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This Indian Superfood is Nature’s Nectar of Life

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Legend has it that the great Chera king Athiyaman gave this eternal fruit to Avvaiyar 1 ( a great Tamil poet) so that the legacy of the Tamil heritage lives on forever.

This ancient fruit finds mentions in old scriptures and texts and has been promoting longevity and great health since centuries.

Even, the father of Indian Ayurveda (Shushruta) testified about the rejuvenating quality of this Indian gooseberry for your body and mind.

Avla, as we all better know it merits the status of a superfood for the wonderful health benefits it brings for us.

Ask your grandma about this berry, you will either find an anecdotal story on how it’s usage cured her digestion problem or you may find her giving out a classic Avla ka murabba recipe. ( Murraba is kind of a Jam).

Personally, I love the tangy, pungent Avla pickle my mother makes with a dash of honey in it. It is a delight for someone who loves to have a bite full of natural flavours.

Coming back to it’s raving benefits, Avla’s popularity is similar to superfood status. No mean feat for this pocket-sized powerhouse of nutrition.

If you are into Ayurveda, you would know the importance of the right diet to balance your three doshas. – Vatta, Pitta and Kapha. Well, adding Avla in your daily dose of nutrition helps in the process too.

From a Home remedy for cough and cold to a potent solution for stronger immunity

When I was a child, I remember how much I hated eating green veggies. Even drinking milk was a slog in the morning. French fries, Potatoes, sugary candies, and bread toast were all that my diet consisted of.

Ancient fruit - avlaNow picture this chubby kid opening his tiffin box in recess time to find out sprouts for lunchtime.

If that was not too much to handle for my taste buds, my mother had also added Indian superfood  i.e 4-5 raw Avlas to eat.

Well, when it comes to Avlas, the peculiar pungent taste hits you hard in your taste buds.

But if you are thinking that I could have got away with an unfinished tiffin, you don’t know that my mom gave my class teacher full instructions to make sure that I finish my lunch totally.

Well, it took me a couple of days to give in, but I am glad I did. Those wintry mornings in Ranchi made me suffer from running nose and cough quite often.

So, If the morning tulsi tea was not enough, I was made to strictly eat these gooseberries for lunch.

To my surprise, my cough vanished within four days. It also helped in raising my immunity level.

Seeing the quick and effective results, I began to take healthy eating seriously from a very young age. There comes a point in every kid’s life when he realises that the right nutrition is anytime better than pills and health tonics.

Do tell me in the comment section if you have had any such realisations while growing up.

Actually, Avla is a rich source of Vitamin C. That means it has an abundance of antioxidants.

You can read more about the value of antioxidant-rich foods for your immunity and overall health here and here

Avla is your natural skin and hair conditioner.

Your skin and hair love a daily dose of antioxidants. And the Vitamin C content aids in this process. It will take you 17 oranges to reap a similar vitamin C nourishment. This means that your body gets an optimum level of collagen production which means you get smoother, shinier hair along with radiant and glowing skin.
All this while promoting skin and hair health.

Avla is a boon to your eyesight

Once I was browsing the web for a pair of good-looking spectacles. I came across an article on lenskart.com talking about the natural ways to boost eye health. Amla made it to the top of their list. Now when an eye care company promotes Avla as one of the best ways to take care of your eyes, it will definitely raise your curiosity level

I mean they could have suggested any eye exercise on the top of their list. Why Indian superfood first?

I immediately looked up some evidence. Well, traditionally, Amla is considered as a Rasayana ( rejuvenator) in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. Rasayana crystalizes tissue growth for a disease-free life.

When looking for scientific evidence, you can refer to this brief article as a starting point. It highlights other benefits too.

So when it comes to your eyes, Amla primarily helps in preventing muscle degeneration to help you curb eye diseases and improve your eyesight.

Avla takes care of your gut health and accelerates your weight loss goals

While many people will tell you that consuming Avla regulates your metabolism.

Some people take this a step further. Avla is a rich source of dietary fibre. What it means is that if you can snack on Avla before your meal or drink a glass full of Avla juice, it can actually take care of your cravings.

So when your stomach is full with lesser calorie 1intake, you reach your weight loss goals rather quickly. The same fact was revealed in a study conducted by Loughborough University too.

Conclusion

When it comes to your health and fitness, Indian superfood Avla is a total health booster. Starting with small quantities of nourishment can add longevity to your life.

