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Why Should You Use Ginger, Garlic and Turmeric in Your Cooking?

My granny’s favorite was these ginger, turmeric and garlic and she made it a point to add it to every day cooking whether the recipe needed it or not. The result, she was hale and healthy and had a long life. In this post we will discuss the health benefits of ginger, garlic and turmeric.
Ginger contains gingerols which are anti inflammatory and anti oxidant in nature. Ginger is an underground rhizome. It reduces the symptoms of gastrointestinal stress. It has many therapeutic properties and is rich in antioxidants. Ginger is very effective in reducing morning sickness and sea sickness. It is very effective for dizziness, nausea, vomiting and cold sweating.
When included on a daily basis ginger reduces the pain due to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis to a greater extent. Ginger inhibits the growth of human colorectal cancer cells and induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells. Chemotherapeutic agents make the cancer cells resistant to drugs whereas cancer cells do not become…

Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a plant belonging to the nightshade family. Ashwagandha in Sanskrit means horse’s smell. It has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine.

 Health benefits of Ashwagandha

Researchers at the Banaras Hindu University have found out that it contains many antioxidants. Scholars from the University of Leipzig have found Ashwagandha increases the cognitive ability and memory of the brain.

Studies have proved that Ashwagandha reduces anxiety. It increases overall health and stamina and thus improves sexual health. Ashwagandha lowers cortisol levels. It has anti-microbial properties. It is believed that Ashwagandha is very helpful during intense physical activity such as exercise. It promotes better oxygen flow to the muscles and increases strength and endurance.

But it also has some side effects on the digestive system. People suffering from thyroid and liver problems and pregnant women should be very cautious about it. It is always better to consult your …

Role of Antioxidants in Maintaining Optimal Health

Antioxidants protect the cells against the action of free radicals. Now these free radicals are harmful substances which damage cells and play a part in the occurrence of heart disease, cancer and various other diseases. The antioxidant substances include beta carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium, vitamins A, C and E. The foods that are rich in antioxidant substances are dried, small red beans, broccoli, garlic, green tea, tomatoes, potatoes and spices.
Beta carotene It is the main safe dietary source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for normal growth and development, proper functioning of immune system and vision. Beta carotene neutralizes free radicals and enhances certain immune responses. Beta carotene protects skin from sun damage. It can be used as oral sun protection along with sunscreens.
Beta carotene reduces the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. It prevents infection by increasing the number of white blood cells. Beta carotene in supplement form is better absorbed …

How To Reduce Food Cravings?

Recently I read in an article that a drug made from the saliva of the Gila monster lizard is effective in reducing food cravings. This Gila lizard is North America’s largest lizard. After reading that, my food cravings for jelly chocolates and chocolate chip cookies, ran away to the other side of the universe.
You would have read in gossip magazines that such and such a celebrity has such and such a kind of food craving. The most famous ones are the pregnant celebrities. So what is food craving? It is an intense desire to consume food even when you are not hungry.
What causes food cravings?
The areas in the brain responsible for memory and sensing pleasure can be said as partial culprits. Food cravings arise to satisfy the emotional needs, such as during the times of stress and anxiety. Our genes can also be blamed. Research studies show that mental imagery, that is thinking about food may be a key component of food cravings. Snacking while watching TV and sleep deprivation can also incr…

Essential Five Super Foods

Super foods are those which are high in nutrients or phyto-chemicals and provide a host of health benefits. In this post let us discuss five essential super foods.
Low fat yogurt It adds years to your life. Good quality yogurt contains living bacteria which provides a lot of health benefits. Yogurt enhances immune response, lowers bad cholesterol and raises the level of good cholesterol. Calcium rich foods help in lowering body fat and yogurt helps to burn boy fat at a faster rate.
It helps in bone formation and is essential for growing girls. Yogurt contains lactobacillus bacterium which heals and prevents arthritis. It protects against ulcers, colorectal cancer, prevents bad breath and improves oral health.
Eggs It has high quality protein and boosts brain health. The choline present in egg increase brain function reduces inflammation there by reducing the likelihood of osteoporosis, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes.
Eggs when included for breakfast promote weigh…

What Is The Danger Of Having A Pot Belly?

Belated mother’s day wishes to all moms out there! This post is especially dedicated for all you moms who desire a slim, trim belly just like the gorgeous models who adorn the pages of magazines.
Recently I read an article which took the life out of me. It declared a larger waist to hip ratio matters even more than body mass index when it comes to sudden cardiac death risk. The researchers say that abdominal obesity is an independent risk factor for sudden cardiac death even after accounting for factors such as diabetes, hypertension and coronary heart disease.
Sudden cardiac death can be said as death which occurs within an hour of the initial symptoms. People with apple shaped bodies are more prone to sudden cardiac death than people with pear shaped bodies. Pot belly contains trunk fat which is not so good for health.
Exercise along with proper diet and reduced calorie intake can reduce your tummy size. Whole grains, sea food, lean meat, eggs and almonds are high protein foods that…

Health Benefits of the Treasures From the Beehive

The world of bees is fascinating, interesting and bubbles up with so much health benefits, that it would be wise if you spend some time, to know about its secrets. While writing this post I was literally transferred to the magical world of bees. Hope this post has the same effect on you once you start reading it.
The beneficial products we get from the beehive include honey, propolis, royal jelly and bee pollen. In this post we shall discuss about the health benefits of each of them. First let us start with the well known beehive product honey.
Honey It is a natural energy booster, increases immunity and it is one of your granny’s favorite home remedy to many ailments. Honey contains powerful antioxidants with antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It is a good heart stimulant. Honey is very effective for cough from upper respiratory tract infection.
Honey increases athletic performance and heals wounds. A spoonful full of honey each day guards against free radical attack. It is safe …

Why Should You Enjoy Eating Family Meals Together Often?

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The other day while we were having dinner the son (7 years old) who opens his mouth rarely unlike the daughter (4 years old) who is a chatter box, began to talk about a problem that was bothering him. It seemed a little funny and a little silly to me, but we just discussed and the next day he was so glad that it got solved. This made me think about the importance of having family meals together and so here are my thoughts about the subject.
Eating together as a family has many positive benefits attached to it. It improves communication and well being among family members and helps to instill good behavior in children. Nutritionally speaking it makes the children grow up in the pink of health.
Home meals tend to be more nutritious as it includes more of fruits, vegetables, fiber, calcium rich foods and vitamins and less intake of soda. Eating together prevents disoriented eating habits in ki…

Why Should You Include Camel Milk In Your Daily Diet?

Living in the land of the sun, surf and the sea UAE to be specific camel milk is a common occurrence. Until the day that I read the local newspaper that a dairy is promoting camel milk in different flavors such as date, cardamom, rose, chocolate, saffron, and Laban, I was eager to know its health benefits. The paper further bragged that the camel milk is farm fresh, pasteurized and contains only a small amount of fat and natural fruit sugars.
Camel milk has been an integral part of the Bedouin, nomad and pastoral cultures for many centuries. Camel milk is a rich source of protein. It contains linoleic acid and polyunsaturated acids which are essential for human nutrition. It is low in lactose and is very useful for people suffering from lactose intolerance.
Camel milk is rich in vitamin C and has ten times higher amount of iron content than cow’s milk. It is easily digestible and boosts the overall immune system. Camel milk is a natural pro-biotic. It is low in fat and contains high am…