A handful of almonds per day offers an essential pack of nutrition to your body. They are rich in monounsaturated fats, fiber, proteins, Vitamin E, Manganese, Magnesium and other nutrients.
Being a powerhouse of nutrients and a ‘close to perfect’ food, Almonds offer many health benefits,
Rich in Anti-oxidants: Almonds are high in anti-oxidants that can protect your cells from oxidative damage, a major reason for ageing and disease.
Best source for Vitamin E: Almonds are the best source for Vitamin E, which is linked to numerous health benefits
Assists in controlling blood sugar: Almonds are rich in magnesium that helps control blood sugar. 25% to 38% of people with type-2 diabetes are deficient in magnesium. Intake of almonds may offer major improvements for metabolic syndrome and type-2 diabetes.
Helps in lowering blood pressure: Deficiency in magnesium is strongly associated with high blood pressure levels. Intake of magnesium rich almonds can help control blood pressure
Supports Reduction of LDL cholesterol: Eating a handful of almonds everyday can result in mild reduction of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol in your blood, potentially reducing the risk of ‘heart diseases’
Prevents oxidation of LDL cholesterol: Almonds do prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidation, which is crucial in preventing the development of heart diseases. Snacking on almonds has been shown to significantly reduce ‘oxidised LDL’.
Effective in ‘weight loss’: Almonds are low in ‘carb’ and high in proteins and fibers. Due to their satiating properties, in general, nuts are a great addition to a ‘weight loss’ diet. Studies have established that almonds can enhance weight loss.
Eating 8-10 almonds a day is a wholesome snack that never makes you feel guilty.
Ginger is a common and indispensable ingredient in our kitchen. An important aromatic spice, it helps us in boosting immunity and keeping us healthy in many ways.
Fresh ginger is rich in gingerol that has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It has multiple health benefits as listed below.
Strengthens immune system
Eases Flu and common cold
Keeps our stomach healthy and eases digestion
Helps reduce cholesterol levels
Regulates Blood Sugar level
Ginger soaked in honey and consumed every morning in empty stomach is a traditional practice that gives best results in terms of boosting immunity, keeping our digestive system intact and staying healthy.
Citrus fruits like Orange, Lemon, Sweet Lime, Grapes, etc., are excellent sources of Vitamin C that strengthens our body’s ability to fight against diseases that are common. They also contain good amounts of other vitamins and minerals that provide a host of health benefits apart from plant compounds with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Our body requires regular intake of Vitamin C. So it is important to add various forms of citrus fruits in appropriate levels to our every day diet.
Citrus fruits also contain good amounts of fibers that help in digestive health, reduction of bad cholesterol and aiding weight loss.
They give us the best benefits when they are consumed as whole fruits than in a serving of fruit juice. More sugar per serving of fruit juice will increase calories.
Garlic can greatly help boost our immune function!
Garlic is said to contain compounds that help our immune system fight germs. When it is crushed and chewed, it releases sulphur containing compounds, shown to boost the disease-fighting response of certain types of white blood cells (WBC) in our body.
Garlic promotes Phagocytosis, the ability of white blood cells to fight infections. It also stimulates other immune cells such as machrophages and T-cells to fight bacterial and viral infections.
In case if you are averse to consuming raw garlic, it is better to crush or chop them and let them remain for 10 minutes before cooking. It will prevent the loss of its medicinal properties.
South Indian traditional methods also suggests chopped garlic, medium roasted with ghee has good benefits.
We have to indeed thank corona virus for reminding us the importance of Immunity to stay healthy
Our craze for newfound cuisines has long ago pulled us away from our traditional food practices. Traditional Indian food always had all the required ingredients for boosting immunity in our body and keeping us healthy.
It is important that we quickly re-adapt to our traditional food practices to boost our immunity and keep ourselves safe against not just covid, but any such pandemic or other diseases that may surface out in future. It is also important to boost our body’s immune system in order to generally stay healthy and lead a happy life.
We would like to summarize the importance of 5 such ingredients on how they are helpful in boosting immunity!
Citrus Fruits: Many of you know citrus fruits like orange, lemon, sweet lime and grapes are rich in Vitamin C, a nutrient that strengthens our immune system. They also contain good amounts of other nutrients like Vitamin B, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and copper besides being rich in plant compounds that have various health benefits including anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects.
Ginger: The aromatic spice is a commoner in the Indian Kitchen. Ginger is also a common home medicine for stomachache, vomiting and common cold. The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties in ginger can improve immunity in our body. Ginger soaked in honey, consumed in empty stomach every morning, is an age-old practice in keeping the digestive systems healthy, boosting our immunity and staying healthy.
Turmeric: For a very long time, turmeric has been one of the most used medicinal spices in India. It has more than 300 nutrients beta-carotene, flavonoids, calcium, iron, ascorbic acid, potassium, zinc, etc. Curcumin, the abundantly available polyphenol in turmeric is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial in nature with wound healing effects. Turmeric is a powerful immunity booster and an ingredient used time immemorial in Indian cuisines.
Garlic: The best way to make garlic work as an immune booster is to use it in a way that we will chew and eat it. When it is crushed and chewed, ‘allicin’, an ingredient in garlic converts in to sulphur containing compounds that gives it the medicinal properties. These compounds have been shown to boost the disease fighting response of some types of white blood cells of the body.
Almonds: They are forever the best snack. Almonds are high in vitamin E that acts as an anti-oxidant helping the body’s immune system function. They also contain iron and protein that are essential for the immune system. Almonds lower bad cholesterol and are also packed with potassium and magnesium that along with vitamin E ensures free flow of nutrients in the blood.
Though good health is ultimate, considering the ecosystem we are in, one disease and one hospitalisation has the potential to suck our life’s earnings!
