Saturday, November 22, 2014

Amazing Health Benefits Of The Herb Rosemary

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Have you ever noticed that some pleasant smells liven you up? They kick start your brain cells, bring renewed life, zest and vigor into your nerve cells and make you function at your optimal best.

Rosemary

The beautiful rosemary is a woody herb with fragrant needle like leaves and white, pink, purple or blue flowers. According to ancient legends, the Virgin Mary is said to have spread her blue cloak over a white blossomed rosemary bush when she was resting, and the flowers turned blue. The herb became known as Rose of Mary.

Rosemary Health Benefits

The wonderful smell of rosemary is often associated with good food, great times and good health. It is the perfect herb for your kitchen garden, filled with natural goodness, such as Phyto nutrients, antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
  
The anti-inflammatory compounds present in it, reduces the severity of asthma. Scientists have found that rosemary could boost your memory. The aroma of the essential oils improves memory in healthy adults. It increases blood flow to the head and brain and improves concentration.

This aromatic herb stimulates immune system, increases circulation and improves digestion. You can add fresh rosemary to omelettes; use it as a seasoning for lamb and chicken dishes, tomato sauce and soups. The WH Food writers say that, you can puree, fresh rosemary leaves with olive oil and use it as a dipping sauce for bread. Wow! That sounds delicious! I have attached a YouTube video of rosemary with chicken. Hope you try it!

Take care,
Swarnam


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Open Defecation - Innovative Ways To Deal With It


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Talking about open defecation, may I tell you that, way back in 2500 BC, the Harappan civilization had the world’s first flush toilets or water closets? But it is sad to say that, even after so many centuries later, India is the country, with the highest number of people practicing open defecation. 597 million people as of 2012 statistics, that’s a whopping amount.

Health hazards

This problem of such a huge magnitude should be dealt with quickly and effectively. I am happy to say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has urged the NRI’s in Australia to build a toilet in their village of origin in India.

Open defecation causes many diseases, most notably diarrhea, typhoid, intestinal worm infections, cholera, polio, hepatitis, trachoma and other diseases.

The practice of passing poop in the open can cause diarrheal death in children. A statistic shows that 2000 children under the age of 5 die every day, that is one child every 40 seconds. I think this is a very serious problem, which should be given top priority.

The infectious diarrhea also causes stunted growth in children due to under nutrition. Recently there has been a spike in rapes and sexual molestation, when young girls and women are searching for secluded places, to free themselves from nature’s call.

Clarissa Broocklehurst, from the Grillings School of Public Health says that, “if generations of children are to be saved from the stunting and ill health that poor sanitation causes, and generations of women and girls are to be saved, from the indignity and risk that open defecation entails, then addressing sanitation must be India’s highest priority”.

Innovative ways to deal with poop

Nanyang Technological University scientists have invented a new toilet system, that will turn human waste into electricity and fertilizers, and 90% reduction in the amount of water needed for flushing.

Scientists at the University of Colorado, have invented solar powered toilets.  The self-contained waterless toilets, have the capability of heating human waste to a high temperature and create biochar, a highly porous charcoal.

Recycling and reuse of human excreta for biogas generation, is important to get rid of the health problems caused by human poop. Sulabh International a social service organization has developed a model, which changes human poop to biogas. This biogas is utilized for cooking, lighting through mantle lamps, electricity generation and body warming during winter.

Human waste can be recycled by the methods of composting and can be used for gardening and agricultural purposes. This process is called humanure.

I have discussed with you, so many innovative ways. It would be wise to turn human waste into something productive. So, the most backward villages can become self-sufficient in farming, bio gas production, and electricity generation and the top laurel being, better sanitation, hygiene, safety and an improved standard of living.

You can be a part of the change, all you have to do, is a simple click. Domex the world’s leading hygiene brands make it super easy for you. You can bring about the change in the lives of millions of kids, thereby showing your support for the Domex Initiative. All you need to do is “click” on the “Contribute Tab” on www.domex.in and Domex will contribute Rs.5 on your behalf to eradicate open defecation, thereby helping kids, young girls and women live a dignified life.

Take care,
Swarnam



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Be Warned! Laundry Detergent Pods Can Be Dangerous For Kids

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ABC News reported that a baby boy died after he ate a laundry detergent pod. His mother, who was a resident at a battered women’s shelter, left the pods in the laundry basket, which was on the bed for a brief moment. And the child was asleep; when she came back, she was shocked to see the child chewing the pod. The child was rushed to the hospital where he died.

A recent study says that, during the two year research period, about 17,000 kids who were younger than 6 years old, were exposed to the highly concentrated chemicals, either by swallowing, inhaling or otherwise somehow exposed to these chemicals. The exposure can lead to any of these symptoms, vomiting, coughing, choking, eye pain, irritation, drowsiness, red eye or sometimes even death.


The young kids are very curious, and explore their environments by putting anything that their little hands could afford, into their mouth. The pods are small, colorful, resemble a candy or juice, and are sure to attract the little one's attention.

The scientists say that, parents of young kids should use traditional detergents which are less toxic. And for the general population, keep the laundry detergent pods, out of sight in closed cabinets, put them away after immediate use, and save the emergency helpline number, in your mobile or stick it near your landline.

Take care,

Swarnam

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Amazing Ideas To Prepare Tasty, Nutritious Homemade Salads



I made some amazing salads for the past 7 days. I cannot wait to share it with you. These amazing salads are easy, simple and very, very nutritious. It can be made in seconds and they taste delicious.
A shopping tip
When you go for your weekly shopping just buy a variety of fruits in small quantities, thereby healthy foods can be bought within affordable prices. Your family can enjoy a variety of nutritious salads.

