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Jul 5, 2017

Moringa (Munaga) or Sujina Fali in Hindi : For weight management and Hormonal stability.



Moringa or generally called as drumsticks contains many antioxidants and nutrients, past research has proved treating various problems using moringa. This is used for treating conditions including:
 
 
 
1.Inflammation-related diseases
2. Anemia
3.Diabetes
4.Arthritis
5.Stomach ulcers
6.Constipation
7.Kidney stones
8.Thyroid disorders
9.Low sex drive
10.Heart problems including blood pressure
11.Diarrhea
12.Fluid retention
13.Epilepsy
14. Cancer
15.Bacterial, fungal, viral, parasitic infections
16.Severe headaches
17.Allergies and asthma

This vegetable is amazingly packed with nutrients. It contains many essentials vitamins and minerals needed for our body.
So everyone must include this magical vegetable in the regular diet for healthy body and mind.

Jun 19, 2012

Healthy Foods makes Beautiful You


- Fruits like plums, citrus fruits (oranges, sweet lime, and lemon), strawberries, amla, blueberries and blackberries; and dairy products are rich in zinc and selenium that help prevent skin inflammation.
- Cucumber, with its high content of vitamin E and water is good for skin care and moisturising. Its juice has purifying and detoxifying properties, prevents hair loss and wrinkles, and helps in treating acne.
- Apples contain vitamins and pectin. Pectin helps in absorbing unhealthy oils and toxins from skin and neutralise skin-damaging toxins.
- Consume eight to 10 glasses of water per day and avoid dehydrating foods and beverages such as caffeine (cola, chocolate, coffee, tea) and alcohol. Water acts as a body purifier, by removing toxins and waste from your body.
Foods good for you...
Vitamin C : Strawberries, lime, sweet lime, oranges, guavas, radish leaves, fenugreek leaves, coriander, cabbage, capsicum, green chillies, cauliflower, bitter gourd, and sprouts.
Vitamin E: Corn, vegetable oils, nuts, spinach, olives and wheat germ.
Vitamin A: Fish liver oil, eggs, butter, cheese and fortified milk. B carotene, which is a precursor to vitamin A, is found in deep yellow fruits and vegetables and dark green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin B: Brewer's yeast, used to make bread or any food or beverage made with brewer's yeast. A diet that includes fruits, vegetables and grain products should be sufficient to get the required amounts of vitamin B.
Selenium: Whole grain cereals, seafood, garlic and eggs.
Zinc: Oysters, lean meat, and poultry. Also, whole grains, nuts and legumes. Although these vegetarian foods are good sources, availability of zinc is lower in these foods due to the phytic acid content. Sprouted grains and pulses destroy phytates. A vegetarian diet often contains less zinc than non-vegetarian diet. Therefore, vegetarians should consume plenty of foods that are rich in this mineral.
Essential fatty acids: Omega-3 and omega-6. Though we get plenty of omega 6 from grains and oils, our body is often deficient in omega-3. Omega-3 is found in oily fish like salmon, herring, mackerel, tuna and sardine, flaxseeds and nuts like almonds and walnuts.

Mar 16, 2012

ALMONDS and its Health Benfits


Almonds are considered a Natural Wonder because of its immense Health Benefits,especially, for women. 
Packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and health-promoting fats, research reveals that these nuts reduce risk of heart disease and lowers cholesterol. Frequent consumption of almonds aids weight management as they satiate your appetite and curb cravings. 

Listed are the Health benefits of almonds:
1.Helps to cure anemia: Sufficient amounts of copper when combined with iron and vitamins can boost production of red blood cells and cure anemia. Since almonds pack in a high percentage of copper, they make for an ideal supplement. Further, these highly nutritious nuts help increase bone mineral density, making a strong skeletal system.

2.Wonder food for Ladies: Consumption of almonds before and after pregnancy are recommended by Doctors. A leading source of Vitamin E, the most essential nutrient for Pregnant ladies; a handful of almonds can supply 33% of the Vitamin E required by the body.

