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You can avoid many major diseases by adopting a balanced and healthy lifestyle, know tips

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A balanced and healthy lifestyle plays an important role in preventing and curing lifestyle diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, cancer, osteoporosis, heart attack, metabolic syndrome, fatty liver and polycystic ovarian disease.

Balanced weight is the first step towards health. Instant eating, comfortable eating due to stressful environment, work all day, zero size has spoiled balanced weight and overall diet.

Less than 6 grams of sodium should be taken. Trans fat, which is found in vegetable ghee, is harmful to the heart and enhances the bad by reducing good calostral.

Heart patients should avoid it. White bread, flour, rice and sugar etc. should be consumed very less. Eat whole grains, green cereals and oat meal.

Public Health England has released a new EatWell guide which includes more fruits, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates and less sugar.

The new EatWell plate includes more fruits, vegetables and starch, carbohydrate and less sugar dishes and holgrens.

Dishes containing sweetened beverages, high fat, salt and sugar have been removed and stated that it is not necessarily part of a healthy and balanced diet.

Adults 6 grams of salt and 20 grams of saturated fat for women and 30 grams of sugar daily for men is enough. Consume sugar and sweet drinks and confectionery sparingly.

Adults should take six to eight glasses of water per day, low-fat milk and tea and coffee without sugar.

 

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Why eating onion and garlic is prohibited during Navratri. Read here

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The season of festivals is here and there is a lot of excitement in the air. The first in the line-up of festivals is Navratri . It is celebrated in the holy month of Ashwin, and is also known as Maha Navaratri. Devotees worship the nine forms of Durga also called the Nav Durga during this period with plenty of offerings and bhog and observe special fasts to seek her blessings.

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It is believed that during these 9 days, Goddess Durga descends from the heavens above and takes shelter amongst her devotees to bless them with strength, power and prosperity. During the Navratri fasts, people follow a strict vegetarian diet and refrain from consuming certain foods like cereals, grains, non-vegetarian food, regular salt and alcohol. They prepare their daily meals with vrat ingredients like Singhara atta, buckwheat flour, sabudana,fresh fruits, sendha namak and samak ke chaawal. If you happen to observe these ritualistic fasts, or know someone who is keeping them, you may know of the practice of not including onions and garlic in the special Vrat ka Khana or fasting meal. In fact, people who do not observe these fasts also refrain from consuming onion, garlic, non-vegetarian food and alcohol during the nine days of Navratri

But, do you know why you are told to avoid onion and garlic even though they are categorised as vegetarian foods?

 

According to Hindu and ancient Ayurvedic understanding, foods can be divided into three categories, depending upon their nature and the response they trigger in the body after consumption. These three categories are as follows.

1.Raajasic food

2.Taamasic food

3.Saatvik food

The word Saatvik comes from the word, Sattva – which means the one that is pure, natural, vital, energetic, clean and conscious. Saatvik foods include most of your vrat ingredients like fresh fruits, cooling curd, pure rock salt, seasonal vegetables like pumpkin and lauki and subtle spices like cumin, coriander and black pepper. On the other hand, the words ‘Rajas’ and ‘Tamas’ refer to something that is destructive, resentful, unripe and weak.

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While fasting for Navratri, people opt to go for saatvik food. Besides the religious aspect, there is a scientific reason for this too. Sharad Navratri falls around the months of October-November which usually mark the transition period from autumn to winter. During this time of seasonal change, our immunity tends to decline and therefore, it helps to switch to light saatvik food that does not burden your digestive system. It may also help in keeping away from toxins that may breed in greasy, heavy or unhealthy food, and thus, cleanses your body of all impurities.

Onion and garlic are categorized as Taamasic in nature, and have been linked to invoke carnal energies in the body. Onions are also said to produce heat in the body. Therefore, they are avoided during the Navratri fasts..

Ancient Vedic texts also regard salty, spicy, strong and pungent foods to take away one’s focus from the devotion of the Lord.

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