Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Calcium rich food

Todays topic is about calcium, its role,food contents which are rich in calcium and ways to prevent reduced calcium count and protect the health of bones.As this was requested by one of the regular visitor here i am with this topic.

To begin with calcium is the essential component of the body.Its a mineral which helps in building the skeletal frame of the body.Bones and the teeth in our body mainly contains calcim with phoshorus that is in the form of calcium phosphate.
Calcium is one such mineral which is produced in our body to a little extent .It is absorbed from the blood and store in bones to a little extent.

Generally the growth of the body takes place from 0-25 yrs of age.It various in each indivisual.Noramally at an average -
Femals its from 0-19 yrs
Males its 0-22 yrs at an average.
This is mainly carried out by the growth harmaone which is released from pitutory glands located in the brain.But the body continues to built up the bone mass and the density up till 30 yrs of ageHEnece one must indulge in food habbits which is rich in calcium,magnesiun,potassium and vitamin-D and K2 throughout childhood and adolescence for a healthy and strong bone.

Reasons for reduce calcium levels-
1.Poor absorbtion of calcium by the system
2.Reduced intake of calcium
3.Some thyroid gland malfunctioning[As its responsible for the maintanace of calcium level in the body.
4.During the menopausal period.
5.unkown causes
6.Improper assimilation of calcium .

Reduced calcium level in the body leads to :-
-frequent fractures of the bone
-delayed clotting of blood if there is some injury
-cavities in tooth.
-reduced body weight
-problems related to heart as it helps in pumping actions of the heart.
-pain in multiple joints etc

Causes of osteo porosis:
-Reduced calcium intake
-sedentory life style
-improper care during menopause
-cigarette smoking
-excessive alcohol intake
-intake of immuno suppressive drugs
-harmonal imbalance
-improper fuctioning of thyroid glands

Food items which are rich in calcium :-
Animal product:
-Curds/yogurt [contains much calcium than milk also]
-Cheese [note ricotta cheese is rich in calcium than any other cheese]
-fish [salmon with bone is really a good source of calcium]
-meat with bones are much beneficial

Plant product:
-Soya milk,and even curds etc.
-Soya bean
-Turnip leaves
-All leafy vegetables
-corn bread

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Simple methods to gain weight

My todays topic is a request by a friend.Feel free to ask for the topics of your choice and i'll be happy to post them.Well many of the indivisuals are facing the problem of underweight.due to many reasons one may not gain weight and by eating or following same procedures the other may easily gain weight.There are various reason for this.

It may be due to the genes.Parents or one of the parent has the nature of not gaining weight even though the person involves in any type of food habbits or regimen.So this will be inherited by the offspring also.

There may be some problem because of which the persons intestine may not be able to absorb the essential materials or end products of digestion which inturn results in malnurishment thus leading to underweight.

3.Digestive problems:
The indivisual may not be in the state of having enough food due to some causes like for eg- some get indigestion if they have even a little extra food,or may be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome,or colonitis or something like that.The person may not be involving with correct habbits or exercises to get the food digested well , assimilated and the good part of the end product of digestion to be absorbed to meet the body needs.


The person may be unaware about the proper quantity or proportion of various component of food what he has to consume.
Like the vegetables which he has to take about half the portion of his meal,then fats and carbs together about 1/4 part odf his diet,protiens and vitamins to 1/4 th part of his meal.thus it goes on.We generally say this as stomach may be divided to 3 parts and - 1/3rd of it must be filled with solid food particals ,
- another 1/3 rd must be filled with liquid particals
- last 1/3 rd must be left vacant for the air to circulate and aid the digestion.

I have already mentioned about the shad rasa yukta ahara to be consumed and at what stages they have to be consumed in my earlier post.So please follow them if you have missed.

5.Low Hb% in the body:
If a person is aneamic also then wont gain weight.so boost up your Hb%

6.Unkown cause:
Here no matter what ever the person does,there is no problems of digestion absorption or malnourishment but the indivisual remains thin but active and helathy.This is ok.That can be called as his inborn constitution which i will be discussing in my future posts.

Now you might have already tried many home remidies or medicine for this problem of under weight or or over lean ...
But here are some easy and simple remidies.so goahead aand give a try.I will be prescribing some ayurvedic medicines but this is general.It varies from person to person depending upon thier age ,weight and duration,appitite.So one who wanna try ayurvedic medicines which are really promising as i have tried in many patients and have got wonderful results please contact me and i can advice you for proper dosage and pathya, etc.

1.Home remidies direct from your kitchen:-
-you must first record your weight before starting this and record weekly on a perticular day of a week for a month.

A]- Take 1tbsp of ghee and add 1tbsp of sugar to it mix and lick this mixture little by little in empty stomach just before lunch and dinner .and then after 30 mins you can have your meals.
- Continue this for atleast a month to see the benifits.

B]- Make a habbit of consuming one well ripen banana with a cup of warm milk with a tsp of ghee mixed or stirred into itwith little sugar .Here sugar is for taste.

C]- Make a habbit of eating food in little quantity for very 2 hrs.Here i dont mean junks.May be fruits,vegetables,juices,dry fruits etcs.

D]-Always eat well balanced food,Which includes all the essential components including good fats also.

E]-Drink water after you meal atleast 1 cup full.this will help for better digestion and also to gain weight.

F]- Boost up your apittite by working out daily for atleast 30 mins.May be brisk walk,or just alittle bit of walking,dancing etc.

G]-Make a habbit of taking a light nap after a afternoon meal for about 30 mins to 1 hr.This will also help to gain weight.Try to get sound and good amount of sleep at nights too.

H]- Try to remain calm and happy.this contentment is really required because this is always related to mind .Body and mind are interlinked...So well balanced state of body with mind is called as a healthy condition or the man is called helathy.

I]-Eat soaked dry grapes or dates soaked in warm milk over night .this should be taken empty stomach.It will also increase the Hb% .thus acts as two in one.

2] Now comming down to Ayurvedic medicines:-
1.Khushmanda avaleha - 1 tsp twice daily with a cup of warm milk before bed and early in tghe morning empty stomach has a wonderful result.This should be done atleast for a month.this will also increase the heamoglobin percentage in the blood

2.Swamala compound a leha of doothpapeshwar company works wonders over the mal-nourished body.Even this should be taken spoon ful early morning or just before food with a cup of milk for best result.this should be take for atleast 1 month.

3.Ashwagandhavaleha-this one more type of avaleha which helps as a general tonic and given even better reults in men.May be taken with warm water or milk.

4.Chavan prash-This is also a very good leha.Method of intake is same as other.It has many dry fruits,amla[gooseberry and many medicinal roots].Best for emaciation caused as a result of some chronic diseases.

5.Draksharista- 3tsp of this should be taken with equal amount of boiled and cooled water with a drop of honey thrice a day for atleast 1 month.

6.Ashwaganda choorna may be taken with ghee or honey or even milk thrice daily .

Thus there are many more Aushadha /medicines in Ayurveda for this or any other problems.