The picks that’ll help keep your blood sugar in check, slash your cancer risk, and keep energy levels high after you’ve hit the big 4-0. As we age, it becomes increasingly more difficult to combat chronic diseases, maintain a healthy, and keep belly fat at bay. But contrary to what you may believe, your health isn’t actually doomed to plummet downhill with every turned page of the calendar. Sure, you may not be able to cut out bread for a week and lose pounds like you did in your twenties, but you certainly can add specific foods—like the ones below—to your diet in your quest to turn back time.
Choosing these youth-promoting foods will equip your body with the cancer-fighting, wrinkle-smoothing, and metabolism-revving vitamins and nutrients it needs to help you look and feel young and vibrant—all without the help of a plastic surgeon. So next time you head out for a grub run, make sure to stock up on our stellar list of superfoods to eat after 40, while practicing restraint when it comes to ordering these 40 Meals You Should Never Eat After 40.
1. WILD SALMON
”Hormonal changes in your 40s can affect your appetite hormones, ghrelin, and leptin,” explains Lauren Slayton, MS, RD, and founder of Foodtrainers. “Both supplemental vitamin D3 and extra lean protein can help keep your appetite under control.” Wild salmon fits the bill, boasting some of the highest levels of weight loss-aiding vitamin D3 as well as muscle-maintaining protein.
2. PLANT-BASED MILK
If your tummy has been rounder than a pufferfish, it’s time to cut foods that cause bloat from your diet. “As we age, our bodies can’t break down lactose as efficiently. When we can’t efficiently digest something, it tends to cause gas and bloat, which is the opposite of a flat stomach. Avoid dairy foods, and you’ll likely see some improvement!” advises Amy Shapiro MS, RD, CDN of Real Nutrition NYC. Can’t give up your late-night cereal sessions? You don’t have to! Just opt for these better-for-you milk alternatives.
3. CHIA SEEDS
”Many types of healthy fats can help you lose body fat. Omega-3s are one type with these superpowers,” Slayton says. “Try to have one omega-3 rich food every day.” Sprinkling chia seeds into your morning smoothie or oats is an effortless way to reach your daily quota. (Bonus: chia seeds are also one of the best high fiber foods
If you’ve stuffed your diet with processed foods, uncomfortable digestive problems can start creeping up in your forties. Thankfully, we have fermented fare to combat that. “A daily serving of sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, sour pickles, kombucha, or live culture yogurt can help balance your gut bacteria,” says Dr. Rob Silverman, DC of NY ChiroCare.
Not only do raspberries contain cancer-fighting phytochemicals, these textured berries contain an impressive eight grams of fiber per cup, which can help you feel fuller longer in addition relieving constipation.
Blueberries are notorious for being jam-packed with antioxidants, which can fend off anything from the flu to weight-inducing inflammation by fighting free radicals. Toss the indigo orbs into whole-grain pancakes or eat them on their own for a belly-filling snack!
Making an omelet? Forget separating the white from the yolk and embrace the whole egg! The healthy fats within the yolks can help you feel fuller longer and curb cravings, explains Kayleen St. John, RD. Not to mention, choline—a belly fat-blasting nutrient—is only present in the orange part of the egg, rather than the whites, that most dieters tend to avoid. Next time you’re whipping up a scramble, crack the whole egg, yolk and all, into the pan.
Avocados, in all of their sinfully creamy glory, aren’t only pleasing to your taste buds—they can be your body’s best friend, too. This fatty fruit has healthy monounsaturated fats that can help lower LDL cholesterol (the bad fat that clogs arteries) and placate a growling tummy. According to a study published in Nutrition Journal, people who noshed on just half a fresh avocado with lunch reported a 40 percent decreased desire to eat for hours after.
Not only clad with the powers of transforming even the blandest burger into a scrumptious bite, onions are also stellar at combating cancer. According to University of Guelph researchers, Ontario-grown red onions pack a solid dose of quercetin and anthocyanin, which can fight off colon and breast cancers. “Onions activate pathways that encourage cancer cells to undergo cell death,” Abdulmonem Murayyan, the study’s lead author, explained. “They promote an unfavorable environment for cancer cells and they disrupt communication between cancer cells, which inhibits growth.”
