Monsoon pantry: Healthy must-haves!

Monsoon pantry: Healthy must-haves!

  • August 7, 2020

New Delhi: The monsoon season is possibly every Indians favourite season! Well it is certainly infamous for one’s cravings for all-things-fried, along with a plethora of diseases and infections that are highest during this time of the year.

However, this year due to the external situation, disease and virus is not just limited to water-borne or monsoon specific illnesses, the deadly pandemic continues to cause global havoc. With extra caution, we have not only become mindful of our surroundings while outdoors but are also watchful of the food consumed. Immune boosting foods have been emphasised to tackle monsoon woes, and also to build the body’s resistance in the long run.

While there is no such thing as a monsoon diet, prepare a fully stocked pantry with these common ingredients to secure good health in the coming months. Nutritionist Sheryl Salis suggests:

Corn

Corn is a staple favourite in the monsoon, whether as boiled or roasted bhutta, these yellow pearls when garnished with chili powder, salt and lemon is a taste in heaven!

Corn is easily available as a local delicacy during this season; it is also a great source of fiber, carbohydrates, and proteins. As a rich source of soluble and insoluble fiber, it helps in preventing constipation or digestive problems

The antioxidants in corn help prevent cancer and reduce the chances of heart problems and controls blood pressure

Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil (VCNO)

Virgin coconut oil has been a staple in many Indian households; it is a superfood with health benefits such as weight management, helps improve immunity and boosts energy

The important MCFAs present in Coconut Oil are lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid. The function of monolaurin also found in coconut oil is an antiviral- that kills the virus by dissolving the protective lipids surrounding it. Makin VCNO an excellent superfood that helps improve the immune system

It can be used in cooking, baking vegan desserts at home or even as a salad dressing or sauteing basic vegetables

It is also recommended to consume 2 teaspoons of virgin coconut oil every day for a healthy and energetic start to the day

Ginger

Whether it is infused in tea at your favorite roadside stall or prepared at home, adrak chai is an absolute favorite on a rainy day!

Ginger has powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties and therefore a great herb to incorporate in the diet. Ginger is used in Indian cuisine in every part of India.

Studies suggest that ginger may effectively protect against respiratory tract infections, fungal infections and inflammatory diseases

Ginger can be added to your cup of morning water/ kada or tea to boost immunity

Prepare an easy immunity drink by adding ginger and lemon slices to infused water

Groundnuts/ Monkey nuts

These deliciously crunchy nuts have several health benefits that are often lesser known. A rich source of minerals like copper, manganese, iron etc., it boasts of healthy fat, protein and is low in carbohydrates

It has resveratrol which is present in wine, which not only provides protection to the heart but also prevents Alzheimer’s.

Stock up on some monkey nuts and boil them for a quick evening snack. Don’t shun them thinking they are high in calories, rather have them in moderation for a much-required energy boost

Stock your pantry with these monsoon essentials and bring back sweet memories of the rainy days. While you’re at it, you’ll be gifting yourself the nutritional benefits to stay healthy too. Lastly, do not forget to maintain hygiene by washing hands regularly and keeping your surroundings clean.

Stay Healthy and Strengthen Immune System with Exercise and Yoga; Providence Health and Fitness Adapts to Online Classes

Stay Healthy and Strengthen Immune System with Exercise and Yoga; Providence Health and Fitness Adapts to Online Classes

  • August 6, 2020

“Exercise and Yoga is vital in helping fight viruses like Covid-19,” says Kathy McCready, owner of Providence Health and Fitness.

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Providence Health and Fitness is now into week 20 of the pandemic and so far has held over 540 classes thanks to all of their dedicated instructors. Click here for complete class schedule. 

If you have never tried a class with Providence Health and Fitness, the first class is always free, and they currently are offering a summer special – 30 days of unlimited classes for just $64.99. “This gives you the opportunity to try out all the classes and get to know us,” said McCready. Providence Health and Fitness also offers free classes on Sundays where you can try out their fitness and yoga classes being offered.

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“Exercise and yoga is vital in helping fight viruses like Covid 19 and Larry [Heisler] and I have made it our mission to help you all take measures to keep yourselves as healthy as possible and to strengthen your immune system,” said Kathy McReady, owner of Providence Health and Fitness.

Back in March when zoom classes began, McCready said, “This was a whole new thing for me and I have had to learn all kinds of new technology! Thank you for bearing with me as I got to grips with it all. There have been some bumps along the road but all in all things have gone well and most importantly we have kept you exercising.”

“We’ve also held a session on nutrition with Larry and his favorite immune boosting foods and strategies like meditation,” she said. They followed that up with a three part newsletter featuring practical immune boosting strategies like alkalizing your body, plant based nutrition and oxygen increasing exercise. “We are working on adding this information to the website for future reference.” Providence Health and Fitness has also offered twice a month non-denominational meditation classes.

And through this pandemic, their instructors continued to learn and attended online courses. “One of those was an educational meeting for MLD and Massage Therapists,” said McCready. In a time of forced closure, Providence Health and Fitness also adapted to teaching DIY techniques to clients for services they rely on. “We held a session on how to do Manual Lymph Drainage on yourself, to clean up your lymph – waste management system – a.k.a. our bodies built in detoxification system. MLD helps strengthen your immune function,” she said.

McCready added, “There has been an increased interest in ‘proning exercises’ or respiratory recovery exercises.” These are an exercise routine to enhance pulmonary function that help build strength back up and help you breathe more easily. “Interestingly, the exercises are similar to some of our Yoga Asana Poses,” she said. Those mentioned were cat/cow, child pose with hips extended back and chest reaching forward and downward facing dog. Also suggested are diaphragmatic breathing exercises where you lift your ribs and lungs and give space to your torso, getting the breath deep into your body, very similar to our Yoga, she said.

