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Benefits of Cumin And Its Side Effects

Cumin has many health benefits that we know of, and many that are gradually coming to light with extensive research. While most people recognize it as a spice, it has multiple medicinal properties as it is rich in many vitamins and minerals. Its antifungal and antimicrobial properties help in treating skin disorders and promote healthy aging. Cumin curbs respiratory diseases and treats gastrointestinal disorders as well. It is also known to build up immunity.

Benefits of Cumin And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Cumin
Nutritional Value of Cumin
Health Benefits of Cumin
Improves Digestion
Cures Hemorrhoids
Prevents Diabetes
Improves Epidermal Health
Fights Common Cold
Improves Immunity
Treats Bronchitis and Asthma
Prevents Anemia
Decreases Cognitive Disorders
Prevents Cancer
Treats Insomnia
Benefits for Women
Uses of Cumin
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cumin
Cultivation of Cumin

Cumin

Cumin is widely known as a cooking spice, used extensively in cuisines native to the Indian subcontinent. However, the value of cumin not only lies in its flavor but its medicinal and healing properties. It contains a number of nutrients that keeps the body healthy. It is also used to create cumin essential oil, which is extremely fragrant and packs a punch. It is credited with diuretic, digestive, bactericidal, antiseptic, and carminative properties that enables the body to function as smoothly as possible.

Nutritional Value of Cumin

It is said that consuming as little as one teaspoon of cumin can greatly enhance bodily functions and meet your daily requirement of multiple nutrients. Cumin is a good source of vitamins A, C, E, and B6, niacin, thiamine, and riboflavin. It is also rich in minerals, as 100 gms of cumin contains66.3 mg of iron, 931 mg of magnesium, 168 mg of sodium, 931 mg of calcium, 1788 mg of potassium, and 499 mg of phosphorus. The presence of dietary fiber and good fats and fatty acids make it a healthy addition to your daily diet. What many people do not know is that cumin is also a good source of protein and amino acids. In addition, it also contains carbohydrates.

Health Benefits of Cumin

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Cumin
Health Benefits of Cumin

Improves Digestion

Cumin is known to cure digestive problems. However, a lesser known fact is that even its aroma, which emanates from a compound known as cuminaldehyde, facilitates digestion as it activates the salivary glands in the mouth. It also contains thymol, which complements the action of cuminaldehyde, by stimulating the glands that complete the digestive process. It enables the body to secrete acids, bile, and enzymes that break down the food and improves digestion and increases appetite. It is widely used as a home remedy for stomach aches. When taken with hot water, its essential oils, sodium, and magnesium content relieve the stomach of spasms.

Cures Hemorrhoids

An extension of its digestive properties, cumin can also help cure hemorrhoids or piles. Hemorrhoids are caused by constipation and infections or wounds in the anal tract. The high fiber content of cumin has carminative, antifungal, antimicrobial, and stimulating properties. In powdered form, this acts as a natural laxative. The essential oils in cumin heal wounds and cures infections in the digestive and excretory tracts, thus curing hemorrhoids.

Prevents Diabetes

Early studies into the healing and medicinal properties of cumin show that it prevents diabetes by reducing the chances of hypoglycemia. Although further studies and inquisitions are still being conducted, experts already believe that cumin can be a powerful preventative tool. It can also be used to manage diabetes in existing patients.

Improves Epidermal Health

Cumin has an abundance of vitamin E, which is vital for maintaining good epidermal health preventing premature signs of aging. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and helps keep the skin young and inhibits premature signs of aging such as spots, wrinkles, and sagging skin. In addition, cumin’s essential oils have antifungal and disinfectant properties, which prevent the skin from being affected by fungal or microbial infections.

Fights Common Cold

The common cold can affect the human body repeatedly, especially if the body’s immune system is compromised and vulnerable. Cumin helps the body disinfect itself. The essential oils present in cumin help fight viral infections which cause the common cold. Cumin draws out the phlegm and mucus, enabling the body to rid itself of the infection. Besides treating the infection, cumin can also help rebuild up the body’s immune system. As it is rich in iron and vitamin C, the body’s defense mechanism can repair itself, thus mitigating the chances of contracting the infection once more in a short span of time.

