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Nutritional Benefits of Hemp

Do you know what? Hemp is not marijuana. I did a thorough extensive search to find out this. To make matters clear marijuana and hemp are different varieties of the same species of plant. Hemp has a minimal amount of 1% of the psychotrophic chemical THC whereas, marijuana is hemp’s THC rich cousin.
Having got cleared about the main issue let us move towards the health benefits of hemp. The hemp seeds can be eaten as such, grounded, sprouted, made into hemp milk made as tea and can be used in baking. It is treasure trove of nutrients. It contains essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid, omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids. The proteins present in hemp contain all the essential 21 amino acids and that includes the nine essential amino acids which the human body cannot produce. Hemp is a very good source of protein for vegetarians. It does not cause any food allergy. Even people who have the glucose and lactose intolerance can enjoy hemp foods. Hemp protein is easily digestible…

Pros and Cons of Including Fermented Foods in Your Diet

Meishe village best described as “hidden jewel” is located near the volcanoes of Haikou. The village houses and roads are made of volcanic rock and the people are so untroubled that they never lock their doors. In this village, folk culture has withstood the test of time. The villagers prefer to marry their daughters to young men whose families have more jars to collect rain water.
Similar to our above story fermentation has also withstood the test of time. Prehistoric man made cheese some 7000 years ago and the earliest evidence of wine making dates back to 8000 years ago. So what is meant by fermentation? According to the author of the “Art of Fermentation”, it is best described as the flavorful space between fresh and rotten. The science of fermentation is known as zymology.
The fermented foods offer a variety to our diet. The biological enrichment during the fermenting process produces proteins, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids and vitamins. This boosts our immune functi…

The Deadliest Health Hazards of Smoking

Wow!! Goodness, gracious! This is my 100th post! I really wanted it to be significant and was kind of thinking about all sorts of topics. But as my regular readers know, this topic kept haunting me so much that I finally decided to write about the health hazards of smoking.
“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed” these golden words belong to Mahatma Gandhi. It rings true in every aspect of what we are discussing. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. Why should you die before your time? Do you know men lose an average of 13.2 years and women 14.5 years of their life span due to smoking? We are going to discuss first hand, second hand and third hand smoke in this post.

Firsthand smoke; it refers to the smoke inhaled by the smoker into his own lungs. Smoking leads to kidney failure, cardiovascular diseases and cancers of the lung, throat and mouth. It may also cause cancers of esophagus, cervix, kidneys, and pancreas.
Further smoking increase the blood pressu…

How Does Brown Fat Help to Reduce Obesity

I sort of know what you think right now? Your thoughts are going by these tracks, why on earth does this Swarnam writes about obesity when I am about to enjoy my lavish Christmas feast? Please bear this in mind that is what all heath writers have born for.
CNN reports that obesity has become a major global crisis. According to a latest report obesity is the leading cause of disabilities around the world. Except for the sub Saharan Africa all other countries experience 82% increase in obesity. And I deeply regret to say this in the Middle Eastern countries the obesity rate is an alarming 100% increase.
The westernized lifestyle which is followed all over the world may be attributed to this. The world has somehow managed to reduce hunger and communicable diseases but the new threat looming over the horizon is obesity and non communicable diseases such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease as a result of this.
Researchers have reduced obesity in mice by manipulating the production of an enz…

Exotic Christmas Delicacies From Around The World

The time of the year is here to spread cheer and good will. This is also the time to enjoy good food to suit your palate. All of us usually have our traditional food for Christmas; suddenly it struck me to write a post about the exotic cuisines used in other cultures. So here we go…..

Black caviar is Azerbaijan’s best known delicacies. The term caviar usually refers to the eggs or egg-laden ovary of the wild sturgeon from the Caspian and Black seas. They are usually salt cured and obtained fresh or pasteurized. But the fresh ones have more value. It is a delicacy and used as a garnish or spread. It is a luxury because black cavier was sold for $2500 per pound this year.

Takoyaki is a popular snack in Japan and was invented by a street vendor in 1935. Let me tell you more about it. It is shaped like a ball and is made of wheat flour based batter. Inside it is filled with minced octopus, scraped tempura- a kind of sea weed which is dipped into batter and deep fried. Pickled ginger and gre…

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine which had its roots in China. This traditional practice involves using very thin needles to stimulate specific points in the body to bring about beneficial therapeutic responses. There is an interesting explanation about its origins; soldiers who were wounded in the battle field by arrows were believed to have been cured of chronic diseases that were otherwise untreated.
Acupuncture is very effective for chronic pain. Some high quality reviews found that it is very effective in treatment of migraines, neck disorders, tension type of headache and peripheral joint osteo arthritis. Some modern day diseases such as insomnia, palpitation, breathing problems, constipation, high blood sugar and high blood pressure is mainly due to dysfunction of nerves and muscles which are getting oversensitive.
Leading acupuncturists from the Emirates believe that desensitization of muscles and nerves by acupuncture cures the above conditions and prevents the develo…

How to Deal With Morning Sickness?

I was so excited to hear about the Royal pregnancy…..still guessing? Kate is expecting and all the fans of the royal family are eagerly expecting a royal baby in 2013. But it seems that the Duchess is hospitalized due to hyperemesis gravidarum- a severe case of morning sickness.
Generally morning sickness affects more than half of all the pregnant women. It usually occurs in the early hours of the morning time and hence the name. But to be more practical it can occur at any time of the day. Morning sickness may stop around the 12th week of pregnancy.
The reason for this condition may be because hCG hormone and estrogen hormone increase rapidly during early pregnancy. Morning sickness is actually good because it is an evolved trait and protects the fetus against the toxins ingested by the mother. The other interesting news is excessive morning sickness signals the possibility of twins. On a lighter vein can we expect double bundles of joy for the Duchess?
Severe morning sickness causes d…

What is Your Health Vision For 2013?

To watch the thunder storms hovering over the desert horizon is an amazing sight. After the showers, the desert blooms and I found that a tiny bit of TLC is enough to make a barren land bounce back to life. Similarly a wee bit of care does wonders for your health. The New Year is round the corner and what is your health vision for 2013? Having a vision helps you to be on track to achieve your purpose. In this post we will discuss some great ideas to help you have a vision.
Vegetable trends; you may include some interesting and creative ways to add veggies to your diet. Salads with roasted or steamed vegetables are the order of the day. Increase the use of carrots, kale and Brussels sprouts in your salad preparation.
Grain trends; quinoa, amaranth, millet, wild rice, corn, oats, polenta, couscous and buckwheat are a basketful of grains to add variety to your diet.
White and red meat trends; the healthy version of meats that could add spice to your taste buds in 2013 includes casual fried…