I bought some apples, kiwi, bananas, raw green mangoes, pomegranates, cucumbers and avocados. All in small amounts so the cost did not bite my purse, and I made some jaw dropping salads.

Cucumber, banana and capsicum salad




Pomegranate, Kiwi and Green mango salad 

Swarnam

 
Apple, Avocado and Green mango salad
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Swarnam

Red Banana, Walnuts and Honey salad







Cucumber& Green chili salad

Just cut some fruits and veggies according to your creativity, add a dash of salt, pepper, lime juice or honey according to your taste and relish a wonderful salad. How is that?


This week, I bought some blueberries, which were put on sale. And the great news is that, I could save some money. Here are some amazing salad ideas, and I will be posting the photos as and when I prepare these salads. So just check out often for some wonderful ideas.
Kiwi, red chili flakes and olive oil salad


Blueberries, apples, honey and walnut salad
Carrot Salad with a touch of lemon juice and mint



Take care,

Swarnam

Sunday, November 9, 2014

High Fat Diet During Pregnancy Predisposes The Baby To Obesity

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If you are pregnant, then it would be wise to avoid a high fat diet. A high fat diet could harm your baby. Feeling a bit concerned? Then read on…

High fat diet

A new research study says that, high fat diet during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, could have significant and lasting harmful effects, on the brain function and behaviour of children.

When pregnant rats were fed on a high fat diet, the baby rats had a strong preference for foods high in fat. They weighed more, had impaired glucose tolerance and were less responsive to drugs that decrease feelings of hunger. The baby rats showed altered gene expression in the brain that continued through adulthood.

Similarly, earlier studies on monkeys, say that exposure to high fat diet in the womb and after birth can permanently change cells in the brain that controls food intake. So the babies are predisposed to overeating. The babies show an increased liking for salty and sugary foods.

A mother’s diet of high sugar and fatty foods during pregnancy, may make the child vulnerable to alcohol and drug abuse, says one research study. That’s frightening, is it not? A mother who eats junk food during pregnancy can have babies who are also junk food junkies. This has been proved in an animal study.

Take away
It is wise to eat a healthy and varied diet of whole grain foods, dairy products, fruits and vegetables during your pregnancy period. A slow walk in your garden or nearby park, taking time to be with nature, reading good books and listening to peaceful music, can work wonders for your baby.

Take care,

Swarnam

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Can Cocoa Reverse Your Memory From A 60 Year Old To That Of A 30 Year Old

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Scientists are making some remarkable announcements about cocoa. So, if you are a chocolate lover, especially that of black chocolate, then open your ears to what I am going to say now.

Flavonals in cocoa and memory

It is not rocket science to know that chocolate is made from cocoa. But the good news is that, the flavors found in cocoa could reverse, the age related memory decline in healthy older adults.

Researchers found that after drinking the high flavonal cocoa drink, which was specifically tailor made for this study. The results were stunning, if a participant had the memory typical of a 60 year old at the beginning of the study. The same person after 3 months of taking that wonder cocoa drink had the memory of a 30 or 40 year old.

See, you are getting more curious minute by minute. But the scientists are quick to point out that the findings need to be replicated in a larger study.

Flavanols and blood pressure

Earlier studies have reported that the flavonals in cocoa are responsible for improved thinking, decreased appetite and lowered blood pressure. The indigenous people of San Blas Island in Central America enjoyed a flavonal, rich cocoa drink every day. They enjoy normal blood pressure regardless of age.

Now this led scientists to conduct a study. They found that the flavonals are responsible for the formation of nitric oxide in the body. This nitric oxide causes blood vessels to relax and open wide. Thus, it reduces blood pressure and keeps the heart healthy and happy.

The fat content of cocoa

The fat content of cocoa is said to be heart healthy. According to the health advisors from Cleveland Clinic, oleic acid found in cocoa, is similar to that of healthy fats found in olive oil. Stearic and palmitic acid, which also make up the fat content of cocoa, have a neutral effect on cholesterol.

Cranberries, apples, peanuts, tea, red wine and onion are the other foods rich in flavonals. All these foods in the right amounts along with moderate amounts of dark chocolate can make you fit as a fiddle.
Take care,

Swarnam

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Walking Workstations+Natural Light= Fitness, Health and Productivity

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After I read this research study, I tried to walk and write. I do not have any walking work stations, crazy that I am, simply tried to walk on the hard floor, and work on my computer. OH! My! I could not even type a single sentence. But better read this post because you will get some wonderful insights.

What are walking workstations?

Wikipedia defines this beautifully, as a treadmill workstation is a computer desk that is adapted so that the user walks on the treadmill, while performing office tasks.

What does research say about walking workstations?

Walking workstations can improve not only physical, but also mental health during the work day, a new study has found. Researchers say that regardless of a person’s exercise habits or body mass index, these wonder stations promote health benefits. Persons who do not exercise or overweight can experience both short term physical and psychological benefits.

The study researchers found that persons who worked on walking work stations had higher task satisfaction, experienced less boredom and stress when compared to those in the sitting and standing work stations.

If you are all ears, then I am going to tell you good news. Scientists say that natural light in offices boost health. Office workers with more natural light exposure at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life, compared to office workers with less exposure to natural light.

What do we infer from the above conversation? Walking workstations along with natural light can boost your productivity, health and your overall zest for life.

Take care,

Swarnam