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  • 6 NUTRIENTS TO LOOK FOR INTO YOUR FOOD TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

    In Child nutrition On 12 April 2020

      There are so many lists of foods around you that are said to boost your immunity, but understanding the nutrients that play a vital role in boosting your immunity and the foods they are present in is very important. 1. Vitamin C - Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and plays a very important role in our body. The antioxidants in the body help fight free radicals, which damage our immune system. Vitamin C also helps in boosting immunity in people who are under major stress.       Foods with vitamin C are - citrus fruits like lemon, orange, lime and other foods like kiwi, red and green bell peppers, amla, broccoli, strawberries, papaya, spinach, watermelon and sweet potatoes.   2. Zinc - Zinc again plays a very crucial role in our body as zinc is involved in the production of certain immune cells. Foods high in Zinc are - flax and sunflower seeds, beans, cashew nuts, oysters, wheat germ.   3. Vitamin D - Adequate level of Vitamin D in your body is very essential for your immune system to work at a robust level. Sources of Vitamin D are - Sunlight in the early morning hours without sunscreen, mushrooms, yogurt and other probiotics.   4. Omega-3 fatty acids - These essential fatty acids not only boost the immune system, but also suppress the inflammation in your body. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are - oily fish (mackerel, tuna, salmon, sardines), flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts and almonds, oils rich in Omega-3.   5. Vitamin E - Just like vitamin C, even Vitamin E is also a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin E plays a very important role in maintaining our immune system, especially among older people. Foods rich in Vitamin are - Almonds, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, hazelnuts, wheat germ oil.   6. Carotenoids - Carotenoids are a class of pigments that are present in plants. These pigments when consumed, they convert into Vitamin A which helps in boosting and regulating the immune system. Foods containing carotenoids are - carrots, papaya, mango, apricots, sweet potatoes, kale.   Now that you are aware of the nutrients involved in your immune mechanism, include these foods into your everyday diet and boost your immune system with these nutrient containing foods.

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  • 13 FOODS TO BOOST IMMUNITY

    In Child nutrition On 13 May 2020

    Food is essential for our everyday living and our body. Our body and its functions are completely dependent upon the kind of food we eat. There may be many individuals around who are fit, working out, eating healthy and in their ideal body weight but still end up catching cold and flu very often. This indicates the low immunity levels. That may be because they lack the immunity boosting foods and the the right nutrients in their diet.   So, nourishing our body with the nutrients and foods is very important so that we are not only healthy from the outside, but, our body is healthy from the inside as well. So, here is the list of foods, that help in boosting our immunity and to be included in our everyday diet. GINGER - Ginger has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties. Ginger helps in decreasing inflammation in the body, reduces sore throat and other anti-inflammatory issues. GARLIC - The compound allicin present in garlic helps in boosting immunity. This food is more effective when pressed slightly and consumed raw. SPINACH - Spinach is packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C, E and beta- carotene which increases the infection fighting ability of our immune system. Spinach also has high amount of folate, Vitamin A, fiber, magnesium, iron . These nutrients in spinach also boost immune function and provide body with necessary nutrients for cell division and DNA repair. Spinach is to be slightly cooked to to retain nutrients and enhance release of Vitamin A. GREEN TEA - Green Tea is packed with flavonoids which is a type of anti-oxidant which in turn helps in boosting immunity. TURMERIC - Curcumin present in turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. DARK CHOCOLATE - A good quality dark chocolate has an antioxidant called theobromine, which helps boost the immune system by protecting the body’s cells from free radicals. ONION - Raw onions are rich in quercetin which highly helps in boosting the immune system. For better results, consume a few slices of raw onion in every meal. MUSHROOMS - High in selenium and B vitamins like riboflavin and niacin, which play a role in healthy immune functioning. Mushrooms are also rich in polysaccharides, a sugar like molecule that boosts immune function. POMEGRANATE JUICE - Consuming pomegranate juice promotes the growth of beneficial gut flora that boosts the immune system. WATERMELON - An immune boosting seasonal fruit, rich in vitamins, minerals and also an antioxidant called as glutathione. Glutathione strengthens the immune system and helps fight infections. SWEET POTATOES - Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene when enters the body, turns into Vitamin A, which mops up the damaging free radicals. YOGURT - Yogurt is probiotic in nature. These probiotics help maintain the bacterial balance in the stomach, keeping our gut healthy, which is a key to good immunity. Yogurt made at home is more effective since the packaged and commercially available ones come with additives. BROCCOLI - Broccoli is rich in Vitamin C and sulforaphane which is another potent antioxidant.     The foods mentioned above are economical in season and are easily available without having to spend a lot of money and look for them at places. So, include these foods in your everyday diet and reap the benefits for the healthier you both inside and outside.  