That’s not all, it is known for its pain-alleviating quality in patients suffering from Arthritis too.

Maybe I should consider writing a small ebook to cover all the benefits in detail. Maybe later, I will.

So what benefits have you discovered for yourself if you have used Avla in your diet?

Also, do you use it as a pickle, dried form or eat it raw. You can crush it to make a natural juice also.

So have you had any realisations or experiences which helped you in making better diet choices while raising your awareness towards nutrition?

If so, do let me know in the comment section. I would love to know.

Also, read about the magical herb

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Krishnendra is a passionate writer and loves travelling, singing and reading. He prefers to write more about niche than anything in general. Look out for his more articles in the coming future.

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Top 10 Foods To Fight Seasonal Flu

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Seasonal superfoods

Are you sure you have a strong immunity? In the current season of the year, cold and cough can surprise us easily if our immunity is weak. If you get infected too, especially from cold and cough, don’t worry. Some superfoods will give you relief, and you will recoup quickly.  A healthy person with good immunity can recover from a cold in just three, four days, while a cough takes up to one week to recover. And the person with low immunity can take two, three weeks to recuperate from a simple cold and cough.

A list of “Top 10 foods to fight seasonal flu” has been prepared, just in case you are looking for it.  Have these delicious superfoods and give a wiry fight to seasonal flu. Let’s dive in.

Soups

Soups

Chicken or other broth-based soups work not less than medicine in cold and cough situations. The steam of soups reduces nose congestion and inflammation in the respiratory tract. Soup intake also solves your dehydration problem, which will not cause you headaches and dry mouth. By the way, chicken soup is best in cold and cough, but if you are vegetarian then, you can also take the veg soup. And to make it more delicious, you can add other elements like garlic, cayenne, turmeric, and ginger.  You can enjoy this yummy soup in your cozy bed.

Organic Honey

Organic honey

Organic honey has antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties.  Add one spoon of organic honey to warm water or in your chamomile tea, stir it well and have it slowly. How are you feeling now? It will not give calmness to your sore throat and cough, but it will reduce the inflammation in the respiratory tract.  Organic honey boosts our immunity, and we should have it daily.

Kiwi

Kiwi

This tiny black seeded fruit has the power to boost your immune system and diminish upper respiratory infections like cold & cough. You might be wondering why this fuzzy fruit only? Kiwi is not only Vitamin C but also other antioxidants rich fruit. As per research, daily adults required only 65-90mg of vitamin C.  Guess what? One medium-sized kiwi provides 64-71mg of vitamin C. All you have to do is eat one kiwi a day and keep any seasonal flu away.

Barley

Barley

The next superfood on our list is barley. As per studies, barley has a soluble fiber that helps in the production of the anti-inflammatory protein.  This anti-inflammatory protein helps reduce inflammation in the upper respiratory tract and boosts our immune system. Have it in your soup, broth, or in a lunch salad!

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds

When you hit with a cold and cough, pumpkin seeds can do miracles.  It can help to cut the span of cold symptoms. Pumpkin seeds are a prominent source of zinc. And zinc performs a significant role in boosting the immune system. If you are up with a cold and cough, what are you waiting for?  Keep the cold and flu at bay with pumpkin seeds; make a smart choice!

Fish

Fish

Fishes are the best source of Vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids. And the body needs these nutrients to boost our immune system. Oily fishes like tuna and salmon are more advantageous because they are rich in Vitamin D  also. According to the studies, people taking vitamin-D supplements are rarely catching seasonal flu. The high level of vitamin-D in the body reduces the chance of respiratory infection. If you haven’t added this amazing superfood to your diet yet, then don’t delay it more.  Add it now because your health is in your hands only.

Garlic

Garlic

The next superfood on my list is “Garlic.” You can find it in every Indian kitchen. It not only adds gusto to recipes, but its antimicrobial properties help to boost your immune system.

There is an active element, named “Allicin” in garlic, which has antibacterial, antibiotic, and antifungal properties.  Daily a single clove of garlic will help you to fight seasonal flu-like cold and cough. Did you know that it is quite impossible to take it in raw form? But you can add it to your salad, soup, or stew.  Amazing idea, right? According to some research, to absorb the garlic’s medicinal properties, you can rub a fresh garlic clove to the sole of your feet.  I’m not sure if it is effective or not. But there is no harm in trying this hack.