A half cup serving of garbanzo beans pack in about eight grams of fiber, helping you easily hit the FDA’s 25 gram daily fiber recommendation. While these beans make a seriously satiating salad topper, we also love blending them with a bit of tahini, lemon juice, and salt for a mouth-watering homemade hummus.
A tasty portable snack, these subtly sweet nuts contain heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that can help lower LDL cholesterol. Although munching on almonds during any part of your day is a smart choice, getting your daily serving before you hit the gym can actually help you stay even more slim. A study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that the amino acid L-arginine, which almonds are brimming with, can help you burn more fat and carbs during workouts.
Adding high volume leafy greens like spinach is always a good idea if achieving a bikini body is your goal. Popeye’s favorite pick is rich in vitamin E as well as the amino acid betaine and the nutrient choline, which work together to turn off fat-storing genes in the liver.
Just one medium-sized carrot is bursting with 203 percent of your daily recommended vitamin A, which will help keep your skin smooth and vision as sharp as it was in your twenties! “This vegetable is orange thanks to high levels of beta-carotene, which is a precursor to vitamin A… which also happens to be a form of the main active ingredient in Retin-A (the topical ointment that helps fight dark spots, wrinkles, and acne by increasing cell turnover),” explains certified board dermatologist and Founder of Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute Dr. Leslie Baumann.
Curcumin, this bright-colored root spice’s main antioxidant, has shown to prevent a plethora of ailments from inflammation to cancer. Good thing you can easily reap its benefits by sprinkling turmeric into practically anything! (We especially love it on over-easy eggs.) To enhance its effects, pair turmeric with black pepper, as the latter activates the former’s bioavailability.
If you’ve never added this delicate green to your salads, now is definitely the time to start. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that consuming 85 grams of raw watercress (about two cups) could reduce DNA damage linked to cancer by 17 percent. What’s more, the leafy green is teeming with beta-carotene and vitamin A, two compounds essential for youthful skin. No wonder why watercress is our #1 best superfood healthier than kale!
Tired of starkly staring at the bags under your eyes every morning? (Pun intended!) Fortunately enough, this summer fruit can help you look doe-eyed way past the big 4-0! “Though it may sound counterintuitive, the high concentration of water in watermelon can actually reduce the water retention that leads to puffiness around the eyes,” says Baumann. “And because watermelon is low in sugar—well, compared to many other fruits—you don’t have to worry about glycation, the chemical reaction that compromises collagen and leads to lines and wrinkles.”
An apple a day can keep heart disease away. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that women who regularly ate apples were found to have a 13 to 22 percent lower risk of coronary disease than those who didn’t bite into the crunchy fruit.
This fiber-filled smoothie star is packed with anemia-fighting folate and vitamin C to help your immune system combat winter colds with minimal effort. Good thing there are countless ways to reap the benefits of this leafy green besides blending it. Try cooking up a kale quiche or scramble. You can also coat the veggie with olive oil and salt before popping it into the oven if you’re craving a crunchy, and equally as healthy, snack.
Not all sugars are created equal, which is why we prefer to sweeten things up with a natural source. Unlike artificial sweeteners, honey contains minerals like copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc that help boost your immune system and overall well-being.Next time your a.m. oats are tasting a bit bland, try drizzling in some honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon, our next must-buy superfood.
Regret dumping that extra teaspoon of sugar into your overnight oats? Undoing the damage can be as simple as sprinkling some cinnamon in! This warm spice may help reduce high blood sugar levels associated with sugar consumption as well as prevent pesky insulin spikes. One study even found that the oatmeal topper can help reduce your risk for diabetes and heart disease.
