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 !

In this article, I have shared my top picks of Tea blends specially created under the guidance of health professionals and can be vouched for quality. My readers get a special discount of 5% by using the coupon code “detoxpri.

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.

Why do we need to sleep

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.

I believe that tea drinking is not only a personalised experience but ono teas should reflect the needs of your physical and mental being. 

We have tied up with Ono Teas, a boutique shop of over 120 handcrafted herbal Health and Wellness Teas carefully crafted to prevent Lifestyle Disorders. Their teas are specially crafter under the guidance of nutritionists and dietitians to effectively curb the ill effects of modern lifestyle. While keeping the therapeutic value in mind, their master blenders also a ensure mesmerising aroma and taste in every tea they craft. Below is a list of some other their well-known teas.

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

Make this detox desi kahwa green tea your go-to herbal green tea for complete body detox and energy boost.

IMPROVES DIGESTION  ||  REDUCES STRESS  ||  NATURAL COLD REMEDY  ||  HIGH ON ANTIOXIDANTS ||  WEIGHT LOSS

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.

PROMOTES SLEEP  ||  BOOSTS IMMUNITY  ||  RELIEVES STRESS  ||  REDUCES ANXIETY ||  SOOTH STOMACH ACHE

4.Hoji Cha

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

HIGH ANTIOXIDANTS  ||  LOWERS THE RISK OF HEART DISEASES  ||  DECREASES BLOOD PRESSURE  ||  LOWERS CHOLESTEROL

5.Full Petal Hibiscus Flower

Drink with style the ‘All Red’ handpicked Hibiscus petals processed in small batches for a great citrus treat, rich in Vitamin C, contains minerals such as flavonoids and has laxative properties.

DECREASES BLOOD PRESSURE  ||  LOWERS CHOLESTEROL  ||  LOWERS RISK OF HEART DISEASES || DECREASES BLOOD SUGAR 

6.3 Paan Sheesha Tea

The ever-popular after-food mouth freshener now in the form of a tea. No need to run down to the local paan shop anymore, just brew a cup to enjoy the goodness.

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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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Why you should start taking Zinc today – how taking a Zinc Supplement helps your body

Any benefits of oral zinc supplements or increased dietary intake will depend on the zinc status of the individual.

What is zinc?

  • Zinc is an essential dietary mineral that has numerous roles in the body, most notably as a catalytic and structural element in hundreds of metalloproteins.
  • It plays a role in antioxidant enzymes, brain function, and the immune system, among many other biological roles.
  • Zinc is most commonly taken to reduce the frequency of illness and to support optimal levels of testosterone.

Why do we need zinc?

Zinc lozenges, in high doses, seem to reduce the duration of common colds, though it’s unclear if they reduce the risk of getting colds in the first place or the severity of symptoms. Their effects are largely limited to the throat and nasal symptoms, and high doses tend to come with some mild but notable side-effects like nausea and a metallic taste in the mouth.

Other areas of note are depression and acne, which can frequently benefit from increased zinc intake if levels are low.

Zinc is lost through sweat, making supplementation very important for athletes that don’t get a lot of zinc through food. Insulin resistance can also decrease zinc levels.

Zinc

Read this zinc guide for all you need to know about the various health benefits of zinc. We’ve also included our top and trusted zinc supplement, like this Fast&up zinc immunity essential supplement from FAST&UP, with a customised DISCOUNT CODE.

Health Benefits of Zinc :

1)Zinc fights inflammation

Inflammation is a natural response by the body to fighting infection, but when it persists it can lead to chronic conditions such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, depression and Alzheimer’s Disease.

The good news is zinc has anti-inflammatory activity. The human body requires zinc to activate T lymphocytes (T cells). The T cells help the body to control and regulate immune responses and to attack affected cells. If you are prone to Zinc deficiency it can severely hamper your immune system functions.

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2) Zinc helps in treating Acne

Acne is caused by obstruction of oil-producing glands, inflammation and bacteria. However, zinc is known for its ability to treat acne by reducing inflammation and suppressing oily gland activity.

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3) Zinc impacts learning and memory process

Zinc plays a dominant role in neurological health and brain cell regeneration, which may help explain why a zinc deficiency is linked to Alzheimer’s Disease. Hence improving a person’s learning and memorising process.

“If you’re older and you’re trying to keep your memory and keep your brain healthy, you want to be able to develop new and healthy brain cells”. 

4) Zinc can reduce the length and severity of common colds

Zinc is very helpful for cold. It helps to reduce the duration of a cold if a person is suffering. And also helps in reducing the severity and duration of the cold.

