Monday, 24 January 2011

Angels Fruit: Papaya

Disclaimer:  The following is given as general information it's not intended as medical advice.  Allways consult with your doctor or nutritionist first.
Always remember "mindful eating": Eat slow, savouring  every bite, enjoy the flavour, texture, and smell of your meal.  Even try to find where the row ingredients come from, be grateful and wish the best to those who cultivated or produced whatever you are eating.

Warning:  Should you have a latex allergy then you may be allergic to papaya.

Delicious and soft, butter-like texture similar to avocado.  It originated in Central America. This exotic fruit is now sold in supermarkets and even small shops virtually all year round.
(Some say Christopher Colombus called papaya "the angels fruit".  )

Papaya contains papain an enzyme that helps digest proteins. Papain is used in dietary supplements.  It is also a  rich source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, flavonoids: vitamin B and C , folate and pantothenic.  Potassium and magnesium, and fiber. These  nutrients not only help to provide protection against colon cancer but also are beneficial for cardiovascular system. 

This angel's fruit also provides excellent antioxidants for their content of vitamins A, C and E, thus helping to prevent cholesterol oxidation. Oxidised cholesterol sticks to blood vessel walls forming the dangerous plaques which can eventually cause stroke or heart attack.  The folic acid found in papayas is used to treat homocysteine into benign amino acids such as methionine or cysteine. Untreated homocysteine can damage blood vessels walls.
Those people suffering from atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease  may benefit adding papaya to their daily meals. 
Fiber has been shown to lower high cholesterol levels.  is found in papayas, which The folic acid found in papayas is needed for the conversion of a substance called homocysteine into benign amino acids such as cysteine or methionine. If unconverted, homocysteine can directly damage blood vessel walls and, if levels get too high, is considered a significant risk factor for a heart attack or stroke.  
  • Regularly start your day with a good portion of papaya.
  • Serve papaya as a dessert.
  • Added to smoothies, salads or as garnish with fish
  • For a healthy lunch, half the papaya length ways, remove the seeds, sprinkle with lime juice then top it with cottage cheese and roasted almonds.   Enjoy!
And remember exercise,  Pilates   at  least 30 minutes, three times a week.  Plenty of walks and or swimming.  Enjoy Exercising. 

What ever the problems, at the end, they'll get sorted out, Eat and Enjoy life!"  

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Friday, 21 January 2011

Honey good health and beauty - Honey good for weight control

Disclaimer:  The following is given as general information it's not intended as medical advice.  Always consult with your doctor or nutritionist first.

They say that for bathing Cleopatra used  milk and honey.   Royalty used (and maybe still uses) honey for beauty and health treatments, and why not?  Honey is packed with nourishing and beautifying properties. It is probably the very best beauty product you can use on your skin.

Honey for beautiful skin
Honey has the ability to retain water. Apply a little bit in the mornings and evenings. Honey is a good agent to use in moisturisers, creams, sunscreen lotions and other beauty products.

Apply everyday pure honey to face and allow to dry for one hour. Then wash with water.  It will help to  keep your skin smooth and clear
Honey mixed with water when washing hair can bring a shine to your hair.  Add a teaspoon of honey in one medium sized mug of water and poured on your hair after the last rinse, leave it on for a while rinse hair lightly will work wonders in making your hair soft and silky

Mix honey and milk equal amounts more or less. Apply the mixture all over your body. After twenty minutes wash it off. Works wonders.
Honey also helps to fight damage caused by the sun's UV radiation, It will also help to delay age signs.

If losing weight, drinking honey with warm water helps in digesting the fat stored in your body. Similarly honey and lemon juice and honey and cinnamon help in reducing weight.

Honey for health and healing
Instead of sugar  honey can be used in many food and drinks. Containing about 69% of glucose and fructose it 's very good as a sweetner.

Source of Vitamins and Minerals: Depending on the flowers the bees take the nectar from, honey contains a great variety of vitamins and minerals:  vitamin C, calcium and iron.

Honey has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties it can be used natural antiseptic.

Due to the content of  nutraceuticals, which are effective in removing free radicals from our body, the immunity systems is improved.

Honey is also used for treating digestive problems such as diarrhoea, indigestion, stomach ulcers and gastroenteritis.