After a sombre year, people all over the world are finally ushering in the festive season with more joy and hope. For many, it will also be the first time they see their extended families and loved ones in over a year. Family gatherings obviously come with feasting, food and drink, however, if you are breastfeeding your baby, then there are some foods that you might want to steer clear of.
The key to a good breastfeeding diet is simply to be on a nutritious and healthy meal plan. After the rigorous process of watching what they eat, new mothers can finally relax and eat almost everything they had to give up for nine months. But this must be done in careful moderation because a newborn baby's diet is still entirely dependent on their mother's milk. Hence, it is important to make sure that mothers eat meals that are rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, Vitamin A and Vitamin D.
The list of foods to avoid during pregnancy is long, but thankfully breastfeeding moms can eat almost anything as long it is in moderation. The following foods should be consumed in small amounts if a woman is breastfeeding.
All food items with alcohol and caffeine content should be kept to a bare minimum. Alcohol especially is tricky, because even after having waited for 2-3 hours after the consumption of a drink, a baby can be exposed to it through breast milk, and this could potentially harm an infant's development, growth, and sleep patterns. And as for caffeine, while it is much safer than alcohol, it is recommended that nursing mothers limit their intake to about 300 milligrams per day.
Chocolate can be included back in the diet, as long as it is consumed in small quantities. This is because chocolate does contain theobromine, which is a stimulant and there is a small possibility of it leading to a breastfed infant being restless and fussy. Since any nutrient from the food the mother consumes gets transformed into breast milk, care should be taken to consume avoidable food items in very small amounts.
Stress producing foods or high calorific foods should be avoided: Carbonated beverages, Caffeine, packaged fruit juices with excess sugar, Peppermint or gums, salad dressings with high sodium should be completely avoided. Processed foods are quick and easy to prepare especially when you have a baby.
However, these foods contain preservatives and additives that are toxic for the baby which should be avoided. An expecting mother is suggested to get proper rest and keep stress at bay. While postpartum stress affects many new mothers, experts suggest that managing stress and anxiety is crucial to the well-being of both the mother and her infant. Stress may lead to reduced lactation and breastfeeding issues.
Avoid binge-eating during this time, despite the erratic hours that new parents are bound to experience. Carbonated drinks and junk food cravings should be substituted with healthier food options like nuts and fruits.(Rohit Shelatkar, VP at Vitabiotics, Fitness & Nutrition Expert)
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चार शहरों में 18-50 वर्ष के आयु वर्ग में किए गए एक विशेष अध्ययन से पता चला है कि 44 प्रतिशत शहरी लोगों ने कोविड के समय में नाश्ता नहीं किया है। यह अध्ययन मार्च 2020 और फरवरी 2021 के बीच लंदन स्थित बाजार अनुसंधान प्रमुख यूरोमॉनिटर इंटरनेशनल और पेप्सिको इंडिया द्वारा अपने ब्रांड क्वेकर के माध्यम से किया गया था।
एक आधिकारिक विज्ञप्ति के अनुसार, अध्ययन में इस बात पर प्रकाश डाला गया कि 44 प्रतिशत शहरी लोगों ने घर के कामों में वृद्धि और दिन की शुरूआत में देरी के कारण नाश्ता करना छोड़ दिया था और भोजन करने में भी देरी की।
इसके अलावा, 64 प्रतिशत शहरी मिलेनियल्स उत्तरदाताओं को एक स्वस्थ प्रतिरक्षा प्रणाली की ओर प्रेरित किया गया था।
अध्ययन में आगे बताया गया है कि जई सहित फलों, सब्जियों और साबुत अनाज की बढ़ती खपत महामारी के दौरान प्रमुख प्रवृत्ति के रूप में उभरी।
दिल्ली, मुंबई, बैंगलोर और कोलकाता में शहरी मिलेनियल्स पर ध्यान केंद्रित करते हुए, कोविड-19 के बाद शहरी भारतीय उपभोक्ताओं की बदलती जीवनशैली और आहार संबंधी आदतों को लेकर अध्ययन में 18-50 वर्ष के आयु वर्ग के 1,000 उत्तरदाताओं को शामिल किया गया था।
अध्ययन में उपभोक्ता व्यवहार को समझने के लिए कोविड के बाद लोगों की बदलती जीवन शैली और आहार पैटर्न का विश्लेषण किया गया।
इसने एक बदलते पैटर्न को, विशेष रूप से शहरी मिलेनियल्स के बीच एक स्वस्थ प्रतिरक्षा प्रणाली और वजन बनाए रखने के लिए आहार संबंधी आदतों के प्रति ट्रैक किया।
अध्ययन ने यह भी मैप किया कि क्या भविष्य में बदले हुए व्यवहार बने रहेंगे और इस तथ्य को रेखांकित किया कि वजन पर नजर रखने वालों को समय पर भोजन करने और पोषक तत्वों से भरपूर नाश्ते के महत्व को समझना चाहिए।
