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Coconut Is A Great Health Supplement

Coconut is widely consumed as a fruit but it is more popular for its religious uses especially in Hindu rituals. Also, it packs calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, vitamin C and other nutrients. In medicine, it is used for making oil that is good for hair and skin problems.

Rich in vitamin E, coconut oil contains antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help in hair growth. Also, it has antifungal properties that prevent dandruff. It is also good for dryness, itching, scars and other skin problems.

Advantages of Coconut for different ailments

High Cholesterol

Coconut is rich in phenols that can manage high cholesterol level. Also, its antioxidant property reduces oxidative cell damage. 

Kidney Stone

Coconut contains bioactive products that could be helpful in removing kidney stones.

Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1&2)

Coconut kernel and water boost insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose. Also, it tends to reduce pancreatic damage. Taking half-cup of coconut water empty stomach early in the morning is beneficial for diabetes management.

Obesity

Drinking coconut oil or using it in cooking could be helpful in weight control as it reduces fat buildup by reducing the amount of tissue cholesterol and phospholipid. Also, it boosts metabolism.

Precautions with coconut

Overdose of coconut oil could increase cholesterol level and cause skin rashes. Also, the person could feel difficulty breathing.

How to take coconut?

Coconut is best consumed as raw fruit. Its kernel has a sweet taste and so has its water. Also, the coconut oil is good for cooking … Read more

Little Known Benefits Of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is widely used for healing sunburn and wounds. Also, it is good for treating skin and hair problems like acne, blemishes, hair fall and dandruff. But it is just the start of the health benefits of aloe vera. For example, aloe vera juice could be helpful in reducing constipation and weight and managing diabetes.

Advantages of aloe vera for different ailments

Constipation

Aloe vera is a natural laxative hence can speed up bowel movement to allow easy excretion of stool. Taking 2-3 tsp of aloe vera juice with same quantity of water empty stomach in morning is enough to ease constipation. 

Obesity

Aloe vera increases body metabolism resulting in quick weight loss. Taking 2-3 tsp of aloe vera juice with water in morning empty stomach for three months could give exciting results.

Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1&2)

Aloe vera helps in diabetes management by improving glucose and insulin level in the blood. Also, its antioxidant properties prevent cell damage associated with diabetes. Taking aloe vera juice with water in morning empty stomach can help control diabetes in a better way.

High Cholesterol

Aloe vera can reduce formation and accumulation of bad cholesterol and in this way prevent blockage of arteries in the long run. It contains phytosterols and other compounds like glucomannan, fructose and glucose that are helpful in cholesterol management.

HIV Infection

Aloe vera builds immunity and in this way help in fighting the HIV infection. A study on animals found that aloe vera builds white blood … Read more

Nutritional Herbs That Flavor Your Food

You have medicines in your kitchen cabinet. The following spices can double as herbs. They can enrich your food with nutrients in addition to improving taste. You will get both flavor and health.

Oregano

It’s a great antibacterial agent as well as an excellent source of fiber, vitamin K, manganese, iron, vitamin E, tryptophan and calcium.

Thyme

Taking thyme is like getting a power packed punch of vitamin A and C, copper, fiber, iron and manganese.

Mint

Rich in nutrients, mint improves irritable bowel syndrome, relives indigestion, boosts brain function and decreases breastfeeding pain.

Turmeric

A natural anti-inflammatory and a powerful antioxidant, turmeric has anti-cancer properties; it is good for skin and it is a great food for brain. 

Ginger

One of the healthiest spices on the planet, ginger can cure many forms of nausea especially morning sickness and reduce muscle pain and soreness. Also, it can help with osteoarthritis and reduce chronic indigestion. 

Basil

Called “Queen of Herbs”, holy basil is a complete tonic for body, mind and spirit. From leaves to seed, every part of the plant has medical benefits. It is good for bronchitis, malaria, nausea, diarrhea, eczema, insect bites and eye problems.

Garlic

Garlic is highly nutritious hence can combat sickness like common cold. It is a blood purifier, anti-bacterial and antiparasitic. It can improve cholesterol level help with Alzheimer’s and dementia and even bless you with a long life.

Black Pepper

It is high in anti-oxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can benefit your brain, … Read more

Bedtime Cinnamon Tea For Quick Weight Loss

Cinnamon or dalchini is a bitter-sweet spice used in curries and smoothies. It has a high nutrient profile and it pampers taste buds as well. Also, it can be consumed in different ways and for various benefits including weight loss. Drinking a cup of cinnamon tea at bedtime could help lose weight without throwing your diet completely off the track. 

