We now live in a world were almost everyone has become more health conscious than ever. The old adage ‘you are what you eat’ springs to mind especially the day after a heavy dose of partying leads to a guilty pleasure or an oily snack at your local takeaway outfit. Why? because at 3:00am in the morning ‘you are definitely not what you eat’ !!! Well, if you have become one of the many UNIDaily readers pulling out the red card to unhealthy eating and opting for a much more balanced diet, then we have some tips for you, but since we are not experts at nutrition having falling prey ourselves to all of the above on many occasions. We asked Vidhi Patel, Nutritionist at Minerva Research Labs, what we can actually do to improve our diet and consequently to improve our health.
- More Inulin please! Yes, you can find inulin in more than 36,000 species of plants, including wheat, onion, bananas, garlic, asparagus, Jerusalem artichoke, leek, wild yams and chicory. Inulin has many health benefits. It slows digestion; increases fullness and removes cholesterol as it passes through the digestive tract. Hello Inulin!!!
- Have your daily dose of Holy Basil! No, you don’t need to go to the Church to get this… Vidhi says “A few leaves dropped in drinking water or foods can purify it and can kill germs within it as well. Even smelling it or keeping it planted in a pot indoors can protect the whole family from infections, coughs, colds and other viral infections. Take 2-5 fresh (or dried leaves) of Tulsi and boil in 200 ml of water for 2-4 minutes and then let it cool down. Drink this every day to boost your immunity. You can also add a teaspoon on Manuka Honey and 2 drops of freshly squeezed lemon once it has cooled down.” Amen, then!
- Add some Fenugreek to your diet and help flushing out harmful toxins. It also relieves indigestion, Vidhi says, and helps treat constipation. So take 15 fenugreek seeds daily after dinner or at bedtime. One teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in your food daily can be an effective remedy for acid reflux or heartburn. Fenugreek is frequently used, both the seeds and leaves of methi (fenugreek) in lentil curries, lentil soups, dals, parathas, naan breads and various dishes. You can use fresh leaves, seeds or even dried leaves of fenugreek and equally gain all the benefits from it.
Vidhi’s power tip: research has also shown that Fenugreek is an effective topical treatment for skin problems such as abscesses, boils, burns, eczema, and gout.
Fenugreek is particularly good for hair and skin because it has a compound with oestrogen-like properties called diosgenin. It is also rich in proteins, vitamin C, iron, fibre.
- Tumeric – The Golden Spice of Life.
Known as kasturi manjal, turmeric has been used in Asia for thousands of years and is a major part of Ayurveda medicine for its medicinal properties. It is also nick named as the ‘golden spice of life’ by the West. Curcumin, which constitutes 3.16% of turmeric powder, has a distinct bright yellow colour with earthy, slightly bitter and a mustardy smell.
The active compound curcumin is believed to have a wide range of biological effects including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumour, antibacterial and antiviral activities.
Turmeric may be helpful in preventing the blockage of arteries. Turmeric may help in keeping the bad cholesterol levels low and inhibits the oxidation of LDL (bad cholesterol). Oxidized LDL deposits in the walls of blood vessels contributing to the formation of atherosclerotic plaque. Turmeric may also prevent platelet build up along the walls of an injured blood vessel.
Turmeric is also recognized as an important adaptogen helping to support the body against oxidative stress, adrenal fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Clinical trials are going on for the use of turmeric to treat cancer, doses needed for any effect are difficult to establish in humans so far. But traditional Eastern Medicine has the well-known established effects of Turmeric way back before modern medicine was established, Vidhi declares. Turmeric is best for purification of the chakras, as well as purifying the path of the subtle physical body.
- Allicin found in garlic really is an amazing ingredient and superfood. It is high in vitamins C, B1 and B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper, Manganese and Selenium. But garlic is also loaded with another incredibly important nutrient called Allicin, which is the active ingredient in garlic. Garlic is also very potent at killing pathogens like bacteria and fungi.
- Include a daily sip of Gold Collagen® if you can’t be bothered to do anything of the above. Vidhi says that all the active ingredients (bioactive collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, B6, E, D, Copper, Zinc, Bioperine to name few) contained in this liquid collagen supplement will make you feel more energised and will benefit also your skin, joints, muscles, hair and nails. Wow!
- Do you need to switch to an Alkaline Diet? Now if you get to the bottom of this article, it means you are really determined to change your diet for the better!
Alkaline diet is a holistic approach to health and well-being, Vidhi tells us. It is a basic set of simple and effective diet and lifestyle plans that will bring your digestive system in to balance eventually bringing the body back to its natural healthy state.
If your pH is lower than 7, then it means your body has excess acid. Excess acid in the body is called Acidosis. Acidosis is much more dangerous and harmful to human body than excessive alkalinity (called as Alkalosis) which is why the alkaline diet and cure helps to prevent excess acidity in the body which helps in prevention of major disorders in future.
What are the signs to look for that can show your body is too acidic?
– Bloating and constipation
– Dry lustreless skin and hair
– Frequent cold and flu
– Muscle and joint pain
– Gum diseases and tooth decay
List of alkaline foods:
Alkalising Vegetables: Beetroot, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Fresh Green Peas, all types of Peppers.
Alkalising Fruits: Red & Green Apple, Banana, Berries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Melon, Lemon, Orange, Pear, Watermelon
Alkalising Protein: Almonds, Walnuts,Tofu
Alkalising Spices & Herbs:Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Mustard, Sea Salt/ Himalayan salt, Coriander, Parsley, Chives, Basil.