• 25May

    Do you suffer from any of the following symptoms: bloating, gas, burping, diarrhea, constipation or acid reflux?  If your answer is yes, I am sure you have been trying hard to be very careful with the type of food that you eat, when you eat them and even tried to reduce the portion, only to have the problems revisiting you time and again.

    Have you ever taken the time to look at your posture?

    Bad posture is the new first-world problem that is causing more mental and physical health complications than most people realize.

    The human body was designed to move and  not to sit on a chair or couch for several hours at a time. Look at the cavemen. They moved around to hunt for food.  They were fit, trim and lived over a hundred years of age.

    I have always been experimenting on different postures whenever I have a distended abdomen with gas — sitting and walking upright vs sitting and walking with a slouched back.  I find that I feel better when I sit and walk with a straight back, with tummy tucked in. Of course this takes more effort but if we do it continuously, over time, it becomes a habit that we carry ourselves with a straight back.

    Over time, bad posture habits lead to fatigue, depression, pain and headaches. There’s the reason why your mother told you to sit and walk straight as poor posture causes a host of ailments. I am sure you never thought of that, except that people with poor posture look sloppy.

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    Sitting does more than just constrict your heart and lungs, it also constricts your intestines. This can make digestion uncomfortable and cause a host of issues. If you are experiencing digestive distress, you may want to take a closer look at your posture and how much time you are spending sitting each day.

    Digestive problems are a very common reason people alter their diet. But specific foods aren’t the only reason why your digestion might be in trouble – and one of the other potential factors is posture.

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    Bad posture constricts the blood vessels, starving the organs of oxygen and nutrients, cramping digestion. Posture defects may compound existing health problems such as indigestion and asthma by compressing the lungs and stomach.

    Many of us have a sedentary lifestyle. We spend too much time sitting at our desks, in cars or watching TV. We tend to slouch and slump as the lower back muscles tire. Eventually, our hunched positions fossilise as the muscles give in and reluctantly adapt to the demands placed on them.

    When it comes to the digestive system, proper posture allows the internal organs in the abdomen to assume their natural position without undue compression, which can interfere with the normal flow and function of the gastrointestinal apparatus.

    Standing up straight not only allows the abdominal organs to function better, but it also improves the shape of the body in ways that are immediate and profound. For instance, one of the major complaints of mature women (and men) is a growing “belly pouch,” an abdominal distention that afflicts even thin people as they age and that can’t be resolved by liposuction or sit-ups alone because it is due to the protruding viscera pushing against the abdominal wall.

    By straightening up the body you can trim several inches from the waist simply by increasing the distance between your lower ribs and the pelvis, allowing greater volume for the internal organs to spread, and instantaneously reducing an unsightly “beer belly” or a grandmotherly bulge.

    I have to remind myself to sit and walk upright all the time to look and feel better.  If you slouch, slump on your chair or have bad posture, make the change today too!

     

     

     

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  • 25May

    I never knew that papaya seeds can be eaten and can offer several potential health benefits until I read it in my friend, Jacqueline Koay’s blog and Facebook posting.  Jacq is a gynecologist by profession and her partner is a heart surgeon. Both of them reside in the UK. I love reading her inspirational articles on life, marriage, recipes and health.

    Did you know that papaya seeds are one of the strongest nature’s medicines that kill most types of parasites?

    The seeds from the papaya fruit have anti-helminthic and anti-amoebic properties, meaning they kill intestinal worms and other parasites in our digestive system.

    Uses For Papaya Seeds

     

    How To Eat Papaya Seeds?

    There are many ways to get the papayas seeds down. Some dry the seeds, then grind them and make  smoothie  out of them which tastes horrible as papaya seeds are spicy. For some, they swallow the seeds whole, no horrible taste and let your stomach acids break them down.  I eat the papaya seeds together with the papaya flesh to mask the bitterness and slight peppery taste of the seeds.

     

    How many seeds should one take?

    An average of 10 to 20 as taking too many can cause problems as some people are actually allergic to papayas. It is best to take them with your meal twice a day, preferably the morning and evening meal. You need to take them for a minimum of 7 days, better to do it for 10 days. Then one week later do it again for 7 to 10 days as we want to not only kill the parasites but also their eggs.   During this time, it is advisable to consume extra high fiber foods such as whole wheat bread, beans, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables as these high fiber foods help produce more bulk in the large colon and help carry out the dead parasites at a faster pace.

    A 2007 study of 60 Nigerian children with strong evidence of intestinal parasites showed an over 75% clearance rate of infection in just seven days. This was after receiving a 20 ml dose of papaya seed extract.

    The researchers said, “papaya seeds are efficacious in treating human intestinal parasites and without significant side effects.”

