Monday, June 22, 2009

Reduce Hypertension - Pose 1- Sukhasana

Sukhasana is a relaxation pose intended for Meditation.

  1. Sit down on the floor or a Yoga Mat.

  2. Cross your legs, placing your feet below your knees.

  3. Clasp your hands around your knees.

  4. Keep your head and body straight.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Yoga for Hypertension - Introduction

Hypertension it is also commonly known as high blood pressure, which refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries.If the rate of blood pressure reaches to as high as 140/90, then hypertension is present. It related to other diseases like stroke, heart attack, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), and may also lead to death.

There are two type of Hypertension:

Primary Hypertension – also known as essential hypertension; commonly caused by stress and injury, primary hypertension has no specific symptom. Other causes comprise emotional disturbance, heredity, race, climatic condition, Obesity, smoking and alcohol intake.

Secondary Hypertension – may lead to kidney infection, malfunctioning of the Endocrine Gland, arterial problems like arteriosclerosis, and even Pregnancy.

Its known to be a silent killer.In order to manage hypertension, lifestyle management, one of which is Yoga Lifestyle, helps treat and prevent hypertension through mind and body activities.

In the following posting we will discuss a lot about the yoga poses which can reduce the Hypertension and make you feel happy and peaceful.

Yoga for Hypertension - Introduction - I

Hypertension it is also commonly known as high blood pressure, which refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries.If the rate of blood pressure reaches to as high as 140/90, then hypertension is present. It related to other diseases like stroke, heart attack, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), and may also lead to death.

There are two type of Hypertension:

  • Primary Hypertension – also known as essential hypertension; commonly caused by stress and injury, primary hypertension has no specific symptom. Other causes comprise emotional disturbance, heredity, race, climatic condition, Obesity, smoking and alcohol intake.

  • Secondary Hypertension – may lead to kidney infection, malfunctioning of the Endocrine Gland, arterial problems like arteriosclerosis, and even Pregnancy.

Its known to be a silent killer.In order to manage hypertension, lifestyle management, one of which is Yoga Lifestyle, helps treat and prevent hypertension through mind and body activities.

In the following posting we will discuss a lot about the yoga poses which can reduce the Hypertension and make you feel happy and peaceful.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

How to Verify the Purity of Honey

Fake and impure honeys have become commonplace in the market today, despite many people's preference for 100% bees' honey. The problem with this is, unfortunately, fake and impure honey can be passed off as pure very easily. When viewed on the shelf, it is very hard to pick out what is pure, and what is not. There are, however, a few ways to figure this out.


1. Check the label. You would be amazed at how many people neglect to look closely at the label of food products before buying them, and then are dismayed to find they bought something they really didn't want. Check around the brand name, and the ingredients list (if there is one) for a mention of additives. The company should be required to list them if you are shopping in certain countries. If there are no mentions of additives, buy the honey.

2. Taste the honey. If it seems off, and yet the label claims it is pure, there are a few simple tests you can run to check the purity of the honey.

* The dissolving test.

o Get a glass of water. This and a tablespoon of honey are all you need for the first test.
o Empty the honey into the water. If the honey is impure, it will dissolve in the water- the most common additive to honey is syrup of jaggery, which dissolves. If it is pure, the honey will stick together and sink as a solid lump to the bottom of the glass.
o This test can also be completed by mixing equal parts honey and methylated spirits (denatured alcohol). Pure honey will settle to the bottom. Impure honey is more likely to remain dissolved and make the solution milky.
* The flame test.

o Get a lighter and a candle with a cotton wick. This test is better if you don't have as much honey to spare.
o Dip the cotton wick of the candle into a bit of the honey, and shake off the excess.
o Attempt to light the wick. If it burns, then it is completely pure honey. If it refuses to burn, then the presence of water is not allowing the wick to burn. (If there is only a very small amount of honey on the wick, though, it might still burn. It will produce a crackling sound, and it would be best to blow out the wick and try it again this time using more honey.)
* The absorption test.

o Pour a few drops of honey on blotting paper and observe whether or not it is absorbed. If it's absorbed, the honey's not pure.
o If you don't have blotting paper, pour a little bit of honey on a white cloth, then wash the cloth. If there is any stain left by the honey, it is probably not pure.
3. The ants test

Leave a little of testing honey near some ants, if the ants hover around it then the honey is adulterated.Bees naturally build the combs between the stones and on the trees, and to protect the honey from insects, ants and others they add an additive to honey. This is the reason that ants will not hover around pure honey.

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has many advantages than other methods to maintaining health in good condition, such as games, athletics, gymnastics, aerobics and various other kind of exercises.

Yoga will benefit you irrespective of whether you are young, old, rich, poor, busy, over busy, lean, fat, highly educated, illiterate, working or not working. Two main advantages of Yoga are prevention from disorders and maintenance of health & fitness in daily life.

Yoga benefits can be devided into two main categories which are Phisical benefits and Mental benefits.

Physiological Benefits (Physical):

* Increases Immunity power and Balance of the body.
* Improves integrated functioning of body parts
* Increases Energy level and Posture
* Increases Joint range of motion
* Increases Musculoskeletal flexibility and
* Controls Blood Pressure and lowers heart rate
* Increase Cardiovascular efficiency
* Slowed aging process
* Normalizes Weight and reduces cholesterol levels
* Low risk of injuring muscles and ligaments
* Decreases total white blood cell count and Increases Hemoglobin

Psychological Benefits (Mental)

* Reduces stress to have good sleep
* Spiritual and mental growth
* Improves positive thinking and subjective to well-being
* Reduced anxiety and muscle tension
* Increased strength and flexibility
* Reduces Anxiety and Depression
* Improves Memory and Concentration

Home Facial Process

Even though Facials are done at spas or beauty salon under professional guidance some times we can have our facials at home. As facials spas and salon and expensive. But home facials give you some different enjoyment and cost less also. You can try these home facials atleast twice a month. If you are free and have time at home, do your facial yourself.

