Stretching Benefits

Why-should-I-do-stretchingStretching is a form of physical exercise in which a specific muscle or tendon (or muscle group) is deliberately flexed or stretched in order to improve the muscle’s felt elasticity and achieve comfortable muscle tone. The result is a feeling of increased muscle control, flexibility, and range of motion. Stretching is also used therapeutically to alleviate cramps.

In its most basic form, stretching is a natural and instinctive activity; it is performed by humans and many other animals. It can be accompanied by yawning. Stretching often occurs instinctively after waking from sleep, after long periods of inactivity, or after exiting confined spaces and areas.

Benefits:

Increasing flexibility through stretching is one of the basic tenets of physical fitness. It is common for athletes to stretch before (for warming up) and after exercise in an attempt to reduce risk of injury and increase performance,though these practices are not always based on scientific evidence of effectiveness.

Stretching can be dangerous when performed incorrectly. There are many techniques for stretching in general, but depending on which muscle group is being stretched, some techniques may be ineffective or detrimental, even to the point of causing hypermobility, instability, or permanent damage to the tendons, ligaments, and muscle fiber.

  • Encourages an optimistic outlook – A buildup of stress causes your muscles to contract, making you feel tense and uneasy. This tension can lead to having a negative impact on mind as well as your body. Stretching exercises have powerful stress-busting abilities. Stretching soon after waking up can help jump-start the mind and body. Stretching loosens tight muscles which helps your muscles both relax and increase blood flow. It also encourages the release of endorphins, providing a sense of tranquility and euphoria. Stretching directly before bed will even give you a more comfortable sleeping experience.

 

  • Fortifies posture – Stretching helps ensure correct posture by lengthening tight muscles that pull areas of the body away from their intended position and keeping your muscles loose. Stretching the muscles of the lower back, chest and shoulders can help keep the spine in better alignment and improve overall posture by relieving aches and pains. With reduced pain, there is a reduced desire to hunch or slouch.

 

  • Enables flexibility – The most established and obvious benefit of stretching is improving flexibility and range of motion. An effective flexibility training program can improve your physical performance and help reduce your risk of injury. By improving your range of motion, your body requires less energy to make the same movements and you also will have more flexible joints thus lessening the likelihood of injuries acquired during workouts or during daily activities.

 

  • Increase stamina – Stretching loosens your muscles and tendons which relieves muscle fatigue and increases blood flow. The longer you exercise the more energy you burn, typically causing one to grow fatigued. With stretching, you can delay the onset of muscle fatigue by ensuring oxygen is efficiently flowing through your blood, thereby increasing your endurance.
  • Decreases risk of injury – it will help to supply a greater nutrient supply to muscles, thereby reducing muscle soreness and helping to speed recovery from muscle and joint injuries.
  • Improve energy levels – Sometimes you may have trouble staying awake during your long, dragging day. If you’re feeling this way then it might help to get out of your seat and do a few good stretches for a boost of energy, helping your mind and body be more alert. Muscles tighten when we get tired and that makes us feel even more lethargic, so feel free to stand up and do some stretches. It will help you to quickly and efficiently revitalize your energy levels.
  • Promotes blood circulation – it increases blood flow to the muscles. Not only will this help reduce post-workout soreness and shorten recovery time, but it will improve overall health. Greater blood circulation helps promote cell growth and organ function. The heart rate will also lower since it doesn’t have to work as hard and blood pressure will become more even and consistent.
  • Improve athletic performance – If your muscles are already contracted because you haven’t stretched, then they will be less effective during exercise. Regular stretching will relax all of your muscles and therefore enable them to be more available during exercise.
  • Reduced soreness – Stretching before and after a workout gives your muscles time to relax. Increases in blood flow increase nutrient supply to the muscles and relieve soreness in the muscles after a workout.
  • Reduces cholesterol – Paired with a healthy diet, engaging in prolonged stretching exercises can help reduce cholesterol in the body. This could prevent and even reverse the hardening of arteries, helping one avoid heart diseases.

 

Types of stretches

There are different types of stretching,the most common are:

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Note: Remember that stretching doesn’t mean you can’t get injured. Stretching, for instance, won’t prevent an overuse injury. Talk to your doctor / physical therapist or your Wellness Coach, about the most appropriate way to stretch if you have any health concerns.

Exercise is a Way of Living, if your choose a Healthy Lifestyle You should take care of your body, doing stretching and Having a healthy meal.

Your body is the unique place were you have to live so must take care of it.

Working on a desk for long hours also can harm your back and posture, you must stretch your body for a a healthier Survive.

 

 Rita.J.Jethani

 

 

 

 

 

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What is a Protein & Why is Essential?

What is Protein?

 

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Proteins are the main building blocks of the body.

They’re used to make muscles, tendons, organs and skin.

Proteins are also used to make enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters and various tiny molecules that serve important functions.

Without protein, life as we know it would not be possible.

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Proteins are made out of smaller molecules called amino acids, which are linked together like beads on a string. The linked amino acids form long protein chains, which are then folded into complex shapes.

Some of these amino acids can be produced by the body, while we must get others from the diet. The ones we can not produce and must get from our foods are called the “essential” amino acids.

Why is Essential?

During digestion, the body breaks down the protein we eat into individual amino acids, which contribute to the plasma pool of amino acids. This pool is a storage reserve of amino acids that circulate in the blood.

The amino acid pool in the bloodstream readily trades with the amino acids and proteins in our cells, provides a supply of amino acids as needed, and is continuously replenished.

Protein helps replace worn out cells, transports various substances throughout the body, and aids in growth and repair.

Consuming protein can also increase levels of the hormone glucagon, and glucagon can help to control body fat. Glucagon is released when blood sugar levels go down.  This causes the liver to break down stored glycogen into glucose for the body.

It can also help to liberate free fatty acids from adipose tissue – another way to get fuel for cells and make that body fat do something useful with itself instead of hanging lazily around your midsection!

The Power of Protein

Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a “macro-nutrient,” meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it. Vitamins and minerals, which are needed in only small quantities, are called “micro-nutrients.” But unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply.

Facts

When people eat lots of protein but few carbohydrates, their metabolisms change into a state called ketosis. Ketosis means the body converts from burning carbs for fuel to burning its own fat. When fat is broken down, small bits of carbon called ketones are released into the bloodstream as energy sources. Ketosis, which also occurs in diabetes, tends to suppress appetite, causing people to eat less, and it also increases the body’s elimination of fluids through urine, resulting in a loss of water weight.

