Kunafa

For those of you who don’t know, kunafa is a super cheesy pastry soaked in an incredibly sweet, sugar based syrup, it’s a speciality of the Middle East and an absolute treat for anyone with a sweet tooth.

You might find many variations of kunafa recepies on net ,but the cream-filled one is perhaps the most popular in Egypt and my favourite .

This is a super crunchy on outside and creamy pudding like filling inside.As soon as it comes out of the oven,this beauty gets drenched with a flavoured ,scented sugar syrup.

It’s not an authentic kunafa recepie though

Sharing with u guys my version of Kunafa .

Begin with the recepie by preparing the sugar syrup .Syrup should neither be too thin nor thick .Add a dash of your favourite flavour or essence (u can add vanilla essence,rose water,kevara water,or orange blossom water)I have added rose water. Let it cool .

After that you have to prepare the cream filling/pudding .

Mix half milk and half cream in a thick bottom vessel and keep it to boil on medium flame . When milk is about to boil add cornflour slurry to it by continuously stirring it to avoid any lumps . Add chopped nuts to this pudding.I have added chopped pistachios ,almond and cashew. I have added a teaspoon of rose water to the pudding as well . The cream filling should not be too runny or too gloppy , it should be stable enough to hold its shape when the kunafa gets cut .

Line a pan with parchment paper and grease the edges .

For making the kunafa crust

U can use kunafa dough or thin vemecelli .I have used thin vermicelli (roasted ) . Add ghee so as to coat the strands of vermicelli .(some add butter or clarified butter ,I have used ghee) u can add orange colour to the kunafa , I try to keep it simple .

Press 2/3 rd of the vermicelli on the bottom of the pan .Then spread evenly the cream mixture/pudding into the pan .

Scatter the remaining kunafa (vermicelli ) to completely cover the filling . Press gently .

Bake at 180degress for 30 mins or till the crust becomes golden in colour .

Remove from the oven and pour the sugar syrup while it is piping hot . Save some syrup for individual servings . Let it rest for 15 mins to make sure the sugar syrup is well absorbed .Flip on this beauty on a plate and garnish with chopped nuts .

Slice it and serve warm .

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Hypothyroidism

In my previous blog we discussed about Hyperthyroidism .Today we will talk about Hypothyroidism .

Where Hyperthyroidism is overproduction of Thyroid harmones,Hypothyroidism is a condition due to underproduction of Thyroid harmones.

Let’s discuss about Hypothyroidism .

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is not able to produce enough thyroid harmone .

Since the main purpose of Thyroid harmone is to run the body’s metabolism , The people with this condition will have symptoms associated with slow metabolism .

Hypothyroidism is more common than you would believe . There are millions of people who are hypothyroid and are unaware of it.

Women are much more likely to develop hypothyroidism as compared to men. The disease is also more common among people older than age 60 or more .

Causes

There are fairly two common causes of hypothyroidism .