     

    Other Health Benefits of Papaya Seeds

    Liver Disease – Papaya Seeds contain vital nutrients that help heal cirrhosis of the liver. Take 5 or 6 dried Papaya Seeds and grind them up or crush them and take them with food or juice, especially lime juice, do this every day for 30 days. And some people have amazing results healing liver cirrhosis with Papaya Seeds. 

    Plus the Japanese believe that taking a teaspoon of Papaya Seeds everyday can protect the liver from disease. 

    Detoxing – Eating just a small amount of fresh Papaya Seeds can detox the liver. Eat a small amount everyday. 

    Antibacterial – A small amount of Papaya Seeds also kill bacteria such as E. Coli, Staph, and Salmonella and work well for food poisoning cases. 

    Viral Infections – Papaya Seeds also work as a good anti-viral agent helping to heal viral infections. 

    Dengue Fever – Papaya Seeds have been used extensively in Costa Rica for Dengue Fever infections.

    Cancer – Papaya Seeds contain agents that stop the growth of cancer cells and tumors. Papaya Seeds contain isothiocyanate which works well for colon, breast, lung, leukemia and prostate cancer.

    Anti-Inflammatory – Papaya Seeds are anti-inflammatory making them great for arthritis, joint disease, swelling, pain, and redness. 

    Pepper Substitute – Some people dry Papaya Seeds and use them in their pepper grinder. They are peppery in flavor with a little bit of a bitterness. But once you get used to the flavor they are a nice substitute for pepper. 

    Kidney Disease – At the University of Karachi they found that Papaya Seeds can be used for treating kidney disease and preventing renal failure and works especially great for poisoning related kidney disease. 

     

    Overall, papaya fruit, leaves and seeds have healing properties and have amazing health benefits. 

    The next time you slice a papaya, be sure to keep some of the seeds for consumption instead of discarding all of them!

     

     

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  • 25May

    At one time, you would have to get in your vehicle, drive to the store, fight through the crowds, wait in line and then drive all the way back home just to get some fresh seafood. Thankfully, this isn’t the case anymore. With the help of the internet, you can order online fresh seafood that is delivered right to your door. Unfortunately, too many people still don’t understand the benefits associated with online seafood.

    More Convenience
    As I’m sure you know, shopping online is far more convenient than the time-consuming experience of shopping at brick and mortar stores. The whole hassle of trying to find a parking space and the seafood you’re looking for, as well as dealing with crowds, the long lines and traffic can become a frustrating chore. This is eliminated when you place an order online for the seafood.

    Larger Variety
    You are no longer restrained to only buying the fish species available at your local market. Let’s face it, your local supermarket cannot financially maintain a large selection of seafood. Because of this, you are limited to the seafood variety that your local stores have in stock. This isn’t the case with online seafood markets, which offer a wide array of fish and seafood. Using online fish markets allow you to more easily find the specific type you are looking for as well as opening up a whole new world of seafood species.

    Much Fresher
    The seafood sitting on the supermarket shelves typically change hands multiple types before it reaches the consumer. Because of this, the seafood is not as fresh as it could be, which increases the chance of bacteria growth. When you buy seafood online, however, you are getting the freshest fish possible, often times right off the boat. The only way you could come buy fresher seafood is if you caught it yourself.

    Healthier Seafood
    Online seafood companies place great emphasis on high quality. Which means they go to great lengths to ensure the freshness and quality of their product, as well as taking all the necessary steps to minimize the chance of deterioration in the quality. Furthermore, online seafood companies have greater control over their products than grocery stores do, which depend entirely on their suppliers and just hope they quality of the seafood is good enough.

     

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  • 06May

    Eating a handful of nuts is a part of my healthy diet everyday.  Nuts, which contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients are a great snack food, too.  Though some nuts like almonds, pistachios, macadamia and pecan are expensive in our country, I do not mind spending a little more on these healthy snacks.  Nuts are way healthier than chips, candies and fries.

    The type of nut you eat isn’t that important, although some nuts have more heart-healthy nutrients and fats than do others. Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, you name it – almost every type of nut has loads of nutrition packed into a tiny package.

    My kids have been trained to eat nuts everyday.  I pack a handful of roast almonds,  cashew nuts, walnuts or broad beans into my children’s lunch boxes almost daily.  They add nuts into yoghurt, cereals or eat them as they are.  In the early days, nuts were not my children’s kind of snacks.  I  keep telling them that nuts are healthy and since they do not drink dairy milk, nuts are an excellent alternative source of calcium for the health of their bones and teeth.

    In our kitchen larder, hardly do our children see chips or crackers.  Instead, the larder is always well stocked with an assortment of nuts, organic brown rice rings, organic seed and nut crackers and the occasional ‘healthy’ low-sodium multi-grain tortilla chips with zero MSG.

    As you can see below, these are our comfort snacks to run to in between meals:

     

    Eating Nuts Benefits Your Heart

    People who eat nuts as part of a heart-healthy diet can lower the low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol level in their blood. High LDL is one of the primary causes of heart disease.

