Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds for Kids

Most of us know pumpkin as the fruit used for decorating Jack-o’- lanterns for Halloween, but other than just being a decorative fruit or vegetable, pumpkin offers numerous health benefits to your kids. This winter squash is not a vegetable, but rather a healthy fruit that also contains nutritious edible seeds. The origin of pumpkin is not known but there is evidence that pumpkins were grown in Mexico and North America about 5000 to 7000 BC. There are numerous health benefits of pumpkin seeds for kids. These health benefits can range from improved brain development, help in getting sound sleep, improved liver health, possesses antimicrobial properties, improved urodynamics and supply of essential vitamins and minerals.

 When can I start giving pumpkin seeds to my kids?

You can start giving pumpkin seeds to your toddler once he/she has strong enough teeth to chew regular solid food, which can usually be between 1 ½ years of age to 2 years of age. If you are worried whether or not your child can chew the seeds, then you could simply grind the seeds and give it. You can prepare and store it in a jar. An important thing to keep in mind is that when you start collecting these seeds from pumpkin fruit, make sure that before you serve the seeds to your child or if you’re trying to make a paste out of it, you need to remove the outer husk or layer that surrounds the seed. Although this is a time-consuming process, considering the benefits your child can get, it is worth the effort.

 Pumpkin seeds benefits for kids:

Improves Brain Development:

Pumpkin seeds are a great source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are highly recommended for kids because of brain development. Brain development in children is as essential as the development of the rest of the body and this is one of the most important health benefits of pumpkin seeds. (Foods for your child’s brain development?)

Promotes sound sleep:

Another benefit of pumpkin seeds is that they promote proper sleep in kids and adults. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid which helps in producing serotonin and this in turn gets converted into melatonin which is a hormone that helps in getting better sleep. If your kid has trouble sleeping, having a few pumpkin seeds before bed with small amounts of carbohydrates such as a piece of fruit, may be beneficial in providing the body with tryptophan needed for melatonin production, which can lead to better sleep. For younger kids, powdered pumpkin seeds can be an option. (Why is sleep so important for your child’s brain development?)

Possesses Antimicrobial Properties:

Pumpkin seeds also possess antimicrobial properties. Studies suggest that pumpkin seeds are effective in controlling bacteria such as S. aureus, E. coli and P. aeruginosa.

Improves Urodynamics:

Traditionally, pumpkin seeds have been used for regulating passage of urine. Recent studies have confirmed that pumpkin seed oil can reduce bladder pressure, increase bladder compliance and reduce urethral pressure.

Rich in antioxidants:

Antioxidants are compounds produced in your body or naturally found in some foods that scavenge or neutralize the effects of cell damage by potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of antioxidants. (What are antioxidants?)

High in magnesium:

Magnesium is one of the top four abundant minerals in the body. So, any deficiency of this mineral will easily reflect in daily life. Magnesium is key in formation of bones, maintaining blood flow and keeping stress low. It also brings relief to girls who suffer from menstrual cramps, leg cramps and irritable mood. For kids who deal with Asthma, which is on a rise due to hazardous air quality levels, magnesium can help. This marvelous mineral has calming effects and hence aids in reducing hyperactivity and lack of focus in kids. Daily intake of magnesium is necessary to maintain stock of the mineral in the body. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of magnesium, with 150 mg in a 1-ounce (28-gram) serving. (Puberty in girls)

Strengthens the liver: 

The unsaturated fats present in pumpkin seeds are good for strengthening the liver. Studies suggest that a mixture of pumpkin and flax seeds can reduce liver damage. (How to prevent liver disease in kids?)

Loaded with zinc:

Zinc is considered an essential nutrient which means that the body cannot produce or store it. For this reason, it is very important to add zinc in your daily diet. Zinc is required for numerous processes in the body like gene expression, growth and development, immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing to name a few. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc. (How can zinc help with hair and skin health?)

Rich in phosphorus:

The health benefits of Phosphorus include supporting bone growth, aiding healthy digestion, eliminating toxins from the body, combating fatigue and weakness, preventing arthritis and osteoporosis and ensuring a healthy brain function.Phosphorus is found in high amounts in pumpkin seeds. 

High in Potassium:

Potassium is one of the seven essential macro minerals. The human body needs potassium to support the heart, the muscles, and the transmission of messages through the nervous system. Pumpkin seeds are rich in potassium. Potassium basically acts as an electrolyte and it is less harmful than sodium which is also an electrolyte. In most of our diets and also in our children’s diets, the presence of potassium is becoming very less and the presence of sodium is increasing rapidly which needs to be corrected. (How can potassium rich food help the bones?)

 Pumpkin Seed Nutrition Facts:

In addition to this, other benefits of pumpkin seeds for kids are that they contain various other nutrients required by the body. They are a great source of healthy fats, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, and phosphorus. Here’s a better look at the overall nutrition provided by one ounce (28 grams) of dried, roasted seed kernels. 

According to The National Nutrient Database, the nutritional profile of Pumpkin Seeds includes:

NutritionValue per 100 gNutritionValue per 100 g
Protein30.23 gCarbohydrates10.71 g
Fat49.0 gDietary Fiber6.0 g
Calories559 kcalWater5.623 g
Calcium46 mgCopper1.3 mg
Iron8.82 mgMagnesium592 mg
Manganese4.54 mgPhosphorus1233 mg
Potassium809 mgSodium7 mg
Zinc7.81 mgNiacin4.98 mg
Vitamin B60.143 mgCholine63 mg
Folate58 mcgVitamin C1.9 mg
Vitamin A16 IUVitamin E2.18 mg
Vitamin K7.3 mcgThiamine0.273 mg
Riboflavin0.153 mgPantothenic Acid0.75 mg
Nutrition of Pumpkin Seeds
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Benefits of pumpkin seeds

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The Top 5 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Eat Beets (And you should too)!

Beetroot belongs to the same family as spinach which means that both the leaves and root of beetroot may be eaten. The leaves have a bitter taste whereas the root is sweet. There are many health benefits of beetroot for children as well as adults and that is why your kids should eat beets. It should be among your children’s favorite vegetables and for good ‎reasons! Beetroots are highly nutritious and extremely delicious. 

What are the health benefits of beetroot for children?

The following is the nutritional profile for one cup of cooked, sliced beetroot:

NutrientAmount% Daily Value
Protein2.8 grams (g)6%
Carbohydrate17 g8%
Fat0.3 g0
Fiber3.4 g12%
Calories744%
Folate136 micrograms (mcg)34%
Manganese0.55 milligrams (mg)24%
Copper0.13 mg14%
Potassium518 mg11%
Magnesium39 mg9%
Phosphorus64 mg9%
Vitamin C6 mg8%
Iron1.34 mg7%
Vitamin B60.11 mg6%

These are just some of the vitamins and minerals you will find in beetroot. There are many more health benefits of beetroot for children including valuable phytonutrients (substances found in plants which are good for health & helps prevent diseases).