If you take zinc soon after the onset of cold symptoms, you can significantly reduce the duration and the severity of the symptoms. In 2015, an Australian trial also found that high-dose zinc lozenges (80mg a day) cut the duration of nasal discharge by 34%, nasal congestion by 37%, scratchy throat by 33%, and cough by 46%.

Also, check out the 9 Trusted Foods To Eat That Fight the Common Cold

5) Zinc in wound healing

Zinc plays a vital role in maintaining skin structure and integrity. People who undergo chronic wounds and ulcers are often observed to have low zinc level in the body. While a zinc deficiency can slow wound healing, supplementing with zinc can help in accelerating recovery in people with wounds.

6) Zinc prevents age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

A major eyesight issue in the later stage of the human being is often believed to be caused by oxidative stress. According to some studies, zinc supplementation can slow the progression of the disease, possibly by preventing oxidative damage to the retina.

Zinc may help prevent vision loss that is associated with the eye disease AMD as well as slow down the progression of existing AMD.

7) Hair Loss

According to reports, zinc is a highly helpful nutrient to prevent hair loss. Zinc’s antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects on the scalp are potentially involved to increase the hair density

8)Zinc is good for fertility

Zinc has long been associated with a positive impact on male fertility. One study of 200 men published in the journal Fertility and Sterility in 2002 confirmed that normal sperm count increased after taking combined zinc sulfate and folic acid, in both fertile and sub-fertile men.

What are zinc’s side effects and drawbacks?

• Large doses of zinc can produce nausea and other forms of gastrointestinal upset, particularly when taken on an empty stomach.

• Large doses of zinc can also cause a copper deficiency and lead to overdose.

• Many supplements use far more than the RDA, and a combination of supplements, fortified foods, and high zinc foods may lead to exceeding the tolerable upper intake level for adults, which is 40 mg per day.

• High dose zinc lozenges can lead to nausea and a metallic taste in the mouth, and should only be taken for a short time, if at all.

What problems does a zinc deficiency cause?

• Zinc deficiency in childhood can impair growth.

• In adults, zinc deficiency can result in hypogonadism in men, as well as mental lethargy, depression and skin abnormalities.

• Low levels of zinc due to diabetes can further worsen insulin resistance.

• It is estimated that inadequate zinc global insufficiency rates are over 50%.

Zinc supplements: what to know

There are numerous types of zinc supplements, including zinc gluconate, picolinate, acetate, and citrate, and various forms, such as lozenges, capsules, and drops.

Finding a healthy zinc balance  

Supplementing with the forms that are better absorbed could help improve zinc status, especially in those with increased risk of insufficiency.

Zinc supplement

What is FAST&UP ZINC?

Formulated with 12 mg Elemental Zinc sulphate and 20 mg Standardized Tulsi Extract, Fast&Up Zinc supplement helps strengthen and safeguard daily immunity by providing a strong defence against the harmful pathogens around us.

Why Do We Need To Take ZINC IMMUNITY ESSENTIAL?

Our body cannot make zinc on its own and needs to be obtained from diet or supplements. With 12 mg elemental Zinc, Fast&Up Zinc supplement helps fulfil 100% of daily requirements and RDA of Zinc for both men and women. 

HOW IS TULSI IMPORTANT FOR IMMUNITY?

Tulsi has also been traditionally known to boost defences against infective threats by enhancing immune responses. Modern research has revealed that Tulsi has an anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal activity that includes activity against many pathogens responsible for human infections. Zinc with added Standardized Tulsi Extract helps strengthen the immune system. 

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6 Excellent Plant Protein Foods With All The Essential Amino Acids

Protein is used to be the obsession of body-builders and gym fanatics alone, but now lots of us are keen to ensure we are eating enough. 

Why do we need protein? 

Forget the protein shakes, powders and supplements, let’s get back to basics. Protein is made up of smaller units called amino acids and is essential for repairing damaged cells and building new ones. It’s essential in the building of tissues, muscles and bones, so it’s important to make sure your body has what it needs. Some can be produced by the body but some need to be consumed. That’s easy enough, except that there are a variety of amino acids that the body needs.

It can be tricky to get your daily quota as a vegetarian if you’re not sure what your best veggie sources of protein-rich foods are. Discover our best protein-rich recipes bursting with fresh veggie flavours that are key to a healthy diet. 

How much protein do we need a day?

On average, guidelines suggest men should aim to eat around 55g of protein a day and women should aim for around 45g of protein daily.

