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Nature & Us

Since a long time I wanted to write this one, but could not bring myself to focus on the task. I knew I would do it someday, but at the same time I also knew that the task was a huge one and it would take many months, for me, to complete the book. I used to get overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the project.

But, goaded on by my family and friends, my online readers and my website team, I finally decided to begin. Thus began a long and arduous journey. I started collecting my thoughts and put them down on paper. After I managed to get the blueprint ready, began the process of collecting information. Hours, days and months were spent on this task, which resulted in a huge volume of data, which had to be scrutinized and edited.

My team and I spent many nights going through reams and reams of info and deciding what to retain and what to reject. After the content was finalized, my technical team swung into action to compile the entire content into a well designed e-book, which I could present to you.

This e-book is all about natural health and natural remedies, and my intention is to stop you from running to the doctor at the slightest sneeze or rumbling in your stomach. Why not try and find out how to take care of minor ailments with whatever is available in your kitchen and refrigerator?

The natural healing powers of some common vegetables, fruits and spices are simply amazing. Mother Nature has gifted us with so many things which we are not aware of. This book is my humble attempt to bring you closer to her.

Vaishali Parekh

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Eat less to live more

 

Eat less to Live more

Eat less to Live more

   

Crash dieting is not possible for all of us for different reasons and is not advisable either. But maintaining good health is important for all of us. So, what’s the solution? Let’s adopt the middle path. Less eating can help us achieve our objective.    

Since ancient times when medical sciences came into existence, diet assumed great importance. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was the first man to establish that unbalanced diet and improper food are the causes of diseases.   

Dr. Samuel Hannemann, the father of Homeopathy, discussed effects of diet on a healthy body as well as on patients.  

Anything which is fully-loaded has some disadvantages. For example, just try to visualize a fully loaded bus or a fully packed luggage bag and how clumsy they are. For optimum performance there should be a little bit space in everything.  

Stomach, gall bladder, small and large intestines, rectum and the anus constitute our digestive system. These body parts expand and contract and help move the food forward. However, food taken in large quantities and gulped in forcefully, create dumping in the system. This drastically lowers the digestion efficiency. The quantity of digestive juices and acids are not enough to digest the voluminous food intake and indigestion results. This leads to stomach colics, flatulence, loose motion and vomiting.   

The stomach remains loaded with undigested food which begins to rot and this definitely is detrimental to the body. This is an invitation to many disorders. Ayurveda says that minimal diet is easily digested and as a result vital nutrients are supplied to the body for health and vigor.   

Food should be cooked at very low temperatures so that the nutrients are preserved, and eat only that much as is required by the stomach. One should never stuff or gulp morsels of food and dump the digestive system.  

Many would tell you that they do not feel energized after eating so much. The more you eat before you go to bed, the more tired you will tend to feel the minute you wake up. What is the reason for feeling so fatigued after eating? Isn’t eating supposed to give you more energy? The reason you feel so tired right after eating is because digesting food consumes so much energy. Unfortunately, only animals and babies retain their natural instinct when sick and they choose to refuse food.   

Here are some tips for you:  

Eat enough calories but not too many. Maintain a balance between your calorie intake and calorie expenditure—that is, don’t eat more food than your body uses. The average recommended daily allowance is 2,000 calories, but this depends on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity.   

Eat a wide variety of foods. Healthy eating is an opportunity to expand your range of choices by trying foods—especially vegetables, whole grains, or fruits—that you don’t normally eat.  

Keep portions moderate, especially high-calorie foods. In recent years serving sizes have ballooned, particularly in restaurants. Choose a starter instead of an entrée, split a dish with a friend, and don’t order supersized anything.  

Drink more water. Our bodies are about 75% water. It is a vital part of a healthy diet. Water helps flush our systems, especially the kidneys and bladder, of waste products and toxins. A majority of Americans go through life dehydrated.   

And finally,   

Don’t be the food police. You can enjoy your favorite sweets and fried foods in moderation, as long as they are an occasional part of your overall healthy diet. Food is a great source of pleasure, and pleasure is good for the heart – even if those French fries aren’t!     

Vaishali Parekh 

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Energy Foods For Healthy Mind

Energy foods benefit the brain as well as the body. They provide glucose and micronutrients, such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C and iron, to maximize our mental performance and to help us cope for better under pressure. They enhance the carbohydrate-protein balance in our diet to make us calmer and more alert, and improve the quality of our sleep. They also reduce our reaction to common causes of food intolerance and make us less prone to depression, headaches, and general tiredness. Here are six sample ways to boost your brain power.