Beetroots are superfoods: A superfood is a food which is rich in nutrients and very beneficial for the overall wellbeing and health of an individual. Superfood contains essential vitamins, antioxidants, micro & macro nutrients and fiber and for this reason, beetroots can definitely be called a superfood as it contains all these nutrients. Beetroots are rich in B vitamins, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium and also contain betalains (a class of antioxidants), that helps in reducing free radicals and inflammation in the body. (What are free radicals?)

Improves digestion: Another reason why your kids should eat beets is that it is high in fiber and thus helps to improve digestion. If your child suffers from constipation, you should include beets in his/ her diet. One cup of beets contains 4 grams of fiber, most of which is insoluble fiber which aids in regular bowel movements. (Check home remedies for constipation here)

Loaded with iron: Iron is required in the body to make new blood cells which help to carry oxygen to different parts of the body. There are two types of iron: heme-iron which is found in animal products and non-heme iron which is found in beets, grains & legumes. Thus, another reason why your kids should eat beets is that it can prevent anemia in children by increasing their iron levels. Anemia is a condition in which one lacks enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. Having anemia can make your child feel tired and weak. Studies suggest that drinking 500ml of beetroot juice a day can reduce the risk of anemia in kids.(Which other foods can help to increase iron levels?)

Boosts Immunity: Beetroots are a natural antioxidant storehouse and they are essential to enhance ‎your kids’ immune system. Beetroots can help to enhance the immunity of babies & young kids whose immune system is still developing and this is another reason why your kids should eat beets. (Foods to boost immunity?)

Helps in cleansing the body: Combining cucumber, carrot juice & beetroot juice can help to cleanse the body, especially the gallbladder and the kidneys. If your child enjoys lots of junk food like chips, pizza, burger etc., including this juice in his/her diet will help to cleanse the system. (Why is cleansing or detox important?)

Increases stamina and energy levels: There are many health benefits of beetroot for children who are engaged in any types of sports or athletic games. Studies suggest that when athletes add beetroot juice to their regime, it may support exercise endurance and improve performance. It also aids recovery because when muscles are in a resting state, the nitrates present in beetroot helps to bring more oxygen to the muscle cells helping muscles to recover more efficiently. In general, including beetroot in your child’s diet can give the energy boost his/her body needs. 

Improves blood circulation: Betanin is responsible for the red color of beetroots. When you think beetroot, you think red, Blood red! This is the reason why this vegetable can do wonders for your blood circulation. The presence of iron and magnesium helps in blood production, thus helping to prevent anemia. Research suggests that drinking 500ml of beetroot juice a day significantly lowers blood pressure and it was found that blood pressure was reduced in healthy volunteers within an hour of drinking the juice.

Is beetroot safe for babies? 

Like most vegetables, beetroot is safe for babies and can be introduced when he/she has turned 6 months old and started consuming solid foods. Beetroots are loaded with nutrients which support development in infants and can be easy on their palette as well. Start with small quantities and give the beets in a form that your baby will easily be able to digest. (food ideas for 6 months old babies)

For older kids, you can either give them beets in juice form or raw as slices or puree them and mix in their food. There are many beetroot recipes for kids to choose from. (Beetroot wrap recipe)

Recipe of Beetroot Buns with hidden nuts and herbs:

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MIX (Wet)
  • 1.5 tsp yeast
  • 2 tsp Molasses or jaggery or coconut sugar
  • 5 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 1 cup beetroot puree (or little more for sticky dough)
MIX (Dry)
  • 1.5 cups Jowar (sorghum) flour
  • 1/2 cup Rye flour or wheat flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Chia seeds powder (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Psyllium husk (Isabgol)
Ready to serve!

MAKE DOUGH

  • Combine Wet and Dry
  • Make wet, sticky, shaggy dough (husk drinks water)

RISE (part -1)

  • Cover with cotton cloth and loose lid and rise for 2 hours in dry dark area

RISE (part-2)

  • Make small balls of dough and line in a baking tray (use baking sheet)
  • Cover and Rise for 45 minutes more

BAKE

  • Garnish with black/ white sesame seeds
  • Preheat at 200 celsius for 5 minutes
  • Bake at 200 celsius for 15-20 minutes
  • Serve with any spread (see healthy spread recipes)

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Ashwagandha Benefits for Kids and Teenagers

Withania somnifera or commonly known as Indian ginseng, winter cherry or Ashwagandha is an Indian Ayurvedic herb that has been used for medicinal purposes over centuries. The Sanskrit word ashwa means horse and gandha means aroma which technically represents a fragrant root that is mainly used in various Ayurvedic products. The sense behind this name is that when consumed it can provide the strength and power of horses. The ashwagandha plant (withania somnifera) is a minor shrub that also bears fruits. Ashwagandha root is not only used for medicinal purposes, but also used in dietary and natural Ayurvedic practices. It is commonly manufactured as ashwagandha powder or capsules and is available in general stores that sell Ayurvedic medicine. Some important benefits of ashwagandha include treatment of anxiety, stress-related issues, and skin (How to prevent skin dryness?) diseases such as leukoderma, memory functions, gastric ailments, arthritis, and insomnia. 

 Ashwagandha benefits for kids:

Reduces Stress & Anxiety: Ashwagandha is an adaptogen herb. Adaptogens are herbal supplements that work to counteract the effects of stress in the body. Stress causes very real physical changes in the body, including harming the neurological, endocrine, and immune systems. Adaptogens have stimulant properties that help counteract those harmful effects. Amongst many benefits of Ashwagandha, the most important is that, it can be a natural way to enable our kids’ bodies to handle and tolerate stress (which foods can help to manage stress?) way better. Studies have shown that Ashwagandha is an excellent stress reliever. This can be immensely helpful for our children and teenagers. 

Promotes Better Sleep and Relaxation: This herb can help children to improve sleep (Some foods can help to get better sleep) and thus benefits of Ashwagandha include not only reducing stress but also improving overall well-being. In today’s world, children live in a world of electronic devices. It is basically the first generation being unavoidably accompanied by these gadgets and their electro-magnetic frequencies (EMF) from birth or even earlier on. One of the many negative consequences might be impaired sleep. While reducing their screen time and exposure to EMF itself can significantly improve sleep, some children may need more support to achieve a good night’s sleep (Connection between sleep and brain development). Research suggests that ashwagandha root contains sleep-inducing compounds. If you have existing sleep or anxiety related medication in your prescriptions, it is best not to combine ashwagandha products with it. In case you want to try ashwagandha you should see your pharmacist or doctor and learn about the combinations first.

Improves Brain Power: Benefits of Ashwagandha also include raising the level of acetylcholine, the most important neurotransmitter associated with boosting brain power (How to boost your kids brain power?). Studies suggest that impaired cognitive function including inability to learn are associated with decreased levels of acetylcholine. Research on children with ADHD indicates Ashwagandha raises acetylcholine by inhibiting the activity of the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine. Furthermore, Ashwagandha root also contains choline, a substance necessary for the formation of acetylcholine.