3.Aids weight loss:  Almonds have the effect of making you feel full and thereby reducing cravings and possibilities of over eating.

4.Prevents birth defects: Adequate Folic acid to baby prevent birth defects . Folic acid, which plays a big role in healthy cell growth and tissue formation, is found in high doses in Almonds.

5.Good for your hair and skin: The antioxidant properties of almonds are considered to be good for your skin and hair. Applying Almonds Oil also result in the same.

6.For a healthy heart Increases Good Cholesterol:  Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats that is known to lower risk of heart diseases. Including almonds in your regular diet helps increase “good” cholesterol, levels, and lowers “bad” cholesterol, levels.

7.More help with energy production: Nutrients in almonds such as manganese, riboflavin, and copper are all known to aid energy production, an Instant energy booster.

Jun 24, 2011

Tips for Mothers:To Take of Themselves


Mother Take Care....

Some Tips:
• You are the centre of care,
About yourself you think very rare.
• Take the kids to the park,
When they play, go for the walk.
• Instead of the extra food going as waste,
Do not finish it, It would show on your waist.
• For everyone, you cook and serve breakfast,
Ending up busy, you skip it or fast.
Also............
• Don't nibble or taste food in excess, during cooking.
Eat fruits along with the kids, they would enjoy it too.
• When kids are off to school and you are alone, don't eat while watching television.
Keep healthy snack options to munch, when you feel bored.
• Eat meals with family, to maintain the meal timings.

Some myths:
Myth: Young women believe that breastfeeding will ruin the shape of their breasts/body
Breastfeeding helps you burn 500 extra calories a day. It helps the womb return to normal and does not affect the shape of breasts in the long term.

Myth: If a mother goes back to work too soon after delivery, her baby will not bond with her adequately.
The mother/child bond is forged by quality time together, not quantity. A working mother has to learn to ration her time and balance her responsibilities, but as long as a child receives love and attention from mother when she is around, bonding will take place.
 

Jun 23, 2011

High Energy Snacks




SNACKS for HIGH ENERGY :





Light snacks which are healthy come to your rescue when there's a need for energy at the end of a long worked day.
• Dry fruits
• Banana
• Low fat milkshake or smoothie
• Whole wheat crackers
• Baked beans on toast Whole wheat sandwich
• Cereal with low fat milk
• Aloo chaat
• Boiled corn

These snacks not only carry nutrition but also give you the energy boost before a workout. At the same time, they don't make you lethargic or sleepy if taken in small quantities. Don't forget to drink a glass of water 30 minutes before you begin your workout.

Avoid these foods before rigorous exercise:
• Fatty and fried foods-they take too long to digest
• Sweets-they take long to digest and cause rapid blood sugar changes
• Sugary drinks-they cause rapid energy swings and you might end up with less energy instead of more
• Caffeine-it stimulates the body to increase urine output

Oct 25, 2010

Caring For Teeth


How do you take care For Teeth ?

   We all need teeth to chew and speak clearly. Our teeth also affect the appearance of our faces as well as the all-important smile. 
It is therefore important to look after them properly by maintaining good oral hygiene, including tooth brushing, visiting your dentist for checkups often and taking a proper diet.

Tooth Decay -
  • Teeth decay when a thin, sticky layer forms on the surface. 
  • The layer, called plaque, contains many bacteria. When you eat sugary foods, the bacteria in the plaque turn the sugar into the energy they need, producing acid at the same time. This acid softens and dissolves the hard surface covering the teeth, in turn slowly producing the cavity. 
  • This surface that is affected is called enamel. The whole process in which this cavity is formed is known as demineralization, or simply tooth decay (caries).
  • When the cavity reaches the dentine, which is the white substance underneath the enamel one starts feeling pain since this substance is sensitive to pain unlike the enamel which doesn’t contain any nerves. Saliva that is produced in our mouth, lips to wash away and neutralize the acid also contains minerals that replace those lost from the enamel during the acid attack, in a process called remineralization. Demineralization and remineralization are processes repeated anytime we eat or drink.

