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Month: June 2017

Superfoods for a superb life – Let’s catch up with the trend!

Superfoods

We can’t deny that as we age chronologically, so does our body. We are often made to believe that a specific food is healthier than it really is but the truth is eating smart is what helps you maintain a healthy life. To eat a balanced diet, you must include “superfoods” in your daily regimen. Superfoods act as multi-taskers, include lots of nutrients, less of calories and are delicious. But with great food comes a great concern! What if these superfoods are too heavy on your pockets to include them in your daily diet??

To make it simple for you we have sorted 8 easy-to-eat, easy-to-find, everyday “super” foods which do not have to break your pockets. Take a look at the list and thank us later!

#Superfood1- Apple cider vinegar

I am sure you all have likely heard of apple cider vinegar even if you are not too much into organic shopping. This pungent liquid is made from fermented apples and is often used in salads and stir-fries.However,its more famous for the weight loss elements and has made its way to all health conscious people’s daily regimen. I don’t say that Apple cider vinegar is a quick fix which will instantly help you lose fat or do magic in a week’s time, but experts say that it helps subside your appetite and thus help you achieve your weight loss targets.

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It is a natural cleansing and healing elixir because of its high probiotic content, natural acidity and its ability to alkalinize the body. Due to it’s acidic nature it helps you in digesting foods and protects you from acidic reflux to help you keep a good metabolism and a healthy skin. Not only this but it is also considered to improve blood sugar levels hence naturally adding to your weight loss goals along with reducing inflammation and body pain. For those who are wondering where to get it from,you may find it at any local chemist or a supermarket. It is best to consume a raw and unpasteurized form of the vinegar for the best results. I recommend to try Bragg’s organic Apple cider vinegar.

How to use it?

  • For beginners ,all you need to do is add 1 teaspoon of ACV to a cup of water and drink it once a daimyo may increase the amount of vinegar per serving, and the frequency of drinking gradually.
  • According to research on ACV and weight loss, you should consume a daily amount of 2tablespoons of vinegar mixed with a cup of water.

Tip: Be patient! The changes will be gradual, but permanent. Don’t be impatient and allow it some time as slow and steady wins the race.

 

#Superfood2- Almonds

Almonds, once considered fattening, have recently gained importance and are included in the “superfood” list. Due to their health properties, they have recently come back in the “must-eat” and favorite snacks of celebrities and chefs. Almonds are easily available in the market and not so heavy on your pocket at all. They are the easiest to add in your daily diet if you know the right portion to have .

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Touted as the most diet & pocket friendly nut, almonds are high in protein, and are very filling. It is proven to have reduced the risks of heart diseases, diabetes and cholesterol. They have high levels of vitamin E & magnesium, which helps in improving blood flow and keep the arteries calm. As almonds are vitamin E enriched, they give your skin the right glow needed. It is said a handful of almonds is equal to an apple a day. You just need to be careful about the quantity. We recommend as many as 8-12 almonds per day.

How to use them?

  • Slice a few almonds in your daily salads.
  • Chop a few in Greek yoghurt or plain yoghurt to add some crunch to the boring yoghurt.
  • Simply grab a handful when you want to snack in between your meals, keep a check on the portion though.

Tip: Have soaked almonds for a better result.

 

#Superfood3- Broccoli

There is absolutely no doubt that all green vegetables are nutritious and healthy, but broccoli is a true superfood. It’s rich nutritional value have many surprising health benefits. Some of them include, eye health, improving the immune system, reducing inflammation and improving the condition of arteries damaged by diabetes and reducing the risk of some forms of cancer. Coming on to calories, broccoli makes an ideal choice to help in weight loss for several reasons. The major reason being the presence of soluble fiber content which helps to curb overeating. Broccoli of any kind is rich in nutrients. Raw broccoli is an excellent source of vitamins C and K. In fact, one cup of fresh broccoli contains more than 100% of our daily requirement for these nutrients. Broccoli is a good source of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, which our bodies change into the type of vitamin A that we need.

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How to use?

