Monday, April 28, 2014


The health benefits of almonds are extensive. Natural, unsalted almonds are a tasty and nutritious snack with plenty of health benefits. Loaded with minerals, they are also among the healthiest of tree nuts. Just a handful of nutrient-rich almonds a day helps promote heart health and prevent weight gain, and it may even help fight diseases like diabetes and Alzheimer's and they are frequently used as a healthy solution for relief from constipation, respiratory disorders, coughs, heart disorders, anemia, impotency, and diabetes. It also helps in maintenance of healthy hair, skin care (psoriasis), and dental care.

Nutritional Facts about Raw Almonds

Nutrient                   Value

Vitamin A               0.34 IU

Vitamin B1             0.03 mg

Vitamin B2             0.3 mg

Vitamin B3            1.4 mg

Vitamin E               9 mg

Folate                     11.39 mcg

Calcium                 91.8 mg

Iron                         1.6 mg

Manganese           0.09 mg

Magnesium           98.7 mg

Phosphorous         168.6 mg

Potassium               257.4 mg

Zinc                           1.22 mg

Molybdenum          10.2 mg

Selenium                 0.98 mg

Each raw almond consists of approximately 7 calories. Here's more on calories in almonds. Raw almonds are rich in dietary fibers and proteins which play a significant role in burning the extra calories. So, if you are trying to reduce your weight, make it a habit to add almonds to your daily diet. An ounce of almond contains the following nutrients.

Nutrient                    Percentage           Functions

Protein                          12%         Proteins help in growth and repair of body organs

Carbohydrates       2%     Carbohydrates help in growth and development of body tissues

Fats                           23%            Fat supplies essential fatty acids and stores energy

Dietary Fibers     12%            Reducing the risk of heart diseases

Nutrition Facts about Dry Roasted Almonds
Dry roasted almonds consist of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and dietary fibers as well. The following contents listed below are calculated per 100 grams.

Protein Content         - 22.09 grams
Carbs Content - 19.29 grams
Fat Content         - 52.83 grams
Dietary Fiber - 11.8 grams

The nutritive value of roasted almonds (with salt) is 169 calories and without salt is 172 calories. Once almonds are roasted, the vitamin B content decreases otherwise the nutritive value remains the same as that of raw almonds.

Nutrition Facts about Sliced Almonds
An ounce of sliced almonds contain 133 calories. The calorie breakdown in sliced almonds is proteins -15%, carbohydrates -15%, and fats - 81.2%. Sliced almonds are mostly for garnishing desserts.

Types of Almonds

Both sweet and bitter almonds are readily available. Traditionally, sweet almonds are edible, while bitter almonds are used to make almond oil, a common oil that is used to add flavor to food. Almonds are usually eaten raw, but many people also add them as ingredients in salads, casseroles, and other dishes. Almond milk is also a delicious beverage, and an alternative to less nutritious cow’s milk.

You can eat almonds directly, preferably on an empty stomach to increase and speed up the absorption of their nutrients. You can soak them in water overnight so you can eat them the morning. Crushed almonds are also a wonderful garnish for a number of dishes.

Health Benefits of Almonds

Almonds are known to have great medicinal value, which, along with their good taste, is the main reason that so many people proactively add almonds to their diet. Some of the researched and verified benefits of almonds are given below.

Maintaining proper health of the brain
Almonds are a source of many nutrients which help in the development and health of the human brain. Almonds have been connected to a higher intellectual level and they have long been considered an essential food item for growing children. Almonds also contain two vital brain nutrients, riboflavin and L-carnitine, which have been shown to increase brain activity, resulting in new neural pathways and a decreased occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that almonds in the diet, as well as almond oil, is nutritive to the overall health and functioning of the nervous system.

Regulation of cholesterol
Almonds help in maintaining proper levels of cholesterol by increasing the level of high density lipoproteins (HDL)(good cholesterol) and decreasing the level of low density lipoproteins (LDL)(bad cholesterol). This helps in prevention of a majority of heart diseases.

Good for your heart
Almonds are high-fat food, but containing mono-unsaturated fats, which are health-promoting fats.The mono-unsaturated fats, protein and potassium contained in almonds are all instrumental in heart health. Vitamin E is an effective antioxidant and also help in prevention of heart diseases, while the presence of magnesium in almonds can help avoid heart attacks. Almonds help reduce the presence and impact of C-reactive proteins which causes artery-damaging inflammation. 

