Vegetarian food for health and happiness
FOOD AND HEALTH:Vegetarian food has already stormed the dining
table in many households throughout the world today. The enthusiasm over
vegetarianism has been growing over the years due to its nutritional
value and its resistance to diseases.
Consultant Cardiologist Dr. D.P. Atukorale says that vegetarian food
contains all the nutrients needed for our healthy living and a balanced,
nutritious diet will keep away many common diseases such as
hypertension, heart diseases, infections and even cancer.
A nutritious diet should consist of Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fat,
Vitamins, Minerals and Fibres.
Carbohydrates are found in food such as rice, bread, Potatoes,
Kurakkan and fruits. It provides strength and energy and make our
Vegetarian food containing proteins like milk products, grains,
seeds, vegetables and nuts helps reducing cholesterol in blood,
increases bone strength and reduces the risk of Osteoporosis.
Avocado, cashew nuts, gingili Oil and sun flower oil are among many
that contain fats. Fats are necessary to keep our bodies healthy and
unsaturated fats reduce the incidence of heart attacks, he says.
Vitamins are essential for normal metabolism, growth and development
of our bodies. There are a number of vitamins, each work to protect our
bodies from different ailments. Soya, dairy products, vegetables and
fruits contain many variety of vitamins.
Calcium, Magnesium, iron, phosphorus and potassium fall under the
category of minerals. Calcium is essential for the formation of bones
and teeth and mainly minerals in spinach, gotu kola and local vegetables
ensure smooth cardiac functioning and nerve and muscle function. Fibre
is not found in meat, fish and egg but only present in vegetarian diet.
Green vegetables, kohila, jackfruit, yeast and fruits contain fibre.
Diseases of the stomach and the intestine
Our gastrointestinal system is similar to that of non-meat eating
animals such as monkeys, rabbits and deer. The hydrochloric acid (HCL)
content in human stomach is quite low.
Our small intestine is about 23 feet long and the large intestine is
about 6 feet long and this is an adaptation for maximum digestion of
plant foods. When the toxic products of the meat remain longer in the
intestine of vegetarians there is the tendency for developing cancer.
Obesity is a condition, non-vegetarians are often faced with.
Statistics show that in the United States, 60 percent of the population
over 40 years of age are over-weight. Those who are over-weight are more
prone to develop diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease,
arthritis, varicose veins and cancer.
(High blood pressure)
The set up of hormones in non-vegetarians is different from those of
vegetarians. There is scientific evidence to show that incidence of
hypertension is lower among vegetarians compared to non-vegetarians.
Vegetarians are less subject to heart disease because
(a) Vegetarians are less prone to obesity.
(b) Vegetarians have lower levels of blood cholesterol than
(I) unsaturated fats in vegetarian diet tend to lower LDL (bad)
(ii) vegetarian food does not contain cholesterol
(c) Diabetes is less common among vegetarians.
(d) Smoking is rare among vegetarians.
(e) Alcoholism is not common among vegetarians.
Vegetarians are less prone to develop cancer. Meat eaters are more
prone to develop cancer of the stomach, large intestine, prostrate,
breasts, bladder, cervix and ovaries.
Antioxidants in vegetarian diet (fresh fruits an vegetables) such as
vitamin E, vitamin C and betacarotene prevent development of cancer.
Vegetarians have less free radicals compared to non-vegetarians. As such
they are less prone to cancer, heart disease other degenerative
Bacterial and viral infections
Vegetarians will never get infected with diseases like Mad Cow
Disease and Tape Worm Disease (which occur in people who eat infected
pork, fish and beef)
Food poisoning is an ailment common among non-vegetarians and is very
rare among vegetarians. Food poisoning is due to contamination of our
food by bacteria such as E. Coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus and
Campylobacter and is characterized by severe vomiting, abdominal pain
and diarrhoea few hours after taking meals usually in a restaurant or a
Mental disease are more prevalent among non-vegetarians compared to
vegetarians. Migraine is less common among vegetarians. Addiction to
liquor is very rare among vegetarians compared to non-vegetarians.
When one has a heavy meal consisting of meat, a good night's sleep is
not possible. Food rich in carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables and sweets
taken before one goes to bed, helps to relax people and helps one to
wake up with pleasant feelings and a restful nights sleep makes one able
to concentrate on his work better.
In the Indian prison camp Golier, prisoners when given vegetarian
food became less quarrelsome. But when reverted to meat diet became
boisterous and quarrelsome.
A Japanese Professor has pointed our that, there would be peaceful
co-existence and that the world would be a better place to live in if
the world population subsisted on a vegetarian diet.
