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The Anti-Cancer Diet: Foods to Fight Cancer

To reduce your risk of cancer, look no further than your fridge. One of the easiest things for a person touched by cancer to address is their diet. Our view is that diet is most helpful in fighting cancer.

Many cancer survivors have been fortunate enough to use a combination of natural cancer treatments themselves at home, in conjunction with conventional medical treatments, in order to overcome their disease. This duel approach can help support the entire body and mind in the healing process that can sometimes be long and very difficult. Today, the early combination of chemotherapy and nutrition therapy is able to save the lives of thousands of cancer patients.

Inflammation is the underlying issue that dictates cancerous tumor initiation, progression and growth. Studies suggest that 30 percent to 40 percent of all kinds of cancer can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle and dietary measures! And other sources claim that this number is in fact much higher, with around 75 percent of cancer cases being lifestyle-related.

Practicing strategies that are fully within your own control — including things like eating a healing diet, vegetable juicing, consuming probiotic foods, taking immune-boosting supplements, busting stress and practicing healing prayer — can make you feel more empowered and hopeful when battling a disease, which goes a very long way in the healing process.

Aim for five to nine daily servings of all kinds of fruits and vegetables—especially these six superstars:

  • Broccoli: Helps fight against breast, liver, lung, prostate, skin, stomach, and bladder cancers

  • Berries: Helps fight against colon, esophageal, oral, and skin cancers

  • Tomatoes: Helps fight against endometrial, lung, prostate, and stomach cancers

  • Walnuts: Helps fight against breast and prostate cancers

  • Garlic: Helps fight against breast, colon, esophageal, and stomach cancers

  • Beans: Helps fight against breast and colon cancers

While researchers are still trying to determine which foods have the most cancer- preventing benefits, we do know what not to eat if you want to protect yourself.

What not to eat: Animal fats like Meat, cheese, and butter can be rich in saturated fat, which has been linked to obesity—a big cancer predictor. Opt for leaner protein sources, such as fish, low-fat dairy, and those good-for-you beans.

What not to drink: Excessive alcohol: Stop after one drink! Too much tippling is associated with an increased risk of cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and breast.

An anti-cancer diet is an important strategy you can use to reduce your risk of cancer.  Make room in your diet for these foods & drinks to fight cancer. Shop here for some of the beneficial cancer fighting foods:

SOS Organics Himalayan Village Brown Rice: Known for its powerful detoxifying and anti-cancer benefits


Deccan Organic Turmeric Powder: Curcumin may help prevent cancer


24 Letter Mantra Masoor Dal: Helps combat metabolic syndrome


Organic India Tulsi Green Tea Lemon Ginger:  Contains more polyphenols – cancer preventive agents

Conscious Food Chick Peas (Kabuli Chana): Good source of insoluble fiber, folate, and vitamin B6


Vedic Delite Natural Flax Seeds: Flax seed benefits include fighting breast, prostate, ovarian and colon cancer, this benefit has been proven time and time again.

Remember that ‘good nourishment’ is a crucial weapon in the fight against cancer and any illness. Good cancer nutrition can be vital in increasing your personal odds of survival. 


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Quinoa: The Supergrain Of The Future

Tiny, bead-shaped, with a slightly bitter flavour and firm texture, quinoa may not be a household name just yet, but it is set for a starry future – as far as grains go. The Incas have known it all along, for thousands of years regarding it as the ‘mother grain’ as they grew it high up in the Andes.

Unlike wheat or rice, quinoa is a complete protein – containing all eight of the essential amino acids. It has been recognised by the United Nations as a supercrop for its health benefits: packed with dietary fibre, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. It is also gluten-free and easy to digest. The facts suggest it is close to a perfect ingredient as you can get.

Health Benefits of Quinoa:

Quinoa dates back three to four thousand years ago when the Incas first realized that the quinoa seed was fit for human consumption.
Who would not want to reap the benefits of this amazing superfood?

Here are seven health benefits of quinoa:

  1. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids.
  2. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains. Fiber is most widely known to relieve constipation. It also helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and may help you to lose weight as it takes a longer time to chew than does other foods because it makes you feel fuller for longer and is less “energy dense” which means it has fewer calories for the same volume of food.

  3. Quinoa contains Iron. Iron helps keep our red blood cells healthy and is the basis of hemoglobin formation. Iron carries oxygen from one cell to another and supplies oxygen to our muscles to aid in their contraction. Iron also increases brain function because the brain takes in about 20% of our blood oxygen. There are many benefits of iron some more of which include neurotransmitter synthesis, regulation of body temperature, aids enzyme activity and energy metabolism.