Almonds are also a great source of folic acid. Therefore, they help to reduce the level of homocysteine, which causes fatty plaque buildup in arteries. Furthermore, the flavonoids in the skin of almonds combines with Vitamin E to form a powerful shield against artery wall damage.

Immune System Strength 
Almonds are great sources for alkali materials, and this is known to benefit the strength of the immune system, as well as increase the ability to stave off diseases and various health conditions. Along with almonds’ contribution to alkaline levels, it also has a high content of Vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant. It seeks out all the damaging free radicals in the body and eliminates them, because they actually promote chronic diseases and can be horribly hazardous to the body’s organ systems. Antioxidants like the Vitamin E found in almonds affect all major diseases, including cancer and heart disease. Research has actually shown that people who ingest high levels of Vitamin E are actually 30-40% less likely to contract heart disease.

Regulation of blood pressure
The potassium present in almonds helps to regulates blood pressure and indirectly helps in prevention of diseases caused due to high blood pressure, and  almonds are very low in sodium, which helps to control fluctuating blood pressure. The other nutrients also keep the body balanced in terms of other essential needs, which can prevents any other deficiencies. Balanced vitamins and minerals are essential for a healthy lifestyle, but if certain elements are neglected, the entire body can be affected, including anxiety, overall stress, and inevitably, increased blood pressure.

Bone Health
Almonds are a fantastic source of many vitamins and minerals, and phosphorous is definitely counted among them! Phosphorous can have a considerable impact on the strength and durability of bones and teeth, while also preventing the onset of age-related conditions like osteoporosis.

Many people think that the word “fat” means something negative, but in fact, certain fatty acids are essential, and can be very beneficial for overall health. The body can’t create its own fatty acids, which is why we need to get them from dietary sources. Almonds have two very important fatty acids, both linoleic and linolenic acids. Those fatty acids help to reduce inflammation all around the body, which is a general condition that many people suffer from. The fatty acids also help to reduce the levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol), and they promote healthy skin and hair! All in all, almonds pack a powerful, healthy punch.

Boosts energy
The presence of manganese, copper and Riboflavin in almonds helps in energy production and metabolic rate. If you are on the go, a handful of almonds can get you through the day without filling you up with calories or fat.

Prevention of cancer
Almonds improve the movement of food through the colon, thereby preventing build-up and subsequent colon cancer. The National Cancer Center has done extensive research on the link between high-fiber diets and a reduced risk of colon cancer.

Protection against diabetes
Almonds also help to reduce the reactionary rise in glucose and insulin levels after meals. This modulation offers protection from the dangerous spikes in blood sugar which diabetics often suffer from following a large meal, or a meal with an unexpectedly high level of sugar in it. Almonds help regulate the abrosption and processing of glucose, making the entire process much smoother, and subsequently safer.

Good for pregnancy
Almonds contain folic acid, which is one of the most important nutrient to prevent birth defect in pregnancy. It also stimulates healthy cell growth and tissue formation. Neural tube defects are conditions where the neural tube is either underdeveloped or is partially missing in the fetus. Doctors regularly prescribe folic acid supplements to pregnant women to ensure proper development of the tube, and almonds have enough folic acid to keep mothers and their babies healthy. Benefits of almonds during pregnancy also include its use in the treatment of constipation, which is commonly seen during pregnancy.

Weight loss
The organic almond milk contain less amounts of calories and hence, can be consumed by people on a diet. Almond milk is also claimed to help in quick weight loss.

Unsweetened almond milk can be used if you are attempting to lose weight. The mono-unsaturated fat contained in almonds satisfies appetite and prevents over-eating. The dietary fiber in almonds also contributes to the sensation of being full, despite eating only a small amount. Studies have revealed that an almond-rich, low calorie diet is good for obese people to assist in shedding their excess weight. Studies have shown that those people who regularly consume almonds (at least twice a week) are far more likely to remain at their ideal weight, rather than those who rarely or never consume almonds and suffer from weight fluctuations. Finally, the fiber contributes to consistent bowel movements, which helps in weight loss and the general health of the body through the elimination of toxins.

Prevention of constipation
Almonds are rich in fiber, and like most other fiber-rich foods, almonds help prevent constipation. However, it is also important to drink a significant amount of water when eating almonds to speed up the digestive process and beneficial effects of the nut. You don’t even need to eat an excessive amount, the amount of fiber in 4 or 5 almonds is enough to keep your digestion and bowel movements regular.

Skin care
Sweet almond oil benefits also include treatment and prevention of dry and cracked skin. This oil is also popularly applied to newborn babies. Applying almond oil directly on the skin also helps in having a smooth and healthy skin. Almond milk is also added to some soaps, because of almonds well-established reputation of improving the complexion of skin.

