Organic foods to reduce stress

poster 1Lives are increasingly becoming stress laden and guess what is adding to the skyrocketing levels of stress? Not work, not lifestyle, but Food! Yes, we have better looking fruits and vegetables now a day. But the better look is also a result of a generous supply of pesticides or radiation.

Processed food or the ones that is exposed to the use of harmful pesticides are a major culprit in a lot of new found diseases of our times. It is only common sense that the healthier the body, the healthier the mind. The more junk or pesticide traced food you include in your diet, the more stressful you will become. Don’t even think about emotional eating, for you binge on all the junk food in the world and instead of relieving yourself of the tension, you will end up piling on the stress.

The only possible way out is to choose only organic produce to cook your food. You can make that conscious choice to buy only from reliable stores which will stock organic produce free of any kind of pesticides. Make a conscious decision not to relish the junk food available at every nook and cranny, tempting you into a stressful life. Snack on nuts and organic fruits instead. Opt for a cup of green tea instead of the aerated beverage offered to you. Or else, what is more refreshing that a piping hot cup of masala chai! Grind your spices and make your own tea for you are going to enjoy doing it and will kick the moments of unnecessary stress in the process

Triple Spice Magic

indian-spicesIndian cuisine, be it breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks, is laced with a wide variety of spices. Spices can do magic to your taste buds, but they can do a higher level of magic to your health. There are three essential spices that do the magic. Here is how.

  1. Chilly Peppers : The Andhra Chilly, Kashmiri Chilly, Green Chilly, Shimla Mirch, Kanthari Mulaku or the very hot Raja Mircha… The diverse nation has its diversity also in its spicy Chillies. The chilly peppers contain something called Capsaicin and the spicier the chilly, the better. Capsaicin not only gives the Chilly its spice but also has a variety of medical benefits including pain relief, heart health, fighting prostrate cancer and stopping ulcers.
  2. Turmeric: Turmeric, the essential component in any Indian curry, not only helps in giving the food a lovely bright colour but also provides a handful of health benefits. Turmeric is considered to be an antiseptic and is helpful in cleaning the meat, fish or vegetables. Turmeric as well as ginger from the same family is of aid to reduce inflammation in arthritis patients. It is also believed to block the formation of some types of cancers.
  3. Garlic: Garlic has many ardent followers in India and it is enjoyed in curries, rice or even in the form of garlic bread or pizzas. Which ever form you eat it in, it can be trusted as something good for your health. It is a common ingredient for a lot of natural remedies and traditional medicine. It has anti-fungal, anti bacterial and anti viral effects. Studies show that it can stop blood clots from forming in your arteries and hence is recommended for heart patients.

Essentials to Survive the Summer

Watermelon-Summer-Food-800x1280Summer is just around the corner and the mercury is rising year after year like nobody’s business. Gear up early to shield yourself from the pangs of summer. The most important thing to get you survive a summer is to make sure that your body is well hydrated. There are three surefire ingredients to deal with the scorching heat.

Meet the Melon 

When the sun hits you hard, it is best recommended to add different items of the melon family whenever you want, be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, mid day snack or juice. Water Melons, Cantaloupe and Honey Dew Melon will help you keep your body well hydrated while also giving you the refreshing summer taste fiesta. Being diuretics, melons also assist you in expelling the unwanted toxins from your body.

Juice the Citrus

Not only are the citrus fruits energizing in summer, they also add up to maintain a healthy and young appearance. The anti oxidants present in citrus fruits like grapes, lemons and limes do have a magical effect on your skin, thanks to the multiple antioxidants present in them. Citrus fruits also assist in easier digestion, thereby keeping your body as relaxed as possible in the scorching heat.

Chop up a Salad

It is a clichéd truth to say ‘as cool as a cucumber’. Cucumber teamed up with radishes, lettuce, spinach and mint is your body’s best refute to release heat and lighten up in the resulting cooling effect. Add them to your salads and sandwiches. Spice your iced tea with cooling mint leaves.

Do the spring cleaning, pack them winter clothes, pull out the summery cottons and relish a summery snack with these surefire summer weapons. Enjoy!

Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture

Agriculture is the foundation of our existence. Over the years Mother Nature has faced many changes which have deeply impacted the global climate too. Due to which there has been a variation in agricultural growth as well. Reasons for these are due to

Change in Rainfall Pattern: Rainfall patterns have changed around the globe. Due to which crop yields have also been affected. By nature, plants are resilient and can resist different conditions but frequency of drought or famine will bring down the production of crops.

Change in Temperature: When there is as irregular increase or decrease in temperature, the crops inhabiting in specific areas will be affected. For example all citrus fruits grow in cool regions. Imagine living without them due an increase in temperature. In warmer areas if the temperature dips there is a fear of infected crop yield.

Change in Weather Patterns:  Extreme droughts and heavy floods can be explained as a result of climatic changes. Crops cannot stand heavy droughts or storms. Though most of the plants can stand floods but they perish with no water.  In addition, floods erode the topsoil resulting in irreversible crop damage. Heavy winds like hurricane and tornadoes) uproot large tree species and damages storage places too.

Lack of Irrigation: Climatic changes impact water resources as well. We know how irrigation works and with a high scarcity of water, there has been a dearth in irrigation.

Thus, the quality of agriculture heavily depends on climate.