Foods For Every Mood: The Food and Mood Connection

Explores the relationship between what you eat and how you feel, including tips on how to incorporate healthy eating into your life.

Many will agree with me when I say that “Food is the best thing in life” because it is! Food offers so many options and each of it has a different effect on our mood. While a tub of ice cream helps in dealing with heartbreak, having a hot steaming cup of coffee recharges the body to send out a hundred emails at work. 

Similarly, various foods help in soothing different moods. Whether you want to feel happy or shed off anger, there is food for every mood! 

Your diet can play a significant role in how you feel emotionally.

Yes, your eating habits play a big role in determining your disease risks. But did you know that they also have a huge effect on your state of mind?

Here’s what the research says about diet and depression: https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/food-and-mood-is-there-a-connection

What is the Relationship Between Food and Mood

It is well known that unhealthy eating patterns can cause mood swings. Blood sugar fluctuations and nutritional imbalances are often to blame. Without a steady source of fuel from the foods we eat, our mind and bodies don’t function well.

Beyond mood and general well-being, the role of diet and nutrition on mental health is very complex and has yet to be fully understood. But, you may wonder whether any healthy foods can improve your mood. Here are the ways to Boost Your Every Mood with Food.

Food for mood

SADNESS

We feel sad very often, especially when we get into a conflict with our loved ones, or sometimes even with ourselves. If we are feeling sad, upset or even low, the best thing to cheer the mood and feel happy is to eat ice cream. It releases endorphins (the happy hormone). Other foods to eat are strawberries and chocolates. Don’t eat too many chocolates though as they also tend to make us lethargic.  

Another way can be trying to intake of oily fish to boost your brain health and mood. Oily fish is not only rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which can help ward off depression, negativity and mood swings, but wild salmon and tuna are good sources of vitamin B12, which helps to regulate the mood.

Omega3

STRESS

Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed by a busy day or are finding it difficult to wind down after work, try snacking on some blueberries to help cope with stress. Blueberries are high in vitamin C, which can help the body deal with high levels of stress. Also, the superfruit is packed with antioxidants which help to protect your body from its effects.

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ANGER

We all know that anger isn’t a good thing but it also isn’t something we are good at controlling. We often walk out of our boss’s cabin with a frown on our face and using cuss words in our mind. We also walk out of the house and slam the door hard behind us after getting into a heated argument with parents/partner. However, this won’t help in calming the anger down.

Do you know what will?

Next time you feel a rage coming on, try reaching for some nuts and seeds to help calm you down. Research has shown that Omega-3 deficiency can contribute to the aggressive behaviour of adult offenders and children with severe behavioural difficulties, while a Japanese study has suggested that zinc may ease anger in women. To up your intake of these nutrients, try opting for walnuts and flaxseeds, which contain both zinc and Omega-3 fatty acids. Also try eating fruits and leafy greens, eggs and chia seeds. 

Zinc

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BRAIN FOG

If you’re feeling confused, unfocused, forgetful, or like your mind is just running slow, give your brain a boost with a cup of green tea. As around 80 per cent of the brain is made up of water, drinking any fluids will help keep it hydrated and functioning at optimum levels. However, green tea also helps maintain alertness by regulating blood sugar levels and helps protect the brain and cut the risk of dementia.

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ANXIETY

Anxiety is gradually becoming a normal mood/feeling among people. It is a persistent fear one has about everyday activities or situations. Though there are a few exercises like meditation and breathing exercises to soothe anxiety, there are certain foods that help too.

If you’ve got a big interview or presentation coming up, try replacing your morning coffee (which can make you jittery) with a calming herbal tea. The calming effects of chamomile are so powerful that they have been found to reduce symptoms of mild to moderate generalised anxiety disorder, so try a cup of chamomile tea to help calm those last-minute nerves.

Herbal tea

Chamomile tea and green tea is considered best for relieving anxiety. Yoghurt, turmeric, dark chocolate, almonds, blueberries, citrus fruits, and oats too help reduce anxiety. 

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LETHARGY

Lethargy usually takes over when you overeat a meal or overwork and feel tired. There is no doubt that caffeinated beverages help is getting rid of lethargy but too much caffeine is bad for health. Whether you’re suffering from a lack of sleep or are generally feeling lethargic, the best options to fight are nuts like cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts and seeds like sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Fresh fruits also help keep the mind active.

Beetroot soup

Drinking beetroot juice could help revive your energy levels. Beetroot has a high sugar content and many energising nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin C. Make sure your diet includes sufficient amounts of carbs as they are a great source of energy too. 