Hair Care
There are also several benefits of almond oil for hair. It is used to treat dryness of hair and prevent it from being coarse and thereby, it stops hair fall.

People can even reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s disease by consuming almonds, because they have been known to have such a positive effect on neural activity. Stimulating new neural passageways and connections can keep Alzheimer’s disease and neural degeneration from developing.

However, just like almost any other food, almonds have their downside. They do contain oxalates, and excessive oxalates can cause crystallization, which can lead to a host of different issues.  People that have kidney or gallbladder problems should avoid eating almonds.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Dark spots on the face which might occur as dark patches are formed on the skin due to the increased production of melanin, a skin pigment. This condition can be caused due to various reasons that include, acne, aging, over exposure to UV rays, skin disease as well as hormonal imbalances in women due to pregnancy certain medications, vitamin deficiencies, lack of sleep and too much stress. Dark or black spots are relatively harmless apart from looking unsightly, particularly if they occur on the face. 

Dark spots and patches on the face can be embarrassing and even lead to low self-esteem. Luckily, there are many possible treatments, such as acid peels and laser surgeries. Natural homemade remedies can also effectively lighten the dark spots and other blemishes successfully. Not only are home remedies inexpensive, but you can also be sure of no side effects.

Here are few Home Remedies for Black Spots on Face

Aloe vera has many healing properties and is a great natural dark spot corrector.

Apply aloe vera juice or gel directly on dark patches and black spots. Gently massage the area with your fingertips for a few minutes. Repeat this once or twice daily for a few weeks to fade skin discolorations. If it becomes messy, use a clean cloth soaked in warm water to remove the mask. Follow this treatment once or twice a week.

Lemon Juice
A quick and easy solution can be found in your kitchen or your nearest grocery store — lemon juice. Lemons have vitamin C that can lighten dark spots on your face. It’s easy to apply.

Put some fresh lemon juice on a cotton ball and rub it directly on the affected skin area.
Allow it to dry and then wash it off with plain water.

Continue applying for at least two weeks to get the desired result. If you have delicate or sensitive skin, you can dilute the lemon juice with plain water, rosewater, or honey. You can also use lime juice to get rid of black spots.

Buttermilk is also beneficial in getting rid of dark spots. Like lemon juice, it also helps fade blemishes and black spots but without causing burning sensation.

Take four teaspoons of buttermilk. Add two teaspoons of fresh tomato juice. Mix the two ingredients (both have excellent bleaching properties) and then apply and wash it off after 15 minutes.

The lactic acid in milk too, will gradually reduce skin pigmentation, and brighten and tone your overall skin complexion. So, if you do not have buttermilk, simply apply soak a cotton ball in milk and dab it directly on your spots. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then wash it off Put milk on a cotton ball and dab it directly on your spots. Repeat this procedure twice daily for four to five weeks.

You can also prepare a solution by mixing milk and honey and apply the solution to your dark spots, leaving it on for 10 minutes.

Take 8-10 almonds and soak them in milk overnight. Peel off the skin and grind the almonds in the morning. Now, add one teaspoon sandalwood powder and half a teaspoon honey in it. Mix them to make a fine paste. Apply it on your face and leave it for about 30 minutes and then wash it off.

Turmeric is another popular skin-lightening agent that can be used to get rid of black spots on your face. It is also effective for quickly removing sun spots and age spots.

Make a thick paste of turmeric, milk and lemon juice. Apply it to the skin where there are black spots.
Leave it for a few minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.

Another option is to make a paste of turmeric, honey and olive oil and gently massage it into the affected skin area. Leave it on until it completely dries and then wash the area with water.

Oatmeal powder is considered good for skin exfoliation. Hence, you can apply an oatmeal mask on your face and neck to remove dead skin and black spots.

Grind half a cup of rolled oats. Add three to four tablespoons of lemon juice to make a paste.

Scrub it on your skin and wash it off with warm water when it dries. If it becomes messy, use a clean cloth soaked in warm water to remove the mask. Follow this treatment once or twice a week.

The enzymes in papaya can help even out skin tone and aid in fading black spots. For example, papaya contains papain, an enzyme that exfoliates the skin encouraging production of new, fresher-looking skin. There are two ways that you can use papaya.

Apply the pulp of ripe papaya to the skin and leave it on for about 20 minutes; then rinse it off.