  • The first is a result of previous (or ongoing ) inflammation of the thyroid gland which damages a large percentage of the cells of thyroid gland and leaves it incapable of producing sufficient thyroid harmone .
  • The most common cause of thyroid gland failure is called Autoimmune Thyroiditis .which is also called as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis .
  • Hashimoto ‘s Thyroiditis is a form of thyroid inflammation caused by the patient’s own immune system .It is an autoimmune disorder. With this disease,your immune system attacks the thyroid.The thyroid becomes inflamed and can’t make enough Thyroid harmones .
  • The second major cause is the broad category of medical treatments.The treatment of many thyroid conditions warrants surgical removal of a portion or all of the thyroid gland .
  • When a part of Thyroid is surgically removed, the remaining part may produce normal amounts of thyroid harmone , but some patients who have underwent this surgery develop hypothyroidism .Removal of entire gland always results in hypothyroidism .
  • Thyroidectomy which is removal of part or whole thyroid gland is done as a treatment for hyperthyroidism.
  • Throidectomy is done as a treatment of
    • Hyperthyroidism
      A large goitre
      Thyroid nodules ,which are non cancerous tumors or lumps in the thyroid that can produce too much thyroid harmone .
      Thyroid cancer
  • Signs and symptoms
  • General signs and symptoms of Hypothyroidism are
    • Fatigue
      Weakness
      Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
      Slow pulse rate
      Enlarged thyroid gland (Goitre)
      Coarse ,dry ,thin hair
      Dry ,rough ,pale skin
      Hair loss
      Cold intolerance
      Muscle cramps and aches
      Constipation
      Depression
      Irritability
      Memory loss
      Abnormal mentrual cycles
      Decreased libido
  • Congenital Hypothyroidism
  • Some babies are born with a thyroid that is not fully developed or does not function properly .If untreated congenital hypothyroidism can lead to intellectual disability and growth failure .Early diagnosis and treatment is necessary to prevent these problems.
  • Hypothyroidism in infants
  • Although middle aged and older women are more after affected by hypothyroidism ,anyone can develop the condition ,including infants .
  • When new borns do have hypothyroidisms ,the signs and symptoms include
    • Yellowishness of skin and conjunctiva (white) of eyes.(jaundice)
      A large protruding tongue
      Difficulty in breathing
      Hoarse crying
      Umbilical hernia
      Constipation
      Poor muscle tone
      Excessive sleepiness
  • As the disease progresses the ,infants are likely to have trouble feeding and may fail to grow and develop normally.
  • When hypothyroidism in infants is not treated ,even mild cases may lead to severe physical and mental retardation.
  • Hypothyroidism in children and Teens
  • In general children and teens ,who develop hypothyroidism ,have same signs and symptoms as adults but they may also experience
    • Poor growth resulting in short stature
      Delayed dentition
      Delayed puberty
      Poor mental development .
  • Hypothyroidism during pregnancy
  • Untreated hypothyroidism during pregnancy can affect both mother and the baby . However thyroid medicine can help prevent problems and are safe to take during pregnancy .
  • Diagnosis

    Diagnosis of hypothyroidism is based on your symptoms and the results of blood tests that measure the level of TSH and sometimes the level of the thyroid hormone thyroxine. A low level of thyroxine and high level of TSH indicate an underactive thyroid. That’s because your pituitary produces more TSH in an effort to stimulate your thyroid gland into producing more thyroid hormone.

    Thyroid disorder are diagnosed much earlier even before you develop symptoms is by TSH test . Because the TSH test is the best screening test. TSH tests also play an important role in managing hypothyroidism.

    TSH tests are used to help diagnose a condition called subclinical hypothyroidism, which usually causes no outward signs or symptoms. In this condition, you have normal blood levels of triiodothyronine and thyroxine, but higher than normal levels of TSH.

  • Foods to eat
  • There are plenty of food options for people with hypothyroidism, including the following:
    • Eggs-Whole eggs are best, as much of the iodine and selenium are found in the yolk, while the whites are full of protein.
    • Meat –All meats, including lamb, beef, chicken, etc.
      Fish -All seafood, including salmon, tuna, halibut, shrimp, etc.
    • Vegetables –All vegetables are fine to eat. Cruciferous vegetables are fine to eat in moderate amounts, especially when cooked.
    • Fruits –All other fruits including berries, bananas, oranges, tomatoes, etc.
    • Gluten-free grains and seeds – Rice, buckwheat, quinoa, chia seeds and flaxseed.
    • Dairy-All dairy products including milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.
    • Beverages –Water and other non-caffeinated beverages
  • Foods to Avoid
  • Fortunately, there aren’t many foods that you need to avoid if you have hypothyroidism.

    You should also avoid eating highly processed foods, as they usually contain more calories.Foods that should be completely avoided are

    Millets,Highly processed foods ,  Selenium and iodine supplements should be avoided unless prescribed by your doctor.

    Here is a list of foods you can eat in moderation. These foods have goitrogens or are known irritants if consumed in large amounts.

    • Food that contain gluten- Bread, pasta, cereals, beer, etc.
    • Soy food-Tofu, edamame beans, soy milk, etc. 
    • Cruceferous vegetables –Broccoli, kale, spinach, cabbage, etc.
    • Certain fruits –Peaches, pears and strawberries.
    • Certain beverages –Coffee, green tea and alcohol — these beverages may irritate your thyroid gland .

    If you have celiac disease because of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or feel uncomfortable eating foods that contain gluten, then you should avoid gluten completely.

    Treatment

    Standard treatment for hypothyroidism involves daily use of the synthetic thyroid

    hormone levothyroxine (Levo-T, Synthroid, others). This oral medication restores adequate hormone levels, reversing the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism.