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IRRITATION

Sometimes we just feel irritated because of minor inconveniences. At such times all we need is to pump up our mood and what other best way than to eat the food that we love. Be it some fries or pasta, you must eat whatever you love to make yourself feel a little better. At times, doing this is fine. Don’t be too hard on yourself. 

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FEAR

Many people suffer from phobias, ranging from the common (like acrophobia – fear of heights) to the obscure (like arachibutyrophobia). However, it may be that your diet is to blame. Research suggests that folate deficiency may be behind irrational fears and anxiety, so try upping your intake of folate – as well as mood-boosting Omega-3 – by snacking on avocado.

Healthy fat

Related: Proven Health Benefits of Avocado

LOVE

Got a big date coming up and want to get in the mood? Try some foods rich in zinc to stimulate the libido and enhance desire. While oysters are a famous aphrodisiac due to their high quantities of zinc, if you’re not a fan of the slimy mollusc, try opting for shellfish, pine nuts or pumpkin seeds instead.

SHYNESS

We all need a confidence boost from time to time, and luckily you can get a helping hand from your diet to relieve shyness. Researchers found that foods containing tryptophan (an essential amino acid) make people feel more confident. Good sources of tryptophan include meat (particularly chicken), fish such as salmon and tuna, and legumes.

HEARTBREAK

Many people find themselves reaching for chocolate in the face of heartbreak, and this may be no bad thing. Chocolate contains many chemicals to beat the breakup blues, including relaxing magnesium, calming anandamide and mood-boosting phenylethylamine. Try snacking on dark chocolate (in moderation!) for the most health benefits.

Dark Chocolate

Your moods highly depend on the kind of foods you eat and the type of diet you maintain.

The more healthy food you consume, the better your mood stays. Make sure you inculcate healthy foods into your diet which will not only maintain a good mood but also help maintain your overall wellness.

Since there’s no single food or nutrient that can prevent depression, consuming a variety of vegetables, fruit, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and whole grains will ensure adequate intake of vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health

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By Priyanshi Bhatnagar

Your Top 16 Kid Nutrition Questions Answered

Creating awareness about children’s eating habits and guide mothers on they can  ensure the children have an #EarlyStartToHealthyLife

Children come in all shapes and sizes, but if you’re noticing that your child is shorter than her friends at school, it’s natural to wonder if your she’s growing normally.

Infants have their own unique nutritional and developmental needs. Adult dietary guidelines for fat, protein, fiber, sugars and other nutrients should not be applied to infants and young children. As our children grow, it is important to foster good eating habits and relationships with foods. We share some helpful tips and suggestions to incorporate.

Complete guide about Childhood Nutrition

Child nutrition

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions by moms answered by Certified Holistic Nutritionist Priyanshi Bhatnagar

1.As a parent, should we worry about the quantity of food for kids?

When looking at a range of portion sizes, parents and those who care for young children should choose the smaller portion sizes for children age two or three, and go with a slightly larger portion for children who are age four or five.

Calorie requirements and portion sizes increase as children get older: between ages six and ten, boys and girls need between 1,600 and 2,400 calories each day.

Because of puberty and adolescent growth, between ages 10 and 12, girls need about 200 more calories a day. Boys will begin needing about 500 more calories a day after age 12.

2.Adults take 3 meals a day, is it same for children? How many meals are recommended for kids?

Yes, It is important that children eat three meals a day and not skip breakfast. Studies have shown that children and teens that skip breakfast have more trouble concentrating, do not perform as well in school, and often have later problems with heart disease. Obesity is common in children who skip breakfast.

3.Should we give a multivitamin supplement to children? Is it necessary?
Multivitamins aren’t necessary for most healthy children who are growing normally.

Foods are the best source of nutrients. Regular meals and snacks can provide all the nutrients most children need. Furthermore, multivitamins aren’t without some risks. Megadoses of vitamins and minerals can be toxic. A multivitamin might be helpful for your child if he or she:

• Has a delay in physical and developmental growth (failure to thrive)

• Has certain chronic diseases or food allergies

• Has a restrictive diet, such as a strict vegan diet

4.How many grams of protein per day should we try to give to a toddler?

The recommended intake of protein for babies is about 11 grams per day between 7-months and a year old. For toddlers, the amount increases to 13 grams. By the time kids hit school protein intake should be around 19 grams per day.

5.What food can be given to babies above 6 months to supplement vitamin D and iron syrup.

