Archive for May, 2015

Advantages & Disadvantages of Cotton Clothes

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Your closets and drawers are filled with clothing made of cotton, the most commonly used fiber in the United States. Some of your favorite T-shirts, jeans, sweaters, blouses and undergarments originated from the humble cotton plant because of its many advantages. Nothing is perfect, though, and cotton clothing also comes with a few disadvantages.

Soft, Natural and Breathable

Cotton is soft and comfortable. It is hypoallergenic and won’t irritate sensitive skin or cause allergies. The fibers are spun tightly into yarn that won’t irritate skin or cause static electricity. For these reasons, items that you wear frequently and close to your body, like T-shirts and underwear, are usually made of cotton.

Cotton is all-natural and doesn’t contain chemicals. Natural fabrics like cotton fabric are highly breathable and allow air circulation that discourages fungi from growing in dark, moist environments. Synthetic fabrics don’t offer such ventilation, and constrictive garments in man-made materials can encourage yeast to flourish.

Cotton is perfect for wearing in the summer, as it can easily absorb body moisture and help keep you dry by drawing it away from the skin where it evaporates in the air around you. Cotton is also able to draw heat away from your skin, keeping you cool and comfortable in hot weather.

Strong, Inexpensive and Versatile

Cotton is strong, durable and resists abrasion. All-cotton garments are machine washable and can stand up to repeated washings in hot water. Cotton fibers also dye very well, offering vibrantly colored yarn.

Cotton is inexpensive and extremely versatile, used in a variety of common clothing fabric, like broadcloth, calico, chino, corduroy, denim, duck, gingham, and seersucker. This ensures that you’ll be able to buy economical cotton clothing in a range of distinct textures and looks for all seasons and any occasion.

Shrinkage and Wrinkling

Make sure your cotton clothes fit well before you buy them, as cotton has poor elasticity and won’t have much give. Your cotton clothes are prone to shrinking after laundering, even pre-shrunk cotton clothes. And because cotton also has poor resiliency, meaning the fabric won’t return to its original shape after being altered, you won’t have much luck stretching out the jeans you accidently shrunk in the dryer. Try air drying fitted cotton clothes that you don’t want any smaller.

Bring a travel iron or consider wearing other fibers when travelling. All-cotton items such as shirts and blouses wrinkle easily and require ironing or pressing after long wear or packing to keep them looking sharp.

Damage

Because cotton is a natural fiber, it risks damage from mildew. Cotton fabric may pill easily, as lint can form because of short fiber length.

Cotton fabric is not colorfast, so the dyes in these clothes can fade in the washer and dryer. Help keep colors looking bright by turning them inside out before laundering and using the shortest cycle possible for the soil level and fabric.

 

 

Cotton Allergy

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Certain plants of the genus Gossypium have soft fibers that cling to the seeds. When harvested and processed, they make a fine textile called cotton. This fabric has clothed millions of people and has furnished blankets and pillowcases for the comfort of sleepers. However, it causes discomfort to individuals who are allergic to cotton.

 

Cotton Flower Receptacle

Some people are allergic to cotton plant tissues. The flowers of the cotton plant rest on a structure called a receptacle. Tissue extracted from cotton plant receptacles provokes the production of antibodies in some individuals, according to the “British Journal of Industrial Medicine.” Antibodies protect against diseases, but they may also provoke allergic reactions.

Cotton Fibers

Some people are allergic to cotton fibers. These fibers grow on cotton seeds inside the cotton boll, or the fruit of the cotton plant. They sometimes produce positive responses in skin tests for allergens. They also cause the production of antibodies.

 

Cotton Factory Workers.

Some of the allergens in cotton fibers persist during the processing of cotton. For this reason, cotton factory workers may develop an allergy to cotton fibers. However, some allergic reactions in cotton factory workers are not caused by the cotton fibers themselves, but by allergens added to the fibers while the cotton is being processed. Moreover, the cotton dust to which cotton factory workers are exposed contains other components besides cotton, such as inorganic matter, bacteria, molds, and pesticide residue. Some of these may be allergenic.

Cotton Textile Products

Some people experience allergic reactions when they wear cotton clothing or when they sleep on cotton pillowcases. In some cases, they have a true cotton allergy. However, they may be reacting to allergens introduced into the fabric during its manufacture, such as formaldehyde. Alternatively, some people who think that they are allergic to cotton may actually react to dyes applied to cotton textiles. Detergents used to wash cotton fabrics may also contain allergens. These detergent allergens may adhere to the cotton fabric, where they may provoke an allergic reaction in a sensitized individual. Dust mites are another possible cause of an allergic reaction wrongly attributed to cotton.

Symptoms of Allergy

A cotton allergy may express itself in dermatitis, an inflammation of the skin characterized by such phenomena as rashes. The dermatitis may be atopic, which means that it can occur on parts of the body not in direct contact with the allergen. A cotton allergy may also express itself in respiratory problems, such as asthma and rhinitis, or inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes.

Dust Allergies

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

 

Symptoms to Watch For

Dust allergy symptoms are similar to those of pollen allergies:

Red, itchy, watery eyes
Runny, itchy, stuffy nose
Sneezing

What Causes Dust Allergies?

