A herb, a nut, a fruit a day #1 of 7

A herb, a nut, a fruit a day

This 7 part herb, nut and fruit series gives you a way to slide these health gems into your week with minimum effort. What better way to keep the doctor away? 

Herb in focus: Turmeric

This pleasantly bright, yellow herb is regularly used in most Indian cooking. Sprinkled over curries in powder form, it has a range of terrific side-effects:

  • fights body wide inflammation
  • eases digestive disorders
  • soothes skin irritation
  • improves lipid profiles
  • delays cognitive decline
  • supports joint and muscle health

How to Turmeric: Use a pinch of this herb in your soups, curries or vegetable dishes; or simply in a glass of warm water or milk. Salt water gargling when you have the throat bug, gets much more effective when laced with turmeric.

If you use face/body-packs, add a dash of turmeric to it to cleanse the skin. Always try out the pack on a small area of skin before applying all over the face or body. Make one yourself with turmeric (just a pinch), equal proportions of gram flour and yogurt.

Nuts in the spot: Tree-nuts

This include almonds, brazil nuts, cashew nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts. (Sorry, not peanuts. These are legumes which grow underground and not on trees.) If you drive home those nuts, they will reduce:

  • fasting blood glucose levels
  • HbA1c- medical jargon for a 3 month average of your sugar levels
  • LDL & Triglycerides (Bad Lipids)
  • high blood pressure
  • risk of obesity

Tree-nuts are cardio-protective, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative. In English- they’re fantastic health boosts, go get them!

How to Tree-nut: Use them as a mid-morning or mid-evening snack, as an additive to your oats bowl or in a delicious salad or smoothie.

Fruit of interest: Banana

Besides being packed with nutrients, bananas have another brilliant quality not may of us know about. These easy to carry around, minimum-fuss fruits help to:

  • aid digestion due to their fibre content
  • prevent heart and degenerative diseases with anti-oxidants
  • relieve exercise-induced muscle cramps
  • make you sleepy! Its magnesium and potassium relax muscles while the carbs and L-Tryptophan (amino acid with sedative effects) induce sleep.

How to Banana: Just as it is; as a Banana-cinnamon-coconut milk smoothie or as a delicious spread- mash banana, unsweetened cocoa powder, honey and avocado (optional) together and get a heady rush of goodness.

Caution: for Diabetics and those with kidney trouble please check with your doctor/nutritionist before you go gaga on bananas.