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Have You Tried The Juice Cure?

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Juices are the perfect fast food for today’s eat-on-the-run lifestyle. They contain all the goodness of the whole product in a condensed form. For example, a pound of carrots can be a significant source of calcium and protein, but those ten carrots may be more than your willing to eat at a single meal. Juicing concentrates that one pound into a single glass of easy to drink juice. These nutrients are quickly assimilated since the body does not have to separate out of the fiber.

Fruits and vegetables are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that helps in regulating the metabolism and protecting the body against various diseases, but the best thing about juicing is that you can absorb the goodness of the fruits and vegetables in the raw form. This is because; cooking on high flame considerably destroys the essential micro-nutrients that are extremely important for the body.

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Natural Vegetable Juice:

We all love fresh Fruit juice, but vegetable juicing recipes can be a bit brow-raising especially for those new to juicing. Fresh fruits are naturally sweet but most vegetables aren’t. Is there a way to make something healthy taste better than fresh lawn clippings? You bet there is! Here are some tips for preparing vegetable juices:

  1. Add in some fruit or carrots to sweeten up your greens and mellow out the taste.
  2. Go fresh, go organic. If you can, choose fresh, organic vegetables and fruits for your vegetable juicing recipes.

  3. It’s best to leave the skins on in juicing vegetable recipes, that’s where much of the nutritional value is.

  4. Get a good juicer to get the most out of vegetable juicing recipes. You want to get as much juice from your fruits and vegetables as you can, while preserving the vitality they contain.

  5. Vary your ingredients. Be creative with your vegetable juicing recipes not only for your palate’s sake, but for the nutritional value that variety will bring you.

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Natural Fruit & Vegetable juices are any time better and healthier than juices that contain preservatives and artificial colour and artificial flavours.

Here are listed a few Health Benefits of Natural Fruit Juices:

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Delicious fruit and vegetable juices are a great snack for those trying to lose weight in a healthy way. Instead of gorging on calorie rich foods one can have a glass of nutrient rich juice which is easier for the body to absorb and also keeps you satiated for a longer period of time. The fruits and vegetables that work most effectively for weight loss – apples, lemons, ginger, broccoli, cabbage, radish and turnips.

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A thorough detox is the best way to get rid of all the toxins and bring the body back to balance after a long holiday. A fresh fruit and vegetable detox juice helps in improving the immune system and giving a much needed break to the digestive system. It also helps in cleansing the GI tract while helping the body to flush out toxins while losing a few pounds. The best fruits and vegetables for preparing a detox juice – carrots, apples, grapefruit, grapes, spinach and cucumber.

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Digestive disorder has emerged as one of the most widely prevalent chronic diseases in recent times and a majority of the population suffers from at least one of these problems-persistent heartburn, colitis, ulcers, gas, bloating, abdominal pains and nausea. The main reason for digestive disorders is inflammation of the digestive tract that makes it tough for the body to absorb nutrition from the food we consume.The fruits and vegetables that help in relieving indigestion are – apples, blueberries, cabbage, carrot, mint, papaya and pineapple.

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  • Increased Energy:

We often feel sleepy after eating a heavy meal; this is simply because the body uses majority of the energy to digest these foods. Replacing heavy meals with nourishing fruit and veggie juices means less work for the digestive system, leaving a lot of energy for other important works which helps in increasing concentration, mental clarity and sharpness making us more efficient and productive. Therefore, it is important to choose foods that increases the energy level of the body.Best fruits and vegetable for increasing energy are – apples, carrots, ginger, lemon, orange, tangerines and mint.

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  • Improved Immune System:

Fruits and vegetables are the greatest source of vitamins, minerals, beta carotene, anti-oxidants and nutrients that helps in protecting and proper functioning of the immune system. Juicing the fruits and vegetables makes it all the more easy for the body to breakdown and absorb its goodness. The health benefiting nutrients present in these juices helps in protecting the cell membranes and fighting harmful free radicals.Fruits and vegetables that help in proper functioning of the immune system are – carrots, apples, pears, tomatoes, kiwi, strawberries and sweet potatoes.

