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Cherry Tasty

By on May 27, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

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Sometimes it’s not all about taste; you have got to see what is present inside the food you are putting inside your mouth. We all hear how good fruits are for us. But have you ever tried to find out what they have in stored for you? What is so good about cherries that you love to eat? I’m sure you’d love to find out.

A cup of full of cherries has:

Calories 87

Protein 1.46 gm

Fiber: 2.9gm.

Vitamins present in cherries:

There are many vitamins present. Some which are present in minute amounts are not mentioned.

Vitamin A – 88 IU

Vitamin C – 9.7 mg

Folate – 6 mcg

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.037 mg

Vitamin B6 – 0.068 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.046 mg

Vitamin E – 0.1 mg

Vitamin K – 2.9 mcg

Niacin – 0.213 mg

Pantothenic Acid – 0.275 mg

Minerals present in cherries:

There are many minerals present. Some are in small amount.

Potassium – 306 mg

Iron – 0.5 mg

Calcium – 18 mg

Phosphorus – 29 mg

Zinc – 0.1 mg

Magnesium – 15 mg

Copper – 0.083 mg

Manganese – 0.097 mg

Cherries offer following health benefits:

  • Possess anti-inflammatory property and hence help in different inflammatory conditions. This is due to anthocyanins that it contains.
  • These possess the power to fight off cancer.
  • Possess a hormone, melatonin which regulates circadian cycles.
  • These are excellent for arthritis patients..
  • These are good for heart health.
  • These are good for your memory.

 

 

Banana; what’s so special?

By on May 27, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

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Banana is said to be a very nutritious fruit in comparison to others. You will be surprised to know about the beneficial content present in it. The best part about bananas is that they taste great and are loved by almost everyone. A normal sized banana has:

Calories: 105

Protein: 1.29 gm

Fiber: 3.1 gm

Minerals:

Potassium – 422 mg

Sodium – 1 mg

Calcium – 6 mg

Iron – 0.31 mg

Phosphorus – 26 mg

Zinc – 0.18 mg

Magnesium – 32 mg

Manganese – 0.319 mg

Selenium 1.2 mcg

Copper – 0.092 mg

There are also other minerals in minute amount..

Vitamins:

Vitamin A – 76 IU

Vitamin K – 0.6 mcg

Niacin – 0.785 mg

Pantothenic Acid – 0.394 mg

Folate – 24 mcg

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.037 mg

Vitamin E – 0.12 mg

Vitamin B6 – 0.433 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.086 mg

Vitamin C – 10.3 mg

There are other vitamins also present in minor amounts.

Health benefits of Banana:

  • Bananas play a great role in boosting your brain function.
  • You can use banana peels as fertilizers in your garden.
  • This fruit can get your blood glucose level back to normal.
  • Banana can replenish the vitamins in your body.
  • Banana peel can surprisingly relieve itching when you rub it on mosquito bites.
  • Bananas are a natural antacid and they quickly relieve heartburn.
  • Bananas are high in iron and are therefore good for anemic people for it promotes hemoglobin synthesis.

Vitamin B2

By on May 25, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

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Vitamin B2 or riboflavin has quite an influence on your growth, red cell synthesis and reproductive system. It also helps produce energy from carbs you eat..

Requirement:

Adult males require 1.3 mg

Women require 1.1 mg whereas pregnant or lactating women require 1.5 mg

Children need .6 to .9 mg of B2/riboflavin every day.

Assortment of fresh vegetables and fruit

Sources:

Following sources of Vitamin B2 should be added in you daily routine:

Fruits:

Banana

Grapes Avocado

Mango

Cherimoya

Passion Fruit

Pomegranate

Mulberries

Prickly Pear

Lychee

Dates

Veggies:

Lima Beans

Amaranth Leaves

Asparagus

Peas

Bok Choy

Pumpkin

Brussels Sprouts

Chinese Broccoli

Artichoke

Squash – winter

French Beans

Swiss chard

Mushrooms

Sweet Potato

Spirulina

Nuts and grains sources:

Oats

Rye

Wheat – Hard Red

Chestnuts

Almonds

Buckwheat

Wheat – Durum

Quinoa

Wheat – Hard White

Protein sources:

Herring

Cottage Cheese

Beef

Eggs

Cheddar Cheese

Turkey Breast

Goat Milk

Salmon

Chicken (dark meat)

Ground Chicken

Hamburger

Yogurt

Ground Turkey

Caviar

Roast Duck

Soy Milk

Sardines

Beef Sausage

Tuna

Goat Cheese

Lamb

Pork

Soy Beans

Turkey Bacon

Veal

Pollock

Sour Cream

Turkey Leg

Navy Beans

Winged Beans

Lowfat Yogurt

Soy Beans

Fava Beans

Adzuki Beans

Edamame

Garbanzo Beans

Pinto Beans

Mung Beans

All those food items that are rich in vitamin B2 are not only highly nutritious but also great in taste. So this means there is no reason why you should skip it from meals. Make a habit of eating fruits every day. Fruits keep you full and at the same time keep the body full of nutritious vitamins and anti-oxidants.

