Monday, January 16, 2017

What to Eat in Winter?

It is clear that exactly in winter our body needs support. There is a large selection of food products that help us survive in the cold, strengthen the immune system and maintain a good mood. Below is the rating of healthy winter food products:

Leaf lettuce. It is rich in vitamins A and C, and, besides, contains calcium, which is very much needed to strengthen our bones, to maintain a balance of minerals, and to stimulate metabolism. Lettuce also contains beta-carotene, which helps to strengthen eyesight.

Beets. It is considered a dietary product, so do not be afraid to gain weight of it. It contains substances that help for prevention of cardiovascular diseases. It is also believed that beet increases endurance of the body while training.

Cabbage. Various types of cabbage. Each variety possesses some or other healthy properties. The main advantage of cabbage is that it is credited with the ability to kill and block the development of cancer cells. It is also believed that cabbage can stimulate the work of liver, making it capable of destroying pesticides and carcinogens.

Cranberries. This is another winter visitor. It is good both in sugar and by itself. We can make wonderful fruit drinks and cakes with it. It contains many minerals, and beneficial for the body lutein.

Pumpkin. For a long time pumpkin has been known and famous for its healthy properties. This product is dietary enough, and can be used in a variety of dishes, beginning with salads and ending with desserts.

Mango. Mango is rich in iron, so it is good to use for people suffering from anemia, and for pregnant women. It is considered that eating it regularly we can help the body to suppress appearance and growth of cancer cells. Among the healthy features of mango there also are: improving digestion, low carbohydrate content, high content of vitamins A and E.

Carrot. It is necessary to eat raw carrots, seasoned with butter or sour cream, regularly, because the nutrients contained in it, have a positive effect on skin, hair, and nails, improves eyesight and digestion, reduce the level of cholesterol and blood sugar, and regulate blood pressure.

Citrus fruits. Lemons, tangerines, oranges, pomelo, and grapefruit are rich in vitamins, fiber, and flavonoids. They increase the body's resistance to colds, increase vitality, and help the prevention of cancer.

Kiwi. It has been proven long ago that this fruit contains several times more vitamin C than citrus fruits. It can be eaten as a separate dish and also added to salads.

Garlic and onion. This couple does not need to be introduced.

Pomegranate. One pomegranate contains approximately 40% of the daily norm of vitamin C. Vitamins A and E, folic acid and much fiber also can be found in it.

Note that all winter fruits are very bright. And it is not by accident, as in autumn and in winter there are so few colors around us, it gets dark early and it dawns late, from here the blues come. Surrounding yourself with colors, you increase your vitality.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tea Cleansing Diet Options

Cleansing a body or individual organs of toxins is becoming a good habit for many connoisseurs of a healthy lifestyle. According to them, the simple and very affordable prescription suggested to everyone will help cleanse the body almost at a cellular level.

We need to take 5 tablespoons of pine needles, 1 tablespoon of rose hips, and 1 tablespoon of onion peels. Pour 1 liter of water into the mixture, and boil for 5 minutes. Then wrap the broth into something warm and leave overnight. In the morning strain the mixture out and add some water to eventually get 1 liter of a drink. Drink a glass of it 3 times a day, slowly, by small sips.

The second way to cleanse the body of toxins is to use the so-called herbal tea diet. If you feel that you have developed more tired and lost the ability to relax, try to take such a diet for at least a few days. It will also be good for those who want to lose weight.

Morning tea: in 10g of sage, calendula, lavender, horsetail, blackberry and St. John's wort, in 25g of yarrow and thyme.

Afternoon tea: 10g of calendula, in 15g of horsetail, yarrow, and St. John's wort, 25g of thyme, 45g of linden blossom.

To brew the tea put in a cup of boiling water 1 tablespoon of the mixture and press for 10 minutes. Drink per a cup with no sugar. Besides the fact that such extracts wash away toxins very well, the morning tea is an excellent toner, and the evening tea, on the contrary, promotes relaxation and recreation.

If you feel that it would not hurt to clean the vessels, you need to prepare the infusion of 2 tablespoons of minced valerian root, 1 cup of fennel seeds, and 2 cups of natural honey. To do this, place the mixture in a two-liter flask, pour boiling water to the neck, and infuse it for 24 hours. Take per 1 tablespoon of the infusion 30 minutes before a meal 3 times a day.

To clean your joints and spine of salts, ordinary bay leaves will be helpful. Water 5g of bay leaves with 300 ml of water, boil for 5 minutes, and then push in a thermos for 3-4 hours. After that, filter the liquid, and drink in small sips within 12 hours. The infusion should be taken for 3 days in a row. A week later, you can repeat the detox. During these days it is recommended to stick to a vegetarian diet. In the first year this course is to be taken once a quarter, and thereafter once a year.