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The high level of anti-oxidants like beta carotene, minerals and vitamins like vitamin C and E helps in protecting the body from a range of serious diseases such as cancer and diabetes. The flavonoids present in oranges protect cardio-vascular health by keeping the cholesterol levels under control. Best fruits and vegetable juices for preventing cancer are – cantaloupes, carrots, oranges, strawberries, apricots, broccoli, sweet potatoes and spinach.

Nowadays Natural Juice cleanse is in the trend. 

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WHAT IS A JUICE CLEANSE/FAST?
During a juice fast or cleanse, a person limits their diet to only fresh vegetable and fruit juices and water for anywhere from a few days to several weeks. The fast focuses on freshly made, unpasteurized juice.People generally either buy the juices from a manufacturer of juice cleanse products or purchase a juicer and make their own concoctions at home.

Here is a Natural Juice Cleanse Recipe you would like to try:

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 1 bunch kale without stems (about 4 cups chopped)
  • 1/2 lemon, squeezed
  • 1/4 inch of ginger
  • 1 bunch of mint (about 1/2 cup)

Directions

Chop ingredients so they are able to fit into juicer. Juice ingredients one at a time. Enjoy!

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An amazing blend of Hibiscus flower & Orange, Juice doesn’t just taste amazing but has lots of nutritional values as well. A blend of hibiscus and orange is believed to provide relief from high blood pressure and high cholestrol.

· Aids digestion

· Speeds up metabolism

·  Rich in Vitamin A, B, B1, C & trace minerals

· Protects against viral infections

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Aloevera is considered to be a nutritional storehouse. It is said to provide the necessary amino acids, enzymes, minerals, vitamins etc. that are useful in the production of muscles, tissues etc., support digestion and enhance nutrient absorption. It is also considered to act as an anti-oxidant, neutralize free radicals and acts as immune booster.

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– Acts as an anti-oxidant

– Helps to maintain blood circulation

– Helpful for Healthy Digestion

“Drink Healthy, Stay Healthy..!!”


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Couscous: Good source of Lean, Vegetarian Protein

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Couscous (pronounced “KOOS-koos”) is a dish made from tiny granules of durum wheat or semolina flour. The couscous grains are then prepared by steaming them until they have a light, fluffy consistency.  It is often mistaken for a grain, but it is actually the same dough that is made into many pastas.

Eating couscous provides you with a good source of lean, vegetarian protein. A 1-cup serving of cooked couscous gives you 6 grams of protein, which meets 12 percent of the daily value for the nutrient. This whole-grain food is native to northern Africa and is commonly found in Middle Eastern cuisine.

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Couscous is primarily carbohydrate, but it also contains significant amounts of other essential vitamins and minerals.

Preparing instant couscous is quick and easy — the dried couscous is added to a pot of boiling water or stock, the pot is then covered and the water is absorbed into the couscous in about five minutes.

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Couscous is always steamed and never boiled. Couscous is cooked in a special kind of cooking ensemble called a kiskis, known by the French word couscousière in the West, except in Italy, where it is called a couscousiera. A kiskis consists of two parts: the bottom portion is a pot-bellied vessel for the broth while the top part fits snugly over the bottom part and has holes in its bottom for the steam to rise through, which cooks the couscous. In North Africa, they are often made of earthenware or aluminum. A makeshift couscousière can be made by placing a colander over a like-sized pot.

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Health Benefits of Couscous:

Cardiovascular Health:  A single serving of couscous has more than 60% of the daily suggested intake of selenium. Selenium functions as a powerful antioxidant that functions mainly in the blood vessels to reduce the buildup of plaque and dangerous LDL cholesterol on artery and vein walls.

Wound Healing:  . Protein is an integral part of wound healing, as well as in the metabolism of enzymes that aid in wound repair, both internally and externally. Couscous is a powerful part of any protein diet.

Weight Loss: If you are looking to lose weight, then in grains couscous is better. Couscous has  200 calories in each cup, which is less than 10% of the daily calorie intake suggested for adults and is also very low in sodium, cholesterol, and saturated fat.

Here is a easy recipe:

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10-minute couscous salad

Ingredients:

  • 100g couscous
  • 200ml hot low salt vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
  • 2 spring onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • ½ cucumber
  • 50g feta cheese, cubed
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nut

Method:

Tip couscous into a large bowl, pour over stock. Cover, then leave for 10 mins, until fluffy and all the stock has been absorbed. Meanwhile, slice the onions and pepper and dice the cucumber. Add these to the couscous, fork through pesto, crumble in feta, then sprinkle over pine nuts to serve.

