ठंडी हवाओं से बचाती हैं ये सब्जियां, शरीर को रखती हैं गर्म


नई दिल्लीः सर्दियों के दस्तक देते ही बाजार में जैसे हरी पत्तेदार सब्जियों की बहार आ जाती है. बाजार में हर तरफ मेथी, बथुआ, शलजम, सरसों जैसी सब्जियां देखने को मिलती हैं. बता दें हरी पत्तेदार सब्जियां स्वास्थ्य के लिए किसी वरदान से कम नहीं होतीं. इन सब्जियों में मौजूद औषधीय गुण व्यक्ति को कई स्वास्थ्य संबंधी समस्याओं से बचाते हैं. ऐसे में सर्दियों में आप इन्हें सब्जी या इनका जूस बनाकर किसी भी तरीके से इस्तेमाल कर सकते हैं. आज हम आपको कुछ ऐसी सब्जियों के बारे में बताएंगे जो न सिर्फ आपको शारीरिक समस्याओं से बचाता है बल्कि ठंड के असर को भी कम करते हैं.

दिल के लिए काफी लाभदायक है पादप आधारित आहार

मेथी
मेथी उन एक हरी पत्तेदार सब्जियों में से एक है जिसका कड़वापन शरीर में मौजूद बेड कोलेस्ट्रोल को नियंत्रित करता है और शुगर के मरीजों को भी आराम पहुंचाता है. इसके अलावा बदहजमी, जोड़ों के दर्द और स्किन संबंधी समस्याओं में भी मेथी काफी आराम पहुंचाती है. वहीं सर्दी में शरीर को गर्म रखने में भी मेथी बेहद कारगर होती है. बता दें मेथी को आप कई तरह से अपनी डाइट में शामिल कर सकते हैं.

बथुआ
मेथी के साथ ही बथुआ का सेवन भी कई बीमारियों को दूर करने में काफी मददगार होता है. बथुआ खाने से पथरी से छुटकारा मिलता है. कहते हैं बथुआ के जूस में शक्कर मिलाकर पीने से पथरी गल जाती है. इसके साथ ही दिल के मरीजों के लिए भी बथुआ बेहद फायदेमंद होता है. बता दें बथुआ खाने से सर्दी लगने का भी खतरा दूर होता है. वहीं लीवर को मजबूत बनाने के लिए भी आप बथुआ के साग को अपने खाने में शामिल कर सकते हैं.

कुछ घरेलू उपाय, जो फैटी लिवर को कर देंगे एकदम फिट

शलजम
शलजम मिनरल, एंटी-ऑक्सीडेंट, विटामिन-सी और फाइबर का सबसे अच्छा स्त्रोत माना जाता है. शलजम को आप सलाद में शामिल कर कच्चा भी खा सकते हैं, उसके पत्तों की सब्जी भी बना सकते हैं और शलजम की सब्जी भी बना सकते हैं. यही नहीं आप इसका सेवन जूस के रूप में भी कर सकते हैं. बता दें शलजम खाने से ब्लड प्रेशर को नियंत्रित किया जा सकता है. इसके अलावा दिल के मरीजों के लिए भी यह बेहद सेहतमंद होता है. इसे खाने से ब्रेन स्ट्रोक का खतरा भी कम होता है. वहीं शलजम खाने से कैंसर और शरीर में होने वाली सूजन का खतरा भी कम होता है.





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delhi high court cancelled Restriction on production of oxytocin drug


सिर्फ सरकार की कर्नाटक एंटीबॉयोटिक एंड फार्मास्यूटिकल लिमिटेड (केएपीएल) को दवा के घरेलू इस्तेमाल के लिए उत्पादन की इजाजत दी गई थी.

