Lessen toxins in your body – Naini Setalvad


I had done lip service to organic food 10 years ago.  How could I ask the money conscious Indian eaters to spend more on organic food, let  me  share  with  you  what  I  discovered  the premium cost of organic produce is a price worth paying.

A chance meeting with the obesity psychiatrist with the John Hopkins Medical Centre really shook me up.  She pointed to the humongous sizes of Americans, the alarming rise of psychological disorders, early puberty, all kinds of cancers, hyperactivity, and attention disorder in children was due to chemicals, colours, pesticides and additives in the food.

The growth hormones pumped into food to increase its shelf life and even make it look larger; had a profound effect on the population’s waist size and health. Unfortunately, we are now having similar problems. Childhood obesity is on the rise, we are the world’s diabetes capital, menstrual irregularities like Polycystic Ovarian Disorder and Endometriosis are alarmingly increasing and every second person seems to have a high blood pressure, cholesterol, cancer is quite common and psychological problems are increasing.

Perhaps the greatest horror of all is that our children are constantly exposed to these dangers. They are unfortunately born into a toxin-laden environment. Their small bodies are less able to eliminate these poisons. Non-organic crops also have a higher trace of toxic metals and pesticides many of these compounds have been linked to risk cancers.

Childhood is a “critical period” in human development when exposure to a toxin can permanently alter the way an individual’s biological system operates. I finally understood the western world’s new mantra “Organic Food”; the reason, it is safe, free of disease promoting chemicals.

Go organic. It  is easy  to  buy  grains  pulses  spices  at  supermarkets and  online  look  for  certified  organic food. The organic food reflects your attitude towards life and to the world because pure food sustains life – bad food kills. For healthy growth, we need pure food.

We fed our children with love; now feed them with confidence that their food is safe and their future is bright. Why to poison your children and family; when you can buy organic food now!

Licorice – history and uses

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Egyptians used licorice as a cure-all and they were in love with it. The teenage paroah king Tut had huge amounts of licorice in his treasury which he wanted to take with him into the next world. He did not want to miss out on his sweet drink “mai sus”.  Later when imported into China, it made its place in Chinese medicine too.Native to Europe and Asia, this root called Glycyrrhiza glabra  later termed as licorice is a wonder. The Hindu brahmins believed that a drink created with licorice, milk and sugar would result in an increase of sexual vigor. Theophrastus called it Scythian root, writing in the third century B.C. The Scythians were able to go twelve days without drinking water because they chewed on Licorice root and ate mare’s cheese.

In modern day Licorice is used to make tea, medicines and candies, but having said that should be consumed in limited quantities, so the experts say. Like all good things come in small packages.

Known to cure common cold, cough, stomach ulcers and bad breath too, licorice is an important ingredient in the kitchen we would say!



Five health benefits of Ragi that you weren’t aware of

Want to be leaner, fitter and healthier? Turn to the age-old wisdom of growing and consuming millets. It is said that when humans weren’t engaging with agriculture on this large a scale, we mostly consumed millets. And be not afraid, there are more than 13 varieties of millets found in India.

In this post though we’re focussing on a power-house of goodness and fibre, finger millet. Also known as Ragi.


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  1. Aids in weight loss – Tryptophan, no, we’re not talking about Superman, but most likely with a good diet and good doses of workouts you may prove to be one! Tryptophan is an enzyme found in Ragi, which aids weight loss and increases metabolic rate. The high amount of dietary fiber combines with water and keeps the stomach fuller for a longer period of time. It is low in unsaturated fats that make it the ideal cereal for those looking to lose weight. The heaviness of the dietary fiber slows down the rate of digestion thereby keeping us fuller for longer with very less calories.
  2. Increases bone strength – This got us too! Ragi is the only plant source with huge amounts of calcium. So in addition to weigh-tloss it also helps strengthen and repair your bones. Averting Osteoporosis never seemed that easy!
  3. Aids relaxation – Tryptophan and other amino acids found in Ragi work as natural antioxidants and help relax and fight damage-causing radicals. Hence it also aids in getting a sound sleep at night.
  4. Anti-aging  – It helps your metabolism, digestion, helps you feel full of energy through your day and it also reverts skin aging. That is true. The vital amino acids Methionine and Lysine present in the cereal helps in creation and maintenance of collagen. It is a substance that supports the skin tissues to make it supple and lively thereby making it less prone to wrinkles and sagging.
  5. Helps build muscle and burn fat – It is a well-known fact that any food promoting healthy metabolic levels in the body will help burn fat. Ragi being the richest source of protein after Spirulina in the plant kingdom, also helps repair and build muscles over fat. All you body builders should have that drink called Ragi Malt.

