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Diabetes

Diabetes

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder which occurs when pancreas are not producing enough insulin or the body not responding properly to the insulin produced. Diabetes is characterized by high level of blood glucose or blood sugar. Insulin is a hormone that is required to transfer…

Top 5 Weight loss foods

Top 5 Weight loss foods

Looking for weight loss foods ? This is just what you need. Weight loss foods are filling, fibrous, protein-rich and low fat. Calorie value of different foods are different. The important thing is to eat consciously and not to stop eating altogether. Fix a realistic…

Weight loss diet

Weight loss diet

Horse gram vs Flax seeds for weight loss

Horse gram is the most protein rich lentil known. It derives its name from being served to horses before races. It is accepted as medicinal food by Ayurveda and is prescribed for persons suffering from Jaundice. Horse gram is best known for weight loss diet. Horse gram contains 57% carbohydrates, 22% proteins and only 0.5% fat. The very low fat and high protein and fiber content makes it ideal for weight loss diet. Horse gram also contains minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and iron and also vitamins such as  thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.

Flax seeds are common oil seeds originated from the middle east. Of late, they have gained popularity as health food due to their high content of heart-healthy omega-3 fats, fiber, and other unique plant compounds.  They are easily added to our diet and generally improve digestion. Flax seeds contain 29% carbohydrates, 18% proteins and 42% fats (almost half of it is omega-3). They contain vitamins Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6, Folate and Vitamin C and minerals Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

Both horse gram and flax seeds are good for diabetic diet. Horsegram is better than flax seeds due to high protein and low fat content and has traditionally been used in weight loss diet. Although it has great nutrition value, its use has been under-utilized.

Gain weight with Ghee

Gain weight with Ghee

Ghee is clarified butter. It is an age-old practice to melt unsalted butter – clarify it by heating and filtration. Ghee is one of the important ingredients in preparing traditional Indian food. It improves the overall taste of the food with its rich flavor. It…

Seven steps for a healthy heart

Seven steps for a healthy heart

Identify the chances of heart diseases and cancer and how to keep them away from our door. How many of these healthy steps are we following? 1. Walking Walking is one of the easiest forms of physical activity. Regular walking helps in maintaining our overall…

After Financial Self-test, what next?

After Financial Self-test, what next?

Ok. You have done the Financial Self-Test. What next?

Based on the scores you now have a self-assessment about your financial position. Now, to sustain and grow towards a bountiful financial future, follow these tips:

  1. Increase your income
    One of the first traits of the wealthy is having spare cash after all expenses. Therefore, either taking up a job or creating own business, we should try to increase our income. It is hard to save with a meagre income. So, earning more than we can spend is the only way to save in ease. Only then we can invest the spare cash.
  2. It is dangerous to borrow in the beginning
    Borrowing without a good reason is like committing suicide. Loans are to be seen only as an option to get out of difficult situations. It is not to be used for repaying another loan (rotate between loans). Some of the newly employed persons carry out unrequired expenses spending randomly – end up without enough money for required expenses and are forced to borrow. Personal loans, credit cards etc. are tempting traps and is difficult to not fall prey to them. Planned expenditure is a must to avoid loans.
  3. What is risk?
    Risk is acting on something that could lead to loss or misfortune. Unplanned and uncalculated risks often bring large loss. But it does not mean we should never take risk. We can take calculated risks at a young age to have a happy financial future. Should I take up a job or start a business, should I invest in stock market or not, should I change my current job – Instead of brooding over everything and not doing anything, it is better to take calculated risk and go ahead with all our might. Persistence is the key to success!
  4. Saying “no” to unclear investments
    There are lots of dubious investment advice available that sound lucrative but are fraudulent such as receiving returns 10 times of your investment. These schemes aim to trap those easy-lucky people who don’t have proper knowledge of how the market works. Majority of investors do not know about their investments. So, be it an insurance policy or an investment – do proper homework to know where you are putting your hard-earned money. Never fall for unclear investments.
  5. What’s the need now?
    Many of us fail to see the importance of the words – Investment / Savings. A common notion about investment and savings is that: What’s the need for me to Save or Invest now? We start planning on how to spend the first month’s salary deciding about getting a mobile or bike etc. – instead we should be thinking how much to save for future. In later stages when we are carrying a family, we find it difficult to make both ends meet. Learn to save right from the first job – even if it is just $10 ! …later increase the savings. Turn the saved money into proper investments.

