7 Power Foods That Helps To Reduce Body Aches And Pains

Isn’t it obvious that you would almost every time go for that pill to get rid of the pain the in back or a head ache. We all do it with so much conviction that we think it’s the last thing on earth that is available to get rid of that irritating pain.

Have you ever given a thought that if having certain foods can take care of those pains and body aches then why the hell is the need to go for the pills. Women mostly will love to have such stuff as they are the ones who will try to bear the pain until it reaches the peak of when they cannot take it any more and then they will for one the most hated things for them i.e medicines.

I was more than happy to find out that there are food stuffs which can reduce the aches and pains of your body and you may most of the times find it right in your kitchen

Garlic: If you are suffering from frequents bouts of lower back pains then try having garlic, as garlic’s are known to ease lower back pains. A couple of cloves every morning should put you on the right track from pain-free back. Please don’t forget to include exercise for a better over all health.

Green Tea: Green tea is a wonder tea with high anti-oxidants and has various benefits for your body. Studies have shown that green tea helps in cartilage and bone growth which helps to reduce pain in arthritis.Green tea is also an excellent source of polyphenols which may help to reduce free radicals in the body that can cause inflammation

Turmeric: Turmeric can be very useful in taking care of inflammation in your body and thus the pain arising out of it. It helps to reduce pain in arthritis patients as it prevents the destruction of joints.

Red Grapes: Red grapes contains a powerful antioxidant called reservatrol. Reservatrol act as blocking agents to certain enzymes which that degenerates the tissue which further leads to joint and muscle pain.

Ginger: Ginger is long used as a medicinal herb in India to in Ayurveda. It is commonly used to get a relief from sore throat in India. Ginger has the ability to block the prostaglandin levels in the body and thus has the ability to reduce inflammation and pain.

Cherries: Cherries are loved by children more than adults, but adults should keep in mind the that cherries contain high amounts of anti-oxidant called anthocyanins, which is a compound in cherries that has pain fighting properties. Studies have found that people who eat cherries on a daily basis have reported reduced pain in their joints. Cherries have found to be effective in treating arthritis symptoms.

Coffee: Coffee contains natural pain relieving properties. One cup of black coffee can prove to be effective against headaches and can act as a pain reliever post workout sessions. If you feel soreness in muscles post work out then try having a steaming cup of black coffee instead of the usual pain killing pills. Studies have also shown that coffee helps to increase the pain threshold for our body, thus it can be great to have black coffee before workout too.

We always tend to go for medicines whenever we feel mild to sharp pain in your body not thinking about the long-term effects that this habit may have on our body. It’s just our ignorance that we end up doing not so good things for our body. A change in your diet can do wonders for your body and the occurrence of pains can also reduce significantly. If there is no pain or aches in your body, there won’t be any need of popping pills. Eating healthy stuff like the ones mentioned above protects your cells form damage and also reduces the inflammatory compounds that body produces, which causes most of the common pains in your body.

Eat your way to a better health and make the most of these power foods that will help you to reduce body aches and pains.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/03/02/the-healing-power-of-foods-that-fight-pain_n_1316436.html#slide=748137

What Health Benefits Does Mango Fruit Has For Our Body

The King Of Fruits, “Mango” is here and you can see the food markets flooded with this deliciously juicy fruit. Just having a walk in the lanes, especially where they are selling the variety “Ratnagiri Alphonso” from India, an overpowering aroma and warmth makes your senses go really crazy. It is a real privileged to get to savor the Ratnagiri Alphonso variety of mangoes and almost any person on earth will never say no this particular variety of mangoes.

After years of eating this wonderful fruit, one fine day I thought that although this fruit tastes really good and it’s the nature’s best gift for us but is it doing any good for my body? I was really surprised to find out that I really for sure didn’t know one good thing that it does to my body. Yes we all know about apples, bananas and papaya’s but for me at least, I didn’t specifically knew what health benefits does mango has for my body. Out of immense curiosity I searched for the information on the health benefits that mango has to offer and here is what I found out..

Nutritional Information Of One Medium Sized Mango:

Calories –         107
Protein –           0.84 g
Carbohydrate – 28 g
Total Fat –         0.45 g
Fibre –               3 g
Vitamin A –        6425 IU
Vitamin C –       45.7 g
Potassium –      300 mg
Calcium –          20 g
Cholesterol –      0 g
Saturated fat –    0 g

What health benefits does mango have for my body?

Good for your skin: Taking good care of the skin in the summer is of prime importance and what else can be better if mangoes come to your aid. Mangoes are a rich source of beta carotene which is then converted by your body to Vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for your skin and it’s deficiency can cause dull skin and acne. Vitamin A helps to rejuvenate the skin and helps in giving a soft feeling to the skin. Mango is also effective in clearing clogged pores of your skin. Rub the skin of a ripe mango on your face for a few minutes, this will rejuvenate your skin and keep it smooth and young.

