Why You Should Drink More Water?

Water is an important constituent of yogic diet. Like oxygen, water is vital for health and life. Our brain and spine need water for proper functioning, our lungs need water to facilitate breathing, our cells and blood need water to move nutrients and toxins and our kidneys need water to efficiently eliminate waste matter.

Water is the healthiest beverage; no other beverage can replace it. To make up for everyday losses, from the lungs, skin, brain and kidneys and to maintain good health, one must drink at least twelve glasses of clean water every day.

Our body often feels dehydrated because water intake has reduced when compared to your physical energy output. You feel tired, drained out, when our body has not received enough water. Below are some of the ways our body gets benefited with the consumption of water.

People are becoming health conscious with every passing day and to meet what they want, they are sacrificing on many things when it comes to food. But sometimes it becomes really difficult to give up on something which is a part of your daily food habits. Work and family responsibilities often leaves no time for cooking, and it is easier to go out to restaurants or prepare meals with the ingredients available at home. And thus many people could not achieve their motive of healthy food.

Most of us are genuinely trying to do our best to stay healthy, so instead of leaving some things to stay healthy and fit, you can always make simple ingredient substitutions to create healthy recipes so that you don't have to sacrifice on taste, flavour and enjoyment. We're always looking for ways to make our favourite foods healthier, so we compiled a list of our best substitutions:

Green tea, a beverage par excellence, is one of the healthiest hot drinks around. Some may even go so far as to say it is the elixir of life, and many an ode has already been written in honour of its benefits ranging from improving blood flow, lowering cholesterol to preventing cancer and reducing fat to keep weight in check. The truth is, this impossibly simple drink seems almost too good to be true.

Diwali has come and gone. Whether you pulled out all the stops, exercised control, or followed simple ways to keep yourself feeling healthy while also enjoying the festivities, it’s that time of year when you’re going to want to cut back and detox a little. Dial back all the hectic indulgence and regain some balance. Now is as good a time to start as any, and we have just the tricks for you.

You’re probably wondering who would want to inculcate any kind of healthy habit while cooking your annual Diwali goodies. It’s hardly the time to watch what you eat, count those calories or cut back on the festivities. But given the number of festive feasts you’re likely to indulge in, a little mindful eating, a little careful cooking can help ensure that you get through the season feeling fabulous.

The festive season is well and truly upon us. While we’re still recovering from all the binging on sweets and snacks during Navratri, it’s already time for Diwali. And with this festival comes another wave of endless parties, exchanging sweets, late nights of celebration, and all the irresistible festive food. Everybody tends to let go a little during this time of gluttony and indulgence, and inevitably the guilt follows. But you could break that cycle this festive season.

As an entrepreneur there is always a sense of panic, stress and meeting deadlines. Everything around us that is work related takes priority. We tend to forget that our body and mind is going through immense exhaustion and stress to keep up with our schedules to become successful. So much so we end up eating at odd hours, eating unhealthy, with no time to exercise, with no time to drink enough water and of course as a result getting less sleep.

Avena sativa, commonly known as oats is a species of cereal grain widely known to be a health food loaded with nutritious properties and the ability to lower harmful effects of cholesterol. Oats are packed with dietary fibre - they contain more fibre than any other grain - and contain vitamins of the B-family like B-1, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, vitamin B-6 and folate. These vitamins play a vital role in metabolizing carbohydrates, proteins, fats and nucleic acids from your food consumed, allowing the body to use energy drawing from it. Oats are a hardy crop that when harvested can be stored for long periods of time, making them available throughout the year. Commercially they are sold as oatmeal, rolled oats, steel cut oats or oat bran - which is the outer casing of the oats intact. Their distinctive nutty, grain-like texture and taste comes from being roasted post-harvested. The great thing about oats is that despite being hulled, they withstand the process and retain their bran and germ, which accounts for most of the fibre and nutrient content remaining intact. Here are 4 compelling reasons why you should include oats in your everyday diet.

