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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.

Jun 23, 2011

Choose Brown Rice Over White Rice

Why the Brown Rice?
Brown rice is also called 'unpolished rice' and is brown in color.Brown rice has a mild nutty flavor, is chewier and offer more nutrition than the white rice. Only the outermost layer of a grain of rice (husk) is removed to produce brown rice, while the subsequent layers underneath the husk that contains several vitamins and fiber are removed and polished further to produce white rice.
Brown rice is a good source of various essential nutrients like energy, carbohydrate, dietary fiber, B vitamins and minerals like manganese, selenium, magnesium, zinc, folate, iron etc.

One cup of brown rice gives 3.5 grams of fiber while the same amount of white rice gives less than 1 gram of fiber.

Health experts and Nutritionists are now increasingly recommending brown rice as an excellent source of all-round nutrition. As for the health conscious people, brown rice would be the obvious choice as many health benefits of brown rice have been proved.

  • Brown rice has a low glycemic index than white rice which helps to prevent the sugar spikes in diabetics. 
  • Study has shown that people who consume at least 2 servings of brown rice per week reduced the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • It has been shown to lower the risk of total cholesterol and LDL level. 
  • It helps the individuals to keep a check on their weight, since the brown rice can make them feel full, which in turn make them to eat less.
  • It can help to protect the body against certain cancers, as it contains antioxidants like selenium and zinc and fiber.
  • It has also shown to reduce the risk of cardio vascular disease and stroke.

For all the health benefits, the brown rice is good. And don't forget to make this delicious, nutty-flavored grain a frequent addition to your meals!

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

May 13, 2009

CASE STUDY : Acidity

Acidity & heartburn are the forerunner of not just the duodenal & stomach ulcers but also cancer of the stomach. Ulcers are caused by a bacteria –the heliobacter pylori.  

Symptoms :  

Its pain feels like a burning sensation that radiates upwards. Heartburn is most often the result of gastric juices refluxing up into the oesophagus above the stomach. The discomfort of heartburn usually gets worse if you lie down because this makes it easier for the gastric juices to back up. Many a time it is mistaken for the cardiac pain-the pain before heart attack. It also is characterized bys our belches & a burning sensation in the stomach.  

Why it occurs :  

Overeating or not eating properly, not chewing the food completely results in the production of the excessive acid as the digestive juices tend to get forced into the oesophagus causing the sour taste. 

Avoidance Measures : 

  •  Over the counter digestive aids & antacids are generally effective & safe. Antacids work by neutralizing excess acids in the stomach. They are made from a mixture of magnesium hydroxide & aluminium hydroxide (one constipates and the other tends to produce diarrhea) combined they counter each others effects.
  •  Acid blockers (also called H2 blockers, drugs like Tagamet, & Zantac) are often prescription drugs that inhibit the release of acids in the first phase. Best option is to take an antacid for immediate relief combined with an acid blocker for extended relief. After all a single dose of dose of acid blocker last for nine to twelve hours. An important difference is that antacids stay in the gastro-intestinal tracts and aren’t absorbed systematically & therefore might result side effects-depression, headache, or confusion.  

  •    Take simple food and eschew all spicy & fried foods Water dilutes the acidic state of the system so drink it in plenty. An abdominal mud pack placed for 20 minutes everyday is beneficial as well.
  •      In case of chronic acidity take only butter milk for a week. This will serve as an alkaline cleanser & a neutralizer of the acidic state of the system. After this initial stomach wash , take a well balanced diet, with a predominance of raw foods. Also take plenty of fruit juices so as to flush out the acidic residues. Juices of citrus fruits such as lemons & oranges are especially beneficial since they attack bacteria & prevent fermentation. 
  •     On remaining untreated it results peptic ulcers. So to prevent it take at least 2 bananas as they contain vitamin U an anti ulcer factor. Bananas also neutralizes the acidity of the body juices & mucilage in them coats the lining of the stomach. This protects the lining of the stomach from the effect of the ulcerating hydrochloric acid secreted in the stomach. Raw cabbage & cabbage juice mixed with carrot juice as well have the same effects.
  •     Untreated Acidity may lead to Acidosis .It may also result due to the depletion of the alkaline reserve on account of diarrhea, diabetes & certain pulmonary disorders.     
  •  Orange juice, taken in quantities is an excellent blood cleanser due to its speedy effect on the acidic conditions of the body. Carrots & celery being rich in minerals also have an effective alkaline reaction. 
  •  The common thought goes that oranges , lemons harm the acidity cases, but these citric acid containing fruits-oranges, tomatoes, grapes, lemons have malic acid, traces of oxalic acids which combine with the sodium and potassium to form either sodium or potassium malate, citrate or oxylate. These end products are then oxidized in the body & an alkaline ash content from potassium and sodium is left behind. This increase in blood alkalinity reduces the acid components such as phosphates, urea, & ammonia. Grapefruit is especially useful one in this context.
  • Raisins because of their highly alkaline nature are useful for maintaining the acid alkaline balance of the body. By reducing the urinary ammonia they reduce the urine acidity as well. Moreover the organic acid of raisins is completely oxidized during the period of digestion.

