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Bulletproof Coffee will change the way you look at Coffee forever! ; What is Bulletproof Coffee: Benefits, Recipes, and more!
New Delhi, November 1, 2017 : Who doesn’t crave coffee first thing in the morning? After all, you need something to wake up your mind and body and recharge you for the long day ahead. But what if we told you, your everyday coffee can be creamier, tastier and healthier? That your coffee cuppa in the morning can replace your usually bland breakfast options and still provide you with all necessary ingredients and keep you energized for longer? That it can prove as a healthy beverage to make your mornings better and even help you lose weight?
So many benefits in one coffee-drink? You must be thinking we are kidding. But here’s the catch; we are not!
Bulletproof coffee is your ‘hack’ to regular coffee; it is healthier than everyday breakfast, and even has more nutrient benefits.
What Is Bulletproof Coffee?
While it may look like one, the bulletproof coffee isn’t like a creamy, everyday latte.
It is a high-performance beverage packed with nutrients of black coffee and more, that takes care of the body’s antioxidants’ needs, cognitive functions and provides long lasting energy.
Ketoproof coffee is essentially the same as bulletproof coffee : it makes use of butter and MCT oil. However, bulletproof coffee is a refined version of ketoproof coffee, the recipe for which is credited to credited to Dave Asprey, owner of Bulletproof executive, who combines various trademark products like Brain Octane Oil and Bulletproof Diet to make the experience healthier and better for a individual;
The procedure to make this beverage is similar to that of other coffees. However, what sets it apart are the different ingredients that are exclusive to this beverage, which include butter and oils.
Not only does it taste good, bulletproof coffee is a full package, combined with essential nutrients like bioflavonoid which make the brain sharper, antioxidants which reduce risk of degenerative diseases, vitamins, potassium and manganese, among other things.
Why Add Grass –fed Butter To Coffee?
- Grass-fed butter is rich in fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, omega 3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. It provides an individual with the good fats that a body requires for hormone and brain health.
Coffee is rich in antioxidants called catechins, which are reduced in quantity by the addition of milk.
By eliminating milk and adding grass-fed butter in its place, an individual can avail 3.4 times more antioxidants
- Grass-fed butter creates tiny suspended droplets of fats in the coffee called micelles which make fats more digestible. This makes for easier absorption, digestion and utilization of healthy fats in the body.
Why Choose Bulletproof Coffee Over Breakfast?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as your body finally receives some nutrients after a fast of 7-8 hours. Additionally, all that energy is required to not only wake the body and help it function effectively till the next meal, but to wake up and recharge your mind and uplift your mood.
Have you been having cereals, fruits, toast or oatmeal in your breakfast? Consuming a carb-heavy breakfast immediately elevates the body’s blood sugar levels, giving it a burst of energy. However, this energy is often short lived and after a few hours, the body begins to feel tired and hungry. These factors together lead to a bad mood and inability to focus.
Bulletproof coffee is known to provide long lasting energy to the body, is low in calories and rich in healthy fats that have more benefits than other products normally consumed during breakfast.
The benefits of bulletproof coffee are believed to be far reaching and more effective, which is why it is believed that you should choose bulletproof coffee over breakfast.
Benefits of Bulletproof Coffee
Bulletproof coffee has high quantities of fats but the idea is to utilize these fats as an energy source for the day. Consuming it instead of breakfast keeps an individual full and helps diminish cravings. Bulletproof coffee also helps avoid overeating, or consuming unhealthy food.
When combined with bulletproof diet, the bulletproof coffee can be useful in weight loss.
Helps Fight Against Diseases
Bulletproof coffee is really just that, coffee. Like black coffee, it helps prevent several diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. It also helps fight depression, protect liver and lower risk of cardiac arrests.
Helps Boost Energy
Overconsumption of caffeine can make individuals jittery, cause anxiety or insomnia. The saturated fat in grass-fed butter slows down absorption process of caffeine, which gives long lasting energy and instead of sudden spike.
Calorie count in the beverage is also very low. Additionally, the fat in bulletproof coffee is healthy fat which aids in healthy and efficient functioning of the body.
Provides Healthy Fats To The Body
Bulletproof coffee is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids as they contain grass-fed butter and the different types of oils.
Omega 3 fatty acids relieve symptoms of asthma, ADHD, and also helps fight depression. They are of particular importance to pregnant and nursing women to help with development of the child’s brain and eyes.
Omega 6 fatty acids also aid in preventing cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
Helps Keep Brain Healthy
Since the beverage is essentially just coffee mixed with butter, it has all the benefits that promote good mental health; like it helps fight age related cognitive illnesses like dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc.
When consumed in controlled quantities, it can also help reduce anxiety, and elevate mood.
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How To Make Bulletproof Coffee
The bulletproof coffee recipe is credited to Dave Asprey.
Dave, the founder of the Bulletproof Diet, lost one hundred and fifty pounds before he introduced the bulletproof coffee recipe to the world.