Lowers Cholesterol: Mangoes have high levels of fibre, pectin and vitamin c which helps to lower serum cholesterol levels and that too LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol which is also known as the bad cholesterol.

Prevents Cancer: Many studies that have been carried out show that mangoes have antioxidant compounds that protect against breast, colon and prostate cancer.

Eye Care: In summer, eye care is of prime importance as our eyes are very susceptible to infections in such kind of hot and humid weather. Moreover dry eyes cause a lot of irritation and are the common complaints during this season. Mangoes helps to prevent dry eyes and also promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness.

A real treat for diabetics: As it is people are very serious when dealing with diabetes and there are a lot of misconceptions regarding mangoes. Yes, mangoes do contain sugar but it has a relatively low glycemic index, i.e your blood sugar level will not rise quickly after eating mangoes. So mangoes can be enjoyed by diabetics in moderation. Moreover mango leaves are known to normalize insulin levels in blood. It is not uncommon to hear some diabetic patient boiling mango leaves in water, soaking it through the night and having this potion after filtering in the morning.

Improves digestion: Mangoes contain fibre and also has certain enzymes which breakdown proteins. Thus, this nature of mangoes help in digestion and elimination.

Boost Immune System: Along with Vitamin A, mangoes also contain Vitamin C and carotenoids that boosts your immune system and keeps you healthy. 

Source of Iron: Mango is a boon, especially for women who are anemic and women who don’t include enough foods which contain iron in their diet. Pregnant and menopausal women should have mangoes to fill up their blood as well as reserve iron levels.

Improves sex: I would specifically like to hear from men if they have felt a certain change in their sex drive after having mangoes. As mangoes contain lots of Vitamin E that can boost your sex drive.

I am pretty surprised by the health benefits that mangoes have to offer. Where else do you find stuff that tastes great and has great health benefits too! Alphonso mango really tastes great when it is a bit chilled just five minutes prior to eating. Keep it in the deep freezer, cut it open and skin in your teeth in the yellow flesh to taste heaven. Now that you know what health benefits does mango have for your body, make sure you don’t miss out on them this season.

Photo Credits: Renne S. Suen

What Other Benefits Does Exercise Have For Your Body

Yeah, you have been hearing from your childhood about the benefits of exercising for your body, but most of the times you were told about these benefit when you were actually starting to look like a potato or an apple or a pencil. The benefits were told to you keeping in mind how physically fit you were looking at that time. Yes we all know that exercise will have good overall effect on our body but not many of us know what other great benefits can regular exercising can have for our body.

Most of the times when you workout you have some goals set in your mind like, “I want to lose 10 kg in 4 months” or like,”I want to have a more muscular look” or Iike, “I want my butt to be in a better shape.” When you workout religiously towards achieving your goals you may be actually doing more than that to your body.

What other benefits can exercise have for my body?

Regular exercising can have many great benefit for your body, let us have a look at some of them

Protects against common cold and flu: Regular exercising or even a 30 min brisk walk can boost your immunity levels. If you are frequently suffering form bouts of cold then there is nothing better than exercising to boost your immune levels. You can reduce the occurrence of common cold by 25 to 50 percent.

Helps in fighting depression: If you are feeling low or let down, then regular exercising may help you in regaining your self-confidence. If you are regularly exercising then you may probably never fall to depression. Exercising releases mood enhancing chemicals like serotonin, dopamine or norepinephrine which has positive effect on your brain.

Helps to prevent and treat Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is the last thing you would want when you grow old. As you grow old your bone density keeps on dropping, so it’s really important that you maintain good bone density throughout your age. Working out in the gym with weights or resistance bands helps in bone development as the muscles sort of hug your bones and this helps in stimulating bone growth. If you are not into working out in the gym then make sure you run on a daily basis or even better, activities like dancing, trekking, playing tennis or climbing stairs will stimulate bone growth. Such activities where your feet taps the ground with greater impact helps in stimulating the cells in the bones of your feet, legs, hips and spine.

Improves digestion: Exercise helps the intestinal muscles to break down food and move it through the system with some speed. If you have a heavy meal sometime you will be able to feel relaxed more quickly and also regular exercising can help to prevent constipation.

Reduces cancer risk: Many studies have confirmed that people who are physically more active are less prone to lung, colon and breast cancer. Women especially need to be aware of this fact as more fat in the body will give rise to higher levels of estrogen (which is stored in fat) which in turn will put them at a greater risk for breast cancer.

Reduces chronic pain: A fit body seldom goes through such pain which irritates you like hell and you seem to try all possible options but you get only temporary relief. Regular exercising as simple as cycling, brisk walking or running releases natural pain relievers like endorphin which helps in reducing those really irritating pains in the body.

