Health Benefits of Wheat Grass Powder

Wheat Grass
Benefits of Wheat Grass

Wheat grass powder contains high amounts of chlorophyll, which helps detoxify the body. The Chlorophyll aids in sending more oxygen to the cells. Chlorophyll can also stop the activity of certain substances that can cause cancer, and may be able to shield the body from harmful effects of carcinogens, such as premature aging and malfunction of the internal organs.

Wheat grass powder is also considered to be beneficial in repairing and rejuvenating cells due to a glycoprotein called P4D1, which can help to repair DNA that has been damaged. Wheat grass also contains abscise acid – a hormone that is derived from plants and is said to have the ability to kill cancer cells in the body.

Some renowned doctors like Dr Benjamin Gurskin suggest that wheat grass can heal wounds due to its antiseptic properties. Wheat grass may also be able to speed up healing time and can neutralize unpleasant odors that come from wounds.

Net net Wheat Grass is claimed to be helpful in Wound healing, Cellular Repair and strengthening of Immune system and as a detoxifying agent.

Home Remedies for Healthy Glowing Skin and Beautiful Hair

Arrival of Winters i.e dip in temperatures and cold winds affect our overall well being. Our Skin, Health and immunity levels suffer with the changing weather. To ensure that we maintain good appearance i.e. external and internal health, we need to maintain good nutritional levels.

Nature has given us a number of natural substances to help protect our body against the extreme climatic conditions. Following are some of the natural substances that can help us during this winter season.

1. Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera’s herbal and medicinal properties also help in making our body stronger and skin better as it hydrates our body and compensates the loss in moisture from our body.  Its natural calming & soothing properties offer perfect solution for skin and hair disorders.

2. Neem – Since ages our parents have used Neem to solve skin related problems. It is known to be one of the most reliable cures for skin related problems like acne / pimples etc. Skin deep blood impurities and poor levels of digestion in the body lead to zits and bacterial breakouts. Neem consists of blood purifying and cleansing properties thus helping get flawless bright skin.

3.  Amla – Amla is said to be the most quintessential element for beautiful, strong and lustrous hair. Amla is highly enriched with vitamins and minerals particularly Vitamin C & B Complex. It also contains calcium, phosphorous, carotene and iron as nutrients which are good for hair. It helps prevent hair pigmentation and hair loss. It is also rich in anti oxidants thus making it perfect ingredient for maintenance of overall health. Amla is also known as an anti -ageing agent and prevents medical condition hyperlipidemia which means excessive amount of fat developed in the blood.

Major Weight Gain Triggers

a.    Sleep Deprivation: Getting less than 6 – 8 hours of sleep a night impairs body’s ability to process glucose and could make one insulin resistant; Also, not getting enough sleep, decreases levels of leptin, the satiety hormone, and increases level of cortisol, the fat storage hormone. This leads to intense cravings for starchy carbs and sweets that end up getting stored as fat

b.  Stress: People under high levels of stress were more likely to have extra fat around their midsections, which has been linked to cardiac health.. This is because stress triggers the flight or fight response that increases levels of cortisol. Higher and prolonged levels of cortisol in the blood stream stimulate abdominal fat cells. Cortisol also increases appetite especially for carbs and sweets. So not only does stress make one eat more but what one eats, gets stored as fat deep in the belly. Also self gratification, self punishment, depression, anxiety and stress may lead to excess calorie intake

c.    Although Carbohydrates, proteins, fats,  vitamins and minerals all are important for the proper functioning of body but  only in required amounts. One should eat everything yet maintain the portion size – excessive fats and carbohydrates result in obesity. Following a balanced diet will provide body with essential macro and micro nutrients thus helping in overall health

d.    Frequency and size of meals – Our stomach on a general basis digests the food in 2 -3 hours. Once the food is digested it prepares itself for the next meal. But when it is not provided with a snack/meal then it slows down the Metabolism of the body, hence storing energy to utilize it at the time of famine. Also you would end up feeling more hungry after a long gap between meals, thus eating double the quantity & wrong type of food  than what is required by your body

e.    Lack of fiber: High Fiber foods produce a higher degree of satiety than refined foods thus  help prevent obesity by reducing energy intake. Fiber rich foods also have laxative effect, increasing stool bulk and decreasing the transit time, though with considerable individual variation. In absence of high fiber foods, one ends up eating more resulting in weight gain