दिल्ली हाइ कोर्ट ने ऑक्सीटोसिन दवा के उत्पादन पर प्रतिबंध को किया रद्द

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#NewMenuAlert: Sushi, Shrimps & Mimosas: The Sunday Brunch At Whisky Samba Is A Weekend Treat


Highlights

  • Whisky Samba has been enthralling guests in Gurgaon for a few years now
  • It is known to have the longest bar in Delhi-NCR
  • Whisky Samba is slowly making Food its high point

Whisky Samba, a classy restaurant by seasoned restaurateurs Ashish Dev Kapur and partner Joydeep Singh, has been enthralling guests in Gurgaon for a few years now. The restaurant, located at one of Gurgaon’s most posh office addresses, became popular initially, thanks to its large bouquet of cocktails, mocktails and an exhaustive wine menu. Incidentally, Whisky Samba is known to have the longest bar in Delhi-NCR. The stunning 50-foot bar offers an impressive 180 types of whisky and whisky-based cocktails. The food here was always good, but not necessarily what would pull you to this part of NCR on a weekend. Aiming to change that, the team got on board Chef Vikramjit Roy a few months back, with the result that Whisky Samba is slowly making Food its high point.

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Whisky Samba recently introduced a fabulous new menu spearheaded by Chef Roy

 Chef Vikramjit Roy, of course, needs very little introduction to those who have been following the restaurant scene in India. For the uninitiated, Chef Roy is an industry veteran and the man behind such iconic brands like Tian, Pan Asian and Wasabi by Morimoto. Not many know that Chef Roy has also worked with international restaurants like Bangkok’s Nahm and the famous Din Tai Fung’s Taipei branch.

Whisky Samba recently introduced a fabulous new menu spearheaded by Chef Roy, which clearly reflects his vast experience in Pan Asian flavours. The new menu is presented well and is showcased as Gourmet Bar Meals – with the aim to tie-in their specialty bar offerings along with a fresh set of savouries and sweets.

(Also Read: #NewMenuAlert: Hong Kong Club’s New Menu Promises A Burst Of Flavours With An Edgy Twist)
 

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The new menu has modern Japanese and Pan Asian dishes as well

The menu is broadly divided into two parts – one with Modern Japanese and Pan Asian dishes and the other showcasing a set of ‘Nostalgic Mains’. The variety in the first is huge and every dish comes with super flavours and international-style presentation. But it’s the second half of the menu that I find more exotic, actually. This part is inspired by Chef Roy’s family recipes, and flavours that have been collected from all over the country over his travels; this section is a must-try for the regional-food junkies. We don’t know if these dishes are Chef’s personal favourites, but it’s safe to say they are from his personal collection and that’s good enough! 

THE SUNDAY BRUNCH AT SAMBA

Drawing from the new menu, Whisky Samba has created a weekend meal aimed at people from Gurgaon, and even South Delhi.  The Sunday Brunch menu, in a way, offers you the best of both worlds. You’ve got sushi, salads, burritos, toasts, and warm appetisers like dim sums, soups, fritters and stir-fried meats, with of course cocktails and wines to enjoy, plus there are also a few signature nostalgia dishes to savour as mains. 

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There are rustic, artsy ‘stations’ all over the restaurant

All dishes are served on your table, while you also have these rustic, artsy ‘stations’ all over the restaurant where you could go and get a soup, salad, duck roll or even a waffle/pancake to order. 
Some of the dishes you must not miss include: Minced chicken salad, fish dumplings with roasted onion sauce, crabmeat and poached chicken toast, asparagus croissant served with a spicy celery sauce and stir fried shrimps and the duck rolls. From the Chef’s Nostalgia section, I really enjoyed the red snapper cooked in mustard and raw mango sauce.

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Everything on the menu is free of refined sugar and flour

 
The health conscious will be happy to note that everything on the menu is free of refined sugar and flour. Additionally, a quick chat with Chef Roy revealed that beyond his dishes and presentation, he is also trying to keep his overall approach modern and relevant to the world we live in. Salads are sourced locally and picked fresh regularly, meats are cooked sous-vide style, and he tries to get on board artisanal brands in a bid to support local, seasonal produce.

