Food to Manage Hormone Imbalance

Food choices can directly impact hormone in the body. Consuming refined or processed carbs like white flour, bread, pasta, pizza, white rice can directly increase the blood sugar in the body and ultimately results hormone imbalance. On the contrary, foods which are whole grains like amaranth, buckwheat, barley or other high fibre foods can control the spike in blood sugar and manage stress by making hormones happy. Fiber rich foods are suitable to beat stress as they release a brain calming chemical called serotonin in the body.

In addition to fibre, research has found that intake of Magnesium can help manage stress, anxiety and hormone imbalance in kids. Magnesium is responsible for nerve transmission and nerve-muscle coordination. It protects against the excessive excitement in a child (which can be traumatic). There is enough research going on how Magnesium can help in fixing or preventing neurological disorders and hormone imbalance.

MAKE Hormone HAPPY

Traditionally, if we look back centuries ago, Sendha namak or Epsom salt has been used to heal, relax and calm the body nerves. Epsom salt is actually not a salt but a mineral called Magnesium sulfate. Soaking body or feet in this mineral enables absorption of decent quantity through skin which results in relaxing nerves and muscles.

Studies indicate that roughly 50% kids don’t meet the daily Magnesium requirement. Magnesium is one of the top four abundant minerals in the body. So, any deficiency of this mineral will easily reflect in daily life as it results in hormone imbalance. Magnesium is key in formation of bones, maintaining blood flow, keeping stress low and to make hormones happy. It also brings relief to girls who suffer from menstrual cramps, leg cramps and irritable mood. (Puberty in girls)

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 hyper activity and lack of focus in kids. Daily intake of magnesium is necessary to maintain stock of the mineral in the body. Including magnesium rich foods in diet is best way to balance hormones with supplements based on foods. (Fruits to fix hormone imbalance)

Food to Manage Hormone Imbalance

Spinach, beans, chia seed, sunflower seed, cumin, whole wheat flour, milk, yogurt, almond, peanut, cashew, quinoa are great sources of this mineral. Just 1 wholewheat roti/ paratha can meet 15% daily requirement of this mineral. In addition, 10 almonds or cashews will give 10% and 1 cup spinach will give 20%. However, a diet high in processed food can cause excretion of Magnesium through urine.

  • Magnesium also helps to absorb Vitamin-D in our body, which in turn helps to absorb Calcium in our bones. Hence, lack of this powerful mineral will directly result in weaker bones, teeth, hair and nails. Weaker bones (lethargy) further adds to irritation and stress in kids.
  • Migraine is one of the most common neuro disorders which too has shown improvement with the consumption of Magnesium.
  • Anxiety and Depression have impacted hundreds of millions of people across the world. Dietary intake of magnesium has been offered as a possible treatment, in addition to therapy.

So Yes! Magnesium is vital for every kid. Next time when your child has some tired muscles or cramp, use the magnesium salt with water to dip their feet in and let that table salt be on the table only!

Recipe for Quinoa Peas Meal

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Products

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6 SCIENCE BASED HEALTH BENEFITS OF MORINGA OLEIFERA

Moringa oleifera is a multipurpose herbal plant used as food and also for medicinal purposes. Moringa food contains more nutrients than any other single food source. It supports an overall child growth by providing nutrition for brain, bones, eyesight, immunity, skin & hair, digestion. Backed by scientific research, it has gained massive respect worldwide for the health and healing benefits it possesses.

Millions of people use Moringa as a supplement in the form of powder or tablet or tea. In certain parts of Asia, this plant is consumed as a fresh vegetable, almost everyday. For parents struggling to keep up with the daily nutrition of their child, this miracle food tops the list. Moringa could single handedly deliver most of the nutrition for the day, making the task of feeding healthy food way less challenging.

