a TB patient. However, easily digestible sources of carbohydrates should be included in the meals. There is a thin line between easy to digest carbs and sugar. It should be noted that sugar (be it jaggery, coconut sugar or similar), should be completely avoided as they accelate infection and deteriorate the lungs.

Preferred foods – soaked apricots, honey soaked almonds, barley, sweet potato, amaranth flour is

BODY BUILDING FOODS

Including complete proteins in all the main meals becomes extremely important to promote body building and prevent muscle wasting. Cereal – pulse combinations are excellent excellent sources of a complete proteins. Dal-roti, rajmah-chawal, chole-paratha, puranpoli, khichdi, idli-sambar are some cereal pulse combination that can be consumed. In addition, animal proteins are complete by themselves and are high biological value proteins. They inclue dairy products, eggs, meats and seafood. other foods like quinoa, seeds & nuts and soy are good bioavailable protein foods too. It should be noted that some forms of dairy especially yoghurt is not preffered for a TB patient. Often, eliminating dairy helps lung recovery.

Preferred foods – nuts & seeds, quinoa, seafood, sprouts

MICRONUTRIENTS

 Micro nutrition, when enhanced greatly improves the bodys core strength, helping a ptient cope better with TB and its recovery. Vitamins and minerals like Vitamins A,E, calcium, silicon and electrolytes like potassium are a must have to build stronger bones, nerves and gut.

Preferred foods – raw okra, kale, potato peel soup, beet & carrot soup, almond butter

IMMUNITY & TB

TB spreads from person to person through the air & many times our body may harbor the bacteria that cause tuberculosis, but our immune system usually can prevent us by killing the bacteria. Sometimes when it cannot kill the bacteria, it manages to prevent it  from spreading in the body. 

If the immune system fails to kill or contain the infection, it can spread within the lungs or other parts of the body and symptoms will develop within a few weeks or months. It is more common in people with weakened immune systems & can be fatal if it’s not treated.   

Preferred foods – ginger & tulsi tea, chaywanprash, sauteed greens,  barley & lentil soup

DECODING SUGAR CRAVINGS 

A food craving is an intense desire for a specific food and very often at a specific time. Cravings manifest differently in each individual, with respect to the time of the day, form of food eaten or simply eateing excess of any food through the day. It is observed that food cravings most often occur for processed foods and foods high in sugar, salt or fat. The fact that your body craves for any of these foods is the foremost indication of an underlying deficiency or a medical condition. 

SUGAR CRAVINGS 

Sugar cravings are the most common of all food cravings, the highest being in women especially around their menstrual cycle. Sugar is an age old remedy to elevate the mood, satiate the tongue and provide an instant surge of energy. When eaten in the right form, sugar is medicinal, but when misued as a craving is detrimental to overall health.

Don’t refrain, eleminate the craving:

One must remember, that managing food cravings is not about refraining yourself from eating a particular food, it is all about not wanting ti eat that food in the frst place. Imagine this – you have a place of chocolate cake in front of you. You eat a bite and are more than satisfied with it! To get to this level, lets delve further into why the cravings occur.

Stress induced cravings:

The human brain uses glucose as its primary source of energy. Over working the brain, especially during stress or simply overworking rapidly depeletes the glusose stores in the body. As a defence mechamism, the brain sends signals to eat sugar which is an immediate energy source for the brain and the body. However, this sigal is often misintrepreted as eating something “sweet” v/s eating a natural sugar.

REMEDY – Eat 1 tbsp almond butter with 1 pinch cinnamon powder & 1 tsp honey at bedtime

Acid load and sugar cravings:

An acidic body houses disease. It also is one cause of malnutrition as the absorption and assimilation of micronutrients is highly affected by the acidic/ alkaline pH of the body. A deficiency of micronutrients, especially chromium, zinc and magnesium give rise to sugar cravings. Alkalizing the body is the key to reduce these cravings.