Tools/Materials needed:

# Gentle cleanser
# Exfoliating cream/ Soothing cream
# Steamer
# A facial mask
# Message Vibrator
# Skin tonic
# Cotton pads

Process of Home Facial:

1. Cover your hair with a scarf or a band and clothes with a dressing gown.
2. Take cotton pad and apply the cleanser on your face and skin the dirt or grime, especially on T-zone and sides of your nose. Clean your hands and make sure they are clean and start messaging your face.
3. Rub a gentle exfoliating scrub by usingyour fingers in a circular motion on your face. Concentrate on the areas around your nose and forehead by giving strokes and messaging your face. If you have combination skin, work harder on the areas that tend to be greasy.
4. Try to do message at least 10 to 15 mins around the lips, eyes, fore head, cheeks and nose.
5. The sides and the back of the neck should be massaged with the fingertips using upward circular movements. Working from the centre of the upper lip, use circular movements out towards the centre of the cheeks.
6. The forehead should be lightly stroked with the fingertips in any upward direction. Then, working from in-between the brows, employ small circular movements out, and over the eyebrows.
7. After 10 to 15 mins clean your face as exfoliating creams lend to dry quickly.
8. Give a steam on your face with warm water.
9. Now apply any face mask Home facials mask you like and after 10 mins remove the mask.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Dandruff, also known as Scruff, is the shedding of dead skin on the scalp. If we take proper hair care, dandruff can be cured and also make your hair healthy, beautiful, long, and dandruff free hair.
Usually dandruff will be less in summer when compared to winter.

Causes of Dandruff:

Theories suggests that dandruff is a natural process, which is caused by the flaking of the scalp. Just like our body sheds dead skin, so does the scalp. When this skin is shed at an excessive rate, it causes to dandruff.

It is also a belief that dandruff is also caused by a dry scalp and it is often also caused by an oily scalp. As such that excessive oil in the hair forms as layer on the scalps, when it dries, and then thickenss, this layer flakes off in the form of dandruff.

It is also caused by inproper attention towards hair as due to fungus on the scalp whch can be controlled but not completely eraticate it. There is speculation that dandruff is linked with hair loss, as dandruff may indicate an unhealthy scalp.

Other Internal Causes:

* Poor health
* Lack of rest
* Excessive stress
* Excessive intake of sugar, fat and oily foods
* Hormonal imbalance
* Sweeting due to excercise
* Poor hygiene
* Improper nutrition

Other External Causes:

* Excessive use of shampoos
* Excessive use of hairsprays and gels.
* Improper use of hair-coloring products or excessive use of electric hair curlers
* Tight fitting hats and scarves.
* Cold weather and dry indoor heating.
* Infrequent shampooing of the hair or inadequate rinsing.

Treatment for Dandruff:

External treatment: External treatment includes using anti-dandruff shampoos or using anti-fungal shampoos. Massaging the scalp with certain specific oils also can help reduce the flaking of the scalp.

Relaxation treatment: Treatments like meditation and yoga help the body and mind to relax which in turn leads to reduction of stress which control the skin from flaking.

Nutritional treatment: Nutritional treatment includes eating good nutritious food. Intake of more liquids, more fruits and juices, a balnced diet and proper sleep of 7-8 hours will helps in avoiding the occurrence of dandruff. Avoiding excess of salt, sugar and alcohol also helps.

Naturopathy treatments: Various home made natural treatments are available for curing of dandruff and it can done at home which reduces and cures dandruff if dome in regular intervals. You can find some remedies in the following section.

Home Cure and Remedies:

The following are the simple dandruff treatments that you can do at home.

1.Before applying shampoo, massage the scalp with salt for some time and then wash it off.

2.Take some curd and add the juice of half or one lemon. Put this mixture evenly on the scalp and hair. Keep for about half an hour and then wash with mild shampoo. Do this more frequently and the occurrence of dandruff will reduce drastically. Curd improves the texture and softness of your hair. Avoid this for people who catch up cold easily as curd has a cooling effect on the head.

3.Mix egg white with one lemon juice and apply on the scalp and rest it for an hour. Then wash it off with warm water and a cider vinegar in water as a last rinse. This is a very good dandruff treatment.

4.Rub half of the lemon on the scalp before taking a shower. Don’t do this before every shower.

5.Apply grated carrots to the scalp and leave for some time and then wash off as usual.

6.Soak fenugreek seeds in curd at night and morning grind it into fine paste add lemon juice little bit you can also add shikakai powder, amla powder also with this, apply to hair and scalps and wait for 1/2 hr and wash with warm water, is a good conditioning and helps in reducing dandruff and reduces hair loss.

7.Apply poppy seeds grounded with milk on the scalp. Wash the hair with herbs like shikakai or with a plain water.

8.Boil dry tea leaves in water,strian it and keep it for cooling add a lemon, some curd(optional), shikakai powder and amla powder . Make a paste and apply this on the scalp and hair and leave for an hour. Wash as usual. This gives a shine to the hair and is a good dandruff cure.

9.Heat 3 portion of olive oil and add 1 part of honey to it and massage this mixture to your hair and wrap a hot towel (dip towel in hot water and squeze it) or steams the hair with steamer.
10.Gently massage the scalp with brandy and then wash off.

11.Use some warm coconut oil and add 1/2 lemon to it and apply this to hair and leave it overnight and shampoo it off in the morning.

12.Mix 2 tsp of vinegar with 6 tsp of water and apply it,now wrap a towel before going to bed and head-bath in the morning.