For generations we’ve been told that we need to fight cholesterol in order to stay healthy. So we go on all kinds of restrictions, to eliminate all manners of dietary cholesterol that we may consume and tip the balance and put ourselves at rick of hypertension and heart disease. The truth is, dietary cholesterol is not the only source. The human body produces cholesterol, to perform a variety of important functions. Cholesterol is produced in the liver, and plays a vital role in maintaining healthy cell membranes, building crucial hormones and vitamins. Cholesterol also forms bile production. Bile is a greenish fluid, also produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, and used in the digestion of food that contains fat. Bile acts as an emulsifier, breaking down large globules of fat into smaller particles so they can mix better with the enzymes that digest fat.

If you like to stay abreast with food trends and developments in clean eating, you’ll know that millets are suddenly getting a lot of good press. You might wonder why this food group that has been present in India for nearly 10,000 years is suddenly being touted as excellent for human consumption. You’ve probably dismissed this as the latest food-fad. But think again, here are five facts and very good reasons that make a good case for adding more millets in your meals.

With rampant growth if diabetes amongst Indians, caused by rapidly-changing unhealthy lifestyles, sedentary lives and increasingly processed and manufactured food items, doctors and health advisors are stresses the need to go back to natural and home remedies to control blood sugar, more than ever before. Research has already shown that a largely vegetarian diet that is low in calories, high in fibre and protein can help control diabetes, and in many cases prevent onset, when combined with healthy lifestyle choices and regular exercise.

One of the most basic tenets oft-repeated when discussing weight loss, healthy diets and clean eating is maintaining a High-Protein-High-Fibre intake. This typically means lowering the intake of carbs and upping the intake of protein and fibre in the daily diet. This is known to keep you feeling full for longer, reduces cravings and yet ticks all the right boxes in terms of daily nutritional requisites.

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We are all affected with tooth sensitivity at some point or the other and it happens when we eat or drink something hot, cold or extremely sour. This happens when the food that we eat reaches a nerve in our tooth causing tooth sensitivity.

There is not just one reason for this nerve exposure. A good set of teeth, over a period of time can wear down with the simple act of brushing too hard. So let’s look at foods we that can eat and foods that we should avoid when faced with sensitive teeth.

What's your favorite ready to eat food? At home, we buy packaged foods ranging from cereals, biscuits, cookies, ketchup, ice creams, ready to eat snacks, chips and many more. And all this even when I cook every meal of the day at home.

Some of these packaged foods have become a favorite at home and I am sure many of you buy them for as a quick convenience snack as well. Packaged foods are not all that bad; we just have to become informed consumers and pick and choose the right kind of foods.

Yes, the doctor might tell you to avoid stress-eating if you're trying to lose weight and watch what you eat, but there are some benefits of eating when you are stressed. The key is to eat the right stuff. More specifically, food that helps you fight stress. As always, quantity and moderation is key and with these foods that drive the stress blues away, a little usually goes a long way!

With all the media talk going on these days about Processed Food, MSG Added Food, Organic Foods, Genetically Modified Food and more, a lot of us blindly follow the bandwagon without taking time to understand what food is all about to our body and mind.
Apart from understanding food, we also have added an additional complexity into our lives of various diets for whatever different reasons it could be. I simply am not able to keep track of the diets that are floating around.

Why you need more fibre in your diet, if you’re diabetic?

Amongst the first things a person diagnosed with type-2 diabetes is usually told is to embrace a fibre-rich diet to help control blood sugar from spiking. If you are intimidated by the thought of revamping your diet to include more fibre in it, don’t be. It’s not as complex as it sounds. Much of the food our ancestors ate, was fibre-rich. Over the years, with the advent of processed foods, we have eliminated them from our daily use. We need to revisit them, reintroduce them to our kitchens and go back to a lot of simple, healthy, wholesome food habits. And for the sake of our health in the long run, it’s worth it.