Let’s see some common Questions about Protein.

  • Do high protein diets increase fat burning in the body?
  • Do they increase satiety (the sense of being “full” or “satisfied” after a meal)?
  • Do they decrease subsequent energy (calorie) intake by the body?
  • Do they lead to weight loss?

The answers are “yes.” Protein can be converted by the body into glucose for energy, but it takes twice as much effort as converting carbohydrates or fats into glucose. The extra effort translates into fewer calories available.

When it comes to feeling full, the clinical studies consistently showed that high-protein diets increase satiety and decrease hunger compared with high-fat or high-carbohydrate diets. In addition, most, but not all of the studies reviewed showed that most people on high-protein diets took in about 10% less energy (roughly 200 calories) per day, which could account for at least some of the weight loss seen with this type of diet.

While 30% of the protein’s energy goes toward digestion, absorption, and assimilation, only 8% of carbohydrate’s energy and 3% of fat’s energy do the same.

You might have heard the statement that a high protein intake harms the kidneys. This is a myth. In healthy people, normal protein intakes pose little to no health risk. Indeed, even a fairly high protein intake – up to 2.8 g/kg – does not seem to impair kidney status and renal function in people with healthy kidneys. In particular, plant proteins appear to be especially safe.

Choose your Proteins wisely, Vegetarian Source and Non Vegetarian Source of Protein.

  • Fish: Fish offers heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and, in general, less fat than meat.
  • Poultry: You can eliminate most of the saturated fat by removing the skin.
  • Nuts: One ounce of almonds gives you 6 grams of protein, nearly as much protein as one ounce of broiled ribeye steak.
  • Whole grains: A slice of whole wheat bread gives you 3 grams of protein, plus valuable fiber.
  • Chia Seeds:Protein, per tablespoon: 2.5 grams.Though chia seeds don’t contain that much protein, they do contain all nine essential amino acids. Thanks to the seeds’ blood-sugar stabilizing ratio of satiating protein, fats and fiber, they’re the perfect hunger-busting addition to your diet, and can help you lose inches.

  • Lentils:One cup has the protein of three eggs, with less than one gram of fat! Their high fiber content makes them extremely satiating, and studies have shown that they speed fat loss: Spanish researchers found that people whose diets included four weekly servings of legumes lost more weight and improved their cholesterol more than people who didn’t.

  • Soybeans & Soy Products: Protein, per ½ cup: 2-21 grams. So many ways to eat soybeans, so little time! To get the most bang for your buck, make temper, a traditional Indonesian fermented soy product, part of your weekly lineup. Also provide a solid hit of complete proteins and magnesium, a mineral that’s essential to muscle development, energy production and carbs metabolism.

  • Quinoa: With more than 1,400 quinoa products currently on the market, it’s safe to say that the ancient grain is here to stay. Quinoa is higher in protein than most other grains, packs a hefty dose of heart-healthy unsaturated fats and is also a great source of fiber, a nutrient that can help you feel fuller, longer. It gets better: The mild-tasting grain is also a good source of the amino acid L-arginine, which has been shown to promote muscle over fat gain.

  • Eggs: With 6 grams of protein a pop, eggs are an ideal food for vegetarians and omnivores alike who want to stay swimsuit-ready all year round. Their protein fuels your muscles, boosts metabolism and keeps hunger under control, aiding weight loss. Eggs are also one of the most nutrient-filled vegetarian protein sources around. “Eggs contain a host of health-promoting and flat-belly nutrients including choline, a major fat-burning nutrient that also plays an important role in brain health,”

  • Hummus: Garbanzo beans are high in lysine, and tahini is a rich source of the amino acid methionine. Individually these foods are incomplete proteins, but when you combine the two together to make hummus, they create a complete protein.

  • Spinach: One cup of spinach has almost as much protein as a hard-boiled egg—for half the calories! Maximize its nutrition by steaming spinach instead of eating it raw: That helps retain vitamins, facilitate absorption of calcium and wards off the veggie’s bloating effects.

  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes: Tomatoes are brimming with lycopene, an antioxidant which studies show can decrease your risk of bladder, lung, prostate, skin, and stomach cancers, and reduce your chances of developing coronary artery disease. They’re also rich in fiber and contain ¾ of your RDA of potassium, which is essential for heart health and tissue repair.

  • Guava: The tropical highest-protein fruit, guava packs more than 4 grams per cup, along with 9 grams of fiber and only 112 calories. The equivalent of more than seven medium oranges!

  • Beans:Not only are beans rich in protein and nutrients that benefit your heart, brain and muscles, they digest slowly, helping you feel fuller longer. They’re a super food you should eat daily.

  • Artichokes: Eating foods high in protein and fiber are key to turning off your body’s hunger hormones. The artichoke is a double winner: It has almost twice as much fiber as kale (10.3 g per medium artichoke, or 40% of the daily fiber the average woman needs) and one of the highest protein counts among vegetables.

  • Peas: Peas might seem wimpy, but one cup contains eight times the protein of a cup of spinach. And with almost 100% of your daily value of vitamin C in a single cup, they’ll help keep your immune system in tip-top shape.

  • Shelled Pumpkin Seeds: If you only think of pumpkin seeds as gourd guts, you’re in for a literal treat. They contain energy-boosting magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. And surprise, surprise, they’re filled with protein.

  • Almonds: Think of almonds as a natural weight-loss pill. A study of overweight and obese adults found that combined with a calorie-restricted diet, consuming a little more than a quarter-cup of the nuts can decrease weight more effectively than a snack of complex carbohydrates and safflower oil—after just two weeks! (And after 24 weeks, those who ate the nuts experienced a 62% greater reduction in weight and BMI!)

    Protein was the most valued ingredient 250 years ago: It was the rarest thing. Now the rarest thing we have is time: time to cook and time to eat.
    -Adam Gopnik.

 

I hope The Information About Protein Had been Useful For all my readers and followers.

Rita.J.Jethani

Health Benefits of Peanuts

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Peanuts:

Delicious, crunchy, and nutty peanuts are one of the popular oil seeds known to humankind since centuries. The kernels enriched with many noteworthy health-benefiting nutrients essential for optimum health and wellness.

Scientific name:

ARACHIS HYPOGEA

Origin:

Peanut is a small annual dicotyledon herb growing up to a foot above the ground. It is thought to have originated in the Central Americas and from where it spread to rest of the world through Spanish explorers. Today, it is one of the widely cultivated oil seeds and established principal commercial crop in China, India, African nations, and the United States of America.  Today, it is cultivated widely throughout the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate areas.