 The recommended daily requirements for iron vary by age.

• age 0–6 months: 0.27 milligrams (mg) per day

• age 6–12 months: 11 mg per day

• ages 1–3 years: 7 mg per day

• ages 4–8 years: 10 mg per day

Food list include lean meats(organ meats, liver, Dark chicken and turkey meat ), Fortified cereals and oatmeal, beans (Soybeans, lima beans, kidney beans, lentils and chickpea), spinach, raisin and pumpkin seeds.,

Vitamin D rich foods can mean healthier babies and healthier kids can be milk, yoghurt, salmon, egg, fortified cereals.

6.Milk, is it necessary? How much milk should kids age between 7 to 10 drink? And what kind? (whole milk/ fat rich/skimmed/2%)

Yes, dairy is important. Milk gives kids calcium and other nutrients they need.

The goal for kids 2-8 years old drink 2 cups of milk each day & 9-18 years old drink 3 cups of milk each day

Focus on nonfat or low-fat milk, which is currently recommended for all children age 2 and older. As well as those dairy products that are high in calcium.

Child nutrition

7.What are the disadvantages of giving cow’s milk before the baby turns one year.

Cow’s milk should not be introduced before 1 year of age. As they cannot digest cow milk as they can breast milk and formula. Cow milk also has a high concentration of protein and minerals that can strain an infant’s kidneys. The baby’s stomach and kidneys become stronger after the age of 12 months, which makes it an ideal time to introduce cow’s milk.

8.Is peanut butter good for kids?

Peanut butter is a kid-friendly, nutritious food if eaten in moderation. Peanut butter is a good source of protein, B vitamins, iron, folic acid and fiber. It is high in monounsaturated fats, which are good for the heart. Two tablespoons of peanut butter contain 28 per cent of the RDA of protein for children under the age of 10.

9.How to ensure enough nutrients if you are vegetarian?

To get the most out of a vegetarian diet, choose a variety of healthy plant-based foods, such as whole fruits and vegetables, legumes and nuts, and whole grains.

At the same time, cut back on less healthy choices, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juices and refined grains.

10.For children who do not eat eggs & chicken, what else can be given to him to meet their protein needs?

You can incorporate vegetarian sources of protein like Paneer, Buttermilk, tofu, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, beans, quinoa, yoghurt and soy-based meat substitutes. These foods have similar nutrients and will help your child meet their nutritional needs. You could also give him a complete protein mix i.e, the combination of dal & rice.

11.How to make kids dislike junk foods.

1. Start young. The very first step is to teach about healthy and junk food right from childhood.

2. Provide him with healthy and filling snacks

3. Do positive marketing yourself!

4. Be a good role model for your child

5. Follow a set routine for mealtimes, Create a comforting family environment

6. Don’t use junk food as a reward or a bribe!

7. Make sure your child stays well-hydrated.

8. Filter out sugar from his snacks.

9. Take your child shopping with you and buy only healthy foods.

Kids nutrition

12.Should we feed fatty food (ghee, butter, fried foods, and so on) to gain weight. Is it healthy or it doesn’t matter for kids.

No, for weight gain we need nutrient-rich foods. Good sources for weight gain include eggs, peanut butter and other nut kinds of butter, bean soups, hummus and reduced-fat or full-fat milk, yoghurt and cheese. Whole-wheat bread and pasta; mashed, baked or oven-roasted potatoes; sweet potatoes; corn; and cereal are excellent carbohydrate choices. Nuts, seeds, ghee and dairy are healthy fat sources to help your child gain weight.

13.How much chocolates/sweets/sugar is ok for my child as a snack?

Food and drinks that are high in added sugars have extra calories and may have few nutrients. Too many sugary foods and sweet drinks can make children feel full and leaves less room for healthy foods. Too much sugar can also lead to cavities if children do not brush their teeth regularly.

Children aged 4 to 6 should have no more than 19g of free sugars a day (5 sugar cubes).

Children aged 7 to 10 should have no more than 24g of free sugars a day (6 sugar cubes).

14.Is it advisable to avoid ice-cream during winter and cold evenings? Or it doesn’t matter?

Ice creams are not the best foods to be given to a child. All frozen and cold desserts should be kept at bay during winters. Cold and cough are caused essentially by the virus. You would be surprised to know that it isn’t just the temperature of the food that is the culprit here. It is the excessive sugar present in the ice cream. When the virus has made home in your system, they feed on this sugar and become more activated.

15.Should we avoid dairy products when the kid is having stuffy nose and congestion.

