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Honey isn't Just Sugar!

Honey is so sweet and comforting that many people don’t give its healing abilities a second thought. The fact is, honey is far better than what most people perceive. Researchers are turning up more and more new evidence of honey's medical benefits in all directions. The benefits of honey don't just stop at satisfying the palate; honey also offers incredible antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties for our body and health, hot beauty and skin care tips for ladies, and amazing healing properties as a head-to-toe remedy, from eye conjunctivitis to athlete foot. Its powerful healing attributes have long been used thousands of years ago and known to promote healing for cuts, cure ailments and diseases, and correct health disorders for generations after generations.

There are manyamazing health benefits of honey some of them are:

Nature's Energy Booster

The benefits of honey go beyond its great taste. A great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies, honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes. Its natural sugars play an important role in preventing fatigue during exercise. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy.It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar.

The carbohydrates in honey helps to relieve the tiredness in your muscles and gives your body more energy to help you make it through the day better and help you be able to have a longer more active day without being so tired. Honey helps keep you from getting tired after exercising.

Try taking a spoonful of honey first to help give you more energy while exercising. To help your get through the morning, have some honey for your breakfast.

For Sore Throats

One of the better known health benefits of honey is that it is able to help treat sore throats.If you have a sore throat due to a cold or allergies, take a spoonful of honey to help soothe your sore throat. Honey can help kill bacteria in your system. Honey helps lower the inflammation in your throat. If you prefer instead of taking a teaspoon of honey, you can mix some honey with water or lemon and drink it to help soothe your sore throat.

Honey is Anti-Cancer!

 Honey can help prevent you from getting cancer; it can help lower the chances of getting forms of cancer. Honey does not get rid of cancer; it just helps you from getting cancer. Honey has antioxidants in them which are known as helping to aid in getting cancer. Be sure to include honey in your daily diet to help prevent forms of cancer.

Immunity System Builder

 Honey helps with your immune system. If your immune system is down, have some honey for breakfast. Try some on your toast, pancakes, waffles, or even just a spoonful has some honey for your lunch. Make yourself a peanut butter and honey sandwich. Honey helps your digestive system and helps you fight disease.

For Hangovers

When you get a hangover from drinking too much alcohol, combat its effects by applying honey remedy. Honey is gentle on the stomach and contains a mix of natural sugars such fructose which is known to speed up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver, acting as a 'sobering' agent. Follow this recipe: 15ml of liquid honey with 80ml of orange juice and 70ml of natural yogurt. Blend them together until smooth.

For Cuts and Burns

If you have a cut or a burn, try putting honey on it. Studies show that honey also reduces swelling and infection. Honey has antibacterial forms in it which helps in reducing bacteria in your body.

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Watercress, plenty of therapeutic properties

Watercress has plenty of health and therapeutic properties. However, due to its strong, pungent and bitter taste, it is never used alone, but is always added to juices, salads or other dishes as an ingredient, flavor or garnish.

Watercress has the following benefits:

Anti-anemic effect:  Watercress is particularly helpful in treating different types of anemia due to its high content in iron.  Iron is essential for the synthesis of hemoglobin, and folic acid, which plays a key role in the maturation of red cells in the bone marrow.  The right amount of vitamin C in watercress also makes better absorption of iron.

Anti-inflammatory properties:  Watercress is rich in vitamin C, which has an anti-inflammatory action and can help prevent or relieve the symptoms of cold, flu and other types of inflammation.

Anti-oxidant and anti-cancer effects:  Just as many other herbs, watercress is rich in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidant substances help prevent or fight the damage caused by free radicals to body tissues, thereby contributing to prevent premature aging, as well as lower the risk of developing cancer and many other chronic or degenerative diseases.

Aphrodisiac effect:  Several historical sources show that watercress has been used for its aphrodisiac effect since the age of the ancient Romans and Persians.  This could be due to its high zinc and iron content.

Blood glucose:  Although not definitely proven, it seems that watercress can help control blood sugar levels and prevent or treat high blood glucose. It is probable that the hypoglycemic effect of watercress is in part due to its high content in soluble fiber, that helps reduce the absorption of carbohydrates from the intestine. This effect is particularly helpful for individuals with diabetes.

 Bone health:  The right proportion of calcium, magnesium, manganese, vitamins A, C and K in watercress helps promote and maintain healthy and strong bones.

Cough:  The sulphur glycosides found in watercress have been shown to modify bronchial secretions and exert an expectorant effect, which can be used to treat many forms of chronic bronchitis.

Digestive function:  Watercress does improve digestive function, due to its high content in vitamin C and fiber, which stimulate salivary and gastric secretions and the motility of the intestinal tract respectively.

DNA, preserve:  In a laboratory test, it was found that daily consumption of watercress increase the ability of cells to resist DNA damages to lymphocytes (white blood cells).

Eye health:  The high content in phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin are potent anti-oxidants;  together with vitamin A and zinc all in this herb help greatly improve eye health.

Hair health:  Watercress can be used topically to treat dandruff and prevent hair loss, due to its sulfur, iron, zinc and vitamin A content. The best results are obtained by rubbing the scalp and the hair with a watercress tincture.

Hangover:  A hangover happens when the liver gets overloaded with toxic alcohol.  Watercress juice is so concentrated with so much cleansing goodness that it activates the detoxifying enzymes in the liver for detoxifying a hangover.

Purifying effect:  Watercress has been used for centuries for its purifying effects. It enhances the diuresis and helps give the colon a good "spring-cleaning", thereby effectively removing toxins from the body.

Skin health:  When used topically, watercress juice can be helpful in relieving skin eczema, as well as other skin conditions.  Its high content of vitamin A and C best obtained by juicing are also beneficial for healthy skin.

