Swine Flu – synmtoms, precaution and prevention

Swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, is a relatively new strain of an influenza virus that causes symptoms similar to the regular flu. It originated in pigs but is spread primarily from person to person.

Symptoms of swine flu

  • Pain areas: in the muscles
  • Cough: can be dry
  • Whole body: fever, high fever, or malaise
  • Nasal: runny nose or sneezing
  • Also common: headache or sore throat
  • Other: chills, fatigueness, diarrhea and vomiting

Precaution

  1. Proper hand-washing can prevent infections
    Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. You can also use alcohol-based hand cleaners.
  2. Take Care When Coughing or Sneezing
    If you need to sneeze, try to do so into a tissue. Dispose of it into a waste receptacle promptly. Wash your hands as soon as you can.
    If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or the sleeve of your clothing instead of covering your nose and mouth with your hands.
  3. Avoid public places, specially crowded areas
    Used mask while going close to the infected person. Trying to avoid close contact with sick people. Staying home from work or school if you are sick.
  4. Eat foods that will boost your immunity
    Eat more and more citrus fruits as they are acts like as natural immunity booster.
    Take a few pods of garlic with warm water.
    A glass of hot or warm milk with a pinch of turmeric in it
    A teaspoon of aloevera gel
    Drink atleast 8-10 glasses of water every day

References

Health benefits of Eggs

Boost your weight loss
This is probably because eggs keep you full for longer’meaning you’re less likely to succumb to a mid-morning snack or stuff yourself at lunchtime. And although eggs contain cholesterol, this is ‘dietary cholesterol”different from the ‘blood cholesterol’ in your body.

Rich in protein
Egg whites are rich in essential amino acids that are required by the body for day to day activities and also for maintaining muscle mass of the body.

Promote brain health
Choline is a nutrient that facilitates brain development in the foetus and newborn as well as memory function even into old age. Eggs are an excellent dietary source of choline, and one egg per day will provide 28% of a pregnant woman’s choline requirement.

Promotes strong bones
There are only a few foods in the food pyramid that have high levels of Vitamin D content. Vitamin D benefits the bones because it boosts the calcium absorption ability of the bones. Calcium is essential for strong and flexible bones.

Improves hair & nail strength
Vitamin D is also very good for the growth of nails and hair. Furthermore, the amino acids, iron and zinc found in eggs also contribute to healthy nails and hair.

Improve eyesight
Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants found in egg yolk and are believed to help improve eyesight and reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (leading cause of blindness in people over age 65 years) as well as the risk of cataracts.

Health benefits of Carrots

Protects Eye Health
Eating carrots carrot juice regularly will help you maintain healthy eyes and vision throughout your life. Carrots can prevent cataracts and macular degeneration, as well as night blindness, which keeps eyes from adjusting to the dark.

Healthy Teeth and Gums
Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They scrape off plaque and food particles just like toothbrushes or tooth paste. Carrots stimulate gums and trigger a lot of saliva, which being alkaline, balances out the acid forming, cavity forming bacteria. The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.

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Carrot

Prevents Cancer
After the process of digestion, some of the waste particles remain behind in our body, which are known as free radicals and they tend to damage the cells. Eating antioxidant rich foods helps in fighting against these free radicals and thereby preventing the possibilities of the development of cancerous cells.

Powerful antioxidants
Antioxidants help to fight cell damage done to the body by toxins that find their way from our environment into our bloodstream. Along with traditional antioxidants like vitamin C, carrots contain phytonutrient antioxidants like beta-carotene.

Maintains Skin Health
Being rich in vitamin A and various other antioxidants, carrots are also good for the skin. Carrots help protect the skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and also help in repairing damaged skin tissue. In fact, drinking carrot juice in the summer acts as a powerful natural sun block. Carrots also help keep the skin moisturized and prevent acne, pigmentation, blemishes and uneven skin tone.