During these 20 weeks, Providence Health and Fitness has built an extensive library of recorded classes for everyone to enjoy when their clients miss the zoom class. She added, “One of the perks of being a monthly member is you get these videos for FREE! If you are not currently a monthly member, now is a great time to join.”

Contact Kathy McCready at 908.898.0008 for more information regarding monthly memberships.

Providence Health and Fitness is located at 18 South Street in New Providence.

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Habits for A Healthy Immune System

Habits for A Healthy Immune System

  • August 5, 2020

Your body’s immune system fights off foreign invaders – bacteria, viruses and fungi – that cause infection. Even if you do get sick, a healthy immune system helps you recover faster. The immune system includes these interconnected parts:

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  • Innate immune system. This is the part you’re born with, which immediately responds to invaders using white blood cells.
  • Adaptive immune system. Also called the acquired immune system, it develops antibodies after a first exposure from a disease-causing invader. Antibodies can then recognize and defend against future exposures.
  • Bone marrow. This spongy tissue within bones contains stem cells, some of which mature into infection-fighting white blood cells.
  • Lymphatic system. Lymph fluid, vessels and lymph nodes help clear away infections.
  • Spleen. This abdominal organ can detect and produce cells to defend against unwanted invaders.
  • Skin. Your skin acts as an all-over, first-line barrier against germs and other invaders. In addition, dendritic cells help trigger the body’s immune response to viruses, bacteria and fungi.

Organs such as your heart, lungs and brain also play a supporting role by keeping you – and therefore your immune system – healthy.

Healthy habits and a strong immune system work together to help keep you disease- and infection-free. Experts offer tips for shoring up your immune system with these approaches:

  • Vaccination.
  • Exercise.
  • Nutrition.
  • Hydration.
  • Stress reduction.
  • Sleep sufficiency.
  • Hygiene.
  • Disinfection
  • Avoiding infection.
  • Social connection.
  • Nature.

Vaccination

Keeping up with recommended immunizations – such as flu shots and shingles vaccines – provides a powerful assist to your immune system. Ask your doctor about the HPV vaccine or any vaccines you’ll need before you travel.

“Vaccinations impart immunity by exposing our bodies to small dose of the microbe – virus or bacteria – which leads to production of the antibodies against that microbe,” says Dr. Yufang Lin, an integrative medicine physician at Cleveland Clinic. “When we are exposed to the same microbe in real life, our bodies can produce antibodies to fight it off quickly, thus avoiding a full-blown illness,” she says. “Vaccinations thus increase the body’s ability to fight off infection.”

Stress Management

Your body’s response to stress can affect your immune system both directly and indirectly, says Lindsay Jernigan, a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Vermont.

“When we are under stress, our bodies release a cascade of hormones that are designed to help us survive the stressful moment, particularly adrenaline, cortisol and glucosamine,” she says. “This is a healthy and adaptive response,” explains Jernigan, who is also a writer for Psychology Today. However, excess levels of these fight-or-flight hormones build up and increase systemic inflammation and decrease the body’s white blood cell response.

Chronic stress increases depression and anxiety, which in turn further promote inflammation and the release of corticosteroids, Jernigan says. “To add salt to the wound, emotional distress also impacts our health-related choices,” she says, which indirectly affects the immune system.

For instance, Jernigan notes that while under stress, you may be more prone to engage in unhealthy coping mechanisms such as substance abuse, social isolation and physical stagnation.

According to the Holmes-Rahe Stress Life Stress Inventory, a well-known scale created by two psychiatrists, these are the top five stress-inducing events:

  • Death of a spouse.
  • Divorce.
  • Marital separation.
  • Detention in jail or other institution.
  • Death of a close family member.

Marriage, job loss and pregnancy are also major life stressors.

Nutrition

In general, consuming a well-balanced diet with at least five daily servings of fruits and vegetables will help promote a healthy immune system, says Tiana Carey, a registered dietitian with UC Davis Health in Sacramento, California.

In particular, Carey recommends foods rich in the following nutrients for their healthful effects:

  • Vitamin A (beta carotene). Assists with the health of your intestines and respiratory system. Vitamin A-rich foods include carrots, sweet potato, spinach, broccoli and red bell peppers.
  • Vitamin C. Helps stimulate antibody formation. Vitamin C-rich foods include citrus fruits, strawberries, red bell pepper and kiwi.
  • Vitamin E. Promotes the neutralization of free radicals by working as an antioxidant. Vitamin E-rich foods include vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and avocado.
  • Zinc. “There are many zinc-dependent enzymes in our body and deficiency has been linked with immune dysfunction,” Carey says. Zinc-rich foods include beans, seeds, nuts, meat, poultry and seafood.
  • Protein. Specific amino acids found in protein are essential for T-cell functions. Protein-rich foods include meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, beans, nuts and seeds.

“These nutrients have been shown to help your immune system work most efficiently and effectively, but too much of a good thing can be harmful,” Carey says. “Eat these nutrients in moderation and don’t go overboard – if you eat too many carrots, you may just turn orange.”

Tweak your diet as needed. “Diets high in highly processed food, sugar, trans fat and salt have been associated with an increased risk of inflammation and chronic illness,” says Lin, who points to familiar spices with helpful antimicrobial properties such as ginger, garlic, rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage, peppermint and lemon balm.

Staying hydrated helps your immune system stay healthy. “Water comprises 70% of our body weight and is involved in most of the metabolic process in the body, including energy generation and detoxification,” Lin says. “When we don’t drink enough water, these processes can become sluggish and function poorly.”

