Fruit and Vegetable Wash – Make Them Pesticide Free

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Wondering “How to remove pesticides from fruit and vegetables ?” Every time you see traces of white chemicals on grapes and a waxy sheen on apples that you buy from the local grocer, you feel “Do I have to eat this? ” It doesn’t make sense to stop buying such stuff because farm produce that you get in supermarkets isn’t safe from chemicals either. Then helplessly, you resort to peeling apples before eating. However, there are numerous methods to clean fruits and vegetables, making them free of fertilizers and pesticides.

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Fruits and Vegetable Wash – Top Tips

Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Cleaner

Use these natural methods for making an organic fruit and vegetable wash at home, that takes off pesticides and fertilizers from vegetables and fruits.

Tamarind and Vinegar Wash

A simple tamarind vegetable and fruit wash can remove 95 percent of the pesticide and fertilizer residue, with ease. Simply keep your veggies and fruits immersed in tamarind water prepared by mixing 20 gm of tamarind in lukewarm water for 15 minutes. These findings are the result of an intensive research study on the impact of pesticide residue on farm produce, conducted by the pesticide research and analytical laboratory of the Kerala Agricultural University.

An equally viable option is to dilute 1 teaspoon of vinegar in 1 litre of water. Keep your veggies or fruits immersed in this solution for 10 minutes. Then rinse them in tap water.

Lemon Juice and Baking Soda

Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice and ½ teaspoon baking soda to a large bowl of lukewarm water. Immerse fresh farm produce in this solution for 10 minutes. Then rinse off in plain water.

Fruit and Vegetable Washing Liquids

Several organic fruit and vegetable washing liquids are available in supermarkets, health stores and online stores like www.healthkart.com. However, check if these liquid cleaners are organic and have edible ingredients. Of these Fit fruit and vegetable wash ,  vegfruwash and Pigeon vegetable cleanser are recommended products.

Vegetable and Fruit Wash –  Equipments

Vegetables and fruit purifiers are other good options. Though expensive, they are the best for hassle free purification of fruits, veggies and meat. They work on Ozone technology, killing harmful microorganisms and pathogens. These machines oxidize and eliminate residual pesticides and fertilizers from fruits and veggies. They also clean antibiotics and hormones present in meat and seafood.

You can buy quality vegetable and fruit purifying machines online at Amazon. In India, Kent Vegetable & Fruit Purifier and Ozone Vegetable & Fruit Purifier seem to be good ones. Before buying these purifiers check on after sales service, maintenance, warranty and any parts that need to be replaced after a few months or years.

Check out which option works best for you. Clean your fruits and vegetables the proper way. Stay fit and stay healthy.

Top 4 Benefits Of Turmeric For Women

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Turmeric For Women – Check out the benefits of using turmeric.

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Turmeric or curcuma longa is a spice often used in Asian cooking. Apart from its health benefits like  antiseptic and healing properties, do you know it is very good for women? Since ages turmeric has been used in beauty products and skin care.

Turmeric For Women – Top Benefits

Lowers Breast Cancer Risk

During menopause, women often opt for hormone replacement therapy which increases the risk of breast cancer. Curcumin found in turmeric is an active ingredient that inhibits the growth of tumors, lowering the risk of breast cancer in such cases.

Turmeric For Fibroids

Research suggests turmeric is good for shrinking uterine fibroids. Fibroids are the leading causes of hysterectomies worldwide. Uterine fibroids are related to increase in estrogen levels in a woman’s body. Turmeric root when taken internally, detoxifies the liver. The liver in turn reduces estrogen levels which minimizes the growth of fibroids. Turmeric supplements can be taken instead of consuming raw turmeric, for shrinking uterine fibroids. Consult a naturopath or a herbalist to find the right dosage for your body type.

