Tuesday, 3 March 2020

FRUIT OF THE BEL - An excellent gift of nature.

An excellent gift of nature.
Bel is also known as wood apple. Due to its quality bel is also know as the king of fruits because it strengthens the heart and mind, cures acidity, increases body resistance and
improves memory. 100 gm of bel pulp contains 31 gm carbohydrate and 2 gm protein. This ripe fruit is rich in beta-carotene. It also has significant quantity of vitamin B such as thiamine and riboflavin. It also contains vitamin C and B complex and tannin.
It is sweet, highly nutritious and healthy. It helps to improve eyesight and increases concentration power. Bel increases appetite and digestion.
Natural benefit of bel:
• Mix honey with bel pulp and eat to control excessive thirst in summer.
• Extract juice from pulp and boil it. Drinking this juice before lunch and dinner will remove excess heat from the body.
• Regular consumption of bel keeps women away from breast cancer.
 • The laxative property of bel helps to avoid constipation. Bel juice is a good remedy for digestive disorder.
• Due to its tannin it's a good cure for cholera.
• 50 gm of bel fruit juice mixed with warm water and honey is good for blood purification.
• Bel is rich in vitamin C, so its use prevents scurvy.
• To cure swelling of joints, make bel leaf paste and apply it to swollen areas.
• Chewing five-seven leaves daily on an empty stomach controls diabetes.
• To get rid of fatigue and get new energy, mix bel pulp with jaggery.
. Regular use of bel fruit is good for kidney complaints.
Bel is available from April to July. You can make a tasty cuisine from this exotic fruit.
Bel sharbat: Break open the bel and take out the pulp with the help of a spoon.
Soak the pulp in two glasses of water for two-three hours, and then sieve it to remove the seed. Add two tbsp sugar, black salt and roasted cumin seed powder and mix well. Serve chilled.
Bel pana: Roast bel and extract its pulp. Mesh the pulp, add a pinch of salt, sugar and lemon juice to taste. Mix in a blender and store it in a bottle. It can be diluted by mixing water according to your taste. This cools the body and lowers cholesterol.
Bel tea: Take four-five dried bel pieces, boil them in two cups of water on a low flame for five minutes. When reduced to half, add two tsp sugar and strain, drink it when lukewarm. It is good for clearing your stomach.
Bel murabba: Scoop out bel pulp and make pieces, remove its seed. In a large pan soak the pieces in edible chuna for two hours and drain out the water and keep aside.
Boil two cups of sugar with two cups water, add bel pieces, boil till pieces become translucent. Keep in a dry, clean jar when it is cool.
It is extremely hygienic and delicious too.