Sweet Corn Soup


* Corn kernels - 2 cups
* Chilli sause - 1/2 tsp
* Soya sause - 1/2 tsp
* Venegar - 1 tsp (Optional)
* Corn flour - 1 tsp
* Water - 1 cups
* Salt - to taste
* Oil - 2 tsp
* Pepper - 1/2 tsp
* Lemon juice - 1 tsp
* Cream - 1/2 cup


* Pressure cook the corn kernel and take off 1/4 cup set aside and grind remaining.
* Now take a pan heat the oil and add grinded corn, cook it stir it continously
* Now add water to the grinded corn and stir it continously and cook it for 5 mins
* Now add chilli sause, soya sause to the corn soup and stir it.
* Take another bowl add cornflour and little bit of water and mix it.
* Now add the cornflour mixer to corn soup and stir it well.
* See that soup should not stick to the pan and when it becomes thick.
* Now add lemon juice, salt and pepper and remove the soup from the flame
* Add the remaining 1/4 boiled corns and before serve add cream to it and serve hot.

Quantity: 3 - 4 servings.

Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of arteries. Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers—the systolic pressure (as the heart beats) over the diastolic pressure (as the heart relaxes between beats). The measurement is written one above or before the other, with the systolic number on top and the diastolic number on the bottom. For example, a blood pressure measurement of 120/80 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) is expressed verbally as "120 over 80." Normal blood pressure is less than 120 mmHg systolic and less than 80 mmHg diastolic.

High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure increases your chance (or risk) for getting heart disease and/or kidney disease, and for having a stroke. It is especially dangerous because it often has no warning signs or symptoms. Regardless of race, age, or gender, anyone can develop high blood pressure. It is estimated that one in every four American adults has high blood pressure. Once high blood pressure develops, it usually lasts a lifetime. You can prevent and control high blood pressure by taking action.

Blood pressure rises and falls during the day. When blood pressure stays elevated over time, it is called high blood pressure. The medical term for high blood pressure is hypertension. High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard and contributes to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). It increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the first- and third-leading causes of death among Americans. High blood pressure also can result in other conditions, such as congestive heart failure, kidney disease, and blindness.

A blood pressure level of 140/90 mmHg or higher is considered high. About two-thirds of people over age 65 have high blood pressure. If your blood pressure is between 120/80 mmHg and 139/89 mmHg, then you have prehypertension. This means that you don't have high blood pressure now but are likely to develop it in the future. You can take steps to prevent high blood pressure by adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Those who do not have high blood pressure at age 55 face a 90 percent chance of developing it during their lifetimes. So high blood pressure is a condition that most people have at some point in their lives.

What the Numbers Mean

Both numbers in a blood pressure test are important, but for people who are 50 or older, systolic pressure gives the most accurate diagnosis of high blood pressure. It is high if it is 140 mmHg or above.

Blood Pressure Level (mmHg)
Category Systolic Diastolic
Normal <>160 or >100

Systolic Pressure is the force of blood in the arteries as the heart beats. It is shown as the top number in a blood pressure reading. High blood pressure is 140 and higher for systolic pressure. Diastolic pressure does not need to be high for you to have high blood pressure. When that happens, the condition is called "isolated systolic hypertension," or ISH. Diastolic pressure is the force of blood in the arteries as the heart relaxes between beats. It's shown as the bottom number in a blood pressure reading.

Any form of high blood pressure is dangerous if not properly treated. Both numbers in a blood pressure test are important, but, for some, the systolic is especially meaningful. That's because, for those persons middle aged and older, systolic pressure gives a better diagnosis of high blood pressure.

If left uncontrolled, high systolic pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure, kidney damage, blindness, or other conditions. While it cannot be cured once it has developed, ISH can be controlled.

The diastolic blood pressure has been and remains, especially for younger people, an important hypertension number. The higher the diastolic blood pressure the greater the risk for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. As people become older, the diastolic pressure will begin to decrease and the systolic blood pressure begins to rise and becomes more important. A rise in systolic blood pressure will also increase the chance for heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure. Your physician will use both the systolic and the diastolic blood pressure to determine your blood pressure category and appropriate prevention and treatment activities.

Why Is High Blood Pressure Important?
High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard. It also makes the walls of the arteries hard. High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first- and third-leading causes of death for Americans. High blood pressure can also cause other problems, such as heart failure, kidney disease, and blindness.

Effect of High Blood Pressure on Your Body

Impaired Vision
High blood pressure can eventually cause blood vessels in the eye to burst or bleed. Vision may become blurred or otherwise impaired and can result in blindness.

High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke. Very high pressure can cause a break in a weakened blood vessel, which then bleeds in the brain. This can cause a stroke. If a blood clot blocks one of the narrowed arteries, it can also cause a stroke.

As people get older, arteries throughout the body "harden," especially those in the heart, brain, and kidneys. High blood pressure is associated with these "stiffer" arteries. This, in turn, causes the heart and kidneys to work harder.

Kidney Damage
The kidneys act as filters to rid the body of wastes. Over time, high blood pressure can narrow and thicken the blood vessels of the kidneys. The kidneys filter less fluid, and waste builds up in the blood. The kidneys may fail altogether. When this happens, medical treatment (dialysis) or a kidney transplant may be needed.

Heart Attack
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack. The arteries bring oxygen-carrying blood to the heart muscle. If the heart cannot get enough oxygen, chest pain, also known as "angina," can occur. If the flow of blood is blocked, a heart attack results.

Congestive Heart Failure
High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for congestive heart failure (CHF). CHF is a serious condition in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood to supply the body's needs.

Massage Information
Reflexology and massage aims to relieve stress or treat health conditions through the application of pressure to specific points or areas of the feet and body. The underlying idea of reflexology is that areas of the feet and hands correspond to (and affect) other parts of the body.

Techniques similar to reflexology have been used for thousands of years in Egypt, China and other areas. In the early 20th century, an American physician named William Fitzgerald suggested that the foot could be "mapped" to other areas of the body to diagnose or treat medical conditions. He divided the body into 10 zones and labeled the parts of the foot that he believed controlled each zone. He proposed that gentle pressure on a particular area of the foot could generate relief in the targeted zone. This process was originally called zone therapy.

