Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mangoes the King of Fruits

Mangoes are said to be the King of fruits. It is said so because of its beauty and its nutritional factors. mango trees are said to be the oldest cultivated tress especially in India and Malaya . A Mango fruit grows in 100 to 150 days of flowering. Mango leaves are considered toxic and can kill cattle or other grazing livestock.A mango generally contains proteins at about 1% , vitamins and that too majorly Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin C, fatty acids, carbohydrates and minerals.Vitamin C promotes healthy immune function and collagen formation. Vitamin A is important for vision and bone growth. Mangoes are a good source of dietary fiber. Diets low in fat and high in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables may be associated with a reduced risk of some types of cancer.Not only does fiber lower cholesterol and promote healthy digestion, but fiber has also been shown to aid weight loss.The flesh is a mango also contains about 15% sugar.It is said by the health professionals that eating mangoes soothes the intestines as they are easy to digest and they also benefit the brain, and at times also used to stop bleeding and strengthen the heart.

Some of us have the notion that mangoes consumption will make us fat.  No, mangoes do not promote weight gain. What can promote weight gain are sugar loaded mango drinks like Maaza, Frooti, Slice, etc.Eat the fruit naturally, that will fill you up and you won't be adding those extra calories that you want to keep at bay.

Mango Cobbler

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups sliced mangos
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup milk


Mix sugar and cornstarch in saucepan , gradually stir in water and fruit and lemon juice.Heat, stirring well. Pour into 1 1/2qt. Baking dish; dot with margarine and sprinkle sugar cinnamon mixture over the top. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.Cut in shortening until mixture looks like meal. Now stir in milk. Mix well.
Drop by spoonfuls on to hot fruit. Bake at 375° for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve warm or cold, with ice cream or whipped topping. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Mango Delight

  • 5 cups ripe mangoes, peeled and thinly sliced, or mixture of sliced mangoes and apples
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup flour


Mix sliced mangoes with 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon, the nutmeg, and lemon juice. Place in a buttered 10 x 6 x 2 inch glass baking dish. Set aside. Combine butter and brown sugar until well blended. Cut in flour and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Mix until crumbly. Sprinkle the topping evenly over mango slices. Cook in microwave oven 9 to 11 minutes on HIGH power, rotating a half turn after 5 minutes. Serve warm or cold, with whipped topping or ice cream, if desired.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Health Benefits Of Fig(Angir)

It is said in the holy Quran In SUratul-Tin [I swear] by the fig and the olive. (Qur'an, 95:1)

Figs are seasonal fruits that are found in the western parts of Asia. However, dried figs are always available. The figs tree is a member of mulberry family.Figs contain large amounts of fiber, natural sugars, and minerals. They are an excellent source of calcium, potassium,magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese. They have a high amount of fiber in comparison with any other fruit or vegetable.

Figs help in preventing constipation and reduce weight due to their high fiber content. Figs contain Pectin, a soluble fiber. When fiber goes through the digestive system, it mops up globes of cholesterol and carries them out of body.Because they are a good source ofpotassium, they are also effective in helping to control blood pressure. Dried figs contain phenol, Omega-3 and Omega-6. These fatty acids reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. It protects against breast cancer and hypertension and is also good for diabetic patients.Figs are rich in Calcium. Calcium helps to strengthen bones.Figs are also thought of as a medicine which gives strength and energy to long-term patients as they seek to recover.

Figs are sweet and soft and their paste is used as a replacement for sugar. Processed figs are used to make pies, pudding, cakes, other bakery products, jam, jellies and preserves.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Home Remedies for dark skin:

Some of the useful home remedies for dark skin are present in below.
  1. Mix together a cup of lime juice and a cup of lemon juice and use in your daily bath. Just get a wash cloth and rub this mixture over your skin when bathing. Leave this on your skin for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse off.
  2. Make a face pack by mixing one tea spoon of milk powder, lemon juice, half tea spoon of almond oil, then put the pack on your face and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes. This is the best home remedy for removing tan on the skin.
  3.   Put the slice of raw potato on the face. It will help to reduce the marks on the skin.
  4. Application of ground mint pastes on face also a good home remedy for dark skin.
  5.   Mix oatmeal with curd and tomato juice and apply on the face. Keep it on for 20 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. It helps remove the tan and lightens the skin.
  6.   Almonds are also very useful when it comes to removing sun induced dark skin. Soak a few raw almonds in water overnight and in the morning, remove the skins and grind these nuts into a paste. Apply on the affected skin.
  7. A paste made with turmeric powder and some lime juice will also help remove dark skin caused by sun exposure.
  8. Avoid excessive consumption of heavy and oily foods.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

KIDNEY STONES: Causes, symtoms and remedies.

