Friday, July 22, 2016

KACHCHE HALDI KA ACHAAR -TUMERIC PICKLES

Found this simple recipe when looking at ways to incorporate fresh tumeric into or with a meal.
It is an Indian Pickle which is used as an accompaniment.Three ingredients Tumeric sliced finely, lemon juice to cover and a little salt. Mix all ingredients
together and place in a jar leave for one week and shake every day to mix.
Tumeric is said to be good for many conditions is an anti-inflammatory,anti-fungal,
antibacterial, helps in the treatment of cancer,diabetes,Alzheimer, cold and cough
therefore, worth incorporating into your menu I think, and will be a nice addition of flavour
and colour. I am going to try this one out today so let you know in a week the results.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Food to feed the BRAIN

The brain needs food to feed it just as all other parts of your body so which are the better choices. I did some research on line and the following have been recommended (sources below).

Wholegrains
The brain needs energy to work at it's best and we get energy from carbs and wholegrains with a lower GI are a good choice

Oily Fish
Full of Omega 3 and good for the heart. A serving of 3 per week is good but I try to buy salmon and oily fish that is free of mercury

Blueberries
Research by Tuft University believe they can actually reverse memory loss, "A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found an extract of blueberries eaten every day led to a reversal of nerve cell damage in rats. After eating their daily dose of berries, the rodents learned faster, had a better short-term memory and had improved balance and co-ordination. The humble blueberry is truly a superfood for your brain cells."

Tomatoes
Lycopene is found is tomatoes and is a rich antioxidant which is believed to protect against free radical damage in our cells

Vitamins B 6, B12 and folic acid
"are known to reduce levels of a compound called homocysteine in the blood. Elevated levels of homocysteine are associated with increased risk of stroke, cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. A study of a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment found that after two years of intervention with high doses of B6, B12 and folic acid there was significantly less brain shrinkage compared to a subset given placebo treatment. Opt for B-rich foods like chicken, fish, eggs and leafy greens."

Avocado
Contain Monosatuated fatty acids which help to protect nerve cells in the brain

Blackcurrents, Red Peppers and Citrus
Rich in Vitamin C believed to protect against age related brain disfunction

Pumpkin Seeds
Highest in Zinc of all seeds. Great for boosting learning and memory

Broccoli
A good source of Vitamin K

Sage
Helps improve memory - I believe it just a little of this herb goes a long way. I like to sprinkle it on salads, eggs, it goes with almost anything. It is easy to get some growing in a pot and keep near the kitchen.

Nuts
A good source of Vitamin E

Dark Chocolate
Now that is a plus all around. Most of us love chocolate it's a feel good food and it also (in moderation) has health benefits. Improves blood flow to the brain and verbal fluency. If this is true it is worth trying to add to our diet.
As well as improving the brain there has been a trending topic about growing new brain cells. Now this sounds very interesting. So what can we do to help improve our brain in this manner. It has been suggesedt that Running will help your brain grow neurons. What are neurons? "Cells within the nervous system, called neurons, communicate with each other in unique ways. The neuron is the basic working unit of the brain, a specialized cell designed to transmit information to other nerve cells, muscle, or gland cells."

Also eating Curcumin which is found in Tumeric another neuron booster along with Blueberries and Green Tea.
So a bit of food for thought!! I am off to dig some tumeric and make a batch of pickles will post recipe tomorrow and let you know how they turned out
. Sources
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/10-foods-boost-your-brainpower
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11364896/Brain-food-6-snacks-that-are-good-for-the-mind.html
http://www.brainfacts.org/brain-basics/neuroanatomy/articles/2012/the-neuron/
http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/six-easy-ways-to-enhance-your-brain-health

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Move It Or Lose It

Are you getting lazy. Weather is so cold it is easy to cuddle up inside with a book or find a cosy spot and watch a good movie..
Well it's time to take stock and look at your exercise regime me included.  So up and adam everybody let do the walk.  How to start out again after taking an extended break.  Well what I do is start walking before breakfast say 15/20 minutes trying to pick up 2000 steps and following this mid morning, after lunch, mid afternoon and hey presto 8000 steps on top of your daily routine. 

Hands up those of you who are going to get off your butt and start the walk and forget the talk.
Join me today. Are you ready for take off.  Oh yeh let's get going then.  See you in the morning for some feedback.

Good Luck