Sunday, 14 January 2018

Remedies to reduce menstrual pain




Menstrual periods(cycles) are the bitter-sweet time in woman's life. Menstruation is a phase that may have begun in her life when she was in her early teens or even earlier. Sometimes we desperately wait for our monthly period, but on another, much more realistic level, periods are the gross, terrible and horrible pain in the uterus. Throbbing or cramping pain in the lower abdomen is called as menstrual cramps. Today, let's understand menstruation and remedies to reduce menstrual pain.

Understanding Menstruation

Menstruation is a woman's monthly bleeding, often called your 'period'. When a woman menstruates, body discards the monthly buildup of the lining of the uterus. Menstrual blood and tissue flow from the uterus through the small opening into the cervix and pass out of your body through the vagina.

The length of the menstrual cycle varies from woman to woman, but average is to have periods every 28 days

Why does period hurt so much?

Period cramps are caused due to contraction of the uterus. This uterus pain is called as Dysmenorrhea scientifically. The blood vessels in the muscle wall are compressed by the contractions, which cut of the blood supply to the uterus, starving it of oxygen and adding to the discomfort.

Periods Sign and symptoms

Most women experience certain symptoms as their period date approaches known as premenstrual syndrome(PMS) these include mood changes, behavior changes, and physical discomfort and can occur up to 10 days prior to the period. Some of listed below.

  • Tender breast
  • Abdominal pain and bloating
  • Swelling of hands or feet
  • Pain in joints or back can also occur before a period begins
  • Painful cramps are also an indication that menstrual bleeding is soon approaching
  • Woman may feel more irritable, edgy, depressed or anxious
  • Poor concentration or sometimes forgetfulness
  • Women might experience food cravings and an increase in appetite.

Here are a few tactics to help you feel better

1. Apply heat

Applying the heating pad, heat wrap, or hot water bottle to your belly works wonders for relieving menstrual cramps. Heating helps muscles to relax. This heat application home treatment is used for ages. Even taking hot shower may relieve pain and make you feel more relaxed.

2. Massage with essential oil

Menstrual pain is often transferred to the lower spinal area. Sometimes certain aromatic essential oils and massage can do magic and relieves your menstrual cramp pain. A study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research found that women who massaged lower abdomen during her periods with essential oils like lavender oil, marjoram essential oil, reported less pain as compared to usual.

3. Take Medicines

Over-The-Counter and prescription medicines can help treat some menstruation symptoms.
Over-The-Counter pain relievers you can buy at any drug or chemist store may help lessen physical symptoms, such as cramps, headaches, backaches and breast tenderness. OTC include Ibuprofen, Naproxen, and Aspirin. Prescription drugs may help if over-the-counter pain reliever medicines don't work.
Do not consider taking Aspirin if you are younger than 20, because it may cause Reye syndrome.
All medicines have risks. Talk to your doctors and nurse before taking these medicine about their risks and benefits.
Recommended: OTC drugs and it's side effects

4. Exercise

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Yes I know you might be thinking Even I can't make a move and exercise idea seems pretty farthest. Exercising idea seems clumsy but believes me, exercise is more effective at reducing menstrual pain to the extent it may also eliminate or reduce the need for pain-relief medication. Take a deep breath while lying on your back with the knees bent. Yoga is another type of exercise that may help women who have menstrual cramps on monthly basis.
In one study young woman who practiced yoga for 60 minutes once a week for 12 weeks felt less menstrual distress or pain compared to those who did not do yoga. Some of the best poses that help women feel better during menstruation to include: bridge, staff pose, and bound angel.

5. Try Acupuncture

Acupuncture and acupressure are eastern healing treatments that stimulate certain trigger points on the skin to give relaxing effect in the body. Acupuncture therapy helps to regulate your blood flow through the abdominal cavity and relax the nervous system, which can help calm uterus muscular contraction. An Acupuncturist can use needles to decrease a woman's menstrual cramps. Applying pressure to the key points on the back, abdomen, feet, and the fleshy part between your thumb and index finger can be effective treatments for pain. The best part is since these techniques are chemical free, you can do them anytime you experience symptoms.

6. Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea contains anti-inflammatory and sedative properties. Chamomile tea increases urinary levels of glycine, which helps relieve muscle spasm and act as a muscle relaxant. This gives you relief from menstrual cramps.

7. Glass of Milk

Include a glass of milk in your breakfast. Calcium is a good source of the relaxation of muscles and thus help alleviate cramping.

8. Go for Carrot juice

Carrot juice not only good for your eyes; carrot juice helps in regulating menstrual pain.

9. Take some fish oil or vitamin B1

Add some fish oil supplement, vitamin B1 to your vitamin regimen for relief. A study in Global Journal of Health Science found that participants who took either fish oil or B1 had significantly less pain than the placebo group.

10. Drink More Water

Get in the habit of drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water per day, especially during your period. Drinking more water may help ease bloating, which makes menstrual cramp worse. Staying well hydrated isn't just good for cramps, it's good for your overall health.

11. Practice Good Sleep Hygiene

Sleep has an effect on menstrual symptoms and many other health conditions. Good sleep and the position you sleep may help you to relieve period pain. Sleeping on your stomach brings more pressure to the abdomen and which may worsen menstrual cramps. So practice good sleeping position which brings relief to you.

12. Orgasms

Studies suggest that orgasms have the direct effect on menstrual cramps. Vaginal orgasms involve the whole body, including spinal cord, which signals the release of neurotransmitters like endorphins and oxytocin. These endorphins can decrease pain perceptions.

13. Nuts

Walnuts, almonds and pumpkin seeds are rich in manganese and saturated fatty acids, both of which will help your body to better deal with period pains.