We hope you find this post informative and will add the wonderful cereal to your daily diet.


Make summer interesting with this recipe!

Water is what carries out the waste from your body, it purifies you of the toxins and chemicals and other unwanted materials. Which is why it is important to drink enough water during the day. We found this recipe and present it here with our CF twist.


2 Oranges/Tangerines
1 Cucumber
1 Bunch of mint
Sliced fresh ginger
2 Lemons
A handful of Indian Basil (Tulsi)
Sabja seeds
1 tbspn CF Herbal Cha (brewed in lukewarm water, which can then be added to the jug)


Mix in a pitcher before bed and drink the next day.


Vertical Farming – The future?

What is vertical farming?

In 2008 Dickson Despommier, an emeritus professor of microbiology and Public Health at Columbia University, appeared on the Colbert Report and shared the idea of vertical farming. The idea came into existence way back in 1999 when his students decided to try out rooftop farming for a project in Manhattan. They chose to grow rice on the available rooftops to see how much of the population could be fed. They ended up feeling like failures as they could only feed about 2% of the population. But Dickson was sure that it wasn’t really their failure and only their first step towards something huge.

Today vertical farming promises abundance of food, via the practice of producing food in vertically stacked layers in almost any sort of construction. Though some people might not agree to the way it is done. As vertical farming will mostly always need Controlled Environment Agriculture Technology (CEA) where all factors are controlled by humans.

Is it the way to go?

Despommier argues that vertical farming is beneficial to the environment. To some extent it does make sense. Imagine a skyscraper and imagine that you could walk in and order the lettuce, spinach, herbs that you  wanted for the coming week. Despommier claims that cultivation of vegetation in skyscrapers with the help of CEA technology will require less energy and less water. Currently agriculture requires upto 70% of our water supply. He also states that natural landscape farming in current environmental situations is actually harmful for the plant life hence the plants lose nutritional value and sometimes even carry toxic residues.

Whether or not it is really the way to go further is debatable and there are many views on the same. Now that we’ve managed to get you hooked, find videos below that explains further on the subject.



Go green or solar! Viva la France!

It seems that France understands the impact our traditional ways of generating and consuming energy are having on the environment, hence the government has recently declared that rooftops on all new commercial buildings are to have green roofs or solar panels.

Green roofs have an isolating effect, helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer.

Not only will this new legislation bring dramatic changes to the nation’s skylines and bolster the efficiency of all new commercial construction, but the law will help France pick up the pace the solar adoption—which has lagged behind other European nations in recent years.


Creating a healthy eating pattern


Want to lose weight or just feel light and healthy? Paleo, microbiotic, high care, low carb, many many such names come to mind. The truth though, is that, no one diet can be a perfect fit for everyone.

So what does it take to customise one to suit yourself? We have tried to outline a few steps that may help.

1. A full check up and a nutritionist – Its advisable to get a full check up done to get full stats and get them checked by a nutritionist for an initial guideline.

2. Elimination – a plan that involves eating only fresh, whole and unprocessed foods two to three times a week. Stuff that is easy for the body to digest and is toxin and additives free.

There are numerous resources online that will help with this kind of a diet, we would recommend eliminating gluten, pork, beef, calorie rich nuts and fruits.

3. Determining which foods make you feel the best – Once you know which foods you want to avoid, identifying foods that make the foundation of your daily  meals  (we don’t like the term diet so much) will help make a successful lifestyle change.

Typology-based systems, such as Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s blood-type profiles and Ayurveda’s dosha profiles, may also be helpful in determining which foods are right for you.

4. Creating a meal plan – Depending on which blood type you are or which ayurvedic profile you fit into you may lay the foundations of your meal plan.

Ultimately, any dietary plan you choose should make you feel good and be sustainable over time. Instead of trying to fit yourself into a single diet plan, try combining elements you like from a variety of different diets or adjusting aspects of specific regimens to meet your needs.

Stay Conscious! Stay healthy!

What happens in your body when you walk or jump rope

We all know its important for us to exercise to keep our body fit and fine, some of us like to take it to the other extreme and push ourselves and set newer boundaries. A secret? Those are the kinds of people who have their skin glowing and the right juices working on the fat and trans fats in the body all day.