It sounds nasty, but it’s true: One piece of dust can contain pet dander, pieces of dead cockroaches, and mold spores, along with dead skin and dust mites.

Both cockroaches and pet dander are common  allergy  triggers, too.

How Can I Prevent Symptoms?

The best strategy is to limit your exposure to dust.

Start in the bedroom, where you probably spend the most time. Large numbers of dust mites can gather in mattresses, bedding, and upholstered furniture.

Wear a mask while cleaning, too.

Bedroom Dust-Busting Tips

Put airtight, plastic dust-mite covers on pillows, mattresses, and box springs.

Use pillows filled with polyester fibers instead of kapok or feathers.

Wash bedding in very hot water (over 130 F) once a week. The water needs to be this hot to kill dust mites. Dry the bedding in a hot dryer.

If your bedroom is in a basement with a concrete floor, move upstairs if you can. Concrete stays damp and creates the moist, humid environment dust mites love.

Around the House

Clean bare floors often with a damp mop or cloth.

Vacuum carpets once or twice a week. Use a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. If your dust allergy is severe, ask your doctor if replacing wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood or vinyl floors would help.

Wash throw rugs in hot water.

Vacuum upholstered furniture such as sofas. Wood, leather, plaster, or metal furniture is better for dust allergies.

Replace drapes with roll-up window shades. If you must have curtains, wash them in hot water each season.

Get rid of stuffed animals, soft toys, and other dust collectors.

Keep Air Clean and Dry

Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to lower humidity.

Keep humidity in your home below 55%. Use a hygrometer to measure it. You can get one at hardware and building supply stores.

Top 5 Vitamin Deficiencies

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Beriberi

Beriberi is a disease whose symptoms include weight loss, body weakness and pain, brain damage, irregular heart rate, heart failure, and death if left untreated.

Pellagra

Symptoms included diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia, and finally death.

Biotin Deficiency

Biotin deficiency is caused by a lack of vitamin B7 (biotin). It causes rashes, hair loss, anaemia, and mental conditions including hallucinations, drowsiness, and depression. Vitamin B7 itself is found in meat, liver, milk, peanuts, and some vegetables.

Scurvy

Scurvy causes lethargy, skin spots, bleeding gums, loss of teeth, fever, and death.

Rickets

Rickets causes muscles and bones to become soft, which can cause permanent deformities in children.Rickets is caused by a lack of vitamin D or of calcium. 

The Benefits of Guava for the Skin

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The skin is the largest organ in the human body and its condition speaks volumes about your health. Rashes, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and oily, dry and aged skin, may reflect stress, lack of exercise or a poor diet. Improving your skin’s health is possible in a variety of ways, including adding more skin-supportive nutrients in your diet. Guava is a tropical fruit that tastes like a cross between a strawberry and a pear, and it provides several nutrients that support skin maintenance. Including it in your diet may help you make progress toward the beautiful complexion you want that is more than just skin deep.

Vitamin K

Treat skin discoloration, such as dark circles, spider veins, rosacea, acne irritation and overall splotchiness, with vitamin K. It heals because it improves blood coagulation, which is impaired in cases of skin redness and irritation. A guava provides 1.4 micrograms of vitamin K, which is about 2 percent of the 80 micrograms Food and Drug Administration daily value.

Vitamin C

The amount of vitamin C in a guava is more than twice the 60 milligrams of the FDA daily value, which is good news for skin healing because it contributes to generation of collagen, the substance that gives skin its firmness. Include more vitamin C-rich foods like guava in your diet to improve the tautness of your skin and reduce the impact of aging.

Lycopene

A guava provides 2.9 grams of lycopene, an antioxidant that protects healthy cells from toxins that accumulate in the body due to metabolism and environmental pollution. The damaging effect of toxins includes premature aging, because they damage DNA in charge of growth and development.

Water

A substance that provides health benefits, including hydrated skin, is water. While drinking water helps you meet the eight glasses each day the body requires, an additional source that provides the remaining requirement is food. A guava provides 81 percent of its composition as water. Slice the juicy fruit and serve it in a tropical fruit salad with coconut, pineapple, papaya or mango, or juice it and benefit from its nutrients served over ice.

 

 

 

 

 

8 Amazing Benefits Of Eating Almonds During Pregnancy

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Almonds contain some essential nutrients vital for the healthy development of your baby. Having nuts during pregnancy is important. Nuts contain essential healthy fat, nutrients, vitamin and calories that pregnant women necessarily require to cope with growing needs each trimester.

There have been speculations about eating almonds during pregnancy because of the possible food allergy. There is no reason why you should not include almonds in your everyday diet if you are healthy and your body responds normal to nuts in food.

Unless otherwise you are specifically allergic, almonds are a great choice to consume while pregnant. Tasty and addictive, almonds can be had as a healthy snack or in short meals. Apart from consuming raw, almonds can also be incorporated into other food preparations.

Benefits Of Eating Almonds During Pregnancy:

1. Protein:

The high protein content in almonds helps in the healthy development of muscle mass in your growing baby. Protein intake is also important for you as a mother to gain enough strength and stamina for the oncoming delivery and motherhood. It also helps in healthy birth weight of your baby.