14. Ginger

Ginger can effectively ease menstrual cramps. This herb plays a key role in lowering the levels of the pain-causing prostaglandins. It also helps fight fatigue which is associated with premenstrual syndrome(PMS). 
Grate a small piece of ginger, boil it in a cup of water for five minutes. Strain it and add little honey and lemon juice. Drink this tea three times a day during your menstrual cycle.

15. Basil

Basil is another very effective herb for reducing menstrual pain. The caffeic acid present in basil has analgesic or pain-reducing properties. 
Add 7-8 basil leaves in water and boil it for five minutes. Cover tightly and allow it to cool. Drink this every few hours to ease cramps.

Additional ways to relieve Menstrual cramps

  • Lie down and elevate your legs by putting a pillow under your knees.
  • Lie on your side and bring your knees up towards your chest. This will help relieve back pressure.

Things to avoid 

Your dietary and lifestyle can either help or hurt period cramps. Ditch the alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine. All these things increase inflammation and may encourage painful periods.
Cut the junk, Skip white, refined foods including sugar, bread, and pasta. Avoid tans-fatty acids that are found most often in foods like french fries, cookies, onion rings, crackers, chocolates, and margarine. Salty foods will exacerbate bloating, while sugar and saturated fat will increase estrogen levels, which is responsible for PreMenstrual Syndrome(PMS) symptoms which includes menstrual cramps.

Managing Menstrual Bleeding 

You can choose from a range of pads, tampons or menstrual cups to manage menstrual bleeding. More importantly, it is imperative that you wash your hands after you discard your used napkins.

Arunachalam Muruganantham is the inventor of low-cost sanitary napkins making the machine. He is Tamil Nadu-based social activist who revolutionized the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India by creating a low-cost sanitary napkins machine. Today, Muruganantham is one of India's most well known social entrepreneur and TIME magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014. To bring Arunachalam Muruganantham amazingly inspiring story to life, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar portraying the biopic movie named 'Padman', which is releasing on 26th January 2018. Twinkle Khanna is the producer of this film. Padman also stars Radhika Apte (wife of Arunachalam Muruganantham) and Sonam Kapoor, a protagonist playing main roles.

Most of the women have a love-hate relationship with their periods. This is obvious because they are painful, brings moodiness, irritation, fatigue and other whole hosts of symptoms and at the same time, we feel relaxed that ensure no sperm attacked our treasure(ovary), so we get it timely. We know periods are painful, but keep in mind that excessively painful menstruation can be a sign of a more serious underlying medical issue, such as endometriosis, ovarian cyst, a uterine infection, or any problem with uterus, cervix, and vagina. Don't forget to consult your primary care to make sure these possibilities are addressed, especially if you just can't seem to get your pain under control.


Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22435409

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25363189

https://www.womenshealth.gov/menstrual-cycle

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

How Apple seeds are poisonous


"An apple a day keeps doctors away." Truly said. However, apple seeds contain a substance that can convert into poisonous hydrogen cyanide in the body. While the debate rage on over whether apples should be consumed whole- core seeds and all. Many people consider apple seeds are the healthy tuft(can be used in cancer treatment) and many out there believe apple seeds are more poisonous to health. Let's clear this confusion from your mind by this article.

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Apple seeds do contain some little toxic compound which produces Cyanide which is a lethal poison. If you eat whole apple seeds without crushing, they pass through your digestive system relatively unharmed. But if you chew the seeds thoroughly, you will be exposed to the chemicals inside the seeds, the amount you will be exposed is very small enough that your body can detoxify it easily.

How much Apple seed can destroy your health

A single Apple's worth of seeds can't produce nearly enough cyanide in your belly to disturb your health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1-2mg/kg is a fatal oral dose of Cyanide for154 lbs(70Kg) person. Someone has to chew finely about 200 apple seeds to experience fetal dose.

Background of Amygdalin

Toxic compound in apple seeds is Amygdalin( also called as Laetrile). Amygdalin is cyanogenic glycoside chemical ingredient that has a property to produce a toxin called hydrogen cyanide by combining with the gastrointestinal enzyme. This same poison also called Cylon B which is been used during World War II. The main motto of this poison is to rob the blood cells which carry oxygen. Amygdalin is metabolized by the GI enzymes called betaglucosidase and forms benzaldehyde, glucose, and cyanide. A large amount of this poison is deadly and there is no antidote for this poison. Apple's are not the only fruits with cyanogenic glycoside either, peaches, apricot kernels, cherry pits- they've all got them.

Amygdalin was first isolated in 1830. Amygdalin was first used as the cancer treatment in Russia in 1845 and later in 1920's in the United States. It has been promoted as an alternative cancer treatment but studies have been found them to be clinically ineffective in the treatment. Then finally promotion of laetrile to treat cancer described in the medical literature as a canonical example of quackery.

Symptoms of Poisoning

Sign and symptoms associated with ingestion of significant amount of masticated pits or seeds containing amygdalin turn out to cyanide in belly include dyspnea, weakness, cyanosis, lightheadedness, trembling, restlessness, nausea, vomiting, and headache.The onset of symptoms is often delayed up to 2 hours or more after ingesting masticated pits or seeds that contain amygdalin. In severe cases, cyanide can cause severe difficulty breathing, coma, respiratory failure, low blood pressure, convulsions, lung damage or on the spot death.

Healthiest take away from Apple

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Since eating the apples with peels should be pesticide free. Apples are one of the most pesticide-contaminated fruit there is, you need to go organic. Furthermore, the extensive list of the health benefits that apples offer is hard to ignore.

