5 Foods That Are Much Less Healthy Than You Think

December 8, 2017

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There are several “healthy” foods that are not as good for you as you may think. Food manufacturers advertise these products as effective for delivering lots of nutrition, helping you lose weight, keeping your mind sharp, and offering other physical and mental health advantages. Unfortunately, all the advertising tricks in the world don’t change the chemical composition of a food item.

If something is unhealthy for you, it is simply unhealthy. Avoid the following 5 foods which are not as healthy as you thought they were, and your mental and body-based fitness efforts will receive a boost.

1 – High-Fiber Snack Bars and Protein Bars

The key here is reading labels. There are some energy bars, protein bars and high-fiber snack bars which are very good for you. Start reading food labels. Find those that don’t contain sugar, salt, added flavors and a long list of ingredients that end in -ite, -ate and -ose.

You also shouldn’t eat an entire day’s worth of fiber, roughly 25 g, in a single snack bar, as this can have a dramatically negative effect on your digestive system if you don’t eat fiber throughout the day.

2 – Low-Fat Foods

I bet there are some low-fat foods you like a lot. They taste delicious, don’t they? Well, think about this for a second. If the fat is removed, and fat provides incredible flavor, where is your flavor coming from? The answer is, in most cases, incredibly high doses of unhealthy, refined sugar. Your body needs healthy fats in moderation, which means enjoying guacamole or hummus instead of a fat-free food product.

3 – Orange Juice

Did you know it could take as many as 5 to 7 oranges to make a single glass of orange juice? Unfortunately, when you drink the juice you get all of the calories from all those oranges in one beverage! It’s why even 100% juice is jam-packed with tons of calories.

The natural sugar in all of those oranges can additionally cause a blood sugar spike. The natural fruit sugar (fructose) which gives many fruits their sweet taste tricks your body into gaining weight by not letting you realize when you are full. Avoid orange juice and drink a glass of water instead.

4 – “Health” Drinks

There are plenty of drinks touting amazing health properties. If they’ve got more than 3 ingredients, you probably should skip them. No matter how the ingredients are disguised, and manufacturers are very good at disguising empty calories and simple carbohydrates like sugar, if there is a long list of ingredients, your healthy drink is probably anything but.

5 – Store-Bought Vegetable Patties

When you make your own vegetable patties and black bean burgers, you know exactly what you are putting into your body. Unfortunately, many of the frozen, processed vegetable patties you find in the frozen foods section of your local grocer have more fillers and binders than healthy vegetables. A lot of so-called healthy vegetable patties are extremely high in sodium and sugar as well.

Eating Healthy – Going The Extra Mile

December 8, 2017

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Have you ever thought about eating right? Getting all your greens and vegetables into your diet rather than snacking on the ever-available big Mac? I think that it’s not easy putting in all the work to prepare a healthy, fresh meal. I have snacked on junk food so often without giving the matter much thought! When you come to think of it, it is a whole separate task to decide what to cook every day- not to mention grocery shopping and the time and hassle that takes. It is simply not everyone’s cup of tea and not everyone finds it satisfying enough.

I keep thinking how junk food is readily available no matter where you live in the city, so then why would anyone be motivated to cook healthy and stock up on fresh ingredients? The hold that takeout places and fast food have on us is intoxicating, to say the least because they are always there for you when you feel famished and they take little effort and much less money than buying all the things you would need for lunch or dinner. It is like they know our minds and how to sway them!

Even though it is not always possible to eat right; try to make a goal of squeezing in one nutrient-rich meal each day. At least this way you will be on track. Our problem is that we want to be in good shape with minimal elbow grease but that’s not always possible is it? Our bodies are worth the extra mile so don’t take shortcuts! If you want to have a longer, happier and healthier life, you need to redesign your priorities and improve your standard of eating. Your future self will thank you for it!

No one wants a time to come in their lives in which they are constantly rushing to the doctor and having all kind of ailments. Apart from avoiding cigarettes and alcohol, it is wise to evolve when it comes to deciding what to put in your body! I have in my experience heard people telling me how they don’t eat or enjoy potentially delicious vegetables like spinach, sweet potatoes, and leafy greens- not to mention their attitude towards Omega 3 oils rich fish, legumes, and probiotic-rich yogurt. I mean can you imagine the wonders these can do for your energy level and health? A tasteful salad can easily include all of these in one meal!