References

  • Top 7 Ways Carrot & Carrot Juice Benefit Your Body, Dr. Axe
  • Marissa Laliberte, 6 Surprising Health Benefits to Eating Your Carrots from RD
  • 10 Benefits of Carrots – the Crunchy Powerfood from real food for life
  • Plavaneeta Borah, 7 Carrot Juice Benefits: Why You Need to Drink Up This Veggie from NDTV food
  • Jack Martin, 6 Nutritional Benefits of Organic Carrots from Full circle
  • Top 10 Health Benefits of Carrots from Top 10 home remedies

 

Health benefits of Milk

Healthy bones and teeth
Milk is a great source of calcium, which is essential for healthy bones. Not only do young children need it while their bones are growing, but adults need it to keep their bones strong and to prevent osteoporosis. Milk is also great for strong teeth, and it helps prevent tooth decay and cavities.

Muscle growth
Milk is also great at improving muscle growth. This is due to the protein found in milk. It helps to prevent muscles soreness and replenishes the fluids that were lost during physical activity.

Reduce Stress
Thanks to the many vitamins and minerals that are in milk, it can work as a stress reliever. After a long, hard day at the office, sit down and drink a warm glass of milk. This helps to relieve muscle tension and soothe your nerves.

Weight Loss
All of these nutrients contribute to our overall health and wellness, and they can even play a part in weight loss, says Dr. Brian Roy, an associate professor of applied health sciences at Canada’s Brock University.


References

  • Fitday Editor, 6 Health Benefits of Milk from fit day from fitday
  • 10 Benefits of Milk That You Never Knew Even When You Drink It Every Day from Lifehack
  • The Health Benefits of Milk from Oprah.com

 

Foods to fight cavities and tooth decay

Cause of tooth decay and cavities

    • Lack of calcium, magnesium  and phosphorus rich food
    • Lack of fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K, especially vitamin D deficiency)
    • Too much consumption of phytic acid-rich foods
    • Too much consumption of processed sugar

According to the American Dental Association, tooth decay may be prevented by following these four simple rules:

  • Brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Have regular professional cleanings and oral examinations.
  • Eat nutritious food and limit sugary snacks

Beside that there are some food to help you fight against cavities & tooth decay

Apples
The prevention of tooth decay can be done through an apple a day. While fresh fruits do contain high sugar levels and can be sweet and acidic, they can stimulate saliva flow, says Reader’s Digest. The extra saliva reduces cavities because it lowers levels of bacteria.

Cheese
Cheese doesn’t contain much sugar, but it does carry protein and calcium – both of which are important for the strength and health of your enamel. As a bonus, the Journal of
General Dentistry recently found eating cheese actively protects the teeth from cavities.

Green and black teas
Tea contains compounds that suppress bacteria, slowing down the processes responsible for tooth decay and gum disease. Depending on the type of water you use to brew your tea, a cup of tea can also be a source of fluoride.

Peanuts
Although both peanuts and peanut butter contain the same fiber, scientists think eating foods that require more chewing is what decreases plaque build-up. Peanuts are one of the least cariogenic (cavity causing) foods you can eat!

Sugarless chewing gum
Chewing sugar-free gum after meals and snacks can help rinse harmful acid off your teeth to help you preserve tooth enamel. Chewing gum containing sugar may actually increase your chances of developing a cavity. Sugarless gum containing xylitol, which has been shown to have decay-preventive qualities, may even have an added benefit.


References

  • Food friends and foes for your teeth from Delta dentalins
  • Foods That Prevent Tooth Decay from Colgate
  • Lizette Borreli, No More Tooth Decay: 6 Surprising Foods And Drinks That Help Prevent Cavities from Medical daily
  • David Grotto, 7 Foods to Fight Cavities from Webmd blog

Health benefits of Cucumber

Rehydrates body
According to Ware, “Cucumbers are 95 percent water.” This makes cucumbers a great way to stay hydrated, especially during the summer. A cup of cucumber slices is nearly as thirst-quenching as a glass of water according to Eating Well magazine.