A cup of yogurt is one of the oldest home-remedies for a series of stomach-related issues. Whether to ease persistent nausea, settle the stomach after a bought of indigestion, or to cool the system after a spicy meal, or even to replenish the good bacteria in your GI tract after a dose of strong medicines. A single 1-cup serving of yogurt is known to have 414 milligrams of calcium, while providing essential live active cultures of probiotics, that not only restore balance and play a part in vital stomach functions, but also help in production of certain vitamins (B and K). Believe it or not, that cup of yogurt, loaded with bacteria, is actually good for you.

Lettuce is one of the popular green leafy vegetables. Lettuce is widely known as salad green as well. It's crispy, green/crimson-red leaves are one of the incredible sources of essential nutrients that benefit health. Indeed, it is among the most sought-after green's, be it in your crunchy green salads or healthy sandwiches. Lettuce leaves are commonly available in four different varieties -  butterhead, crisphead, loose leaf and romaine. Each variety has a distinguished appearance and slight different flavor from each other. In general, the flavor of lettuce leaf is sweet, crisp and succulent. The lettuce leaves grow packed in firm bunches tucked with a small stem at the bottom of the bunch. Lettuce leaves have no aroma, but they can brighten up any salad recipe with their flavor and texture. 

It’s that time of year, the season associated with excessive sweating, fluid loss and dehydration. It’s particularly bad for us in India, this year, with a heat wave sweeping through the country. There is no better time than now, to understand the role fluids play in the functioning of your body and mind, and up that fluid intake today. And no, don’t reach out for those packaged juices and energizer drinks. Read on to find out what you can and should be drinking to stay hydrated this summer. 

Description: Ajwain is the member of the dill, caraway and cumin family. The carom seeds are a popular spice throughout the Indian sub-continent and is the native of the Southern part of India. The plant is grown in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Egypt as well. The carom seeds have a strong crude aroma to it, very similar to the thyme. While tasting it creates a hot sensation in the palate along with a light bitter taste. The seeds are small, ridged ovals, greyish green to redish-brown, and resembles cumin seeds. 

Natives names: Ajwani (Hindi), Carom Seeds (English), Omam (Tamil), Biyane (Marathi)

Ragi is one of the most common millets grown and extensively used in South India. The state of Karnataka is the largest producer of ragi in India. The origin of the millet is believed to be in Africa, where it is widely consumed. Ragi belongs to the family of small size millets. Ragi is a crop which can withstand severe drought conditions and can be easily grown throughout the year. It is a remarkable source of protein, making it a great source of nutrients for the vegetarian diets. The whole grain of ragi may be ground into flour or decorticated before grinding to produce either a fine particle product or flour, which is then used in various traditional foods. 

Natives names:  Hindi (Ragi), Tamil (Kelvaragu), English (Finger Millet), Marathi (Nachni)

Amaranthus also popularly known as Amaranth is a tropical plant whose seeds and greens have been grown and used in India, Central and Latin America. The Amaranth Leaves, come in both green and red forms or a combination of both colors. Amaranth comes in all sizes, shapes and colours. The leaves can be round or lance shaped, five to fifteen cm long or more, light green, dark green, reddish or variegated. Seeds maybe white, yellow, pink or black. The seeds and the leaves of the plant are known to be highly nutritious and makes a perfect vegetables or as a salad green. 

The ancient yogis were aware that alignment is the key to good posture; they knew that wrong postures disturb the anatomical alignment and cause strain and discomfort. Overtime it can lead to neck pain, back pain, knee pain, headache, respiratory problems, fatigue, anxiety and so on. But many of us are not aware that posture plays a vital role in one’s well being.

The human skeletal system is not designed for sitting on the chair or on overstuffed couches as they cause misalignment in the legs, hips, pelvis and spine and lead to various health issues. Ergonomic chairs also do not align the body properly. Sitting on the floor provides perfect alignment and strength to the legs, pelvis, hips, abdomen and spine.

Asanas are designed for the anatomy of human body. They improve alignment, stability, strength and balance; heal damages caused due to improper lifestyle. Note all the asanas mentioned in this article is recommended for people who have already been practising yoga or can be done under the guidance of an experience yoga teacher. 

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