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Monday, 27 January 2014

Prostate Health, 8 Super foods you must know.

A diet that is good for your heart is also good for your prostate, which means an Asian or a Mediterranean approach to eating like lots of fruits and veggies, easy on the red meats and eating foods with good fats. To maintain your prostate health check some of the most useful foods below.

Brazil nuts
Of all the different types of nuts, these South America’s natives are a rich source of selenium that is important for prostate health. In fact, just an ounce of Brazil nuts can contain as much as 10 times the RDA for selenium. Studies have shown that selenium intake is associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. The Brazil nuts are also a very good source of zinc, one more mineral that plays an important role in maintaining a healthy prostate. The high saturated fat content of these nuts suggests limiting your consumption to just a few ounces per week, but as they are such a super food when it comes to selenium, that is all you need to help promote prostate health.

It contains high amounts of the phytonutrients sulforaphane and the indoles, both having anticancer properties. One study published discovered that indole carbinol, which occurs naturally in broccoli suppressed the growth of prostate cancer cells and inhibited the production of prostate specific antigen. Investigators found that eating broccoli more than once a week can reduce the likelihood of developing stage III and IV prostate cancer by 40 percent. If the vegetable is cooked longer than five minutes, its anticancer abilities fade. Before cooking cut the florets into pieces and let them sit for about 5 minutes. This allows cancer preventing elements to form before cooking, because heat denatures the enzyme which causes the process to occur. To boost the healthful value of broccoli, add virgin olive oil, fresh garlic and cayenne.

Green tea
The powers of green tea are attributed to antioxidant compounds called catechins, which has been shown to destroy certain viruses and bacteria, boost immunity and fight prostate cancer. Research has shown that green tea polyphenols can significantly lower the levels of biomarkers for prostate cancer. Green tea catechins also may help men who have pre cancerous prostate lesions, which alert a high risk of developing prostate cancer. Studies show that men who drink at least 3 cups of green tea a day have a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Experts have found that compounds of green tea interfere with the activity of an enzyme having a role in initiating prostate cancer. These compounds also prompt prostate cancer cells to destroy. Catechins help to repair damaged DNA that can otherwise trigger cancer growth.

Asian mushrooms contain lentinan, a type of ß glucan that has demonstrated anticancer properties. Asian mushrooms also contain a potent antioxidant called ergothioneine. Its forte is exerting potent antioxidant properties to protect the cells throughout the body, including the prostate. One research recently found that ergothioneine provides protection to cells from damage associated with toxins and other substances.

In particular, pomegranates are rich in antioxidants and a phytonutrient called ellagitannin that is especially helpful in promoting prostate health. Studies show that pomegranate extracts can slow the production of prostate cancer cells and prompt the cells to destroy themselves. In other research, ellagitannins have shown that they can interfere with the growth of new blood vessels- important f for nourishing prostate tumors. Although pomegranate itself can be a challenge to eat, pomegranate juice is readily available as a popular choice.

Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds offer some unique health benefits for the prostate, especially for those who have benign hypertrophy of prostate. The pumpkin seeds’ oil help prevent the hormones from triggering multiplication of prostate cells. This oil also contains carotenoids and omega fatty acids. Studies show that men who have high levels of carotenoids in the diet have a reduced risk of prostate enlargement. Another nutrient found in pumpkin seeds is zinc, which is also associated with prostate health. A recent study suggests that zinc protects against the development of prostate cancer.

Omega fatty acids are an important nutrient for supporting prostate health and a nutritious way to get these fatty acids is with salmon. Studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids in fish slow development of prostate tumor and progression in men who already have the issue. Study results reported that eating salmon at least once per week might reduce a risk of developing advanced prostate cancer even if it is genetically predisposed. One question about salmon is whether to buy farmed or wild fish. Research shows that wild salmon is a healthier choice.

Tomatoes are a source of lycopene. It is a potent antioxidant that has proven itself in studies to have properties that enhance prostate health. Tomatoes’ antioxidant potency increases when they are processed. Thus tomato paste, soup, sauce or juice offers more antioxidant protection for the prostate than do fresh ones. The results of many studies show that processed tomato products really enhance prostate health. Researchers say that just a serving of tomato product every day can protect against the DNA damage that sets the stage for prostate cancer. Tomatoes are also helpful for managing benign prostatic hypertrophy.


Sunday, 26 January 2014

Energy drinks: Do they really boost energy? Answers from Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.

Most energy drinks contain large amounts of caffeine, which can provide a temporary energy boost. Some energy drinks contain sugar and other substances. The boost is short-lived, however, and may be accompanied by other problems.