Another option is to grate green papaya and add lime juice to it. Apply this mixture to black spots and allow it to sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it off. You can also use papaya skin as an excellent scrub for knees and elbows.


Make a thick paste of sandalwood powder, glycerin and rose water. (If you don’t have rose water, you can use milk or honey.) Apply the thick paste to the affected skin area, leaving it on for a few minutes. Wash off the paste with lukewarm water.

Follow this remedy once daily until your black spots vanish completely.

Your vegetable drawer is another source of home remedies for black spots or dark patches. Potatoes can be applied in one of the two ways:

Slice up a potato and place one slice directly on the black spots; leave on for a few minutes and then wash your face with lukewarm water.

You can also make a face mask by combining grated potato with honey. Some people have also had success using tomatoes to get rid of dark black spots within a few weeks.

Onion Juice
Prepare Onion juice using a juicer, blender or grater. Dip a clean cotton swab into fresh onion juice and dab it directly on the affected skin area and allow it to dry naturally.

Another option is to apply a combination of one tablespoon of onion juice and two tablespoons of honey on the spots for about 20 minutes. If you have oily skin, you can add some vinegar in the solution as well.

Vitamin E oil and castor oil, too, are useful in getting rid of black spots.

Important notes:

Depending on a number of factors, these home remedies may only help to lighten the color of facial spots and not remove them. For more conventional therapies, you should consult a dermatologist.

New spots or skin variations may need to be examined by a physician to ensure they are not due to a more serious health condition.


From time immemorial, nuts have remained an indispensable part of man’s diet.  This was apparent from the recent archaeological survey conducted at Israel, which showed ample evidence, that 780,000 years ago nuts were dominant in a man’s diet.  The findings were a few tools used for breaking nuts, along with seven different varieties of nuts that have been prevalent for long.

The scientific name, Juglans Regia, dates back to the ancient Greeks, who called them “Jovis Glans” meaning “Jupiter’s Royal Acorn” or “Jupiter’s Nut.”  According to ancient Greek legends, during the Golden Age, the Gods lived on walnuts alone, wherein men lived on acorns.

Walnut tree is native to the Indian Himalayas and China, the Persian walnuts according to history had its origin in Persia. Since they were retained for royalty, they were known as “The Royal Nut.”  From Persia, “The Royal Nut,” moved on to Lebanon, slowly finding its way to Israel, long before the writing of the Holy Bible.  Later, during the Middle Ages, the wonder nut reached England, and was used by English ships throughout the Mediterranean as a common trade.  Since the English spread the popularity of the walnut around the world, they were eventually known as “The English Walnut”

Nutrition Facts of Walnuts

Walnuts contain essential omega-3 fatty acids, by way of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) in higher amounts when compared to other nuts.  Walnuts are an excellent source of popyphenolic antioxidants, manganese and copper.  Besides this, they offer calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium, vitamin E in the form of gamma-tocopherol and zinc in large amounts.  They contain abundant anti-inflammatory properties along with phenolic acids and tannins such as ellagitannins and tellimagrandins combined with huge varieties of flavonoids.

Health Benefits of Walnuts

“Good Things Come in Small Packages”,  this is especially true in the case of The Royal Nut, considering incredible health benefits of walnuts.  

A super food with twice the amount of antioxidants, than any other nuts, they make an exceptional vegan source of omega 3 fatty acids and proteins, found abundantly in non-vegetarian foods.  According to various studies, consuming 14 walnut halves or 7-shelled walnuts were adequate to enjoy its potential health and nutritional benefits.

Heart Health
Due to high concentrations of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), Walnuts offer extraordinary cardio protective benefits.  They are an excellent source of Polyunsaturated and Monounsaturated fats, rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, which when converted to Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) help improve blood vessels preventing blood clotting and plaque deposits on the arterial walls.  Therefore, a handful of Walnuts, taken every day, on a regular basis, helps reduce the possibilities of developing heart disease.

Blood Pressure Friendly
According to recent findings of the Pennsylvania State University, it was ascertained that adding 1.3 ounces of walnuts and 1 tablespoon of walnut oil to people’s diets lowered resting blood pressure levels considerably.  Nevertheless, it also produced a lower blood pressure in response to stress.

Since walnuts are a rich source of antioxidants, Gallic acid, Ellagic acid, vitamin E, and Phenols, they help maintain healthy cholesterol levels by raising the HDL(good cholesterol) and lowering the bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood.  Due to their anti-inflammatory properties walnuts help reduce C – reactive protein (CRP), a major harbinger of heart disease.

