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How To Use Eye Drops

Posted by Healthy Life Style Thursday, June 16, 2011 1 comments

It's actually quite easy to use eye drops, but many people don't know how.
Just follow these basic steps:
  • Tilt back your head, so the drops will stay in your eye.
  • Gently tug or pull out the lower eyelid near your nose to form a well.
  • Keep your eye open.
  • Hold the bottle far enough away from your eye that it doesn't touch, and then squeeze.
  • Shut your eye for a moment, then blink several times to distribute the eye drop.
  • Follow these same steps for eye ointments, and don't let the tip of the tube touch any part of your eye.

If artificial tears don't help in relieving your dry eyes, make an appointment with an eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist). He or she may be able to offer another treatment for your dry eyes.
  If you're going to gamble, don't do it with your eyes!...Good Luck...

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Strawberry That Sexy Fruit !!

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It's strawberry season! You Know it's generally not known that strawberries are in the same family of the rose flower and are really not considered a fruit. The strawberry plant belongs to the same family of roses, genus Fragraria, together with other fruits such as apples and plums. 

Strawberries as we know them today are a hybrid of different species, specifically selected by breeders during the centuries to yield more crop, with a better taste and a more nutritious profile.
In addition to having a very important nutritional value, with an abundance of antioxidants like anthocyanins, strawberries have been used for centuries as symbols of purity and longevity and depending on cultures were believed to prolong life. Strawberries have a long history of medical uses.The Romans for instance used them to alleviate symptoms of fainting, kidney stones, inflammation, diseases of the blood, liver and spleen, throat infections, bad breath, attacks of gout, melancholy and fever. In Belgium there's a museum entirely dedicated to strawberries Strawberries are grown in every state in the United States and every province of Canada. In some places of Bavaria, country folk practice a spring ritual of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to wood elves. The legend states that the elves, who love strawberries, will offer their gratitude producing healthy calves and an abundance of milk

 Strawberries were a symbol of perfection and love: for instance, folklore says that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with a member of the opposite sex, you'll soon fall in love. Medieval stonemasons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in sacred places such as churches, as a symbol of perfection.

If you haven't ever had champagne and strawberries ...Why are you living? you're missing out on one of the most intoxicating sexist expeiences of your life!
And if you have never eaten chocolate or whipcremed dipped strawberries with a lover, check your pulse you may be dead...

But if all that sexiness still doesn't interest you put on your jeans go down to the local organic farm and pick up a couple of fresh baskets.  Fill yourself a big bowl of strawberries and whip cream with maybe some short cake or even whip up a strawberry shake, or parfait! Then how about some pancakes...
You see sexy or not strawberries are delicious. Now California produces one billion (yes, with a B!) pounds of strawberries each year! So all you folks in the east can eat berries even while it's still snowing! A great versatile fruit that's packed with anti-oxidants So, hopefully the blog and these awesome pic's.have given you a few ideas of what to do with your berries this season, Enjoy and...Good Luck...

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What About Black Currants ?

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Black currant was used for centuries in Chinese folk medicine and as an ingredient in nutraceuticals, wines, juices, and jams in China and Europe.

In particular, black currants are renowned for their high content in Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant), GLA Gamma-Linoleic Acid, a very rare Omega-6 essential fatty acid and potassium. Looks like they have twice the potassium of bananas, four times the vitamin C, of oranges and twice the antioxidants of blueberries. Looks good so far...

Lets see, black currant looks like a  woody, spineless, shrub with toothed-edged, maple-like leaves, that grows to what looks like 6'.  Looks like it's native to the midwestern United States, and the fruits are some of the hardiest in their resistance to cold or changing temperatures. Looks like they do not do well in hot or dry climates though.( so much for growen some here) The fall harvest brings, clusters of 4 to 6 black-red fruits ripening from the main branch.

An in vitro study found black currant extract to inhibit the proliferation of breast cancer cells and, to a lesser extent, colon cancer cells. An inverse relationship between vitamin C content and cancer cell proliferation was noted, so that berry extracts with high vitamin C content inhibited cancer cells to a greater extent. An infusion of the leaves has been used in the treatment of dropsy, rheumatic pain, whooping cough, sore throats, and mouth ulcers.

Black currants contain anthocyanins, anthocyanins inhibit some enzymes and reduce inflammation say from working out or even potentially arthritis.. The effect is similar to aspirin or ibuprofen. So many middle-aged and old people would do well to choose the healthier blackcurrant juice over these drugs.

The taste of black currants is very sweet and sharp, I'm eating a bag right now (really!) texture like raisins, less plump though. The currants I am eating came from New Zealand. Their packaging states the currants are grown without the use of agricultural chemicals or pesticides. Like that!  These berries are used to make blackcurrant jellies and jams, and are added to desserts or as a part of berry desert sauces. Blackcurrants are commonly used to make, ice-cream and they can also be found in many juice combination's. Black currant is used in "Absolute" black currant Vodka, black currant brandies, cream de casis, and black currant liqueurs.   

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Top 10 Tips For Hair Care

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Hair is composed of protein which in turn is made up of fibres. The main protein in hair is called keratin. Everyone's hair is composed of different textures, shapes, styles and qualities. To decide out what product to use, it is important to determine your hair type. Once this is done, you will be able to incorporate a suitable hair care product into your daily beauty regime. The following tips for hair care, if followed, will give you nourished, manageable and beautiful hair.

Tip 1: Be Gentle with your hair
The first tip, is to be delicate with your hair. Your hair is the most fragile when it is wet or moist. Rigorous scrubbing or washing of your hair and scalp causes the majority of hair damage. Wash your hair gently, section by section in an orderly fashion. This will enable you to wash it thoroughly without damage or breakage.

Tip 2: Less is more
The 2nd tip is to avoid over washing your hair. Over washing your hair will strip the natural oils that protect and nourish the scalp and hair. Washing your hair every 2 to 3 days is usually sufficient. However, there are some types of hair that need more frequent cleaning, Korres' range of products are gentle enough to use everyday.

Tip 3: You are what you eat
Tip number 3 is something that a lot of people fail to do. This will not just give healthy hair but will benefit your whole body. Tip number 3 is ensuring you eat a healthy balanced diet. A healthy diet will provide the nutrients and vitamins to essential to nourish your hair and prevent split ends, dandruff, or hair loss. Most of all, it keeps your hair shiny and helps it retain the moisture needed by your hair.

Tip 4: Avoid sun damage
Tip number 4 requires you to take the necessary steps to avoid UV ray exposure. UV dries out your hair strands leaving it looking lifeless and dull. When you go out in the sun or to the beach, wear a hat or a bandana to protect your hair from harmful UV rays.

Tip 5: Minimise damage
The 5th tip is making sure you deep condition your hair after colouring or using heat styling products. Many women do not realise the damage caused by hair dye or heat styling. It can cause hair loss, as it strips the hair of its healthy nutrients and vitamins. It can take a long time to rebuild and repair damaged hair.

Deep conditioning re-bonds damaged hair and revitalises chemically coloured hair follicles.

Tip 6: Dry with care
Tip number 6 is to be careful with that hair dryer. The recommended distance between dryer and hair is 24 inches. Do not apply it directly on the hair as this will increase the damage done by the heat. The best option is to let it air dry naturally.