Turmeric For Skin

The antiseptic nature of turmeric makes it ideal for bruises, cuts, wounds and even minor burns. It has blood clotting properties that immediately stops the blood flow from a cut or wound. Apply turmeric root paste or pure turmeric powder along with coconut oil to cuts and wounds. Turmeric root when taken internally purifies blood and heals acne and pimples. It is also effective in reducing acne scars and stretch marks. Turmeric root paste can be mixed with sandalwood paste and applied on face for a clear complexion. Turmeric used for external application must be Kasturi Haldi or curcuma aromatica. This is a non staining version of turmeric. The turmeric used for internal consumption is different. Make a paste of gram flour, kasturi turmeric and a spoon of milk. Apply this on your face, leaving the area around your eyes and mouth. Leave this on for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. This is good for clearing marks and inhibiting facial hair growth.

Turmeric For Anti-Aging

Now did you know of the anti aging benefits of turmeric? It reduces fine lines and wrinkles by actually slowing down the ageing process. Just use 1/4 tsp of  turmeric paste prepared from its powdered form or root with some milk or rose water and gram flour(besan) and apply on the face.

Note:
Buy edible turmeric root(curcuma longa) and include it in cooking. Powdered turmeric may not be pure unless dried and powdered at home. You can ask your local grocer to get the root for you. Ingesting large amounts of turmeric can cause stomach aches. The best way to consume turmeric is to use it in soups, dals, curries, pickles and vegetables liberally. Make sure you don’t overuse. Too much of turmeric imparts a non palatable flavor to food.

Turmeric Based Skin Care Products

Use a turmeric based cream like Vicco Turmeric Cream regularly and see the difference. Apply this cream overnight and wash it off in the morning.This however, is an oil based cream. You can find other skin care products containing turmeric that suits your skin type.

 

 

Activities for kids – physical activity and educational games

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To find creative and fun activities for kids  is not an easy job especially when it  rains i-Pads, i-Pods and what nots. Kids are hooked onto online games, TV and mobile games. The point is how to make these naughty little chaps appreciate  the goodness of outdoor activities, educational games, cycling and reading books (of course not on a kindle!) among others.

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Being a mom, I know how difficult it is to cash in on the 4-5 hours break kids get after they come back from school. We end up scheduling  snacks, home work and  play within this time frame, leaving kids exhausted. So here is my list of fun activities for kids which can be taken up one day at a time. This ensures overall child development and gives you some pure family fun.

Outdoor activities for kids

Gardening
This is the best activity to get kids to love nature. Lack of space in urban areas need not be a hurdle to begin gardening at home. You can place flowering pots and planters in window sills, or in your balcony. Take old plastic sippers, transparent plastic containers, or a medium sized wooden box. Add potting mix and plant seeds or saplings. Teach them the importance of herbs and spices like growing ginger, turmeric, basil etc. Allow them to plant sprouts. Teach them to make self watering planters. You can come up with a colorful landscape with plants having different colored leaves. Use shells, pebbles or stones to give an attractive fencing to your kids miniature garden. Get a glimpse of several miniature gardens for kids here.

Physical activity – Field day games and fitness activities
Enroll your kids in professional training centers for skating, martial arts, swimming, football, cricket or badminton. These activities are conducted weekly. Some schools conduct these activities as part of their daily schedule. You can search your local yellow pages for these training centers. Enrolling your kid in any one of these will ensure overall development of your child. It also makes your kid confident, plan strategies well and able enough to combat stress in later life.

For Badminton and Cricket coaching in Navi Mumbai contact  NMSA – Vashi,  and DY Patil Sports Academy, Nerul. For basketball, swimming and football coaching contact Fr Agnel Sports Complex-Vashi. Swimming camps are also conducted at NMMG, Vashi.

Music & Dance
Learning music and dance has many benefits. It teaches children a thing or two about your tradition and culture. It improves motor skills and makes kids confident to perform before many people. Music and dance also inculcate discipline in kids, as it requires a lot of patience and training.

Indoor fun  for kids
Every day may not be great to pursue an outdoor activity, especially during monsoon. So let your kid take up DIY craft projects, pursue a hobby or become an entrepreneur.

