Parsley and Kidney Health

Parsley is a popular medicinal herb which is widely used all over the World. It is one of the functional food which is rich in antioxidants and helps in preventing the diseases. It not only helps in making our food look more good and tasty but it also improves our health. As It is used in making medicine and improve many diseases like Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), Kidney Stones, Gastrointestinal disorders, Constipation, Jaundice, Gas, Asthma, Diabetes, Cold etc. Its unusual and unique benefit is also found in its property which makes it healthy for kidneys.

  • Parsley is rich in antioxidant which helps to regenerate the cells and facilitates the kidney function.
  • It is rich in minerals which helps kidney stay strong, removing toxins and fats from the body.
  • It contains Beta-Carotene, Chlorophyll, Vitamin C which is ideal for fighting infections, tumors and helps in improving the immune system.
  • It is a diuretic and help in eliminating the fluids from body naturally.
  • It reduce High blood Pressure which helps improving the Kidney health.

Parsley contains nature’s best carotenoids and helps in preventing cancer and has anti inflammatory phytonutrients and flavonoids. It is rich in many nutrients like Chlorophyll, Vitamin A, B, C, K, Folate. It has high beneficial minerals like Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Iron and Zinc.

There are two healing compounds in Parsley which helps increase Urine flow that removes the infection causing bacteria from the Urinary Tract. It also helps in detoxifying the toxins from the body through urine. This will also help prevent the kidney stones and other Urinary Tract infection.

Parsley can be taken in many forms, It not only can be taken in the form of garnishing but it can taken in other forms like Parsley Tea and Parsley Juice.

This is how you can prepare them:

  1.  Parsley Tea
  • Boil 1 cup Water in a saucepan.
  • Rinse the Parsley in Running Water.
  • Boil the parsley in the Boiling water for 4-5 minutes.
  • Strain the leaves and sieve the liquid and enjoy the tea.
  1.  Parsley Juice

Ingredients

  • 1 Carrot
  • 1/2 Beetroot
  • 1/2 Bunch Parsley
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 3/4 Lemon
  • 1 tsp Apple cider Vinegar

Method

  • Push all the ingredients together in a juicer and add Ice to it. Serve cold.

 

Parsley in the form of Tea or Juice is very helpful as it contains antioxidants which will improve the immunity. Apart from everything It will help in keeping your kidneys healthy which will help in keeping you healthy.

 

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Are Oats Gluten-Free ?

 

Oats are known to be the healthiest breakfast eaten all over the world. It contains healthy nutrients which helps in losing weight and also helps in lowering the cholesterol.

There are different variety of Oats available worldwide which are Steel Cut Oats, Rolled Oats, Old Fashion Oats, Quick Oats, Instant Oats, Oatmeal, Oat flakes etc.

Oats has many health benefits like

  • It is high in fiber so it is good for heart and good for the gut
  • Helps in lowering the Cholesterol
  • It has low Glycemic index so it helps in lowering the Blood Glucose level
  • Helps in losing Weight
  • Good for skin
  • Help in Relieving the constipation

But most of the people are confused that the Oats contain gluten or not. If a person is suffering from Gluten intolerance i.e Celiac disease can they have Oats.

Technically Oats are gluten free because they are not the type of any wheat, Barley or Rye which contains Gluten.  The truth is that pure Oats are Gluten free and is safe for the Gluten intolerants. Oats contain gluten only when they are processed in the same facility as Gluten containing grains like Wheat, Barley, Rye.

Oats are grown on the same land and in rotation with Gluten containing crops. Oats when planted together with Wheat, Barley and Rye can get contaminated with gluten. Once Oats are brought to a manufacturing facility for cleaning and packaging, gluten crops might get mixed with them and all gluten containing grain may end up infecting Oats with gluten. Sometimes this also happen that, Oats and Gluten crops are likely to be processed using the same equipment which creates another chance of contamination.

If someone with a known Gluten intolerance wants to buy and eat Gluten free Oats then they should be aware that the product they are buying from market if they are sourced from the provider that guarantee the product they are selling hasn’t been contaminated with Wheat, Barley or Rye. These types of Oats are labeled Certified Gluten free Oats so it’s better to buy those oats since gluten can cause other digestive issues.

It is important that the people who are suffering from Gluten intolerance need to be aware about the Oats Story. They should know that the Oats they are buying whether they are Gluten free or not. Survey found that the consumption of Gluten free Oats is well tolerated among those people who are Suffering from Celiac disease.