The current daily value (%DV) for protein is set at 50 grams per ,day and is meant as a general target for most people. People should eat 0.36g of protein per pound of body weight, and more if they are active.

The good news is there are many tasty ways to enjoy Plant-based sources of protein.

1.Soy

Soy is a complete protein that has blood-pressure-lowering and LDL-cholesterol oxidising benefits. You can get your soy servings of the day through tofu, edamame, soy milk or atta. Edamame beans are a superb, healthy snack when lightly steamed and tossed with salt. And soya atta can easily be popped into your regular chapati atta.

Soy

I love tofu myself, but for those with an aversion to its taste, try cooking it as a bhurji, with lots of aromatic herbs.

Protein %DV per cup: Medium soft tofu 40%, Soft tofu 36%, tempeh (fermented tofu) 67%.

Also read: The Good & The Bad Soy

2.Lentils and Pulses

We in India, are no strangers to lentils, considering the wealth of dals we consume. Lentils are available dried and vary in colour and size. There are many types of lentils ranging from brown, green, red, yellow and black and they all have different textures and tastes. Coming a close second is pulses which include beans, chickpeas etc. They are an excellent source of fiber and are low in fat. Each bean has its health-boosting elements.

Lentils

Protein %DV per cup: White Beans (35%), Split Peas (33%), Pinto (31%), Kidney Beans (31%), Black Beans (30%), Navy Beans (30%), Chickpeas (Garbanzo) (29%), and Lima beans (29%).

Here are interesting ways to use chickpeas

3.Nuts

Nuts get a bad rep because they are considered relatively fatty, but they are a powerhouse of unsaturated fat (the good kind) and protein. This means that they fill you up faster and for longer, leading you down the road to low BMI, higher life expectancy and even help to stabilise blood sugar. Cashews, almonds, pistachios and peanuts harbour higher amounts of proteins than other nuts like hazelnuts. Blend them into nut butter and spread on bread, or toss them into your bowl of porridge or muesli.

Porridge

Protein %DV per cup : Peanuts (14%), Almonds (12%), Pistachios (12%), Sunflower Seeds (11%), Flax Seeds (10%) and Cashews (9%).

Check out our irresistible healthy nut butter deserts

4.Ancient Grains

Grains, like oats, wheat, ragi and bajra (millets), are packed with protein. Your breakfast oatmeal and ragi chilla are excellent ways to up the protein in your diet.

The Whole Grains Council says that “at about 13-14%, it easily trumps the protein content of most other grains. Making your chapatis from a blend of attas will substantially raise their nutritional value.  

Grains

Protein %DV per cup: Whole Wheat (18%), Buckwheat (11%), Brown Rice (11%), and Barley (7%).

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5.Green Pea

Pea protein, especially in powder form has become commonplace to add as a vegan and vegetarian source. You will often find it in protein powders. Eaten fresh, frozen, or canned, peas also have additional benefits as the nutrients and fibers are retained in the whole plant. They are easy to add to soups, stews, rice dishes and more!

Pea

Protein %DV per cup: 11%

6.Chia seeds

Chia Seeds are low-calorie foods that are rich in fiber and heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are a complete source of protein. Try adding chia seeds to a smoothie, sprinkling them on top of plant-based yoghurt, or soaking them in water or almond milk to make a pudding.

Protein %DV per cup:9%

Chia seeds

The Right Way to Use Chia Seeds for Weight Loss

I hope that you found this guide to plant protein sources helpful! As you can see, there are a lot of ways to incorporate a variety of plant-based vegan foods into your diet each day. If there is a protein source that you think should be added to the list, or you have a question about, please leave a comment below!

Also Read: Why we shouldn’t all be Vegan – Possible Side Effects of Going Vegan

By Priyanshi Bhatnagar

How To Eat A Banana For Weight Loss ( Best Time To Eat Banana )

If there ever was a multi-use fruit, it’s bananas

Why Should You Consume Banana?

Banana is a rich source of potassium, carbohydrate, vitamins, fibre, minerals, and energy. It is often termed as a rich snack that is consumed by people of all age groups.

Banana is one of the commonly available foods in the market. Although it has a reputation for being a non-diet-friendly fruit, it can serve as a great workout snack. This fruit is the storehouse of essential vitamins, minerals and insoluble resistance starch that help in lowering the glycaemic index, improve the process of digestion, and initiate the fat-burning process. Yes, you heard it right!

