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A heart patient’s prescription (& your’s too…)

My dad unfortunately had to go through an emergency heart bypass surgery recently. He had mostly followed an average dietary lifestyle all along. In a general medical check-up 1 of the major arteries was found to be 90% clogged.

(photo courtesy : buffalo.edu)

The operation was successful & he recoverd remarkably well, thanks to my mother’s support. But his appetite levels were low, prompting me to advice him certain sprouts beneficial for his situation. Raw sprouts are rich with enzymes and don’t need any digestion. They provide all the nutrients with minimal calories so even with low food intake he can be assured of his body getting all the essential micro nutrients. I was pleased to find him game for them . Here are my 3 recommendations for everyone’s benefit: Continue reading

The BIGGEST deterrent to Strokes (& many other chronic maladies)

This impacts all of us directly without exception – Right Now! Today! At this very moment!

Yeah, It’s not just about strokes. Or about what else ‘can’ or ‘might’ happen in the senior most years of ones life. Blame it on “old age”, blame it on anything but abysmal levels of awareness on this issue – generally speaking. And it pains me no-end to see & say that. A ‘stroke’ (or any similar malady involving our circulatory system in any way whatsoever) is like an accident almost fated to happen at some point in the semi-conscious jaunt of a drunken driver; drunk with ignorance. My apologies for the bluntness but what can be more irresponsible than not taking care of our own health & thereby “unintentionally” causing pain to our near & dear ones? besides losing years of quality life, enjoyment, productivity & contribution to others in what could truly be the seasoned prime of one’s life.

Blood flowing through capillaries
That one image showcases the entire story inside of us. It may be happening right now in your body but you don’t know it as yet.
As you can see – this is a schematic of a section of a typical capillary network carrying blood. Only red blood cells are shown for simplicity sake. The blue arrows point in the direction of blood flow. You can see some cells bunched together & sluggishly pushing through in capillary no. 3. But capillary no. 4 is one of the thinnest ones – & hence most susceptible to blockage sooner or later. Alas!

And why do some of these blockages go undiagnosed? Continue reading

Is this how YOUR blood looks like?

Clumped blood cells

I am afraid but I bet, in all probability it does.

When was the last time you checked your own blood UNDER MICROSCOPE with your OWN eyes. I did sometime back & got THE BIGGEST SHOCK of my life. And I challenge you for the same. I promise, you may be in for a surprise as well – even if, like me, you are following what’s considered a healthy diet in common perception – lotsa veggies, fruits, little or no non-veg & minimum oil. So what’s amiss?

The above image depicts how blood cells react to THAT ONE THING WE ALL MISS OUT all-in-all in the foods we eat.

Oh! What a heavy price to pay. You wonder what? Here’s the laundry list :

Short term :
Bloating, acid-reflux, gas, stomach pain, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, colitis, menstrual cramps etc.

Long Term :
High cholesterol, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, obesity, hypoglycemia, under-weight, high blood pressure, stroke, etc….

And by the way, this blood-condition is NOT detectable UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE. Even for short term symptoms – the causes are usually not attributed to this one aspect of our diet we all habitually neglect. So unless one directly see’s their blood they can’t be sure this isn’t the case for them. (Here’s the hint : We are all in the same boat).

If you are still wondering what’s wrong with the above shot – compare it with this image of a healthier scenario :-

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Can you see the difference? Would you like your blood to look like this instead?

Yes, it’s possible to restore the blood cells back to this state naturally & ensure peak performance. And that discovery altered my dietary preferences for ever.

But when I talk to people in my life, alas! I am so appalled to find how very few people have realized this. Is it because it’s a direct attack on our mundane dietary conditioning? Or is it because it can’t be exploited commercially by the big MNC’s? Maybe this isn’t a “juicy” enough scoop for the mass media to report? Perhaps a combination of all these…

And all this inpite of everybody getting so “health-concious” these days. The rising awareness is indeed inspiring, but we are still so much OFF THE MARK that I am taking it as a major initiative to propogate these doozie insights (yeah! there’s more to come). I promise you a surprise every so often. 🙂

And if you are wondering how I came into this revelation – here’s the antecedent incident, for your reading pleasure; enjoy.

(What? You haven’t read my earlier post?
Sprouts for body-building? )

Sprouts for body-building?

I must be kidding!

But after a gap of 6 months, this is what triggered me to go back into the holy ritual of growing sprouts again. Lemme rant…

I relocated to this new place a few months back & then soon proceeded on a longish vacation; by the time I settled down I realised I have been “sprout-less” for months in a row now – the longest embarrassing gap in my 6 years of promiscuous sprouting “career”. What shoveled me back into sprouting were my fitness fantasies err.. emm.. goals for the coming weeks. Yeah! Build muscles the veggie way!! Now ain’t that inspiring?

With all of 61 kilos at 5’11” I juz had to increase my protein intake to do justice to my new-found love for weight-training. At least thats what all the fitness gurus pontificate. After a quick survey of workout diets out there, I gathered that I better clock-up 49 gms of protein a day. It seems my daily slurp of soymilk, daal (legumes) & tofu provides less than 40 gms of protein/day. And too much of them will be heaty – so maybe I should look for other options. And to my delirious surprise I discovered that pumpkin/sunflower kernels provide as much as 16 gms of amino acids/100 gm & chickpeas can be as high as 20% rich in proteins! Hence the greed a.k.a motivation to get sprouting again – pumpkin, sunflower, chickpeas & some black unhulled sesame, flaxseed, lentils, alfalfa etc.

So you ask – Why not eat the seeds off the shelf? why bother sprouting?

Well my friend, here’s the clincher (& you owe me 1 for revealing this) : seeds & nuts are all ANTI-ENZYMATIC by nature ie they resist the digestive process because digestion happens through enzymes. So if ingested as such – our body will have to supply more enzymes to digest them as compared to an equivalent amount of some other food. Its nature’s way of helping them survive the passage through the food-tract of those who ingest them (along with the fruits they are part of) so that they are expelled intact (along with the shell) & can sprout forth to propogate their species till perpetuity – ‘baptism by (digestive) fire’ you might say. But here comes the cunning men (yours truly), unscrupulously foiling nature’s bid for their survival by sprouting (aghast!) the kernels (after zapping ’em out of the shells of course). This actually makes these nuts go nuts with so much enzyme that THEY DIGEST THEMSELVES once ingested without my body having to supply an iota of my own precious enzymes, thereby preserving my limited stock of enzymes (for myself & not for the nuts out there).

So whats the big deal? Well, our body needs all the enzymes it can produce, for its own upkeep & maintenance – the more the merrier. So in this ‘loading’ phase of my glorious body-building enterprise, I don’t intend to overload my limited enzyme pool due to the increased calorie-intake. And then my body will also recover faster after the trashy workouts.

Ahem! Now ain’t I a genius?

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