In the 1930s, Eunice Ingham, a nurse and physiotherapist, further developed these maps to include specific reflex points. At that time, zone therapy was renamed reflexology. Modern reflexologists in the United States often learn Ingham's method or a similar technique developed by the reflexologist Laura Norman.

Reflexology charts include pictures of the feet with diagrams of corresponding internal organs or parts of the body. The right side of the body is believed to be reflected in the right foot, and the left side, in the left foot. Different health care providers, such as massage therapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, physical therapists or nurses, may use reflexology.

Massage has many therapeutic benefits. Most notable is the ability of massage and reflexology to:

* Help relieve tension and stress
* Soothe aching muscles
* stimulate local circulation

Women Feel they are sexiest at Age of 34

Being sexy is often perceived to be a key essence of femininity. And, now a new study has found that women feel most sexy at the age of 34.

Researchers have based their findings on a survey of over 1,000 women who were questioned about their sex lives - the majority of respondents said that it was at the age of 34 when they had felt more sexy.

The survey also revealed that middle-aged women have half as much sex as they did when they were younger - in fact the researchers found that that on average women aged 45 to 60 have sex 4.5 times a month, compared to 10.4 times a month in their 20s and 30s. However, it does show that women are still enjoying great sex lives as they get older.

“Women’s sexual needs, libido and lifestyle change over time, but there is absolutely no reason why older women can’t enjoy an extremely fulfiling sex life in their middle age and well into their senior years.

“The fact that over half of those quizzed said they had better sex now than in their 20s and 30s suggests that these women are more confident and self-assured than they were in their younger days and aren’t afraid of getting what they want.”

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tips for Color Improvement - Complexion

Home made Tips for Color Improvement:

Drink lots of fruits juice, lemon juice, eat fresh leafy vegetables, eat more raw food, salads rather than cooked food. Eat more cucumbers, carrots, watermelon, which will naturally lighten up your skin. When you go out in a sun especially take an umbrella and sun cream lotion considering SPF and moisturizing at nights will helps you in maintain good skin.

With home made tips and material you can improve your color and lighten your skin. Not only with eating good food but also with applying natural herbs and kitchen available materials you can enhance your beauty growth and a glowing skin. The tips are;

1. Peel of the apple, make it into a fine paste by adding fresh milk to it. Apply this mixture to your face and wait for 30 mins and clean it with a warm water. For best result continue this for 20 days and see the difference in your skin color.
2. Carrot juice is one the best home remedy for improving your skin. Apply plain carrot juice on face and clean it with a warm water.
3. Soak badam at night, and morning peel of the layer and make a paste by adding fresh milk to it. Apply this paste to your face and after 20 min wash it off.
4. Take 2 tsp of wheat flour + 2 tsp of milk and make paste and apply to your face and when it dries completely wash it with warm water.
5. Apply Seaseme oil and message your face and now take basin powder or urad dal powder add little bit of water and apply it to the face after 5 min just scrub it with the powder you used, so that all the underlying dirt will come out and increase in skin color and glowness.
6. Apply plain Tomato juice to your face and when it dries wash it with warm water.
7. Peel of raw potatoes and remove juice from it and apply it on your face. It acts as a natural bleaching to your skin and improves your color.
8. Take cucumber juice or plain cucumber rub or apply it on face, and wash it after it dries with cold water. You can add turmeric or lemon juice with cucumber also.
9. Mix 1 tsp of honey+ a pinch of turmeric and apply on face and wash it with warm water after 10 mins. OR even a apply plain honey and wash it after 5 mins.
10. Take 3 spoons of milk and apply to your face directly and wash it after 30 min with warm water.
11. Take 2 spoons of Olive oil +1 spoon of lemon juice and mix well and apply on face and wash it after 20 mins with warm water.

The above mentioned are some natural color improving tips which are useful and helpful in glowing and improving skin color.

The Wonders of Banana Fruit

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator! !!

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout
. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. Not only energy but it also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito Bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Reduces Overweight: Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a “cooling” fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking.. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal..

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels.. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape.

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase,so that we say, “A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”

Symptoms and Eye exercise

The eye problems can lead to a serious eye problems if proper attention or care not taken. Hence checking regularly optician and curing any problem will further minimizes the eye diseases.

The above are symptoms which can help you to consult doctor. How ever even though they are no such symptoms also some times leads to a eye problems.

* Dryness or an irritated eyes .
* Frequent head aches and back aches.
* A double vision or Blurriness after working at a computer or watching tv, or reading etc.
* Images appears to be short or an steady.
* Sensitivity to lightening.
* Dis comforts over the brightness of lights.

If you see any of these problem try to consult your doctor and take suggestion and medicines to cure or reduce your problem and by following simple eye care tips at home.

Exercise for the eyes:

Start doing exercises to your eyes at home daily or alternative day as it helps your vision by reducing further vision problems. The above are different eey exercises,

1. Sit down, relax and take breathe normally, now look at a spot between your eyes, above the bridge of your nose. Keep looking at this spot and start counting from one of five, and then give relax to your eyes. Next look at the tip of your nose, and also start count one to five and relax. This exercise will ease your eyes by reducing your stress and tension and relaxes your eyes.
2. Sit down, relax and look straight in front of you. Inhale and look right a object as far as possible, without turning your head. Slowly come back to your original position and exhale. Repeat the same method for the left side eye also. Try to do this exercise at least three times a day for good results.
3. Sit up straight and look down. Slowly inhale now start rolling your eyes to the right and then to the top, in a circular motion. When your eyes have reached the top, looking towards your eyebrows, start exhaling while moving your eyes left and downwards in a circular movement. Repeat the same for at least three times.

Natural Remedies for Sunburn

A sunburn is a burn to living tissue such as skin produced by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, commonly from the sun’s rays. Exposure of the skin to lesser amounts of UV will often produce a suntan. Usual mild symptoms in humans and animals are red or reddish skin that is hot to the touch and mild dizziness.

There are some natural remedies and ingredients foe these remedies will be found in your kitchen or in the garden.
Strawberry Mash: Mash ripe strawberries and apply directly to sunburned skin.

