Thursday, 14 July 2016

What we have been saying all along !!!

The dangers of 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 fluoride. This prevents bone growth and reduces bone density. Aluminum can force calcium out of the bones, causing weakness and deformation in the bone structure.

Toxicity can also result in aching muscles, speech problems, anemia, digestive problems, lowered liver function, colic and impaired kidney function.

Sources of Aluminum:

- Over the counter medications like buffered aspirin, aluminum-containing antacids, meds for      diarrhea and hemorrhoids.
- Aluminum can be a component of antiperspirants and douches.
- Food that has been cooked or stored in aluminum pots and aluminum foil. As much as 4 milligrams  of aluminum can be transferred to each serving of an acidic food (tomatoes or citrus fruits) that has  been heated or stored with aluminum.
- Stainless steel cookware (it is made by bonding the stainless steel with layers of aluminum).
- Sodium aluminum phosphates are added to cake mixes, frozen chappati /pizza/paratha dough,  pancake mixes, self-rising flours, processed cheese and cheese foods and beer (in aluminum cans).  One slice of processed cheese can contain 50 mg of aluminum. A cheeseburger may contain one of  the highest aluminum contents of any food.
- Baked goods have approximately 5-15 mg per serving.
- An average sized pickle contains 5 to 10 mg if it has been treated in an alum solution. Alum is a  form of aluminum sulfate that is used in the pickling solution to firm up the cucumbers, gherkins etc.

Nutritional Support:

-The first step in ridding your body of this poison is to avoid aluminum intake as much as possible.
- The next is to provide your body with nutritional support to give it the strength it needs to detoxify  this metal. This support can come from juices made from mint, coriander, turmeric and ginger. Also  increase your intake of sulphur-rich foods (onions, broccoli, kale and garlic), olive and flax seed oil,    fibre-rich foods.

Detoxification Symptoms:

- When aluminum comes out of its stored locations in your body it can act as a muscle irritant. Since  the kidneys handle this detoxification, there may be pain in the back, over the kidneys.
- Since aluminum tends to concentrate itself in the brain, the detoxification process can be  accompanied by mental confusion.
- It can also cause flu-like symptoms with fever, chills and mucous discharge from the nose. Since  nasal discharge will be toxic, spit it out instead of swallowing it.

Reducing Aluminum Exposure:

- Replace aluminum or metal cookware with enamel coated steel cookware.
- Avoid non stick pans…for frying, old-fashioned cast iron works best,
- Do not cook with aluminum foil, and minimize its use for food storage. Never use it to wrap acidic  foods (oranges, lemons, tomatoes, etc.) or cooked food that is still hot.
- Use bamboo steamers instead of metal vegetable steamers.
- Check the labels of all food, medicinal and hygienic products you buy, avoiding those that have  aluminum content.
- Minimize your intake of cheese, particularly processed cheeses.
- Minimize your intake of any baked goods that are not homemade without aluminum additives.

While your body can tolerate low levels of aluminum, you must be sure that the level stays low and does not build up. This requires care and continued monitoring. There are tests such as hair/urine/blood analysis that can be done to help you monitor the aluminum levels in your system.

Stay blessed with good health…always !!!

Warm Regards,

Charmaine D'Souza

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Healthy foods for the monsoon

After the scorching summer heat, the monsoon showers are welcomed by all. They bring down the temperatures, ensure lush greenery everywhere and are a blessing for our farmers and for us :-)

The smell of the wet earth immediately after a heavy downpour conjures up images of a steaming hot cup of pudina chai and yum pakodas…baked, fried or airfried!!!

Eating the right foods this monsoon is very essential because the wrong foods can give you an upset stomach and keep you away from work or school or play.

Here is a list of foods to eat during this season to ensure you stay healthy.

Lentils: Both moong dal and masoor dal are easy to digest. They provide sufficient amounts of protein and calcium and are also a good source of dietary fiber. Pressure cook and then temper these lentils with curry leaves, ajwain, jeera, garlic and juliennes of ginger. You can even cool the cooked lentils and puree them to convert them into a yummy soup!

Soups: Be wary of eating raw salads this season. Instead pressure cook your veggies, puree them, add fresh herbs and tuck into a delicious and heartwarming bowl of soup. To add a twist, grill the veggies esp bell peppers and then make the soup.

Herbal teas and herbal infusions: Bring a litre of water to boil. Add a couple of cloves, a few strands of kesar, 2 green elaichi, 10 mint leaves and 5 tulsi leaves. Steep for 10 minutes and pour into a flask (you can strain out the herbs and spices if you want to) Add a few slices of lemon…your immunity booster is ready! Drink this through the day.

Herbs and spices: In order to boost your immunity and also to enhance digestion, incorporate garlic, ginger, peppercorns, green elaichi, haldi, jeera, tulsi and mint into your regular meals. They have anti-inflammatory properties, keep the flu, colds and coughs at bay and also help in digestion.

Gourds: Up your calcium, magnesium and manganese intake during the rainy season with gourds like bottle gourd or white pumpkin ( doodhi or lauki), red pumpkin ( bhopla), pointed gourd (parwal), snake gourd, bitter gourd (karela), ash gourd (petha), apple gourd ( tinda), ridge gourd ( turia) and zucchini.

Millets: Nachni, jowar and bajra are rich in calcium and iron so add these grains to your rotis, theplas, breads etc to strengthen your immune system and to keep infections away.

Stay blessed with good health…always !!!

Warm Regards,

Charmaine D'Souza