Passion fruit is an exotic tropical fruit well-known for its aroma and delectable taste. Have you ever tried tasting one? Well, health enthusiasts say that this special fruit, which by the way is packed with Vitamins A and C, is good for dealing with problems involving the digestive system. It may be hard to believe but its seeds are actually packed with high fibre which can help cleans our body of its toxins, most especially the colon and can even help prevent heart attacks. The wonders of this exotic fruit do not even stop there as it is also known to be an effective deterrent against asthma and cancer problems. No wonder people are resorting to natural remedies nowadays, what they need to treat their respective health problems can be found from the fruits of nature itself. What’s more, it is safe to use and poses no threat to our bodies.
Back in the good old days, illnesses were not that complicated. People who get sick can either have the same treated at home or just take a pill or two, and he is fine the next morning. Unfortunately, owing to the worsening pollution, coupled with the substances mixed in processed foods, the sicknesses we had before had evolved into more complicated and serious one. The simple cold is not that simple anymore. Fevers now have to be monitored because it will lead to several complications if it persists for at least three days. If natural remedies were 100% effective before, the same is not true in the present case because doctors and medicines are needed to treat any illness, with natural remedies supplementing it. So with the progress of technology and while we may enjoying its fruits also goes with the risks of incurring serious health problems which have become increasingly difficult to deal with.
Most people tend to munch more in certain situations. Here’s how to outsmart your particular binge pattern.
- Desk-Top (or Dashboard) Diner. Stock the office fridge with yogurt (the kind for babies has less sugar) and small cans of tuna (protein helps conquer a snack attack); chew gum; drink more water;turn off the computer, or pull over the car to eat.
- Meal Stuffer. Use smaller plates and taller glasses; listen to mellow music (it can slow youe eating); follow the half-plate rule (fill half the plate with veggies, the other half with protein and starch).
- Snack Grazer. Think “back” (put all of the goodies in the back of the cupboard/fridge/freezer); only eat at a table (never standing); don’t eat directly from a package; pre-cut veggies for snacking.
- Party Binger. Don’t show up starving; stay more than an arm’s length away from all food tables; put only two items on your plate at any given time; arrive late.
Eucalyptus has many medicinal properties and has been used in treating a wide arrange of illnesses or sicknesses, ranging from respiratory problems and headaches, and up to muscle pains and spasms. A smell of eucalyptus is said to clear decongested airways. The minty smell also soothes the mind and the nerves, and can also be used when we have headaches. It is also being used in relieving joint and muscle pains since it has anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, dentists even suggest the use of eucalyptus to fight against plaque, cavities and other dental problems. In some case, people with diabetes are known to ingest eucalyptus orally because it helps lower the blood sugar level. All in all, the cool and soothing effect emanated from this special plant does a lot of wonders, and it is surely handy to have one at home.
A common problem which remains ignored but poses a major threat to our children is obesity. While some parents may find chubby children cute and charming, they are unaware and ignorant of the fact that it poses certain major problems to their health which, if not checked and dealt with, may possibly lead to a child’s early death. Since children today opt to play with their gadgets rather than engage in active physical play, they have a tendency of gaining unwanted pounds because though their food consumption remains the same, it is never shed off since they do not do much physical activity. Hence, the best thing to prevent childhood obesity is to simply prevent our children from eating too much junk food and at the same time encourage them to go out and play rather than holing themselves up in their rooms where only their fingers get the much-needed exercise.
Everybody at some point of time has cravings for sweet foods. These sugar cravings happen because of the low functioning adrenal glands which are above the kidneys. One of the fundamental reason for the cravings is stress. When you are under tremendous stress adrenaline is secreted, thus causing the craving for sugar. Excessive adrenaline can reduce the body’s energy reserves.
During such times, doctors could prescribe a dosage of adrenal supplements. This will help the patients to regain their energies and thus will be in better control to take control of their diet in order to control the sugar intake.
Need for water i.e. thirstiness can sometimes be interpreted with need for sugar. Thus identifying such situations and taking sufficient water at these times helps to replenish the body. Also increasing the intake of protein rich food can lead to reduction in the craving. Food items that contain beans can help.
I am sure you are amazed. But this line is actually true. I am not saying that you eat anything and you will loose weight. Obviously my point is towards right and healthy things. Here are some tips that you should follow and I am sure that in just two weeks you will start seeing positive results. Just have a look:
- Do not ever wake up with tea or coffee. Your first thing of the day should be filled with good things not caffeine type things. Take fruits, or any fibrous thing as this gives a good boost to your metabolic rate.
- Eat small portions of meal and divide your overall food intake in six parts. Do not ever ever ever overeat as the extra you eat is directly stored as fats.
- Eat your main meal three hours before sleeping.
- Exercise at least 3 hours a week
Do you know that mostly Chinese people drink green tea in place of water? Amazed? Yes, it is true and that is only because of the numerous benefits of green tea. Just have a look at its benefits:
- Green tea is a powerful antioxidant that slows down the ageing process and prevents you from different diseases like stroke, breast cancer, hard attack, etc.
- It is good for burning body fat and increasing stamina while exercising. That is why athletes prefer green tea.
- Green tea is the best for reducing stress as it increases the serotonin lev
el in brain. Just experiment by taking green tea for one day and notice the relaxation that you will get. People suffering from depression should take it regularly.
- Green tea is good for controlling blood pressure. Drink at least 4 cups daily and you will never face any problem of blood pressure.
Canned Veggies: Canned vegetables are intermingled with sodium-rich preservatives, so WebMD recommends rinsing before serving, or just buying fresh.
Cereal: Even otherwise healthy cereals like raisin bran and corn flakes are often loaded with sodium, whereas puffed rice and wheat cereals never have any sodium. If you don’t like the taste, try combining puffed cereal and regular cereal in a one-to-one ratio.
Chips: Potato chips and other bagged snacks usually contain high amounts of sodium. Plus, baked chips, although healthy for other reasons, often feature unhealthy sodium concentrations.
Marinades/Flavorings: Teriyaki and soy sauce are two of the most notoriously high-sodium flavorings available – even their low-sodium versions are still pretty high. For an alternative, try lemon juice or vinegar, or pineapple or orange juice for your marinating needs.
All that being said, sodium isn’t all bad! In fact, it helps the body balance its fluids, allowing the nerves and muscles to operate at full capacity.
When’s the last time you ate a pomegranate? Although less common than apples and oranges, these seedy fruits are loaded with health benefits. Check it out:
Antioxidants. Pomegranate juice offers almost three times the antioxidants in red wine or green tea. These can protect against cell damage, which is associated with a number of diseases including cancer. Antioxidants from pomegranates can also lower bad cholesterol.
Heart health. Pomegranate juice has been shown to fight the hardening of the arteries (linked to heart attacks and strokes, among other problems) and increase blood flow to the heart.
Combat osteoarthritis. Research suggests that pomegranate extract can prevent the degradation of cartilage, in addition to supporting healthy joints.
Fight prostate cancer. A study found that men with prostate cancer who drank a glass of pomegranate juice a day had fewer complications from the disease. In fact, none of the juice-drinkers’ cancer spread to other areas of the body.
Nutrition. A single pomegranate contains 40 percent of the vitamin C an adult needs every day, as well as significant amounts of fiber, folic acid, niacin, potassium, and vitamins A and E.
Inhibit breast cancer. Research in Israel discovered that pomegranate seed oil kills breast cancer cells while leaving normal cells intact.
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