Health benefits of cinnamon

Cinnamon can maintain your cholesterol and blood sugar level and its anti-inflammatory properties can prevent bloating of belly after meals. It aids in digestion and good digestion results in losing extra calories in the long run. Also, it can boost the metabolic rate of the body.

How cinnamon helps in weight loss?

When body becomes insulin resistant it stops metabolizing sugar and allows the sugar to convert into fat. Here cinnamon can help. It stimulates insulin and metabolizes sugar from digested food. In this way, it prevents sugar from getting accumulated in the form of fat.

Cinnamon tea for weight loss

Advantage of cinnamon tea is that it allows experimenting with different ingredients and flavors. But the following ingredients make a better tea.

1 cup water

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp honey 

1/4 tsp black pepper powder

1 tsp lemon juice

Boil one cup water in a pan and mix other ingredients in the other pan. When the water is boiled, pour it in the mixed ingredients. Stir the mixer to allow all the ingredient get mixed in the water and then sieve the tea … Read more

Best Indian Herbal Teas And Their Benefits

Tea is what you want to make it. For instance, it could be a simple mood refresher or you can make your morning cup of tea a health supplement. It is the only beverage that allows freedom to add any flavor and herb to make it more beneficial for taste and health.

Here’re some popular herbal teas and their benefits

Green Tea

Rich in antioxidants and nutrients, green tea helps boost metabolism. It is good for weight loss and it also works as an anti-aging agent. Also, it reduces the risk of cancer and heart problems.

Chamomile Tea

It tastes like heaven and packs immense benefits for your physical and mental health. It cures sleep disorders like insomnia and reduces stress and anxiety. Also, it boosts immune system.

Mint Tea

A powerful punch of nutrients, this herbal tea cures common cold, suppresses hunger pangs, relieves bloating and gas, promotes sleep, reduces stress, clears skin, soothes burns and balances hormones. 

Thyme Tea

This herbal tea is good for bone and skin health. A strong anti-inflammatory agent, it effectively treats cold, keeps heart healthy and prevents bacteria and fungi. 

Lemon Verbena Tea

This beverage can distress the nervous system and aid in digestion. Also, it is a reliable cure for cellulites. It can break the cellulites thus enhancing your natural beauty.

Nettle Tea

A good source of iron and calcium, the nettle tea can reduce occurrence of leg cramps, counter arthritis and rheumatism. Also, it balances blood sugar, decreases blood pressure … Read more

Fitness With Nutrition: Foods You Must Have In Your Diet

Workout is necessary for fitness and for workout, you need energy that you get from food you eat. So, if you eat right, you can workout and remain fit. That is leading a healthy and happy life. 

Tips for a healthy diet for a healthy life 

Protein for power

Your workout intensity depends on your muscular strength that in turn relies on protein level in your body. During workout, your muscles undergo wear and tear and require repair and it is only with protein that you can replenish the lost power. 

If you can add protein to your regular diet, you can maintain good muscle power needed for workout and active life. And there should be little hassle in taking a protein rich diet as it is available in dairy products, eggs, pulses, legumes, whole wheat, oats and other grains. 

Carbs are essential

Carbohydrates provide fuel for body hence cutting carbs could lead to irreparable damage to your muscular strength in the long run. Instead of cutting carbs in your diet, you can choose to take the carbs that take time in digesting and ensure a steady supply of energy.

Choose good carbs that take time in digestion but doesn’t spike sugar level in blood. For example, whole wheat, brown rice, jowar, ragi, bajra, oats, buckwheat and other millets are a good source of carbs.

Make a rainbow in your plate

Add a couple of fruits and vegetables in your plate to make a rainbow of nutrients including minerals, vitamins, … Read more

26 Most Popular And Lesser Known Teas

Tea is the healthiest of all kinds of beverages available in the world. And it is consumed hot and cold. But the biggest advantage of tea is it allows freedom to choose your taste. For example, it could be a fine blend of different herbs or a direct product of leaves of a specific variety.

Tea is widely consumed in the world but its variety changes from one region to another. For example, black tea is more popular in western culture and green tea is a staple in the eastern part especially China, Japan and Korea.

Also, there are some varieties that are limited to the people of a specific region. For example, take Indian tea that is mostly limited to the length and breadth of India. But it doesn’t mean that Indian isn’t popular in other parts of the world. 

Here I’m giving details of 26 varieties of tea and it includes both popular and lesser known varieties.

1. Barley Tea

Served cold with ice, barley tea is a popular summer drink in east where it is called “mugicha” in Japan and “boricha” in Korea. Made by boiling roasted barley for 20 minutes, it is consumed like water. And people all over the world like its nutty, smoky and slightly bitter taste. 