Peanut plant takes approximately 120 to 150 days to produce the crop after sowing its seed. The process of peanut development is quite interesting! Its yellow flowers, after self-pollination, develop into “ovaries” called pedicels, which elongate rapidly to turn downward to bury several inches deep underground, from where the fruits develop into peanut pods we know.peanuts

To harvest, the entire plant including roots dug out of the soil. Each plant may hold 10-150 fruit pods. The pods have a thick, wrinkled outer shell with 2-3 constrictions as in bean pods. Each peanut kernel is covered with a papery thin, brown layer and can be split into two halves as in any other legumes.

  A yearly herbaceous plant, which grows nearly to ground level, along with very slim stems, leaves which are opposite as well as pinnate along with four leaflets, flowers which are pea-shaped, and fruits (legumes) which are essentially seeds which sprout and mature underground. At present, its cultivated world over in climates that are favorable because of its growth; long warm periods and lots of rain.

As the stalks grow, they start to droop to the floor. Once the pods start to form, they gradually force their way underground, eventually maturing underneath the soil, forcing the farmer to dig the netted, tan colored pods up. It’s possible that peanuts developed this growth habit as a method of defense against hot tropical sun, because they have got thin pods. As soon as the peanut pods are gathered, the plant is taken away, and typically utilized for animal fodder.

Despite their name, peanuts usually are not in fact nuts, they’re legumes. In many cookery uses, peanuts are referred to as nuts since they act a lot more like nuts in the kitchen compared to other legumes, like lentils and beans. For those who have nut allergies, the distinction is especially essential, since many people with nut allergies can consume peanuts securely. Conversely, individuals who are hypersensitive to peanuts can frequently consume nuts.

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  • Peanuts are rich in energy (567 calories per 100 g) and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
  • They compose sufficient levels of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), especially oleic acid. MUFA helps lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” level in the blood. Research studies suggest that the Mediterranean diet which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids help prevent coronary artery disease and stroke risk by favoring healthy serum lipid profile.
  • Peanut kernels are a good source of dietary protein; compose fine quality amino acids that are essential for growth and development.
  • Research studies have shown that peanuts contain high concentrations of polyphenolic antioxidants, primarily p-coumaric acid. This compound has been thought to reduce the risk of stomach cancer by limiting the formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines in the stomach.
  • Peanuts are an excellent source of resveratrol, another polyphenolic antioxidant. Resveratrol has been found to have a protective function against cancers, heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and viral/fungal infections.
  • Furthermore, studies suggest that resveratrol may reduce stroke risk through altering molecular mechanisms in the blood vessels (reducing susceptibility to vascular damage through decreased activity of angiotensin, a systemic hormone responsible for blood vessel constriction that would elevate blood pressure), and by increasing production of vasodilator hormone, nitric oxide.
  • Recent research studies suggest that roasting/boiling enhances antioxidant bioavailability in the peanuts. It has been found that boiled peanuts have two and four-fold increase in isoflavone antioxidants biochanin-A and genistein content, respectively.
  • The kernels are an excellent source of vitamin-E(α -tocopherol); containing about 8 g per100 g. vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant which helps maintain the integrity of mucosa and skin by protecting from harmful oxygen free radicals.
  • The nuts are packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. 100 g of peanuts provide about 85% of RDI of niacin, which contributes to health and blood flow to the brain.
  • The nuts are a rich source of minerals like copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.

Lets see more in details the benefits

Good for heart health

Peanuts are a fantastic source of Vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein as well as manganese all of which are recognized to encourage heart health.They’re also full of monounsaturated fats, the kind of fat which is emphasized in cardio protecting diets. Research has even demonstrated that a higher monounsaturated diet which emphasized peanuts as well as peanut butter decreased coronary disease risk by approximately 21%.

Prevention of gallstones

Gallstones really are a illness a problem that always occur in females. There are numerous cures to it, there are lots of safety measures too; yet the yummiest safety measure appears to be that of consuming peanuts. We see that even here peanuts show their magic like a survey carried out over eighty thousand women has demonstrated that those who consume peanuts or even peanut butter or any source of peanuts daily or perhaps in their daily routine appear to have nearly a 25% lesser chance of getting gallstones. This really is astonishing for just one ounce of peanuts is required daily to avoid gallbladder illnesses. You might consume a sand that or in any form to obtain the nutrition contained in a whole wheat bread along with proteins, fibers and what not.

Prevents Cancer

Legumes just like peanuts have a superior power of a form of phytosterol known as beta-sitosterol (SIT). These types of phytosterols prevent cancer simply by inhibiting tumor development. An investigation carried out in the United States noticed that men and women who consumed peanuts at least two times per week correspondingly had 27% and 58% lower chance of getting colon cancer.

 Aids Weight Management

Although it seems unusual, frequent usage of nuts is assigned to reduce chance of putting on weight. The mixture of fiber, fat as well as protein content in peanuts causes them to be a high satisfied food. Therefore, they are able to keep you full for extended and therefore reducing your hunger. Also, they are great sources of energy that assist in boosting the metabolic rate. These qualities play a role in weight-loss.

Improves Memory

Peanuts are usually called the “brain food” since they consist of Vitamin B3 or even niacin that enhances brain functioning as well as improves memory. Additionally they include a flavonoid known as resveratrol which will help in enhancing blood circulation towards the brain simply by 30%.

Help Fight Depression

Serotonin is probably the key brain chemicals involved with mood regulation. Insufficient release of serotonin by the nerve cells within the brain is accountable for triggering depressive disorders. Peanuts consist of an amino acid known as tryptophan that helps the release of serotonin, therefore assisting you combat depression symptoms. It may further raise serotonin anti-depressant effects when there is an elevated serotonin development within the blood.

Fertility enhancement

Due to the fact that peanuts include folate, a substance that boosts fertility, it really is extremely sensible for ladies to modify in their diets. Peanuts include a sufficient quantity of folate within them as well as research and considerable studies have shown that a every day consumption of 400 micrograms of folic acid (present in folate) boosts fertility in addition to offers excellent immunity to the child being born. Likelihood of miscarriages reduce significantly. Also abnormality and chances of neural or even physiological condition risk greatly. Therefore a woman need to particularly eat peanuts if she would like to get pregnant and also throughout her pregnancy too.

