Monday, May 30, 2016

5 Healthy Fats for Your Kids



Healthy fats are part of a balanced diet. Here are some healthy fats to include in your kid’s diet.

Avocados

The rich, creamy and silky textured avocados along with its nutty flavor, is one of the healthiest fruits around. These fruits are rich in monounsaturated fats and are highly beneficial for the growing kids.

They raise the good cholesterol levels and lower the baddies. These fruits contain healthy protein a must  for the growing years. They are rich in vitamin K, potassium, and vitamin E which jumpstart the growth of kids.

You can use avocado as soup toppings, in salads, spread the avocado paste on the bread and make a healthy sandwich.

Coconut oil

Our very own coconuts, yes they can be called as superfoods. The coconuts have a unique combination of fatty acids which greatly enhance our health. These fats boost the brain function and help in fat loss.

Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides which are these beneficial fats. These fatty acids have powerful medicinal properties. They are easy to digest and infuse cells with an immediate supply of energy. Great for the growing years, when kids will be actively involved in sports.

Extra virgin olive oil

Pressed from olives the incredible oil that comes out bubbles up with nutrition. It is highly beneficial for the healthy functioning of the heart. It contains large amounts of antioxidants which protect the cells from damage.

Extra virgin olive oil helps to improve memory and cognitive function. You can fry fish, potato chips, chicken and any fried food your kids love this oil. You can drizzle it on salads to add extra flavor.

Omega 3 fatty acids

The body cannot produce this nutrient, and so we have to rely on food sources. These fats are essential for the overall health. If you want to maximize your kid’s intellectual potential, then omega three fats are your answer.

A research study found that low levels of DHA resulted in poor memory retention, reading skills and problem behavior in school age children. The EPA and DHA components of these acids increase neuronal growth and cerebral circulation.

Include lots of fish in your kids’ diet. Fish oil supplements can also be used to enhance the health quotient. Chia seeds and flax seeds are good sources of these oils.

Butter

Butter preferably from organic grass fed sources are great for your kids’ health. Butter contains omega 6 and omega three fatty acids, which boosts brain health. It is also good for the skin. It also contains selenium a powerful antioxidant. It is always wise to use butter in moderation.

Take care
Swarnam


Monday, May 23, 2016

Seven Faces of Neck Pain and How to Deal With It

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Do you suffer from neck pain? I found these useful and informative tips from the Healthbeat a Harvard University Newsletter and thought it would be worth the share. It is highly recommended that you read these points.
Seven faces of neck pain
Muscle pain. Aching or sore neck and shoulder muscles may occur in response to overexertion or prolonged physical or emotional stress. The neck muscles may develop hard knots that are tender to the touch, sometimes called trigger points.
  Muscle spasm. This is a sudden, powerful tightening of neck muscles. Your neck may hurt and feel tight or knotted, and it may be impossible to turn your head. When you wake up with a painful, stiff neck, that's likely a muscle spasm. Muscle spasm can result from a muscle injury, but it may also occur in response to a spinal disc or nerve problem, or even emotional stress. However, there is often no clear cause.
    Headache. A neck-related headache is most often felt in the back of the head and upper neck and is usually the result of muscle tension or spasm. Neck-related headache pain is usually dull or aching, rather than sharp; the neck might also feel stiff or tender. Moving your neck makes it worse.
   Facet joint pain. Often described as deep, sharp, or aching, pain in the facet joints (part of the vertebrae of the neck) typically worsens if you lean your head toward the affected side, and may radiate to your shoulder or upper back. Arthritis in the facet joints, as in other locations, may feel worse in the morning or after a period of inactivity.
   Nerve pain. Irritation or pinching of the roots of the spinal nerves causes pain that may be sharp, fleeting, severe, or accompanied by pins and needles. Depending on the nerve involved, the pain may shoot down the arm or even into the hand.
   Referred pain. Referred pain is a pain in one part of the body that is triggered by a problem in another part of the body. For example, neck pain that worsens with exertion may indicate a heart problem while neck pain that occurs when you eat may stem from a problem in the esophagus.
    Bone pain. Pain and tenderness in the cervical vertebrae are far less common than neck pain from the soft tissues. Bone pain needs medical attention because it may signal a more serious health problem.
There are many things you and your doctor can do to manage and relieve your pain, including a combination of self-help techniques and over-the-counter pain medications.
Ways to ease neck pain
1.    Don't stay in one position for too long. It's hard to reverse bad posture, Dr. Isaac says, but if you get up and move around often enough, you'll avoid getting your neck stuck in an unhealthy position.
2.    Make some ergonomic adjustments. Position your computer monitor at eye level so you can see it easily. Use the hands-free function on your phone or wear a headset. Prop your tablet on a pillow so that it sits at a 45° angle, instead of lying flat on your lap.
3.    If you wear glasses, keep your prescription up to date. "When your eyewear prescription is not up to date, you tend to lean your head back to see better," Dr. Isaac says.
4.    Don't use too many pillows. Sleeping with several pillows under your head can stifle your neck's range of motion.
5.    Know your limits. For example, before you move a big armoire across the room, consider what it might do to your neck and back, and ask for help.
6.    Get a good night's sleep. Sleep problems increase the risk for several different conditions, including musculoskeletal pain.
Generally, neck pain is nothing to worry about. But if it's occurring with other, more serious symptoms, such as radiating pain, weakness, or numbness of an arm or leg, make sure to see your doctor. "Other key things that might make one more concerned are having a fever or weight loss associated with your neck pain, or severe pain. You should let your doctor know about these symptoms," Dr. Isaac says.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Are Lemons a cancer cure







Cancer is a really scary disease that affects people of all ages and ethnicities. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1 million people get cancer each year. That’s a dangerous statistic. In this article, we will discuss the beneficial effects of lemon to prevent and fight cancer.

