Kashmiri Kahwa

Kashmiri Kahwa is made of green tea, boiled with cinnamon sticks, whole cardamom pods, saffron... with option of rose petals and nuts (slivers of almonds or crushed walnuts) added. It can be sweetened with honey. The fragrance itself gets you into a relaxed mood. Warm, welcoming... sure to be a favourite winter warmer! I would... Continue Reading →

The Indian Gooseberry

Botanical name: Emblica officinalis The fruit is very high in Vitamin C (higher than lime) at 478 mg/ml. The fruit is known as Amala in India The fruit is used in complementary medicine to be protective against or helpful in recovery from many conditions including diabetes, pancreatitis, cancer, inflammation of various types, and gastritis. It... Continue Reading →

Healthful boost

Mornings can start with a simple yet amazing mix of vitamins, fibre, antioxidants and nutrition. We started our morning today with a blend of Beetroot, Apple, Carrots, Mint and Lemon. For someone who usually sticks to the comfort zone of Orange Juice, my friend’s more adventurous selection was a brave new beginning for me.... What... Continue Reading →

Is change possible?

Change is possible, even when it seems impossible. We have seen change occur slowly around us as people reduce their use of plastic bags, learn to recycle, keep their surroundings clean, plant more trees, smoke less.... etc. Yes, change is possible and needs mind control, mindset change, community support, and incentives. In case of our... Continue Reading →

Can fasting lead to longer life?

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Don’t clean your plate – and live longer!

Caloric restriction means taking around 70% of your normal energy requirement, daily for a prolonged period of time. Eat less, live longer… Is it really that simple? When is it too late to start? Can one eat any kind of diet? How long does one continue? How much longer can one possibly live? So many questions pop into the mind… but remain largely unanswered. Much research has been done on yeast, flies, worms, rodents and even on primates to see the effects of energy restriction on lifespan. The results of decades of experiments have generally agreed on one point: fewer calories = longer life.

Fasting rituals are part of many religions and have long professed (anecdotally) many positive effects on health and wellbeing. The very first recorded scientific study on caloric restriction’s direct effect on lifespan was in 1935, by Dr Clive…

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Messengers of change

When a family member goes through a health awakening, their journey of adaptation affects their near ones the most. The daily lifestyle changes and therapeutic interventions involve the close family and friends the most. Filling prescriptions might involve your teenage daughter stopping at the pharmacy on her way home from college. A doctors' visit might... Continue Reading →

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