  4. Quinoa contains lysine. Lysine is mainly essential for tissue growth and repair.

  5. Quinoa is rich in magnesium. Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels and thereby to alleviate migraines. Magnesium also may reduce Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control. Other health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.

  6. Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2). B2 improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to help create proper energy production in cells.

  7. Quinoa has a high content of manganese. Manganese is an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.

Colour coded

Quinoa comes in three different colours – white, red and black. White is most widely available, and also the quickest to cook. Black takes the longest to cook and keeps more of its crunchy texture. Red is somewhere in the middle. Recommended, a blend of all three, if it is available, so you get some texture from the black, but it’s not too crunchy.

Spice trail

Quinoa works brilliantly with Middle Eastern and Indian spices such as cumin, coriander and paprika. For easy flavouring, add a pinch while the quinoa is cooking.

Even better is cooking the quinoa in a similar way to a pilaf, frying onion, garlic, ginger and chilli with the spices first, stirring the grain through the oil for 30 seconds and then adding water or even stock.

For a salad, the quinoa can be dressed after it is cooked.

It’s one of those versatile things where you can make it Moroccan, Mexican, or Indian. It goes really well with cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon. Or Mediterranean flavours like feta, olive oil, lemon, parsley and mint.

Wondering where you can find Quinoa in India? You might not very easily get it in the market. But you can easily shop for Quinoa online in India!

Vedic Delite Quinoa 500Gms: 

– Protein Rich

– High in Dietary Fibre

– Cholesterol Free

  • Easy to digest

QUINOA UPMA RECIPE

Prep time: 10 Mins
Cook Time: 35 Min
Total Time: 45 Min

INGREDIENTS
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 tsp organic canola or safflower oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp urad dal (split black gram) or use mung dal (petite yellow lentils)
1 green chili chopped, remove seeds to adjust spice if needed
a generous pinch of asafeotida (hing) – optional (omit to make gluten-free or use certified gf asafetida)
10 curry leaves (fresh or frozen)
½ cup finely chopped red onion
2 Tbsp chopped cashews
½ inch ginger minced, 1 tsp grated
½ cup chopped carrots
½ cup peas, fresh or frozen (thawed)
½ to ¾ tsp salt
2 cups water
cilantro and lemon juice for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS
1.Wash the quinoa several times, drain and keep aside.
2.In a medium skillet, add oil and heat at medium. When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds and urad dal and let them sputter or sizzle for 15 seconds.
3.Add chili, asafeotida and curry leaves and cook for half a minute.
4.Add onions and cashews and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until translucent.
5.Add ginger, carrots, and cook for 2 minutes.
6.Add quinoa and roast for 2 minutes with the veggies.
7.Add salt, water, peas, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low-medium, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Let the quinoa sit covered for 5 minutes. then uncover, fluff and serve. Garnish with cilantro and generous lemon juice. 8.Serve as a side, or as breakfast with hot masala chai.

NOTES
Make this with cooked quinoa:
Use 2.5 cups of cooked quinoa and add to the pan at step 7 with salt, peas and a splash of water. Mix well. Cover and cook for 2 minutes to heat up. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Add currants or other dried fruit along with cashews.

This is what the Quinoa Fields look like:


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The Many Nutritional Benefits of Pulses!!

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Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family. Pulses grow in pods and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Pulses are annual crops that yield between one and 12 grains or seeds. The term “pulses” is limited to crops harvested solely as dry grains, which differentiates them from other vegetable crops that are harvested while still green.

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You probably already eat more pulses than you realize! Popular pulses include all varieties of dried beans, such as kidney beans, lima beans, butter beans and broad beans. Chick peas, cowpeas, black-eyed peas and pigeon peas are also pulses, as are all varieties of lentils.

Staple dishes and cuisines from across the world feature pulses, from hummus in the Mediterranean (chick peas), to a traditional full English breakfast (baked navy beans) to Indian dal (peas or lentils).

Between 2010 and 2013, 173 different countries grew and exported pulses.

Pulses are healthy, nutritious and easy to cook with. Growing pulses also promotes sustainable agriculture, as pulse crops help decrease greenhouse gases, increase soil health, 
and use less water than other crops.

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DID YOU KNOW:

Pulses have a long, rich history. The first evidence of pulses comes from 11,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent, a region in the Middle East which was home to some of the earliest human civilizations.

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Why are they important crops?