21. OLIVE OIL
In their quests to get trim, many dieters think that refraining from a few olive oil drizzles will help cut calories and boost overall weight loss; meanwhile, it’s actually the complete opposite. The heart-healthy oil helps unlock the nutritional benefits of fat-soluble vitamins’ (vitamins A, D, E, and K, which are found in many veggies like salad greens). Olive oil is also linked to reducing weight circumference and preventing heart disease, giving you the green light to dress that spinach salad.
22. COLLARD GREENS
Just one cup of collard greens offers 36 percent of your daily vitamin A requirement—a vitamin essential for maintaining strong vision and resilient skin. Not only that, this Southern favorite is a rich source of flu-fighting vitamin C as well as satiating protein and fiber.
A natural detoxifier, garlic can improve your cholesterol profiles as well as reduce high blood pressure.Plus, a study in the Japanese Journal of Cancer Research found that frequent intake of garlic can protect against esophageal cancer and stomach cancer.
24. GRASS-FED BEEF
”As we age we start to lose muscle mass, but we’re still able to build and maintain. I do strength exercises and cardio exercises, but they won’t be as beneficial without sufficient protein,” says Maria-Paula Carrillo, MS, RDN, LD. Grass-fed beef, a potent protein source, contains more omega-3s as well as fat-burning CLA than its grain-fed counterparts.
This protein-packed blue-green algae is brimming with energizing thiamine (vitamin B1) as well as calcium and iron. Add it to your morning smoothies for a free radical-fighting antioxidant boost.
Guava provides over 600% of the day’s vitamin C in just one cup! Compare that to an orange, which contains just 85% of the cold-preventing vitamin. Not only that, this tropical fruit has just over four grams of protein per cup, making it a smart Greek yogurt pairing.
Thanks to eggplants’ anthocyanins, eating the veggie will provide you with impressive neuroprotective benefits like a sharper short-term memory and reduced inflammation. As if you needed another reason to toss them into your next stir fry!
Much like the vino they form the base of, grapes are jam-packed with resveratrol—an antioxidant-like polyphenol that has been linked to slashing your risk of heart disease and cancer.
”To balance hormones, such as leptin, the diet must contain high fiber vegetables to stabilize leptin levels by making you feel full longer. They’ll balance cortisol, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants,” explains Lisa Avellino, Fitness Director at NY Health and Wellness. “The fiber found in cabbage, broccoli, or Brussels sprouts help stabilize blood sugar and insulin by slowing down digestion.”
Just like their cruciferous brother broccoli, cauliflower boosts your satiety with a generous helping of fiber. Not only that, this flowery veggie contains two cancer-fighting compounds, glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, which have also been shown to boost antioxidant status.
This Peruvian root plant is usually found in powder form, which makes it almost effortless to reap its benefits. Maca is rich in amino acids, phytonutrients, and a number of vitamins and minerals, admits registered Manuel Villacorta. Maca is also a stellar energy booster and inflammation killer.
32. BONE BROTH
Bone broth is exactly what it sounds like: when animal bones simmer in water for a while, the process extracts their collagen and other nutrients such as glucosamine. According to a study published in the journal PLoS One, when overweight, middle-aged adults took a glucosamine supplement, they were able to decrease inflammation biomarker serum CRP levels by 23 percent more than those who didn’t supplement their diets with glucosamine. In addition, bone broth contains the amino acids glycine and proline in addition to gelatin, which can help rebuild your gut lining to help your body’s biome function on its A-game.
33. BLACK PEPPER
Pepper contains piperine, a powerful compound that holds the power to fend off inflammation and digestive troubles. What’s more, recent animal studies discovered that piperine may also interfere with a reaction known as adipogenesis (the formation of new fat cells), resulting in a smaller waist and lower body fat and cholesterol levels.
34. PUMPKIN SEEDS
Per cup, pumpkin seeds contain about half the calories of almonds yet pack in an extra gram of fiber! Satisfyingly crunchy pepitas are also high in iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and immune-system-boosting zinc.
You likely haven’t heard of this nutty-flavored gluten-free grain, but it packs a nutritional punch that’s worth reckoning with! Teff is loaded with fiber, amino acids, bone-building calcium and de-stressing vitamin C—a nutrient that balances levels of the stress hormone cortisol, helping combat belly fat.
