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Top 10 Health Benefits of Amla (Indian Gooseberry)

In many Ayurvedic preparations, amla is a very common ingredient. Also known as Indian gooseberry and emblic myrobalan, amla is a vibrant green-colored fruit. It features a round to transversely spherical shape and has an excessively succulent, sour, acidic and bitter (astringent) taste.
Amla is rich in the antioxidant vitamin C. It also contains many minerals and vitamins like calcium, phosphorus, iron, copper, potassium, manganese, magnesium, chromium, and vitamins A and B-complex.

Plus, it is a good source of carbohydrates and dietary fiber. In addition, fresh amla contains more than 80% water, and it is low in calories.
Packed with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, amla can definitely keep a number of diseases at bay. You can eat it as a fresh fruit, juice, dried or pickle form to see a huge improvement in your health.

Here are the top 10 health benefits of amla.1. Promotes Hair GrowthIn Ayurvedic medicine, amla is used as a remedy for many ha…

Top 10 Superfoods to Combat Anemia

Anemia affects about 3.5 million Americans, especially women. Anemia occurs when a person’s red blood cell (RBC) count is too low and the hemoglobin level in the blood falls below normal. Hemoglobin consists of haeme (iron) and globin (protein). Both of these elements are required for supplying oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body.

Symptoms include a tingling sensation on the hands and legs, depression, memory loss, fatigue and weakness. Your doctor can diagnose the condition with a simple blood test.

Some of the main causes of anemia are a deficiency of iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid; lactation, during which a mother’s body requires more nutrients such as iron; excessive blood loss; and, worm infestation in the intestines and stomach.

A healthy diet plan is very important if you are anemic. You must include foods that contain vitamin B12, iron and folic acid.

Here are the top 10 superfoods to combat anemia.

1. Soybeans All the different varieties of beans are a great source of ir…

10 Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is a natural herb that is used across the globe as a spice. Due to the various health benefits of ginger, this herb also is considered a virtual medicine chest. Various studies have proven that ginger is highly effective for treating a number of health problems.

Ginger has anti-nausea, anti-spasmodic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and antitussive (cough suppressant) properties that can do wonders for your health.

Also, ginger is a good source of vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, iron, zinc, calcium and beta-carotene.

To enjoy the medicinal benefits of ginger, you can use it in fresh, dried, powdered, juice or oil form.

Here are the top 10 health benefits of ginger.
1. Settles Upset Stomach The carminative properties present in ginger can be used to calm an upset stomach. It also helps relax the gastrointestinal muscles, hence preventing gas and bloating.
Also, health experts often recommend ginger …

How to Get Clear and Sparkling Eyes Naturally

The saying “Eyes are the window to the soul” is very popular. Many people easily relate to it as one’s eyes can speak a million words without a sound. This is one reason people want their eyes, the main feature of their face, to sparkle with life.

Clear and sparkling eyes denote happiness and good health, whereas eyes that are bloodshot or look tired and dull indicate illness and fatigue.

Dull, lifeless and bloodshot eyes can be due to many factors, including health problems, fatigue, lack of sleep, long working hours, spending too much time in front of a screen, nutritional deficiency, excessive drinking, dehydration, smoking and even a weak liver.

Here are the top 10 ways to get clear and sparkling eyes naturally.
1. Exercise the Eyes
You can use some simple exercises to relax and add spark to your eyes. They will help alleviate eye strain and improve blood circulation to the eyes.

One easy eye exercise is to shut your eyes and squeeze them tightly. Then open them quickly, as wide as poss…

Top 10 Superfoods to Build Muscles

If you want to add more muscle mass to your body frame, muscle strength exercises are essential. Regular workouts will stimulate your muscles to grow bigger and help build the type of muscles you want.

But vigorous workouts alone will not get you to your goal. You also need to eat the right foods. The foods you eat for meals, snacks and immediately after workouts have a huge impact on how your muscles are building.