2. Fiber:

The fiber content present in almonds helps in easy digestion, and regulation of bowels. This in turn keeps issues such as constipation at bay. It is recommended to eat enough fiber during pregnancy, and almonds are an excellent choice for the same.

3. Vitamin E:

The vitamin E content in almonds helps in healthy formation of hair and skin of your baby. It keeps the mother beautiful too.

4. Calcium:

High levels of calcium in almonds reduce the risk of hypertension and pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. Calcium is essential for building strong teeth and bone in your baby.

5. Manganese:

Manganese helps regulate a healthy body weight in both mother and child. It also helps in the formation of strong and healthy bones.

6. Riboflavin:

Riboflavin present in almonds helps in cognitive development of your baby. Good amounts of riboflavin also produce adequate energy levels.

7. Magnesium:

Magnesium ensures the proper formation and function of central nervous system in your baby. It also helps in your regular bowel movements.

8. Folate:

Folate or Vitamin B9 present in almonds is critical for the healthy formation of brain and central nervous system in your baby. Folate also helps protect your growing baby from neural tube defects in the prenatal stages of growth.

7 natural remedies for morning sickness during pregnancy

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Try herbal tea

• Nothing beats morning sickness like a cup of ginger tea. The same spicy herb is used to counter motion sickness. To make ginger tea, boil 30 grams dried root (available in health-food stores) in 1 cup water for 15 to 20 minutes, strain, and sip.

• Herbal teas made with lemon balm, and peppermint are also known to reduce nausea. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herb per cup of hot water. Avoid peppermint tea if you have heartburn, however.

• Brew yourself a cup of red raspberry-leaf tea. The herb is popular for a number of pregnancy problems, including morning sickness, and has been shown to relax the smooth muscles of the uterus. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herb per cup of hot water. But with this remedy in particular, check with your doctor before taking it. There is some evidence that raspberry leaf can cause uterine contractions, so your doctor might advise against taking it later in the pregnancy or if you’re at increased risk for miscarriage.

Spices that soothe

• Drink flat, room-temperature ginger ale to settle your stomach. Although no one knows why (there’s not enough ginger in commercial ginger ale to have an effect), it works for many nauseated moms-to-be. Don’t drink ginger ale with fizz, though. The bubbles promote the production of more stomach acid—just what you don’t need.

• Chew on anise or fennel seeds, which are known to soothe upset stomachs.

Boost your B intake

• In studies, women who took 25 milligrams of vitamin B6 three times a day (a total of 75 milligrams per day) for three days reduced nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy. As with other vitamins, if you’re pregnant, don’t take B6 without your doctor’s consent.

Hydrate

• Water is the best medicine! Amazing as it seems, women who drink a glass of water every hour have a lot less morning sickness. Also, drink a glass of water every time you get up in the night to go to the bathroom. This helps ensure you start your day feeling as good as you can. Peek at the toilet water before you flush. If you are drinking enough water, urine should be almost clear. If it’s dark, sinks to the bottom, or has an extra-strong smell, you need to drink more.

• If nothing wants to stay down, treat yourself to a frozen-fruit bar. It helps replace sugars lost through vomiting. And since a fruit bar is made with frozen water, it also helps keep you hydrated.

Refresh with citrus

• Sniff a slice of lemon. Some pregnant women report that, for unknown reasons, it helps with morning sickness.

• You might also try drinking water with lemon or another lemon-based drink.

• Grate a bit of grapefruit, orange, or tangerine rind and add it to your tea.

Don’t get hungry

• In the morning, you might be able to prevent nausea by putting something in your stomach before you even get out of bed. Keep some crackers by your bed and have a few as soon as you wake up.

• Eat a number of small meals throughout the day. Small amounts of food are much easier to tolerate than a large meal. In fact, you might want to have a snack every hour or two, keeping the servings small. Peanut butter on apple slices, a few nuts, or a slice or two of cheese are all good choices.

• Take your prenatal vitamins with food to help them stay down. Even a saltine cracker or wheat thin can help.

• Avoid fried, fatty foods, which tend to cause and intensify the nausea. It’s not known why—perhaps because fatty foods are digested more slowly.

Avoid your triggers

• If you’re extremely sensitive to odors during this time, try to stay in well-ventilated rooms that don’t accumulate cooking odours or cigarette smoke.

• It’s okay to ask your partner to brush his teeth more often to help you avoid nausea due to bad breath! This sensitivity usually passes by the twelfth to fourteenth week…so you’re not going to be finicky forever.

 

 

6 Tips for Foot Care

Monday, May 18th, 2015

These 6 steps will help your feet stay fabulous.

1. Smooth It Out.

Make it a habit to use a pumice stone or foot file on damp heels and calluses. Doing so will keep your feet looking good in open-back shoes.

First, soak your feet in water or a foot bath for 10 to 15 minutes to help soften the skin. Then gently remove the thickened skin with a pumice stone.

Moisturizing foot scrubs made from botanicals such as crushed fruit pits, sugar, or chemical exfoliators also help remove dead skin. After you scrub, apply a rich foot cream or balm containing shea butter or cocoa butter.

Look for balms or heel creams containing salicylic acid or urea to soften tough calluses.

