A health freak mom's thoughts on health and all things healthy

Month: December 2009

Is Cow’s Milk Healthy Or Endangering Your Health?

Is Cow’s Milk Healthy Or Endangering Your Health?

I have always believed that milk – cow’s milk in particular, is a very nutritious and wholesome food for people of all ages. That’s until I read about the hazards of consuming milk, that milk is one of the causes of cancer, that cow’s milk […]

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Potatoes – Healthy or Unhealthy?

Potatoes – Healthy or Unhealthy?

I have always wondered if potatoes are healthy. I’ve read so much about how unhealthy and fattening potatoes are in diet websites and books. But some people extol the health benefits of potatoes and eat them in adoration. So who do you believe in? I […]

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Discoloration Of Skin

Discoloration Of Skin

The skin on both my palms and soles of my feet have a slight tinge of yellowish, orangy color.  It is most obvious when I stretch my palms and feet. I think this is most likely caused by the beta carotene from the oranges and papaya that I eat. I eat an orange a day, sometimes two.  On some days, I eat papayas. I am a fruit lover and there’s not a single day that I don’t eat fruits.   On top of oranges and papayas, I also pop a Vitamin ACE tab everyday.  

Several years ago, I used to make carrot juice once a week with my juicer.  I would mix them with oranges, beet roots and apples.   After several months of consuming carrot + orange + beet root + green apple juice, there was a tinge of yellow color on my face.  I freaked out when my friend commented that I looked awful with the tinge of yellow color on my face.  I went cold turkey and stopped eating carrots.  Up until today, I still try to avoid eating carrots, though I love them, especially raw ones.  I also love pumpkins, but still try to go easy on them. Now, the yellowish tinge is no longer seen on my face.

Here’s an interesting article by Dr Andrew Weil, M.D.:

Without a doubt your habitual carrot consumption is the cause of your yellowing skin. The same fat-soluble pigments (carotenoids) that account for the deep orange color of carrots are responsible. In general, carotenoids are beneficial to health and can protect the skin from sun damage. For example, lycopene, a carotenoid which is responsible for the red color of tomatoes, and the green pigments in spinach, broccoli, and other green vegetables will all make your skin slightly less sensitive to the sun. (In April 2008, British researchers reported that consuming lycopene-rich tomato paste reduced sun damage by 33 percent).

The yellow or orange color you notice on your palms (called carotenemia) is often seen in infants when they start to eat solid foods and get too many that contain beta carotene – usually from carrots, pumpkin and other yellow and orange vegetables. The color change is harmless but has to be distinguished from jaundice, which also causes yellow or orange skin. Eating too much beta carotene doesn’t cause the whites of the eyes to yellow, while jaundice does, but if skin color changes in an infant, it’s best to see a pediatrician to make sure that the problem is just too many carrots or too much pumpkin.

Your color change is not at all dangerous and will fade quickly when you reduce your consumption of carrots. I suggest that you do just that – not because the carotene has turned your skin yellow, but because it’s important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. The greater the variety of natural colors in your diet, the better off you’ll be nutritionally. Carrots all the time sounds a bit monotonous, enjoy a rainbow of produce!

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Pain In The Neck And Shoulders

Pain In The Neck And Shoulders

Ever since I started my online store, I’ve been sitting in front of my computer for long hours. It’s been more than a year I last sat for more than 5 hours in a day in front of the computer.  Most of the time, Baby […]

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Grey patch on eye white

Grey patch on eye white

Remember my previous post pertaining to the black dot on Baby’s eye white?  I managed to capture a closer picture of another greyish patch on Baby’s right eye white.  Here it is: Please double click on the image for a larger view. The picture is […]

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Everyone Loves Cantaloupe

Everyone Loves Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is one of the fruits that my daughters love very much. They are sweet and when eaten chilled, they are really refreshing. This is how Alycia loves to eat her cantaloupe:

I’ve tried cutting the cantaloupe into easy-to-eat bite size but she prefers to eat it this way. And I hate the mess she creates on her hair and clothes when she eats her cantaloupe this way. I have to clip up both sides of her hair to prevent the hair from touching the sticky sweet juice.

Fruit For Thought:
Cantaloupe is full of health benefits and is extremely nutrient-packed, yet has very low calories.

This wonder fruit is highly concentrated with excellent levels of beta-carotene, folic acid, potassium, vitamin C and dietary fiber. It is also one of the very few fruits that has a high level of vitamin B complex,  B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), and B6 (pyridoxine).

Cantaloupe is rich in anti-oxidants that can help prevent cancer and heart diseases.

Health Benefits

The high amount of beta-carotene and vitamin C (anti-oxidant) in cantaloupe makes it an excellent fruit in helping to prevent many degenerative diseases.

Anti-coagulant: A unique compound in cantaloupe helps decrease the viscosity of the blood, hence preventing the abnormal formation of blood clots in the cardiovascular system.

Arteriosclerosis: Regularly consuming vitamin C retards the development of hardening of the arteries.

Cancer prevention: The high vitamin C content acts as a good anti-oxidant that protects cells from damages by free radicals. Regularly drinking juices high in anti-oxidants keep cancer at bay, especially against intestinal cancer and melanoma.

Cataracts: The natural vitamin A from beta-carotene in this juice lowers the risk of cataract and generally helps improve your vision too.

Cholesterol: Drinking juices high in anti-oxidant has been proven to fight the oxidative stress that is the main culprit in oxidizing the LDLs in the blood.

High blood pressure: Potassium in this cantaloupe helps excrete sodium, thus bringing down high blood pressure especially in those with salt-sensitive hypertension.

Immune system: The strong content of vitamin C stimulates white cells to fight infection, naturally building a good immune system.

Insomnia: A special compound in cantaloupe relieves the nerves and calm anxieties. A help for insomniacs.

Menstruation problems: For women, drink this wonder juice around the time of menstruation and it will help reduce heavy flow and clots.

Muscle Cramps: A deficiency in potassium can cause muscular cramps and greater susceptibility to injury. Drink cantaloupe juice to prevent these.

Pregnancy: The high content of folate (folic acid) prevents neural tube defects in infants.

Quit Smoking: The natural nutrients and minerals found in this juice provides a synergistic combination that helps the body recover from nicotine withdrawal of one who is trying to quit smoking. Smoking also quickly depletes the vitamin A in a smoker, but cantaloupe juice can help replace it with its beta-carotene.

Stress: When going through a stressful period, keep this musky melon on the side and drink its juice regularly. The potassium content helps to re-balance and normalize the heartbeat. This in turn sends oxygen to the brain and regulates the body’s water balance.

Water retention: Especially in pregnant women, cantaloupe juice helps your body excrete excess sodium, thus reducing water retention.

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Chinese Basil Leaves Omelette

Chinese Basil Leaves Omelette

My mil loves cooking chicken with Chinese basil leaves or kau chung thap  (“Nine-Storied Pagoda” in Cantonese). The minty flavor of the leaves, together with the flavorful taste of sliced ginger and Chinese cooking wine make the Sam Pei Zhi chicken dish (a Taiwanese chicken […]

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Crazy Over Edible Fungus

Crazy Over Edible Fungus

Sherilyn my pernickety eater who does not fancy eating veggie and meat much surprised me about 2 years ago (when she was about 2.5 years old) when she showed keen interest in eating mushrooms and edible fungus. Well, I’d say not many 2.5 year olds […]

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