    Treatment with levothyroxine will likely be lifelong, but because the dosage you need may change, your doctor is likely to check your TSH level every year.

    Homeopathic Treatment

    Homeopathic remedies when rightly selected after detailed history and evaluation can try and stimulate your thyroid gland to start producing adequate hormones. This process has to be done by a experienced homeopath in consent with the treating physician so that the thyroxin dose can be reduced gradually and then completely stopped.

    Some of the Homeopathic medicines for hypothyroidism are

    • Calcarea Carbonica
    • Sepia Officinalis
    • Lycopodium Clavatum
    • Graphites
    • Nux Vomica
    • Iodum treats hypothyroidism. The person is emaciated
    • Thymusinum – treatment of stunted conditions in children
    • Bromum treats goiter
    • Lapis albus treats hyperthyroidism and goiter
    • Natrum muriaticum treats an under active gland
      Thyroidinum
  • Pls note – The treatments and medicines mentioned above should be taken only after consulting registered medical practitioner or health care provider . Self medication may aggravate or worsen the condition .
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    Hyperthyroidism

    Thyroid Gland

    The small, butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the throat is responsible for making hormones that regulate metabolism.

    Hyperthyroidism 

    Hyperthyroidism is where there is over-production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland.

    The thyroid gland makes the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) that play an important role in the way your whole body functions. If your thyroid gland makes too much T4 and T3, this is defined as hyperthyroidism. 

    Hyperthyroidism can accelerate your body’s metabolism (the way your body uses energy), breathing, heart rate, nervous system, weight, body temperature, and many other functions in the body.

    Thyrotoxicosis

    refers to an abnormal and excessive quantity of thyroid hormone in the body.

    Primary Hyperthyroidism 

    is due to thyroid pathology. It is the thyroid itself that is behaving abnormally and producing excessive thyroid hormone.

    Secondary hyperthyroidism

     is the condition where the thyroid is producing excessive thyroid hormone as a result of overstimulation by thyroid stimulating hormone. The pathology is in the hypothalamus or pituitary.

     Causes of Hyperthyroidism

    The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is the autoimmune disorder Graves’ disease. In this disorder, the body makes an antibody (a protein produced by the body to protect against a virus or bacteria) called thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulin (TSI) that causes the thyroid gland to make too much thyroid hormone. Graves’ disease runs in families and is more commonly found in women.

    Hyperthyroidism also may be caused by a toxic nodular or multinodular goiter, which are lumps or nodules in the thyroid gland that cause the thyroid to produce excessive amounts of thyroid hormones. In addition, inflammation of the thyroid gland—called thyroiditis—resulting from a virus or a problem with the immune system may temporarily cause symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Furthermore, some people who consume too much iodine (either from foods or supplements) or who take medications containing iodine (such as amiodarone) may cause the thyroid gland to overproduce thyroid hormones.

    Finally, some women may develop hyperthyroidism during pregnancy or in the first year after giving birth. 

    Symptoms

    Hyperthyroidism can mimic other health problems, which can make it difficult for your doctor to diagnose. Increased secretions of thyroid harmones can produce myraid of symptoms that vary from patient to patient and with the age of the patient.

    signs and symptoms

    • Unintentional weight loss, even when your appetite and food intake stay the same or increase

    • Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia) — commonly more than 100 beats a minute

    • Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)

    • Pounding of your heart (palpitations)

    • Increased appetite

    • Nervousness, anxiety and irritability

    • Tremor — usually a fine trembling in your hands and fingers

    • Sweating

    • Changes in menstrual patterns

    • Increased sensitivity to heat

    • Changes in bowel patterns, especially more frequent bowel movements

    • An enlarged thyroid gland (goiter), which may appear as a swelling at the base of your neck

    • Fatigue, muscle weakness

    • Difficulty sleeping

    • Skin thinning

    • Fine, brittle hair

    Older adults are more likely to have either no signs or symptoms or subtle ones, such as an increased heart rate, heat intolerance and a tendency to become tired during ordinary activities.

    Graves Opthalmopathy

    Sometimes an uncommon problem called Graves’ ophthalmopathy may affect your eyes, especially if you smoke.