Pulses are essential crops for a number of reasons. They are packed with nutrients and have a high protein content, making them an ideal source of protein particularly in regions where meat and dairy are not physically or economically accessible. Pulses are low in fat and rich in soluble fibre, which can lower cholesterol and help in the control of blood sugar. Because of these qualities they are recommended by health organizations for the management of non-communicable diseases like diabetes and heart conditions. Pulses have also been shown to help combat obesity.

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Who should eat pulses?

Everyone can benefit from eating pulses. Pulses are high in fibre, complex carbohydrates and low in fat. These nutrients make pulses an important part of any healthy diet and can help maintain a healthy weight.

Pulses have additional benefits for people who:

  • Are overweight
  • Have diabetes
  • Have high blood cholesterol levels
  • Tend to be constipated
  • Have celiac disease
  • Are vegetarians

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Pulses are very high in fibre. They contain both soluble and insoluble fibres. Soluble fibre helps lower blood cholesterol levels, while insoluble fibre helps with digestion as well as maintaining regular bowel movements. Fibre-rich foods like pulses are often more filling than other foods, helping to keep you full until your next meal.
Make sure to drink enough water when adding high fibre foods like pulses to your diet!

Everything that glitters is not GOLD!!

Ever wondered how those pulses got their sheen? Well, before getting to the stores these pulses undergo a multi-step process of polishing that involves processing with water, oil, marble powder and leather. The process not only smoothen the surface, but also adds a shiny coating.

Polished dal versus Unpolished Dal

  1. Having lost its outer surface polished dal is inferior to unpolished dal in their taste.
  2. For the same reason polished dal takes longer to cook, thus adding to fuel consumption in a long run.
  3. The polishing agents used can be harmful to our health. The oil coating adds additional fat to the food, the water used comes from unreliable sources thus can contain any kind of impurities, and marble and soapstone powder are undoubtedly harmful to the intestines.
  4. Through the polishing process dal loses a lot of nutrients and fibres, thus polished is not only less nutritious but also harmful.
  5. In cases where dal isn’t sold for a long time, old stocks are usually sent back for re-polishing and then resold. Imagine what such a food would do to your health.

So after knowing what can be beneficial & what can be harmful for your health, you sure must be planning to adapt to the unpolished one’s. So you must even be wondering how & where you can buy them? Don’t worry, here’s the solution. You can buy them online here. You don’t even need to get out of your home, you can just get them to your door step. Checkout a few of the variants that are available online here:-

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This dal is full of Vitamin A, B, C and E and many minerals, such as calcium, iron and potassium. It is often advised by dieticians to replace fatty foods with Moon dal as it is a weight loss food that is rich in proteins and fibre, so one feels fuller after having a bowl of dal for a long time and curbs your cravings. Along with weight loss, moon dal it also benefits the metabolism, immune system and protects against fatal diseases.

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This Tur Dal is very nutritious and has numerous health benefits due to, way it is grown ie it is grown on barren land on mountains slope so that plant absorb all mineral present in mointainous soil . It cures cough, poisoning effect, gas troubles, acidity, stomach pain and piles. It makes a balanced meal, quells swelling of internal organs. It is useful in the treatment of internal organ swelling.

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Chitra rajma is grown in the foothills of Himalayas. They are known as Chitra or picturesque because of the intricate shading/design on these beans. These beans are very famous and special in Kashmiri cuisine. They better then the regular rajma and very soft texture and more subtle taste. These are white in color.

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Deccan Organic Chana dal is high in fibre and helps to lower cholesterol. Apart from having a great taste, it also has a very low glycemic index, which is important for those with diabetes.Chana dal is a helpful source of zinc, folate, calcium and protein. So we ensure that our chana Dal is unpolish so that it retain its naturally occuring mineral and rich in flavour and aroma.

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Urad dal, also known as white lentil or black lentil is a kind of bean that is grown in the southern parts of Asia. It is native to India where its cultivation is highly valued due to is numerous benefits. The black lentil is boiled and consumed whole or ground into paste or flour. It is extensively utilized in various culinary preparations such as dosa, papad and vada.

So here is a delicious DIY recipe which i think everyone will surely want to try:

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MIXED PULSES CURRY / DAL

Ingredients:

2 cups Mixed pulses – white and black chana / chickpeas, moong / whole green gram, rajma / kidney beans, dried chawali /blackeyed beans, white and green peas – soaked overnight. Pressure cook with 1/2tsp of turmeric powder till one whistle goes off and then reduce the flame and cook for another 10 minutes. Pulses should be soft.