Improves Immunity

Cumin enhances the immunity of the human body due to an abundance of iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C, along with the presence of essential oils. As vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, it stimulates and improves the action of white blood cells. It also keeps the detrimental effects of free radicals at bay. This is an essential function as it controls cellular metabolism, a process which produces free radicals, and free radicals are very dangerous as they may cause cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

Treats Bronchitis and Asthma

One of the lesser known benefits of cumin is in the treatment of respirational ailments such as Bronchitis and Asthma. It is an ideal anticongestive as it contains caffeine and rich, aromatic, essential oils. It liquefies phlegm and mucus that accumulate in respiratory tracts, acting as an expectorant, and triggers the body’s natural elimination mechanism, that is sneezing and coughing. In this way, it acts as an inhibitor to more phlegm and mucus accumulating in the respiratory system, which in turn heals the initial condition.

Prevents Anemia

Anemia plagues a large portion of the world’s population, without many people even recognizing it.There are numerous symptoms of anemia such as anxiety, fatigue, digestive problems, and cognitive issues. However, cumin is the perfect antidote to anemia as it is rich in iron. A 100 gm serving of cumin contains 66 mg of iron. This is more than five times the requirement of iron in an adult. Cumin provides the iron needed for optimum levels of hemoglobin in red blood corpuscles. Hemoglobin, in turn, is responsible for the transfer of oxygen through the body.

Decreases Cognitive Disorders

As cumin is rich in iron, it increases the production of hemoglobin in the blood and increases blood flow. Healthy circulation of blood ensures that the right amount of oxygen and iron is reaching the brain as well as the other organs in the body. It therefore improves overall bodily function and improves cognitive performance. Many studies have directly linked this effect with a decrease in cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Prevents Cancer

Studies show that cumin has chemopreventive properties, and also increases the secretion of anticarcinogenic enzymes and detoxifying agents. Additionally, it also contains antioxidants such as vitamins A and C, and antioxidants are also known to have anticarcinogenic properties. All these components work together to prevent cancer, especially colon cancer.

Treats Insomnia

One of the most ironic properties of cumin is that it can act as both, a stimulant and a relaxant. Experts have identified stress and anxiety as the most common causes of insomnia. Studies have shown that the aromatic oils present in cumin have tranquilizing effects, thus relieving stress and anxiety. Furthermore, it improves digestion, which in turn positively impacts the body’s ability to relax.

Benefits for Women

Cumin is a great source of nutrients for women undergoing menses, expectant mothers, as well as lactating mothers as it is rich in iron. It can control and prevent anemia and supplement the calcium requirement for women as they grow older. It is especially beneficial for lactating mothers as it contains thymol which increases the secretion of milk from the mammary glands. Lactating and expectant mothers are advised to ensure that their intake of calcium is optimum, so as to nourish the baby properly. As cumin is rich in calcium, constituting 930 mg of the entire nutrient intake per 100 grams, it can account for at least 90% of the daily intake advised for lactating mothers.

Uses of Cumin

Cumin is fairly versatile and can be used in savory cooking as well as baking, as far as breads and biscuits go. It has an earthy, nutty flavor. Cumin can be used in its seed form, where it can be toasted off to add flavor and depth to the recipe. As far as the medicinal uses go, it is best to consume cumin seeds that have been soaked overnight. In fact, many experts also suggest consuming the water in which the seeds have been soaked, instead of the seeds themselves. In this way, the seeds can be used for a second soak before being disposed. Soaking ensures that the deeper nutrients are also as easily accessible for processing by the human body. Cumin seeds can also be toasted and ground.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Cumin

Studies about the side effects of cumin have been vastly inconclusive. However, there are certain precautions doctors suggest for diabetics. One of the known benefits of cumin is that it lowers blood sugar. However, diabetics must stay on the lookout for signs of low blood sugar, which can be equally dangerous. Further, this precaution must also be taken when undergoing surgery. This is also true because cumin is known to slow the clotting process. It is best to avoid cumin for a short period of time before and after surgery.