Tea + minimum of food = full nutrition even under extreme loads. This is possible through a unique combination of a large number of proteins, vitamins and minerals in tea. A cup of green tea contains 0 calories, but even in case of a forced long-term (up to 5-8 days) tea diet the feeling of hunger does not appear, working capacity remains normal, and weight loss slows down.

Speaking of a tea diet, for prevention of any disease doctors recommend fasting "tea days" (1-2 times a month). During 24 hours it is necessary to drink a cup of warm loosely green tea (nice and white teas and oolong) without anything every 3-4 hours. In such 'tea fasting days' it is recommended to move more (in order to sweat), but do not overwork. Toxins get out greatly!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

10 Principles of Ayurveda Nutrition. Part 3.

8. Trust your intuition.
Though ayurvedic texts contain the detailed lists of products corresponding to any properties and tastes, remember, this knowledge is present in you initially. If you are in balance, if you live in harmony with nature, you will want just the kind of food, your body needs most of all at the moment. If you are attracted to food, because of which you feel physical or emotional discomfort, it means that the balance is disturbed. The easiest way to get it back is to begin using all six tastes again. And once you will notice that you like useful food no less, and thus the balance is restored. When there is a doubt in the choice, just remember what food you prefer when you are fine.

9. Have a meal in a good spirit.
Calm and steady meal guarantees its normal absorption and good spirit for the whole day. Consumed food absorbs the energy of our thoughts, that’s why think only about good at the table. If you can not stop the flow of negative thoughts and emotions, then do not eat for some time, because food will not go for the good now.

10. Do not hurry.
This is very simple but important rule of eating. To eat slowly even more important than to pay attention to what you eat. Favorable food, not chewed properly, is not useful. But if you have to eat not very nutritious food because of any external circumstances and you eat it slowly and your digestive system is in good condition, then your body will still benefit from the food. Thus, according to Ayurveda, the self-adjusting system of your organism works.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

10 Principles of Ayurveda Nutrition. Part 2.

4. Follow principles of compatibility products.
According to Ayurveda, you need to eat fruits, starch, proteins and fats separately at different times of the day.

Here are some examples:
• drink milk or yogurt separately from acidic fruits, or citrus;

• eat fruits separately from potato and other starchy foods (fructose is digested quickly);

• eat melon separately from grain and milk (generally it is desirable not to combine melons with any food).

5. Rest from food.
According to Ayurveda, once a week you should "rest" from the heavy food. As people, who practice fasting for one day, say, it is not easy to get used to the food limitations, but eventually you feel a sense of lightness and "hover" and you begin to understand all the charm of this principle.

6. Include all 6 tastes in the diet.
A balanced diet should include all six tastes (sweet, salt, sour, spicy, astringent and bitter) at each meal. However, there is no need to overload one dish. Some herbs or hot spices will add the missing shade of taste. Also it is not recommended to follow the same set of flavors every day. Let your body to enjoy the whole palette of tastes, and your body will be grateful to you.

7. Do not ignore the spices.
There are a lot of spices in Indian cuisine. And they are very useful not only for the tasty qualities of any dish, but also for the body. It’s because natural seasonings have a lot of valuable substances. However, you should not overdo. You can spoil the dish easily.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

10 Principles of Ayurveda Nutrition. Part 1.

How to eat with the benefits for body and soul? You can find the answer to this question in the ancient Indian "science of life" - Ayurveda.

1. Cook your food by yourself.
One of the Ayurveda diet recommendations says: eat fresh, just cooked food. Do not expose it repeated thermal treatment. The process of cooking is very important too. You should begin the cutting vegetables and cooking soup only in a good mood, thinking about nice things. This makes the food tastier and better not only for you but for the people you love (and feed). So if you are offended and angry, you’d better to postpone cooking.

2. Eat "alive" food.
To be viable, our body needs in live food. This is fresh, natural fruits, vegetables and whole grain. All of them contain enzymes necessary for proper digestion and assimilation of food. Also they have nutrients for normal cell development. Actually in saying "You are what you eat" there is the profound truth.

Cook from fresh ingredients. Frozen and canned ones are "lifeless". And eat more raw food (vegetables, fruits, grain), because with any treatment products lose a significant part of the life-giving energy and flavor.

3. Eat when you are hungry.
In Ayurveda the traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner are not the authority. It recommends eating only when you feel hungry. The body knows better when to eat. However, this rule does not apply to cases concerned with violation of appetite. "Eat, when the body prompts to you" does not mean "over-eat." The only time limitation concerns breakfast. The first time for meal is recommended before 8 a.m.