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Health Tips

The value of food is more when it is taken in a systematic manner and also by understanding the benefits of every bite we take

Health and Fitness has now become one of the major concerns. Earlier humans used to hunt for their living, due to which their body had to undergo a lot of physical exercise. This made life active and alert. Now, life has become more simple and easy. Everything we need is just a phone call away. This easy life has restricted humans to do that bit of physical exercise which is required to keep the body fit and healthy. We get instant, spicy and variety of food which lose their nutrition during the process.
We need proper nutrition and a fit and belathy body. Good Health is all that one craves for. Becoming healthier and fitter though not very difficult needs dedicated efforts.Healthy and nutritious food is very important for maintaining a good health. Healthy food involves, regular and timely food, juices, nuts, snacks and much more. A balanced diet, good food habits are essential for a healthy life.
You can find useful tips on nutrition and health benefits of various fruits and vegetables. Read on and add these to your daily life.
   
  • Healthy food for Stress Free Life: Nutritious and balanced diet is a must to free ourself from the physical and mental diseases and relieve stress
  • Apples are rich in vitamins and helps to reduce risks of colon cancer, prostrate cancer and lung cancer.
  • Radishes and their greens provide an excellent source of vitamin C and a powerful antioxidant. It has anti-inflammatory properties too. Radish leaves are a good source of calcium. Radishes contain cancer-protective properties.
  • Coconut: Coconut is known for its antifungal, anti bacterial properties. Coconut oil forms the base of many Ayurvedic medicinal preparations.
  • Cherries: Cherries are good source of many vitamins, minerals and are tasty to eat.
  • Plums: Plums are sweet, juicy fruit. It is a good source of vitamin C.
  • Spinach: Spinach is rich in iron and calcium. It helps overcome iron deficiency.
  • Beetroot: Beetroots contains good amount of folate, potassium and manganese.They are less in calories and are effective in curing skin problems.
  • Cauliflower: Cauliflower is highly nutritious and is effective in curing many ailments. It is rich in folate good for pregnant woman.
  • Mango: Mangoes are a very popular and widely available fruit. It is rich in potassium and is a known antioxidant.
  • Musk Melon - Tropical Delight: Musk melon is a tropical fruit which is been cultivated for a very long time. It is a rich source of vitamin 'C' and is effective in reducing body heat.
  • Cabbage - Healing Properties: Cabbage is a well known common vegetable. Its is low in calories and is long known for its healing properties.
  • Bitter Gourd: Bitter Gourd is a tropical vegetable. It is a well known cure for diabetes.
  • Papaya - A rich source of Minerals and Fibre: Papaya has high nutritional benefits. It is rich in Anti-oxidants, Minerals and Fibre. It also helps in Skin Treatments.
  • Oats - Fibre food that cures constipation: Oats have some unique fatty acids and antioxidants which together with Vitamin E slow cell damage.
  • Watermelon: Watermelon is highly refreshing during summer. It does not contain cholesterol and helps in eye sight also.
  • Banana: Banana helps in the treatment of Depression, Anemia, Blood Pressure, Brain power, Constipation, etc.
  • Almond: A highly Nutritious fruit: Consumption of Almond lowers cholesterol levels, reduces the risk of lifestyle diseases and gives overall wellness.
  • Egg: A nutritious food: Egg is a healthy and nutritious food. Lecithin in eggs prevents the absorption of cholesterol of egg and other sources too.
  • Calcium: The bone builder: Calcium Builds Strong Bones. Get calcium from greens, beans, or fortified foods. Vitamin D controls your body's use of calcium.
  • Mushrooms - A highly nutritious food: Mushrooms are rich in minerals, vitamin D (ergosterol), thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), dietary fibre as well as all the essential amino acids and are low in fat and calories.
  • Gooseberry (Amla): Rich in Vitamin C: Amla or Gooseberry has many nutritious benefits. The amla has been found to be the most abundant source of Vitamin C in the plant kingdom.
   

Tips on Diet

What we eat has a profound effect on our mind as well as the body. It is not only important as to what we eat but it is equally important as to how we eat. Following are a few tips on diet which help in getting the best out of what we eat.

Fresh ginger with a small amount of salt should be taken 10 to 20 minutes before food.

  • The diet, especially hard substances should be properly chewed.
  • Wherever possible intake of curd or buttermilk should follow food.
  • The food should be tasty, fresh and good in appearance.
  • It should neither be very hot nor absolutely cold.
  • Water should be avoided at least 15 minutes before food. The quantity of water after food should be small. Let it be drunk often.
  • Heavy (Guru) food should be taken in a limited quantity.
  • Heavy food should not be taken at night. The proper time of night meal is two to three hours before going to bed. After night meal, it is better to go for a short walk, of say hundred steps.
  • Heavy work or exercise should be avoided after food.
  • After meals, heavy mental or physical work should be avoided. Some rest is advisable for proper digestion of food.
   

Tips on Sleep

Sleep is most important for maintenance of health and longevity for the human beings. It is appropriately called 'Jagaddhatri ' because of its mechanism of overcoming wear and tear of the body due to physical work and mental stress and tissue loss. Numerous researches have shown the adverse effects of lack of sleep on mind and body.
  • One should sleep with head to the east or north.
  • The bedroom should be absolutely clean, well ventilated and free from noise and disturbance.
  • The bed must be neat clean and free from bugs.
  • The bedroom should be draught free.
  • One should avoid sleep when the brain is excited e.g. after reading, thinking, drinking etc.
  • The mind must be as free from worldly affairs and worries as possible while going to bed. This may be achieved by praying to God at the time of going to bed.
  • Sleeping late at night leads to ill health.
  • A minimum of 7 hours sleep is required in 24 hours to repair the wear and tear of the body.
  • Sleep during the day should be avoided as far as possible. However, if one keeps awake at night, he can take some sleep in the daytime. Day sleep is not contraindicated in summer but in winter the day sleep increases kapha thereby causing respiratory and digestive troubles.
  • It is advisable to massage the head, soles and palms with oil before going to bed. By massage dreams can be controlled.