To sum up : Earn more to save more; Save to invest; Invest to increase; Only an increased amount of money will help secure the financial future !

Self-Test to check your financial future

Self-Test to check your financial future

Are you floating in income or drowning in loan? These days it is very hard to sustain a comfortable living even with two or three earnings in a household. Fighting out daily odds is getting more difficult leave alone spending on luxury and parties. This…

Oil bath for a healthy body and mind

Oil bath for a healthy body and mind

During my childhood, I have often come across people whose faces gleam with happiness and peace, their hair neatly oiled and combed. Their inner tranquility comes from their daily routine of bathing.  In my village, there are community ponds where people swim, bathe and wash.…

Life is a cup of tea

Life is a cup of tea

Life is a cup of tea

Life is a cup of tea

someone casually said this golden phrase. I was intrigued to find what is so much special in tea. So, with a spoon of curiosity I traveled to a tea plantation.

There are different qualities of levels in tea and is classified as high quality, mediocre, economy etc. But the raw material for all types of tea is the same.  The powdering methods and variations in the production cause the tea to be classified as Green Tea, Silver Tea, Oolong Tea, Black Tea, Yellow Tea and Dust Tea.

Green tea, Yellow tea, Oolong tea, Black tea

Tea contains more than 700 molecules. Especially protein chain based amino acids and immunity boosting anti-oxidants are found in abundance. Flavonoids, which are known to help fend off heart diseases, are also found in large quantities – that is in one cup of tea there is 21% of Flavonoids. Tea plays an important part in the health of mouth and teeth. While keeping the normal blood pressure within control, it also helps in preventing diabetes. Due to the presence of oxalic acid, it is better to drink tea in moderate quantities for people having renal problems. We can take up to 3 or 4 cups of tea in a day. It is best to drink tea without milk. Drinking dust tea in large quantities cause acidity, dizziness and vomiting. Dust tea is easily adulterated and as such cause problems like discolored teeth.

Tea is produced from the leaves of the evergreen shrub Camellia sinensis. Leaves plucked from the tea gardens are processed to produce different types of tea such as dust tea, green tea oolong tea and silver tips tea. Tea manufacturing companies have research departments to come up with new types of tea to entice as well as satisfy the customers. Although the production of different types of tea is different their nutrition does not vary much. However, this does not apply to dust tea.

The production method of tea determines its price. Apart from this, additions such as ginger, lemon, almonds etc. improve the taste and add to the nutrition of tea.

Tea is a natural drink. The best method to drink it is after boiling in water and filtering. When milk is mixed to tea, the chemical substances of milk nullify the nutrients in tea. Experts say tea powder should not be boiled for a long time in water – it should be put in a container and boiling water should be poured in it and allowed to stay for few minutes. This way, the nutrients in tea powder mix with the hot water and can be directly taken in.

Nutrition facts – tea

Tea contains 6 varieties of polyphenols. Tea also contains caffeine and small amounts of theobromine and theophylline, alkaloids which are stimulants. Studies show that theobromine reduces the extent of nicotine accumulation from smoking.

Anti-oxidants which delay the ageing process are found in plenty in tea. These remove the excessive fat from the body and help in maintaining the balance and increase immunity of the body. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) found in tea, helps to improve the functioning of our brain. Polyphenols stop the growth of cancer-causing cells and stimulate alpha waves and makes the mind calm. Tea also contains vitamins B, C, E, K, potassium, zinc and manganese. There are no calories in tea. The extent of nutrients is maximum in green tea and least in dust tea.

Go – make your cup of tea now !

How water affects our health

How water affects our health

Water is regarded as one of the Primary Elements as accepted in many cultures all over the world. It is one of the sources of sustaining life. Most of the historical civilizations were evolved along the source of water – typically rivers. People used to…