Improves Brain Health: Researchers from Center for Cellular Neurobiology showed that Apples have been proved to protect neuron cells against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity and reduces the risk of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

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Controls Diabetes: Apples are loaded with soluble fibers, which is the key to blunting blood sugar swings. Also, the polyphenols lower glucose absorption in our digestive track. Right! Polyphenols stimulate the insulin receptors on cells throughout our body, which speeds up the removal of sugar from the bloodstream and gets it to our cells for metabolism. Eating an apple a day reduces 28 percent of chances to develop type 2 diabetes than those who don't eat apples.

Curb all sort of Cancers: Scientists from the American Association for Cancer Research among others, agree that consumption of flavonol-rich apples could help your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 23 percent. Apple peels have potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver.
Recommended: Health benefits of moringa leaves(Drumstick leaves)

Maintains healthier heart: Research has shown highly soluble fiber intake reduces the build-up of cholesterol-rich plaque in arteries. This plaque build-up inside your arteries, it reduces blood flow to your heart and which can lead to coronary artery disease.

Promotes weight loss: Aside from the normal ability of fibrous fruits to make us feel full and increase satiety, thereby reducing appetite and overeating, apples have another unexplained ability to help in weight loss. Studies have proved that apples actually speeds up the metabolism so that the additional calories consumed after eating an apple don't register in our body. Apple also a good source of biotin ( vitamin B7) that helps to break down the fats.

Improves Vision: Apples are believed to make the eyes stronger and improves eyesight. Much of this is due to the fact that apples are rich in antioxidants phytonutrients and flavonoid compounds which also prevents from the condition like cataract, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

Aids in digestion: Apples, being rich in fiber, helps in the digestive process. However, regular consumption of apples stimulates peristaltic motions so the muscles contract appropriately and move food along and ensure smooth bowel movements, prevention of constipation.

Boosts immune system: Red Apple's peel contain an antioxidant called quercetin. This quercetin helps in boosting and fortifying immune power. Apples are known for improving immunity due to its Vitamin A and C content.

Supports good thyroid: Thyroid gland is necessary for proper function of the body. Iodine content in apple is supporting good health of thyroid gland.

Sources:

http://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0301/

https://www.alzheimers.net/2-5-15-apple-juice-alzheimers-prevention/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3183591/

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/patient/laetrile-pdq

http://www.cancernetwork.com/integrative-oncology/amygdalin-vitamin-b17

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Drumstick Leaves: 22 Health Benefits of Moringa leaves


Welcome back... In my last post, I shared the benefits of drumsticks and informed that I would be soon sharing health benefits of Moringa(Drumstick) leaves which are numerous. Here come the health benefits of Moringa leaves. Moringa oleifera plant is one of nature's marvelous medicine plant with every part of it is used for something. Moringa oleifera tree is also known by other names like Drumstick tree, Ben oil tree, Horseradish tree.
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1. Improves eye power

Vitamin A deficiency is prevalent in developing countries like India and accounts for major mortality. Interestingly, Moringa leaves contain 4 times more Vitamin A  than a carrot. Enhances the vision power with its regular consumption.

2. Increase bone density

As per the study, Moringa leaves contain essential minerals which are associated with increased bone density and integrity. Minerals in leaves alleviate arthritis, helpful in Becker's dystrophy and aids in other bone conditions.

3. Reduces risk of heart disease

Researcher studied that effect of Moringa leaves on lipid level and it was reported that there was very well reduction in levels of bad cholesterols (LDL and VLDL) and significant increase in good cholesterols(HDL)

4. Fights cancer

Moringa leaves are rich in anti-oxidants that acts against the free radicals and prevent the formation of carcinogens. Moringa leaves not only contains Vitamin C and Beta-carotene for its anti-oxidants property but also contains Quercetin and Chlorogenic acids which are powerful anti-oxidants and highly effective in fighting with carcinogens.

5. Reduce Headache

Grind leaves and apply the decoction(remaining of leaves) to the temples to relieve a headache.

6. Best for Lactating mother

It plays an important role in the lactating mothers. Consumption of Moringa is reported to cause a dramatic increase in breast milk.

7. Slows down aging process

Beta-carotene is an effective protector of skin against the damaging effects of the sun. As a rich source of antioxidants, moringa leaves has a powerful function as anti-aging. Using moringa leaves for skin treatment(external or internal) could help you slow down the anti-aging process and degeneration of skin cells.

8. Boosts Immunity

Maintaining a healthy immune system is essential for helping our bodies stave off infections and illnesses.

9. Helps in blood purification

Due to its antibacterial properties, Moringa leaves act as a natural detoxifier and blood purifier. Removes all build toxic from the blood and detoxifies the blood.

10. Nutrient-packed

Moringa leaves are full of nutrients including minerals which is hard to find all nutrients in one vegetable. Moringa supplements are better than most of the multivitamins available in the market. Moringa supplements are prepared from leaves and pods which are natural sources of multivitamins and calcium.

11. Increase the appetite

Moringa roots are used in traditional medicine for stimulating appetite and to improve the functioning of the digestive tract.

12. Helps in lowering blood pressure

Minerals like potassium which is present in moringa leaves can help blood pressure be under control. Quercetin, the powerful anti-oxidant present in Moringa leaves which helps in lowering of blood pressure.

13. Prevents hair loss

Minerals like iron and vitamins like B6 and vitamin C present in moringa leaves are crucial for hair growth. Moringa leaves provide these nutrients to prevent hair loss. You can drink moringa leaves juice or apply directly to the scalp.

14. Improves brain health

Moringa supports brain health and cognitive function because of its anti-oxidant and neuro-enhancer properties. The high content of Vitamin C and E fights oxidation that leads to neuron degeneration, improving brain function.

15. Antibacterial and Antifungal

Moringa has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties that make it fight infections.

16. Wound healing

Moringa leaves possess blood-clotting properties, which reduces clotting time, that means it takes less time to stop bleeding from scratch and wounds. This helps to cure minor injuries like bruises, cuts, and burns.