For example, energy drinks that contain sugar may contribute to weight gain — and too much caffeine can lead to:

Rapid heartbeat
Increased blood pressure
Mixing energy drinks with alcohol may be even more problematic. Energy drinks can blunt the feeling of intoxication, which may lead to heavier drinking and alcohol-related injuries.

For most people, occasional energy drinks are fine, but try to limit yourself to about 16 ounces (500 milliliters) a day. If you're consistently fatigued or rundown, however, consider a better — and healthier — way to boost your energy. Get adequate sleep, include physical activity in your daily routine, and eat a healthy diet. If these strategies don't seem to help, consult your doctor. Sometimes fatigue is a sign of an underlying medical condition, such as hypothyroidism or anemia.

There are a few groups for which energy drinks are typically not recommended. If you have an underlying condition such as heart disease or high blood pressure, ask your doctor if energy drinks may cause complications. Pregnant women and women who are breast-feeding may want to especially limit consumption of these beverages.

With the growing popularity of energy drinks, many parents have become concerned about how much caffeine their kids are getting. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that adolescents get no more than 100 milligrams of caffeine a day. Younger children shouldn't drink caffeinated beverages on a regular basis.

Answers from Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.

Sex Benefits; 7 Reasons to Have More Sex

Thanks to your dedicated years of research, you probably already have plenty of reasons to have sex—it’s fun, it’s a great way to connect with your partner, and, well, you’ve already watched that rerun of Frasier.

But did you know that sex also has plenty of health benefits? Actually, it’s kind of like a cure-all, Fountain of Youth, and pain-reliever all rolled into one. And you don’t need a partner to reap the benefits — there are plenty of reasons to practice the art of self-love.

Need a reason to jump in the sack? Here are seven:

It boosts your immune system.

Waaaay more fun than an apple a day! Having sex just once or twice a week has been linked to having higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin, which can increase your protection from colds and other infections by up to 30 percent.

It’s good for your heart.

…And not just the part of your heart that makes up adorable nicknames for each other. A study that spanned 20 years found that men who had sex two or more times per week were half as likely to have a fatal heart attack compared to men who had sex less than once a month. For women, sex increases levels of estrogen, which protects against heart disease.

It strengthens some important muscles.

Ever pee a little when you laugh? Blame weak pelvic floor muscles and then hop in the sack. Sex can tone those muscles that support your uterus, bladder, and bowel. It’s like doing Kegels with a partner!

The “glow” is real!

That gorgeous post-sex glow? Turns out we’re not just imagining it. There’s a hormone called dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA for short) that shows increased levels during sexual excitement…and it also does everything from improving cognition to keeping skin healthy and repairing tissue. Who needs concealer?

It might cure your headache.

Some people who suffer from migraines and cluster headaches have found that the endorphin release that comes after an orgasm offers some relief from their debilitating headaches.

It’s a calorie-burner.

Don’t cancel your gym membership just yet…but sex can be a great exercise option once it gets too late to go for a bike ride. An average half-hour session can burn between 75 and 150 calories, comparable to an easy yoga session or a walk. Arousal and orgasm also releases testosterone in your body, a hormone that, among other things, helps the body maintain lean muscle tissue.

It helps you sleep.

We’ve all been kept awake worrying about work and our endless to-do lists. Next time you can’t sleep, try having sex—orgasms release oxytocin, one of the brain’s stress-relieving chemicals. Sex also involved muscle contractions and movement that deplete the body of energy, allowing it to be flooded with those feel-good, soothing hormones.


How many ways can you use salt? According to the Salt Institute, about 14,000! I can’t think of another more versatile mineral. The use of salt to preserve food was one of the early cornerstones of civilization (preservation lessened the dependence on seasonal food, and provided sustenance for traveling over long distances). However, salt was very difficult to obtain. With modern production methods, nowadays salt is the most common and readily available nonmetallic mineral in the world; in fact, the supply of salt is inexhaustible.

Since at least medieval times salt (sodium chloride) has been used for cleaning–and ensuing generations have continued to rely on it for all kinds of nifty tricks around the house. (these were the days before toxic chemicals promised the convenience of an easy fix!) So with its non-toxic friendliness and top-dog status as an endlessly abundant resource, let’s jump on the granny bandwagon and swap out some non-toxic solutions for ample, innocuous and inexpensive salt.

But first, let my inner science geek pipe in for just a second (although if I eat dinner with you, I promise not to ask you to please pass the sodium chloride). There is a whole class of chemical compounds called “salts,” but the salt we’re talking about is good old sodium chloride–an ionic compound with the formula NaCl. Sodium chloride is the salt most responsible for the salinity of the oceans and of the extracellular fluid of many multicellular organisms (which is why it is vital for us), and the major ingredient in edible salt. 