The Samba Sunday Brunch Details: 

Unlimited delicacies from sushi, cold plates, salads, dim sum, warm appetisers, mains & desserts. INR 2300 ++ (Food)
Add INR 1000++ (Unlimited cocktails/beer)
Add 1500 ++ (Unlimited IMFL, cocktails, beer, sparkling wine) 
For Reservations: 011 – 33106208
 



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Happy Birthday Rana Daggubati: Heres The Diet Routine That Keeps The 34-Year-Old Foodie Actor Fit!


Highlights

  • Rana Daggubati turns 34 today
  • The Baahubali star is a big foodie at heart
  • Rana Daggubati eats a lot of healthy carbs, veggies and proteins

South Indian superstar Rana Dagubatti turns 34 today and the actor is celebrating by releasing the second look of his role as Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. Rana will be playing Naidu in the upcoming biopic of former Andhra CM NT Rama Rao or NTR. The new pictures from the biopic have been trending on the internet, due to Rana Daggubati’s uncanny resemblance to a young Chandrababu Naidu. Daggubati, who was seen in a ripped avatar as Bhallal Deva in Baahubali, can put the most ardent health and workout freaks to shame. The actor, who is an astounding six feet three inches tall, had made us all do a double take, when he flaunted his chiseled chest and torso in Baahubali 2. He had hit headlines for his amazing Hulk-like looks and fierce expressions. Dagubatti had worked very hard on his looks for the film and it truly showed.

Rana Daggubati’s celebrity fitness trainer Kunal Gir had made sure that the actor transformed for his roles and there wasn’t an inch of fat in the wrong places. Here are some diet and fitness secrets from Rana Daggubati, for everyone who wants to cut fat and gain muscles like him.

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Rana Daggubati Diet

Daggubati’s trainer Kunal Gir had revealed in an Indian Express interview that just exercising is not going to help you lose fat and that workout has to be complemented with a proper diet as well. He advised people to load up on proteins and vegetables, which he said were important for optimal health. He said that milk proteins are also a must. While we may all be familiar with Rana Daggubati as the chiseled hero, not a lot of people know that there’s a foodie side to him as well. Daggubati also shares pictures of delicious meals on his social media pages, which makes us believe that underneath that tough and fit exterior, there’s a die-hard food fan somewhere.

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Here’s a look at what goes into giving Daggubati’s day a ‘good start’:

Are you even living if you haven’t had a gigantic burger for breakfast at least once in your life? Here’s a look at Daggubati’s king-sized breakfast at the airport:

Here’s what Rana Daggubati’s family dinner looks like. “Now you know how I got this big!!!”, wrote Daggubati on Instagram:

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But despite his occasional binges, Daggubati eats healthy, in order to stay healthy. His breakfast is heavy on carbohydrates from healthy sources like oatmeal with nuts or brown bread with egg whites and vegetables. A typical snack for Rana Daggubati would be a protein shake or some fruit and for lunch, he eats some fish with lots of greens. A typical dinner for Rana Daggubati consists of protein-rich salads, in order to recover from his intense workout sessions.

Well, we wish Daggubati a happy 34th birthday and hope he continues to inspire us to be fitter and better!





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Eat Your Way Through Kozhikode, Keralas Culinary Capital 


Highlights

  • Kochi’s dining scene is thriving
  • Mapilla (Moplah) cuisine dominates the city’s food scene
  • Kochi’s fish and wholesale markets are a great starting point to explore

If you’ve been a frequent visitor over this decade to Kochi, Kerala’s busiest city, it’s impossible not to notice the spurt in F&B options. From local flavours to International cuisine, the city’s dining scene is thriving. However, my favourite food destination in Kerala is Kozhikode, the state’s northern hub where everybody’s is a foodie and has an opinion on what makes a perfect biryani. Calicut has been a focal point along the legendary spice route even before Vasco da Gama set foot here. The city’s unique culinary heritage has been influenced not just by local flavours, but also by the intermingling of Arab culture and interactions with the Middle East.