Atherosclerosis Prevention
Atherosclerosis is a condition when cholesterol and other fat deposits in the blood build up on the arterial walls creating a hardened structure called plaque.  These deposits lead to clogging or blocked arteries, cutting off blood flow to the vital organs of the body.  First, omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid in walnuts has the ability to lowers triglycerides and stop blood platelets from clumping together making the blood less sticky enabling smooth flow.

Control Arrhythmias
Walnut prevents heart from skipping a beat. The Oil in walnut aids in prevention of erratic heart rhythms known as Arrhythmias.

Metabolic Syndrome Relief
Walnuts help metabolic related problems manifested through high triglycerides, obesity, reduced HDL (good cholesterol)  levels and uncontrolled hypertension.  According to studies consuming an ounce of walnuts for 2 to 3 months regularly, reduced metabolic problems considerably, decreasing fat deposits around abdomen.

Diabetes Care
Diabetes is always associated with high or fluctuating Glucose levels and insulin metabolism.  Research suggests that consuming walnuts might have beneficial effects on diabetes.  According to a recent study, including a handful of walnuts in diabetic diet helped the blood vessels widen and relax enabling smooth blood flow along with reduced chances of overall cardiac risk.

Cancer Fighting Properties
Walnuts hold twice many antioxidants, compared to other nuts.  Hence, they are acclaimed to have several cancer fighting benefits.  The melatonin, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in walnut contain anti cancer benefits decreasing risk of prostrate, colon and breast cancers.

Improved Memory
From ancient times, walnut has been a symbol of intellectuality, as their kernels resemble a brain.  Hence, they are called “Brain Food,” fit to treat brain injuries and enhance cognitive function.  With high levels of omega3 fatty acids, walnuts help exit all the waste cells processing important nutrients entering the brain cell. The fatty acids also keep the brain fat healthy, providing improved memory and cognitive thought process.

Prevents Alzheimer’s disease
By arresting the formation of the amyloid plaques in the brain, one of the main factors for development of this dreadful disease, walnuts offers protection from risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease

Sleep Regulation
Melatonin acts as a molecule messenger to the nervous system.  Melatonin with its regulatory properties, signals the brain when work is done and induces sleep.  However, with advancing years there is a marked reduction in the production of melatonin. 

Therefore, senior citizens suffer from insomnia.  As walnuts have a natural bountiful source of Melatonin, with approximately 3.6 nanograms per gram, they promote sleep and prevent insomnia.  To prevent insomnia, taking a handful of nuts before retiring to bed promote blissful sleep.

Alleviates ADHD
According to various studies, children with inadequate levels of omega3 fatty acids were more prone to learning disorders and hyperactivity, exhibiting symptoms of behavioural problems. However, the high concentrations of omega 3 fatty acids found in walnuts prevent these conditions regulating sleeping patterns.

Anti Inflammatory Properties
Walnuts have anti inflammatory properties and other phytonutrients, such as omega 3 fatty acids, phenolic acid, tannins, flavanoids, and quinones like jug lone preventing occurrence of anti inflammatory diseases.

Anti-Ageing Properties
The harmful toxins in the body are one of the main factors that accelerate ageing.  Due to loads of antioxidants, walnuts offer anti ageing benefits by getting rid of unwanted toxins in the body.

Enhances Skin Texture
Certain fatty acids and phytonutrients in walnuts contribute towards a glowing healthy skin.  The omega3, vitamins B-1, B-2, and B-3, coupled with vitamin-E and niacin content in walnuts help retain the essential nutrients and moisture within keeping the skin elastic and supple.  Hence, Walnut oils used as part of a regular beauty regime, for enhancing the quality of skin prevent dryness, wrinkles and fine lines.
Prevents Skin Diseases
Due to their antifungal and anti inflammatory properties walnuts were used to treat various skin disorders and fungal infections such as eczema, athlete’s foot, Psoriasis, Candida, acne, pimples, psoriasis, scabies, inflamed skin, sunburn and itchy scalp.  Walnut oil rubbed on the skin before a bath helped soothe inflammation

Aids Weight Loss
Generally, due to high fat content, dieters are apprehensive about including Walnuts in their dieting plan.  However, with high levels of omega 3 fatty acids, dietary fibre and protein, walnuts are heart healthy, reducing cholesterol levels markedly.  Therefore, people who added walnuts in their daily diet, showed noticeable improvement in their cholesterol levels, with a significant reduction in fat accumulation, especially around the abdomen.  Since most of the nuts are high in fat, snacking them in moderation is recommended, avoiding salty store bought nuts.

