Health benefits of Honey

October 3rd, 2012

Discover the health benefits of honey

A toast with honey. That’s a perfect way to start your day. Apart from its great taste, honey has lots of health and nutrition benefits. Honey is a great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies. If you are suffering from fatigue, then honey can help you a lot. Honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar. So, it’s time to include honey in your diet.

– If you are feeling low and lethargic in the morning, don’t try those energy drinks. Instead have a toast with honey or add honey to your corn flakes It will be refreshing for you.

– One of the better known health benefits of honey is that it is able to help treat sore throats honey not only soothes throats but can also kill certain bacteria that cause the infection.

– Next time before you go for a workout, take a spoon of honey to enable you to go for the extra mile.

– Its antiseptic properties inhibit the growth of certain bacteria and helps keep external wounds clean and free from infection. Honey has been used as a natural cure in first aid treatment for wounds, burns and cuts. Its antibacterial properties prevent infection and functions as an anti-inflammatory agent.

 

A-Z of superfoods for weight loss

October 1st, 2012

Take inspiration from this list of nutritious and delicious superfree foods and watch the pounds drop off without sacrificing on taste.

According to the British Nutrition Foundation, eating Fruits and Vegetables, which are low in energy density (i.e they provide fewer calories per gram) has been shown not to just help lose weight but also to keep it off long term.

This means you can eat as much of them as you fancy without having to weigh, count or measure them. Dr Jacquie Lavin, Head of Nutrition and Research at a slimming centre, reveals, “By filling one third of your plate with ‘Superfree’ foods (most fruit and vegetables) and making them your first choice between meals, you’ll satisfy your appetite without feeling guilty and naturally limit your energy intake without counting a single calorie. It’s a great way to enjoy a really healthy diet while making your weight loss easy.”
A is for apple, which contains slow-acting sugars to keep you fuller longer. B is for blueberries, rich in healthy compounds, said to help prevent obesity. C is for carrots. Natural sugars make them sweet. Cook whole before chopping. D is for damsons that belong to the plum family and lower blood cholesterol levels. E is for eggplant or aubergines, they contain dietary fibre, helping digestion. F is for figs, which are high in cholesterol-lowering pectin and a source of calcium. G is for grapes, said to do wonders for high blood pressure and cholesterol.

H is for Hubbard squash, great for healthy skin and good immunity. I is for iceberg lettuce — its high water content makes it low in energy density. J is for jalapeno peppers. Nutritious and spicy, they give zing to recipes. K is for kiwi. Virtually fat-free and even richer in Vitamin C than oranges. L is for leek. The Ancient Greeks and Romans said leeks were therapeutic.

M is for melon, which contains an enzyme that reduces stress. N is for nectarines. One large nectarine provides your whole day’s Vitamin C. O is for onions. Experts say just two or three a week can help your health. P is for peppers, with three times the Vitamin C of citrus fruits. Q is for quince, related to apples and pears.

R is for raspberries. Ask your local vendor to get you some. S is for strawberries. Absolutely jampacked with Vitamin C. T is for tomatoes. The red colour comes from super healthy antioxidant lycopene. U is for ugli fruit. Exotic hybrid of grapefruit, orange and tangerine. V is for vine leaves. Fantastic source of iron to boost your energy levels.

W is for watercress. High in Vitamin B to improve mental function. X is for Xigua (watermelon). Refreshing on a summer’s day. Y is for yellow plums. All types of plums are packed with goodness. Z is for zucchini. They’re 90% water and low in calories.

Eat whatever you want and still stay slim

August 20th, 2012

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could eat all of the sugar and fat that we want without gaining a pound.

It may be possible and its not far from reality as researchers from the United States and Europe have found that blocking one of three opioid receptors in your body could turn your penchant for sweets and fried treats into a weight loss strategy that actually works.

By blocking the delta opioid receptor, or DOR, mice reduced their body weight despite being fed a diet high in fat and sugar.

The scientists believe that the deletion of the DOR gene in mice stimulated the expression of other genes in brown adipose tissue that promoted thermo genesis.

“Our study provided further evidence that opioid receptors can control the metabolic response to diets high in fat and sugar, and raise the possibility that these gene products (or their respective pathways) can be targeted specifically to treat excess weight and obesity,” said Traci A. Czyzyk, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Department of Physiology at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Scientists studied mice lacking the delta opioid receptor (DOR KO) and wild type (WT) control mice who were fed an energy dense diet (HED), high in fat and sugar, for three months.

They found that DOR KO mice had a lean phenotype specifically when they were fed the HED. While WT mice gained significant weight and fat mass on this diet, DOR KO mice remained lean even though they consumed more food.

Researchers then sought to determine how DOR might regulate energy balance and found that DOR KO mice were able to maintain their energy expenditure levels, in part, due to an increase in non-shivering thermo genesis.

This was evidenced by an increase in thermogenesis-promoting genes in brown adipose tissue, an increase in body surface temperature near major brown adipose tissue depots, and the ability of DOR KO mice to maintain higher core body temperatures in response to being in a cold environment.

Why a glass of milk doesn’t suit you

August 11th, 2012

Ways to deal with lactose Intolerance

All of us grew up with our moms forcing us to drink a glass of milk but there are some of us who are lactose intolerant. Then you drink milk or eat foods with milk in them, you may get diarrhoea, gas, and cramps. There’s no need to drink a glass of milk and feel comfortable after that. Some dairy foods such as custard, cottage cheese, and yogurt have less lactose than milk. You may be able to eat them even if milk upsets your stomach.