Boosts Immunity: Improving our children’s immune system (How foods help in strengthening immunity?) is something all parents want to achieve especially during this pandemic. As an anti-oxidant and immunomodulator, boosting immunity is one of the most popular benefits of Ashwagandha. The root activates and increases the levels of enzymes and macrophages, a type of white blood cell of the immune system that engulfs and digests substances that do not have the type of proteins specific to healthy body cells. It also promotes the development of antibodies, which is a major factor in improving the body’s response to a health-threatening infection.

Increases muscle mass & strength: One of the other benefits of Ashwagandha is that it is a safe and natural way to support a kid’s muscle strength to avoid injuries (How to fix growing leg pain in kids?) . In an 8-week randomized human clinical trial involving 40 healthy adult college students, Ashwagandha improved muscular strength and increased endurance, speed, and coordination better than placebo. The dosage used in this trial was 500 mg/day of Ashwagandha root extract.

Reduces depression: Although it hasn’t been thoroughly studied, a few studies suggest ashwagandha may help alleviate depression. In one controlled 60-day study in 64 stressed adults, those who took 600 mg of high-concentration ashwagandha extract per day reported a 79% reduction in severe depression, while the placebo group reported a 10% increase. However, only one of the participants in this study had a history of depression. For this reason, the relevance of the results is unclear.

Might reduce blood sugar levels: In several studies, ashwagandha has been shown to lower blood sugar levels. One test-tube study found that it increased insulin secretion and improved insulin sensitivity in muscle cells. Also, several human studies have suggested that it can reduce blood sugar levels in both healthy people and those with diabetes. Additionally, in a 4-week study in people with schizophrenia, those treated with ashwagandha had an average reduction in fasting blood sugar levels of 13.5 mg/dL, compared with 4.5 mg/dL in those who received a placebo. 

May reduce Inflammation: Benefits of Ashwagandha also include reducing inflammation. Several animal studies have shown that ashwagandha helps decrease inflammation. Studies in humans have found that it increases the activity of natural killer cells, which are immune cells that fight infection and help you stay healthy. It has also been shown to decrease markers of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein (CRP). This marker is linked to an increased risk of heart disease. In one controlled study, the group who took 250 mg of standardized ashwagandha extract daily had a 36% decrease in CRP, on average, compared with a 6% decrease in the placebo group.

Improves heart health: In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, benefits of ashwagandha also include improving heart health by reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Animal studies have found that it significantly decreases levels of these blood fats. One study in rats found that it lowered total cholesterol and triglyceride levels by 53% and nearly 45%, respectively. While controlled human studies have reported less dramatic results, they have observed some impressive improvements in these markers. In a 60-day study in chronically stressed adults, the group taking the highest dosage of standardized ashwagandha extract experienced a 17% decrease in LDL (bad) cholesterol and an 11% decrease in triglycerides, on average.

Fights sickness: Ashwagandha has shown to have strong anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal as well as antibacterial properties which help to fight off sickness. Ashwagandha might be a useful back-to-school supplement, which you could add into your child’s breakfast (Some healthy breakfast ideas) smoothie to support immune health. A study with Ashwagandha root extract showed lowered rates of infection. It is unclear whether this benefit is due to Ashwagandha’s antibacterial or immune-boosting qualities, or possibly even both.

How to take Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha powder mixed with milk: Ashwagandha powder is the base for any other way of taking ashwagandha. Here, Ashwagandha roots, which have most of the medicinal benefits are dried, cut, and sifted for tea or powdered to be taken with milk.

Ashwagandha churna balls: These churna balls are made with herbs like Gokshura, Safed Musli, and Shilajit to maximize the benefits of Ashwagandha for ED.

Ashwagandha chocolate: A dark chocolate infused with ashwagandha. This combination helps in boosting libido and acts as a natural aphrodisiac.

Ashwagandha tea: This is the best caffeine-free drink to soothe you into a restful sleep every night. All you need to do is boil the herb’s roots in water so that the water is infused.

Ashwagandha Tablets: The most hassle-free and convenient way to take ashwagandha.

Ashwagandha with water: If you are a vegan, this is the easiest way to consume ashwagandha. The prep is similar to ashwagandha milk but without the milk obviously. Replace the milk with water and you can drink this mixture.

Ashwagandha Oil: From arthritis to even a sore day after working out, ashwagandha oil is your go-to since it relieves muscle tension.

Ashwagandha paste for your hair: Ashwagandha can reverse premature greying of hair (How to get strong hairs and healthy scalp?)by producing melanin, the pigment responsible for the colour of your hair.

Research source: ashwagandha immunity – PMC – NCBI (nih.gov)

Recipe of Dhokla with hidden herbs and nuts

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gram flour (Besan)
  • 1/2 cup curd
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ghee/oil
  • 2 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)

Garnishing:

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 15 curry leaves
  • 2 sliced green chilly
  • 1 handful coriander leaves

Procedure: Mix gram flour (freshly grind Bengal gram lentil into a fine powder), curd, salt, lemon juice, Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here). Ferment batter for 1-2 hours. Pour boiled water in steamer and grease the utensil with few drops of oil. Pour the batter in greased utensil and cook on low flame for 15-20 minutes. Allow the dish to cool down.

Tempering: Heat a pan with 1 teaspoon oil. add mustard seeds, curry leaves and sliced chilly and 1/2 cup of water. Allow it to boil for 3 minutes. Switch off the flame, squeeze half lemon and let it cool down. Pour it over dhokla and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

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Antioxidant rich foods your kids must start eating today

In today’s era of pandemic, antioxidants have become a vital marketing tool, as most of the food companies claim for the presence of antioxidants in their products that boost up immunity and fight infections. Before going any further we should know, what are antioxidants and how it works? (What are some Ayurvedic herbs for immunity?)

