People are more particular about
what they put in their homes and in their cars, than what they put in
their bodies. Just like you would not decorate your home with garbage, so also, don't mess up your body by eating junk food.
There is an old proverb that says, "Health is wealth". This aptly
summarizes the importance of health for an individual. Health
represents a state of physical and mental well-being. Without good
health, we will not be able to enjoy the good things in life. It is
also not possible to earn a good living when one is not healthy. In general it can be said that if we have healthy people in the world, the efficiency and productivity on the whole will increase. Here are some tips on how you can stay healthy by including these excellent foods in your everyday diet.
Wheat germ is one of the most concentrated natural plant source for essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins. It is a high-energy food and is a great source of vitamin E. Include it in your everyday diet by sprinkling it on cereals, chapatti dough, dosa batter etc.
Onions are rich in fibre and studies have shown that they have
anti-cholesterol properties. Onions are also good for diabetics and
people with high blood pressure. They are best eaten raw, as an
accompaniment or in raithas.
Garlic is excellent for you in many ways. The sulphur content
in garlic helps lower cholesterol levels. For best results, a few
garlic bulbs should be eaten raw on an empty stomach.
Lemon is a great source of vitamin C. Hot lemon tea in the
morning is very energizing. Include lemon in your daily diet by
sprinkling it on salads, accompaniments, adding it to curries and so
on. A glass of warm water with lemon after meals cuts fat absorption,
thus helping you lose weight.
It has been proved time and again that turmeric has
anti-bacterial properties. A pinch of turmeric added everyday to your
daal can help increase immunity. Turmeric not only enhances flavor, but
also makes food aesthetically pleasing with its bright yellow color.
Cumin is a good source of calcium, and regular intake of cumin
seeds or cumin powder can help delay the onset of osteoporosis and
other calcium related diseases. Fortunately, cumin is almost an
essential addition to North Indian cuisine.
It is said honey is the purest of all foods. It contains traces
of iron, copper, potassium, manganese, phosphorous and vitamin B. A
teaspoon of honey in a glass of warm water taken early in the morning
is a good health tonic. It can be used as a substitute for sugar.
Nuts are powerhouses of various nutrients. According to
research, a handful of nuts taken at least four times a week can lower
your risk of cardiovascular disease and cuts bad cholesterol. A handful
of dates taken everyday can boost your hemoglobin levels. Badam is a
good source protein. Figs, avocados, raisins are all rich source of
fiber. Walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.