2. Moisturize.

If your heels are very dry and cracked, see a podiatrist or dermatologist for a prescription treatment. If they’re not that bad, there are plenty of moisturizing products from which to choose.

First, you might try some medicated heel pads, which don’t need a prescription, to soften calluses while you walk. After you’ve exfoliated the calluses, use a heavy cream to moisturize tough skin on your heel.

Look for creams containing petrolatum, an emollient, or a humectant such as lactic acid, which draws moisture into the skin.

3. Fight Fungus.

Over-the-counter antifungal treatments come in many forms — lacquers, creams, lotions, liquids, spray powders, and spray liquids. These products work best on mild cases of athlete’s foot, and probably not at all with toenail fungus, which is difficult to treat.

No matter the form, they have one of the following active ingredients, which are all equally effective: terbinafine, tolnaftate, miconazole, ciclopirox, or clotrimazole.

Look for a medicated powder or spray if you have sweaty feet. Powders usually contain aluminum chloride hexahydrate to help keep feet dry.

If you have dry feet, look for an antifungal lotion.

Dry your feet thoroughly before you apply antifungal powder or lotion.

Dark and damp conditions let the funguses that cause athlete’s foot flourish. Basic good foot hygiene is the best way to prevent fungal infections. Wash your feet frequently and dry them thoroughly, especially between your toes. Wear fresh socks or other hosiery daily.

4. Wear Sunscreen.

Wear sunscreen on the tops of your feet. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to your feet when you’re going barefoot or wearing open sandals.

5. Get Support.

Standing for a long time can make your feet sore. Wearing insoles can help make shoes more comfortable.

Look for insoles that have a plastic shell at the bottom. Podiatrists say the shell makes them strong enough to provide real support.

6. Don’t Forget Your Toenails!

Love getting pedicures? The technique matters. Clumsy trimming can lead to hangnails and ingrown toenails.

Also, make sure the nail technician gently pushes back the cuticle rather than cuts it, which can lead to an infection.

If you do your own nails, look for nail “nippers” that have a curved handle and a cutting jaw shaped to follow the natural curve of nails.
Your nails naturally become more brittle with age. Ingredients in some nail polish and polish remover can speed the process, drying out your nails.

To moisturize your toenails, use a cuticle cream, petroleum jelly, or vitamin E oil. Put it over the entire nail, including the cuticle, and gently rub it in.

The Side Effects of Green Tea During Pregnancy

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

 

It is very important to monitor the health of pregnant women to ensure the health of the mother and the baby. Some expectant mothers are quite anxious because of the various changes that take  place in their body. Doctors often recommmend a diet regimen for pregnant mothers .

According to some studies, drinking too much green tea during pregnancy is not good. Why is that? Well, doctors and researchers were able to prove that green tea contains caffeine. Caffeine intake is discouraged during pregnancy because of certain side effects.

Despite the many health benefits of green tea which includes preventing cancer, improving the heart’s health, boosting the immune system, aids digestion, lowers cholesterol, dental health, lowers the level of blood sugar, and many others, it is not advisable to drink green tea when you’re pregnant.

Studies have proven that green tea contains EGCG or epigallocatechins which affects the use of folate in the body. Folate is very important during pregnancy because it can help in preventing birth defects in the neural tube. EGCG becomes harmful in pregnancy because it resembles the structure of methotrexate. The latter can get rid of cancer cells by bonding an enzyme called DHFR or dihydrofolate reductase.

The folate pathway contains these enzymes and since the EGCG is similar to methotrexate, it also binds with the enzyme and when this happens, the enzyme is inactivated. Once the enzymes are inactivated, the body can’t use folate effectively. There hasn’t been any conclusive studies which show how much green tea a pregnant woman should consume or how much folate can be affected.

Besides, there are already studies which proves caffeine to cause miscarriage and lower birth weight among babies. Drinking around six cups of coffee per day can definitely affect your baby’s weight at birth. If you don’t want your baby to suffer, you can have a cup of coffee a day or if you want, you can just stop drinking coffee. The caffeine content in green tea is lower than that of coffee .

 

10 Superfoods that Boost Your Mood

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Walnuts

Walnuts are known to improve cell health due to the fact that they are the richest nuts in essential fats. Besides the fact that they elevate mood, ten walnuts a day can properly optimize the cell wall composition and lower blood cholesterol levels, which will automatically improve the blood circulation, treat depression and give an overall sense of happiness and well-being.

Poultry

Just like bananas, chicken and turkey also contain high amounts of tryptophan which increase the serotonin levels. In addition to this, chicken and turkey are also very rich in tyrosine, an amino acid that helps the body cope with stress more efficiently. Also, it must be mentioned that tyrosine is the building block for norepinephrine and dopamine, two important neurotransmitters that can influence mood. If you increase your intake of tyrosine, then you will automatically improve your mood and prevent depression in the long run!

Dark Leafy Greens

Consuming dark leafy greens can also treat anxiety and depression due to the high amounts of acid, which elevates low mood and reduces fatigue as well. In addition to folic acid, dark leafy greens like romaine lettuce or spinach which ensure the proper functioning of the nerves and muscles. Besides, recent studies have shown that low magnesium levels can cause a drop in the levels of serotonin, therefore causing depression.

