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Navratri fasting: Healthy food options you can try

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Navratri fasting: Healthy food options you can try

The festival of Navratri is finally here. During the nine days, many people observe a fast. If you too are fasting and are looking for healthy options that will make you feel satiated and energetic throughout the day, here are some unbeatable foods that can help.

Kuttu atta

Kuttu atta or buckwheat flour is packed with high fibre that helps detox the body. Also, fibre helps to keep hunger pangs at bay thereby, making us crave less while fasting. You can also use singhare ka atta (water chestnut flour) and rajgira ka atta (amaranth flour). Instead of rice, you can have samai ke chawal or samvat ke chwaal (barnyard millet) that can be used to make khichdi, dhoklas or kheer.

Sabudana or sago

It has a cooling effect on the body and is easy to digest.

Makhana

Foxnut is a very popular fasting food. It is loaded with antioxidants, and acts as an anti-ageing food by preventing white hair, wrinkles, and premature ageing.

Dry fruits

Almonds, pistachio, cashew nuts, and kishmish (raisins) are eaten during fasts.

Fruits and vegetables

Vegetables like bottle gourd, potato, pumpkin, bananas, arbi, potato colocasia, yam, sweet potato, lemon, honey, cucumber, raw plantain, tomato, carrot, raw papaya, and spinach are commonly consumed during Navratri.

Dairy products

Dairy products are considered to be holy during an auspicious occasion. Hence, you can consume natural products such as milk, curd, paneer, butter, ghee, khoya, and condensed milk.

As far as spices are concerned, you can use black pepper powder, green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ajwain or carom seeds, black peppercorns, dry pomegranate seeds, kokum, tamarind, and nutmeg. “Some people also use fresh coriander leaves, red chilly powder, dry mango powder, chaat masala (especially with fruits). A lot depends on the devotee’s beliefs and home traditions,” said Khosla.

Avoid:

Non-vegetarian food, eggs, alcohol, smoking and aerated drinks.

Grains: Wheat, rice, oats, bread, semolina, gram flour, cornflour, millet flour like ragi, and pear are strongly prohibited during the course of these nine days.

All fast-related food needs to be prepared without onion, garlic since they produce heat and are tamasic in nature,

Salt: Sendha namak is used during this time and it has low sodium content as well.

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7 Easy Remedies to Get Rid of Grey Hair Instantly

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7 Easy Remedies to Get Rid of Grey Hair Instantly

Grey hair can be caused due to stress. However, a lot of time, a deity instability can also lead to grey hair. The hair follicles can start shedding colours and then get into the natural cycle of dying and regenerating. Grey hair is likely to grow at the beginning of age 35. Yet, with pollution and a wide array of junk food, grey hair can start emerging at an early age.

Here Are the Remedies for Grey Hair:
• Seaweed
By eating seaweed will get in all your trace minerals especially zinc, magnesium, selenium, copper, zinc and iron.
• Black
You can benefit by eating black sesame, beans, blackstrap molasses, nigella seeds (kalonji).
• Amla
By eating Indian gooseberry, amla, you can get the benefits of this kitchen friendly ingredient.
• Grass
Grass like wheatgrass or barley grass help in flushing the liver.
• Catalase (enzyme)
Eating catalase is rich in foods like sweet potato, carrots, garlic, and broccoli helps prevent grey hair.
• Eat Clean Food
You need to make sure that you are clean. You need to quit contaminants to blood conditions: sugar, dairy, refined flour, packaged foods, processed foods, unhealthy fats, and too much animal protein.
• Cleanliness
You need to make sure that you maintain hygiene and remain clean.

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5 ways to protect your brain from dementia

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5 ways to protect your brain from dementia

What is dementia?

Dementia is a term used to describe a variety of brain-related indicators associated with worsening memory, decision making, and reasoning, however the symptoms of dementia can vary by individual. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.

What factors are associated with an increased risk of dementia?

Advanced age, genetics and ethnicity can all play a role in the risk of dementia. They are not modifiable, meaning, they cannot be changed. The good news, however is this: another major factor associated with dementia is one you can control. Your diet.

5 ways to protect your brain from dementia

Numerous studies have shown that lifestyle choices play a large role in brain health. How you approach your diet is the first step.

  1. Follow a MIND diet approach

Perhaps the most studied diet related to brain health is the MIND (Mediterranean — DASH intervention for neurodegenerative delay) diet. The diet consists of ten healthy foods and five foods to limit. Adherence to the MIND diet has been shown in multiple studies to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 53% when followed rigorously. Even moderate adherence led to 35% reduced risk.

  1. Focus on more color in the diet

Color is a major factor in both the MIND and Mediterranean dietary protocols.  That’s because color, coming from green leafy and cruciferous vegetables, berries, beans, teas, peppers, spices and even coffee indicates a high degree of nutrient density.

  1. Get your protein in

A 2021 study demonstrated that lower protein diets could have a detrimental impact on brain health. Specifically, researchers found that amino acids (derived from protein in the diet) may inhibit the formation of Alzheimer’s disease by inhibiting brain cell death, and reducing inflammation. You can get high quality protein from plants (such as beans and legumes) as well as animals (such as chicken breast, fatty fish, and eggs). If supplemental protein is necessary, a high-quality protein powder can assist as well.  Exact protein needs vary by age and activity level.

  1. Eliminate added sugars from the diet

While adding nutrient dense foods are essential to protect overall brain health, taking away more problematic ingredients is also critical. Studies show that added sugar — often found in sugar sweetened drinks and cereals, candy and pastries — can increase the risk for multiple chronic conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Both conditions are linked with worsening brain health.

  1. Replace processed foods with real food

Processed foods (often referred to as highly palatable foods) not only skew your brain’s ability to assess hunger — which means you can easily eat large quantities — they replace more nutrient dense foods in the diet.

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World Pneumonia Day 2021: Here are the tips to control it

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World Pneumonia Day 2021: Here are the tips to control it

Every year on December 12, the world observes the Pneumonia Day to create awareness and spread the word to help prevent and control the deadly infection. One has to be very careful especially during these testing times because like Covid-19, pneumonia can also spread through droplet transmission.

So, we bought you this piece mentioning the important tips. Give a read.

• Practice proper hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water regularly.
• Follow proper respiratory hygiene and wear a mask when stepping out, especially during an outbreak.
• Quit smoking
• Eat healthy
• Avoid being around people who are sick or have pneumonia.
• Get treated for any infections you may have at the earliest to avoid its progression to pneumonia.
• Stay active
• Get enough sleep

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