 Thyroid gland:  The high iodine content in watercress can help prevent goitre, improve the function of the thyroid gland and relieve the symptoms of many forms of hypothyroidism.

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Walking reduces anxiety

 Research studies agree that people need 30 minutes of moderate-level physical activity on most days of the week to see health benefits. Brisk walking is considered a type of moderate-level physical activity. Based on research studies, walking on a regular basis has the following health benefits:

 Helps keep your bones, muscles, and joints healthy. 

Reduces anxiety and depression, boosting your mood. Helps you handle stress.

 You can even divide the 30 minutes into shorter periods of at least 10 minutes each.     For instance, use stairs instead of an elevator, get off a bus one or two stops early, or     park your car at the far end of the lot at work.

If you already engage in 30 minutes of moderate-level physical activity a day, you can get added benefits by doing more. Engage in a moderate-level activity for a longer period each day, or engage in a more vigorous activity.

 

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Corn, a powerhouse of minerals

 Corn is one of the few cereals that we all can get very creative with. Also popularly known as maize, it can be cooked in a variety of ways. Sweet corn can be eaten right out of the "maize ears" or the corn kernels can be used in a gravy or garnish the fried rice, or can even be combined with onion and chilies to make an amazing evening snack. The best thing about this grain is not just about the taste. It is also about the innumerable health benefits of sweet corn.

Benefits of Corn are as follows:

Improves digestion

Corn is filled with fiber that is a huge boon for digestion. It prevents constipation, hemorrhoids and even lowers the risk of colon cancer considerably.

A power house of minerals

Those little yellow kernels contain more minerals than you can ever think of! Corn contains a large proportion of magnesium, iron, copper and most importantly phosphorus, which is needed for healthy bones. These nutrients not only prevents your bones from cracking as you grow older but also enhances the normal kidney functioning.

Skin Care

  Corn is rich in antioxidants, which help in keeping the skin younger for longer. Apart from the regular consumption of corn, it can also be applied as Corn Oil which is a rich source of Linoleic acid. Corn starch is also useful to soothe skin irritations and rashes.

Prevents anemia

Anemia is a condition where the red blood cell count is reduced considerably due to the lack of iron. Thus, sweet corn benefits health as it is rich in vitamin B and folic acid that prevents anemia.

Controls cholesterol

  Cholesterol is a substance that is produced by the liver. There are two types of cholesterol; good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL). Increase in the bad cholesterol due to the intake of fatty foods weakens your heart and can also lead to cardiovascular diseases. The vitamin C, carotenoids and bioflavinoids contained in sweet corn keep your heart healthy by controlling cholesterol levels and increasing the flow of blood in the body.

Essential during pregnancy

 Pregnant women should make it a point to include some corn in their diet. Consumption of corn provides a rich source of folic acid. Make sure you clean it thoroughly and also consult your doctor in case you have high blood pressure, or have swollen hands and feet. The deficiency of folic acid in pregnant women affects the baby. Lack of folic acid in body affects the weight of the baby. Sweet corn benefits the health of both the expecting mother and baby. It prevents the new born from being underweight and saves from other defects.

So go ahead, use this cereal lavishly in your meals. It is rich in a variety of vitamins, minerals and more importantly fiber that takes care of your body by lowering the risk of various diseases and supplying your body with nutrients required for a healthy living!

Compiled by: Raghda Sawas

 

Arugula, High in Antioxidants

Arugula is a low calorie, nutrient rich vegetable from the Brassicaceae family that includes mustard greens, radishes, cauliflower and kale. Sometimes called "garden rocket," a term derived from its scientific name Eruca sativa, arugula is a great alternative to iceberg lettuce because it offers a much greater density of nutrients with the same low calories.

Here are 10 health benefits of arugula:

Cancer Prevention

Arugula is a cruciferous vegetable. Cruciferous vegetables are associated with reduced risk of cancer in many studies. Arugula is rich with valuable antioxidants, considered essential in preventing free radical activity in the body. Studies show that vitamin A and flavonoid compounds in arugula may help protect the body from skin cancer, lung cancer and oral cancer. Arugula is also a rich source of phytochemicals like sulforaphane, which has excellent chemo protective effects and helps to fight carcinogens.

High in Antioxidants

Arugula is dense with the natural antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin A. In addition to fighting free radical activity, these vitamins offer great immune system support.

Vitamin C is a well known as a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent cancer, boosts the immune system and fights the common cold.

High in Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant, boosts immunity and is great for the eyes, skin, bones and teeth.

 High in Vitamin K

Three cups of arugula provide over 100% of your daily vitamin K needs.Vitamin K is known to promote bone health and brain function while acting as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

Eye Health

Arugula is a good source of carotenoids, fat-soluable pigments that are known to help prevent macular degeneration. The vitamin C in arugula may help in the prevention of cataracts.

Mineral Rich

Arugula is also a good source of calcium, iron, potassium, manganese and phosphorous, all essential minerals that offer their own unique health benefits.

Low in Oxalate

Oxalates inhibit mineral absorption in the body. Other healthy leafy greens, such as spinach, have high levels of oxalate. However, arugula appears to offer relatively low levels of oxalate, making it a healthier alternative for people seeking foods high in calcium and other essential minerals.

Bone Health

Low levels of oxalates combined with a great variety of vitamins and minerals found in arugula make it great for bone health. One study of Vitamin K found that daily consumption of the vitamin led to decreased risk of bone fractures. Calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and vitamin C are all considered good contributors to positive bone health.

Weight Loss

Though arugula has no proven ability to help aid in weight loss in and of itself, it remains a low calorie, nutrient rich food, and thus a great addition to any healthy diet.

Compiled by:Raghda Sawas