Archive for April 26th, 2013

All about the magnificent mango

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Mango belongs to the family “Anacardiaceae”. It has the scientific name “Magnifera Indica” and is widely found in India and south East Asia. Mango trees have deep roots and reach the height of 40 ft – 120 ft . Young mango leaves are copper in color and matured ones have deep green color. The flowers of mango tree are mostly male which supply pollens and few are bisexual which help in formation of fruits.

Bark, leaves, flowers, seed, raw and ripe fruits of mango have myriad medicinal uses. Texts of ayurveda mention various herbal preparations using different parts of mango tree. These preparations are used to normalize a variety of health conditions.

The Mango Bark, flower, leaves, and seed kennel are astringent and cause dryness of body tissues. Ripe mango fruit is sweet to taste and increases sliminess and mucous secretion. Raw Mango is sour in taste and vitiates all three doshas.

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Healthy food and exercise for healthy skin

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Acne can be a cause of stress for many teenagers, as well as those in their 20s and 30s. Find out what causes acne and how to prevent and treat it.

Happy to be acne-free!

Those damned pimples!

One skin complaint that many whine about is acne. Teenagers, especially, are victim to this — though it also affects many in their 20s, 30s and even 40s.

While treating acne may seem unimportant, studies show that treatment has value. Treating acne can prevent additional breakouts and scars. It can improve a person’s quality of life. People living with acne can suffer from low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. Acne can even discourage people from pursuing their life’s dreams. When acne is under control, a person’s confidence grows. Anxiety and depression diminish.

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Fast twice a week to live a longer life

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Fasting twice a week could be the key to a longer life by slashing the risk of a host of killer diseases, a new study has revealed.

Research shows dramatically cutting the amount of calories you eat for two days can keep obesity, heart disease and diabetes at bay, the Daily Express reported.

The revolutionary weight-loss plan restricts calorie intake for 48 hours, like the 48 Hour Diet by top nutritionist Amanda Hamilton, published last week.

She shared her easy to follow plan which promises to not just shift the pounds but improve general health and mental wellbeing.

Researchers have backed her methods of intermittent fasting and say it is as effective as weight loss surgery, without the cost or risk.

The scientific review suggests fasting diets may help those with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

A review published in the British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease by a team led by James Brown from Aston University in the West Midlands highlights evidence from clinical trials which shows fasting can limit inflammation, improve levels of sugars and fats in your circulation and cut blood pressure.

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Natural wonder – Guava

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Expensive fruits aren’t necessarily the healthiest. The modest guava packs in a host of goodness.

A study conducted by the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad has found guava to be the healthiest fruit. This study, published in the journal ‘Food and Research International’, evaluated the natural antioxidant level in 14 fruits consumed in India. And guava, as per this study, contains it in the highest amounts.

The modest guava

Depending on the variety, a guava’s skin and seeds are typically, white or pink. While some people like it semi-ripe, when it’s crunchy yet soft, a few others prefer the fully ripe ones.

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Importance of minerals: Iron and calcium

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Although they are required in small portions, minerals form an extremely important part of a nutritious diet. In this article, we shine a spotlight on iron and calcium.

Minerals as a food group

Minerals are inorganic elements present in the soil and water. These are absorbed by plants and enter our bodies when we consume these plants. Similarly, animals also obtain minerals from eating plants.

Minerals as a food are classified under micro-nutrients along with vitamins. Essentially we need a small quantity, hence they are also known as trace elements. Minerals cannot be created by the human body and nutritious food is the main source of minerals. Therefore, it’s imperative that we consume a balanced diet from which we get all the different types of minerals. Dietary supplements like multi-vitamin pills also provide minerals.

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