Stronger Bones
It is a known fact that bones get weaker with age, decreasing bone mineral density, often leading to osteoporosis.  Nevertheless, alpha linolenic acid, one of the essential fatty acids in walnuts has been associated with stronger, healthier bones.  Therefore, consumption of walnuts will make bones harder since walnuts have a protective effect against the natural age-related mineral depletion and deterioration of bones, preventing risk of Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.

Prevent Liver Ailments
Since walnuts maintain the metabolism in the body, they reduce the stress on the liver preventing liver ailments.

Gall Stones Prevention
Repeatedly there has been ample evidence of nuts playing a significant role in the decreased risk of gallstones.  Since walnuts contain monounsaturated fats, high dietary fibre and omega 3 fats, frequent consumption help protect heart disease by maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.  The effects of walnuts on these blood lipids could be one of the main factors for cutting down risk of gallstones.  Hence, a handful of walnuts consumed everyday may prevent gall bladder stones risk by 25%.

Improves Immune Health
Walnuts packed with highest level of polyphenolic antioxidants than other nuts scavenge free radicals within the body caused by exposure to harmful pollutants, UV radiations, smoke, stress and junk foods.  Eating a few walnuts everyday can help fight the toxins building better immunity, saying good-bye to toxins.

Digestive Health
Walnut contains natural laxative effects and helps ease mild constipation.  Regular consumption of walnuts boost metabolism, which in turn promotes good digestion, enhancing appetite.

Hormones Support
Rich in phytonutrients besides being abundant in calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous and selenium, walnuts assist in stabilising body hormones.

Improve Male Fertility
There is growing evidence of a direct relationship between a man’s diet and the quality of the sperm produced.  Due to their high levels of a-linolenic acid, a natural plant source of omega-3, walnuts have been associated with better levels of male fertility. According to recent research, to enhance male fertility consuming half a cup of walnuts, for a period of 12 weeks worked well.  .

Helpful During Pregnancy
Walnuts are crucial for expectant mothers.  Loaded with magnesium, walnuts reduce risk of developing pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, conditions characterized by rocketing blood pressure combined with seizures, during final trimester of pregnancy.  Hence, to prevent such dangerous complications, pregnant women are strongly recommended consumption of walnuts, as they are a good source of proteins, Vitamin B complex, high folate, riboflavin, thiamine and omega-3 fats to encourage the overall health and development of the growing baby.  Walnuts help in development of nervous system, the brain, concentration and IQ levels of the child, when older.  They also prevent post partum depressions in pregnant mothers.  Therefore consuming walnuts after the baby’s birth too is essential for improving the supply of breast milk.

Walnuts, processed or plain, may cause allergic reactions in certain people.  Under the circumstances, avoiding walnuts proves beneficial.  Nonetheless, before incorporating any new foods to regular diet, consult a Medical Practitioner.

Instead of reaching out for calorie-laden snacks, crunchy walnuts are a scrumptious way to add extra nutrition and flavour to any meal.  So cracking these healthy nuts everyday helps keep you healthy, wealthy and wise!


There are a lot of things that impress people around you and most of the time, you are not even aware of them. I’m sure you do know that the little things are the ones that matter the most, because they are the ones that shape us into who we are. In this chaotic world, few people take the time to get to know you better. You can still impress them and show them who you really are with the use of those small gestures that characterize you. Even though these gestures are pretty simple, they do have a big impact and they do create a long-lasting impression. Despite the fact that we don’t like to admit it, sometimes our actions are influenced by our desire to please other people.

Here are a few very simple things that impress people around you, things you are not even aware of most of the times:

Be Honest
Tell people your polite but honest opinion. Be open about biases you may have and be willing to tell someone when you think something won't work (even if it's your own product). When you make a promise or assurance, keep it. Over-deliver on things that you promise if you can. You want to be someone that people view as very trustworthy. This is seem as a rare trait and is admired.

Keep Your Promises
In my opinion, the fact that you always keep your promises, no matter what, is definitely one of the simplest things that impress people around you. There are a lot of people who always make promises that they never keep, so it’s fine to find someone who you can really trust and who you know they will keep their word. Even though you might think that no one notices this amazing quality that you possess, I must tell you that you are wrong, because people respect and admire you for your honesty and for your dedication.

Be Positive
Be someone who can turn a terrible situation into a useful lesson without batting an eye. Always keep calm in tough situations. Don't be a complainer: just quietly confront problems and move on. People like people who can handle situations without becoming overwhelmed.

