Rajat

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A source of protein for vegetarians

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Meat eaters are often baffled at whether vegetarians can get any reasonable amount of protein.

Here's one "Buckwheat". It contains 22.5 grams of protein, 17g dietary fibre, 3% DV calcium, 21% DV Iron.

Incidentally Buckwheat is known as "Kutu" flour in the Indian subcontinent and is used to make "puris" and used mainly fasting when grains are not allowed.

Boil a fistful, mix it up in your salad and enjoy! 

Rajat

Rajat Emma Zahren-Newman

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Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman Oh wow, I had no idea!

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Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma You get buckwheat flour too. Its not easy to use though... I have posted a recipe for Kutu puri long back in my blog "My experiments with food". Go down to the post on Oct 31st 2015

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Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma Here: http://www.thehobmob.com/pages/single/photo.php?photoid=2701&mediafrom=blog&f=1

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Rajat

Rajat

Could Ancient Remedies Hold the Answer to the Looming Antibiotics Crisis?

Ethnobotany is a historically small and obscure offshoot of the social sciences, focused on the myriad ways that indigenous peoples use plants for food, shelter, clothing, art and medicine. Within this already-tiny field, a few groups of researchers are now trying to use this knowledge to derive new medicines, and Quave has become a leader among them.

-PROMISE OF ETHNOBOTANY AND WHY MERE MEDICINAL EXTRACTS MAY BE NO GOOD:

-Ethnobotany has promise to bring more effective cures against antibiotic reistant bacterial strains( just to remind ourselves Antibiotics are used to cure bacterial infections whereas vaccines are used to fight viruses, and bacteria are single celled microorganisms whereas viruses are acellular and need a host to replicate and make copies of the viral DNA/RNA)
-Since the 80's very few new antibiotics have been discovered, meanwhile bacteria have become superbugs. Essentially antibiotics contain certain molecules which are isolated and replicated and are effective in killing the bacteria.
-However, the botanical origin of this approach has historically been used in folk medicine as well as modern medicine. Some commonly known medicines that trace their origins to plants are: Aspirin from meadowsweet; Morphine from poppies, Malarial drugs from artemisinin extracted from sweet wormwood.
- Researchers have also found that some botanical extracts prevent "quorum sensing" in bacteria that prevent them from releasing toxins in the infected person. Basically the bacteria don't reach a critical mass and the chemical communication between them is disturbed by these botanical extracts.
- What is very interesting to note is that research also validates that plant remedies work best as complex mixtures of many distinct molecules rather than an extract of 1 or 2 molecules which are deemed to be the active agent. For example, they found that rodents with artemisinin resistant strains of malaria were treated effectively when they were fed whole wormwood leaves from which artemisinin is extracted.
- Next time you go to a pharmacy and buy - garlic, turmeric, agave or other extracts beware since they may not be doing really doing any good. Go for the whole thing in it elemental plant form!

Adam Pryor

Adam Pryor

Postnatal Development of Intestinal Microflora as Influenced by Infant Nutrition

Birth is an exciting moment for the newborn, parents, and relatives, but it is also exciting for the microbial ecologist. The postnatal period of a new human being offers a great opportunity to study, from the very beginning, the formation of a new ecosystem: the microflora of the human gut.

"-At birth the fetus is sterile, and the first encounter with the microbial world begins during delivery.
-type of delivery (natural vs. cesarean) and feeding (breast vs. bottle feeding) play dramatic roles in determining the microflora composition.
-Newborns delivered by cesarean section seem to have a reduced number of bacteria compared with those naturally delivered infants; moreover, the appearance of bifidobacteria seems to be delayed for up to 6 mo of life" ( In fact recently doctors are experimenting with swabbing cesarian birth newborns with mother's vaginal fluids)
-After contamination related to delivery, environmental, oral, and skin microbes from the mother provide the major source of bacteria for the newborn via modes of transfer such as suckling, kissing, and caressing" ( in fact household pets like dogs seem to do a very good job as well)

Jeff Gordan

Jeff Gordan There was a similar article in the WSJ recently speaking about the link between allergies and infant gut. http://www.wsj.com/articles/study-sees-link-between-allergies-and-the-infant-gut-1476122104

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Jeff Gordan

Jeff Gordan

Get Your Children Good and Dirty

Our friend Julia moved to a small free-range pig and poultry farm when her first child, Jedd, was a preschooler. When her second baby was born, she would strap him on her back every morning so that she could go to the chicken coop to pick up eggs.