Cucumber Slices: Cucumber slices are especially good for delicate skin, for example the face and neck. Place peeled, thinly sliced cucumbers directly on sunburn. Remove when cucumbers are warm.

Whole Milk Yogurt Masque : Apply plain whole milk yogurt to sunburned areas. The coolness and fat content of the yogurt help soothe the burn. Rinse with cool water when yogurt becomes warm. You can apply more times as needed.

Tea Bath :
Steep 5 tea (Black, Green, or Chamomile) bags in 2 cups of boiling water for 20 to 30 minutes. Pour tea into a bathtub filled with cool water. Soaking in chamomile tea helps soothe inflamed skin. Black and green teas contain tannins, which help take the sting out of sunburn.

Benefits of Honey & Cinnamon

It is found that mixture of Honey and Cinnamon cures most of the diseases.
Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world.

Ayurvedic as well as Yunani medicine have been using honey as a vital medicine for centuries.
Scientists of today also accept honey as a Ram Ban (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases.
Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients also. A famous magazine named Weekly World News published in Canada dated 17 January, 95 has given a list of diseases that can be cured by Honey and Cinnamon as researched by western scientists.

Take one part honey to two parts of luke warm water and add a small teaspoon of cinnamon powder, make a paste and massage it on the itching part of the body slowly. It is noticed that the pain recedes within a minute or two. Or arthritis patients may daily, morning and night take one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If drunk regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research done at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week out of the 200 people so treated practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

Hair Loss
Those suffering from hair loss or baldness, may apply a paste of hot olive oil, one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder before bath and keep it for approx. 15 min. and then wash the hair. It was found very effective if kept for 5 mins. also.

Bladder Infections
Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of luke warm water and drink it. It destroys the germs of the bladder.

Make a paste of one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five teaspoons of honey and apply on the aching tooth. This may be done 3 times a day daily till such time that the tooth has stopped aching.

Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, if given to a cholesterol patient, it reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10% within 2 hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken 3 times a day any chronic cholesterol is cured. As per the information received in the said journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complains of cholesterol.

Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon luke warm honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder daily for 3 days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold and clear the sinuses.

Yunani and Ayurvedic have been using honey for years in medicine to strengthen the semen of men. If impotent men regularly take two tablespoon of honey before sleeping, their problem will be solved. In China, Japan and Far-East countries, women who do not conceive and to strengthen the uterus have been taking cinnamon powder for centuries. Women who cannot conceive may take a pinch of cinnamon powder in half teaspoon of honey and apply it on the gums frequently throughout the day, so that it slowly mixes with the saliva and enters the body.
A couple in Merryland, America had no children for 14 years and had left hope of having a child of their own. When told about this process husband and wife started taking honey and cinnamon as stated above, the wife conceived after a few months and had twins at full term.

Upset Stomach
Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

GAS : According to the studies done in India & Japan, it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

Heart Diseases
Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread or chappati instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that due to the increasing age the arteries and veins which lose their flexibility and get clogged are revitalized.

Immune System
Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases.

Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food, relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ingredient which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly arrests the ravages of old age. Take 4 spoons of honey, 1spoon of cinnamon powder and 3 cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, 3 to 4 times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age.
Life span also increases and even if a person is 100 years old, starts performing the chores of a 20 year old.

Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

Skin Infections
Eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections are cured by applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts.

Weight Loss
Daily in the morning, 1/2 hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup water. If taken regularly it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also drinking of this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

Recent research in Japan and Australia has reveled that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month 3 times a day.

Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful than detrimental to the body strength. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon power in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton who has done research says that half tablespoon honey taken in one glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3.00 p.m. when the vitality of the body starts decreasing, increases the vitality of the body within a week.

Bad Breath
People of South America, first thing in the morning gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water. So their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

Hearing Loss
Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder taken in equal parts restores hearing.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What is Yoga ?

What is Yoga ?

The Word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ (concentrate one’s attention on). The ancient yogis said that the ultimate goal of yoga is “to be able to aware of each individual cell of the body simultaneously”. Yoga is also taken from the one of Hindus sacred book “Bhagavat Gita” where Lord Shri Krishna explains to Arjuna the meaning of Yoga as a deliverance from contact with pain and sorrow.

Yoga and health are connected with each other very closely. Yoga helps not only in physical health but also mental health providing positive thinking and spiritually to both your body and mind.

Researches have been conducted to look what health benefits does the yoga provide. The Yoga comprises of Asanas (Yoga Postures), Yoga Breathing (Pranayama) and meditation which makes your body flexible by taking out your mental stress and being yourself in a relaxed position.

What Involved With Yoga?

There are various styles of yoga, some of them are moving through the poses more quickly ( like an aerobic workout), and other styles relaxing deeply into each pose. And some of them have a more spiritual angle, while others are used purely as a form of exercise. Practicing of yoga involves stretching the body and forming different poses, while keeping breathing slow and controlled. The body becomes relaxed and energized at the same time.

What are the Drawbacks of Yoga?

* Yoga requires commitment of time and is more difficult for people with certain physical limitations.
* Some people feel self conscious doing some of the poses. Also, yoga classes can be expensive.
* More challenging to learn from a books or videos.

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Staying Young and Healthy Forever

A healthy well balanced diet has lots of benefits by feeling better, looking and staying better. Many fruits and vegetables, including berries, tomatoes and broccoli, contain phytochemicals, which improve cognitive functions and prevent disease. And vitamin C, found in citrus fruits, helps us to handle stress better, by helping us fight colds. Breathe-exhaling relieves stress, clears the lungs, increases mental focus and contracts the abdomen.

Tone the belly by learning to breathe properly. Drinking excess-water rinses cell wastes, blood poisons and environmental toxins from the body. Try flat mineral water, or organic herbal teas. For an electrolyte boost, try wheat grass juice. Take calcium with magnesium in a 1:1 ratio daily.