Cultivation of Cumin

Cumin is a member of the parsley family and is native to the Indian subcontinent and the east Mediterranean region. Although they resemble caraway seeds, their flavor profiles are very different. Cumin seeds are extracted from dried fruit from the cumin plant, with each seed coming from an individual fruit.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am very fat, am doing exercise, walking but no use of it, what should I do to loss the weight.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
"When you are up to lose your weight, you not only have to keep your digestive system intact and break down all accumulated fat of your body but also remove all the toxins from your body. When you get rid of the toxins, you allow all your body’s systems function to their full capacity, including metabolism. So, make this detox tea every day in the morning and sip it hot or warm throughout the day. You will need: Cumin seeds- ½ tsp +Coriander seeds- ½ tsp + Fennel seeds- ½ tsp + Water- 4 cups -Thermos flask- 1 Directions: In the morning, boil 4 cups of water. Add cumin, coriander and fennel seeds to the boiling water. Allow it to boil for about five more minutes. Then strain the tea and store in a thermos flask. Now have this tea in small amounts all through the day. It should be tolerably hot or at least warm when you have it."

I was a drugs (painkillers spasm-proxyvon caps + 1×100 ml codeine phosphate cough syrup) addicted approx 12-years, my addiction period is since 2002 to 2010,(recovery period is 3-years at middle) then 2013 to February 2017. But now I leave all of these drugs in present since 8- months. My major problems are so many:-- 1. Higher pain in all parts of body even headache. 2. Weakness, tiredness and I didn't walk for 2 to 3 minutes in road because of higher pain. 3. My sexual strength are almost damaged, my inter-course (having sex) time is just 20 to 25 seconds, (at past I was doing twice a day of masturbating, I got nightfall 4-times in a week. 4. I didn't get sleep at right time, but whenever I take sleep it will be 12 to 14 hours. 5. Having gas, constipation and the time of digestion is long that's why I didn't eat properly Doctors guide me as your own please. Help me.

B.A.M.S, MD (Ayu.) Kayachikitsa
Ayurveda,
Thanks for contacting with your health concern 1. The symptoms which you have mentioned looks to be due to 'withdrawal symptoms' of the drugs thus i. Practice relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation but also Pranayam [anulom vilom] which will strengthen the relaxation response of body as opposed to stress response. Ii. Yoga poses [Dhanurasana, Matsyasana, Janu Shirsasana, Paschimottanasana, Hastapadasana], hot shower and massage are simple techniques to overcome anxiety. Iii. Avoid: alcohol, pepper, garam masala, mustard oil, pickles, rye, spicy food, anger, grief, fear, late night waking, garlic, ginger, onion. Take: mint, coriander, tomato, and cumin, plenty of water, vitamins and mineral supplements, apple, banana, grapes, dates iv.Lemon juice mixed with sugar in a glass of water helps release stress removing hormones from the body and bring mind at peace/rest. And eat 2 spoons coriander [Dhaniya] seeds with 2 spoons of sugar candy [mishri] v.Apple, almond, banana, broccoli, can notaloupe, melon, carrot, cashew nut, corn, cauliflower, grapes, guava, lemon, mango, orange, pineapple, soybean, spinach have antioxidant and detoxifying properties so take them in plenty. PS. For medicine aspect regarding your said symptoms kindly consult me on Lybrate itself.
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My aunt has delivered to a 2nd baby after 8 years gap from the delivery. She is not getting breast milk to feed the baby. The baby is being feeded with milk powder. Is it safe to continue with it. Can we feed with normal. pasteurised milk. Please provide the reasons for not getting milk and tips and suggestions to get milk. thank you.

MBBS, MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Mothers milk is best for baby ,give your aunt a wholesome nourishing diet ,she can add roasted cumin seeds to her diet ,give her lactonic granules with milk. If milk secretion does not increase you can give formula milk to the baby ,but proper sterilization should be maintained to avoid infection.

I want to gain 10 kg weight quickly in a healthy way .so what should I do .also give me some healthy weight gainer drinks. Please!