REMEDY – Drink one glass of cumin infused water on waking up

Sleep deprivation and sugar cravings:

Lack of sleep mean lack of rest. A tried body exhibits an increased need for energy to pull through the day. The simplest form of this energy being sugar.
REMEDY – Eat 2 soaked apricots on waking up or before exercise

Boredom or depression and sugar cravings:

Most sugar cravings are not need based, they arise out of boredom. Sitting at home all day and nothing to do? Eat sugar! Studying for exams and need a break? Eat sugar! Going through a breakup? Eat sugar! The weather is too gloomy? Eat sugar!

Sugar helps the body produce serotonin, which is a feel good hormone. It helps you get restful sleep and elevate the mood. Eating the right form and quantity of sugar during such bouts can work in your favour. Eat a small piece of home made ladoo or barfi before your meal. Add some cocoa powder to your milk and make a healthy hot chocolate for bedtime.

REMEDY – Eat 1 banana with 1 tsp ghee and 1 pinch cardamom powder on waking up or after exercise

Sugar v/s salt cravings:

“I eat some chocolate when I get low BP”? is that what you often hear? Well, there is a difference between feeling ‘low sugar’ and feeling ‘low BP’. If your blood pressure drops, you must compensate it with salt and if your blood sugar drops, you must compensate it with sugar. Low blood pressure is when you feel dizzy, nauseous and blurred vision, whereas, low blood sugar is when you exhibit sweating, fatigue and anxious.

Overall, the key to balancing sugar cravings is adopting the right frame of mind and eating the essentials as a part of your daily lifestyle. It is absolutely fine to eat a little sugar for taste, but it is not ok to eat it as a part of the craving.

RED COLORED FOOD : THE NEW POWERHOUSE FOR HEALTH

With the fast pacing life we often miss filling our plates with our daily intake of vital, and often overlooked, nutrients. Colourful foods, generally fruits and vegetables, contain many of the vitamins and antioxidants we need. Along with maintaining good health, the nutrients work together to provide us various health benefits. 

WHY ARE SOME FRUITS & VEGETABLES RED IN COLOUR ??

Phytochemicals are compounds that are produced by plants having various health benefits. Each fruit or plant may contain hundreds of phytochemicals like carotenoids, flavonoids, Anthocyanins, lutein and many more. Red hue in the fruits and vegetables get their colour from lycopene (a carotenoid) & anthocyanins, most have been shown to help fight oxidative stress, balance our intestinal microflora, prevent chronic disease, and promote hormonal balance. 

REDS FOR SKIN 

Foods rich in antioxidants help promote healthy skin & hair. Pomegranate juice from pomegranate seeds may have up to 300 times more antioxidants when compared to green tea. The fruits rich composition of tannins and flavonoids is responsible for its high antioxidant activity and anti-inflammatory effects. 

Being rich in alpha-hydroxyl acid, strawberries may help get rid of dead skin cells. They also help boost up the collagen production, minimise fine line and wrinkles due to the presence of vitamin C.

REDS FOR IMMUNTITY 

When compared to other varieties of bell peppers, the red bell pepper contains more Vitamin A & C. These two vitamins combined with the pepper’s vitamin B6, folate, vitamin K, thiamine, Lutein, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, zeaxanthin and fibre leave no room for wonder why red bell peppers have been shown to have numerous health benefits like  improving immune function, supporting eye health 

REDS FOR GUT HEALTH

Anthocyanins found in red coloured fruits & vegetables like beetroot, tomato, cherries etc have seen to exhibit anti-inflammatory & anti-oxidant properties.  Research suggests that anthocyanins have positive effects on gut health when they interact with microflora, helps regulate enzyme production that aids nutrient absorption in the gut, and strengthen the cell membranes by making them less permeable and fragile. 

REDS FOR CANCER  

Lycopene is a carotenoid found in tomatoes, grapefruit, watermelons, and papaya. It is also synthesized by plants and microorganisms, but cannot be synthesized by the human body and can only be obtained via diet. It exhibits antioxidant and anticancer properties. Results from several studies suggest a strong association between high intake of lycopene-rich foods and reduced risk of several cancers.

With all of these known benefits of eating a diet rich in colourful foods, many people aren’t regularly consuming these colourful fruits and vegetables. This lack of nutrient diversity is also one of the reasons for the rise of chronic disease along with many other reasons.

All the red fruits & vegetables provide us with numerous health benefits if we consume them on daily basis. Try these few recipes to include these beautiful reds on your plates in a different way. 