Middle-aged weight gain, can be dangerous, as it increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Stop over-exfoliating-peeling, burning, and abrading the skin refines its appearance, but it can also weaken the skins immunity. Calcium is important for your body and strong bones. At age 40, we begin to lose muscle mass each year, slowly becoming weaker. But strength training can rebuild lost muscle mass and make bones stronger, which is particularly important for post-menopausal women. It not only improves your balance, but also helps you to sleep better and helps your heart. Taking steps to reduce stress , will helps brain functioning well by increasing memory levels and ability to learn new things.

Tips for Stay Forever Young

* Eat a balanced, healthy diet, including five helpings of fruits and vegetables a day.
* Don’t consume snacks like chips and candy bars.
* Shed extra weight.
* Never skip a meal and try to distribute calories equally among meals.
* Do Strength train to rebuild your muscle mass and keep your bones strong.
* Adopt healthy habits and it’s never to late to stop smoking.
* Drink alcohol in moderation.
* Reduce stress and increase memory levels.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Boost your Memory by sleeping peacefully

Research has found that parents are to be believed when it comes to their advice on adequate sleep before an exam - because boffins say that sleep boosts memory.

And now, they have understood how.

Marcos Frank, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, postdoctoral researcher Sara Aton, PhD, and colleagues have found for the first time how cellular changes in the sleeping brain promote the formation of memories.

For the study, the researchers used an experimental model of cortical plasticity - the rearrangement of neural connections in response to life experiences.

“That’s fundamentally what we think the machinery of memory is, the actual making and breaking of connections between neurons,” Frank said.

In this case, the experience Frank and his team used was visual stimulation. Animals that were young enough to still be establishing neural networks in response to visual cues were deprived of stimulation through one eye by covering that eye with a patch.

The researchers then compared the electrophysiological and molecular changes that resulted with control animals whose eyes were not covered. Some animals were studied immediately following the visual block, while others were allowed to sleep first.

From previous work, Frank’s team already knew that sleep induced a stronger reorganization of the visual cortex in animals that had an eye patch versus those that were not allowed to sleep. Now they know why.

A molecular explanation is emerging. The key cellular player in this process is a molecule called N-methyl D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR), which acts like a combination listening post and gate-keeper. It both receives extracellular signals in the form of glutamate and regulates the flow of calcium ions into cells.

Essentially, once the brain is triggered to reorganize its neural networks in wakefulness, intra- and intercellular communication pathways engage, setting a series of enzymes into action within the reorganizing neurons during sleep.

To start the process, NMDAR is primed to open its ion channel after the neuron has been excited. The ion channel then opens when glutamate binds to the receptor, allowing calcium into the cell. In turn, calcium, an intracellular signaling molecule, turns other downstream enzymes on and off.

Some neural connections are strengthened as a result of this process, and the result is a reorganized visual cortex. And, this only happens during sleep.

“To our amazement, we found that these enzymes never really turned on until the animal had a chance to sleep. As soon as the animal had a chance to sleep, we saw all the machinery of memory start to engage,” Frank said.

Equally important was the demonstration that inhibition of these enzymes in the sleeping brain completely prevented the normal reorganization of the cortex.

The new study could pave the way to understanding, on a molecular level, why humans need sleep, and why they are so affected by the lack of it. It could also lead to novel therapeutics that could compensate for the lack of sleep, by mimicking the molecular events that occur during sleep.

The study is published this week in Neuron.
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Carrot Soup


* Carrots - 3
* Potato - 1
* Cloves - 2
* Ginger-Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
* Cardomom powder - 1/2 tsp
* Water - 1 1/2 cup
* Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
* Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp (Optional)
* Butter - 2 tsp
* Corn flour - 1 tsp
* Salt - to taste
* Corainder leaves - few as Garnish


* Peel off and cook the carrots and potato in a presurre cooker or outside in a vessel.
* Now remove the water, mash the carrots and potato into puree.
* Now take a pan put butter when it heats add cloves, giner galic paste and stir a minute.
* Now add mashed carrots puree and water to it and cook it for another 5 mins.
* Now add chilli powder(optional) to it.
* Take a bowl add cornflour and little bit of water and mix it.
* Pour cornflour mixer (water) into Carrot soup and stir continuously for another 5 to 10 minutes.
* Now add salt and pepper to the Carrot soup.
* Garnish with Coriander leaves.
* Carrot Soup is ready serve it hot and you can also add little butter as toping

Quantity: 3- 4 servings.
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Benefits of Carrot

Apart from granting good looks and outstanding taste to salads for your party guests, carrots are also included in the diet recommendation list of a doctor. The carrots in raw form and carrot juice have developed a unique status in providing impressive health track for human body. Originated in Asia as edible root vegetable, carrots offer following benefits to stay lively and healthy.

Power House of Nutrients:

Carrots are endowed with some most qualifying health nutrients like proteins, fats, carbohydrates, calcium, iron and a number of vitamins like vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin K. apart from these, one may also find other useful ingredients like fiber, potassium, biotin, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine.

Sexual Disorders:

The carrots are helpful in providing treatments for a number of sexual disorders like impotency and erectile dysfunction. Thus, the people suffering from low sexual drive must consume carrots on regular basis to add a refreshing change to the ultimate pleasure of life.

Eye Sight:

The carrots are considered as good treatments for night blindness and other problems related to eyesight. Regular consumption of carrot helps to improve vision, especially in dim light. You may also consume carrot juice for obtaining similar benefits for eyes.


These natural products are also skilled to treat cancers in various body parts, like lung cancer, by providing anti-oxidants like beta-carotene and alpha-carotene.

Blood Sugar:

Carrots, especially the carrot juice is considered as a tried and trusted technique to control the level of blood, thereby eliminating the risk of diabetes.

Blood Pressure:

Carrots are also eligible to maintain an appropriate level of cholesterol in human body and also, keeping blood pressure at a desirable level. Thus, you may bring goodness to your heart by eating carrots on regular basis.