What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are compounds produced in your body or naturally found in some foods that scavenge or neutralize the effects of cell damage by potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals are highly unstable molecules that are naturally formed when you breathe or when your body converts food into energy. There are also some environmental sources that cause free radicals like air pollution and sunlight. Free radicals can cause oxidative stress, which is a process that is responsible for cell damage. In simple words, when any object oxidizes; it becomes bad, over ripe, aging, and reduces nutrients. Fortunately eating a diet rich in antioxidants or antioxidant rich foods help to fight oxidative stress and reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. Some examples of antioxidants are: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, Beta carotene, Lycopene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Manganese, Polyphenols. Evidence suggests that antioxidants supplements do not work as good as naturally occurring antioxidant rich foods such as fruits and vegetables. We need to consume almost 10,000 units of antioxidants in a day. It is advisable to choose your meals in a way that your ‘nutrition and antioxidant’ content is met and you can be at your healthiest. Antioxidant is measured by using ORAC units (Oxygen Radicals Absorbance capacity). Below is a list of top most antioxidant rich foods available in India. (Kids favourite antioxidant recipe)

Antioxidant rich foods

Walnuts: When it comes to antioxidants, walnuts are the leader among other nuts. They have an ORAC value of about 6000 per ½ cup. Walnuts are loaded with antioxidants, polyphenols, compounds that communicate with free radicals and prevent them from doing cell damage and help the kid’s body to get rid of toxic substances. Walnuts are super foods for kids as they are also rich in omega 3 fatty acids, folate, magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc and selenium, all of these promote the optimal growth of kids. So next time when your child is craving something between meals, offer a handful of walnuts. (Best foods for cognition in kids)

Raisins: Raisins are dried grapes and have a high antioxidant level and phenol contents as compared to other dried fruits. It has an ORAC value of about 2830 per100 grams. Raisins are a food source of antioxidants called flavonol glycosides and phenolic acids which are bioavailable (the body consumes them easily). Raisins are also a good source of vitamin C, selenium and zinc, all these nutrients and antioxidants result in a healthy body and glowing skin. (Best foods for weight gain in kids?)

Apple: Apple is one of the super foods for kids as it contains a variety of strong antioxidants like quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid, all of them help us to fight against many chronic diseases. The ORAC value is 3000 per piece of apple with skin. Apples are also rich in vitamin C, fiber and potassium and low in fat, which reduces the risk of obesity. (Best recipe to hide fruits and feed kids?)

Orange: Oranges not only contain a good amount of vitamin C but also a potent source of antioxidants including flavonoids and carotenoids in addition to other beneficial phytochemicals, such as folate. Oranges are low calorie and highly nutritious fruit, only a piece of orange has 2000 ORAC units. Oranges are best for your child, to meet the daily requirement of vitamin C and is among the best antioxidant rich foods. (Foods to build immunity in kids?)

Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate is not only kids favorite but also one of the antioxidant rich foods. Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants called flavonoid and polyphenols which help to fight and repair cell damage. The antioxidants in dark chocolate can also help to reduce roughness of your skin and protect it against sun damage. Dark chocolate is rich in cocoa which is loaded with zinc, iron, copper, and vitamins like A, B12 and K. It relaxes arteries and increases blood circulation. (Easy nutritious chocolate cookie for kids with hidden herbs and nuts)

Kidney bean: It has been researched that kidney beans are rich in polyphenols which is a powerful antioxidant and can help to protect the body from diseases. These beans are an affordable source of protein, iron, fiber, folate and vitamins B1. Kidney beans contain higher amounts of omega3 fatty acids as compared to other beans, which are important for brain’s growth and function. (Best foods to increase appetite in kids?)

Beetroot: Beetroot are one of the natural antioxidant rich foods that helps in enhancing your kid’s immune system. They are loaded with vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E and minerals like iron, magnesium, which help to prevent several diseases, especially diarrhea which is most common in kids.  It also has an anti-inflammatory compound called betalain, which helps to protect the liver from oxidative damage and inflammation.

Turmeric: Curcumin is a compound found in turmeric that offers therapeutic relief. It is a very strong antioxidant which supports body against cell damage. It has been found to delay or reverse diseases or age related diseases in body functions. Half tsp of turmeric powder has 3000 ORAC units. Turmeric is also rich in vitamin A, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2) and vitamin C and works as a perfect immunity booster food for kids as well as adults and considered as one of the super foods for kids. (Ayurvedic herbs that kids can eat for brain and immunity)

Oregano: Oregano is the herb loaded with antioxidants like tryptophan, lysine, valine, vitamin C, vitamin A and E. The antioxidants thymol, carvacrol, limonene, terpinene, ocimine and carryophyllene give this herb its flavor and smell. These antioxidants contribute to boosting overall health. ½ tsp of dried oregano has 4000 ORAC units. It is also rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, folate and fiber all of which contributes to a healthy body. So never forget to add some oregano on your kid’s pizza or pasta.

Ginger:  Ginger is loaded with antioxidants which helps the body to fight off chronic diseases and promotes healthy living. As per numerous studies, ginger has been credited to fight infection and inflammation. Ginger root contains powerful compounds, including gingerols and shogaols that help to inhibit inflammation and protect against cellular damage. They also tend to protect the liver against toxins. Known for its amazing medicinal properties, ginger has been used as an active ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines. Loaded with Vitamin B6 and magnesium, it also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory property, which helps in fighting infections.

Recipe for Colourful Paratha (Tortillas)Beetroot and Moringa with Herbs and Nuts

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We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique product is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts.

For Pink: Puree beetroot with least or no water. Add 1 cup flour or as little required to make dough. For Green: Take moringa powder. Add flour as little required to make dough.
To each flour, divide rest of the ingredients and add- spread, yeast, husk, seeds, salt. Make firm doughs. Take small balls of dough, roll thin and make paratha/ tortillas.

Kids LOVE the colours!!

  • 1 small beetroot (for pink)
  • 4 tbsp Moringa powder (for green)
  • 4 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour or jowar (sorghum flour)
  • 3 tbsp Psyllium husk
  • Salt
  • Carrom seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp Nutritional yeast (optional)

If you don’t have moringa powder, take any leaf- spinach or kale, steam it lightly without water and puree well. Don’t add extra water. Add flour to this puree to make green dough, along with other ingredients.

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How to increase breast milk: 7 foods to eat

Giving birth to a baby is altogether a new journey for a woman. A new chapter in life with a new character MOTHER. The bonding between a mother and a child is pure and pious. During early days of motherhood, the main concern of a mother is whether she is producing enough breast milk for the baby or not. Every cry of the baby makes her restless, thinking that maybe he/she is not getting enough milk.

The first five to six weeks are crucial for a first time mom to understand and find a proper routine. It is the same time when the body is regulating a healthy supply of breast milk. Though there are small numbers of mothers who are not able to produce enough breast milk, still it is a common fear. Some tips and foods that increase breast milk production in new moms and can help to get over this fear. Before that all we have to understand are the causes for low breast milk supply.

Reasons of low breast milk supply
Delay:

Separation of mother and baby due to some medical conditions can affect milk production. If the mother is unwell after delivery or the baby needs to get admitted to a special care nursery, it delays the breast feed and hence the body stops producing enough milk.

Poor attachment:

Some mothers have flat or inverted nipples which makes it difficult for the baby to suck milk properly. This may cause poor attachment to the breast. Sleepy babies due to having jaundice at birth time and lip or tongue tie are some other causes which detach babies to get required milk supply from breast feed.

Schedule:

Baby needs to get fed whenever he/she demands. Scheduling or making a time table to feed the baby can result in low breast milk production.

Skipping

Some mothers prefer breast feed and formula feed for their babies.  But skipping breastfeed and depending more on formula can lead to low supply of breast milk.

Contraceptive pills

To escape from fear of getting pregnant again, some women start taking contraceptive pills that contain estrogen. This affects breast milk production.