Organic foods and benefits

Organic foods build up the your natural resistance to infection and diseases as well as health and skin disorders. This is what a STRONG immune system is all about.. Foods that help us stay healthy have their mark reflected herein.  

Almonds : Are a good source of proteins , have cancer fighting properties and help underweight People to put on weight.  

Apples : Are an astringent and a tonic . They relieve constipation , reduce total cholesterol and remove toxins. 

 Melons : Are an excellent cleanser and rehydrator as they are high on water content virtually 99%.  

Avocados : Reduce anemia and excessive menstrual bleeding and prevent hair loss.  

Apricots : Have laxatives and anti–oxidant properties and remove toxins from the body.  

Barley : Cures ulcers , lowers cholesterol and in addition is a hair tonics.  

Beet : Are excellent intestinal cleansers , eliminate kidney stones , detoxify the liver and gall Bladder.  

Bananas : Promote sleep and are mild laxatives .They have anti fungal properties , lower cholesterol, and remove toxins. 

 Brown rice : Is a high energy food , settles disturbed nerves and is good for hair and skin.  

Cabbage : Regulates improper digestion , has properties that fight cancer and corrects skin disorders.  

Cashewnuts : Improve vitality and are good for teeth , gums and hair.  

Cucumbers : Have laxative properties , dissolve uric acid that cause kidney and bladder stones .They lower blood pressure, work as astringent and cooling and brightening agents for skin.  

Celery : Has properties that fight cancers . It lowers blood pressures , reduces joint pains and Prevents calcium deposits.  

Coconuts : Regulates the functioning of the thyroid gland and coconut extracts nourish hair and skin. 

 Corn : Has properties that fight cancers . It is food for the brain and corrects hair loss.  

Carrots : Are detoxifiers , good for the hair and skin ,regulate kidney functions and kills bacteria.  

Cherries : Release headaches and migraines.  

Dates : Are useful in anemia ,respiratory and lung disorders.  

Figs : Are a rich source of calcium and have laxative properties.  

Garlic : Has anti bacterial and antiseptic properties. It is useful in respiratory ailments and lowers cholesterol.  

Grapefruit : Is helpful in joint pains , is a cleanser of blood and has anti allergic properties.  

Kidney beans : Lower cholesterol and are helpful in diabetes.  

Kiwi fruit : Helps in Digestion. 

Lemons : Work as astringents , bleaching agents and have properties that fight cancer. They also help in reducing gall stones.  

Lettuce : Strengthens bones and hairs.  

Mango : Reduces acidity and helps in weight gain.  

Mushrooms : Lowers cholesterol and have properties that fight cancer.  

Oats : Are gentle bowel cleansers , and are good for controlling acne and hair loss And have anti-oxidant properties.  

Okra : Is soothing for the intestinal tract and relieves accumulation of gas.  

Oranges : Are an instant source of energy, work as cleansers and improve the skin. 

Papayas : Aid digestion , control gas formation and act as detoxifier.  

Parsley : Is a cleansing tonic, a breath freshener and helps clear kidney stones.  

Peaches : Are diuretic and laxative in nature.  

Pears : Are diuretic , detoxifiers and are good for the thyroid gland.  

Peas : Are rich in protein and help regulate stomach and liver disorders.  

Potatoes : Have antiseptic properties and are good for treating burn scars and Pigmentation. They also aid in muscle building .  

Radish : Clears sinuses and sore throat.  

Red Pepper : Normalizes blood pressure and improves circulation.  

Sesame seeds : Strengthen the heart and are a great source of calcium. They also have anti-oxidant Properties and help lower cholesterol.  

Soya Beans : Has properties that fight cancer and lowers cholesterol.  

Spinach : Has properties that fight cancer ,normalizes blood pressure , reduces anemia And is an immunity booster.  

Strawberries : Make the blood alkaline and are useful in relieving joint pains . They are also a blood purifier.  

Sweet potato : Reduces ulcers and is detoxifier.  

Walnuts : Are brain food and improve metabolism.  

Yam : Is ideal for PMS and also works a s a diuretic.  

Yoghurt : Is soothing for the intestinal tract, is a skin cleanser and has nourishing enzymes for the hair..