We found this  great lunchbox filler recipe here.

Some people are allergic to various foods, so if you have never eaten sorghum or durum wheat, pay attention to your body’s reaction to make sure you don’t have any unexpected allergies.

 

 

 


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Gluten Free : Recipes and Products

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If you have been thinking that no gluten means no bread, no pasta, and no pizza. It is true,  most of these products in regular grocery stores contain gluten, but we are starting to see plenty of gluten-free options too.

So, what is gluten-free?  A glutenfree diet is a diet that excludes gluten, a protein composite found in wheat, barley, rye, and all their species and hybrids.

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There is also an abundance of grains that just happen to be gluten free including rice, corn, millet, sorghum, wild rice, buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth. All the gluten-free whole grains—they are delicious, nutritious and easy to cook.

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Gluten free diet is suitable for those who suffer from wheat allergy, celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Celiac disease is a lifelong, serious autoimmune disease caused by the immune system reacting to gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The only treatment for the condition is a strict gluten free diet for life.

Here are some tips for everyday eating.

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Read food labels when you shop: If a cereal containing gluten has been used as an ingredient in the product, it will be listed in the ingredients list.

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Some foods are naturally gluten-free: Fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheese and eggs are naturally gluten-free.

Gluten-free meals can be delicious and healthy too: Finding the right gluten-free substitute can be a matter of personal taste too, experiment in the kitchen and you are sure to find a substitute to your taste.

Cut the gluten, keep the flavor. Here are some gluten free recipes including a gluten free dessert recipe:

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Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
Recipe by Ruchira Hoon

Ingredients

180 gm dark cooking chocolate
100 gm butter
3/4 cup sugar
Salt, a pinch
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 Tbsp ground almond
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla

For the chocolate ganache:

100 gms chopped chocolate
100 gms cream

Method:

  • Line the bottom of a 7-inch cake tin with parchment paper.
  • Melt chocolate and butter in a heavy saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until chocolate and butter are melted and smooth.
  • Add sugar, salt and almonds and reduce heat to low. Now add cocoa powder and stir.
  • Remove pan from heat. Whisk in eggs, one at a time. Give the mixture a good whisk until it looks smooth and glossy and pour vanilla essence in the end.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. In a heated cooker pour sand to about 1/4 th the depth and cover with foil. Place the cake pan in the cooker and cover the lid for about 30 minutes.
  • In case you want to bake this cake in an oven. Bake it for 25 minutes at 180 degrees C.
  • The center of the cake should be just firm to the touch. Leave the cake to cool down completely (About 2 hours).
  • Glaze with chocolate ganache.

For the chocolate ganache:

Boil the cream. Pour it over the chopped chocolate and mix it till the chocolate melts completely. Your ganache is ready!

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Bombay Chicken with Coconut Rice

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons oil or butter
  • 3 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons ginger root minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Garnish:

  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Method: Cut the chicken breasts into 2-inch pieces and keep aside. Heat the oil or butter in a frying pan and put the chicken pieces in it, cook till they are slightly brown, remove from pan. Now, cook the onions for 3 minutes, add the garlic and fry for another 1 minute and return the chicken to the pan, add the broth, salt, chili powder, cayenne, ginger, curry powder, chopped tomatoes and wine and mix all the ingredients with a spatula. Cover and cook for 15 minutes on low flame or till the chicken pieces are tender. Mix milk and cornstarch in a cup and add it to the chicken, mix well, bring it to boil and allow the sauce to thicken. Serve with rice and sprinkle chopped onion and shredded coconut on top.

Here are some foods and grains that are gluten-free:

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Quinoa is considered to be the best in grains family as it has the highest nutrient content of all. It is the best source of proteins and vitamins. Quinoa is known for its high magnesium content which helps in bone formation.

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Amaranth provides a high quality protein, with a nearly perfect balance of essential amino acids, including abundant lysine and methionine, which is not found in most grains.

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Kodo millet has around 11% protein, and the nutritional value of the protein has been found to be slightly better than that of foxtail millet but comparable to that of other small millets.

