Will ‘Meso-Dosing’ be 2019’s biggest wellness trend?

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Do you remember when you were little and your ma insisted you to stay off the chips and eat your veggies?

Don’t we all know this by now, that if you take care of your body, your body will take care of you? Eating healthy foods is the best gift we are giving to our body, that slogs 24/7 to keep us healthy, help us live longer, heal infections, and improve our well being.

The emphasis on vitamins and minerals (read micronutrients) for getting optimal nutrition was passed down from every grandmother to a mother.

I grew up in a home where eating a healthy home cooked meal, very lovingly prepared by my ma and sometimes my grandma was normal. We never ordered a meal from a restaurant, it was always home cooked even for large gatherings.

So along with the usual freshly prepared hot meals a lot of emphasis at home was given to consuming raw fruits and veggies. We ate fruits according to the season it was available in. For instance watermelons, melons, mangoes were all eaten during summer. They helped keep our body cool and gave us the necessary minerals to wade of a host of skin infections.

Today, however times are different.

Due to globalization, many fruits that are seasonal in nature are available throughout the year to be enjoyed whenever we want. For example, living in Delhi I have never eaten a water melon in winters. Everyone knows that it’s a summer fruit meant to cool down your body temperature. So imagine how will it affect my body, if I eat it in on a cold December day? Well I don’t even need to spell it out for you.

What I am getting at is this -It takes all kinds of nutrients to make up a diet. From micro-nutrients like vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids, to macro-nutrients like carbs, proteins and fats, all of these have been focused on by dietitians, doctors and health aficionados alike, and their virtues extolled. And now, just when you think you’ve finally got it down, yet another type of nutrient pops up claiming to be the answer to improved well being. Enter the mesonutrient.

So what exactly is a mesonutrient?

Today’s tech savvy population doesn’t stop at super foods. They want to dig deeper and unearth the ‘super’ in super foods. Hence, the mesonutrient. A mesonutrient refers to the active compounds or antioxidants within the foods that make them so stellar for our health.

But, you know something?

You probably are already having some of the foods rich with mesonutrient and don’t even know about it.

Curcumin

Here’s one mesonutrient you’ve likely heard of! Turmeric has over 200 active compounds, and the key compound to watch out for is curcumin, which has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Ask any Indian chef or mother and they will swear by Turmeric or ‘Haldi’ as we know it. We have been using it in most of our dals , curries, and so many other dishes. Why our ‘haldi ka doodh’ or turmeric milk, fed by our moms to heal our aches and pains is legendary, and something the rest of the world has just woken up to. YEAH,  I am talking about the celebrated ‘Turmeric Latte’ which the westerners are going gaga over!

Lycopene

Found in red foods like tomato and watermelon, lycopene has been found to help protect the skin from environmental damage, strengthen the bones and prevent against prostate, lung, and stomach cancers.

ECGC

Short for epigallocatechin gallate, ECGC is one of a group of plant phenols (also known as tannins) found in green tea that has been found to have the most powerful cancer-preventing benefits.

Anthocyanins

This antioxidant is found in naturally purple foods or often referred to as the nightshade foods, like in blackcurrants, blackberries and blueberries and purple sweet potatoes, as well as some red foods like cherries, pomegranates and cranberries. They have been linked to a wide variety of health claims, including cardiovascular health, increased longevity, cancer prevention and dementia.

Berberines

This mesonutrient is a little harder to come by, as they’re found in foods like golden seal and barberries. “What are those?” you may be wondering—Berberine is found in the roots and stem bark of many plants. This is one mesonutrient that may be worth seeking out in supplement form, as they’re thought to balance blood pressure and have remarkable anti-inflammatory properties.

Saffronal

Yep, you guessed it—this one is derived from the spice, saffron! It’s known for its antidepressant, appetite suppressing and libido-boosting benefits.

So what should you include in your diet on a daily basis
To refresh it up, you can use a pinch of turmeric in your curries or in your warm milk. You can also consume two cups of green tea every day. Include dark green veggies such as spinach, kale and Berries like blueberries and blackberries which are rich in anthocyanins, in your salads and smoothies.

And most importantly, do try to stay away from packaged, processed, junk foods or limit its consumption if you really have no choice. Go for natural organic foods rather than ones made in a factory.