Exercise

“Exercise is our superpower when it comes to stress management,” Jernigan says. Any form of physical movement can be helpful, including:

  • Walking.
  • Running.
  • Hiking.
  • Yoga.
  • Tai-chi.
  • Dancing.
  • Swimming.
  • Cycling.
  • Gardening.

Getting the right amount of exercise can bolster your immune system by strengthening physical health, increasing flexibility and coordination and improving mental health, Lin explains. Just don’t overdo it.

“Excessive exercise – beyond one’s ability in duration or intensity – can suppress and weaken immunity,” Lin says. “Proper exercise has been shown to improve the immune system; however, strenuous exercise outside of one’s comfort zone can weaken (it).”

Sleep

Adequate sleep at the right time is critical for a healthy immune system, Lin emphasizes. “At night, our bodies rest, recover and regenerate,” she says. “Chronic sleep deprivation is associated with increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, anxiety, depression and chronic pain via increased chronic inflammation and a suppressed immune system.”

Sleep timing is important, Lin adds. “Our body functions based on circadian rhythm, which is a natural, internal biology clock that regulates the sleep-wake cycle, hormone regulation, digestion and immune response.”

Unhealthy Habits to Lose

Some habits can sabotage your immune system. Changing behaviors like these will also improve your overall health:

  • Smoking.
  • Vaping.
  • Eating a lot of processed, sugary or junk foods.
  • Sitting too much (being sedentary).
  • Staying indoors continually.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Social isolation.

Overreliance on over-the-counter supplements also can be unhealthy. Although many over-the-counter supplements claim to have positive effects in combating illness, be aware that not all claims are regulated or true, Carey advises.

Avoiding Germs

When contagious illness is rampant, whether it’s the COVID-19 pandemic or flu season, take extra precautions to stave off infectious organisms (and protect others around you). Avoid sick people when possible.

“In general, when a person is infected with a viral illness, such as a cold, they are most likely to be infectious to others in the first few days of illness, as their body is in the early phases of mounting an immune response to fight off infection,” Lin says.

  • Use barriers like face masks. If contaminated air is filtered through a mask, infection risk is much lower, Lin says.
  • Keep up with hand hygiene. Consistent hand-washing and hand sanitizing clearly help.
  • Seek fresh air. “Risk is also lower in a well-ventilated, outdoor environment,” Lin says.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home and work. “Another way the microbe can be transmitted is through shared working space,” Lin cautions. “As someone coughs or sneezes into their hand and then touches a tabletop, that tabletop now has the virus or the bacteria.”
  • Brush your teeth regularly. Avoiding oral infections is important.
  • Follow respiratory etiquette. Cough into your sleeve or a tissue – not into the air or your hand.
  • Maintain physical distance. Respect distancing guidelines during disease outbreaks.

Shower or bathe at night instead of – or in addition to – morning bathing or showering, Lin suggests. “As we move about during the day, we pick up dirt and germs, dusts, pollens and other allergens, which can cling to our clothes, skin and hair,” she says. “We spend one-third of our life in bed. Without washing these off, we may have prolonged exposure to these particles while we sleep and an increased risk of developing illness or allergic symptoms, which can increase risk of sinus infections.”

Tend to Your Emotional Well-Being

Make the body-mind connection and take positive steps to further support your immune system:

  • Stay connected with family and friends. “Studies show resiliency is in part dependent on social connections with others,” Lin says. “Isolation and loneliness have been connected with increased risk of chronic diseases.”
  • Have a purpose in life. A sense of purpose is critical for emotional well-being, Lin says.
  • Have fun. “Our emotions are intimately connected to our physical health,” Lin notes. “Having fun brings about happiness, recharges our emotional batteries and supports a healthy immune system.”
  • Be grateful. Gratitude for what you have is another positive emotion that reduces stress and supports emotional well-being.
  • Help others. “Altruism boosts emotional wellness, thereby boosting physical wellness,” Jernigan says. “Helping others releases feel-good hormones that counter the effects of stress hormones.”
  • Spend time outdoors. “Right-size your stressors by spending time outdoors,” Jernigan advises. “Mother Nature is a master at stress reduction.”

Don’t wait until you get sick to get started. “Promoting a healthy immune system at baseline is key,” Carey says. “Unfortunately, most research shows that there is not much you can do once you are already sick, but having a healthy immune system can help prevent becoming sick in the first place.”

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Are Fortified Cereals Healthy? We Asked a Nutritionist for the Scoop

  • August 4, 2020

You’re adamant about keeping sugary cereals out of your kids’ bowls and instead only bring home breakfast grains that boast lots of vitamins and minerals on the box: fortified cereals. But does that really mean they’re healthy? We spoke to Dr. Felicia Stoler, DCN, a registered dietitian, nutritionist and exercise physiologist, to find out the truth.

What Are Fortified Cereals?

All fortified foods contain vitamins and minerals that are manually added rather than naturally occurring. “Fortification came about in the last century as a way of ensuring that illnesses associated with vitamin deficiency were avoided,” says Stoler. “Fortification went into foods that are considered ‘staples’ and were affordable for most people.” That’s why products that are commonly fortified include essentials like cereal, grains, baby formula, milk and juice. Most fortified cereals are pre-packaged and ready to enjoy cold, but you can also find fortified oatmeal and hot cereal at the supermarket.

Any ready-to-eat cereals that list a whole grain as their first ingredient must also be fortified unless the cereal is 100 percent whole grain, according to the USDA. “All wheat derived foods [in the U.S.] are fortified with B vitamins, folic acid and more,” says Stoler. So, while milk and juice are most commonly fortified with calcium and vitamin D in the U.S. (hooray for strong bones and teeth), fortified cereals contain a slew of additional vitamins and minerals.

