Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Healthful Benefits of the Citrus Fruit Tomato

Tomatoes are the most versatile fruit that can be eaten raw and is used in sandwiches, pizza, vegetables, soups, gravy and sauces. The citrus fruit tomatoes are juicy, sweet and tasty. It is said that one serving of red raw tomatoes is a very good source of Vitamins A, C, K, folate and potassium. They are a rich source of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus and copper. They are good for health as they are naturally low in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol. Being low in calories, they are very healthy and are easily available. They can help you lose weight also if you are on a sensible diet and exercise plan. They make a great snack as they contain lots of water and fiber.

Tomatoes are high in water content which makes them a good diet food. Eating them daily provides protection against high blood pressure, strokes, heart disease and high cholesterol. Being rich in vitamin K and calcium they are good for strengthening and repairing bones. They are good source chromium which helps to control the body’s blood sugar level.

Lycopene found in tomatoes also have many benefits some of which are listed below:
  • Lycopene found in them makes the skin less sensitive to UV rays damage, thereby helping the skin against run burns.
  • Lycopene in them improves bone mass, which aids in fighting osteoporosis.
  • Lycopene can diminish the risk of several cancers, including prostate, cervical, mouth, pharynx, throat, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectal, prostate and ovarian cancer.
Tomatoes can keep your blood sugar in balance. Being a very good source of chromium they help in regulating blood sugar level. Vitamin A present in them can improve vision, prevent night blindness and make hair strong and shiny. Recent research shows that consuming them may help reduce the risk of macular degeneration which is a serious and irreversible eye condition. They can help prevent kidney stones and gallstones. Studies by researchers suggest that people who eat them are less likely to have stones.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Effects of Refined Sugar on Your Health

Sugar is an important source of energy easily available however, if you consume it in large amount, it increases the risk of obesity and the other ailments such as diabetes and heart disease. Humans are born with a sweet tooth and you probably would not like the fact that consuming refined sugar is dangerous for your health. It has no or zero nutritional value, the more refined and whiter it is, adverse is its effects on your health. 

Below are the major reasons why should you regulate intake of refined sugar.

·         Sugar suppresses the body’s immune system, and speed up the aging process.
·         It decreases human growth hormone and is a like barrier in keeping you young and lean.
·         Don’t over-feed your children with sugary stuff as it weakens sightedness.
·         It feeds cancer cells and is often linked with the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, lung, gall bladder, biliary tract, and stomach cancer.
·         It causes laziness and diminishes physical activities in young children as well as in adults.
·         It intervenes with the absorption of super molecule.
·         It also causes food allergies.
·         It contributes to polygenic disorder.
·         It impairs the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid.
·         It causes anxiety disorder.
·         Excessive intake of sugar in kids as well as adults cause concentration problem.
·         It greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of yeast infections.
·         It increases crankiness in children
·         It has a direct effect on the blood sugar levels, therefore is associated to diabetes and blood sugar fluctuations.
·         Being high in acidic content, it is directly linked to tooth decay and many other dental problems.

Despite of the numerous warnings by health authorities of the effects of sugar, the majority of the population continues consuming it in large amount in some form or the other.

There are lots of other alternatives available to satisfy your sweet tooth. The earth is full of natural sweet options like honey, jaggery, and fruits, they are wonderful alternatives. The sweeteners you can try like stevia or agave nectar. They are both good for baking, sweetening tea and whatever you use sugar for. Nothing is harmful till the time you don’t over consume it. So regulate your sugary intake and stay healthy and fit.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Find Out How Many Calories Are You Drinking?

Mostly you only focus on what you are eating when you think of losing weight. You often wonder that despite of cutting calories in food, you are not getting good results. The reason could be the drinks you are consuming, as they also contain good amount of calories. So for staying fit and healthy, you must know how many calories your drink contains. Here is a list which will help you to keep a track on how many calories you intake.