Food fads come and go. All I know is that your health is a sum total of what you eat. Go ahead and increase your dose of mesonutrients and fuel up your gut instincts.

Like literally!

Say yes to health !!

madhavi

Live +ve

positive

 

Many a times we feel as if we are living life in a rut. We continue doing the same things over and over again monotonously, with no respite from them, and without realizing that they are taking a toll on our mental well-being.

Often we merely manage to stay afloat in spite of the numerous hurdles just because duty calls for it. It takes a lot of nerve to stay reasonably sane. You then resort to drinking and smoking to drown out the unanswered prayers, or begin to party hard just to pretend that everything is going well.

Life sucks even more when you go online and see so many people portraying that they are having a blast.

However having a confidante or a friend who will listen to your sob stories without judging you does help. You value that at least they know where you stand. They don’t disapprove of you or try to offer a carrot stick, but genuinely understand your woes and offer you not only a shoulder to cry on but also give solutions to make your life bearable. They send you motivation morning messages everyday on WhatsApp just so that you can live through another day with a smile on your face. It does have a reassuring effect on your psyche to see that caring friends have your back, but after a few days, the gloom creeps back on you and its back to square one.

But think about it …By adopting a positive mindset, our resilience does increase along with our capacity to explore the world, while feeling confident and secure. Negative thoughts and emotions, on the other hand, can skew our perspective and in the long-term, damage our self-esteem.

It’s said that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. There is an inherent truth to that, as we, as social creatures, pick up on the habits, behaviors, and attitudes of those around us. What that means is that if you want the strength and positivity to get through anything, you must keep your circle of friends and associates as healthy as you can. Wherever possible, and in situations such as work where you may not have control, you must learn how to practice positivity so its spreads to those around you.

Much of what we see in the world is a reflection of how we feel inside. The brain is literally creating your experience moment to moment. This means that your prefrontal cortex, which deals with your thoughts, is relaying information to your mammalian cortex, which handles emotions. These emotions then go on to inform deeper and older parts of the brain, including sensory experience and pain. This means that when we say a positive attitude can recreate your reality, it’s not just a metaphor, it’s a physiological fact!

Gratitude is a key tenet in all major philosophies, religions, and schools of thought, because gratitude is a foundation of positive thinking. When you are able to be appreciative of what you have, your brain is unable to give life and energy to thoughts about what you don’t have. Seeing events in your life as gifts allow you to perceive how they may help you grow and become a better person, and the application of this attitude during tough times is the hallmark of resilience.

Because positivity is so infectious, it naturally becomes a quality that other people want in their lives. Positivity is an extremely attractive personality trait, and it becomes an inspiration for everyone else. Writing, meditation, affirmations, and integrating more play into your life are all ways that you can rewire your brain to be more focused on the positive aspects of your experience.

And when it gets too much for you to bear, look up positive quotes, poems, articles, etc to help you tide over the misery. There’s a cliché in the personal development world that can be polarizing. Some people shy away from Positive Thinking, believing it to be cheap or tacky, while others swear by it as if it was some sort of magic pill.

And often one of the best ways to get into the habit of thinking positively is to peak into the minds of other positive people’s quotes by reading what they’ve said or written. Although our lives are filled with unexpected challenges, and some of us will have a more difficult time than others, I do hope these quotes about positivity will help you get through anything.

Sharing below some of the quotes which are my personal favorites.

 

  •  “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”- Oprah Winfrey

 

  • “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”-Helen Keller

 

  • “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”- Lucille Ball

 

  • “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”-Rumi

 

  •  “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” -Lao Tzu

 

  • “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Gandhi

 

  • “Tough times never last, but tough people do.”-Dr. Robert Schuller

 

  • “There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way.” -Christopher Morley

 

  • “The best way out is always through.”-Robert Frost

 

  • “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”-Christopher Reeve

 

  • “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”-Napoleon Hill

 

  • “The only place where your dreams become impossible is in your own thinking,”- Robert H Schuller

 

  •  “We become what we think about.”- Early Nightingale

 

  •  “Surround yourself with the dreamers, and the doers, the believers, and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”-Edmund Lee

 

 

Sending you much love and hope !!

madhavi 🙂