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Striving For Good Health? Add These 7 Ingredients To Your Diet 

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| August 5 , 2017 , 15:33 IST

Our diet plays an important role in maintaining a balance of energies within your body. When we eat the right food it fills us with positive energy, helps us manage our weight, improves our body functions and promotes overall well-being. The main purpose of a healthy lifestyle is to lead a vibrant life for as long as possible. Good nutrition and healthy habits help in contributing to this. 

In order to have a fun-loving and vibrant life ahead add the following super ingredients your diet:

1. Indian Goose Berry or Amla

It is rich in Vitamin C, and contains many minerals and vitamins like Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Carotene and Vitamin B Complex. It is also a powerful antioxidant agent. Amla is one of the most widely used herbs in Ayurveda. It helps in maintaining a perfect equilibrium between the three doshas or body types – vatta, pitta andkapha. It helps in building our body’s defence mechanism against diseases and infections. It is believed to be a powerful antioxidant that delays ageing and promotes longevity. In one of the most popular Hindu scriptures, Padam Purana, it has been mentioned that Lord Shiva regarded Amla as a holy fruit that prolongs life. 

 

2. Ginger

Ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. The primary health benefits of ginger are mostly due to its high antioxidant content. It is believed to contain at least 25 different types of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight disease-causing free radicals in the body and protect against a host of degenerative diseases heart trouble, diabetes, arthritis and even cancer.

 

3. Cardamon (Elaichi)

Cardamom is related to ginger and can be used in much the same way to counteract digestive problems. Use it to combat nausea, acidity, bloating, gas, heartburn, loss of appetite, constipation, and much more. This spice helps the body eliminate waste through the kidneys. According to Chinese tradition, drinking cardamon tea is known to be the secret to longevity. Cardamon tea helps in flushing out toxins and keeps your internal systems clean. It is rich in essential oils, improves digestion, regulates your blood sugar levels, boosts blood circulation and thereby, maintains vitality and keeps your energy levels up.

 

4. Carom Seeds (Ajwain)

Chew on some carom seeds, apart from treating an upset stomach, it also has many other health benefits. It can either be consumed raw or in powdered form. Include carom seeds in your daily diet plan along with other herbs for reaping best benefits. Ajwain seeds are heart-friendly.  They contain niacin and thymol that maintain heart health. It also acts as a great natural antibiotic.

 

5. Cumin Seeds (Jeera)

Jeera has many health benefits - from aiding digestion to helping you sleep. Jeera or cumin seeds– the quintessential Indian spice is an addition to a number of dishes; be it dal or as tempering for a dish. Jeera or fennel seed is one of the best natural remedies for all your stomach problems. Jeera is an excellent source of iron and dietary fiber. It stimulates the production of gastric juices and also soothes the nervous system. It is often recommended to start your day with a glass of water in which jeera has been soaked overnight. It improves your digestion and keeps your metabolism up through the day. 

 

6. Cloves

The active principles in the clove are known to have antioxidant, antiseptic, local anaesthetic, anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative and anti-flatulent properties.

The spice contains health benefiting essential oils such as eugenol. Clove is a super spice with amazing healing properties. Cloves are full of manganese which helps in managing your metabolism and keeps the nervous system stable. 

 

7. Black pepper

Potassium, another mineral in black pepper, helps improve your stomach's ability to digest foods and promotes intestinal health. Because black pepper is a carminative, it discourages intestinal gas from forming, and as a bonus, the outer layer of the peppercorn aids in the break-down of fat cells. It is one of the most common spices used in different cuisines around the world. You may have not known but this humble spice has some great hidden medicinal qualities and has a rich mineral content.Another interesting fact about black pepper is that it enhances the nutritive value of turmeric. Black pepper is the secret ingredient that you must add in turmeric milk to make it healthier. The piperine in black pepper facilitates the absorption of the active ingredient in turmeric called curcumin. This phenolic compound – piperine can be credited black pepper’s powerful health benefits. It also helps in making your digestive system stronger. 

 

Ray Lucas

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