  • Eye Health: Moringa oleifera contains beta-carotene (how to preserve vitamin A in food?), lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C and vitamin E. These nutrients can preserve eyesight and also reduce the risk of eye diseases. Moringa powder is the richest common food in lutein and zeaxanthin. There isn’t a recommended daily intake for beta-carotene. Scientific data shows that about 3-6 mg of beta-carotene per day is good. Scientists found the amount of beta-carotene in Moringa powder to be about 28.5 mg per 100g.
  • Antioxidants: They are compounds that act against free radicals in our body (what are free radicals?). 46 kinds of antioxidants including Vitamin A, C, E have been found in the leaves of Moringa that prevents or delays body damage from naturally occurring oxidative stress from lifestyle and food intake, mental stress, pollution etc.
  • Complete Nutrition: Almost every part of the Mooring tree is used for medicinal or nutritional purposes. Just 1 tbsp of Moringa leaf powder is equivalent to 60g of fresh leaves which contains 6 grams of protein, 70% of the daily required vitamin B6, 50% of vitamin C, 36% of iron, 33% vitamin A and 25% of magnesium and many others. All these nutrients help to keep the immunity high, alert brain, high energy, reduced stress, strong bones and muscles. (What vitamins do kids need?)
  • Bone Health: Consuming a healthy diet that contains adequate amount of vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin D, K are extremely important in preventing bones disorders. Moringa has 3 times more Calcium than milk making it an excellent food to treat weak or damaged bones. Some study indicates that Moringa can also heal damaged bones. (How to preserve bones?)
  • Skin & Hair: Moringa being an excellent source of antioxidants like vitamin A, C , E helps to block the oxidation (what is oxidative stress?) of healthy tissues, thus delaying the ageing process. In ancient times, Moringa leaf powder was applied on cuts and wounds for quick heal and removal of any marks. Health problems or nutritional deficiencies can hinder hair growth and cause several hair problems. Moringa powder contains all the required vitamin and minerals, essential nutrients conductive to healthy hair. It also contains the amino acid Methionine which supplies sulphur to your hair, thus preventing hair loss.
  • Stomach Ailments: Moringa has found to help in some stomach disorders such as constipation, gastritis. The antibiotic and antibacterial properties of Moringa along with its high vitamin B content helps with digestion. Moringa contains over 40 anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce bloating, gas and constipation. (Which food is the best for digestion?)
  • Mood: Moringa is especially beneficial in treating severe mood disorders such as stress, anxiety and depression, which is increasingly becoming common amongst kids too. It also reduces the feeling of fatigue by giving the required boost to your energy because of its high Vitamin B, iron and protein content. It is also packed with tryptophan, an essential compound that regulates appetite, sleep, mood swings and helps the body to produce relaxation hormones called serotonin. (How can kids sleep better?)

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Why is it important for children to eat balanced diet ?

Healthy body is key to a better future. As a parent, the most important thing you can do to give your children a healthy life is to make them learn healthy eating habits. Children need a balanced diet with food from all 3 food groups: vegetables & fruits, whole grains & protein, fats. And they also need complete meals and snacks during the day. Healthy snacks are just as important as the food you serve at meals. For body to work effectively, it has to be fed the balanced nutrition for the day. (Nutrition for kids)

Children who don’t get enough healthy foods may face delayed growth and development, compromised cognition and reduced immunity. Usually children love processed or packaged foods because they enjoy the taste and experience of digging into a packet. Surprisingly, these happy emotions are further charged up by the development of dopamine from these processed foods. This tricks the brain into consuming more and more of these empty, nutrition-less calories (what harm does this cause?).

Why is nutrition so important?

Most commonly we hear parents say that their child is active and looks healthy too, so, nutrition is not their worry (Do healthy kids need supplements?). Some parents also add that ‘they also turned out fine without their parents worrying so much about nutrition when they were young’. Compared to today’s time, food earlier was less contaminated, primarily local, fresh and seasonal. Sadly, kids nowadays consume at least two servings of processed food in a day. This only worsens their chances of consuming a balanced diet.

While it is not apparent to a parent everyday, but the child is in utmost need of balanced nutrient rich diet, especially in the growing and foundation years. Every living moment, the child’s body cells are oxidising (like ours) and aging. Which means, the cells are deteriorating in quality and performance. It is not evident so easily, however, lower immunity, early greying of hair, weak muscles, disturbed digestion, lowered vision, hormonal imbalance are all examples of this. To make sure that the quality of body cells remain for as long as possible, the cells have to be fed the necessary nutrition everyday. What we feed our kids today will only show many years later.

WHAT IS A BALANCED DIET?

Balanced diet contains different kind of foods in certain quantities and proportion, so that the requirement for all the macronutrients (Carbs, Protein, Fats, ) and micro nutrients (Vitamins and minerals, Fiber) along with water can be fulfilled. Eating a balanced diet helps children maintain good health, reduce their risk of disease, build up strong immune system and help them in growth and development of a healthy mind and body.

CARBOHYDRATES: Carbohydrates are the biggest source of energy for kids. Almost 60% of energy (calories) for the day must come from carbohydrate foods. They provide instant energy and keep the kids on their toes. Every gram of carb consumed gives 4 calories to the body. So if a child has to consume 2000 calories in a day (as per height weight), then 1200 calories should come from carbs (this means 300g carbs in a day), preferably whole grains and not processed carbs like sugar (why is sugar harmful?).