इसके अलावा, यह पाया गया कि 71 प्रतिशत शहरी मिलेनियल्स ने वजन बनाए रखने के लिए कीटो, आंतरायिक उपवास और साप्ताहिक डिटॉक्स योजना सहित सनक आहार की लोकप्रियता की ओर झुकाव किया।
यूरोमॉनिटर इंटरनेशनल की सलाहकार विधि शर्मा ने कहा कि मिलेनियल्स नाश्ते के महत्व को स्वीकार करते हैं और मानते हैं कि इसमें पौष्टिक पोषण होना चाहिए, वे अक्सर अपने काम के शेड्यूल के कारण नाश्ता छोड़ देते हैं या सुबह जल्दी नाश्ता कर लेते हैं।
अध्ययन के निष्कर्षों के बारे में बात करते हुए, सोनम विज, एसोसिएट डायरेक्टर और कैटेगरी लीड, क्वेकर पोर्टफोलियो, पेप्सिको इंडिया ने कहा कि शहरी मिलेनियल्स अब तेजी से अपने शारीरिक और मानसिक स्वास्थ्य में सुधार पर ध्यान केंद्रित कर रहे हैं जो एक सक्रिय जीवन शैली का गठन करता है। (एजेंसी)
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In the last 15 months, we have been forced to stay at home in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Fear and uncertainty amid the pandemic are unprecedented. Living within the four walls of our house during these difficult times can take a toll on our mental and physical health. Facing the new normal of working from home, home-schooling of children has been keeping us all very busy. Hence, it is more important than ever to look after ourselves and our mental and physical well-being.
But one thing that didn't change is mid-meal cravings that can be very notorious accompanied by a feeling of guilt. So, the need of the hour was to make sure one can snack as much as they want, without an ounce of regret or even a slight compromise on their healthy lifestyle.
2020 saw a significant increase in consumption of in-home Food items and packs leading to elevated demand. In 2021 the similar trends were identified but with the active vaccination drives in the country, people are hoping to get back to work, where the consumption out of home is also expected to rise.
Taking a cue from the rising consumer demands brands have come up with ready to eat multigrain cereals that are not only healthy and tasty but also convenient to consume. They aim to ensure that taste and convenience is not compromised and customers can consume them both in-home and out-of-home.
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In India preference for multigrain products has witnessed a considerable rise. More and more consumers prioritize healthy living and eating habits, it is no surprise that multigrain products have become more desirable as it comes with several benefits such as the following:
High nutritional content than regular cereals: Multigrain cereals are a rich source of protein, which is an essential macronutrient for our well-being. Consuming foods that are rich in protein help you stay full and satisfied for longer and can have a considerable positive impact on your body in the long run. Multigrain foods deliver a variety of important nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, protein, fibre, and other healthy plant compounds.
Support healthy digestion and improves metabolism: A fibre-rich diet helps in keeping you energetic and happier, encouraging an active lifestyle. This process happens as the fibre helps the body to vacate bowels more effectively, preventing constipation and maintaining bowel health. Consumption of foods that are rich in dietary fibre also helps relieve the body of indigestion and several problems that are caused by it.
Overall health benefit: The dietary fibre from multigrain is a part of an overall healthy diet as they help in improving blood cholesterol levels.
The health benefits attached to multigrain products are many, but there are many more reasons for you to be consuming multigrain ready to eat cereals. The top 3 reasons are:
Great tasting good nutrition: Humans live to eat and eat to live, and given our lifestyle today it is important to find options that satisfy taste buds without making you feel guilty. For example, Sundrop Popz is loaded with the goodness of nutritious multi-grains. It has a tasty chocolatey cream inside and a crunchy chocolatey cereal outside, which makes for the perfect answer to the pesky hunger pangs that hit you any time of the day.
Various consumption opportunities: Ready-to-eat cereal snacks are convenient to consume. It is a quick no-cook meal that can hold off hunger for hours. Going with ready-to-eat cereal means you can prepare and eat breakfast in 10 to 15 minutes or you can consume these healthy yet delicious cereals during mid-meals.
Weight management: Multigrain cereal can help weight management because fibre produces a feeling of fullness, discouraging overeating which helps reduce intake of junk food.