Mapilla (Moplah) cuisine dominates the city’s food scene. The city’s fish and wholesale markets are a great starting point to explore the city’s culinary credentials. Of course, there’s no better way to savour the city’s flavours than make stops at Kozhikode’s emblematic food establishments. Our list is one place to start:

Paragon Restaurant: The first port of call for most foodies and also one of my first stops on both my visits to Kozhikode. My fellow diners insisted that I check out of the restaurant only after sampling the chicken biryani that’s crafted with Jeerakasala, a small grain rice varietal. The Kozhikodan biryani’s mix of spices are subtle and the biryani gets its colour almost exclusively from the fried onions. The restaurant’s flaky Malabar Parotta may not be as famous as it’s biryani but is an absolute must-try. Do end your meal with Kozhikode’s favourite brew – the ubiquitous Sulaimani (black) tea.

Where: Kannur Road

(Also Read: Ela Ada: The Kerala Special Dessert That’s Not Only Sweet But Super Healthy Too)

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The biryani gets its colour almost exclusively from the fried onions

Nannari Sherbet stall: Don’t look for a signage, in fact this stall’s only claim to fame is its location – opposite Paragon. That’s how locals know this nameless sherbet stall that serves just two varieties of Nannari (Sarasaparilla) sherbet including one that’s infused with milk. There’s no seating; standing room is a luxury in this busy stall where they can’t keep up with the crowds on most days.

Where: Opposite Paragon Restaurant, Kannur Road 

Kumari Banana Chips: I still remember the first time I caught the aromas from this popular local establishment while sipping a sherbet opposite Paragon. Most visitors to Kozhikode never leave without Kumari’s crunchy banana chips fried in fragrant coconut oil. You can watch their team in action – slicing raw bananas at a frenetic pace and flinging them into a vat of bubbling oil, as you wait in line.

Where: Opposite Paragon Restaurant, Kannur Road 

Sagar Restaurant: I’d recommend Sagar as a breakfast stop. Try their fish curry with the Pathiri, a light as air bread made with rice flower that takes its name from fateerah (the Arabic word for pastry). You can also look for the irachi pathiri stuffed with meat. If you’ve travelled in the Malnad belt of Karnataka, you will recognise the pathiri; it’s similar to the akki (rice) roti.

Where: IG Road

Bombay Hotel: I’m not a big fan of Pazham Pori (Banana fritters) and yet I made my way to this local eatery that dates back to the 1940s with an array of ‘anytime’ Malabar snacks. Try the Pazham pori and other fried snacks like their melt-in-mouth samosas and mutton cutlets. My favourite at Bombay Hotel is their feather-light version of a macaroon flavoured with a hint of rosewater.

Where: Silk Street 

Zain’s Hotel: Set up by Zainabi Noor, one of the city’s best known woman entrepreneurs, Zain’s has become synonymous with fine Mapilla cuisine. It was Abida Rashid, Kozhikode’s famous culinary expert and consultant, who first told me about Mutta Mala (Egg garland), a dessert that was offered as a welcome dish for a new bridegroom. You don’t have to be a groom to try this dish at Zain’s though. Do make it a point to sample the Ari Kadukka (Mussel dumplings), one of Zain’s signatures.

Where: Convent Cross Road

EPK Fruit Centre: Juices and milkshakes are a thing in Kozhikode. One of Chennai’s most popular juice chains was set up by entrepreneurs from Kozhikode and you will find countless stalls that have perfected the art of blending fruits into exotic ‘mocktails’. EPK is undoubtedly the best known. Most of their regulars swear by the Sharjah Shake (which I’m sure is not available in Sharjah) and the strawberry shake.