Different Types of Vinegar for Quick Weight Loss

Vinegar is the type of food product which is usually used in pickles, salads and other savoury items. But no can ever think that vinegar can also help in weight Loss. It helps in losing weight by doing certain changes in our body:

  • It controls the blood sugar level and support glucose utilization
  • It provides satiety
  • It reduces the fat and promotes breakdown of fats
  • It also helps lowers the cholesterol levels.

There are different variety of vinegar available which helps in Weight Loss

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is the most popular vinegar which is helpful for almost every problems. It is prepared from the apple juice or cider which is a fermented alcoholic beverage derived from apples. It can be taken as 2 tsp of vinegar in 1 cup of water daily empty stomach but it should be taken liberally as it contains Acetic Acid.

Tomato Vinegar

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Tomato vinegar is made from the fermentation of tomato juice. It has a strong flavour which is mostly used in tomato based dishes but it also helps in losing the weight. It also has an anti-obesity effect. This helps not only in reducing the weight but it also helps in reducing body fat, blood lipids and visceral fats. It also enhances glucose metabolism which helps in losing the weight.

Pomegranate Vinegar

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Pomegranate vinegar is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids. It has many benefits which include reducing the cholesterol, blood pressure and improving the digestion and memory. It turns triggers the breakdown of fat in fat tissues and oxidation of fats in the liver. It plays an important role in maintaining energy balance of the body by inhibiting fat production and supporting fat oxidation.

Ginseng Vinegar

Image result for GinsengGinseng is a herb whose roots are used for medicinal purposes. It is low in calorie and rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. It is beneficial for reducing the blood lipids in obese individuals. After consuming this vinegar, people experience great reduction in body weight, fat, blood lipids and inflammation. It is proven to have beneficial effects on body weight and glucose utilization.

Adding Vinegar to low calorie diet can help in losing weight by burning fats and curbing appetite. Vinegar is a fermented food which has many health benefits with weight loss. There is no harm in giving  a try and making your cuisine more healthier and tastier by adding a spoon of vinegar in your food.

Foods That Are Good for Boosting Men’s Fertility

Infertility affects approximately 1 out of every 6 couples. An infertility diagnosis is given to a couple who are unable to conceive over the course of one year. When the problem lies with the male partner it is referred to as male infertility. Male infertility factors contribute to approximately 30% of all infertility cases, and male infertility alone accounts for approximately one-fifth of all infertility cases.

Nutrition has direct impact on the Men’s Fertility. Having poor nutrition and drinking alcohol on regular basis can decrease the fertility and make the conception difficult. Fertility is the same issue for men as for women. Eating healthy can improve the chance of conceiving a child naturally.

There are nutrients which should be included in the diet for enhancing the fertility in men. Nutrients like Antioxidants, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Zinc, Folate are good to boost fertility in men.

The foods which help in improving the Fertility in Men are

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the richest source of antioxidant Lycopene. The Lycopene found in the tomatoes helps in improving the motility, structure and function of the fertility in Men. It will help the body from free radicals. Lycopene is available in both cooked and processed form so pureed tomatoes with little olive oil helps to trigger the absorption of fat soluble antioxidants.

Walnuts

Walnuts are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and daily consumption of walnuts will help in improving the fertility in men. Omega 3 present in walnuts contains DHA which has a positive effect on the fertility and plays a central role in sperm formation.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc and zinc plays an important role in sperm development and testosterone production. They are also rich in other vitamins and nutrients which help in improving the fertility in men. Raw organic pumpkin seeds can be given by sprinkling on the cereals, salads and smoothies. Other foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids can also be included in the diet like Avocado, Flax Seeds, Almonds and Fatty Fishes.

Lentils

Lentils are richest source of folate and folic acid which is important for males as well as female’s fertility. It has been found that men who eat less folate in their diet have higher rates of chromosomal abnormalities in their sperm. Lentils are also rich of protein and fiber, so lentils are good if one is looking to enhance his fertility.

Blueberry

Blueberries are the natural source of anti-inflammatory antioxidants including all other nutrients like Potassium, Folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Phytonutrients. All these nutrients will help in improving the motility and function of fertility in men. Blueberry can be given in the form of smoothies and over the granola.

Pomegranates

Pomegranate has been considered a super-food due to its high antioxidant content which improve the blood circulation and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and lowers the inflammation. Pomegranate helps in boosting the metabolism which improves the fertility in men. It can be taken as pomegranate seeds or it can be taken as pomegranate juice. Drinking pomegranate juice regularly can increase the production of antioxidants that help to protect the fatty acids in males.