To grind:

  • 1 tbsp chopped Onion
  • 1/4 inch Ginger – chopped
  • 1 Garlic – chopped
  • 6Green chili – chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tblsp Coriander leaves

To cook:

  • 1 ½ medium Onion – sliced
  • 1 medium Tomato – chopped
  • 1 tsp Dhania / Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Haldi /Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp Lime juice

Directions:

Grind the garlic, ginger, onion, cumin seeds, green chilies and coriander leaves to a paste. Keep aside.
Heat some oil in a pan, and then add the sliced onions. Fry till it is almost golden brown.
Then add the green paste. Fry for another 2 minutes. Now add the tomato and fry till the oil separates.
Add the coriander powder. Fry for another 2 minutes. Now add the cooked pulses and water.
When it comes to a boil add the Garam Masala powder. Boil for another 2 minutes. Pour the lime juice and take off the gas.
Garnish with coriander leaves and some chopped onions.
Serve with rotis

Discover a tasty, nutritious and versatile food…pulses, enjoyed by many cultures around the world for centuries.

 


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Toothpaste — What’s In It?

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Brushing one’s teeth has, for hundreds of years, been a hygienic and social necessity. Removing the bacterial biofilm, or plaque, that builds up on clean teeth every 12 to 24 hours helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. None of us would think of leaving the house before brushing with a favorite toothpaste — unless, of course, we ran out. Then we would make a beeline for the nearest drug store rather than improvise for even one brushing! But what’s in this substance we put in our mouths several times a day? And can toothpastes really do what they claim to do?

We all realise that brushing our teeth with toothpaste is necessary for healthy teeth and gums. Evidence has been found that even prehistoric man cleaned his teeth – using grasses as an early form of dental floss. But do we understand what is in our toothpastes, and why they work?

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You might not think much about the ingredients in your toothpaste compared to the ingredients in your food or even other personal care products, but those pea-sized dollops on your toothbrush twice a day add up. While you’re dutifully brushing and swishing, the ingredients in your toothpaste enter your mouth and gums, which are the gateway to every system in your body. This is why you need to be very careful when choosing toothpaste. Many popular brands contain questionable ingredients that you’re far better off avoiding.

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If you didn’t know the fact about today’s toothpaste ingredients and the harm it can cause to you, then this list is an eye opener. Modern toothpaste though approved by all big food and drug administration organisations like FDA, still escapes from in-depth tests. Here are the list of 8 potentially dangerous ingredients in your toothpaste.

1. Triclosan

2. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)

3. Sodium Fluoride

4. Propylene Glycol

5. Titanium Dioxide

6. Sodium Saccharin

7. Hydrated Silica

8. Polyethylene

The list doesn’t end here. There are other chemicals in your toothpaste which are dangerous and it includes prabens, DEA, Blue #1 and #2, and alcohols in few mouthwashes as well are toxic. These are some of the worst ingredients your daily toothpaste and mouthwash can contain. Try to use organic toothpaste as much as possible.

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If you are so possesive about avoiding harsh chemicals in your food, your cosmetics that you use for your skin, then why not for your mouth or your teeht?? It is the place from where the chemicals enter not only your mouth but your entire body. Then why risk it!!

Don’t worry, we are not telling you to stop using toothpastes. Obviously, that’s not the solution. But what we can do is to opt in for organic or natural alternatives.

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Natural toothpastes benefits are derived from using ingredients like mint and other herbs, which are natural breath fresheners. These natural toothpastes are not made to function like soap for the teeth, the way regular toothpastes do. You see, most of the cleaning of your teeth comes from the physical act of brushing, anyway. All you actually need is to brush your teeth and find a product that eliminates bacteria in the mouth naturally.

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Natural toothpaste would be a healthier alternative to usual chemical-filled toothpaste. When you want to minimize the quantity of chemicals that you endanger yourself and your family to and also to not weaken your oral health, then all natural toothpaste will be the wise choice. Natural toothpaste benefits you and also your whole family.

If you’re wondering where to find Organic toothpaste, then here you are. You can order K P Namboodiri toothpaste online here from the comforts of your home.

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K P NAMBOODIRIS ALOE VERA Herbal Toothpaste:

Aloe vera can be as effective as any toothpaste when it comes to maintaining your oral hygiene. With four ingredients, this gel-based toothpaste with aloe vera is great for your teeth.benefits of Aloe Vera gel make the toothpaste soothing and refreshing, which promotes dental health, helps moisturize your gums and treating wounds in the mouth.

