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Hrithik & Katrina kick up their heels to Total Fitness! Why don’t you?

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Remember how Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai took Bollywood by storm, how lead actor Hrithik Roshan made fitness a fashion statement expressed in dance? This God of Dance lives, breathes and sleeps dance…his innovative dance moves captured the popular imagination and led many fans to take to dance as a way of life almost! He is arguably one of the best specimens of the perfect male body that Bollywood has seen. Another celebrity is Katrina Kaif who is an amazing dancer besides having a perfect figure.

If you are one of those people who are passionate about a healthy lifestyle, the gym is likely to be your temple. You also try to integrate elements into your life that create harmony between your mind, body and soul…to create a happier, healthier you. But come on, do admit it, it is sometimes a quite a drag to drag yourself to the gym every day isn’t it!? Why not dance instead?

Did you know that dance is one form of holistic exercise that integrates all the elements that make for an agile body in a healthy mind – cardio, muscle group workouts, floor exercises to help create flexibility, balance and strength?

Skip the Gym. Dance. It helps you

–          burn calories

–          tone your body

–          lose weight

–          relax

–          and have fun.

Most important, dance gives you peace of mind and leads to pure happiness. Take your pick, you cannot go wrong – Ballroom, Jazz, Hip-hop, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Salsa, Bollywood you name it.

Research has proved that dancing also keeps dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay, helps stave off illnesses and improves well-being and confidence, since it is a social, group activity!

You can enhance the benefits of dance by opting to have organic teas, coffees and juices, health supplements like Spirulina, Wheatgrass Powder, Whey Protein, Multivitamins , carry your dance outfits in tote bags  and so much more, all from Natural Mantra!

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So just step off the treadmill and dance your way to a healthier way of life!

Image courtesy: First look of Bang Bang! to be released soon


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The Health Benefits of Spirulina – One of the World’s Most Nutritious Foods

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All of us are convinced about the undoubted advantages of natural & organic foods. We know that the total absence of artificial soil nutrition and pesticides makes for naturally nutritious and tasty foods that lead to holistic health.

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In context of the increased awareness of healthy foods leading to a healthy mind, and in celebration of World Food Day this week, which falls on June 5, 2013, we bring to you some insights into an almost magical wonder food – Spirulina!

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What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is one of a family of nutritional algaes. They are usually found in warm and alkaline waters all over the world, mostly in South America, Africa, and Mexico. The name spirulina is derived from the Latin word for helix or spiral; reflecting the physical configuration of the organism as it forms swirling, microscopic strands.

It is one of the best sources of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which is usually only found in mother’s milk. GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid that’s important for growth and development as well as having many other healthy properties. No other food offers anywhere near the health benefits of spirulina (except for its close relative, chlorella). Spirulina is an incredibly dense green superfood, rather than a nutritional supplement.

In fact, believe it or not, just one teaspoon of spirulina has the nutritional value of several servings of common vegetables!

Spirulina is widely used as an ingredient in most green superfood powders and is beneficial as an aid in weight-loss programs as well.

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Nutritional Content of Spirulina

Spirulina contains about 70% protein, vitamin E, vitamin C, beta carotene, B vitamins and chlorophyll. is the world’s most digestible natural source of high quality protein. Its predigested protein, containing all eight essential amino acids, is absorbed almost immediately, and its simple carbohydrates yield immediate yet sustained energy. Many world-class athletes recognize the incredible benefits of Spirulina for performing at their peak physical ability on a daily basis.

It also has abundant essential fatty acids, B vitamins, antioxidants and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc.

Especially important for vegetarians, one tablespoon of Spirulina provides about 300% of your RDA for vitamin B-12.

Benefits of Spirulina

It has significant positive effects on people suffering from type 2 diabetes. Studies show that it has the ability to reduce fasting blood sugar levels in the body after 6 to 8 weeks of intake.

Spirulina contains the essential fatty acid gamma-linoleic acid, which can help prevent conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and even cancer. It helps support a healthy pH balance in your body. A diet heavy on acidic foods such as animal proteins and grains can be effectively balanced by the alkaline properties of Spirulina.

The other benefits of Spirulina:

  • Inhibits the power of many viruses
  • Helps diminish allergies such as hay fever
  • Helps protect the liver from toxins
  • Helps reduce blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Helps control symptoms of ulcerative colitis
  • Exerts strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
  • Helps boost the immune system
  • Cleanses & detoxifies the system
  • Protectes against environmental toxins, air and water pollution, and other contaminants that you’re being exposed to every day.

Choosing and Using Spirulina Products

Spirulina is one of the most important foods in any diet. It makes an admirable substitute for dark green leafy vegetables.

A fun way to get Spirulina into your diet is to blend it into a green smoothie. Smoothies  are easily the best way to get more antioxidants and all their benefits into your diet. A basic smoothie recipe uses coconut milk, a banana, two raw organic eggs or protein powder, and a spoonful of Spirulina and chlorella combined in a blender. Bananas blend well with Spirulina, and mask the bitterness very well — just make sure you use very ripe ones.

Spirulina can turn your ordinary smoothie into a nutrient-dense meal with the antioxidant benefits of 6 or more servings of fruits and vegetables — your entire minimum daily requirement! Just try it once, you will get all pumped up!!

You can check out our Spirulina products here! http://bit.ly/ZGt7vk

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