Tip 7: Have a trim
The 7th tip is to get your hair trimmed regularly. Getting your hair trimmed regularly will snip off any split ends cropping up and will promote healthy growth for your hair. Loose strands and split ends can make you look unkempt and messy.

Tip 8: Get manageable
Tip 8 is to use a light gel or mousse to keep those unmanageable strands in place to give you a clean pleasant hair style.

Tip 9: Let your hair relax
Tip 9 is to let your hair relax from time to time. This means letting it breathe by not using any styling products or tying it up in a ponytail. You should avoid hair clips also.

Tip 10: Healthy scalp, healthy hair
Tip 10 is to look after your scalp and your scalp will look after your hair. For example a head massage once a month will work wonders for your hair. A head massage stimulates your roots and improves circulation to the scalp. This promotes healthy hair growth.

It can be difficult to fit proper hair care into a busy day but these tips only take a few minutes but will make the world of difference. Choosing the right product for your hair is the first step, but that is not enough to make sure your hair is as beautiful and manageable as you want it to be.

Skin Store has been dedicated to providing the highest quality skin and beauty products. For example, Korres shampoo and conditioner range is popular with customers for they get salon quality products at high street prices.

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Hair Loss Prevention is Easy

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The most common health problem suffered by most individuals these days is hair loss. This is a health problem that affects the self esteem of most people across the globe. Healthy hair plays an important role in displaying the overall personality of a person. Hair Loss can make a person lose confidence and even self esteem in some cases. It can also result in a good amount of stress and anxiety. Hair on the scalp is very important for good looks. It provides an aura to one's overall personalities. Hence, it is very important to get the right kind of treatment at the right time to save your crowning glory.
However, there is no need to panic for the receding hair line. There one several treatments and products available on the market these days to prevent hair loss.
Here are some great tips to stop hair loss. Follow them and save the aura and overall health of your crowning glory.
a) Say no to chemicals
Experts believe that exposure of hair to chemical products is one of the main reasons of hair loss. Frequent use of hair dyes, serums, hair sprays, gels, hair straightening machines and perming products result in breakage of hair. If you are serious about saving your hair, stay away from chemical based products.
b) Exercise
Working out makes you overall health glow. It also does a lot good to your hair. Working out regularly will increase the blood circulation and provide great benefits to hair.
c) Eat healthy
You need to strong from inside to get hair that shine with health. Eat a lot of fresh fruits and salads to promote hair growth. Include Soya products, sprouts, spinach, cabbage, carrots, fish, chicken, dairy products and papaya to promote hair growth prevent hair loss.
d) Vitamin Supplements
Including vitamin supplements will help a great deal in preventing hair loss. Include supplements of vitamin A, C, B and E in your diet to provide good health to your hair. Biotin is a good vitamin for promoting hair growth. Make sure that you consult a trained health care practitioners or trichologist before including vitamin supplements in your diet for supporting hair growth and preventing hair loss.
e) Pillow cases
Change your pillow cases. Switch over to satin pillow cases as these reduce friction and prevent hair loss.
f) Hair Style
Keep a note on the kind of hair style that you are using. Don't tie your hair tightly. Avoid using harsh hair accessories.
g) Dandruff Check
Dandruff can be the main cause for hair loss. Let your doctor or trichologist prescribe a special shampoo or medication to remove dandruff. Once your scalp is dandruff free, there would be no hair fall.
h) Take care of your health
Visit a doctor and get a routine check up. He may ask you to go for a blood test. Once an illness is detected, make sure that you take opt medication and wait for the results.
i) Be kind to your hair
Don't expose your hair to harmful ultra-violet rays, chemical dyes and complicated hairstyles.
Follow the tips mentioned above and you would prevent hair loss. It is equally important to consult a hair loss expert before using a product to prevent hair loss. All the tips mentioned above will be useless if you don't talk to a professional. The professional will definitely help you with your hair loss prevention plan.

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Benefits of Fish Oil for Fitness and Health

Posted by Healthy Life Style Tuesday, June 14, 2011 1 comments

When the words oils and fats are mentioned, health-conscious individuals tend to run for cover. What they fail to realize is that there are good fats and bad fats. Complete avoidance of intake of oils and fats would actually be detrimental – rather than beneficial – to their health.

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The Truth about Fish Oil
Essential fatty acids must always be part of our daily diet – without them, we take one step closer to our deaths. Essential fatty acids are divided into two families: omega-6 EFAs and omega-3 EFAS.

Although there are only very slight differences to distinguish the two groups of essential fatty acids from each other, studies have revealed that too much intake of omega-6 EFAs can lead to inflammation, blood clotting and tumor growth. The good news, however, is that the opposite is true for omega-3 EFAs. Omega-6 EFAs can be found in vegetable oils while omega-3 EFAs can be found in fish oils among other foods.

Omega-6 vs. Omega-3
Physicians and scientists are of the same opinion that the cause behind increasing cases of heart disease, hypertension or high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, premature aging and certain kinds of cancer is none other than an imbalanced intake of omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs.

As mentioned earlier on, omega-6 EFAs can be found in vegetable oils. This includes but is not limited to corn oil and soy oil, both of which contains high amounts of linoleic acid. Omega-3 EFAs on the other hand can be found also in marine plankton and walnut and flaxseed oils. It should be significant to take note that fatty fish and fish oils contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), fatty acids that have been observed to provide many benefits to the human body. In the early 1970’s, a study on Greenland Eskimos have revealed that one of the major reasons why they rarely suffer from heart diseases is because of their high-fat diet (mainly composed of fish).

The two essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA, are also helpful in preventing atherosclerosis, heart attacks, depression and various forms of cancer. Fish oil supplemented food have also proven to be useful in treating illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, Raynaud’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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Eating Healthy and Why Its Important

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Becoming educated and smart is a requirement for you to become a healthy eater. You need to understand exactly what healthy eating is. After all, healthy eating is not about counting calories, calculating grams or fat, or even studying food labels.

Healthy eating is about understanding eating in moderation, preparing balanced meals and eating at the right time. Healthy eaters understand the importance of eating a wide variety of foods while not over doing it on any type of specific food or food group.

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Healthy eating requires that you have variety. It is often times, hard to judge whether you are eating healthy or not. You may be eating too much or too little or foods that are very nutritious or not nutritious at all. The key is to think of food as fuel for your body and mind, helping to keep your brain alert and body physically strong.

It is often said that good problem solvers are good eaters. Healthy eaters understand how to take good care of themselves and their diet by making proper decisions and using wise judgment. Knowing the effects of food and being aware of what you eat makes you a healthy eater.

It is known that an individuals who are lacking self control in their personal and social lives are usually victims of unhealthy eating habits as well. Excessive spending, insomnia and depression have all been tied to unhealthy eating.

Limiting your intake of food is always a bad habit. Remember, healthy eating is something you can do to enhance your body or lifestyle. It should be considered a way of life. Eating healthy is an excellent way to begin the first step of living a healthier life. Eating healthy will make life more enjoyable for your friends, your family, and most importantly, you.

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Searching for the right information on healthy diets to detox your body can be a difficult job to do. It seems that there is an absolute wealth of information out there and you just simply don't have the time to wade through all the garbage to find the few gems that really do work.

When it comes to your body, it is a finely tuned machine that need some love and attention every now and then, this is why it is so important to detox as it keeps this machine clean and working properly.