Beneficial for Children

Children need extra nutrition within their growing years to lead a healthy life thereafter. Peanuts are a fantastic method to obtain dietary protein made up of fine quality amino acids that are vital for growth and development.

Prevents Alzheimer’s

Research has demonstrated that usage of niacin rich foods just like peanuts lowers the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 70%. A quarter cup of peanuts can offer almost a quarter of the suggested daily value of niacin ( it’s a water-soluble vitamins vital for many of the functions your body needs to stay healthy, including energy production and immune system function.)

 Prevents hair loss

Vitamin C contained in peanuts assist in the production of collagen, which will keep the tissues within our hair together. They likewise have l-arginine which is often used for treating male pattern baldness, as well as omega 3 fatty acids that fortifies our follicles of hair and promotes hair growth.

Protects Against Age-related Cognitive Decline (Vitamin B2)

Research participants have demostrated that those who’ve a consumption of the most niacin-rich foods just like peanuts were 70% less inclined to have developed Alzheimer’s disease. A quarter cup each day of peanuts can easily already offer nearly aquarter of the every day required value for niacin.

 

Types of Peanuts

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have become the dominant peanut type cultivated within the U.S. because of the introduction during the early 1970’s of a new variety, the Florunner, that was responsible for a spectacular boost in peanut yields. Runners have got quickly gained wide acceptance due to their appealing kernel size range; a higher proportion of runners are utilized for peanut butter. Runners, cultivated mostly in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma, account for 80% of total U.S. production.

Virginias 

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Virginias have the biggest kernels and account for the majority of the peanuts roasted as well as consumed as 

 

inshells. When shelled, the bigger kernels are sold as salted peanuts. Virginias are generally cultivated mostly in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina and West Texas. Virginia-type peanuts account for about 15% of total U.S. production.3. Spanish    Spanish-type peanuts have got smaller sized kernels engrossed in a reddish-brown skin. They are utilised mainly in peanut candy, along with considerable amounts utilized for salted nuts as well as peanut butter. They’ve greater oil content compared to other kinds of peanuts that is beneficial whenever crushing for oil. They’re mainly cultivated in Oklahoma and Texas.

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Spanish type peanuts have got smaller sized kernels engrossed in a reddish-brown skin. They are utilised mainly in peanut candy, along with considerable amounts utilized for salted nuts as well as peanut butter. They’ve greater oil content compared to other kinds of peanuts that is beneficial whenever crushing for oil. They’re mainly cultivated in Oklahoma and Texas. Spanish-type peanuts account for 4% of U.S. production.

Valencia

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Valencias normally have three or more tiny kernels into a pod. They’re extremely sweet peanuts and therefore are generally roasted and sold in the shell; they’re great for fresh use as boiled peanuts. Due to the greater requirement for other varieties, Valencias account for lower than 1% of U.S. production and therefore are grown mostly in New Mexico.

Peanuts Side Effects

Extreme peanuts consumption can lead to gas, heartburn, along with a suddenly developed food hypersensitivity to peanuts.

A peanut allergy is probably one of the most significant food allergy you are able to develop. Peanut allergy sufferers are at high-risk of significant allergy symptoms that may really be life-threatening, even when the first episode of peanut sensitivity was not serious. If you think you’ve got a peanut allergy, you ought to get examined by an allergist instantly and prevent all nut products till the allergy is determined as legitimate or not.

Most people who’ve peanut allergies are experiencing a reaction in a few minutes of touching or even eating a peanuts or perhaps a product that is made of peanuts. The reaction usually begins with a tingling feeling within the mouth accompanied by swelling on the face, throat and mouth. It can cause a suffocating feeling, an asthma attack, anaphylactic shock and death. Less serious reactions consist of rash, hives as well as upset stomach. In case you have a peanut allergy, you will need to carry an Epinephrine pen to counter any episodes while awaiting emergency assistance. In case you have a peanut allergy, there exists a good chance you also have a nut allergy which also includes all nuts. You will need to prevent all nut products, which includes pressed nut oils as well as any products processed on the same equipment as nuts. This particular allergy is really serious that even a tiny quantity of peanut product can result in a significant allergic attack. Many people outgrow peanut allergies, but many do not. If you’ve been identified as having a peanut allergy just as one infant, you have a better chance of outgrowing the allergy than if you developed the allergy after age three. Most kids and adults along with peanut allergies have the allergy for life. This particular allergy has become progressively common and it has become the subject of much research because of the severe nature of the condition.

 

“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.” 
― Herophilus

Rita .J.Jethani

Health Benefits of Broccoli

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Have a cup of broccoli, and you have had most of the nutrients you require for the day. The excellent broccoli benefits.

What Is Broccoli?

This green vegetable, which occasionally has some purple tinges, is a close relative of cabbage and cauliflower and belongs to the Italica Cultivar group of Brassicaceae family. The most commonly eaten parts of it are the flowering heads, which are shaped like a tree, coming off a thick and edible stalk. There are three main varieties which are popular in different parts of the world.

typ broccCalabrese broccoli is the most common and is typically simply shortened to “broccoli” while sprouting broccoli and purple cauliflower are two other varieties of the vegetable mostly found in Europe and the Mediterranean countries.

It has been a part of their cultural history dating back to the 6th Century BC. Broccoli was eventually spread throughout Europe and was widely cultivated. It didn’t make a significant appearance in the Americas until the early 20th century.  The largest cultivator of broccoli in the world is now China, followed by India. It is very common all over the world, particularly in Europe, America, and Australia, but not as much in Africa. It can also be found in some South Asian cuisines like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

Benefits

This vegetable is extremely rich in vitamin C (has twice the amount as in orange), calcium (contains as much as in whole milk), and selenium (nutrient important for preventing cancer).

Eating broccoli also detoxifies your body after exposure to food or airborne carcinogens and other oxidants. This activity can be attributed to sulforaphane, an important phytochemical in broccoli. In fact, one study proved that ingesting cruciferous veggies like broccoli can protect cells from DNA damage. Isn’t that Amazing??

One cup of broccoli (cooked) has the following important nutrients:

  • 100 mcg of vitamin K (270% DV)
  • 101 mg of vitamin C (168% DV)
  • 120 mg of vitamin A (48% DV)
  • 165 mcg of folate (42% DV)
  • 4 mg each of vitamin B6 and manganese (16% DV)
  • 457 mg of potassium (14% DV)
  • 105 mg of phosphorus (10% DV)
  • 33 mg of magnesium (8% DV)
  • 62 mg of calcium (6% DV)

And one stalk of broccoli contains just about 45 calories.