Beneficial effects of lemon

Mother Nature has endowed all natural goodness in natural resources. Lemons contain amazing compounds which fight against cancer. Lemons are rich sources of vitamin C. A 50 gram serving of fresh lemon juice contains 23 milligrams of vitamin C, which is 33% more than the required RDA.


Vitamin C boosts the immunity levels of the body. It protects the cells from free radicals. Free radicals are the key factors for the development of cancers. Lemons offer great protection from cancer by destroying the free radicals because they are rich in this wonder vitamin.

Limonoids

A study by the Texas agricultural scientists says that lemon contains a citrus compound called limonoids which fight against neuroblastoma cells. These cells account for 10% of all cancer in children.

These cells cause solid tumor in the neck, chest, spinal cord and adrenal gland. Limonoids are natural compounds and do not cause any side effect like the other cancer drugs.

This is a beautiful phenomenon of lemon. Scientists say that lemons are a vast reservoir of anti-carcinogens. They naturally boost the immunity of the body to fight against cancer.

These limonoids are unique to citrus fruits and they are not found in other fruits and vegetables. They fight against cancer in three ways

They prevent the formation of tumors

They slow down the growth rate of existing tumors

They kill the cancer cells.

Awesome is it not?

Limonene

Another wonder ingredient which wages a war against cancer is limonene. It is present in the lemon peel. Studies say that it fights against a wide range of cancers.

Researchers from the Arizona Cancer Center gave 2 grams of limonene to 43 women who were newly diagnosed with breast cancer for about 2 to 6 weeks.

The results were stunning. The limonene was found to be concentrated in the breast tissue than other parts of the body. The limonene supplementation resulted in 22% reduction in the expression of tumor markers. In other words, it significantly reduced the toxins that caused breast cancer.

Take away

We find that lemon contains awesome natural compounds that fight against cancer. These compounds do not cause any side effects and can be a boon to those suffering from cancer.

Take care

Swarnam



Monday, April 25, 2016

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tasty Avocado Milk Shake Recipe






Avocado Milk Shake Recipe

Ingredients
Avocadoes – 2
Milk- 3 cups
Honey – 2 teaspoons
Method
Scoop out the flesh out of the fruit.
In a blender add the scooped out avocado and milk.
Blend it well.
Add the honey.
Pour out into tall glasses and serve.

Health benefits of avocados

ü Avocados are rich in vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B5, vitamin B6 and vitamin E.
ü They contain more potassium than bananas.
ü They are loaded with heart-healthy monosaturated fatty acids
ü They are loaded with fiber
ü They greatly reduce your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
ü Avocados boosts your immunity quotient
ü The healthy fat present in avocados helps you to absorb nutrients from plant foods
ü They boost your eye health
ü They help to prevent cancer and relieve the symptoms of arthritis and
ü Above all it helps in weight loss.

You better give it a try.
Take care

Swarnam

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Vitamin D3 Can Boost Your Heart Function



Heart failure affects more than 23 million people worldwide. This condition affects people of all ages. But is more common in older people.

 While this may be a great source of concern. A new research study offers hope.  The study points out that vitamin D3 can greatly improve heart function. According to the researchers, vitamin D3 strengthens the heart muscle of people with heart muscle weakness.

Vitamin D3 gets its boost by exposure to the sun. The study included 160 patients who suffered from heart failure and were undergoing treatment.

One group of participants were given vitamin D3 and the other group was given a placebo or dummy tablets. This continued for a period of one year.

A cardiac ultrasound was used to note the changes in the heart function. The results revealed that the pumping function of the heart greatly improved in patients who took vitamin D3 supplement.

The researchers avoided the usage of calcium based supplements. As this would complicate matters for heart failure patients.



Amazing ways to get vitamin D include
Ø Exposure to the sun
Ø Fatty fish such as salmon
Ø Canned tuna fish
Ø Mushrooms
Ø Fortified milk
Ø Fortified orange juice
Ø Egg yolks
Ø Vitamin D supplements
Ø Fortified cereal
Ø Beef liver
Ø Cod liver oil
Ø Ultraviolet lamps and bulbs

So take your daily quotient of vitamin D3 and have a healthy heart.

Take care

Swarnam

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Alcohol During Pregnancy May Harm Even Your Great Grandkid





Drinking alcohol during pregnancy poses a severe danger, not only to the mother but for future generations. It is kind of scary is it not?

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is not recommended by health professionals. They say alcohol impacts brain cells. Throughout the pregnancy, the brain cells of the baby keep on growing. It may have an impact on the tender growing a brain of the baby.

Research study
Researchers from the Binghamton University did an experiment on rats. The rats were given one glass of wine for up to four days. Then the offspring was tested for water or alcohol consumption.

The researchers found that in rats when the mother drinks one glass alcohol four times during pregnancy. Her children and grandchildren up to the third generation, show increased alcohol preference and less sensitivity to alcohol.

This study shows the transgenerational effect of alcohol for generations to come. This study is the first of its kind. The consumption of alcohol even in small amounts affects the generations that were not directly exposed to the uterus during the pregnancy.

According to WebMD alcohol can pass from mother’s blood to the baby’s blood. It can cause damage to the baby’s brain and spinal cord cells. The other effects of alcohol include distinctive facial features, growth problems, learning and behavior problems, conduct disorders and birth defects. These kids may have problems with bonding or feeding.

What to do if you have a drinking problem?


If you have this problem and you are pregnant, you can talk openly to your doctor about this. The earlier the better. Your baby can get the best possible treatment to reach his or her full potential in life. Your doctor could guide you in this matter. However, there is no treatment to reverse the impact of alcohol on your baby. There is no treatment to make the effects less severe.

Take care
Swarnam