Brushing of Teeth -

  • Caring for teeth properly means that when we brush our teeth the kind of toothbrush and the brand of toothpaste we use matter a lot. 
  • The toothbrush should be the one with soft bristles which helps in gradually removing plaque without injury to the gums and teeth. 
  •  We can easily make toothpaste at home, for example the strawberry toothpaste which is very effective for making teeth strong and clean. 
  • Strawberries have many properties that bleach and clean teeth, and these are very useful in removing tea and coffee stains from the teeth. 
  • We can also make toothpaste from hydrogen peroxide by mixing a teaspoon of baking soda and half a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. We can then use this mixture at least one day in a week. This is very useful to reduce tartar and stain.
We should brush our teeth twice a day as a way of caring for teeth –in the morning after breakfast and at night. 
  • When we brush our teeth in the morning, it helps in removing plaque formed during the night since calculus develops after breakfast and bacteria activities occur at night. 
  • Brushing teeth at night helps in cleaning the surface of the tooth from food debris. 
  • Brush your teeth with little strokes by giving pressure to the tooth using the toothbrush with round tips to the surface of the tooth. 
  • The soft bristle of the toothbrush should reach the surface of the mouth.Here are some steps you should follow when brushing your teeth:
  1. Brush the teeth from the outer part of the front of the teeth gradually,
  2. After this, brush the internal part of the lower section of the teeth,
  3. Then brush the inner surface of the upper section of the teeth. Then the chewing surface gently,
  4. To end with the process move the bristles of the toothbrush to a complete section of the tongue to reduce deposits forming a plaque.

Dental Hygiene and Your Child’s Teeth

  • Caring for teeth for your baby should begin the very first point after birth. This can be done by wiping the baby’s gums with a soft, damp cloth after the baby is fed before the teeth appear. 
  • When the teeth appear, use a soft children’s toothbrush on them twice a day. 
  • At school age, you can start using fluoride toothpaste in small amounts since fluoride helps in making teeth strong by hardening the tooth enamel. Fluoride is contained in most our drinking water and if your water doesn’t contain it, you can give fluoride tablets to your child at the age of six months. 
  • Cavities are majorly caused by taking a lot of sweet liquids and sugary snacks or foods. 
  • Prevent cavities in your child’s teeth through by regularly cleaning them. 
  • It’s also important to consider what you eat and if you can, avoid sugary foods and drinks. Visit your dentist at least twice year with your child.


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Sep 15, 2010

Health Benefits of Aloe vera


Aloe vera juice is basically made from the aloe vera plant. 
 
 This aloe vera plant has medicinal properties that have been used to benefit people for many centuries. This can also be drunk as organic aloe vera juice which has been found to have numerous health benefits.
 
Some of the aloe vera juice health benefits  include helping in the detoxification of the human body.
 
When this aloe vera juice is drunk twice in a day it is said to be good for overall good health and also for cleansing the person's colon. The way the detoxification properties of the aloe vera juice  work is that it helps in detoxifying a person's blood stream. 
 
It is also said to be useful in benefiting those who are suffering from stomach conditions or even intestinal problems. It is specifically found beneficial for those who are suffering from ulcers. 
 

What are the health Benefits of Aloe vera ?

Aloe vera juice should be drunk at least twice a day for a month to help provide relief to those with ulcers. 
 
This juice also helps in cleansing out the system and in helping the digestive tract to function smoothly. It has been found that aloe vera juice helps in improving a person's circulation. 
 
When drunk regularly, aloe vera juice helps in dilating one's capillaries and also aids in a person's cell growth. It has been found that drinking aloe vera juice can helping in preventing numerous illnesses. 
 
Aloe vera juice has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Drinking aloe vera juice on a regular basis has been found to provide one with renewed energy and good health.

In fact aloe vera juice weight loss programs are very popular in these modern times. 
 
The way this works is that aloe vera juice and aloe vera products will need to be consumed in addition to a full regime of exercise and diet. 
 
