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Sep 15, 2010

Health Benefits Papaya

The papaya is a fruit of the genus Carica papaya. The plant is native to America and was first cultivated in Mexico. Papaya is generally eaten raw, without skin and seeds.

Some of the health benefits of papaya are as follows:

• Papaya is a rich source of proteolytic enzymes. These enzymes are essential for the proper functioning of the digestive system as they help in the digestion of proteins. Papain, which is the most vital enzyme found exclusively in papayas, is instrumental in breaking down and digesting of meat proteins, and is used as a meat tenderizer.

• Papaya is known for its rejuvenating properties. It slows down the ageing process, thereby making you look younger for a longer while. This property of papaya is attributed to its ability to enable proper digestion that leads to maximum extraction and absorption of nutrients from various foods.

• Papaya is a rich source of arginine, an essential fatty acid that boosts the reproductive system and fertility in males.

• Papaya is also a good source of carpain, an enzyme supposedly beneficial for heart.

• Papaya helps in blood clotting and thereby quick healing of wounds. This is because papaya is a rich source of fibrin, an important factor in the blood clotting process. This factor is not common in the plant kingdom and is mainly formed in the body of animals, papaya being an exception.

• Papaya is rich in carotene that maintains the pigment balance of your skin.

• Papaya is a good source of Vitamin C and as such, boosts the immune system and protects you against various infections and ailments.

• Papaya juice in combination with pineapple juice is also recommended to cure cancer.

• Papaya helps in the restoration of essential bacteria in the gut, generally after antibiotic treatment.

• You may use the skin of papaya to heal wounds and bruises.

• Papaya is rich in antioxidants that help detoxify the body, thereby preventing the incidence of ailments like leukemia.

• Papaya is rich in minerals like potassium and magnesium which serve various functions like strengthening the teeth and bones.

• The seeds of papaya are antihelmintic and remove worms from the stomach and intestines.

• Papaya juice may be helpful in alleviating sickness like nausea and morning sickness.

• Papaya seeds may be used as a healthy replacement for black pepper.

Papaya is a fruit with abundant health advantages and must form a part of your diet.

Jun 30, 2009

Constipation Tips

Getting into a Regular Habit

Most people's bowels respond best to a regular habit. Some of us are too busy to make time for our bowels. Other lives a very irregular lifestyle which makes a habit difficult.

The bowel usually goes to sleep at night and wakes up in the morning. Eating, drinking and moving around all stimulate the bowel. The most likely time for a bowel action is about 30 minutes after the first meal of the day.

This makes it important not to skip breakfast. Try to eat at least something for breakfast and take two warm drinks. Try to make 5-10 minutes of free uninterrupted time about 30 minutes later. This is not always easy if your house is busy in the morning, so you may need to plan ahead or get up a little earlier while you retrain you bowel.

Sitting Properly

The way you sit on the toilet can make a big difference to ease of opening your bowels. The "natural" position (before toilets were invented) is squatting. Countries where squat (hole in the floor) toilets are still common seem to have less problems with constipation.

While actually squatting is not very practical, many people find that adopting a "semi-squat" position helps a lot. One of the footstools that toddlers use to reach a sink is ideal, 8-12 inches high (20-30cm). Position this just in front of your toilet and rest your feet flat on the stool, keeping your feet and knees about one foot (30cm) apart. Lean forwards, resting your elbows on your thighs. Try to relax.


It is important not to hold your breath when trying to open your bowels. Many people are tempted to take a deep breath in and then hold their breath while trying to push. Try to avoid this. Sit on the toilet as described above, relax your shoulders and breathe normally. You may find it easiest to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.

If you hold your breath and push this is STRAINING and tends to close your bottom more tightly. Also, if you hold your breath, you are limited in how long your can hold this and when you have to take the pressure off and breathe, you tend to be back to square one.

If you find that you cannot help straining and holding your breath, try breathing out gently, or humming or reciting a nursery rhyme.

Pushing without Straining

The best way to open your bowels is by using your abdominal (stomach) muscles to push. Leaning forward, supporting your elbows on your thighs and breathing gently, relax your shoulders. Make your abdominal muscles bulge outwards to "make your waist wide". Now use these abdominal muscles as a pump to push backwards and downwards into you bottom. Keep up the gentle but firm pressure.

Relaxing the Back Passage
The final part of the jigsaw is to relax the back passage. Many people with constipation actually tighten the back passage when they are trying to open the bowels, instead of relaxing, without realizing what they are doing. This is like squeezing a tube of toothpaste while keeping the lid on!

To locate the muscles around the back passage, firstly squeeze as if you are trying to control wind. Now imagine that the muscle around the anus is a lift. Squeeze to take your lift up to the first floor. Now relax, down to the ground floor, down to the basement, down to the cellar.

Putting it All Together

This is a bit like learning to ride a bike. The above instructions tell you WHAT to do, but do not tell you HOW to do it. It sounds simple, but coordinating everything takes practice, and you have to work it out for yourself. Some people find it easier than others.

Sit properly

Breathe normally

Push from your waist downwards

Relax the back passage

Keep this up for about 5 minutes, unless you have a bowel action sooner. If nothing happens, don't give up. Try again tomorrow. It often takes several weeks of practice until this really starts to work.

May 13, 2009

Grandma's tips

Not every complication a human body has needs doctor attention  on an urgent basis !

One can just follow the tips our elders gave us and not exhibit mindful ignorance to sort out the complications straightaway.

 Let us have quick look on few of those.

Diabetes :

         Have grape fruit three times a day on a a tablespoon of amla juice mixed with a cup of karela juice or eat 10 fresh curry leaves. Eat lettuce, tomato & fruits. Don’t eat too much of carrots, peas, beans, sweet potato, beetroot, bananas, dry fruits, mango & raisins. 

 Insomnia : 

         Eat plenty of curd or drink a glass of water with two teaspoons of honey.  

Jaundice :  

         Mash a ripe banana along with one tablespoon of honey & eat it twice a day, or take half teaspoon of ginger juice with one teaspoon of fresh lime & mint. The juice of bel fruit is also good for the liver.  

Joint Pains : 

        Squeeze half a lemon in one glass of hot water & drink it 8 to 10 times a day. Having lemon juice gives your body Vitamin C that is valuable. Massage your joints with neem oil.  

Blood Pressure : 

        Swallow two flakes of garlic daily. High-Blood pressure can be cured by daily intake of 1/4 teaspoon of pepper powder mixed with 1/4 cup curd on an empty stomach.  

High Cholesterol & Heart diseases : 

        Grind dried amlas to a fine powder. Mix an equal weight of sugar candy (mishri) & store in glass bottle. Have one teaspoon every morning with glass of water on an empty stomach.

Dengue :

        Papaya comes to rescue for any complication due to dengue. papaya leaves can be crushed and its juice can be consumed at regular intervals. This will maintain the platelet count in blood and help in stable body functions . The papaya fruits along with other citrus will definitely add on top of it.

Constipation :

Menstruation regulation :