Nairobi, Aug 18 (IANS) Kenya Red Cross Society said Tuesday that 2.1 million Kenyans are currently facing high acute food insecurity, up from 1.4 million in February due to a worsening drought situation.Asha Mohammed, secretary-general of Kenya Red Cross Society, said that the affected people are in 12 semi-arid and arid counties of the country, the Xinhua news agency reported."The worsening food and nutrition situation is mainly attributed to the poor performance of the October-November-December 2020 and March-April-May rains," Mohammed said, adding that unless urgent multi-sectoral interventions are implemented, the food insecurity situation will get out of hand and affect a total of 20 counties.According to the organisation, the drought-affected counties have had no significant harvest, as most water points such as boreholes, wells and water pans have dried up, increasing distances that people travel looking for water for domestic and livestock use.Mohammed observed that the general lack of water and grazing pasture is fuelling migration and resource-based conflicts while rates of malnutrition in the northeastern part of the country are on the increase.Projections based on weather forecasts indicate that the ongoing drought will persist until early 2022 since climate forecasts for the upcoming short rains beginning in October indicate below-average rains in the water-stressed areas.--IANSint/arm
New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) The Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) - Kisan Swaraj has written to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to abort the plan to make synthetic/chemical fortification of foods mandatory in India.Earlier, the FSSAI had issued a draft regulation for mandatory fortification of edible oil and milk with Vitamin A and D. The FSSAI has also outlined its plan to make rice fortification mandatory from 2024 with Vitamin B12, Iron, and Folic Acid in India.ASHA - Kisan Swaraj has sent a letter to the FSSAI that carries the signatures of medical experts, nutritionists, agricultural scientists, farmers' organisations, academics, civil society organisations across the society to stop any such plan of food fortification.The government has recently initiated a 3-year centrally sponsored pilot scheme on rice fortification and supply via PDS in 15 districts of the country. The ASHA - Kisan Swaraj claimed that the government has started to provide fortified rice through the mid-day meal scheme and ICDS programme citing widespread nutritional deficiencies since April.Responding to a letter from civil society groups earlier, the FSSAI held food fortification just as complementary strategy to diverse diets. "If FSSAI really saw fortification as a complementary strategy, then how it has become mandatory now while dietary diversity and other holistic approaches to malnutrition are optional," the letter mentioned.The activists claimed that FSSAI's intentions are questionable since it has cited industry-funded studies to justify fortification on a national scale, willfully ignoring conflict of interest since those very entities stand most to profit from such a policy."It is ridiculous that the government is promoting polished rice, which has lost a lot of its nutrition on the one hand, and talks about chemical fortification on the other hand," said Dr. Debal Deb, ecologist and traditional rice conservator. Adding one or two synthetic chemical vitamins and minerals will not solve the larger problem, instead, it can lead to the toxicity, including gut inflammation, highlights the letter.--IANSapr/pgh
Monsoon comes with its own sets of concerns. While building on immunity has been the topic of discussion for the past year, monsoons tend to affect immunity and the body is susceptible to health issues and prone to infections.
Mumbai based Nutritionist and Lifestyle Educator Karishma Chawla shares a Monsoon food guide and how one can include the right foods to boost one's immunity this season and keep them warm.
Sharing a few guidelines as here under:
1. Add immune booster foods
2. Keep hydration levels high.
3. Add garlic, turmeric in daily foods to enhance immunity
4. Add a probiotic yoghurt to the diet
5. Include warm foods like protein lean meats (egg whites and chicken) and fibre fruits and vegetables to keep the body warm
6. Indulge in seasonal fruits
7. Avoid raw foods
8. Wash vegetables well before cooking
9. Make sure to have your multivitamin and antioxidant supplements every day
10. Make sure to have omega 3 supplements every day
To do or not to do?