Care About Other People
People do notice that you care about others and that you show genuine interest in their problems. I know you are always trying to help other people and that you are only doing it for yourself, but they are really grateful for what you are doing for them. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you. Love and kindness begets love and kindness.

Respect Everyone
You will always impress the ones around you if you show other people respect, even though they sometimes don’t deserve it.Be respectful to your peers and superiors, but most importantly be respectful to people who others might view as "below" you. A great man once said, "If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." That said, be kind to the poor, the homeless, your employees, etc. They're more your equals than you might like to admit.So, treat everyone with the same respect you would like to be treated and be nice to people.

Be Polite
Saying “thank you” and “please” is not so hard, yet these small gestures will impress the people around you, since sadly, nowadays fewer and fewer people actually display good manners. They are small words but they do go a long way.

Smile A Lot
Even though you may think that this is not something other people might notice, but by smiling a lot, you definitely impress the ones around you. You make them feel better, since smiles are contagious. By seeing someone smile, it can remind you of how many wonderful things you have in your life, things that you should be grateful for and you will realize that life can be fun and exciting.

Listen To Others

Do you usually listen to what other people are telling you? If not, you should, because this is definitely one of those simple things that can really impress the people around you. Having good listening skills will help you not only in your career but in your personal life as well. So, when someone is talking to you, listen to what they have to say and try to understand their point of view before thinking of what you are going to say next, because sometimes, people don’t need a response, they just need to feel understood and accepted for who they are.

Stand by your beliefs
A strong moral conviction is impressive to a lot of people. Do the right thing, especially when it's hard, and you'll find people patting you on the back before you know it. This can be complicated in a work place, but sometimes it's for the best.

Be Nice To Everyone
It might seem like the catty behavior of the popular crowd is what makes people like them, but it's not. If you're known for gossip, back-stabbing, and petty behavior, people are going to worry about what you'll do to them and no one will be impressed. Instead, be nice to everyone (even the people that other people don't like).

Make People Feel Good
Instead of just constantly talking about yourself, take an interest in what other people do too. Ask them about themselves. This will impress them, as people love to talk about themselves at parties. This is especially handy if they are popular but quiet.

Arrive on Time
Being on time is an important quality everyone should possess. It shows respect for the other person’s time and you are also helping yourself. I know that sometimes you just can’t help it and you do arrive late at a meeting, but try not to do it too often and always apologize for your actions. If you say that you are going to be in a certain place at a certain time, then make sure you keep your word, because waiting for someone who is late all the time is extremely frustrating.

There are a lot of simple things you don’t realize you do that impress the people around you. I just mentioned a few but I’m sure there are many more I forgot about. So, please tell me what other simple things people do without even realizing that impress the people around them.


There is no doubt about naturally rosy lips are an appealing feature of a woman’s beauty or a man’s good looks. Healthy pink lips add extra charm to a person's face. Dark lips can make you less confident and smear the beauty of a smile. Naturally appealing lips don't need regular application of lips balms or lipsticks to look luscious and healthy. So, many people who have dark lips want to lighten them.

Some of the main causes of dark lips are excessive exposure to direct sunlight, an allergic reaction, use of low-quality cosmetics, chewing tobacco, excessive smoking, high caffeine intake, and hormonal imbalances.

There are several natural solutions to lighten darker lips. Natural home remedies can effectively lighten your lips. 

Natural Home Remedies That Can Lighten Dark Lips

Lemon Juice
Lemon is known to be a bleaching agent and it acts as an effective remedy to treat dark lips. Lemon is often used to treat dark skin patches and spots, and you can use it to naturally lighten dark lips, too.

Squeeze a lemon and apply the juice on your lips and massage them gently before going to bed. Follow this simple remedy daily for one to two months.

Take a thin slice of lemon, sprinkle a bit of sugar on top and rub it on your lips. It will exfoliate dead cells so new, fresh skin can appear. Use this remedy daily for a few weeks.

Alternatively, you can prepare a mixture of one-half teaspoon each of lemon juice, glycerin and honey. Apply it on your lips before going to bed. Do this daily until you see positive results.

Rose Water
Rose has three main medicinal properties: soothing, cooling, and moisturizing. Rose will also help add a natural pink tint to your dark lips.

Mix one drop of rose water with a few drops of honey and apply it on your lips. Do this three or four times a day.

Mix one tablespoon of rose petal paste and one teaspoon of butter, honey, or milk cream. Apply it on your lips and gently scrub. Follow this remedy two times a week.