2. Black Tea

Made with sun-dried and oxidized leaves of Camellia sinensis plant, black tea is consumed for taste and health all across the globe. In Great Britain, people consume approximately 165 million cups of black tea … Read more

Ashwagandha For Anxiety, Arthritis & Male Infertility

Ashwagandha For Anxiety, Arthritis & Male Infertility

Ashwagandha herb got its name from the fragrance of the sweat of a horse. It is called Ashwa means horse and Gandha means smell. It has good Rasayana and Vata balancing properties and for this reason it is considered useful for stress management, anxiety and diabetes. Also, its aphrodisiac property makes it useful for treating male infertility problems like erectile dysfunction.

Advantages of Ashwagandha for different ailments

Stress management

Ashwagandha can reduce cortisol level or stress hormone in the body. Regular use of Ashwagandha can help in controlling stress to a large extent.  

Male infertility

Being a potent aphrodisiac, Ashwagandha is helpful in stress-induced male infertility. It has antioxidant properties that fight free radicals and it improves testosterone level to increase fertility in males. It can increase both the quality and quantity of sperm.

Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1&2)

Studies on Ashwagandha revealed that it makes cells less resistant to insulin thus improving insulin sensitivity and increasing glucose utilization by the cells. Also, it boosts the number of insulin-producing cells leading to increased insulin secretion. 

Arthritis

The analgesic properties of Ashwagandha make it suitable for treating painful conditions related to arthritis. This herb contains withaferin A that reduces pain and inflammation by inhibiting the production of pain mediators like prostaglandins.

Hypertension

Its ability to slow down the production of stress hormone can help in controlling hypertension in a significant way.

Parkinson’s Disease

Since Ashwagandha contains antioxidants, it can be useful in controlling Parkinson’s disease that affects control over muscles and movement. … Read more

Brahma Kamal: Medicinal Plant Used For Religious Purposes

Brahma Kamal is a beautiful lotus-like flower treated as a sacred plant due to its association with Brahma, the God of Creation. According to Hindu mythology, Brahma sits on a pink lotus flower and the Brahma Kamal resembles that lotus. 

Different names of Brahma Kamal

Since it blossoms only at night, it is also called Night blooming Cereus, Queen of the night, Lady of the night. It blossoms once a year between July and September and its blossoming time is 7 pm onwards. It takes two hours to become fully young and remains young throughout the night. It grows up to 8 inches in diameter.

It is also called Orchid Cactus due to its orchid-like resemblance and cactus like habits. 

Where is Brahma Kamal found?

It is found in Himalayas but often confused with the plant people grow in their window sills. It is the state flower of Uttarakhand where it is revered as a sacred plant and considered auspicious. Folklore about Brahma Kamal says that anyone who sees this flower blossoming is blessed with good luck and prosperity.

Herbal benefits of Brahma Kamal

It is a medicinal plant and the entire plant is used in medicine and it is more popular in Tibetan medicines. It has a bitter taste and it is used for treating urogenital disorders.

How to grow Brahma Kamal?

Brahma Kamal grows in hilly areas where it gets plenty of water naturally. But it requires little water due to its cactus like properties. It should be … Read more

Roposo Gives Hopes To 200 Million TikTokers

Roposo Gives Hopes To 200 Million TikTokers

TikTok the global sensation stands banned in India along with 58 other Chinese apps that were brought down by a government order in late June. But soon the 200 million local TikTok users found Roposo, India based short video platform to rock the country. 

Today, there are a number of Indian startups making profit on the downfall of the Chinese apps including TikTok, UC browser and WeChat messaging. Just like Roposo, there are many apps making headlines post ban of Chinese apps.

Leading Indian apps supplementing the Chinese apps

Roposo

Roposo received 500,000 new users in an hour within two weeks of TikTok being banned. And it expects reaching the 100 million users by July end. Before the ban, it had only 55 million users. The app belongs to a Bangalore based advertising agency InMobi owned by Naveen Tewari. 

According to Naveen Tewari, the users won’t be embarrassed with the content. It features videos related to music, pranks, fashion and jokes about the COVID-19 pandemic. It has humor minus the ribaldry. On the contrary, TikTok was criticized for its sexual favor.

Other Indian apps

Chingari, Mitron and Bolo Indya are other Indian apps claiming a lion’s share in the Indian market left stranded by Chinese apps. These are startups and they include companies that are barely weeks old. Moj is an app that has just come into the digital space but it is notching up the titanic numbers. 

Ardent followers of Indian spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar also launched an … Read more