Another powerful brew — green tea really has a multitude of health and wellbeing benefits. And if you are into fitness it makes the perfect pre-workout drink; it’s been found to increase endurance by as much as 24 per cent, allowing you to exercise longer and burn more calories. But in terms boosting your weight loss power, a study carried out by the Journal of Nutrition, drinking five cups of green tea per day can help you lose twice as much weight, most of it where we want to lose it most — around the middle.
Eating a low-calorie salad before your main meals can help you to lose weight and ensure you get recommended daily intake of veggies. And it’s not rocket science as to how it works for weight loss, the key is the sheer volume of a salad, which makes you feel too full to pig out when it comes to your main meal. You need to make sure you don’t drown it in a fatty dressing though — a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar makes the perfect healthy accompaniment to a fresh salad.
Its bright red colour and ruby coloured, jewel-like seeds make the pomegranate one of the most attractive of fruits- but what is even more stunning are its amazing health benefits. The flowers, leaves, bark, peel and of course the seeds of pomegranate are all edible and have potent medicinal qualities that have given it the status of a divine fruit. Believed to have flourished in the Garden of Eden, the pomegranate is a part of ancient symbolism, rituals, beliefs and folk practices. In Ayurveda, the world’s oldest system of medicine, the pomegranate has been extensively used as a source of traditional remedies for thousands of years. In fact, the Vedas, the most ancient texts of Hindu Philosophy, consider it as a symbol of fertility and prosperity.
In Kerala, one of the top Ayurvedic destinations of the world, Ayurvedic physicians have been using the rind of this exotic fruit for centuries as a traditional remedy against diarrhea, dysentery and intestinal parasites. The seeds and juice are considered a tonic for the heart, throat and eyes, in addition to being used for a variety of purposes, such as stopping nose bleeds and gum bleeds, toning the skin, firming-up sagging breasts and treating hemorrhoids.
The chemical ingredients in the pomegranate are ellagic acid, ellagitannins – including punicalagins- punicic acid, flavonoids, anthocyanidins, anthocyanins, and estrogenic flavonols and flavones. Compounds found only in pomegranates called punicalagins are shown to benefit the heart and blood vessels. Punicalagins are the major component responsible for pomegranate’s antioxidant and health benefits. They not only lower cholesterol, but also lower blood pressure and increase the speed at which heart blockages melt away. The peels or rind of pomegranate are astringent and bitter in taste. They are packed with antioxidants and also have anti-bacterial activity. Moreover, pomegranate peels contain tannins, which are very powerful astringents.
Decoction made by boiling pomegranate peels can be used for gargling in case of sore throat and tonsillitis. 1tbsp of pomegranate peel powder should be taken twice daily with water for preventing bad breath. . Massaging the gums with pomegranate peel powder helps in soothing swollen, inflamed and bleeding gums. Roasted and powdered pomegranate skin can be mixed with rose water or lime juice and applied as a face-pack for soothing pimples, boils, acne and for removing white heads and black heads. Pomegranate powder mixed with tiny amounts of freshly ground black pepper can be used as a toothpowder for preventing dental caries.
Pomegranate juice taken daily is good for heart and useful people suffering from low B.P and Asthma The juice is rich in antioxidants and can keep bad cholesterol –LDL- from oxidizing and prevents atherosclerosis. It inhibits abnormal platelet aggregation that could cause heart attacks, strokes and embolic disease. Pomegranate juice is useful for women as it is believed to decrease the risk of breast cancer. It can prevent and slow down Alzheimer’s disease and prevents cartilage deterioration to keep osteoarthritis at bay. Another benefit is that the juice increases memory power and also delays ageing.
Studies have shown that the pomegranate is one of the most powerful, nutrient dense foods for overall good health and that it has the most powerful anti-oxidant among all fruits. As a result, more and more people are making the pomegranate a part of their daily diet as the world recognizes what Ayurveda has proclaimed for thousands of years- the pomegranate is truly Nature’s Power Fruit.
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Again fennel tea is a food stuff that boasts a list of health giving benefits; it’s packed with good levels of potassium, magnesium and calcium as well as the vitamins B and C. But when it comes to the weight-loss stakes fennel had a double benefit: working both as an appetite suppressant and a metabolism booster which really are both useful if you’re trying to lose weight. Fennel tea is widely available in supermarkets so add it to your daily diet to stave off cravings and boost your fuel burn.
Reflexology points on the right and left HANDS, EARS, FOOTS – a wonderful chart to that you can use even with basic hand massage methods to stimulate these areas of your body for healing.
First boil at least 3liters of water, wash properly the green papaya medium size, slice and remove the seeds, then cut into small cubes then place into the water and bring to boil, then add tea leaves (oolong) or green tea at least 5 bags similar to the tea making process . . . this is very effective for treatment of GOUT/URIC ACID frequent drinking of this formula will heal the pain you’ve been suffering for ages . . . skin of the papaya should be included . .!
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This is interesting. After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.
Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.
But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
200 students at a Twickenham school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system..
Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chroniclercases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!’
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Adding a bit of heat to your diet can give you a weight-loss boost. Studies show that having a spicy start to your morning, i.e. eating chilies as a part of your breakfast can make you opt for a smaller lunch. Apparently it’s down to capsaicin which is found in chilies and red peppers that has appetite suppressing properties. Granted — chilies aren’t the easiest of items to face as your morning meal but how about as a part of a spicy egg-white omelette or stirred into scrambled eggs for a spicy weight loss kick.