DELICIOUS AMLA - An all-in-one tonic of nature

An all-in-one tonic of nature
Amla, or Indian gooseberry, technically called phyllanthus emblica, is the most powerful rejuvenating agent ever known. It has been in use for thousands of years in lots of medicines. It is found growing on bushes all over India. Dried and fresh fruits and all the other parts of the plant are used in various ayurvedic and unani medicines.
This deciduous tree belonging to the Phyllanthaceae family, reaches eight to 18 m in height with a crooked trunk and spread branches. The branchlets are glabrous or finely pubescent, 10-20 cm long; the leaves are simple, subsessile and closely set along, resembling pinnate leaves. The flowers are greenish-yellow. The fruit is nearly spherical, light greenish yellow, quite smooth and hard in appearance, with six vertical stripes or furrows. It can tolerate temperatures as high as 46°C and freezing temperatures too. Amla can be grown in light as well as heavy soils except purely sandy soil. Calcareous soils with rocky substratum can also be good. However, well-drained fertile loamy soil is the best for higher yield. The plant has capacity for adaptation to dry regions and can also grow in moderately alkaline soils. It is grown extensively under tropical condition. Annual rainfall of 630-800 mm gives a good yield.
Ripening in autumn, the berries are harvested by hand after climbing to upper branches bearing the fruits. A mature tree of about 10 years produces about 50-70 kg of fruit; the average weight of a single fruit is 6070 gm. A well-maintained tree yields up to an age of 70 years. It is quite fibrous; with sourness as the foremost taste, it is sweet astringent bitter and pungent. Amla is an unusual fruit as it contains a gamut of tastes, except the salty taste.
The name amla in Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati and Nepali is derived from Sanskrit amalaki, meaning GZ“the sustainer", due to its abundant reserve of nutrition and medications. The genus name, Emblica, is the Latinisation of the same name. Other equivalents are amalaka in Sanskrit, Avalaa in Marathi, olay in Punjabi, Amloki in Bengali, nellikka in Malayalam, amlakhi in Assamese, Usiri in Telegu, nellikkai in Tamil and Kannada, haliilaj in Arabic and anmole in Chinese.
India ranks first in the world in production of this crop which is indigenous to the Indian sub-continent. Other growing areas are the Middle East, China, South-East Asia, Japan, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Florida in the USA, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago and Panama.
Chemistry: Amla is highly nutritious and is an important dietary source of vitamin C, mineral and amino acids. The edible fruit tissue contains protein concentration threefold and ascorbic acid concentration 160-fold compared to that of the apple.
The fruit also contains a considerably higher concentration of most minerals and amino acids than apples. Glutamic acid, proline, aspartic acid, alanine, and lysine are 29.6 per cent, 14.6 per cent, 8.1 per cent, 5.4 per cent and 5.3 per cent respectively of the total amino acids. the pulpy portion of the fruit, dried and freed from water contains: gallic acid 1.32 per cent, tannin, sugar 36.10 Per cent, the gum 13.75 per cent, albumin 13.08 per cent, crude cellulose 17.08 per cent, mineral matter 4.12 per cent and moisture 3.83 percent. Amla fruit ash contains 2.5 ppm chromium, 4 ppm zinc and 3 ppm copper.
Medical and nutritive properties: Amla is a collective remedy for many ailments. It is the richest natural source of vitamin C, containing as much as 20 times that of an orange. What makes this even more extraordinary is that unlike many other natural sources, the vitamin C content does not diminish with cooking. The fresh fruit contains more than 80 per cent of water besides protein, carbohydrates, fibre, minerals and vitamins. Amla regulates the level of cholesterol in our body. The amount of unused cholesterol gets collected in the blood vessels. Vitamin C in amla helps in dilating the blood vessels there by reducing the blood pressure. It has got anti-viral and antimicrobial properties. There is preliminary evidence in vitro that its extracts induce apoptosis and modify gene expression in arthritis and osteoporosis. It also promotes the spontaneous repair and regeneration process of the pancreas occurring after an acute attack. Amla keeps us away from numerous diseases; though every part of the tree possesses therapeutic potentials, it is the fruit which constitutes the main drug. Experimental preparations of leaves bark or fruit have shown potential efficacy against laboratory models of diseases such as for inflammation, renal disorders and diabetes.
Long lists of the amla's medicinal use prescribed by the ayurvedic physicians include heart support, fertility enhancement, increasing memory, balancing stomach acidity, vertigo, worms, aiding the urinary system, brain nourishment and healthier skin. It removes excessive salivation, nausea, vomiting, giddiness, spermatorrhoea, internal body heat and menstrual disorders.
It also promotes the absorption of calcium, thus creating healthier bones, teeth, nails and hair. The dried amla fruit is an astringent and useful in cases of diarrhoea and dysentery.
In ayurvedic polyherbal formulations, amla is a very common constituent. It is one of the three myrobalans forming the herbal rasayana triphala, literally three fruits, others being bibhitaki and haritaki. It is most notably the primary ingredient in another ancient herbal rasayana called chyawanprash, a formula which contains 43 herbal ingredients as well as clarified butter, sesame oil, sugar cane juice and honey. This was first mentioned in the Charaka Samhita as a premier rasayana or rejuvenative compound
Chewing a few fresh amlas with two tbsp of honey along with a lemon squeezed in a glass of plain water first thing in the morning brings up freshness and boosts energy throughtout the day. In Chinese traditional therapy, this fruit is called yuganzi which is used to cure throat inflammation.
Culinary uses: Amla is eaten raw as a fruit and cooked in various dishes. In South India, the fruit is pickled with salt, oil and spices. In Andhra Pradesh, tender varieties of amla are used to prepare dal. Dried amlas are sometimes ground into a powder and are also available stoned and chopped state so that they are easy to reconstitute. The dried pieces or powder can be stored in an airtight container for up to a year. It is common to eat amla steeped in salt water and turmeric to make the sour fruits palatable.
Culture: In Hinduism, amla is considered very sacred. The deity of wealth, Lakshmi, who is especially associated with this tree, is worshipped with its leaves, particularly in the month of Marga Shirsha (November/December).