    Signs and symptoms of Graves’ ophthalmopathy include:

    • Dry eyes

    • Red or swollen eyes

    • Excessive tearing or discomfort in one or both eyes

    • Light sensitivity, blurry or double vision, inflammation, or reduced eye movement

    • Protruding eyeballs

    Diagnosis

    Hyperthyroidism is diagnosed using:

    • Medical history and physical exam. During the exam your doctor may try to detect a slight tremor in your fingers when they’re extended, overactive reflexes, eye changes and warm, moist skin. Your doctor will also examine your thyroid gland as you swallow to see if it’s enlarged, bumpy or tender and check your pulse to see if it’s rapid or irregular.

    • Blood tests. Blood tests that measure thyroxine and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) can confirm the diagnosis. High levels of thyroxine and low or nonexistent amounts of TSH indicate an overactive thyroid. The amount of TSH is important because it’s the hormone that signals your thyroid gland to produce more thyroxine.

    • If the blood tests indicate that you have a hyperactive Thyroid your Doctor may recommend one of the following tests to determine the cause of the overactive thyroid

    Radioiodine uptake test.

    For this test, you take a small, oral dose of radioactive iodine (radioiodine) to see how much will collect in your thyroid gland. You’ll be checked after four, six or 24 hours — and sometimes after all three time periods — to see how much iodine your thyroid has absorbed.

    A high uptake of radioiodine indicates your thyroid gland is producing too much thyroxine. The most likely cause is either Graves’ disease or hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules. If you have hyperthyroidism and your radioiodine uptake is low, this indicates that the thyroxine stored in the gland is leaking into the bloodstream, which may mean you have thyroiditis

    • Thyroid scan. During this test, you’ll have a radioactive isotope injected into the vein on the inside of your elbow or sometimes into a vein in your hand. You then lie on a table with your head stretched backward while a special camera produces an image of your thyroid gland on a computer screen. This test shows how iodine collects in your thyroid.

    • Thyroid ultrasound

    Ultrasound may be better at detecting thyroid nodules than other tests, and there’s no exposure to any radiation.

    Foods to avoid

    Excess Iodine

    Eating too many iodine-rich or iodine-fortified foods may lead to hyper thyroidism or worsen it in some cases.

    A teaspoon of iodized salt gives you 284 micrograms of iodine. Seafood has the most iodine. Just 1 gram of seaweed contains 2 milligrams of iodine. The recommend dose of iodine is about 1.1 milligrams per day. A low-iodine diet requires even less.

    Avoid the following seafood and seafood additives:

    • fish

    • seaweed

    • prawns

    • crabs

    • lobster

    • sushi

    • carrageen

    • agar-agar

    • algae

    • alginate

    • nori

    • kelp

    Avoid other foods high in iodine such as:

    • milk and dairy

    • cheese

    • egg yolks

    • iodized salt

    • iodized water

    • some food colorings

    Some medications also contain iodine. These include:

    • amiodarone

    • cough syrups

    • medical contrast dyes

    • herbal or vitamin supplements

    Nitrates

    Chemicals called nitrates may cause your thyroid to absorb too much iodine. This can lead to an enlarged thyroid and hyperthyroidism.

    Nitrates are found naturally in some foods. Processed foods may contain added nitrates. It may also be found in drinking water. Avoid or limit foods such as:

    • processed meats (sausage, bacon, salami, pepperoni)

    • celery

    • lettuce

    • beets

    • spinach

    • parsley

    • leeks

    • endive

    • cabbage

    • fennel

    • dill

    • turnip

    • carrots

    • cucumber

    • pumpkin

    Gluten

    In some people, gluten may harm the thyroid by causing inflammation. Even if you don’t have a gluten allergy or intolerance, it may be beneficial to restrict or limit gluten. Check food labels for gluten-containing ingredients such as:

    • wheat

    • barley

    • brewer’s yeast

    • malt

    • rye

    • triticale

    Soy

    While soy doesn’t contain iodine, it’s been shown to interfere with some treatments for hyperthyroidism in animals. Avoid or limit foods with soy such as:

    • soy milk

    • soy sauce

    • tofu

    • soy-based creamers

    Foods to Eat

    Low Iodine Food

    The mineral iodine plays a key role in making thyroid hormones. A low-iodine diet helps to reduce thyroid hormones. Add these foods to your daily diet:

    Non Iodine salt

    • coffee or tea (without milk or dairy- or soy-based creamers)
    • egg whites
    • fresh or canned fruit
    • unsalted nuts and nut butters
    • homemade bread or breads made without salt, dairy, and eggs
    • popcorn with non-iodized salt
    • oats
    • potatoes
    • Honey
    • Maple syrup