Smoking

Smoking can also obstruct the production of milk. It can also pass through the negative effects of nicotine to babies through feed. Further in life babies may face a range of health problems due to this bad practice.

Ways to increase breast milk production
Demand and supply

Breastfeed your baby often as the body makes milk on the law of demand and supply. The more you breastfeed, the more your body get signal to produce milk. By nursing your baby every two to three hours you can be able to naturally increase your breast milk supply.

Breast pump

Power pump is a great way to boost up your breast milk production. This empties your breast fully and Indicates body to make more milk.

Proper diet

A nursing mom should take proper care of her food intake. It is the most effective way to increase milk supply. Lactating mom must organize her drinking and eating of a proper balanced meal throughout the day as nothing can hold milk supply faster than being hungry and dehydrated. (Easy source of protein for mothers)

Breastfeed from both sides

During the early days it is advised to feed your baby 8-12 times in a day. Always try to feed the baby from both sides. If it is not working, you can use a pump on the other side. It will stimulate more milk production.

Rest and sleep:

Proper rest and a good sleep time can help your body to boost milk supply. After you deliver the baby, your breast milk supply starts to build up.  Many factors such as proper nutritious diet, hydration and relaxation influence this process. Lactation cookies play an important role to increase milk production in lactating mothers. Some foods that promote milk production are used to make these cookies. These are the best things to include in a new mom’s diet to overcome low milk supply issues. (How does sleep help a child with brain development?)

Foods to increase breast milk
Fenugreek seed 

Fenugreek is a herb that is most often used as one of the best foods for increasing breast milk production in nursing mothers. It is reported to be the best galactagogue( increase breast milk food ) for mothers. It affects the activation of sweat production and as mammary glands belong to the same category that has been just modified due to some hormonal stimulation, it boosts the production of breast milk. Fenugreek is considered as one of the best foods that promote milk production. (Nuts and seeds that help with milk production)

Oatmeal

As oatmeal is high in iron, it is considered to be one of the great foods for increasing breast milk. Iron deficiency (maternal anemia) can result in low milk supply in nursing mothers. Including oatmeal in a new mom’s diet can help to boost up milk supply. (Ways to increase a child’s appetite)

Fennel seeds

It is commonly used in lactation cookies. Fennel seeds are considered as one of the foods that increase breast milk supply from ages.  It contains estrogen-like compound that enhance milk production. It can also help to increase milk volume which can promote weight gain in babies. (Foods that help a child with digestion)

Moringa

Moringa is known as an excellent galactagogue. In a study it is found to have an effective result on breast milk production. It is full of nutritional goodness and due to this, even lactation experts recommend it as increase breast milk food and to add moringa in diet to induce lactation. Though it is best to consume fresh moringa leaves, soaking moringa powder in water and consuming it can also ensure the absorption of nutrients much more efficiently. It is one of the best foods to increase breast milk. (Foods that help with eyesight of kids)

Garlic

Garlic has been used as herbal treatment to increase breast milk production. It has sulphur compounds, vitamins and minerals and amino acids and has been used as medicine in Indian culture. Its odor gets transmitted through breast milk and found to make babies suck milk better. Garlic is one of the well known foods that increase breast milk. (Home remedy for cough)

Nuts

Nuts provide energy to a breastfeeding mother to stay active throughout the day. It is the best snack to include in a breastfeeding mother’s diet. It is believed that almonds, walnuts and cashews help to boost up milk production in lactating mothers. A new study suggested that consumption of nuts while breastfeeding can help to protect babies from developing allergies. Nuts are considered as one of the best foods for increase breast milk.

Sesame seeds
  • Sesame seed is one of the best foods that increase breast milk production in nursing mothers. It is a rich source of calcium which is the most important nutrient for breastfeeding mothers.

Recipe of Quinoa Corn and Peas Poha (beaten rice)

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Healthy food recipe: Recipe of Quinoa Corn and Peas Poha
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup quinoa, washed, soaked 1 hour
  • Ghee or oil
  • Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • One Small chopped onion
  • ½ cup peas
  • ½ cup corn
  • 1 pod garlic shopped
  • salt and pepper
Method:
  • Heat oil in pan
  • Add curry leave, and seeds, let splutter
  • Put onion, garlic, sauté
  • Add peas, corn, sauté’
  • Put quinoa
  • Add1/4 cup water
  • Add salt and pepper
  • Cover and cook or pressure cook till 1 whistle
  • Serve!

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VITAMIN D, CALCIUM AND KIDS: ARE THEY BUILDING STRONG BONES?

One of the most important minerals in our body is CALCIUM. Bones are 70% calcium and it is only calcium which gives bones their hardness for protection and support. Bones also serve as the calcium bank of the body. Sometimes people get confused between vitamin D and calcium. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium and works with it to build strong bones. It moves calcium from the intestine to the bloodstream and into the bones. If you are thinking that your child is getting enough vitamin D only by drinking milk, then you may be partially correct. Recent study shows that most of the children are not getting essential vitamins and minerals, and especially vitamin D. Some children with low vitamin D complain of pain in the legs and body. Very low vitamin D can lead to soft bones, causing rickets, a bone softening disease and also increase the risk of bone fracture in children. From age 9 – 18 children need more calcium to meet the daily recommended intake. Interestingly, it is only till mid-20s that kids can improve their bones which will last them a lifetime. Sunshine is considered as the natural source of vitamin D in the body. Every cell of our body has vitamin D receptors. So, if your child is in the sunlight three times a week for about 15-20 minutes he/she will get enough UV rays to produce vitamin D. Not just bones and teeth, vitamin D builds immunity in the body and fights off attacking viruses and bacteria.

FOODS HIGH IN CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D:

Cow’s milk and its products: It is the most commonly consumed type of milk and naturally a good source of many nutrients like calcium, protein, phosphorus and Vitamin B2. In several countries, it is fortified with vitamin D because milk doesn’t naturally contain vitamin D, but is one of the most widely used calcium rich foods for kids. These two work together to keep the bones strong. There are some dairy products made of cow’s milk like cheese, yogurt which are a good source of vitamin D (How is it used in the rest of the world?)

Cereals: In comparison to other natural resources, fortified corn flakes and oat meals or granola mixes may provide less vitamin D, but still they can be a good way to boost the vitamin D levels. These cereals can be consumed together with milk or yogurt to achieve both calcium and vitamin D for the body. The most important check to make here is the sugar levels in the cereal. Added sugar intake can adversely impact calcium and vitamin D levels. (how does sugar impact bones?)

Egg yolk: Eggs are one of the highest natural sources of vitamin D. Just one whole large egg provides 50% of vitamin D required for the day. It helps to maintain strong bones and teeth. Those who can may opt for fish (salmon, sardines) also as a source of vitamin D.