Another gluten-free grain, quinoa is loaded with protein as well as all nine essential amino acids that we need for energy and growth. What’s more, “Whole grains give us fiber, which is key to helping digestion and satiety,” Carrillo explains. “They allow you to stay satisfied for longer. Whole grains prevent the rise in blood sugar as well and help to regulate blood sugar. They also work to reduce cholesterol, which is heart healthy.”
37. STEEL-CUT OATS
”Cutting back on processed carbohydrates is essential for weight loss after 40,” explains Jennifer Cassetta, clinical nutritionist, personal trainer and health expert from ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours.” “Maintaining blood sugar and insulin levels is vital to weight loss, so cutting back on foods that spike blood sugar and insulin is a must.” A good place to start would be by replacing the refined carbs in your diet with unsweetened steel-cut oatmeal. Oats are a solid source of blood sugar-regulating magnesium, a nutrient that also helps boost fat burn.
Beets contain a powerful nutrient called betaine, which lends the root veggie its rich red hue as well as fights inflammation, boosts metabolism, improves your mood and turns off your fat genes.
An ancient remedy for obnoxious tummy troubles, ginger is a natural miracle worker when it comes to your gut. But its powers aren’t limited to ridding your body of nausea and bloat—this root spice has also been linked to slashing cancer risk and reducing arthritis symptoms. Researchers attribute ginger’s health benefits to its gingerols, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-disease compounds.
Ditch the Sriracha and grab a bottle of cayenne instead! The fiery pepper contains a compound called capsaicin, which has been shown to act as a serious appetite suppressant. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, those who supplemented their diet with capsaicin consumed 200 fewer calories during their next meal—which is why cayenne is one of our 50 Foods To Lose Your Gut.
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Smartphone buyers in India have a whole lot to look forward to as the phone companies are likely to release their next line-up of flagships and mid-range smartphones soon. Thin bezel design is the flavour of the season and we are going to see them getting slimmer in the future. More and more phonemakers are turning to AI (artificial intelligence) to make their cameras more intelligent. We also expect to see more smartphones to support Google’s AR Core platform.
Nokia 7 Plus
Unveiled first at the MWC 2018 in February, Nokia 7 Plus is expected to arrive in India this week. The company’s India head reportedly posted a teaser of a new smartphone on Twitter and it looks like Nokia 7 Plus. An upgraded version of last year’s Nokia 7, this is one of the first thin-bezel smartphones from HMD Global’s Nokia and offers a 6-inch display with a resolution of 2,160x1,080p and aspect ratio of 18:9. It is a mid-range smartphone and runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with 4GB RAM, has a 3,800mAh battery and offers Carl Zeiss branded dual cameras with 2x optical zoom.
Asus ZenFone 5Z
Asus flagship ZenFone 5Z is another powerhouse we are looking forward to this year. It was announced at MWC 2018 and is expected to show up in UK sometime in June at a starting price of €479 (approximately Rs38,121). Which means it is likely to show up in India sometime in June or July. ZenFone 5Z is a big-screen smartphone with an Apple iPhone X-like notch at the top on the front panel and glass back design. The phone offers a massive 6.2-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 2,246x1,080p and aspect ratio of 18:9 and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, yet weighs just 157g, making it one of the lightest smartphones with a 6-inch screen.
Huawei P20 Pro
Unveiled in Paris, France last week, Huawei’s upcoming flagship P 20 Pro is the first smartphone to offer triple lens camera system, which includes a 40-megapixel RGB sensor, a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom. It starts at €799 (approximately Rs64,044) which makes it the most expensive Huawei smartphone till date. The front panel looks a lot like the ZenFone 5Z—there is a notch-like strip, a top and thin bezel under the 6.1-inch OLED screen which has a resolution of 2,246x1,080p and aspect ratio of 18:9. The smartphone runs on Huawei’s top-of-the-line Kirin 970 octa-core which comes with an AI-backed NPU (neural processing unit) for camera.