However, a lot of detox diets don't really work and can end up being a complete waste of time, even affecting your health sometimes. Therefore it is very important to use healthy diets to detox your body naturally and safely.

What are the safe, natural detox diets?

There are two main diets around that everyone seems to be using. The first is a food controlled based diet where you limit your food intake to mainly include healthy detox foods such as green leafed vegetables, fruits such as blueberries and so on.

These fruits and vegetables are very high in detox agents and antioxidants which are great at boosting your body's own natural detox processes.

Plus, they are also very low in fat and so you will easily be able to lose weight in the process as well as detoxing your body. These fruits and vegetables are a key component of healthy diets to detox your body, no matter which one you use.

If you want to create your own detox diet that suits you and your lifestyle, preferences and tastes etc, then I have compiled the following list of free tips for a good, fast and healthy detox:

- Pure Mineral Water
- Blueberries
- Cranberries
- Spinach (great for cleansing your colon!)
- Broccoli

If you can just include these 5 foods into your everyday diet, then you will be well on your way to a great body detox. Enjoy!

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Eating A Healthy Diet includes the latest dietary guidelines which call for five to thirteen servings of fruits and vegetables a day , depending on one's caloric intake. For a person who needs 2,000 calories a day to maintain weight and health, this translates into nine servings. 

Try filling half your plate with vegetables at each meal. Serving up salads, stir fry, or other vegetable-rich fare makes it easier to reach the goal of Eating A Healthy Diet

Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure, prevent some types of cancer, avoid a painful intestinal ailment called diverticulitis, and guard against cataract and macular degeneration, two common causes of vision loss.

Keep fruit out where you can see it. Keep it out on the counter or in the front of the fridge.

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Eating a healthy diet

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Eating a Healthy Diet will allow us to live a longer more rewarding and enjoyable life. It is our responsibility to ensure we take in wholesome non processed foods and avoid the high fat convenience foods if we are to enjoy a healthy life and avoid heart attacks and cerebral vascular accidents (stroke)

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Hate to diet? Love what you cook? Want to eat with your family without being made to feel different because you want to lose weight? Can't be bothered to weigh your food portions, count points, or calories. Take a look at this brand new concept and lifestyle pack called the The Diet Plate.

The plate has been on trial with several State Registered Dieticians (Dieticians) and has been acknowledged as a nutritionally balanced aid for dieting. The boundaries designated for starch and protein are an accurate dietary measure and that the plate is suitable for diabetics to use.

The Diet Plate is a revolutionary new slimming tool, a simple method of controlling calories and portion sizes with a powerful visual and practical aid. The Diet Plate replaces your everyday dinner plate and becomes your perfect partner in portion control. It makes losing weight easier to do and as you cut down on the proteins and carbohydrates, which contain all the calories, it leaves space on your plate to fill up on the good stuff, like carrots, cabbage, broccoli and salads. Even better, this way of eating may prevent cancer and heart disease and is ideal for diabetics. Eyes Bigger than Belly Syndrome means more Calories!

Even though all your senses have been satisfied by 4 bites!
What we all forget about is the calorie content. We could have had the same sensation for 200 calories but we chose the bigger version, which contains 400 calories. Eyes bigger than belly syndrome, and more calories!

The Diet Plate has a science behind its development, dieticians will tell you the only way to lose weight is to use up more calories than you actually take in with food.
The Diet Plate is calibrated so that the starch or carbohydrate section will hold no more than four ounces before the food starts to slide over the boundary tape. The protein section will hold three ounces before the meat or oily fish is spreading over that boundary tape. If you pile the food too high it will just cascade over, that is why there are no ridges on the plate to hold it in place. Starches contain about 35 calories an ounce, while proteins can contain 95 calories.

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School lunches and fruit

Posted by Healthy Life Style Saturday, May 28, 2011 3 comments

I enjoy getting up early in the mornings, especially during school term, so I can have breakfast with my children and make lunches for them.I often work through until mid-evening, so this before school time is the only real quality time I have with them during the week.I like to put some effort into their sandwiches and, as you can see below, the mesclun salad we planted as a seed mat in a pot just six weeks ago is now a riot of green leaves that are great as part of the sandwich mix, as well as providing a constant supply of salad side dishes with evening meals.
And the best part is that the more leaves you break off for a sandwich or salad the more new shoots seem to sprout.If you havent tried one of these salad seed mats you really should give it a go – I guarantee that if you do you won't have to mutter any more about buying wilted and browning salads.Click here to check out the entire "beginner's guide to vege gardens" series BRAIN FOOD School lunches are brain food. Our kids need to eat to remain active and alert, so I aim to make sandwiches as tasty as possible, to keep my two interested in reasonably healthy food.
So, one sandwich each, with a slice of corned beef as a base and topped with cheese, tomato, salad picked fresh from the pot, spring onion, thinly sliced radish and a sprinkling of dressing. Add two pieces of fruit – we try to mix it up with apples, bananas, Kiwifruit, mandarins or whatever is fresh in the shops – a muffi n or slice of cake and each has a selection of food that will keep them going all day.
The lunches take no more than five minutes to make and the beauty of it is that, apart from meat and cheese, all the sandwich ingredients have been planted in our step-by-step guide to vege gardening. Already the mesclun and radish are ready to use and in a few weeks we will have our own spring onions, with the first of our home-grown tomatoes likely to be ready to eat only a few weeks after that.It sure beats pies, sausage rolls or packets of chippies with a Coke.

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Eat office fruit to combat stress

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If you’re having a particularly stressful day at work, you might want to head for the peaches or nectarines in the office fruit delivery.
Potassium, which is present in high quantities in the office fruits, helps balance the nervous system with its beneficial effect on heartbeat and muscular contraction.
Women might want to head to the office fruit basket to help combat their emotional stress levels, which a new study has revealed to be far higher than in men.

The brain chemistry in the fairer sex makes them more sensitive to lower levels of a key stress hormone, corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF).

Researchers in the US, who conducted the study on rats, found that females have neurons that are more sensitive to CRF.

Study leader Dr Rita Valentino from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said: "This may help to explain why women are twice as vulnerable as men to stress-related disorders."

So if you’re a female suffering from a particularly stressful experience at work, you might want to delve into the office fruit box quickly in an attempt to stave off some of that CRF sensitivity.

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Fruit fibres could help make cars

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It's been revealed cars made from pineapples and bananas could soon be among the fruits of the green revolution. Scientists in Brazil have used fibres from the plants to create a new generation of super-strong and super-light automotive plastics, and say they may also be used to create engine parts. They say manufacturers are already testing the plastics and could be using them in cars within two years. Dr Alcides Leao from Sao Paulo State University says reducing the weight of cars will improve fuel economy.

He says the fibre-reinforced plastics are also more impervious to heat, spilled petrol, water and oxygen than ordinary automotive plastics. Leao says the plastics also have potential in medical applications including artificial heart valves, ligaments and hip joints.

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Weekly Market Report - Dry Fruits

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Dry Fruits: Wholesale dry fruit prices surged in the national capital during the past week largely on the back of fresh buying by stockists and retailers, buoyed by rising domestic demand. Tight stocks following restricted arrivals from producing region and overseas market also influenced the prices. Trading sentiments remained firm mostly on increased offtake by stockists and retailers to meet seasonal demand.

