Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

10 natural remedies to remain healthy and fit

Rajkumari Tankha | August 9, 2016 11:45 pm Print
Here we suggest you natural remedies recommended by experts that can help you keep your body and mind healthy and fit
Aloe Vera : Picture for representational purposes only


The best way to maintain good health is to be one with nature. The more we have moved away form nature to a clinical and cosmetic life, the more we have suffered. Here we give you natural remedies recommended by experts that help keep your body and mind healthy and fit. Stock your kitchen with these and more importantly include these items in your daily diet.

1. Coconut to fight fat


Coconut oil is a great for your waist. It is packed with medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that stimulate the liver to burn fat 50 per cent faster than normal. Try having about two tablespoons of coconut oil daily (in your cooking) and you can shed up to three pounds a month.

2. Yoga for insomniacs


Any yoga teacher will tell you that practicing yoga for just 20 minutes a day could get rid of your insomnia. Yoga is just as effective, as taking a sleeping pill. But while a sleeping pill won’t rid you of anxiety, stress and depression, yoga surely will.

3. Ginger to regulate triglycerides

Fresh, dried and powdered ginger

Ginger is very good for the heart, and there are enough studies to back this claim. A daily dose of ginger has the potential to cut the production of triglycerides (fats that clog the arteries) by 27 per cent. Ginger is also twice as effective as aspirin at preventing blood clots and inflammation.

4. Mushrooms to fight bad cholesterol


Mushrooms are packed with antioxidants that prevent the liver’s production of artery-clogging fats. Experts say adding just about a half a cup of mushrooms to your daily diet could cut cholesterol levels by nearly 30 per cent.

5. Chamomile tea to reduce bloating and depression


Chamomile calms the adrenal glands and the production of a stress hormone called cortisol that can interfere with digestion and produce painful gas and belly spasms. Sipping just two cups of chamomile tea daily helps ease bloating and belly pain. Chamomile also causes the brain to produce more painkilling hormones (encephalins) and thus help fight off depression and negative thoughts.

6. Garlic to ward off viruses


Garlic is used to get rid of colds, flu or any other viral infection. Adding one clove of garlic to your daily diet cabn cut your risk of viral infections by almost 43 per cent. This is because garlic is full of allicin, an immunity boosting sulfur compound that fights off the growth and spread of germs.

7. Coriander to get rid of food poisoning symptoms


Coriander is one of the world’s oldest remedy for stomach pain. Coriander seeds can speed up recovery from full-blown intestinal infections by destroying dangerous bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella. Whenever you have stomach problem, add one teaspoon of ground coriander to one cup of boiling water and drink.

8. Honey to treat sinus infections


Honey is one of the top treatments for sinus and throat infections. The natural antibiotics and enzymes in unpasteurized honey can destroy nearly 100 per cent of bacteria and viruses on contact, including the bugs that cause sinus and throat infections. Mix two tablespoons of unpasteurized honey into your coffee or tea to prevent painful infections.

9. Tangy yoghurt for irritable bowel syndrome


Tangy yogurt is an effective treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome because it contains five times healthier, intestine-soothing probiotics than most regular yogurts. Having just a half-cup serving of this magic ingredient daily could trigger a ten-fold increase of healing probiotic bacteria in the digestive tract.

10. Aloe vera to treat skin rashes


Aloe vera is used to treat rashes and other skin problems. It reduces redness, speeds healing, increases the skin’s moisture levels and strengthens resistance to irritants. It is also helpful in treating skin infections like psoriasis. Consuming aloe vera gel or juice increases body’s immunity levels and also help reduce weight.

Rajkumari Tankha
Rajkumari Tankha
The writer is a Delhi-based journalist. She has previously worked for Ministry of I & B (Govt of India), Hindustan Times and Special Audience Publications.