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WASABI AND ITS BENEFITS

2 min read

Wasabia japonica or Eutrema japonica is a member is found in the Brassicaceae family together with cabbages, horseradish, and mustard.  The root of the Wasabi is used as a condiment and has a very strong aroma. Types of Wasabi include Wasabi Daruma and Wasabi Mazuma. Below are the various health benefits of eating Wasabi.

Cancer Prevention. Regular addition of wasabi to the diet can prevent certain types of cancer. The most notable and beneficial nutrients found in wasabi are the isothiocyanates. These form from glucosinolates after the plant is harvested or cut. The variousisothiocyanate antioxidants are very beneficial in eliminating free radicals throughout the body’s systems. Studies have shown that one form of isothiocyanate in wasabi, 6-MITC, has been clearly shown to inhibit the expansion of leukemia and stomach cancer cells. It actually promotes apoptosis (cell death) within 24 hours of consumption. The use of wasabi may prevent the growth of tumors, even at a pre-clinical or pre-treatment size. The most attractive thing about this type of treatment is that isothiocyanates appear to kill cancer cells without damaging the healthy, surrounding cells.

Prevention of Cavities. Wasabi helps in getting rid your mouth of the obnoxious cavities which cause you regular visits to your dentist. The bacteria responsible for this are the streptococcus mutans. Some studies conducted have shown that wasabi inhibits the growth of the said bacteria in the mouth due to the presence of the chemical compound isothiocynates. Isothiocynates prevent sugars from sticking on the teeth, which lead to cavities.

Wasabi is great for your circulation. As well as fighting cancer, that 6-MSITC that we mentioned also works to inhibit platelet aggregation, the clumping together of platelets into blood clots. In other words, it prevents blood clots forming and effectively reduces your risk of heart attack and strokes. The beneficial circulatory effects are also praised for helping to maintain cardiovascular health overall, as well as keeping the skin clear.

So, there you have it! Note: be careful if you’re taking any medicines that are metabolized by the liver, as too much wasabi can interact with such medicines in unpredictable ways. Around a teaspoon a day of wasabi should do the trick – or a few handfuls of wasabi-based snacks.

 

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HEALTHY LIVING: BENEFITS OF BEING A VEGETARIAN

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People are drawn to vegetarianism by all sorts of motives. Some of us want to live longer, healthier lives or do our part to reduce pollution. Others have made the switch because we want to preserve Earth’s natural resources or because we’ve always loved animals and are ethically opposed to eating them.

To help your heart. Limit the animal-fare and you'll be reducing your likelihood for heart disease, the number-one killer of women. "Fatty red meats and many processed meats are high in saturated fat, which raises LDL (bad) cholesterol and increases risk of coronary heart disease," says Dr. Rachel K. Johnson, a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and professor of Nutrition and Medicine at the University of Vermont. Studies, including one of more than 500,000 people published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, have shown that eating high quantities of these meats (e.g. a small steak every day) also increases the risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

Lower risk of death.  A 2013 study of more than 70,000 people found that vegetarians had a 12 percent lower risk of death compared with non-vegetarians. With none of the saturated fat and cholesterol that clogs arteries, vegetarians may be at a lower risk for chronic diseases overall.

Regular bowel movements. The fiber in a vegetarian diet will keep foods and waste moving smoothly through your system, avoiding both constipation and diarrhea. By increasing their fiber intake, Americans could save more than $12 billion — the amount spent on constipation-related therapies each year, according to research in the April 2014 issue of BMC Public Health. The researchers noted that consuming more fiber could also prevent a lot of time lost at work.

Type 2 diabetes. Research suggests that a predominantly plant-based diet can reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. In studies of Seventh-day Adventists, vegetarians’ risk of developing diabetes was half that of nonvegetarians, even after taking BMI into account. The Harvard-based Women’s Health Study found a similar correlation between eating red meat (especially processed meats, such as bacon and hot dogs) and diabetes risk, after adjusting for BMI, total calorie intake, and exercise.

