31 January 2011

Increase your beauty with these 10 foods

A diet rich in certain foods can positively impact skin health and appearance. The best beauty foods are antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are the skin’s best defense against free radicals, which causes premature cell aging. Other beauty foods can help to promote an even skin tone and condition, as well as increases skin radiance and support firmness and elasticity.  
1. Blueberries contain more than three times as many antioxidants as oranges, cherries, and grapes. They also contain anthocyanins, a pigment that is high in antioxidant activity and ellagic acid, a disease fighting phytochemical.
Helps repair DNA damage caused by toxins or pollutants (e.g. smoking). May be beneficial in slowing and/or reversing some neuronal and behavioral effects of aging. 
2. Small red beans contain flavonoids, iron, magnesium and zinc, which are all important in maintaining over all health and wellness. Magnesium and zinc help aid the absorption of calcium, which helps promote proper bone health. Enhances the body’s energy level. Helps the body and skin cope with environmental stress. 
3. Grapes seeds and skin contain flavonoids, such as proanthocyanidins or PCOs that are powerful antioxidants. Potent antioxidants activity helps fight free radicals associated with signs of aging. Helps improve blood circulation and strengthen blood vessels, which is important for varicose veins or leg cramps. Helps keep certain constituents with skin (i.e. collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid) healthy, by blocking enzymes that may disrupt or destroy their chemical structure.
4. Fish, such as salmon and tuna contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can boost skin appearance.
Helps support blood flow to maintain healthy and beautiful skin, soothe dry skin and reduce skin inflammation. Can increase skin radiance by offering a protective effect against premature aging. 
5. Artichoke Hearts are packed with ingredients that help promote a healthy skin appearance, such as folate, potassium, biotin, and vitamin C.
Helps maintain healthy skin and nails, supports collagen and skin firmness and protects against free radicals that accelerate the signs of aging. 
6. Blackberries are a great source of vitamin E and C and are high in antioxidants activity. They also contain ellagic acid, which is a disease fighting phytochemical.
Helps support collagen for firmness and elasticity, smooth skin, and helps protect against free radicals that contribute to aging. 
7. Strawberries are high in antioxidants, B vitamins, potassium, and fiber for overall health and wellness.
Helps support healthy collagen, the skin’s natural support structure, essential for the structure of collagen and elastin, which assist in the firmness and elasticity of the skin and also provides and environmental defense system for the skin. 
8. Apples have quercetine, and anti-inflammatory property and pectin, which is a soluble fiber that helps, control blood cholesterol levels.
Helps maintain water balance and distribution, pH balance, muscle and nerve cell function, heart function and kidney and adrenal function in the body. Helps stop cellular damage.  
9. Pecans provide adequate levels of vitamin E, zinc, and magnesium, which help promote healthy skin.
Helps protect skin cells from oxidative damage, provides nourishment to the skin, helps smooth skin texture. And helps fight free radicals in the body that increase as you age.  
10. Squash is a great source of vitamin A, which helps fight free radicals
Plays an important role in cell activity that can help maintain the health and youthful beauty of the skin. Protects skin cells from oxidative damage that can lead to signs of premature aging, helps relieve dry skin and uneven skin tone. And can enhance and regulate sluggish skin cell regeneration.

28 January 2011

Try this drink ; It's healthy,cheap and easy to prepare !

  Yogurt drinks are known and consumed all over the world. Being rich in potassium, calcium, protein and B vitamins, including B-12, they help stabilize the immune system, digest lactose and dairy products, and are a good source of iodine. Yogurt drinks have uses for a variety of gastrointestinal conditions, and in preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea.They also promotes good gum health because of the pro-biotic effect of lactic acids present in them. Calcium, which is found in dairy products, needs to enter the body in an acid matrix or your body will not absorb it. So the lactic acid of yogurt, as a part of yogurt drink, is a perfect medium to maximize calcium absorption. Eight ounces of yogurt will equal 400 mg of calcium, 25% more calcium than you would get out of a glass of milk.  Another benefit is helping banish the belly. The same calcium stops the production of the hormone cortisol, which increases your stomach fat. So, if you want to look and be fitter then several tubs of fat-free yogurt drink a day can help you a lot.
How to prepare:
Yogurt drink is a refreshing drink made with yogurt, water and salt. However, another variation is to add club soda instead of water for a tastier one.This is very easy and takes little time and effort to make.
1 cup plain yogurt, well beaten
1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint or a dash of dried mint flakes, crushed
 salt to taste
1 cup water or club soda
Lots of ice cubes
Blend together all the ingredients except the ice cubes.Then add the ice cubes. Now you can serve this refreshing, stimulating, and healthy yogurt drink.