The difference can be significant. For instance, a cup of cereal made with standard wheat meets about 10 percent of your daily recommended iron. The same amount of cereal made with fortified wheat can easily cover 100 percent of your daily iron intake, containing as much as 40 mg per cup. Here are some common fortifiers, plus why they’re good for you:

  • B vitamins: These include thiamine, riboflavin and niacin (vitamins B1, B2 and B3), plus vitamins B6 and B12. Their main purpose is to boost energy, but they also aid the nervous system, blood and skin.

  • Folic acid: The U.S. is among a handful of countries that require wheat flour, a common ingredient in packaged cold cereals, to be fortified with folic acid, the synthetic form of folate. Also known as vitamin B9, folic acid is used to create new cells in the body. It’s especially great for pregnant women because it prevents birth defects, namely neural tube defects like spina bifida or anencephaly, according to the CDC.

  • Iron: Hello, brain food. Iron works wonders for cognitive development, as well as prevents anemia, boosts the immune system and contributes to blood health.

  • Calcium: A study by scientists at the ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center found that kids who scarf down a bowl of calcium-fortified cereal in the morning get their daily recommended calcium more easily, and without decreasing their iron absorption. In addition to being crucial for healthy teeth and bones, maximum calcium consumption in childhood can deter osteoporosis later in life.

  • Zinc: Wound recovery, immune health, metabolic functioning: this nutrient does it all. It’s also a popular treatment for cold symptoms, says the Mayo Clinic.

  • Vitamin A: Getting your daily recommended amount of vitamin A is great for eye health, cell growth, immune system strength and organ function, specifically that of the heart, lungs and kidneys, according to the National Institutes of Health.

  • Vitamin C: Also called ascorbic acid, vitamin C is commonly relied on as a cold remedy (though it won’t do you any good to start taking it once you’re already sick). In fortified foods, vitamin C is an antioxidant that aids in the formation of blood vessels, cartilage, muscle and collagen, says Mayo Clinic. It also protects your body from free radicals, which have a hand in cancer and heart disease development. Vitamin C also helps the body store iron.

  • Vitamin D: This nutrient is essential to normal cell division, but it’s perhaps most famous for promoting calcium absorption. (That explains why it’s added to just about every milk in the U.S.)

  • Pantothenic acid: Like all other B vitamins, vitamin B5 converts carbs to glucose, which the body turns into energy (meaning a bowl of fortified cereal with this stuff in it is great for sleepy kids first thing in the morning). It’s also critical to the growth of red blood cells and certain hormones and glands, says Mount Sinai Hospital.

  • Magnesium: The 300+ enzymes in our bodies affected by magnesium do everything from regulate blood sugar and blood pressure to maintain healthy muscle and nerve function, says Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Magnesium also helps our muscles contract and our hearts beat steadily. 

Is Fortified Cereal Healthy?

“Fortified cereals can be part of a healthy diet,” says Stoler. If you don’t take a multivitamin every day or eat a well-balanced diet, fortified cereal is an easy way to get your daily recommended vitamin and mineral counts up. They can also be especially beneficial to pregnant women, kids and vegetarians. “Almost all cereals are fortified, so the question of ‘healthy’ becomes one of choice. What do you look for on a food label? For me, I look at calories and fiber.”

So, it really depends on the cereal. Some lack real nutrition or contain a ton of sugar or fat (we’re looking at you, beloved Cap’n Crunch). The healthiest fortified cereals are those made from whole grains that also have high fiber and protein. Lots of fiber and/or protein for breakfast = feeling satisfied until lunch. How much fiber should you aim for? “I recommend having cereal with at least 4 to 5 grams of fiber per serving,” says Stoler.

The Potential Downsides of Fortified Cereals

While there are perks to eating fortified cereals, it’s technically possible to consume too many vitamins and minerals. But according to the Cleveland Clinic, it’s not something to stress about. An upset stomach is a potential short-term consequence of eating too many vitamins and minerals; long-term, consequences of excessive consumption (namely of vitamin A, niacin and zinc) include liver and skeletal damage and a weakened immune system. If you’re worried, take your diet into consideration. If its balanced enough, you might be able to skip your supplements or multivitamin altogether and lower your risk for overdoing it with a fortified cereal. 

But if you steer clear of cereal just because of the carbs, you may want to reconsider. “Too many people get hung up on carbs or added sugar,” says Stoler. “Cereals are from grains, which means they will have carbs, which equals grams of carbs and sugar on the label.” So, don’t make yourself nuts dodging carbs or sugar when it comes to fortified cereals (unless you’re on keto or another low-carb diet); just try to find a high-fiber cereal with less sugar that you actually enjoy eating. (BTW, the American Heart Association recommends that women limit their daily sugar intake to six teaspoons and men to nine teaspoons a day, or about 25 and 36 grams respectively…which isn’t much when you take into consideration that a can of soda has eight.) Oh, and it won’t kill you (or, ahem, us) to occasionally measure out cereal according to its recommended serving size instead of filling the bowl to the top.

Shopping for Healthy Cereal? We Like These

“In all fairness, between Kellogg’s, Post and General Mills, they all make some that might be considered healthier than others,” says Stoler. In other words, you have plenty of options at the grocery store and you won’t have to search too hard to find them. You just need to know where to look and what to look for (i.e., more fiber, less sugar). Pro tip: Look up when you shop. “I do suggest looking on the top two shelves in the supermarket. That’s where the healthier cereals sit on the shelf.”