MD Hom., Certificate in Food and Nutrition, BHMS, Diploma In Yoga
Homeopath, Indore
Eat foods that are rich in calories like pulses, cereals, meat, bread, rice, dry fruits, and nuts. U can also follow by adding vegetables like French beans, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, carrots, lettuce, spinach, asparagus, pumpkins, and eggplants to your diet. Add a healthy portion of red meat to your diet too if you are non vegetarian. But keep in mind not to overdo it. The aim is to add weight, not cholesterol! You can even add olive oil in generous quantities to your salads. Another way to add calories to your diet is by increasing the consumption of dairy products. Dono€™t cut back on the fat content in your milk. Do not ask for low-fat curd at the store. Make sure you consume a full calorie dairy product. A few bites of dark chocolate with high cocoa content Fruits like strawberries, apples, mangoes or grapes healthy drinks - 1. Drink a cup of orange or grape juice, for instance, and you'll get all the vitamin C you need for the day. That keeps your skin and hair strong, and it also strengthens your tendons and ligaments, which you need tor a healthy, active lifestyle. 2. Some protein shakes after taking advice from doctor about the quantity and daily intake schedule 3. Dairy should already be part of your daily meal plan, But upgrading to higher-calorie milk, like whole milk or chocolate milk, can help you gain weight 4. A smoothie of fruits and yogurt for homeopathic medicine to gain weight, contact us.

Popular Health Tips

Antioxidants for Healthy Penis Skin

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Antioxidants for Healthy Penis Skin

Because many men think of their penis primarily in terms of its usefulness in sexual activities, they don't always remember that good penis health means more than taking steps to ensure a solid working erection. But in fact, there are many different aspects of penis health, including taking steps to ensure healthy penis skin, both for practical and aesthetic reasons. Part of keeping penis skin healthy involves incorporating antioxidants into the penis care routine.

What are antioxidants?

On a technical level, an antioxidant is a molecule that helps keep other molecules from getting oxidized. Oxidation, in turn, is a chemical process that creates something called free radicals, which then can cause damage to cells, such as skin cells. They can also contribute to heart disease, cancer and other health conditions. However, not all free radicals are bad, and a certain amount of them are useful. For example, oxidation is important in helping the liver detoxify food and the body to help fight certain bacteria.

On a more-than-molecular level, antioxidants refers to those vitamins, minerals and nutrients that have an ability to keep those free radicals (and the damage they do) at bay.

How do antioxidants help skin?

Many skin care products are rich in antioxidants, because keeping oxidative stress from damaging skin cells helps ensure the health of skin. There are many things that can damage the skin, both on the surface and on a more molecular level. The stronger the skin is on the molecular level, the better it is able to withstand attacks on the surface level.

How does a person get antioxidants?

The body itself makes some antioxidants and depends upon a healthy diet to help supplement those amounts. Some foods are richer sources of antioxidants than others. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the following are some foods particularly high in antioxidants:

- Goji berries

- Wild blueberries

- Dark chocolate

- Pecans

- Artichokes

- Elderberries

- Kidney beans

- Cranberries

- Blackberries

- Cilantro

And these are some of the herbs that are very good sources of antioxidants:

- Clove

- Cinnamon

- Oregano

- Turmeric

- Cocoa

- Cumin

- Dried parsley

- Basil

- Ginger

- Thyme

As mentioned earlier, many skin care products are also good sources of antioxidants. This can be especially important because skin that is damaged by free radicals can be vulnerable - and unattractive as well.

Free radical damage is one of the things that leads to skin looking prematurely aged. It can contribute to drying out and to the cracks, wrinkles and blemishes that can mar otherwise attractive skin.

This is as true of penis skin as it is of skin elsewhere on the body. Penis skin is naturally delicate, so that the organ is more readily receptive to friction and stimulation. This can also make it more susceptible to cracking and wrinkling. When cracks appear on the penis skin, they can also open up a pathway for bacteria to get inside, creating further penis health concerns.

For this reason, penis skin needs to be exposed to a healthy level of antioxidants. One way to help achieve this is through the daily application of a first rate penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Clearly, for it to be effective, the crème must include antioxidants. This can more readily be achieved if the crème contains vitamins A and C, as well as alpha lipoic acid. All three of these have antioxidant capabilities. Vitamin A has the added bonus of fighting bacteria that cause penis odor, while vitamin C also helps give penis skin its necessary tone and elasticity. Alpha lipoic acid has strong antioxidant properties on its own and also helps boost those of vitamin C.

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How To Manage Infertility With Ayurveda?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), PGD IN NATURO & YOGA SCIENCE
Ayurveda, Katni
How To Manage Infertility With Ayurveda?