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Lucknow, Aug 6 (IANS) For all those who have been avoiding eating mangoes due to health issues, including diabetes, here is some good news.The Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture, (CISH) Lucknow has developed healthier varieties of mangoes with bio-active compounds that have high medicinal benefits, including anti-cancerous properties.Shailendra Rajan, director CISH, said, "Indeed, it is a major breakthrough for us. Mango is the most favoured fruit and of the many hybrid varieties of mango, the researchers found CISH-developed 'Arunika' was rich in the bio-active compounds including mangiferin and lupeol content."He further said, "The red-blushed Arunika has great medicinal properties. The bio-active compounds present in this variety lower blood glucose levels by preventing glucose absorption in the intestine, whereas the Mangiferin helps to protect against breast and colon cancer."Another variety of medicinal mango, developed by CISH is "Saheb Pasand", which he said, was the sweetest variety of mango that was high in lupeol content. The compound is known for a wide range of pharmacological activities against a variety of disease conditions including inflammation, arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, hepatic toxicity, microbial infections and cancer.He said the institute was ready with the variety, however, the test of the pulp was still on in order to compare these hybrid mangoes with other available varieties of mango in terms of medicinal content.Rajan said that in the near future, cultivation of these special varieties of mango would yield better income to the farmers and also health benefits to the consumers.--IANSamita/dpb
New York - People who eat a diet that includes at least half a serving per day of foods high in flavonoids like strawberries, oranges, peppers and apples may have a 20 per cent lower risk of cognitive decline, according to a study.
Flavonoids are naturally occurring compounds found in plants and are considered powerful antioxidants. It is thought that having too few antioxidants may play a role in cognitive decline as you age.
The study, published in the journal Neurology, showed that flavones -- found in some spices and yellow or orange fruits and vegetables -- had the strongest protective qualities, and were associated with a 38 per cent reduction in risk of cognitive decline, which is the equivalent of being three to four years younger in age.
Peppers have about 5 mg of flavones per 100 gram serving. Anthocyanins, found in blueberries, blackberries and cherries, were associated with a 24 per cent reduced risk of cognitive decline. Blueberries have about 164 mg of anthocyanins per 100 gram serving.
"A colourful diet rich in flavonoids -- and specifically flavones and anthocyanins -- seems to be a good bet for promoting long-term brain health. Our results are exciting because they show that making simple changes to your diet could help prevent cognitive decline,"said Walter Willett, from Harvard University in Boston, US.
"The people in our study who did the best over time ate an average of at least half a serving per day of foods like orange juice, oranges, peppers, celery, grapefruits, grapefruit juice, apples and pears," Willett added.
The study looked at 49,493 women with an average age of 48 and 27,842 men with an average age of 51 at the start of the study.
Over 20 years of follow up, people completed several questionnaires about how often they ate various foods. Their intake of different types of flavonoids was calculated by multiplying the flavonoid content of each food by its frequency.
Shatavari is a natural remedy that has long been used in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. Obtained from the roots of the asparagus racemosus plant, it is available as a dietary supplement, usually in tablet or powder form. Shatavari is said to have a variety of health benefits, including aid in treating stomach ulcers.
Herbs/Components Used in the Shatavari Tablet
The major ingredients of Shatavari medicine are Elaichi (Elettaria cardamomum)
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) root and Sugar. It is an ayurvedic medicine which is prominently used to maintain the female reproductive health.
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Shatavari Tablet Benefits
Improving Female Reproductive Health: Perhaps the most common traditional use of Shatavari is in the treatment of female health conditions, particularly reproductive disorders.
Helps With the Production of Breast Milk: Due to low milk production, new mothers often have difficulty breastfeeding their newborns. This can happen for various reasons, such as anemia, low blood pressure, or simply stress. The daily intake of Shatavari helps to facilitate and regulate milk production. This method is ideal for feeding young children and helping them strengthen their immune systems. Shatavari is a natural herb, so it will not harm the child.
Reduce Mood Swings: Mood swings are more common in women than men. This can occur due to menstruation, pregnancy, or hormonal problems. Mood swings can not only spoil our mood, but also make it difficult for us to deal with people. Taking shatavari regularly can help you easily combat mood swings.
Stomach Problems Can be Cured: Shatavari is known to treat stomach problems. The dried roots of Shatavari are turned into powder and can be made into juice. The consumption of this juice is ideal for curing ulcers and other gastrointestinal ailments. When consumed regularly, this plant can also cure gastroparesis.
Immune System Support: Research has shown that Shatavari plays a very important role in stimulating immune cells. This is assumed to be due to the steroidal plant compound contained within the root "sapogenin", a potent immune stimulator. It increases the body’s resistance during normal and immune-suppressed conditions, helping to boost immunity during immune-suppressed conditions and aiding in the recovery of the immune system itself. Sapogenins will also stimulate the cells that fight infection, reducing the overall population of infection-causing cells.