Almond (California) rose by Rs 100 to Rs 10,100 per 40 kg. Its kernel, too strengthened by Rs 10 to Rs 370-375 from previous week's close of Rs 360-365 per kg. Almond-gurbandi prices traded higher at Rs 4,950-5,150 against previous mark of Rs 4,900-5,100 per 40 kg.

Cashew kernel No 180, No 210, No 240 and No 320 rose by Rs 10 each to conclude at Rs 655-665, Rs 595-605, Rs 540-550 and Rs 445-465, per kg respectively. Kishmish Indian yellow and green increased by Rs 200 each to finish at Rs 3,800-4,400 and Rs 6,200-8,200 per 40 kg bags.

Pistachio hairati and peshwari rose by Rs 10 each to conclude at Rs 1,110-1,235 and Rs 1,360-1,410 per kg, respectively. Walnut prices also traded higher at Rs 160-225 against previous closing of Rs 1490-190 per kg.

Kirana: Select spices, led by pepper and jeera, traded higher in the national capital during the week under review on firm local and export demand against tight stocks due to fall in supplies from producing belts.

Market analysts said apart from fall in supplies from producing regions, firming trend in the futures markets and pick up in demand also influenced the trading in the wholesale kirana market.

Black pepper prices rose by Rs 100 to settled at Rs 23,400-23,500 per quintal on fresh buying by local stockists and exporters.

Cardamom brown jhundiwali and kanchicut prices traded higher at Rs 1,110-1,125 and Rs 1,210-1,360 against previous closing of Rs 1,100-1,120 and Rs 1,200-1,350 per kg, respectively.

Cardamom small varieties such as chitridar, colour robin, bold and extra bold also increased up to Rs 20 to settled at Rs 1,310-1360, Rs 1,370-1,400, Rs 1,400-1,420 and Rs 1,500-1,520 per kg, respectively.

Chirounji prices traded higher at Rs 500-530 against previous mark of Rs 430-475 per kg. Dry mango rose by Rs 500 to finish at Rs 7,000-9,500 per quintal.

Jeera common and jeera best quality also increased by up to Rs 200 to settled at Rs 13,500-13,700 and Rs 15,000-15,500 per quintal, respectively.

On the other hand, poppyseed (Turkey, MP-RAJ and Kashmiri) prices fell by Rs 5 each to conclude at Rs 215, Rs 215-265 and Rs 200 per kg, respectively.

Red chilli and turmeric prices also traded lower at Rs 6,000-10,500 and Rs 17,500-19,500 against previous close of Rs 6,100-11,100 and Rs 18,100-20,100 per quintal, respectively.

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Fruit desserts of summer

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Just when you thought you had reached the heart of fruitopia passing by the tasty strawberries and cherries, the refreshing oasis of apricots and peaches you fly over a bump in the road and the whole landscape changes.