One may also depend upon carrots for finding a great treatment for stroke, the adverse brain disorder responsible for a number of demises across the globe.

Adrenal Glands:

These fibrous vegetables also qualify to keep adrenal glands and its working in a good condition. This helps to fight a number of infections to which, human body is prone to a greater extent.


The carrots are also useful in providing required energy levels to human body and thus, make it eligible to fight stress and fatigue.


The carrots are also consumed to treat inflammations in various body parts. Also, these natural food products may also treat cuts and wounds occurring due to different reasons.


Carrots and their juice is considered as a proven home remedy for treating diarrhea. It helps to kill the bacterial infection responsible for this unpleasant condition.

Other Benefits:

Carrots are also expected to treat other health problems like itching, dandruff, coughing and so on. It also helps in increasing the menstrual flow in women. Also, the breastfeeding women are advised to consume carrots to improve the quality and quantity of breast milk.

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Remedies to Reduces Monthly Mensural Pains

All women suffer from this pain every month or other. Every 28 days the female reproductive system is getting ready to receive an ovum and start a pregnancy. If the fertilization did not occur, the blood lining of the uterus is discharged and causing menstruation as it is commonly called - women’s period.

During the procedure the women’s body releases endocrine which is a hormone that causes the terrible pain the women feel. The hormones might also cause changes in the women’s mood and this pain some times not only occurs during menstruation but also before and sometimes after. The period pain includes back pain, nausea and general bad feeling.

Some women also suffer from such a strong pain impossible to perform normal household, job, or school-related activities for a few days during each menstrual cycle.

Tips for Reducing and Removing Mensuration Pains :

There are pills to numb the pain but there are also some household products that are good to use for making homemade medicines. It is very easy and you can use almost you normally kitchen products no need to go and buy special products.

• Take Olive Oil and warm it up a little and rub the stomach, lie down for about 15-20 minutes. It will calm the abdomen pain.

• Another option is to eat 1 banana once the cramps start.

• Drain 1/2-1 cup of pickle juice and drink up. Even though it might sound a little disgusting , but it helps.

• Eat yogurt daily when you have menstruation; that should help the cramps. • Swallow 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar 3 times daily, with every meal.

• If you are at home and you have Arrack ( strong spirits) . Take some cotton pad and saturate in arrack, then put on the lower abdomen where it hurts and leave for half an hour. It will really help the pain.

• Before you get your period eat a lot of rice. It will help the pain and the bloating, which is very important for the general feeling.

• Take a very hot bath with a cup of chamomile tea in.

The most important thing is not to stop your daily routine , as it will help to distract you from the pain and the general bad feeling. Try to keep your attention on daily work, try and take a walk, just don’t concentrate on pain.

There is no need to stop your life every 28 days just take care of yourself.

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Tomato Soup


* Riped Tomatoes - 4
* Cloves - 2
* Ginger-Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
* Cinamon - 1
* Cardomom powder - 1/2 tsp
* Water - 1 1/2 cup
* Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
* Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp (Optional)
* Oil - 3 tsp
* Corn flour - 3 tsp
* Salt - to taste
* Bread crums - 3 (Optional)


* Boil tomatoes in a vessel and remove its layer and grind it as puree.
* Now take a pan pour oil when it heats add cloves, cinamon, giner galic paste and stir a minute.
* Now add grinded tamoto puree and water to it and cook it for another 5 mins.
* Now add chilli powder(optional) to it.
* Take a bowl add cornflour and little bit of water and mix it.
* Pour cornflour mixer (water) into tomato soup and stir continuously for another 5 to 10 minutes.
* Now add salt and pepper to the tomato soup
* Srpinkle bread crums to the tomato soup (Optional) as very good to taste.
* Tomato soup is ready serve it hot.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Top 8 Foods that Boots Your Sex Hormones

1. Bananas :

If you want sex to go the extra kilometer, fuel up for foreplay. A big banana is the perfect food for bedroom endurance. Bananas contain B vitamins, which are key for converting carbohydrates into energy and are believed to help manufacture sex hormones such as testosterone.

2. Celery :

Serve your partner celery sticks and he may suddenly seem more irresistible. Raw celery contains the male hormone androsterone, which can act as a pheromone to trigger female attraction. After just a few bites, his sweat glands start releasing the pheromone. On special occasions, splash out and add a few truffle shavings to his meal. Truffles boast even more androsterone.

3.Dark chocolate :

An Italian study found that women who report eating chocolate on a daily basis claim to have more satisfying sex lives. Like other sweet foods, chocolate triggers the release of feel-good endorphins. It also provides small amounts of anxiety-quelling tryptophan, arousing caffeine and a couple of groovy substances anandamide and theobromine , in large quantities, work like a psychedelic drug and an opiate, respectively. Of course, you’d have to down several kilos of chocolate to feel the effects, but simply nibbling a few squares after dinner will help transform your mood from tense to toey.

4. Flaxseeds :

Downing just one tablespoon of flaxseeds a day helps increase testosterone production - and that’s the chemical with the most direct libido-boosting effect. Besides enhancing sex drive, these nutty-flavoured seeds contain essential fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6, which are the major building blocks of all sex hormones. “If you don’t have enough fatty acids, your hormone levels may decrease and so your desire. Flaxseed oil has twice the omega acids of fish and two tablespoons of the seeds deliver 140 per cent of your recommended daily dose.

To kickstart your libido, either swallow one teaspoon of flaxseed oil or sprinkle a tablespoon of the seeds on your cereal and salads. Since both can spoil quickly, purchase oil in opaque bottles and seeds in vacuum-sealed packs, since they have longer shelf lives. If seeds aren’t your thing, then opt for walnuts, which contain about 90 per cent of your omega RDI.

