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Strong Immunity, Better Heart Health And Other Reasons To Add These Leaves To Your Diet

  • June 14, 2021

Moringa Health Benefits: Strong Immunity, Better Heart Health And Other Reasons To Add These Leaves To Your Diet

Moinga health benefits: You can add the goodness of moringa leaves in the form of powder

Highlights

  • Moringa leaves are loaded with plenty of nutrients
  • These are also a non-dairy source of calcium
  • Moringa leaves can help control blood sugar levels

Ever heard of moringa? Well, Moringa comes from the Moringa oleifera plant, often called the drumstick tree, horseradish tree, or miracle tree. Moringa, is one of those “new” foods, that is becoming more and more popular in the everyday diet. It is also called as survival food since it contains all the nutritional elements such as protein, calcium, impressive 8 of the 9 essential amino acids, iron, Vitamin C and A minerals and more.

Further, moringa is a medicinal powerhouse that possesses antifungal, antiviral, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Also, because each and every part of the moringa plant has its own unique and useful properties it has been used for various health benefits.

So, let’s jump into the various health benefits that moringa offers:

1. Boosts energy levels

Moringa is said to increase energy levels of the body, giving relief from tiredness and fatigue. Moringa leaves being rich in iron help in reducing weakness and drowsiness.

2. Boosts immunity

Moringa leaves are loaded with strong immune boosting phytonutrients that strengthens the immune system and enables it to fight off infections. Together, they contain vitamin A, C and iron that support a healthy and active immune system.

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Moringa health benefits: These leaves can help maintain a healthy immune system
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3. Reduces blood sugar levels

Moringa helps control blood glucose levels, which can reduce the risk of diabetes. Moreover, moringa contains a pigment known as chlorogenic acid which helps to stabilize blood sugar levels post meals.

4. Helps fight inflammation

Inflammation is how a body naturally responds to pain and injury but uncontrolled inflammation is bad for you. Moringa is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and helps in soothing inflammation in the body by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and boosting production of anti-inflammatory cytokines.

Also read: Immunity-Boosting Foods: From Amla To Moringa, 5 Superfoods You Need To Fuel Your Immune System

5. Takes care of your heart

Moringa leaves protect the heart and support cardiovascular system by bringing down the bad cholesterol levels, which can block the blood vessels thereby causing heart attack.

6. Good for stomach

Moringa leaves are beneficial against digestive disorders. Those suffering from constipation, bloating, gas, gastritis and ulcerative colitis should add moringa leaves to their diet.

Also read: Moringa Vs Matcha: Nutritionist Tells Which One Is Healthier For You

7. Improves bone health

Moringa leaves are rich sources of calcium and phosphorus, which are needed for good bone health. Since moringa leaves have an anti-inflammatory nature, they help prevent arthritis and fight against osteoporosis, keeping your bones strong.

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Having moringa leaves can help you boost bone health
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How to use moringa leaves

As moringa powder – Moringa leaves are dried and grounded in powder form or as supplements. Add the powdered moringa to your smoothies, soups, or use it as a tea.

As moringa oil – As an essential oil, moringa has benefits for moisturizing and cleansing the skin, along with as a moisturizing hair treatment

As moringa juice – Fresh leaves of moringa are crushed and then the juice is extracted for use.

Also read: Can Moringa Help Manage Diabetes? Know Its Effect On Your Blood Sugar Levels

With its unique taste, rich in various nutrients, moringa has many benefits and applications and can be used in many delicious recipes. Thus, adding moringa to your products will enrich nutrition and contribute to healthy lifestyle.