Vitamin B1

By on May 25, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

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Just like every other vitamin, Vitamin B1 also known as thiamine is important constituent in the synthesis of energy. The conversion of carbs into energy requires thiamine. It is also good for functioning of heart, muscles, and nervous system. Thiamine deficiency makes you tired and fatigued.

Requirement:

Adult males require 1.2 mg and

Adult women require 1.1 mg while lactating ones require 1.5 mg

Children require.6 to .9 mg of thiamine every day

Sources of Vitamin B1 are:

Fruits:

Most fruits as well as vegetables don’t supply a significant amount of thiamine though. But let us have a look:

Grapes

Avocado

Boysenberries

Breadfruit

Guava

Cherimoya

Dates

Butternut Squash

Grapefruit

Orange

Mango

Pomegranate

Pineapple

Watermelon

Corn

Veggies:

Potatoes

Lima Beans

Brussels Sprouts

Parsnips

Asparagus

Peas

Sweet Potato

French Beans

Spirulina

Okra

Grain or nut sources:

Millet

Chestnuts

Oats

Pecans

Cashews

Pistachios

Flax Seed

Quinoa

Rice Brown

Wheat – Hard Red

Peanuts

Rye

Spelt

Buckwheat

Brazil Nuts

Wheat – Hard White

Macadamia Nuts

Filberts/Hazelnuts

Wheat – Durum

Pine Nuts/Pignolias

Protein sources:

Salmon

Herring

Tuna

Beef

Lowfat Yogurt

Soy Beans

Catfish

Goat Milk

Pork Sausage

Soy Milk

Roast Duck

Bacon

Cow’s Milk

Pork

Kidney Beans

Ground Chicken

Black Beans

Winged Beans

White Beans

Navy Beans

Black Eye Peas

By adding these food substances in your diet, you can keep yourself healthy and prevent yourself from getting weak and tired. With a busy schedule when people find no time to take care of what they eat, it becomes difficult to add every vitamin in diet. But if you care for yourself and your family, you have got to take care of it.

Vitamins for gorgeous looking skin

By on May 17, 2013 in Diet, General, Health with 0 Comments

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Understanding the role played by vitamins that help your skin look younger and better is important. Make sure you get in a lot of fruits and veggies because they are full of anti-oxidants and vitamins useful for healthier skin.

  • Vitamin A:

Softens and smoothens the skin, decreases dark spots and wrinkles. Has anti-aging properties.

  • Vitamin B3 for redness.

Hydrates the skin by promoting f.a and ceremides synthesis.  It is great for dry and sensitive type of skin and it strengthens the quality of the skin.

  • Vitamin C

Best free radicals fighter not letting radical produce aging signs such as wrinkles and saggy skin etc. It smoothens the roughness of the skin making it firm and soft to touch and also lightens spots.Also improves discoloration and damage caused by sunlight exposure.  Vitamin C may sound more like Vitamin A because both work to alleviate the skin complexion and texture.

  • Vitamin E

Acts as a pretty amazing natural moisturizers which stops dryness of skin and hence decrease damage caused by dry skin. Also acts as a potent anti-oxidant chemical which does not let free radicals cause any disturbance is cellular function.

  • Vitamin K

Much popular for its ability to lighten the dark circles under the eyes. Dark circles may be due to lack of sleep or they may be hereditary, but if you wish to get rid of those ugly dark circles around your eyes, and possess beautiful eyes then you better trust Vitamin K for this purpose. Vitamin K has a role in clotting of blood and therefore, because dark circles are caused by leaking of minute blood capillaries under the eyes, vitamin K can be of huge help.

Tips for relieving constipation

By on May 13, 2013 in Diseases, General, Health with 0 Comments

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Fullness, pain in the stomach, tight waist and restlessness caused due to constipation is usually one of the most uncomfortable feelings ever. Infrequency in bowel movement may be due to many different reasons. Mild or severe stomachache may make you wonder when the last time you went to the bathroom was. The following tips may help you bowel get moving.