The dairy products are known to generate phlegm. Increased phlegm thickens the mucus, and so it takes longer for the thicker mucus to get out of your system consequently causing acute congestion. Hence blocking the child’s nasal passage during cold and flu.

16.What kind of food is most suitable when a child is sick?

Foods that are easy to digest and have a better likelihood of staying down than other foods when a child is sick.

BRAT diet: Bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast

CRAM diet: cereal, rice, applesauce, and milk

Others can be Chicken Soup, Broths, Coconut Water, Hot Tea, Honey Ginger tea and Spicy Foods.

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Happy Healthy Diwali: Never forget your Health on Diwali

From the card parties which flag off the season, to the endless array of snacks and sweets we eat, Diwali is the time when we tend to lose track of our eating, drinking, and fitness habits.
Any advice on avoiding sweets altogether would be like throwing a wet blanket on the festive spirit.

The point is to enjoy the festival while keeping in mind to eat sensibly and avoid going overboard on food. That way you won’t end up feeling guilty by the end of the festive season.

So here we have it, the following health tips – these are the bare minimum you need to stay fit, happy and healthy enough to party during and after Diwali.

Practising Mithai Safety

More than avoiding binging on the mithai, the increase in food adulteration around Diwali is what will hurt your health more. There is reportedly an increase in misbranded, substandard and unsafe sweets during Diwali. To keep yourself safe, remember to check the manufacturing and expiry dates, along with the license number of packed food products, and always get a bill against your purchase.

Chocolate barfi

Try out our homemade chocolate peanut butter barfi, tasty and healthy treat for this festive treat.

Snacking and Weight Gain

A sudden shock to both normal meals and regular sleep patterns comes from late-night parties binge-eating, tanking up on alcohol and lack of exercise. Instead, undertake a mindset towards practising moderation, especially towards fried food, alcohol. Replace oily snacks with a combination of fresh fruits, curd dips, raw salads, roasted food items and nuts like almonds and pistachios. And, drinking and eating out needs to be balanced with a post-Diwali detox.

Healthy snack

Here are some simple go-to healthy snacks fixes for you on this Diwali.

Choose healthy Sugar alternatives

Substitute the unhealthy ingredients with a healthy one. Make ghee your best friend instead of oil or unsaturated fats. Swap refined powdered sugar with natural plant-based sugar, stevia. Add lots of nuts like raisins, almonds, walnuts, dry apricots etc. You can also include healthy superfoods like Chia seeds, Flexi seeds, sesame and sunflower. Laddoos made from such ingredients are in vogue, here is my fav. Chickpea flour healthy vegan ladoo recipe.

Ladoo

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Stay hydrated throughout the day

The more diluted blood will have a lesser concentration of sugar level. So you need to keep your blood sugar level control. To keep yourself hydrated throughout the day, drink as much as the liquid you can. Consume low-calorie smoothies, juices, coconut water and drinking water more frequently.

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Sipping on Herbal Tea: Perfect drink for tea lovers

Tea is a widely loved beverage. Statistically, out of ten, eight people are tea lovers. And this is a fact that doesn’t require much reinforcement. This Diwali season, step back from the regular sugar-coated drinks and try a cup of herbal tea instead. You could opt for an exotic blend from Darjeeling or Assam, or maybe a flavourful mélange of herbs and fruits like chamomile or Kashmiri kahwa. This not only leaves a lasting impression on your kin but also motivates them to continue on their path towards a healthy life.

Herbal tea

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These all amazing tips of being healthy in this Diwali will make your festival more joyful, more colourful, as well as more healthful.
Make this Diwali special for yourself, family and friends.
Have a Healthy Diwali!

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By Priyanshi Bhatnagar

Hangover Dealers: 9 Natural Hangover Remedies (Backed by Science)

Hangovers seem to be the body’s way of reminding us about the hazards of overindulgence.

The hangover seems unending. The feeling of nausea, vomiting and headache is making your life worse. But some simple home remedies can lessen the pain of the previous night’s heavy drinking.

Diwali, Christmas and New Year are just around the corner and the party mood has set in! It’s that time of the year when even those who usually don’t indulge in heavy drinking tend to go overboard. And the repercussions of the overindulgence can be anything from a pounding headache, queasiness, dizziness, sensitivity to light and sound, muscle ache or irritability.

Well, do not fret, as we bring you some effective home remedies, from experts to overcome hangover and save you from turning your night’s fun into next morning’s nightmare!