What happened to all that sun-coddled, high-summer fruit? It’s been stockpiled away in a frenzy of freezing and jam-making, pies and tarts. In its wake, there’s a brand new world of blackberries, apples and figs announcing summer’s last stand and the first, tantalizing whiff of fall.
If you’re Summer Sebastiani, pastry chef at All Seasons Bistro & Catering in Calistoga, you’re just getting warmed up to the sweet kitchen, with its tantalizing array of fruit desserts, jams and syrups.
“We do a lot of brandied cherries and preserved lemons,” she said at the Calistoga bistro, opened in 1984 by Gayle Keller and Alex Dierkhising. “I made plum jam from the farmers market. We get them at their peak, and it’s really easy.
This month, Sebastiani is showcasing the late-summer fruits that she gleans from back yards, farmers markets and the coastal ranch where she grew up.
“Backyard fruit is the best,” she said. “I usually bring in Gravensteins, Pippins and pears from my dad’s ranch in Annapolis. He has a 250-year-old orchard.”
The 34-year-old chef, who grew up in an Italian family with a 1-acre garden and a freezer full of fresh beef and wild game, graduated from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco in 2000. She did her externship at Guerneville’s elegant Applewood Innwith chef David Frakes, now at Beringer Vineyards.
Sebastiani served as the opening chef for the Quail Inn at Oakmont, then spent four years at Brannan’s Grill in Calistoga before moving over to the All Seasons Bistro in 2003.
“I started as a pastry chef,” she said. “That’s where my heart is.”
Over the years, however, the capable cook took over as the catering chef and then the restaurant chef at All Seasons, designing the bistro’s seasonal Wine Country menu with Keller. She also oversees the bistro’s sister restaurant, Hydro Grill, across the street.
“Why not cook with the best ingredients at their peak ripeness?” Sebastiani asked. “We cure our own olives and make our own ricotta, goat cheese and creme fraiche.”
On the dessert menu, Sebastiani makes everything from scratch, creating layers of flavor and texture whose whole is greater than its parts. She even makes her own vanilla extract and a line of syrups from vodka and fresh fruit, which she uses to flavor cakes.
With the explosion of blackberries reaching peak ripeness this month, Sebastiani likes to simmer a berry compote that she serves with a crystallized ginger cake topped with whipped cream infused with lime and garnished with mint.
“It’s a really delicious cake,” she said. “It’s made with sour cream so it stays moist.”
With the new crop of fall figs starting to drop into the market, she creates an elegant Fig Napoleon with phyllo dough that’s layered with maple syrup and topped with goat cheese ice cream.
“I make a fig jam, and then I toss the whole figs in it,” she said. “For the jam, you use half as much sugar as figs, add the acid, then puree it.”
Meanwhile, the tart Gravenstein apples make a delicious foil for the rich pastry of a frangipane filling, which Sebastiani whips up from eggs, sugar, almond paste and butter.
For dough and all things pastry-related, Sebastiani relies on her baking mentor, renowned pastry chef Sherry Yard of Spago Beverly Hills, who explains the chemistry of baking in her cookbook, “The Secrets of Baking.”
“She takes basic recipes and shows you how the different methods turn it into something else,” Sebastiani said. “She explains the simple steps, and she’s easy to follow.”
In Sebastiani’s copy of the cookbook, Yard wrote an inscription: “To Summer, a kindred baker: Wishing you a lifetime of rolling in dough!”
Sebastiani hasn’t always been rolling around in dough, but almost. She was born and raised in Annapolis, a distant relative of the famed Sebastiani wine family. She went to Point Arena High School and got her first job at age 12 working in the kitchen of a local YMCA camp as a dishwasher and prep cook.
While still in high school, she took a job at a bakery in Gualala, showing up at 4 a.m. to help the baker with muffins and bread, then working the cash register.
While pursuing photography — still one of her favorite hobbies — at Santa Rosa Junior College, Sebastiani decided that cooking was her destiny.
“My mom asked, why aren’t you cooking?” she said. “My great grandmother’s sister owned Bertolucci’s restaurant in South San Francisco.”
This past winter, Sebastiani won the Critic’s Choice Chef of the Year at the 2009 Napa Valley Mustard Festival for a simple soup of asparagus and mustard greens with housemade cheddar mustard seed crackers.
“Really, we just tried to figure out what would be in season,” she said of the honor. “I made the soup on my way out the door, and I got there just minutes before the judging.”
Much to her delight, the soup won against many of the top restaurant chefs in Napa, hailing from such iconic kitchens as Meadowood, La Toque and the Silverado Resort.
“It was only the second soup that had ever won,” she said proudly. “A good 85 percent of the chefs did pork, but that’s hard to digest.”
Growing up in a northern Italian family, Sebastiani said, means she has always eaten lots of fresh vegetables, and plenty of seasonal fruit.
In her spare time, Sebastiani enjoys photography, sewing, scrapbooking, caring for her four pugs and landscaping her home in Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood, where she lives with her husband, Todd Fernandez.
Although she has lived in Santa Rosa for 12 years, the pastry chef feels even more at home in Calistoga, where she knows practically everyone.
“It’s a small town, but it’s so close to everything else,” she said. “And the people are pretty cool.”
The following recipes are from Summer Sebastiani of All Seasons Cafe. You can substitute any fruit for the blackberries in the compote. Sebastiani serves this cake with a wildflower honey and ginger ice cream or some whipped creme fraiche.
Crystallized Ginger Cake
with Blackberry Compote
Makes 1 cake
For cake:
—Softened butter (for brushing pan)
½cup raw sugar (large grain, to give a sparkle)
2¼cups all-purpose flour
4teaspoons ground ginger
2teaspoons baking powder
½teaspoon salt
1cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2cups sugar
2large eggs
1large egg yolk
2teaspoons sour cream
1cup chopped crystallized ginger
For berry compote:
¼cup water
1/3cup sugar
1tablespoon fresh lemon juice
½pound blackberries (about 2 cups)
For cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brush softened butter generously all over inside of a 12-cup Bundt pan. Sprinkle raw sugar over butter in pan, tilting pan to coat completely.
Whisk flour, ground ginger, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat 1 cup butter in large bowl until smooth.
Add 2 cups sugar; beat on medium-high speed until blended, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat in the one egg yolk and vanilla, stopping to scrape down bowl as needed.
Add flour mixture in 3 additions alternatively with sour cream in two additions, beating on low speed just until blended after each addition.
Mix in crystallized ginger. Spread batter in pan, being careful not to disloge raw sugar.
Bake cake until top is light brown and tester inserted near center comes out with just a few small crumbs attached, about 55 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool in pan 15 minutes. Gently tap bottom edge of pan on work surface while rotating pan until cake loosens. Place rack atop pan and invert cake onto rack; remove pan. Cool completely.
For compote: Place the water, sugar, lemon juice and half of the blackberries in a heavy bottom sauce pan and bring up to a boil then turn off the heat and add the remaining blackberries.
To serve: Cut cake into wedges and serve with the blackberries on top and a dollop of whipped creme fraiche.
Sebastiani serves this tart with cinnamon ice cream or caramel whipped cream.
Apple Frangipane Tart
For dough:
2¼cups all-purpose flour
1teaspoon salt
¾cup butter
¼cup water
For frangipane:
¼cup butter
1/3cup white sugar
1½cups almond paste
4whole eggs
¾cup cake flour
For apple marmalade:
1teaspoon pectin
1cup sugar
1tablespoon lemon juice
1tablespoon apple jack (whiskey)
½vanilla bean, scraped
1cinnamon stick
—Dash of ground nutmeg
1star anise
1quart Gravenstein apples, peeled and small dice
For dough: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Take the butter and cut it into small pieces, then put it in the fridge to stay cold while you measure the other ingredients.
Using an electric stand mixer with a dough hook, start your flour and salt on low speed. Immediately add all of the butter and ice water. Mix just until the dough becomes one mass (you should still see lumps of butter, so it makes a crispy crust. ). Alternately, pull the dough out of the mixer before it fully comes together and finish kneading by hand to insure that you don’t overmix.
Cover and place the dough in the refrigerator for 4 to 12 hours. Pull the chilled dough from the refrigerator and roll. It will be hard at first to roll the dough, so keep rotating the dough as you roll it out until it softens up. Roll the dough into a ¼-inch thick piece, then cut to desired shapes. Place in individual tart shells and chill.
Place parchment paper on a sheet pan. Weigh down the inside of the tart shells with beans or a ramekin and bake for about 10 minutes until edges are golden brown.
For frangipane:
Beat butter, sugar and almond paste in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed for three minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in flour.
Spread frangipane filling in cooled shell.
For apple marmalade:
Mix pectin and half of the sugar and reserve for later. This will help thicken the juice from this mixture.
Mix the rest of the sugar, lemon juice, apple jack, vanilla bean and spices and put in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and let boil for two minutes. Add diced apples and wait for the liquid to come bakc to a boil.
Stir in pectin mixture and bring back to a boil and cook about another 2 minutes, until apples start to become tender. Pull from heat and transfer to a bowl and let chill in the refrigerator. Pull out the whole spices.
To assemble: Drain fruit in a sieve set over a bowl, reserving syrup, and scatter fruit over filling, pressing in slightly. Bake tarts on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper until puffed and golden, 30 to 40 minutes. Transfer tarts on the parchment paper to a rack. Brush reserved syrup over tart and cool to warm or room temperature.

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What's our favourite fruit?

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The tomato is Australia's most Googled fruit, according to new research. It's also the number one fruit that Britons Google, too. People in Australia and the UK are twice as likely to Google tomatoes as apples, which is the second most common searched-for fruit.

The review, by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), found Google lists 53.6 million web pages mentioning tomatoes. In the UK, bananas and peaches are in joint third place on the Google search, followed by oranges. As well as Australia and UK, tomatoes also come out top in Canada and New Zealand. Apples rank second in all of these counties except New Zealand, where peaches are the second most favourite fruit.

The research was carried out to mark Fruity Friday, which aims to encourage people to eat more fruit and vegetables. "I have always thought of apples, oranges and bananas as the most popular fruits, so I was surprised to see them all beaten by the tomato, especially as many people actually think of tomatoes as a vegetable," said general manager for the WCRF Teresa Nightingale. "But although we tend to cook tomatoes in our evening meals or in savoury dishes, this doesn't change the fact that the tomato is a fruit.

"We are not sure whether people are looking for information about growing tomatoes or finding out about their nutritional content, but they are the winner by some distance. "It is also clear that a wide range of fruits are being Googled, which supports our Fruity Friday message that as well as eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, you should also try to get as wide a variety as possible. "As well as being good for health generally, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables probably reduces risk of cancer."

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It's a name game with hybrid fruits

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It used to be that a peach was a peach and a plum was a plum, and that was it. Now, however, breeders are coming up with complex hybrids between species, such as fruits that are a combination of peaches, apricots and plums, and cherries or nectarines and plums.

Making these kinds of interspecific crosses opens up a promising range of possibilities for growers and consumers, but what to call the resulting fruits? No one really knows. We're in the initial stages of a paradigm shift in which names of fruit types are becoming unmoored from their genetics and are being chosen primarily for marketing and convenience.

Today, unbeknown to you, that fruit being sold as an apricot may actually have some peach in it; or a nectarine may have plum. A fruit may be given one identity for farming, another for shipping and yet another at the store. This is no small matter. Almost half of the plum-like fruits grown in California now are interspecifics — Pluots and the like.There's no genetic  engineering involved in these hybrids; in fact, it's been done for years. A century ago, Luther Burbank hybridized plums and apricots to create plumcots, although they never achieved commercial success. At nearly the same time, Walter T. Swingle crossed tangerines and grapefruits to come up with tangelos, one of the few instances in which an entirely new fruit type gained popular acceptance.