Have you ever wondered why young kids at the farms are more hardy than others? Don't create a extremely sanitized environment for your kids:
"-Our anti-microbe mission has been accompanied, in industrialized countries, by an explosion in the prevalence of chronic noninfectious diseases and disorders. Diabetes, allergies, asthma, inflammatory bowel diseases, autoimmune diseases, autism, obesity and certain types of cancer are at an all-time high.
-Recent studies find a direct link between the presence and absence of certain bacteria and all of the chronic diseases mentioned above. It turns out that the microbes within us are much more than quiet residents; they are an inherent part of our physiology, and altering them leads to disease.
-Inflammatory diseases (such as asthma, allergies and inflammatory bowel disease) and metabolic diseases (such as obesity and diabetes) are characterized by alterations in our immune system and our metabolic regulation. Knowing what we do now about the role of the microbiota, it is not surprising that these diseases are being diagnosed in more children. "

Source WSJ



Rajat

Rajat

How to Tell That Your Gut Bacteria are Out of Whack? Here Are 7 Signs to Watch For & How to Fix It

The bacteria in your gut can be one of your strongest allies in getting healthy...or it can be one of your worst enemies. Most people don't realize it, but what they eat and how they live are changing the makeup of their gut bacteria.

Some indicators of an imbalance in gut-bacteria:

"Sign 1. Digestive Issues

When you think of the potential consequences of unhealthy gut bacteria, digestive problems are probably the first things that come to mind. Many doctors will prescribe drugs like Prevacid or generic antacids to help people struggling with these issues, but those medications only address surface level symptoms. They don’t get to the root cause of the problem, which is unhealthy gut bacteria. If you’re dealing with any of the following, you might have an unhealthy gut:

Gas
Bloating
Heartburn/acid reflux
Diarrhea
Constipation
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Disease (including Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis)
Sign 2: Mental Issues

Did you know the health of your gut could affect the health of your brain? It’s true. Scientists have already discovered that gut bacteria produce neurotransmitters. Now, they’re focused on another trend: people with certain mental disorders also tend to have disturbances to their gut bacteria.

If you have any of these mental issues, your gut bacteria might be to blame:

Depression and anxiety
Brain fog
OCD
Autism
Sign 3. Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

A healthy gut also plays an important role when it comes to helping your body produce and synthesize vitamins and minerals. When your gut bacteria is out of whack, your body has a harder time getting enough of the following essential vitamins and minerals:

Vitamin D
Vitamin K
Vitamin B12 and B7
Magnesium
If you’re deficient in any of the above (you can find out by getting a simple physical from your doctor), you might have an unhealthy gut.

Sign 4: Antibiotics

Used correctly, antibiotics are one of the greatest innovations of modern medicine, but using them incorrectly can create gut issues. The food industry uses them indiscriminately on factory-farmed animals. Some doctors even use them on viral infections (which is useless). Antibiotics wipe out bad bacteria, but they also wipe out many of the good bacteria in the gut that are essential for your health. Research also suggests that good bacteria wiped out by antibiotics don’t replace themselves unless you intervene.

Sign 5: Chronic, Unmanaged Stress

Stress can wear you down, make you anxious, and increase your blood pressure…and it can also wreak havoc on your gut! Stress is inevitable, no matter how hard we try to avoid it. That isn’t an issue — until you let it go on for too long without managing it. Unmanaged stress raises cortisol levels, which can stop the gut from working properly. If you’ve been stressed for the past few months (or years, or decades) but haven’t acted to manage your stress, you’re more likely to have an unhealthy gut.