Salmon

If you’re not a vegetarian, the best way to get a good dose of omega-3s into your diet is through salmon. Tuna and herring boast a decent amount of the fatty acids as well. Numerous studies have revealed the fact that people who are deficient in Omega 3 and Omega 6 are far more susceptible to anxiety and depression than those who have normal levels of fatty acids in the body. Salmons are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, and this elevates the mood and keep the brain healthy in the long run.

Cherries

Cherries are just about in season, and whether you like them in pie, trail mix or just as they are, cherries are here to chill you out! Besides containing a ton of antioxidants, they also provide natural melatonin and serotonin, compounds that basically de-stress you and allow you sleep peacefully, so when you wake up in the morning, you’re more likely to be a happy camper.

Avocados

You probably know that avocados are an excellent source of healthful fats, that are known for raising the levels of dopamine and increasing endorphins. No matter if you consume avocados in the form of shakes or salad, this true superfood is perfect for lifting your mood when you feel blue!

Green Tea

Green tea has been used for thousands of years due to its numerous benefits. Just like berries, green tea is also very rich in antioxidants, amino acids and L-theanine, known for reducing stress and anxiety while improving the mood. If consumed on a regular basis, green tea can give a feeling of overall well-being. In addition to elevating mood, L-theanine found in green tea can also increase focus, memory as well as mental alertness. For a healthier, longer life doctors recommend one cup of green tea a day!

Bananas

Besides being a potassium powerhouse, Bananas contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals, as well as tryptophan which is known for raising serotonin levels. All the compounds found in bananas are mood-boosting. Vitamin B6 converts tryptophan into serotonin, the mood-lifting hormone. This way, you will not only feel better but you will also get a better night’s sleep.

Berries

Berries are full of antioxidants that support the proper functioning of the brain and improve the cognitive function. They are very efficient against depression. They promote positive energy, also stimulate the production of “feel-good enzymes” in the brain. The high amount of antioxidants also prevent cell oxidation caused by free radicals, and prevent premature aging. They keep your neural pathways running smoothly. While watching movie or feel sad, used blueberries instead of traditional popcorn, you will stay fit in the long run and feel happier.

Chocolate

Chocolate is magical! Dark chocolate can improve cognitive function, it can prevent Alzheimer and dementia and it can also boost your mood in a matter of minutes. The darker the chocolate you consume, the better. Dark chocolate slows down the production of stress hormone, and the anxiety levels automatically decrease. It also makes the brain release endorphins and also boosts the serotonin levels. This creates a feeling of well-being that lasts for several hours.

10 Foods That Reduce High Blood Pressure

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Bananas

Not only are they delicious, bananas also help reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease. They have the highest rate of potassium to sodium. Potassium is often recommended to people taking diuretics. So eating one to two bananas a day can help restore blood sugar levels as well.

Unsalted Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are also a great source of magnesium. A quarter cup of these makes a nutritious snack — but be sure to buy them unsalted, since salted sunflower seeds are high in sodium, which you want to avoid.

Dark Chocolate

A study published in the July 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that eating small amounts of dark chocolate daily helps lower blood pressure. Flavanols, which are present in dark chocolates are known to improve several important cardiovascular risk factors and also reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Ground Flaxseed

Try adding ground flaxseed to almost anything you eat. They are high in fibre and can help those who are trying to maintain a strict and healthy diet. They also help lower cholesterol and are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation and infections.

Spinach

A green leafy delight, spinach is low in calories, high in fibre, and packed with heart-healthy nutrients like potassium, foliate, and magnesium, they key ingredient for lowering and maintaining healthy blood pressure levels.

Tomatoes

They are rich in lycopene and other important antioxidants that helps reduce blood pressure. Tomatoes are a very good source of potassium. Diets rich in potassium have been shown to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Garlic

Garlic is a good food to help fight hypertension because it acts as a blood thinner. When chopped, it also produces allicin, a compound that has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. This can help fight many diseases that may result from hypertension, such as stroke and heart disease. Garlic also helps lower cholesterol.

Skimmed Milk

It truly does a body good! Drinking heart-healthy skim milk or 1 percent milk will provides calcium, potassium and vitamin D, three nutrients that work as a team to help reduce blood pressure levels by about 3 to 10 percent.

Soybeans

These provide ample potassium. When potassium is low, the body retains sodium and too much sodium raises blood pressure. When potassium is high, the body gets rid of sodium, keeping the BP low. Soybeans also contain isoflavones, which help lower blood pressure levels.

Whole grain foods (like oatmeal)

Whole grain foods are excellent sources of fibre, magnesium and other essential nutrients needed to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Eating foods rich in fibre also keeps you feeling full for a longer period of time. Wiseman suggests whole grains that are high in potassium such as buckwheat and millet.

10 Best Foods That Cut Fat From Body

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Honey 

Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. It is a home remedy for obesity. It mobilizes the extra fat deposits in the body allowing it to be utilized as energy for normal functions. One should start with about 10 grams or a tablespoon, taken with hot water early in the morning.