    Cruciferous vegetables

     Cruciferous vegetables and other types may stop your thyroid from using iodine properly. They may be beneficial for hyperthyroidism:

    • bamboo shoots
    • bok choy
    • broccoli
    • Brussels sprouts
    • cassava
    • cauliflower
    • collard greens
    • kale
    • mustard
    • rutabaga

    Vitamins and Minerals

    Several nutrients are essential for thyroid health and to balance thyroid hormone production.

    iron

    Iron is important for many vital bodily functions, including thyroid health. This mineral is needed for blood cells to carry oxygen to every cell in your body. Low levels of iron are linked to hyperthyroidism . Get plenty of iron in your diet with foods such as:

    • dried beans 
    • green leafy vegetables
    • lentils
    • nuts
    • poultry, such as chicken and turkey
    • red meat
    • seeds
    • whole grains

    Selenium

    Selenium-rich foods may help to balance thyroid hormone levels and protect your thyroid from disease .Selenium helps to prevent cell damage and keep your thyroid and other tissues healthy.

    Good food sources of selenium include:

    .Couscous

    • Brazil nuts
    • mushrooms
    • tea
    • meat, such as beef and lamb
    • rice
    • Oats
    • poultry, such as chicken and turkey
    • Sunflower seeds

    Zinc

    Zinc helps you use food for energy. This mineral also keeps your immune system and thyroid healthy. Food sources of zinc include:

    • beef
    • chickpeas
    • Cocoa powder
    • Cashew
    • mushrooms
    • Pumpkin seeds
    • lamb

    Calcium and Vit D

    Hyperthyroidism causes weak and brittle bones. Bone mass may be restored with treatment.Vitamin D and Calcium are necessary for building healthy bones.

    Calcium-rich foods include:

    • spinach
    • collard greens
    • white beans
    • kale
    • okra
    • calcium-fortified orange juice
    • Almond milk
    • calcium-fortified cereals

    Vitamin D is found in these low-iodine foods:

    • vitamin D-fortified orange juice
    • vitamin D-fortified cereals
    • beef liver
    • mushrooms
    • fatty fish

    Healthy fats

    Fats that are from whole foods and largely unprocessed may help reduce inflammation. This helps to protect thyroid health and balance thyroid hormones. Nondairy fats are important in a low-iodine diet. These include:

    • Flaxseed oil
    • Olive oil
    • Avacado oil
    • Coconut oil
    • Sunflower oil
    • Safflower oil
    • avocado
    • unsalted nuts and seeds

    Spices

    Some spices and herbs have anti-inflammatory properties to help protect and balance thyroid function. Add flavor and a dose of antioxidants to your daily meals with:

    • Turmeric
    • green chilies
    • Black pepper

    Treatment

    Several treatments for hyperthyroidism exist. The best approach for you depends on your age, physical condition, the underlying cause of the hyperthyroidism, personal preference and the severity of your disorder. Possible treatments include:

    Anti thyroid Medications

    Antithyroid medications prevent the thyroid from producing excess amounts of T4 and T3 hormones.There are 2 types of antithyroid medications used in the US—propylthiouracil (PTU) and methimazole (also known as Tapazole) .These 2 medications target the thyroid gland directly to reduce T4 and T3 hormone production.

    Beta blockers

    Hyperthyroidism can cause a dangerous increase in heart rate in some patients. In these cases, your doctor may use beta blockers to reduce your heart rate. Beta blockers are not for everyone, though. If you have asthma or diabetes ,these medications may aggravate your condition.

    Radioactive Iodine:

    This oral medication is absorbed by your thyroid gland. Radioactive iodine works by gradually destroying the thyroid. This, in turn, reduces your hyperthyroid symptoms. This treatment is effective at permanently curing hyperthyroidism, and there are very little side effects on the rest of your body. Some may require a repeat of this treatment. But since you will no longer have a thyroid, you will need to take thyroid hormone replacement therapy to replenish the lack of thyroid hormones.

    Surgery

    The total or partial surgical removal of the thyroid is called a thyroidectomy. A thyroidectomy, when performed by an experienced surgeon, is a safe and effective treatment.