Prevent constipation
Cucumbers are rich in water, and their skin contains insoluble fiber. Both water and fiber help food to move through the digestive tract quicker and more easily, helping prevent constipation.

Freshen your breath
Placing a cucumber slice on the roof of your mouth may help to rid your mouth of odor-causing bacteria. According to the principles of Ayurveda, eating cucumbers may also help to release excess heat in your stomach, which is said to be a primary cause of bad breath

Maintain a healthy weight
Cucumbers are very low in calories, yet they make a filling snack (one cup of sliced cucumber contains just 16 calories). The soluble fiber in cucumbers dissolves into a gel-like texture in your gut, helping to slow down your digestion. This helps you to feel full longer and is one reason why fiber-rich foods may help with weight control.

Reduce the risk of cancer
Cucumbers can help lower the inflammatory response in the body. They contain polyphenols called lignans, which can potentially reduce the risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular diseases.

Smooths hair and glows skin
Doctors often recommend cucumber juice because of the silica content to create healthier and brighter skin. Cucumber’s high water content makes it naturally hydrating, and it is well known that moisture is the best friend to healthy skin.

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References

  • Alex Du Toit, Earthie Mama 10 health benefits of cucumbers from Natural news
  • Anne Ricci, 10 Amazing Health Benefits of Cucumbers from Huffington post
  • 16 Superb Health Benefits of Cucumber from care2
  • Jessie Szalay Cucumbers: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts from Live Science
  • Health Benefits of Cucumber from Organic facts
  • Dr. Mercola 9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers from Mercola
  • Erin Elizabeth 9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers from Health nut news

 

 

How to boost (increase) testosterone level naturally?

Testosterone levels in men is inversely proportional with age.

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Simple equation to maintain testosterone level in men

Good diet + proper sleep + exercise = healthy testosterone level

Good diet :

  • Include healthy fats in your diet. Good source of healthy fats are butter, coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, fish, Cheese, nuts etc.
  • Consume plenty of Zinc
  • Get enough Vitamin D. Sunlight is one of the best source of vitamin D.
  • Eliminate sugar from your diet

Proper sleep:

  • Get plenty of sleep. Sleep at least 7–8 hours a night.
  • Reduce stress
  • Do meditation

Exercise:


References

Intermittent Fasting

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Doing this method of fasting can actually be as simple as not eating anything after dinner, and skipping breakfast.

For example, if you finish your last meal at 8 pm and then don’t eat until 12 noon the next day, then you are technically fasting for 16 hours between meals.

It is generally recommended that women only fast 14-15 hours, because they seem to do better with slightly shorter fasts.

For people who get hungry in the morning and like to eat breakfast, then this can be hard to get used to at first. However, many breakfast skippers actually instinctively eat this way.

You can drink water, coffee and other non-caloric beverages during the fast, and this can help reduce hunger levels.

It is very important to eat mostly healthy foods during your eating window. This won’t work if you eat lots of junk food or excessive amounts of calories.

I personally find this to be the most “natural” way to do intermittent fasting. I eat this way myself and find it to be 100% effortless.

I eat a low-carb diet, so my appetite is blunted somewhat. I simply do not feel hungry until around 1 pm in the afternoon. Then I eat my last meal around 6-9 pm, so I end up fasting for 16-19 hours.

Health Benefits

  • Help You Lose Weight and Belly Fat
  • Lowering Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Good For Your Brain
  • Helping You Live Longer

Health benefits of Garlic

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Garlic

Health benefits

  1. Prevents and treats common cold
    Packed with antioxidants, a daily dose of garlic in your recipes could benefit your immune system.
  2. Reduce blood pressure
    Human studies have found garlic supplementation to have a significant impact on reducing blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.
  3. Promotes weight control
    Allicin is the most potent substance found in garlic and this has been shown to not only lower blood pressure, insulin and triglyceride levels in laboratory animals fed a sugar rich diet, but also to prevent weight gain.
  4. Improve bone health
    Garlic is really high in manganese, which contains enzymes and antioxidants that facilitates the formation of bones and connective tissues, bone metabolism, and calcium absorption.
  5. Detoxify heavy metals in the body
    At high doses, the sulfur compounds in garlic have been shown to protect against organ damage from heavy metal toxicity.
  6. Cures toothache
    Garlic is also effective in reducing toothache, thanks to its antibacterial and analgesic properties. Simply put some garlic oil or a piece of crushed garlic clove directly onto the affected tooth and surrounding gum for instant relief. Keep in mind that garlic can be irritating to the gums.

