Roots and Tubers – The Reservoirs of Minerals in Our Diet

The balanced diet is an important aspect of the growth and Nutrition. The concept of micro and macro nutrients plays a prominent role in the consideration of dietetic requisitions of a person for various health benefits.

Roots and Tubers contribute a lot to the promotion of the positive health. Due to their antioxidative, hypoglycemic, hypocholesterolemic, antimicrobial and Antiulcerative qualities they are well known for amazing nutrients for health benefits. Many of these roots and tubers are used as traditional medicine in various Asian countries to reduce the risk of the disease and increase the health and wellness.

The ancient sages of India during the practice of their Hatha Yoga Curriculum used to consume the roots and tubers to keep them healthy. The essential minerals required for the metabolism in the body and fiber content for the proper peristalsis activity are found in abundance in these food components of the vegetables. We find a variety of these roots and tubers which are grown in most of the tropical region around the world. Yoga Teacher Training Courses give significant importance to the roots and tubers in their yogic diet. You can have following in your diet for various wonderful benefits for your health.

Raphanus Sativus is the botanical name of Radish. It is a rich source of Potassium which is a water-soluble mineral playing a role of electrolyte in conduction in the body. We can also find phosphorus, sodium, copper, calcium, magnesium and manganese in Radish. We can have it as Salad, curry. The stuffed mooli paratha is popular north Indian bread.

It is known as Daucus Carota which is packed with multivitamins. It is rich sources of the minerals such as Potassium and Sodium. Other minerals which are found in Carrot are zinc, manganese magnesium and iron including phosphorus. Raw carrots are the best sources of dietary fiber helpful in the prevention of the tendencies of constipation.

Botanically know as Beta Vulgaris. It is a rich source of folic acid and Iron along with calcium. Iron is very important for the formation of hemoglobin in the blood. This delicious root is packed with a higher concentration of nitrates which are good for various health benefits.

The phytochemicals in these roots and tubers such as carotenoids, ascorbic acid various therapeutical applications.


Eat an Apple to Boost Your Energy

Fruits are best sources of energy with essential nutrients required for the healthy metabolism. Apple is one of the most popular fruit known for various health benefits of Diet and Nutrition concepts. Apple belongs to the family of Rosaceae in Angiosperms in the kingdom of Plantae. The proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” echoes the health nourishing qualities of this fruit.

Energy Booster:
Eating an apple day boost your energy leaves quickly. It is one of the most loved fruit for the fitness freaks such as runners, sportsmen. A breakfast comprising the apple is the best choice to gain the energy for the students who attend practical classes in Yoga Teacher Training Course on the regular basis. It wards of the fatigue and tiredness of the workouts. Promotes the immunity, vigor and vitality. Antioxidant compounds in Apple are known to play a significant role in this process.

Minerals play an important role in the body metabolism, Apple is the rich source of important minerals such as Iron which enhances the hemoglobin content in the blood. It is responsible for improved blood circulation and the formation of the red blood cells and can be helpful in the prevention of the diseases like Anemia. Calcium present in this fruit is good for the health of the bones and teeth. Manganese, Magnesium, potassium and Sodium are the minerals present in Apples.

Vitamins :
Vitamins are necessary organic compounds which are helpful in various chemical reactions in the body; they are useful in healing and prevention of the infections. Apple consists of range vitamins such as Vitamin A, C, E, K and B complex. These Vitamins improve the health of the Bone, skin eyesight. Folate which is present as folic acid is good for the women in the pregnancy.

Lipid profile:
The flavonoids present in the apple are known to play the role in the prevention of the oxidation of the fats. This is helpful in the regulation of the cholesterol level. A healthy lipid profile is always good for the prevention of the cardiovascular disease. Eating an apple is very good for the heart.

The fiber in the Apple is very useful in taking care of the intestinal health as it maintains the peristaltic activity to check the tendencies of constipation and other digestive disorders. Effective weight management is achieved through the satiety quotient o the high fiber content in this fruit.

The consumption of the apple can be in the form of the fruit salads, Juice or as raw fruit is possible, various delicious desserts and other recipes are prepared from the Apple.

Mango – Taste with Health

Mango the healthy tasty fruit
Mango – The king of health

It is a myth that Mango only tastes good and increases weight. It is a fruit of tropical region which is tasty, juicy and has health benefits people do not care about because of the taste. The mission of this post is to spread awareness about the benefits of Mango to health.