Serving Size
12 ounces
Diet soda
12 ounces
Bottled sweet tea
12 ounces
Brewed tea, unsweet
12 ounces
Orange juice, unsweetened
12 ounces
Apple juice, unsweetened
12 ounces
Tomato/Vegetable juice
12 ounces
Cranberry juice cocktail
12 ounces
Whole Milk
12 ounces
2% low-fat milk
12 ounces
1% low-fat milk
12 ounces
Nonfat milk
12 ounces
Soy milk
12 ounces
Coffee, black
12 ounces
Coffee with cream
12 ounces
Coffee with whipped cream
12 ounces
Coffee with heavy whipping cream
12 ounces
Caffe Latte, whole milk
12 ounces
Caffe Latte, nonfat
12 ounces
Sports drink
12 ounces
Energy drink
12 ounces
12 ounces
Red wine
5 ounces
White wine
5 ounces
Hard liquor (vodka, rum, whiskey,
gin; 80 proof)
1.5 ounces

Monday, 20 May 2013

Seven Home Remedies to Lose Weight Naturally

Are you exhausted of exercising and dieting but nothing is working for you, try these home remedies and lose weight naturally.

1.       Honey can do wonders if you are seeking weight loss. Put 10 grams of honey with a lemon and sprinkle black pepper in lukewarm water and drink early morning daily. It is regarded as one of the best home remedies for losing weight.

2.       Eat cabbage, you can put low fat dressing and make tasty salad with it. It is a free food and helps in losing weight.

3.       Eat raw tomatoes for three months early in the morning. This home remedy will help you to shed the fat moreover it will make your skin healthier.

4.       Eating 10-12 curry leaves also help in reducing weight. Try this remedy for four months and you will be surprised to see the results.

5.       Tea made up of dandelion root is very effective. Drinking this tea three times a day is very beneficial home remedy for losing weight.

6.       Add some pieces of ginger to boiling water and put it in a glass, then put 2-3 slices of lemon and drink it. This helps in reducing the appetite naturally.

7.        Drinking carrot juice on a regular basis helps in reducing Cholesterol. It also removes free radical and nourishes the skin making it healthy and glowing. 

These remedies are not only good for weight reduction but also helps in improving digestion and skin's health.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Tips to stay healthy in summers

Summers are back and back are the days of sweat, tan and heat strokes. Mercury is rising but you can’t escape going out in sun. So here are some tips which will help you beat the summer heat, and make you stay healthy and fit.
Eat fresh food
It is very important for you to eat fresh and healthy food as bacteria, fungi, and germs grow faster in summers. It is advised by doctors and is my mother’s advice also to limit intake of junk food from outside.  Your stomach is very sensitive in summers so you should take extra care of what we eat.
Your body needs fewer calories in summers
Heat slows the metabolism of your body therefore you should eat less in summers. To avoid gaining weight, incorporate nutrient-rich foods like fruits and vegetables. These help in regaining the lost water and potassium by your body during sweat.  Moreover try to get proteins from vegetarian sources like soy and lentils. Avoid package food and food full of fats and carbohydrates
Drink adequate water
Your body loses more water in summers due to perspiration. You sweat, the loss of water dramatically increases and you suffer from dehydration. So in order to stay hydrated during the boiling summer season, drink two to four extra glasses of water.  Include liquids in your diet which could include ice-tea, coladas, lime-water, juices or any non-aerated drink you like.
Modify your workout for summers
It is very important to stay active during summer season. But be careful and keep yourself hydrated while you exercise. If possible modify your work out regime, try swimming instead baseball or just join a gym instead of doing outdoor exercises.

Enjoy this summer with friends and family but also make sure you are not ignoring your health.

Monday, 22 April 2013

How wondrous is water for your overall Health?

Do you know that water is your body's most important nutrient?
Water makes 70 to 75% of your total body weight. It helps in maintaining the body temperature, metabolizes body fat and cushions organs. It aids in digestion, lubrication, transportation of nutrients, and flushes out toxins from your body. Water has numerous benefits.  