OnePlus’s next flagship smartphone is likely to be called the OnePlus 6, according to a new teaser video released by the company on Twitter. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau had reportedly told GSM Arena that their next flagship will sport Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor and will be launched sometime in June 2018. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei announced last month that the OnePlus 6 will have a notch-like strip on the front. There have been rumours of woodgrain back on the OnePlus 6 and we can’t rule that out given the company’s penchant for experimenting with back panels. India is a major market and there is hardly a major time difference between the US and India launch of a OnePlus smartphone.
Sony Xperia XZ2
Sony’s latest flagship Xperia XZ2 was released worldwide last week, but it is yet to show up in India. The smartphone is already listed on Sony’s India website which indicates it is going to launch here soon. The Xperia XZ2 has a conventional design and offers a 5.7-inch screen but supports HDR, which means colours will look richer. It runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, can withstand splashes, and offers a single 19-megapixel camera with 4K HDR recording, a rarity in smartphone cameras.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s
The successor to Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, the new smartphone sports a similar bezel-less front panel and ceramic back. It was launched in China last week at a starting price of RMB 3,299 (approximately Rs34,185) for the base variant which offers 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The higher variants offer up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The key upgrades in the new smartphone includes Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, support for Google AR core platform which means it can run new AR apps and games. It is also going to be the first Xiaomi smartphone to run Android 8 out of the box. It supports all major GSM bands which means it is likely to be released in India.
Nokia 8 Sirocco
There is also some speculation about the release of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, the upgraded version of Nokia 8. We don’t if the smartphone is going to launch alongside the Nokia 7 Plus this week or will show up later. Nokia 8 runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor like the predecessor, but clubs it with 6GB RAM, has a glass back design, offers a slightly bigger 5.5-inch screen. Nokia has trimmed the bezels a little and left out the 3.5mm jack in Sirocco.
"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." - Charles Dickens
The long stretch of summer denotes the finish of winter and the start of summer. The temperature starts to take off and goes up to extraordinarily abnormal level in a few parts of India. The hoarse warmth makes everybody keep running for cover from the dust, heat, sweating etc. Be that as it may, India has some of the best places which can help you to beat the heat. These spots have spread the nation over, from the grand mountain tops in the north to the shorelines and little slopes in the south.
This is the time when you can explore the places which are cool during the month of April. Mentioned below are 5 hot spots you must visit if you want a getaway from the onset of heat.
This place isn't known only for the renowned Jim Corbett National Park, but additionally the characteristically magnificent rich biodiversity and sprawling green enclosures as well. It is recognized for its thick forested land, green vegetation and novel natural life. India's first national park and named after the incredible tiger hunter Jim Corbett, the Corbett National Park is a sanctuary for wildlife lovers. You can spot tigers (if you are lucky) and other animals such as sloth bears, langur monkeys, rhesus macaques, peacocks and a few sorts of deer.
Rishikesh has been a profound magnet as far back as The Beatles arrived at the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Known as the "Yoga Capital of the World" Rishikesh offers a great range of yoga and meditation. As a matter of fact, Rishikesh isn't all about spirituality but also rafting in the wilderness, explorer hang-out and entryway to the treks in the Himalayas. It is also an entryway to the Char Dham. In this scorching heat, this is the place you can relax, meditate, figure out how to play sitar, experience crystal recuperation and tune in to profoundly inspiring music while sipping on the ayurvedic tea.
With its excellent green enclosures, warm people and glaciated watercourses, Kashmir is a standout amongst the quietest and tranquil places on earth which pulls in visitors from over the globe. Undoubtedly referred to as the “Heaven on Earth”, the fame and attractiveness of this beautiful place have only increased colossally. The frosty climate, pleasant view and the scrumptious food - this place is a genuine gem. Foodies can appreciate the local cuisine in the midst of snow-clad mountains. The famous and must-try delicacies of this place include - Rogan Josh, Dum Olav, Aab Gosht and Yakhni.
