A banana a day keeps the doctors away

 

Banana

Its a powerhouse of nutrients, a rich source of cardio-protective potassium, magnesium and niacin. They enhance the body’s ability to absorb calcium and also increase brain chemicals that counter depression owing to tryptophan content. It contains carbohydrate, sugar and fiber, which makes it the most easily digestible fruit .Earlier, the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” now aptly applies to banana (owing to high cost of apples which makes it difficult for common people’s reach) i.e. “A banana a day keeps the doctors away”…….

So, go for bananas, and include them in your daily diet.

TEEPZ: Have a banana post work-out as an instant energy booster!!

Recipe for Rich Banana Smoothie

 Ingredients:                                                            

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 glass full cream milk
  • Honey-1tsp
  • Walnuts—3-4
  • Almonds—5-6

Method:

  1. Peel and slice a banana and put it into blender.
  2. Add the milk and honey
  3. Top it off with ice.
  4. Blend the ingredients until everything is smooth and evenly combined.
  5. Pour the smoothie into a glass, garnish with chopped walnuts and almonds.
  6. Serve Cold

Anti viral and Antifungal herbs

The weather nowadays is displaying an erratic behaviour, somedays we have extreme hot, shower, and storms. These erratic weather conditions are hotbed for different viral and bacterial infections. For bacterial infections one can still take antibiotics, but for viral infections one can do nothing but wait.

In south of India the spread of Nipah virus too has been cause of concern for many.

In this post we will tell you about some common herbs that you can use at home and protect yourself from different infections
 

Oregano (अजवायन की पत्ती)
They are an effective antiviral herb. It has been used for hundreds of years to fight infections allover the world. It has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties. It contains high amounts of monoterpenoidic phenols (about 90% thymol and carvacrol)  this helps in the reduction of the biofilm formation and growth of foodborne pathogens and even spoilage microorganisms, thus making it a ideal natural choice for food preservation.  To get its benefit you can take in:

  • Herbal Tea: In a cup take few tsp (1-2) fresh or dried Oregano, fill it with boiling water. And leave it to steep. The duration of steep (5-10 min) depends on how strong you want your tea.
  • Oregano Oil: You can also use oregano oil. The oil can be added on salads, soups and stews.

The conventional way of using it  as seasoning will offer some health benefits but will not provide the concentrated amounts of antiviral essential oils needed to combat a viral illness.

Chamomile (बाबूने का फल )

There are two types of Chamomile: German and Roman chamomile. German Chamomile has many medicinal benefits. It has been used medicinally to treat sore stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, and as a gentle sleep aid. It is also used as a mild laxative and is anti-inflammatory and bactericidal.
It has antispasmodic, anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory and some antimutagenic and cholesterol-lowering effect. Chamomile can also speed up healing time of wounds. It has also shown some benefit in the animal model of diabetes. It demonstrates moderate antimicrobial and antioxidant properties and significant antiplatelet activity, as well as preliminary results against cancer.  Essential oil of chamomile was shown to be a promising antiviral agent against herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).

You can take it as chamomile tea regularly ( up to TWO times per day) or as essential oil.

Rosemary (गुल मेंहदी)

Rosemary contains powerful antioxidants which are crucial for preventing cancer, heart disease & premature aging. It also contains essential oils such as cineol, camphene, borneol, bornyl acetate, α-pinene etc. These compounds are known to have rubefacient (counter irritant), anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties.

Large quantities should not be consumed internally, as it can have a toxic effect.

Like Oregano and Chamomile, rosemary too should be taken as tera or essential oil for obtaining health benefits. 

Refrences:

Teepz for Healthy eating habits


As the saying goes, “A healthy mind resides in a healthy body”. For a healthy body, we should eat healthy food. But eating just the right food is not enough, more important is how you eat it …..i.e. the right eating habits.
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  • Chew your food properly. Don’t have your food in haste. Enjoy every bite.
  • Food should be consumed in pleasant, stress-free and comfortable surroundings. So, no arguments and fights while having meals.
  • Don’t have refrigerated/chilled water along with the meals as that creates a sludge in your stomach and results in indigestion. Instead have lukewarm water by taking a sip or two.
  • Don’t take tea/ coffee along with meals as that results in acidity and indigestion. There should be a gap of 2 hrs between a meal and tea/coffee intake.
  • Fruits should not be consumed with or after meals. Having them with meals leads to gas problems, bloating and acidity. Consume fruits between 2 main meals as a snack or one hr before taking meals.
  • Some people tend to smoke after meals, this habit should be curtailed as it increases the bad effect of smoking 10 times and chances of cancer is also more.
  • We should not bath immediately after having meals as during bathing, blood circulation goes towards feet and hands and that affects the digestion process.
  • Do not sleep immediately after having meals as it increases the chances of acidity and indigestion. If you wish to, just lie down for 10 mins on your left side and your head should be above your tummy.
  •  Have your dinner 2-3 hrs before you go to bed.
  • Have a glass of milk at bedtime for a soundful sleep to wake you up fresh in the morning.

