Tuesday, 31 January 2017

How Ginger Helps To Treat Cold - updated

Ginger is a natural antiviral which helps to fight against illness and bacteria that causes cold.
  • It helps to stimulate perspiration that cleanses the system and brings down body temperature.
  • It contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which help to boost up the immune system.
  • It acts as an antihistamine and decongestant that helps to ease colds symptoms.
  • It contains chemicals called sesquiterpenes which are specifically used to target rhinoviruses (the most common family of cold viruses).
  • It is a natural pain and fever reducer and also a mild sedative.
  • The anti-inflammatory gingerols and shaogals in ginger root will help to relieve a sore throat quickly.
During this period of festivals, many of you may have overeaten while celebrating, causing problems to your stomach. Ginger is also an effective digestive aid and natural remedy for nausea.

How to make ginger tea

You may use half teaspoon of powdered ginger or cut 2 to 3 slices of fresh ginger root and steep in hot water. A cup a day of ginger tea will keep the cold away.

Other way of taking ginger is by eating sliced/shredded ginger.

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Health tip: When is the correct time to eat fruits?

Fruits should be eaten on an empty stomach.

If you eat fruits on empty stomach, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss, fighting chronic diseases and other life activities.

This is just an illustration:
  • 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 due to the bread taken before the fruit.
  • In the meantime the whole meal of bread & fruit 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 on an empty stomach or before your meals!

5 Myths About the Best Time to Eat Fruit

There is an article called 5 Myths About the Best Time to Eat Fruit (and the Truth). This article claims that the above suggestion of eating fruits on an empty stomach has no scientific proof.

Let us ponder this question. Why is it that certain medicine or tonic has to be taken before meal. The answer is that the stomach can extract the contents of the medicine or tonic fast as time is of the essence. Morever, scientifc proof cannot explain everything.

[Ref: https://authoritynutrition.com/best-time-eat-fruit/]

Ayurvedic Rules For Eating Fruits

1) Eat fresh fruit separately from other foods, especially heavy foods like dairy foods and grains.
Wait for at least half an hour before eating some other food.

2) Some fruits can be eaten as a snack all day long, but some shouldn’t be eaten in the evening.

3) However, the most suitable time to have a fruit is morning: it should be the first food of the day and eaten on an empty stomach. All fruits except for citrus ones can be eaten in the morning (bananas, apples, pears, apricots, peaches, kiwi, and mango).

4) Watermelon should be eaten strictly on its own. Melon is a separate snack too.

5) All berries (cherries, grapes, blueberries, and raspberries) except for strawberries are good for breakfast, but they should not be eaten in the evening with an exception of grapes.

[Ref: http://www.curejoy.com/content/eating-fruits-meals-ayurveda-discourages/]

Cancer survivor Dr Tom Wu's recipe for good health

At the age of 30, Chinese doctor Tom Wu was diagnosed with advanced stages of lung cancer, and was told he had only a few months to live. Not only has he survived, but the doctor has maintained a healthy life. The cancer is all gone, and he said he's never caught a cold or other illness for 40 years. He has stopped going for blood tests.

His secret lies in the power of natural healing. Among the guidelines, he suggested:

Drink at least three glasses of fruit or vegetable smoothies each day, if possible, six glasses of smoothies each day.

Two in the morning, one before lunch, two more in the afternoon, and one more before dinner.

[Ref: http://www.seniorsaloud.com/2009/06/cancer-survivor-dr-tom-wus-recipes-for.html]