Blessed with delightful lakes, sanctuaries and fascinating landscapes, Nainital is a Hill station encompassed by the pinnacles of Kumaon Hills and loaded with organic hot springs. This wonderful town is partitioned into two parts - Tallital and Mallital, which are detached from the drop-shaped Naini Lake. Tallital is on the southern side, while Mallital holds the northern upper scopes.It is otherwise named after Goddess Naina Devi and is called the “Lake district of Uttarakhand”.
If you need to lose all your senses in the realm of the colonial fascination, at that point Ooty is just the place for you. Enjoy the ride on the toy car. The relaxed countryside has a feeling of agelessness and is host to the lavish botanical flower beds, lakes, tea manors and waterfalls. Keep in mind to visit the Doddabetta Peak and Ooty Lake.
Let us know which of these will be your next holiday destination. Have fun!
Akshaya Tritiya, 2018 : Akshay Tritiya generally falls in late April or early May. Mostly it is celebrated on the 108th day of the year. This festival of immortality is equally revered by the Hindu and Jain community and is associated with various traditions and rituals.
The word “akshaya” means indestructible. In Bhagwad Gita (9.31), Lord Krishna had said that his devotees can never perish and will remain invincible. He ensured that the mahatmas, who were involved in loving and selfless devotional service to him, received special care and attention. He provided them with the virtue of fearlessness, known as abhaya, from all sorts of material entrapment and anxieties. Akshaya Tritiya’s festivities have a similar symbolism.
According to Bhagwad Gita (9.21), when the results of pious activities are exhausted, people return to this mortal planet again from Swargaloka (heaven). If they have done bad deeds, then they are pushed into the dark regions of hellish planets where they suffer incessantly.
This day, however, also carries Lord Vishnu’s blessings. Any pious deed performed on this day is carried forth by the doer and they can reap eternal benefits from it. Akshay Tritiya generally falls in late April or early May. Mostly it is celebrated on the 108th day of the year. This festival of immortality is equally revered by the Hindu and Jain community and is associated with various traditions and rituals.It is said that any initiative taken on this day awards the person with unending merits throughout their life. This year Akshaya Tritiya falls on April 18.
Did you know that there is another aspect of a Chandan Yatra that’s associated with Akshaya Tritiya. The festival of Chandan Yatra is celebrated in Vrindavan and Jagannath Puri, whereby the deities of Lord Krishna and his forms are decorated with huge amounts of sandalwood paste, completely covering his entire body in chandan.
History of Akshaya Tritiya
The celebration of every festival in Vedic religion is associated with a story mentioned in the scriptures. The pious day of Akshaya Tritiya, blessed by Lord Vishnu, is loaded with spiritual significance.
The starting of Treta Yuga
Every yuga has a starting day and an ending day. The second celestial cycle or Treta Yuga (having a span of 1,296,000 years) started on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya.
Commencement of compilation of the Mahabharata
Srila Vyasadeva started the great herculean task of compilation of the great epic Mahabharata with Lord Ganesha on this day.
The appearance day of Lord Parshuram
As per Skand Purana, Lord Parshuram, the son of Mahrishi Jamdagni and Mother Renuka appeared on this day.
The meeting of Lord Krishna and Sudama
It is said that on this day, Lord Krishna’s Brahmin friend Sri Sudama visited him in Dwarika and offered him a handful of chipped rice as an offering out of unconditional love.
Breaking of one year-long fast by Lord Rishabhdeva
According to Jain literature, it is said that Lord Rishabhdeva, the first Jain Tirthankara broke his one-year long fast on this day, which he had been observing by drinking only sugar cane juice.
Receiving of Akshaya Patra by the Pandavas
Lord Krishna gave the Pandavas, an Akshaya Patra or an imperishable vessel, during their period of exile. It provided them with a supply of an infinite amount of food.
The commencement of 21 days of Chandan Yatra
The devotees in Jagannath Puri and Vrindavan smear the idols’ faces with a huge amount of sandalwood paste. They do that in order to give them relief from the scorching heat of the summer. This is in accordance with the time that occurred with Srinathji of Nathdwara and his dear devotee, Sri Madhvendra Puri.