Extraction from "Vegetarian Food for Health and Happiness" by Dr. D.P.
Forever happy feet
BEAUTY CARE: Our feet are often the least pampered part of our
bodies, put the spring back in your step by giving some tender loving
care to your feet.
Our feet carry our weight but we tend to neglect them until they
start hurting, forgetting they deserve the best especially after long
tiring summer days.
The biggest favour we can do for our feet is to make sure that feet
skin is in good condition. According to the Chinese, washing your feet
at night is a must as during the day toxins are excreted through the
feet, which can be reabsorbed at night and helps you stay clear of
Tackling foot problems
Your feet need comfort at all times, choose fashion footwear
sensibly. Chiropodists are of the opinion that trend for high heels and
narrow toes make it much more likely for today's women to develop
Bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe, it
is not an old age disease; younger women are getting them often these
days. Nobody is born with bunion, wrong footwear encourages the disease
mostly by toenails growing into the nail bed and causing infection.
Diseases like hammertoes, bunion and corns are result of crowded toe
conditions. Always do shoe shopping after morning hours as your feet are
still rested in the mornings. So next time you go for fashion shoe
hunting, look for comfort!
Diabetics must not let neglect take a toll on their feet. For happy
feet they must have their feet examined regularly to look for problems
as early as possible, with diabetes under control, the chance of
developing foot ulcers is always less.
A close look at feet everyday between toes and for reduced sensation
or numbness must be made into a habit. Any cut, abrasion, redness and
swelling must be attended to immediately by your doctor or chiropodist.
Avoid dealing with corns on your own.
Do not use corn remover plasters (acid) without the knowledge of your
doctor. Tread carefully, avoid injuries. Do not walk bare feet as there
is always a chance of damaging your skin.
Take care that you don't want exposure to chemicals. Poor circulation
is another challenge for diabetics. Avoid socks that are too tight
around the ankles.
For silky, soft feet
Add honey in your footbath. Apparently, honey forms hydrogen
peroxide, which is a great anti bacterial agent. It also contains anti-
oxidants and attracts moisture (humectants).
Wash your feet in warm soapy water; do not soak them as the soap will
rob your feet off natural oils. Dry thoroughly especially between toes.
Use moisturiser liberally as severe dry skin may result in deep
cracks in the skin's surface, especially in the feet.
Keep hard skin at bay with using a pumice stone, foot file on ongoing
basis. Do not remove all the dead skin on the hard heel padding, leave
some to protect and cushion the heel.
Minimise the risk of ingrown toenails. The trick is to cut the nail
across to discourage infection. Athlete's foot is a common disease that
causes flaky skin and cracks between toes sometimes causing infection.
Best treated by anti- fungal cream.
For clean feet and to get rid of bad odour, mix together half water
and lemon juice. Dip a paper towel and wipe feet.
People with corns must see a chiropodist every 10 to 12 weeks.
Always dry feet after bath and before wearing socks and foot wear to
avoid fungal infection.
When your feet have notched up plenty of miles, it is advisable for
tired feet to go for a footbath. Add up to 12 drops of cypress oil to
warm water for smelly feet and the same amount of lavender or peppermint
in cool water on hot days.
Never wear the same shoe for two days; it takes 24 hours for them to
dry thoroughly. Damp shoes encourage fungi to thrive.
Happy feet make happy people. But the happy feet don't just look
lovely they are truly healthy!
A Feng Shui Bedroom tip for a good night's sleep
HOME: Each area of your home needs to have its own special aspects
looked at. Your Feng Shui decorating will have to be individualised for
the purpose of each and every room that you live in.
For example the rooms that you use for entertaining should be bright
coloured to bring in some energy and vitality while other rooms like
your bedroom should be softer and more comforting. Arranging your bed
room according to Feng Shui tips will bring you relaxation along with a
undisturbed sleep which leads to a bright, energetic morning.
A good Feng Shui bedroom tip is to paint your bedroom green. Green is
perfect for this room because it will bring balance to the room and it
is also a healing and a calming colour.
Finding a free Feng Shui tip like this one can change the way that
you live your life from day to day. You will finally be able to have
some control over the energy flow of your home with the use of Feng Shui.
Another great Feng Shui tip for home is to start using dimmers on
your lighting fixtures. This is a wonderful way to help you control the
You will be able to adjust the lighting and thus change the entire
feel of the room simply and easily.
These switches are affordable and quite easy to install so anyone can
add them to their home with ease.
You see, Feng Shui does not have to be difficult, all it takes is a
little knowledge and know how. Start slow and learn as you go and make
use of any Feng Shui tip that you come across in your travels.
(Art of Feng Shui)