17. Treats diarrhea, dysentery, and colitis

Mixed with honey and followed by a drink of coconut milk twice or thrice a day, leaves are used as the remedy to treat diarrhea, dysentery, and colitis.

18. Helps to treat arthritis

Moringa leaves show anti-inflammatory properties, it relieves pain from joints and helps treat arthritis.

19. Fights acne problem

Moringa is considered as a powerful herb to fight acne due to the antiseptic and antibacterial properties. The use of Moringa leaves for acne treatment could be internal or by the external way. External way, you could grind the fresh leaves and use it as a face mask on another side internally, you could consume moringa leaves in form of the supplement as your daily diet.

20. Promotes good sleep

A proper good sleep is most important for your skin to look healthy and glowing. Dark circles and skin wrinkles are the main signs of your bad or not enough sleep. Moringa leaves are the good source of amino acid like tryptophan which supports immunity to fight insomnia and provide you deeper and better sleep.

21. Prevents diabetes complication

Diabetes is the metabolic ailment, as old as mankind and its occurrence is considered to be far above the ground at all over the world. Diabetes is habitually accompanied by hyperglycemia and with the large amplification of reactive oxygen species as well as an impaired antioxidant defense system.
The high content of Vitamin C in Moringa leaves prevents damage to blood vessels in diabetic person(Type I diabetes mellitus) and which may prevent the development of diabetic cataract.

22. Glowing skin

Moringa leaves contain almost all amino acids in which one is Methionine has the main function is producing healthy collagen for flawless skin. Collagen gives powerful properties for wrinkle-free, younger, fairer and healthier skin. I would like to share one easy and less time-consuming face mask for skincare routine which I use.

Moringa leaves Facemask

Ingredient: One cup of fresh Moringa leaves, Half lemon, and rose water.
Method to prepare: Grind moringa leaves and make a smooth paste with rose water, add 5-6 drops of lemon. Mix it well. Apply this mask evenly in your face for 10-20 minutes. Wash off with normal water. Get your instant healthy and glowing skin.

Some amazing facts about Moringa Leaves

  • Moringa contains 18 of 20 amino acids required by the human body, including all eight of the essential amino acids found in the meat product. These eight essential amino acids cannot be produced by the body itself but we can get these amino acids from the food we eat. Moringa is one of the very few plants which contains all eight essential amino acids.
  • Moringa oleifera seeds contain 35-40 percent by weight and yields more oil per hectare than sunflower or peanuts. Oil from moringa seeds called as Ben oil. Ben oil has a special property that it won't turn rancid and get spoil. Hence, Ben oil is used as a preservative and machinery lubricant.
  • As per the USDA, One cup of chopped fresh Moringa leaves (21 grams) contains Protein(1.97 grams), Calcium(39mg), Iron(0.84mg), Energy(39kcal).
  • Compared to the leaves, the pods are generally lower in vitamins and minerals. However, it contains the significant source of Vitamin C.
  • Daily consumption of Moringa as a part of your daily diet found that it increases your natural defense mechanism. For AIDS patients it is often recommended to boost immunity.

Sources

  • https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213453016300362
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3290775/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25808883
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18249514
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17089328
  • https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2974
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3122981/
  • http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1745-4530.2009.00554.x/abstract

Monday, 11 December 2017

Drumstick - 11 Surprising health benefits and drumstick curry recipe

Drumstick! Many of you know this tree and many of you don't. But in fact, it is a plant which seems to be a tree and Drumstick plant is filled with full health benefits. Today, I will share health benefits of Drumstick. So without testing your more patience, let's proceed.

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Drumstick has been the subject of numerous health experts. It is one of the plants in which all parts of the plant or whole plant can be used for some or other way.  Drumstick plant is native to India and other parts of Asia and Africa. In the north of India, it is also known by the name of "Shajan".  Drumsticks are most commonly used in the preparation of soups, curries, and sambhars in most part of southern India. Its Botanical Name is Moringa oleifera.

Moringa Olifera plant is the evergreen, slim, medium-sized tree. The flower of this plant develops into long slender, dark green pods.  Moringa seeds are present in the slender pods which are called Drumsticks. Drumstick useful in either of ways nutritional and medicinal purposes since ages. In Ayurvedic system of Medicines, it is said to cure or prevent more than 300 diseases.

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Drumstick Pods

The following are the reasons why you must include drumstick in your diet

#1 Relieves Cold, cough, and sore throat

Drumsticks are pretty high in content of vitamin C, which helps to combat cold and flu. Add cooked drumstick pods in your diet to get relief from a sore throat. As well as Drumstick pods help in reducing headache.

#2 Strengthen bones

Due to its excellent sources of Calcium, Vitamins and Iron drumsticks are recognized to offer strong bones. Calcium and Phosphorus found in drumstick help in keeping your bones healthy.If you take this in form of juice or with milk regularly, it is seen that these pods help elevate the bone density and also improves bone health in children. This is especially good for the growing children.

#3 Enhances sexual health

Drumsticks have been advised to include in the diet on regular basis in patients with decreased libido(libido is sex drive) by many doctors. There can be many causes of decreased libido like the change in hormone levels, anxiety, and depression. So drumstick seeds help men as a sexual virility drug.

#4 Boosts immune system

This veggie cum herbal plant is excellent in dealing immune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis as it contains Vitamin C, B1, B6 and oleic acids. The body develops immunity against the infectious pathogens. This keeps our immune system strong enough.

