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    Nature Wonders

    Ginger


    Ginger use was initially restricted to South Asia, but is now cultivated all around the world because of its rich and pungent flavour. It is an important part of Indian cooking, adding that dash of spice in our curries and sabzis. Apart from being flavourful, this herb has immense medicinal properties and is one of the most widely used roots in Ayurveda.

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    Health benefits of ginger

    Great for stomach ailments: Ginger works wonders if you are suffering from stomach ailments like stomach upsets, diarrhoea, nausea, motion sickness and gas. It is also great for nausea and vomiting after surgery.

    Treating coughs: Adraki chai is a common household remedy for cough. But apart from cough, ginger is also good for those suffering from bronchitis and respiratory tract infections.

    Helps in relieving muscle pain: If you exercise regularly, you must be familiar with muscle aches. Chewing on ginger regularly can help you! Ginger is known to have anti-inflammatory properties, which help in easing those persistent aches.

    Reduces risk of cancer: Preliminary studies show that eating ginger regularly cuts down risk of colon and ovarian cancer. Research showed, that ginger eliminates cancer cells while keeping the surrounding healthy cells alive.

    Rich in antioxidants: Ginger is power-packed with antioxidants that help prevent Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular conditions.

    Lowers diabetes: Gingerol, the compound which gives ginger its distinctive pungent smell is known to ease diabetes, as it enhances insulin secretion. However, you must check with your doctor before making any changes to your diabetic diet.

    Lowers cholesterol: Some studies have shown that ginger lowers cholesterol levels significantly and reduces blood clotting.

    Treats burns: Pouring fresh ginger juice on the afflicted area helps in treating minor burns.

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    Caution while using too much ginger

    Ginger is generally safe to use by all. However, in certain cases, it is necessary to use precautions and check with your doctor or nutritionist before consuming it in sizable quantities.
    If you are pregnant: Some studies claim that ginger may cause some damage to the fetal sex hormones. As with any diet change, ensure you check with your doctor before you use ginger to help with your morning sickness.
    If you are breast feeding: Studies have been conducted with respect to this with no conclusive result. It’s better to be safe and stay away from it.
    If you are a diabetic: As ginger helps in lowering blood sugar, your doctor may need to adjust your medications accordingly.
    If you have a heart condition: Some conditions get aggravated if you have high doses of ginger. if you are a heart patient, keep the quantity of ginger consumed small.
    If you are taking other medication: Ginger interacts with medication for blood clotting, diabetes, blood pressure and heart diseases. So be cautious if you find yourself adding lots of ginger to your food.

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    Soya bean

    A species of legume, native to South Asia, soy has umpteen health benefits. Soya food products come in many forms such as soya milk, soya flour, soya cheese, tofu, temph (soya cake), miso (soya bean paste).

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    Soya beans are an excellent source of protein, iron, calcium, phosphorus and dietary fibre. Soya is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6, E and folic acid.
    Health benefits of soya:

    • A potent alternative for meat: Soya foods are one of the best available alternatives for meat. Being an extremely rich source of protein, it is a boon for vegetarians. Second, since soya packs in omega-3 fatty acids, non-fish eaters can get their dose of this essential nutrient from it.
    • Immunity booster: Soya is believed to contain plant compounds, referred to as phytochemicals. These phytochemicals are responsible for a variety of health benefits, especially strengthening the immune system.
    • Aids digestion: Soya has a high fibre content and is also rich in vitamin–B complex. Being so, it helps improve digestion and prevents problems like belching and constipation.
    • Makes bones strong: Calcium is responsible for bone health. Since soya is a natural source of calcium, it helps strengthen bones.
    • A healthy alternative for milk: Being rich in calcium and protein, soya milk makes for a healthy alternative for milk.
    • Can be given to infants: Soya milk is widely used as a weaning food for infants. It is known to be well tolerated by infant’s stomach.
    • Benefits women’s health: Soya is known to reduce risk of breast cancer. Experts claim that intake of soya helps lower the intensity of menopausal symptoms.
    • Promotes heart health: As per studies, soya can help lower risk of heart disease. Studies suggest that soya protein can lower total cholesterol levels by approximately 30% and lower LDL or bad cholesterol by as much as 35-40%. At the same time, some studies suggest that soya protein can also increase HDL or good cholesterol. The omega-3 fatty acids only further benefit the heart’s health.
    • Helps lower blood pressure: Research suggests that regular intake of soya can help lower blood pressure. The suggested dosage is 20gms for 5 weeks.
    • Stay lean with soya: Experts claim that soya products like tofu and soya milk helps one stay lean, as it lowers the production of fat cells. So include soya in your diet and stay lean.