With monsoon comes unwanted cravings and refined foods, salty and spicy foods are consumed which can lead to water retention and unhealthy body fat percentages. However, it is important to realize, that a season cannot put a break to your fitness goals. Therefore, it is imperative to follow the optimal level plan of fitness which comprises of:
Eating a balanced diet comprising of complex carbohydrates, lean protein and omega 3 fatty acids
Adequate water and sunshine
Good state of mind- that comes from eating healthy, exercising and spiritual health.
Water retention guidelines:
Keep hydration status high. Thirst is the last indication of the body being dehydrated. If you are well hydrated, you should be urinating about once every 1.5-2 hours.
Add green tea and dandelion tea to the plan- natural diuretics
Parsley and asparagus in food preparations- natural diuretics
Consume calcium rich foods like eggs, low fat milk and milk products and green leafy vegetables
Most importantly avoid table salt.
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New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) A total of 56 restaurants and eateries in South Delhi can serve food and beverages in open-air spaces and terraces, a decision in this regard was taken by South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).However, the permission to serve food and liquor in open space is permitted to those restaurants which have obtained permission from the civic authority after fulfilling certain criteria.A senior official privy with the development told IANS that as of now 56 restaurants have been permitted to serve food and beverages in open spaces like terraces. The proposal for permitting liquors and foods in open-air space with certain regulations was made by SDMC last year and the applications were invited to get permission.Out of total, as many as 39 applications were received from areas in the South zone which includes -- Hauz Khas, Green Park and Greater Kailash. Similarly, a total of 31 applications were received from Najafgarh zone, which comprises areas such as Dwarka and Aerocity.Fifteen applications were received from areas in the Central zone like Lajpat Nagar, Bhogal and Defence Colony. Nine applications were received from Western zone areas like Punjabi Bagh, Rajouri Garden and Tilak Nagar.As many as 23 licenses were granted in the South zone, 25 in Najafgarh and seven in the Central zone. Only one was granted a licence for open-air dining in the West zone.The SDMC had passed the proposal last year in view of Covid-19 pandemic in which the restaurants would be allowed to use open-air spaces and terraces abutting licensed eateries as service areas.Under the policy, open-air dining has been allowed only at those restaurants with privately-owned open spaces like terraces, balconies and lawns so that there is no encroachment on public land or pavements."Serving food and alcohol will be permitted in the open space, and the open-air area/terrace should not be covered. If the open space is visible from nearby residential premises, then additional measures to be taken to obstruct visibility," SDMC's proposal states.It also made it clear that the service area should also not be visible from adjoining residential areas. Live performances will not be allowed and music cannot be played beyond the permissible time of 11 p.m.The official said in the last nine months (till June-end), the civic body received 94 applications, out of which 56 were granted licences and 28 were rejected for not fulfilling the norms.SDMC Mayor Mukesh Suryan talking to IANS said, "For the past few years there has been consistent demand from the people in South Delhi to allow serving liquors and foods in open-air space and it has been done considering the demand of people. The step will also help to maintain social distancing during this Covid-19 pandemic."Suryan further added that as of now only 56 restaurants have been granted permission but this number can increase in the coming days if the applicants (restaurants and eateries owners) meet the certain rules.--IANSpd/dpb
New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), together with the Alliance of Bioversity International and The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), on Friday released a new study identifying hundreds of diverse plant and animal species that indigenous people around the world, including in India, depend on and care for to generate food sustainably and enhance biodiversity.The study warned of the increasing threats to these sophisticated food systems.Nearly 500 million people in more than 90 countries self-identify as indigenous people. Eight indigenous people's food systems are examined in depth and revealed to be among the most sustainable in the world in terms of efficiency, no waste, seasonality and reciprocity.They generate hundreds of food items from the environment without depleting natural resources and achieve high levels of self-sufficiency.In the Solomon Islands, for example, the Melanesians people combine agroforestry, wild food gathering and fishing to generate 70 per cent of their dietary needs, the study said.In Finland's Arctic region, through fishing, hunting and herding, the