Does a diet only include fruits and vegetables? We emphasize eating fruits and veggies for good health but often forget that leaves too play an important part. Yes, there are some leaves as great as solid foods, in fact, more nutritious than other foods. Don’t believe us but you would believe if a health expert vouch for that? Dr. Swati Bathwal a renowned dietitian explained the benefits of eating some leaves, read ahead to find out what leaves is she talking about.
There are some leaves that we generally consider holy and use in sacred events like poojas. Not many people know about their nutritive values and how greatly beneficial they are if consumed. We have brought five such leaves that can work wonders for your health in many ways.
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Hey everyone what’s happening? Today I want to discuss about top 5 leaves in our traditional household which works wonders for our health.. yes! herbal leaves have enormous health benefits.. . Bilva leaves �� - we have used these leaves in our offerings, specially in sawan but even chewing or having 1 teaspoon powder of bilva leaves can control your blood sugars .. woohoo �� and not to forget builds our immunity �� . Betel or Paan leaves- super rich in calcium, removes bad breath and aids digestion, please consume 1 leaf a day after meals ( I add some saffron, turmeric and a pinch of cinnamon and make my own roll) not talking about tobacco one �� watch out for that one ☝️ . Tulsi leaves - 2 tulsi leaves a day keeps corona at bay! But not only corona it keeps all virus and bacteria’s at bay ☺️ . Neem leaves - just chew 1 leaf a week, don’t over do on these, it might cause a major gastro upset and causes low testosterone, these leaves work wonders in purification of blood and keep high sugars at bay! But remember 1 leaf a week or 2 leaves a week only . Curry leaves- who doesn’t need long lustrous hair? Many of you ask me secret of my shiny hair- I put it down to curry leaves, I use 7-8 leaves a day in my meals, I absolutely love it.. . So what are you thinking? Start consuming above leaves and u ll see the difference ❤️ . Happy ☀️ day �� . #askswati #instadaily #healthylifestyle #india #herbs #medicinalherbs #ayurveda #indianfood #nature #fitness #fit #weekend #instagood #goodmorning #nutrition #diet #dietitiansofinstagram #dietitan #nutritionist
Bilva leaves or Bael Patra
These leaves are particularly offered to Lord Shiva during prayers. You would find these being extensively used by people who observe fast on Mondays. These leaves belong to the Bael tree which also fruits Bael or wood apple that has tremendous health benefits. Consuming bilva or bael leaves can:
- Boost immunity
- Control Blood Sugar
- Either chew 1-2 leaves or consume bilva leaves powder(1 teaspoon) every day.
These are majorly used in tempering as these have a mild but amazing flavour. Not only do they enhance the taste of the food but are also good for health.
- Curry leaves can aid diabetes.
- These also aid hair growth.
Dr. Bathwal consumes at least 7-8 curry leaves a day which she addresses as the secret to her lustrous hair.
Tulsi leaves or Holy Basil leaves
We all are aware of the wondrous properties of tulsi or basil leaves. These not only boost immunity but here are other health benefits of tulsi leaves:
- Keeps bacteria and virus away
- Boosts cardiovascular health
- Treats indigestion
- Reduces stress and uplifts mood
- Aids weight loss
You can have a glass of Tulsi milk daily before going to bed.
Betel or Paan leaves
These are extremely cooling and leave behind a refreshing taste when consumed. In case you are wondering, these are not just meant to make a paan but you can consume them whenever you feel like.
- These have high calcium content.
- They are good for digestive health.
- These treat mouth odour and refreshes the mouth after meals.
Have one betel leaf after every meal. To make it more healthful, you can a pinch of cinnamon powder, a saffron strand and a pinch of turmeric powder, this is Dr. Bathwal’s special recipe.
Also Read: Medicinal Benefits of Betel Leaves
Well, these are bitter but you know bitter things are good for health, right? Also, you don’t have to consume these daily, just 1 or 2 leaves a week can help.
- Neem leaves aid blood purification.
- These control high blood sugar levels.
Overconsumption of neem leaves can cause stomach troubles. Keep that in mind. If needed, you can have neem leaves powder instead of whole leaves to eliminate the bitter taste.
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