    Surgery tends to be recommended for certain types of hyperthyroidism. These include, for example, Graves’ disease with eye changes (exopthalmos) and larger and nodular thyroid goiters

    In choosing your treatment, make sure you understand and discuss all the risks, benefits, and side effects with your doctor.

    Homeopathic Treatment

    Hyperthyroidism being a constitutional disorder calls for an in – depth constitutional approach for its management .The science of Homeopathy is based on the concept that disease is a total affliction of body and may find its local expression at the level of certain organs. Hence homeopathy prescription takes into account presenting complaints along with physical, emotional and genetic makeup of a person that individualizes him/her. The remedy prescribed based on this entire totality treats the disorder at its root cause and thus restores the normal functioning of the body.

    Homeopathy helps in alleviating the symptoms associated with the condition. Moreover, homeopathy works at a deeper level to bring deviations of immunity back to normalcy and to restore the harmony of the body. It helps in controlling the symptoms while restoring the hormones level back to normal.It also helps to reduce the doses of conventional medication in the long run.. Extreme cases where the hyperactivity of thyroid gland has affected other vital organs, homeopathy has a limited role.

    Homeopathic Medicines

    Cac-phos.,Calc-carb.,Lapis-alb.,Iodium,Thyroidinum,Spong.,Calc-iod,Bromium,

    Pls note:-

    Medications and Treatment mentioned in this blog are to be taken only after expert medical practitioner .Self drugging can aggravate or worsen your complaints .

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    Prawns Biryani 🍤🍤

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    Now coming back to the recepie which Iam going to share today .Today Iam going to share recepie of Prawns Biryani cooked in coconut milk .It is one of the bestest seafood biryani recepie I have tried .This is my sons favourite dish so I make it very often .Since the rice is Cooked in cocunut milk it adds creamy deliciousness to the biryani .

    INGREDIENTS & RECEPIE

    2 cups paste ( 3/4 green chillies,10/12 garlic flakes ,ginger 1″,coriander leaves hand full , coriander seeds 1tsp, turmeric 1 tsp, chilly powder 2 tsp ,salt to taste , little tamarind , )grind all these ingredients to a smooth paste . Marinate the prawns in this paste for 15 mins .

    Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan add 2 medium size chopped onion to it . Sauté onions till golden colour ,add marinated prawns .cook well .add garam masala .

    Wash 2 cups rice ( preferably basmati /biryani rice) Take 2 tbs ghee in a casserole ,add 1/4 tsp shahjeera( black cumin seeds) ,3/4 bay leaves , add drained rice and sauté for 5-7 mins add 2 cups of coconut milk (1/2 coconut ) and 1-1/2 cups of hot water ,add salt to taste . Once rice is cooked , make 3 portions of rice add yellow and orange colour to two parts .layer the biryani .add butter garnish with chopped coriander ,fried onion( optional) .cover the lid and simmer it for 10-15 minutes .

    Serve n Nnjoy!!!

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    Date & Walnut Cake 

    Today I would like to share my friend Suja’s  recepie of Date & walnut cake.  It’s one of the easiest and foolproof recipes I have ever come across.I have made some changes in the original recepie though .

    This cake tastes better the next day when the date flavor has sunk in. But trust me a big slice of this cake with tea is perfect for a morning snack or a pre run snack. I usually have it any time of the day 🙂Moist and scrummy . . . and filled with lots of walnuts and sticky dates.

    Ingredients

    Dates-18 

    Milk-1cup

    Sugar-3/4 cup (you can take honey 1/4 cup+1/2 cup sugar or only honey ) 

    Oil -1/2 cup 

    All purpose flour ( maida) -1cup 

    Egg -1 

    Baking soda -1/2tsp 

    Baking powder-1/4 tsp 

    Chopped walnuts & dates  -3/4 cup  

    Vanilla essence 1 tsp 

    Cinnamon powder (optional) 

    Instructions 

    • Preheat the oven to 170 degree C .
    • Grease and dust the baking tin .
    • Line the bottom of the baking tin with parchment paper .
    • Boil dates in the milk and let it cool 
    • Put the mixture in the blender jar 
    • Add all the wet ingredients in the bowl and blend it with a hand blender on medium speed  ( oil,vanilla extract,egg,honey) 
    • Add in the dates and milk mixture in the bowl 
    • Sift the flour ,baking powder and baking soda together 
    • Fold in the  flour in the bowl slowly  
    • Add in sugar to adjust the sweetness ( I have taken honey and sugar you can take only sugar )
    • Add chopped walnuts and dates and transfer the mixture in the baking tin 
    • Bake at 180 degrees C for 1hr  or till the skewer or toothpick  inserted into the centre of the cake comes out  clean . 
    • Remove from the oven leave for 5 mins and turn out on a cooling rack. 