PROTEIN: Proteins are essential nutrients for children and third highest provider of energy for the day. Along with being the building blocks of the body, they also give 10-15% of energy (calories) to kids. A child must consume almost 1g protein per kg of weight. So if a child weighs 40kg, then he/she must consume 35-40g of protein everyday. Every gram of protein consumed gives 4 calories to the body. Food rich in protein is a must for kids since it digests slowly, support hunger for long, and is great for skin, hair, muscle of the body. A child roughly gets 150 calories a day from protein food like lentils, beans, cottage cheese, moringa (what is it?) etc.

FATS: Body needs fat (what are saturated and unsaturated fat?) from natural sources. They help to fix hormones that can otherwise cause the body to go haywire impacting weight, mood, acne, bloating, PCOS, thyroid, sleep and the list goes on. Our brain, that is just 2% of our body mass but consumes 25% energy of the body, needs fat to perform efficiently for life. Saturated fat also stays inside the body cells to build a defence system and attack viruses and bacterias. 25-30% of the body energy comes from fat sources like nuts, coconut, avocado, dairy etc. Every gram of fat gives 9 calories to the body and hence should be consumed in limited quantity not exceeding 60g.

VITAMINS: Vitamins helps the body grow and work the way it should be. There are 13 essential vitamins A, C, D, E, K and vitamin Bs. Some helps in eyesight and energy production, while others support healthy nerves and cell and in fighting infections. A balanced diet and help meet the requirements of these on a daily basis (do healthy kids need supplements?)

MINERALS: Just like vitamins, minerals also help kids grow, develop and stay healthy. Minerals support stronger bones and teeth, healthy nerve function, absorption of important vitamins, protection against current lifestyle and process food damage. Essential mineral includes Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Potassium.

FIBER: Not exactly a nutrient but extremely critical to the body, fibre is the roughage of plant based food (grains , fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans ) that body can’t break down. It helps kids with digestion by providing food for the bacteria (what is a gut bacteria?) in the gut and also support transfer of important vitamins to the stomach.

WATER: Water plays an important role in all the body functions including digestion. It carries nutrients to all cells in the body including the brain.

While it is usually preferred to get the nutrients a child needs from food rather than a pills or syrup or gummy supplements, its not always possible . That’s because some kids are picky eaters and their intake of food is limited to a chosen few. Or despite consuming healthy complete meals, a child may have a severe deficiency of a particular vitamin due to a prevalent health concern. This may result in a deficiency of any key vitamin in their body. The next best solution in such situation is to consume supplements made of real foods and fortified with the necessary vitamins. For example, some cereals are fortified with vitamin B12 as its found deficient in many vegetarian kids. Oils can be fortified with vitamin D for kids who are off dairy.

  • Recipe of Oats Chocolate bar:
  • Equal parts of whole oats and rice flour (3/4th cup)
  • Honey (as per sweetness desired)
  • A pinch of salt
  • Add handful of melon seeds (or any other seed or broken nuts)
  • 2 tbsp heap of peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
  • Add a pinch baking soda (½ tsp)
  • 1 handful of dark chocolate (melted)
  • Add milk just as little to make this mixture stick together.
  • Check sweetness. Transfer to a lined baking pan. Pat hard to make it settle in the pan.
  • Preheat oven for 5 min at 200 Celsius. Bake for 18-20 min in the middle rack.
  • Take out and leave to cool.
  • Cut in any shape and store in the refrigerator.

Feel free to add any nut or berries to the mix. My boys like it this way only

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Hormones Happy Fruits for Teens and Kids

Teenagers undergo major physical development and hormone imbalance during their puberty phase. These physical changes are regulated by changes in the levels of hormones which are produced by the pituitary gland—luteinizing hormone (responsible for menstrual cycle in girls) and follicle-stimulating hormone (responsible for reproductive system in both girls and boys). Surprisingly, a new born baby has high levels of these hormones which taper down in a couple of months. At adolescence, these hormones spike up again and cause major physical developments in the body of teens. At this time some hormone happy fruits can really help.

In the early puberty phase, luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone increase and cause hormone imbalance resulting in major physical changes including weight gain, outbursts of acne, height gain and behavioral change like anxiety, hyper-activity and short-temperedness. The recent lifestyle trend of teenagers has also added to much higher consumption of food which is high in both carbohydrates and fat (why is this bad?) This not only results in excessive weight gain, but also anxiety and stress leading to further hormone imbalance. Some (forgotten) seasonal fruit good for child, which can help solve these concerns of the growing kids and make hormones happy are mentioned below.