One can start their weight loss program by cleaning the colon to help in getting rid of all the toxins. 
 
This can be done with an aloe vera cleaning for the colon
 
This helps in improving a person's energy levels and also helps in cleaning out the colon system. 
 
One should preferably eat organic foods when following this aloe vera weight loss program. 
 
Along with the aloe vera juice one can even eat the fresh aloe vera pulp that has been extracted along with some honey. 
 
There are various different products that are available which are known to tackle a range of problems.

Jul 13, 2010

Kegel Exercise For Married


 Kegel Exercise can improve your bladder control !

Pubococcygeus or "PC" muscles which form the floor of the pelvis are just like other muscles. Pelvis Exercise can make them stronger. For just 5 minutes, three times a day can improve your bladder control .

Who Need to do Kegel ?

1.  Woman who gave birth.

          After woman gave birth, size of vagina will change and the vagina wall lost it elastic. Both party will experience less pleasure because of loose vagina.

2.  Woman who experience stress incontinence.

          Your pc muscles are used to support your bladder. If you have a weak pelvic muscle, stress incontinence occur. Whenever pressure increased in your abdomen (laughing, sneezing or coughing), urine leak from your bladder. Stress incontinence is very common. 50% of all women have occasional incontinence and 20% of woman age over 75 experience everyday stress incontinence.

3.  Woman who is going to give birth.

          Kegel exercise can tone vagina muscle so delivery will be easier. Also, you muscle will regain faster after child birth

4.  Woman who has advancing age, obesity, chronic bronchitis, asthma and childbearing.   
      

  These woman are more likly to suffer from daily incontience.

5.  Woman who suffer vaginismus and dyspareunia.

          pelvic exercise can tone your muscle up so it is less likly to suffer from vaginal muscle spasm

Benefit of Kegel Exercise :


1.  Strengthen and tone muscle of vaginal canal. Vaginal exercise can also increase the blood flow to the genital area.

2.  Prevent urinary Incontinence, prolepses, and many other problems of the pelvic floor that are often associated with aging. Prevent leaking urine when you sneeze or cough.

3.  A strong vagina will be tighter, which your partner will notice and enjoy

4.  Conditioned muscles will make child delivery easier.

5.  It is easy to perform. Unlike other exercise, you won't sweat or feel tried. It take few minutes a day and you can do it in everywhere without other's notice

Locate the PC Muscle :

 
1.  Sit down on a toilet. Start peeing and stop the flow of urine midstream for few seconds. Then release the flow. Repeat few times until you find the right muscle. The muscle you used to stop the urine is the pelvic floor muscle.

2.  Lie down and put your finger inside your vagina. Tighten muscle around our finger as if holding back urine. If you feel your finger being squeezed, then you have located the right muscle.


Tips for Kegel :

 
1)  Don't squeeze other muscle. Your anal and abdomen muscle should be relax. If you feel other muscle pulling, you will need to start from step one to locate your PC muscle.

2)  Breath slowly and deeply. Breathe in when you squeeze and breathe out as you relax. If you experience headache, you are tensing your chest and holding your breath.

3)  Put your hand on your abdomen. If you feel any movement, you are using your abdominal muscle as well. You should isolated your vaginal exercise from any other muscle. Use your hand to test if you are using other muscle.

4)  You can do Kegel anywhere. No one can tell when your are squeezing your PC muscle. You can do Kegel when you work, drive or watching TV.


 Explanation

The aim of Kegel exercises is to improve muscle tone by strengthening the pubococcygeus muscles of the pelvic floor. Kegel is a popular prescribed exercise for pregnant women to prepare the pelvic floor for physiological stresses of the later stages of pregnancy and vaginal childbirth. Kegel exercises are said to be good for treating vaginal prolapse and preventing uterine prolapse in women and for treating prostate pain and swelling resulting from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostatitis in men. Kegel exercises may be beneficial in treating urinary incontinence in both men and women Kegel exercises may also increase sexual gratification.