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Couscous consists of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a popular alternative to rice and pasta.


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Wheatgrass: One of the Best Source of Living Chlorophyll

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Wheatgrass is a food prepared from the cotyledons of the common wheat plant, Triticum aestivum. It is sold either as a juice or powder concentrate

Wheatgrass Juice is one of the best sources of living chlorophyll available today. Wheatgrass tastes similar to spinach or other dark leafy greens. You can buy wheatgrass powder online now.

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Health Benefits Of Wheatgrass:

Wheatgrass contains beneficial enzymes that can protect us from carcinogens, including Superoxide Disumates (SOD), that can lessens the effects of radiation and digest toxins in the body. It cleanses the body from head to toe of any heavy metals, pollutants and other toxins that may be stored in the body’s tissues and organs.

Wheatgrass juice is an effective healer because it contains all minerals known to man, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, l and K. It is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids, the building blocks of protein.

Wheatgrass is gluten-free because it’s cut before the grain forms and is a better detoxification agent compared to carrot juice and other fruits and vegetables.

Wheatgrass help prevent gray hair, reducing high blood pressure, improving digestion, and lowering cholesterol by blocking its absorption.

You can even  grow wheatgrass in just about a week, right in your own home.

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Use of Wheatgrass:

  • Gargle wheatgrass juice for a sore throat.
  • Wheatgrass juice held in the mouth for 5 minutes will help eliminate toothaches. It pulls poisons from the gums.
  • If you are suffering from arthritis. Soak a cotton sock with 6 ounces and place on affected area, cover with plastic bag.
  • Massage 6 ounces into the scalp and cover with shower cap for 15 minutes to help eliminate dandruff.Wheatgrass-powder

Here are some of wheatgrass powders you can buy online:

If you’re looking for the ultimate health drink, add this powder to your juices and it will boost energy along with increasing your strength and speeding up weight loss!

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Wheat-O-Power Orange has a refreshing orange flavour. Wheatgrass is a gold mine of Vitamins and minerals.

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Being a detoxifying agent, wheatgrass powder clears your blood and eliminates foul odors of breath and sweat.

If you have a wheat or grass allergy, celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, check with your doctor before using wheatgrass.

Wheatgrass does not lose effectiveness if you blend it with other juices and can often be a good way to disguise it’s strong taste.

If you find the taste very strong and unpleasant, but want to experience all of its awesome benefits, then this smoothie is for you!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 scoop wheat grass powder, or 1 oz juice
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1-2 cups coconut water
  • 1 tsp spirulina (optional)

Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend and Enjoy!

We found this recipe here.

We hope we have convinced even the most grass-averse reader to throw back a green glassful.


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Chia Seeds : Healthiest Superfood On the Planet

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Salvia hispanica, commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family. Chia seeds have been a staple in Mayan and Aztec diets for centuries.

Chia Seeds is one of the healthiest and most popular superfoods. Chia seeds reduce food cravings, help you stay hydrated, lower blood pressure & are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

This how Chia Seeds looks like:

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Don’t be fooled by the size… these tiny seeds pack a mean powerful nutritional punch.

A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:

  • Fiber: 11 grams
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Fat: 9 grams
  • Calcium: 18% of the RDA
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDA
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA
  • Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA
  • They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2

Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds

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Chia seed contain no gluten or grains. Eating one ounce of chia seeds per day would provide 18% of daily calcium needs, 27% of phosphorus, 30% of manganese and smaller amounts of potassium, zinc and copper.

Chia seed reduce food cravings, help you stay hydrated, lower blood pressure & are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seed contain more Omega-3s than salmon, gram for gram.

They help reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. Because they can absorb 10 times their weight in water, they help your diet by making you feel full.

Studies indicate that Chia Seeds can help control blood sugar, as they slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars.

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Chia Seeds: Does Black or White Matter?

Chia seeds come in two colors, black and white. Though, both colors contain similar amounts of nutrients like omega-3s, protein, and fiber, the darker chia seeds may contain more antioxidants. Chia Seeds have a very mild, nutty flavor. You can buy Chia Seeds online now.

