Thursday, 28 April 2016

Health Benefits of Herbal Teas

Herbal teas are also called as 'tisanes'. Herbal teas are simple, effective, inexpensive, caffeine- and drug-free ways to enjoy the taste and benefits of herbs and spices. Herbal tea is a low-calorie beverage but avoids purchasing the flavoured ones.

Different Types of Teas and its Health Benefits:

Green Tea:
Green tea is called the “wonder herb”.
It helps to reduce free radicals.
It reduces the chances of cancer.
Prohibits the formation of tumors.
It lowers cholesterol.
It strengthens our immune system.
Helps fight against tooth decay and different viruses and also lowers blood pressure.

Ginger Tea:
Ginger increases our energy.
It also acts as a stimulator.
It helps to digest our food and to control problems like nausea.
It is helpful to Arthritic patients.

Peppermint Tea:
It reduces the problems of vomiting, motion sickness and nausea.
Strengthens our immune system.
It gives our body protection against mild coughs, mild asthma, and clearing of congestion, mild aches and chronic pain.

NOTE: Those who have been suffering from heart problems must avoid drinking peppermint tea because it might deteriorate your health.

Chamomile Tea:
It reduces our stress and helps to digest food.
It secures peaceful sleep and reduces the problems of insomnia.
People who are allergic to chamomile should abstain from drinking this tea.

Rose hip Tea:
Rose hip Tea is a rich source of vitamin C.
Beneficial to our tissue health, adrenal function and skin
It helps to strengthen our immune system.

Lavender Tea:
It helps to reduce respiratory issues, cough, asthma, bronchitis and body temperature.
Used for treating fever.
It helps to heal ulcers, sores, cuts and wounds.

Lemon Balm Tea:
Reduce stress and calm nerves.
It also helps to control thyroid problems and lowers insomnia and anxiety.
It increases the capacity of our memory and refreshes our mood.
It lowers the problems of stomach, digestive system and flatulence.

Hibiscus Flower Tea:
It helps to reduce hypertension, cholesterol and blood pressure.
Protection against cell-damaging free radicals.

Milk Thistle Tea:
Helps to clean liver, and its components improve liver function.
It also improves our digestive system through the production of bile.

Echinacea Tea:
Helps to improve immune system.
It reduces pain and inflammation.
It helps us to prevent the common cold.

Blackberry leaves Tea:
It boasts of the refreshing berry-flavor.
It contains anti-oxidant like flavonoids.

Dandelion Tea:
It lowers fluid retention
Provides soothing pleasure to pain and swelling caused by arthritis.
It improves our digestive system and liver function.

Hawthorn Tea:
It enhances blood circulation
It helps to improve cardiovascular health.
It reduces stress and improves the process of drainage of excess salt from our body.

Cinnamon Tea:
It is beneficial for weight loss.
It enhances our bodily strength to fight against viruses.
It helps to control blood sugar.

Cardamom Tea:
Cardamom tea is made from dried white cardamom flowers and aromatic seeds.
It lowers indigestion, stomach pain and reduces flatulence and the problem of feeling nauseous.
It aids the fight against pulmonary disorders and coughs.
It helps to discard caffeine from our system.
During the period of menstruation, it also helps to refresh the mind of women.

Red Clover Tea:
It helps in relieving the complications and discomfort related to menopause.
It reduces stress and helps to have a peaceful sleep.
It strengthens bones and improves the power of our memory.

Rooibos Tea:
Reduces stress and lowers the problems of insomnia.

Nettle Tea:
It is really effective in anemia
Reduces high blood pressure as well as relieves the pain of rheumatism and arthritis.
It strengthens our immune system.
It helps fight against coughs and colds.
It lowers problems like urinary tract infections, kidney and bladder problems and congestion.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Good nutrition during pregnancy

Nutrition plays a vital role in pregnancy women. Before you get pregnant, eat healthy food to maintain proper nutrition.  Nutrition helps you minimize excessive weight gain. The proper amount of protein, fruits, vegetables and whole grains is highly suggested for pregnant women and their baby to protect their health.

You should need to make small modifications to your diet to accommodate your baby, because you should be “eating for two”, adding approximately 300 calories to your daily food intake. Try to add high protein like fish, yogurt, almonds and eggs to every meal, drink 64 ounces ( 5 to 6 litres) of water per day and avoid sugary beverages, which boost your risk for gestational diabetes. Pregnant women should avoid consumption of raw meats, and also unpasteurized milks, cheeses and fruit juices.

During pregnancy, women gain weight; with the help of your obstetrician, you can manage how much you gain. For an individual, average weight gained depends on the BMI (Body Mass Index).  The average woman gains 10-25 pounds, but to an extent level, excess weight gain should be controlled by consulting your doctor.

Average weight gain for average BMI:

11-20 pounds - Those with a BMI over 30 (considered obese)
15-25 pounds - Those with a BMI from 25-29
25-35 pounds - Those with a BMI from 18 – 24 (average weight)
28-40 pounds - Those with a BMI under 18 (underweight)

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Health, Skin and Hair Benefits of Watermelon

Health, Skin and Hair Benefits of Watermelon
Watermelon is an extremely popular fruit, and the watermelon seed is also  called as "tarbooj ke beej" in Hindi are used in Asian and  Middle Eastern cuisines. Watermelon seeds are rich in vitamin B like  thiamine, niacin, folate and minerals like magnesium, potassium, manganese,  iron, zinc, phosphorus and copper and nutrients including fatty acids,  essential proteins and lots of minerals. In Nigeria they are used in certain  soups and Roasted watermelon seeds are served as a snack or used to garnish  salads. Watermelon seeds are edible and can be a healthy option. It extracts  oil which is good for your hair and skin.

