Sunday, October 14, 2012

Best times to take water

Water when consumed at right times will help our body more. Below are some of the facts.

  • Drinking water 30 minutes before lunch helps digestion.
  • Drinking plenty of water in the early morning activates internal organs. 
  • The amount of water intake should be more in the day time and should be decreased by evening.
  • At least 3 to 6 litters of water intake helps the body to keep it hydrated.
  • If you feel tired, have a glass of water. Because of its ability to move quickly throughout the body, water can reach your brain and activate it right before where you need to pay attention.
  • Depending on the temperature, humidity, and your body's fluid levels, you may need one or several glasses of water to arm yourself against dehydration during an indoor or outdoor workout. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Golden rules to keep our hair healthy

The below are the filtered and famous golden rules to keep our hair healthy.
  • Take a gooseberry everyday.It contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help maintain healthy hair.
  • Take food every 4 hours. Starving affects hair roots.
  • Make sure that green peas are part of your diet.
  • Dates are good source of iron.Healthy hair needs iron.
  • Excersice everyday. Good blood circulation helps hair to grow stronger.
  • Sleep well between 10pm and 4am.
  • Avoid stress. Don't be a perfectionist in everything. More importantly dont think about your falling hair :)
  • Dont change hair styles frequently. Frequent changes in your hair direction will result in hair fall.
  • Oil massage and natural conditioners (like egg white, curd and hibiscus) also helps.
  • Don't comb your hair when the hair is wet.
The reasons for hair fall could be genetical. If not, the above facts can really help a lot.


Coconut water is a very refreshing drink to beat tropical summer thirst. The juice is packed with simple sugar, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish hydration levels within the body.

Coconut water is composed of many naturally occurring bioactive enzymes these enzymes help in the digestion and metabolism. 

Despite very light consistency, its water has much better composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than some of the fruits like oranges.

Its water is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that the human body requires them from external sources to replenish.

Coconut water contains a very good amount of electrolyte potassium. Together, these electrolytes help replenish electrolyte deficiency in the body due to diarrhea.

Coconut water is an good natural drink to reduce the body heat.

Coconut water can be used as face cleanser. Cleaning face with Coconut water will help to redcuce to the pimples.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


There are various benefits of drinking hot water to our health. We take water to hydrate our body. Both hot and cold water serve this purpose. Drinking cold water seems to be more tempting than hot water. So, we consume cold water on a regular basis compared to hot water.

But compar to the cold water hot water having  some significant health benefits.

When we take hot water, our body temperature rises and hot water causes to cool down the body which is done by sweating.Sweating purifies our bloodstreams.A lot of toxins are thrown out from our body when we sweat.

Drinking hot water also removes built up deposits in our nervous system.

Drinking hot water improves blood circulation.

When lemon and honey are added to drinking hot water, it will become tasty and boost up the immunity.

If we take hot water in early morning, it will kill the harmful bacteria in throat and intestine and restore the lost moisture during night.

 Drinking a hot water glass with lemon before breakfast can be a perfect solution for cleansing your body system.

 It is a very good remedy for constipation as it stimulates the bowel.

Drinking hot water is a natural therapy to get relief from cough.Even for small baby's(after 6 months) who are suffering with cough feeding them luck warm water is a good thing.

Monday, October 8, 2012


This is a special diet with low fat and low cholesterol content. The food items are cooked with minimum amount of oil. Foods high in choestrol content are to be avoided.

This diet is used in conditions like obesity, hyperlipidemia, hypercholesterolemia, cardio vascular diseases and certain type of cancers.

Foods high in  fat content to be avoided:

1.Egg yolk, pork, turkey, beef, and lamp.

2.Brain, kidney, liver, heart and all organs of meats.

3.Ice creams, pastries.

4.Ghee, vanaspathi, butter, coconut oil, palm oil.,

5.Whole milk, Cheese, yogourt, cream of milk.

6. Deep fried items- chips, pappads, vadai, bonda, poori etc.

7. Alcoholic drinks, cream soup.

8.Almonds cashewnuts, coconut, groundnut, etc.