Turmeric

Tumeric – One of Best Foods used as Medicine

Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. Curcumin, the active component of turmeric, It blocks an enzyme that converts dietary carbohydrates to sugar and lowers blood sugar. It lowers cholesterol by increasing the body’s use of cholesterol by the production of bile. Bile is responsible for the breakdown of dietary fat. An increase in the flow of bile could increase the breakdown of dietary fat thus resulting in weight loss.

Cardamom

Cardamom refers to several plants of the similar genera Elettaria and Amomum in the ginger family Zingiberaceae. Cardamom is effective in improving digestion. It helps those suffering from stomach cramps. This is a thermogenic herb that increases metabolism and helps burn body fat. Cardamom is considered one of the best digestive aids and is believed to soothe the digestive system and help the body process other foods more efficiently.

Chilies

Chili pepper is the fruit of plants from the genus Capsicum, members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae. Chili peppers have been a part of the human diet in the Americas. Foods containing chillies are said to be as foods that burn fat. Chillies contain capsaicin that helps in increasing the metabolism. Capsaicin is a thermogenic food, so it causes the body to burn calories for 20 minutes after you eat the chillies.

Garlic

Allium sativum, commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and rakkyo. It is an effective fat-burning food, contains the sulphur compound allicin which has anti-bacterial effects and helps reduce cholesterol and unhealthy fats.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is considered one of the healthiest foods that you can eat. Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber and that will reduce cholesterol by a noticeable level. It will also help flush many acids and fats out of your body. It is important to eat oatmeal without putting sugar and butter on it to make it more palatable. If you have to sweeten it, do it with fresh fruits or natural honey.

Millets 

The Millet are a group of highly variable small-seeded grasses, widely grown around the world as cereal crops or grains for both human food and fodder. It is rich both in fiber, which makes your stomach feel full longer, and in protein, which helps you meet your daily protein needs from a complex carbohydrate rather than animal sources. Fiber-rich foods such as millets – jowar, bajra, ragi, etc – absorb cholesterol and help increase the secretion of the bile that emulsifies fats.

Mung Bean

The Mung Bean (also known as green gram or golden gram, Moong dal ) is the seed of Vigna radiate. It is used as a foodstuff in both savoury and sweet dishes.

Mung bean sprouts contain rich quantities of Vitamin A, B, C and E. They are also known to be an excellent source of many minerals, such as calcium, iron and potassium.

The bean is popular as the perfect food for reducing weight. It is recommended as a food replacement in many slimming programs, as it has a very low fat content. It is a rich source of protein and fiber, which helps one to lower the high cholesterol level in the blood system.

Eggs 

It is general thought that eggs are high in cholesterol and will cause your cholesterol figures to go up. Eggs, however, are very high in protein and that will help you burn off belly fat. Yes, eggs are high in cholesterol but it is dietary fat that will cause your cholesterol numbers to shoot up. If you are still concerned about cholesterol, get rid of the yolks and eat egg whites. Eggs are high in vitamin B12, and that vitamin helps the body break down and get rid of fat.

Cabbage 

Cabbage is a leafy green biennial, grown as an annual vegetable for its densely-leaved heads.  Raw or cooked cabbage inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Hence, it is of great value in weight reduction.

10 Worst Effects of Fast Food

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Obesity

Obesity means having too much body fat. It is not the same as being overweight, which means weighing too much. Fast food is high in calories and sugar that contribute to increased-weight gain. Even small amount of fast food can increase your calorie intake considerably. Fast foods also replace healthy eating habits, People who consume fast foods are less likely to eat fruits, vegetables, milk etc. This change in eating habits can easily lead to obesity.

Heart Disease

People who eat fast-food four or more times a week, up their risk of dying from heart disease by 80 percent. Fast foods create a much higher risk of heart disease because of the high level of saturated or trans fats found in much of the food. Those fats can clog the arteries and, over time, contribute to high cholesterol levels.

Type 2 Diabetes

Fast food has become a way of life for many busy persons seeking a fast and inexpensive alternative to cooking at home. Although they may develop type 2 diabetes, this type of diabetes is often caused by poor lifestyle choices, such as being overweight and not being physically active. There is a side effect to consuming frequent amounts of fast food ‘obesity’ which can lead to the development of diabetes.

Peptic Ulcer

A peptic ulcer, also known as PUD or peptic ulcer disease, is the most common ulcer of an area of the gastrointestinal tract that is usually acidic and thus extremely painful. For almost 100 years, doctors believed that stress, spicy foods, and alcohol caused most ulcers. Fast Foods which may causes Ulcer are Pizzas, Chips, Salted snakes etc.

Lack of Family Gathering

fast food does not provide family members opportunity to set and eat at one place. Every one can buy and eat walking in the way, driving a vehicle and during his work in office. The satisfaction which a combine meal provide is lacking in Fast Food.

Irregular Timing of Eating

A healthy person need to eat at a proper time which fast food doesn’t have. Fast food can be consumed at any time or some time twice or thrice a day, while home cooked food is served at proper time which provides opportunity to take rest after eating.

Waste of Money

Fast food consumes too much money as compared to home prepared food. Low income people can hardly afford continuous use of fast food. It spends a lot of budget and is also cause of loss of healthy body.