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  • Treats Cancer
  • Prevents Heart Disease
  • Treats Stomach Disorder
  • Detoxifies the Body
  • Helps slow down Aging
  • Skin care
  • Protects from UV rays
  • Enhance Liver Health
  • Eye care
  • Can Cure Allergies
  • Amiotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Improves Bone & Teeth Health
  • Improves Immunity & Metabolism
  • Improves Men’s Sexual Health
  • Improves Hair Health, Treats Hair Loss & Imparts Luster to Hair
  • Balances the Body pH Levels
  • Improves Brain Health
  • Regulates Blood Pressure
  • Helps in Pregnancy
  • Treats Anemia

Word of Caution: Although this amazing vegetable has a wealth of health benefits associated with it, there is always room for caution. In some people, contact with broccoli can cause an allergic rash, as some of the powerful compounds in the vegetable can be irritating to the skin. Other than that, eat it in moderation, according to proper serving guidelines, and you can start enjoying the health benefits right away.

Different ways of Having This nutrition Element adding it your daily Meals or Having it Alone:

Broccoli is one of the most nutritious vegetables that can be eaten in both cooked and raw forms. Raw broccoli contains more sulforaphane than the cooked one and is a suitable addition to salads.

Whether eaten raw or cooked, this vegetable provides your body with a plethora of nutrients and vitamins that protect you from various diseases. If you are wondering how to cook broccoli, we have something for you.

Cooking

Before proceeding to cook broccoli, it should be washed and rinsed in cold running water. Cut the florets into quarters for uniform cooking. The stems and florets are the edible portions. So, the stem should be peeled and cut into slices.

To obtain the maximum nutrition from broccoli, it is advisable to let it sit for a few minutes before cooking. Broccoli can be cooked in many ways and can easily form part of many recipes to increase their nutrition quotient. Given below are some of the methods of cooking broccoli.

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Steamed broccoli is best. It is low in calories too (½ cup contains just about 31 calories). But overcooking should be avoided as it enhances its strong flavor, wipes out the color and leaches the nutrients. Broccoli should be cooked for a short duration until it becomes tender but remains crisp.

Broccoli can be steamed either in a microwave or on a stove top. In case of the former method, place the broccoli florets in a dish and pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of water on the top. Cover the dish and microwave it at a high temperature for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the lid and check if it is tender. Microwave it for an additional minute if required.

For steaming it on the stove top, fill a pot with a few inches of water and place a steamer basket on top, such that the water does not touch the bottom of the steamer basket. Simmer over medium to high heat and add the broccoli florets and stems. Cover the pot and steam for 4 to 5 minutes until they become tender. Steamed broccoli can be enjoyed with olive oil, seasonings, salads, casseroles, and soups.

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This is another method to make the broccoli tender. For this purpose, fill a bowl with ice water and bring it next to the stove. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a tablespoon of salt and broccoli florets. Cook for 1 to 1 ½ minutes until the florets turn tender and crisp. Allow the water to boil and cook the stems till they become tender for about 1 ½ to 2 minutes. Your broccoli is ready and can be served as vegetable platters.

If you want to freeze broccoli, blanching is the way to go about it. Freezing broccoli raw can make it bitter and leave it with shriveled stems. But blanching preserves the bright color and flavor.

sautSautéing

Rinse the broccoli properly to ensure that it is completely dry. Heat some oil in a skillet at medium to high heat. Add the florets along with salt and toss to coat with oil. Add the stems after a minute. Continue to cook and stir till the broccoli is bright green and tender.

 

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Your broccoli should be as dry as possible. Heat the oven to 425oF. Coat the broccoli florets and stem with a few tablespoons of oil and half a teaspoon of salt. Make a layer by spreading the broccoli in a thin layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Roast it for 20 to 25 minutes until it becomes crunchy and shows deep caramelized brown spots. It should be served immediately and can be used as a side dish or pizza topping.

  • Pastas: Steamed broccoli can be added along with nuts to pasta tossed with olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Soup: Broccoli can be pureed along with cauliflower and combined with seasonings of your choice to make a delicious soup. Chicken soup can also be prepared by pureeing broccoli and chicken broth with onion sautéed in olive oil.
  • Omelet: Broccoli florets and chopped stalks can be added to omelets to make them more nutritious.
  • Salad: Toss steamed broccoli with chickpeas, halved grape tomatoes, olive oil, crumbled feta, and red wine vinegar.
  • Dip: Steamed broccoli can be pureed with sour cream and grated parmesan and served with raw vegetables.
  • Frittata: Chopped garlic and steamed broccoli can be sautéed in olive oil and covered with beaten eggs. It can be sprinkled with grated cheese and baked at 350oF until puffed.
  • Broccoli Slaw: This can be prepared by combining chopped raw broccoli with red onion and dressing it with cream, cider vinegar, and honey. Cooked broccoli can be dressed with yogurt, lemon juice, and garam masala.
  • Broccoli With Chicken: Broccoli can be tossed with bone-in chicken pieces and whole garlic cloves in olive oil and roasted at 400oF for 35 to 45 minutes.
  • Snack: Broccoli can be enjoyed as a snack. Steamed broccoli can be tossed with butter and lemon juice and sprinkled with toasted almond slices.

Conclusion

We have stated that it’s a nutritional powerhouse. It might taste bitter. But that doesn’t matter. Make this a part of your daily diet. Because remember, it’s a nutritional powerhouse.

I believe in the magic of preparation. You can make just about any foods taste wonderful!

Rita.J.Jethani

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are Emotional Pains an Addiction?

Emotional Pain Can Be Just as Disruptive and Harmful as Physical Pain.Strange Right, sometimes we don’t realize that we are getting addicted with some pain …

Emotional pain can become an addiction to some people. Overwhelmed with feelings like sadness, depression, guilt, shame or fear, these emotions become so common and constant that you may feel like it’s a part of you and you can’t imagine life without it.

When you are continually exposed to emotional pain, there are changes in the brain that produces a dependency on those feelings. And while this emotional pain can be significant and debilitating, when it continues on for a prolonged period of time, it also can end up affecting your physical health as well. In some instances, emotional pain can cause physical pain.

While emotional pain is often dismissed as being less serious than physical pain, it is important that continual emotional pain be taken seriously. In some cases, you may need to see a physician before emotional pain has lasting consequences.