Kidney stones is a hard, crystalline mineral material formed within the kidney or urinary tract. Kidney stones are a common cause of blood in the urine and often severe pain in the abdomen, flank, or groin. Kidney stones are sometimes called renal calculi. One in every 20 people develops a kidney stone at some point in their life.Kidney stones typically leave the body by passage in the urine stream, and many stones are formed and passed without causing symptoms.The kidney acts as a filter for blood, making urine and removing waste products from the body. It also helps regulate electrolyte levels that are important for body function.

Causes Of Kidney Stones

Kidney stones form when there is a decrease in urine volume and/or an excess of stone forming substances in the urine. The most common type of kidney stone contains calcium in combination with either oxalate or phosphate. Other chemical compounds that can form stones in the urinary tract include uric acid and the amino acid cysteine.
The main kidney stones symptoms,

• Pain in genitals;

• Admixture of blood in the urine;

• Frequent urge for urination;

• Stones discharges.

Remedies for Kidney Stones:

* Boil 4 tablespoons of linseed in 1 litre (1 3/4 pints) of water then strain and drink the liquid with lemon and honey. It will soothe all kidney disorders. This will dissolves kidney stone.

* Take 4 figs and boil them in 2 cups of water. If one drinks this decoction for one month in morning with empty stomach then it shows the wonderful results.

* Take 60ml of fresh lime juice and same quantity of olive oil and now mix them a large glass of water. It is helpful in passing the stones in just24 hours and provides you relief.

* Take a pan and add a glass of water with 2 medium sized onions and cook them well. When it reaches to normal temperature, blend them in blender. Strain this and drink the decoction for 3 days. It is very helpful as you feel the passing of stone even on the second day.

* Since the body transforms vitamin C into oxalate, taking high doses (more than 3,000 milligrams daily) of the vitamin poses an issue for people battling kidney stones. Eliminate vitamin C supplements from your routine and opt to receive your daily dose from food.

* To lessen uric acid stone formation, lower the amount of animal protein contained in your daily diet. Meats and certain fish can hasten the formation of uric acid and calcium in urine, which can lead to stone formation.

* Out of all the fruits suggested for kidney stones treatment, watermelon is considered the best and safest because it contains the highest concentration of water and provides an impressive amount of potassium salts.

* To fight calcium stones, lowering your salt intake can help. Pass on sprinkling extra salt on your French fries, avoid pickled foods, and choose low sodium potato chips. You should aim for reducing your salt consumption to only two to three grams per day

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Snoring And Remedies To Stop Snoring

Snoring And Remedies

Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound, due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. In some cases the sound may be soft, but in other cases, it can be rather loud and quite unpleasant. Generally speaking, the structures involved are the uvula and soft palate.

While we are asleep, turbulent airflow can cause the tissues of the nose and throat to vibrate and give rise to snoring. Essentially, snoring is a sound resulting from turbulent airflow that causes tissues to vibrate during sleep.

Snoring Causes:

People who snore often have too much throat and nasal tissue, or “floppy” tissue that is more prone to vibrate. The position of the tongue can also get in the way of smooth breathing. Evaluating how and when you snore will help you pinpoint whether the cause of your snoring is within your control or not.

Home Remedy for Snoring:

* Losing weight is often a very effective cure for mild to moderate snoring. Even a little bit of weight loss can reduce fatty tissue in the back of the throat and decrease snoring.

* Use pillows to keep your neck straight and comfortable. Also, elevate your head, which can sometimes help minimize your snoring.

* Stop smoking, as this aggravates the tissues in the throat that make you snore.

* Try avoiding dairy products in the evening, as for some people dairy increases mucus build up in your throat, which can contribute to the snoring process.

* Get your allergies under control, as this can help reduce your snoring.

* Check your medicines. Some medicines, like antihistamines and sedatives can actually increase your snoring.

* Don’t’ eat a big meal before going to bed.

* Make an effort to establish a regular sleeping schedule. Sometimes, poor sleep habits contribute to your snoring.

* Singing can help as it will exercise and strengthen your throat. Try joining a choir or a musical society and see if you reap these benefits.

* Drinking alcohol exacerbates snoring in most people so you should try and avoid it before going to bed.

Use Salt In 60 different Ways

60 Uses Of Salt

Although you may not realize it, simple table salt has a great number of uses other than simply seasoning your food. The following list will give you sixty uses of salt, many of which you probably didn't realize:

1. Soak stained hankies in salt water before washing.
2. Sprinkle salt on your shelves to keep ants away.
3. Soak fish in salt water before descaling; the scales will come off easier.
4. Put a few grains of rice in your salt shaker for easier pouring.
5. Add salt to green salads to prevent wilting..
6. Test the freshness of eggs in a cup of salt water; fresh eggs sink; bad ones float.
7. Add a little salt to your boiling water when cooking eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.
8. A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them beat up fluffier.
9. Soak wrinkled apples in a mildly salted water solution to perk them up.
10. Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your flapjacks won't stick.
11. Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first use them; they will last longer.
12. Use salt to clean your discolored coffee pot.
13. Mix salt with turpentine to whiten you bathtub and toilet bowl.
14. Soak your nuts in salt brine overnight and they will crack out of their shells whole. Just tap the end of the shell with a hammer to break it open easily.
15. Boil clothespins in salt water before using them and they will last longer.
16. Clean brass, copper and pewter with paste made of salt and vinegar, thickened with flour
17. Add a little salt to the water your cut flowers will stand in for a longer life.
18. Pour a mound of salt on an ink spot on your carpet; let the salt soak up the stain.
19. Clean your iron by rubbing some salt on the damp cloth on the ironing surface.
20. Adding a little salt to the water when cooking foods in a double boiler will make the food cook faster.
21. Use a mixture of salt and lemon juice to clean piano keys.
22. To fill plaster holes in your walls, use equal parts of salt and starch, with just enough water to make a stiff putty.
23. Rinse a sore eye with a little salt water.
24. Mildly salted water makes an effective mouthwash. Use it hot for a sore throat gargle.
25. Dry salt sprinkled on your toothbrush makes a good tooth polisher.
26. Use salt for killing weeds in your lawn.
27. Eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt.
28. A dash of salt in warm milk makes a more relaxing beverage.
29. Before using new glasses, soak them in warm salty water for awhile.
30. A dash of salt enhances the taste of tea. ?
31. Salt improves the taste of cooking apples.
32. Soak your clothes line in salt water to prevent your clothes from freezing to the line; likewise, use salt in your final rinse to prevent the clothes from freezing.
33. Rub any wicker furniture you may have with salt water to prevent yellowing.
34. Freshen sponges by soaking them in salt water.
35. Add raw potatoes to stews and soups that are too salty.
36. Soak enamel pans in salt water overnight and boil salt water in them next day to remove burned-on stains.
37. Clean your greens in salt water for easier removal of dirt.
38. Gelatin sets more quickly when a dash of salt is added.
39. Fruits put in mildly salted water after peeling will not discolor.
40. Fabric colors hold fast in salty water wash..
41. Milk stays fresh longer when a little salt is added.
42. Use equal parts of salt and soda for brushing your teeth.
43. Sprinkle salt in your oven before scrubbing clean.
44. Soaked discolored glass in a salt and vinegar solution to remove stains..
45. Clean greasy pans with a paper towel and salt.
46. Salty water boils faster when cooking eggs.
47. Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it whip more quickly.
48. Sprinkle salt in milk-scorched pans to remove odor.
49. A dash of salt improves the taste of coffee..
50. Boil mismatched hose in salty water and they will come out matched.
51. Salt and soda will sweeten the odor of your refrigerator.
52. Cover wine-stained fabric with salt; rinse in cool water later.
53. Remove offensive odors from stove with salt and cinnamon.
54. A pinch of salt improves the flavor of cocoa.
55. To remove grease stains in clothing, mix one part salt to four parts alcohol.
56. Salt and lemon juice? Removes mildew.
57. Sprinkle salt between sidewalk bricks where you don't want grass growing.
58. Polish your old kerosene lamp with salt for a better look.
59. Remove odors from sink drainpipes with a strong, hot solution of salt water.
60. If a pie bubbles over in your oven, put a handful of salt on top of the spilled juice. The mess won't smell and will bake into a dry, light crust which will wipe off easily when the oven has cooled

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Calcium Uses and Benefits

Most people probably know that calcium is important for maintaining healthy teeth and bones. But the importance of calcium doesn't stop there. It is also important for the proper functioning of muscles and nerves and overall body health. It even helps your blood clot faster should you get cut. It make up about 70 percent of bone by weight and give your bone its strength and rigidity. The average person loses between 400 and 500 mg of calcium per day. This is the reason why bones turn brittle.

Calcium is found in abundance in sunlight and that's the reason that people who exercise regularly look more fit and healthy that the rest. Calcium helps keep the weight off. Research suggests that if you don't get enough calcium in your diet, you're likely to be overweight. A person who has calcium deficiency is likely to suffer from heart aliments or high BP.A person should eat about 700 mg of calcium daily.  Children who are still growing need more calcium than adults and so do people in their dot age. Post menopausal women are especially at risk of calcium deficiency and should increase their calcium intake to about 1200 mg per day.

Calcium is found naturally in milk and milk products, cheese and yogurt.Orange juice and cereals are also good ways to get enough calcium in your diet. Other good sources include sardines, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, soy beans, and figs.

Smoking, caffeine consumption, drinking alcohol, heavy protein consumption, exposure to toxic metals, and eating processed junk foods will all increase our need for calcium.

Not getting enough calcium can contribute to the development of osteoporosis (porous bones).
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by bones that are thin and fragile and can break (fracture) easily. People with osteoporosis have low bone mass, and low bone mass can result in bone fractures.
Having enough calcium in the diet is essential in helping to prevent osteoporosis and helping to prevent the loss of bone mass.