(Nmami Agarwal is a Delhi-based nutritionist at Nmamilife)

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COVID-19 Recovery Diet: Foods to Eat if You Have Tested Positive For Coronavirus

COVID-19 Recovery Diet- Foods to Eat if You Have Tested Positive For Coronavirus

  • June 14, 2021

When ill, one’s body undergoes a taxing time, as it is depleted of nutrition and energy in its battle against the infection. Not only is immunity compromised but overall health deteriorates as the body tries to overcome the disease and recuperate. The body’s response in the case where one has tested positive for the coronavirus is similar, with the infection affecting different people with different levels of severity. Also Read – Milkha Singh’s Wife, Nirmal Kaur, Dies Due To Covid-19 Complications

As the second wave of COVID-19 infections continues to sweep through the country, it has impacted thousands of people to date. With symptoms ranging from mild flu-like symptoms to severe cases affecting the lungs, respiratory system, heart, and even the brain, the short- to long-term impact of the virus on one’s body are pronounced. From debilitating weakness to the loss of smell and taste, the infection often leads to the loss of overall appetite. All of this, combined with multiple lockdowns imposed by the government to curb the spread of the infection and suggestions of home quarantine in case of mild to moderate COVID positive cases for otherwise healthy individuals might result in the alteration of normal food-related practices. With access to markets is limited, the accessibility to fresh produce too might be impacted leading to the potential of consuming more highly processed foods that are high in sugar, fats and salt. Also Read – Tamil Nadu Lockdown Eased, Unlock Process in 27 Districts From Monday | Check Details

At times like this, when one’s immune system needs to be stronger than ever, good nutrition is a must. Not only one must continue to be mindful of what they consume but planning a healthy and wholesome diet that meets the daily nutrition requirements of the body is absolutely essential. A balanced diet along with basic exercises to aid deep breathing and relaxation of both, body and mind, goes a long way in aiding the body’s fight against the COVID-19 infection and getting you back up on your feet. Also Read – Sputnik V Rollout in Delhi’s Indraprastha Apollo Hospital by Next Week

Shona Prabhu, Sports Nutritionist and founder of NutrifyMyDiet & Supporter of Right To Protein shares key factors to keep in mind while planning and managing your diet during COVID-19 infection which will boost your overall recovery process.

Known as the building blocks of the body, proteins help build muscles and tissue, repair cells and boost immunity. Proteins are essential to overcome the wear and tear of your body’s cells, which is especially accelerated when COVID positive, and it is critical to include adequate sources of protein in one’s daily diet during the recovery and post-recovery phase. In addition, proteins replenish energy, making them the perfect nutrients to overcome weakness, while improving gut health and overall digestion. Therefore, meeting one’s daily protein requirement is of the essence when affected by COVID-19. A daily protein intake of 1 g per kg body weight throughout the day on a regular basis can play a strong role in recovery.

Be it warm lentil or chicken soup to soothe a sore throat; milk and milk products such as cheese, paneer, and yogurt to whip up healthy salads and comfort curries; soybean products such as tofu and soy chunks to recreate flavoursome Asian stir-fries to satiate the tastebuds; baked fish casseroles such as salmon and mashed potatoes on the side for a balanced helping of proteins. Soybeans are also rich in vitamin C, folate as well as omega-3 fatty acids that help build and maintain a healthy body. You can make keema with soy granules or bake with a healthy twist of soy flour and soy milk, the options, are plenty.

While most of us count our daily intake of calories during other times, for those suffering or recovering from COVID-19, the absence of calories in one’s diet could actually cause more harm than good when your body is in dire need of energy. Important for the smooth functioning of the heart and lungs, the inclusion of calorie-dense foods in your diet is critical. Ensure that the calories being consumed are healthy – be it whole grains such as wheat, maize and rice, potatoes, cereals, bread, and pasta – add a daily dose of calories to your meals to recover faster. Including nuts and dry fruits such as almonds, walnuts, dates and more as mid-meal snacks when one’s appetite is waning can be beneficial. Also, a lot of these foods contain proteins in varying amounts; therefore they contribute to one’s overall protein requirements.

Along with a protein-rich diet, it is imperative to intake an adequate amount of Vitamin C during the course of recovery. It is key to the recovery process as it contains anti-oxidants and boosts overall immunity. With COVID-19 known to affect one’s respiratory system adversely, a daily shot of Vitamins C is crucial. Fresh fruits such as oranges, muskmelon, mango, pineapple, or even guavas, avocados, kiwis and grapefruit, which are also rich in protein are ideal sources of Vitamin C. Toss them into a healthy smoothie made of regular milk, soy or almond milk or create a rainbow-hued fruit salad – make sure you get your double dose of Vitamin C and protein.

