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Child health and nutrition - Importance of nutrition on child's health.

Introduction :

''We are what we eat'',as the saying goes. Nutrition plays a crucial role in development and growth of child and ensures well-being. Here are few tips for nutrition in kids-

Grains and Pulses: Include variety of grains like rice, ragi, wheat,along with pulses like toor dal , green gram, etc.. It gives carbohydrates along with proteins.

Proteins : Proteins are building blocks and necessary for growth and development in children. Include eggs, chicken, mutton. If u are vegetarian , Include alternative sources like soy, paneer, tofu.

Dairy products: Milk, Curd, Cottage cheese gives calcium for bone growth. 

Sunlight: Vitamin D is essential for absorption of calcium . Sun is natural source of vitamin D . Early morning sunlight and evenings are best suited and hence outdoor play can be scheduled in these hours.

Turmeric: Add a pinch of turmeric to milk. Its natural antibiotic  and has other health benefits too.

 Note : There is daily recommended dosage do not exceed…

A Wholesome Breakfast - Ragi Dosa .


 Ragi is the common name of Finger millet grown in few regions of  South India. It is very nutritious grain rich in Calcium ,Protein, Iron and other Minerals. There is a saying in Kannada,'' Ragi Thindava Nirogi,'' means one who eats ragi is free of disease, such is nutritional value of Ragi.

Well, this is my first recipe blog. The recipe is Ragi dosa. Here,I have made a Ragi powder which needs Fermentation . So, if you are preparing it for breakfast u need to mix the powder with water and keep in the night itself and use the fermented batter in the morning for dosa.

Preparation of Ragi dosa powder :

1 kg cleaned Ragi,
1/4 kg urad dal,
50 gms fenugreek seeds,
50 gms cumin seeds
1 bunch curry leaves(washed and dried)  (optional)

Put all these ingredients in a machine and store in an airtight container. Use it when required. U can store this upto 3 to 4 months. Make sure it doesnt come in contact with water.

How to prepare the batter :

Take 2 big cups of prepared rag…

Vitamin D deficiency - Symptoms , Diagnosis and supplementation.

Mrs. Sita is 54 year old housewife . She developed diabetes 4 years ago and was constantly feeling tired in-spite of following diet, physical activity and oral hypoglycemic medication. 

Most of the regular check ups done revealed normal study. This tiredness sometimes better and sometimes worst now part of her life. Recently, tiredness increased to an extent which impaired her activities of daily living. That's when vitamin D levels was done which showed 11.78 ng/ml indicating she was deficient for vitamin D which was reason for her unexplained tiredness. 

She followed the report with doctor who gave her oral supplements  and she felt much better. 

India is a tropical country with an abundant sunlight . Despite which many deficient cases of vitamin D are seen.

Vitamin D is synthesised by our skin from cholesterol  in our body upon exposure to the sunlight through a chemical reaction.


Sunlight : Sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D . Foods rich in vitamin D ar…