f.    Low Water intake- Drinking two to three bottles of water a day ensures that the toxins are properly flushed out. Water not only keeps us hydrated, helps in transporting oxygen and nutrients to different parts of the body. It is essential for ensuring proper digestion, boosts metabolism and makes you feel full thereby cutting down your intake of excess/wrong food

g.    Eating too much food that is sugar free and fat free –  Sugar free/fat free foods tend to have lots of sodium and possibly hidden oils to increase the shelf life of the product. They usually contain preservatives & chemicals that interfere with weight loss and add unnecessary toxins to the body

h.    Lack of physical exercise – Physical activity is a paramount in health promotion. As we age, our metabolism reduces. Though obesity can occur at any age, this is more common during middle ages when physical activity decreases without corresponding decrease in food consumption This results in burning lower and lower calories and slowly muscle tissues start getting replaced by fat deposits

Prices of Life Saving drugs in India

We all know that people do business to make money but it is very unfortunate that some people try to make money out of other person’s misery as well. Some of the life saving drugs that are sold in India are sold at exorbitantly high prices with a complete disregard to their cost of import or cost of manufacture.

MRP (Maximum retail price) is anyways something which has been mocked at by companies retailing water as the same bottle of water is retailed at Rs 12 with MRP of 12 printed on it. But if you go to a restaurant or a coffee chain you will find MRP of 45 printed on it. People exploit all the loop holes in the government policies but should the same be true in case of Medicines. Particularly when people know that without medicines someone mightnt be able to live.

Inspite of Government of India taking steps to curb down malpractices in drug pricing they have been highly unsuccessful. I recently experienced it when someone in the family had to be administered Human Albumin, which is considered to be a life saving drug in certain medical conditions.

Fortunately before purchasing the drug we enquired a close relative who happens to be a doctor and obviously has contacts with chemists in Delhi. We finally purchased the drug which has MRP of INR 6030 written on it for  INR 2000. I am pretty sure that cost of the drug to the dealer would have been less than 2000 and he wouldnt have sold it on his cost price. Even if the person was kind enough to sell the 4 bottles to us at his cost price, I was zapped to see the margin in MRP. I infact went to couple of other medical shops post my purchase to check the actual price from them as well. Almost all the chemists were selling the drug for MRP printed on the bottle. One kind gentleman offered 10% discount but that too after showing that he was doing great favor to us.

Anyway, I am not trying to ridicule anyone here but there are certain government agencies whose work is to monitor the pricing of drugs and monitor as to what is the price in comparison to the cost of import – I feel such agencies have failed miserably in the job they are doing and government should do something about drugs that are being sold in the market at these atrocious margins.

Detox after Holiday / Festive Season & get rid of accumulated toxins

Festive season is generally the time when most people end up indulging in a little bit sweets, oily foods, cakes, dry fruits etc. This also leaves one with a sense of guilt at times. After all the bingeing, Detox can be of help.

 Among all the festivities and binge eating, our digestive system gets completely screwed. All the healthy diet plans and weight loss regimes of months are pit on back burner for some time. Infact I also advised my clients to skip 1 week of diet plans as I know most of them wouldnt be able to follow the same during the festive season.  But after all this neglect all parts of body needs some rest from oily and greasy foods, desserts and litres of cold drinks . Detox can be one the ways to get rid of all the toxins one has accumulated in these festive weeks.

A detox diet can make one feel cleaner and lighter. It also helps skin regain its complexion and often leaves people feeling more energetic . Most of my clients report improved energy levels, clearer skin and regular bowel movements and increased concentration.

Detox diet should defintely include following:

  • Lots of water, for it is the perfect drink to cleanse your system and restore the moisture.
  • Oily and fatty food items should be avoided during detox regime
  • Smoking should be avoided during Detox as it robs off all the moisture in the body giving lots of injurious toxins
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables should be part of the detox regime
  • Yoga / 30 mins of brisk walk every day should be included in the detox regime
  • If possible one can also avoid onion, garlic on the detox days and food should definitely not contain much spice
  • Alcohol is a complete no no during the detox regime