Why go veg? Remember these and you'll soon start to lessen to eat meat.

 

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PARMESAN CHEESE AND ITS BENEFITS

2 min read

Parmesan cheese is an extra-hard dairy product made from cow's milk. Its sharp, nutty, slightly salty flavor is a natural accompaniment to Italian cuisine. To qualify as authentic Parmigiano Reggiano, it must come from specific regions in northern Italy, contain no holes and ripen for at least one year. Adding Parmesan cheese to your meal plan can enhance the flavor of foods and provide your body with a nutrient boost.

Easy to Digest. One of the factors that make Parmesan so 'super' is the ease with which the human digestive system can assimilate all this goodness. Due to its long ageing, much of the protein in Parmesan has been broken down into peptones, peptides and free amino acids, in effect the protein has been 'pre-digested'; the protein is readily available and as such it puts very little strain on the metabolism. Parmesan contains 33% protein compared to 20% in lean beef and that animal protein takes 4 hours to digest while the protein in Parmesan takes just 45 minutes. Other benfits to the digestion include Parmesan's ability to promote the development of Bacillus Bifidus, which is useful for the maintenance of a healthy gut, and also the fact that there is no lactose present - good news for the lactose intolerant or those with gastro-intestinal inflammation.

What cheese only adds 22 calories and 1 gram of fat per tablespoon? Just parmesan! It’s great for weight management, has more calcium than any other cheese, and it’s also packed with protein, both of which help the body metabolize fat. It’s also a low-lactose food, so some people who are sensitive to dairy may be able to eat it.

Packed With Protein. Your body uses protein to repair and maintain itself. A major part of your skin, muscles, organs and glands, protein exists in every cell in your body. A 2-ounce serving of Parmesan cheese contains about 20.3 grams of protein, which is 41 percent of the daily value, set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

Go grate some parmesan cheese now!

 

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ONION AND ITS HEALTH BENEFITS

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Never mind the tears they bring on—onions are an ace ally in your fight against disease. A prized member of the lily family, they lavish you with health benefits while adding oodles of taste to your food.

Within the polyphenol category, onions are also surprisingly high in flavonoids. For example, on an ounce-for-ounce basis, onions rank in the top 10 of commonly eaten vegetables in their quercetin content. The flavonoid content of onions can vary widely, depending on the exact variety and growing conditions. Although the average onion is likely to contain less than 100 milligrams of quercetin per 3-1/2 ounces, some onions do provide this amount. And while 100 milligrams may not sound like a lot, in the United States, moderate vegetable eaters average only twice this amount for all flavonoids (not just quercetin) from all vegetables per day.

Cancer. Onions can help reduce cancer risk when combined with turmeric. Chemicals found in these two cooking ingredients. A 2006 study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology found the combination of onions and turmeric creates a synergistic effect that reduces both the size and number of precancerous hosts in the intestine, therefore reducing colon cancer risk. 

The bad cholesterol that causes heart problems can be burnt or removed if onions are consumed daily. It keeps you stay safe from the coronary diseases and also protects the good cholesterol.

Onions and the heart. To help keep your blood free of clots, and make the most of the health benefits of onions, eat them both raw and cooked. Prescribing onions for heart patients is hardly routine among cardiologists. But Harvard's Dr. Victor Gurewich advises all his patients with coronary heart disease to eat onions daily.

As you've seen, you don't need to eat a lot, but any amount will be extremely beneficial to your health. To stay healthy and prevent the onset of these diseases, eat an onion a day to keep the doctor away (Well, at least they rhyme). 