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K P NAMBOODIRIS Natural Salt Toothpaste:

Salt naturally helps wounds to heal,reduces bacteria in the mouth. This is important because where bacteria thrives, so does illness. Salt also helps to removes unpleasant odour from the mouth. Unique blend of Natural Salt ( Rock Salt / Induppu) and Herbal Actives( Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg, Tea Tree Oil, Cardmom) fights germs, improves gum health, protects enamel, effective cleaning of teeth, preven formation of plaque and gives long lasting fresh breath.

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K P NAMBOODIRIS Ayurvedic Gel Toothpaste:

With the invigorating taste of lively mint and herbs, your mouth feels completely refreshed, ensuring strong tooth. This authentic Ayurvedic tooth gel from K.P. Namboodiri, made from select natural herbs to preserve dental hygiene and healthy teeth and gums.

Oral care can greatly influence your general health.


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Salt – Your Food Enhancer!!

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Salt, one of the world’s most abundant natural resources, is a natural mineral made up of two elements on the periodic table – sodium and chloride. (Don’t worry, there won’t be an exam at the end of this article.) Salt occurs naturally in the sea, but can also be mined from salt mines on land. There are a variety of different kinds of salt, so what’s the difference and what is each kind used for?

Here are the different variants:-

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  • Iodized table salt-

This is probably the most common type of salt and the kind you generally use to fill your saltshakers at home. The reason it’s called “iodized” is because today, most salt manufacturers fortify the salt with the mineral iodine, which is an essential mineral for fighting off certain iodine-related diseases like hypothyroidism. But if you need to limit your salt intake, there’s another natural way to get this important mineral into your system — eat more seaweed, which is rich in iodine.

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  • Sea Salt-

Sea salt, also known as bay salt, is produced by the process of evaporation of salt water bodies. It is darker in color as compared to the refined salts due to the absorption of essential minerals from the clay lining of the body of water. Normally, the harvesting of refined table salt involves heavy processing, including mining followed by iodizing, bleaching, and diluting with anti-caking agents. More chemicals are added during the processing of salt, which often steals all of its beneficial minerals and trace elements, except sodium and chloride.

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  • Sendha Namak (Rock Salt)-

Sendha namak is the Indian name for Rock Salt. It is a large-grained, coarse salt also called halite or land salt that’s normally available in large bags in most grocery and health food stores. It dissolves readily in water.

Sendha namak is mined from underground deposits of dried up lakes. It is unrefined, non iodized and contains no additional anti-caking agents. It is white, pink, or blue in color.

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What’s the difference between Sea salt/Table salt/Rock salt?

The main differences between sea salt/table salt/rock salt are in their taste, texture and processing.

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Table salt is typically mined from underground salt deposits. Table salt is more heavily processed to eliminate minerals and usually contains an additive to prevent clumping. Most table salt also has added iodine, an essential nutrient that helps maintain a healthy thyroid.

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Sea salt is produced through evaporation of ocean water or water from saltwater lakes, usually with little processing. Depending on the water source, this leaves behind certain trace minerals and elements. The minerals add flavor and color to sea salt, which also comes in a variety of coarseness levels.

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Rock salt, also known as halite, is a very common mineral, with an interesting back story. Just as oil develops around natural deposits of vegetation, rock salt is often found where there was once an inland lake, which has dried up and been covered by hundreds or thousands of years of sedimentation and geological formations. These deposits tend to crystallize, and often contain minerals and impurities from the surrounding soil, much like petrified organic material.employee-benefits

 

Health Benefits Of Different types of Salt:

Iodized salt is one of the most common sources of dietary Iodine. Iodine deficiency refers to the insufficiency of iodine mineral in the body, which is vital for the manufacturing of the thyroid hormone. It is extremely vital to maintain the electrolyte balance for the smooth functioning of the human organ systems. It has been proven that dietary salt determines the blood pressure of the body and has an impact on cardiovascular health, which is primarily related to strokes and  heart attacks.

The health benefits of Sea Salt include good skin care, improved dental health, relief from rheumatoid arthritis, muscle cramps, psoriasis, and osteoarthritis. It also helps in providing relief from acne and rhinosinusitis. Furthermore, it is beneficial for exfoliation, nasal and eye wash, and an improved electrolytic balance of the body. It has healing properties that play a vital role in maintaining acid-alkali ratio, regular heartbeat, and relaxed sleep, along with providing relief from general body fatigue.