Loss of Appetite

Normal food contains appetizer which are not properly present in fast food. Continues use of fast food may cause loss appetite, abnormal digestion and sometime food poisoning. Fast food does not satisfy all needs of stomach.

Lack of Essential Nutrients

A well-balanced food contains all essential elements which are necessary for human development. Whereas fast food does not have all these elements, this type of food contains some elements in high quantity while others are absent. So, fast food does not fulfill all needs of body and sometime causes disorder.

Stress

Foods rich in fat are reason for many diseases related to heart, blood vessels, liver and many more. It also increases the level of stress. It has been observed that a rich fat meal can increase your stress level and make you at a greater level of stress in comparison to those who have a low fat meal. Certain foods and drinks act as powerful stimulants to the body and hence are a direct cause of stress. Like caffeine containing foods (coffee, tea, colas and chocolates), White flour, Salt, Saturated fats, Processed foods, such as junk foods and fast foods, contain synthetic additives – preservatives, emulsifiers, thickeners, stabilizers and flavor-enhancers.

How to Control Mosquitoes

Monday, May 11th, 2015
1.Get rid of potential mosquito breeding sites such as hollow stem plants (like bromeliads), old tires, bird baths and other vessels that could hold standing water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs either on or next to standing water or on damp soil that will be flooded after rain. Once the eggs have hatched they go from larvae to pupa to adult mosquito in anywhere from 4 days to one month depending on the species and the conditions. You may notice an influx of mosquitoes soon after rain when water levels rise.
2.Clean out roof guttering regularly.
3.Keep grass mown and shrubs trimmed where possible.
4.Wear tightly woven long sleeve tops and long pants.
5.Apply an insect repellent containing an active ingredient.
6.Invest in a good quality mosquito trap.
7.Have your yard sprayed with a suitable pesticide.
8.Use net screens to provide mosquito free areas.
9.Use Citronella around your yard. Citronella is an organic insect repellent that is available in various forms eg. candles, oil etc…

Health Benefits Of Eating Potatoes During Pregnancy

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

 

Potatoes are rich in nutrients that supply almost everything you need in a healthy diet. Have a look into the nutrients contained in potatoes:

  • If you are underweight, craving potatoes during pregnancy is one of the healthiest ways to gain weight.
  • Potatoes contain half soluble and soluble fiber that keeps down your cholesterol level in pregnancy.
  • Potatoes keep you full for long time.
  • Potatoes contain flavonoids that keep down your blood pressure levels.
  • Raw potatoes are rich sources of vitamin C that offers numerous benefits in pregnancy.
  • This veggie is rich in iron, calcium and potassium that ensure maximum development of the fetus.
  • Potatoes are rich in folate that reduces chances of your baby developing spine or brain problems.
  • Potatoes are rich source of energy. However, the portion of carbohydrate you need depends on the stage of your pregnancy.

Is It Safe To Eat Cucumber During Pregnancy?

Friday, May 8th, 2015

 

If you are planning to have cucumbers, then you must think twice as these are known to cause allergic reactions. This widely cultivated vegetable in the world is generally considered unsafe for pregnancy. Thus, it is important that you discuss with your doctor if you can take it in moderation.

  • Cucumbers are low in calorie and do not contribute much to your weight gain. You can thus keep at bay obesity at this time.
  • They are rich in water that helps preventing dehydration when you are pregnant .
  • The peel of the cucumber is rich in fiber. This reduces chances of constipation and hemorrhoids that are common issues in pregnancy.
  • They are rich in anti-oxidants like vitamin A, C, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. These anti-oxidents boost your immune system and help fighting against infections.
  • Vitamin K plays a vital role in adding to your bone strength.
  • Cucumbers are rich in vitamin C, B1. B3, B2, folic acid, zinc, potassium, magnesium and iron that aids overall development of the fetus inside you.
  • Cucumber has vitamin B, which is also known as feel-good vitamin that elevates your mood. Help your awesome baby grow better when you are in a good mood.
  • You need to improve skin elasticity during pregnancy as your bump is expanding daily. Collagen in cucumbers reduces visibility of cellulite.
  • Cucumbers are known to keep down your high sugar levels. Sodium and minerals in cucumbers help regulate your blood pressure.

5 Nutritional Benefits Of Corn During Pregnancy

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

 

Corn is one of the cereals that you can get creative with. This is typically referred to as maize that can be cooked in different ways. Corn has plenty of health benefits.

Here are some amazing nutritional benefits of craving corn during pregnancy:

  • Corn is rich in fiber that alleviates problems like constipation, which is very common in pregnancy.
  • Corn is rich in folate. Regular intake of folic acid reduces the risks of birth defects such as spina bafida along with other neutral malformations.
  • During pregnancy, your thiamin requirement increases. Corn contains thiamin that helps the development of memory in your unborn baby.
  • Corns contain zeaxanthin that protect your baby against muscular degeneration in the later years.
  • Corns contain patothenic acid that ensures the proper physiological functioning of your organs in pregnancy.