 

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FUN UNDER THE SUN: SUNSCREEN ALTERNATIVES

3 min read

 

Sunscreen is typically seen as the go-to method of protection against sunburns and skin cancer. However, most conventional sunscreens block our ability to absorb Vitamin D, a necessary nutrient for many functions in the body. Sunscreen also contains chemicals that can penetrate the skin and disrupt hormones. There are natural ways, through nutrition changes and supplements, to protect our skin yet still get the sunshine we need. This article includes dietary recommendations, lifestyle changes and best food sources to up your skin protection in the hot summer sun!

Coconut Oil. Coconut oil blocks about 20% of the sun’s rays. That means you can enjoy the sun 20% longer than normally without getting burned. That’s not really much longer, so don’t think you’re covered for hours. You are more likely to tan and keep your tan with coconut oil in shorter, half hour or so bursts. It also moisturizes skin, lessens inflammation, and smoothes out blemishes while it limits solar damage. Coconut oil works even more if you take it internally too. It fights inflammation from the inside and contributes to the healthy production of vitamin D.

Protective clothing. According to Washington D.C. based non-profit Environmental Working Group’s website, “The best sunscreen is a hat and a shirt.” Why? Because it means “No chemicals for the skin to absorb,” and “no questions about whether the product works.” It’s even better if the clothing has a high UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor), says Toronto-based dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett, which ranges from 15 (good) to 50-plus (excellent). “Three things you can use to protect yourself from the sun are a hat, shade and sun protective clothing with a UPF of 50 or higher,” she says. “The hat should have a broad brim of at least five inches to protect the neck and chest area, especially for women. It should also have a UPF.” Before you go out and purchase a high-UPF bikini, be warned that it won’t do much to protect the rest of your skin. Instead, opt for a something with more coverage that is still stylish.

Carrot Seed Oil. Carrot seed contains a high amount of Vitamin A and beta carotene. Both of these ingredients are antioxidants, nutrients that shield the skin from oxidative particles known as free radicals. Carrot seed has a natural SPF of 38-40. It has antiseptic properties which helps prevent and heal infection. Carrot Seed also helps with skin irritation and helps to rejuvenate the skin.

Tomatoes. Tomatoes are bursting with the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to protect against too much UV radiation. In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of British Dermatology, 20 healthy women who ate a quarter cup of tomato paste in olive oil every day for three months were more protected against sunburn than those who consumed olive oil alone. Enjoy a cup-full for maximum benefits.

So keep the fun going! Let these tips do the deed and enjoy!

 

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KILL WHAT'S KILLING YOU: EFFECTS OF SMOKING IN THE BODY

3 min read

If you smoke, you've almost certainly heard friends and family nagging you to stop. Even as you reach for a cigarette you know that smoking makes heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other killers more likely. Knowing about long-term risks though may not be enough to nudge you to quit, especially if you're young. It can be hard to feel truly frightened by illnesses that may strike decades later. So, if you carry on smoking, what could be the effects on your body?

Skin, Hair, and Nails (Integumentary System). Some of the more obvious signs of smoking involve the skin. The substances in tobacco smoke actually change the structure of your skin. Smoking causes skin discoloration, wrinkles, and premature aging. Your fingernails and the skin on your fingers may have yellow staining from holding cigarettes. Smokers usually develop yellow or brown stains on their teeth. Hair holds on to the smell of tobacco long after you put your cigarette out. It even clings to nonsmokers.

Brain. If you smoke, you are more likely to have a stroke than someone who doesn't smoke. In fact, smoking increases your risk of having a stroke by at least 50%, which can cause brain damage and death. And, by smoking, you double your risk of dying from a stroke. One way that smoking can increase your risk of a stroke is by increasing your chances of developing a brain aneurysm. This is a bulge in a blood vessel caused by a weakness in the blood vessel wall. This can rupture or burst which will lead to an extremely serious condition known as a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which is a type of stroke, and can cause extensive brain damage and death. The good news is that within two years of stopping smoking, your risk of stroke is reduced to half that of a non-smoker and within five years it will be the same as a non-smoker.