With an adequate intake of protein to keep our immunity in order during COVID, it is equally important to consume a sufficient amount of fiber, and soy is one of those ingredients that can take care of both protein and fiber at the same time. Recently, The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India detailed the importance of adding soy foods to our diet. Soy foods are made from soybeans, a wholesome source of high-quality protein, making them a perfect option for those who follow a strict vegetarian diet.

In addition to all of the above, ensure that you remain hydrated throughout the day. Drink plenty of water as it contains zero calories and has proteins and Vitamin C – it is important that your body receives enough and more hydration. To further maintain a healthy diet, limit your sugar and salt intake and replace saturated fats such as butter and ghee with healthier and unsaturated fats such as olive, soy, or sunflower oil while cooking as recommended by the Government of India.

Exercise routinely, be it basic breathing exercises or meditation; follow all recommended medications; and eat healthy home-cooked meals to not only try to beat the COVID-19 infection but bounce back on your feet faster, not too worse from the wear. Stay safe, take all necessary precautions and be #HealthyAtHome!

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Healthy Diet Crucial To Boost Immune System During Pandemic: Turkish Dietician

  • June 6, 2021

ANKARA, 6 June (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 6th Jun, 2021 ) :- Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is crucial to boosting the immune system during the coronavirus pandemic, a Turkish dietician told Anadolu Agency.

“Although there is no food that can prevent the spread of the virus on its own, a healthy and balanced diet, together with physical activity and regular sleep, strengthens the immune system,” Busra Sabur said in an interview for World Dietitian Day.

Sabur said she saw increases in body weight during the lockdown, even among her patients who follow a strict healthy diet. She explained that is because the pandemic led to less physical activity, a tendency to consume packaged foods and a feeling of leisureliness.

“The pandemic also causes fears of starting a diet among people and they begin to eat more to strengthen their immune system,” she said. For Sabur, it is the wrong way to proceed. “Unfortunately, it is not the right path. A healthy diet boosts the immune system by meeting all our nutritional needs,” she said.

But if bodyweight increases with the unconscious intake of calories, our immunity suffers from the risk of obesity, she noted.

Children and adolescents have been the most affected group from the pandemic, according to Sabur and she observed an increase in the number of child clients applying to her clinic.

“Unfortunately, children and adolescents have entered a period where physical activity at home is very limited due to the online education and pandemic restrictions. When an unhealthy diet is added to an inactive life, the incidence of obesity in childhood has increased,” she said.

Her advice to parents is to encourage their children to eat healthy and engage in more physical activity.

“Packaged products, acidic beverages and pastries should not be taken at home. If bodyweight gain cannot be prevented, support from nutritionists should be sought,” she said.

COVID 19: 5 foods to boost your immunity during the pandemic with an Ayurvedic diet

COVID 19: 5 foods to boost your immunity during the pandemic with an Ayurvedic diet

  • June 4, 2021

We have for you some Ayurvedic tips to improve your immunity and protect yourself from the second wave of COVID-19 by adding these foods to your diet.

COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we look at health. By wreaking havoc and panic of an unprecedented nature, it has knocked the significance of leading a healthy lifestyle deep into our psyche. It is fast dawning upon us that COVID-19, which renders our immune system less effective, can be fought against by strengthening one’s immunity.

 

Before moving forward let us understand what immunity actually is. Our immune system is the body’s natural defence system against illness and infections. It works non-stop in saving our body from diseases. A healthy immune system helps us go about daily life as we come into contact with germs and bugs from pets, people and the environment. It helps prevent diseases that could otherwise enter the body very easily and could have an adverse effect.

 

Ayurvedic texts suggest that prevention is an equally important aspect of disease management as a cure and thus, strengthening the immune system is a natural way to help the body fight against the disease-causing pathogens. Therefore, Ayurveda promotes the use of Rasayana (rejuvenating herbs) to enhance ojas and vyadhikshamatva (immunity). Furthermore, in order to combat infections that may enter the body, it is important to follow a good diet, exercise and sleep routine. Doing that not only helps boost immunity but also keeps our mind and body balanced and healthy.