Every now and then treat yourself to a dessert or something fried, there is no harm in it but be wary of making it your whole life. Train yourself to enjoy the things that are good for your body and also taste brilliant. Trust me there are all kinds of recipes out there that will make you forget you ever wanted French fries. So go ahead and start taking care of yourself by eating more wholesome food! You won’t regret it!

Tomato – The God Food for Nutrition and Human Health


A recent study conducted at Ohio State University in the US reported that the dietary carotenoids, that gives tomatoes their colour, will protect the skin from ultraviolet (UV) light damage. With the number of people being diagnosed with skin cancer increases with each passing year, it’s a good news that the daily consumption of tomato may cut the chances of skin cancer.

This small, round, sweet, juicy, delicious red fruit is one of the largest consuming vegetables in the world, not only because of its culinary purpose but also due to its numerous health benefits and nutrition. Tomato for skin cancer was just the latest example for its infinite fitness blessings.

From the time immemorial, there exists a long love affair between man and tomato due to its capacity for better acclimatization to various environment. Today, it comes in a vast array of varieties differing in colour, size, shape and taste. Now tomato has emerged as one of the most desired vegetables in the world due to its unique taste and nutritional qualities. More than 100 new tomato varieties are being made available in the world market with each passing year.

The health benefits of tomatoes gave it the title “God food” and forms an integral part of cuisines all over the world. Tomato is also a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous and copper. Organic compounds like lycopene also attribute to the health benefits. The criteria for selection of tomato varies with country and the culture. Asian markets for tomatoes are particular about lighter colours while in European markets, small shapes of tomatoes are preferred.

So how the “God food” dominate the seed market? A report by Market Intelligence, a market research firm, states, ‘The Tomato Seed Market revenue covers a whopping 829.8 Million USD of the 7.8 Billion USD revenue of Vegetable Seed Market’. The numerical figure clearly depicts the dominance of seed market by tomatoes.

Tomato is the most widely grown and consumed vegetable globally. China is the largest producer of tomatoes followed by India, United States, Turkey and Egypt. The food processing market occupies 30% of the destination market for tomato while 70% of it is consumed as fresh produce.

Nowadays, the main focus of leading seed companies all over the globe is to improve the yield, adaptability to various climatic conditions and developing varieties with disease and pest tolerance. High emphasis has been laid to developing disease resistance tomatoes because tomato is attacked by more than 200 diseases and pests. Some of the important diseases of tomatoes are bacterial wilt, Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV), Groundnut Bud Necrosis Virus (GBNV), etc. Breeders from companies are also working on developing flavours for the final taste of tomatoes. The growth of tomato seed is heavily credited to the use of hybrid seeds and usage of high-value experimental varieties in developed economies. Although the investment in this industry is high, the return on investment is dramatically encouraging farmers globally to adopt hybrid tomato seeds for its production.

Adoption of improved varieties and hybrids will surely drive the tomato global seed market. Companies like Monsanto, Groupe Limagrain, Syngenta are working with their best teams, aligned with international standards and practice. This helps them to achieve not only their business objectives but also helps create value to society that is demonstrated by their strong effort in the research field of tomato seed production. Their far-reaching vision may have serious benefits for the sustainable production of the nutritional and healthy vegetable- “The God food”, Tomato.

Tips on Managing a Business Lunch or Dinner

December 8, 2017

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An off-site business lunch or dinner goes a long way to ensure your guests focus on your business goals, without the distractions of the office. Early coordination with your caterer, banquet hall, or restaurant goes a long way towards a successful event. Here are some helpful tips to getting what YOU want out of the lunch or dinner meeting:

• Confirm the date, time, and exact address of your lunch or dinner meeting. Communicate this often and sent a calendar invitation. Nothing will work if people don’t know where to go. Even better – pick up your guests to make it easy for them. This is the most important thing you can do.

