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While reading umpteen number of articles on different ‘superfoods’ and supplements that can boost our immune system, what we generally miss considering is probably the most essential part of our day-to-day existence – water.

By Dr. Suresh Sisodia  |  Updated: May 22, 2020 16:04 IST

Alkaline Water: How It Is The Key to Boost Your Immunity

Alkaline water may provide many health benefits.

Highlights

  • Alkaline water may help build immunity and boost hydration.
  • Alkaline water neutralises the acidic toxins present in the body
  • Alkaline water is fortified with a range of essential minerals.

The current Coronavirus pandemic has left everyone searching for answers. While the world struggles to find a medicinal solution, it is clearer than ever that we must focus on boosting our immunity- a seemingly simple yet one of the most effective preventive solutions against any infection or flu. While reading umpteen number of articles on different ‘superfoods’ and supplements that can boost our immune system, what we generally miss considering is probably the most essential part of our day-to-day existence – water. 

Is Alkaline Water Better Than Normal Drinking Water?

While consumers in general have become more health conscious over the years, many of them are still not aware if the water they drink daily is fit for consumption. Majority of the households seem to be satisfied with a simple Reverse Osmosis (RO) water purifier in their homes, which in turn, drains water of many minerals that are essential for the body, lowers it pH and thus renders it acidic leading to a bitter tasting, corrosive water that is unfit for drinking.

The solution lies in relooking at water purification in its entirety. To be more precise, it is time to turn to Alkaline Water– a significant step towards boosting the immune system.

(Also Read: How To Make Mint Water For Healthy Weight Loss And Good Immunity)

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Alkaline water helps boost immunity and enhances hydration. 

Health Benefits Of Alkaline Water

To begin with, alkaline water when introduced in the body neutralises the acidic toxins present in the body. Overabundance of these toxins essentially means that the body must work overtime to maintain healthy functions- resulting in lethargy and overall weakness. Alkaline water, which is easily absorbed in the body allows for a more efficient system of flushing the toxins and harmful substances out of the body. Alkaline water is also known to improve the performance of one’s circulatory system, which means better blood quality and more oxygen to vital organs. 

Additionally, drinking alkaline water hinders the growth of free radicals in the body that can fasten the ageing process. As per a study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, a significant difference in the whole blood viscosity of participants was observed after consuming alkaline water as opposed to regular water after a strenuous workout. According to a study published in Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, alkaline water provides higher longevity in terms of “deceleration aging factor” as it increases the survival functions. 

Alkaline water is fortified with a range of essential minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium and trace elements like copper, zinc etc. that are essential for maintaining body’s metabolism. A study published in the Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine showed that consumption of alkaline water may prevent osteoporosis and protect pancreatic beta cells with its antioxidant effects. Yet another study published in Public Library of Science (PLOS) said that drinking alkalised water enhances hydration, improves acid-base balance and anaerobic exercise performance. People who drink alkaline water claim that it provides greater hydration than regular water. Since many people suffer from dehydration, especially so in warmer climates, drinking alkaline water may be an effective way to keep the body well hydrated.

There are many other known benefits of drinking alkaline water, such as stronger bones and weight loss. All the benefits above collectively prepare the immune system to battle foreign pathogens and protect you from many diseases and health issues.

Dr. Suresh Sisodia is Sr. Vice President at Havells India Ltd. He is a veteran in the water purification industry with an experience stretching over three decades. Prior to joining Havells as Sr. Vice President (Water Purification) in 2016, he was associated with brands such as Aquaguard, AquaSure, Forbes, Livpure and Euroclean. His educational qualifications include a doctoral degree in ‘Pollution modelling of Upper Ganga basin’ from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. He has visited the following countries for evaluation of water quality and technologies – Germany, France, UK, Korea, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.

(This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.)

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Protein-Rich Diet: Potatoes (Aloo) May Provide High-Quality Proteins For Weight Loss And Muscles

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A team of researchers from McMaster University discovered potato, which has always been primarily known as a starchy vegetable, can prove to be a good source of high-quality protein that helps to maintain muscle strength.

Edited by Neha Grover  |  Updated: May 29, 2020 17:26 IST

Protein-Rich Diet: Potatoes (Aloo) May Provide High-Quality Proteins For Weight Loss And Muscle Strength; Study

Potatoes may prove to be great plant-based source of proteins.

Protein is an important macronutrient that provides strength to the muscles and energy for day-to-day activities. Besides this, protein also helps us feel sated for a long time after meals, and thus, accelerate weight loss process. We all reach for dairy products and animal-based proteins to get our daily protein fix. It’s true that chicken, milk, eggs etc. are great sources of proteins but potatoes, which are always present in our kitchens, are no less. Yes, potatoes or aloo may provide high-quality proteins that can strengthen and maintain muscle power.

A team of researchers from McMaster University discovered potato, which has always been primarily known as a starchy vegetable, can prove to be a good source of high-quality protein that helps to maintain muscle strength. The findings were published in the journal ‘Nutrients’.

Sara Oikawa, a former graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster and lead author of the research paper. “While the amount of protein found in a potato is small, we grow lots of potatoes and the protein, when isolated, it can provide some measurable benefits.”