 

As per Ayurveda, the below-mentioned foods can help strengthen and improve your immune system from within:

 

Amla (Indian Gooseberry) 

 

It is considered to be a very rich source of vitamin C. In Ayurveda, amla forms an important part of numerous medicinal formulations. This green fruit contains ascorbic acid, as well as calcium, potassium, iron, and vitamin B-complex. Apart from all this, it is also rich in antioxidants, which aid in the battle against free radicals, helps keep hair colour dark, and acts as a bulwark against pathogens.

Khajoor (Dates) 

 

Khajoor figures high and often in the list of Ayurvedic remedies. Not only does it taste great, but it also has many immunity-enhancing properties. It contains minerals like iron, magnesium, selenium, copper, zinc and vitamins A&B, and is often prescribed to people suffering from anaemia due to its high iron content. Further, it can be easily incorporated into our diet as a snack.

 

Moong Beans (Moong Dal)

 

Do you sometimes feel drowsy, sleepy, or have erratic bowel movements, or do you have a thick white film on the surface of your tongue? Moong daal is recommended by Ayurveda for such conditions due to its high fibre content as well as other basic vitamins, proteins, and minerals. A staple in Indian households, moong dal khichdi is the most convenient way of making the most of Moong Dal’s nutritional benefit.

 

Turmeric 

 

As children, whenever we would fall ill or sustain some injury, our grandparents would tell us to drink turmeric milk, a common time-tested and trusted home remedy. Turmeric is recommended because of its powerful anti-inflammatory property, which helps fasten the healing process. Besides, it also helps prevent heart diseases and increases blood supply in the body.

 

 

Ghee 

 

Ghee is used in Ayurveda for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Ghee nourishes the body internally and rejuvenates the body tissues. Butyric acid found naturally in ghee helps in boosting the immune system.

 

About the author: Dr Partap Chauhan is the Director of Jiva Ayurveda, is an author, public speaker, TV personality and Ayurvedacharya.

 

Also Read: 5 Best foods to eat before bedtime to help promote sound sleep at night


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7 science-backed benefits of pineapple, according to dietitians

7 science-backed benefits of pineapple, according to dietitians

  • May 29, 2021
  • Benefits of pineapple include easing digestion, boosting immunity, and helping with weight loss.
  • Many of pineapple’s benefits come from bromelain, an enzyme that acts as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Pineapple is also low in calories and high in vitamin C, manganese, and antioxidants.

Pineapple is the fourth most popular fruit in America – and with good reason. It can be enjoyed on its own, or in fruit salad, desserts, smoothies, and even savory salads or stir-fries. But pineapple isn’t just a tasty ingredient.

In ancient times, this tropical fruit was used in different cultures for medicinal purposes, primarily, as an extract applied to wounds for reducing inflammation. Today, we now know pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties that also may have cancer-fighting potential.

Here are just a handful of pineapple’s science-backed health benefits.

1. Packed with nutrients

A single one-cup serving of pineapple chunks contains:

Nutrient Amount Daily value (DV)
Calories 82.5
Fat 0.2 grams (g)
Vitamin C 78.9 milligrams (mg) 87.7%
Manganese 1.5 mg 65.2%

Vitamin C plays an important role in healing wounds, producing proteins, and absorbing iron, says Colleen Christensen, a registered dietitian with a virtual private practice.

Meanwhile, manganese is an essential mineral for brain and nerve function, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation.

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It’s also worth noting that one cup of pineapple contains 8.3 milligrams of the amino acid tryptophan. According to Christensen, this particular amino acid is a precursor to the feel-good, mood-boosting neurotransmitter serotonin.

2. Eases digestion

The bromelain in pineapple may help digestion because the enzyme breaks down proteins. It also reduces inflammation in the GI tract for those with inflammatory bowel disease.
Plus, a serving of pineapple offers 2.3 grams of dietary fiber, which can help bulk up stool and ensures regular bowel movements.