Hangover Dealers

1.Apples and Bananas

Eating raw fruits or having a fresh and crunchy fruit salad is an effective way of treating hangovers. Apples and bananas in particular work as effective hangover cures.

Apple juice

How to do: In case of a headache, having an apple on an empty stomach lends fast relief. A banana shake with a tablespoon of honey is a good option. It not only relaxes your stomach and nerves but the honey present in the fruit shake resumes the lost blood-sugar, while the banana helps in regaining essential minerals like potassium, which the body loses due to alcohol.

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2.Honey

Honey is one of the simplest and easily available home remedies. It has potent powers to neutralise the harmful effects of alcohol, thanks to the presence of fructose, which competes with the metabolism of alcohol. Honey also helps in the digestion of alcohol inside a person’s body.

Honey

How to do: Taking 3-4 teaspoons of honey after one hour helps in digesting alcohol. However, the quantity of honey may be increased if the hangover is acute and severe. You can also prepare a classic ‘hot-toddy’ with honey. Just boil one cup of water, add honey and lemon juice to taste and it’s ready! This hot toddy works well to treat a hangover. At the same time, it is easy to make and tasty. You can enjoy the toddy several times in a day as it replenishes fluids and sugar lost in a hangover.

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3.Ginger

Ginger is a tried and tested treatment for nausea and seasickness. And that’s why it is considered as one of the best home remedies for a hangover. Ginger gives fast relief by assisting in the digestion of alcohol, thus soothing the stomach.

Ginger

How to do: Chewing 2-3 small pieces of ginger or taking a cup of ginger tea lends fast relief. Besides, you can prepare a brew by boiling 10 to 12 slices of fresh ginger root in 4 cups of water for ten minutes. Now, add the juice of one orange, 1/2 lemon and 1/2 cup of honey to it. This concoction helps stabilise blood sugar, which is usually low after alcohol consumption.

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4.Peppermint

Peppermint is a very helpful herb. Consume with your tea or chew it as this relaxes the intestines. Peppermint is a carminative, which is a substance that removes accumulated gas from the stomach and intestines.

How to do: Patients suffering from a hangover should be given 3-5 leaves of peppermint. You can also use it as a tea by pouring one cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of the dried herb or 5-10 leaves of peppermint. One or two cups of this preparation will do the trick.

5.Lemon & Lime

Lemon juice or lemon tea is a popular home remedy for hangovers. It helps to assimilate alcohol and provides instant relief. The best trait of lemon is that it makes a gentle medicine that can be taken on a possible upset stomach. On the other hand, Lime is the answer to queasiness, dizziness, sensitivity to light and sound and all kinds of muscle aches caused due to excessive alcohol intake. It offers vitamin C which stabilises your blood sugar levels.

How to do: Prepare lemon-tea, but do not add sugar to it. Lemon -rich tea detoxifies the stomach of unwanted materials. On the other hand, fresh lemon juice prepared in cold water with little sugar also gives fast relief. This drink controls the sugar level in the blood after an excess intake of alcohol.

Another way can be, prepare a mixture of two teaspoons of lime water, a teaspoon of sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Drink it slowly and it will stabilise the blood sugar.

6.Tomato

Tomato juice contains fructose, a type of sugar that helps your body metabolise alcohol faster. This is why dehydration caused due to a hangover can be compensated by taking freshly prepared tomato juice or soup.

How to do: The sour taste of tomato has a great effect in curing a hangover. You can prepare tomato juice and add fresh lemon juice to it for fast relief.

7.Cabbage

The ancient Greeks and Romans placed great importance on the healing powers of cabbage. They would eat large quantities of cabbage at night before drinking, as this would allow them to drink more alcoholic beverages without feeling the side effects. Perhaps this is why many consider cabbage with vinegar a good hangover remedy.

How to do: Chewing raw cabbage helps treat headaches and disturbance in the nerves caused due to a hangover. Cabbage juice taken with tomato juice works wonders as it reduces the craving for alcohol and also helps in metabolism.

8. Sleep, sleep, sleep!

Getting a lot of sleep is the body’s way to treat a hangover. So staying sleep-deficient is not advisable.  The following tips can help you with your hangover but the mother of all advice is to stay away from alcohol or consume it responsibly.

Sleep

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9.Coconut water

A powerhouse of all essential electrolytes, Coconut-water is refreshingly good.

Alcohol intake makes you lose essential electrolytes by way of urination, thus depleting your energy, and giving way to hangovers. That’s exactly when coconut water comes into the scene as it contains five major electrolytes found in our body viz. potassium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorous, and calcium, and is great for re-hydration.