Recommendation: 10 Powerful Ways to Supercharge Your Immunity

#5 Best for pregnant women

I've been heard that many women have confusion regarding include drumstick in our diet is safe or not... Study relieved it is safe and in fact, it proved to be quite healthy in your pregnancy. During pregnancy, drumsticks help in controlling the sluggishness of uterus thus ensuring smooth delivery and eases labor pain. This also helps in prevention of post-delivery complications. Since drumsticks are an excellent source of calcium, it is recommended during the lactation period.

#6 Improves digestion

Drumstick has four times more fibers than oats. Due to its rich source of fiber and calcium, it is very useful in maintaining the proper function of the digestive enzymes and supporting bowel regularity.

#7 Eases Asthma

Taking steam of water in which Drumstick pods are boiled, this helps to ease asthma. Drumstick also helps in easing various respiratory problems.

#8 Provides glow to the skin

Consumption of the juice of drumstick pods is extremely useful in improving the glow of skin due to it's antioxidant properties and high content of vitamin C. Big beauty brands make an acne treatment by extracting oils from drumstick seeds and used in facial masks and body masks to nourish skin, prevents skin from acne and give it a healthy glow to the skin.

Usually, it is combined with lime juice and particularly quite effective in getting rid of dark patches, acne, and wrinkles.

#9 Blood purification

Drumsticks have a superior content for antibiotic qualities and hence removes the impurities from the blood. It is proven a good blood purifier.

#10 Promote healthy digestive systems

This magical plant contains the rich source of vitamin B-complex like niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acids and folic acids, they promote healthy digestives systems. Drumstick can also supply dietary fibers to the body.

#11 Treats Malnutrition

Drumsticks are a good source of dietary fibers, Minerals, Vitamins, and Proteins. Add Drumstick pods to your daily food to treat Malnutrition.

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Drumstick side effects

Drumstick is a herbal product and which is free of chemical additives. No side effects have been reported till date if used in moderation.

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Drumstick recipe

Here is a rustic drumstick curry recipe which is delicious and tasty.

Ingredients:

2 chopped onions and tomato, 8-9 curry leaves, 2 slant chopped potatoes, 3 long drumsticks, cumin, green chili, mustard, garlic, red chili and coriander powder, cooking oil, and some coriander

Process:

1. Add oil to a pan and heat it, add mustard, cumin, fine chopped onions and saute.
2. After onion becomes a light brown shade, add green chili and curry leaves and saute.
3. Add drumsticks and slant chopped potatoes, fry for two to three minutes to remove the raw smell from the drumstick.
4. Add fine chopped tomatoes, some salt, and turmeric. Fry in open pan, do not cover with the lid and fry till tomato turns soft.
5. Add red chili, coriander, and garlic powder and saute for two minutes.
6. Pour water just enough to cover the drumsticks and cook on a medium flame till it turns little dark in color.
Your tasty delicious drumstick curry is ready to serve with steamed rice.
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Did you enjoy having delicious drumstick curry? How did you benefit from it? Tell us. Share your experience about the review of a drumstick. Leave a comment.
Also, I would like to add here that besides their therapeutic and nutritional benefits, other edible parts of drumstick are leaves, flowers, and seeds are also very beneficial for humans. In the next article, I will bring health benefits of  Moringa leaves along with its medicinal uses. So stay connected with me and my articles by subscribing to it by email.

Sources

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17184181
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25808883
  • https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213453016300362
  • http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814610003663

Monday, 4 December 2017

Magnificent Mary Kom's life story

Magnificient Mary Kom, very well known an Indian Boxer who has won five times World Boxing championship. She received 5 gold medals, recently won a gold medal at Vietnam for the light-flyweight category in ASBC Asian Women's Boxing Championship on 8 November 2017. Let's see Mary Kom's life success journey and how she made India proud.


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Mary Kom born on 24th November 1982, Her full name is Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte. She was born and brought up into a poor Manipur family. She has two siblings- one younger brother and one younger sister. She belongs to the tribal community of India's northeastern state, Manipur.


Her passion for Boxing has commenced since childhood by watching videos of Mohammad Ali boxing on television. She got more inspiration from the male boxer, Dingko Singh who lived in Manipur. The success of Dingko Singh in the 1998 Asian Games ignited the passion of boxing in the Mary Kom's life. She started her boxing training in 2000, under M Narjit Singh, Manipur State Boxing Coach. Mary Kom tried to keep her boxing interest secret from her family, as her family was in oppose to her boxing. Her family was in solicitude that boxing is not a woman sport. She won the State Level Championship in 2000 itself. When her father saw pictures of her winning State-level Championship in the newspaper, he was still unhappy and showing the disapproval of her boxing interest. Days later Mary made her mind and finally she able to convince her family. After that, there was no looking back.

Mary Kom started boxing at the international level at the age of 18. In 2001, she won the silver medal in her first AIBA World Women's Boxing Championship at Scranton, USA. But she won the gold medal in the second AIBA World Women's Senior Boxing Championship in 2002, Antalya, Turkey.  Her determination to succeed in the world of boxing won her many medals including a bronze medal in 2012 Olympics.

"I still remember I was castigated by my father who said with battered and bruised face, I should not expect to get married. He was furious that I took to boxing - a taboo for women- and he did not have the slightest idea about it. But my passion for the sport had got the better of me and I thank my cousins who coaxed and cajoled my father into eventually giving his nod. I'm happy that I did not let anyone down." she told the Deccan Herald in September 2004.


Mary Kom got many titles

  • MC Mary Kom
  • Magnificient Mary
  • Mary Kom
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Mary Kom married early in the year 2005 to her longtime friend Karung Onkholer Kom. Now they have twins as their children. It was then everyone thought that her career is over in sports. But it was never like that. Mary Kom made a classic come back with the great willpower to win and show her talent. She proved that everything is possible if you set your body, mind, heart, and soul into your dream. She started training again and rebuilt her body, stamina, and strength. She silenced the skeptics by winning the Silver medal in the year 2008, Asian games and gold medal at China's AIBA World Women's Boxing Championship.