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    Kidney Stones

    Let’s talk about a very painful and common health concern these days … kidneys stones

    If you have ever had or known someone that had kidney stones you may understand the excruciating pain associated with these monsters.

    The pain has been described as the worst, unbearable excruciating pain that you could ever feel. Some say “it has brought grown men to their knees, begging for relief .while some say ,”they have actually passed out from the horrible pain they bring.”

    If you’ve been lucky enough to never develop a kidney stone, understanding the signs and symptoms of one can help prevent pain, discomfort .

    What is a kidney stone?

    A kidney stone is a hard, crystalline mineral material formed within the kidney or urinary tract. Kidney stones are a common cause of blood in the urine (hematuria) and often severe pain in the abdomen, flank, or groin. Kidney stones are sometimes called renal calculi.

    The condition of having kidney stones is termed nephrolithiasis. Having stones at any location in the urinary tract is referred to as urolithiasis, and the term ureterolithiasis is used to refer to as stones located in the ureter .

    kidney stones result when substances in the urine become highly concentrated.

    Types of kidney stones

    There are four major kinds of kidney stones, each with different causes and treatment .

    • Calcium stones: The most common kind of kidney stone, these develop when calcium in the urine combines with other substances like oxalate or phosphate to form crystals.

    • Uric acid stones: When too much uric acid forms in the pee it can crystallize and combine with calcium to form a stone.

    • Struvite stones: The type likely to grow the largest, this type of kidney stone is made of a mineral called struvite, a combination of ammonium, magnesium, and phosphate.

    • Cystine stones: This rare type of stone can form if someone has too much of amino acid called cystine

    CausesWhile anyone can produce kidney stones, certain people are more at risk for developing stones than others. A family history of stone disease, especially in first-degree relatives, puts you at a higher risk. Other risk factors are dehydration, diet, and obesity.

    There are common dietary causes, including low fluid intake and overconsumption of salt and animal products .

    Symptoms

    Pain in the side or back, which then spreads to the lower belly and groin (especially if it comes and goes in waves)

    • Blood in the urine

    • Nausea, vomiting, as well as fever and chills

    • The need to pee often or urgently .

    • Painful and burning urination .

    Prevention

    Preventing kidney stones means preventing the condition that support their formation . Here’s how you can prevent these painful pebbles ,

    1. Stay well hydrated. Drink enough fluids (water is best) to make 2L or about 1/2 gallon of urine a day. Drink more water in the summer months when you’re apt to lose more water through sweat. Lemonade made with real lemons has citrate which can be good for the urinary system.

    2. Cut the salt. Limit the amount of sodium in your diet. The recommended daily allowance of sodium is 2,500 mg, yet the average American diet takes in about 5,000 mg of sodium a day. Don’t add salt to food and take the salt shaker off the table to avoid temptation. Limit eating out and processed foods which also contribute to higher sodium intake. Decreasing urinary sodium also decreases urinary calcium, which are leading culprits in kidney stone formation.

    3. Moderate calcium intake. If you have a history of stone formation, your doctor may recommend a moderate intake of calcium – about 800-1,200 mg a day. Calcium, however, is necessary in the diet; completely eliminating calcium is not advisable and can actually lead to more kidney stones.

    4. Cut the protein. Your doctor may also recommend that you cut down on your protein intake .

    Diagnosis

    There are no true warning signs for kidney stones.small stones usually pass unnoticed while large stones remain undetected until they become lodged in the ureter and the person complains of severe and sudden pain in the back or lower abdomen.

    Most kidney stones can be diagnosed by an X-Ray .A sonogram can also spot a stone.These images tells the site and size of the stone . Blood and urine test help detect any abnormal substance that might promote stone formation . Other test that might be suggested are CT Scan or special XRay test called intravenous pyelogram( IVP) .

    Treatment

    A serious bout of kidney stone if they happen periodically can be treated medically or with surgery. But surgery is considered as the last option .There are plenty of things you can do deal with a stone or to prevent a stone from happening in the first place , especially if you have tendency of producing them periodically .