10 amazing benefits of water

1.      Drinking water helps in losing weight
Water has zero calories. As water flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown. Drinking water can reduce hunger as it is an effective appetite suppressant.
2.      Makes your Skin Healthier and Younger
Water helps a lot in replenishing skin tissues, moisturizing skin which increases skin elasticity. Proper hydrated skin looks younger and healthier.
3.      Better Productivity at Work
 Your brain is mostly made up of water therefore drinking water helps in better thinking. It also helps your alertness and concentration.
4.      Natural medicine for Headache and Back Pains
Water helps to reduce headache and back pains as many times these are due to dehydration.
5.      Helps in Digestion
Water improves your digestive system and increases your metabolic rate. Drinking adequate amount of water can help in relieving constipation also.
6.      Remove Harmful Toxins
Water removes antioxidants by flushing all the toxins out of your body.   
7.      Relieves Fatigue
When your body has less water than is required by it your heart works harder in order to pump oxygenated blood to all cells, so the insufficient oxygen in the body leads to fatigue. Therefore drinking enough water can help you in relieving fatigue.
8.      Lessen Cramps and Sprains
Hydrated body helps in keeping your joints and muscles lubricated thereby lessening cramps and sprains.
9.      Maintain the Ph balance
Your body needs a neutral balance of Ph 7 range in order to function properly and water helps in maintain this Ph balance.
10.  Reduces Stress Level
Dehydration lead to increased levels of a hormone called Cortisol which is a stress hormone. So by drinking adequate water you can reduce the stress level.
Not only this, often doctors suggest that drinking adequate water helps in fighting against flu. It also reduces the risks of kidney stones and heart attack. Moreover studies show that water may reduce the risks of bladder cancer and colon cancer.
So ask yourself “Are You Drinking Enough Water?” 

Friday, 12 April 2013

Skipping an economical way of losing weight

Are you tired of spending big amount of time and money to be in shape, but never succeeded. You are not the only one, there are many like you. Paying gym membership bills, doing dieting and skipping dinner are few remedies even I tried but it did no good to me.
One Monday morning while I was going to my workplace I saw a cute looking girl around 9 or 10 year old skipping in the park from where I pass by to take a short cut, she was sweating a lot. Suddenly I realized that I don’t sweat and burn so much working out in my expensive, air conditioned gym as this girl was doing with a skipping rope in a park. Being inspired by her I thought of skipping on weekends. Then after two weeks I begin to enjoy it so much that now I am regular with it and look the best ever, so thought of sharing amazing benefits of skipping.  
  1. Skipping is very effective in burning calories and an hour of skipping can burn up to 1000 calories.
  2. It strengthens your bones thereby keep off osteoporosis.
  3. It helps in increasing your stamina and endurance.
  4. It makes you more vigilant and alert which will help you to focus better.
  5. Skipping enhances flexibility and athletic abilities.
  6. It improves your reflexes, balance and posture.
  7. It tones arms, legs and abs muscles therefore providing a full body workout.
  8. Skipping also helps you gain better concentration and self control.
  9. It promotes cardio-vascular activity thereby making the heart stronger which allows the heart to pump more blood, properly delivering oxygen and nutrients to the tissues.
  10. Most importantly it helps in releasing stress, to which are very prone in the fast paced life style of today.
So, shed your extra fat with skipping which according to me is an awesome and inexpensive way of losing weight faster.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Best vegetables for Weight Loss

Some of the best vegetables for weight loss, shed up to 7 kg in a month

Vegetables are low in calories, high in volume and rich in nutrients which help in quick weight loss. Studies show that getting a large part of nutrition from vegetables assist a lot in keeping a person trim and youthful.

1.     Broccoli
Broccoli being made up of 60 percent carbohydrates, about 40 percent proteins, and contains lots of water, minerals, and vitamins has no fat. Carbohydrates present in broccoli are quite complex, so it requires time to digest and helps in utilizing more calories than it provides thereby helping reduce weight. These carbs release very slowly and you will have long hours of energy even after each meal. Important minerals and vitamins in broccoli include vitamin E, selenium, riboflavin, calcium, iron, magnesium, pantothenic acid, phosphorous, and thiamin.