Prevents strokes: People who exercise regularly are at a lesser risk of getting strokes. 30 mins of regular exercise like brisk walking, jogging, cycling can reduce the risk of stroke by 7 percent.

Burns fat even when you at rest: Wow, that’s one hell of a great benefit, isn’t it? Your body continues to have a good metabolism post workout. For every 100 calories that you burn during the workout will help you burn 15 calories post workout. If you consider a good workout session which includes both weight training and cardio, you burn more than 300 calories during workout. This also means that you can burn 45 calories when you are not working out. But the maximum results will only come when you have a great diet plan to go with your workout.

Makes your skin glow: Women truly know that value of a glowing skin and the happiness they feel when another woman compliments them for their glowing skin. Exercise improves the blood flow to the skin and also sweating due to exercise helps you tremendously as sweating unclogs the pores in the skin and detoxifies the skin removing oil and dirt.

Improves your sex life: You definitely want this one, don’t you? The more physically fit you are more the pleasure can be derived from sex. Exercise helps to keep your energy levels high and helps to increase your libido. With a great body there is no self-consciousness and the entire focus remains on seeking ultimate pleasure from sex. If your partner is also on the same fitness levels as you are then nothing can stop you form experiencing that particular heavenly feeling. You know what I am talking about right? You naughty mind. Seriously I mean even the studies that were carried out between couples who exercised regularly and couples who never or seldom exercised, the couples who exercised regularly rated their satisfaction levels higher than the couples who never or seldom exercised.

Am sure by now you must be wondering that if you had been exercising regularly you might not have had to go through all these problems. There are a lot more benefits that regular exercising can have on your body other than just losing weight. No, stop wondering what other benefits exercise can have on your body and pull out those running shoes or the yoga mat and exercise for a better “You”.

Photo Credits: Chris Hunkeler

Girls Who Exercise Are Less Likely To Exhibit Violent Behavior

Are you a mother who is having a hard time controlling your teenage daughter or a father who is getting calls from the school’s principal complaining that your daughter has roughed up some other kid really bad? Teens are known to exhibit unusual behaviors and violence is not an exception. As a parent or a guardian it may be really difficult to deal with violent teenage girls. With boys things can be understood and punishing them or disciplining them can be managed, but with young girls you really have to be careful as punishing them should not make you feel guilty.

Girls in their teens go through a lot of emotions and they are still immature in handling them as compared to grown up women. At times when some things do not go well with them, not understanding what to do or say in such situations, the immediate reaction is mostly violent in nature. Being violent does not necessarily mean causing harm to the opposite person, self-harming is also violence, throwing things around or breaking stuff is a lesser degree of violence, but yes it’s violence. Hope you will agree with me.

What can be done to decrease the violent behavior in teenage girls?

Well, according to a survey done in 2008 on 1312 students of four New York’s inner-city high schools the researchers from the Columbia University analysed a co-relation between exercise and violent behavior. In the survey population, 56 percent of the respondents were female, 19 percent were African-American and almost three-quarters were Latino.

The students here in the survey were asked various questions like if they were into some sports team, when did they run really long in the past four weeks, did they carry any weapon in the past 30 days or were they a part of a gang.

The results showed that girls who exercise were less likely to develop violent behavior. The key findings were:

  • Girls who had done more than 20 sit-ups in the month previous to taking the survey were less likely to carry a weapon or be a part of a gang.
  • Girls who ran for more than 20 minutes the last time they ran were less likely to carry a weapon.
  • Girls who had exercised for more than 10 days in the last month were less likely to be a part of a gang.
  • Girls who have been into team sports in the previous year were less likely to carry a weapon, have been in a fight, or be a part of a gang.

The researchers found that there was no link between exercise and violent behavior in male participants.

Well from the results mentioned above it is pretty clear that a healthy body will have a healthy mind as well. If your daughter is very low on physical activeness it can be matter of concern. I know how difficult it is put a teenager into something which she doesn’t like. You cannot push somebody into sports, one needs to have love and passion for a particular game. But to exercise at this tender age it doesn’t have to be sports all the time. Oh yes, it’s great if your girl is willing to join a sports team, as being on a sports team teaches a lot of values and discipline.

Girls Who Exercise Are Less Likely To Exhibit Violent Behaviour If your daughter is not into sports you need to find what interests her. Dance forms like ballet is a great option and so is going around cycling with friends from the neighborhood. If you love to jogging, then encourage your daughter to join you. Skipping ropes, one of the favorite games girls like to play in their childhood should be played in the teenage as well. Also swimming and trekking on weekends would be simply great.