Here are 12 healthy cereals to add to your shopping list:

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To boost immunity, try Ritucharya diet; why ayurvedic food can keep you healthy year round

To boost immunity, try Ritucharya diet; why ayurvedic food can keep you healthy year round

  • August 3, 2020

Acclimatising to these seasonal changes, particularly by adopting a season-appropriate diet, is considered to be the best way to avoid seasonal illnesses.

The ayurvedic system of medicine is not about curing diseases but preventing them from ever taking root in your mind and body. If you know this basic fact about Ayurveda then you should also be familiar with the two pillars on which the preventive aspect of ayurvedic medicine stands on: dincharya (daily regimen) and ritucharya (seasonal regimen). Let’s take a closer look at what ritucharya means.

Ritucharya: Beating season change at its game

According to a study published in AYU: An International Quarterly Journal of Research in Ayurveda in 2011, ritucharya literally refers to regimens or rules according to the seasons. Every season changes the environment we live in and these external changes can have a deep impact on our body’s internal system.

Acclimatising to these seasonal changes through appropriate behaviours, particularly by adopting a season-appropriate diet, is considered to be the best way to avoid seasonal illnesses. Following ritucharya basically provides the body with all the tools it needs to defeat season change and the diseases that come with it.

“Eating according to the seasons can give you a lot of health benefits, like feeling more energetic, boosting your immune system, and preventing multiple complications such as unwanted weight gain, indigestion, stomach infection, breathing difficulty and other health-related issues,” says Akanksha Mishra, a nutrition and wellness expert associated with myUpchar.

An article published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine in 2019 claims that the major lifestyle disorders that currently plague the world — including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, physical inactivity, weight gain, obesity and even some cancers — basically occur because of our deviation from this natural and seasonal lifestyle.

Consequently, the Indian Ayurveda experts who authored this article recommend the re-adoption of ritucharya to prevent weight gain and other diseases while boosting the immune and metabolic functions of the body all year round.

How to adopt ritucharya to be your healthy best

A 2011 study in AYU mentions that the ancient ayurvedic text, Atreya Virachita Sara, describes six seasons according to which you’re supposed to tailor your pathya-apathya or dietary intake. The following, as per the recommendations of the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, are the dietary do’s and don’ts you must follow during each of these six seasons.

1. Hemant or early winter (mid-November to mid-January)

A nutrient-dense diet which includes satiating foods which taste sweet, sour and salty should be consumed in this season. Include seasonal whole grains and lentils, milk and dairy products, animal products and meats, honey, sugarcane, sesame and fermented products in your diet. Avoid overly spiced or aggravating foods, cold foods and drinks, and fasting or starvation during this season.

2. Shishir or late winter (mid-January to mid-March)

Sour-tasting foods should be predominantly consumed during this season. Cereals, grains, pulses like new rice, wheat flour, corn, peanut, sesame and jaggery as well as raw ginger, dry ginger, garlic, fruits, sugarcane, milk and dairy products should be eaten. Pungent, bitter, astringent tasting and warm foods which are light or cold should be avoided.

3. Vasant or spring (mid-March to mid-May)

Easily digestible foods and foods that improve digestion like barley, wheat, rice, lentils, bitters, honey, light meats, etc should be made a part of your diet during this season. Heavy foods which are sweet, sour or lead to daytime naps should be avoided.

4. Grishma or summer (mid-May to mid-July)

Easily digestible foods which are sweet, cold and liquid should be preferred during summer. Rice, lentils, plenty of water, buttermilk, fruits juices, meat soups, mango juice, curd, milk, etc should be taken. Salty, spicy, pungent, unctuous and sour foods should be avoided.

5. Varsha or monsoon (mid-July to mid-September)

Foods that taste sour, salty and unctuous should be taken, while heavy and hard to digest foods should be avoided. Include honey, barley, wheat, rice, meat of arid animals, light meat and vegetable soups, herbal tea and cold fluids in your diet.

6. Sharad or autumn (mid-September to mid-November)

Easily digestible foods which taste sweet, sour or bitter should be included in the diet. Wheat, rice, barley, amla, sugarcane, honey, green gram, light meats, etc are to be included in the diet, but fats, oils, curds and the meat of aquatic animals should be avoided.

For more information, read our article on Ayurveda.

Health articles in Firstpost are written by myUpchar.com, India’s first and biggest resource for verified medical information. At myUpchar, researchers and journalists work with doctors to bring you information on all things health.

Healthy Korean Food That Can Boost Your Immunity During the Pandemic

Healthy Korean Food That Can Boost Your Immunity During the Pandemic

  • July 31, 2020
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Stay healthy and support your immune system with healthy Korean Food products inspired by Korean traditional healing methods

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been renewed interest in healthy eating and physical activities that boost immunity and reduce the chance of infection. More people are shifting to cooking meals at home, concentrating on an increased intake of healthy ingredients that have healing properties.

To aid this growing demand, KimC Market has stocked a wide range of healthy Korean food options, freshly delivered from Korea. An online food and grocery portal, KimC Market carries specialized Immune Support products inspired by traditional Korean healing methods. These items have no additives and are completely natural from the source.

Korean recipes and ingredients are recognized for their medicinal qualities that can curb the spread of chronic diseases and infections. KimC Market anticipates a surge in the popularity of Korean food because of these attributes.

Korean cuisine uses a diverse range of ingredients that can strengthen immunity. In Korean culture, the purpose of food consumption is primarily to maintain health. Many traditional Korean dishes consist of elements that balance and harmonize the energies of the body. Medication is only considered if food is not sufficient to heal a sick individual. Fermented foods that improve metabolism are considered especially healthful.