2.     Spinach
Spinach is best for weight loss diet programs because of its dense nutritional value with low-calorie content. It can keep the stomach full for a longer time. The nutrients in spinach contain potassium, manganese, zinc, iron, and calcium. Not only does spinach help strengthen our muscles but it also helps the eyesight, stabilizes blood pressure, protects skin, and benefits neurological health. The vitamin K in spinach helps in improving bone health.

3.     Lettuce
Lettuce is an important diet vegetable and is a free food for most diet plans. It can also be added to any meal as a starter salad or the main dish as it is very low in calories. Dark lettuce leaves are rich in folate and it has valuable beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, and certain phytochemicals which are very helpful for the body. You can use lettuce to make low-fat salad, low-calories sandwiches for the perfect weight loss.

4.     Cucumbers
Very popular vegetable and commonly used in salads cucumber has nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, magnesium, and potassium. Being very high in fiber, these highly support weight loss. Being a great source of silica, an important mineral used to strengthen the connective tissue that makes up our skin therefore cucumbers are excellent for skin. It provides hydration to the body as well helps in brightening the skin.

5.     Beans and Carrots
Beans are full of protein and dietary fibers and tastes best when eaten raw. Being low in fat with high fiber content, it helps losing weight faster. Carrots can be eaten raw and cooked. The vegetable is high in vitamins A, K, C and minerals making it a perfect fat-free snack.

6.     Bell Peppers
Bell peppers are in different shapes and colors. The colorful bell peppers not only make your low-calorie dishes look colorful but also add flavor and crunch to it.  Bell peppers raise the metabolism and reduce the appetite naturally making it very helpful for weight loss. It has vitamin C, vitamin B, beta-carotene, lycopene, potassium, foliate and a lot of fiber which helps your overall health.

Going on vegetables diet is not only helpful for losing weight but also for the overall health and skin. By including these vegetables in every meal you can lose 4 to 7 kg in a month, as long as you limit junk intake and do proper exercise.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Stay healthy this summer by treating yourself with refreshing watermelons

This summer quench your thirst with the wonder fruit, Watermelon. Packed with nutrition and antioxidant, watermelon is also the best source of several vitamins. It hydrates the body and has very low-fat which will take away all your summer blues away.

What is more refreshing than a crispy, luscious slice of watermelon!

Nutritional facts of watermelon
Watermelon is rich in several vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin B6. Vitamin A present in it helps to maintain eye health and is an excellent antioxidant; vitamin C strengthens immunity which helps in healing wounds, preventing cell damage and even promotes healthy gums and teeth where the vitamin B6 present in watermelon helps in proper functioning of brain and even helps in  converting protein to energy.
The amino acid called "citrulline" is in exceptionally high quantity in watermelons which is converted into arginine and helps in removing ammonia from the body during the urea cycle. It also contains magnesium which considered the master mineral.

Beauty benefits provided by watermelon       
You will be excited to know that researches show that watermelon lessens the sun related skin damage by 40% as it has special cooling effect. It is advised by dermatologists that having 2-cups of watermelon daily will help you to achieve a younger looking skin in just 2 weeks. This is so because watermelon is nature's richest source of lycopene which keeps check on sunburn, wrinkling and even aid in reducing the risks of cancer and other diseases.

Other health benefits
•             Having watermelon can improve sleep researches show that eating its few slices after dinner can extend the deep stages of sleep by 27%.
•             The lycopene which gives fruits its attractive red color helps in reducing the risks of prostate cancer.
•             Research has shown that it is beneficial in reducing cardiovascular diseases, colon cancer, angina, high blood pressure as well as diabetes.
•             It is an ideal health drink in summers as it contains 92 per cent water, without any fat or cholesterol. It fills you up fast and therefore helps the people seeking weight loss.
•             Watermelons are called energy boosters. A daily serving of the fruit can boost the energy levels of an individual by up to 23%.
•             Watermelon has ingredient arginine which delivers Viagra-like effect resulting to treat erectile dysfunction and perhaps even prevent it. 

Amazing fact: A watermelon is popularly gifted to the host in China and Japan because of the great benefits it provides.