Obviously, we need Health. Health is Wealth
Needless to say, being happy by staying healthy is an
evident need for everybody, but realized by only a few.
Given the ecosystem most of us are in, does it look like easy to make this particular thing consistent? Can we guarantee it to be consistent all through our lives?
Let us look at a typical Doctor’s Advice to staying healthy,
Keep stress to the minimum – Can we? You
can work to keep anything else to the minimum but not this guy.
Exercise Daily – Hmm..Yes! But, not
possible all days. Obviously! You know why.
Follow a Proper Work Schedule – Aah! That
seems to be improper to our style of work. Many of us have a work schedule, but
it smokes with usual firefighting and unscheduled meetings, etc. Ultimately you
see only a few ticks or no ticks on your ‘to do’ list.
Eat Healthy – We eat. But, honest to ourselves,
do we know if it is healthy? All that looks healthy may not be really.
Get routine Health checks – Come on. With
all the above out of focus, it is a real nightmare till we get “all green” in
Get enough sleep – Oh! Yes, this is a
boon. We see some of our colleagues have it in abundance, but we are not that
Keeping the humor aside, these
are quite doable but looks difficult to follow in the kind of lifestyle we are
in. We all know this is a fact!
Have you been to a hospital in
the near past, for some reason, say, to visit an ailing relative…?
If you had, a very closer look at
the other patients and the crowd, you would have noticed the unimaginable
growth trend of diseases, ailments around us. It gives a feeling that what
struck our near and dear is nothing compared to what is prevailing.
Guys! Happiness is what we should not lose in our lives. In spite of being diligent in following the “Dos” and “Don’ts”, there is higher than ever probability of diseases and ailments today due to things beyond our control.
At the least, we should keep us financially secure by taking a Health Insurance Policy. Do it at an early age to save some cost!
We are becoming well aware, one disease and one hospital has the potential today to suck our life’s earnings and to push our family and us to a deprived status!
CORONA KAVACH HEALTH INSURANCE OFFERS MANY
THINGS THAT MAY NOT BE COVERED IN YOUR BASIC HEALTH INSURANCE COVER
Consumables: In all health insurance policies, expenses related to consumables like PPE kits, oxygen, and consultation fees will not be covered. The ‘corona kavach’ policy covers all these including other related expenses that are considered deductibles under a normal health insurance policy.
Home Care Expenses: Treatment expenses for Home care are allowed in ‘corona kavach’ policy, as there is a possibility that you are advised to undergo treatment for being COVID-19 positive at home. Medical expenses incurred during homecare treatment will be covered up to 14 days under a ‘corona kavach’ policy.
Pre and Post Hospitalisation: Your pre and post hospitalisation expenses, i.e. 15 days before hospitalization and until 30 days after discharge, will be reimbursed under this policy.
If you opt for AYUSH (Alternative Treatments like Ayurvedic, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) treatment, it will be covered as a part of the ‘corona kavach’ policy.
The policy provides for Road Ambulance Cover i.e. transfer from home to hospital or hospital to home, in an ambulance.
Besides, this specialised health insurance comes at a low cost…Why claim and waste the Sum Insured in your basic health insurance cover?..
Though the world is looking at an earlier than expected vaccine for Covid-19, still it is going to take a while before we have it for our use. So, it will make a lot of sense going for an additional ‘corona kavach’ health insurance policy that comes at a low premium.
The specialized insurance policy is available with most of the leading insurers with options for 3.5, 6.5 and 9.5 months tenures.
Ayurvedic and other alternative treatments are also covered under health insurance
As per the directions of IRDAI in 2013, health insurance companies started covering Ayurvedic, Yoga and naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy treatments (known as AYUSH) in their health insurance covers.
Health insurance plans in India provide a portion of overall Sum Insured (SI) towards these alternative treatments as they are popular in India. The health insurers usually sub limit the SI for AYUSH as a percentage or an absolute limit of the overall SI.
If you have a health insurance policy with a Sum Insured of Rs.5,00,000/-, the policy will sub-limit the AYUSH cover for eg. to 10% of SI or an absolute value of Rs.50,000/-. So, the insured person can avail a reimbursement of any claims related to the said alternative treatments up to a limit of Rs.50,000/-
It is to be noted that AYUSH cover is applicable only for in-patient treatments taken in Hospitals certified by National Accreditation Board or Quality Council of India.
A tyre cover will be important when your car’s tyre gets
damaged due to
Road impact cuts or bursts – when there is no accidental damage to the car.
Impact bulging not related to manufacturing defect or any other chemical or atmospheric changes.
Flattening of tyres due to hard braking.
The above types of damages to tyres are not covered by a
normal comprehensive insurance.
The fact that cost of tyres is nowadays very high and difficult to afford makes a ‘tyre cover’ quite essential, particularly for high-end cars where the costs are huge compared to the additional premium paid.
We should note that under the tyre cover the replacement of tyre is allowed only once during the policy year. Once replaced, if the cover needs to remain, requisite revised premium may have to be paid and endorsed on the insurance policy.
It should also be noted that the percentage of claim settled will be proportionate to the remaining life of the tyre (measured as per the depth of the available tread).
Adding a windshield cover in your car insurance may protect your NCB for the next year renewal
In a usual comprehensive insurance policy, if the windshield glass (front or rear) alone gets damaged without any accidental damage to the car, the replacement will be considered as an Own Damage claim.
In this case, the No Claim Bonus (NCB) will not be available for next year renewal of your car insurance.
If a windshield cover is added in your car insurance, in case of damage to windshield without any damage to your car, the replacement of the glass for the first time during the year will not be considered as an OD claim. The No Claim Bonus will be available without any reduction during your next renewal.