Sea Salt is also very beneficial for Skin care & Hair care.

Rock Salt aids in digestion and is prescribed for laxative and digestive disorders. It improves appetite, removes gas and soothes heartburn. It facilitates the cellular absorption of minerals. It plays an important role in replenishing the body’s electrolytes and maintaining the pH balance. By stimulating blood circulation and mineral balance it removes toxic minerals and refined salt deposits. It stabilizes blood pressure by maintaining a balance of high and low blood pressures. It aids in weight loss by equalizing minerals which inhibit cravings and eliminate fat dead cells. Rock salt is used as a home remedy for curing many disorders and ailments such as rheumatic pain and herpes, inflammation and irritation from insect bites.

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Nutritional Value Of Salt:

Table Salt contains sodium solo-co-aluminate, iodide, sodium bicarbonate, fluoride, anti-caking agents, toxic amounts of potassium iodide and aluminium derivatives.

Sea salt derives 82 essential trace nutrients from the mineral treasure trove present in sea water. These natural minerals are valuable for healthy functioning of the body. The nutritional wealth of sea salt includes vital minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, bromide, chloride, iron, copper, and zinc among other beneficial elements.

As pointed out earlier, Rock salt is the purest form of salt which is devoid of environmental pollutants and chemical components. It contains 84 out of the 92 trace elements required by the body including calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, copper and so on.

I’m sure after knowing so many benefits of Salt you surely must be planning to buy salt. Don’t worry!! Now you can shop salt online from the comforts of your home.!!

Buy salt online in India:

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Conscious Food Sea Salt:

Key Benefits:

  • Contains many Essential Trace Minerals
  • Widely Used & Preferred over Table Salt
  • Strengthen Immune System
  • Aids in Weight Loss
  • Diabetic people too can have Sea Salt
  • Anti Spasmodic – Rich source of Potassium
  • Effective in Treating Depression

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Organic Tattva Natural Rock Salt 500 gm:

Rock salt is a natural supplement for salt, which has a number of health benefits. Rock salt is traditionally used as a flavour enhancer when cooking. It is also available as a health supplement.

This natural rock salt from Himalaya’s contains, magnesium and calcium rank high.

From pickling to adding an ‘eggy’ flavor, there all kinds of salts capable of enhancing your food — when used in moderation, of course.


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Need A Health Boost? Reach For A Soothing Cup Of Herbal Tea

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There’s nothing nicer on a cold midwinter’s day than a soothing cup of herbal tea. But besides being a tasty, warming, caffeine-free pick-me-up, herbal tea has lots of wonderful health benefits. From soothing a troubled tummy to easing insomnia and calming a troubled mind, herbs have all sorts of healing powers. Drinking herbal tea can also be a great source of vitamins and minerals.

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What is herbal tea?
Herbal tea isn’t really made from tea-which is a specific kind of plant. The French use the word tisane, which is a little more accurate, since herbal tea is really just an infusion of leaves, seeds, roots or bark, extracted in hot water. In drinking a well-steeped herbal tea, we get all the plant’s benefits in an easily digestible form.

Reasons for Consuming Herbal Tea

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Herbal teas are loaded with antioxidants that are helpful for neutralizing the harmful effects of free radicals and oxidative stress – one of the chief reasons for cancer.

  • Rich source of antioxidants catechins that fight free radicals damage and oxidative stress
  • Fluoride present in herbal tea improves oral health and prevents cavities
  • Vitamin D present in herbal tea improves bone strength
  • Antioxidant EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) recovers heart health after heart attack and stroke

Herbal teas protect our bodies with some much-needed hydration. They also help us to fight against infection and nausea.

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Health Benefits of Herbal Tea

The countless health benefits of herbal tea turn this beloved beverage into far more than a comforting, delicious drink to enjoy with friends or over a good book! From relieving insomnia, to calming an upset stomach, to fighting viruses and infections, and more, herbal teas have so many powerful health benefits.

For centuries, people in every culture have used herbs and spices to enhance the taste of food and drink – and to help and heal their bodies, as well.

Passed from generation to generation, the wealth of information about the healing powers of herbs and spices for our physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual selves continues to hold true today.

These are just some of the many benefits of herbal teas.

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  • Soothes A Common Cold

Herbal teas are great for treating a cold. The elder tree herb is one of the most effective, as it possesses decongestant properties. This helps clear nasal passages, reduce a heavy cough, and may even reduce asthma symptoms.

