Top Winter Foods By Ayurveda For Your Diet This Season

Top Winter Foods By Ayurveda For Your Diet This Season

According to Ayurvedacharya Dr. Partap Chauhan, Director Jiva Ayurveda, “Ayurveda believes that there are three types of immunity: 1. Sahaj (hereditary), or immunity you’re born with. 2. Kalaj (seasonal), or immunity that comes and goes with seasons/age/time. 3. Yuktikrit (established), or immunity you can develop with a regular and balanced diet, and systemic practice of yoga. It is the third type of immunity we want to bolster during the winters, which you can easily do by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Here’s our guide to eating healthy and staying strong this…

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Winter Greens: How to Buy, Store and Cook With a Variety of Saag This Season

Winter Greens: How to Buy, Store and Cook With a Variety of Saag This Season

Come winter and the grocery store is flushed with seasonal produce. One of the best things about winter produce is the wide array of fresh vegetables that one gets to experiment with in regular cooking. From cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, beets to a wide variety of greens, locally known as saag; you are literally spoilt for choice this season. While winter veggies are fairly easy cook with, most people are usually apprehensive about cooking with greens. Most cooks and housewives are comfortable with cooking other vegetables as once you remove the peels, you…

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This Winter Focus More on Vegetables and Fruits: Dieticians

This Winter Focus More on Vegetables and Fruits: Dieticians

With winter being the best time to increase food intake, dieticians have urged children to focus more on fruits and vegetables to supplement body nutrition, which is hardly the case during summer due to low appetite. According to them, the increased intake of walnuts can be extremely helpful for dementia patients. Vitamin A is necessary for eyesight and carrot has plenty of it. “Carrot also enhances blood flow to the eyes to aid in better functioning,” said Nidhi Dhawan, dietician at city based Saroj Super Specialty Hospital. “The connection between…

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Kanji: The Miracle Winter Drink You Should Have for a Healthy Gut

Kanji: The Miracle Winter Drink You Should Have for a Healthy Gut

In Goa, at the Serendipity Arts Festival earlier this month, I attended a fascinating workshop on fermentation, curated by chef Manu Chandra. The session was conducted by Aditya Raghavan, who seems to be quite a maverick and treats his bacteria and yeast with much respect, almost as pets, which of course they are! It was at the workshop that I had my first sip of Kombucha, fermented tea, the supposed elixir of life, discovered by the ancient Chinese and being successfully marketed by the Americans since the 1990s, as a…

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Winter workout hacks by celebrity fitness expert, Neeraj Mehta

Winter workout hacks by celebrity fitness expert, Neeraj Mehta

Winter is that time of the year when you don’t feel like working out. Understandably so, the warmth of the blanket and the comfort of a high calorie mealare both more alluring. But would you just let go of the body you made in summer? Celebrity fitness expert, Neeraj Mehta has the perfect solution for you. “Don’t beat yourself up over guilty pleasures. Instead handle the weather and its nuances smartly. For example, instead of pushing yourself to do an hour long workout every day, include a simple circuit workout…

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7 easy ways nutritionists avoid gaining weight during winter

7 easy ways nutritionists avoid gaining weight during winter

As much as we’d all love to write winter weight gain off as one of those annoying health myths (an apple a day, the two-second food rule, et cetera) it’s unfortunately 100 percent real, as a large international study recently proved. You’re likelier to gain the most weight of the year during the holiday season, and it can take up to five months to lose. Say it with me: Ughhh. So, because I’m really not very good at giving up the things that help me deal with my Seasonal Affective…

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8 Winter Beauty Tips for Your Skin, Hair and Lips

8 Winter Beauty Tips for Your Skin, Hair and Lips

Winter is here! I love this time of the year, when there is a nip in the air. But the season can also play havoc with your skin, leading to dry, flaky skin and chapped lips, if adequate care is not taken. This becomes especially important for young brides, whose weddings are right around the corner. Here are a few tips that will help you keep your skin hydrated and glowing throughout the season.Dry skin suffers more than oily skin so if you have dry skin, you should follow these…

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Stopping Exercises in Winter Increases Cholesterol Storage: Doctors

Stopping Exercises in Winter Increases Cholesterol Storage: Doctors

Stopping physical exercise during the winter season increases the storage of cholesterol in the body, medical experts here said on Thursday. According to them, another reason that contributes to the cholesterol storage during winters is the lack of vitamin D synthesis from sunlight. “A decrease in sunlight pushes the body to store more cholesterol than usual as a protective measure. The seasonal variation in cholesterol levels could lead to more progression of fatty liver disease in the winter. Physical activities decrease during winters, and skipping exercise routine may be a…

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Chickenpox springs nasty winter surprise

Chickenpox springs nasty winter surprise

  Infection a threat to kids Chickenpox may fast be losing its `Basanta rog’ (spring disease) moniker. The viral infection that’s associated with spring has been striking early for a last few years, baffling doctors. “Cases of chickenpox are trickling in. Though the number is not alarming, this is not the season for the infection, hence the concern,” said Dr Sibabrata Banerjee, internal medicine expert at Fortis Hospital, Anandapur. Caused by varicella zozter virus (VZV), chickenpox infections are common during the springtime months of February , March and April. As…

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Amelia Freer: What to eat to boost your immune system for winter

Amelia Freer: What to eat to boost your immune system for winter

Time to bulk up (in a good way): don’t scrimp on food and keep your vitamin intake topped up to avoid coughs and colds As the weather turns colder and the nights draw in, the season of coughs and colds begins. Now is the perfect time to build up your body’s natural defences, by following my simple tips: Are you eating enough food? Under-nutrition (often a result of juice fasts and crash diets) suppresses normal immune function. Don’t gorge, but eat a well-balanced, adequate and nourishing diet full of hearty…

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