100% natural Fermented Bellflower and Pear is a product partly inspired by traditional healing methods. It works as an excellent remedy for the flu, especially in children who may refuse to take medicines. This therapeutic concentrate is available at KimC Market. It comes in jar packaging and also in individual stick packs. Only highest grade bellflowers, native to Yeongju, Gyeongbuk Province, are used to make this concoction of fermented sweet pears and lactic-acid bellflowers.

Another popular product from KimC Market’s healthy Korean food offerings is Ginger Grain Syrup. Known for its antibacterial qualities, ginger has a variety of medicinal benefits. This sweetener combines the taste and benefits of ginger with jocheong, a syrup made with rice, barley, and corn. Enjoyed in a latte or tea, it is best used as a guiltless replacement for sugar.

Loquats are another lesser-known immunity strengthening ingredient, historically used to treat stomach cancer. The fruits of the loquat tree are enriched with potassium and other vitamins and grow only in the southern regions of Korea. Bottles of Loquat Matured in Honey are available at KimC Market as well. The honey used in this product is bee-free and comes from unrefined raw cane sugar. It can be used in recipes for both cool and warm drinks.

KimC Market specializes in high-quality Korean products that are healthy and natural. With warehouses on both American coasts, the online grocery store serves customers across the country with fresh ingredients and one-day delivery. Orders exceeding $45 ship for free. View their entire range of healthy Korean food products by visiting www.kimcmarket.com , Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/kimcmarket/

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Weight Loss: These Metabolism Boosting Teas Can Help You Maintain A Healthy Weight

These Metabolism Boosting Teas Can Help You Maintain A Healthy Weight

  • July 31, 2020

Better metabolism can result in effective weight loss. Several diet and lifestyle changes can help boost metabolism. Here are some teas you must try.


Weight Loss: These Metabolism Boosting Teas Can Help You Maintain A Healthy Weight

A well balanced diet can help in maintaining a healthy weight

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  1. Boost your metabolism for effective weight loss
  2. Optimum protein intake can boost metabolism
  3. High intensity can also help you improve metabolism

Metabolism plays an important role in weight management. It is a process by which your body converts the foods and drinks consumed into energy. Several factors can affect your metabolism. These may vary from diet to lifestyle. The better the metabolism the better is weight loss. When it comes to drinks, tea is one of the most common options to choose from. Many love to drink tea and are addicted to their daily cup. Here’s a good news for all the tea lovers who are trying to lose weight. Several teas can help boost metabolism which can contribute to better weight management. Here are some teas you can try to boost your metabolism. Also, know other health benefits these can offer.

Weight loss: Teas that can help boost metabolism

1. Green tea

Green tea is loaded with several health benefits. It is commonly consumed for weight loss. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants. It also helps in boosting metabolism resulting in improved weight loss.

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Drinking green tea can help in weight loss

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2. Ginger tea

Ginger is a commonly used ingredient. It is commonly added to teas to enhance the taste. Ginger also offers immunity-boosting properties. Sipping ginger tea boosts metabolism and also helps in preventing sore throat.

Also read: 6 Ways How Starting Your Day With Ginger Can Help You

3. Oolong tea

Oolong tea is beneficial for your heart. Studies also suggest that oolong tea can also help reduce the risk of diabetes and improves brain function. This tea is also helpful in weight loss as it improves metabolism.

Also read: Weight Loss And Other Amazing Benefits Of Oolong Tea You Cannot Miss

4. Peppermint tea

Peppermint tea has a refreshing tea. Drinking this tea also helps ensure better sleep. It is also beneficial for your immune system. This tea is also beneficial for digestion. You can give a boost to your weight loss journey with this minty tea.

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Several herbal teas can help boost metabolism that support the weight loss process

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5. Pu-erh Tea

Pu-erh tea may also help promote weight loss and boost metabolism. It can also help in improving cholesterol levels. If you have any pre-existing conditions consult an expert before adding it to your diet.

Also read: Try These Teas For Effective Weight Loss

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Freedom Healthy Cooking Oils Launches a campaign #Immunity begins in the Kitchen

  • July 29, 2020

– Promotes self-cooking in the kitchen using traditional ingredients from reputed brands to build immunity to fight COVID-19 pandemic

HYDERABAD, India, July 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —  According to experts, wearing a mask, frequent sanitization, social distancing and boosting your immunity are the only ways to deal with COVID-19. The terrible pandemic awakened the fact that human food systems are vulnerable. The common saying ‘Food is medicine’ plays a key role in today’s time due to their inherent medicinal and healing properties.

How to Boost Immunity to save oneself from COVID-19 –#Immunity Begins in the kitchen

  • Eat Healthy & Live Healthy – Eat Balanced home cooked food as it is the best way to ensure that the family stays healthy.
  • Boosting Immunity: Food needs to include the right balance of Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins and Vitamins etc.
  • Add more Veggies, fruits & whole grains to the diet. Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian – include high-protein food to the diet
  • Use Trusted Brands : Use ingredients from Quality brands and enjoy maximum nutritional and health benefits

Upgrade to healthier options:

  • Use products like Freedom Sunflower Oil fortified with Vitamin A,D & E to help boost immunity & health

The Indian kitchen is a hub of ingredients like cereals, vegetables, fruits, herbs & spices, edible oils, etc. which are a source of vital nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. This has been established by studies conducted over a period of time. When these ingredients are used effectively in small quantities in a dish, they help improve the health and well-being besides strengthening the immune system. When food is cooked at home one can be sure of the ingredients used, the preparation method and the nutritional value of it thereby giving importance  to health and immunity.