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Mary Kom went on to represent India in Boxing, 51Kg for the first times at the Olympics on 1st October 2014. Kom was only to qualify and she went on to win the Bronze for India. She did not stop here, she won her fifth gold medal in the light-flyweight category of the Asian Women's Boxing Championship held at Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam on 8 November 2017. It was a proud moment for every Indian. Mary Kom had become an Inspiration to many.

She co-authored her autobiography "Unbreakable", with Dina Serto and published by Harper Collins in 2013. If you wanted to buy this book, her is the link- http://amzn.to/2kmB1e7

In 2014, biopic movie based on Mary Kom's life realized on 5th Sep 2014, which is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Priyanka Chopra played the main role of Mary Kom in Mary Kom movie.

Awards and Recognitions

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  • Arjuna Awards (Boxing) in 2003
  • Padma Shri (Sports) in 2006
  • People of the Year- Limca Books of Records in 2007
  • Contender for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2007
  • Pepsi MTV Youth Icon in 2008
  • CNN-IBN & Reliance industries' Real Heroes Award in 2008
  • 'Magnificient Mary' from AIBA(International Boxing Association) in 2008
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2009
  • International Boxing Association's Ambassador for Women's Boxing in 2009
  • Padma Shree Sportswoman of the Year 2010, Sahara Sports Award
  • Padma Bhushan Award in 2013
  • Big Star Most Entertaining Sportsperson of the year in 2014
Mary Kom always wanted to prove that women can do equally what men can. Today she makes sure she help other girls to achieve their dreams and assist them to fight against the odds. Mary Kom runs an academy in Manipur that teaches self-defense. Success can never materialize from fear. For success in your career, one needs to be determined and confident enough. If you wanted to achieve certain goals and abilities, you should take up the challenges and pursue them. 

Monday, 27 November 2017

10 Amazing Things Happen When You Eat Dragon fruit

Dragon fruit, the strange name but its benefits may surprise you. Yes, Today, I will be sharing 10 Amazing health benefits you can get from Dragon fruit.

Dragon fruit belongs to a cactus family, considered indigenous especially white fleshy, scientifically called Hylocereus undatus.

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Dragon fruit is oval or pear-shaped scaly outer of bright pink color and encloses a white or red super bland part with black tiny seeds. Dragon fruits comes in three varieties, namely, red skin with red flesh, red skin with white flesh and yellow skin with white flesh. Not so sweet not so sour in taste, but very wholesome fruit. It's usually found in the tropical and subtropical region, the dragon fruit is one of those exotic fruits that offers ample of health benefits. It has limited availability in the market. Basically, it is native to Mexico and now its cultivation has spread to South-Eastern Asia. It is now common fruit in countries like China, Thailand, Australia, Isreal, and Vietnam.
Other names of dragon fruit are- Pitaya, Moonlovers, Belle of the night, Cactus fruit, Dragon pearl fruit, lady of the night.


Nutritional Values

Dragon fruit has a surprising number of nutrients. Dragon fruit is loaded with essential mineral, but particularly Phosphorus, Iron, Potassium, and calcium. Rich in antioxidants, a great source of vitamin C, full of polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids(omega-3 and omega-6-fatty acids), several Vitamin B as well as carotene and proteins. Lycopene present in dragon fruit which is responsible for its red color.
Moreover, it has low calories and low in cholesterols. Do you know there is 1 gram of fiber per 100 gram of fresh dragon fruit? Let's take look at how Dragon fruit benefits the human body.

Health Benefits


1. Improves immune system

Since dragon fruit is a great source of Vitamin C and also has many antioxidants, which helps in strengthening immunity. Keeps the body clear and boosting hemoglobin owing to its high antioxidant properties. If you like you're frequently getting sick, feeling under the weather, dragon fruit might be the answer for you.
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2. Promote blood and tissue formation

Dragon fruit has tissue forming property owing to its high fiber content. Also, phosphorus in this fruit helps to blood and tissue formation. Phosphorus, an important mineral found in your every cell of the body. Phosphorus needed for the body to make protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues.

3. Increase platelet count

Dragon fruit helps in improving platelet counts due to its antioxidant properties. Therefore, Dragon fruit is recommended for the Dengue patients. The benefit of increasing platelet count reduces the fever or also helpful in hemorrhagic fever.
Recommendation- Treatment and Prevention of Dengue 

4. Strengthen Bones and teeth

As dragon fruit is a good source of minerals like potassium, which helps to build strong bone mineral density. This exotic fruit is very beneficial for growing children to help to have strong bones and teeth.

5. Anti-aging

Dragon fruit is packed with antioxidants, which are very necessary to keep your skin tight and glowing. For ageless skin, you should include this fruit in your diet or at least once a week. This exotic fruit is used in natural remedies for many skin problems for centuries. Ancient beauty practices from southeast Asia believe that making a paste of dragon fruit flesh and using as face pack can help in slowing down the aging process.

6. Reduce risk of Cancer

Phytonutrient in Dragon fruit helps in reducing the risk of Cancer. Phytonutrients like phytoalbumin, Vitamin C and minerals make this fruit highly valued for its cancer-preventing properties. Antioxidants help in fighting free radicals which are responsible for damage to the cells and even leads to cancer. Lycopene, in dragon fruit which helps protect against cancer.

7. Reduce risk of Cardiovascular diseases

The phytochemical captin present in dragon fruit, used as a medication to treat heart problems. The study showed that dragon fruit may help in lowering bad cholesterols. Because dragon fruit loaded with antioxidant and fibers, they both contribute to keeping the heart healthy and young.

