Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Foods to fight the Haze effect :)

Haze is in the Air! ... but do not let your immune system be hazed !

Singapore and Malaysia are hazed with forest fire smoke blowing in from Indonesia. The result is, many people are facing irrtiability in the eyes, nose, throat, and seriously affecting those with lung disorders like asthma, COPD etc. I am feeling irritability in the throat too since last evening

It was when I had already decided to resort to dietary and other health related measures, when one of my client called up to ask what she can do to prevent her family from haze health hazards.

Here are some simple, foods list and tips that can help build ones immune system strong enough to resist haze effects.

Cook some food in coconut oil or simply drink it, just 1 tsp for the whole day is enough to work wonders ;)

Drink atleast a glass of carotene rich vegetable juice per day - like Spinach, carrot, tomato juice.

Eat yellow and orange squash, dark greens, carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, red peppers and tomatoes. Cabbage family foods (Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, radish and turnip) help prevent low immunity.

Check your protein intake and increase it if consuming less than 2 servings a day. Fresh Sprouts can help increase proteins as well as vitamin C.

Flavonoids rich berries, garlic, yogurt and artichoke also help boost immunity.

Vitamin C is an essential vitamin in maintaining the lung tissue integrity. So eat citrus fruits (avoid juices), squeeze lemon juice, add fresh corriander leaves in your food.

Consume 2 cups of green tea per day. It helps production of immune cells.

Drink 2.5 - 3 litres of water, warm if possible.

Go high on these herbs - turmeric, ginger, gingko bilabo, ginseng, ecinaceae, dandelion, licorice root.
The simplest tip that I always practice whenever there is somebody with cough, cold, fever (rarely) in my family, is put a pinch or two of turmeric powder, black pepper powder, cardamom powder in hot milk.

Try having hot Indian Masala Milk - with a tsp of dry fruits (almonds, pistachios, cardamom, cashews) powder, kesar (saffron) in it and drink hot. You can feel the difference immediately.

Incorporate barley pearls in your diet as they do boost immunity.

Go low on rice, and other starchy items.

Have timely meals, every 3 hourly.

Avoid coffee.

Hope you find the tips helpful and benefit from them. I have already started with the foods I have at home. Planning to shop in the evening for the specific herbs in the evening!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Prevent weight gain in children in summer vacation

Did you know that Summer vacation itself can contribute to significant weight gain and thereby decreased performance in school for the coming year?
Improve your child's Academic Performance for the coming year by learning some effective, day to day nutrition tips. Practical tips on how you and your child can incorporate healthy eating tips together in a fun way :)

Here is a link of researches, showing why feeding your child balanced diet is important in vacation.

We are organising Nutrifuntastic events of 2 hours for parents and their children to learn about Balanced Diet in a fun way through games, puzzles, quiz etc.

Email for more details -