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Stay festive and fit

health and fitness Updated: Oct 22, 2011 17:57 IST
Dr Shikha Sharma
Dr Shikha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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The festive season has begun, and this is a time when food, drink and merriment are the rule. Keeping healthy at this time involves a certain balancing act. Still, by following some umb rules, it is just possible to maintain your health and have fun too.


JuiceThey see an increase in their blood sugar level when they eat foods which do not contain fibre, like maida-based pasta, bakery items, naan, kulcha, pizza, samosas, etc. To balance this, consume extra fibre in the form of a tsp of wheat bran with water, taken at bedtime.

To balance sugary and high glycemic foods, add the juice of amla and aloe vera to wheatgrass and lauki juice every morning. Also, take 1 tsp of triphala powder in the morning.

There are several good preparations of natural diabetes-controlling powder available at Khadi Gram Udyogs, which have a mix of jamun, karela and amla. These help to balance the ill-effects of sugary foods.

Morning exercise: Walking is one of the best-known anti-diabetic activities.

First, it helps insulin become more effective in controlling blood sugar levels.

Second, it mitigates stress, which goes a long way towards balancing hormones and insulin.

Third, it keeps the nerves and blood circulation healthy, preventing several of the side effects of diabetes.

People with complaints of acidity and gas

They can benefit from a vegetable-juice combination consisting of petha, ginger, barley and aloe vera. People worried about weight and diet

Increase your intake of vegetable juices and salads during the day to compensate for the oily food you will eat at night. Drink two bowls of soup daily. Eat oil-free channa / lobhia, mung / sprout chaat. Have one to two tsp of wheat bran during the day with a lot of water. Drink one glass of plain water after every alcoholic drink to hydrate yourself.

WalkingEat small portions of everything, but opt for non-fried snacks. Eat more protein-based snacks than carbs. Take vitamin B complex daily in this season as it takes care of the liver.

Exercise daily for an hour to maintain your figure.

People with high BP and cardiovascular problems
Such patients can increase the time spent doing daily pranayams. Breathing is one of the quickest and simplest ways to control the nervous system. When we get anxious, our breathing gets disrupted. In the same manner, when we want to control anxiety, the best way is to regulate our breathing.

For hypertension, drink one litre of water in small portions between the time you wake up and 12 noon. Water is one of the important ways to regulate circulation; the only caution is for people with kidney problems.

Drinking a mix of wheatgrass and barley grass juice is also helpful as this aids in healing arteries and blood vessels. Wheatgrass and barley grass are a rich source of antoxidants, which help in the repair of blood vessels.

Seabuckthorn juice is also an excellent herbal drink for repairing the arteries, as it has very high levels of antioxidants.

From HT Brunch, October 23

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