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  • THE MONSOON GUIDE

    In Child nutrition On 31 August 2018

    One needs to be more cautious about their food during the rainy season, as the wrong food choices may give rise to a variety of infections and health ailments.             Following these few do’s and don’ts will help all of you better. Avoid watery fruits and foods – melons, cabbage family vegetables. Avoid meat, seafood and raw or semi-cooked eggs as there are more chances of passing infections from these foods. Eat more seasonal fruits as they help you restore energy. Body’s immunity can be boosted by adding a dash of garlic to all the foods you take. Include more of herbal teas to your diet. Eat steamed salads than raw as they may be contaminated with bacteria. People suffering from arthritis should drink warm water with tulsi and cinnamon on empty stomach, for reduced pain in the joints. Cut down on the intake of caffeine. Include more of barley, whole wheat, millets to your diet. Keep your diet low on sodium to avoid water retention. Avoid leafy vegetables as they are moist and damp and tend to attract more bacteria. Drink plenty of home made soups as that will also help you stay hydrated.   Fried pakora is what everyone craves for when it starts pouring. But, since your metabolism drops in this season, these are okay to relish ones in this season being homemade and in moderation. Better is to be avoided. This leaves our cravings option less, so some of the healthy snack options during rains are Healthy homemade soups. Hot ragi/rava idli and piping hot sambar Corn or bhutta Steamed vegetables with some healthy dressings Homemade sprouts chaat or sprouts bhel with some masala chai infused with ginger and pepper. Roasted nuts and seeds with desired seasoning.

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  • SUMMER SKIN HEALTH

    In Child nutrition On 08 June 2018

    Summers are the season when most of the people complaint of dry, itchy, tanned and saggy skin blaming it to the rising temperature. Little de we know that these problems are due to the dehydration of our skin losing all the essential moisture.             So, here are few things that we can provide to our body by some additions in the diet and few skin care tips using the foods. Omega – 3: The skin is the largest organ acting as a barrier that protects our body from most of the problems. This skin is made up of certain amount of fat as well with omega-3 as major one. Lack of this loosens your skin not being able to retain moisture. So, supplying your body with omega-3 rich foods makes your skin a much strong barrier and helps retain moisture. Some of the omega-3 rich foods that can be included in your everyday diet are walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, soyabean and fish.         Liquids: There is no better alternative to a healthy body and skin than drinking 2-3 liters of water a day. One coconut water every day will also come as a host of glucose and many essential minerals helping you restore all the lost liquids and stay hydrated and also acting wonders on your skin.      Stay Moisturized with Sunscreen: A good SPF moisturizer will come in handy anytime preventing your skin turning dry and itchy and also stay away from sun tan. Mask it: A good mixture of grated cucumber and fresh aloevera gel applied as a mask for few minutes and then washed off will help your skin stay soothing, supple and hydrated. Try it to believe it.     AC hacks: Air conditioners come to our savior in these scorch summers. A good night’s sleep without them is a nightmare. But, were you aware that, the AC’s absorb the moisture from the room and our skin leaving us dehydrated to give the cold feeling. Just to confirm, check your skin when you wake up. To retain the moisture in the night with AC’s and staying cool is, never forget a good aloevera based moisturizer in the night and set the AC temperature to 26+ C. Stay hydrated and healthy this summer!!!