8. Lowers blood sugar

Dragon fruit is low in calories yet offers numerous nutrients and high fibers. Fibers stabilize blood sugar levels and maintain normal blood sugar level.
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9. Improves eyesight

Dragon fruit is good source of Vitamin A. This helps your skin to maintain healthiness and improves vision power.

10. Helps to heal bruises and wounds

Promotes faster healing of bruises and wounds. Dragon fruit possesses anti-bacterial properties, which found that it stimulates cell regeneration and speed up the healing, so wound and bruises heal at the increased rate.

Precaution-

Consume Dragon fruit in moderation, as it containing fructose which may be harmful to your health if consumed in an excess amount.

Author's take

As you can see, dragon fruit offers amazing health benefits that people are still not aware of. You should definitely include this fruit in your diet and experience the benefits. Share your experience in the comment box below.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3140125/

http://www.medicalhealthguide.com/articles/dragonfruit-healthbenefits.htm

Friday, 24 November 2017

5 Brilliant ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV)

Apple Cider Vinegar (a.k.a. ACV) has a really unpleasant smell and sour taste but believe it or not it's a sure fire way to improve your health and your life. In this article, I will share 5 brilliant ways to use Apple Cider vinegar (ACV) that I am using it currently.

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Apple cider vinegar has become my health obsession and I keep talking about it all the time. Apple cider vinegar is made from apple juice and its twice fermentation turns out Apple cider vinegar. Today I will share healthy ways to incorporate Apple cider Vinegar into your daily life and there are plenty of benefits to be gained on getting this magical drink.

Brilliant Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV)

I recommend using 'Unfiltered Mother ACV' to get it's total health benefits. Mother ACV you can identify by cloudy strings present at the bottom which is full of beneficial enzymes, proteins, and minerals. It's worth shaking the bottle each time before using ACV.

1. Used as a Face toner

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid. Acetic acid is acidic in nature but shows the alkaline effect on the body. The pH of apple cider vinegar makes it an excellent remedy for skin problems. Apple cider vinegar reduces the pore size and gives even toning to the skin. Antioxidants found in Apple Cider Vinegar helps to reduce free radicals in the body.

Take 1/2 cup water and add 1 tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar. Mix the mixture. Magical elixir is ready to use. With the help of cotton ball rub the mixture on your face. Then apply essential oils to the affected area to support further care. This also can be used as astringent for dark spots treatment which fades your spots. Apply apple cider vinegar directly on the spots on regular basis for two weeks. You will see ACV lightens your dark spots.

2. Used for shining your hair

Rinse your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar twice a week, it makes hair stronger and shinier.
Take 500ml of water and add two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar and place it into the bottle. After you've washed your hair in the shower, pour the mixture over the head, make sure to avoid getting it into the eyes. Massage it into your scalp for a minute or two to stimulate blood circulation and hair growth, and then rinse well. Use this twice a week for better results.

3. Used to remove stains from teeth

Apple cider vinegar is used for whitening your teeth.
This Apple Cider Vinegar is also a natural alternative to OTC  mouthwashes. Some Dentists suggest doing gargle with one part of ACV and three part of water for total one minutes which help them to evade with bad breathe.

4. Used to help weight loss

For centuries, Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for weight loss. Apple Cider Vinegar brings satiety which makes you feel full just like after meal you feel and aids weight loss. The acetic acid in Apple Cider Vinegar helps to slow down the fat accumulations. This way it burns out belly fat and helps in weight loss.
In 2005 study revealed vinegar helps to lower blood sugar level which in turn contributes to abdominal fat loss, waist fat loss and lowers the risk of diabetes.

5. Used to detox body

Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is my top natural health remedy that I use every day to detox my body and helps in digestion of food. It helps balance your body's pH and stimulates cardiovascular stimulation and lymphatic drainage. ACV detoxifies the liver. Also, Apple Cider Vinegar has the ability to kill dangerous 'bad' bacteria and promote the production of good bacteria.

Every morning I consume Apple Cider Vinegar in the form of morning ACV tea. ACV has an antibacterial property which kills the bacteria from our mouth and stomach and makes us feel fresh and free from germs.

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ACV tea

Apple cider vinegar is delicious as a tea. I really don't like the original taste of ACV but to get its health benefit I discovered one good recipe which has hidden it's pungent taste: Apple Cider Vinegar tea

Boil a cup of water, add one pinch Cinnamon powder, add 1/2 tablespoon of lime juice, 1 tablespoon Raw Apple cider vinegar and finally one tablespoon of raw honey. Boil it for 5 min. ACV tea is ready. Bring it to lukewarm and then consume it on empty stomach.

Precautions-

  • Never drink apple cider vinegar straight as it can burn your esophagus.
  • It is possible to have an allergic reaction to Apple Cider Vinegar, so first check if its allergic to you than stop using it.
  • To avoid the risk of side effects or allergic reactions, start with the smaller amount of ACV (even 1/2 teaspoon may be of benefit) and gradually increase the quantity.

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Sources:


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16015276

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26547520

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12167888/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19661687

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27209492

Sunday, 19 November 2017

OTC Drugs and Their Side Effects

Have you ever taken medication without doctors permission?? (I know your answer here 'Obviously Yes')or Have you ever bought drugs without the prescription??(I know your answer here too 'Yes')
But many of us don't know how these OTC drugs can be harmful too.

"Over The Counter" (OTC) drugs are the drug you can get without prescription at chemist or drugstore. Basically, OTC drugs are safe to use and which are intended to treat short-term illnesses. The reason people prefer OTC drugs are- easy to understand it's mode of action, readily available at groceries or pharmacies, less expensive than going to the doctor and paying his checkup fees plus less costly than prescribed medication. That's all to the good if OTC drugs are used correctly for a particular condition and in proper dosage and for no longer than the recommended time. Over the counter(OTC) drugs are most often used to treat ailments like heartburn, headaches and other pains, fever, cold and cough. As per FDA (Food Drug Administration) till date, there are more than 300,000 Over-The-Counter drugs on the market. This number will continue to grow if more prescription drug moves to OTC lists.