Unlike other factors that we cannot control such as age and genetics, eating certain foods and avoiding others is something we can always do ourselves, without any medical intervention, to help improve the fertility. Making healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices today will help you in future.

Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency is a genetic disorder that occurs most often in males. This condition mainly affects red blood cells, which carry oxygen from the lungs to tissues throughout the body. In affected individuals, a defect in an enzyme called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase causes red blood cells to break down prematurely. This destruction of red blood cells is called hemolysis.
The most common medical problem associated with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency is hemolytic anemia, which occurs when red blood cells are destroyed faster than the body can replace them. This type of anemia leads to paleness, yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice), dark urine, fatigue, shortness of breath, and a rapid heart rate. In people with glucose-6-dehydrogenase deficiency, hemolytic anemia is most often triggered by bacterial or viral infections or by certain drugs (such as some antibiotics and medications used to treat malaria). Hemolytic anemia can also occur after eating fava beans or inhaling pollen from fava plants (a reaction called favism).
Glucose-6-dehydrogenase deficiency is also a significant cause of mild to severe jaundice in newborns. Many people with this disorder, however, never experience any signs or symptoms.
Causes
G6PD deficiency occurs when a person is missing or doesn’t have enough of an enzyme called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, which helps red blood cells work properly.
Too little G6PD leads to the destruction of red blood cells. This process is called hemolysis. When this process is actively occurring, it is called a hemolytic episode. The episodes are usually brief, because the body continues to produce new red blood cells, which have normal activity.
Red blood cell destruction can be triggered by infections, severe stress, certain foods (such as fava beans), and certain drugs, including:
  • Antimalarial drugs
  • Aspirin
  • Nitrofurantoin
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Quinidine
  • Quinine
  • Sulfa drugs
Other chemicals, such as those in mothballs, can also trigger an episode.
In the United States, G6PD deficiency is more common among blacks than whites. Men are more likely to have this disorder than women.
You are more likely to develop this condition if you:
  • Are African American
  • Are of Middle Eastern decent, particularly Kurdish or Sephardic Jewish
  • Are male
  • Have a family history of the deficiency
A form of this disorder is common in whites of Mediterranean descent. This form is also associated with acute episodes of hemolysis. Episodes are longer and more severe than in the other types of the disorder.
Symptoms
Persons with this condition do not display any signs of the disease until their red blood cells are exposed to certain chemicals in food or medicine, or to stress.
Symptoms are more common in men and may include:
  • Dark urine
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Fatigue
  • Pallor
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Yellow skin color (jaundice)
Exams and Tests
A blood test can be done to check the level of G6PD. See: G6PD screen
Other tests that may be done include:
  • Bilirubin level
  • Complete blood count, including red blood cell count
  • Hemoglobin – blood
  • Hemoglobin – urine
  • Haptoglobin level
  • LDH test
  • Methemoglobin reduction test
  • Reticulocyte count
Treatment
 
Treatment may involve:
  • Medicines to treat an infection, if present
  • Stopping any drugs that are causing red blood cell destruction
  • Transfusions, in some cases.
  • Avoiding foods and medications that can trigger the condition.
  • Reducing stress levels
Nutrition Therapy
Some of these foods to avoid are commonly eaten around the world and can cause people with G6PD . Deficiency to hemolyze and can even be deadly (like fava beans). Some others can cause low level hemolysis, which means that red blood cells die, but not enough to cause the person to go to the hospital. Low level hemolysis over time can cause other problems, such as memory dysfunction, overworked spleen, liver, kidney and heart, and iron overload. Even though a G6PD Deficient person may not have a crises when consuming these foods, they should be avoided.
Fava Beans and other legumes
Our list of legumes contains every legume we could find, but there may be other names for them that we do not know about. Low level hemolysis is very hard to detect and can cause other problems, so we recommend the avoidance of all legumes.
Sulfites
and foods containing them. Sulfites are used in a wide variety of foods, so be sure to check labels carefully.
Menthol
and foods containing it. This can be difficult to avoid as tooth paste, candy, breath mints, mouth wash and many other products have menthol added to them. Mint from natural mint oils is alright to consume.
Artificial blue food coloring
other artificial food color can also cause hemolysis. Natural food color such as found in foods like turmeric or grapes is okay.
Ascorbic acid
Artificial ascorbic acid commonly put in food and vitamins can cause hemolysis in large doses and should be avoided. It is put into so many foods that you can be getting a lot of Ascorbic Acid without realizing it.
See Ascorbic Acid for more information about iron absorbtion and ascorbic acid.
Vitamin K
This is from drugbank: “Menadione (vitamin K3), which is not used as a nutritional supplemental form of vitamin K for humans, has been reported to cause adverse reactions, including hemolytic anemia. Large doses have also been reported to cause brain damage. Vitamin K administered to newborns with G6PD Deficiency has been known to cause adverse outcomes including hemolytic anemia, neonatal brain or liver damage, or neonatal death in some cases.”
Tonic water
(contains quinine, a contraindicated drug which causes hemolysis in G6PDD people).
Gluten Free Products
Some of these, like flour, etc. have fava beans in them. Be sure the check the label for legumes before you purchase of eat them.
Bitter Gourd and Garden Egg
Bitter Gourd is also known as Bitter Mellon. These are common foods in some parts of Africa and Asia.
Some Chinese herbs
particularly Rhizoma Coptidis (huang lien), Calculus Bovis (neu huang), Flos Chimonanthi Praecocis (leh mei hua), Flos Lonicerae (kam ngan fa) and Margarita or anything containing them.
Black and Green Tea and extracts
Research has shown that these products significantly reduce reduced glutathione levels among other things in people with G6PDD. See article 55 on the references page.