Here is how to make Bulletproof Coffee,
- Bulletproof coffee combines together black coffee with unsalted grass-fed butter and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil which is called Brain Octane Oil by Asprey. The MCT oil is rich in antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities and is extremely healthy.
- Combine the three ingredients in a blender until a smooth flowy consistency is achieved. The coffee should resemble the consistency of a latte.
- If not completely blended together, the ingredients can give an unpleasant consistency.
Bulletproof Coffee Recipe
You can further experiment with your bulletproof coffee with the following variations,
Pumpkin Spice Bulletproof
- In addition to the ingredients of a bulletproof coffee, combine unsweetened coconut milk, organic pumpkin puree, cinnamon and nutmeg to taste and a pinch of salt.
- Combine all ingredients together and blend.
- Ensure that you remove any solid particles from the coconut milk before blending.
Gingerbread Bulletproof Coffee
- Sprinkle the cinnamon spice over coffee grounds before you brew and blend them.
- In addition to the ingredients of a bulletproof coffee, add 1 tsp gingerbread spice per 2 tbsp of coffee grounds.
- Combine all ingredients together in a blender and mix.
"In India, to be born as a man is a crime, to question a woman is an atrocious crime, and this all because of those women who keep suppressing men in the name of feminism."
Feminism, a worldwide movement that started to establish, define and defend equal rights for women in all sections- economically, politically, and socially. India, being a patriarchal society gives a gender advantage to the men in the society thus, Indian feminists sought to fight against the culture-specific issue for women in India. Feminism itself is nothing but a simple movement that pursues equal rights for women (including transwomen) and against misogyny both external and internal. It states nowhere that women should get more wages than men, that women deserve more respect than men, that's pseudo-feminism.
Pseudo feminists state that women deserve more respect and rights, any other gender deserves no respect. They feel that women should be the ones ruling the world and at higher positions. When feminism takes a turn for extremities it becomes pseudo-feminism and people who label themselves as feminists will bash anyone who speaks against even the wrongdoings of a woman. They'll bash women who're wife and sisters for not speaking up and support any women criticizing political leaders even if it's completely irrational. This is where hypocrisy and pseudo-feminism merge with each other.
They take advantage of the rights given to women to protect themselves to threaten other genders. The rights given to women are supposed to make them feel reassured that they can reach out to the judiciary if their rights are being hampered not to threaten to make the victim sound like the culprit.
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Indian Feminist Movement has made significant progress however, even in the modern world women are still unsafe and are discriminated against when it comes to getting a job, land ownership, and access to education. While filling the official papers it is still asked "Wife of /Daughter of:….."
People in India still continue the practice of sex-selective abortion, abandoning the girl child, not letting girl child study instead they should learn household chores, they are seen as a burden to the family. Such injustices make feminism such an important movement, gender equality is worth fighting for to create a safe environment for women. Feminists over the years have been criticized for focusing on the rights of privileged women and not giving equal representation to poorer and lower caste women, which has led to separate caste-specific feminist organizations and movements.
Some notable milestones in the Feminist Movement
- Raja Ram Mohan Roy campaigned against Sati Pratha (practice in which a widow sacrificed herself by sitting atop her deceased husband's funeral pyre) and child marriage
- Savitribai Phule started the first school for girls at Bhidewada in Pune city in 1848.
- In 1972, SEWA, the biggest trade union for women was set up by Ela Bhatt for women working in the informal sector.
- The Chipko Movement was launched and led by women in 1973.
- #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and abuse was started in 2006 and revived in the year 2015.
People in India still continue the practice of sex-selective abortion, abandoning the girl child, not letting girl child study instead they should learn household chores, they are seen as a burden to the family.Unsplash
Feminism is often misunderstood as pseudo-feminism and hence, becomes the target for public hatred and is accused of wronging other genders under the façade of feminism. It is misunderstood by Indians as female domination instead of gender equality. Indian society and Indian feminists believe that only men are perpetrators of a heinous crime like rape and they refuse to even recognize the men who say they were raped and it's the toxic masculinity in the society that believes how can a woman rape a man? Reality is different from what we believe, women can be the perpetrator too, women threaten to file a case of domestic violence, or sexual assault against innocent people just to fulfill their ego.
Thankfully feminism and pseudo feminism are two separate concepts and feminism is just about equality and not judgment. Indian society and feminists actually need to understand the difference between the two and stop tarnishing the Feminist Movement as a whole.
Keywords: Feminism, World, India, Pseudo-Feminism, Gender
Kerala is a land of many good things. It has an abundance of nature, culture, art, and food. It is also a place of legend and myth, and is known for its popular folklore, the legend of Yakshi. This is not a popular tale outside the state, but it is common knowledge for travellers, especially those who fare through forests at night.
The legend of the yakshi is believed to be India's equivalent of the Romanian Dracula, except of course, the Yakshi is a female. Many Malayalis believe that the Yakshi wears a white saree and had long hair. She has a particular fragrance, which is believed to be the fragrance of the Indian devil-tree flowers. She seduces travellers with her beauty, and kills them brutally.
