Categories: Nutrition Wellness

How Simple Super Foods Can Make You More Healthy

It’s a known fact that fresh, healthy foods help you stay fit and in good physical shape in the long run. Did you also know that there are some wonder foods that help you beat some illnesses? Here’s three common ailments, their causes and a list of foods you should eat to cure them.

Ailment: Low energy levels and fatigue
Causes: Insufficient intake of proteins and decreased levels of B12. It could also be due to low iron levels, vitamin D deficiency, underlying hormonal imbalance and elevated TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone) levels in the body.

What should you do:
< Include some form of proteins in your meals like milk and milk products. Vegetarians should have dals while non-vegetarians should include chicken, fish and eggs in their meals.
< Check your vitamin B12, D3 and iron levels and add a supplement in case the levels are insufficient.
< Keep a check on your thyroid as hypothyroidism can cause fatigue.

Ailment: Acidity
Causes: Long meal gaps, increased intake of tea or coffee, over eating, eating fast or late night eating, excessive consumption of alcohol or spicy and fried foods are the main culprits. Carminatives like peppermint, cigarette smoke, tobacco, nicotine and certain drugs like sulfa and steroids also cause it.

What should you do:
< Avoid consumption of tea or coffee.
< Have a glass of warm water with juice of half a lime with two tsp honey first thing in the morning.
< Soak 7-8 yellow raisins (munakkas) in water overnight and have it first thing in the morning. Raisins have high alkaline properties and
balance the acid in the body when consumed.
< Eat a banana daily before 4 pm.
< Chewing on basil (tulsi) leaves gives immense relief in nausea and gas.
5. Boil one cup of water and add one tsp of aniseed (saunf) to it. Cover and leave it overnight. Strain the water in the morning and add one tsp of honey to it. Consume this mixture thrice a day.

Ailment: Constipation
Causes: Lack of fluids and fibre in the diet, lack of exercise and increased intake of processed foods and refined flour coupled with a sedentary lifestyle and increased consumption of coffee causes constipation.

What should you do:
< Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily.
< Make sure that you have 3-4 servings of vegetables and fresh fruits (especially edible peelings) every day. Consume at least two of the following: vegetables such as fenugreek leaves, lady finger, etc. and fruits like apple, banana, pomegranate, guava, etc.
< Avoid processed foods and refined flour and include whole grains in your diet.

< Regular exercise helps the digestive system stay active and healthy. Walk for 45-60 minutes every day.
< Make sure one of your meals is rich in pulses as they are full of soluble fibre.

New Woman Team

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