25 January 2011

There are 9 things that may help you about turnip

Do you know why we heard that chocolate has antioxidant and prevent cancer and heart attack but we didn't heard anything about turnip?
Yes.You are right!
Big companies sell chocolate.What about turnip?
There are 9 things that may help you about turnip:
1. Turnips are root vegetable which is about the size of a small apple, with a firm white skin that has a blush of purple on the shoulders

2. Turnip is rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that can help prevent asthma symptoms, all form of cancer, skin problem and eye disorders.

3. Turnip has insoluble fiber that can protect against atherosclerosis.
4. It prevent diabetes,cataract,cardio vascular disease,abdominal,pancreatic and cancer.
5. It helps in maintaining a good physique as there is no excess fat and minimum calories
6. Turnips were also used in disorders of the urinary tract, being used as a diuretic and to cure kidney stones. Gout and arthritis were treated with them. They were used as a remedy for bronchitis, and the juice was used in the treatment of tuberculosis. Turnip juice was also used as a decongestant in colds, catarrh and coughs.
7. Individuals with thyroid problems should limit or avoid eating food turnips because it contains substances called goitrogens which can interfere with the functioning of the thyroid gland.
8. When buying turnips always choose the smaller one because it has a sweeter flavor. Larger turnips can have a more woody texture. Choose turnips that has a smooth skin and without blemishes. Store in the refrigerator crisper, and use within a week or so.

9. How to prepare it :Remove the leaf end and root end. Larger turnips should be peeled, but smaller turnips whose size is less than 2 inches (5cm) in diameter can be cooked without peeling. Thinly sliced turnips have a crisp texture, and can be eaten raw. When use as an ingredient to some dishes, it should be cut into cubes and cook for about 6 to 10 minutes.

24 January 2011

10 things about saffron that you didn't know

1 . Saffron, the bright orange-red stigmas of a small purple crocus, is the world's most expensive spice.
2 . Each flower provides only three stigmas, which must be handpicked, and it takes 14,000 to equal 1 ounce of saffron.
3 . There is no substitute for its exquisite flavor and earthy aroma.
4 . Powdered saffron loses its flavor more readily and can easily be adulterated with less expensive powders like turmeric, so purchase whole saffron threads.
5 . Store saffron in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.
6 . To extract the flavor, place a pinch of saffron threads in a small bowl of hot water or stock. Set aside for 10 minutes to infuse.
7 . Saffron helps in the digestive process, and also helps regulate menstruation. Saffron is used as a coloring and flavoring agent because of its pungent color and aromatic flavor.
8 . The bitter properties of Saffron bestow it with tonical properties for the stomach and digestive properties, while the crocetia that it contains has a effect on reducing cholesterol. 
9 . In Gynecology, it is sometimes recommended to help alleviate uncomfortable menstruation or the lack of menstruation; however, it must always be used with caution. Saffron also stimulates sweating and is sometimes used to help reduce fevers. 
10 . Saffron can also be used topically. It is one of the ingredients used in oral rinses to help clear up canquer sores and is often used to reduce the discomfort of teething infants.

23 January 2011

16 foods that help you lose weight.

 Nowadays it's important to control your weight.These 16 foods will help you to lose weight.

1 . Eggs : They are full of protein so they help you feel fuller longer.
2 . Green Tea : It has antioxidants that help speed metabolism and fat burning.   
3 . Salad :  Control calorie intake by starting with a large salad (but not with creamy dressing).
4 . Soup : It satisfies hunger because your brain perceives it as filling.
5 . Pears : The pectin fiber in it will help you feel fuller.
6 . Olive oil : It'll help you burn calories.
7 . Cinnamon : It has power to help your body metabolize sugar.
8 . Vinegar : Acetic acid in the vinegar may slow the passage of food from the stomach into the small intestine, so your tummy stays full longer. 
9 . Nuts : They burned more calories even when relaxing.
10 . Hot red pepper : The magic ingredient may be capsaicin, which helps suppress appetite.
11 . Skimmed dairy products : combination of calcium, vitamin D, and low-fat protein in skim milk and nonfat yogurt help weight loss and build and maintain lean muscle.
12 . Water : It has no calories, so it's great for filling up.
13 . Chocolate bar : To avoid binges, it's important to indulge yourself once in a while.
14 . Watermelon : It's full of antioxidants like vitamins A and C. It will fill your stomach.
15 . Onions : A cup of chopped onions only contains 60 calories and It will protect you against a wide variety of diseases, including cancer.
16 . Apples : The fiber in the apple makes you feel full, so you eat less.
A diet containing these foods can help you lose weight, but don't neglect exercise. Scientific studies have shown that calories intake is not necessarily higher in the obese than in normal people. It's energy expenditure that's often lower in those who are overweight. So make sure your weight-reduction plan gives equal importance to exercise.
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