  • Go Raw: The best way to eat broccoli is in form of salad.
  • Steam it: You can steam it in the microwave and have it with a pat of butter or toss it with garlic, olive oil, salt and vinegar.
  • Roast like toast: Nothing is better than an oil free cooking just like you do with the toast. You can rub some spices and roast the steamed broccoli,you may add some cheese for taste.

Tip: Add some sugar while boiling or steaming the broccoli to keep it green throughout.

 

#Superfood4-Flaxseeds

They say big things come in small packages. The dictum fits in right when we look at the health benefits of flaxseeds. Flax seeds are tiny in size and are considered as a nutritional powerhouse. Packed with fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin-B, antioxidants and cancer-fighting lignans. All that you need to do is take a few teaspoons of flax seeds in your daily diet to benefit from this rich superfood.

flaxseeds

How to use?

  • You can ground some flax seeds and add them to the dough for rotis, cookies, breads, pancakes etc.
  • Add some flax seeds as a topping to your oats, cereals, soups, shakes and smoothies
  • It tastes awesome with yoghurt and keeps you filled.

Tip: Try consuming it with the first meal of the day to get better results.

 

#Superfood5- Spices: Turmeric

“Old is Gold’ Turmeric may be trending now as a superfood but it is one of the oldest food used to treat almost everything from pain, arthritis, wounds to infections. Unlike other superfoods Turmeric is the easiest addition to your daily diet. Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

 

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Tip: You can use raw turmeric, make a paste and mix it with any of your face packs to add a glow to your skin.

 

#Superfood6- Spices: Cinnamon

Whereas Cinnamon is high in a substance called cinnamaldehyde, which is responsible for most of the health benefits. The antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help lower the risk of disease.

 

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Cinnamon has been shown to significantly increase sensitivity to the hormone insulin and shown to both reduce fasting blood sugar levels, having a potent anti-diabetic effect at 1 to 6 grams per day. Adding these to your daily diet is very simple. All you need to do is:

  • Include it in your daily cooking, as it has a very mild flavor and goes well in almost every dish.
  • You can add a teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of warm milk and drink it every night before going to bed.
  • Add a pinch of Cinnamon to your tea.
  • Add Cinnamon to your detox water
  • You can sprinkle cinnamon powder in your oatmeal recipes

Tip: You may add some cinnamon powder to the turmeric milk for a better taste.

 

#Superfood7-Barley

This superfood grain is packed with fiber including Vitamin B&E. It is said to be rich in iron and selenium as well as cholesterol free. It contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. The soluble fiber helps the body in metabolizing fats, cholesterol, carbohydrate and helps in keeping the blood sugar in control whereas the insoluble fiber also known as roughage helps in promoting a healthy digestive system and reduces the risk of cancer such as a colon cancer.

barley

The fiber in barley provides food for the beneficial bacteria in the large intestine. This is important as the “good” bacteria can eliminate the disease-causing bacteria in the intestinal tract, further resulting in greater health and disease resistance.

How to use?

  • Ditch your regular oatmeal breakfast and try consuming a bowl of barley along with brown sugar and nuts of your choice. You will love the nutrient packed breakfast.
  • Add it as your salad base.
  • Add it in your favorite soup for a change.

TIP: You can add barley to a variety of recipes starting from salads, soups to dessert.

 

#Superfood8-Sattu

Sattu or gram Flour is one of the most overlooked and underrated superfood. Thankfully, youngsters are now much more aware of the health benefits of sattu, and it is precisely why in recent times this power powder has gained importance.

sattu

It is one of those wonder food that provides you an instant energy and a high source of protein for vegetarians. (100 grams of sattu deliver close to 20 grams of protein).Since it has soluble fiber it helps you keep your gut clean and is a great source to detox. Those complaining of gas, acidity and constipation, we recommend you must try including it in your daily diet to get rid of your problems. Sattu can be consumed in various forms starting from a simple energy drink to stuffed parathas. It is mostly consumed during summers to keep your body cool.

How to use?

  • Make a sattu drink with lemon salt and sugar.
  • Sprinkle some while kneading the dough
  • Stuff it in parathas or breads.

Tip: Always add lemon to your sattu preparation. It gives you the tangy flavor you crave for.