Let’s go a bit more deep in this issue

Emotional pain can become an addiction. A negative feeling, such as anger, worry grief, fear or depression can become so habitual that you cannot live without it. There are Physical as well as mental reasons for emotional pain addiction

when a person is continuously stressed by emotional pain, there are subtle changes in the body that create a dependency on stress-related chemistry. The emotional pain addict unconsciously seeks out situations that are sure to result in pain. A history of prolonged negative, stressful relationship is usually symptomatic of emotional pain addiction.

There are many such pain-linked feelings in the repertoire of pain addiction. Understanding the physiological part of emotional pain addiction can make breaking these patterns easier.

The Physiology of pain Addiction

On a Physical level, the addiction is not really to pain, but primarily to free-flowing endorphin are a hormone-like substance that the body releases whenever a pain or injury is experienced. Endorphin are pain-killers. when you stub your toe you feel a sharp pain, immediately followed by numbness, which accompanies the anaesthetizing  endorphin. The feeling of numbness associated with endorphin release is not unpleasant and, in fact, can be almost euphoric sensation. people who exercise vigorously are familiar with this feeling.

All strain on the body yields endorphin. Emotional Stress, like Physical stress, leads to strain.If the strain is constant, the body sends continuous stream of endorphin, which results in a dull( and barely noticeable) anesthetic effect. When endorphin flooding is part of everyday life, the senses are actually deadened. Workaholics experience this, but just as in the toe-stubbing example, the feeling can be somewhat pleasant.

With sustained endorphin release you can can still feel emotions, but only if they are intense, such as anger, rage, sorrow and fear. These trigger further endorphin release, which can lead to further emotional numbing. And once you become used to living and endorphin-filled existence.It is hard to give it up. With so much pain-killer substance running thought your body, there is a sense of security that makes you feel safer in the world. It’s a shield inside the body that protects you from subtle feelings that are more difficult to block, like tenderness, vulnerability, and love.

Changing the Pattern

Once a person is addicted to pain, breaking the habit takes considerable strength. It also requires external support. The unconscious craving for stress and pain drives the isolated pain addict to make decisions that are based on need rather than wisdom. Unfortunately emotional pain addicts do not usually have supportive relationships. They tend to gravitate towards partners who become a source of pain. Friends, family, and professional counselors are usually the best source of help. It is important that the support persons understand the inherent difficulty of withdrawal from pain addiction. If psychotherapy is used, it is helpful that the therapist be familiar with addictions and brain chemistry. Dynamic interventions seem to be the most effective approaches; they include Gestalt Therapy, the intense-feeling process, and Bioenergetics. Unfortunately, they are currently no pain Addicts Anonymous or Pain-anon meetings, so it is up to friends, family, and professionals to help. But their effectiveness is limited if they do not grasp the true nature of pain addiction. Acknowledgment, encouragement, patience, and nurturance are the essential tools. Criticism, anger, and provoking guilt do not help the pain addict. On the contrary, they drive the pain addict deeper into the addiction. Overcoming emotional addiction can take long time. To the pain addict, a life without pain is completely unfamiliar. There are frequent reports of a frightening void that yearns to be filled when pain is no longer dominant. in many ways it’s like being without drugs after years of dependency. The goal is to replace stress with relaxation, chaotic relationships with supportive ones, and self-deprivation with self-nurturance. It takes about six months to allow the system to function without the need for constant pain. The work, however, is not as difficulties it may seem, because positive changes are also felt along the way. Life is filled with color instead of grayness, joy instead of dullness. Grace replaces tension,, and a person’s natural beauty unfolds, in some cases for the very first time.

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Let’s check out how many different types of chronic pains and how certain emotional states could give rise to them:

Head

This might be familiar to most of you other there. Headaches and migraine issues can result from extensive stress of your everyday life. People with chronic headaches need to take care of their stress levels, and by that I mean, give some time for themselves on a daily basis. Work on yourself and work on flushing out the extra stress or burden.

Neck

Contrary to popular sentiments, neck pain does not always mean your kids are driving you nuts. Many psychologist believe that people suffering from neck pains need to forgive more, never mind if that person is someone else or you. What matters, is the focus on things that you love about yourself and on the things others love in you. The best way to add more forgiveness to your feelings is to think more about the things you love in yourself and in others.

Shoulders

Shoulder pain is a sign that person carries heavy emotional burden. Shoulders carry everything, so in order to solve this emotional problem, share it with friends or family.Basically, they are “shouldering” more than their shoulders can shoulder. Try to figure out solutions to the problems around you instead of sitting back and hoping that something happens. The more quick you act, and the more quickly your tackle your issues, the less emotional burden there will be on your shoulders.

Hands

Pain in the hands means your social circle isn’t the most crowded. Try reaching out for new friends or even take your colleagues out for a picnic. Most importantly, spend more time exploring and meeting new people

Arms and Elbows

Arm and elbow pain may result from a lack of general flexibility. You may not be very supportive of the natural changes occurring in your lives. Try going with the rest of the party, try being more easy and acceptable to the possible changes around you. Change is always good from time to time, attempting to fight it almost certainly means trouble.

Upper Back

Upper back pains could result from lack of emotional support and motivation. If you’re having back pain, you may not be feeling appreciated or you may be holding back certain feelings, particularly of affection. If you are already in a relationship, talk it out. If you are single, then its time to mingle and think about it about your life!

Lower Back

This type of chronic pain usually attacks to someone enduring financial issues. Focus on managing your monthly income better or just simply hire a financial-planner. If you want a pay-rise, let out your feelings to your boss. If you’re not satisfied with your job, trust yourself and look for options elsewhere.

Hips

The fear of moving on and changing could lead to hip pains. Don/t be afraid to change and move on, because its for a better you! Moreover, once you make a choice, do not regret it. There are pros and cons of every choice out there, so learn to stay happy and content with yours.

Knees

Knee pains may happen to people who think too highly of themselves. Pride and self-confidence are good things, but if limited to adequate levels. You need to realize that no human is entirely perfect or entirely imperfect. Learn to keep others where you keep yourself, because all of us are going to rest in the same grave, we have no options on that “So it is better to understand and treat the neighbor as we would like to be treated to us without so much selfishness”.

Calves

Emotional tension, particularly jealous can lead to Calf pain. Be the better person and learn to tackle things that make you jealous. Dump jealous and envy out of your lives, because the only thing it is going to add to your life is extra stress and tension. So leave the envy/jealousy  aside that the only thing that is going to provoke is that it costs you to continue with your own life.