• Call the restaurant ahead of time. Pick up the phone! Have a real human conversation. This is faster than email and provides you an opportunity to have a relationship with the venue. You might even find out more options than are listed on the restaurant’s web page.

• Ensure you enquire about any special dietary needs from your guests during the invite process so that you are sure to have accommodated for them during the restaurant selection process and pre-ordering processes.

• Arrive early. Pick out your exact table and decide where you want everyone to sit. This helps ensure that the conversations are more likely to happen with the correct people next to each other or facing across the table from one another.

• Consider pre-ordering appetizers and drinks. Have them waiting at the table when your guests arrive. This accomplishes 2 things: 1. Hungry people can begin eating immediately. 2. You can start talking business even sooner. Consider getting platters of food that can be shared and your gets can pick out what they would like to eat.

• Do not order messy food. This impedes the meeting and can distract your focus from your guests. Take a little mirror or visit the restroom to ensure nothing is stuck in your teeth or on your clothing after eating! Look good start to finish!

• Drink only one or two drinks. Know your limit. If your guests leave early, have a dessert drink to rewards yourself afterwards as you are paying the bill.

• Instruct the restaurant to bring you the bill discretely. If possible, leave your credit card with the hostess/host and have everything taken care of behind the scenes. This will impress your guests.

• After the lunch/dinner meeting, thank your guests and send them a thank you email the next day to confirm what was discussed and next steps.

What Are You Having For Breakfast?

December 8, 2017

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Breakfast

I was munching down my breakfast this morning and thought about the process of getting it from the kitchen to the tummy. So much of what we do in there is now by rote. In putting it all together in my mind, I realized what a production had occurred to make a simple eastern omelette and a toasted English muffin.

Now, I’m not going to go into how the English muffin is made. That is just overkill. Besides, it came from the market in a buy one, get one free purchase. But still, it requires some work just not much thought. Look at the knife that was used to cut it. Maybe the muffin was advertised to be fork-split. I don’t trust that. I want two pieces of equal size and width, and that requires a reasonably sharp, serrated knife. Then to toast it to perfection, a toaster or toaster oven is needed. I don’t own a toaster. The toaster oven has so many other uses that I chose to have one in my kitchen. I’m considering a change, though. Maybe it is the age of this small appliance of mine, but it doesn’t toast like I want it to. Anyway, all that to make a simple toasted English muffin. I bet you never gave it that much thought.

I like omeletes. And although an omelette is different from an Eastern, they have similar characteristics. Eggs and meat, and that is all that is required, but not all that is desired. The omelette has some veggies and some cheese in most cases. The variety is endless. The Eastern is more simple. Ground ham and an egg. If you want it to be a Western, then grate in some onion. It sounds so simple, but when deconstructed, it is not. The ham was something that was taking up room in the fridge. Hauling it out, some I chunked up for a casserole, I some left on the bone for pea soup, and some got ground up for ham salad, and Easterns and Westerns.

The grinding of the ham needs the help of a chopper of some kind. I used my food processor. Smaller batches do up well with the mini chopper, but this time it was a larger portion. Purists might put it on the chopping block and hand chop. I’m not so inclined. Rather, I’m lazy. I don’t mind when I can put the bowl and blade in the dishwasher. I hate to hand wash that appliance.

So once we have the ground ham and the soup is on to simmer, it’s time to make the Eastern. How much ham depends on the number of eggs. I simply mix the two in a coffee cup. It’s closest at hand. One egg is enough, and about an ounce of ham, but I was hungry today. I used two eggs and a heaping spoonful of ground meat. Melt a little butter in a fry pan or skillet and drop it in over medium heat. Give it a flip when you see the egg is starting to come together, but do not stir. If you stir, you have scrambled egg with an addition of ham. Our family puts this egg disc on toast with a healthy smear of ketchup. I opted to eat it on a plate with my English muffins. And yes, a little ketchup. I do not make my own ketchup but have thought about it.

Know About The Top 10 Health Benefits Of Organic Mustard Oil

December 8, 2017

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Oils are the unavoidable part of our North Indian cuisines. Every dish is savored up the desi Indian Tadka and the main constituent is oil. It is the foremost choice of the Indian kitchens. It has culinary as well as other physiological uses. It is used for body massages to relieve pain and cramps. This Oil is also used to manage infants for healthy and strong bones.