Infertility is a medical condition which is characterised by problems in successful conception, even after prolonged and frequent unprotected sex amongst a couple. Infertility may occur due to problems with either the male, the female partner and in many cases both of them. This condition can cause much strife in a relationship not just within the individuals but also be a cause for social embarrassment. The causes of infertility could be-

  1. Testicular injury or deformed testis,

  2. Irregular menstrual periods,

  3. Problems with erections,

  4. Uterus is ill-shaped,

  5. Premature ejaculation,

  6. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome,

  7. Pelvic inflammatory diseases caused by Sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea and Chlamydia,

  8. Scanty sperm count,

  9. Thyroid disorders,

  10. Blockage of the fallopian tube.

Other lifestyle related reasons could be excessive alcohol consumption, aging, diabetes, obesity, high pressure and as a side effect of radiation therapy or other medications.

Ayurveda and Infertility-

According to Ayurvedic scriptures, infertility occurs when there is a deficiency of nutrients in the Shukra Dhatu of an individual. This might occur as a result of indigestion and excessive toxic content in the human body. This could be caused due to excessive consumption of spicy foods or if they have chronic stress or anxiety. The Ayurvedic remedies boost the nutrition of the Shukra Dhatu in order to boost fertility. The most potent Ayurvedic herbs which can cure infertility are as follows:

  1. A prescribed consumption of the powder of dried banyan bark along with sugar might help to cure infertility.

  2. The inclusion of cumin and turmeric powder in regulated dosages in your daily food might also help to facilitate fertility.

  3. A consumption of the root of the herb Ashwagandha for 3 times a day has also been shown to be beneficial.

  4. A daily consumption of the powder of Vanari Kalpa in warm milk might help in curing any problems related to the ejaculation of semen.

  5. Consuming a mixture of the powder of Vrushya vati in warm milk, it might help to increase the sperm count.

  6. The consumption of Ayurvedic preparation of phalasarpi (a mixture of the herbs Kustha, manjistha, Triphala, tagara, haldi etc.) might help to deal with the problems of infertility in women.

  7. Yoga also has many effective asanas or poses which help boost both male and female fertility and thus may help in correcting infertility caused due to physical factors such as injuries or deformities.

  8. Changes in lifestyle also have to be brought in such as quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption among others.

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4 Ways To Reduce Sodium Consumption In Our Diet!

Bachelor In Clinical Nutrition and Dieteics, Master in Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Pune
4 Ways To Reduce Sodium Consumption In Our Diet!

How to reduce sodium consumption through diet

Minerals and salts are important parts of our daily diets. These minerals play significant roles in the functioning of the human body but, if found in excess, they might adversely impact your health. One such mineral is sodium, which is abundant in most food sources.

Sodium is present in every food in the form of salt. Most forms of meat, canned vegetables and soup, junk food and pickles are some examples of food which are naturally high in sodium. Apart from this, any cooked food will have salt crystals within it. Medical research has shown that most people consume more sodium than what is recommended.

Ill-Effects of Sodium Intake in Excess

  • The most common problem caused by the excessive consumption of sodium is high blood pressure.
  • High blood pressure, apart from being the cause of strokes can also affect internal organs like kidneys and cause renal failure over time.
  • It can also be detrimental to the heart and be a contributing factor to heart conditions as well.

Here are some of the ways through which you can reduce sodium intake through changes in diet.

  1. Increasing the intake of fruits within the diet - Inclusion of more fresh fruits in your diet will reduce the amount of sodium consumption. Canned and processed fruits may increase sodium consumption and hence should be reduced.
  2. Changing to fresh unprocessed meats - Certain processed and packaged meats such as in snacks and fast foods should be avoided as they have high sodium content. Hence, consumption of fresh meat instead of processed meat is an effective way to reduce your daily sodium intake. If a food item keeps well in the fridge for days or weeks, that's a tip off that the sodium content is too high.
  3. Including more leafy vegetables in your diet - Leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach, and celery have a lot of water and also help reduce the sodium intake in your body.
  4. Drinking plenty of water - Sodium levels can rise within the body when it is dehydrated. Thus, it is prudent to always keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  5. Check food labels - Begin reading food labels as a matter of course. Sodium content is always listed on the label. Sometimes the high sugar content in a product like apple pie can mask the high sodium content so it's important to check every label for sodium content.
  6. Add spices - Add spices to your food. Instead of salt, try coriander, black pepper, nutmeg, parsley, cumin, cilantro, ginger, rosemary, marjoram, thyme, tarragon, garlic or onion powder, bay leaf, oregano, dry mustard, or dill. Consult an Expert & get answers to your questions!
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Acidity - 6 Amazing Home Remedies That Can Help!

