CHEATING OUT’ this Diwali

Having cardiac disease, diabetes or trying to lose weight is hard enough. Trying to manage your cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels or weight during the festival season is sometimes harder. My patients often ask if they can have ‘cheat days’ when they can consume, albeit in moderation, one of their favourite foods. Something they can …

October 18, 20170 comments

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month….an annual campaign to raise awareness of the disease and to honour women at every step of their breast cancer journey. The loop of pink ribbon which has become the symbol of breast cancer awareness has now reached its 25th year. Is wearing pink the only way to show support? We can all do our bit to help …

October 13, 20170 comments

Bacopa Monnieri and Gotu Kola (Brahmi)

If you need help with enhancing your memory and cognitive ability, concentrating on the tasks at hand, promoting energy levels during the day and sleep at night, boosting libido, lowering stress and inflammation, improving the health of your hair and nails and most importantly, balancing your hormones as well as your emotional state….. then Herb of …

October 4, 20170 comments

Boron- A vital trace mineral

Functions: – Required for normal growth and good health – Used for muscle building – Helps in the absorption of other minerals like calcium and magnesium – Works with calcium to strengthen the bones – Prevents arthritis – Reduces the severity of inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis – Essential for reproduction and …

September 22, 20170 comments

Hormonal Bliss

In the last 10 years of my 25 year + practice, I have seen a surge in hormonal imbalances, which along with thyroid imbalances and insulin imbalances make up more than fifty percent of my daily case studies. When working with clients with hormonal imbalances the common complaints include heavy/scanty menstrual bleeding, infertility, hot flushes, gr …

August 31, 20170 comments

Aluminum Toxicity

Aluminum, a non essential metal which we are regularly exposed to, is particularly poisonous to the nervous system. The symptoms of aluminum poisoning include disturbed sleep, nervousness, emotional instability, memory loss, headaches, and impaired intellect. It can stop the body’s ability to digest and make use of calcium, phosphorus and fluo …

August 22, 20170 comments

Magnesium – The Master Mineral

Functions: – Plays a role in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in the human body – Required for healthy teeth and bones – Helps to increase muscle strength – Keeps blood pressure under control – Helps to keep the heart healthy – Helps in gastric digestion – Helps in the assimilation of vitamin D from food sources & …

August 18, 20170 comments

Adzuki beans

They are also known as red cow peas or red chori or laal chavli. They are small reddish brown beans edged with white ridges. They are a nutritional powerhouse because they are loaded with protein, fiber, iron, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin A and folate. Most importantly, they have very small amounts of fat…1 gram/cup of dried beans …

August 14, 20170 comments

Cheers? Bottoms up? A toast to good health?

What do whiskey, rum, beer, brandy, gin, vodka, wine, sake, ouzo and koumiss have in common? These beverages all contain ethanol – a form of alcohol. Even though each gram of alcohol provides 7 calories of energy, alcohol is not a food nutrient but a mind-altering drug. Each standard drink (45 ml liquor or 150 ml wine) has 13 to 14 gms of alc …

August 2, 20170 comments

Butter Tea

On a recent trip to Leh Ladakh our search for traditional Ladakhi cuisine led us to Alchi Kitchen near the Alchi Monastery. This was where we first tasted Gur Gur cha or butter tea – a drink no Ladakhi household is without. It has an acquired taste and you will be forgiven if you think of it as a soup rather than a tea…but it has many health …

July 19, 20170 comments

Goji Berries

Grown in the temperate and sub-tropical regions of China, Mongolia and in the Himalayas, in Tibet, this small bright red colored berry is a superfood packed with nutrients and essential vitamins. The herbalists in China , Tibet and India have been using Goji berries for over 6000 years to correct bad eye sight and protect the liver.It is also used …

July 11, 20170 comments

Ramadan Kareem

The holy month of Ramadan has just started. According to Islamic belief, it commemorates the first revelation of the holy Koran to Prophet Muhammad. Muslims fast during this month…from sunrise to sunset… so as to equalize everyone before themselves and before God. The Iftar meal is a celebration every evening…with family, friends a …

May 28, 20170 comments
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