Food Good for Children’s Health

Eating right assures an adequate amount of key nutrients like calcium, iron and vitamins A, C and D. Some teens need more nutrients than average intake, particularly if they extremely active in sports and do not eat variety of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds regularly

Shahtoot (Mulberry)
  • They have unusually high levels of protein and iron for a fruit. They are rich in dietary fiber which helps in fixing digestion issues like bloating, constipation.
  • Single serving of mulberries can meet the daily requirement of vitamin C, keeping the immunity high and lower stress, anxiety.
  • Mulberry is also high in vitamin A which strengthens the eyesight and reduces the strain on eyes.
  • It is rich in antioxidants which reduces early greying of hair and keeps the skin acne free. Hence it is one of the best fruits for children’s health and help teenager by making their hormones happy.
Ber (Jujube)
  • Ber is a fruit good for child. It is a good source of calcium, phosphorus that helps in developing and maintaining stronger bones and more height.
  • It also has a calming effect on the body and releases stress and anxiety.
  • This fruit helps in inducing sleep. In certain traditions, it has been used to treat insomnia.
  • Loaded with fibre, this fruit also helps to reduce constipation and other gastrointestinal issues.
  • Lastly, this fruit is loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C which do wonders for keeping hormones happy and teens skin acne-free and is one of the cheapest and hormone happy fruits for children’s development.
Jamun (Indian Blackberry)
  • Just a bowl of this sweetish berry can serve half the daily requirement of vitamin C and Manganese, keeping the immunity of the body high. It is also high in antioxidants which keep the skin healthy and it is one of the best seasonal and hormone happy fruits for children’s health.
  • These blackberries are loaded with fiber which is essential for easy digestion and solving bloating and stomach pain. It can give half the daily fiber in just a single bowl serving.
  • Over 35% of daily required Vitamin K in a single serving of this berry can keep the bones strong and control menstrual blood flow.
Lychee
  • This fruit is exceptionally high in Vitamin C which keeps the immunity of the body high and the skin healthy. A compound present in this food tends to have anti-viral properties also, which make it fruit good for child and in teens work to balance hormones with supplement based on foods.
  • The high fiber content in the fruit helps to regulate bowel movement thereby solving constipation, bloating, stomach pain, and other tummy troubles.
  • Along with the high fiber content, this fruit also has a lot of water content which aids in maintaining healthy weight.
  • It is also loaded with calcium absorbing minerals resulting in stronger bones.
  • High levels of copper and Vitamin Bs in the fruit help with reducing stress.
Chikoo (Sapota)
  • This fruit is good for immunity because of its high Vitamin C content. It also keeps the skin healthy and helps treat acne. The high dietary fiber in the food helps to solve the irritable bowel syndrome and works as a laxative to solve constipation.
  • It is also high in calcium and phosphorus which work together to keep the bones strong. Consuming this fruit early in life will take care of bone troubles in future and is considered as one of the hormones happy fruits for children’s health.
  • Many other berries and fruits like Phalse (Wild Blueberry), Amla (Gooseberry), Karonda (Conkerberry), Lasoda (Glueberry), Nargundi
  • (Chasteberry) are loaded with goodness of health for growing kids. They are seasonally available and help to meet the daily Vitamin and Mineral requirements and are fruits for children’s health.
  • Some of these are sour in taste and best can be consumed in the form of pickle or sweetened drink. Some are bitter like chaste berries but offer tremendous health benefits in balancing hormones and reducing stress levels. They are available as powder supplements.

Recipe: Wheat Berry cookie with hidden herbs and nuts

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Walnut: 5 reasons why kids should consume everyday

Survey of 150 parents reflected on the top concerns they had for their kids. Some of the concerns, mentioned below, can be improved with the consumption of just a single nut- Walnut! Consuming 2-5 walnuts for kids aged 3 to 15 years is enough to aid daily nutrition.

Brain: Walnut a high source of good fat Omega-3 which aids in brain development and maintaining good blood flow to the brain. The vitamin Bs present in the nut increase memory and cognition.

Immunity: High in Vitamin E antioxidant, walnut helps to fight of virus that attack the body and reduce free radicals.

Bones: Walnuts are rich in Magnesium and manganese which is crucial for bone development & strength and absorption of calcium in bones.