    Eating nuts may reduce your risk of developing blood clots that can cause a fatal heart attack. Nuts also appear to improve the health of the lining of your arteries.

    In A Nutshell, Why Are Nuts Healthy?

    Besides being packed with protein, most nuts contain at least some of these heart-healthy substances:

    • Unsaturated fats.  The “good” fats in nuts — both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can lower bad cholesterol levels.
    • Omega-3 fatty acids.  Many nuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a healthy form of fatty acids that may help your heart by, among other things, preventing dangerous heart rhythms that can lead to heart attacks.  Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in many kinds of fish, but nuts are one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
    • Fiber. All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol. Fiber makes you feel full, so you eat less. Fiber is also thought to play a role in preventing diabetes.
    • Vitamin E. Vitamin E may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries, which can narrow them. Plaque development in your arteries can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or a heart attack.
    • Plant sterols. Some nuts contain plant sterols, a substance that can help lower your cholesterol. Plant sterols are often added to products like margarine and orange juice for additional health benefits, but sterols occur naturally in nuts.
    • L-arginine. Nuts are also a source of l-arginine, which is a substance that may help improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow.

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    What amount of nuts is considered healthy?

    As much as 80 percent of a nut is fat. Even though most of this fat is healthy fat, it’s still a lot of calories. That’s why you should eat nuts in moderation. Ideally, you should use nuts as a substitute for saturated fats, such as those found in meats, eggs and dairy products.

    Instead of eating unhealthy saturated fats, try substituting a handful of nuts or a tablespoon or two of a nut spread. The American Heart Association recommends eating four servings of unsalted nuts a week. Select raw or dry-roasted nuts rather than those cooked in oil.

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    Does it matter what kind of nuts you eat?

     Possibly. Most nuts appear to be generally healthy, though some more so than others. Walnuts are one of the best-studied nuts, and it’s been shown they contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and pecans are other nuts that appear to be quite heart healthy. And peanuts — which are technically not a nut, but a legume, like beans — seem to be relatively healthy.

    Keep in mind, you could end up canceling out the heart-healthy benefits of nuts if they’re covered with chocolate, sugar, flavors, MSG or salt!

     

    Nuts Help You To Live Longer!

    The largest study of its kind, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, finds that people who eat a handful of nuts every day live longer than those who do not eat them at all.

    Scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Harvard School of Public Health came to this conclusion after analyzing data on nearly 120,000 people collected over 30 years.

    The analysis also showed that regular nut eaters tended to be slimmer than those who ate no nuts, putting to rest the notion that eating nuts leads to weight gain.

    Previous studies have already shown links between eating nuts and lower risk for many diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, colon cancer and diverticulitis.

    Eating lots of nuts has also been associated with lower cholesterol, reductions in inflammation, oxidative stress, body fat and insulin resistance.

    Each nut variety contains its own unique combination of nutrients and is generally rich in a few nutrients such as:

      • Almonds: protein, calcium and vitamin E
      • Brazil nuts: fibre and selenium: just two brazil nuts a day provides 100% RDI for selenium for an adult
      • Cashews: non haem (plant based) iron and a low GI rating
      • Chestnuts: low GI, fibre and vitamin C (although much vitamin C is lost during cooking)
      • Hazelnuts: fibre, potassium, folate, vitamin E
      • Macadamias: highest in monounsaturated fats, thiamin and manganese
      • Pecans: fibre and antioxidants
      • Pine nuts: vitamin E and the arginine amino acid
      • Pistachios: protein, potassium, plant sterols and the antioxidant resveratrol
      • Walnuts: alpha linoleic acid: plant omega 3 and antioxidants

    A healthy daily intake of nuts is 30g (a small handful) or approximately:

    • 20 almonds
    • 15 cashews
    • 20 hazelnuts
    • 15 macadamias
    • 15 pecans
    • 2 tablespoons of pine nuts
    • 30 pistachio kernels
    • 9 walnut kernels
    • a small handful of mixed nuts or about two of each of the ten nut varieties (except chestnut which isn’t eaten raw)

     

    Should I avoid nuts if I Am Concerned About Gaining Weight?

    A small handful of nuts (30–50g) each day is not associated with a weight gain, and may also help reduce the risk of obesity. The healthy fats in nuts can help you feel fuller, which helps to control appetite.

    And since some fat is trapped in the fibrous structure of the nut, it passes through the body rather than being digested.

    Nuts can be part of a healthy diet to maintain or even lose weight, as long as your overall calorie intake does not increase.  Eating a handful of nuts is an excellent substitute for less healthy foods such as deep fried foods, biscuits, cakes, chips, chocolate and so on.  And don’t forget that apart from incorporating nuts in your diet, you must also include exercise in your daily regimen. And don’t forget to eat everything in moderation!

     

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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

I always believe that your health is your wealth and if you have good health, that's the best gift you can ever ask for from God.

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