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Benefits of Cumin (Jeera) And Its Side Effects

Indian Kitchen without cumin seed is next to impossible. Using cumin flavor in Indian recipe is a trend, that is followed since ages. Cumin is a fruit of cumin herb. In India, you will hardly find people who don’t love the tinge flavor of cumin seeds in their food. The cumin seed is acclaimed for its aroma and flavor that it adds to every dish. In addition to benefits, there are various side-effects that are associated with over-consumption of seeds.

Benefits of Cumin (Jeera) And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Cumin (Jeera)
Nutritional Value of Cumin (Jeera)
Health Benefits of Cumin (Jeera)
Cures Piles
Regulates Digestion
Cures Insomnia
Cures Bronchitis & Asthma
Fights Cold
Increases Lactation
Prevents Anemia
Lowers Cognitive Disorders
Skin Care
Treats Boils
Boosts Immunity
Prevents Diabetes
Uses of Cumin (Jeera)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cumin (Jeera)
Origin And Cultivation of Cumin (Jeera)

Cumin (Jeera)

Cumin seeds are native to Asia. They are also called caraway, jeera, shahi jeera, kala jeera, apiumcarvi, haravi, semences de carvi, and krishnajraka roman cumin among others. It is indeed a fruit but once dried becomes a seed. It is a valued spice in India, as there are many medical benefits attached to it like flatulence, dyspepsia, and digestive condition. Including cumin to your spice cabinet helps in fighting infections and prevents chronic disease. It is highly rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, and is also an antioxidant.

Nutritional Value of Cumin (Jeera)

2 tablespoon of cumin is enough to add flavor to your dishes. Various nutrients that are present in cumin are Energy (375Kcal per 100grams), Carbohydrates (44,24g per 100grams), Proteins (17,8g per100grams), Fat (22.7g per 100grams), Dietary Fiber (10.5per 100grams), Vitamins like folate (10 µg per 100 grams), Niacin (4.58mg per 100grams), Pyridoxine (0.435mg per 100 grams), Riboflavin (0.32mg per 100grams), Thiamin (0.628mg per 100grams), Vitamin A (1270IU per 100grams),Vitamin C (7.7mg per 100grams), Vitamin E (3.3mg per 100grams), Vitamin K (5.4 µg per 100 grams). It also contains Sodium (1788mg per 100 grams), Potassium (68mg per 100grams). Among minerals it contains Calcium (931mg per 100grams), Copper (0.867mg per 100 grams), Iron (66.36mg per 100grams), Magnesium (366mg per 100 grams), Manganese (3,3mg per100grams), Phosphorous (499mg per 100 grams), and Zinc (4.8mg per 100 grams). Among python nutrients, it contains Carotene-ß (762 µg per 100 grams), and Lutein-zeaxanthin (448 µg per 100 grams).

Health Benefits of Cumin (Jeera)

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Cumin (Jeera)
Health Benefits of Cumin (Jeera)

Cures Piles

The main reason of hemorrhoids or piles is constipation added with infections in the anal tract due to wound that is primarily caused because of constipation. Since carminative and dietary fiber content is present in cumin and it also has antimicrobial, antifungal, and stimulating properties, it serves as natural laxative. Therefore, if you add cumin to your diet it helps healing of wounds or infections in excretory and digestive systems and also speeds up your digestion level. This means that will clear up all the causes and symptoms of piles.

Regulates Digestion

Cumin is very helpful for digestion and problems related to it. The aroma which is extracted from the presence of organic compound named Cuminaldehyde immediately activates the all the important salivary glands, which helps in facilitating the digestion of food. Another essential compound which is present in cumin is thymol, which helps in stimulating the glands that secrets bile, enzymes, acids which are entirely responsible for the digestion of food in the intestines and the stomach.

Cures Insomnia

This is a unique property of cumin. Studies have proven that intake of vitamin B-complex and proper digestion is enough to have a sound sleep,. Since it helps in both in treating insomnia. Having said that; some components present in cumin oil are actually hypnotic in nature and also have some tranquilizing effects. It in turn helps in relieving anxiety and stress that are the leading cause of insomnia.

Cures Bronchitis & Asthma

The presence of highly rich aromatic oils and caffeine makes cumin one of the best options ,for people who suffer from major respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma. Consumption of cumin helps in elimination of phlegm and mucus and thus treats respiratory problems.

