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Dill Leaf – The Winter Green

 

Dill is a green leaf that is known for its health benefits. It is available easily in Indian, American and other markets too. The other names include Sabbasige soppu /Chatakuppa/ Soa-Kura  and Soa

Why should you include it ?

Dill leaf is rich in Flavonoids, Antioxidants, Folate, Vitamin A, Calcium , Manganese, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus and Fiber.
Gives the warmth and immunity you need for the harsh and dry winter. It is also a natural aphrodisiac.

What are the other winter foods you should include in your diet? Watch my video on Winter Diet .

Who should include it ?

  • If you have painful and irregular periods, PCOS – Helps in regulating the menstrual flow.
  • If you are nearing menopause – Strengthens bones and regulates hormones.
  • If you feel bloated, constipated or gassy often -Cleanses and deworms your digestive system, improves your digestive juice secretion.
  • If you are a lactating mom – The age-old tradition of giving new moms this herb is still prevalent to improve lactation and to strengthen bones.
  • If you have bad breath or mouth ulcers – Chew on its seeds.
  • If your little one is crying due to colic – Boil water with a few sprigs of dill and give them to drink.
  • If you feel depressed or struggle to sleep – Include it in your diet or drink water boiled with dill leaf .

How can you include it ?

  • Sprinkle on top of dosa or mix with dosa/idli batter – Easy even on a busy weekday morning.
  • Season your potato curry at the end with chopped dill leaves.
  • Mix  dill with wheat flour when you make chapathi or roti.
  • Make a concoction/tea by boiling water and adding a few leaves in it and drink it.
  • Season/Garnish hot lentil soup/Dal/Pappu with chopped dill leaves.

Make sure you use it when the leaf is fresh, else the flavour and properties diminish quickly.

 

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Magnesium – The Miracle Mineral

You must have learnt about Magnesium as an element in school. You would have heard about its health benefits if you are the health conscious type who does ‘Research’ about health and fitness.

Magnesium is crucial for fat and carbohydrate metabolism, synthesising proteins and DNA, producing cellular energy and wound healing. It is essential for the function of more than 300 enzymes in our body. It will also help you be cool before and pain free during your periods.

Magnesium helps to maintain the delicate balance between Vitamin D, calcium and other minerals.

If you are already taking supplements for vitamin D or calcium but not seen improvements, you should include Magnesium rich food in your diet. Most doctors don’t realise the importance of this mineral while treating vitamin D and Calcium deficiency

Magnesium helps in preventing fatigue and low energy levels as it helps in producing energy at cellular level. It is a muscle relaxant which will relieve you from muscle cramps, constipation, insomnia , migraine headaches and high blood pressure. This is also why we take an epsom salt bath for sore legs and muscles.

Low levels of Magnesium can manifest in numerous ways in our body. Some of these are

  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Thyroid problems
  • PMS
  • Calcium deficiency
  • Fatigue
  • Low energy levels
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle cramps
  • Diabetes
  •  Poor sleep
  •  Headache , Migraine
  • Constipation/bloating

The magic wand to cure all of these is to embrace Magnesium rich foods.

Even if you are on thyroid medication or not, Magnesium is essential for the optimal functioning of  Thyroid gland (cells need Mg to convert  T4 to T3). In many cases, improving the Magnesium intake is what is mainly needed to improve an underactive thyroid / Hypothroid.

Magnesium also has a beneficial effect on Diabetes and insulin resistance as its essential for carbohydrate metabolism. Consuming Magnesium rich foods have been proved to lower insulin resistance and fasting blood sugar levels.

What depletes Magnesium from our body?

Stress, supplementation of calcium, Vitamin D , Iron( as the intricate balance of the  minerals are compromised), excessive salt, excess sugar, meat, soft drinks and food grown with chemical fertilizers & depleted soil. Basically, our modern lifestyle and any processed food (that we see on TV).

How do we replenish it?

Some of the richest sources of Magnesium are what we have in plenty in our kitchen, but not on our plate.

 

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Moringa/Drumstick leaves
  •  Melon/pumpkin seeds
  • Drumstick leaves/moringa
  • Sesame seeds
  • Dals/lentils and other pulses
  • Peanuts/groundnuts
  • Channa/chickpea
  • Cashews
  • Rajma/beans
  • Almonds

The above list is less popular than the ‘rich man’s food – salmon, oysters, walnuts and other exotic seafood .

Having the right amount of Magnesium will help you reduce your medication for other issues. Isn’t it clever to fix the leaks in a tank if you want it remain full?

 

Have you thought about increasing your Magnesium intake to fix other health issues?

 

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Ajwain caraway-nature’s own medicine.

 

Wondering how to reduce the number of sick days this winter and improve the immunity of your kids and family?   Have you seen this plant in your garden or in the roadside bush?

Omavalli/karpooravalli/ajwain leaf/panikoorka as it is called in different languages has various uses.

It’s seed (which is generally added while making Rotis) is great for arthritis/rheumatoid pain. It also aids in better digestion. So, the next time you feel bloated /gassy or have indigestion or acidity , just roast a few seeds and chew it with a pinch of jaggery/sugar.

The leaf helps in fighting cold/cough/sinus/fever without harming your gut bacteria and immunity, like standard ‘medicines’ do.  It has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal properties too.

Squeeze a few drops of this juice leaf while boiling milk. To this add a pinch of turmeric & pepper. Give this to your child when they catch cold/cough next time. It works miraculously. Alternatively, make a kadhi with it, or a chutney or hot bajji during cold winter. Anything that suits your palette and blends with your traditional cuisine.

 Try using this leaf before you reach out to that paracetamol, cough syrup or Tylenol/Advil. Your immune system and gut microbiome will surely thank you. The next time you see this on the roadside bush , or neighbour’s garden, don’t hesitate to cut  a stem and grow it in a pot in your patio.

Checkout a quick healthy recipe that uses this leaf.

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