ROASTED RED PEPPER AND WALNUT DIP

INGREIDNETS (Makes one cup)

3 red bell peppers

1 cup water

2-3 garlic clove

¾ cup walnut pieces, toasted, plus more for garnish

1 ½ tsp paprika

¾ tsp cumin powder

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 

1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tsp olive oil

1 tbsp fresh curd

¾ tsp salt 

Freshly ground black pepper

METHOD

  1. Roast peppers over a gas burner until blackened all over, turning with tongs as each side is blistered. Transfer to a bowl, and cover with plastic wrap; let stand about 15 minutes. Peel, and discard skins, stems, and seeds. Set peppers aside.
  2. Combine garlic and walnut pieces in the bowl of a food processor; process until fine crumbs form, about 10 seconds. Add paprika, cumin, and reserved peppers and yoghurt; process until smooth, about 10 seconds. Add vinegar, lemon juice, oil, and salt, and season with black pepper. Pulse until combined.
  3. Transfer to a serving bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.
  4. Before serving, bring to room temperature. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with walnuts or paprika, and serve with lavash, baked nacho chips or use as a spread in a panini or a wrap

APPLE AND LETTUCE SALAD WITH MELON DRESSING

To Be Blended Together In a Dressing

½ cup muskmelon, puréed

½ tsp roasted jeera, crushed

3 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper powder to taste

Other Ingredients

1 cup lettuce, torn

½ cup cabbage, shredded

¼ cup carrot, thickly grated

¼ cup capsicum (red and yellow) cubes

¾ cup apples, chopped

½ tsp lemon juice

2 tbsp grapes, chopped

1 tbsp spring onion greens, chopped

Salt to taste

METHOD

  1. Put the lettuce, cabbage, carrots and capsicum in ice-cold water for 30 minutes. This will make them crisp.
  2. Drain, wrap in a muslin cloth and refrigerate till ready to use.
  3. Toss the apples in lemon juice and refrigerate till ready to use.
  4. Combine the lettuce, cabbage, carrots, capsicum, apples, grapes, spring onion greens and salt together in a bowl and mix gently.
  5. Just before serving, add the dressing and toss well.
  6. Serve immediately.

BEETROOT & SESAME THEPLA 

INGREDIENTS

1 beetroot , grated 

1 cup whole wheat flour

2 tbsp quinoa flour 

½  tsp cumin powder (Jeera)

½  tsp  amchur 

½  tsp  Garam masala powder

½  tsp  red chilli powder

1 tsp green chillies

½  tsp ghee

1 ½ tsp white sesame seeds

Salt  to taste 

Water as needed

METHOD

  1. Take a mixing bowl and add the grated beetroot. Add all the masala powder, salt and ghee. Mix all the ingredients.
  2. Add whole wheat flour, quinoa flour into the mixing bowl and knead it to a smooth dough with enough water.
  3. Take a small portion of the wheat flour dough and flatten it using a rolling pin into form a flat round dough.
  4. Heat the Tawa to medium heat & add the thepla on the hot tawa.
  5. Cook the beetroot thepla for about a minute & then flip and cook on the other side for a minute or till done. Apply oil as needed to grease it while cooking.
  6. Serve with subzi

 

TEATOX – ELIXIR FOR WEIGHT LOSS, GLOWING SKIN AND DISEASES

1) What is a teatox?
Teas are an integral part of each and every indian households daily morning routine. be it chai, or green tea or herbal infusions, no day begins without a cup of tea. tea leaves are loaded with antioxidants. Teatox is a specially devised program to add beneficial tea nutrients to your diet for weight loss, glowing skin, and other lifestyle diseases. Teatox included teas made using tea leaves, fresh herbs like basil or nine, spices & condiments like cinnamon, cloves or even dried flowers and fruits. In short, its your dose of liquid elixir in a cup.

2) Why has it become so popular and regarded as the newest, best way to detox?
Green tea & its benefits have hit a new high in the recent past. the world is now discovering the marvels of fresh tea from world over and the medicinal benefits they have. e.g.. 1 cup Matcha tea from Japan has the oxygen carrying capacity that equals 137 cups of green tea!! doctors and health professionals have begun to tap these nutritional benefits of tea for therapeutic uses – only to see miraculous results.