A Kegel exerciser :

A Kegel exerciser is a medical device designed to be used by women to exercise the pubococcygeus muscle (also called the PC muscle). There are three main types: barbells, springs, and rubber bulbs. The barbells (or vaginal barbell) can be used as a vaginal exerciser or as a vaginal dildo or sex toy. Made of smooth, polished solid stainless steel, it is cylindrical in shape, with a rounded bulge at each end. They typically weigh one pound (454g) and measure approximately 6¾ inches (17.1 cm) in length with a diameter of one inch (2.5 cm) at the widest part. Being made of stainless steel, vaginal barbells are nonporous and can be wiped clean with a cloth moistened with mild soap and water. Spring devices are made of plastic, with removable springs to allow progressive resistance. These allow pressing directly against resistance. An advantage of rubber bulb devices is that they provide visual feedback (via a gauge) of how much pressure is being applied.

Benefits for women :

Factors such as pregnancy, childbirth, aging, being overweight, and abdominal surgery such as cesarean section, often result in the weakening of the pelvic muscles. This can be assessed by either digital examination of vaginal pressure or using a Kegel perineometer. Kegel exercises are useful in regaining pelvic floor muscle strength in such cases.
 
 Urinary incontinence :


The consequences of weakened pelvic floor muscles may include urinary or bowel incontinence, which may be helped by therapeutic strengthening of these muscles. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials by the Cochrane Collaboration concluded that "PFMT [Pelvic floor muscle training] be included in first-line conservative management programs for women with stress, urge, or mixed, urinary incontinence...The treatment effect might be greater in middle aged women (in their 40's and 50's) with stress urinary incontinence alone...".

  Pelvic prolapse :


The exercises are also often used to help prevent prolapse of pelvic organs. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials by the Cochrane Collaboration concluded that "there is some encouragement from a feasibility study that pelvic floor muscle training, delivered by a physiotherapist to symptomatic women in an outpatient setting, may reduce severity of prolapse".

  Benefits for men :


Though most commonly used by women, men can also use Kegel exercises. Kegel exercises are employed to strengthen the pubococcygeal muscle and other muscles of the pelvic diaphragm. Kegels can help men achieve stronger erections and gain greater control over ejaculation. The objective of this may be similar to that of the exercise in women with weakened pelvic floor: to increase bladder and bowel control and sexual function.
 
 Incontinence :


Regarding postprostatectomy urinary incontinence, a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials by the Cochrane Collaboration found that "there may be some benefit of offering pelvic floor muscle training with biofeedback early in the postoperative period immediately following removal of the catheter as it may promote an earlier return to continence".

  Sexual function :

 Kegel workouts can provide men with stronger erections. Research published in 2005 issue of BJU International, have shown that pelvic floor exercises could help restore erectile function in men with erectile dysfunction. There are said to be significant benefits for the problem of premature ejaculation from having more muscular control of the pelvis. 

It is also possible that strengthening the pelvic floor may allow some men to achieve a form of orgasm without allowing ejaculation, and thereby perhaps reach multiple "climaxes" during sexual activity.In men, this exercise lifts up the testicles, also strengthening the cremaster muscle, as well as the anal sphincter, as the anus is the main area contracted when a Kegel is done. This is because the pubococcygeus muscle begins around the anus and runs up to the urinary sphincter.

Jun 13, 2010

Apple Orange & Pomegranate


Orange juice is a popular beverage made from the extraction (squeezing) of liquid from fresh oranges. The term "orange juice" is also used, both colloquially and commercially, to refer to "concentrated  orange juice".Orange juice is a source of vitamin C  (ascorbic acid), potassium, thiamine, Phosphorus G, folic acid (Vitamin B9) and vitamin B6.  Research shows orange juice is more nutrient dense than many commonly consumed 100 percent fruit juices, such as apple, grape, pineapple and prune.