Inari Sami people generate 75 per cent of the protein they consume.Today these systems are at high risk from climate change, major infrastructure projects, and the granting of concessions that allow mining, commercial agriculture and logging companies to operate on indigenous people's territories.The new report represents collaborative work and field research with indigenous people's organisations and research centres across the world. Its authors emphasise the urgent need for governments and the international community to establish and enforce intercultural policies that support the efforts of the indigenous people to protect their food systems."Despite surviving for centuries, indigenous peoples' agri-food systems are likely to disappear in the next years due to a number of drivers threatening their future," highlighted Juan Lucas Restrepo, Director-General of the Alliance of Bioversity-International and CIAT.Researchers must listen and learn from them to support efforts to maintain ancestral knowledge, he added.Indigenous people's food systems analysed in this publication include those belonging to the Baka people in Cameroon, the Inari Sami people in Finland, the Khasi, Bhotia and Anwal peoples in India, the Melanesians people in the Solomon Islands, the Kel Tamasheq people in Mali, the Tikuna, Cocama and Yagua peoples in Colombia, and the Maya Ch'orti' in Guatemala.These varied and unique systems combine different food generation techniques like hunting, gathering, fishing, pastoralism and shifting cultivation. Mobile practices, including nomadism, are vital to link food generation and production activities to natural cycles in a resilient way.Developed over millennia by the indigenous people, such traditions enable habitats to recover and allow ecosystems to replenish themselves and provide fresh, nutritious and diverse foods."Indigenous peoples' food systems are game changers if acknowledged and protected as recent studies have also shown that in several areas zero hunger has been achieved," said Phrang Roy, Founding Chair of NESFAS, based in Shillong.--IANSvg/arm
Right and good nutrition plays a vital role in every individual's life. Nutrition at the right time, with a hint of knowledge, is also important. We all know that nutrition plays an immensely active role in maintaining a healthy immune system for a longer period and it's really considerate to follow the certain specification, looking at the current times.
Given the schedule of today's generation, the entire lot has been busy and caught up in various activities, as compared to the ancient times. People now have started adapting to the higher standard of quality of life where there is a certain prefixed standard of living that all of us are trying to accommodate and change. The lifestyle most of us adapt to is unrealistic in terms of schedules, and work. There is a common issue regarding the people who work at offices for a stretch time of around 12hrs, in which they skip the proper amount of nutrients hence they consume junk & external food in their daily lifestyle. Unhealthy food does satisfy your hunger but the effects are not as expected in a long run.
The body needs good amount of nutrients which contains vitamins, minerals to work at its best. The food we consume does not have the ability to proportionate the right nutrients for our body, and that's the whole reason why we started feeling hungry after some time even after consuming the food.
Constant is the only change they say, hence a certain amount of change in your diet can improvise your health and will keep you healthy for a longer period of time. That's we think at Smart greens (Plant-Based Nutrition Brand) people should start consuming plant-based nutrition in their daily lifestyle. Because Plant-Based Food will be derived from a natural source without any harmful chemicals.
Plant-Based nutrition has its benefits, it naturally helps you to maintain your weight, it protects you from diseases and boosts immunity, it also contains no sugar and many other benefits.
The world has seen a drastic change in terms of diets and lifestyles! India has adapted to the Vegan culture quite well in advance.
Smart Greens as well is a Plant-Based Nutrition Brand and we are committed to helping every single person who wants to adopt a healthy lifestyle and live a good and healthy life ahead. We care for you and our planet that's why we use only plant-based ingredients in our products because It focuses on minimally processed foods, specifically plants, and is effective at stimulating weight loss and improving health. Plant-based foods are full of fibre, rich in vitamins and minerals, free of cholesterol, and low in calories and saturated fat. That's why we adopt Plant-Based Ingredients in our Products so that you can your best without any chemical intakes.
Commenting on the Plant-Based Ingredients the Manager of Smart Greens Jay Oza Commented "Smart Greens is not only about being vegan, But staying closer to nature while you transform yourself into healthy lifestyle. At Smart Greens We Ensure that you are getting passion, dedication and the highest quality ingredients in each and every Product".
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