Fights Cold

Viral infection leads to common cold and such a condition bothers our immune system, that makes it vulnerable and weak. The presence of rich oils in cumin act as disinfectants and in turn helps in fighting viral fever, that is the primary cause of common cold.

Increases Lactation

Since cumin contains a significant amount of iron, thus it is a must for women who are having menses or women who are pregnant, as they need more iron. Thus for lactating mothers consuming cumin could benefit a lot.

Prevents Anemia

Cumin is a good source of iron, as it contains around 66grams of iron per 100 grams, that is more than five times required by an adult daily. Since iron is the main component of hemoglobin present in RBC, it is responsible for transferring oxygen to the cells, and deficiency of this is the main cause of anemia. Thus adding cumin in your daily meal will help fight the symptoms of anemia.

Lowers Cognitive Disorders

The significant of iron present in cumin helps in increasing the production of hemoglobin which eventually prevents anemia. Having said that increased blood flow has various other benefits as well. If blood circulation speed is high, the required amount of oxygen reaches the brain and the organs subsequently help in optimal performance of body systems. When the adequate amount of iron and oxygen reaches the brain, it increases cognitive performance and thus helps in curing cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Skin Care

Like every other herb, cumin too contains an adequate amount of Vitamin E which is very helpful for skin. Thus daily consumption of cumin helps in keeping skin young and also glowing.

Treats Boils

Removal of regular toxic substances from body is of utmost important. The presence of components like phosphorus and thymol helps in detoxifying toxic substances and removes toxins through excretory medium. Thus helps in treating boils.

Boosts Immunity

Presence of iron, Vitamin A and Vitamin C boosts your immune system in various ways.

Prevents Diabetes

Like various other spices, cumin also helps in declining the hypoglycemia and diabetes. Thus consuming cumin seed can be powerful weapon in battling this massive problem.

Uses of Cumin (Jeera)

Adding two tablespoons of cumin with fenugreek powder, make fenugreek tastes sweet. Adding with red pepper flakes makes it spicier. Adding it to cloves powder, ground cardamom, turmeric root and coriander among others can add up to your flavor in vegetables, meats, and chicken. It is regularly used in the preparation of homemade spice blends.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Cumin (Jeera)

In addition to several medical benefits, it has various side effects as well. Though it has gas-relieving properties, if consumed in higher quantity it can cause some of the most common gastric and digestive problems like heartburn and belching. The presence of oil in cumin is volatile and an overdose of cumin, in the long run, can damage the kidney and liver. Therefore, consumption of cumin has to be moderate. It should be taken with caution, as it has some narcotic properties. Overconsumption of cumin can result in drowsiness, nausea, and mental clouding among others. It is advisable for women to consume it in limited quantity, otherwise it leads to heavy bleeding during menstruation. It is essential to maintain blood sugar levels, but cumin intake consumed in large quantity, can lower your blood sugar level. f you’re heading for surgery, its advisable to stop consuming cumin at least two weeks before any major surgery. If consumed in large quantity, it can harm more than it can do good. For lactating mothers, it can also lower the production of milk, if not consumed in moderate quantity.

Origin And Cultivation of Cumin (Jeera)

In addition to several medical benefits, it has various side effects as well. Though it has gas-relieving properties, if consumed in higher quantity it can cause some of the most common gastric and digestive problems like heartburn and belching. The presence of oil in cumin is volatile and an overdose of cumin, in the long run, can damage the kidney and liver. Therefore, consumption of cumin has to be moderate. It should be taken with caution, as it has some narcotic properties. Overconsumption of cumin can result in drowsiness, nausea, and mental clouding among others. It is advisable for women to consume it in limited quantity, otherwise it leads to heavy bleeding during menstruation. It is essential to maintain blood sugar levels, but cumin intake consumed in large quantity, can lower your blood sugar level. f you’re heading for surgery, its advisable to stop consuming cumin at least two weeks before any major surgery. If consumed in large quantity, it can harm more than it can do good. For lactating mothers, it can also lower the production of milk, if not consumed in moderate quantity.

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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Cumin (Jeera)
Nutritional Value of Cumin (Jeera)
Health Benefits of Cumin (Jeera)
Cures Piles
Regulates Digestion
Cures Insomnia
Cures Bronchitis & Asthma
Fights Cold
Increases Lactation
Prevents Anemia
Lowers Cognitive Disorders
Skin Care
Treats Boils
Boosts Immunity
Prevents Diabetes
Uses of Cumin (Jeera)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cumin (Jeera)
Origin And Cultivation of Cumin (Jeera)