Banana: The yummy bananas are a great source of magnesium, which plays an important role in activating vitamin D in the body. Journal of the American osteopathic Association, suggests that- it is essential to consume the recommended amount of magnesium to obtain the optimal benefits of vitamin D. So while bananas don’t have vitamin D directly, it enables absorption. In addition, bananas are also a great source of quick energy (simple carbs) and prebiotic fibre (for digestion) for kids. Win-win!

Moringa: Moringa is a super food. It has 3 times more calcium than milk which makes it an excellent food to treat weak or damaged bones and also one of the best non dairy sources of calcium. Some studies also indicate that moringa can heal damaged bones thus making it a must have calcium rich foods for bones. Dried moringa leaf powder has 17 times more vitamin D than fortified milk. In addition to this, it’s a fix for digestion troubles, immunity and iron. (Some easy ways to moringa)

Ragi: Ragi is also one of the foods high in calcium and vitamin D.  It is said that no other plant source provides calcium the way ragi can making it one of a popular non-dairy sources of calcium. It also has vitamin D and along with calcium, it can help in improving bone strength. It is a whole grain that is gluten free also and can be used in baking cakes and cookies.(Easy nutritious ragi recipe)

Mushroom: Mushrooms are a rich ‘plant’ source of vitamin D. Researchers has found that we can increase levels of vitamin D even more by exposing mushrooms to the sun for 10-15 minutes. Mushrooms can be consumed either directly or also in the form of dried mushroom powder, which can be used throughout the year, even when the season of mushroom has passed. For kids who are picky and don’t particularly enjoy eating mushroom, using the powder is an easy option. You can hide it in any batter or dough to make pancakes, wraps, bread, paratha, pizza. (Easy pizza recipe to hide mushroom powder)

Recipe: Ragi Dough with hidden herbs and nuts

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Recipe for Ragi Dough:

  • 1 cup ragi
  • 1 cup whole wheat or sorghum
  • ¾ cup shredded cheese or cottage cheese or paneer
  • 4 tbsp Moringa powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • ½ Beetroot puree (optional)
  • Water for kneading

Mix all together into a soft dough. Roll out flat breads/ parathas. Eat directly with yogurt or fill it up like a wrap with some spread and veggies.

(Recipe for easy and healthy spreads)

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ENLARGED TONSILS AND ADENOIDS IN CHILDREN

Enlarged tonsils and adenoid is a very common problem faced by children in their preschool and teenage years and is known as Tonsillitis. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, almost every child in the United States experiences at least one episode of tonsillitis.

There are generally three types of tonsils in kids:

  • Acute tonsillitis: These symptoms usually last 3 to 4 days but can last up to 2 weeks too.
  • Recurrent tonsillitis: This is when child get tonsillitis several times in a year.
  • Chronic tonsillitis: This is when child has a long term tonsilinfection.

Tonsils in Kids and its causes:

Tonsils are two oval shaped pads of lymphoid tissue located at the back of the throat, one on each side that helps the body to fight infection. Adenoids are located higher and further back, where the nasal passage connect with the throat. The tonsils are visible through mouth but the adenoids are not. The role of Tonsils and adenoids is to confine bacteria and viruses entering through the throat before they reach the rest of the body and to produce antibodies. Sometimes, bacteria and viruses get into the tonsils and infect them, which causes the enlargement of tonsils. School going children are more exposed to viral or bacterial infections and hence at more risk of Tonsillitis. The most common bacteria causing Tonsillitis is Streptococcus pyogenes that causes strep throat.

What are the Symptoms?

Tonsils in kids may vary depending on the cause and severity of infection. If kid’s throat hurts and it becomes difficult to eat, drink or even swallow, then he/ she might be suffering from Tonsillitis.

Other symptoms include red, swollen tonsils, white or yellow patches on the tonsils, sore throat, fever, bad breath, stomach ache, scratchy or throaty voice, headache and neck pain.

In younger children who are unable to express properly, signs include drooling, refusal to eat and unusual fussiness. Normally, tonsils and adenoids return to their normal size when the infection is over.

Complications: Enlarged tonsils in kids are considered serious if they cause symptoms like chronic ear infections, obstructive sleep apnea, recurring sinusitis and difficulty in breathing. You should visit an ENT Doctor in such cases.

Treatment: Enlarged tonsils treatment usually depends on the cause. If the tonsillitis is caused by bacteria, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics to kill bacteria. In case, it is caused by a virus, antibiotics don’t work and kid’s body will fight the infection on its own. In some cases, if the infection is severe and causing serious symptoms, doctors might advise surgery to remove the tonsils.

How to prevent it?

The germs causing tonsils in kids are contagious and hence following good hygiene practices might help to prevent it.

  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently
  • Avoid sharing food, drinking glasses, bottles or utensils with other kids
  • Replace their toothbrushes after being diagnosed with tonsillitis

To prevent the spreading of infection to other kids in case your child is infected:

  1. Keep your child at home
  2. Teach your child to sneeze or cough into a tissue
  3. Teach your child to wash hands after sneezing or coughing

Home remedies to relieve the symptoms:

Drink plenty of warm liquids: Drinking warm liquids like soups, broths and teas helps in soothing the sore throat. Herbal teas which include honey, pectin or glycerin, helps to form a protective film over the mucous membranes in the mouth and throat and thus help in soothing irritation.

Avoid Hard Foods: Eating hard or sharp foods like chips, crackers, dry cereal, toast, raw carrots and apples may scratch the throat, resulting in further irritation and inflammation, and hence such foods should be avoided. 

Gargle with salt water: Gargling with salt water helps to reduce the pain or tickling in the back of the throat. Warm salt water can help to disinfect the area and reduce inflammation. Salt water mixture can be made by adding a quarter teaspoon of salt to 8 ounces of warm water and stirring it until the salt dissolves. Gargle with salt water for a few seconds before spitting it out and repeat the process as and when necessary. Younger children should avoid it as they might inhale the fluid. Steam inhalation can also help to reduce the discomfort.

Increase Indoor Humidity: Dry air can further add to the irritation in the throat and hence keeping a cool mist humidifier inside the room of a kid suffering from tonsillitis might help to relieve the discomfort.

Avoid straining the voice: Since the voice becomes muffled due to the swelling in the throat, kid might be tempted to raise the voice, but this might further irritate the throat.

Get plenty of rest: Taking proper rest at home allows the body to fight off the infection and even saves from any other infection which might be caught from going out.

Medicated throat candies (lozenges): Medicated lozenges contain anaesthetic medicines to numb and soothe the throat and also contain anti-inflammatory drugs to comfort swelling and inflammation in the throat. For younger children, lozenges should be avoided as they might cause choking due to their big size.

Foods and herbs that can help:

Tulsi or Holy Basil: Tulsi is a plant which is commonly found in most of the Indian households due to its medicinal properties. It has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It has qualities that help in reducing the swelling and pain in the throat and thus speed up the healing process. Drink made by boiling tulsi leaves also helps in boosting immunity.