Black salt Therapy – Teepz

Salt they say, is essential for life, and saltiness, one of the basic human tastes. The popular table salt, a refined salt, contains about 97 to 99 percent sodium chloride, which is not good for health, and therefore, doctors recommend that salt should be consumed in limited quantities especially by those who suffer from high blood pressure and kidney related ailments. 
By Sushant savla – Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15000412
 

No need to worry, the black salt or popularly called ‘kala namak’ in Indian kitchens can come to your rescue!! It has immense health benefits:

  • It has a coolant effect on body, so, consume it during summers to keep heat at bay.
  • It helps in digestion, constipation, bloating and gas problems and acts as an effective laxative that’s why it’s an important ingredient in various churans and digestive pills.
  • It helps in clearing sore throat and clogged nose.
  • It’s an amazing antidote to acidity and heart burn owing to its alkaline nature.
  • It helps in thinning of blood thus aiding in proper circulation of blood helping in cardiovascular disease.
  • As black salt is less in sodium (as compared to table salt) and rich in potassium, it helps in relieving muscle cramps.
  • It is rich in minerals, that boost hair growth and strengthen the hair.
  • An effective remedy for joint pains when used as a heating pad.

 

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Teepz: Use it as a garnishing for salads, soups, chaats, lemonade, jaljeera , golgappe pani and many such items for a healthy and tasty version. But, do have it in moderation as anything in excess is harmful!

Upset over an Upset tummy????

 

As the summers have set in, most of us must have experienced an upset stomach once in a while or so. It could range from indigestion, acidity to irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea cramps. 

Don’t stress over this…..just try these: 

 

  • Have bananas, as they are easily digestible, contain pectin, which firms bowel movements and soothes the stomach muscles.
  • Rice—White rice is best as it is easy on the sensitive digestive system and helps ease diarrhea. Also, the rice water left over after cooking rice relieves inflammation and soothes the stomach.
  • Fresh mint—helps the flow of bile juice, relax stomach muscles and aids in digestion. Boil some mint leaves in 1 cup water and have this decoction after the meals.
  • Ginger—relieves stomach cramps and diarrhea. Sip slowly warm ginger tea/ginger ale.
  • Yogurt—with a healthy dose of probiotics, it aids in digestion and reduces the uncomfortable feeling.
  • Coconut water—a natural drink that soothes the tummy and helps to replenish lost electrolytes.
  • Chamomile tea—helps to ease the pain from an upset stomach by acting as an anti-inflammatory. Chew
  • Saunf (fennel seeds) after meals as chewing releases secretion of digestive juices. Have lemon juice in a cup of warm /hot water and sip slowly. It helps in flushing out the toxins, lemon helps to break down the food and eases the work of stomach acids.

Teepz: Have light, freshly cooked meals and made with seasonal produce.

Luscious Watermelon

One of the juiciest, luscious and refreshing summer fruit is watermelon. With a green outer covering and inner red juicy flesh, this fruit is 92% water and that makes it naturally low-fat. A medium sized bowl provides just 40 calories.

 

  • Its red color is due to lycopene, a powerful antioxidant which reduces oxidative stress and thus helps in cardiovascular health.
  • A good source of potassium that helps to lower body temperature and blood pressure and thus having plenty in summers prevents heat stroke.
  • A great natural electrolyte which helps nerve and muscle actions.
  • Contains amino acid Citrulline which has shown to reduce the accumulation of fat in the body.
  • A wonderful source of B-carotene which helps to maintain healthy eyes and skin.
  • Rich in fiber giving a healthy digestive tract.
  • A great anti-cancer fruit owing to high vitamin-C content and lycopene, both powerful antioxidants.