BAMS
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
Acidity - 6 Amazing Home Remedies That Can Help!

Acidity is an ailment that troubles most people regardless of the absence of any other medical condition. It causes discomfort in the chest region along with heart burn and indigestion. If you are distressed with acidity, you may consider undergoing Ayurvedic treatment which would help in alleviating the problem to a great extent.

1. Tulsi leaves:
• Tulsi leaves help in stimulating the stomach for production of more mucus and are also rich in anti-ulcer properties which cause a significant reduction in the effects of gastric acid.
• It is recommended to chew 5 to 6 clean Tulsi leaves when you have acidity to soothe the stomach.

2. Bananas:
• The potassium content in ripe bananas helps in eliminating sudden bouts of acidity.
• Bananas also aid in relieving constipation problems and cause healthy bowel movement.

3. Cumin seeds:
• Cumin seeds which are commonly used in cooking dishes have anti-inflammatory properties that aid in soothing the digestive tract.
• These stimulate saliva production, boost metabolism and relieve the problem of bloating along with other discomforts caused by gastric troubles.
• You may chew a few cumin seeds when troubled with acidity or boil them in water and drink the solution.

4. Cold milk:
• The richness of calcium in milk aids in reducing acid problems and absorbing the acid which has already been produced.
• It helps in providing instant relief from the burning sensation owing to its coldness.
• But it is important to drink it plain without any additives like sugar.

5. Cloves:
• Cloves are known for their calmative properties which help to improve the process of peristalsis by which food moves down the stomach.
• When you put a clove in your mouth, just bite it once to help in releasing the extracts which would reach your digestive tract and immediately lower down the acid reflux.

6. Ginger:
• If you do not find raw ginger to be very pungent, you can keep a candied ginger slice in your mouth for instant relief from acidity.
• If you feel that you wouldn’t be able to chew raw ginger, you can boil it in water and drink it after it cools down.
• Ginger can be also eaten with a small piece of jaggery to help the juice reach the stomach and alleviate the acidity.

7. Mint leaves:
• Commonly referred to as ‘pudina’, mint leaves are known for lowering the acid content and improve digestion.
• If you feel that an acid attack is imminent, you can chop down a few mint leaves and boil it in water and drink the solution for eliminating bloating problems.

These few Ayurvedic remedies can help in soothing acidity along with its other symptoms.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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10 Effective Tips To Help You Stay Healthy During Navaratri Fasting!

PG Diploma in Nutrition & Diabeties, M.Sc.in Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ghaziabad
10 Effective Tips To Help You Stay Healthy During Navaratri Fasting!

Navaratri is just around the corner, and it will culminate into Dussehra. Each of the nine days of the festival is dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti.

It is a time of fasting, and it is considered to be the best time to cleanse the body and make the body stronger. Most people who undergo fasting do not consume pulse, grain, and meat during this period which would make the body devoid of essential nutrients. It is important to make the most of this time, it’s also important to stay healthy and maintain a diet that helps you get through the coming 9 days of continuous fasting. Hence, here is an insight into how to carry on with the fasting and enjoy the festive spirit healthily.

Tips To Fasting In A Healthy Way!