  • Method:
  • Add 10 to 12 basil leaves to one and one-half cups of water. Boil for 10 minutes. Strain and add the juice from one lemon to the solution. Optionally, add one teaspoon of honey to sweeten it or 2 grams of black pepper to spice it up.Drink this three times a day for two to three days.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon is rich in antimicrobial properties and hence suppresses the growth of bacteria in tonsils thereby comforting the pain, swelling and inflammation.

  • Method:
  • Add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a glass of hot water. Mix in two teaspoons of honey. Sip on it slowly while it is still warm. Drink this two or three times a day for one week.

Turmeric: Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities which help to fight the tonsil in kids and relieve the symptoms. Ayurveda recommends using 1 cup of hot water with 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon salt mixed in. Gargle with this mixture morning and evening. It is particularly helpful before going to bed. It will help get rid of the inflammation and soreness. Alternatively, you can add one teaspoon of turmeric powder and a pinch of ground black pepper to a glass of warm milk. Drink it at night for two to three days to speed up the healing process.

Fenugreek seeds or Methi: Methi again has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that helps to fight the bacteria and gives instant relief from pain and inflammation.

  • Method:
  • Add two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds to two to three cups of water. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and let it cool. Gargle with this water for at least 30 seconds, and then spit it out. Repeat twice daily until you get comfort.

Recipe: Roasted Red capsicum Pasta sauce

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Heat oil and add garlic. Add tomato puree. After 5 min, add seeds powder and nutritional yeast, seasonings and let it cook for 5 minutes.
Add red capsicum puree to the tomato puree. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add 1 tsp jaggery/ sugar. Switch off gas. Add basil leaves. Add cheese in the mixture or on top of the serving.
  • 1 Red capsicum (roast and peel charred/black skin)
  • Puree capsicum
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • Ghee or Oil for preparation
  • 3 tomatoes, pureed
  • Few basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp Seed powder (sunflower and pumpkin) or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 1 tbsp Nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Oregano, salt, pepper, turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp jaggery/ sugar

Kids happily enjoy the ‘hidden’ nutrition of nuts, herbs and veggies!

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5 Ways to detox festival binge eating

Festivals go hand-in-hand with sweets, fried and spicy foods in every culture. Round the year we often get excuses to indulge in delicacies in the celebration of festivals. The most exciting part of any festival is the scrumptious food, which varies across different festivals. Food is what makes every festival so memorable. During festive season, days often begins and ends with a sweet, delicately prepared at home with loads of patience and love. Food is what connects people of different regions and backgrounds. Even families unite after a long separation and build moments with taste-laden food and drinks. It is a common culture across the world to invite and visit friends and family. In the end, it all sums up to eating, laughing and more eating.

Soon, once the festival is over, we begin our search for detoxing our bodies of food-guilt, not love and laughter. People generally tend to (over) consume foods with high sugar content, spices and fat. More often than not, this leads to gastritis, indigestion, acidity and raised cholesterol levels, thereby creating a need to detox post festival.

After-effects of Festival Binge Eating:

Gas and constipation: This is the common problem people complain off after every festival. The reason behind this is the consumption of oily, deep fried spicy food. The excess use of oil, sugar, and refine flour that is used to make verity of dishes during festivals leads to acid reflux, constipation and heartburn.

Weight gain: Even health conscious people can’t stop themselves from having those tasty festival dishes, which are full of calories. Further, it results in weight gain and can cause health issues. It become important to detox post festival delicacies. (What food can help increase healthy weight in kids?)

Harmful for gut health: When there is excess of oil, starch or sugar in the diet, your digestive system can’t process it properly (Why?). The sugar starts to ferment and begins feeding pathogenic bacteria like yeast.  It harms the healthy bacteria that live in your gut. This can lead to conditions like small intestine bacterial overgrowth. A high fat and sugar combined diet may damage the gut micro biome by increasing unhealthy bacterias and decreasing number of healthy one. A detox post festival becomes necessary in such scenarios.

Acne: High saturated fat food may result in acne by increasing inflammation and altering hormone levels. (How to fix acne in kids?)

Increase risk of diabetes: Consuming festive food, which not only includes high fat food but, also high sugar levels (sweets and drinks), leads to high-calorie intake and sudden rise in blood sugar levels. This can be a trigger point for people with pre-diabetes developing diabetes.

Increase in cholesterol level: Excess use of saturated or trans fat (hydrogenated vegetable oil) for making different dishes during festival season may lead to high cholesterol levels in your blood, which is harmful for your heart health and liver function. Liver is the main organ that breakdown fat in the bod. Excess of fat intake can put pressure on liver. (How to keep Liver safe?)

To detox post festival binge eating becomes essential for a healthy body. Drinking enough water and having high-fiber diet helps to get rid of waste and toxins from the body. Some of the best ways to detox your body after binge are exercising, consuming probiotics (what are some easy probiotics?), adding some antioxidants in your diet (what are antioxidants?) and consuming foods that are easy to digest. Some food sources can really help to detox post festival.

How to Detox post Festive Binge Eating?

Aloe Vera and turmeric: Aloe Vera plant is water- dense. It is the best way to detox your body. This plant keeps the body hydrated and provides a way to flush out impurities. It is a rich source of antioxidants, which helps fight free-radicals (what are they?) and lowers oxidative stress on your body. The aloe Vera is proven to clean toxins from the liver. It also decreases irritation in the stomach and intestine. Turmeric is an extraordinary spice in terms of health benefit. It has anti-inflammation and anti-oxidant properties that fight inflammation and can contribute to healthy digestion. Mix a spoon of Aloe Vera gel (freshly obtained from leaf is preferred) with quarter spoon of turmeric in warm water. Enjoy this drink to detox post festival binge eating.

Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is fermented food which adds good bacteria to the gut. It is high in potassium, magnesium, calcium and other vitamins and minerals. It gives good dose of enzymes, supports healthy immune system, promotes pH (acidity) balance in the body, aids healthy digestion, helps in removing toxins from body. Add one table spoon of ACV to the warm water, for best results drink this in the morning empty stomach. (Easy way to make ACV jellies)

Chia seeds: Chia seeds are high in fiber and essential fats (omega-3), which help to reduce inflammation and flush out toxins. It has high amount of fiber which reaches the large intestine and becomes food for the bacterias staying there, thereby promoting healthy intestinal flow, treating constipation, heartburn and other digestive disorders. Soak some chia seeds in a glass of water, drink this after an hour of soaking. (Some easy seeds rich in protein)

Lemon: Lemon is the key ingredient in many detox drinks. Lemon is packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, which is beneficial for skin and fight free-radicals. It has an alkaline effect on the body which helps restore the body’s pH balance and flush out toxins to cleanse the system. Start your day with a glass of warm water with a slice of lemon in it. It also aids in maintaining a healthy weight.