3) How do you go about it?
foremost, know which tea is going to be the most suitable for the benefits you are looking at. further then, include 3-4 cups of the tea in the day. 1st cup on waking up, 2nd cup mid morning, 3rd cup at tea time & 4th cup an hour before dinner. Remember that you tea should be made & drunk exactly as prescribed by your nutritionist else it may cause acidity, restlessness to irritable bowels.

The new age teatox – a lot pharma brands have come up with concentrated tea capsules that are your replacement for the actual cup of tea. Eating a few of these tablets per day is said to be your way of teatoxing.

4) What are the benefits?Does it help your skin, your weight, regulate blood sugar levels and assist with the digestion of food?

Better hydration
Committing to drinking your daily detox teas means committing to drinking more water every day. Most of us are chronically dehydrated, which can lead to health issues and mental sluggishness. Tea is just as hydrating as plain water so you’ll reap the benefits without sacrificing taste.

Clear & Glowing Skin

Your skin is your largest organ and is a telltale indicator of when your body is feeling overloaded. Better hydration combined with the antioxidants and polyphenols found in tea will help your skin replenish and repair so you can recapture that youthful glow!

Better Sleep and More Energy
Our bodies are designed to detox naturally, but when toxins start to build it can be difficult for our bodies to keep up. That can lead to a overall run-down feeling, plus extra work for our body during slumber— the time when our restorative processes kick into high gear. Detox teas help to clear out those toxins, so sleep is more restorative and rejuvenating, leading to days where we are better rested and full of energy.

Blood Sugar Regulation
Since teatox helps eliminate toxins from the body, the body sses a rise in insulin sensitivity & hence regulates blood sugar more efficiently.

A better frame of mind
A teatox is a time for change, where you hit reset: halting poor choices that would impede your progress and being mindful of the steps you’re taking towards a healthier body and lifestyle. By the time it has ended, you’ll be well on your way to committing longterm to the improved habits that make for a healthier lifestyle. When you see results from your teatox in your appearance, energy and mood, you’ll have the motivation to continue on the path to a healthier you!

and most importantly, its more convenient that doing a juice detox!

HEALTH BENEFITS OF DIFFERENT TEAS

Green tea: Made with steamed tea leaves, it has a high concentration of EGCG and has been widely studied. Green tea’s antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.
Black tea: Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, along with some instant teas. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.
White tea: Uncured and unfermented. One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.
Oolong tea: In an animal study, those given antioxidants from oolong tea were found to have lower bad cholesterol levels. One variety of oolong, Wuyi, is heavily marketed as a weight loss supplement, but science hasn’t backed the claims.
Pu-erh tea: Made from fermented and aged leaves. Considered a black tea, its leaves are pressed into cakes. One animal study showed that animals given pu-erh had less weight gain and reduced LDL cholesterol.

5) What are the side-effects if any?
Side effects of a teatox are very few. As you tea tox, the body stir up its digestive and flushing mechanisms. Patrons may experience frequent urination, loose bowel movements or nauses for the first day after which these symptoms cease to exist.

6) Is there anyone who should avoid it?
Teatoxes are pretty safe for anyone above 16years of age. Pregnant women, patients with illness, people looking for weight loss, elderly citizens or sportsmen – everyone benefits for an occasional teatox. The type of tea used, its frequency and its quantity should be carefully determined.

7) How often can one do a teatox?
A teatox can be done on alternate day for the 1st week, followed by once a week for the next 4 weeks. This gives the desired results in most cases. To form a healthy lifestly, one must do a teatox once a month or once every fortnight depending of the results desired. Do a teatox especially after a bout of travel or eating out.

8) What are the things to do and what should you avoid doing?
It is very important to maintain a healthy diet while doing a teatox. Hydration is essential to flush out the toxins. It is advisable to do mild cardio exercises on the day of tea tox and to refrain from smoking or consuming alcohol.

To know more about teatox and how it can benefit your body type, write to me @ dhvanishah.23@gmail.com.

Alkalize Your Body To Fight Cancer

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO ALKALIZE YOUR BODY?