Stone fruits are in the same genus, Prunus, and are just closely related enough that many combinations of species are possible, though they are still far apart enough to be difficult to create

Modesto fruit breeder Floyd Zaiger really started the modern wave of interspecific stone fruits. He began making such crosses to breed new rootstocks but found that one type, the 50/50 plumcot, produced delicious fruit, although the trees tended to have pollination problems.

By backcrossing plumcots to plums, he created the fruits he called Pluots, first introduced in the late 1980s, that are currently grown in dozens of varieties on thousands of acres in California. Bradford Genetics of Le Grand, Calif., now called BQ Genetics, started later in crossing interspecific plums but is now a major player.

The best varieties from both breeders have intense, intriguing flavors, some almost tropical fruit-like, made possible by the genetic interplay of wide crosses.

But even well-established names are in flux. In fact, the name Pluot, trademarked in 1991 by Zaiger to describe some of his pioneering plum-apricot crosses, is no longer being used by two of the biggest growers.

When grown by Kingsburg Orchards, they're called Dinosaur brand fruit; when grown by their Reedley, Calif.-based competitor, Family Tree Farms (owned by another branch of the same family, the Jacksons), they're called plumcots (which, strictly speaking, should refer only to 50/50 crosses).

Family Tree needed to make the change, says Don Goforth, the company's marketing director, because, along with the Zaiger fruits, it was selling as Pluots many interspecific plums from BQ Genetics, and it did not want to infringe on the Zaiger trademark.

Sometimes names can even obscure the genetics of a fruit. In the last five years, Kingsburg Orchards has introduced six varieties of colored hybrids, now planted on hundreds of acres and marketed as Velvet apricots. But Black Velvet, which has dark, fuzzy skin and yellow flesh, is a true plumcot, whereas the gorgeous Gold Velvet is genetically a cross between a peach, an apricot and a plum.

This same fruit, when marketed by Family Tree, is called an Aprium (actually, Zaiger's trademarked name for apricot-plum hybrids with apricot character predominant), and Dave Wilson Nursery licenses the variety as a Peacotum.

Anarchy in the fruit world!

There are important practical implications to this confusion. Sprays, even those used by organic growers, need to be registered for specific crops before they can be applied legally, but because it costs time and money for the tests on each crop, there are so far very few chemicals registered for the new complex hybrids. This means that a farmer has to identify his or her interspecific cross as the type of tree and fruit it most resembles.

On the other hand, growers have a financial incentive to call their fruit interspecific plums rather than plums because then they don't have to pay the standard fee to the California Tree Fruit Agreement, a trade group of growers of peaches, nectarines and plums (but not interspecifics), for promotion and research.

Some years ago, the CTFA considered discouraging this practice and hired a scientist to analyze the genes of Pluots to see whether they were all really hybrids, but the results were inconclusive, and the organization now allows growers to categorize such fruits either as interspecific plums or as plums; most opt for the former.

In fact, often even the breeders themselves don't know the exact pedigree of their creations. Rather than pollinating his experimental trees from a single flower in the traditional way, Glen Bradford of BQ Genetics places a bouquet of several different promising pollen parents in buckets in his mother trees, and which pollen ends up on which flower, only the bees know.

Ask Leith Gardner, Floyd Zaiger's daughter, for the pedigree of a selection, and she has to look it up in a card catalog; by the sixth generation of crossing and recrossing, this can be mind-bogglingly complex.

More of these interspecific fruits are sure to come. One nectaplum variety, Spice Zee, with mauve skin and snowy flesh, has been planted on a small scale in California. So far there have been only scattered test plantings of Cherums and Plerries, hybrids of cherry and plum with either cherry or plum characteristics predominant. But there's great enthusiasm for the concept among farmers, who are looking for cherry-like fruits of larger size that can be harvested over an extended season, or plums with the high sugar and intense flavor of cherries; one grower in Reedley this year is planting 10 acres of Plerries, which will be marketed like plums.

The Zaigers pioneered such advanced interspecifics, but other breeders from around the world, such as Ben-Dor Fruits of Israel, which has a line of what it calls Colourcots, are jumping into the market, and it seems likely that in time a broad range will be available.

Meanwhile, marketers sometimes try to cash in on the interspecific mystique with names such as mango nectarines, strawberry cherries and Plumegranates. Marketers may not be deliberately trying to deceive buyers, but a lot of consumers wonder about the possibility of such hybrids, which in reality are as preposterous as jackalopes.

Then there are peach-a-rines from Kingsburg Orchards, which are touted as crosses of peaches and nectarines — but that's true of most varieties of these fruits, which are the same species in two forms, fuzzy and fuzzless.

All these new fruit types and marketing angles may cause thoughtful consumers to throw up their hands, confused by too many inscrutable choices. If the new hybrids are to fulfill their potential, marketers will need to provide consistent, accurate information, but the words they need may not yet exist.

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Health is Wealth
Fruits can be considered as one of the treasures to human life. Fresh fruits and Vegetables give us many beneficial substances such as vitamins ,calcium and other requirements for our human body. It acts as a catalyst in safeguarding our human system from various diseases. Fruits, vegetables and pure water is a necessity in the modern world for our human system.

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It's a funny name for a tasty fruit

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Meet the pluot. Or perhaps you've already met. This firm but fleshy fruit, a hybrid of the plum and apricot, has been a seasonal guest in markets for the past few years. Chefs and home cooks love the juicy fruit for tarts and pies, but plenty of people still pass up pluots in favor of fruits with familiar names and faces.
When the small, speckled species first arrived on the scene and it must be said that the pluot is more plum than apricot it was marketed as a “dinosaur egg.

Soon after, the name was changed to pluot, and we can't help but wonder at the success of this word. It certainly doesn't trip off the tongue, though the alternatives sound even sillier. Apum. Pluricot. Plap.
The pluot is just one of many fruit hybrids conceived by Floyd Zaiger, of Calif.-based Zaiger Genetics. Others include the nectaplum (nectarine-plum) and peacotum (peach-apricot-plum).

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Health Benefits Of eating PAPAYA FRUIT

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One should never equate the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables with the nutrition achieved from eating pills and supplements.

Health expert cite numerous benefits of eating fruits and vegetables regularly. This is because these items contain all essential health benefits. Fruits are loaded with all required vitamins, fiber, minerals, and it is highly recommended to go for 4-5 servings per day.

As fruits are natural source of nutrients, they are completely bad cholesterol free and contain a lot of water, which facilitates the process of digestion, and it is easier for the body to soak vitamins and minerals from fresh fruits.

Do you know yellow-orange fruits and vegetables containa good amount of antioxidants including vitamin C, carotenoids, and bioflavonoids.

Additionally, the scientists are studying the role played by this family of fruits and vegetables to prevent diverticulosis, cataract, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and hypertension.

"Papaya" that also belongs to yellow and orange fruits, offers numerous health benefits. Papaya is a fruit with yellow- orange pulp having many small black seeds, and is rich in Anti-oxidants, Vitamin B, folate, fiber, potassium pantothenic acid, and magnesium. All of these nutrients are believed to impart several health benefits to cardiovascular system and protect the body against colon cancer. Papaya also contains an important digestive enzyme, papain that is also present in pineapple. This enzyme helps in treating sports injuries and allergies. Other than this, Vitamin C and vitamin A both are required to boost the immunity system of a person. By eating papaya, you can prevent the onset of various diseases including persistent ear infections, colds, and influenza.
Papayas offer not only the luscious taste and sunlit colour of the tropics, but are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium and magnesium; and fibre.