To build muscles and lose fat, you need to follow a strict diet plan. You must include foods that contain protein, healthy carbohydrates and healthy fats. Other nutrients that you need to build muscles are magnesium, potassium, copper, selenium, calcium, iron and different vitamins.

 Here are the top 10 superfoods to build muscles.

1. Eggs
Egg whites contain protein, which is the building block of muscles. In fact, they contain high quality protein with all nine essential amino acids needed for optimal muscle recovery and building, as well as valuable minerals like calcium, zinc…

10 Bright Reasons to Start Drinking Lemon Juice

The health benefits of lemon juice are staggering– get a lemon and read on!

I have loved lemon juice since I was young. I hated lemonade with sugar, but I would drink the lemon juice concentrate straight from the bottle just so I could enjoy that puckering sensation of something WAY too sour. Turns out my drinking pure lemon juice was a good thing!

Lemon juice is one of the healthiest juices around, and you’ll find that it can do wonders for your health.

Heal Sore Throats – Have you ever wondered why your mother made you hot tea with honey when you had a sore throat? That’s because lemon juice can help to fight the infection causing the sore throat, and the honey helps to soothe the pain. Drinking lemon juice can help to cure your sore throat quickly.
Deal with Kidney Stones -- Worried that you’ve got kidney stones? Drink a bit more lemon juice every day, and you can get rid of them effectively! Half a cup of lemon juice a day raises the citrate levels in your urine, and this helps to red…

30 Simple Ways You Can Prevent Cancer

Cut out sugary drinks. Not only do sugary drinks contribute to obesity and diabetes, they may also increase your risk of endometrial cancer. According to research from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, women who drank large amounts of sugar-laden beverages had up to an 87 percent higher risk of endometrial cancer, likely due to the pounds these drinks
Eat "resistant starches." Resistant starch, found in foods like green bananas, rolled oats, and white beans, may help reduce the increased risk of colon cancer from a diet high in red meat. According to the journal Cancer Prevention Research, participants in a study had a 30 percent increase in cell proliferation in the rectal tissue after eating 300 grams of lean red meat a day (about 10 ounces) for four weeks. After adding 40 grams of resistant starches a day while eating the meat, cell proliferation levels went back down to normal.
Stand more. Sit less. New studies suggest that people who spend most of their da…

Home Remedies for a Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis)

A kidney infection, also known as pyelonephritis, is usually caused by a bacterial infection that spreads up from the urinary tract to the bladder through the urethra and, finally, into the kidneys. It can affect one or both kidneys.
Women, especially pregnant women, have a high risk of kidney infection compared to men. Other factors that increase your risk of developing a kidney infection include obstruction in the urinary tract, weakened immune system due to diabetes, HIV or side effects of certain treatments, prolonged use of a urinary catheter and suffering from kidney stones or a condition that blocks or changes the flow of urine in the kidneys.
Some of the common symptoms of a kidney infection are pain in the side or lower back where the kidneys are located, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, pain or burning sensation during urination, a need to use the bathroom frequently, change in urine color and pain above the pubic bone.
If not treated in time, kidney infection can lead …

How to Increase Your Metabolism

Metabolism is the chemical process by which the body converts the food you eat and drink into energy. The body needs this energy to function and allow you to go about your day-to-day activities. It is also needed when the body is at rest, to perform tasks like breathing, circulating blood throughout the body and repairing cells.
Your metabolism is determined by several factors, such as genes, sex, age, hormone levels, body size and composition, and activity level. A slow or low metabolism can have a huge impact on your energy level, body weight and overall health.
Some causes of low metabolism are fasting, poor eating pattern, an unhealthy or low-calorie diet, lack of physical activity, snacking on sugary foods, drinking too many high-sugar drinks, poor or inadequate sleep, too much stress and accumulation of toxins in the body. Other key factors responsible for slow metabolism are conditions like diabetes and hypothyroidism. Some of the most common symptoms of slow metabolism are low blo…