Monday, December 23, 2013


Green tea to beat stress
Green tea has compounds that help your brain use blood sugar for fuel and stimulate the production of energising hormones called endorphins. So the next time you're feeling sapped of energy, docs say, sip on green tea.

Honey to kill virus 
Unpasteurised honey is packed with natural antibiotics and healing enzymes, and eating it when you're ill can cut three days off your sickness. It also kills the virus that causes sinus infections and other cold complications.

Walnuts for a strong heart
Cardiologists recommend eating five to six walnuts daily to cut your risk of a heart attack by half and add almost three healthy years to your life. Turns out these crunchy treats are one of the richest natural sources of artery-healing monounsaturated fats.

Turmeric for good memory 
Adding turmeric to your diet could sharpen your memory by at least 30 per cent, say experts. This happens because of turmeric's active ingredient — curcumin — is one of the most powerful brain-nourishing antioxidants ever discovered.

Veggies strengthens immunity 
Eat plenty of colourful veggies to prevent illness. Carrots, peppers, and okra are great for boosting immunity. The more colourful the better. It's what's in the plant's pigment that keep the lining of your respiratory tract healthy so viruses can't get a foothold and increase the production of disease-fighting immune cells.

Quell stress with breathing 
Take to belly breathing to ease stress and anxiety. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose for a count of six, allowing your belly to relax and expand as you do. Hold for a count of four, then slowly exhale through your mouth for another count of seven. Repeat until you feel fine.

Seafood for ageless skin
Eating fish three times a week cuts wrinkling and sagging by 30 per cent, as seafood is rich in protein, minerals and omega-3 fats — nutrients that nourish the collagen and muscles that keep skin smooth. Salmon, for one, is also rich in astaxanthin — an antioxidant that reduces fine lines and wrinkling.

Nix pains with naps 
Have frequent headaches, backaches, sore joints or other pain problems? Don't worry, just go off to sleep. Studies suggest getting a little more snooze could cut your discomfort by half within one month. Sleep boosts your production of growth hormones, which reduce inflammation and speed healing of damaged tissues.

Cinnamon to maintain BP
According to researchers, adding 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to your daily diet could improve your blood sugar control by 29 per cent or more — it slows carb absorption in your small intestines.

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