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  • Anti-AgingBecause herbal teas are so rich in antioxidants, they are effective anti-aging agents. Antioxidants prevent free radical damage and reduce cell aging.

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  • Anti-NauseaPeople who regularly suffer from nausea and vomiting will find herbal teas to be quite beneficial. Because provides almost instant relief from nausea, pregnant women should drink a couple of glasses of herbal tea every day.

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  •  Acts As A Stress BusterFor most people, tea has a comforting effect, which helps reduce stress levels. Studies have shown that certain herbal teas can even help people suffering from insomnia and other anxiety-related conditions. Chamomile tea is one of the best stress relievers.

Find below a few Herbal Tea’s which should be added to your next shopping list:

Whether you love herbal tea for the pleasurable taste alone or you are drawn as well to herbal tea benefits, the many varieties and health benefits of herbal tea provide you with a plethora of choice! Here are some of the more common herbal teas available online and a taste of the benefits they can provide.

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1.  Nettle Tea
Nettle is made with the leaves of stinging nettle, named for the tiny hairs on the fresh leaves which can sting the skin. Despite it’s rough exterior, nettle is one of nature’s best remedies for an assortment of ailments including anemia, high blood pressure, rheumatism, arthritis, coughs and colds, congestion, urinary tract infections, and kidney and bladder problems.

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2.Chamomile Tea
Chamomile is a popular herb that’s used in teas worldwide. Chamomile soothes the stomach and relieves bloating and indigestion. Chamomile also calms the mind and helps people relax and deal better with their stresses. Some people are allergic to chamomile and should avoid taking the tea. People who find it hard to go to sleep should drink a cup of chamomile tea before going to bed. Chamomile is known to fight insomnia by relaxing the body and the mind, enabling the person to fall asleep naturally.

Buy Chamomile tea online in India:

SOS Organics Chamomile Lemongrass Herbal Infusion

Wood and Petals Chamomile Tea

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3.Ginger Tea
Ginger is an energizer and a stimulator. Drinking ginger tea both stimulates and soothes the digestive system. Ginger has been known to aid people experiencing nausea. Arthritic people have found ginger tea helpful since it has anti-inflammatory properties.

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4.Green Tea
Green Tea comes with such a host of health benefits, that it’s called the ‘wonder herb’ by tea drinkers and medical practitioners alike.
Drinking green tea lowers cancer risk and also inhibits carcinogenic in cigarettes and other compounds when imbibed. Green Tea contains potent antioxidants called polyphenols, which help suppress free radicals. Green tea also stops certain tumors from forming. Green tea lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels and thereby promotes heart health. Green tea also lowers blood pressure, prevents and fights tooth decay and dental issues, and inhibits different viruses from causing illnesses.

Organic India – Tulsi, Jasmine & Green Tea

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5.Rosemary Tea
Rosemary is not only good for cooking but makes a healthful and highly beneficial tea. Rosemary can help your muscles to relax. Additionally, rosemary is an effective digestive aid as well. If you have gall bladder and liver complaints, drinking rosemary tea regularly will greatly help relieve your symptoms. Rosemary tea also relieves cough and mild asthma symptoms.

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  1. Tulsi Green Tea
    Considered as sacred, Tulsi is also known as Holy Basil and is worshipped in India as a sacrosanct plant blessed with therapeutic powers. It is grown in most Indian households and can be used in the preparation of a delightful and energizing tea with miraculous health advantages that strengthen the body’s immune system while removing toxins and worries. It is filled with anti-oxidants and is bereft of caffeine.

SOS Organics Tulsi-Rhododendron Herbal Infusion Tea

Brew a soothing cup and enjoy the many health benefits of herbal tea!

 


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Newborn Baby Food & Health Care

welcome-newborn-baby-happy-family-card-design-58239987A common question that parents often ask after the birth of their baby is, “When can I give my newborn food?”

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Once your infant arrives, be prepared for lots of unsolicited advice from friends, relatives, and even strangers. Some of the advice will be good, but you’ll definitely need to learn to disregard outdated advice that may go against your pediatrician’s recommendations.

One of the often controversial subjects that you may encounter is feeding your baby. Well-meaning friends or relatives may tell you to begin giving your infant baby cereal to help him sleep through the night. Others may advice starting your infant on solid foods at 2-3 months of age. These are the advice that you should not follow for a number of reasons.

  • Your baby is not mature enough to grasp the concept of eating solid foods.
  • Your baby’s digestive system may not be able to adjust to the digestion of solid foods without causing discomfort.
  • Your infant could develop food allergies if started too early on solid foods.
  • Your infant should be receiving all the nutrients he or she needs from formula or breast milk in the first 4-6 months of life.