Organic Oil is liked by everyone and is used in every household. Also, worth mentioning that the oil was used to light the lamps during the festive season of Diwali which now, unfortunately, have been replaced by artificial electric lamps.

Being organic, the mustard oil does not lose its natural ingredients and properties. It does not contain any preservatives or additives. Natural Mustard Oil has the distinct aroma which is irreplaceable. The flavor it adds to the food is mouth-watering; every sniff of the recipe craves you towards it.

The health benefits of Organic Mustard oil are:

1. Oil stimulates digestion and prevents problems like constipation and ulcers. It triggers intestine to produce digestive juices which help in easy digestion. It also increases the formation of gastric juices which accelerates digestion. It eases bowel syndrome and also the swelling of the inner lining of the stomach is reduced by mustard oil.

2. The phytonutrients in the natural mustard oil fights against colorectal and gastrointestinal cancers. It ceases the production of cancer cells in the body by its anti-oxidating property.

3. To keep body healthy and safe, it is mandatory to eliminate all harmful toxic elements and chemicals present in the body. It helps to evacuate the excess of toxins keeping up the well being of the body.

4. The risk of heart attack is reduced by 70% with the consumption of Organic Mustard oil. It also has omega3 fatty acid which boosts up the immunity and also increases cardiovascular health. It keeps the consumer heart healthy.

5. Natural Oil reduces the Cholesterol level in the body. The excess of cholesterol is ejected from the body with the release of bile juices. Oil enhances the body release of acids and this creates a balance of cholesterol levels in the blood stream.

6. Free radicals present in Oil inhibit aging. It has Vitamin A, C, and K and also lutein and carotene. It keeps your skin look youthful and healthy.

7. Hot oil massage from Organic Oil relieves from the joint pains during arthritis.

8. It has anti-microbial properties that help to get rid of problems like cold, cough etc. it also helps in the removal of mucus and congestion. Acute respiratory problems too can be cured.

9. It increases the metabolism rate of the body due to the activities of folates, thiamin, and riboflavin (B complex Vitamins). This helps in losing weight from the body and attaining good shape.

10. Sulfur is one of the best agents that treat skin infections. It contains sulfur which keeps the skin clean and healthy. Also, it has antifungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Nutritious Vegan Diet

December 8, 2017

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The vegan diet consists of plants only. There are fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables. All foods that come from plants qualify. Vegans do not eat animals or animal products such as eggs and dairy products. As a vegan, there is a need to maintain a healthy diet so as to ensure that your body gets everything that it needs. When you eat a varied diet, then you are bound to get all the things that are needed.

A healthy diet

So as to ensure that you are on a healthy diet, make sure that you eat about five portions every day. Include a wide variety of vegetables and fruits on a daily basis. Your meals should also be based on pasta, rice, bread, potatoes and all sorts of starchy carbohydrates. Wholegrain is also a great choice.

Since vegans do not take dairy products, you should make sure that you have some dairy alternatives like yogurts and soya drinks. Make sure you go for the lower fat and sugar options that are available. You should also try to pulses and beans as well as other types of proteins.

Cheese also oils that are unsaturated as well as spreads. These need to be consumed in small portions. Drinking a lot of fluids is also very important. Make sure you have 6-8 glasses of water on a daily basis. Avoid the drinks and foods that have a high sugar, salt, and fat content. If you have to take these, do so in moderation.

There are various things that apply to the vegetarians and it is suitable for all ethnic origins and of health height and weight. There are diets that are also ideal for people who are overweight. Children who are below two years of age shouldn’t take the vegan diet since they have a wide range of needs.

The right nutrients

When you do proper planning and if you truly understand what constitutes a healthy diet and then balance it out, you will be able to give the body all the nutrients that it needs. If your diet isn’t planned out well, you won’t get all the essential nutrients like vitamin B12, iron and calcium.