Sexuality and Reproductive System. Restricted blood flow can affect a man’s ability to get an erection. Both men and women who smoke may have difficulty achieving orgasm and are at higher risk of infertility. Women who smoke may experience menopause at an earlier age than nonsmoking women. Smoking increases a woman’s risk of cervical cancer. Smokers experience more complications of pregnancy, including miscarriage, problems with the placenta, and premature delivery. Pregnant mothers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are also more likely to have a baby with low birth weight. Babies born to mothers who smoke while pregnant are at greater risk of low birth weight, birth defects, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Newborns who breathe secondhand smoke suffer more ear infections and asthma attacks.

Ageing. People who smoke tend to look older than people who don't. This is because smoking changes skin, teeth and hair. For instance, a lack of oxygen and other nutrients reaching the skin damages its collagen and elastin, making skin look saggy and giving it an uneven coloring.

Every cigarette you smoke is harmful. Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable deaths in England, accounting for more than 80,000 deaths each year. One in two smokers will die from a smoking-related disease. If you could see the damage, you'd stop.

 

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DON’T LEAVE ME BREATHLESS

3 min read

 

Running, working, studying- every routine in life needs a break. We all deserve to relax and breathe for a while. So here are some tips for us to be left breathing.

 

            Did you sigh while reading this? If you did, don’t worry because it’s good. A sigh releases a bit of tension and can be practiced at will as a means of relaxing.

 

 

 

·         Sit or stand up straight.

·         Sigh deeply, letting out a sound of deep relief as the air rushes out of your lungs.

·         Let new air come in naturally.

·         Repeat this procedure eight to twelve times whenever you feel the need for it, and experience the feeling of relaxation.

 

Have you heard a person breathing noisily? Probably, he or she is practicing the stimulating breath. Its aim is to raise vital energy and increase alertness. Cool, right? Imagine how a simple breathing can turn you into a dragon.

 

 

·         Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. Your breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. This is a noisy breathing exercise.

·         Try for three in-and-out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellows. Breathe normally after each cycle.

 

·         Do not do for more than 15 seconds on your first try. Each time you practice the Stimulating Breath, you can increase your time by five seconds or so, until you reach a full minute.

 

These breathing exercises can help a person be alert and bring back his or her vitality.Also, they can make our lungs healthy because of proper breathing. So, don’t scream “I can’t catch my breath!” anymore. Do this work out so you can sing the title over and over and over again! Or who knows, if you learned the proper breathing technique, you can record the song and cause the yawning of other people.

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DON’T LEAVE ME BREATHLESS

3 min read

Running, working, studying- every routine in life needs a break. We all deserve to relax and breathe for a while. So here are some tips for us to be left breathing.

 

            <*sigh*> did you do that while reading this? If you did, don’t worry because it’s good. A sigh releases a bit of tension and can be practiced at will as a means of relaxing.

·         Sit or stand up straight.

·         Sigh deeply, letting out a sound of deep relief as the air rushes out of your lungs.

·         Let new air come in naturally.

·         Repeat this procedure eight to twelve times whenever you feel the need for it, and experience the feeling of relaxation.

 

Have you heard a person breathing noisily? Probably, he or she is practicing the stimulating breath. Its aim is to raise vital energy and increase alertness. Cool, right? Imagine how a simple breathing can turn you into a dragon.

·         Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. Your breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. This is a noisy breathing exercise.

·         Try for three in-and-out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellows. Breathe normally after each cycle.

 

·         Do not do for more than 15 seconds on your first try. Each time you practice the Stimulating Breath, you can increase your time by five seconds or so, until you reach a full minute.

These breathing exercises can help a person be alert and bring back his or her vitality.Also, they can make our lungs healthy because of proper brearthing. So, don’t scream “I can’t catch my breath!” anymore. Do this work out so you can sing the title over and over and over again! Or who knows, if you learned the proper breathing technique, you can record the song it cause the yawning of other people. <*chuckles*>