Where: Mananchira

Maharaja Sweets: The city’s gooey, sticky halwa is as popular as Kozhikode’s banana chips. There are many versions including the city’s trademark black halwa made with flour, coconut oil and jaggery. Maharaja Sweets is one of the city’s most popular sweet shops that also offer other varieties of halwa.

Where: TB Road, Perampra

Kozhikode is worth a visit for its array of food options alone. One day is almost enough time to cover all the places on our list and experience one of South India’s quintessential culinary 
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Winter Care: Try These 5 DIY Coffee Scrubs For Soft And Supple Skin


Highlights

  • Coffee scrub helps clear off the dirt and dead cells from the skin
  • Coffee scrub prevents wrinkles and fine lines caused by harmful UV rays
  • Coffee scrub removes excess oil from the face and body

Coffee is one beverage that is loved by people across the world. It has become our ideal go-to beverage, without which most of our things may go for a toss. Don’t believe us? Ask any coffee lover, they will tell you better. Imagine a day without drinking your beloved cup of coffee – your mornings will be sluggish, you will feel lazy all day long, you won’t be productive at work; moreover, you will rely more on frizzy energy drinks to keep yourself active and focussed. But, thank heavens that we have coffee to keep our things aligned for us. Did you know that other than keeping you active and focussed (thanks to the presence of caffeine in coffee), coffee can also help your skin get soft, supple and glowing? Yes, that’s right! Coffee scrub helps clear off the dirt and dead cells from the skin. Scrubbing your skin will not only give you a soft and supple skin but will also tighten your skin and reduce those unwanted black spots. Moreover, if findings of various studies are to be believed, coffee prevents wrinkles and fine lines caused by harmful rays of sun. If you’re still not convinced, try these coffee scrubs and see the results by yourself.

Here Are 5 DIY Coffee Scrubs For Skin And Body:

 

Coffee Cinnamon Scrub

Coffee is an excellent exfoliator that helps gently clear off the dead skin cells and can give you a soft and glowing skin right after the first use. Moreover, coffee removes excess oil from the face and body, while cinnamon keeps all the infections and irritation at bay.

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Cinnamon keeps all the infections and irritation at bay.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coffee ground
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup sugar

How to make:

Take a bowl and heat the coconut oil in it. Now, mix all the ingredients in a bowl and let it cool down for some time. However, keep an eye on coffee, as it may dissolve completely in the oil. Once the mixture is cool, pour it in an airtight jar and apply it on your body during the shower every alternate day.

Coffee And Rose Water Face Scrub

Using rose water on skin has multiple benefits. Rose water consists of anti-inflammatory properties that are known to treat skin irritation, acnes and dermatitis. Moreover, rose water is an excellent skin cleanser that helps in removing dirt and oil that usually clog our pores.

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Rose water is an excellent skin cleanser that helps in removing dirt and oil that usually clog our pores.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ground coffee
  • 2 teaspoon rose water

How to make:

Take a bowl and mix both the ingredients in it. Apply the mixture to your face and body and massage in a circular motion. Put it on for not more than 20 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.

Coffee And Aloe Vera Scrub

Aloe vera can be used in winters as well as in summers by people of all skin types. “Aloe vera is packed with multivitamins, including vitamin C, E and beta-carotene, which are known to nourish our skin and prevent premature aging. Moreover, aloe vera helps moisturise our skin, without making it too oily, which is a good thing for the people with oily skin,” says Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, Skincare Expert.

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Aloe vera is packed with multivitamins, including vitamin C, E and beta-carotene.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coffee grounds
  • 5 teaspoon aloe vera gel

How to make:

Take bowl and mix all the ingredients in it. Now, apply this coffee scrub on your face or body in a circular motion. Massage it for 10-15 minutes. Make sure you massage it softly. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.

Coffee Honey Face And Body Scrub

Honey is a fabulous skin moisturiser that works amazing on dry and patchy skin. Moreover, it is its antibacterial properties that keep all the infections and irritations at bay. As per beauty experts, applying honey onto your face in winters may keep intact the moisture in your skin and keep it hydrated.