Take a look at what happens in your body when you engage  in the following activities :

Walking – 

Here’s a minute-by-minute rundown of the amazing chain reaction walking and exercise has upon your body, it’s truly amazing!

Minutes 1 to 5

Your first few steps trigger the release of energy-producing chemicals in your cells to fuel your walk. Your heart rate revs-up from about 70 to 100 beats per minute (bpm), boosting blood-flow and warming muscles.
Any stiffness subsides as joints release lubricating fluid to help you move more easily. As you get moving, your body burns 5 calories per minute, compared with only 1 per minute at rest. Your body needs more fuel and starts pulling from its carbohydrates and fat stores.

Minutes 6 to 10

Heartbeat increases from 100 to about 140 bpm, and you’re burning up to 6 calories a minute as you pick up the pace. A slight rise in blood pressure is countered by the release of chemicals that expand blood vessels, bringing more blood and oxygen to working muscles.

Minutes 11 to 20

Your body temperature keeps rising, and you start to perspire as blood vessels near the skin expand to release heat. As your walk becomes brisker, you’ll be burning up to 7 calories a minute and breathing harder. Hormones such as epinephrine and glucagon rise to release fuel to the muscles.

Minutes 21 to 45

Feeling invigorated, you start to relax as your body releases tension, thanks in part to a dose of feel-good chemicals such as endorphins in your brain. As more fat is burned, insulin (which helps store fat) drops–excellent news for anyone battling excess weight or diabetes.

Minutes 46 to 60

Your muscles may feel fatigued as carbohydrates stores are reduced. As you cool down, your heart rate decreases and your breathing slows. You’ll be burning fewer calories but more than you were before you started. Your calorie burn will remain elevated for up to 1 hour.

All this happens without a single conscious thought from us – the human body is amazing.

Jumping Rope –

Traditionally, jumping rope falls under the category of cardiovascular exercise. When jump ropes are used for longer duration sessions, you can burn a lot calories. The great thing about varying your jump rope training to include shorter, high-intensity interval sets (especially with a weighted rope) is that you are getting much higher muscle activation and recruiting more muscle fibers for both upper and lower body. This will actually help you build muscle over time, which can make your body more efficient at burning calories. Think of the difference between a distance runner’s physique and a sprinter’s physique and that will give you a good analogy of the different results you can get from varied jump rope training routines.

The jump rope is an excellent tool for enhancing athletic performance and is one of the main reasons the rope is so popular. Anyone that competes in a sport that involves coordination, footwork, quickness, hand speed, agility, rhythm, and even power – whether competitively or recreationally – will definitely benefit from training with a jump rope. If you take a look back at video archives of the best boxers in history – Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather – you will find that they are amazing with a jump rope. Jamaican gold medal-winning sprinter Usain Bolt smuggled a jump rope into the stadium (for some reason they weren’t allowed) for use prior to his races in past Olympics. The top athletes are using jump ropes because there are so many performance benefits.

There are definitely some other great considerations to take into account with the jump rope. They are very portable. If you are traveling or have limited space in your gym bag, it’s a convenient tool to have. If you look at the expense of typical cardio machines – treadmills, ellipticals, or stationary bikes – those can cost hundreds and thousands of dollars. You can get a decent jump rope for a few bucks.

One of the main perks of the rope is the satisfaction and enjoyment that comes with it. The initial difficulty of learning to jump is often a barrier for people. It takes time and effort to learn to jump rope and learn a variety of skills and that’s why you might not see a whole lot of individuals jumping at the gym. Anyone can hop on a machine. Learning to jump is a very satisfying feeling. It keeps people engaged and challenge and helps to avoid the monotony inherent in many other types of cardiovascular exercises that lead to disinterest.

A random jump roping session might not do much to increase VO2 Max. But within the context of a high-intensity interval routine – say, Tabata routine – jumping rope can be easily integrated to achieve great results. You can also jump rope between sets of other exercises, go for time or total skips, etc., to suit your needs for that workout.


Note – resources to the article linked below


Tracking your health and fitness

Today’s fast paced life doesn’t really allow us the luxury (it is that, when we look at a healthy body that way) of working with our body and keep it running at its optimum performance state. Our lifestyle now also includes stationary jobs, lots and lots of pollution, radiation from all the electronic devices we use, etc and all this is not necessarily healthy for us. Thankfully technology has another aspect.

There are ways in which technology can help you track your health and fitness goals/progress.

Take a look below