Pregnant and breastfeeding vegans

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, there is a need to stick to a vegan diet so as to ensure that you get all minerals and vitamins that the child needs to develop in the most healthy way. If you also decide that you want your child to be brought up a vegan, ensure that they have access to a wide range of foods so as to get the vitamins and energy needed for their growth.

Calcium and vitamin D

We need calcium for the development of teeth and bones. Nonvegans source calcium from dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, and milk. Vegans have to access it from other sources. A vegan can get calcium from dried fruits such as dried apricots, figs, plums, and raisins. They can also get it in bread, pulses, sesame seeds, tahini, and calcium-set tofu, unsweetened oat drinks, and so on.

A Nutritional War Between Roasted And Raw Nuts – Which One Is Better?

December 8, 2017

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Nuts are very healthy and have many essential minerals and nutrients that benefit your body. Many people eat them raw whereas, many people love to eat them roasted or cooked. You can eat them as a snack because it is ready to eat item. The best part is you can also use it to make various recipes such as Desserts, Biscuits, and Cakes etc. It is the fact that both raw and roasted nut have their own way to benefits the body, but it is the fact that roasted nut tends to be healthier than the raw one. Here is a difference between roasted vs. raw nuts that will help you to understand that which type is better for health.

The Nutrients Value – Roasted nuts are usually being roasted in little oil and contain salt that can increase value of the sodium intake. It is the fact that roasted nuts are rich in calories as compared to raw nuts, so if you are looking for a weight gain then, roasted nuts can be your best choice.
Taste Factor – Both types of nuts have their own different taste, but usually people like roasted nuts because it contains flavors. Raw nuts are simplistic in taste and sometimes a person gets bored by eating them. You can eat both of them as a snack as they both have their own unique taste and nutrition value.
Bacteria – Raw nuts have the higher chances of bacterial attack whereas, bacteria cannot affect the roasted nuts easily. It is the fact that a huge amount or harmful bacteria get eliminate after the roasting process. The number of contaminates also get removed after the cleaning process of the nuts that makes them safe for our health.
Chemical Process – Many manufacturers use the chemical method to roast the nuts, so it is very important to buy it from a trustworthy manufacturer to get the good quality product. Chemical harms the nutrition of the nuts and makes them tasteless because of which many people opt for raw nuts rather than the roasted one.

These are some differences between raw and roasted nuts. Both are good for health,so you can choose according to your taste and preferences. It is very important to buy the nuts from a good supplier to get fresh and premium products. Both roasted and raw nut are healthy in nature and they are available at a very affordable price, so one can easily buy them. Make sure to buy from a good manufacturer as a good one will always deliver you the fresh and pure products.

Store Your Nuts The Right Way To Keep Them Fresh And Tasty

December 8, 2017

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Nuts like Almonds, Cashew, Walnuts are very much good of our health, as they are loaded with a number of Vitamins, Minerals, Proteins, and other nutrients your body requires. Choosing the best of its quality is important to reap their real benefits for your good health and not only buying, but preserving them for a longer period is also important. Storing them is the main concern most of the people face and if you also don’t know how to preserve it the right way, so, here we are with some of our tips. Take a look and store your nuts the right way without affecting their freshness and taste.

Keep It In Cool And Dry Condition: One of the important things you need to keep in mind to store the nuts right way is, always keep them in cool and dry conditions. They get damaged when easily get in touch with the moisture, so, always keep them in an air-tight container in cool and dry conditions to ensure their long shelf life and preserve their taste.
Never Leave Them Open: If you leave your nuts open, so, they easily absorb the odor of the material around them and get damaged in most of the conditions, therefore, it is important to store them in air-tight containers.
Keep Them In Freezer: Whether you accept it or not, but is a true fact that nuts, especially almonds if stored in the freezer or refrigerator, so they can remain as it is up to a year. Freezing won’t let them lose their taste and keep them fresh for a longer period.
Keep Them Away From Humid Conditions: Humidity is the true killer of nuts; they affect not only their life but taste as well. Therefore, you shouldn’t keep them in a humid atmosphere to preserve their freshness and delightful taste.
Seal The Bag: If you buy roasted nuts, so, you have to keep them away from coming in contact with the oxygen, therefore, it is advisable to keep them in vacuum bags or seal them properly to secure their shelf life.