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Honey is a fabulous skin moisturiser that works amazing on dry and patchy skin.​

Ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoon ground coffee
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoon honey

How to make:

Take a large bowl and mix all the ingredients in it till a paste is formed. Make sure there are no lumps in the paste. Apply this paste on your face and body while bathing. Keep it for 10-15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.

5. Coffee Shea Butter Scrub

Shea butter is believed to be a skin superfood. Why, you ask? It is packed with multivitamins like vitamin A, E and F, essential fatty acids and other micronutrients – all of which are important for the production of collagen. Moreover, shea butter protects our skin from the harmful UV rays.

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Shea butter is packed with multivitamins like vitamin A, E and F, essential fatty acids and other micronutrients

Ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoon ground coffee
  • 4 teaspoon shea butter
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

How to make:

Take a bowl and add melted coconut oil along with other ingredients to it. Mix well until you get a paste-like consistency. Apply the paste to your face and body and massage gently while bathing. Massage it for 10-15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.

The best part of these homemade DIY coffee scrubs is that your skin doesn’t have to deal with any chemical-laden skin products and is totally safe. But, before introducing any new ingredient to your skincare routine, make sure you consult your dermatologist.

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Coffee Nutrition: Amazing Coffee Nutrition Facts And Health Benefits


Highlights

  • Coffee is loved by people across the world
  • It is the second most consumed drink worldwide after water
  • The coffee that we drink is derived from dark brown aromatic beans

If the smell of freshly brewed coffee brings a smile on your face, then read on. Coffee happens to be one of the most loved beverages across the world. The coffee that we drink is derived from dark brown aromatic beans that grow on coffee trees. Origins of the coffee plant coffea can be traced back to Sudan and Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion in the Indian Ocean. It is now cultivated across the world and is the second most consumed drink worldwide after water. There are primarily two varieties of coffee – c.arabica and c.robusta. Arabica beans are flat and add acidity to the flavour, while Robusta beans are oval in shape and make a bitter brew. The coffee we drink is brewed from the dried and roasted seeds of the berries of certain coffea plants. The drink we get is dark, bitter, a little acidic and stimulating because of its caffeine content. Caffeine is present naturally in seeds, leaves and fruits of a number of plants and is safe for consumption in moderate amounts. Caffeine content of coffee depends on how it is brewed.

 

Caffeine content (mg)

Serving size

Instant coffee

60-80

250ml

Café coffee-latte or cappuccino

113-282

250ml

Expresso- short Black

107 (25-214)

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Source: Australian Beverages

In addition to caffeine, coffee beans have other nutrients too:

Nutrition In Coffee:

One eight-ounce cup of regular coffee contains about: 

– 2.4 calories
– 0 grams fat
– 0 grams sugar
– 0.3 grams protein
– 0.2 milligrams vitamin B2 riboflavin 
– 116 milligrams potassium 

Coffee also contains antioxidants that are linked to protection against inflammation, which is the root cause of a number of diseases. Antioxidants act against free radicals in our body converting them to harmless substances that are then flushed out. Roasted coffee has the best amounts of antioxidants. Some of the antioxidants found in coffee and their effects are:

Cafestol: This is linked to enhancing memory.
Trigonelline: It is high in roasted coffee; gives it the bitter flavour and has antibacterial properties.
Chlorogenic Acid: This is found both in roasted and green coffee, and has important anti-bacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect in our body.
Caffeine: It is being investigated as an antioxidant.

(Also Read: 5 Coffee Rituals From Around The World)

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Coffee contains antioxidants that are linked to protection against inflammation

 

Benefits Of Coffee:

Two huge studies published in the journal Annals of Medicine suggested that drinking two cups of coffee a day may increase life span of a person. Drinking coffee was linked to lower risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and diabetes.