Egg in the Hole

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of bread
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 Eggs

Directions

  1. Set the broiler to low. Punch out a 2 1/2-inch hole from the center of each bread slice. Stir the melted butter, salt, and pepper together and brush the mixture on both sides of the bread slices and cutouts, including the inside of the hole.
  2. Toast the slices and cutouts of bread on a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until golden. Flip the bread and crack an egg into each hole.
  3. Cover and cook until egg sets — 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Place the skillet under broiler just until the white is fully cooked. Serve immediately.

Preventing Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity has become a serious problem all across the globe over the last several years. Childhood obesity is associated with various health-related consequences. Obese children may experience immediate health consequences and may be at risk for weight-related health problems in adulthood. Children become overweight or obese for a variety of reasons and this can be prevented if the parents take a right measure at right time. Balance of diet and physical activity can help your child maintain a healthy weight.

The most common causes of obesity in children:

Genetic factors: Obesity tends to run in families. If parents are fat then the offspring also show a tendency to accumulate fat.

Overeating and Lack of Physical Activity: Eating habits and physical activities of a person also contribute to an excess deposition of fat. Obesity happens as a consequence of eating too much and exercising too little.

Psychological disturbances: Tendency to overeat in response to negative emotions like boredom, sadness or anger leads to obesity.

Binge eating disorder: Diseases, certain neurological problems and conditions like Hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome lead to overeating which in turn leads to accumulation of fat.

 

Prevention is better than Cure

Obesity in children can be prevented if the parents are well aware of the causes. There are many things that a parent can do to prevent obesity in their child, including:

  • Focus on good health, not a certain weight goal.
  • Plan your daily meal and snack times and eat together as frequently as possible.
  • Plan sensible and small portions for your child.
  • Respect your child’s appetite; children do not have to finish everything on their plate. Do not force them to overeat.
  • Avoid pre-prepared and foods with extra sugar.
  • Provide enough fiber in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Limit the amount of high-calorie foods kept in the home like candies, bars, jellies etc.
  • Enjoy physical activities as a family (walking, playing outdoor games, etc.)
  • Limit TV viewing.
  • Do not reward or punish them using food as a tool.
  • Replace whole milk with skim milk at about 2 years of age, or at 1 year of age if you are concerned about obesity, or if you find that the child is overweight.
  • Encourage your child to participate in active play.
  • Set a good example for them. Do not indulge in fast foods if you want your child to eat a bowl of fruits smoothie.
  • Limit your eating out, instead prepare healthy and interesting meals at home.
  • Involve your child in meal prepping.
  • Educate your child about the good foods.

Tips to reduce Obesity

  • With the help of physician you should determine how much weight has to be reduced.
  • Set several short term realistic goals .
  • Make gradual changes in eating habits.
  • Weight reduces when you burn more calories than you consume.
  • Hence weight loss occur when you eat less and remain more active.
  • Sound eating habits keep you out of putting on weight.
  • Keep your child motivated to lose weight.
  • Slow loss is the safest and most effective.
  • Gradual weight loss, promote long term loss of body fat.
  • To satisfy basic nutritional needs give your child a wide variety of foods every day.
  • Occasional treat should be allowed to the kids.
  • Try to cut down the intake of foods high in fats and sugar.
  • Involve your child in more outdoor play than indoor activities.

 

The vast majority of overweight children eventually become overweight adults. This may never be uprooted completely, but we can certainly make efforts to help control this current epidemic using some of the ideas recommended above.