How To Use Garlic To Improve Your Health

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SONY DSCGarlic,the pungent cousin of the onion is part of the Indian culinary world since ages.  Our Indian cooking seems incomplete without adding one or two crushed garlic cloves. But there is a lot more to this wonderful pod of health than just adding some flavor.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Garlic is packed with heart healthy, anti-inflammatory, and blood pressure loweing compounds.

-Garlic cloves contain a compound Allicin which reduces cholesterol production by inhibiting an enzyme within the liver cells.

Allicin also helps in relaxing blood vessels and lowering blood pressure.

-Garlic is also known for its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties.

-Garlic bulbs are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and selenium.

-It contains many flavonoid anti-oxidants like carotene,  betaxanthin, zeaxanthin, and vitamin C.

Vitamin Chelps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, free radicals.

WAYS TO USE

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Eat Right, Sleep Tight: Foods To Help You Sleep

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By Dr Khoobsurat Najma

Nothing can be more disturbing than a disturbed sleep! While we have our unhealthy lifestyles to blame for our irregular sleep patterns, there is still a lot we can do to improve our sleep. One such step is including foods that help in inducing sleep. Here are some foods that cause muscle relaxation, boost sleep producing hormones and minerals and help you fall asleep.

1 . Milk

Studies show that drinking a glass of warm milk before bed can help you to sleep better. Dairy products are rich in the amino acid, tryptophan which helps in the production of the sleep inducing brain chemicals, serotonin and melatonin.

2 . Bananas

Bananas are perfectly sized superfoods that are rich in potassium and magnesium. Both these minerals help in muscle relaxation and promote a good night’s sleep. Make it a habit to eat one banana around dinner time or anytime…

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How To Use Tulsi For A Healthier You

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Tulsi or Holy Basil, has been named as one of the must have plants for an Indian home. This plant has been part of the Indian household for hundreds of years and has every reason to be there.From strengthening immunity, fighting bacterial & viral infections to combating and treating various hair and skin disorders – just a few leaves of Tulsi when used regularly can help resolve a host of health and lifestyle related issues.

Here Are Some Ways To Incorporate Tulsi Into Your Daily Routine:

1 . Kick start your day by adding 2 teaspoons of Tulsi juice and 1 teaspoon of honey to a glass of warm water.Have this daily to boost your overall health and immunity.  Or else add Tulsi leaves to your morning chai and start the day on a healthy note.

2 . Tulsi acts as a blood purifier by flushing out toxins from…

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A Healthier You this New Year : Add 5 Super Seeds to Your Diet

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pumpkin-fruit-seedBY DR. KHOOBSURAT NAJMA

There is a reason why birds fancy seeds so much! They are packed with vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients important for proper functioning of the body. So, rather than throwing these seeds in the dustbin, add them to your daily diet and get a step closer to a ‘healthier you’.

Here are 5 common seeds found in our Indian households with enormous health benefits :

1 . Pumpkin Seeds (Kaddu ka beej)

What are the benefits ?

 Pumpkin seeds are loaded with a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc and antioxidants

– They are good for your heart, liver and immune system and help fight diabetes

– Additionally, they are beneficial for men’s prostate health and women’s relief of menopause symptoms

How to have them ?

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6 Reasons to Include Flaxseeds (Alasi) in Your Diet

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By Dr Khoobsurat Najma

Traditionally, Flaxseeds (Alasi) have been used in Austrian medicine for treatment of infections, cold, flu, fever, gout and rheumatism. These tiny brown seeds are a rich source of Omega 3, Fiber, Vitamins B and C, Magnesium, Iron; offering many Health Benefits including,

1 . Flaxseeds are packed with fiber. Regular use helps facilitate bowel movement and cleanse the body of all undigested toxins

2 . Flaxseed also provides the body with Omega 3 essential Fatty Acids which reduce the bad fat in the bloodstream and prevent clogs in arteries and valves

3 . The omega 3 fatty acids also help treat skin diseases like acne, allergies and sun sensitivity. Flaxseeds acts as an excellent skin and hair supplement

4 . Flaxseed can help reduce blood sugar levels. It also helps maintain cholesterol levels, and the natural rhythm of the heart

5 . Flax seeds are rich in alpha-linolenic acid that protects…

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Amazing Health Benefits Of Jaggery(Gur)

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Jaggery or Gur has been an integral part of Indian culture for centuries. It is prepared by boiling sugarcane juice or date palm syrup or even the sap of coconut trees. With the introduction of refined white sugar, the use of this amber coloured sweetener in our cuisine has diminished over the years. However, unlike white sugar, Jaggery is unrefined and packed with nutrients.

A Gradual introduction of jaggery into the daily diet is recommended as it beneficial to our health in the following ways:

Aids Digestion

Jaggery is known to activate our digestive enzymes enabling proper digestion of food. It facilitates bowel movement and prevents constipation. Sprinkle black pepper on a bite size piece of jaggery and have it after dinner for best results.

Prevents Anaemia

Thanks to its unrefined nature, Jaggery is loaded with iron which is the building block of haemoglobin in blood and thus boosts the…

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Chia Seeds: The Tiny Seeds With Mighty Health Benefits

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Chia seeds are small black or white seeds harvested of a plant that is native to South America. Though they are yet to catch up in the Indian health food scene, they have been used for centuries in countries like Mexico for energy and endurance.

NUTRITIONAL FACTS

These small seeds have enviable nutritional value containing Proteins, Fiber, Omega-3 & Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Calcium, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorous, Zinc and Vitamins A, B, E & D. Other than these, Chia seeds are packed with anti-oxidants and have negligible amount of calories and carbohydrates.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Looking at the nutrients contained, it is no wonder that these would have numerous health benefits if consumed daily.

1 . Help In Losing Weight

Besides containing almost no calories, the high water retention capabilities of Chia seeds keep you sipping water throughout the day. This will ensure you being hydrated and a feeling…

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