Also, unlike most energy/sports drinks, it is considerably low in sugar and one cup of this refreshing liquid contains more electrolytes than most sports drinks—and more potassium than a banana.

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10.Herbal Tea

Herbal teas are packed with antioxidants, which keep your body’s cells—and therefore organs—healthy. This means a healthier liver, which will help you recover faster. If you’re feeling nauseous, add rosemary or lavender to your tea—they’ll calm your stomach fast.

Herbal tea

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BONUS: Do’s and Don’ts of Drinking Alcohol

1.Make sure you never take alcohol on an empty stomach. Always eat something before or while you are enjoying your drinks as this will not only slow down the rate at which alcohol enters your blood, but will also reduce the after-effects.

2.Try to alternate between an alcoholic drink and a non-alcoholic beverage. This will lead to an overall reduction in the quantity of alcohol you consume.

3.Prefer clear alcohol, such as white wine, vodka, gin etc. It is believed that the darker the alcoholic drink, the more likely it is to cause hangovers, thanks to the presence of more congeners (a substance in alcohol that is supposed to cause headaches).

4.Avoid sweet and sugary foods after or while you drink. The sweet taste makes it tough for the drinker to judge how much alcohol he/she is consuming. It also believed that sugar makes the drink hit you harder.

5.Try not to have a carbonated drink with alcohol as carbonation speeds up the alcohol absorption.

6.Drinking water is the best cure for a hangover. So try to drink as much water as you can while you are drinking.

7.Food is probably the last thing you want to look at while recovering, but your body needs energy. Energise your body with clear liquids till you can tolerate solid food. Start eating slowly with easy-to-digest foods such as plain toast, rice or clear soup.

8.The morning after the alcoholic binge, have an omelette with bread. Eggs provide energy to the body, build up the protein content and remove the accumulated toxins in the body.

9.Juice, especially freshly squeezed orange juice, helps to raise your blood sugar levels together with easing some of the hangover symptoms. However, if your stomach is upset, skip acidic juices such as orange juice and stick to apple juice instead.

10.Pepto-Bismol or an antacid is taken to relieve queasiness and settle your stomach. You can even take a multi-vitamin or vitamin B capsules that help to restore the energy lost during your night of carousing.

Also read : 11 Weird Things That Happen to Your Body When You Don’t Drink Enough Water

By Priyanshi Bhatnagar

Childhood Nutrition : The Importance of Infant and Young child Feeding

Getting children to eat healthy foods can sometimes feel like fighting an uphill battle. The leafier and greener the food, the greater the struggle.

Parents play a key role in promoting healthy eating. Right from the start, choosing to breastfeed gives babies a nutritional boost and may help them learn to better regulate their food intake. 

Do you know?

A child born today can expect to live 26 years longer than a child born in 1900, but a person who has already reached 45 today can expect to live only four or five years longer than a person born in 1900.

Nutrition for kids is based on the same principles as nutrition for adults. Everyone needs the same types of nutrients — such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fat. Children, however, need different amounts of specific nutrients at different ages.

Why is Childhood Nutrition Important?

Nutrition is important at every age. Your children need proper nutrients to stay healthy and strong and grow up healthy and strong.

Nutrition for children can also help establish a foundation for healthy eating habits and nutritional knowledge that your child can apply throughout life.

Childhood nutrition involves making sure that children eat healthy foods to help them grow and develop normally, as well as to prevent obesity and future disease.

It is important that children eat three meals a day and not skip breakfast. Studies have shown that children and teens that skip breakfast have more trouble concentrating, do not perform as well in school, and often have later problems with heart disease. Obesity is common in children who skip breakfast.

Child nutrition

What nutrients do children need?

The guidelines include selections from different food groups to provide the vitamins and minerals young bodies need for natural growth and activity. However, in this age of what has been called “advanced medicine,” there are those who seek to understand why so many among us, especially children, suffer from so much serious illness.

Each culture over centuries has developed its traditional diet.

To help guide parents and others in making good nutritional choices to keep BMI in line with normal growth and just to keep children healthy, the American Medical Association (AMA) suggests the following food choices for children, based on the USDA guidelines. Here are 5 healthy food group categories, emphasizing the nutritional intake of the following:

Grains. Foods that are made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain are grain products. Examples include whole-wheat, brown rice, and oatmeal. Aim for mostly whole-grains.

Vegetables. Vary your vegetables. Choose a variety of colourful vegetables, including dark green, red, and orange vegetables and starchy vegetables.