There are a number of forms of salt produced for consumption (and by default, housekeeping!): unrefined salt (such as sea salt), refined salt (table salt), and iodized salt. The best salts for consumption are the most unrefined salts like sea salt and himalayan salt which are the highest in organic minerals. But for cleaning purposes you can use any type of salt. In case you're wondering Epsom salt is an entirely different animal: magnesium sulfate to be exact (which is a salt that I consider to be, essentially, miraculous).

Okay, lab coat off, Hints-from-Heloise hat on. Here are just a few of the many ways you can put salt to good use in your home:

Salt works as an effective yet gentle scouring agent. Salt also serves as a catalyst for other ingredients, such as vinegar, to boost cleaning and deodorizing action. For a basic soft scrub, make a paste with lots of salt, baking soda and dish soap and use on appliances, enamel, porcelain, etc.

Clean sink drains. Pour salt mixed with hot water down the kitchen sink regularly to deodorize and keep grease from building up.

Remove water rings. Gently rub a thin paste of salt and vegetable oil on the white marks caused by beverage glasses and hot dishes, on wooden tables.

Clean greasy pans. Cast-iron skillets can be cleaned with a good sprinkling of salt and paper towels.

Clean stained cups. Mix salt with a dab of dish soap to make a soft scrub for stubborn coffee and tea stains.

Clean refrigerators. A mix of salt and soda water can be used to wipe out and deodorize the inside of your refrigerator, a nice way to keep chemical-y cleaners away from your food.

Clean brass or copper. Mix equal parts of salt, flour and vinegar to make a paste, and rub the paste on the metal. After letting it sit for an hour, clean with a soft cloth or brush and buff with a dry cloth.

Clean rust. Mix salt and cream of tartar with just enough water to make a paste. Rub on rust, let dry, brush off and buff with a dry, soft cloth. You can also use the same method with a mix of salt and lemon.

Clean a glass coffee pot. Every diner waitress’ favorite tip: add salt and ice cubes to a coffee pot, swirl around vigorously, and rinse. The salt scours the bottom, and the ice helps to agitate it more for a better scrub.

Attack wine spills. If your tipsy aunt tips her wine on the cotton or linen tablecloth, blot up as much as possible and immediately cover the wine with a pile of salt, which will help pull the remaining wine away from the fiber. After dinner, soak the tablecloth in cold water for thirty minutes before laundering. (Also works on clothing.)

Quell oversudsing. Since of course we are all very careful in how much detergent we use in our laundry, we never have too many suds. But if…you can eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt.

Dry clothes in the winter. Use salt in the final laundry rinse to prevent clothes from freezing if you use an outdoor clothes line in the winter.

Brighten colors. Wash colored curtains or washable fiber rugs in a saltwater solution to brighten the colors. Brighten faded rugs and carpets by rubbing them briskly with a cloth that has been dipped in a strong saltwater solution and wrung out.

Remove perspiration stains. Add four tablespoons of salt to one quart of hot water and sponge the fabric with the solution until stains fade.

Remove blood stains. Soak the stained cloth in cold saltwater, then launder in warm, soapy water and boil after the wash. (Use only on cotton, linen or other natural fibers that can take high heat.)

Tackle mildew or rust stains. Moisten stained spots with a mixture of lemon juice and salt, then spread the item in the sun for bleaching–then rinse and dry.

Clean a gunky iron bottom. Sprinkle a little salt on a piece of paper and run the hot iron over it to remove rough, sticky spots.

Set color. Salt is used commonly in the textile industry, but works at home too. If a dye isn’t colorfast, soak the garment for an hour in 1/2 gallon of water to which you’ve added 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup salt, then rinse. If rinse water has any color in it, repeat. Use only on single-colored fabric or madras. If the item is multicolored, dry-clean it to avoid running all of the colors together.

Around The House
Deter ants. Sprinkle salt at doorways, window sills and anywhere else ants sneak into your house. Ants don’t like to walk on salt.

Extinguish grease fires. Keep a box of salt near your stove and oven, and if a grease fire flares up, douse the flames with salt. (Never use water on grease fires; it will splatter the burning grease.) When salt is applied to fire, it acts like a heat sink and dissipates the heat from the fire–it also forms an oxygen-excluding crust to smother the fire.

Drip-proof candles. If you soak new candles in a strong salt solution for a few hours, then dry them well, they will not drip as much when you burn them.

Keep cut flowers fresh. A dash of salt added to the water in a flower vase will keep cut flowers fresh longer. (You can also try an aspirin or a dash of sugar for the same effect.)

Arrange artificial flowers. Artificial flowers can be held in place by pouring salt into the vase, adding a little cold water and then arranging the flowers. The salt becomes solid as it dries and holds the flowers in place.