  • Don’t omit a meal and don’t overload you diet with fibers all of a sudden. When you don’t eat for a long time, your GIT refuses to push the waste out. Speaking of fibers, too much of them all at once may even cause diarrhea. Take a moderate amount of fiber in diet for it makes the stool soft and pushes it forward. .
  • Sometimes constipation might be due to decreased water intake in diet. Consume six or more H2O minimally to soften the stool so that it is easy to be excreted out.
  • Plan a specific time of the day preferably in the morning after breakfast as you bathroom time.
  • Applying strain to get it out won’t help you. You may increase your chances of hemorrhoids.
  • Research reveals that physical activity and exercise has the power to improve bowel movement. Indulge in activities such as jogging, walking or swimming. When paying attention to workouts and exercises, just make sure you don’t forget to take enough water.
  • There are many foods that act as laxatives and should be added to your diet. These include apple, banana, beans, carrots, oats, mangoes, watermelon etc.

What is an Acquired Brain Injury?

By on May 11, 2013 in General with 0 Comments

An acquired brain injury (ABI) is the way of referring to injuries that the brain suffers after a number of occurrences, including road traffic accidents. An ABI cannot be used to describe an injury that occurs at birth or as a result of birth trauma. Most commonly ABIs are due to RTAs and other tragic accidents.

Every ABI is completely unique but if it is due to an accident then there is scope for a brain injury claim. This is a personal decision and something you’d need to decide with the help of family and friends. Many of the long term problems associated with ABIs are cognitive which makes living with one even more difficult.

Acquired Brain InjuryWho’s affected?

There are no official statistics for the number of people currently living with ABIs but plenty of people are suffering and every time an RTA takes place there’s the risk of another injury occurring and therefore the possibility of another individual having to adapt to a new way of living. Of course there are different degrees of injury but many long-term problems are felt by those who suffer from one.

Types of Brain Injury

There are two main types of brain injury:

  • Traumatic
  • Non-Traumatic

A traumatic brain injury can then further be classed as an open or closed injury. A closed injury occurs when the brain is bounced against the skull due to a blow such as in an RTA. A closed injury can cause severe tearing or stretching of the brain tissue. These are the most common type of traumatic injury. An open injury is when something impacts with the skull, fractures it and enters the brain. Specific damage in a localised area is more common in this type of injury.

Non-traumatic brain injuries don’t have any impact or trauma involved, therefore are usually the result of things such as strokes, oxygen starvation or tumour growth.

Severity of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries are usually categorised as mild, medium or secure. The length of the post-traumatic amnesia or coma is usually used to gauge the severity of the injury. It’s believed up to 90% of brain injuries are thankfully classified as mild, often due to a minor collision and loss of consciousness that lasts less than 15 minutes. A severe brain injury can usually be diagnosed when the patient has been in a coma for at least 6 hours or has a post-traumatic amnesia period of over 24 hours. These cases often need surgery or significant time spent in intensive care.

Consequences of Brain Injury

The consequences of brain injury are far reaching. The longer the person is unconscious the larger number of consequences and symptoms they may have to deal with. There is a range of cognitive, physical and behavioural after effects of a brain injury including memory problems, long-term fatigue and in some instances bouts of inappropriate behaviour. There are unfortunately all sorts of unwanted symptoms people need to learn to live with.

Brain injury can be life changing and is something that thousands of people have to live with. Considering compensation when you realise the significant changes that can be needed to live a full life is something to keep in mind.

Wendy Ruth is a brain injury solicitor from Lewes. She specialises in severe brain injury claim cases usually after serious road traffic accidents.

How to manage minor disorders in pregnancy

By on March 15, 2013 in General, Health with 0 Comments

 

Minor disorders occur as a result of various changes in the body during pregnancy and causes a lot of discomfort to pregnant women, but the good thing is that these disorders can be managed using simple methods and home available remedies.

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Some minor disorders and their managements

Backache; management.

Sit with your back straight and, support it with a back rest.

Sleep on firm mattress.

Avoid lifting heavy objects.

When picking up objects from the ground, bend your knees and keep your back straight.

You can also report to your doctor, or midwife so the can prepare a plan of exercise for you with an obstetric physiotherapist

Heartburn and how to management it.

Eat 5-6 small meals instead of 2-3 large meals.

Sit for one hour after feeding before lying down.

Avoid spicy food.

Take a glass of milk or yogurt after meal.

Take a spoon of honey with a glass of warm milk when you feel heartburn.

Leg cramp and it’s management.

Drink plenty of water.

Eat bananas

Take prescribed calcium supplements.

Do leg exercises

Hemorrhoids and it’s management;

Eat food high in fiber.

Drink a lot of water.

Avoid long standing.

Use lubricating gel to push back pile.

Use a pack of ice, wrapped around a cloth, and the pile, to ease pain and discomfort.

Skin irritation and it’s management.

Wear loose clothes.

Use prescribed ointment to prevent itching.

Take cold shower as often as possible.

Fatigue and tiredness management;

Have adequate rest during the day and good sleep at night

Allow family member help with some of the house chores

Eat a good and balanced diet

Incontinence; management;

Do regular pelvic floor and kegel exercises.

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