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Protein helps in weight loss and muscle building

 

Since, many people are moving away from animal-based proteins and looking for plant-based substitutes, potatoes can be an excellent choice. To prove this, researchers roped in young women in their early twenties who consumed diets containing protein at the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of 0.8 grams of protein/per kilogram/day. One group of participants consumed additional potato protein, doubling their intake of the RDA to 1.6g/kg/d. Researchers observed that women who consumed the additional potato protein showed increased rate of protein growth in muscles.

“This was an interesting finding that we did not expect,” says Oikawa. “But it is one that shows the recommended daily allowance is inadequate to support maintenance of muscle in these young women. This study provides evidence that the quality of proteins from plants can support muscle,” said Oikawa. 

 

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Lockdown Cooking: Amp Up A Simple Egg Curry With This DHABA Restaurant Special Recipe

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There are several ways to make an egg curry. This might be confusing for you, especially if you are a novice chef. This egg curry recipe is a solution to that!

Somdatta Saha  |  Updated: May 29, 2020 16:16 IST

Lockdown Cooking: Amp Up A Simple Egg Curry With This DHABA Restaurant Special Recipe

Highlights

  • There are several ways to make an egg curry.
  • This might be confusing for you, especially if you are a novice chef.
  • Egg curry recipe by Dhaba restaurant can be a tasty solution to it.

There’s no doubt about the fact that a simple egg curry can save the day and make your meal appetising when you are almost running out of groceries. It is tasty, quick and easy to prepare. But how will you feel if we share some secrets that can make it taste like a restaurant food? Yes, here we bring you the egg curry recipe by North Indian-Special restaurant Dhaba that can spruce up the dish. Let’s find out what Chef Ravi Saxena has to share.

Here’s The Recipe Video For Dhaba-Style Egg Curry:

There are several ways to make an egg curry. Some people add tomatoes to the gravy, some people add yogurt, while several other people add just onions to it. This might be confusing for you, especially if you are a novice chef. This egg curry recipe is a solution to that! Try this Dhaba special recipe out and let us know your feedback.

Here’s The Writter Recipe Of Dhaba-Style Egg Curry:

Ginger-garlic paste- 1 tbsp

Green chilies- 4 (chopped)

Coriander- 1 tbsp (chopped)

In a pan, shallow fry 3 boiled eggs with little oil, turmeric and red chili powder.

Separately, heat oil in another pan. Add ginger garlic paste, green chilies and tomato puree to it. Cook it well till oil separates.

Now, add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and cumin powder to it. Pour some water and mix it well.

To this, add yogurt and chopped coriander. Cook it for few minutes.

Now, add the eggs to this gravy and simmer it for 3-5 minutes.

Garnish the dish with some chopped coriander and slices of tomato and ginger.

Serve with steamed rice and enjoy!

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Five Spice Powder: How To Make The Sweet-And-Spicy Seasoning For An Authentic Chinese Cuisine

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Chinese five-spice powder is basically a blend some common kitchen spices, mixed in the right proportion.

Somdatta Saha  |  Updated: May 29, 2020 16:09 IST

Five Spice Powder: How To Make The Sweet-And-Spicy Seasoning For An Authentic Chinese Cuisine

Highlights

  • Chinese five-spice powder is basically a blend some common kitchen spices
  • Other than Chinese, this spice is also used in Vietnamese cuisine
  • Prepare this five-spice powder and keep in store.

Let’s admit it, we drool on a plate of spicy Szechuan chicken and hakka noodles. Chinese cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in India. From a road-side vendor to the fine-dining restaurants, Chinese food is undoubtedly the best-seller! But have you ever thought, what is the secret behind the amazing flavours and taste of the food? It’s the sweet and spicy Chinese five-spice powder; it adds the fresh authentic flavour to the dish.

Chinese five-spice powder is basically a blend some common kitchen spices, mixed in the right proportion. As per food experts, the reason for using this spice mix in a recipe is to incorporate the five main flavours to a dish – sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent. However, it tastes best when used in moderation. A traditional five-spice powder is made of ground fennel seeds (saunf), cloves (laung), cinnamon (dal chini), star anise and Szechuan pepper. You can easily prepare this spice mix at home. Here’s the recipe for homemade five-spice powder. Other than the traditional spices that are used in this powder, some people like adding ginger roots, nutmeg, orange peel and galangal to the mix to add a different flavour profile to the recipe.

Other than Chinese, this spice is also used in Vietnamese cuisine and some particular dishes in other Asian cuisines. Five-spice powder is generally used to season fried foods and appetisers, marinade meat and chicken for various recipes and spice-rub for roasting foods. Due to its rich aroma, this powder is also used in few desserts and savoury recipes. It is also said, some of the Hawaiian restaurants use five-spice powder to season the salt they keep on the patron’s table. They dry roast the traditional five-spice powder with common salt in low flame until the spice and salt are well mixed.

So if you too are planning to make Chinese food at home, make sure to prepare this five-spice powder and keep in store (obviously in air tight jar). Happy cooking!

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