Friday, May 18, 2012

Health Tips and Benefits of Coconut Water

Antimicrobial Benefit
Coconut water is anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. A research study showed that coconut water contains peptides or small proteins that can kill bacteria. So if you want to fight infection, coconut water can help. It can also help relieve stomach upsets. It also protects against the bacteria H. pylori that cause ulcer by infecting the stomach lining.

Hydration for Athletes
Coconut water contains several antioxidants and essential minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium. If you drink this fresh from the young coconut, you will also avoid extra sugar added in sports drink or soda. It is better to drink fresh coconut water instead of drinking from a can. Usually processed coconut water is pasteurized, and it contains added sugar and preservatives.

Healthy Heart
If you are suffering from hypertension, potassium from this drink will help lower your blood pressure. It also contains several electrolytic minerals that can be easily absorbed by the body. It does not contain any fat or cholesterol.

 Elimination of Kidney Stones
Natural health practitioners believes that coconut water helps dissolve kidney stones. Potassium plays a key role in alkalizing urine and prevents kidney stones from forming.

Stress Relief
Drinking coconut water lowers your stress because it contains several minerals and small amounts of B-vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, B-6 and folate. Research shows that several B-vitamins play a crucial role in lowering anxiety, depression and stress.

Hangover Relief
If you like to have fun drinking at a party but do not like hang-over, some people claim that this also effectively relieves hang-overs. Since it is a fluid with the same five electrolytes found in human blood, it helps cure hang-over by hydrating your body.

Weight Loss
Coconut water is nutritious with only 50 calories per cup and it also has a low glycemic load. Since it is a natural isotonic beverage, it helps increase your metabolism. It also helps to detoxify your body, which helps you lose weight. Some people have a hard time losing weight because of the toxicity in the body.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Best Healthy Stomach Filling Foods

Hunger pangs are the major deterrent to our calorie-limiting schedules, making it hard to lose those unwanted pounds. 

However, if you can eat healthy, non-fattening foods that keep you feeling fuller for a longer time, chances are that you will snack less through the day. Some of the healthier food choices that help to sustain the fuller feeling and prevent hunger pangs. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Ca - Calcium for Bones

Calcium is very important for maintaining the necessary level of bone mass to support the structures of the body. The body is constantly using calcium for the heart, blood, muscles and nerves. 

Calcium is also lost through normal bodily processes such as waste and the shedding of hair, fingernails, sweat and skin. Osteoporosis is a common bone disorder that causes a growth loss in bone density and mass.

 As a result, bones become thin, weakened, and easily fractured. A bone-healthy diet may not help rebuild your bones if you are experiencing age-related bone loss, but it can slow bone loss. 

Good nutrition is important at all ages to keep the bones healthy.

 • Taking calcium reduces bone loss and decreased the risk of fracturing the vertebrae (the bones that surround the spinal cord). 
Consuming calcium during childhood (eg, in milk) can lead to higher bone mass in adulthood. This increase in bone density can reduce the risk of fractures later in life.
• Calcium also has benefits in other body systems by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
• Calcium and vitamin D supplements have been shown to help prevent tooth loss in older adult.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Health Benefits: Cucumber Fruit

Cucumbers like watermelons, are 96% water, they keep the body hydrated and help control the body’s inner temperature. They also help the body flush out toxin.
15 health benefits of cucumber: 

1. Keep body hydrated 
2. Skin care
3. Fight cancers (breast cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer.
4. Control Blood Pressure 
5. Beneficial for teeth and gums 
6. Aid digestion 
7. Promotes Joint health 
8. Treat tapeworms 
9. Nail care 
10. Relieve gout and arthritis pain 
11. Cures diabetes 
12. Reduces cholesterol 
13. Stimulate hair growth 
14. Acts as a diuretic 
15. Aid in weight loss 

When buying cucumbers, choose the ones that are firm to touch and dark green in color. Do not buy overly matured or yellow colored as they are prone to contain more insoluble fiber and mature seeds. Go for organically grown cucumbers to get a rich taste and nutritionist content.