Thursday, November 21, 2013

Statutory Videos , The Monsters Eating Your Immunity

A friend is a leading manufacturer of  flavors and fragrances  in the country. The naive me got into a conversation with him one day and asked him about the companies he catered to. What followed was my utter shock and disbelief in the revelations he made.
I cater to all the major ketch up manufacturers , the people who make your fruit drinks , your squashes, your candies , flavored milks , ice creams and to one of the leading chain of bakers in the country.

So you mean to say that,
My chocolate cake has no real chocolate in it ?
My strawberry squash has no real strawberries in it ?
My milk has no real vanilla in it ?
My fruit drink has no real fruit in it ?
My ketchup has no real tomatoes in it ?

Yes , a major part of the produced is laced with artificial flavors , fragrances and colors . Then depending on the nature of  the product , such as squashes , juices and ketchup etc. real pulp is added to make the product seem whole, he explained.

I felt cheated,
I trusted my child with these things,
This lead to my search for answers,
I wanted to learn to make better choices for my 3yr old son. I wanted to know how this and other things could be affecting his health and his future.  Could there be a connection in the things that he was eating and his development?  The more I learnt the more shocked I was.

There is a lot of talk against processed food these days ,  repetitive commercials from food giants only make it worst for parents who willing to make healthier choices for their children . They package their products well and market it by saying that this is “healthy” for your child.
 Come to think of it , it is?

Decoding the processed foods


Learn to read the ingredients on the labels , and how can it affect your child’s health ,

Fat , the infamous culprit.

Truth about artificial colors


Flavor enhancers, slowly killing your child's brain ?


The city , how is it affecting you ?

Pesticides , sure it kill the bug , but isn’t it killing us too?

Tablets and gaming consoles, aren't they stealing his play time ?

The road to “A healthier India”  
Tomorrows adult’s need to be safeguarded today !
Like we invest in our finances ,
We need to invest in their good health too ,
Without which there will be no tomorrow.
Today’s generation has a lot to cope up with ,
The expectations are higher but the environment not so conducive.
So they fall ,
Fall and how ?

There are a lot of things that we can’t control , like the quality of produce that we consume , the kind of air we breathe , the quality water that we drink. Sure you can argue that we can go organic , we can roll up our windows and purify our water. But for how long ?
We could live a life of a Hillbilly and stay healthy , but is that even the solution ?
We need to find sustainable ways to safe guard their health and their future in the existing environment.

We can stat by taking baby steps,

there are vitamin capsules that we can take for good immunity , but where is it coming from ?
Is it coming from real , whole sources ? I think not . If I am going to provide my son with a health supplement I want to be able to identify what goes into its making , and not some chemicals, that the poor me can’t even pronounce.

Origin of the Chyawanprash

The word "chyawanprash" has been taken from the name of a Rishi or sage by the name of Chyawan. He was the first person to prepare this tonic. The story goes that the sage was quite old and he regained his youthfulness and vitality with the use of this herbal tonic.
Charak Samhita, an ancient Ayurvedic book written by Charak in the 4th century B.C., includes the formula for this herbal preparation. It claims that chyawanprash is the best and most effective of all herbal tonics available to mankind.

This potent herbal tonic contains a mixture of 49 Ayurvedic herbs. Amla or the Indian gooseberry is the main ingredient of this tonic. About 100 g of this product contains 15,000 mg of amla.
It also contains other powerful herbs, which are known for their health benefits. The list includes ashwagandha, vidarikand or pueraria, pippali or long pepper, white sandalwood, cardamom, tulsi, brahmi, arjun, jatamansi, neem and many others.

 If a product is in existence for more than 2500 years , and been endorsed by sages, kings, athletes , wrestlers, and my own grandpa
there must be some truth to it!
Do you still need to relay on artificial boosters to lead you to a more sustainable health ?
With a backing of a giant like Dabur and the goodness of chyawanprash ,
Your search for a natural immunity booster for you and your family ends here!

Are you doing enough?

Only giving your child the right kind of nutrition is not enough,
Make sure he plays enough , sleeps well and reads good . They all work in unison for developing a whole human being.

A loving and an appreciating environment will make sure the psychological progress of your child is on track.
Give him lots of hugs ,
Let him know he is cherished,
Accept his failures with grace ,
Teach him to accept his failures with grace ,
Give him the right education ,
The right education comprising of good values ,
He Is learning from example ,
Be that example.

A sound environment with the right nutrition will ensure he grows up to be a well willed human being. Not only will his health be more immune to the viruses and bacteria’s , but his conscience will be more immune towards fighting his inner daemons like, addictions , crimes , cheating and corruption.

India will shine in its true sense if every parent takes these things into consideration.
Tomorrow, will get promising and bright for our future , teachers, painter, artists , astronauts, scientists , leaders , etc.  

This post is a part of an initiative by Dabur and Indiblogger  in its quest for
Making the future of India more healthier ,
An India that is free of dieses ,
An India that is ready to conquer .

Photo curtsy : Google images

Disclaimer : I am not a techie , nor am I a voice over artist,  with little knowledge that I have , I have tried to do my best , while working on a tight schedule. There might be some glitches in the video , or I might have fumbled somewhere but remember this , I am only human :)
(p.s the content for this post has been based on finding from the Internet and some came from my personal experience of being a mom and a preschool teacher.)


anitaexplorer said...

Nice one, Disha!
Innovative idea to create and share videos. Moving images do the talking. Really detailed presentation!
I agree with the note for the Parents. wish everyone follows these for a better & healthier India...
All the best of the contest!

Bushra M said...

Loved the videos and the poetry! All the best for the contest :)
BTW: I liked your previous template better :/

Seeta said...

A couple of weeks ago I happened to check the contents of Maggie ketchup.. It had just 10-12% tomato! So checked the other brands as well.. Most were around the same, maximum going into the 20s... :|

Lots of eye opening points there Disha!

Aditya Manchanda said...

Nice post!! Liked the point you have mentioned...

Pankti Mehta said...

This use of synthetics is so frightening!!!

Canary said...

Love the way you have crafted the post.. ATB
Thanks for dropping by my blog too :)

Disha Kotak said...

i hear you Anita ,
thanks for stopping by ..

Disha Kotak said...

thanks for bushra ,
i like this one better , but m still experimenting .

Disha Kotak said...

i know,
labels labels labels , is all i read.
you wouldn't believe the things from our every day life that have scary additives,
we need to learn to make better choices.

Disha Kotak said...

thanks aditya.

Disha Kotak said...

i second that though pankti,
like your name btw.

Disha Kotak said...

thanks Canary.

anitaexplorer said...

Disha, I have tagged you in my Post- :)
Pl do take a look and find time to respond by writing a Post! :)

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