Together, these nutrients promote the health of the cardiovascular system and also provide protection against colon cancer. In addition, papaya contains the digestive enzyme, papain, which is used like bromelain, a similar enzyme found in pineapple, to treat sports injuries, other causes of trauma, and allergies.

Papaya Provides Vitamins and Nutrients

One of the main reasons that papayas are so healthy is because they provide the body with various vitamins and nutrients. Some of the different vitamins and nutrients which papayas are a good source of include Vitamin C, Vitamin B, potassium and fiber. Due to the high amount of vitamins and nutrients that papayas contain, your immune system will be boosted if you frequently eat papaya.

Papaya Helps with the Digestive Process

If you have digestive problems, you may want to consider eating papayas. The reason is because they contain an enzyme called papain, which is known to help with the digestive process. It can prevent you from becoming constipated and may also help end diarrhea. A little known fact about papain is that it has also been used as a way to treat stings from bees and jellyfish. If there is nothing besides papaya available in the house, it may provide you with relief.
Papaya Can Prevent or Relieve Nausea

If you often experience nausea, whether it is because you have morning sickness or you get sick when you are traveling, you may want to consider adding papaya to your diet. Papaya is known to prevent this type of nausea or provide you with relief once you already have it. To experience the best relief or prevention, consider drinking pineapple juice with your papaya, as both are known to be very effective.

Papaya Provides the Body With Lung Protection

The reason that papaya provides the body with lung protection is because it contains Vitamin A. When a person experiences lung cancer or other lung conditions, they often have a deficiency of Vitamin A. If you are worried about getting lung cancer due to secondhand smoke or working conditions, then you really may want to consider adding papaya to your daily diet.

These are just a few of the various health benefits that papaya can provide the body with. There are many people who believe that papaya will also help protect the heart from disease and the body from developing various forms of cancer. If you do not already eat papaya, it is one of the many fruits that you may want to consider adding to your regular diet.

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The benefits of eating healthy Fresh Raw Fruits and Vegetables are so great it has led health authorities like the National Cancer Institute.

The American Heart Association, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to recommend that we eat at least 5-9 servings daily for better health.

Despite the growing medical evidence and all the resulting publicity, less than 10% of American adults eat at least 5 servings of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables daily.

Those we do eat are forced to grow too quickly, picked before they are ripe, our soil is lacking the rich nutrients needed to pass along, and then.

When cooked leaving them with little benefits and no nutritional value at all. Largely as a result of our poor diets, Americans suffer a higher incidence of degenerative diseases like Cancer.

Than any place else in the world. Why are these well known statistics not enough to convince most of us to be eating more fresh fruits and vegetables daily? 

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One thing that is essential for Parkinson’s patients is a healthy and balanced diet.  Dyskinesia and tremors burn large amounts of calories, making eating nutritious foods like whole grains and fruits and vegetables important for keeping energy up.  Also, Parkinson’s patients have a high risk for bone loss.  The potential for osteoporosis makes it important for patients to get plenty of calcium, magnesium, and vitamins K and D in their diets.  In an effort to cover all the necessary minerals and vitamins, most doctors suggest that Parkinson’s patients take a daily multivitamin. 

Finally, people with PD should be sure to drink lots of water to aid in the function of digestive and respiratory systems (2).  Any questions can be answered at the National Parkinson Foundation website by clicking on the “Ask the Dietician” forum.
Exercise is also the key to keeping Parkinson’s patients healthy and functional.  Exercising three to five times a week has shown to reduce stiffness, give more energy, improve posture, and be socially active (2).  Why not exercise together?  Several activities have shown to help improve the movement of people with PD such as tai chi, boxing, kayaking, dancing, agility courses, and pilates (5).

After working hard to stay fit and be healthy, many Parkinson’s patients can feel worn out.  A recent study at the Atlanta School of Massage and Emory University showed that neuromuscular therapy (NMT), a form of massage that involves direct compression of pressure points as well as lengthening strokes parallel to the spine.  This form of massage was proven to improve the motor functions, activities of daily living, bradykinesia, tremor and fine motor dexterity in Parkinson’s patients, as well as overall quality of life (3).  By treating your loved one to relaxing NMT, you can actually help their symptoms.

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Reduce Stress

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Easier said than done, stress busters come in many forms. Some techniques recommended by experts are to think positive thoughts. Spend 30 minutes a day doing something you like. (i.e.,Soak in a hot tub; walk on the beach or in a park; read a good book; visit a friend; play with your dog; listen to soothing music; watch a funny movie. Get a massage, a facial or a haircut. Meditate. Count to ten before losing your temper or getting aggravated. Avoid difficult people when possible. Thought for the day: When seeing red, think pink clouds….then float on them

These coping strategies may temporarily reduce stress, but they cause more damage in the long run:-
  • Smoking
  • Drinking too much
  • Overeating or undereating
  • Zoning out for hours in front of the TV or computer
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and activities
  • Using pills or drugs to relax
  • Sleeping too much
  • Procrastinating
  • Filling up every minute of the day to avoid facing problems
  • Taking out your stress on others (lashing out, angry outbursts, physical violence)
Identify the sources of stress in your life :

Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. Your true sources of stress aren’t always obvious, and it’s all too easy to overlook your own stress-inducing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Sure, you may know that you’re constantly worried about work deadlines. But maybe it’s your procrastination, rather than the actual job demands, that leads to deadline stress.

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  • To avoid diseases like hepatitis and Typhoid, eat 5 basil leaves everyday.
  • For tooth ache, keep a clove on the affected area.
  • Have a mixture of gingelly oil and egg, for 3 days, for menstrual disorders.
  • You will get a great relief from menstrual pain , if you have a gooseberry daily.
  • Boil the leaf of Malabar nut, squeeze its juice and add egg white. It subsides cough.
  • Eat the powder of dried ginger and cumin with sugar for relief from cough.
  • Have the mixture of mustard paste and honey for good relief from cough.
  • For a good relief from cough, mix equal quantities of basil juice, honey and ajwain juice and drink on an empty stomach.
  • Are you suffering from urinary infection? Drink a glassful of water with a pinch of cardamom powder.
  • Chew some cumin and sugar for relief from stomach pain.
  • Have a mixture of lemon juice and honey when you are suffering from cold.
  • If you have bad breath, drink at least five glasses of water in the morning.
  • Stop nose bleeds by putting a few drops of pomegranate juice into your nostrils.
  • For nagging cough and chest congestion, boil 3 cups of water with 2 fresh betel leaves and 4 crushed peppercorns, till the water is reduced to half. Strain and drink every morning and night with a teaspoon of honey.
  • For relief from toothache.. Take two basil leaves, a grain of salt and a pinch of pepper powder and press against the affected tooth.
  • For minor rashes on the skin.. add few basil leaves in your bathing water before you bathe.
  • To get a fair baby, Mothers can drink saffron added to milk during pregnancy.
  • For fever and cough of children, give some honey mixed with water.
  • The juice of carrot and tomato, mixed with a little honey is good tonic for children.
  • A teaspoon of the powdered pomegranate skin taken with water early in the morning will not only purify the blood but also will serve as a good de- worming agent Chewing raw guava leaves is an excellent quick fix for diarrhoea.
  • If you are suffering from acidity, drink a glass of water with a piece of jaggery dissolved in it, after meals.
  • Drink basil water everyday, it helps in keeping throat infection and cough at bay.