How to Get Rid of a Sore Throat

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

 Trying Rinses, Rubs and Sprays

  1. Gargle with warm salt water. This is one of the oldest remedies for a sore throat, and it works like a charm. When your throat is sore, the mucous membranes are swollen and inflamed, causing the feeling of pain and scratchiness. Salt draws water from the mucous membrane cells, reducing swelling and helping your throat feel better. Make a saltwater rinse by mixing 1/2 teaspoon table salt with 1 cup of warm water.

    • Don’t just rinse your mouth out with the saltwater – gargle it. Tip your head back and make sure it hits the back of your throat, since that’s the part that’s inflamed. Gargle for about 30 seconds before spitting out the rinse.
    • You can gargle salt water up to 3 times per day. Using the rinse more often could end up drying out the mucous membranes too much, leading to increased irritation.
  2. Make a hydrogen peroxide rinse. Hydrogen peroxide is a mild antiseptic that can relieve throat irritation. Bottles of the substance are available over-the-counter at drugstores. To make a rinse, follow the instructions on the packaging, which will usually direct you to dilute a capful of hydrogen peroxide in a cup of water. Put the mixture in your mouth and swish it around so that it hits the back of your throat. Spit it out after one minute.
    • Use a solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide. This should be clear on the label of the bottle you buy.
    • Hydrogen peroxide has a bitter taste. You can add a little honey to the mixture to make it easier to rinse if you’d like.
  3. Use a vapor rub. Vapor rubs contain aromatic decongestants like menthol or peppermint that soothe the throat and help cut back on coughing. The decongestants are mixed with petroleum jelly to create an ointment. Pick up a vapor rub at the drugstore and rub some on your throat and chest to help you breathe more easily and cough less. You can also make your own vapor rub in the following way:
    • Melt 1 tablespoon of beeswax in a double boiler
    • Stir in 1/2 cup coconut oil.
    • Add 10 drops of peppermint oil
    • Pour the mixture into a glass container and let it cool before using.
  4. Make a mustard plaster. Using a plaster to soothe a sore throat and relieve congestion is an old home remedy. It’s particularly useful if you have a deep cough and the soreness extends into your chest. Ground mustard is said to bring warmth and circulation to the chest and throat area.
    • Mix 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed powder and 1 tablespoon of flour. Add enough water to make a thick paste.
    • Spread the mixture onto a paper towel. Sandwich the paper towel between two clean pieces of cotton, such as dish cloths.
    • Place the plaster on your throat and chest, making sure the mustard mixture never actually touches your skin.
    • Leave it in place for 15 minutes, or until the skin becomes warm and rosy.
  5. Use throat spray or lozenges. Throat spray and lozenges both contain ingredients that help to soothe the throat and open the nasal passages. Look for honey-based lozenges that contain menthol or peppermint. You can also get medicated spray or lozenges, which has a mild anesthetic to gently numb the throat area and relieve pain.
  6. Take pain relief medication. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help ease the inflammation that leads to throat pain. Be sure to take no more than the recommended dosage on the packaging.
    • Aspirin is associated with a rare condition called Reye’s syndrome, so be cautious when you give it to children.
    • Children and teenagers recovering from the flu or chickenpox should never be given aspirin.

How to Stop Vomiting

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

 Stopping the Sensation with Liquids

  1. Stick with water in the beginning. If you’ve been vomiting a lot recently, drink only small amounts of water at a time. Too much water processed too quickly can cause you to begin to throw up.
    • If you want, try sucking on an ice cube. The cool water feels good going down your throat and it’s nearly impossible to drink too much water by melting the ice cube in your mouth.
  2. After you’ve had water, stick with clear liquids, and preferably something with electrolytes. Clear liquids aside from water are helpful in replacing certain essential vitamins that you may have lost while previously vomiting.
    • If you can, try to drink liquids that are high in potassium and sodium. These are among the body’s most important electrolytes.They are often lost when the body goes through the vomiting process.
    • Acceptable “clear” liquids include:
      • Weak tea
      • Bouillon
      • Apple juice
      • Sports drinks
  3. Use syrups and tonics to help calm your stomach. Coke syrup (the kind used in soda machines) may work in soothing your upset stomach, as might over the counter syrups like Emetrol. Children should have 1-2 teaspoons while adults should have 1-2 tablespoons.
    • While there is little science to back up the claim that coke syrup works, it has been used for generations in order to soothe upset stomachs. In fact, it was originally used as a stomach tonic.
    • Syrups like Emetrol can be safely used by children. Although it is often used by women who are pregnant, the manufacturer’s guidelines recommend checking with your doctor before taking.
  4. Avoid liquids with caffeine, carbonation, and high amounts of acidity.This includes many sodas and coffee, as well as fruit juices like orange juice, grapefruit juice, or lemonade.
  1. Try to drink a little ginger tea in order to quell your nausea. Ginger has been a renowned nausea-buster for quite some time now, beating out dramamine in effectiveness in one particularly noteworthy study. You can purchase bagged ginger tea or  brew your own ginger tea with honey , also called Tisane.

    • If you don’t want warm tea but still want the soothing benefits of ginger, try drinking ginger ale. Pop open a can and let the carbonation die off first; remember that carbonation can upset an already fragile stomach, causing vomiting.
    • Another option to try if you want ginger but can’t stomach any fluids is to try candied ginger. Try nibbling on a small amount of candied ginger once every 45 minutes.