Health Benefits of  Watermelon Seeds:

Some of the health benefits of watermelon seeds are given below.
  • Your body requires some essential amino acids such as arginine and lysine  which cannot produce from the body on its own.Watermelon seeds contain some of these essential amino acids such as  tryptophan and glutamic acids, whereas Lysine helps in connective tissues in  the body and also improves calcium absorption to facilitate formation of collagen  and arginine improves the body’s metabolism, cardiovascular system and sexual  health.
  • Watermelon seeds are good sources of magnesium;  it plays a vital for normal heart functioning, maintenance of normal blood  pressure, supporting metabolic process and protein synthesis, treatment of  cardiovascular diseases and hypertension besides controlling blood pressure and  diabetes.
  • Watermelon seeds contain lycopene which is good for your face, helps for effective  in recovering health after illness and sharpening your memory.
  • It also helps in improving male fertility.
  • These seeds can be used for treating diabetes
  • Vitamin B present in watermelon seeds for maintaining healthy blood, nervous  system and effective immune response.
  • Watermelon seeds can be extremely beneficial in combating protein  deficiencies, leading to diseases like marasmus and kwashiorkor in poorer  countries of the world.
  •  Protein is also required for the maintenance of long and strong nails.

Skin Benefits of  Watermelon Seeds:
  • Watermelon seeds contain unsaturated fatty acids; it keeps the skin moisturized,  soft, firm, well-toned.
  • It prevents acne, signs of ageing because they contain antioxidants and  other skin disorders. Consuming a handful or two of watermelon seeds a week is  advisable.
  • Water melon seed oil, also known as Ootanga oil  or Kalahari oil is beneficial for your skin, is a great moisturizer. This oil  is is used as an essential ingredient in baby oils.
  • Watermelon seed oil removes sebum, dirt and grease which present in your  skin pores.
  • Watermelon seeds protect your skin from skin cancers and infections as well.
Hair Benefits of  Watermelon Seeds:
  • Watermelon seeds have a high protein, which keep your hair healthy and look  shiny.
  • Roasted watermelon seeds contain copper which is involved in the production  of melanin (pigment that provides color to your hair and skin.).
  • Watermelon seed oil can also be used for your tresses.
  • Watermelon seed oil provides the hair with essential fatty acids which prevent  your hair from breakage and keep it moisturized.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Mushroom and its Health Benefits

Mushroom and its Health Benefits

Mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid. It help to provide energy by breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

Many mushrooms are also good sources of selenium, an antioxidant mineral, as well as copper, niacin, potassium and phosphorous. Additionally, mushrooms provide protein, vitamin C and iron.

Mushroom in Different Languages:

  • English - Mushroom
  • Afrikaans - sampioen
  • French  - champignon
  • Italian  -  fungo
  • Spanish - seta

  • Riboflavin - 24%
  • Niacin -  18 %
  • Pantothenic Acid - 15%
  • Vitamin D - 5%

  • Protein - 6%
  • Dietary Fiber - 4%
  • Carbohydrate - 1%
  • Calories - 1%

  • Copper - 16%
  • Salenium - 13%
  • Phosphorus - 9%
  • Potassium - 9%
Health Benefits:
  • Protects diabetics from infections
  • Helps lower cholesterol levels
  • Prevents breast and prostate cancer
  • Helps lose weight
  • Stimulates absorption of iron
  • Improves bone health
  • Boosts immune system
  • Reduces blood pressure

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Health Benefits of Amla/Gooseberry

 Health Benefits of Amla/Gooseberry

The Indian Gooseberry belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family. In India it is considered a sacred tree. It is very nourishing, but it tastes sour. Gooseberry is very rich in Vitamin C, and contains many minerals and vitamins like Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Carotene and Vitamin B Complex. Amla is also a powerful antioxidant agent; fruit ripens in the autumn in wet, forested, hilly areas on the Indian subcontinent. It is famous for its nutrient rich fruits and the ancient Indian medicinal practice of Ayurveda.

Benefits of Amla

  • Slows Down Ageing
  • Cures a Sore Throat
  • Fights against Heart Disease
  • Increases Diuretic Activity
  • Increases Metabolic Activity
  • Reduces Blood Sugar
  • High In Digestive Fiber
  • Boosts Immunity
  • Prevents Formation Of Gall Bladder Stones
  • Prevents Ulcers
  • Is Anti-Inflammatory
  • Improves Eyesight
  • Purifies Blood
  • Strengthens Bones
  • Cools the Body
  • Prevents Constipation
  • Prevents Jaundice
  • Reduces The Risk Of Cancer
  • Protects Your Liver
  • Makes Skin Glow
  • Brightens Skin
  • Reduces Pigmentation
  • Prevents Lice
  • Prevents Greying Of Hair
  • Helps Increase Hair Growth