“When you combine the fiber and bromelain, they work as a team to encourage optimal digestion,” says Deborah Malkoff-Cohen, registered dietitian and certified nutritionist at NYC Eat Well.

3. May help with weight loss

Thanks to pineapple’s fiber content, it may also keep you fuller for longer, thereby aiding in weight loss efforts, says Christensen.

While there is limited research on the link between pineapple and weight loss in humans, a 2018 study in rats found pineapple juice decreased fat formation while also increasing the breakdown of fat.

4. High in antioxidants

Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells from free radicals – chemical compounds which may play a role in cancer and heart disease.

Pineapples are rich in a variety of antioxidants like:

Some research indicates phenolic acids offer antimicrobial, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory effects. Meanwhile, flavonoids have the same effects, but also offer protection and cardiovascular disease.

5. May boost immunity

The vitamin C content in pineapple may also help boost your immune system.

“Not only can vitamin C prevent certain infections but it may also help treat some, like certain respiratory and systemic infections,” says Christensen.

A 2014 study found elementary school-aged children who ate canned pineapple experienced fewer viral and bacterial infections in comparison to those who didn’t eat it.

The children who ate the most pineapple had nearly four times more disease-fighting white blood cells than the others. Researchers concluded eating 140 to 280 grams of pineapple daily may reduce infections, or at the very least, help you fight them off more quickly.

6. Soothes coughing

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“While pineapple likely won’t be a one-stop-cure for your cough it could help to resolve some inflammation,” says Christensen. “Additionally, the hydration it provides may feel good on a sore throat.”

A 2010 review examined natural treatments for tuberculosis and cited pineapple juice as “extremely helpful” in dissolving lung mucus when mixed with a dash of pepper, honey, and salt. This may be because of bromelain’s anti-inflammatory properties.

7. Strengthens bones

Pineapples’ high vitamin C content is also crucial for bone health.

In fact, a 2020 review found individuals who ate foods high in vitamin C had a significantly lower risk of developing osteoporosis and a 34% lower incidence of hip fractures.

Medical term: Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become weak and brittle, thereby increasing the risk of fractures. It is most common in post-menopausal women.

Manganese may also reduce the risk of spinal bone loss in older women when taken with calcium, zinc, magnesium, boron, vitamin D, and copper. One 2004 study found postmenopausal women who took a supplement with this combination experienced a positive effect on bone density.

Insider’s takeaway

Pineapple is an antioxidant powerhouse that may bolster your immune system, strengthen your bones, and improve digestion.
Christensen says there are few drawbacks to eating pineapple. However, she cautions against eating it in excess if you have acid reflux.

“Pineapples are quite acidic, so eating large quantities may cause some to have symptoms of heartburn,” says Christensen. “Eating large amounts of fiber-containing food may also cause some GI upset, especially if a low-fiber diet is typically consumed.”

Additionally, Malkoff-Cohen says bromelain should be avoided before and after surgery, as well as if you take a blood-thinning medication since it can increase your risk of excessive bleeding.
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Healthy diet for elderly prisoners across Tamil Nadu

Healthy diet for elderly prisoners across Tamil Nadu

  • May 28, 2021

It is meant to boost immunity of the aged and those in poor health lodged in central prisons

Egg, black channa, soup — this is part of the staple diet of elderly prisoners and those in poor health lodged in central prisons across Tamil Nadu.

This is an effort to boost their immune system, helping them avoid contracting COVID-19.

15 elderly in Puzhal

There are nine central jails in the State, where there are over 200 prisoners aged above 60 and more than 100 who have weak immunity. In Puzhal Central Prison alone, over 15 elderly prisoners have been housed for various offences.

“During the first wave last year, inmates of the Puzhal prison were infected. A team of government doctors that monitored them suggested this diet. It had a good impact on their health, and they recovered. So we reintroduced this diet this year for those who are in need of a good immune system,” said Sunil Kumar Singh, DGP, Prisons.

On regular days, the prisoners are given ‘upma’, made of pongal rice, for breakfast; for lunch, they are given rice, sambar and some vegetables and butter milk. In the evening, groundnuts are given. For dinner, rice or ‘chapatis’ are served.

