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How to Reinvent Yourself with Ancient Ayurvedic Products curated for Modern Living!

Today, more than ever, you need to reinvent yourself. The world is fast-changing; the demands on your time, efforts and stamina are increasing. Amid the stress and hectic pace of our modern world, you must often have caught yourself wondering wistfully about how to bring balance and harmony to your life. Many professional in the media and entertainment industry have found they can do it. Nargis Fakhri and Shilpa Shetty are two Bollywood personalities who are known to have brought peace and harmony into their lives. But can you?

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The good news is that it certainly is possible – all you need to do is to reinvent yourself! Turn to a natural way of living, back to basics! Ayurveda can help you live a life full of purpose, balance and health. With the strength of a natural and organic lifestyle, and the heritage of Ayurvedic wellness solutions, you can equip yourself better to take on any challenge and emerge successful. There are so many people who have found new purpose and energy in their lives, thanks to Ayurveda, along with its sister disciplines of yoga and meditation. Everything fits into a unifying philosophy of balance – living in sync with our own unique energetic makeup. This is what the lovely ladies mentioned above did – they are avowed followers of the natural and ayurvedic lifestyle.

This ancient Indian practice of balancing internal energy for better health has science on its side – and promotes innovative ideas for helping the body heal itself. One simple example is the use of healthy ayurvedic diets to soothe Pitta, Kapha or Vata imbalance. Other solutions deal with various aspects of rejuvenation of body, mind and soul.

Many of the traditional Indian herbs used in Ayurveda are among the most potent antioxidants yet discovered. Ayurveda is also consonant with a significant trend in modern medicine: integrative medicine, with its emphasis on treating chronic diseases with adjustments to diet and lifestyle. Try out Natural Mantra’s curated range of natural and ayurvedic products here. You are bound to discover the strength of your inner potential!

Come, let us help you reinvent yourself and reshape your life. You owe it to yourself. And to your loved ones.

 


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Sweet #DurgaPuja – Festive News for #Diabetics!

Happy Navratri & a Sweet Durga Puja! Stressed about having to resist all the sweets this festive season? Not to worry! Here’s a Sandesh Recipe that will let you enjoy all the festivities without any of the guilt!

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#SugarFree #Sandesh #Stevia Dish

Sandesh

Prepared with milk, sugar-substitute and curdled milk, and decorated with pistachios, almonds and saffron strands, this Bengali sweet dish will melt in your mouth. The nuts give the soft mithai a crunchiness and saffron strands give it a unique flavour. You don’t have to worry about your blood sugar levels this Durga Puja!

This delicately flavoured and fragrant sandesh is a healthy way to end your meal without adding any unnecessary calories and fat.

Ingredients

2 cups low fat milk
Half of  a lemon
1/4 cup sugar substitute or Stevia
Grated pistachios, almonds and saffron strands for garnishing

Method

Allow the milk to cool after boiling, add a few drops of lemon to curdle it.
Wrap the resultant curdle in a clean piece of cloth and squeeze tight to allow all the liquid to drain out.
(Some people might prefer to let it drip dry overnight, but that is not really necessary).
After this, take the curdled milk, add the sugar substitute and mix gently.
Transfer to a non-stick pan and cook on a slow flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove from the flame and transfer to a plate, kneading it to remove the lumps.
It should have the consistency of a very soft dough.
The sandesh should be used immediately for making various shapes and garnishes.
Garnish with grated dry fruit, saffron and store refrigerated.
Serve chilled.

Enjoy your holidays! You can similarly make Mishti Doi and Besan Ladoos and Coconut Burfi too using Stevia in various forms from Natural Mantra.


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Gluten Free Diets? Fad or Fact?

Why #GlutenFree?

Why are people around the world getting so conscious about a Gluten-free diet? This is because it is a treatment for Celiac disease.

That begs the question, what is Celiac disease? It is a digestive and autoimmune disorder that results in damage to the lining of the small intestine when foods with gluten are eaten.

For most people with celiac disease, even small amounts of gluten can cause symptoms like weight loss, fatigue, weakness, flatulence, changes in bowel movements. That’s why going gluten-free can be a big help – no matter how mild or serious your symptoms.

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What Causes Celiac Disease?

When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system forms antibodies to gluten which then attack the intestinal lining. The damage to the intestine makes it hard for the body to absorb nutrients, especially fat, calcium, iron, and folate. Eating a gluten-free diet helps people with celiac disease control their symptoms and prevent complications.

Switching to a gluten-free diet is a big change. But with time, patience and creativity, you’ll find there are many foods that you already eat that are gluten-free and you will find substitutes for gluten-containing foods that you can enjoy.