Use vegetables oils which are high in PUFA( polyusaturated fatty acids) like sunnola, Saffola, gingelly oil, ricebran oil for cooking.

Try to cook with minimum amount of oil (appx 3-4 teaspoons per day).

Apple, pomecgranate, guava, sweet lime, orange, wtermelon, papaya these fruits will help to control the cholesterol levels.

When your weight increases your blood cholesterol also tends to increse. So maintain your ideal body weight by controlling your diet intake.

use low fat dairyc products and limit milk consumption to 2 cups a day.

Foods high in fibre tend to be low in fat and and calories-eating more fibre rich foods may help to keep your weight in control.

Include lot of vegetables and greens.

Include fruits every day instead of sweets, cakes,pasteries or ice creams.

Among non-veg foods use either chicken or fish weekly once in gravy form.

Include salads and sprouts in your diet.

Alcohol: it is a source calorie and can be turned into fat ,adding weight to the body. It increase the level of triglycerides in your blood it in excess.

Caffeine: If found in tea, coffee, cocoa, chocolates and cola. They may increase the frequency and severity of irregular heart beats and can increase blood pressure.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Chiku, is a sweet and delicious tropical fruit with plenty of nutritional benefits. This fruit is soft and made of easily digestible pulp giving a crunchy and sweet flavor.

The sweetness of chiku can be related to the simple sugars like fructose and sucrose that make up the fruit and which replenishes and revitalizes our energy instantly. This abundantly available fruit surprisingly is a storehouse of many nutrients, which contribute to our overall health and wellness.

Chiku is very rich in dietary fibre, which makes it a good laxative. Besides that, it protects the outer membrane of colon from carcinogenic toxins.

When it comes to antioxidants although it doesnot belong to the popular categories of berries but nevertheless it is known for its anti-oxidative properties due to the presence of Tanin. Tanins are naturally occurring polyphenols, which help in neutralizing acids. Therefore, these compounds are useful in antidiarrheal, prevents bleeding and as a remedy for haemorrhoids.

Antioxidant vitamins in sapota may be linked to the presence of vitamin C  and vitamin A. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infection, and prevents large formation of harmful free radicals.

Vitamin A is known for its promotion of good vision. Besides it is also known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers as well as keeping healthy mucus membranes.

Ripened sapotas are a good source of minerals like potassium, copper, iron and vitamins like folate, niacin and pantothenic acid. These compounds are essential nutrients, which promote optimal health, and they involve in various metabolic processes in the body acting as cofactors for the enzymes. Chiku skin can also be consumed.

Saturday, October 6, 2012


Fresh green beans are very low in calories and contain no saturated fat. Nevertheless, the lean vegetables are a very good source of vitamins, minerals, and plant derived micronutrients.

Green beans are an excellent source of protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber. Their high fiber content aids digestion and the protein helps to regulate blood sugar levels.

They also contain good amounts of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), and vitamin-C. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.

The folic acid and B6 in green beans make them a “heart healthy” vegetable as well because it lowers an amino acid called homocysteine, which is known to be high in people with heart disease.

In addition, beans contain healthy amounts of minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium, which are very essential for body metabolism.

Friday, October 5, 2012


Indian yellow cucumbers are very low in calaries, have minimal amounts of fats and no cholesterol.Have a very high water content and are know to have diuretic properties,and thus help in improving the kidney and bladder diseases.

Eating  yellow cucumbers regularly in summer months prevents dehydration.

Moderate source of vitamin c, a natural water soluble antioxidant. It enhances the body's immune system, increases the elasticity of skin and blood vessels,and prevents bruising of the skin.
Moderate source of folic acid and vitamins A, which are essential for maintaining a healthy heart and eye sight.

Good source of other minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium,zinc and manganese, which play a very important role in maintaining proper metabolic activities of the body.

Good source of potassium and very low in sodium. This helps in lowering the blodd pressure.