“We are following all protocols in the prisons. In order to strengthen their immune system, we have started serving the inmates healthy food, along with the regular menu, every day. In most prisons. ‘kashayam’, ‘amukara milk’, ‘kabasura kudineer’, brown channa, lemon juice, lemon soup, milk, ‘murungai’ (drumstick) soup and egg are provided,” said A. Murugesan, DIG, Prisons.

Yoga sessions

Online yoga sessions are also conducted for all prisoners. “They are also allowed to walk within their blocks,” said a prison official in Vellore.

Besides, the arrested persons are first placed in 110 sub-jails across the State for quarantine and then brought to the central prisons after they test negative for COVID-19.

For elderly prisoners in TN, a healthy diet to boost immunity during the pandemic

For elderly prisoners in TN, a healthy diet to boost immunity during the pandemic

  • May 28, 2021

A number of additions have been made to the everyday diet at prisons, including eggs and black channa, in an effort to build immunity and ward off the virus, prison officials said

Eggs, black channa and soup are now part of the staple diet of elderly prisoners and those with poor health, housed in different Central Prisons in Tamil Nadu. This is an effort to boost their immune systems, in order to help them avoid contracting COVID-19.

There are a total of nine central jails across the State, and in them there are over 200 prisoners above the age of 60 and over 100 who have weak immune systems. At Puzhal Central Prison in Chennai alone, there are over 15 elderly prisoners housed for various offences.

“Last year, during the first wave of the pandemic, prisoners in Puzhal prison got infected and a team of government doctors, who monitored them, suggested this diet. It had a good impact on their health and they recovered. So we reintroduced this diet this year for those who are in need of good immunity,” said Sunil Kumar Singh, DGP, Prisons.

On regular days, the prisoners used to be given upma made of pongal rice for breakfast, for lunch they are given rice, sambar and some vegetables and butter milk, in the evening, ground nuts are provided as a snack, and for dinner rice or chapatis are served.

“We are following all safety protocols in the prisons. In order to strengthen the immune system of prisoners, we started serving healthy food along with the regular menu every day. In most prisons, kashayam, amukara milk, kabasura kudineer, brown channa, lemon juice, lemon soup, milk, murungai (drumstick) soups and eggs are provided,” said A. Murugesan, DIG prisons.

Apart from this, online yoga sessions are also conducted for all the prisoners. “They are also allowed to walk within their block,” added a prison official from Vellore. Besides, the arrested are first placed in 110 sub-jails across the state for quarantine and then brought to the central prisons after testing negative.

Best Diet for Detoxification and Other Tips

Best Diet for Detoxification and Other Tips

  • May 25, 2021

“Detox” is a term that wellness gurus and food manufacturers love to throw around.

Detox salads? Check. Detox juices? Check. Detox meal delivery programs that cost more than your car payment? CHECK. Here’s the lowdown on whether you should throw down the $$$ for detoxing foods.

Detoxing foods 101

Can you use foods for detoxifying?

You don’t need to take special supplements or eat specific foods to detox your body. You have organs (like your liver) that are specifically designed to remove toxins.

But some foods are important components of a balanced diet that will help keep your detoxification system healthy.

What are the best detoxing foods?

There aren’t specific “detoxing foods,” but food is important to your natural detoxification systems.

Some foods, such as these, contain enzymes involved in detoxification:

How can you detox your body?

In addition to eating a balanced diet, you can support your body’s natural detoxification systems by:

Take a minute to appreciate just how amazing your bod actually is. You prob get exposed to toxic stuff a lot: air pollution, medication, mimosas. Your body works hard to get rid of all these toxins. It detoxes you. (If only it worked on exes.)

Your body’s detoxification system involves multiple organs, including your liver, kidneys, lungs, and intestines. Enzymes found in these areas break down and neutralize toxins. Then, they help you excrete those toxins through your pee, poop, and sweat.

“Detoxing foods” can’t replace your natural systems

Unless you have a medical condition that affects this detoxification system, your body most likely has you covered (even if you’re not living your healthiest life).