Anxiety/ Stress: Vitamin B, Omega3 and magnesium in walnut contribute towards a healthier nervous system, and keeping the stress levels and irritability low. Antioxidant Vitamin E also reduces the anxiety levels in kids.

Overall Growth: Walnut is a complete source of nutrition. The variety of vitamins and minerals present in the nut contribute to keeping high level of energy and good blood flow in the body. As a rich source of Biotin (Vit B7), walnuts are excellent for hair growth and health. Vitamin E in the nut supports healthy eyesight and supports formation of collagen resulting in younger and healthier looking skin.

Recipe for Chocolate Walnut balls

Let’s try to make every food tasty and nutritious with herbs and nuts. 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.

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  • In a grinder take
  • 3 soft dates without seed,
  • 1 small banana,
  • 2 handful walnuts,
  • 2 tablespoon coco powder,
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder,
  • 2 tablespoon peanut butter or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts spread (order here)
  • pinch of salt
  • Grind them well in a paste and add some shredded coconut or almond flour to make a soft dough mix well.
  • Apply oil on your palm and make small balls and coat them with some finely chopped nuts. Eat this healthy snack for sweet cravings.

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What Is The Need To Soak Dal/ Rice Before Cooking

In traditional diets of our ancestors, soaking was key to preparing food. Dal, rice, beans, nuts, seeds and other whole grains contain phytic acid. Soaking for a few hours before you cook helps to break down the phytic acid which makes it easy for the body to absorb all the nutrients and also digest the food better. Study shows that our grains contain arsenic, a compound found in earth‘s crust. By soaking the grain prior to cooking, the arsenic level can come down by 25-30%. Soaking grains also release compounds called lower order inositols – specifically myo- and d-chiro-inositol. And these compounds help support blood sugar regulation, metabolic and hormonal health (PCOS).

Soaking of rice and dal can be done up till 4 hours. For oats and most nuts, soaking overnight is good.

Traditionally In India, rice and lentils are fermented for at least two days before they are prepared as idli and dosas, or flour is fermented to make Bhatura; Africans soak corn overnight before adding it to soups and ferment corn for days to prepare a traditional dish; Welsh prepared similar dish by soaking oats overnight. Latin Americans ferment rice for long before cooking; Ethiopians make their distinctive bread by fermenting a grain called teff for several days; Mexican corn cakes are fermented for two weeks in banana leaves; Americans and Europeans used fermented starter to Bake bread, cookies and cake. The Chinese were the first people to carry moong dal (mung bean) and sprout for consumption as they sailed on voyages overseas.

5 seeds that are high in protein

5 seeds that are high in protein

Protein is considered the body’s building block and repair agent and is integral in forming enzymes and hormones in the body. From digestion to immunity, from hair to nails, everything requires protein. Other than protein rich foods, it is important to feed children these seeds that are high in protein.

What does protein do?

Protein is one of the three macro-nutrients (the other two being carbs and fat) and it is the most important nutrient required for a growing child. It is highly filling, helps with weight maintenance and is needed for repairing and building muscle tissue. Lentils, beans, dairy products, eggs, chicken, nuts and seeds are very good source of protein. (How whey protein can help?)

5 seeds that are high in protein:

Over the past few years, seeds like pumpkin, chia, flaxseed, sunflower and sesame have gained a lot of popularity. Not only these are high in protein, but also contain other nutrients and hence are often called as superfoods. Let us know in details about the 5 seeds that are high in protein.

SeedsProtein content
Pumpkin 12 g in cup of serving
Sunflower 5.8 g in 1 ounce of serving
Flax5.1 g in 1 ounce of serving
Sesame4.7 g in 1 ounce of serving
Chia4.4 g in 1 ounce of serving
5 seeds that are high in protein
Pumpkin Seeds:

Pumpkin seeds are one of the best source of protein and are also rich in iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. You can add them to salads, soups, trail mix or just roast and eat. (Other benefits of pumpkin seeds?)

Sunflower seeds:

Next best source of protein is sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds are one of the best sources of vitamin E, which is needed by the body to repair damaged skin, improve vision and prevent disease. You can add sunflower seeds to any smoothie or cheela and increase the protein content. (How it helps to improve skin?)

FLAX seeds:

Also known as linseeds, Flaxseeds are the best source of alpha-linolenic acid (a type of omega-3 fatty acid). Adding adequate amounts of omega-3 rich foods in your diet helps to reduce inflammation, improve heart health and boost immunity. Flaxseed meaning in hindi is ‘Jawas’.