Here are some great ways to enjoy chia seeds:

  • They can be eaten raw. (They have a nice “nutty” flavor.)
  • They can be soaked in fruit juice (in Mexico, they call this “chia fresca”).
  • They’re perfect in porridges and puddings.
  • They make an ideal addition to baked goods including breads, cakes and biscuits.

If are experimenting with vegan baking or you just run out of eggs, you can mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water. The outer layer of chia seeds swells when mixed with liquids to form a gel. That is why this can used in place of eggs to lower cholesterol and increase the nutrient content of foods and baked goods.

If you have a history of dysphagia, or trouble swallowing, you should use some caution, especially when consuming dry chia seeds.

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Here is a recipe with Chia Seed. The recipe is pretty simple to assemble — just combine ground chia seeds, coconut milk, coconut butter, cacao powder and sweeteners.

CHOCOLATE & COCONUT CHIA SEED MOUSSE

Serves 4

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds (black or white)
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk (see note)
  • 2 tbsp coconut butter (not coconut oil)
  • 4-5 tbsp maple syrup, to taste
  • 1/2 vanilla bean (or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • toppings: raw sliced almonds, raw coconut flakes/chips

Process the chia seeds in a coffee grinder for about 20 seconds or until ground to a fine powder. Whisk and set aside.

In a large food processor, process the coconut milk, coconut butter, maple syrup, the seeds of one half of a vanilla bean, and a pinch of sea salt until lightly incorporated. Add cacao powder and process until completely smooth, scraping down the sides.

Measure out 1/4 cup of the chia seed powder (you will have some left over) and add it to the food processor. Continue to process until the pudding is smooth and no clumps remain. Pour the mixture into individual ramekins or bowls. Refrigerate for a full 24 hours before serving.

To serve, toast a handful of sliced almonds and raw coconut flakes in a skillet over medium heat until lightly browned. Careful — both ingredients burn easily. Top the chocolate mousse with the toasted almonds and coconut. Serve.

We found this recipe here.

You can buy organic Chia seeds online in India. Chia Seeds are available online at www.naturalmantra.com


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Flaxseeds: A Modern, Miracle Food for Good Health!

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Well, we have tried nearly every fruit, nut, leaf and seed to maintain our health or to turn healthier. But have you tried flaxseeds yet? If you are answering with a negative, you have been doing something wrong, all this while! Want to know why? Read further.

Flaxseeds (also called linseeds) are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fibre, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3. The best form to consume flaxseeds is in its ground-form. Sometimes, eating the linseeds as whole could pass through the digestive tract, undigested.

The seeds come from flax, one of the oldest fibre crops in the world – known to have been cultivated in ancient Egypt and China. It’s a great source of healthy fat, antioxidants and fibre. If we are to go by what modern research says, evidence suggests that flaxseeds are a solution to lower the risk of chronic ailments like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

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#FlaxTrivia: It was King Charlemagne of the 8th century who believed strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed, which made it famous as an essential nutrient in everyone’s diet. He demanded his loyal subjects eat the seeds regularly and also passed laws to make sure that the same happens.

Though flaxseeds contain everything that is essential for your body’s development, there are certain components that you could consider before buying flaxseeds online in India:

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  1. Fibre: Linseeds contain both, soluble as well as insoluble fiber which is necessary to function the body system from within.
  2. Lignans: Flaxseeds contain both, plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities that is almost 5-7 times more than most other plant foods.
  3. Omega 3 fatty acids: Each tablespoon of flaxseed provides nearly 1.8 grams of plant omega fatty acid which are the “good fats”, much required for our physical functioning.

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As far as various ailments are concerned, flaxseeds can help reduce the risk of many fatalistic ailments from occurring such as:

  1. Cancer

Today most people are under high risk of suffering from cancer and since this disease does not have any form of cure, and tends to bring a person only closer to death, through pain; it is a sad sight.

Although, consuming flaxseeds can help drastically since they have a protective effect against breast, prostate and colon cancer. There are two essential components, i.e., Omega Acids and lignans in flaxseeds which contribute for this to happen.

  1. Cardiovascular Diseases

Omega 3s is helpful for the body’s different mechanisms, especially to normalise the heartbeat and anti-inflammatory actions as well as lowering the blood pressure levels. Also, the amino acid content in the flaxseeds contribute towards hardening of the arteries and help to keep the WBC’s from sticking towards the walls of the blood vessels.