And if your body does have issues detoxing itself, that’s not something a kale salad can fix.

For example, most of your body’s detoxification processes take place in the cells of your liver. Folks with liver disease could experience the buildup of circulating toxins such as ammonia. Sometimes doctors will recommend strategies like avoiding alcohol or losing weight, but serious cases can require medication and surgery.

Keep in mind that exposure to mercury and other dangerous toxicants can require medical attention and professional detoxification.

Building healthy habits can support these systems

Habits like smoking, misusing drugs and alcohol, and eating lots of ultra-processed foods can overwhelm your body to some extent, which is why these habits have been linked to an increased risk of some health conditions or even death.

The bottom line? It’s your diet and lifestyle as a whole, not individual foods, that can make a big difference in your detoxification system.

OK, now that you understand food isn’t a cure-all for detoxing your bod, here’s how to choose foods that can support your natural systems.

Eat foods that promote detox-friendly enzymes

Detoxification involves certain types of enzymes. Some research suggests that foods and other compounds may help support these enzymes.

For example, garlic, rosemary, chicory, and broccoli may help induce certain enzymes in the CYP2 family that help metabolize things like drugs and pesticides.

Cruciferous veggies (like broccoli and cauliflower), citrus fruits, and resveratrol (a compound found in red grapes and berries) have been shown to induce UGT enzymes. These play an important role in eliminating toxins from your body through your pee and poop.

Allium vegetables (like onions and garlic) and citrus fruits may help your body regulate glutathione S-transferases — major detoxification enzymes that protect cells against oxidative stress.

Do what’s right for your body

A bunch of nutrients, including protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, can help keep your body (including the many parts and pathways involved in detoxification) working at its best.

But lots of factors, including your age and sex, affect how your body responds to various foods and nutrients. Whatworks for other people might not work the same way for you.

There’s no evidence that any one food or group of foods can magically eliminate all toxins from your bod. (That’s impossible, BTW.) Research does suggest that a healthy diet can keep your natural detoxification system in great shape, though.

And there are plenty of other #evidence-based tips on how to support your overall health and your body’s natural detoxification pathways:

  • Load up on fruits and veggies. Not only is a diet rich in fruits and veggies associated with benefits like reduced disease risk and a healthy body weight, but fruits and veggies also contain nutrients and compounds that help support detoxification pathways.
  • Eat enough protein. Interestingly, some eating plans advertised as supporting detoxification are lacking in protein, a nutrient necessary for the enzymatic reactions crucial to detoxification. Just say no to juice cleanses.
  • Limit or avoid smoking, drinking, and drugs. Avoiding tobacco products, excessive drinking, and other drug use when possible can help you stay healthy and support the organs involved in detoxification.
  • Move your body. Exercise = sweat, and sweating is important for detoxification. Some research suggests that exercise can help cells detoxify harmful compounds more effectively.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight. Some toxins, including persistent organic pollutants, accumulate in fat tissue. Losing excess body fat may help with detoxification and reduce oxidative stress.
  • Work on your gut health. Detoxification enzymes reside in your intestines. Eating plenty of fiber, limiting ultra-processed foods, and managing stress can help you maintain a healthy gut.
  • Sweat it out. There’s some promising research on saunas and detoxification. Studies suggest that regular sauna use may enhance the excretion of toxicants through sweat.
  • Stay hydrated. In case you needed another reason to drink that water: Staying hydrated is super important for the detoxification process, including digestion and the functioning of enzymes involved in detoxification.
  • Try out fasting. Fasting triggers the production of detoxification enzymes and helps cells clean out old material, which helps them stay healthy and function at their best. But it’s def not necessary to fast to support detoxification. If you want to try it out, start with a mellow type of IF like the 16:8 method.

Even though it may be super tempting to try out a powder, supplement, or cleanse that comes with claims of “detoxing” your bod, there’s no evidence that any diet or specific supplement is more effective than a well-rounded, nutrient-dense diet and an overall healthy lifestyle.