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    Yoghurt

    Yummy for your tummy: yoghurt

    Produced by bacterial fermentation of the milk, yoghurt makes for a healthy and easy addition to your daily diet. This dairy product is a good source of protein, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamins, zinc and potassium. Added to that, the good bacteria present in yogurt, makes it even better.
    Yoghurt has additional benefits when compared to its source – milk. It is more safe for those with lactose intolerance, the active cultures in yogurts are easier to digest, and thereby are less likely to cause lactose problems. (However, some people might experience lactose intolerance symptoms even when they consume yoghurt).

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    Health benefits of yoghurt:

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    There a host of indispensable benefits associated with yoghurt, they are:

    • Good for the stomach: Yoghurt is known to have a soothing effect on the stomach, which is why eating yoghurt is one of the most common gharelu nuskha (home remedy). The good bacteria found in yoghurt are extremely beneficial to our digestive system, especially the colon and the stomach. An effective way to digest spicy food is to consume some yoghurt along with it. Cow’s milk contains low fat and is the preferred choice for preparing yoghurt.
    • Boosts immunity: The nutrients in yoghurt helps strengthen our body’s defence mechanism, thereby proving more protection against seasonal cold, cough and such.
    • Good for your skin: Regular consumption of yoghurt hydrates the skin and improves skin texture and complexion. In fact, applying yoghurt on the face or mixing it in a facepack will help reduce blemishes and strengthen the collagen in the skin.
    • For a healthy heart: Yoghurt lowers blood pressure. It helps lower bad cholesterol and reduces risk of heart attacks.
    • A super-healthy source of proteins: Yoghurt is a wonderful source of natural proteins and thus extremely beneficial for vegetarians. It is also safer for those with lactose intolerance to eat yoghurt.
    • For healthy bones and teeth: Being rich in calcium, it protects the bones against osteoporosis and arthritis. It promotes bone growth and strengthens the teeth. So, start consuming one cup of yoghurt daily.
    • Increases life span: Bulgarians are known for their longevity, this is attributed to yoghurt consumption. So it can be said that yoghurt is responsible for their longevity.
    • Discourages vaginal infections: Diabetic women are more prone to yeast infections. A study trial that included diabetic women found that, on consumption of yoghurt, the women did not develop yeast infections.
    • Aids weight loss: Yoghurt is known to make one feel fuller and therefore helps in cutting down calorie intake in the next meal. In fact, some studies also suggest that yoghurt helps in burning fat. So if you’re trying to lose weight, you know what you should do!
    • Protection against colon cancer: Regular consumption of yoghurt cleans the colon, flushing out harmful disease causing bacteria. This helps in prevention of colon cancer.


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    Health benefits of yoghurt:

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    There a host of indispensable benefits associated with yoghurt, they are:

    • Good for the stomach: Yoghurt is known to have a soothing effect on the stomach, which is why eating yoghurt is one of the most common gharelu nuskha (home remedy). The good bacteria found in yoghurt are extremely beneficial to our digestive system, especially the colon and the stomach. An effective way to digest spicy food is to consume some yoghurt along with it. Cow’s milk contains low fat and is the preferred choice for preparing yoghurt.
    • Boosts immunity: The nutrients in yoghurt helps strengthen our body’s defence mechanism, thereby proving more protection against seasonal cold, cough and such.
    • Good for your skin: Regular consumption of yoghurt hydrates the skin and improves skin texture and complexion. In fact, applying yoghurt on the face or mixing it in a facepack will help reduce blemishes and strengthen the collagen in the skin.
    • For a healthy heart: Yoghurt lowers blood pressure. It helps lower bad cholesterol and reduces risk of heart attacks.
    • A super-healthy source of proteins: Yoghurt is a wonderful source of natural proteins and thus extremely beneficial for vegetarians. It is also safer for those with lactose intolerance to eat yoghurt.
    • For healthy bones and teeth: Being rich in calcium, it protects the bones against osteoporosis and arthritis. It promotes bone growth and strengthens the teeth. So, start consuming one cup of yoghurt daily.
    • Increases life span: Bulgarians are known for their longevity, this is attributed to yoghurt consumption. So it can be said that yoghurt is responsible for their longevity.
    • Discourages vaginal infections: Diabetic women are more prone to yeast infections. A study trial that included diabetic women found that, on consumption of yoghurt, the women did not develop yeast infections.
    • Aids weight loss: Yoghurt is known to make one feel fuller and therefore helps in cutting down calorie intake in the next meal. In fact, some studies also suggest that yoghurt helps in burning fat. So if you’re trying to lose weight, you know what you should do!
    • Protection against colon cancer: Regular consumption of yoghurt cleans the colon, flushing out harmful disease causing bacteria. This helps in prevention of colon cancer.