 Always Avoid

  • Barley (malt, malt flavoring and malt vinegar are usually made from barley)
  • Rye
  • Wheat
  • Semolina
  • Most pasta is of wheat. Avoid regular spaghetti, macaroni, shells, and spirals.
Avoid gluten rich foods

Gluten Free Diets are key

How to go on a Gluten-free Diet

  • Keep a sharp eye for labels. Make sure it says “100% gluten-free.”
  • Avoid wheat, wheat gluten, barley, or rye.
  • Avoid malt (made from barley) and hydrolyzed vegetable protein (it contains wheat).
  • Stop eating bread that includes white, wheat, marble, and rye – which means bagels, muffins, croissants, buns, scones, pizza.
  • Some gluten-free products like breads, made with rice or potato flour
  • Choose corn and rice-based cereals for breakfast
  • Look for pasta made from rice, corn, or quinoa
  • Rice noodles and popcorn
  • Beans, seeds, unprocessed nuts
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Most dairy products
  • Corn and cornmeal
  • Flax
  • Gluten-free flours (potato, bean)
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Soy
  • Tapioca

A gluten-free diet is like walking a tight-rope. You have to be constantly alert. But once you get used to it, you can work out a great alternative diet.

Naturally gluten-free

Alternative gluten free foods


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12 Ways to Minimize your #Carbon Footprint through Responsible Tourism

Don’t you love to travel, to trek, to explore and experience high adventure!?  If you travel for relaxation, discovery and adventure – rather than simply to do ‘package tours’ – then responsible tourism is for you.

Trekking Fun

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What is #ResponsibleTourism?

It is all about exploring the whole world while making sure that we protect the one Earth that we have to save!! Responsible travel is a way of respecting and benefiting local people and the environment. And even more.

Responsible travelers are interested in minimizing their carbon footprint and maximizing their contribution to local inhabitants–both financially and through human and cultural exchange. In many places of tourist interest, whether it be on the beaches, the forests, the river banks or the hills,  Tourism is the mainstay of the locals people’s livelihood.

At Peace

Indian Himalayas Trekking

Before you Leave

On the Trip

  • Leave only footprints – throwing soda cans, food wrappers, cigarette butts, toilet paper or food scraps are a no-no. Use reusable containers or stuff sacks and carry a trash bag. Degradable waste and leftover food that may attract animals into camping or eating areas must be buried deep before leaving the site.
  • In high-altitude climbs, it is good to hire local porters. Make sure you pack light so they are not burdened.
  • Walking off-route puts fragile landscapes at risk of erosion. Never pick flowers, burn tree branches or collect natural keepsakes. Stick to used trails, keep a respectful distance from wildlife, burn only dead wood and resist the temptation to remove rocks, shells or plants from their natural environment. Encourage local communities to respect and preserve their environment rather than mining it for souvenir-making from.  It will earn you carbon footprint brownie points!
  • Respect Local Culture: Learn about acceptable behavior, appropriate dress codes and local customs before you travel. Have fun with them, not at their expense.
  • Streams & rivers en route are the locals’ main source of water. To avoid contaminating them, pack refillable water bottles or pouches, and dispose of dirty water away from them.

Spread the Good Word

  • Whilst trekking, talk to other trekkers that you see littering or damaging the environment and politely explain to them the error of their ways.

You owe it to Mother Earth to practice Responsible Tourism – preserve your carbon footprint & protect the fragile environment. Happy Trekking! 

And while you are out there, remember to take a Selfie in the midst of nature and post with #SelfieWithNature. You could win a Fabulous Aromatherapy Kit! For more details :http://goo.gl/RhKVvR

Leave only footprints

TrekResponsibly

 


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Berry Berry Good for You – Goji Berry from China is a Nutritional Powerhouse !

There is a charming legend about Gogi Berries. It is said that China’s  first emperor credited the  precious gogi berry for his long life. This is why it is also known as “The Longevity Berry.” Goji Berries, or Wolfberries, are one of the most prized super fruits in the Asian tradition. Because they are very delicate, they cannot be picked by hand, but gently shaken off the vine. Traditional Chinese folk medicine uses them to cure many ailments. Juicy Goji berries have been used to promote vitality and well-being.

Red juicy Gogi

Bunch of #GogiBerries

Unique, Precious Gogi Berries

Perhaps the most nutrionally-rich fruit on earth, they contain all essential amino acids,Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Iron. Gogi berries also have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit,Vitamins B1, B2, B6, Vitamin E, carotenoids and a host of antioxidants!

They are loaded with 21 trace minerals, and are high in fiber. There’s more!! With 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium amongst other important trace minerals, the humble gogi berry is truly unique.

They have recently been introduced in Western countries, the bright, red Goji Berries have been used for thousands of years in China, both as a culinary ingredient and medicinally.

