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Pill remedy: Start consuming more of nature made foods

Want to junk your daily intake of medicines? There is cure. An interesting session on heritage rice and healthy living was recently conducted by Ms. Nandita Shah at the Spirit of the Earth store in Mylapore, Chennai.

An initiative of AIM for Seva, Spirit of the Earth displays carefully crafted selections that leaves a positive impact on earth and create a sustainable future. Products include organic, heritage rice cultivated at our 50 acre farm in Manjakkudi, the birthplace of the founder of our movement, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, items made by AIM for Seva Krupa Home residents and books by Swamiji.

In her talk, Dr.Nandita Shah of SHARAN stressed the importance of whole and plant based foods and their healing powers. SHARAN specialises in preventing and reversing diseases through correct nutrition.

Dr Shah began her session by stressing how there is a huge bio diversity in many grains and vegetables. “For instance, carrots are found in so many colours and varieties. But we end up consuming the orange ones only on account of mono culture.” She added that consumers are being conditioned to have foods that are heavily advertised. Dr Shah stressed that we have to consume whole foods and plant based foods as they help lower cholesterol and fibre present in such eatables.

On the other hand, fibre is missing in refined foods such as sugar, sugar cane juice, white flour and white rice.

If we incorporate whole foods as part of our daily diet, we are also moving one step closer to nature made foods, added Dr Shah. It’s important to move close to nature made foods. “Today, the main health challenges are cancer, hypothyroidism, anxiety, depression, infertility and PCOD (Polycystic ovary syndrome). We need to change our diet plan and if we do that, we reduce our dependency on medicines. We must all remember that oil, sugar, salt and MSG (Monosodium glutamate) is a deadly combination,” Dr. Shah stated.

The talk was followed by a food tasting session where nutrition and taste went hand in hand.

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