Sign 6: Skin Conditions

There’s been a lot of confusion about skin conditions over the years. Much of it comes from the common (but misguided) idea that the symptoms of a condition must appear in the same spot as the condition itself. For many skin conditions, the problem isn’t with the skin itself. It’s with an unhealthy gut. If you have any of these skin conditions, it could be due to unbalanced gut bacteria:

Acne
Rosacea
Psoriasis
Eczema
Sign 7: Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases can be difficult to manage because the body is literally attacking itself. It can be even tougher to spot the source of the problem and address it there. But more research is emerging linking autoimmune diseases to unhealthy guts. If you’re dealing with any of the following, you just might be able to make your symptoms disappear by taking care of your gut:

Hashimoto’s
Rheumatoid arthritis
Inflammatory bowel disease"
Source wisemindhealthbody.com

Rajat

Rajat

Gut Bacteria May Play a Role in Autism

Autism is primarily a disorder of the brain, but research suggests that as many as nine out of 10 individuals with the condition also suffer from gastrointestinal problems such as inflammatory bowel disease and "leaky gut." The latter condition occurs when the intestines become excessively permeable and leak their contents into the bloodstream.

"Researchers do not yet know how exactly gut bacteria might influence behavior, but one hypothesis is that a leaky gut may allow substances to pass into the bloodstream that harm the brain. In the mouse study, the probiotic may have helped reshape the microbial ecosystem and made the intestines more robust, preventing the leakage of such substances, says co-author Elaine Y. Hsiao, a microbiologist at Caltech."

Ethan Garcia

Ethan Garcia

"Alterations in intestinal microbiota composition are associated with several chronic conditions, including obesity and inflammatory diseases. The microbiota of older people displays greater inter-individual variation than that of younger adults. Here we show that the faecal microbiota composition from 178 elderly subjects formed groups, correlating with residence location in the community, day-hospital, rehabilitation or in long-term residential care. However, clustering of subjects by diet separated them by the same residence location and microbiota groupings. The separation of microbiota composition significantly correlated with measures of frailty, co-morbidity, nutritional status, markers of inflammation and with metabolites in faecal water. The individual microbiota of people in long-stay care was significantly less diverse than that of community dwellers. Loss of community-associated microbiota correlated with increased frailty. Collectively, the data support a relationship between diet, microbiota and health status, and indicate a role for diet-driven microbiota alterations in varying rates of health decline upon ageing."

Ethan Garcia

Ethan Garcia

Findings from the Gut--New Insights into the Human Microbiome

People who like milk chocolate have slightly different microbes in their intestines than those who prefer their chocolate dark, although researchers do not know why. Significant differences in the so-called microbiome are also found in individuals based on whether or not they eat a lot of fiber or take certain medications-such as the diabetes drug metformin, female hormones or antihistamines.

"Many activities of modern life, including our obsession with getting rid of germs, deprive us of the microbial diversity that seems to promote long-term health, he says. Low microbial diversity has been associated with several autoimmune disorders..."

Ethan Garcia

Ethan Garcia

How to Make Sauerkraut | The Prairie Homestead

Like when watch the cream you skimmed from yesterday's milk suddenly turn into golden butter ... Or when you are able to make vinegar appear from mere fruit peels. Or when you pack a bunch of cabbage into a jar and it turns into perfectly tangy sauerkraut a week later.

Fermented foods that will increase your gut bacteria and make you healthy:

Kimchi
Kefir
Active Yogurt
Sauerkraut
Kimchi
Kambucha
Indian Dosa mix
Drinking Vinegars
Sourdough Bread
Pickled vegetables


Ted Tyler

Ted Tyler

Harvard study links pasteurized milk to commonly occurring cancers in humans

From Jonathan Benson at Natural News.com: "(NaturalNews) The truth has once again shaken the foundation of the 'American Tower of Babel' that is mainstream science, with a new study out of Harvard University showing that pasteurized milk product from factory farms is linked to causing hormone-dependent cancers.

Compared to raw milk from Mongolia, which is extracted only during the first six months after cows have already given birth, pasteurized factory milk was found to contain up to 33 times more estrone sulfate.
Dr. Davaasambuu and her colleagues identified a clear link between consumption of such high-hormone milk, and high rates of hormone-dependent cancers. In other words, contrary to what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the conventional milk lobby would have you believe, processed milk from factory farms is not a health product, and is directly implicated in causing cancer.
Meanwhile, raw, grass-fed, organic milk from cows milked at the proper times is linked to improving digestion, healing autoimmune disorders, and boosting overall immunity, which can help prevent cancer. Though you will never hear any of this from the mainstream media, all milk is not the same — the way a cow is raised, when it is milked, and how its milk is handled and processed makes all the difference in whether or not the end product promotes health or death….”

