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Stress, pollution, pesticides, and other factors in today’s society can cripple our immune system, making us weaker and more susceptible to everyday viruses and diseases. As we grow older, our immune system also begins to decline. However, there are natural ways to keep the immune system working at its best. Here are some Indian foods that help boost the immune system.

Chili peppers

Found in many Indian dishes, they have the ability to fight prostate cancer and help prevent inflammation in the body through capsaicin, which sticks to neuropeptides. Peppers also fight infections by converting blood to Vitamin A since it contains high levels of beta-carotene.

Cinnamon

Not only does cinnamon, a commonly found ingredient in Indian food, help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, it also helps halt bacteria development in the body by way of antioxidants. Furthermore, it also helps reduce bad breath.

Garlic

On the list of heart healthy foods, garlic lowers the risk of certain types of carcinogens and toxins. This ingredient helps decrease toxic free radicals in the bloodstream, fights infection by stimulating the production of white blood cells, and also fights infection because it contains sulfides and allicin. Also, by keeping platelets from clotting, garlic unclogs tiny arteries and veins. Since garlic is used in many Indian foods, consuming this miraculous food can help the immune system stay in top form.

Turmeric

Containing some spectacular immune system properties, it’s not a typical food eaten alone. But it is often used in curries. This food can reduce arthritic suffering, helps fight the common cold, and the flu with its potent anti-inflammatory properties; namely the high concentration of curcumin.

Green tea

According to the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, consuming 4 cups of green tea per day will keep the digestive tract working well, which is where 70% of the immune system lives. Green tea also inhibits salmonella, clostridium, and e-coli while supporting the growth of “good” intestinal bacteria. You can buy spices online and shop a variety of Indian fooda via http://www.vedicaorganics.com.

Mindfulness meditation cannot only improve your outlook on life and problem solving ability, it has also been scientifically shown to benefit physical health, lowering blood pressure, improving sleep, and reducing pain. Mastering the practice of mindfulness meditation requires breaking the habit of mindlessness (the mind's default setting). Like breaking any bad habit, mindlessness cannot simply be shrugged away the mind must be retrained with practice. The following three types of meditation are great for those who are new to mindfulness meditation.

1. Sitting Practice - During this type of meditation, the practitioner sits in the lotus position (legs crossed, hands resting on knees, palms up). During sitting meditation, the practitioner focuses on his or her breath, either counting to ten or down from ten with each inhalation and exhalation. The purpose of focusing on the breath is to relieve the mind of any other thoughts, so that the practitioner may simply experience existence without reacting to it.

2. Guided Meditation - This type of mindfulness meditation can be quite useful for novice meditators, as it not only serves as meditation practice, but also instruction. Several guided meditations can be found online or for purchase on CD.

3. Walking Meditation – This type of mindfulness is best performed barefoot. During walking meditation, the practitioner focuses on the act of walking. Sensing each muscle movement, weight shifting, and feeling the ground. After a number of paces, the practitioner turns and repeats a mantra before continuing to walk back in the opposite direction.

As a beginner practicing meditation, self-acceptance and forgiveness is key. Relinquishing expectations of the practice is also important. Try it for a while, and see what it does for you. Even the most seasoned practitioners improve and learn with each meditation session. Should the practitioner's mind wander or hand move to scratch an itch during meditation, the practitioner should simply acknowledge the distraction (without self-criticism), and redirect their focus.

Dress up your next dish with an added dose of deliciousness by adding one of our four organic rubs to your next meal. With a nice selection of flavors to choose from, we’re sure we have a rub that’s sure to make your next meal a real winner with friends, family, and honored guests alike.

Aromatic Vegetable Rub

Whether you’re a dedicated vegetarian or simply want to add a little zing to your favorite vegetable side dish, our aromatic vegetable rub contains a blend of cumin, coriander, and mustard seed to deliver the perfect little punch to your vegetables. Apply dry, directly on the vegetables or mix rub with yogurt to create a flavorful marinade.

Spicy Fish Rub

Our spicy fish rub is the perfect complement to almost any fish you’re planning for dinner with its combination of flavors that includes brown sugar, fennel, lemon, and paprika. The unique flavor combination adds a subtle spiciness that jazzes up fish dishes whether you’re grilling, baking, or frying your fish.

Grilled Chicken Rub

You may apply our grilled chicken rub immediately before cooking or allow chicken to marinate for hours before preparation for a bold and flavorful experience. The rich blend of garlic, sage, paprika, rosemary and more make this a family favorite for many who have tried it.

Barbeque Meat Rub

This rub is the perfect accompaniment for grilled meats. Apply our dry rub or mix with olive oil or yogurt to marinate overnight. Garlic, rosemary, and garlic are only the tip of the flavorful iceberg.

Try one of our rubs today and see for yourself why they’re all becoming fast favorites among people who appreciate fine organic foods.

You might panic when you discover that coconut oil contains saturated fats--except that the saturated fats in coconut oil are medium chain triglycerides. In contrast to unhealthy fats called long-chain triglycerides(the kind that clog arteries and cause atherosclerosis), MCTs are easily absorbed and metabolized by the body to prevent accumulation of fat deposits. In other words, the calories in coconut oil are almost immediately converted to energy (instead of stored) for use by your muscles, brain and organs. This makes coconut oil excellent to use in any weight management program.

Improve Your Overall Health with Coconut Oil
  • Enhances immune system functioning to better prepare our bodies against invasions of viruses, disease-carrying bacteria and fungal infections.
  • Helps regulate hormone levels to optimize thyroid functioning and maintain healthy levels of blood glucose.
  • Rich amounts of lauric acid found in coconut oil improves "good" cholesterol levels by converting this kind of cholesterol to pregnenolone, a precursor needed to produce hormones necessary for preventing clogged arteries.
  • When applied to the skin, coconut oil can help reduce the severity of acne, eczema and psoriasis as well as strengthen and condition damaged hair.
10 Great Uses for Coconut Oil
  • Use coconut oil to remove makeup and moisturize dry skin at the same time.
  • Rub coconut oil on your stomach during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks.
  • Avoid skin damage or premature wrinkling due to UV radiation by coating the skin with coconut oil before venturing into the sun.
  • As an effective nighttime facial moisturizer or daytime chapstick to soothe dry, cracked lips
  • Replace all vegetable oils with coconut oil to minimize dietary "bad" fats
  • Rub coconut oil into arthritic joints to soothe stiffness and pain (coconut oil has clinically proven anti-inflammatory properties).
  • Instead of using over the counter baby lotion (which contains unnecessary ingredients that could irritate sensitive baby skin), treat infant skin conditions by applying coconut oil to cradle cap, diaper rash or "milk" pimples.
  • Make nutritious coconut smoothies, packed with organic foods, taste even more delicious by adding coconut oil.
  • Rub onto itchy mosquito bites to reduce inflammation.
  • Taking coconut oil supplements daily can help improve concentration, memory and thinking skills.
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