  1. Anti- Cancerous – The anti-oxidants in Mango are a protective sheath against common cancers types like colon, breast, blood and prostate. The chemicals present in this anti-oxidant contains enzymes which fight off the abnormal growth of cells which is the reason behind cancer.
  2. Great for digestion – The alkalis present in mango neutralise the acid in our stomach. This is extremely beneficial for people suffering from acidity issues.
  3. Lowers cholesterol – Mango has high levels of fibre, vitamin c and pectin which helps lower down the cholesterol levels. This makes it healthy fruit for the heart too.

Ripe mangoes are also mentioned in Ayurveda the sister of Yoga way of life. It is said to balance all the three body types known as Doshas.

Healthy teas that can be grown in Garden

Herbal tea

If you want to get real organic tea and have a taste of it, then you should grow it in your kitchen garden. Yes, dear, it can be grown right there. Well, I am talking about herbs which taste like tea and can be very beneficial for your health. Here are a few herbs which you will really enjoy growing and the brewing as tea.

  • Lemon Grass – You can grow this aromatic herb in a flower pot. It really grows well where there is water. Water the plant carefully. Pluck the grass like leaves to boil and make a nice smelling herbal tea preparation.
  • Lemon Balm – This is from the mint family and has strong lemon and mint flavour. It is also known as the happy herb as it takes away your stress. It helps even in common cold and cough. A brewed tea from the leaves will help in getting over a hangover as well. Many benefits of a herb that grows naturally in shallow soil. The only care you need to take is to not put much water or expose it to direct sunlight. Grow it in a plastic jar away from exposed area.
  • Mint – The great minty flavour they call it. Tea made from mint has the property of regularising your digestion. A cup daily will also keep common cold away. Yes, I did not have a cold for four years since I have started drinking mint tea every morning.
  • Tea the real one – You need some deep soil and good sunrays coming in. There are fertilisers which will help the shrub grow. Keeping the soil moist always is also necessary. Once they have a dozen leaves start the plucking. You can use directly for green tea. Add some mint for the taste and enjoy!

Papaya the Wonderful Fruit

Papaya fruit

The papaya fruit is perennial i.e. it grows all round the year and hence you can include it in daily diet. Rich orange color with yellow hues makes it look beautiful too. They are excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A and C. These vitamins have many health benefits. One among the many is that it prevents the oxidation of cholesterol. Only when oxidized does cholesterol becomes unhealthy and causes blockages in the heart. Eat a piece daily for long life and healthy heart.

Papain a digestive enzyme is abundantly found in Papaya. This I am telling from personal experience. If you eat just one part of the fruit daily you will forget all digestive issues. I had chronic digestive problems after contracting Jaundice 5 years ago. I tried almost all medication with no avail. Ultimately eating papaya daily helped me get rid of it and also strengthened my digestive system. I can now digest normally and am grateful to have discovered this wonderful fruit. I make it a point to eat it daily. It has even cured my knee inflammation problems too. There are many other health benefits.

However pregnant women should not eat the fruit.It can lead to termination ofpregnancy.The latex found in Papaya causes contraction of the uterus. This can lead to abortion.


Why you should eat Seasonal fruits

Fruits which are naturally grown are meant for the climate. They have special nutrients just right for the climate. We are used to eating what we want, and defeat the purpose of eating. Remember eating is for living and not the other way round. The super markets have spoiled us.

seasonal fruits and vegetables

Here are a few facts which will induce you towards the seasonal fruits and vegetables.

  • When you eat seasonal fruits it reduces the chemicals and pesticide exposure. The fruits grow naturally and give you the nutrition sans the chemicals.
  • Seasonal fruits contain high amounts of flavonoids which are natural anti oxidants and it increases your life span and health.
  • If seasonal crops are grown they help the earth replenish its nutrients. These are the nutrients which are present in our food.
  • Fruits of the season have nutrients which have been designed by nature for the particular season. It helps our body across seasons to have seasonal fruits.
  • The seasonal fruits are actually fresh. If the fruits are brought from 2000 kilometers away can they be fresh? Just ask yourself.
  • If we depend on the local seasonal fruits, we are actually helping the environment. Less fossil fuels will be burnt to bring things to us.
  • The transportation over long distances has its demerits. The fruits are picked early before maturity and leads to loss of essential vitamins.
  • More Vitamins are found in seasonal fruits when compared to non-seasonal ones. These are vitamins which keep you healthy and prepared for the diversity in climate.