Turmeric

Turmeric

Did you know that turmeric helps to fight the seasonal cold and cough? When the season changes, people with low immunity catch the cold and cough frequently and suffer a lot.  Turmeric is a saviour for people with low immunity.  Turmeric helps to boost the body’s immunity.  There is an ingredient called Curcumin; it has healing properties.   Turmeric assists the body in refining the respiratory tract. The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric protect the human from the cold and flu. If you are wondering how to take turmeric in raw form, then no worries.  I will explain the simple ways to add it to your diet.

  1. You can add a few pinches of turmeric in warm milk and have it.
  2.  If you don’t like milk (milk is good for health), you can add it to your lemon, ginger tea.
  3. The simplest way is to add a few pinches of turmeric and black pepper in warm water and drink in the early morning.

Green leafy vegetables

Green leafy veges

It’s time to add green leafy vegetables to your menu. Green leafy vegetables are rich in fibers, vitamin C, and folic acid. It strengthens your body defending system. So, introduce spinach, kale to your menu to give a tough fight to seasonal flu.

Green Tea

Green tea

Have you tried green tea when you are suffering from seasonal flu? If not, then you must try it. It gives relief from the flu. Green tea has an antioxidant called catechins that help to protect us from viral infections. You can add raw honey to your green tea and have it.  It will help to fight off seasonal flu.

“These amazing superfoods will not only cut the duration of cold and cough symptoms but will boost your immune system also.  Try these now and see the difference by yourself.”

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5 Melanin Rich Foods: How Can You Increase Melanin ?

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The internal clock of the body is regulated by melatonin. It also regulates the sleep cycle of our body. While exposed to Darkness body tends to produce more melatonin, which triggers sleep in light melatonin production, it gets decreased and activates the body to the away melatonin. It is helpful in the treatment of insomnia Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and osteoporosis metabolic syndrome too and bipolar disease exposure to mobile phones at night made a crease in the production of melatonin consuming melanin rich foods are better than the use of melatonin supplements a diet.

It is the pigment that gives hair, skin, hair of humans their color. Dark-skinned people have more melanin in their skin than light-skinned people have. A cell called melanocytes produces melanin. It provides some protection again skin damage from the sun, and the melanocytes increase their melanin production in response to sun exposure. Which occur in all races are small concentrated areas of increased melanin production.

What does melanin do in our body?

Melanin plays an essential part in determining the color of your hair, skin, and eyes, especially your genes. They are inherited from your parents. Largely dictate how much melanin you make; people with dark skin have more, as we discussed before.

The body makes melanin through several chemical reactions as melanogenesis. An essential step in this complex sequence is the oxidation of an amino acid called tyrosine, one of several building blocks of protein. The level of melanocyte production creates a difference in appearance among people with light and dark pigmentation, not the number of melanocytes in the skin.

Melanin rich foods are given below

1.Tart cherry :

Tart cherries

Tart cherries are rich in melatonin. Newtonian banana provides melatonin in plant nutrient banana contains potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B6 3

2.Tomatoes:

Tomatoes are well-endowed in May. The tone in tomatoes also contains vitamin E Alpha tropospheric thiamin niacin vitamin B6 folate magnesium. Phosphorous and copper.

3.Carrot:

melanin rich food - Carrots

It is an excellent source of dietary fiber vitamin A. Vitamin C, vitamin K potassium, and manganese 400 rich in melatonin provide a sufficient amount of fiber and contain beta-glucan antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins in plenty. Besides, it regulates blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels.

4.Pineapple:

Pineapple

Pineapple provides a sufficient amount of melatonin to the body. It is also rich in manganese, and it is also when a down in vitamin C vitamin B1 vitamin B6 proper dietary fiber folate and pantothenic acid.

5.Dark Chocolate:

Dark chocolates

Dark chocolate is a vitamin-rich superfood with very great overall health benefits. It eventually blocks the breakdown of collagen, and it is known to replace lost moisture in our skin. Dark chocolate is rich in nourishing antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals for dry skin—the flavor in dark chocolate helps protect from sunburn.

Important information

Melanin is also important for hair. Melanin is that pigment that gives natural color to hair and eyes. The more the melanin, the darker will be the color! For instance, here are some super doings of the pigment-

  • Regulates hair color
  • Protects hair from sun rays
  • Reduces stress

You can also increase melanin in your body by doing performing these medicated steps:

  • Skin peeling
  • Microblading
  • Microderbmation
  • Laser resurfarcing

Final word

Now, when we know the importance of melanin and we have an idea of food rich in melanin. We have to focus on our body, on our diet. After all, our body is our temple!