Kick-start vitality :
Eat a good breakfast to avoid low blood sugar in the late morning, and to sharp your memory and mental clarity.

Snack often :
Boost your vitality mid-morning and mid-afternoon with a quick-fix snack or drink. These will help to keep you alert right up until the end of the day.

Eat regularly :
Keep regular meal times and do not skip meals. Research shows that eating several small meals per day helps the brain to work more efficiently than having one or two big meals.

Oil the cogs :
Ensure your body gets a rich supply of essential fatty acids by including salads, green leafy vegetables and some safflower and sunflower oil in your diet. Low in saturated animal fats, energy foods are high in plant polyunsaturates, which keep our brain cells in peak condition.

Power sleep :
Take a power nap after your midday meal. Brain efficiency naturally drops after lunch, and the short time it takes to recharge your batteries will more than repay itself in extra mental energy later in the day.

Pump iron :
Eat more wholegrain cereals, pulses and green vegetables to boost your iron intake. Drink a glass of vitamin C-rich fresh fruit juice each day to maximize iron absorption.

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Vaishali Parekh

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Energy Foods For Healthy Body

As societies have become more urbanized and developed, so the number of people suffering from the effects of heart diseases, strokes and cancer has increased. At the root of these changing health patterns is the move away from a diet based on grains, fruits and vegetables to one based processed foods, fat, sugar and animal produce. The scientific evidence is clear : if we want to have healthy bodies, we should change our focus and put fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, pulses and whole grains back in the centre of our plates (supplemented by fresh, organically reared meat and fish according to taste).

Here are some of the most important components of a healthy, energy-full diet.

Calcium : Crucial for building and maintaining healthy bones and teeth, calcium also plays an important role in the function of nerves, muscles, enzymes and hormones. Most plant foods contain calcium – spinach, watercress, parsley, dried figs, nuts, seeds, molasses, seaweed and soya are all rich suppliers. Gram, bean curd (tofu) contains four times more calcium than whole cow’s milk.

Proteins : The building blocks of the body, proteins consist of long, folded chains of amino acids. It is not widely known that plant foods contains protein and that vegetables, grains and pulses are all good sources.

Complex Carbohydrates : Complex carbohydrates are made of sugar molecules linked together into long, branched chains. Found only in foods made from plants, they are a major source of energy in our diet and have beneficial effects on the way we absorb and use other nutrients. Foods containing complex carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta are usually rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

Antioxidants : In the process of metabolism, our body’s cells produce molecules called free radicles, which can attack and harm cell membranes. Antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium, neutralize these unstable chemicals, in turn protecting our cells. Fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains are the main sources of antioxidants in our diet.

Essential fatty acids : Two polyunsaturated fatty acids, linolenic acid and alpha-linolenic acid, are known as essential fatty acids because they can be obtained only from the food we eat. They are necessary for normal growth of the fetus during pregnancy, and play a central role in blood-clotting and healing wounds. They also help to maintain the health of the brain and the cells of other parts of our bodies. Important sources include green leaves (such as lettuce and cabbage) and vegetable oils (for example, sunflower, safflower, wheat gram and corn oils).

Have a great life. !!!

Vaishali Parekh

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Are you Vegetarian ?

A vegetarian diet is typically thought of as very healthy. But it is also very important to understand the possible pitfalls, as well as to enjoy the benefits that giving up meat may bring.

We generally feel that giving up meat and eggs is vegetarian diet, which is not so. Just check out the category you fit into.

Demi-vegetarian : Will usually eat everything except red meat. Sometimes poultry is also excluded, but fish is included, though may be eaten only infrequently.

Lacto-ovo-vegetarian : Will eat all dairy produce and eggs, but no flesh of any kind.

Lacto-vegetarian : Will eat all dairy produce, but no eggs or flesh of any kind.

Vegan : Eats only plant foods – no dairy products, eggs or flesh.

Fruitarian : Eats only fruits (at least 75% of diet), uncooked vegetables (mostly leafy), raw nuts, seeds and beansprouts.

Sproutarian : Eats mostly sprouted seeds, grains, pulses and rice.

Macrobiotic : Excludes all meat, poultry, dairy produce and eggs.

Now tell me what kind of vegetarian are you?