    Home Remedies

    Before taking any home remedies it is a good idea to talk with the doctor,especially for people with pre-existing medical condition or who are on medications .

    Many antibiotics ,diuretics,blood pressure,cholesterol and liver medications can interact negatively with herbal remedies

    1:Water

    Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to prevent and treat kidney stones .Drinking 12 glasses per day may help ease the passage or slow the growth of deposits in kidneys.

    2:Lemon juice

    Lemon contains citrate , a compound that helps break down calcium deposits and slow their growth.Two 5- oz glasses ,the first on an empty stomach first thing in the morning and another a few hours before dinner , may help break down smaller stones .

    3: Basil

    Basil contains compounds known to help stabilize uric acid levels, making it harder for kidney stones to form. Also, basil contains acetic acid, a chemical known to help dissolve stones. 

    One teaspoon of basil extract or pure juice per day may help prevent and treat kidney stones.

    4: Apple Cider Vinegar

    Apple cider vinegar again contains citric acid that may help dissolve calcium deposits.

    Two tablespoons of pure apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 oz of water may reduce the symptoms of kidney stones and prevent their development. This mixture can be drunk several times a day and may be most effective when consumed before meals. 

    5- Wheat grass

    Wheatgrass contains compounds that increase urine production, allowing stones to pass more easily and reducing the risk of their formation.

    Wheatgrass also contains antioxidants which help rid the urinary tract of minerals and salts.

    Other home remedies are celery juice , pomegranate juice , dandelion extract

    Allopathic TreatmentManagement of renal colic is done by giving oral analgesics. If oral analgesics are insufficient to manage pain IV access is obtained to allow fluids, analgesics and antiemetic medications .Antibiotics are prescribed in case of infection .

    Active intervention for symptomatic or large urinary stones ranges from minimal invasive to more invasive techniques.

    These treatment options include

    1-Shock wave Lithotripsy

    An externally applied acoustic pulse is focused onto the stone to break it into tiny pieces which are later passed through urine .

    2-Laser LithotripsyA tiny scope is inserted into the urinary tract to locate the stone and laser energy is used to disintegrate it.

    3- Percutaneous NephrolithotomyA small tunnel is made from the skin into the kidney to locate the stone ,before fragmentation and removal of the stone .

    4- Laproscopic key hole surgerySmall key hole incisions are made onto abdomen to enter the urinary system and remove the stone .

    It is commonly recognized that “a stone is not necessarily the disease” but rather a “symptom” of an underlying abnormality (eg- hyperuricosuria, hypercalciuria, hyperoxaluria, etc.). Therefore, even if the initial stone is spontaneously expelled or surgically removed, it does not make the underlying abnormality go away. It is for this reason that risk of stone recurrence after an initial episode of nephrolithiasis is extremely high.Hence Post treatment patient will have to take dietary precautions or medications to prevent recurrence of kidney stones .

    Homoeopathic Treatment

    •Berberis Vulgaris

    Indicated in left sided renal calculi .A characteristic sensation is the bubbling sensation that is aggravated by stepping or any other movement. The pain extends from the back to the urinary bladder or the urethra.

    •Cantharis

    Indicated in patients with renal stones having burning and cutting pain in urethra . characteristic symptom of this remedy is the frequent urge to urinate where urine is passed drop by drop with intense burning.Haematuria( blood in urine) may be present.

    •Lycopodium

    Indicated in Right sided kidney stones. The pain worsens before urination. Urine is scanty. The kidney pain subsides after passing urine. Red sediments may appear in urine. In some cases, the urine may be purulent, turbid, or pale.

    •Sarsaparilla

    Indicated in case of right sided kidney stone with excessive burning at the close of urination.. Urine passed is scanty. Urine may contain slimy or sandy particles.

    •Pareira Brava

    Indicated especially in cases where pain from the kidney radiates down the thigh. In some cases, the pain may radiate down to the feet from the kidney region. There is also a constant urge to urinate. Urine is passed with marked pain. In men, pain may also be felt in glans penis while urinating. Red sand or stingy mucus may be observed in the urine.

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    Pls note -The treatment for these conditions is always based upon the constitution of the patient and the medicines vary for each patient, depending upon the particular symptoms. The remedies mentioned here should be taken only after consulting a homoeopath or health care professional .