Healthy Food Combinations

If properly combined, food has the qualities of medicines. Chinese medicine and our own Ayurveda has emphasized on the significance of correct combinations of food for long. If strategically combined, the food we eat itself can aid optimum digestion and good health. Ayurveda has always identified bad digestion as the root cause of a lot of illnesses.

Slowly western medicine has also started to appreciate the fact that if properly combined, two or three foods can deliver more health benefits than if they were consumed individually.

The basics of food combining

The foremost principle is to avoid drinking water or other beverages while eating. This will only dilute your digestive juices and slow down the process of digestion. The ideal way is to drink less water while you eat and increase the intake of water between meals.

Bad food combinations are the main reasons why we have gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea. The issues worsen if the bad food combinations are habitual.

A major mistake we often commit is to combine fruits with other foods. There should be longer breaks between another meal if the fruit was really sweet. It is advisable to eat fruit on an empty stomach, two hours after a meal or at least half hour before a meal.

While it is alright to combine citrus with most foods, melons should not be eaten in combination with other foods. Avoid eating sweets after a protein rich meal. Think twice before eating the sweet dish after the rajma chawal lunch or the chicken biriyani for it might lead to indigestion. Another common mistake is to combine starch with protein or in simpler language, potatoes and meat. Ideally meat should be combined with low starch vegetables.

 

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Benefits of Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is the systematic way of deciding what to plant in your organic vegetable garden year after year. It is also beneficial for organic farmers who grow crops on large scale. The goal of crop rotation is to manage the fertility of the soil and reduce problems related to insects and pests.

Soil Fertility

Different crops have different nutritional requirements. The soil balance also gets affected differently with different crops. Some crops like tomatoes or corn will drain the soil quickly out of nitrogen and phosphorus. So if you plant the same crop in the same location year after year, that plot of soil will run out of natural nitrogen and phosphorus. If you change the location each year, you can get the previous spot rejuvenated and thereby maintaining the overall balance of your soil. The general rule is to avoid planting similar variety of crop at the same location year after year. It is advisable to occasionally plant nitrogen fixing legumes and other leafy or fruiting crops before you plant nitrogen-draining crops.

Pest Prevention

Crop rotation is also beneficial in fighting certain kinds of pests and other diseases. Crops from the same family tend to attract similar kinds of pests and diseases whereas if you keep rotating the crop, you are avoiding the chances of the pests and diseases to grow stronger and multiply. It is always better to leave at least a year or two before you plant the same kind of vegetable or crop at the same location. Plant families are easily susceptible to pests and diseases.

 

How to make the Simplest Organic Manure

If you think organic farming is expensive, you could not be more wrong. You can make your own power packed organic manure by just using what you consider as trash that needs to be thrown away. With the magic manure, you can produce without much cost or effort is actually powerful to transform any wasteland like desert or landfill or a mining site into a fertile Eden where you can grow food crops. The soil additive is absolutely inexpensive and has no chemical ingredient in it.

It is so simple that you might actually find this funny. You take any porous rock you can find in the neighborhood, add organic waste you find from your kitchen including chicken manure, vegetable peels, leftover food and so on and so forth, mix it all together and you have an amazing soil additive manure ready to prep your wasteland. The addition of a porous rock will enable a controlled release of nutrients while regulating the water supply efficiently. You will see for yourself that in no time the crops will bloom and ripen.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge recently found that the addition of this bio manure would help transform even places loaded with coal waste and metal residues. They found that the yield of those grown in coal waste with added bio manure was higher than from those grown in coal waste with added chemical fertilizers. The chemical elements found in the coal waste get ionized by the bio manure and releases growth nutrients beneficial for the plants. Adding this mixture to the soil will boost the growth of microorganisms responsible for nitrification, a process necessary for plant nutrition.

 

Soil Biodiversity, Land Management and Climate Change

How do you get the most out of soil? How do you maximize the health and fertility of soil? How do you save the planet from the much dreaded climate change and global warming?

Apparently there is a very simple yet crucial world which we have overlooked in our rush to create more and more profit. Beneath our feet, there are numerous organisms which we don’t even bother to see most of the time. They are the little elves who liberate nitrogen for plant growth and lock up carbon in the soil and in general supporting and nourishing the life on this planet.

Researches from the University of Manchester and Lancaster prove that the one surefire

way is by maintaining the soil biodiversity. They suggest that one might consider the entire community of living organisms in the soil which makes the soil food webs in order to maintain the diversity of soil. The organisms in the soil will also aid in predicting the climate change impacts on ecosystems.

The researchers examines the soil life in about 60 sites across four countries, the UK, Sweden, Greece and the Czech Republic and studied the food webs present which played a significant part in maintaining the nutrient cycles in agricultural soil. These organisms involved in the food webs usually spend their entire life cycles or at least parts of it while interacting with substances such as carbon and nitrogen. The study summarizes that there is a solid link between the soil organisms and the way the ecosystem functions.

This is the first time researchers have taken an interest in looking at the entire community of organisms cohabiting in the soil. The study concluded that the organisms found in the soil help capture carbon dioxide, resulting in reducing global warming and controlling climate change. This is a phenomenal finding if we consider the increased troubles we imagine in terms of global warming and climate change.