Why it might seem like a detox diet is “working”

If your typical diet consists of ultra-processed foods, sugary sodas, and lots of cocktails, doing a 10-day “detox” diet that’s rich in fruits and veggies will prob have you feeling like a new person.

But consistency is really what your bod craves. A 10-day “detox” isn’t doing much for your overall health if you go right back to your old ways on day 11.

Nourishing your body with healthy foods and exercising on the reg are the best ways to support your detoxification system. (But limiting your exposure to toxins like tobacco products and alcohol is also helpful.)

Unless you have a medical condition that affects your natural detoxification system, your body already has you covered. And even if you do live with one of those condition (such as liver disease), it’s best to work with a doctor for treatment.

Don’t get caught up in the “detox” hype.

Do this: Follow a well-rounded diet that includes plenty of nutrient-dense foods and limit your exposure to toxicants (like cigarettes, alcohol, and other drugs). This can absolutely involve eating certain foods that may help support detoxification enzymes, such as cruciferous veggies, citrus fruits, fish, and garlic.

Not this: Buy a $400 weeklong detox meal delivery service.

6 Vegetables you must add to your daily diet post COVID 19 recovery

6 Vegetables you must add to your daily diet post COVID 19 recovery

  • May 24, 2021

The prime target of the deadly COVID 19 virus is to make your immunity weaken to destroy all organs of your body gradually. So, post your COVID 19 recovery include these 6 veggies in your diet to have a strong resistance power recommended by nutritionist and dietician Shweta Gupta.

When the body is fighting off the deadly coronavirus, make sure to fuel the system with the right amount of nutrients to accelerate the recovery process. Coronavirus affects the immune system and functioning of other organs significantly, therefore many people may complain of weakness, fatigue, and mental strain all the time post COVID 19 recovery. To boost the immune system, replenish lost nutrients, and revamp stamina, it is essential to consume a healthy and well-balanced diet. Vegetables are a rich source of nutrition that contains a lot of vitamins and minerals essential to maintain the good health status of the body. If you are recuperating from COVID-19, include these vegetables in your diet recommended by Celebrity Nutritionist and Dietitian Shweta Gupta, Founder, Newbeginnings.

Spinach 

Packed with amazing nutrients such as Vitamin A, B, C, E, K, calcium, iron, and beta-carotenoids, spinach is one of the healthiest vegetables that can give a good boost to your immune system. Since the green leafy vegetable is loaded with iron, folate, lutein, and Omega-3s, consuming spinach can help build muscles and regain lost energy. You can either eat raw spinach or include it in smoothies, dal, or sabzi for everyday indulgence.

Ginger

The antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral benefits of ginger make it an ultimate immune booster. Enriched with antioxidants, ginger helps to reduce oxidative stress in the body and treat infectious diseases. You can either include raw ginger, or include it in the kadha, tea, or sabzi.

Broccoli

Broccoli is a nutrient-packed powerhouse that provides a multitude of health benefits. Rich in Vitamin C, beta-carotene, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and glutathione, Broccoli helps to support the immune system and regulate blood sugar levels in the body. You can either enjoy the green vegetable raw or include it in soups or meals.

String beans 

Eat more string beans either raw or cooked to boost the intake of iron, an essential mineral that makes up most of the hemoglobin. Iron consumption can support your metabolism and help the body to produce more energy cells, thus keeps the body active and healthy. Besides, the green vegetable is also rich in vitamin K, vitamin C, and other essential nutrients so make sure to eat your beans.

Bell peppers

Colorful bell papers contain more antioxidants than citrus fruits which make them a great addition to the diet. Crunchy and aesthetically pleasing bell peppers also contain a high concentration of carotene, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin E, and potassium, so include them in your diet for faster recovery.

Soy 

The plant-based protein is rich in immune-modulatory isoflavones and anti-inflammatory agents that make it perfect for promoting gut health. Consumption of soy and soy foods helps to reduce the risk of coronary heart diseases by improving blood cholesterol levels in the body.

Eat as many colored vegetables as possible, drink lots of water, and exercise regularly to maintain an optimal health.

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