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Complications Of Vegetarian And Vegan Diets

There are many benefits to be gained by choosing to follow a vegetarian and vegan diet, but it does not require only commitment but also education and variety. Before going on strict Vegan diet, there are many factors to be taken care of.

Low on oil? : Vegetarians and vegans are at risk of having a low intake of essential fatty acids. Omega-3 oils found in oily fish are vital for a healthy brain and nervous system function and are also required during pregnancy and throughout breastfeeding. They are needed for cardiovascular protection, hormone production and promoting healthy hair, skin and nails. The main vegetarian and vegan source of omega-3 essential fatty acids is flax oil – preferably oil that has not been subjected to heat or light. Flax oil is ideal drizzled over brown rice, baked potatoes or incorporated into a salad dressing.

Poor Protein Power : Unless careful attention is paid to protein combining in daily meal planning and cooking for both vegetarian and vegan diets, it is very easy to become protein deficient. Protein is an important component of bones, muscles, connective tissues, organs, hair, skin and nails. Proteins are also utilized to generate enzymes, hormones, immune cells and chemical messengers that influence biochemical reactions and body processes. Protein deficiency can be expressed in many different forms including weak muscles, poor bone strength, poor hair, skin and nail condition, frequent infections and poor immunity.

Amino acids are also strongly involved in brain chemistry as they are used to form the brain chemicals dopamine, adrenalin, noradrenalin and serotonin. These neurotransmitters are responsible for generating your feelings, emotions, mood and sleep. Poor dietary intake of amino acids such as tryptophan, leads to imbalances between neurotransmitters. Symptoms include anxiety, nervousness, depression paranoia, mania, and insomnia. It is often this lack of amino acids that is often involved in the progression of some eating disorders, as a low intake of food can exacerbate body dysmorphia and anxiety over food intake.

A word about dairy : As a vegetarian it is very easy to develop an over reliance on dairy produce such as cheese and yoghurt as your main source of protein. However we believe that variety in the diet is of paramount importance. Remember to get your protein from all food groups, whilst rotating your dairy intake. You can choose from cows, sheep’s or goat’s milk products or perhaps soya instead. However there seems to be a perception that all soya products are healthy, and whilst they make a good protein choice, many soya products, especially are all too often packed with sugar and flavorings which do not match the healthy aura that soya products have. This may have more significance for vegans who will obviously be avoiding all animal products and thus perhaps more reliant on soya products.

There are many benefits to be gained by choosing to follow a vegetarian and vegan diet, but it does not require only commitment but also education and variety.

Take Care and have great healthy diet!!!

Vaishali Parekh

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The Benefits Of Vegetarian And Vegan Diet

The benefits of following a healthy balanced vegeterian or vegan diet are endless.

Healthy Bowels : Vegeterian and vegan diet are generally much higher in both soluble and insoluble fibre, which are fundamentally important for a healthy digestive tract.Trillions of friendly grow in a high-fibre diet and produce the nourishment for the cells of the intestinal lining.They also aid the detoxification of hormones, toxins and cholestrol andmost importantly of all they help to protect the bowel lining from bowel cancer.

 Happy Hearts : There is no doubt that vegeterian and vegan diets contain less saturated fat and cholestrol than a diet that includes meat. As vegeterian and vegan diets are also high in fibre, high in antioxidants, and high in vitamin E they generally provide increased protection against cardiovascular disease.

Acid-Alkaline Balance : Some opportunistic diseases can start to take root when the body becommes too acidic for extended periods. Vegeterians and in particular vegans, are more likely to have a better acid-alkaline balance and increased protection against degenerative diseases than meat-eaters. It is possible to supplement the diet with nutrients to help establish a more alkaline environment, but as always, it’s best to do so under the supervision of a nutrition consultant.

Strong Immunity : The increased level of fresh fruit and vegetables in vegeterian and vegan diets bring in a rich supply of antioxidants and phytonutrients, and these plant chemicals have a good reputation for boosting body immunity.

Enzymes That Spring Clean : Both a vegeterian and vegan diet naturally involve eating high levels of fresh fruit and vegetables, which are themselves packed full of natural enzymes. These enzymes have two major health benefits – firstly, they have a direct effect in your digestion by enhancing the breakdown of foods; secondly, they are capable of being absorbed into the body where they effectively encourage the excretion of dead cells and debris from the blood and the lymph, giving your body a spring clean.

Have a Healthy Diet!!!

Vaishali Parekh

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