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    Re: Nature Wonders

    Useful post Subha, thanks for sharing ma

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    Re: Nature Wonders

    Another big nature wonder is Water. It is easy to get and keeps you Young.

    Health benefits of water
    Water is crucial to your health. It makes up, on average, 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water.
    Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry on normal functions. Even mild dehydration - as little as a 1 percent to 2 percent loss of your body weight - can sap your energy and make you tired. Dehydration poses a particular health risk for the very young and the very old. Signs and symptoms of dehydration include:

    • Excessive thirst
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Dry mouth
    • Little or no urination
    • Muscle weakness
    • Dizziness
    • Lightheadedness
    How much water do you need?
    Every day you lose water through sweating - noticeable and unnoticeable - exhaling, urinating and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you need to replace this water by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. So how much water, or more precisely fluid, do you need?
    This isn't an easy question to answer. A healthy adult's daily fluid intake can vary widely. Most people drink fluid to quench thirst, to supply perceived water needs and "out of habit." At least three approaches estimate total fluid (water) needs for healthy, sedentary adults living in a temperate climate.
    • Replacement approach. The average urine output for adults is 1.5 liters a day. You lose close to an additional liter of water a day through breathing, sweating and bowel movements. Food usually accounts for 20 percent of your fluid intake, so you if you consume 2 liters of water or other beverages a day (a little more than 8 cups), along with your normal diet, you can replace the lost fluids.
    • Eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Another approach to water intake is the "8 x 8 rule" - drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day (about 1.9 liters). The rule could also be stated, "drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day," as all fluids count toward the daily total. Though this approach isn't supported by scientific evidence, many people use this basic rule as a guideline for how much water and other fluids to drink.
    • Dietary recommendations. The Institute of Medicine recommends that men consume 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. These guidelines are based on national food surveys that assessed people's average fluid intakes.
    Drink water at regular intervals experts advice One month per every 15 mins.
    Good water habit not only keeps you hydrated it also keeps you young and slim
    What are you waiting for

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    Thanks Nish dear...

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    Tender Coconut Water

    This summer, ditch those unhealthy colas and go for the goodness of tender coconut water instead.


    Nature really went all out when creating the wonderful and full-of-goodness tender coconut water – the liquid found in young or unripe coconuts. This mildly sweet tasting drink is easily available in India, especially south India, and makes for a delicious and refreshing beverage.
    While tender coconut water is nourishing when had anywhere in the world, people living in humid countries specially stand to benefit from it as it contains nutrients that fight the heat of tropical regions. And great news for weight watchers – consumed in its natural form, it has just about 16 – 18 calories per 100 grams.
    Coconut water is considered as a “fluid of life”. The complex composition of coconut water comprises ascorbic acid, vitamin B, iron, protein, fructose, nitrogen and some basic minerals like potassium, phosphoric acid, calcium and magnesium. It’s best to consume it in its natural form because any kind of process done on coconut water may destroy its nutrients.

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    Health benefits of tender coconut water:

    Helps in managing urinary symptoms: Tender coconut water helps to relieve to control urinary infections. The diuretic quality of coconut water increases flow of urine and dissolves kidney/urethral stones in a natural way, thereby keeping the urinary passage clean. In case of a urinary tract infection, coconut water works as an antiseptic that helps to remove poisonous minerals.

    Fights dehydration: The isotonic qualities present in coconut water help to regain natural salts and fluids that are otherwise lost by physical activities and exhaustion. Coconut water is considered better than commercial sports drink because it is the richest source of electrolytes and contains more potassium than a banana.

    Helps in intestinal disturbances: It even treats intestinal disturbances in all age groups. Coconut water taken with one teaspoon of olive oil for 3 days will kill the worms present in the intestine thereby improving the digestion. Coconut water is sweet and a little oily in nature It’s especially recommended for the old and sick who are facing problems in digesting solid and semi solid foods.

    Good for pregnant women: Tender coconut water is helpful to pregnant women who usually suffer from acidity, heartburn and indigestion. It is an outstanding energizer that helps a woman keep up with the changes that come at different points of the pregnancy. It helps to boost the levels of amniotic fluid, which plays a vital role in the overall wellness of the baby.

    Increases immunity: Tender coconut water is a good source of Lauric acid, which is believed to have antimicrobial properties. It helps in the prevention and treatment of bacterial infections caused by pathogenic bacteria and viruses like Herpes, HIV and flu. In fevers like malaria, typhoid, measles and chicken pox vomiting is common, the electrolytes present in coconut water help to settle the stomach and thereby control nausea.

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