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  • BUTTERMILK – THE SUPER DRINK

    In Child nutrition On 14 June 2018

    A usual beverage obtained after churning butter from cream or easily made at home by mixing curd with water along with some spices. This drink, usually used as a beverage in summers to keep the body cool or as a digestive usually comes with many unknown benefits.   Low in calories – One serving of buttermilk made of low fat milk is only 100 calories and 2.2gms fat. So, low fat beverage is any day a good one. Contains abundant bioactive proteins that help reduce blood pressure. Calcium – 284mg calcium per serving which is essential building block of bones and skeletal system of the body also helps teeth stay strong. Vitamins & Minerals – contains Vitamin A, C and other B vitamins including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid. Contains many essential and trace minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. Riboflavin – 0.4mg riboflavin present which is important to convert food into energy helping the body detoxify. Protein – one serving will give about 8gm of protein. Probiotic food – As a fermented milk product, it contains live micro-organisms with health benefits. Helps populate your intestine with health promoting bacteria that improve the immune function, reduce bacteria and also helps with irritable bowel syndrome. Water – as over 90% of it is water, its consumption helps to maintain the water balance of the body, satiates unusual hunger pangs, a good drink for people looking for weight loss. A beverage full of electrolytes when rightly spiced, hence effective to prevent dehydration, fight against the heat and loss of water from the body. Keeps the digestive tract healthy which also reflects on the skin. A complete food with good nutritive values for a balanced diet with protein, carbohydrates, minimal fat, vitamins and essential enzymes present. Acts as an astringent as it helps in reducing pores caused by acne and pimples. Reduces hyper motility of intestines during diarrhea and also shrink hemorrhoids. The bacteria present inhibit the growth of hostile or illness causing bacteria inside the intestinal tract and promote growth of beneficial bacteria needed for digestion. To be taken liberally when administered antibiotics as antibiotics wipe off the useful intestinal flora. Recipe: My favorite recipe for a good, appetizing and tasty buttermilk is – Curd and water churned together if the traditional one unavailable, add salt, freshly grated ginger, green chilies paste, cumin powder and chopped coriander leaves and a tasty, preservative free beverage is ready to be relished for its amazing health benefits.

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  • FRUITS OF MONSOON

    In Child nutrition On 29 August 2018

    After the scorching summers, rain is undoubtedly a pleasant experience. But, these rains also bring along a host of health conditions like cough, cold, diarrhoea, gastrointestinal problems, stomach upsets, flu etc. All you need to do is, pay a little extra attention and make some alterations with the seasonal fruits and vegetables in your balanced diet regimen to stay away from these health issues and boost your immunity and metabolism. Why in season? They are more fresh, full of vitamins and minerals, more nutritious as they don’t need any chemicals to be grown, and are, pocket friendly. The monsoon fruits are more on the sweeter and citric acid side, packed with lot of nutrients that provide the necessary comfort. JAMUN: Extremely low in calories, contain important nutrients like iron, protein, folate, Vitamin B, Vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, fibre, phyto-chemicals and some traces of calcium. Known for their blood sugar lowering and hypoglycemic effect. Jamuns reduce blood pressure by 30%. Good as blood purifying agents, medicinal properties that aid in managing lung diseases, heart ailments and arthritis. Good for treating gastric disorders.   CHERRIES: Low on calories, high in potassium, low in sodium. Help relieve chronic painful episodes of gout, arthritis and sport injuries. Rich in antioxidants, help fight heart disease, since they lower bad cholesterol and have anti-carcinogenic properties. Contain antioxidant melatonin which helps prevent oxidative damage and has a soothing effect on the brain and instigates a calming effect reducing irritation, frustration, headaches and insomnia. Reduces blood pressure and uric acid levels too. LITCHI: 66kCal per serving, these have no cholesterol and saturated fats. High in Vitamin C which helps increase resistance towards infections and strengthen the immune system. These contain anti-oxidant, anti-influenza properties. Helps revitalise skin and reduce weight. With lots of dietary fiber, these are high in Vitamin B, copper, potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure and RBC count. The fiber present keeps the digestive system clean and aids in acidity. PEACHES: High amount of Vitamin A, β-carotene which protects the skin, enhances eye sight, provides protection from lung diseases, and oral cancers. Also contain fluoride which helps prevent dental carriers. Rich antioxidant that prevents damage caused by free radicals. PLUM: Good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, copper and dietary fiber, potassium. Rich source of Vitamin C, hence helps in better absorption of iron. Prevents oxidation of lipoprotein which causes atherosclerosis. Contains high fiber which helps in peristalsis, proper digestion and relieve constipation. POMEGRANATES: Infused with nutrients, helps with improving immunity during the monsoon season. APPLES: Having a few slices of apples a day will keep away most of the illness that could possibly get during the monsoon season. BANANAS: Rich in vitamins and minerals. This will help your stomach to ease the digestion process. PEARS: With a host of vitamins present, this fruit is a must in monsoons, to help fight the infections. A good source of fiber, also contains good quantity of copper, vitamin C, Vitamin B12. PAPAYA: High in Vitamin C, which will help in improving the immune system by fighting against illnesses. Also, high in fiber, that aids in better digestion.  