Ankles

Living a boring life and having ankle pains at the same time? That doesn’t lack much sense. You need to add more spice to your lives. Take proper time everyday to pamper yourself or simply upgrade your love life. Go out and indulge a bit it is time to take some pleasure in your life. Enjoy the little things and appreciate every moment in your life.

Feet

An overload of depression can lead to foot pain. Beating depression is easier said that done, but there are some good methods one can implement to post a hefty challenge. Simply try a new hobby. Try to find and do things that give you joy.

 

It is not easy to live a life without tension, without problems, problems will not slow down because we are positive or will not change things from one day to another, everything is still part of our life, without those things we would not be us. We are accustomed to feel that pity about ourselves. But if with a more positive attitude we can change the perspective of seeing things and self help instead of self-destruct. We all have only one life, and if you do not value it first of all, nobody values it for you. So get up smile to life and make the words of  “I VALUE FOR MYSELF” resonate.

Rita .J.Jethani

 

RITA.J.JETHANI

 

Are you a Cyberchondriac?

drgoogle3Cyberchondria

Cyberchondria otherwise known as ‘compucondria’, the unfounded escalation of concerns about common symptomology based on review of search results and literature online. Articles in popular media position cyberchondria anywhere from temporary neurotic excess to adjunct hypochondria. Cyberchondria is a growing concern among many healthcare practitioners as patients can now research any and all symptoms of a rare disease, illness or condition, and manifest a state of medical anxiety.

The easy availability of health information on the web has certainly helped countless people make educated decisions about their health and medical treatment, but it can be disastrous for people who are likely to worry. Hypochondriacs researching an illness used to have to scour books and ask doctors for information. Now a universe of information is available with a few mouse clicks.

Hypochondria

Everyone worries about their health at times, but for some people, fears of being ill are so strong, even when they are in good health, that they find it hard to cope with their everyday life.

Worrying about health can be a debilitating condition in itself.

Someone who lives in fear of having a serious illness, despite medical tests never find anything wrong, may have a condition called illness anxiety disorder, more commonly known as hypochondria, or hypochondriasis.

How does hypochondria feel?

For a person with hypochondria, normal bodily functions as heart beats, sweating, and bowel movements can seem like symptoms of a serious illness or condition, and minor abnormalities, such as a runny nose, slightly swollen lymph nodes, and a small sore, can feel like serious problems.

The person’s attention may focus on one particular organ, such as the lungs, or just one disease, such as cancer, or they may fear one disease after another.

Health anxiety may cause people to talk excessively about their health, and they may make frequent visits to their physician. They may spend a lot of time searching the internet for symptoms of possible illnesses.

If tests come back negative, the person may find no relief. A negative result can make things even worse, as the patient’s fears grow that no-one believes them, and that problem may never be successfully diagnosed and treated.

Some individuals with the disorder may avoid medical attention, through fear of finding out that they have a serious illness. They may avoid people, places, and activities that they believe could pose a health risk.

An overwhelming fear of disease that lasts for more than 6 months may be a sign of health anxiety disorder.

 

Symptom of Hypochondria or Somatic Symptom Disorder

People with somatic symptom disorder — commonly called hypochondriacs — are worried about having a physical illness. The symptoms they describe can range from general complaints, such as pain or tiredness, to concerns about normal body functions, such as breathing or stomach noises. People with somatic symptom disorder are not faking or lying about their symptoms; they truly believe they are sick.

Warning signs that a person might have somatic symptom disorder include:

  • The person has a history of going to many doctors. He or she may even “shop around” for a doctor who will agree that he or she has a serious illness.
  • The person recently experienced a loss or stressful event.
  • The person is overly concerned about a specific organ or body system, such as the Heart or the Digestive system.
  • The person’s symptoms or area of concern might shift or change.
  • A doctor’s reassurance does not calm the person’s fears; he or she believes the doctor is wrong or made a mistake.
  • The person’s concern about illness interferes with his or her work, family, and social life.
  • The person may suffer from Anxiety, nervousness, and/or Depression.

The exact cause of somatic symptom disorder is not known. Factors that might be involved in the development of the disorder include:

  • A history of physical or sexual abuse
  • A history of having a serious illness as a child
  • A poor ability to express emotions
  • A parent or close relative with the disorder; children might learn this behavior if a parent is overly concerned about disease and/or overreacts to even minor illnesses
  • An inherited susceptibility for the disorder

How Is Somatic Symptom Disorder Diagnosed?

Diagnosing somatic symptom disorder can be very difficult, because people with the disorder are convinced their symptoms are caused by a medical illness.

When symptoms appear, the doctor will begin his or her evaluation with a complete history and physical exam. If the doctor finds no physical reason for the symptoms, he or she might refer the person to a psychiatrist or psychologist, health care professionals who are specially trained to diagnose and treat mental illnesses. The psychiatrist or psychologist makes a diagnosis based on his or her assessment of the person’s attitude and behavior, and the fact that physical illness has been ruled out as the cause of the symptoms. The psychiatrist or psychologist may administer a personality assessment to confirm the diagnosis of somatic symptom disorder.

How Is Somatic Symptom Disorder Treated?
A main goal of somatic symptom disorder treatment is to help patients live and function as normally as possible, even if they continue to have symptoms. Treatment also aims to alter the thinking and behavior that leads to the symptoms.
The disorder can be very difficult to treat. This is due, in part, to the fact that people who have it refuse to believe their symptoms are the result of mental or emotional rather than physical causes.

Treatment for somatic symptom disorder most often includes a combination of the following options:

Supportive care: In most cases, the best course of action is for the person to stay in regular contact with a trusted health care provider. Within this doctor-patient relationship, the doctor can monitor the symptoms and stay alert to any changes that might signal a real medical illness. The doctor’s main approach is likely to focus on reassuring and supporting the person, and preventing unnecessary tests and treatments. It might be necessary, however, to treat some of the symptoms, such as severe pain.
Medications: Antidepressant or anti-anxiety drugs are sometimes used if a person with somatic symptom disorder also has a mood disorder or anxiety disorder.
Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy (a type of counseling), particularly cognitive therapy, can be helpful in changing the thinking and behavior that contribute to the symptoms. Therapy also can help the person learn better ways to deal with stress, and improve his or her social and work functioning. Unfortunately, most people with somatic symptom disorder deny there are any mental or emotional problems, making them fairly resistant to psychotherapy.

“Instead of saying, I’m damaged, I’m broken, say I’m healing, I’m rediscovering myself, I’m starting over.”