5.Ginger :

This powerful root stimulates the circulatory system, increasing blood flow to the genitals. “Fresh ginger has a more pungent smell” than the stuff in a jar, Smelling ginger has a stronger effect on penile and vaginal blood flow than actually eating it. When a food or aroma raises blood pressure, vessels in the genitals admit a rush of blood that inflates erectile tissue. The vessels then close off, preventing blood from exiting the erogenous zones, keeping sensitivity levels high.

6.Honey :

This sticky sweetener contains simple carbohydrates that provide instant energy and fuel for working muscles. “Honey is rich in B vitamins, which are needed for testosterone production, and it contains boron, which helps the body metabolise and use oestrogen - an important part of blood flow and arousal. Use a few teaspoons as a natural sweetener in tea or spread it on toast with peanut butter.
7.Nutmeg & Cloves :

Researchers have found that nutmeg and clove, both from evergreen trees, bolster the sexual activity. Each stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system - helping the little critters, and you, relax - but the effects were greater with nutmeg. Just don’t eat too much of the magical spice, as it also has hallucinogenic properties . Just a sprinkle on your cappuccino or hot chocolate should do the trick. But as with chocolate, you’d have to eat a lot (about two tablespoons worth on an empty stomach) before the walls start melting.

8. Oysters :

Ancient Romans pegged this shellfish as a sex-spurring food, and they were definitely onto something. Oysters contain high levels of zinc, a mineral required for the production of testosterone. A team of researchers recently found that mussels, clams and oysters deliver two types of amino acids that spark a rush of sex hormones. Be sure to chew shellfish thoroughly before swallowing to extract more of the mojo-cranking mineral.

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Different Snacks with Low (100) Calories

The above are Different Snack ideas with Low (100) Calories useful to reduce your weight :

* 1/2 cup of sugar-free gelatin, any flavor, and two tablespoons of low fat whipped topping.
* 15 chocolate-covered raisins.
* Stir 2 teaspoons of chocolate syrup into a cup of coffee for Cafe Mocha.
* Six animal crackers.
* Add 1/4 cup of fat-free Ranch dressing to 1 cup of mixed fresh veggies such as zucchini, red bell pepper, celery, carrot sticks and cherry tomatoes.
* Either six saltine crackers or two graham cracker squares with 2 teaspoons of peanut butter or fruit jam.
* One 1/2 cup of fat-free ice cream.
* A luscious parfait: 1/2 cup of low-fat pudding layered into a parfait glass alternating with two crumbled vanilla wafers and a dollop of low fat whipped topping to garnish the top.
* Spoon 1/2 cup of salsa and 2 tablespoons of non-fat sour cream over a small baked potato.
* One rice cake thinly spread with fat-free sour cream and sprinkled with one tablespoon of crumbled bleu cheese.
* Place a marshmallow on top of a graham cracker and microwave until gooey, drizzle with a teaspoon of chocolate syrup.
* Cut half an apple into slices and spread with 2 teaspoons of peanut butter.
* 1/2 cup of applesauce and 1 piece of toast cut into four sticks for dunking.
* 10 dry roasted cashews or 12-15 natural almonds.
* 26 grapes.
* An eight oz. low-fat yogurt or a fat-free chocolate pudding cup.
* One two-inch slice of angel food cake.
* One hard boiled egg.
* Four Hershey’s kisses.
* Two tablespoons hummus with 12 grape tomatoes.

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Benefits of Walking

If there ever has been an elixir of health, fitness and youth, it would have to be walking. There are so many benefits of walking, that it would be difficult to enumerate them all in a single article. Research has shown that people who walk regular have lower incidence of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, cancer, and other similar diseases. A brisk walk any time in the day can do more for uplifting the mood than any visit to a psychiatrist or anti-depressant drugs. For most people it is the easiest form of exercise, which requires no expensive equipment, apart from a good pair of shoes, can be done practically in any weather and terrain, and done at any age, from the very young to a ripe old age. Given below are few more benefits of walking.

Walking increases Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Fitness:

Walking increases the capacity of the lungs and heart to supply oxygenated blood to the muscles as well as enhances the ability of the muscles to use the oxygen to create energy for physical activity. This also helps to reduce high blood pressure.

Walking increases Bone Density:

Since it is a weight bearing exercise, walking helps to increase the strength and density of bones, especially of the lower back and hips. This prevents osteoporosis, and also reduces the chances of suffering from hip fractures, as one grows older.

Walking helps in Weight Control:

Body weight can be kept in control when one expends calories via physical exercise like walking. The best way to keep one’s weight in check is to maximize the amount of calories expended along with eating healthy and nutritious food.

Walking Helps to Burn Fat:

Another way walking helps to keep weight under control is by burning fat. Those who are obese and lead a sedentary lifestyle can increase their fitness levels by taking up walking, since this the best form of exercise to start with. Walking helps in working out at a steady pace for an extended period of time, which is the most effective way to burn fat.

Walking Reduces Depression:

Research has proven that walking improves one’s sense of self worth and mood, and reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression. When done in pleasant environs along with friends, it can be a way of being in contact socially and be a therapeutic form of relaxation. This also helps in sleeping better, which also helps in keeping the mood on even keel.

Walking keeps your Brain Young:

Apart from a healthy body, walking can also keep your brain functioning at its optimum best, reducing the chances of aging related mental deterioration. It enables this by reducing the chances of diseases like stroke, heart disease, and diabetes, which can affect the flow of blood to the brain, and also because it increases the flow of blood to the brain while reducing the blood pressure. Also, walking with friends and enjoying nature’s soothing effects also help to keep the brain stimulated and young.

Some of the other benefits of walking include:

Reducing the chances of falling and breaking bones because it increases muscular strength and co-ordination; increases stamina; reduces the risk of colon cancer; and reduces the debilitating effects of degenerative joint diseases.

To derive the most benefits of walking, it is recommended to walk as briskly as you can. When you walk briskly, your heart will work harder than when strolling or at rest, however without beating uncomfortably fast, and your breath will also be deeper, but with conversation being possible. However, if you have not exercised in a long while, it is best to begin slowly, building up your ability to walk briskly gradually.

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