Soak a few rose petals in raw milk for one hour, and then grind the mixture to make a paste. Add one-half teaspoon of honey and a pinch of saffron to it. Apply the paste on your lips and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Do this two times a day.

Massaging your lips with Olive oil can also be used to make your lips lively and vibrant. Olive oil contains many essential nutrients to nurture your lips and its moisturizing property will make them soft and beautiful.

Apply a few drops of extra virgin olive oil on your lips and massage it gently. Do this daily before going to bed.

Alternatively, mix one-half teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil. Scrub your lips gently with this mixture once a week. This simple recipe will restore your natural lip color and shine within a month or two.

Almond Oil
Almond oil is another widely used home remedy for dark lips due to its softening and moisturizing properties.

Mix five or six drops of almond oil with one tablespoon of honey and put it on your lips whenever they feel dry. Within days, your lips will become soft and smooth and have a natural pink glow.

Massage your lips with a mixture of equal amounts of castor oil and almond oil to lighten their color. Mix coconut oil and almond oil in equal amounts. Apply a coat of this mixture on your lips before going to bed and leave it on overnight. Do this daily.

Sugar Scrub
Sugar works as an excellent scrub to exfoliating your lips regularly will remove unwanted dead skin cells that can make them look dark and dull.

Take three tablespoons of granulated sugar and two tablespoons of butter to make a thick paste.The added butter moisturises your lips. Scrub your lips gently with the paste. Do this two or three times a week to restore your natural lip color and shine.

You can also make a scrub by mixing one teaspoon of granulated sugar, one teaspoon of honey, and one-half teaspoon of almond oil. Use it to scrub your lips once a week.

Alternatively, you can simply mix some sugar with cold cream and use it to scrub your lips gently before going to bed. Do this once a week.

Another readily available ingredient that can help you get pink lips is beetroot. Beetroot has natural bleaching properties that can lighten dark lips. Use its juice on your lips for effective results. 

Apply fresh beetroot juice on your lips before going to bed. Wash it off the next morning. The natural red color of the juice will turn your dark lips rosy. Do this daily before going to bed.

You can mix equal amounts of beetroot juice and carrot juice and apply it on your lips. Massage gently and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Do this once daily for a week or two.

Cucumber works as a skin-lightening agent that will help make your lips, as well as your skin, a lighter shade. Simply rub a slice of cucumber against your lips gently so that your lips absorb the juice. Do this for five minutes each day.

Pomegranate is ideal for treating dark lips. It can nourish and moisturize dry and dehydrated lips as well as help restore their natural pink color.

Mix together one tablespoon of crushed pomegranate seeds and a little milk cream and rose water. Apply this paste on your lips and gently scrub for a few minutes.Wash it off with lukewarm water. Do this once daily.
Mix equal amounts of pomegranate juice, beetroot juice and carrot juice. Apply it on your dark lips once daily.

Berries like raspberries and strawberries contain vital minerals and vitamins that are highly essential for keeping your lips healthy and vibrant. Both raspberries and strawberries also can turn dark lips into rosy pink lips.

Mix one-half tablespoon of raspberry juice with a little Aloe-vera gel and honey. Apply the paste on your lips and scrub gently. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Do this three or four times a week.

Mix one tablespoon of strawberry juice with two tablespoons of petroleum jelly. Use this mixture as lip balm twice daily.

Honey is an amazing natural ingredient, which can be used to treat dark lips. Honey is a natural moisturizing ingredient that can soften your lips and help restore their natural pink color.

Apply honey on your lips before going to bed and leave it on overnight. In the morning, wash it off with lukewarm water.

Mix one-half teaspoon each of yogurt, honey, and gram flour to make a paste. Apply the paste on your lips and leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water. Continue this practice for a couple of weeks and you will notice a change in your lip colour. 

Milk cream
Try milk cream with a bit of saffron and apply this mixture to your lips. This is an age old remedy for treating dark lips. Continue this ritual several times a day and at night for effective results.

Ice cubes
This simple method of rubbing ice cubes over your lips will help them remain moisturised and fresh as ice cubes not only hydrate your lips but also make them plump. 

Drink lots of Water
We lose moisture from our lips, so we need to drink at least 8 glasses of water to replenish the moisture loss. It is to keep the level of moisture balanced. By doing it, we also rid off all the toxins in our body. How awesome is that! Start reminding yourself to have enough water intake daily for beautiful lips and healthy body!

Using these simple remedies will make your lips bloom like a rose, but it may take some time to see results. Be patient, and try different remedies to find the one that works best for you.
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