Make play dough. Use 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons oil and 2 tablespoons cream of tartar. Stir together flour, cream of tartar, salt and oil, and slowly add water. Cook over medium heat stirring frequently until dough becomes stiff. Spread onto wax paper and let cool. Knead the dough with your hands until it reaches a good play dough consistency. (Read about juice dyes here.)

Repair walls. To fill nail holes, fix chips or other small dings in white sheetrock or plaster walls, mix 2 tablespoons salt and 2 tablespoons cornstarch, then add enough water (about 5 teaspoons) to make a thick paste. Use the paste to fill the holes.

Deter patio weeds. If weeds or grass grow between bricks or blocks in your patio, sidewalk or driveway, carefully spread salt between the cracks, then sprinkle with water or wait for rain to wet it down.

Kill poison ivy. Mix three pounds of salt with a gallon of soapy water (use a gentle dish soap) and apply to leaves and stems with a sprayer, avoiding any plant life that you want to keep.

De-ice sidewalks and driveways. One of the oldest tricks in the book! Lightly sprinkle rock salt on walks and driveways to keep snow and ice from bonding to the pavement and allow for easier shoveling/scraping. But don’t overdo it; use the salt sensibly to avoid damage to plants and paws.

Tame a wild barbeque. Toss a bit of salt on flames from food dripping in barbecue grills to reduce the flames and calm the smoke without cooling the coals (like water does).

Personal Care 
Extend toothbrush life. Soak toothbrushes in salt water before your first use; they’ll last longer

Clean teeth. Use one part fine salt to two parts baking soda–dip your toothbrush in the mix and brush as usual. You can also use the same mix dissolved in water for orthodontic appliances.

Rinse your mouth. Mix equal parts salt and baking soda in water for a fresh and deodorizing mouth rinse.

Ease mouth problems. For cankers, abscesses and other mouth sores, rinse your mouth with a weak solution of warm salt water several times a day.

Relieve bee sting pain. Ouch? Immediately dampen area and pack on a small pile of salt to reduce pain and swelling. More bee-sting tips here.

Treat mosquito bites. A saltwater soak can do wonders for that special mosquito-bite itch–a poultice of salt mixed with olive oil can help too.

Treat poison ivy. Same method as for treating mosquito bites. (Salt doesn’t seem to distinguish between itches.)

Have an exfoliating massage. After bathing and while still wet give yourself a massage with dry salt. It freshens skin and boosts circulation.

Ease throat pain. Mix salt and warm water, gargle to relieve a sore throat.

Source: http://www.care2.com/

Saturday, 25 January 2014

10 Common Habits That Damage the Kidneys~

1. Not emptying your bladder early

2. Not drinking enough water
3. Taking too much salt
4. Not treating common infections quickly and properly
5. Eating too much meat
6. Not eating enough
7. Painkiller abuse
8. Missing your drugs
9. Drinking too much alcohol
10. Not resting enough

Quick Fix For Hair Fall

Eat sprouted green gram everyday in the morning and within 4 weeks you will see that your hair fall has reduced and immune system is improved along with several other health benefits.

Making sprouts with green gram is easy and fast. During sprouting, the trypsin inhibitors, which are commonly present in the raw pulses and delays their digestibility, are also inactivated.

The vitamins -A, B-Complex and C increase rapidly during germination. In moong sprouts the vitamin A content increases by 285%, thiamine by 208%, riboflavin by an astounding 515%, niacin by 256% and finally ascorbic acid by 600%. When the seeds sprout, shoots appear earlier than roots. The sprouts are maximally nutritious, if consumed before the roots start emerging.
It works wonders."

Friday, 24 January 2014

Saudi moves to make Madinah capital of Islamic culture

Madinah: Governor, Prince Faisal bin Salman recently announced 13 initiatives aimed at making Madinah the eternal capital of Islamic culture. He said the initiatives have won the support of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.

The announcement comes at the conclusion of activities marking the selection of Madinah as the Islamic Cultural Capital.

Initiatives include the establishment of an oasis for Quranic learning to make Madinah an Islamic cultural center. The oasis will have halls for Quranic recitation, discussions and scientific research.

The Quba Cultural Center is another important project, which includes museums, libraries and parks, in addition to a center to welcome pilgrims and visitors. The King Abdul Aziz Library and the Haram Library will also be developed as part of the new initiatives.

A permanent exhibition will be established for the life and teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Another exhibition center will be established to showcase the Prophet’s battles.

There will be a center for Madinah’s written heritage, the governor said, adding that an old Madinah district would be created inside the King Fahd Park. There will also be a center for Islamic architecture in Madinah, the expansion of Hejaz Railway Museum among others.