Monday, 3 October 2016

Healthiest Fruits for Summer

As you all must be aware that monsoon is on the way, high expectations are there for monsoon to arrive in few days. But it doesn't seem that summer wants to leave our place so early. So let us prevent ourselves from this undesired situation.

We face mostly dehydration problem in summer, then why not to find the simple and convenient solution to stay fit and fine!

The most simple work is to eat and so its solution. Have your stomach filled with these berries.

  • Cherries - Always be ready to grab cherries whenever they are available fresh during summer season. They are very rich in antioxidants.

  • Nectarines -  The sweet & sour nectarines are necessary addition to your summer diet. The easiest way to identify the nectarine is the absence of fuzz on it. It's yellow flesh is a rich source of vitamin C.

  • Cantaloupe - Also known as Musk Melon, consists of about nearly 90% content as water, this refreshing fruit keeps you hydrated when thirst soars. Cantaloupe has ample of vitamin C and beta-carotene. In the body, beta-carotene can be converted to vitamin A, it helps to regulate the new skin cell's growth


  • Watermelon

If the dog days of summer are leaving you parched, be sure to bite into summer's quintessential fruit, which is made up of more than 90 percent water. Proper hydration is important to keep your joints well-lubricated and your metabolism humming along. But watermelon is so much more than H2O. A recent study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry discovered that the amino acid L-citrulline, which is abundant in watermelon, can dampen muscle soreness in athletes.10

The fewer muscle injuries you experience, the quicker you'll be able to once again show some feats of strength in the gym. This picnic fave is also loaded with lycopene, an antioxidant compound that gives watermelon its signature blush and may help improve blood pressure numbers.11 It may also work to reduce sun damage your skin.12

Make This

Toss together watermelon cubes with wedges of tomato and sliced cucumber. Blend together some olive oil, basil, red-wine vinegar or lemon juice, and salt. Drizzle the mixture over the watermelon salad and garnish with feta cheese or goat cheese and chopped pistachios.


They might be blue, but when it comes to nutrition, there's nothing sad about these health bombs. For a mere 84 calories per cup, blueberries deliver 4 grams of belly-flattening fiber and a huge payload of anthocyanin antioxidants, chemicals responsible for the deep purple hue of the fruit.
Researchers in New Zealand determined that antioxidants in blueberries may help reduce muscle-cell damage brought about by oxidative stress.12 A separate animal study reported that an antioxidant in blueberries called pterostilbene may help your six-pack pursuit by limiting fat storage and increasing fat burning.13

Of interest, research suggests that cooking does not result in a significant drop in the antioxidant power of blueberries.14 If you can find them and don't mind the splurge, wild blueberries are especially chock-full of antioxidants.

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Sun Stroke

Heat stroke usually occurs when a person's body is very hot for too long time, whether exercising, working or simply sitting in a hot environment. If internal temperature of body reaches more than 39°C , it is a potentially a very life-threatening condition.

Heat Stroke is also known as sunstroke, it is a serious condition and should be considered as an emergency.
If left untreated, damage to internal organs can occur. The longer it is left, the more serious heatstroke can become. In some cases, heatstroke can be fatal or deadly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heatstroke caused 9734 deaths in India between 2004 and 2013. In America, between 1999 and 2010, an estimated 9,734 people died from Sun Stroke. In Pakistan in 2015, around 2,000 people died of the condition.

If someone becomes very hot and dehydrates and loses salt from the body, leading to fatigues and muscle cramps, it is known as heat exhaustion. If the body loses the ability to maintain the correct temperature and it becomes dangerously high, this is referred to as Heat Stroke or Sun Stroke.

The symptoms of heatstroke can include:
  • High body temperature
  • Mental changes
  • Sweat changes
  • Headache
  • Color change
  • Breathing
  • Nausea

Diagnosing heat stroke

Medical professionals can usually diagnose Sun Stroke from a person's appearance.
It's medical tests might include:
  • Blood test: to measure levels of gases, potassium and sodium in blood to check damage to CNS
  • Urine test: If patient has darker urine then it is a sign that the patient has a heat-related condition
  • Muscle test: to check damage to the muscle tissue
  • X-rays: to check damage to the internal organs.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Want to cool your body? 

These spices can help this summer


               What we eat has an impact on our body temperature. Summers call for a wiser choice for eating. With our food comprising of spices predominantly, there are many Indian spices that act as cooling agents. So in summers, if we incorporate those spices, our food would not only be delicious but it would also have an overall cooling effect on our body. The spices are one of most potent elements that have antioxidants and bio-active properties.

Here are a few of those Indian spices that double up as cooling agents during summers:

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1) Mint – Mint is not only a perennial herb but also an excellent spice that has a cooling effect on the body. Mint can be used in many ways. It can be used in salad or tea or chutney or lemonade. A dash of mint in any food not only enhances its flavor but also makes it easy to digest and has a soothing effect. It is also supposed to relieve headaches and nausea and also prevents fatigue and depression. There are several varieties of mint, but the predominant ones are peppermint and spearmint.

2) Fennel – Fennel seeds are yet another excellent cooling agents. They are the readily available spice and can be used in numerous ways. These seeds not only cool the body but also stimulate intestinal juices that promote proper digestion and reduces acid reflux. The fennel seeds can be chewed to promote fresh breath and overall dental hygiene.

3) Cilantro Fresh cilantro leaves have rapidly been used in international cuisines. But in the present times, they have become very popular in India as well. They are an important ingredient in most of the salsa recipes. These leaves neutralize the spicy flavor of the international cuisines thereby making them more suitable for consumption during the summer heat. 

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4) Turmeric – Turmeric is used widely for healing internal as well as external wounds. It not only lowers down the body temperature but also cleanses the liver and purifies the blood. Turmeric is also said to have properties that enhance the proper functioning of the heart. Apart from these, this spice also has anti-inflammatory, an anti-allergic and anti-bacterial property that makes it indispensable. These properties of turmeric also enhance the cooling effect brought by this spice.


5) Cardamom – The spice with a sweet aroma, cardamom has more than what it is given credit for. Cardamom is an excellent cooling agent with respect to stomach heat. It has the property to relieve stomach cramps and neutralize stomach acids. Cardamom is not only used in many cuisines but is an excellent partner of the tea and adds an extra zing to the drink.

There are several other spices as well that bring down the body temperature thereby having a soothing effect on the body at a time when it is already being tormented by the heat outside. If used regularly in adequate amount, these spices will not only enhance the taste of the food that you prepare but would also have many health benefits including bringing down the body heat.