The opening of the doors of Lord Badrinath
On this day, doors of Lord Badrinath are opened and devotees go and worship him.
The lotus feet darshan of Sri Bankey Bihari in Vrindavan
Only on this day, there is Mangala Aarti in Sri Bankey Bihari Mandir of Vrindavana and people get a chance to have a darshan of his lotus feet.
Significance of Akshaya Tritya 2018
The day of Akshaya Tritiya holds great significance for the Hindus and Jains. They perform various rituals on this day to keep their mind and heart sacred. Following the advice of the shastras, some people observe fast on this day and worship Lord Krishna with 16 items of puja, called Shodashopchar Puja. People visit temples and offer items such as grains, wheat, rice, clothes, gold, gemstones, water, etc., in charity to the Brahmins and the poor and needy people. Many people organise a big community feast called bhandara and feed people.
It is also a custom to purchase some gold and other valuable items on this day as it is believed that purchasing gold will provide one with the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi and allow prosperity and wealth to flourish at home.
According to astrology, Akshaya Tritiya is considered as the day when the lines of destiny or fate change and, hence, people are advised to propitiate and venerate the deities so as to get their blessings. As per Muhurat Chintamani, the day of Akshaya Tritiya is considered as Swayam Siddha Muhurat. Any auspicious work can be done on this day without worrying about timings. Hence, a lot of weddings and other auspicious ceremonies take place on this day.
Puja Timings for Akshaya Tritiya
This year, the festival of Akshaya Tritiya is special, in terms of a 24-hour prevailing Sarvartha Siddhi Muhurtam. This has made this festival more auspicious and fruitful.
The timings for puja are from 5.56 am, to 12.20 pm.
The Auspicious Timings for Purchasing Gold are as follows :
Morning 5.57 am to 9.09 am Morning 10.45 am to 12.21 pm Afternoon 3.33 pm to 06.45 pm Evening 8.08 pm to 12.20 am
A compulsory spice in most North Indian kitchens, turmeric is a staple in every Indian household. It is used since ancient times due to the medicinal properties it has. The primary antioxidant present in turmeric is curcumin. Turmeric is said to help one deal with stomach issues, metabolic disorders, obesity and many more problems.
Though having huge quantities of turmeric is surely not a way to lose weight, but turmeric is said to reduce the inflammation associated with obesity. Thus, it can give your weight loss plan a boost.
Obesity leads to inflammation, which increases your risk of developing chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. Curcumin, which is an antioxidant, suppresses the inflammatory messaging in fat, pancreatic and muscle cells. This can help reduce high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and other metabolic conditions, says a study published in European Journal of Nutrition.
It’s easier for your body to focus on weight loss when it does not have to fight inflammation.
Turmeric is Anti-obesity
A 2009 study conducted on mice at the Tufts University, found that curcumin can actually suppress fat tissue growth. But similar research has not been done on humans. So it can't be said with certainty if turmeric has the same effect on humans too.
Turmeric and Weight Loss Connection
Though turmeric suppresses the fat tissue growth and helps to reduce inflammation, it is no weight loss miracle. One should surely incorporate turmeric in their every meal. However, you also have to make sure you create a calorie deficit if you want to lose weight. The combination of right diet and exercise is what will help you lose weight in a healthy manner.
The number of extra calories you burn should be equal to the number of calories you are having less. So let's say, if you consume 2000 calories in a day and want to burn 250 more calories than what you normally do. In that case, you must also consume 250 calories less than what you normally do. That is, you must consume 1750 (2000-250) calories every day.
Including Turmeric in Your Diet
Add turmeric to your vegetables, milk, smoothies and salads. Turmeric has no side effects until one is allergic to it, which is very rare. When taken as a supplement, it can interfere with certain medications, so do not forget to consult your doctor before you do so. If taken in high doses and for a long time, it can upset your stomach and cause ulcers. Diabetic people should especially take care as it can cause low blood sugar when taken with diabetes medication.