Benefits of Eating Broccoli!

BroccoliYou never thought search for something like that, didn’t you? So first congratulate yourself for doing that. And yes, ‘Benefits’ and ‘Broccoli’ can be put in one sentence and still make sense.

Broccoli, member of cruciferous vegetable family, is already named the healthiest vegetable in the world, and this is not a made up fact. Despite being the most hated in the consumers, mainly children all over the world, it serves some great benefits to your health benefits.

Cholesterol Control:
The more fibrous food you eat, the more body will be able to flush out impurities from your body. And broccoli is one of the ideal for being fibrous veggie that actively works as to remove cholesterol from your body.

Against Allergies:
For those who are looking out for the way to get rid of general allergies from your body, without being depending on medication, you should add broccoli in your diet. Why? Because it has ability of Kaempferol, which helps reducing effects of allergy, plus with additional omega 3 fatty acid.

Anti-Oxidant Properties:
Broccoli is enriched with antioxidants as compared to fruits and berries. It is not only a great source of vitamin C but it also accompanied with flavonoid which is useful in processing Vitamin C. other than that it is also source of antioxidents like carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene and list goes on.

Broccoli is also packed with calcium and vitamin K, which helps in maintaining good health and keep it better dense. And hence prevent it from osteoporosis, in which bones tend to be weaker and brittle due to deficiency of calcium.

Against Cancer:
Yes, you read it right! Meanwhile giving above benefits it also boosts immune system you body, which eventfully help you fight with better with cancer. Extra tip, other members in cruciferous vegetable family like cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage also does the same thing.

Heart health Issues:
Most of the time, due to inflammation caused by chronic blood sugar level, blood vessel tent to get damage. And broccoli’s anti-inflammatory properties like sulforaphane help to cure the damage.

On Diet Front:
Just compare a fist full of broccoli and brown rice or corn and you’ll notice, broccoli is high on fiber, protein and low on calories. And being cruciferous vegetable frat, broccoli is better at digestion, low on carb, comparatively low on sugar and better for constipation.
Isn’t these benefits enough for you to add broccoli in your diet and respect it.

Aaah! That bloated feeling!

bloating problemsI hate getting up in the morning with that bloated feeling. I don’t feel like doing anything because it eats up my head. It ruins my mornings, noon and evenings. When I kept getting these bloating more than ever, I reviewed my lifestyle and I made changes accordingly. It worked for me and I’m sure that it will work for you. So do you know what did I do to keep bloating away? Read on:

Drink lots of water and eat watery fruits
Yeah, I know when your belly is already bloated, drinking water is the last thing you want to do, but trust me it works. When you don’t enough of water, it causes dehydration as well as constipation, which is another cause of a bloated belly. Thus, drinking as much water as you can help you eliminate this uneasy feeling of bloating. Also, eating water-contained fruits such as watermelon, cucumbers and grapes can handle the rest of your problems.

Limit your intake of certain foods
Certain foods aren’t stomach-friendly such as onions, beans, pears, caffeinated and carbonated beverages like coffee, cola and soda are the worst. Even some dairy products can make you feel bloated after consumption of these. Thus, limiting their intake can resolve your gastrointestinal problems for good. Carbonated drinks deplete the water levels of your body causing dehydration and hence, reduce their intake to prevent dehydration.

Workout is important
Daily physical activity is a key to the healthy lifestyle. Daily exercise helps to build strong bones, healthy muscles, improves muscle tone; boost your immune system so you are less vulnerable to diseases and reduces the frequency of common health problems like constipation and bloating. Thus, aim to do exercise for 30 minutes every day to gain these benefits.

Chew food slowly
It can be your office assignment, your scheduled meeting or salsa class or a date with your boyfriend, but that doesn’t mean you should eat fast in order to avoid being late. Other things can wait but don’t manipulate your body functions. Bloating can be caused when you swallow too much air while finishing your meals and that’s why you get the hiccups when eating too quickly. Take your own sweet time to finish your meals and chew your food properly.

Improve your diet
Eating low-fat and high-fiber diet can keep constipation and bloating problems away. Thus, improve your diet with the help of your dietician.

Black pepper – The healthy spice one should consume everyday

Black pepperCountless health benefits of black pepper one cannot resist from. Black pepper provides instant relief from respiratory diseases, coughs, the common cold, constipation, indigestion, anemia, impotency, muscular strains, dental disease, diarrhea and heart disease.

Black pepper is a hot, pungent spice, which is also used as a medicine. It has an active ingredient called piperine that gives black pepper its classic taste. Black pepper has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a rich source of manganese, iron, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K, zinc, calcium, dietary fiber and other essential nutrients.

Black pepper adds a hot, spicy flavor to many dishes. It can be added in soups, stews, curries, marinades and many dishes. Black pepper is a dominant spice in Indian culinary. The best part of black pepper is that it is available throughout the year since it is not a seasonal plant. When dried, this plant-derived spice is referred to as a peppercorn. Let’s glance at some of its health benefits:

Improves digestion
When you add black pepper in your diet on a daily basis forget about any problems related to digestion. It’s because black pepper has hydrochloric acid that helps improve digestion. By improving digestion, black pepper also resolves other issues like colic, bloating, indigestion and constipation. Black pepper also prevents the formation of intestinal gas. In addition, it has antibacterial properties that help treat intestinal diseases caused by bacteria.

Promotes weight loss
This one is surely good benefit of black pepper that can help women to lose weight painlessly. All you need to sprinkle some black pepper on your dishes and eat them. The outer layer of peppercorns contains phytonutrients that encourage the breakdown of fat cells. Also, it’s a diuretic and diaphoretic herb, which promotes urination and sweating. That means it helps flush out toxins and excess water from the body.

Works as a natural antidepressant
Black pepper is a natural antidepressant that one must include in their diet. The piperine found in black pepper acts as an antidepressant by stimulating serotonin production. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which regulates mood. Low levels of serotonin can lead to depression. Moreover, piperine increases beta-endorphins in the brain and promotes mental stability and clarity. Release of endorphins keep person’s mood balanced and happy. They reduce stress and promote a feeling of well-being and as a result one is less anxious and free of depression. So add black pepper to improve cognitive function and to lift your mood.

Relieves dental problems
Black pepper is an excellent remedy that keeps your dental health in a good shape. It reduces pain and inflammation. If you have toothache, just use black pepper with salt to reduce pain and gum inflammation. It also solves problems like bad breath and bleeding gums. Instead of wasting lot of money on expensive dental treatments, you can simply reduce your toothache by massaging your aching tooth with the mixture of black pepper powder and clove oil.