Yakshi idol in Veroor, Sri Dharamashastha temple Image source: wikimedia commons
The Yakshi is believed to live in a palm tree which can appear like a palace. Victims are taken here before they are killed. Travellers on highways are often advised not to stop near heavily forested areas, or speak to anyone who closely resembles a Yakshi. Some believe she can change form, while other hold to the belief that she doesn't. after securing her victim, the only trace left behind is body parts like hair, nails, and teeth.
They say, like other ghosts, a Yakshi's feet will not touch the ground. This is something to look out for. Mysterious deaths have been reported across the rural areas in Kerala, and all these have been attributed to the legend.
Keywords: Legends, Yakshi, Urban legend, Ghost, Kerala, Myth, Vampire
The LGBTQ+ acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and others. In India LGBTQ+ community also include a specific social group, part religious cult, and part caste: the Hijras. They are culturally defined either as "neither men nor women" or as men who become women by adopting women's dress and behavior. Section 377 of the India Penal code that criminalized all sexual acts "against the order of nature" i.e. engaging in oral sex or anal sex along with other homosexual activities were against the law, ripping homosexual people off of their basic human rights. Thus, the Indian Supreme Court ruled a portion of Section 377 unconstitutional on 6th September 2018.
But the question is, "was India always against homosexuality"? Has the concept of homosexuality being unnatural existed forever? No, in Indian history and Hinduism homosexuality has never been an offense, in fact in several instances it has been depicted how people embraced their identity, be it sexual identity or gender identity. Section 377 was brought to India by the British in 1862, while India was colonized. Even after the Independence, it was only in 2018 that the Supreme Court ruled it as irrational and illogical.
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Homosexuality in Ancient India
When Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality in India, there was an uproar about it being a western ideology and liberalism. But in reality, homosexuality has existed since the time of the Vedas. The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association (GALVA) researched and discovered that it was around 3102 B.C. (during the Vedic Age) that homosexuality or non-normative sexual identity was recognized as "Tritiya Prakriti", or the third nature. Ancient India not only made mentions of homosexuality but accepted it as well.
Hinduism is the most vastly followed religion in India. Hinduism does not explicitly mention homosexuality however it does contain a homosexual theme and characters in its text. There have been various instances in our scriptures and texts that have introduced us to LGBT+ characters such as the androgynous form of Shiva and Parvati Ardhanariswara meaning "the half-female lord". One of the most popular and ancient texts on sexuality, eroticism, and emotional fulfillment of life, "Kamasutra" has a complete chapter dedicated to homosexuality and homosexual sex. Numerous Hindu sculptures and temples have statues depicting homosexual activities.
Numerous Hindu sculptures and temples have statues depicting homosexual activities. Facebook
Our Mughals were Queer
Mughals are often seen under the light of cruelty, rigid ethics, nobility, and polygamy. Simultaneously, Mughals are also the ones credited for the emergence of Sufism, abolished jizya tax, love beyond religion, classes, and gender.
In the Baburnama written in memoirs of our very first Mughal ruler Muhammad Babur, several instances documented Babur's infatuation and affection towards a teenage boy named Baburi. We also have multiple Persian couplets as evidence of Babur's affection for Baburi. Mughals engaged in homosexuality and pederasty, and they believed that later was a form of "pure love".
But as time passed homosexuality was suppressed more and more though people practiced it in secret if revealed they were punished. According to the Fatwa-e-Alamgiri Sharia-based text of the Mughal Empire, there is a common set of punishments for homosexuality, which could include 50 lashes for a slave, 100 for a free infidel, or death by stoning for a Muslim.
British Raj and Independence of India
In 1862, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalized homosexual sex came into force. Even after Independence in 1947, the section remained a part of the Indian Constitution. There were protests all over the country to give people of the LGBT+ community basic human rights but it was not until 2018 that The Supreme Court of India ruled the portion of Section 377 has unconstitutional and struck it off. One judge said the landmark decision would "pave the way for a better future.". With Section 377 gone are LGBT+ people allowed to fall in love freely? No, people are still afraid to love because of the stigma in our society when it comes to homosexuality; they are seen as lesser humans.
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Although the Supreme Court has decriminalized homosexual activities, same-sex marriage remains illegal in the country. Homophobia is still prevalent in India, and homosexual children would rather commit suicide than come out to society with their true identity, that's how harsh of a world we live in. Lacking support from family, society, or police, many gay rape victims do not report the crimes. In 1977, writer and Indian mathematician Shakuntla Devi published "The World of Homosexuals". It was the first study in the Indian context; the book contains interviews with homosexual men set in the years of Emergency. She wrote, "rather than pretending that homosexuals don't exist it is time we face the facts squarely in the eye and find room for homosexual people." We've had small victories in our fight against homophobia and getting LGBT+ community the rights they deserve as humans, but we still have a long and exhausting fight ahead of us.