Food plays a vital role in the development of illness. Most, if not all, health disorders begin with wrong food and eating habits. Centuries of experience in healthcare resulted in a conclusive statement –

“The roots of all illnesses lie in the intestines’ Food provides the building material, the biochemical base for vital functions and energy for our existence”

An alkaline diet is of utmost importance when a patient has active cancer or recovering from cancer therapy. Cancer cells thrive in an acidic medium or environment and use simple sugars as food. Making some simple diet changes will aid the creation of an alkaline environment in the body that discourages cancer growth and helps in overall nourishment and better treatment adherence.

The best way to alkalize the body is to include plenty of raw fruits and vegetables in the diet. They can be consumed whole or in the form of  juices, grated salad and infused waters. Other important foods include the use of millets and plant based ingredients.

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It’s not just enough to include diet specific necessary components to your daily food intake. You must  mus also learn to avoid the unnecessary food which encourages acid build up in the body. Some of these unnecessary food items include :

-Dairy products (eggs, milk, curd, paneer, chaas, ghee, cheese etc.)
-Meat, poultry & seafood
-All forms of sugar (white sugar, khaki shaker, jaggery, honey, palm jaggery etc)
-Tea, coffee, chocolate, green chilli, bell pepper
-Pickles and papad – YES! even homemade ones!
-Processed foods, packed foods, aerated drinks, and alcohol.
SAMPLE MEAL PLAN :

On waking up : 100ml papaya leaf infusion

Breakfast : ARF porridge OR millet upma

Mid meal : 200ml juice + 1-2 tbsp nut & dry fruit mix

Lunch : quinoa + moong dal + pumpkin khichdi
OR sweet potato tikki + dal + roti

Tea time. : 200ml juice

Evening snack. : 200ml juice or almond milk + nut & dry fruit mix

Dinner : Ukada chawal + tur dal + carrot khichdi
OR barley khichdi (made like sabudana khichdi)

Bedtime : 150ml almond milk + dates (optional)

NOTE : Infuse drinking water with jeera & mint leaves

JUICE COMBINATIONS (extracted through a juicer, not blender);
Orange + carrot + basil
Beetroot + pomegranate + ginger
Watermelon + beetroot + subja seeds
PAPAYA LEAF INFUSION – lightly crush 2 papaya leaves. Boil 200ml water and add the crushed leaves. Continue simmering till the water reaches 150ml. strain and consume warm.

ARF – Soak wheat/ rice/ moong overnight in lukewarm water. Discard the water in the morning and leave the grains to sprout for 1-3 days. Once sprouted, dry roast the grains and powder. Use this flour to make porridge. (recipe same as upma)

CONSTITUTIONAL DIETS – YOUR KEY TO A HEALTHY BODY

Keto diet/ GM diet/ low cal diet/ Intermittent fasting/ liquid diet/ fruit diet/ high protein diet and the works – you have heard it all – even tried them all! When you are keen to drop the kilos and not aquire health, any new trend or a quick fix will be your go to. weight loss or disease management is much more than dropping kilos.

The human body is a combination of fat, muscle, bone, water and tissues which in the right health and proportion determine your level of fitness. Weight management is not about dropping kilos, its about dropping the unwanted fat from your body. Change your perspective and focus on dropping your pant size than going down on the weighing scale.

KNOW YOUR BODY TYPE


Knowing your body type helps you to tailor a personal diet and lifestyle that can prevent disease and physical disorders, and obtain peace of mind. It provides you with an understanding of your basic physical and psychological nature, and how to keep it in balance with your surroundings. This is the key to maintaining health.

Every human usually has varying degrees of Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3 constitutions. Although we each have characteristics of all 3 constitutions to different degrees, one of these elemental natures will dominate and that is the your “Primary Body-Type”.

Use the following guidelines to identify your primary Body-Type and use the focus and avoid foods list listed along with to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

 

BODY TYPE 1

Individuals are very active – mobile, restless and energetic. They have fast metabolisms, so are often thin with little muscle development and protruding joints that may make cracking noises. Their skin is dry, rough and thin with visible veins.

