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August 15, 2012 at 5:20 am

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>Avoid Dengue and Malaria

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We all know that to avoid dengue and malaria, we need to avoid mosquitoes.
There are various methods we all know for that-

  • Avoid water stagnation- that breeds mosquitoes
  • Apply mosquito repellent creams
  • Sleep in mosquito nets
  • Spray Mosquito repellent sprays or burn coils or other such repellents as All Out, Good Night etc.

But recently I was introduced to an extremely effective, safe (organic and herbal-no side effects), and cost effective method of getting rid of mosquitoes.

Recently, on my trip to Pondicherry I got these-

  • Air Freshener- which is with citronella oil- It is non flammable, Eco- friendly, effective against mosquitoes. It can be used in rooms, cars, flooring, carpets, curtains, sofas, etc.
  • Anti Mosquito Incense sticks- made with resins and pure natural essential oils from flowers and plants of geranium, citronella, neem, camphor and lemon grass. They have effective repellent action against mosquitoes and other insects.
  • Herbal Mosquito repellent spray, which is non toxic, does not cause allergies and is Eco friendly.
If you are from Delhi, and want to get these products in Delhi, try Maitri store. It is a small outlet inside Mother International School. It sells lots of organic products. Great Spices too. Inside the complex, there is also a shop called Auroshikha that sells such incense sticks, aroma oils, candles, books etc.

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April 14, 2011 at 6:05 pm

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Avoid Dengue and Malaria

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Sugar and its effects

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May 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm

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>Sugar and its effects

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>Would you survive longer on a diet of just water OR on a diet of water and refined sugar?

The answer: You would survive longer on just water.

Sound impossible? Just ask the five sailors who were ship wrecked in 1793.

The ship was filled with sugar, thus giving the marooned five a diet of sugar and water. When they were finally picked up, nine days later, they were in a wasted condition due to starvation.

The story of the five sailors intrigued French physiologist Francois Magendie to conduct a series of experiments in which he fed dogs a diet of sugar. All of the dogs died.

Magendie proved that as a steady diet, refined sugar is worse than nothing.

How can sugar be worse than nothing? Plainly put, refined sugar is an anti-nutrient.

It starts out as sugar cane, and then goes through an extensive refining process that destroys all of the enzymes, fiber, vitamins and minerals. What you’re left with are empty, naked calories.

The problem is that your body needs the enzymes, fiber, vitamins and minerals that were taken out in the refining process in order to metabolize sugar and use it as energy. So it takes those nutrients from your own body.

So while you are enjoying that chocolate bar, sugar is draining vital nutrients from your body. Like a sweet parasite.

And it doesn’t end there…

Sugar creates false hunger (as a result of the insulin rush and then ensuing plummet in your blood sugar levels), which makes you overeat. This means a constant struggle with your weight in which you never seem to achieve your ideal size.

Sugar promotes aging (due to the advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, that occur when insulin levels are consistently elevated as a result of eating too much sugar). Sugar has even been dubbed the negative fountain of youth.

Sugar weakens your bones – making you vulnerable for osteoporosis, and weakens your teeth – making you vulnerable for cavities (both due to the calcium being pulled from your bones and teeth in order for your body to process sugar).

Sugar in excess is stored as fat (after your liver has no more room to store it, sugar is converted to fat and deposited on your belly, thighs, hips and the backs of your arms).

Sugar can impair brain functioning (as a result of depleted B-vitamin production).

If you’re still not convinced of the danger of sugar here are more ailments linked to its overconsumption: varicose veins, constipation, hormonal imbalances, ADD and ADHD, increased emotional instability, depressed immune system, increased risk of cancer and degenerative diseases.

The average modern person consumes 46 teaspoons of sugar every day. That comes out to roughly 175 pounds of sugar each year.

And it’s no wonder, since sugar industry is big business. They sneak sugar into any product that they can.

Go through the foods in your home and you’ll see that sugar has been added to everything from ketchup and spaghetti sauce to crackers, oatmeal, peanut butter and even ‘healthy’ items like weight loss bars.