Banana

Nutritional Breakdown of a Banana

Macro Nutrition 1 Medium size (120 grams)

Calories:105

Carbs:24 grams

Fibre:3.5 grams

Protein:2 grams

Fat:0.5 grams

Micro Nutrition 1 Medium size (120 grams)

Potassium:09% of the RDI

Vitamin B6:33% of the RDI

Vitamin C:11% of the RDI

Magnesium:08% of the RDI

Copper:10% of the RDI

Manganese:14% of the RDI

Potato:06% of the RDI

*RDI stands for recommended daily intake

How can eating bananas aid weight loss?

The way you consume bananas contributes to weight management. Bananas are loaded with carbohydrates but banana contains the good carbohydrates in the form of resistant starch, the kind that supports both weight loss and weight maintenance.

Banana is packed with fiber that keeps you full for longer and is low in calories. A medium-sized banana can contain up to 3.1 grams of fibre, which can help you feel fuller for a longer amount of time. This feeling of fullness will help you avoid consuming extra calories or binge eating on a whim.

Why you should be Eating More Fibre for a longer life

• Banana has a low glycemic index compared to other fruits

• Keeps the body full and satiated for long

• Gives sustained energy for longer periods

• Improves metabolism

• Aids in fat circulation

• Prevents water retention

Additionally, eating high amounts of fibre will keep your gut healthy and happy, and also lower your cholesterol levels. In fact, unripe bananas – the ones that are still green – contain resistant starch, which has been linked to weight loss and reduced blood sugar levels, as per a Healthline report.

Here is a guide for keeping gut health happy

What are the health benefits of eating a banana?

Banana

• Bananas are an excellent source of potassium that aids electrolyte balance.

• Bananas contain a good amount of tryptophan, which can be converted into relaxing neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin essentially controls your mood and sleep.

• Ripe bananas have a mild laxative property and very useful to aid constipation

• Consumption of bananas reduces the excretion of calcium, thereby ensuring healthy bones.

• Bananas are healthy carbs that can make a person feel active and induce more energy.

• Bananas can fight off depression due to the presence of tryptophan.

What’s the best time of day to eat bananas?

This energy fruit is one of the favourite foods of all age groups. Eating it early in the morning, especially with some other fruit/oatmeal can work wonders for people who are thinking of undertaking weight-loss session. You will understand its benefits once you start consuming it daily.

You can consume it raw or make a variety of dishes and desserts which are mouth-melting. Check out our quick healthy recipes, Banana nice cream is my favourite.

Besides, considering its health benefits, not only the fruit but its peel can also render you with good skin health. For this, you need to rub the inner part of the peel every night and leave it. Upon waking up, you can see a natural glow on your skin along with the elimination of pimples.

Related: The best foods for glowing skin

Which one’s better: green bananas or ripe bananas?

As bananas ripen, their sugar content increases, which in turn raises the score of their glycemic index (GI).

GI index is a measure of how quickly a food causes your blood sugar level to rise.

Green bananas have a low score. Still, even a ripe banana has a low GI score in comparison to other fruits. Green bananas aren’t necessarily better for weight loss than ripe bananas, but what you should have depended on your goals.

Ripe banana

The ripe yellow variety will give you a quick energy boost, perfect for fueling a workout. On the other hand, the high resistant starch content in green bananas will satisfy your hunger for longer—and therefore might make a better option for a less active part of your day.

Can you eat too many bananas?

There is no limit on the number of bananas you can eat unless you have an impaired kidney function which could affect your body’s ability to excrete potassium.

But when it comes to weight loss and health, moderation and variety are key.

Though fruit is a nutritionally dense, low-calorie food that’s unlikely to cause weight gain, you also don’t want to overdo it. It’s advised limiting your fruit intake to two to three servings per day, prioritizing them at breakfast time and as snacks between meals, and going hard on the veggies during lunch and dinner.

Thus, consuming banana daily is a great way to kick-start your fat-burning process and get the desired body shape.

Who can Eat Bananas

• People with diabetes should avoid the fruit, however, banana bark can be consumed

• Depending on when, how and in what quantity you have, banana is useful for weight gain or weight loss

• Banana is a good option pre or post-workout

• A lot of sportsperson use banana as pre, post or even during the games as it gives instant energy, contains sugar and potassium which quickly replenishes water loss

Bottomline

As compared to other fruits, banana contains slightly more calories and carbohydrates. Some ground rules while having bananas are:

• Do not consume do many bananas together or in one day

• The perfect time to have a banana is pre or post-workout as a snack. It helps boosts stamina and also in recovery

• Use bananas to tame bloating.

• Potassium in bananas helps reduce water retention which aids in losing weight

Also read: Foods That Prevent Cravings and Hunger Pangs

By Priyanshi Bhatnagar