These are some of the easy and common tips that help you store nuts in a better way that too for a longer period. So, the next time, don’t panic if you buy nuts in bulk quantity, as now you know the right way to store them correctly. You can even ask the dry fruits manufacturers from where you buy the nuts; they may surely provide such suggestion to you.

The Best Fruits for Your Health

December 6, 2017

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Fruits are good for one’s health! These are rich in vitamins and minerals, so these act as a fine way for one to overcome deficiencies of vitamin C and A.

It is even known that if you consume fruits as a part of a well balanced diet, these can allow you to prevent a number of chronic disorders. Some other essential nutrients that fruits are rich in include

Potassium

Potassium could work towards minimizing the risk of cardiovascular disorders. It may even help prevent stroke. By getting the required dosage of potassium from our diet, one can decrease bone loss which comes as a part of aging.

Fiber
Vitamin C
Folate

Folate makes it easier for the body to form RBCs (Red Blood Cells). It is in particular helpful for pregnant women and enhances the growth of fetus.

In general, by going for fruits, one could minimize the risk of disorders such as type 2 diabetes. By promoting phytochemicals, fruits ensure that one stays in the best of health!

Ideally, one must consume 2 – 2½ cups of fruits every day. This is also subject to how many calories does one require for everyday diet.

Let’s take a look at some of the best fruits for one’s health and well being.

Peaches:

Peaches are rich in potassium, and this augurs very well for one’s nerve and muscle health. One of the reasons peaches are good for one’s health is their skin. Skin of peaches is high in antioxidants and insoluble fibers alike.

If you’re on a diet, peaches are the perfect way to add sweetness to your diet.

Pineapples

Pineapples are not just pleasing to the platter. These are rich in anti inflammatory micronutrients which can work very effectively for our health and well being.

In particular, bromelain is an anti inflammatory agent which helps reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke.

Grapes

Grapes are one of the most abundant food crops in the world. But consuming grapes is known to allow one to steer clear of cardiovascular disorders and high cholesterol.

The bulbs are also rich in iron and potassium, so as to allow one overcome muscle cramps and anemia.

Similarly, mangoes keep the immune system healthy and help promote bone growth. In the same way, apples are good for the heart. They help keep teeth healthy and promote weight loss.

Organic Fruits: A Better Choice for Health of Your Family and Yourself!

When you go for fruits, it is always better that you choose to go for organic fruits. An organic fruit tastes better. It is free from preservatives and also good for the environment. Moreover, organic fruits are free from GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).

Let’s consider an instance. If you go for papaya, it is better to go for a papaya which is grown organically.

Why Go For Organic Papaya Over Normal Papaya?

Papayas are high in vitamins A and C, good for the skin and good for the immunity. These are full of enzymes that aid the digestion process.

By consuming papayas, one can reduce bloating. Papayas are high in calcium.

Use papaya to make a smoothie, put some over oatmeal or make a fruit salsa using papaya. The tropical taste and flavors will get you!

But there is a checklist you must keep in mind. You must try and make sure that your papaya is not genetically modified. To get the best out of your papaya, you must make sure that it is free from GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).

Let’s know more about GMOs.

GMOs are produced in a lab. This is done by taking the gene of one species and putting it into another. This allows a scientist to get the desired traits in the new specie.

Why Does One Need To Avoid GMOs?

It is recommendable to avoid GMOs because one wouldn’t know how they are produced. It may be possible that GMOs are made by using virus or bacteria to infect a new species with some other specie’s DNA.

So it is difficult to assume the effect GMOs would have on our bodies.

Apart from papayas, some of the most genetically modified foods are:

Cottonseed
Canola Oil
Sugar beets
Corn
Soy
Zucchini

A simple way to make sure that papayas that you buy are free from GMOs is by looking for the non GMO verified label on papaya. This is also one of the reasons one must choose organic papaya over a normal papaya.

As you build proximity nature, you come to realize that it is natural resources which withhold the key to eternal health and wellness. Welcome to the Goa Wellness Festival, 2018. We look forward to facilitate a delightful enlightening experience for every one of our esteemed guests.