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Education is better than medication! Watermelon a gift of summers.

In the scorching heat of summers watermelons become ripe and really juicy.

They have numerous benefits and eating a bowl full of watermelon or a glass of its juice a day keeps the body very healthy.Watermelon is a natural source of most powerful antioxidants provided by nature.

1. It cleanses the kidneys.

2. Watermelon detoxifies the liver.

3. It flushes out the excess salt from the body.

4. Reduces high blood pressure.

5.Watermelons are an excellent source of several vitamins: vitamin A, which helps maintain eye health.

6. Vitamin C, which helps  heal wounds, prevent cell damage, and promote healthy teeth and gums.

7.Vitamin B6, which helps brain function and helps convert protein to energy.

8. Watermelon also contains the amino acids citrulline and arginine, which can help maintain arteries, blood flow, and overall cardiovascular function.

9.Watermelon has a special cooling effect and is exceptionally high in citrulline, an amino acid that our bodies use to make another amino acid, arginine, which is used in the urea cycle to remove ammonia from the body.

10. Watermelon prevents the bones from becoming brittle and break easily.

11. The antioxidants help in reducing the severity of asthma.

12. It also reduces the risk of colon cancer, asthma, breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and prostate cancer.

13. Watermelon is a good source of thiamin, potassium and magnesium which protect our body from so many diseases.

14. Watermelon is fat free but helps energy production. It protects against macular degeneration.

When summer heat tires us with thirst, eating watermelon is a safe alternative to taking energy drinks. Since it contains high water quantity it can hydrates us whereas other drinks are caffeine filled energy drinks which can easily dehydrate us. Nothing can be more satisfactory on a hot, dusty day than a crisp, juicy slice of watermelon or a glass of fresh watermelon juice.

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in healing, health, naturopathy

 

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Cinnamon a magic drug

Life is not about FINDING Yourself. It is about CREATING Yourself. 

OBSESSED is simply a word the lazy use to describe DEDICATION. 

Of all the items in my pantry, the one I never want to run out of is cinnamon. My dogs and I enjoy this amazing, deliciously fragrant spice every single day of the year. The dogs get cinnamon sprinkled over their food at every meal; I like it in and on everything from yogurt, lemonade, and chai tea to vegetable curry, baked apples, and rice pudding. 

Not only does cinnamon smell and taste great, it has many health benefits, as we’ll see below. 

But first, what is it and where does it come from? Cinnamon is a small tree that grows in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam, and Egypt; its bark is dried and rolled into cinnamon sticks (also called quills), then ground into powder. 

There are four varieties, but Ceylon cinnamon (its Latin name is Cinnamomum verum) and Cassia cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) are the most popular; Ceylon, also called true cinnamon, is sweeter, lighter in color, and more expensive than Cassia, which is the darker type of cinnamon more commonly found in supermarkets and Starbucks. Whichever variety you choose, it’s definitely worth it to spend a bit more on organic cinnamon, which tends to be even more wonderfully fragrant than its non-organic counterpart. 

Traditionally, cinammon has been used around the world to remedy flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, and painful menstrual periods. It’s also believed to boost energy, vitality, circulation, cognitive function and overall brain health, and to improve the digestion of dairy products. 

In one study, sniffing cinnamon was shown to result in improved brain function – test subjects performed better at memory and attention after a whiff of this spectacular spice. So if you’re working with your dog on learning new tricks, definitely offer him or her a sniff of cinnamon before you begin your training session! 

Recent studies have shown that just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day helps to regulate blood sugar and raise insulin resistance; it actually boosts the body’s ability to use insulin to improve blood glucose levels. This is vital for anyone at risk for Diabetes – and that includes senior and overweight dogs. So in addition to feeding a low glycemic index dog food, top his kibble bowl off with cinnamon! Other studies reveal that cinnamon is antifungal; it works to combat Candida albicans, the fungus that causes yeast infections. These infections are often resistant to medication, but not to cinnamon. (Dogs who suffer from allergies are often prone to yeast infections). 

Cinnamon is also antibacterial, and slows down the spoilage of food. When I have to store part of a can of dog food overnight, I’ll sprinkle half a teaspoon of cinnamon over it before refrigerating (on a side note, never refrigerate dog food in the can – to preserve palatability, spoon it into a glass storage container with a plastic top). Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon even prevents the growth of E. Coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices! So for safety’s sake, be sure to add some cinnamon to your raw apple cider. 

An anti-inflammatory, cinnamon is great for senior dogs struggling with arthritis. With my K9 seniors, I’ve had great results mixing a half-teaspoon of cinnamon with a tablespoon of honey. This is the recipe used by researchers at Copenhagen University, where arthritis patients were able to walk without pain after just a week of taking cinnamon with honey every day. Yet more studies show that cinnamon can lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, and slow the growth of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. 

Here’s a caveat: Cassia cinnamon (the darker, more common type) contains a compound called coumarin, which can damage the liver at high levels. One more reason to use Ceylon cinnamon instead! But Cassia cinnamon is safe as long as you don’t overdo it; a teaspoon or so every day with food will still be beneficial in all the ways described above, but won’t give you or your dog nearly as high a dose as the higher concentration found in, say, a cinnamon supplement capsule (which would contain a substantially higher amount of coumarin). 

Also, cinnamon has a mild anti-clotting effect on the blood, so too much can cause bleeding problems if a person is on blood-thinning medication such as aspirin. And pregnant women (or dogs) should not take too much cinnamon, as it may have a stimulating effect on the uterus. 

But in small amounts – half a teaspoon at every meal – cinnamon obviously does a lot more good than harm. Enjoy!

 Nature doesn’t put saturated fat in vegetables, mother’s milk, and other foods for kicks. It’s there for a reason. 

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. 

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2011 in healing, health, naturopathy

 

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Benefits of Betel Leaf ( Paan)

Medicinal Uses

The plant has many traditional medicinal uses.

Malaysians use the leaves for headaches, arthritis and joint pain.

In Thailand and China the roots are crushed and blended with salt to relieve toothache.

In Indonesia leaves are chewed with betel nut, and the masticated juice swallowed for relief from coughs and asthma.

In Pakistan and India it is chewed after meals and is believed to help in digestion and liver cleansing.

A lady rang the farm seeking a betel leaf plant, and shared how it is used in her homeland of Indonesia. She said it is valued as a natural antibiotic, and drunk as a tea daily to benefit health. This tea is also used to keep the body free of unpleasant smells of perspiration and menstrual odour. She said, it is also valued by people (particularly senior citizens) to keep teeth and gums strong and healthy.

To make the tea, take 2 cups of water and bring to the boil in a saucepan. Drop in 7 mature size leaves, and simmer until the liquid has evaporated down to approximately one glass. Strain and drink daily.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2011 in healing, health

 

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