 Listed below are some recommended exercises for women at 40:
Walking: Walk – it is the best form of exercise you can get. It is aerobic and strengthening and does wonders for your metabolism. Walk to work or the bus. Walk to school or walk your children to school. Park as far from the doors of the shopping center and walk. Better still, enjoy a nice brisk walk after dinner with the family, or on your own. You will soon find out it is an enjoyable way to unwind as well as giving your permanent weight-loss programme a real boost.
Take a comfortable pair of shoes to the office and you can even use your lunch break as a workout session by taking a brisk walk-you might even start a trend and find the rest of the office joining your path to successful permanent weight loss. Walking has a lot of benefits apart from the fact that it is safe, inexpensive and you can try it at any time and anywhere. Walking is also the most natural way to burn calories. Walking improves heart function, reduces stress, tones and strengthens muscles, relieves back pain and osteoporosis conditions, improves respiratory health, controls diabetes and arthritis conditions.
Biking: Biking is another way to tone and strengthen your bones. Stationery cycling with a high seat arrangement, toe clips and low resistance set-up can help you deal with osteoarthritis conditions of the knees.
Swimming: For beginners, 15-20 minutes of swimming is of great help for increasing the muscle, ligament and tendon endurance and strength. This keeps the bones storing and thrifty, thereby, making you more agile and active
Aerobics: Low-impact aerobics is recommended for women at 40 (dancing, light aerobic steps, etc). Aerobic conditioning leads to a healthy heart
Volleyball: 30-45 minutes of a volleyball game can keep your heart and lungs free of complications and can rid you of ailments like diabetes, coronary heart disease, colon cancer and hypertension.
Strength training: Experts opine that with no activity, movement or workouts, the muscle begins to shrink at one-two per cent each year. Loss of muscle mass is marked by slower rates of metabolism which lets you burn fewer calories. Regular perspiration is essential in order to prevent weight gain between the age of 40 and 50 years. Weight training three times per week is considered effective for keeping fit. Resistance training is also considered effective for enhancing bone density.
Horse riding: This is a great way to building your self-esteem and social skills, increasing the strength and endurance of muscles, improving posture, balance and stability and an enjoyable recreational activity.
Hiking: Hiking is a good option to increase bone density and slow the pace of calcium loss from the body. One hour of hiking in a week can be just about sufficient to keep you looking fresh, energetic, and slim as it helps lose a great many pounds too.
Water aerobics: Exercises done under water – like jogging, running or walking - can not only improve the strength of legs and hips but also respiratory health. Experts opine that water aerobics also help in reducing weight effectively. As beginners, try the shallow part of the pool to do light or moderate exercises. When you get comfortable and master the technique of water aerobics, try performing each exercise for 20-40 minutes.
Flexibility exercise routines for women over 40: When we grow older, our bodies tend to become tighter and tighter. Many women over 40 move differently compared to women in their twenties. To recover a youthful appearance, flexibility training is essential. It will help you with the side-effects of strengthtraining too: when doing strength training you are flexing and shortening the muscles, flexibility training makes the muscles longer.
In addition, flexibility training can help you in the warming up and cooling down phase after your workouts. You need to include three types of workouts in your daily workout routine for women over 40:
• Workout routines to build muscles (strength workout routines for women)
• Workout routines to stimulate your cardiovascular system (cardio workout routines for women)
• Workout routines to increase flexibility (flexibility workout routines for women)
• No matter how you choose to work out without exercising, eventually you will need to develop a scheduled routine of exercise. Even if that routine is simply walking after dinner it is important to consider that a definite 'time' to exercise.
• When you set a specific time for exercise you give yourself a reason to do it. A schedule also makes it easier to remember to do it. Without making a set time for exercise you can 'forget to do it.
• When you are on a path of permanent weight loss you will begin to see your regimen as a lifestyle not a single occurrence, or something to do temporarily. Making exercise a regular part of your daily life forever will ensure success not only in losing the weight but in keeping it off.
• Know when it's time to make a change. Stay in tune with what your joints and muscles are telling you when you work out and notice how it feels at 40. Then, when you get to 42 or 43, does it change? Be aware of the signals that your body is giving.
• Modify moves that cause discomfort. Take those heavy, percussive movements and find a detour. Instead of running, hike. Instead of running three miles, walk five. Walk faster, on a spongy asphalt trail.

Search This Blog