  • Add vegetables and fruits in your diet chart.
  • Drink 12-16 glass of water daily.
  • Avoid excess eating of fried things.
  • Try to buy meat which contain less fat.
  • Avoid excess sugar in tea and coffee.
  • Slice vegetables into big pieces, so that it won't loose vitamins. .
  • Dental hygiene
  • Eating with awareness
  • Stop Smoking
  • Health quiz
  • Health and safety for teenagers
  • Oxygen a day keeps the pollution away!
  • Bad sleeping habits
  • Counting sheep in order to sleep
  • Snacking well may slow aging
  • Practical tips to help forgetfulnes
  • care of your feet
  • Maximize the healing power of garlic
  • Apply the brakes on ageing
  • Cultivate healthy habits

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Brachytherapy For Prostate Cancer

Posted by Healthy Life Style Wednesday, May 25, 2011 0 comments

The radiation therapy is one type of treatment that destroys the DNA of the cancerous cells, preventing them from multiplying; we categorize this method into two different medical procedures: the external therapy uses the proton beams to damage the infected tissue parts and the prostate cancer brachytherapy is done by inserting radioactive seeds, very small in size with the shape of a rice grain, in the gland and leave them there to kill the malignant tumor and to slowly decay.

The brachytherapy method of treatment for the prostate cancer is categorized depending on the rate or intensity of the radiation dose, the duration of the radiation dose delivered and the placement of the radiation sources on the infected area.

Each cancer, even if we are referring to the same type, is unique and manifests itself differently in different patients; by comparing the stages, the grades and the period of time necessary for a malignant tumor to grow, usually being four years for it to double its size, of one cancer to different other ones, we can establish the general characteristics of that particular cancer but is still difficult to guess its exact outcome.

Of course, some factors that are blamed for the development of the prostate cancer can not be avoided and these are the inherited genes, the aging process, the “male menopause” or “andropause”; the other causes are the poor diet in nutritional foods and excessive alcohol drinking and smoking.

We’ve mentioned something about the research in the cancer treatment field but it is also worth mentioning the three main sections in which this activity is oriented and that being the research of the prostate stem cells that might hold unknown possibilities for curing cancer, the analyzing of the prostate cancer invasion and spread, especially determining the mutations that might slow down the multiplication of the cancerous cells or altering their damaging behaviour and the last research being the one to predict the prostate cancer outcome, which is a very troublesome activity.

The recommended screening tests and the prostate biopsy are the most popular methods of cancer detections but they do have their series of flaws; the screenings include to examination procedures: the digital rectal exam by palpating the prostate gland after inserting a gloved finger into the rectum and by taking some blood samples to establish the levels of the free testosterone and prostate specific antigen. The normal levels are low but when the levels are high there is a high possibility for the cancer cells to be found within the gland and you should also be aware of the fact that only the malignant tumors are responsible for cancer while the benign tumors, with a correct treatment, are pretty much harmless.


The brachytherapy word comes from the greek word “brachy”, translated as “short-distanced”, and is a procedure discovered in the early 1900’s by Pierre Curie and Henri-Alexandre Danlos, after experimenting a little with the radiation method and obtaining results such as the shrinkage of the tumors; the brachytherapy used for treating the cancer was officially adopted by the medical community in 1983.

The prostate biopsy is a procedure done by extracting different tissue samples from the prostate gland and analyzing them; this method can be complemented with the radionuclide bone scans, the prostate mapping, the coaxial tomography or the nomogram, combining factors such as the results of using different treatment forms such as the androgen deprivation therapy or the brachytherapy treatment for the prostate cancer, the biopsy pathology and the radiation dosage if the proton therapy would be used, the stage of the cancer, etc.

This leads us to another important step in determining the main features of the cancer and that being the staging process, done with the help of the TNM, tumor, nodes and metastatic, or the alternative, the Whitmore-Jewett systems and the grading process with the popular Gleason score.

The common side-effects of brachytherapy are rectal bleeding, urinary retention, urinary incontinent and sometimes impotence, painful urination or dysuria, diarrhea or constipation; these symptoms can be temporare or be permanent; the inserted radioactive seeds can travel to other surrounding areas of the prostate, sometimes being passed in the urine or the seminal liquid.

The chances of survival will slowly decrease if the tumor is already locally advanced or metastatic and even if the prescribed treatment proves effective or after a period of fifteen years had already passes for the survival rates to stabilize, there possibility of cancer recurrence will always remain and sometimes the cancer can recur in more aggressive forms such as the metastases.

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Natural Treatment Prostate Cancer

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The prostate cancer is the second most common cancer disease affecting the male population around the world and is described as an abnormal growth of cells in the prostate, which may led to problems of urinating, defecating or ejaculating.

Medical research studies concluded there are two forms of treatment for this sort of disease: the conventional treatment and the alternative treatment. The first type of treatment includes surgery by removing the prostate gland, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. While most men choose this method of treatment, there are others who prefer a traditional and less painful way to treat this disease.

They opt for what is know as an alternative treatment or Complementary and Alternative Medicines Treatments (CAM) which includes homeopathy, hydrotherapy, massages, yoga or herbal therapy. Among these, the natural treatment method, based on plants, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, is the most popular one.


Homeopathy, based on the principle of curing ill people with small doses of products that cause the similar symptoms of illness in healthy people, is often regarded as another form of natural treatment; it uses remedies such as the bartya carb, umbellate, causticum, staphysagria and chimapilla.

A nutritional diet based largely on natural products may help alleviate the pains of prostate cancer.

The mineral supplements and antioxidants recommended are magnesium, resveratrol, calcium, lycopene, zinc and selenium.

Lycopene can be found in apricots, pink grapefruit, watermelon, guava and tomatoes.

Since in the prostate zinc is stored in larger quantities than in any other part of our organism, pumpkin seeds are recommended, also oysters, barley, chicken meat.

The African plum tree also know as Pygeum lowers the cholesterol, the pomegranate juice from the Punica granatum tree has anti-inflamatory properties, zyflamend extract from the olive oil, hot peppers and jalapenom habenero reduces the growth of prostate cancer cells, the saw palmetto and the soy are considered miracle herbs, soy products having a high content of isoflavonoids.

Other important products are the eucalyptus, green tea, the lemon juice, honey; the brown rice, liver and seafood in general are rich in selenium, as for meat, cold-water fish has a high amount of Omega 3.

You should avoid including into your diet pastries, sweet products made with processed sugar and artificial sweeteners, butter, large quantities of salt or meat processed foods.


Specialists are still debating whether alternative treatment is more effective than the conventional one. If the prostate cancer evolves and eventually effects the surrounding body parts then surgery is inefficient. The same goes for chemotherapy. But if the cancer did not spread from the prostate gland area, alternative treatment may be more effective in stopping its evolution.

Either way, if you choose the conventional treatment you can always complement it with the alternative one, as long as you right-follow the doctors instructions and advices. Build yourself a strict diet and make sure to follow it accordingly…the first step to have a long and happy life!

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