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  • VEGETABLES OF MONSOON

    In Child nutrition On 30 August 2018

    Just like seasonal fruits, even vegetables and their nutrition does vary. Some of the non-seasonal vegetables added to your diet can be the cause for many health ailments in this season. Hence, it is very important to stick to seasonal vegetables in monsoon.             Green leafy and some other vegetables are a big no-no in this season considering they have excess bacteria during this period and can make you prone to various health hazards. Eating in season vegetables will boost immunity and further will keep you healthy. LAUKI (BOTTLE GOURD): Rich in dietary fiber of both soluble and insoluble kind, helps you maintain a healthy digestive tract. It contains iron, rich in vitamin B and C, also acts as an anti-oxidant. Low in calories, also good for weight loss. KARELA (BITTER GOURD): Comes with innumerable health benefits. Rich source of Vitamin C, helps you boost immunity, is also antiviral in nature. TINDA (INDIAN SQUASH): Numerous health benefits include anti-inflammatory agents which control and prevent bloating, acidity, heart burn and keep the digestion process smooth. It is high in fiber content and keep bowel disorders at bay. PARWAL (POINTED GOURD): Have many health benefits that can help you keep hale and hearty and get you through this season. This wonder vegetable helps you with keeping the monsoon cold, cough and headaches at bay. It is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A and C, which helps in boosting the immune system. TUBERS: Great vegetables during monsoons, are safe to eat and less prone to giving birth to bacteria. KANTOLA (TEASEL GOURD): Have an array of health benefits. Rich in protein, iron, and fiber, it keeps your stomach in good shape by strengthening the functioning of your digestive tract and keeps infections at bay. GARLIC: Packed with antioxidants, these cloves are rich with immunity boosting properties. They ease your digestive system while keeping your metabolic rate high. GINGER: Boosts your metabolism and verves up your mood. Rich source of chromium, magnesium, zinc that improves blood flow. Antibacterial and antiviral properties help fight against cold and flu. TURMERIC: Immunity boosting, natural antiseptic and antibiotic agent. Also keeps blood sugar under control. BLACK PEPPER: An awesome dose of good health. Natural antidote for fever, cough, cold, muscular pain, flu, respiratory conditions, black pepper is a must include spice of this season. BEETROOT: Goodness of essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, including potassium, fiber and folic acid. These are also low in calories. SPROUTS: Good for health as they boost your immunity. CORN: Lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, rich in fiber and starch, ensures smooth functioning of the digestive system.

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You become what you eat... It is always 80% food and 20% exercise... Don't starve to be healthy, rather eat healthy to be healthy.... These are some of the fitness mantras which prove to be so very true.  For someone who was obese to 95kgs at the age of 21 to a person who has been on a rough roller coaster to achieve the ideal weight and the best shape with a naturally radiant and glowing skin. My journey to fight my obesity issues forced me to learn more and transform myself into a completely new and energetic me overloaded with confidence. I have completed M.Sc and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) in Alternative Medicine with Diet and Nutrition as one of the major subjects and also Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition in Clinical nutrition and Dietitics A nutritionist by profession and passion, I am always available for my clients through the best communication system possible to help them overcome their health issues, a stronger, energetic, confident and healtheir you full of positivity.  Expertise in obesity, PCOD, PCOS, post pregnancy weight loss, thyroid, Diabetes Management and all the other disorders arising due to nutrition issues.  You hire me as your nutritionist and I'll ensure that you reach your goals. I am also an expertise in online consultation available through skype or any other mode of communication, so that I can consult people at any places. 
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