I am convinced that both, prevention and management of disease is possible without drugs. Especially when it concerns conditions like diabetes, obesity, low energy, frequent infections, menstrual problems, high cholesterol and gastro intestinal problems.
People usually come to me for dietary reforms because they realise, as they go through life, that food has something to do with their
disorders and symptoms. Health-conscious people follow dietary advice to experience better health by using food as medicine. So, that makes it easier to treat them. But it’s tricky to change a regular person who is disinclined to change his diet that he’s followed lifelong, even if it’s causing him a lot of discomfort.
Dietary modification to such a person does not mean ‘healthy living’, but an interference with the pleasures of life. Unless we realise that vibrant health, mental clarity and high energy can be attained by improving our selection of food, we are likely to lack motivation to change old food habits. Here is some advice for those looking for a change:
Soup for sinus
When the nasal passage gets blocked due to a cold or an infection, this soup can be of some help to you. Although only a small fraction of cold progresses to sinusitis in susceptible people, anything can turn into sinus infection.
Make soup (2 serving) by sautéing 2 tsp of crushed garlic, 1 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 2 onions, 1 tomato and salt to taste. Add water and boil for 5 minutes. Strain if required. Throw in diced capsicum and cauliflower, bring to a boil. Garnish with 2 tbsp of raw radish cut into thin strips. Squeeze lime juice.
Drink it hot, two to three times a day.
Late nights and over-eating are common during the festive season. This may lead to nausea, vomiting, gas and acidity for people with weak livers. You know your liver needs help if you get frequent headaches, sugar cravings, poor digestion, low energy, abdominal bloating, mood swings, food allergies etc. This cold soup will help reduce heart burn and acidity. In two cups of low fat curd, add one grated cucumber, atleast 10 ice cubes, black salt and blend.
Chill in the refrigerator and serve in soup bowls. Garnish with mint leaves.
Gas fighting salad
Flatus (gas) is produced in the intestine by undigested food. Excessive eating, too much non-veg, insufficient water intake and alcohol contribute to it as well as gas formation. Constipation also results in flatus.
Herbs like saunf (fennel), cardamom (elaichi) and peppermint help reduce gas. This salad can be made when you want to eat light. Combine 2 pomegranates, 10 black raisins, 1 amla finely chopped in a bowl on a bed of lettuce leaves. Dress it with few drops of vinegar and black salt. Besides consuming herbs to reduce gas, it also helps if you eat slowly. Chew your food thoroughly. When you gobble it down, you tend to swallow large lumps, which are more likely to be undigested and produce flatus. Teas like chamomile and peppermint help improve digestion, reduce gas and have a calming effect on your nerves.
Take 2-3 cups at bedtime.
Dr Anjali Mukerjee is a nutritionist and founder of Health Total, a nutrition counselling centre