According to this Mr. P Chandra Shekhara Reddy, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Freedom Healthy Cooking Oils said,”COVID-19 infection can be prevented by sanitizing your hands, using mask, maintaining social distancing, and eating healthy food to boost immunity. Kitchen is a hub for many ingredients that have a proven record for providing the required carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants, etc to help us stay healthy and boost immunity. However, we strongly recommend people to use quality brands for all your ingredients to enjoy maximum nutritional benefits. These Brands ensure that the best quality product is packaged in a completely sanitized & hygienic environment – safe for your consumption. Often the products like Freedom Sunflower Oil are fortified with vitamins A,D &E to help build immunity. Please stay safe and use standard Brands for kitchen spices, pulses, Edible Oils, etc to get the best quality product for your consumption.”

Nutritionists and Wellness experts also highlight the importance of strengthening immunity to live a healthy life. As the coronavirus spreads across the country and the world, one might be wondering how to stop the virus. While there aren’t foods that can prevent one from contracting the coronavirus, there are ways to make viral symptoms less painful. One can also protect their body from coughing and sniffles by loading up on immune-boosting ingredients in food.

According Dr. Lahari Surapaneni PhD (USA) Nutritionist & Wellness consultant, Hyderabad, “Strong immune system is the key to a healthy life. For this Strong Immune System we need nutrients like proteins, Iron, Zinc, Selenium, Vitamins A, C, D & E. We can get most of the nutritious food from dairy products, fruits & vegetables, meats, leafy vegetables, Pulses, grains. To ensure that our immune system is performing optimally we need to know the nutritious home-cooked meals & the right ingredients for the required vitamins. When it comes to cooking, I prefer Freedom Sunflower oil as it is fortified with Vitamins A, D & E to cook the food.”

Build Immunity with Spices and Condiments –

Turmeric filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory where it can fight a range of diseases like cancer, diabetes & Illness.
Ginger & Tulsi are stapled with many nutritional benefits & helps to fight flu & infections.
Honey is the traditional medicine to soothe the symptoms of cough & cold and helps fighting infections.
Aloevera is very rich in antioxidants.
Amla is a powerhouse of Vitamin C that helps to fight cough & cold.
Garlic Full of essential nutrients and a super -food.
Cumin Improves Immunity & Digestion.
Cinnamon Powerful antioxidant.

Freedom Healthy Cooking Oils, is spreading awareness through a campaign ‘#Immunity Begins in the Kitchen’ to identify the ingredients that help improve the immunity and encourage their use in daily food.  To boost one’s immune system, the best way is to manage a balanced lifestyle that involves nutritious eating habits, yoga and meditation, deep sleep and a positive outlook towards life. Eating the right food helps in healthy and disease-free body. To tide over the COVID-19 let’s all resolve to cook using these immuno-boosting ingredients as #Immunity begins in the Kitchen

For more details on #Immunitybeginsinthekitchen follow us on Instagram , Facebook & @freedomhealthyoil

About GEF India (Freedom Healthy Cooking Oils):

Freedom’ is the Flagship brand of Gemini Edibles and Fats India Pvt. Ltd. (GEF India). Freedom Healthy Cooking Oils are available as Freedom Refined Sunflower Oil, Freedom Physically Refined Rice Bran Oil and Freedom Mustard Oil & Freedom Groundnut Oil 

Freedom Refined Sunflower Oil was launched in April 2010 in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. It is a leading brand of Sunflower oil and currently ranks No. 1 by market share in the Sunflower Oil category in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh & Odisha. (Source: Q3 19 Report AC Nielsen).

Freedom Physically Refined Rice Bran Oil is thus the healthier choice for the entire family. It was launched Oct-15, for the health-conscious consumers with its strong proposition of 10,000 ppm Oryzanol and balanced fat profile Freedom RBO is growing at a faster pace in the category.

 

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Freedom Healthy Cooking Oils Launches a campaign Immunity begins in the Kitchen

  • July 28, 2020

(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)
– Promotes self-cooking in the kitchen using traditional ingredients from reputed brands to build immunity to fight COVID-19 pandemic

HYDERABAD, India, July 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — According to experts, wearing a mask, frequent sanitization, social distancing and boosting your immunity are the only ways to deal with COVID-19. The terrible pandemic awakened the fact that human food systems are vulnerable. The common saying ‘Food is medicine’ plays a key role in today’s time due to their inherent medicinal and healing properties.

How to Boost Immunity to save oneself from COVID-19 – #Immunity Begins in the kitchen

• Eat Healthy & Live Healthy – Eat Balanced home cooked food as it is the best way to ensure that the family stays healthy.
• Boosting Immunity: Food needs to include the right balance of Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins and Vitamins etc.
• Add more Veggies, fruits & whole grains to the diet. Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian – include high-protein food to the diet
• Use Trusted Brands : Use ingredients from Quality brands and enjoy maximum nutritional and health benefits
Upgrade to healthier options:
• Use products like Freedom Sunflower Oil fortified with Vitamin A,D & E to help boost immunity & health
The Indian kitchen is a hub of ingredients like cereals, vegetables, fruits, herbs & spices, edible oils, etc. which are a source of vital nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. This has been established by studies conducted over a period of time. When these ingredients are used effectively in small quantities in a dish, they help improve the health and well-being besides strengthening the immune system. When food is cooked at home one can be sure of the ingredients used, the preparation method and the nutritional value of it thereby giving importance to health and immunity.

