Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning Indian food and insecticide.
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Indian food has a reputation for being too fatty and too spicy. Perhaps we’ve been shopping in the wrong places because when prepared with wholesome fresh ingredients, this food is almost medicine. Ever wondered why Indian food is so tasty? It’s cooked according to aviated healing principles which suggest that a single meal should include sweet, salty, sour, pungent bitter and astringent principles. It’s all for the health of body and spirit. Ginger is a main player in India cuisine. It contains gingerol, a substance that relaxes blood vessels and encourages femoral circulation. Tumiric is also used too. It has anti-inflammatory properties for the bowel keeping things like Crohne’s Disease ulcerative cholitis at bay. But make sure that real tumiric is being used, sometimes, food coloring is put in to brighten it up. Garam Masala is another herb combination commonly used to spice things up. Containing cinnamon, it’s great for brain function and helps regulate the blood sugar. Mustard seeds too have amazing health benefits. They’ve been found to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Indian cuisine is a must over winter or at any time to keep your immune system in tip top system. Flu germs don’t stand a chance against this arsenal of herbs and spices. Be sure to pick a restaurant that uses the freshest of ingredients and avoids food coloring and you body, mind and spirit are in for a flavorsome treat. They’re tasteless, they are invisible and yet a lot of us eat them every single day. Insecticides are still making an appearance in our side salads. But you can avoid them if you know what to look out for. Lettuce is a highly sprayed crop. Grow your own instead of buying it. It grows all year round and you don’t have to have a green finger. Every morning, you can hand pick the snails off and use soapy or garlicky water to get rid of insects. Be kind to the little creatures in the soil. They’re there for a reason. They aerate the soil and create nutrients. Insecticides kill these little gems too. Why not consider companion planting to dissuade insects from eating your goodies. Marigold flowers keep the bugs away and daisies are full of natural insecticide, your veggie garden will look pretty too. There’s a big move toward biodynamic farming in the community. Governments are even subsidizing these businesses to get them up and happening. They pride themselves on using no chemicals and claim the produce is more nutrient dense than industrial crops. There are still some concern with the amounts of insecticide consumed by our small children. Persistent colds, fatigue, cancer, learning difficulties, these are some of the things insecticides are responsible for. Make sure that apples and peaches in lunchboxes are organic or substitute them with other wholesome fruits lower in insecticide levels. Buying organic can be expensive so if you grow some of your own and buy the rest organic, you should come out even. Salad dressing should be tasty and not toxic. Avoid Indian foods swimming in fat and opt for the vegetarian dishes to keep the calories down.