Also, Check out our blog top 7 sugar-free fruits

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Does Celery Really Benefit? Celery Juice Detox Benefits

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Celery juice contains multiple nutrients that can be beneficial for your health. One glass of celery juice detox benefits us a lot. It is a decent source of a variety of nutrients, including calcium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and K.

What are the benefits of drinking celery juice?

Decrease Inflammation

Both celery stalks, leaves, and celery seeds provide nutritious advantages, but celery produces mainly two protective luteolin and apigenin antioxidants. Analysis suggests that apigenin and luteolin decrease inflammation in a variety of inflammatory diseases and can help treat them.

Helps in staying hydrated

Celery juice primarily consists of water which can allow you to keep hydrated. Staying hydrated is vital to the body, but not enough fluid is consumed by many people every day. Suitable Hydration assists with blood pressure control, body temperature, brain activity, availability of foods, excretion of waste, and kidney health

Celery juice for digestion

By rising intestinal circulation, shifting, and moving stuff. It is ideal for constipation, bloating, diarrhea, and retaining water and functions as a soft, gentle, organic laxative and diuretic substance. This is how it helps you detox.

Guide for Celery Juice intake

Celery Juice

How long does celery juice last?

After juicing it is best to drink the celery juice, at that time only. But don’t let it go one day (24 Hours). Make sure that you seal this in a mason jar and store it in the fridge if you use this option.

If you cannot drink after making your celery juice and it’s your only choice to make ahead and freeze, then it’s alright to freeze. But this is the last resort on which we do not depend. The potent medicinal properties of celery juice will decline when it is frozen.

What is the Best time to drink celery juice?

When to drink celery juice? The most suitable time to drink is in the early morning when you drink anything but water or lemon water (wait at least 15 minutes before you get your celery juice. Just wait at least fifteen minutes before eating something else, after consuming celery juice. When the celery juices can’t be consumed first in the morning, the second-best choice is to drink it 15 to 30 minutes before and after eating something, ideally in the late afternoon or early evening. This will help you achieve a celery juice cleanse.

How much celery juice to drink a day?

Experts agree it is an ideal starting point for consuming 16 ounces of celery juice a day. (Although you can find it helpful for you to drink up to 24 or 32 ounces a day if you have serious or persistent problems.)

Some symptoms of Celery Juice

Can celery cause diarrhea?

Yes, celery juice can “wash the bowels out,” but that’s not always a good thing! It is said, after drinking celery juice, improvements to the bowel motions are normal, and they are a sign of the body moving contaminants out of the “toxic liver.” The truth here is, Celery is rich in mannitol, which is hard to digest. Mannitol draws excess water into the bowels so it can loosen our bowels and induce diarrhea, discomfort, and urgency.

Can Celery juice cause stomach pain?

The main nerve which transmits signals and allows the stomach to operate is the vagus nerve. Sometimes with a low-grade viral infection including Shingles and Epstein Barr, certain neurotoxins cause the vagus nerve to become slightly inflamed.

Thus, as you drink the juice, the neurotoxins tend to purify from the small nerve endings of the stomach lining, causing stomach pain.

Celery juice detox symptoms

  • Skin rash, acne
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Digestive issues like gas, diarrhea, and bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Flu-like symptoms

Side effects of celery juice

The celery juice may have some side effects, and it might not be healthy for everyone.

Toxicity

Chemical psoralen is something that celery reacts to sunlight. Eating celery and other psoralen foods may maximize the exposure of the skin to ultraviolet light, it raises the chance of dermatitis, sun damage, and photoaging. Simply touching psoralen-rich foods will lead to skin discomfort for individuals who are sensitive to psoralen.

High levels of salt

Approximately 30 mg sodium per 1 medium (40 g) stalk is present in celery. People must be conscious of the amount of salt they use, as a high-sodium diet will increase blood pressure and induce fluid retention. Most people shouldn’t have trouble eating celery every day.

Final Word

Researchers show that there are various health benefits of celery that can help reduce blood pressure and inflammation and also help in weight-loss. Someone said it rightly, “Prevention is better than cure”.

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Highly creative and an extrovert who completely loves interacting with people and making new connections. I love using my creative ideas on waste and DIY items. Other than this I am a complete foodie and rather enjoy trying different food varieties.

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