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The Amazing Health Benefits of Peppermint

Tired of the long, hot summer days? Then the refreshing peppermint could be a breath of fresh air in yourlife, if only you would add it to your diet. The burst of cool peppermint flavor adds zest to your life. No wonder it is used as flavoring for gum, toothpaste and tea.

The peppermint oil is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia and spasms of the colon muscles. The soothing relief produced by peppermint may be due to the menthol contained in it.  Since it produces a calming effect peppermint is used to treat headaches, skin irritations, nausea, diarrhea, flatulence and menstrual cramps.
Peppermint is used in aromatherapy. The wonderful effervescence obtained relaxes both the mind and body. It contains rosmarinic acid which is useful for those suffering from asthma. Peppermint contains a substance which stops the growth of pancreatic, mammary and liver tumors in animal studies. It protects against cancer in colon, skin and lungs.

Peppermint is a treasure trove of nutrients.…

Top Four Nutritious Summer Vegetables

Summer is a great time to try out new vegetable recipes. It is a time to relax, have fun and enjoy good food with family and friends. Here are some of great summer veggies to taste.
Corn- the corn also comes in an array of colors such as red, purple, black, pink and blue. But the yellow hue is the famous one. The corn is rich in antioxidants and fiber. Research studies say that corn supports the growth of friendly bacteria in the large intestine. It facilitates the intestinal cells to stay healthy and reduces risk of cancer. It is good for blood sugar, digestion and for enhancing the nutrition of the food.

Cucumbers- contain compounds calledlignans which reduces heart diseases and different types of cancer such as breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate cancer. Cucumbers have antioxidant and anti inflammatory benefits. They are a rich source of phytonutrients called curcubitacins which possess anticancer properties. After a hot long day, cucumbers cut into long thin strips and sprinkled w…

Top Five Nutritious Fruits For Your Summer Basket

It is full fledged summer right? What we are going to discuss are some nutritious fruits to pile up your summer basket. We are going to discuss about apricots, blueberries, cherries, melons and mangoes.
Apricots- they are of the perfect summer hue golden orange, not only that they exude nutritional richness. Apricots contain beta-carotene and fiber. Fresh apricots are rich in vitamin C. They are good for eyes and optimize heart health. The fiber present in it helps to prevent constipation and the best part is apricots are low in calories.

Blueberries- raw blueberries have a rich flavor and are nutritionally at its best. They have a high content of antioxidants. Do you what? Blueberries sharpen your memory. Organic blueberries have a higher content of antioxidants than the conventionally grown ones. They are good for the heart and eyes, improve cognitive function, have blood sugar benefits and prevent cancer.

Cherries- planning to go on an anti inflammatory diet? Then cherries are the be…

The Amazing Health Benefits of Having Pets

We have a small birdhouse, hand painted by my kids in our balcony garden. The painted colors are a little weird, but what is beautiful in this scene is, the kids take turns to keep somegrains inside the bird house everyday. In the mid afternoon when I am busy preparing lunch. I usually see three or four pigeons pecking on the grains. It feels good to see those lovely birds having sumptuous lunch in my garden. Research has found that having pets increases your health quotient. That is what we are going to discuss in the article.

Researchers from the American Heart Association say that, if you have a pet, you have high chances of lowering your risk of heart disease. Having pets, especially dogs were associated with decreased risk of heart disease. The reasons may be your dog would nag you until you take it for a walk. This becomes a daily routine and it indirectly increases your well-being. A brisk walk early in the morning with your lovely dog can lower your blood pressure, cholesterol …

The Angie Effect- Angelina's Double Mastectomy Story

I wrote this post some time back but got a bit late to publish it.
After rushing the kids to their respective school buses, I took a moment’s break by sipping some piping hot cardamom tea. I saw the beautiful face of Angelina Jolie on the front page of Tabloid. Hoping to hear some nice gossip about her wedding, I was stunned toread that she underwent double mastectomy. But I bet that courageous decision of hers brought her closer to Brad Pitt culminating into a beautiful decision of stepping before altar together as man and wife.

Now what is a mastectomy? It is surgically removing one or both breasts either partially or wholly. In Angelina’s case it was a prophylactic surgery. Sounds Greek and Latin? Prophylactic surgery is a procedure whose main aim is to prevent rather than treat or cure a disease. By undergoing this surgery her chances of getting breast cancer has reduced to 90%.

It seems that she has inherited the BRCA mutated gene. She lost her mother to ovarian cancer way back in…