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Benefits of Quinoa

Benefits of Quinoa

Quinoa, pronounced ‘keen-wa’ is a great wheat-free alternative to starchy grains. It has twice the protein content of rice or barley and is a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It also possesses good levels of several B vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fiber.

Quinoa was known to the Incas as “the mother of all grains” and was first cultivated over 5,000 years ago. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has officially declared that the year 2013 be recognized as “The International Year of the Quinoa. Continue Reading

Gum Disease Symptoms And What Is Causing It?

Gum Disease Symptoms And What Is Causing It

Did you know that 65 million adults in the US, with the age of 30 years and older have some form of gum disease? And that it can increase your risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, pneumonia, heart disease and cancer? Even more alarming is the fact that gum disease affects only a small part of the mouth so it is so easy to miss. There may be many unreported cases and its prevalence among the adults may be higher than estimated.

And the odds are, you have it too, you might not know it just yet.

The hard fact is gum disease is a silent killer and what you do not know can kill you. So let us take a deeper look at gum disease, its causes, its symptoms and prevention as well as treatments for advanced stages. Continue Reading

50 Amazing and good things that happened in 2016

50 good and happy things that happened in 2016

One more year gone and we all have moved on in our lives. For some 2016 was an awesome year, whereas some of us faced unfavorable events. But does one event or one undesired moment can make a whole year bad?

Well for me its not. Every year we learn something new about ourselves which we never noticed earlier. Each year brings a lot of happy moments along with some sad tweaks. But isn’t it possible, that we carry the good things with us and leave the sad memories behind? One of my friends told me that we can create happier memories by killing away the painful ones. After all happiness is a choice which lies inside us. I can be happy with or without any reason. As in the move Troll, Poppy says: the real happiness comes from inside. External happiness is temporary whereas internal happiness is eternal. Continue Reading

Benefits of Chili Pepper

Spicy Food Could Prolong Life

 

A new study suggests that eating hot red chili peppers is linked to a 13% drop in overall mortality, specifically due to heart disease or stroke. The researchers examined national health and nutritional data from more than 16,000 Americans over a 23 year period and found that the consumption of hot red chili peppers delayed death among those who ate the spicy fruit.

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Are antioxidants good for you?

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What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants help prevent or stop cell damage caused by oxidants thus the name Antioxidants. The human body naturally produces free radicals and the antioxidants to counteract their damaging effects. We all know that oxygen is one of the most essential components for the human body. But oxygen is also a highly reactive atom that is capable of becoming part of potentially damaging molecules commonly called free radicals. Continue Reading

Simple daily hacks to keep your heart healthy

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Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the world. Cancer and stroke round out the top three. Heart disease includes conditions such as coronary artery disease, heart attack, cardiac arrest, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart diseases. The most common cause of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which is a blocked or narrowed coronary artery that supplies the heart with blood. Heart disease accounts for 40% of all U.S. deaths, more than all forms of cancer combined. Hence it becomes our utmost priority to look after our heart health.  We can control our heart health easily by following some simple health rules daily. What we eat also helps us in maintaining a healthy heart.

Here are some life hacks that we can incorporate in our daily lives to have a healthy heart. Continue Reading

20 successful people who defeated failure in life

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Dwayne Johnson (Actor/Wrestler)

The Rock was initially a football player, playing for the University of Miami. Later on, he played for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League, and was cut two months into the 1995 season. The guys at the CFL simply told him he wasn’t good enough, he got kicked out. At that point of time, he was considered as an utter failure. He had to sleep in mattresses soaked with piss. 24 years of age, no job, no money. He had just 7$ to his name. Continue Reading

Benefits of Vitamin B12

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Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement and a prescription medication. Vitamin B12 exists in several forms and contains the mineral cobalt so compounds with vitamin B12 activity are collectively called “cobalamins”. Methylcobalamin and 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin are the forms of vitamin B12 that are active in human metabolism.

Vitamin B12 helps in improving your mood, energy level, memory, heart, skin, hair, digestion and other body functions. Vitamin B12 is also an essential vitamin for addressing adrenal fatigue, multiple metabolic functions — including enzyme production, DNA synthesis and hormonal balance — and maintaining healthy nervous and cardiovascular systems. Continue Reading

Health benefits of folic acid

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Folate or folic acid is commonly known as vitamin B9 and is one of many essential vitamins. It plays an important role in many bodily functions, including cell repair and maintenance, DNA synthesis, amino acid metabolism, and the formation of leukocytes and erythrocytes. It prevents obesity and various cancers, including colon cancer, as well as preventing heart disease. Adequate folate intake is extremely important during periods of rapid growth such as pregnancy, infancy, and adolescence. Continue Reading

High Fiber Foods

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Fiber is an important part of a healthy balanced diet. It can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and some cancers, and can also improve digestive health. The average intake of fiber is at least 30g a day. For children it is recommended the average amount of dietary fiber per day should be:

  • Women: 25 grams
  • Men: 35-40 grams
  • 2-5-year-olds: about 15g
  • 5-11-year-olds: about 20g
  • 11-16-year-olds: about 25g
  • 16-18-year-olds: about 30g

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Benefits of Kale

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Kale is one of the important member of the super food family. Kale comes from the cabbage family, which also includes broccoli, cauliflower, and collards. It is an excellent source of nutrients and is indeed one of the healthiest food. Eating kale can result in healthy skin, hair and bones, as well as healthy digestion and a reduced risk of heart disease. Kale improves blood glucose control in diabetics and also lowers the risk of cancer too.

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Do you know about these early symptoms of diabetes?

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Millions of people are suffering from diabetes in the world. Everyday someone goes to clinic and find out that they have diabetes. According to many doctors, some people having diabetes are unaware that they are suffering from it. Diabetes symptoms can start appearing from an early stage due to higher-than-normal levels of glucose in blood. High blood glucose and low blood glucose are both extremely dangerous. Continue Reading

Which is more healthy? Greek Yogurt vs Regular Yogurt

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When it comes to the topic of healthy eating, I regularly hear people talking about substituting a food item with a healthier one. One of those food is Greek Yogurt. After hearing so much I decided to do some research on my own.

As I check in Wikipedia, the definition of greek yogurt is:  “Strained yogurt, Greek yogurt, yogurt cheese, or labneh (Arabic: لبنة‎‎ labnah, pronounced LEB-neigh), is yogurt that has been strained to remove its whey, resulting in a thicker consistency than unstrained yogurt, while preserving yogurt’s distinctive, sour taste. Like many types of yogurt, strained yogurt is often made from milk that has been enriched by boiling off some of its water content, or by adding extra butterfat and powdered milk. In Europe and North America, it is often made with low-fat or fat-free yogurt.”

Honestly, I didn’t understand a single word from the above definition as it didn’t answer my first question i.e. what is the major difference between green yogurt and the regular yogurt I eat daily? Continue Reading

Common food allergies

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What is an allergy?

Allergies are a number of conditions caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system to something in the environment that usually causes little or no problem in most people. These diseases include hay fever, food allergies, atopic dermatitis, allergic asthma, and anaphylaxis. Symptoms may include red eyes, an itchy rash, runny nose, shortness of breath, or swelling. Food intolerances and food poisoning are separate conditions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 50 million Americans have an allergy of some kind. Food allergies are estimated to affect 4 to 6 percent of children and 4 percent of adults. Continue Reading