Sleeping, eating and personal habits are irregular and erratic, with appetite and sexual desire varying between extremes. They sleep lightly, are easily disturbed and prone to insomnia. Their speech and movement is usually fast, and they are talkative and enjoy all forms of communication. Their pulse is fast, weak and irregular. They dislike cold, windy or dry environments and feel chilled quickly or shiver easily. Extremities (hands and feet) are often cold, or become cold easily.

Mentally and emotionally they are rapid. They gather information or display emotions quickly, or determine swiftly whether they like or dislike something. While they learn quickly and are usually intellectual, their retention is poor. Money is spent quickly and impulsively. They demonstrate high creativity, innovation and sensitivity.

Individuals with this nature are introspective, shy, modest and lacking in confidence. They are often unsettled and impatient, but very flexible and adaptable to change. They often feel anxious, worried or stressed – especially in unfamiliar, cramped or noisy environments. They are most likely to be loners, or non-conformists.

Focus Foods list – dry ginger powder, drumstick, barley, coconut milk, walnuts

Avoid Foods list – pulses, meat, seafood

 

BODY TYPE 2

Individuals are of medium build, with greater muscular development. Their skin is soft and warm, and they have a lot of body heat and often perspire excessively. Their hair is thin and often reddish or blond, and they may experience premature greying, baldness or excessive hair loss. Their skin flushes easily and they often have many freckles and moles. Their skin develops acne, rashes, bruises or sunburn easily.

Their desires (appetite, sex) are strong in nature. Sleep is moderate and not easily disturbed. The pulse is strong and stable. Individuals speak loudly and passionately, and often dominate the conversation. They have an aversion to hot weather, sunlight and heat, and their eyes are sensitive.

In temperament, they are extroverted and love to be the centre of attention. Although they can usually control their emotions, they may become irritable, angry and judgmental under stress. Money is prudently managed. They are decisive, aggressive, ambitious and determined, often aspiring to positions of leadership. They enjoy competitive sports and games, either as spectators or participants. Their intelligence is high, and they have good insight and a keen sense of discrimination.

Focus Foods list – mint, cumin, rice, sprouts, apple, baked jacket potato

Avoid Foods list – green chilli, milk, tea, coffee, chocolate

 

BODY TYPE 3

Individuls tend to have a heavy and solid, or large build. They are often overweight, gain weight easily and have high muscle development (plump and round). Their skin is thick, smooth and moist with few wrinkles. Their complexion is usually clear, fair or pale, and hair is oily, thick and wavy. Their teeth are strong, white and well formed.

They have a moderate or low appetite and slow digestion. They enjoy eating gourmet or luxury foods (that appeal to taste and smell) or buying and preparing food. In movement and activity, they tend to be slow and methodical, with a lot of endurance. However, they are sluggish and lethargic or difficult to motivate. They are prone to sleep heavily and excessively. Their pulse is slow, steady and regular. They have a pleasant appearance and voice and dislike damp conditions.

In temperament, they prefer familiar surroundings and tradition. They learn slowly, but have excellent memories. Money is hoarded (or they are thrifty) and they are good, stable providers. Typically, they are serene and tranquil and their emotions are slow to become excited or aroused. However, they can be sentimental, nostalgic and romantic in nature. They are highly tolerant and forgiving, with medium intelligence. They prefer to belong to a group, club or community. They cling to their family or familiar associations.

Focus Foods list – carom seeds, leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, millets, sprouts

Avoid Foods list – wheat, fatty food, banana

 

You cannot change your elemental nature or Body-Type. For instance, if you wish to acquire Type 3 qualities, you cannot do so by eating a lot of leafy vegetables or carom seeds. By doing so, you will only disturb your primary constitution. Changing your nature through acquiring positive qualities, and minimizing negative temperamental characteristics, is the role of the mind.

When you are healthy, you are generally instinctively attracted to foods and activities similar in elemental composition to your own body. When you are sick and the elements are unbalanced, you are attracted to those foods opposite in nature. For example, if you are suffering from a cold, or chest congestion (due to an imbalance in type-3), you usually choose to avoid those foods that aggravate the constitution such as dairy products, or heavy and oily foods.

Knowing your body type, including foods that suit you is a sure shot way to maintain good health!