  1. It is always better to eat small meals instead of complete starvation. This will help in maintaining the proper amount of blood glucose level and ensure that one does not get tired easily.
  2. Unless you are on a 'nirjal vrat' (fast where you don't even have water), keep yourself hydrated. It is always good to keep the body hydrated by drinking lots of water. Other liquids like coconut water, buttermilk, green tea and lemon water are healthy additions.
  3. As the body is devoid of any regular source of protein during this time, the diet can comprise Amaranth, which is an excellent source of protein. Amaranth porridge with milk or daliya with lots of vegetables can just fuel up the body for the whole day.
  4. High carbohydrate foods like potatoes and sabudana should be combined with fibrous vegetables like cabbage, tomatoes, capsicum, bottle gourd, etc.
  5. The vegetables should be roasted, grilled or baked instead of deep-frying them.
  6. To make up for the deficiency of carbohydrates and protein, you can also make chapattis or pooris with the help of Kuttu. Samak rice is also very good for the digestive system during this time. It should be accompanied with lots of vegetables.
  7. The craving for sweet can be met by fruits, apple kheer, Samak rice kheer, and raita. One should not go for food which is deep-fried or those easily available packets of salted snacks. This is because they are high in salt and fat content. Almonds, raisins or walnuts can be taken in.
  8. Refined sugar should never be used and should be substituted with healthy alternatives like jaggery or honey.
  9. During this time, if a heavy lunch is taken, the dinner should be kept light.
  10. While cooking food, rock salt or sendha namak should be the only salt which is used. It helps in keeping the blood pressure levels in control and also helps in better absorption of minerals.

Fasting is an age-old phenomenon, practiced for ages for religious purposes aimed at improving good health if done right. Embrace the joy of festival with the best of fasting recipes. From old favorurites to new ones, indulge in a lot more than just a usual fare-

#Recipe1: Banana Walnut Lassi Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup low-fat yoghurt
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3-4 walnuts (or include Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and pine nuts)
  • 1 tsp seeds (mix of flax seeds and sesame seeds)
  • 1-2 tsp honey

Method-

  1. Step-I In a food processor, pour yoghurt, whey powder, flax seed, sesame seeds, walnuts, honey and bananas.
  2. Step-II Blend it well till smooth and creamy.
  3. Step-III Transfer into a glass and garnish with chopped walnuts before serving.

#Recipe2: Sabudana Khichdi Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sabudana (sago)
  • 1/2 cup peanuts (roasted)
  • 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp zeera (cumin seeds)
  • 3-4 sabut lal Mirch (whole dried red pepper)
  • 1 sprig kadhi patta (curry leaves)
  • 2 tsp or to taste sendha Namak (white rock salt)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 Tbsp hara dhania (coriander leaves)
  • 1 tsp green chillies, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Method-

  1. Step-I Soak Sabudana in water for about an hour.
  2. Step-II Drain, then spread over a thick cloth for about 1hour. It is important for the water to drain out very well and there should be no moisture.
  3. Step-III In a bowl, mix sabudana, peanuts, sendha namak or rock salt, and chilli powder very well, so that it is coated well with this mixture.
  4. Step-IV Heat the ghee and add zeera, lal mirch and kadhi patta.
  5. Step-V When mirch darkens a bit, add sabudana mixture and turn around over low heat till cooked through.
  6. Step-VI Take it off the heat, add the lemon juice and mix well.
  7. Step-VII Serve garnished with the coriander leaves and green chillies.

#Recipe3: Sabudana Bhel Recipe
Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup sabudana 
  • 1 medium-sized potato (boiled and peeled)
  • 1 pinch red chili powder 
  • 1 tablespoon peanuts 
  • 1 tablespoon cashews
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • few drops of lemon juice or as required
  • rock salt or sendha namak as required

Method-

  1. Step-I Soak the sabudana in enough water overnight or for 4-5 hours.
  2. Step-II In a pan, dry roast the peanuts till they are browned and crisp. Remove and keep aside.
  3. Step-III In the same pan, roast the cashews till golden. Remove and keep aside.
  4. Step-IV Heat 2 tsp of oil in the same pan. Add the sabudana and continue to stir while sauting them.
  5. Step-V Stir and cook till the sabudana pearls become transparent, softened and completely cooked.
  6. Step-VI Mix the mashed boiled potatoes, peanuts, cashews, coriander leaves, lemon juice, rock salt, red chili powder.
  7. Step-VII Garnish with a few coriander leaves and serve the sabudana bhel in bowls.

If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.

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Table of Content

Cumin
Nutritional Value of Cumin
Health Benefits of Cumin
Improves Digestion
Cures Hemorrhoids
Prevents Diabetes
Improves Epidermal Health
Fights Common Cold
Improves Immunity
Treats Bronchitis and Asthma
Prevents Anemia
Decreases Cognitive Disorders
Prevents Cancer
Treats Insomnia
Benefits for Women
Uses of Cumin
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cumin
Cultivation of Cumin