 

#Superfood9-Buttermilk

Who doesn’t like a glass of chilled buttermilk in the scorching heat? Buttermilk is one of the latest tending superfoods and is considered best for summers. The good bacteria in the buttermilk boost the digestion, providing low calorie nutrition to the body. Buttermilk or Chaas is a refreshing drink made from curd, water and few spices like cumin, curry leaves, ginger and salt, it is packed with numerous health benefits.

 

buttermilk

 

It is the perfect drink to soothe your stomach and wash down the spices consumed while eating your food. It’s a great source to fight acidity and gives you an immediate relief from the discomfort.

Butter milk is a great source of vitamin B, proteins and potassium. Buttermilk is an effective home remedy for treating severe constipation. Intake of a glass of buttermilk in the morning on empty stomach can provide relief from severe constipation. Buttermilk helps give lactose intolerant people their dose of calcium without causing an adverse reaction. Buttermilk is rich in lactic acid and the cosmetic industry has made extensive use of in its beauty products. It is good facial mask that softens, brightens and exfoliates the skin to give it a youthful look. At the same time, the acidic, astringent nature of lactic acid removes blemishes, freckles while tightening the sagging skin.

How to use?

  • Drink as a summer cooler
  • Use in baking
  • You can use i to soak your favorite nuts

Tip: A chilled buttermilk tastes the best. Keep it cool!

 

#Superfood10-Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is said to be an excellent way to improve your immune system and detoxify your body. Belonging to the wheat plant Triticum Aestivum, wheatgrass is grown in different parts of the world and is packed with vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium and selenium. Wheatgrass has almost 65 to 70% of chlorophyll, which is required to make blood. Chlorophyll also comprises enzymes which fights off all the harmful bacteria. Wheatgrass juice can be found at most juice bars and smoothie joints, but it’s also available in pill or powder form at many health food stores.

 

wheatgrass

 

How to use?

  • Add a spoon of wheatgrass powder or juice to your daily smoothie.
  • Add wheatgrass powder to a protein shake.
  • Stir a spoonful of wheatgrass powder into your bowl of oatmeal.
  • Add into your favorite vegetable soup.

 Tip: If taste is a challenge, start with the pill or powder.

So, that was our list of 10 favorite superfoods to give you a fair idea of how to include them in your daily diet. For beginners, choose your favorite and don’t forget to pick one when you go for grocery shopping next. We are sure while going through the above list of superfoods, you might have thought about foods that are highly nutritional and keep you away from diseases. Superfoods help you a lot more than you think. They ensure a youthful skin as well as help you in maintaining your weight throughout. Different sources advocate different superfoods, but the list above are not only people’s favorite, delicious, easy on your pockets but are also very good for your health overall. The market is full of different products with different nutritional values but we at TAF Wellness suggest and help you to stay focused on selecting unprocessed, natural superfoods for maximum results. Our TAF experts recommends you to include a broad range of food types in your diet regimen as they work best when combined, so include a variety of fresh fruits, veggies and wholegrain for a balanced diet and optimal health.

 

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pH That Makes You – Your Best Version

 

ph balance

You may have twitched your eyes every time you came across the term pH balance in various health articles, but do you really know what it’s all about? pH stands for “potential of hydrogen”. A lot of factors influence the pH balance in your body such as excess or lack of acid in your blood or the ability of your organs to filter carbon dioxide from your body. Whatever the reason may be, striking the right pH balance is a complex process but can be regulated with a healthy lifestyle.

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Most of us have never thought or considered the acid/alkaline balance of our blood, but the right pH balance plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy body. Experts claim that a body with the right pH balance keeps diseases and disorders at bay.

You must be wondering what exactly do we call the right balance?

Let me make it simple for you. The pH range can go between 1-14, where 1 is considered as highly acidic and 14 is highly alkaline. When the pH is 7.0 we call it neutral, so any number below 7 is within an acidic range and above 7 is within an alkaline range. Since pH levels fluctuate throughout the day due to environmental and the food factors, one must take proper care to keep the level stable and within the range.

Is Your Body Too Acidic?