Yellow cucumber is very good source of dietary fiber. Its very good for diabetic patients.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Cauliflower is a very good source of vitamin C and manganese, which are both powerful antioxidants.With these antioxidants, you can be certain that eating cauliflower regularly will help protect you from free radical damage and reduce your risk for diseases caused by oxidative stress, such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

Cauliflower also contains high amounts of vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids, which help decrease inflammation. Regular cauliflower consumption can help decrease the risk of inflammation-mediated diseases such as arthritis, obesity and diabetes.

Cauliflower contains high dietary fiber, which helps clean your digestive system and gets rid of unnecessary substances. Additionally, a substance called glucoraphin present in cauliflower appears to have a protective effect on your stomach lining.

Cauliflower provides a good amount of folate (B9), a B vitamin that is necessary for a healthy pregnancy. Folate deficiency in pregnant women can lead to problems such as birth defects and low birth weight.

Cauliflower also contains vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine) and B9 (folic acid). It serves as a good source of proteins, phosphorus and potassium.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Beetroots are also rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus.They are very low in calories but have the highest sugar content of all vegetables.

Beetroot is good for pregnant women since it is a source of B vitamin folate which helps in the development of infant’s spinal column. Deficiency of folate could lead to the condition called neural tube defect.

Betaines contained in the beetroot juice stimulates the functions of liver.

Beetroot contains a significant amount of carbohydrates that provides fuel for energy and prolonged sports activities.

Beetroot is one of the very effective vigatable for anaemia.Its adavised to mix a cup of beetroot juice with  honey and have it once a day. Beetroot is a rich source of carotene and iron. It aids those patients, who follow a vegetarian diet.

The presence of beta-carotene (vitamin A) in beetroot helps to prevent age related blindness called cataract.

Low level of potassium in body increases the risk of stroke. So potassium-rich beetroot is recommended in that aspect.

This vegetable is also a natural dye so mix the regular henna powder in beetroot juice for an auburn tinge in your hair. And, it is completely chemical free so your hair remains as healthy and beautiful as always. 

Beetroot leaves are also good for curing wounds.

Monday, October 1, 2012


Brinjal is a very good source of potassium and contains a high content of water and fiber.In Traditional Chinese Medicine, all parts of the plant can be used to stop intestinal bleeding. The fruit of the plant is used as an antidote in cases of mushroom poisoning.

Eating brinjals roasted on fire after putting some salt into it cures excessive phlegm and wind humor of the body.

Soup made up of brinjal and tomato increases the appetite and helps in digestion.

Eating soft brinjal after baking it on fire and with raw sugar on empty stomach in the morning, cures the enlarged spleem due to malaria.

Taking soft and baked brinjal with honey in the evening helps in having a sound sleep. Using it for some days cures insomnia.

 The use of brinjal destroys the stones in its initial stage.

 If brinjal is taken in its mashed form or as soup with asafoetida and garlic, it cures flatulation.


Mushrooms themselves provide you with lean proteins as they have zero cholesterol, fats and very low carbohydrates. The fiber and certain enzymes in them also help lower cholesterol level. Moreover, the high lean protein content in mushrooms helps burn cholesterol when they are digested.

Mushrooms are very effective in preventing cancer of breast and prostrate due to presence of Beta-Glucans and conjugated Linoleic Acid having anti carcinogenic effects. Out of these two, linoleic acid is particularly helpful in suppressing effects of estrogen. This estrogen is the prime reason for breast cancer in women after menopause. The Beta-Glucans, on the other hand, inhibit growth of cancerous cells in cases of prostrate cancer.

Mushrooms contain about 80 to 90 percent water, and are very low in calories . They have very little sodium and fat, and 8 to 10 percent of the dry weight is fiber. Hence, they are an ideal food for persons following a weight management program or a diet for hypertensives.

 Mushrooms can be an ideal low energy diet for diabetics. They have no fats, no cholesterol, very low carbohydrates, high proteins, vitamins and minerals, a lot of water and fiber. Moreover, they contain natural insulin and enzymes which help breaking down of sugar or starch of the food.

 Mushrooms are rich in calcium (good for bones),iron (benefits in anemia), potassium (very good for lowering blood pressure), copper(anti bacterial).