Fruits. Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as part of the fruit group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut up, or pureed.

Dairy. Milk products and many foods made from milk are considered part of this food group. Focus on fat-free or low-fat products, as well as those that are high in calcium.

Protein. Go lean on protein. Choose low-fat or lean meats and poultry. Vary your protein routine. Choose more fish, nuts, seeds, legumes (peas and beans).

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Children two to five years of age

The AMA and USDA recommend food guidelines for young children similar to those for older children and adults, but with smaller portions. When looking at a range of portion sizes, parents and those who care for young children should choose the smaller portion sizes for children age two or three, and go with a slightly larger portion for children who are age four or five.

Daily recommendations include:

• four to five servings of grains

• two or more servings of vegetables

• two or more servings of fruit

• three to four servings of dairy products

• two or three servings of protein

After age two, a child needs less fat than an infant—about 30% of daily calories.

After age three, the fibre becomes more important in a child’s diet and can impact future heart health.

At age four to eight, Calcium requirements steadily increase from 500 mg a day at age three to 800 mg a day at.

For calcium to be absorbed by the body, it must also have sufficient amounts of vitamins C, D and A. In addition to food sources, an hour of sunshine each day can also provide a child with his/her daily vitamin D requirement.

Kids nutrition

Children six to twelve years of age

By the time children reach age five or six, they begin to tell parents what foods they like. Parents and those who care for the children can help select foods from each recommended group that a child will enjoy. Calorie requirements and portion sizes increase as children get older: between ages six and ten, boys and girls need between 1,600 and 2,400 calories each day.

Because of puberty and adolescent growth, between ages 10 and 12, girls need about 200 more calories a day. Boys will begin needing about 500 more calories a day after age 12.

The following servings per day are recommended for children ages six to twelve:

• six to 11 servings of grains

• three to five servings of vegetables

• two to four servings of fruit

• three or four servings of dairy products

• two or three servings of protein

Beginning at age nine, calcium requirements continue to rise, from 800 mg a day at ages four to eight to 1,300 mg each day.

Foods Young Children Should Avoid

Infants and young children tend to have weaker immune systems than adults, which makes food poisoning very dangerous for this age group. By making use of safe food handling and preparation guidelines, you can help reduce the risk of spreading food poisoning.

Avoid:

• All unpasteurized foods and beverages, including raw milk and unpasteurized juice and ciders

• Raw or partially cooked eggs or foods containing raw eggs

• Raw or undercooked meat and poultry

• Raw and undercooked fish or shellfish

• Raw sprouts

• Honey, until after the baby’s first birthday because it can harbour spores of toxic bacterium that can cause botulism, a severe foodborne illness caused by a bacterium which occurs in soil.

10 Tips For Child Nutrition

Kids nutrition

1. Teach the importance of good nutrition, and help your children establish healthy eating habits. The more your child understands about nutrition, the more excited he will be about eating healthy.

2. Choose fresh foods over highly processed foods.

3. How you cook and prepare foods can affect the nutritional value. For example, try grilling, steaming, baking, or broiling vegetables instead of frying or boiling them.

4. Drink water or low-fat milk instead of sugary, sweetened drinks.

5. Different foods provide different nutrients, so make sure your child gets a good variety of fruits and vegetables.

6. Encourage children to take their time while eating and to chew well.

7. Make meal and snack periods a time for sitting down – don’t allow children to lay or run and play while eating and drinking.

8. Oils are not a food group, yet some, like nut oils, have vital nutrients and can be included in the diet. Animal fats are solid fats and should be avoided.

9. Exercise and everyday physical activity should also be included with a healthy dietary plan.

10. Find nutritious foods that children enjoy, For example, try fruit for dessert.

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By Priyanshi Bhatnagar

The Health Benefits of Drinking Premium Teas: Tea For Every Mood !

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There’s nothing that a nice cup of tea can’t fix. From providing a boost of energy in the morning to relaxing our nerves at night – a hot cup of tea that is brewed to perfection offers oodles of benefits.

And with the addition of some medicinal herbs and spices in the right proportions, tea becomes an antidote to many health ailments and does wonders for boosting our immunity.

Several health experts often recommend tea (including the herbal variants) for enhancing the body’s defence mechanism against various infections and diseases.

Certain people are absolute tea lovers and cannot start their day without it.

However, premium teas offer more than just good taste. They contribute massively to improving one’s well-being and overall health. The presence of certain important herbs and natural ingredients in these tea variants makes it a soothing and therapeutic drink.