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Eating flaxseed daily may also help your cholesterol levels. The level of LDL or “bad “cholesterol in the bloodstream has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

  1. Diabetes

For people who suffer from diabetes, it is best advised to have a good intake of lignans. To ensure this takes place, anyone who has diabetes, if includes flaxseeds in their regular diet do not have to worry. Essentially since, Lignans help in improving the blood sugar on modest levels that are good for Type 2 Diabetes patients.

But Then, Flaxseeds aren’t your Magic Pills! Why?

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After reading all of the above, do not rush to get your flaxseeds, available online and across various stores. You may want to believe that Flaxseeds are the mystery food solution to every health problem you face. And though we do not want to disappoint you, it is necessary to realize that there is no such one foodstuff that can guarantee good health.

It can majorly contribute in the improvement of your health, if you keep your diet conditioned in a favourable manner. But a healthy lifestyle also counts while making smart dietary choices!

Seedy-Caution!

 Though there are no specific side effects about consuming flaxseeds in your diet, it is often advised for pregnant and lactating women to avoid any supplements.

How To Buy and Store Flaxseeds?

Buy it ground, or grind it yourself. Flaxseed, when eaten whole, is more likely to pass through the intestinal tract undigested, which means your body won’t get all the healthy components. If you want to, you could grind flaxseed yourself, and the little coffee grinder could help best!

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Milled = ground = flax meal. Don’t be confused by the different product names for ground flaxseed such as “milled” or “ground flaxseed” is the same thing as “flax meal”.

Buy either brown or golden flaxseed. Golden flaxseed is easier on the eyes, but brown flaxseed is easily available in most supermarkets. There is very little difference nutritionally between the two, so the choice is really up to you!

Find it in stores or on the Internet. Many supermarket chains now carry ground flaxseed (or flax meal). It’s usually in the flour or “grain” aisle or the whole-grain cereal section and is often sold in 1-pound bags. In India, it might be difficult to find it in supermarkets at certain places, although flaxseeds are available online in India.

You can buy flaxseeds online at www.naturalmantra.com

Check the product label. When buying products containing flaxseed, check the label to make sure ground flaxseed, not whole flaxseed, was added. Flaxseed is a featured ingredient in cereals, pasta, whole grain breads and crackers, energy bars, meatless meal products, and snack foods.

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Add flaxseed to a food you habitually eat. Every time you have a certain food, like oatmeal, smoothies, soup, or yogurt, stir in a couple tablespoons of ground flaxseed. Soon it will be a habit and you won’t have to consciously do anything about it!

Use it in baking. Substitute ground flaxseed for part of the flour in recipes for quick breads, muffins, rolls, bagels, pancakes, and waffles. Try replacing 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the flour with ground flaxseed if the recipe calls for 2 or more cups of flour.

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Keep it in the freezer. The best place to store ground flaxseed is the freezer. Freeze pre-ground flaxseed in the bag you bought it in or in a plastic sealable bag if you ground it yourself. The freezer will keep the ground flax from oxidizing and losing its nutritional potency.

Whole flaxseed keeps longer. The outside shell in whole flaxseed appears to keep the fatty acids inside well protected. It’s a good idea to keep your whole flaxseed in a dark, cool place until you grind it. But as long as it is dry and of good quality, whole flaxseed can be stored at room temperature for up to a year.

Hence, Flaxseeds are the best option to incorporate as a part of your everyday diet, and also make some good changes towards your lifestyle. Making your life healthy ensures longevity of your life and keeps you away from the pain of the diseases and the related money swallowing hospital bills!


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Celebrate Womanhood, the Natural Way!!

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Women of the 21st century are independent, liberated and progressive than women from the previous era. They have been redefining gender roles and claiming more power to themselves in various walks of life. Women are proving that they could be leaders in all aspects, thereby demonstrating their potentials to the fullest. Although, what most of them have been missing in all this progress is a little care towards themselves and their own body. Between hectic work schedules and taking care of yourself, you probably already have plenty of reasons to pamper yourself and unwind.

So today on International Women’s Day, we are going to discuss 7 easy yet blissful ways to make you feel spoiled, overindulged and treated.