1. Coffee may reduce the risk of heart diseases and stroke. The nurses’ health study of 83,076 women showed that regular coffee intake was linked to a slightly lowered risk of stroke. In another study which followed 37,514 people, it was found that moderate coffee intake was linked to lower risk of heart diseases.
2. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was found that coffee intake was associated with a lower risk of Type-2 diabetes. Another interesting finding of this study was that people who had caffeinated coffee reduced the risk by 4% and people who consumed decaffeinated coffee showed a 7% decrease, suggesting that it was probably not the caffeine but the antioxidants present in coffee of both kinds that were responsible.
3. Coffee intake is associated with protection against neurodegenerative diseases. Coffee is a known stimulant for the central nervous system and helps improve memory and cognition. The antioxidants along with caffeine seem to play a positive role in brain health. Studies have found that caffeine is an effective tool for disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
4. It is known to improve energy and concentration. Adenosine, a neurotransmitter, is the reason behind being tired and sleepy. Caffeine resembles adenosine and binds to its receptors in the brain making sure you are awake and alert.
5. It is also associated with better physical performance.

Caution: Take care as excessive intake of caffeine in amounts greater than 400mg/day is considered to not be safe. According to Mayo Clinic, drinking more than about 4 cups of brewed coffee may lead to migraine headaches, insomnia, nervousness, irritability, restlessness, frequent urination or inability to control urination, stomach upset, fast heartbeat and or muscle tremors.

Excessive intake of coffee is also linked to high BP and sleep deprivation. Pregnant women are advised to limit coffee to about 1-2 cups/day; excess coffee intake has been linked to abortion, low birth weight of the baby and pre-mature birth. Coffee may also need to be curbed if you are taking certain medications, so check with your doctor. Children should avoid coffee, as the side effects may be more severe.  Athletes using caffeine supplements need to do so under professional guidance.
So enjoy the hot brew this winter, but in moderation. Cheers!

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5 Herbal Tea Recipes To Boost Your Immunity This Winter


Highlights

  • Herbal teas are considered warriors in the battle against bad health
  • Herbal tea is a decoction or infusion of herbs and spices
  • Ginger, tulsi, even pepper and cinnamon are all extremely healthy

Let me say it upfront, I am rather a sickly type. I’m constantly felled by stomach upsets and colds. And if I escape those, there is always a headache lurking round the corner waiting to attack my hapless head or a sleepless night to look forward to. Luckily, there’s always a soothing cup of herbal tea available as a panacea; even better, most of the herbs can be grown at home in your potted plants.

Herbal teas have long been considered warriors in the battle against bad health. Ginger, tulsi, mint, even pepper and cinnamon are all extremely healthy, landing a strong upper cut against illness of any kind. For instance, a gentle chamomile tea will ease anxiety and calm you enough to put you to sleep – it’s great for insomniacs; peppermint tea is well-known as an antidote to stomach ailments; and I’ve read that fennel tea has a light laxative effect on your digestive system.

Alright, so here’s the thing about herbal teas – they aren’t actually teas (hence they have no caffeine), but rather a decoction or infusion of herbs and spices. The term ‘herbal tea’ is a misnomer. You can put all sorts of things into your herbal tea – roots, flowers, leaves, seeds, fruit, really whatever you desire.

How to Make Your Own Herbal Tea

The first time I ever tried an herbal tisane was years ago and it was more or less love at first sip for me. It was made from a fancy packet of dried hibiscus (sorrel) flowers and was sent to me by a cousin in New York. The water was stained a deep crimson by the bag, the slightly tart sweetness of the herbal tea was infused with the gentle spice of ginger – all in all, it was subtle but delectable. But since then, I have relied more and more on making my own herbal concoctions, based on how I am feeling at the time.

(Also Read: 5 Herbal Teas to Calm Your Mind and Relieve Stress)

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You can make herbal teas in the comforts of your kitchen

I mostly use decoctions, in that I place roots and herbs in water and let it boil for some time, allowing the essences to ooze into the water. But you can also use the infusion method for milder leaf-based teas i. e. pouring boiling water over leaves and allowing them to steep.