Garlic: Garlic contains organo- sulfur compounds (OSCs), which make it the perfect detoxification supplement.  It is not only anti-viral, anti-bacterial and antibiotic but it also contains a chemical called allicin which promotes the production of white blood cells and helps fight against toxins. Selenium, a mineral present in garlic can cleanse the liver of toxins too. (How does this help with boils on the body?)

Ginger: Ginger water mixed with lemon juice is also used to detox the body. As per numerous studies, ginger has been credited to fight infection and inflammation. Ginger root contains powerful compounds, including gingerols and shogoals, that help to inhibit inflammation and protect against cellular damage. They also tend to liver against toxins. Taking a little bit of ginger in tea or meals everyday can support overall health including a good flow of blood in the body. (How does ginger solve cough in kids?)

Recipe: Aloe Vera Turmeric Detox Drink

Mix a spoon of Aloe Vera gel (freshly obtained from leaf is preferred) with quarter spoon of turmeric in warm water. Enjoy this drink to detox post festival binge eating.

Add honey for kids to make it a tasty drink.

Recipe for Quinoa Peas Meal

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  • ½ cup quinoa boiled in equal water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • ½ cup peas
  • 1 pod garlic and ginger chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • lemon juice fresh
  • green chilli chopped (optional)
  • salt
  • Chopped handful coriander

Heat oil in pan. Add cumin ginger garlic and onion. Saute for a minute. Add peas. Add salt. Add chillies. Cook for 3 min. Add boiled quinoa (no water at all). Cook for 5 min. Add lots of lemon juice to taste spicy salty and sour. All flavours! Garnish with coriander. Serve!

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How to increases child’s immunity: Foods for Immunity Booster

The best gift you can ever gift to your child is a healthy body and strong immunity to fight infections. Life is more difficult now days. Ill health is the biggest hurdle in a child’s life journey. From food, climate, eating habits, and lifestyle, to almost everything is constantly changing (not all for good as at seems).  In this evolving scenario, immunity plays a major role and it can be achieved by feeding some foods for immunity booster.

Immune system

Immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues and organs that not only protects your body from harmful disease-causing viruses and bacteria but also aids in tissue repair and wound healing. In the context of corona pandemic, we can only rely on our immunity to safeguard us from the nerve-wrecking battlefield. While, to some extent, our immune system depends on genetics and it is also majorly influenced by our everyday choices- food and lifestyle.

How to increases child’s immunity? Immunity boosting is a comprehensive process which starts right from the early age. As babies grow and start preschool, they are more likely to be attacked by viruses and bacteria causing cold cough and other infections. Building immunity becomes key at this early stage.

Tips to Strengthen Immunity
  • Breastfeed your baby (studies suggest that it is a natural immune booster for kids)
  • Follow kid’s vaccination schedule
  • Encourage kids to eat nutritious and healthy diet
  • Proper rest and sleep (studies indicate that sleep and immunity are positively related)
  • Develop hygienic habits (washing hands)
  • Access to fresh air and sunlight (outdoor activities and vitamin D both help build immunity)
  • Avoid Antibiotics (unless necessary because they reduce good bacteria in the body which build immunity)

There are certain nutrients required for the growth and functions of immune cells such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Selenium, Iron and Protein. Focusing on nutrient rich food and a well-balanced diet is the best way to boost your kid’s immunity. Below are some best foods for immunity booster

Foods for immunity booster
Vegetables:

Study shows that vegetables provide nutrients like beta- carotene (Vitamin A), Vitamin C and Vitamin E that can act as a natural immune booster for kids. Many vegetables are also rich in other antioxidants that help reduce free radicals in the body (what are free radicals?). Vegetables are often good source of prebiotic fiber that supports a healthy gut and immune system by becoming the food of the good bacteria living in the gut. Encouraging your child to eat variety of vegetables in all colors like Broccoli, Spinach, bell paper, tomato, carrot, and beet root in a day will take care of multiple vitamins and minerals required to keep the immunity high. (How to give complete nutrition for kids?)

Citrus fruits:

Citrus fruits are considered as one of the best foods for immunity booster for children. Vitamin C is a key ingredient in all the citrus fruits. Vitamin C helps building up your immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells, which fights infections. Fruits like orange, guava, grape fruit, lemon and kiwi are high in Vitamin C.(Best fruits for kids and teens?)

Ginger:

Known for its amazing medicinal properties, ginger has been used as an active ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines. Loaded with Vitamin B6 and magnesium, ginger also has gingerol (photochemical compound in ginger that activates spice receptors on the tongue) which helps in enhancing immunity. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory property, which helps in fighting infections. (Home remedy to treat cold in kids that actually works?)

Nuts:

The vitamin E found in nuts like pistachio, almonds, cashews, walnuts and others help immune system to fight against invading bacteria. They are a great source of antioxidants that keep body healthy and disease free by neutralizing free radicals and reduce inflammation. Study shows that some roasted nuts appear to have an increased antioxidant level as compared with raw one. (What are some high protein nuts and seeds?)

Cinnamon:

This aromatic spice is the richest source of antioxidants among all the spices that give a boost to immune system. Loaded with antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties which fight against viruses causing infections like cold and flu., Cinnamon is one of the best foods for immunity booster.

Moringa:

Moringa is a magical tree with lots of health benefits attached. Every part of this tree such as roots, barks, fruits, flowers and leaves are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The leaves are good source of vitamin A, B, C minerals like calcium and Iron, which makes it a natural immune booster for kids. Apart from immunity it also helps in bones development, fight iron deficiency and aids in muscle building. (What’s an easy food for fixing healthy eyesight?)

Seeds:

Seeds are incredible source of nutrients. Subja seeds are rich in omega3 (alpha- linolenic acid) and also packed with flavonoids both of which help to keep the immune system strong. Sunflower seeds are rich in magnesium, vitamin E, antioxidants and good fats. Together they help to boost immunity. Sesame seeds is rich in zinc which aids in healthy immunity by protecting the body cells from invading bacteria and viruses. Pumpkin seeds are rich in Vitamin E which is necessary for immunity building and also packed with other bone-building nutrients like potassium, magnesium and vitamin K. (What are some seeds good for brain?)

Curcumin:

A compound found in turmeric, offers therapeutic relief. Turmeric is also rich in vitamin A, Thiamine(B1), Riboflavin (B2) and vitamin C and works as a perfect immunity booster food for kids as well as adults. It is a rich antioxidant which supports against body cell damage. It has been found to delay or reverse diseases or age related decrease in body functions. Read more about the scientific study on immunity here.

Ashwagandha & Brahmi

It improves the body’s defense against disease by improving the body cell immunity. It also possesses antioxidant properties that help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals. Bacosides, the active ingredient in Brahmi can neutralise free radicals and prevent fat molecules from reacting with the free radicals, thereby maintaining high immunity in the body. Read more about the scientific study on immunity here.

Licorice:

It contains more than 20 triterpenoids and nearly 300 flavonoids and hence works as a great anti-bacterial remedy. It is a common herb which has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine for centuries. Read more about its immunity benefits here.

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