Citrus juices also contain flavonoids that are believed to have beneficial health effects. Orange juice containing pulp seems to be more nutritious than no-pulp varieties due to the flavonoids contained in the pulp.If drunk on an empty stomach, orange juice can exacerbate present gastrointestinal conditions and/or cause mild and temporary stomach upset. Due to the citric acid, orange juice typically has a pH of 3.5.Drinking or sipping orange juice can therefore cause erosion of the tooth enamel, otherwise known as 'acid erosion'. Some publications recommend using a straw when drinking orange juice so that the juice does not come into contact with the teeth.

Apple juice
is a common beverage for both children and adults. Apple juice is also a component of several cocktails, and is a filler in some other fruit drinks, because it is less expensive and more widely available than other juices. It may also be produced and consumed in a carbonated  form, referred to as sparkling apple juice.Vitamin C is sometimes added by fortification, because content is variable,  and much of that is lost in processing. Other vitamin concentrations are low, but apple juice does contain various mineral nutrients, including boron, which may promote healthy bones.  Apple juice has a significant concentration of polyphenols  that may protect from diseases associated with ageing due to the antioxidant  effects which help reduce the likeliness of developing cancer. Research from the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) suggests that apple juice increases acetylcholine in the brain, resulting in increased memory.[


Pomegranate juice
is juice made from the pomegranate fruit. It is used in cooking both as a fresh juice and as a concentrated syrup.While preliminary research has shown that the fruit juice may play a role in reducing the risk of cancer, reducing serum cholesterol, and protecting arteries from clogging, more research is needed to validate these findings. Its possible benefits also need to be balanced against its high caloric content derived from its natural sugars.

The cholesterol reduction effect has been observed only in small studies.This, as well as the anti-clogging effect of pomegranate juice, are the result of its concentration of antioxidants, and are similar to the effects shown in studies of red wine, black tea, and purple grape juice. There have been no large clinical trials showing that antioxidants can prevent heart attacks or other major heart-related events.

People who had undergone surgery or radiation therapy for prostate cancer could significantly slow the increase of prostate specific antigen when they consumed a glass of pomegranate juice daily.

A 250 ml (8 oz) glass of pomegranate juice provides approximately 50% of an adult's recommended daily allowance (RDA) of the vitamins A, C and E, 100% RDA of folic acid, and 13% RDA of potassium.

Notwithstanding the possible benefits of the juice, each such glass also tops the maximum daily amount of sugar, as recommended by The Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization. The organizations jointly recommend that only 10% of calories come directly from sugars . With almost 30 grams of sugar, a glass of pomegranate juice has more sugar than an equal size serving of some soft beverages, such as Coca Cola Classic and roughly equal to two servings of a sweetened breakfast cereal

Feb 10, 2010

Pedicure - its important to look at feet


Pedicure is the care of the feet, legs and toe nails

Purpose of pedicure :

    *  To keep the feet in good condition and to make the skin soft and smooth.

    *  It improves blood circulation, nourishes the skin and the leg and foot muscles

    *  It  discourages foot ailments.

Implements

   1. Nail cutter

   2. Nail filer

   3. Cuticle cutter

   4. Cuticle pusher

   5.Nail brush

   6.Orange stick

   7.Pumice stone

   8.Foot scrapper

   9. Two basins large enough for foot bath

Materials

   1. Acetone

   2. Liquid soap or shampoo

   3. Luke warm water

   4. Antiseptic lotion

   5. Oil or cream

   6. Nail polish

   7. Foot powder

   8. Hydrogen peroxide

Procedure

   1.Remove the old nail polish using acetone with lotion

   2. File the nails and cut the nails if necessary.

   3. Place both the feet in Luke warm water containing liquid soap and hydrogen peroxide.

   4. Clean the foot using nail brush, foot scrapper and pumice stone.

   5. Remove the foot from the basin and clean thoroughly using a soft towel.

   6. With a cotton dipped in Antiseptic lotion and with the help of an orange stick apply the lotion under the
        free edge of each nail

   7.Buff the cuticle to soften the cuticle

   8.Loosen  the cuticle back gently

   9.Massage the legs for five minutes

  10.Apply the first coat of nail polish and allow it to dry and then apply the second coat