RITA.J.JETHANI

Turmeric ” The Queen of Spices” Benefits for Health, Skin & Hair.

kurkuma01Turmeric,  known as curcuma longa, is a very common herb. Often referred to as the “Queen of Spices,” or “Golden spice of life”  its main characteristics are a pepper-like aroma, sharp taste and golden color. People across the globe use this herb in their cooking.

Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It contains a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin, which is often used to color foods and cosmetics.

Turmeric is used for arthritis,heatburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, bypass surgery, hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, a skin condition called lichen planus, skin inflammation from radiation treatment, and fatigue.

It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems,itchy skin, recovery after surgery, and cancers. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, swelling in the middle layer of the eye (anterior uveitis),diabetes, water retention, worms, an autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), tuberculosis, urinary bladder inflammation, and kidney problems.

Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain,ringworm , sprains and swellings, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, acne, inflammatory skin conditions and skin sores, soreness inside of the mouth, infected wounds, and gum disease.

Turmeric is also used as an enema for people with inflammatory bowel disease.

In food and manufacturing, the essential oil of turmeric is used in perfumes, and its resin is used as a flavor and color component in foods.

TURMERIC HEALTH BENEFITS.

Prevents Cancer

Turmeric can help prevent prostate cancer, stop the growth of existing prostate cancer and even destroy cancer cells. Multiple researchers have found that the active components in turmeric makes it one of the best protectors against radiation-induced tumors. It also has a preventive effect against tumor cells such as T-cell leukemia, colon carcinomas and breast carcinomas.

Controls Diabetes

Turmeric can be used in the treatment of diabetes by helping to moderate insulin levels. It also improves glucose control and increases the effect of medications used to treat diabetes. Another significant benefit is turmeric’s effectiveness in helping reduce insulin resistance, which may prevent the onset of Type-2 diabetes. However, when combined with strong medications, turmeric can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It is best to consult a healthcare professional before taking turmeric capsules.

Relieves Arthritis

The anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric are great for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, turmeric’s antioxidant property destroys free radicals in the body that damage body cells. It has been found that those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who consume turmeric on a regular basis experience much relief from the moderate to mild joint pains as well as joint inflammation.

Immunity Booster

Turmeric contains a substance known as lipopolysaccharide, which helps stimulate the body’s immune system. Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents also help strengthen the immune system. A strong immune system lessens the chance of suffering from colds, flu and coughs. If you do get a cold, a cough or the flu, you can feel better sooner by mixing one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drinking it once daily.

Reduces Cholesterol Level

Research has proven that simply using turmeric as a food seasoning can reduce serum cholesterol levels. It is a known fact that high cholesterol can lead to other serious health problems. Maintaining a proper cholesterol level can prevent many cardiovascular diseases.

Heals Wound

Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and can be used as an effective disinfectant. If you have a cut or burn, you can sprinkle turmeric powder on the affected area to speed up the healing process. Turmeric also helps repair damaged skin and may be used to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Weight Management

Turmeric powder can be very helpful in maintaining an ideal body weight. A component present in turmeric helps increase the flow of bile, an important component in the breakdown of dietary fat. Those who wish to lose weight or treat obesity and other associated diseases can benefit from having one teaspoon of turmeric powder with every meal.

Improves Digestion

Many key components in turmeric stimulate the gallbladder to produce bile, which then improves digestion and reduces symptoms of bloating and gas. Also, turmeric is helpful in treating most forms of inflammatory bowel disease including ulcerative colitis. However it is important to bear in mind that people suffering from any kind of gallbladder disease should not take turmeric as a dietary supplement as it may worsen the condition. It is best to consume turmeric in raw form when suffering from a digestive problem.

Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease

Brain inflammation is suspected to be one of the leading causes of cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric supports overall brain health by aiding in the removal of plaque build-up in the brain and improving the flow of oxygen. This can also prevent or slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Prevents Liver Disease

Turmeric is a kind of natural liver detoxifier. The liver detoxifies the blood through the production of enzymes and turmeric increases production of these vital enzymes. These vital enzymes break down and reduce toxins in the body. Turmeric also is believed to invigorate and improve blood circulation. All of these factors support good liver health.

Given the numerous health benefits of turmeric, adding this powerful herb to your diet is one of the best things you can do to improve the quality of your life. You can add turmeric in powder form to curries, stir fried dishes, smoothies, warm milk and even to spicy salad dressings. Turmeric can be taken in pill form also. However, turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction.

 

Benefits of Turmeric for Skin and Hair

Anti-Aging

Turmeric provides a great relief to aging skin. Haldi paste and haldi powder, for many years, have been a part of the beauty regimen. Even today brides and grooms celebrate ‘haldi’ as a ceremony where the haldi paste is applied to their faces and body.

Facial Hair Control

If applied daily, it has been seen that turmeric helps to slow the growth of facial hair which is a problem faced by many women. One needs to apply haldi daily over a period of time to see the difference.

Improves Skin’s Elasticity

Haldi helps to keep the skin looking young and fresh. As it contains many antioxidants, it is great for aging skin. It helps stimulate new cell growth and help keep the skin’s elasticity intact.

Lighten Pigmentation

If you have pigmentation and discoloration then using turmeric will surely help. Turmeric is said to lighten pigmentation and even out skin tone. This is the reason why many natural skin care brands use haldi as an active ingredient.

Control Dandruff & Hair Loss

If you have itching scalp, dandruff or hair loss then turmeric is good for you. It has been proved that turmeric helps rejuvenate scalp health and gets rid of itchiness, dandruff as well as hair loss.

Lighten Stretch Marks

Turmeric can help lighten stretch marks. Stretch marks often become a problem for ladies and a mixture of turmeric, besan, and raw milk/rose water/yogurt will help lighten the marks and even out the skin tone. The pack should be applied daily and kept until it dries completely.

Cures Acne

Turmeric helps to keep acne away and also helps to heal acne. There are simple ways of using turmeric to cure pimples, one is by using turmeric powder mixed with sandalwood paste helps to heal acne and applying raw turmeric mixed with few drops of rosewater helps lighten the spots too.

Heal Cracked Heels

Make a mixture of castor/coconut oil and add a bit of turmeric powder. Apply this on your cracked heels and areas where your skin has become excessively dry. Not only does this heal the cracked heels faster, but it also helps to make the heels softer.

 

It is not the Lenght of Life…but the Depht

 

Rita.J.Jethani