Not just for a violent behavior but you know what is sedentary lifestyle is doing to all of us. You definitely don’t want your sweetheart to go thorough all that. So it’s better to produce an interest in something for your daughter if she is not physically active enough. A healthy teenage will help tremendously in having a healthy middle age and old age. There can be no other better gift than a healthy lifestyle that you can give to your daughter.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/09/girls-who-exercise-less-likely-to-be-violent_n_3246889.html#slide=806432

Photo Credits: Joseph Gilbert & Greg L.

How To Feel Fresh And Energetic In The Morning?

Do you feel less energetic or grumpy when you wake up in the morning? The way you feel in the morning pretty much decides the way you will feel for the entire day, unless you are up to something exiting.

I recently noticed that the way I feel when I wake up in the morning is somewhat unusual. It felt like something is blocking my mind and there is no feel of freshness at all. You have a lot of positive things on your mind and such kind of feeling in the morning usually has a negative impact on your thought process.

What should usually be happening in the morning?

  • You should feel absolutely fresh and energetic
  • You should be able to carry out your chores smoothly
  • Plan and organize your rest of the day
  • Look forward to living another great day in your life

When you wake up in the morning you are already a bit dehydrated it takes some effort to pull yourself out of the bed. You manage to do that and say to yourself ,”Ok, let me splash some water over my face and I will be wide awake and fresh.” If this doesn’t do the trick then you rush for a cup of coffee. The coffee stimulates your senses, you feel more alert but you still long for that feel of freshness.

I realized that some thing is going wrong and I had to find some solutions to overcome these problems. I started looking out for answers over the internet and I found out that making some small changes can bring about great results.

Things you can do to feel fresh and energetic when you wake up in the morning

  • Sleep like a baby: Of course you must have worked on your sleep before reading this stuff, but it’s really important to hold on to a good 7 to 8 hours of deep sleep. There is nothing better than a good sleep to relax and refresh your mind. Listen to your body well, if you feel like sleeping forget everything else and hit the bed.
  • What do you eat for dinner? Have you really been concerned about what you are eating before you go to sleep? If not then this is the time you really should be. The meal portions should be considerably lighter and should be very low on carbohydrates. Have a gap of 3 hours minimum before you go to sleep.
  • Alcohol is a sleep killer: You make a feel very relaxed and sleepy after consuming alcohol but it will cause your brain to awaken 3 to 4 hours after your last drink. You are also likely to wake up for bathroom trips during the night and catching up on sleep after that may be difficult. Have enough water after your drinks and flush out alcohol form your bloodstream before you hit the bed.
  •  What is your environment when you sleep?  What you wear when you are in your bed definitely matters a lot. The type of pillows, pillow covers, mattresses, bed sheets, pullover have an impact on your sleep. Your should be wearing lose-fitting cotton clothes and if you are wearing a t-shirt, make sure fits lose at your neck. If the t-shirts are tight at the neck, the body temperature may rise during your sleep and at one point you may lose your sleep due to the over heating of your body. Basically, the environment in which you sleep should help your skin to breathe and sustain your sleep for the entire 7 to 8 hours.
  • Have a healthy breakfast in time: If your are not feeling energetic in the morning then one reason could be that you are delaying your breakfast. Try having breakfast within an hour after you wake up. Don’t just sit with that news paper for hours as you are still empty stomach and your brain needs energy to do your reading. Have a fibre rich breakfast as fibre will have a time releasing effect on carbs, so they will enter the bloodstream at a slow and a steady pace providing energy for a longer period of time.
  • Don’t miss out on Omega-3’s: Fuel your brain with Omega-3 fatty acids, as they help in keeping your brain cells healthy and helping you feel mentally alert. Crush a handful of walnuts and add them to your oat meal or muesli at breakfast. Tuna and salmon are another great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Get enough sunlight after you wake up: How much sunlight do you see when you wake up? If you are receiving very little sunlight then it might not help in making you feel fresh and awake. Sunlight is essential as it hits the pineal gland in your brain and reduces melatonin production. As the melatonin levels fall you feel more awake and fresh.
  • Get hydrated well after you wake up: When you wake your body is already in a bit of dehydrated state. Have at least couple of glasses of plain water as it will help to kick-start your metabolism thus helping you feel more alert and awake. Add a dash of lemon in the water to give some citric boost to your body.
  • Exercise: Do I even have to tell you what kind of benefits exercise will have on your body? What an idiot will I be to talk about this. We probably are just too lazy to consider working out in the morning, as it takes some effort. But seriously if you really want to feel alive and kicking in the morning then a simple 20 min run outside will do wonders for you. The more fitter you get, the more energetic you will feel in the morning.

There is nothing like a good mood and a feeling of freshness and energy in the morning. Unfortunately the kind of lifestyle we have embraced may have a negative impact on our sleeping patterns and thus on the way we feel in the morning. If this is already affecting you, its time to make some necessary changes to overcome this problem. What have you done lately to feel more energetic and fresh in the morning?