  1. Give Yourself a Foot Massage

Reflexology is an ancient alternative therapy believed to help you heal your body and your mind. The underlying methodology is that each area of your foot relates to a specific body part and by massaging your feet, you can positively impact the rest of your body. During the massage, you’ll be able to feel any cricks or burs under the skin. These are the areas you should focus on to improve your health.

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And at the very least, a good foot massage will leave you with a pampered smile, because it just plain feels awesome.

  1. Use Essential Oils in the Bath

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If you follow a hectic schedule day in and day out, probably you don’t get enough time to relax in the bath. Nothing can beat a long hot bath when it comes to relieving stress. It can also boost your mood, induce sleep, and relax your achy muscles. Bathing with essential oils is one of the most relaxing ways to attend to your ablutions, and is great for your skin.

  1. Detoxify

It is advisable to include a combination of deep cleansing and moisturiseration ration of the skin coupled with massage and heat. Body treatments and scrubs as well as facials rid the skin of impurities by incorporating cleansers, scrubs, and steam to soften the skin. Massage also helps the body release toxins and detoxify. Purifying your body through detox helps boost your immune system and leads to a healthier life.

  1. Care for your Skin

Using organic products will renew your skin to give you a healthy and youthful glow. All you need is a basic cleanser, toner, moisturiser, and broad-spectrum sunscreen to keep your skin in tip-top shape. It also helps maintain the health of your skin to diminish the signs of ageing, and they treat acne and breakouts.

Quick Tip:

 How to prepare and apply Face-mask?

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Clean your face thoroughly, preferably with a natural steam treatment, then make a mask by mixing 3 tablespoons honey with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and massage it into the skin. Leave the mask on for approximately 15 minutes, then rinse it off and dab a rose water-soaked cotton wad on the skin to clean it completely.

This gentle hydrating and cleaning mask will free your skin from all the toxins and stresses of everyday life.

  1. Pamper your Hair with Fresh & Natural Ingredients

Your hair experiences a lot of strain every day. This is why it needs protection and loving care. There are many fresh ingredients in our kitchen that can do wonders in treating our hair and scalp! Just like you get a cleanup done for your face, a hair spa at home might also help enhance the quality of your hair by keeping it well-nourished and pampering it to an extent.

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Quick Tip:

Before you shampoo your hair:

  • Mix a cup full of Virgin Olive Oil, 5 teaspoons of honey and 10 drops of Herbal Oil.
  • Apply generously and distribute evenly. Detangle with fingers.
  • Leave for minimum of 3 minutes.
  • Shampoo your hair twice using your Moisture Shampoo.

After shampooing your hair:

  • Blend an avocado with natural yogurt and mix together with your Intensive Conditioning Mask
  • Apply generously and distribute evenly. Detangle with fingers.
  • Leave in for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse out lightly before sealing in moisture with 3-9 drops of Herbal Oil whilst hair is wet
  1. Eat a Wholesome Breakfast

 Savour on the special day, these nutritious morning meals that are quick to prepare. Enjoy them at home or as you’re sprinting out the door. Here are a few recipes:

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Breakfast Quinoa Bites

Here’s a new way to enjoy quinoa: make mini quinoa breakfast quiches.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups cooked quinoa, 2 eggs, 1 cup your favourite veggies (spinach or zucchini work well), 1 cup shredded cheese, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Portion it into a lightly greased mini muffin tin, and bake at 350 F for 15-20 minutes. These are easy to bring along and delicious to enjoy warm or cold.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Smoothies are a perfect on-the-go snack any time of day. Blend 1 frozen banana, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 cup almond milk, and a few ice cubes. Add a scoop of your favourite chocolate or vanilla protein for an extra protein boost.

Yogurt With Grapes and Granola

Ingredients:

2 cups plain low-fat yogurt

1/2 cup halved seedless red and green grapes

1/2 cup granola

 Directions:

Divide the yogurt between 2 bowls. Dividing evenly, top with the grapes and granola.

  1. Have a DIY Beauty Day

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Just pick up a soothing body moisturizer, a hair treatment and a new facial product. You can choose one product to absolutely splurge on so it adds an extra level of decadence to the day. Then, scratch everything else out of your diary but beautifying.

 

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