Luckily, neither of these methods require any special equipment. The teas I have mentioned below are usually drunk hot and preferably in the mornings. And since these ‘teas’ do not have any caffeine in them though, they can easily be drunk at night as well.

These decoctions may not taste superb on their own though, which is why I always recommend sweetening them with a touch of honey or adding a bit of lime juice to cut the bitterness. My advice would be to mix and match various ingredients as per your taste, until you reach a tisane that pleases your taste buds.

Please note: I am not medically qualified and if you have even the slightest doubt about any of these teas, please consult with your doctor about them.

Herbal Tea Recipes

1. Ginger Tea

I drink this potion when I am doused with cold and cough, and fever. The heat from the ginger helps slay the germs and the honey soothes my sore throat. This one is a multi-tasker because it also heals stomach ailments; ginger and cinnamon are particularly helpful in alleviating the symptoms of a bad stomach.

1 tsp ginger root, grated
1 1/ 2 tsp honey
2 cloves
1-inch piece cinnamon bark
3-inch strip orange peel

Method: Bring your cupful of water to a bubbling boil. Next, add in all the ingredients, bring the heat down to low, and let everything steep for about fifteen minutes. Strain into a cup and drink.

(Also Read: Why Should Ginger Be Your Go-To Spice This Winter?)

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Ginger tea helps in alleviating the symptoms of a bad stomach 

 

2. Lemon and Pepper Tea

This particular drink I use to amp up my immunity when I’m feeling a bit low. It is said also to be excellent for detoxing the system (although scientists have a squabble with the term detox, stating that there is no such thing. Your kidneys are the only thing that can detox your body), and for reducing achy joint pains for arthritis sufferers.

Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp honey

Method: Place the pepper and turmeric in the cup, and pour over boiling water. Stir in the lemon juice and honey, and you’re sorted.
 

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Lemon pepper tea helps in boosting the immunity 

 

3. Ashwagandha Tea

Closer to home, ashwagandha is considered a sort of magic herb that helps kick up the immune system by several notches, stabilises blood sugar and reduces anxiety and stress.

5-inch piece dried ashwagandha root, approximately
1 tsp honey

Method: Wash and then boil the root in a cup of water, allowing to boil for about 15 to 20 minutes. Strain into a cup and then stir in the honey. Done!

(Also Read: Ashwagandha: It’s Powerful Health and Beauty Benefits You Didn’t Know About)

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Ashwagandha helps stabilise blood sugar and reduces anxiety and stress 

 

4. Tulsi Tea

Tulsi, or holy basil, is a pretty amazing herb. Not only does it rekindle your immunity and battle evil germs, it helps heal a clutch of skin disorders. Apparently, it also kicks some serious diabetic arse, helping to balance blood sugar.

1/4 cup basil
1 tsp honey
2 tsp lemon juice

Method: Put the basil leaves into a saucepan with one and a quarter cup of water. Bring to a boil. Then bring down the flame to low for 15 minutes. Strain into a cup, then add the honey and lemon juice and stir.

(Also Read: 5 Reasons Why You Should Sip On Tulsi Tea (Holy Basil) Everyday)

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Tulsi helps heal a clutch of skin disorders 

 

5. Mint Tea

This mint and rosemary combination makes a very refreshing jorum and helps to improve memory. It’s also good for an upset tummy.

10 mint leaves
1 sprig rosemary
A squeeze lemon, optional

Method: Tear the mint leaves into a cup, while setting a pan of water to boil. Plop the rosemary in the pan. Once boiled, pour the water on the mint and let it sit for ten minutes. Add a splash of lemon, if required. Enjoy!
 

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Mint tea helps in improving memory
 

About the Author:

Meher Mirza is an independent writer and editor, with a focus on food and travel. Formerly with BBC Good Food India, she loves anime, animals and artsy things but also comics, technology and death metal.

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