FOODS THAT HELP MANAGE STRESS

When work deadlines begin piling up and our social calendar is booked, the last thing we want to hear is to steer clear of the vending machine. Who has time for healthy eating? Stress management can be a powerful tool for wellness, since too much stress is bad for you. There are
many ways to combat stress levels, and one of them includes what you eat may actually help relieve your tension. Indeed, some foods may help stabilize blood sugar or, better yet, your emotional response.
When you’re physically hungry, almost anything sounds good—including healthy stuff like  vegetables. Foods can help tame stress in several ways, but during stress emotional hunger craves junk food or sugary snacks that provide an instant rush. You feel like you need cheesecake or pizza, and nothing else will do. Before you know it, you’ve eaten a whole bag of chips or an entire pint of ice cream without really paying attention or fully enjoying it. A healthy diet can help counter the impact of stress by shoring up the immune system and lowering blood pressure. Do you know which foods are
stress busters?
Vitamin C

Consuming foods high in vitamin C, such as oranges, amla, guava, grapefruit and other citrus fruits, can reduce stress and boost the immune system. Intake of this vitamin can help lower the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and  blood pressure during high-anxiety situations.

Complex Carbohydrates
Complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, can induce the brain to
increase serotonin production and stabilizing blood pressure as a way to reduce stress.

 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fatty fish (such as salmon and tuna) and nuts and seeds (such as flaxseeds, pistachios, walnuts, and almonds) are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce surges of stress hormones and also confer protection against heart disease, depression, and premenstrual syndrome.

 

Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate can not only satisfy your taste buds, but it can also help relieve stress at the
molecular level. Additionally, cocoa can also improve cognitive function and mood.

Oatmeal
Certain comfort foods, such as oatmeal, can reduce levels of stress hormones and also result in a boost in serotonin, which stimulates a feeling of calmness.

Chamomile

It is popular for its easy availability and wide range of healing properties. It is often used to relieve stress-induced symptoms such as insomnia and gastrointestinal disorders. 1 cup chamomile tea at bedtime can help induce peaceful sleep & relive stress.

SOURCES OF NUTRITION – AND ITS NOT JUST FOOD!

Every living being needs food to live. Philosophically speaking, every living being needs nutrition to live, and its not just from food.
Though literally Aahar means ‘food’ substance, the philosophical understanding of Aahar is beyond the concept of gross material food for nourishing our physical body! Our enlightened ancestors identified ‘Aahar’ as a divine material, the carrier of divine energy and the sustaining process of life in the universe. It not only sustains the physical body, but also the metaphysical, mentl, emotional & spiritual body.
We all, as humans, possess subtle energy bodies which are much more extensive and powerful than our gross physical body. Each body, whether gross or subtle needs its own nourishment. Here is a glimpse of the nutrients required by each aspect of our body

Types of food (āhāra) that gives us nourishment;

i. ‘Oza’ or vital energy is life determining. It is present from the time of birth and this energy stays until his /her death. Initially, this energy comes from the vital energy of parents and later on is cultivated by the individual himself. It is commonly referred to as one’s intuition.

ii. ‘Roma’ is nutrient & energy absorbed from environment directly. Every part of body is capable of absorbing nutrients from the air & solar energy. This is similar to the process called photosynthesis in plants.

iii. ‘Kavala’ or food taken as morsels by mouth or injected in the body by other means. This includes food that we eat, water and medication.

iv. ‘Mano’ or mental food. Mind possesses the power of manifestation. It attracts all the components to form a complete physical and dynamic entity. In simpler terms, the thought is what matters; similar to thinking positive is what makes one feel healthy.

v. ‘Karmaņa’ or the absorption of karmaņa particles by the empirical soul due to its various non-self activities. These act as insulation for the soul’s energy to enjoy its own nature of knowledge & bliss. These particles also reduce the efficiency of body parts to perform their function. All spiritual practices aim at stopping further accumulation of these particles on the soul and to dissociate the existing bonding particles with soul.
An excerpt from “Jinahaar”. Jinahaar is a book that enghlightens the true essence of food, its significance in Jainism, the ideal way to observe a Jain fast and foods that one must eat for spiritual evolution.