Acts as a Diuretic: Shatavari aids to fight against urinary tract problems and infections. It also maintains the health of the urinary bladder. Aside from this, regular consumption of Shatavari can help to reduce kidney stones in size and sometimes cure it completely.
Shatavari For Male Reproductive System: Although Shatavari is mostly used for the female reproductive system, it is also beneficial towards improving men’s health. The root powder has powerful spermatogenic properties that are extremely useful for treating abnormal sperm shape, low sperm count, low volume of semen, sperm motility, and sperm production. Being a natural antioxidant, it improves the production of male hormones like testosterone and luteinizing hormone. It also treats conditions like erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.
Manages Diabetes: The excellent hypoglycaemic property of shatavari plays a significant role in alleviating the blood sugar level of the body. The production of insulin from the pancreatic B-cells becomes active on taking shatavari root powder. It helps to reduce the breakdown of starch into glucose which in turn leads to low blood glucose levels.
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Shatavari Tablet Side Effects
It may also interact with some substances or medical conditions and exhibit certain side effects.
Some of the side effects of Shatavari:
Fast heart rate
Difficulty in breathing
Shatavari Tablet/Churna/Syrup Dosage
Shatavari Juice - 2-3 teaspoons once a day.
Shatavari Churna - ¼-½ teaspoon twice a day.
Shatavari Capsule - 1-2 Capsules twice a day.
Shatavari Tablet - 1-2 Tablets twice a day.
Shatavari Syrup - 1-2 teaspoon twice a day.
How To Use Shatavari Tablet/ Churna/ Syrup
1. Shatavari Juice
a. Take 2-3 teaspoons of Shatavari juice.
b. Add the same quantity of water and drink it on an empty stomach.
2. Shatavari Churna
a. Take ¼-½ teaspoon of Shatavari churna.
b. Take it with milk or honey twice a day after taking lunch and dinner.
3. Shatavari Capsule
a. Take 1-2 Shatavari capsule.
b. Take it with milk or water twice a day after taking lunch and dinner.
4. Shatavari Tablet
a. Take 1-2 Shatavari tablet.
b. Take it with milk or water twice a day after taking lunch and dinner.
5. Shatavari Syrup
a. Take 1-2 teaspoon Shatavari Syrup.
b. Have it once or twice a day after taking light food.
Storage and Safety Information of Shatavari Tablet
The shelf life of Shatavari Kalpa is 10 years, therefore it can be kept at room temperature.
The medicine must be kept away from the reach of children and pets.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. Can Shatavari be taken with water?
Ans. Yes, Shatavari can be taken with water. Shatavari tablets can be swallowed with water and their juice can be consumed by adding water.
Q. Can Shatavari and Ashwagandha be taken together?
Ans. Yes, Ashwagandha and Shatavari can take together. Both maintain Physically and mentally healthy lifestyles. Ashwagandha helps to reduce stress and keep calming due to Vata balancing nature and the other hand Shatavari reduces weakness and keep maintains sexual wellness due to Vajikarana (aphrodisiac) property.
Q. Can Shatavari be taken during periods?
Ans. Yes, Shatavari is useful during periods. Shatavari helps to correct the hormonal balance and makes the cycle regular. It also helps lower the activity of mediators that cause pain and cramps during periods.
Q. Does Shatavari cause cold?
Ans. Studies state that there are some side effects of Shatavari such as a runny nose, cough, and sore throat. So, avoid the use of Shatavari if you already have any of these symptoms.
Q. Does Shatavari cause gas and constipation?
Ans. Shatavari takes time to digest and might produce gas and increase the risk of constipation if you have any digestive problems. This is because Shatavari is Guru (heavy) in nature.
Q. Is Shatavari good for males as well?
Ans. Yes, Shatavari is also very useful for males for reducing general weakness and maintaining sexual wellness. This is due to the Vajikarana (aphrodisiac) property of Shatavari.
Q. Can Shatavari be used for weight gain?
Ans. Yes, Shatavari can be used for weight gain due to its Balya (strength provider) and Rasayana (rejuvenating) properties. It also helps to maintain a good immune system which helps to fight against external or internal infections which might be a cause of weight loss.
Q. Is Shatavari good for the skin?
Ans. Yes, Shatavari is good for the skin because it helps to reduce inflammation and accelerate the wound healing process. This is due to its Sita (cold) and Ropan (healing) properties.
Q. Can Shatavari be taken with milk?
Ans. It is best to take Shatavari with milk. According to Ayurveda, milk is the best Anupana (vehicle) to take Shatavari powder or tablet.
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