 

Caution: Have this fruit during afternoon or morning only. Don’t have it at night as it leads to bloating and water retention during the later part of the day. Also, having in excess results in high potassium levels which result in hyperkalemia.

Teepz: Have it in salad form along with tomatoes and bell peppers or make a juice or smoothie with mint leaves and a dash of lemon.

Go nutty this winter

Nuts, as we all know, are bite-size nutritional powerhouse packed with proteins, fiber and essential fats. They make a vitality boosting snack with a mix of vitamins and minerals. Almost all the nuts like almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashew nuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts have heart-protecting compounds and walnuts are even rich in omega 3 fatty acids. They are easy to store, easy to pack and you can have it on the go— so that makes it an ideal snack as a handful of nuts will keep your hunger at bay and give you a desired warmth in the chill.

Smart tips to include nuts in your daily diet:

  • Soak 6-7 almonds, 1-2 walnuts , 2-3 dried figs, and 5-6 raisins overnight. Drain the water and consume them as the first thing in the morning to boost your immunity.
  • Top your daily cereals like oatmeals and cornflakes with a variety of nuts for a nourishing breakfast to have a healthy start of the day.
  • Spread peanut butter on your breads instead of normal butter. Sprinkle flaked almonds on top of the yogurt or your favourite ice-cream or sweetened lassi.
  • Dry roast the nuts and add them to your salad for crunchy effect.
  • Use roasted nuts to replace fried croutons in soups.
  • Add powdered nuts to your curries to have a new flavour.
  • Dip nuts in dark chocolate sauce and your instant dessert is ready. Dark chocolate will give you an added dose of antioxidants.
  • Add nuts to Indian sweets like carrot halwa, ladoos, kheers etc.
  • Add chopped almonds and pistachios to flavour your green tea or for an authentic kashmiri kahwa flavour.
  • Gorge on our very own Gud(jaggery) –peanut chiki which is a favourite of most north-indians and is a healthy alternative in place of sugar.
  • Make dry fruit Ladoos using a combination of nuts and in place of sugar add deseeded dates which is a healthy alternative……I’m sure you are going to get addictive to this.

Caution: Include nuts in your daily diet but don’t go overboard with them as they are dense in calories. Also, try to avoid the fried variety.

 

Tricolor Vegetable Sandwich

Ingredients. :

Brown bread/white bread slices–4
Garlic butter–4tsp
Cheese slice–2
Onion (chopped)–1/2cup
Tomato (chopped) –1/2cup
Capsicum (chopped )–1/2cup
Oregano seasoning

Method :

1. Spread the butter evenly on one slice of bread ,now put all the chopped vegetables over it.
2. Cover the veggies with a slice of cheese and sprinkle a pinch of oregano  on it.
3. Now, put the other bread slice over it and grill it in the sandwich  maker.
4. Serve with tomato ketchup n mint chutney.

 

 

 

Teepz:

A crunchy ,colorful and healthy sandwich  with the added goodness of protein and fibre. Tomatoes  are a storehouse of nutrients  rich in vitamins, minerals and lycopene. Onions are rich in phytochemical which along with vitamin C improves immunity. Raw onions lower the production of bad cholesterol  and keeps heart healthy. Capsicum being rich in vitamin A and C and due to its capsaicin  content, it is both warming and vasodilative.

A banana a day keeps the doctors away

 

Banana

Its a powerhouse of nutrients, a rich source of cardio-protective potassium, magnesium and niacin. They enhance the body’s ability to absorb calcium and also increase brain chemicals that counter depression owing to tryptophan content. It contains carbohydrate, sugar and fiber, which makes it the most easily digestible fruit .Earlier, the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” now aptly applies to banana (owing to high cost of apples which makes it difficult for common people’s reach) i.e. “A banana a day keeps the doctors away”…….

So, go for bananas, and include them in your daily diet.

TEEPZ: Have a banana post work-out as an instant energy booster!!

Recipe for Rich Banana Smoothie

 Ingredients:                                                            

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 glass full cream milk
  • Honey-1tsp
  • Walnuts—3-4
  • Almonds—5-6

Method:

  1. Peel and slice a banana and put it into blender.
  2. Add the milk and honey
  3. Top it off with ice.
  4. Blend the ingredients until everything is smooth and evenly combined.
  5. Pour the smoothie into a glass, garnish with chopped walnuts and almonds.
  6. Serve Cold