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Menstrual cramps may be accompanied by backache, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, and headaches. Sometimes, distress is severe enough to leave women debilitated for the first one to three days of their periods.

To relieve menstrual cramps:
• Drink chamomile or mint tea.
• Whenever possible, lie on your back, supporting your knees with a pillow.
• Hold a heating pad or hot-water bottle on your abdomen.
• Gently massage your abdomen.
• Do mild exercises like stretching, walking, or biking.
• Take aspirin, ibuprofen, or other over-the-counter medication formulated
for relief of menstrual discomfort.

If these measures don’t alleviate pain – or a heavy schedule prevents you from crawling into bed with a hot-water bottle for three days a month – see your doctor. He or she may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines or other medication to help menstrual pain.


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Most people consider wild strawberry as the best tasting wild berry. A perennial plant, strawberry grows approximately three to six inches high with delicate, white flowers, which usually blossom between the warm months of April and July. As strawberries have experienced such intense breeding and cultivation over the years, planting and harvesting strawberries have become a gardener’s art.

Rich in vitamin C, vitamin B-complex, calcium, phosphorus and potassium, the strawberry is an integral player in herbal medicine. The leaves are often boiled and used as an astringent. They may also be used to treat diarrhea, fever, gout, mouth ulcers and gum disease. The boiled roots and leaves can assuage inflammation in the kidneys and bladder as well as relieve heat and pain. In addition, strawberry juice is used as a beauty aid and remedy for sunburns.

We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It’s not so easy as you think. It’s important to know how and when to eat.

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What is the correct way of eating fruits?
• It means not eating fruits after your meals!
• Fruits should be eaten in an empty stomach.

If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

Let’s say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.

In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.

So please eat your fruits in an empty stomach or before your meals!

You have heard people complaining – every time I eat water-melon I burp, when I eat banana I feel like running to the toilet etc – actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit in an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat!

Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, dark circles under the eyes all these will not happen if you take fruits in an empty stomach.

There is no such thing as some fruits like orange and lemon are acidic because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Sehlton who did a research on this matter.

If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice – drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don’t even drink juice that has been heated up. Don’t eat cooked fruits because you don’t get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste.

But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it.

You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body.
Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprise when your friends tell you how radiant you look!

During the fruit fast you can eat fruits, prepared in salad forms and make it more interesting.

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Rose has a high concentration of valuable nutrients. It has long been used as a beauty enhancer. Besides that, it can enhance stomach function, relieve feminine health problems and help improve circulation.

The rose provides essential nutrients and antioxidants including ascorbic acid, niacin and various vitamins. Besides improving the skin’s texture and appearance, rose helps prevent DNA damage, promotes wound healing and encourages phagocytic activity. The rose is edible. Its cherry-like fruits contain 50 times more vitamin C than the lemon. This high concentration of vitamin C helps enhance the production of collagen and protect the body from harmful UV rays.

Bananas. Containing three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. 

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Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. 

But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier. PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a “cooling”  fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in “The New England Journal of Medicine, “eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around.

So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, “A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”

Polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils are often called the good fats because small amounts may actually helps to reduce cholesterol levels.

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Canola oil, peanut oil and olive oil are monounsaturated oils, there are preferred because they lower bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) without lowering good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol). Whereas soybean oil, sunflower oil, corn oil and sesame oil are polyunsaturated oil, polyunsaturated fats tend to lower both bad and good cholesterol.


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