In some cases, even if OTC are taken correctly, there can be some problems because patients with the certain health condition are needed to be aware of it's side effects, drug-drug reactions, drug-food reactions. For example, people with heart disease or hypertension people are warned not to take aspirin without doctor's permission.

A study of 500 people carried at Northwestern University in Chicago by Dr, Micheal Wolf and published in 2012  for "Risk of unintentional overdose with the non-prescription acetaminophen products" which revealed OTC medication containing acetaminophen could lead to acute liver failure.  The potential for side effects and adverse events due to unintentional misuse of these OTC products is substantial, particularly among heavy users of acetaminophen and those with limited literacy.

If  you or anyone you know have taken OTC with incorrect dosage or unintentional overdose, here are the symptoms which need immediate attention
Drowsiness
Nausea
Vomiting
Rapid heartbeat
Blurred vision
Redness
Itching
Any kind of sudden change in your body after taking medications, you should see your doctor and find out manifestations of your symptoms.


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How OTC drugs are harmful

It's hard to say. As far as form and dosage of OTC are unknown it's difficult to say harmfulness of OTC drug. It's not easy to determine the fatal dose of Over-the-counter drugs, I will explain you with an example of Acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is an active ingredient in Tylenol, Panadol, Percocet and many others. Acetaminophen in general term is also called as Paracetamol(generic name). Acetaminophen work is to reduce fever and give relief from pain (pain of mild to moderate scale). Studies of humans have reported 'liver failure' as a side effect of Acetaminophen when it exceeds the optimal dose(dose of a drug that will produce desired effects). Drug acceptance rate varies widely on factors including the condition of the liver, ingested drug dose, whether the pill is taken in conjunction with alcohol, etc. Acetaminophen has narrow safety margin as compared to other Over-the-counter drugs. Doctors have reported liver failure if consumed Acetaminophen 2.5 grams in a day. Approved dose limit is 1.5 grams or less.

Another of these OTC's is Dramamine, the popular name brand for motion sickness pill. If abused, Dramamine side effects may include hallucinations, restlessness, blurred vision, dizziness, and rapid heartbeat. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur.

Diet pills sold over the counter carry their own risks when abused; the negative side effects often include heart palpitations. In some cases, individuals become addicted to OTC diet pills within weeks of the first dose.

Other OTC medications of cough suppressant and cold medicines containing dextromethorphan(DXM) can be safe and effective when taken as recommended, but they can also be abused and can lead to serious adverse health consequences. Some of it's side effects include double or blurred vision, impaired physical coordination, rapid heartbeat, drowsiness, numbness, and disorientation. Similarly, cold medicines containing active ingredients like Pseudoephedrine which is a stimulant. Abuse of this medication can cause you hallucinations and intense 'body high'.

Scenarios for adverse reaction of OTC drugs

Older adults often use many medications at the same time, including prescriptions and OTC medicines. Their body process medicines differently than younger adults. There might be chances of adverse reaction between drugs or between drug and food.

Duplication of drugs leads to overdose

Many patients get catch hold of the drug overdose, sometimes they don't realize how much of drug they are taking. For an example, if you take OTC medication Ibuprofen (Brand names- Advil, Motrin) along with the prescribed anti-inflammatory drug Aspirin( Brand name- Ecosprin) by your doctor, then this will cause damage to your kidney.

Food-drug reaction

Food may alter how your body processes medications. Medicines taken by orally must be absorbed through the lining of the stomach or small intestine. But at the same time nutrients from food, you eat also needs to be absorbed through the lining of the stomach. If you take medicine with the food when it's not recommended, a possible interaction is that your body might not be able to absorb the medicine as it should.
Similarly, abusers of OTC medications, who mix alcohol with it, can put users at risk for internal bleedings, heart problems, and difficulties in breathing.

List Of Harmful OTC drugs

Not Only Acetaminophen but there are many other OTC drugs with its improper use or overdosage it will be harmful.
1. Codeine(Codectuss)
2. Aspirin(Ecotrin)
3. Dextromethorphan(Robitussin)
4. Dimenhydrinate(Dramamine)
5. Ibuprofen(Motrin)
6. Nimesulide(Nice)
7. Cetirizine(Zyrtec)
8. Diphenhydramine(Benedryl)
9. Propylhexedrine
10. Oxymetazoline(Afrin)
11. Diethyl ether
12. Caffeine

People have committed suicide by overdosing on certain OTC drugs. People who rely on OTC medications often fail to read instructions and warnings on the labels and cartons.

Facts

  • Studies have shown that 15% of young adults in high school admitted that within a year they had abused some sort of over the counter drugs at least once.
  • Severe harmful effects of  OTC medications include Brain damage, seizure, ruptured blood vessels, stroke, coma or even death.

Author's take-

It is important to take medicine correctly and be careful when giving them to children. Especially parents with teenagers should be aware of the potential for abuse of these medications and side effects of these OTC's when taken in large quantities, which should signal concerns and the possible need for intervention and treatments. When you start a new medication either it may be prescription or OTC, make sure you understand how to take it correctly. Every allopathic drug has it's pros and cons after it exceeds optimal dose. If any confusion arises please ask your primary care or pharmacies regarding usage of medication correctly.

Sources:

https://medlineplus.gov/drugreactions.html

http://www.springer.com/about+springer/media/springer+select?SGWID=0-11001-6-1379733-0

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23061329


https://www.addictioncenter.com/drugs/over-the-counter-drugs/

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