If you can’t eat dairy products without problems, you may have to go on a low-lactose or lactose-free diet. If you do, keep in mind that since lactose is a sugar that’s also used to sweeten foods, it may be found in products that aren’t milk-based. May be you should ask your physician about ways to deal with this problem. Now you can also have probiotics yogurt (beneficial bacteria that can help your body digest lactose).

What you must eat if you are lactose intolerant:
– Milk and milk products are high in calcium so, in absence of that, eat other foods that are high in calcium. – If you’re worried about getting enough calcium, try to eat more leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and dried figs. You can also ask your physician about adding calcium supplements to your diet.
– Consider soy milk as an alternative to cow’s milk. It can be good substitutes if they’re fortified with calcium and vitamin D and you’re getting enough protein from other foods in your diet.
– Try imitation dairy products. Try tofu and non-dairy sour cream, whipped topping, and coffee creamer instead of the dairy originals.
– Use dairy products that have cultures in them, such as yogurt, buttermilk, and some cheeses. They have less lactose, and the cultures help your body digest the little bit that’s there.
– If you want your milk shake, there are restaurants now which serve vegan shakes too.
– And if you are a tea addict, don’t give so much of thought to milk. The market is now full of all kinds of tea like orange-passion fruit tea, jasmine tea, tulsi-ginger tea which you can have without adding milk. And yes, Darjeeling tea tastes heavenly without milk. So, enjoy your morning cuppa even if you are lactose intolerant.

6 Best fruits for your skin, hair and nails

August 10th, 2012

No matter which beauty product rules the market, a fact that nobody can deny, is that fruits are nature’s most valuable beauty enhancers. And what’s more, they are inexpensive too. Now, you need not wonder what to do to get that awesome glow on your skin or add some luster to your hair. Here’s a ready-reckoner for you:

Bananas:
Rich in potassium and vitamins A, C and E, Bananas are ideal for skin and hair (they help restore dull and damaged hair). While vitamin A restores natural oils of the skin, vitamin E repairs damaged skin and lighten age spots, Vitamin C, on the other hand, prevent cell oxidation and wrinkles.

Apples:
They have been used as a beauty aid for decades. A cup of apple juice added to your bath will cleanse and smooth-en your skin. Apple juice applied to your scalp helps prevent dandruff. A final rinse of your hair with apple juice after shampooing brings about an added shine. Apples are also a good conditioner and toner, and help fight acne.

Pineapple:
A great skin emollient, pineapples help rejuvenate and cleanse the skin. Rubbing a slice of pineapple on spots like knees, elbows and heels helps soften the skin. It can also act as a loofah or sponge while taking a shower.

Lemons:
Lemons are known for their ‘skin and hair’ cleansing properties. Dandruff can be prevented by rubbing lemon on the scalp. Adding two teaspoons of lemon juice in your bath not only deodorizes the body but also keeps it fresh. Lemon rinds, when rubbed on scars, acne or dark spots, helps heal them. Rub lemon slices on rough areas of heels and elbows to soften them.

Papaya:
Rich in vitamin A and enzymes, papayas act as a great exfoliate. Mashed papaya, when applied to the face, helps get rid of dead skin and gives your face that glow.

Peaches:
This fruit is best for dry skin. A combination of peach paste and yogurt, when applied to the skin and rinsed off with lukewarm water not only moisturizes the skin but also leaves it supple and soft. Gorging on these yummy fruits is not enough, applying them on the skin and hair helps a lot as well. So, the next time you lunge at that favourite fruit of yours, look beyond its culinary value, for you’d be surprised at its cosmetic benefits.

Nuts and Yoghurt can help you stay slim

August 2nd, 2012

A study has found that potatoes can make people pile on the pounds while fruits, vegetables grains nuts and yoghurt can help them stay slim.

The Harvard study for the first time details how much weight individuals foods make people put on or keep off.

“The conventional wisdom is simply, ‘Eat everything in moderation and just reduce total calories’ without paying attention to what those calories are made of,” the Washington Post quoted Dariush Mozaffarian of the Harvard School of Public Health, who led the study, as saying.

“All foods are not equal and just eating in moderation is not enough,” Mozaffarian explained.

From all the foods studied potatoes stood out. It was found that every additional serving of potatoes people added to their regular diet each day made them gain about a pound over four years.

It was no surprise that french fries and potato chips are especially fattening.

But the study found that even mashed, baked or boiled potatoes were unexpectedly plumping, perhaps because of their effect on the hormone insulin.

Similarly, while it was no shock that every added serving of fruits and vegetables prevented between a quarter- and a half-pound gain, other foods were strikingly good at helping people stay slim.

Every extra serving of nuts, for example, prevented more than a half-pound of weight gain. And perhaps the biggest surprise was yoghurt, every serving of which kept off nearly a pound over four years.

The findings could have significant political, economic and policy implications, supporting, for example, growing pressure to levy taxes and take other steps to discourage certain menu options, such as sugary soda for kids.

For the study, Mozaffarian and his colleagues’ analysed data collected from a total of 120,877 healthy American men and women.

The study has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 

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