Nutrient details

Garlic, raw
6 cloves
18 grams


Calories: 27
GI: low
Nutrient Amount DRI/DV (%) Nutrient Density World’s Healthiest Foods Rating
manganese 0.30 mg 15 10.1 excellent
vitamin B6 0.22 mg 13 8.7 excellent
vitamin C 5.62 mg 7 5 very good
copper 0.05 mg 6 3.7 very good
selenium 2.56 mcg 5 3.1 good
phosphorus 27.54 mg 4 2.6 good
vitamin B1 0.04 mg 3 2.2 good
calcium 32.58 mg 3 2.2 good

Daily recommended intake for adults:
2 to 5 g of fresh raw garlic;
0.4 to 1.2 g of dried garlic powder;
2 to 5 mg garlic oil;
300 to 1,000 mg of garlic extract (as solid material).
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When to avoid

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Garlic is LIKELY SAFE to use during pregnancy when taken in the amounts normally found in food. Garlic is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when used in medicinal amounts during pregnancy and when breast-feeding. There is not enough reliable information about the safety of applying garlic to the skin if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

Stomach or digestion problems: Garlic can irritate the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Use with caution if you have stomach or digestion problems.


References

  • Alyssa Jung, 13 Surprising Benefits of Garlic from RD
  • Lizette Borreli, Is Garlic Good For You? 7 Surprising Benefits Of Garlic For Optimal Health from medical daily
  • 11 Proven Health Benefits of Garlic – Authority Nutrition from authoritynutrition
  • Top 10 Health Benefits of Garlic from top10homeremedies
  • Garlic Facts Remedies and Health Benefits of Garlic from disabled world
  • Garlic from webmd
  • Garlic from Drug

Health benefits of Oats

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Oats

Health benefits

  1. Reduces cholesterol
    Many studies have shown that the beta-glucan fiber in oats is effective at reducing both total and LDL cholesterol levels.
  2. Improve Blood Sugar Control
    During research, patients were introduced to a diabetes-appropriate diet containing oatmeal during a short hospital stay, then examined again four weeks later. On average, patients achieved a 40% reduction in insulin dosage and maintained the reduction even after 4 weeks on their own at home.
  3. Helps in reducing weight
    Oats have a high fiber content. Fiber is necessary in keeping bowel movements regular. Oats are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. It is spongy and absorbs many times its own weight of liquid. It makes stools heavier and speeds their passage through the gut, relieving constipation.
  4. Rich in Antioxidants
    Antioxidant compounds unique to oats, called avenanthramides, help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, suggests a study conducted at Tufts University and published in The Journal of Nutrition.

Nutrient details

Oats, unprocessed, dry
0.25 cup
39 grams


Calories: 152
GI: low
Nutrient Amount DRI/DV (%) Nutrient Density World’s Healthiest Foods Rating
manganese 1.92 mg 96 11.4 excellent
molybdenum 28.86 mcg 64 7.6 excellent
phosphorus 203.97 mg 29 3.5 very good
copper 0.24 mg 27 3.2 good
biotin 7.80 mcg 26 3.1 good
vitamin B1 0.30 mg 25 3 good
magnesium 69.03 mg 17 2 good
fiber 4.13 g 17 2 good
chromium 5.38 mcg 15 1.8 good
zinc 1.55 mg 14 1.7 good
protein 6.59 g 13 1.6 good

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When to avoid


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