Art, Crafts,Hobbies and educational games
Let kids create a bottle piggy bank to their pocket money. This will teach kids the value of money. Teach them to make a bubble blower, popup cards, bottle cap or button jewellery, leaf printing art etc. Projectsforpreschoolers.com has a wide range of art & craft project for kids. Get kids to make their own board games with a new set of rules and funny looking dice. They can play educational games like word games, monopoly, General Knowledge games and the like. Encourage kids to be little entrepreneurs and earn some money. Help them to start their own Rent-a-Book  library  or organize a kids garage sale.

Cooking
You heard right! Engage kids in baking cakes, breads and muffins. Let them beat the eggs and mix stuff. Make them create smiley faces for the icing using candies, chocolate chips or fruit jam. You will love the smile on their faces when they see that their freshly baked cakes and muffins  are ready to eat.

Activities for kids must be a proper mix of physical activity, educational games and family fun. These are sure to sky rocket your kids’ overall performance in academics as well as in sports.

 

Detox diet – An ayurvedic way to remove toxins

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Daily exposure to chemicals, pollution, unhealthy food habits, metabolic waste,drug use, stress and a myriad of other problems leads to toxins in the body. More often than not, these toxins are responsible for sluggishness, skin problems, poor digestion, headaches, body aches and lack of concentration. It is a great idea to opt for an ayurvedic diet regime once in a while to bounce back into optimum health. This article focuses on a detox diet – the ayurvedic way.

What is detoxification?
It is a resting/recovering  phase, where your body is cleansed, nourished and rejuvenated. It stimulates the liver to function well, eliminates toxins from the body, boosting your immune system and protecting you from disease.  The best time to detox is between winter and spring. Follow a seven day detox diet plan to bring your body back on track.

Ayurvedic diet for detox

Following an ayurvedic diet is a safe way to detox your body, as it involves naturally grown herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables. It  does not ask you to resort to extreme fasting measures. An ayurvedic diet requires a few simple changes in your daily food intake. Take a look at the list of recommended food and food that is to be avoided.

Recommended food for an ayurvedic detox diet

  • Vegetables: Have plenty of cooked leafy green veggies. Use spices to flavor your vegetables.
  • Prepare khichdi for lunch – a simple meal of rice and moong dal(split green gram) with a spoon of ghee,cumin,curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida. Ghee lubricates the digestive tract, eases constipation,  asafoetida stimulates digestive juices and moong provides nourishment in the form of  protein.
  • Fruits: Sweet, juicy fruits are excellent body cleansers. Have fruit for breakfast and to satisfy in-between hunger pangs.
  • Grains: Whole grains as Oats, quinoa, rice, barley, amaranth and rice are good. Include flat breads or rotis made of whole wheat flour in your diet. Fiber rich grains like Oats cleanse the digestive system and eliminate constipation. Use  ghee(clarified butter) while kneading the dough for rotis or flat bread.
  • Spices: Use ginger, coriander, cumin, fenugreek and fennel in whole or powdered form liberally while cooking vegetables, soups and dals. These spices assist in proper digestion and flush out the toxins from the body through liver, skin, urinary tract and colon.
  • Include vegetable or moong dal(split green gram) soup in your detox diet.

Foods to be avoided

  • Canned and frozen food, meat,refined sugar, fermented food, dry bread, food made out of refined flour(maida), cheese, yoghurt and food that contains yeast.
  • Avoid tea and coffee. Take lemon juice with honey instead.
  • Avoid pickles and foods containing vinegar.

Other tips

  • Begin your day with a glass of warm water with freshly squeezed juice of a lemon and some honey. This will clear your bowels and clean your digestive system.
  • Cook simple meals which are easier to digest.
  • Avoid heavy food like fried food and desserts.
  • People with poor digestion / constipation can include Triphala churna in their daily intake. It is an ayurvedic churna made of three fruits – bibhitaki, amalaki and haritaki). Triphala has anti oxidant and laxative properties .

Note:
Initially the body may show some caffeine withdrawal symptoms, if you suddenly stop the consumption of tea and coffee. But it is vital to finish the detox diet process once you have started it. Keep some fruit juice or lemonade handy. You can sip this whenever you feel the urge to have tea or coffee.

After  the seven day detox diet, you will feel fresh, rejuvenated and healthy.