There are two ways to check whether your body is too acidic. You can go by the day to day symptoms in your body, or you can do a simple at-home test. You can test your pH by purchasing strips at your local health foods store or pharmacy. You can measure your pH with saliva or urine. Your second urination of the morning will give you the best results. You compare the colors on your test strip to a chart that comes with your test strip kit. During the day, the best time to test your pH is one hour before a meal and two hours after a meal. If you test with your saliva, you want to try to stay between 6.8 and 7.2.

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Symptoms, effects and causes of an acidic body

No Symptoms & effects Causes
1 Constant fatigue Alcohol and drugs
2 Easily running out of breath Overuse of antibiotics
3 Frequent sighing Chronic stress
4 muscle pain and cramps Excess use of computers, cell  phones and microwaves creating radiation
5 Falling out of breath Lack of exercise
6 Allergies, asthma and congestion Pollution

 

7 Frequent cold poor chewing and eating habits
8 Inflammation Processed and refined foods

Tips to achieve a Proper pH?

Achieving and maintaining the perfect pH level in your body is vital to your health. Maintaining an alkaline state of your body is a must.

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What is the Alkaline Diet?

An alkaline diet also called the acid-ash diet is one that helps balance the pH level of the fluids in your body, including your blood and urine. Your pH is partially determined by the mineral density of the foods you eat. An alkaline environment within the body helps weight loss efforts, increases energy, and can boost the immune system. So if you eat foods with acidic ash, it makes your body acidic. If you eat foods with alkaline ash, it makes your body alkaline. By choosing more alkaline foods, you should be able to “alkalize” your diet and improve health.

There are many ways to ensure to keep the pH balance within the range.

  1. Start your day with juice of half a lemon squeezed in a glass of warm water (citrus fruits seem acidic but are actually very alkaline)
  2. Eat lots of Power-food like fruits and vegetables as they contain potassium, which is a natural buffer to acidity.
  3. Make sure that 80 percent of your diet includes alkaline foods like Fruits, mushrooms, vegetables, especially Spinach, dates, citrus fruits, raisins Also, Increase your intake of raw foods, and try juicing or lightly steaming fruits and vegetables as they are said to be biogenic or life giving. Try Green drinks- Drinks made from green vegetables and grasses in powder form are loaded with alkaline-forming foods and chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is structurally similar to our own blood and alkalizes the blood.
  4. Chew your food as much as you can as Saliva is alkaline and you can produce two gallons a day!
  5. Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water as it can alone make a lot of difference.
  6. Avoid Caffeine, Sugar and Alcohol.

 

While I’ve well explained the power food to include in your daily diet for increasing the alkaline in your body let’s now go through the list of Acidic-foods.

  • Cold cuts, beef, chicken and pork
  • Cornflakes and oats
  • Eggs
  • Lentils
  • Milk
  • Peanuts & walnuts
  • Pasta & Rice
  • White bread
  • Whole wheat

Certain food groups are considered acidic, alkaline or neutral:

  • Acidic:Meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains and alcohol.
  • Neutral:Natural fats, starches and sugars.
  • Alkaline:Fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetables.

Thus, some foods on this list, like eggs and walnuts, might be acidic in your body, but don’t let that scare you away from eating them. They contain a host of health benefits like antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. A balanced diet is what regulates pH Levels in the Body.

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To conclude The “efficacy” of the alkaline diet may have little to do with pH levels and more to do with the benefits of eating whole, organic food. In fact, nutrition affects gut health and overall wellness more than any other factor.

A combination of solid, consistent nutrition with regular body cleansing helps your body be its best. No matter what your eating habits are, remember that a diet isn’t a “lose certain pounds and forget” kind of commitment.

We at TAF Wellness believe that one should keep proper diet as a part of their lifestyle. You can’t just start eating healthy and quit after three months, to keep your pH balance in control, you must go the healthy way forever. Keeping in mind your day to day food cravings, the TAF chef offers you a great variety of healthy yet delicious food choices which can bring a drastic change to your body and mind. TAF chef is the perfect way for you to stick to your nutrition goals. Please feel free to contact our TAF experts for any queries here info@tafwellness.com or call us at 011-41629251.

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