Ethan Garcia

Ethan Garcia

Why Are So Few Foods Blue? - Delicious Mysteries

A visit to the farmers market - especially right now - will likely yield a rainbow-colored assortment of fruits and veggies. Come August, the tomatoes alone will span the spectrum from red to purple with nearly everyt shade in between. And yet, if you want something blue, your options are much more limited.

"Exactly which color anthocyanins create depends on their quantity and the pH inside the plant tissue, says Chris Gunter.
-As it turns out, the foods we assume to be blue are far from true blue; instead, they’re more purple.
-they're full of antioxidants, which have been associated with prevention of diseases like cancers, heart disease, and Alzheimer's, health-conscious eaters are starting to pay more attention to them."

Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma

In Cambodia, 'Lucky' Iron Fish For The Cooking Pot Could Fight Anemia

In 2008, Canadian student Christopher Charles was working in rural Cambodia, living in a typical Cambodian house on stilts. He had no electricity, no running water and, he says, a lot of time to sit around and think.

Remember the good luck fish and turtle? I might still have them on my door... Well, my intuition is this is where it came from and of course now it is serving a major purpose! What an idea!!

Ethan Garcia

Ethan Garcia

Why Health Food To One Person May Be Junk Food To Another

It's clear that weight loss is not one-size-fits-all. Now researchers are understanding why.

More research is pointing to the importance of gut microbes.Gut microbes impact the way we react to medicines, food, to everything. They predominantly make us different from each other and not simply the chromosomal structure. ( see a Ted talk on this topic). Want to improve your gut microbes ? Think- Yogurt; Kambucha. But remember one size does not fit all. Check link from Forbes by Alice G. Walton

TheHobMob

TheHobMob

The sustainable, ethical, natural way to eat - the 'clean' approach

Have you ever heard of clean eating? No? I hadn't until I started preparing for the Living Smart session I presented on Healthy Homes, Healthy You back in November.

We discovered Lindsay's lovely blog on minimalism and sustainability.
She subscribes to “If it came from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t.” ~Michael Pollan.

Rajat

Rajat Emma Zahren-Newman

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Ted Tyler

Ted Tyler

The Intriguing Link Between Spicy Food and a Longer Life

People who love chili peppers might be eating their way to a longer life, according to a new study published in The BMJ. "We know something about the beneficial effects of spicy foods basically from animal studies and very small-sized human studies," says study author Lu Qi, associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.

"...studies have found that spicy food and their active components—like capsaicin, the compound found in chili peppers—might lower inflammation, improve metabolic status and have a positive effect on gut bacteria.."

Steve Ashokaan

Steve Ashokaan Why is it that so many people feel sick after eating spicy food?

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Hemen Patel

Hemen Patel posted in blog Great Healthy L...

Healing Power of Honey and Water

Honey has various benefits (prevents cancer and heart disease, reduces ulcers, has antibacterial properties etc.), but have you ever heard of the benefits that comefrom drinking honey-water?

Read More - http://www.dailynutritionnews.com/healing-power-honey-water-combination/

 

Rajat

Rajat

Boosting Testosterone Levels With Common Spices (Yes That's Possible)

In this blog I have already gone trough testosterone boosting foods, bodyhacks, exercises, vitamins & minerals, supplements, and all sorts of other stuff. But spices in full detail is something new. So I got this idea last night and decided to make a definitive list/guide about all the spices I could come up with that in some scientific way will or should, boost our testosterone levels.

I have used this amazing formula against infection and disease: a mix of local honey;shredded ginger: a touch of shaved nutmeg seed ; shredded turmeric root.

Christy Clark

Christy Clark I've also used turmeric, pepper and honey for colds..will add nutmeg

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Mehmood Faisal

Mehmood Faisal Nice

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