According to this Mr. P Chandra Shekhara Reddy, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Freedom Healthy Cooking Oils said,”COVID-19 infection can be prevented by sanitizing your hands, using mask, maintaining social distancing, and eating healthy food to boost immunity. Kitchen is a hub for many ingredients that have a proven record for providing the required carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants, etc to help us stay healthy and boost immunity. However, we strongly recommend people to use quality brands for all your ingredients to enjoy maximum nutritional benefits. These Brands ensure that the best quality product is packaged in a completely sanitized & hygienic environment – safe for your consumption. Often the products like Freedom Sunflower Oil are fortified with vitamins A,D &E to help build immunity. Please stay safe and use standard Brands for kitchen spices, pulses, Edible Oils, etc to get the best quality product for your consumption.”

Nutritionists and Wellness experts also highlight the importance of strengthening immunity to live a healthy life. As the coronavirus spreads across the country and the world, one might be wondering how to stop the virus. While there aren’t foods that can prevent one from contracting the coronavirus, there are ways to make viral symptoms less painful. One can also protect their body from coughing and sniffles by loading up on immune-boosting ingredients in food.

According Dr. Lahari Surapaneni PhD (USA) Nutritionist & Wellness consultant, Hyderabad, “Strong immune system is the key to a healthy life. For this Strong Immune System we need nutrients like proteins, Iron, Zinc, Selenium, Vitamins A, C, D & E. We can get most of the nutritious food from dairy products, fruits & vegetables, meats, leafy vegetables, Pulses, grains. To ensure that our immune system is performing optimally we need to know the nutritious home-cooked meals & the right ingredients for the required vitamins. When it comes to cooking, I prefer Freedom Sunflower oil as it is fortified with Vitamins A, D & E to cook the food.”

Build Immunity with Spices and Condiments –

Turmeric filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory where it can fight a range of diseases like cancer, diabetes & Illness.
Ginger & Tulsi are stapled with many nutritional benefits & helps to fight flu & infections.
Honey is the traditional medicine to soothe the symptoms of cough & cold and helps fighting infections.
Aloevera is very rich in antioxidants.
Amla is a powerhouse of Vitamin C that helps to fight cough & cold.
Garlic Full of essential nutrients and a super -food.
Cumin Improves Immunity & Digestion.
Cinnamon Powerful antioxidant.

Freedom Healthy Cooking Oils, is spreading awareness through a campaign ‘#Immunity Begins in the Kitchen’ to identify the ingredients that help improve the immunity and encourage their use in daily food. To boost one’s immune system, the best way is to manage a balanced lifestyle that involves nutritious eating habits, yoga and meditation, deep sleep and a positive outlook towards life. Eating the right food helps in healthy and disease-free body. To tide over the COVID-19 let’s all resolve to cook using these immuno-boosting ingredients as #Immunity begins in the Kitchen

For more details on #Immunitybeginsinthekitchen follow us on Instagram , Facebook & @freedomhealthyoil

About GEF India (Freedom Healthy Cooking Oils):

Freedom’ is the Flagship brand of Gemini Edibles and Fats India Pvt. Ltd. (GEF India). Freedom Healthy Cooking Oils are available as Freedom Refined Sunflower Oil, Freedom Physically Refined Rice Bran Oil and Freedom Mustard Oil & Freedom Groundnut Oil

Freedom Refined Sunflower Oil was launched in April 2010 in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. It is a leading brand of Sunflower oil and currently ranks No. 1 by market share in the Sunflower Oil category in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh & Odisha. (Source: Q3 19 Report AC Nielsen).

Freedom Physically Refined Rice Bran Oil is thus the healthier choice for the entire family. It was launched Oct-15, for the health-conscious consumers with its strong proposition of 10,000 ppm Oryzanol and balanced fat profile Freedom RBO is growing at a faster pace in the category.
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Healthy drinks to replace your morning tea

Healthy drinks to replace your morning tea : The Tribune India

  • July 26, 2020

New Delhi, July 26

A balanced diet plays an important part in strengthening your immunity. During such unprecedented times, make sure you are not missing out on essential vitamins and nutrients. A good start could be by replacing your morning cuppa with healthy juice and tonics.

Here are a few immunity boosting juices to refresh you and keep you ongoing. Start your morning with these drinks and note the changes yourself.

Lemonade

Having a glass of warm lemon water daily is a great way to revv up your metabolism and boost immunity. You can have cool lemonade anytime trough the day to quench your thirst, as well as to fight against the Coronavirus! Make refreshing pineapple ginger lemonade with pineapple tidbits, mint leaves, water, grated ginger, fresh lemon juice, and ice-cubes; you can even have it the first thing in the morning.

Aloe Vera Juice

Beat the COVID-19 scare and with Aloe Vera juice which provides natural support to the immune system. Drinking one glass of Aloe Vera juice early in the morning can help in keeping the body immune to infections and diseases.

ACE Juice

A 100 percent mixed fruit juice fortified with Vitamins A-C-E filled with anti-oxidants that will help you boost your immunity. Vitamin A enables in normal functioning of Immune system, C protects you from infections and Vitamin E helps blood cells to function efficiently. Del Monte’s ACE juice can be consumed by the whole family.

Beetroot and carrot juice

A combination of carrot and beetroot is a powerhouse of vitamin A, C and E with a good dose of iron and calcium. This juice will help boost immunity and fight inflammation as well. Start your day with a glass of beetroot and carrot juice to keep you energetic throughout the day! Watermelon juice

Watermelon juice is a very healthy fruit drink. Not only does it help your immune system but it also releases muscle soreness. Make a delicious and healthy smoothie with fresh watermelon chunks, bananas, ripe mangoes and Del Monte cranberries, enjoy it as a breakfast smoothie or snack! —IANS

 

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