Where does this leave you?

You are in a unique position. Your personal judgment determines the foods that you eat and the foods that you avoid. It is my hope that you approach sugar with new eyes.

While all other foods offer you caloric energy PLUS some nutritional benefit, sugar doesn’t. Sugar is simply caloric energy with a sweet habit forming taste, and a hoard of health risks.

Use your judgment wisely and limit your sugar consumption – you’ll love the benefits of low sugar living.

And while you’re at it contact me to start a training program that will turbo-charge your results.

(Oh and if you’re ever in a ship wreck with only sugar and water at your disposal – just drink the water!)

The Many Names of Sugar

While you’re checking out nutrition labels for sugar content be on the lookout for the following names that all describe refined sugar:

High fructose corn syrup
Organic sugar

Lentil Fruit Salad
This recipe is as refreshing as it is nutritious. Plump black lentils mixed with chunks of mango, strawberries, tomatoes and onions will tease your taste buds into submission. A splash of balsamic vinegar is the only flavoring that this colorful salads needs. Serve as a side dish or as a light meal.
Yield: 3 serving

Here’s what you need…

1 cup black lentils, cooked
1 medium mango, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 medium tomato, chopped
6 medium strawberries, chopped
1 tablespoon red onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Place the lentils in a medium bowl. Chop the fruit and onions, add to lentils.
Add balsamic vinegar to the lentils and fruit, mix until well combined.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 148 calories, 1g fat, 27g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, and 9g protein.

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May 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm

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Diet plan of people suffering with Cardiac problems

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April 13, 2009 at 5:28 pm

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>Diet plan of people suffering with Cardiac problems

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>Diet plan of people suffering with Cardiac problems is essential part of the cardiac treatment.

Few key factors

➢ Low sodium/salt intake

➢ Add fish to your diet, specially tuna

➢ Reduce tea/coffee

➢ Less than seven per cent of the calories should be contributed by saturated fats. Fats are solids and saturated. Hence, go in for oils, which are liquids at room temperature. Vegetable oils, such as olive oil, groundnut oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, soya bean oil, flax seed oil are heart friendly. Trans fats and saturated fats, such as butter, hydrogenated fats, clarified butter and margarine are completely avoided. Foods rich in trans fats are fried fish, bakery products, french fries, bread and margarine sticks. 

➢ Liberal intake of fibrous foods, which are cardiac friendly and aid in digestion and reduce constipation and thus, also passively decrease the chance of heart diseases. It also reduces cholesterol. Cardiac diet thus should be comprised of high fiber count and low fat content.

➢ Fiber sources of foods are abundant in varieties; some of the popular varieties are legumes, pulses, cereals, whole grains such as barley and oats, nuts and seeds and fruits and fresh vegetables.

➢ Men below 50 years of age should take 35-38 grams of fiber and above 50 aged senior citizens should consume 30 grams of fiber every day. Women blow 50 are scheduled to consume 25 grams of fiber, and above 50 are to consume 21 gram of fiber daily basis.

➢ Nuts and seeds, are a good source of monounsaturated fats that help in increasing the HDL (High Density Lipoproteins) levels.

➢ Fruits and vegetables are a rich source of complex carbohydrates. They are devoid of cholesterol. Cholesterol is seen in animal foods. They are not seen in plant foods, though saturated fats are present in plants. They are a rich source of phyto nutrients and antioxidants. They help in removal of free radicals, which are unstable molecules.

➢ Folic acid, seen in legumes reduces the homocysteine levels. Homocysteine levels is one of the culprits behind arterial blockage.

➢ Fatty cuts of meat, whole milk, whole dairy products, foods such as egg yolk, liver, organ meat, red meat, ham, and pork are to be avoided.

➢ Maintain the ideal body weight. Obesity is a factor of concern.

➢ Balanced diet, tension free life, will surely help a cardiac patient to live a peaceful and regulated life. Modification in lifestyle includes abstinence from smoking and alcohol. Exercise works in conjunction with a strict diet. Increased activity is essential for healthy living.

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April 13, 2009 at 4:58 pm

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