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After 6 months of breastfeeding your baby, every parent is excited to enter the next growth phase, as well as worried about how and what solid foods to be introduced to their babies. A ton of questions run in our minds, like what should they eat, in what quantity, what if they don’t like the taste, how frequently should I feed them etc. In this blog, we will cover a few basic guides to introducing organic baby foods that should help you all get started without the worry!

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What foods should they start with?

A 6+ month baby is still developing its digestive system, building new enzymes, acids, getting stronger muscles etc. So we should ideally start with organic foods that are easy to digest and not heavy on the stomach. Such foods are fruits like ripe bananas, guava, papaya, watermelon etc.  Slowly, you can also start with steamed vegetables like potatoes, beans, cauliflower, carrots etc. Steaming is the best way to retain max nutrition within the vegetable.

In most cultures, they also start with sprouted grains like millets and rice. Soaking and sprouting increases the nutritive value and also makes it very easy to digest. Sprouted Ragi or Finger Millet is one of the most nutritious foods for babies as its 10 times richer in calcium than other grains. If your baby likes ragi, please do try and feed foods based on this grain at least 3-4 times a week. You can make porridges, soft dosas, ragi laddoos, ragi seviyyan etc.

Try to procure locally grown, organic fresh fruits, vegetables, grains. Do ensure you procure them from either a trusted farmer / manufacturer or organically certified brand.

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The benefits of introducing organically grown foods

Crops grown with the help of pesticides and chemicals are firstly toxic, as its residue always enters the food which we directly consume. The other important point is, plants don’t get a chance to naturally develop a strong immune system as all the chemicals destroy the pests externally. You can call it a lazy plant, as they don’t reach the full potential because of all the external help. Because of this, the nutrition value, anti-oxidants that naturally protects the plant reduces.

Remember, you are helping build a new body of your baby. So try as much as possible to build it from the best organic foods you can get.

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What form should I introduce these foods?

Most moms immediately begin to completely mash foods to form a puree to feed your baby. At 6 months, your baby needs to start to form the reflexes to chew food. Have you not seen your baby try and pick everything on the ground to chew? They may not have teeth but have strong gums.

So finely chopped fruits or boiled vegetables that your baby can slowly chew will be a good start.

Juices, porridges, dosas, idlis, kheer, halwa, rotis. The more textures you introduce the better. All forms of organic baby food can be introduced slowly.

Hand mash everything you make and stay away from the mixer or blender to convert foods to a puree.  The puree habit, will still make them expect soft foods that are in a consistency to swallow, even when they turn 1+ and get teeth.

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How often should I feed them?

From 6-8 months, your baby is most likely to eat 3 small meals of solids and 50-60% of the nourishment is met by breast milk. 8+ months, 3-4 meals of solids and breast milk become more of an add-on.

A simple rule will be to feed when your baby is hungry. First offer solid foods and then breast feed your baby. Don’t force, simply trust your baby’s instincts to eat and respect the choice of what they would like to eat.

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How can I flavor the food?

  • Avoid adding salt & sugar upto the age of 1 year. Most of the salt the baby needs is already present in the foods and breast milk. Any excess salt will harm the kidneys.
  • Avoid refined sugar in these foods. Refined sugar has no nutritive value and have a lot of chemicals added while processing.
  • Replace salt with natural sourness like amla, curd, lime etc.
  • Replace refined sugar with natural sweetners like dates powder, jaggery, fruits etc.
  • Introduce a pinch of spices too. Spices have a lot of anti-oxidants that can be added to our foods. Spices like cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg etc. have a lot of medicinal values too and make the food yummy.

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Overall, your baby is your best guide. Try to understand their language of what they like and how much they would like to eat. Your only duty as a parent is to offer them natural, nutritious & organic baby foods.

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Did You Know :

Babies 6-12 months of age need 11 mg of iron per day for healthy growth and development. It is important to include iron-rich foods in baby’s diet every day. Iron-rich foods include iron-fortified baby cereals. Serve iron-rich plant-based foods with vitamin C such as fresh fruits.

Here are some of the Organic Baby Foods you can find:

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Organic ragi baby food or finger millet porridge mix that is 10 times richer in calcium that other grains.

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Contains 5 nutritious whole grains – Ragi/Finger Millet, Pearl Millet or Bajra, Foxtail Millet or Kangni, Whole Wheat & Yellow Moong.

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