Sesame Seeds:

These seeds are also rich in calcium and hence supports bone health, blood clotting and maintaining weight. You can give sesame seeds in a paste form commonly known as Tahini or use it as a seasoning for any food.

Chia SEEDS:

In addition to protein, chia seeds are a very rich source of dietary fiber. When water is added to chia seeds, it absorbs the fiber to form a thick gel like substance. This gel like substance increases fullness and slows down the movement of food in the digestive system. And this combined with the high satiety of protein makes chia seeds beneficial for weight loss.(Tips to reduce obesity in kids?)

Recipe for Cheela with seeds, nuts and herbs:

10g protein snack: Sunflower, Pumpkin, Flax and Chia seeds CHEELA

Sunflower seed, Flax seed, Chia seed are the highest source of protein amongst all seeds and nuts. Add this to any dough or batter and make Paratha or Cheela. This is the go-to breakfast for my boys during school days. Protein rich meal in the early morning keeps them full for longer hours and also helps to sustain throughout the day (by digesting slowly).

Protein should be a major part of all the meals along with fat and carbs (which are equally important). The reason is that our body takes 15% energy from protein and remaining from fat and carbs.

Always powder Flax and Chia seeds before consuming directly or adding to any dough or batter, else it doesn’t get digested completely and nutrients are not entirely absorbed by the body.

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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 make every dish tasty and nutritious by ‘hidden’ nutrition of veggies, herbs and nuts.

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How can I get Selenium from food

Selenium is an important mineral to perform the basic functions of the body.  Though it is known as a trace mineral, it’s level in the body plays an important role in providing health benefits. We do not seek selenium supplements from the market as we are least aware, but selenium from food can be a great option.

Selenium is stored in the skeletal muscles. People deficient in this mineral face hair loss, severe fatigue and muscle weakness. As selenium in food comes from the earth, the amount depends upon soil quality, rain, evaporation, selenium content in soil and pH levels.

Selenium is a great antioxidant for fighting thyroid, solving heart problems, building immunity, and improving mental health.

What are the benefits of selenium?

 Selenium though required in the body in lesser amount plays major role in –

  • Fighting thyroid
  • DNA synthesis
  • Building immunity
  • Solving heart problem
  • Reproduction
  • Improving mental health
  • Fighting oxygen free radicals
How much selenium should one consume?

Selenium causes deficiencies when consumed in lower amounts and if consumed at a higher rate it possesses risk also. So, ingestion of selenium through foods must be adequate. The RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) of selenium provided by NIH (National Institute of Health) is mentioned below.

AgeRDA
Birth to 6 months15 mcg
7-12 months20 mcg
1-3 years20 mcg
4-8 years30 mcg
9-13 years40 mcg
14-18 years55 mcg
19-50 years55 mcg
51 + years55 mcg

The amount may vary for pregnant or lactating women. The selenium need is increased to 60-70 mcg.

Selenium rich foods:

There are a lot of foods that contain selenium. Selenium food must be consumed in adequate amounts. Here are a few foods that contain selenium.

Brazil Nuts: A great source of selenium is Brazil nuts, especially for vegetarians. Just 2 Brazil nuts a day can cover the daily requirement of the mineral for the body.

Selenium from food

Seafood: Various seafoods such as tuna, salmon, shrimp, crab, halibut, oysters and sardines contain good amounts of selenium. Tuna has 92mcg of selenium /3 ounce serving while others range between 40-65 mcg for the same serving.

Cheese: Along with the yummy taste that cheese provides it is rich in selenium too. 1 cup of 1% milk fat cottage cheese contains 20 mcg of selenium.

Pasta: Enriched macaroni contains around 37 mcg of selenium per 1 cup of serving. Well, now mac and cheese sound healthier after knowing this. Isn’t it?

Brown rice: Brown rice, usually long grained, serves 19 mcg of selenium per cup. Rice is a good option for those who are allergic to gluten.

Eggs: One large hard-boiled egg meets around 27% of the daily selenium requirement. It serves 15 mcg of selenium per serving. If you do not like hard boiled eggs, you can consume it the way you want and still get the amount.

Oatmeal: Be it an oatmeal smoothie or pancake or a bowl of breakfast, you will get selenium in any form that you eat. One regular cup of oatmeal serves the body around 13 mcg of selenium.

Milk: Be in any form, 1 cup of 1% fat milk serves you 8 mcg of selenium meeting about 15% of the daily value requirement.

Bread: One slice of bread, easy to carry and liked by almost everyone in every form provides 13 mcg of selenium. 

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