GOGI the superfruit

Superfruit #GogiBerry

Amazing Benefits in Medicine & Food

Gogi Berries benefit you many ways:

  • Natural anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal compounds
  • Antioxidant properties and polysaccharides that help boost the immune system. 
  • Helps relieve lower back pain, dizziness
  • Improves eyesight
  • Promotes youth, good health, cancer-fighting abilities and an increased sex drive
  • As a food, dried gogi are traditionally cooked before consumption
  • They are used as a leaf vegetable
  • The berries are also boiled as a herbal tea, often along with crysanthemum
  • They are used to make various wines, some of them blended with grape wine.
  • Gogi berries added to smoothies, yogurt, salads, desserts or baked goods.
  • They are used to make sauces, spreads or jams.
  • Dried gojis make a great snack eaten as is, added to muesli or oatmeal.

Natural & Organic gogi that you can buy here, can also be soaked for a couple of hours in enough water to cover them. Then the soak water can be drained off and makes a delicious drink.

Berry Berry

On a platter #Gogi

Caution: There can be adverse interactions if you consume goji berries while also taking medication for diabetes, or blood pressure, or take some blood thinners.


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Did you know? The Sun is one of the Sources of Vitamin D – The #SunshineVitamin!

Hello Sunshine!

Are you one of those who do Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation regularly? Or do you fancy catching the sun as you sunbathe on your deck? Whichever way you catch some rays, think about vitamin D. It is called the “sunshine vitamin” because it is produced in your skin in response to sunlight!

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#SunSalutation #VitaminD

Namah Suryaya Santaya Sarvaroga Nivarine

Ayu rarogya maisvairyam dehi devah jagatpate.

The ancient text AdityaHridayam  talks about the holistic healing properties of the Sun God,  how the rays are nourishing and healing for the heart. Ayurveda attributes this to the vitamin D3 benefits of  immunity-boosting and disease-fighting properties.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin of 3 types – D1, D2  and D3. There are two forms, known as D2 and D3. Vitamin D2, or ergocalciferol, comes from fortified foods, plant foods, and supplements. Vitamin D3, or cholecalciferol, comes from fortified foods, and animal foods. It is also made by your body when your skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

Benefits of Vitamin D

There are many amazing benefits! It helps the body absorb calcium. Calcium and phosphate are two minerals that are essential for normal bone formation. If your body does not absorb enough calcium from your diet, bone production and bone tissues suffer. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteoporosis in adults or rickets in children. Vitamin D deficiency symptoms include overall debility and low immunity.

  • Vitamin D has several important functions:
  • Absorption of calcium and phosphorous
  • Facilitating immune system function.
  • Good for bone and teeth health,  respiratory health, pregnancy, obesity, erythropoiesis, diabetes, muscle function and aging.
  • Improved resistance against diseases
  • Fights diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, Heart Disease, autoimmune diseases.

Sources of Vitamin D in plant food:

  • Orange juice (fortified)
  • Cereal (fortified)
  • Shitake Mushrooms
  • Plus fortified Milk, Cheese and Yogurt.

There are not many vitamin D rich foods. It can be hard to get enough vitamin D each day through sun exposure and food alone, so taking vitamin D supplements help  avoid symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.

Too much Vitamin D?

Too much of  a good thing can be bad too. Excess vitamin D makes the intestines absorb more calcium. Result: High blood calcium leading to calcium deposits in the heart and lungs; confusion, disorientation, kidney damage, nausea, vomiting, constipation, poor appetite, weakness,and weight loss.

It is recommended that you consult a doctor before working out the optimum level of Vitamin D for your age, gender and health.

Natural Vitamin D sources

#SourcesOfVitaminD Milk & Sun


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The multiple benefits of Super Food Noni Fruit– a time-tested general purpose medicine

Noni Juice is a natural blood purifier derived from the Morinda Cirifolia fruit. This unique plant is said to have literally bloomed from fire… since the earliest species of this amazing evergreen plant grew on the freshly deposited lava flows typically in Hawaiian regions!

The time-honored noni medicine was traditionally used by Polynesians to combat general body weakness and advancing energy levels.

 

#Noni Close up

#NoniFruit

What is Noni?

Noni fruit is also known as Indian mulberry and is found in subtropical and tropical regions. Called the ‘queen’ of the Morinda genus, it spreads itself usually on the seashores.

Known as a cure-all for long, Noni is a plant with multiple benefits, right from the traditional use of its wood to make tools, to noni fruit juice being used as a first aid or for treating critical illnesses and in the form of noni capsules too.

Noni Fruit promotes the self-healing process of the body by providing us over 140 essential nutrients. This 100% herbal, 100% natural, hygienically processed Noni medicine has no harmful side-effects.

How do you Benefit?

Noni Juice is good for problems related to:

  • Cancer
  • Skin
  • Digestion
  • High Cholesterol
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Worry
  • Gout
  • General Body Fatigue
  • Liver
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Memory functions

Organic Noni juice, free of added sugar, artificial flavors and colors, can be taken by everyone irrespective of their age. Get this wound-healing, immunity busting, antioxidant Super No ni Juice today for a better quality of life and well-being!

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#CarafeOfNoniJuice with #NoniFruit

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