Herbal tea

The various health benefits of herbal tea were discovered thousands of years ago by the Egyptians and the Chinese. Herbal teas are an infusion of spices and flowers, roots, leaves and barks of a mixture of plants. Each plant has its benefits and when many of them are blended, herbal teas become health in a cup. Apart from its savoury taste, drinking premium tea is good for improving the overall health of the body.

Some of its Major Advantages are:

1) Improves Functioning of the Brain

Presence of the chemical L-Theanine in premium teas proves immensely beneficial for brain health. It improves the functionality of the brain and helps eliminate stress and anxiety, thus allowing one to relax. Besides, they enhance attention span, memory, judgment and evaluation powers, reasoning, comprehension, problem-solving and decision-making.

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2) Improves Heart Health

There is strong evidence to suggest that the antioxidants in tea work enhance heart health. Flavonoids, present in both black and green tea, prevent oxidation of LDL (known as ‘bad’ cholesterol), cause a reduction in blood clotting and help improve widening of blood vessels of the heart. Studies that examined the relationship between black tea intake and heart health reported declining incidences of heart attack, low cholesterol levels and markedly lower blood pressure.

3) Boosts Immunity

Herbal teas are also known for stimulating the immune system with antioxidants and vitamins. They help helps prevent infections and lower the risk of chronic disease. The natural, bioactive compounds found in premium teas like green tea and black tea are the main key. For centuries together, Ayurveda practitioners have been consuming Tulsi tea to strengthen the immune system against illnesses and injuries, thanks to its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.

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4) Improves Digestion

Tea also boosts digestive processes in the body. Many ingredients in herbal teas are known for their ability to improve digestion and cure stomach issues. Blends containing ginger and spearmint are known to improve gut health.

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Many people tend to have tea after their meal for better digestion. Herbal teas, specifical chamomile, can be good for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome as it is an antispasmodic. While ginger teas can help calm nausea in many cases.

5) Helps in Weight Loss

Tea can significantly aid in weight loss as well. Evidence that supports this thesis is derived from studies conducted using tea extracts such as ECGC and other flavonols, catechins, polyphenols and caffeine. Consuming tea catechins for long can prove beneficial against obesity and type 2 diabetes as well as decrease the risk of coronary disease.

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6) Helps Prevent Loss of Teeth

Studies have suggested that at least one cup of green tea daily could significantly lessen the odds of tooth loss. Other studies have reported that tea can also lower the pH balance of the tooth surface, suppressing the development of harmful bacteria that causes tooth decay. The fluoride content in tea works to help keep teeth healthy. The fluoride levels in green, black, and oolong teas are usually comparable to the ones recommended for preventing cavities. 

7) Help Fight Skin Problems


Herbal tea is known to help fight problems like acne and eczema. It can be consumed or even be applied topically on the affected areas. The teabags can themselves be applied on the face after soaking it in water for some time. Alternatively, you can dip a towel in the brewed tea and apply the towel on to your face for about 15 – 20 minutes. Blends containing cinnamon, ginger or turmeric are all well known for their antibacterial properties. While chamomile and hibiscus are known for their soothing effects on the skin.

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8)Acts As A Stress Buster & Antidepressant

The key ingredient in herbal tea that leads to a state of physical and mental relaxation is a chemical known as L-theanine which helps in reducing stress, improves the quality the sleep.

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Herbal teas act as mild antidepressants. They stimulate the chemicals in the brain to reduce depression. Rose petals, as part of the blend, are known to elevate mood and help fight insomnia.

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Herbal tea

1.Whiskey Tea

A kind of its own, this non-Alcoholic Whiskey tea is stress relieving and soothing, just what your boss might need working through the hours of stress.

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2.Kashmiri Kahwa

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3.Magical Chamomile

One of the best tea for women, Magical Chamomile tea is a bedtime tea best taken during evening or night time before going to sleep.

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4.Hoji Cha

Inspired by a century-old Japanese tradition this tea is the only charcoal roasted Green tea in the world.

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5.Full Petal Hibiscus Flower

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6.3 Paan Sheesha Tea

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Summing It Up

From green tea to black tea, from chamomile tea to oolong tea, all kinds of teas are full of flavonoids and many healthy goodies. For a powerful punch, one should steep their tea and be careful about how sweetened it is to avoid excess sugars.

Herbal teas are a healthy option for a beverage as compared to tea or coffee, as it does not contain any caffeine and has natural healing and beneficial properties.

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