3 reasons why cruciferous vegetables can be your biggest ally

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It is true that I have a positive bias toward wholesome foods. But the focus for now is cruciferous vegetables. They come with a credible list of nutrients that are equipped to defend and heal our bodies from the onslaught of harmful pathogens and keep disease at bay. Humour me here for a bit, cruciferous vegetables could be touted as the caped “Avengers” of the Plant Kingdom. I see it in the name as well: CREW_SEE _FOR_US. …


Green vegetables at the grocery
Green vegetables at the grocery
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Greens have become such a focal point for me for a decade or so, that I ensure it is factored throughout my day in multiple servings. Every time I plan a meal, greens will almost always make the cut! It could be lightly steamed or raw - like a salad or a pre-meal smoothie.

It can seem odd. I first realized it when we were out for dinner, at a south Indian restaurant. We were trying this place for the first time. The food was great, the serving size was perfect. Yet I had a hankering for a side salad…


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Enough cannot be said about the gift of water to mankind. Pure water is the living essence of existence. With our body comprising of up to 70% water (differences vary with age) it is significant to note that this drink — often dismissed as an afterthought is crucial for the optimal health of the body.

Pure water comes with a long list of glorifying benefits and with good reason.

My favourite reasons to drink water are:

  • Transport Medium: Water helps transport nutrients and oxygen to cells. Conversely it helps toxins and waste matter exit the body. This helps the body…

Cleaning up my diet has been a long journey of sorts. I thought I was in a good space, with all the inflammatory foods left behind. Only to realize that I had not yet addressed the “salt” in my food.

For a long time, I debated the use of iodized table salt as opposed to unrefined sea salt. But amidst all the regular tasks that every day brings forth, the decision to explore it further took a back-seat.

Till one day, as a casual run to the grocery store my husband and I chanced upon this bp monitor (meant to…


Girl in a yoga pose
Girl in a yoga pose
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It is immensely fascinating to see someone talk about their experience at a cleanse/ detox program. Retreats at a beautiful locale, hot springs nearby, perhaps even a waterfront garden enhances the imagery in my mind. But all of this would be the peripheral “add-ons” (still love it all). The inward journey, clarity of mind, the visible glow of the skin, the renewed energy, the new resolve to inculcate new habits for wellness thats a (HUGE) delight to witness.

The body is designed for cleansing, all on its own — day after day, everyday. Thankfully so. While a great wellness retreat…


Bitter gourd, for better health
Bitter gourd, for better health
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Every once in a while on a school holiday as a child, I recall waking up in the wee hours of the morning. The sun was barely up. My mum would have a bitter tea in hand — usually a decoction of neem. It always tasted the same… disgusting! Why? I would ask? “To keep the bad guys in the belly away” was the prompt reply. Seemed like torture at the time, with sleep so beguiling. But there was no way out of this one. My little brother would throw a fit, wailing away. I remember mum say that if…


Fermented cabbage and beets
Fermented cabbage and beets
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Enough cannot be said about how gut health impacts wellness, immunity and mood. Ensuring the gut microbiome is healthy and thriving is at the core of a smooth running, well-oiled machine we call: our body.

Most cultures world over have since time-immemorial had some version of a pickled/ fermented food as part of their cuisine. Some, more well-known than others like kimchi and sauerkraut. For a long time, I thought it served its purpose as a condiment meant to merely ready/alert the digestive system for the task of digesting the plate of food that would follow. …


Supermarket dairy aisle
Supermarket dairy aisle
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Ten years ago if I was told that dairy would no longer be on my grocery list, I would probably laugh a bit and make a mental note of the audacity of the claim. I grew up believing that dairy (milk and cheese for the most part) was my best answer to fuelling my bones with calcium. That it brought-on its entourage of minerals and micronutrients plugging most of the gaps that my diet could be deficient in. …


Green Smoothies made with spinach, spirulina, almond milk and kiwi
Green Smoothies made with spinach, spirulina, almond milk and kiwi
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The smoothie has been around for a while now. Like a gorgeous garden in spring, recipes galore flooded the inter web. They came with great promise and delivered. A wave of change in eating habits began its slow rumble. Till time brought in its wake a slew of weeds as the sceptics slowly raised their heads.

So what were the objections? Let see: #3 is the most frowned upon.

  1. Blending fruits, vegetables and herbs, oh wait, nuts and seeds too is in fact “processing” them. So, it’s not like biting into a raw piece of fruit or vegetable. …

Foods for a healthy Immune System. Greens, cruciferous vegetables and root vegetables.
Foods for a healthy Immune System. Greens, cruciferous vegetables and root vegetables.
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Our bodies have eternally been designed to meet the challenges that are inflicted on the Immune system. However, everyday choices of food and lifestyle add to the complexity of the scenario.

Environmental pollutants and modernization takes it all on a new level of rigour. The current pandemic has in no uncertain terms brought to light that a robust immune system holds paramount significance as a level of defence against the virus.

Metaphorically speaking, building a fortified resistance (usually built over a time!) against pathogens can be akin to peeling an onion, which could take several posts to cover.

However, the…

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