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10 Health Benefits of Mint Leaves You Should Know

Green, refreshing and aromatic are the three words that come to our mind when we think of Mint. But this “super herb” is not just restricted to these three words, once you will finish reading this article you will find some other amazing words to describe it.
Since ages mint has been used in cooking and for making refreshing drinks. It has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, which is evident from the Egyptian pyramids radiocarbon dating. From Asia to Europe, mint takes place as the key ingredients in many soups, salads, curries and juices.
What’s so sensational about this herb is that once you put a fresh leaf in your mouth it will leave a refreshing aftertaste, for a long time. This is one of the reasons why it is used in products like toothpaste, chewing gums, mouthwash and breath fresheners.
It is also believed that the mint found in Asian countries has a far much stronger taste than the ones grown in Europe. Mint is abundantly available in all parts of the world,…

Lazy Way To Lose Weight Juice

For Recipe. You Need:
2 tsp Honey
1 tsp Cinnamon
1cup/ 8oz/ 237 ml Water
1) Use 1 part of cinnamon to 2 parts of raw honey. 1 tsp cinnamon to 2 tsp honey is recommended.
2) Boil 1 cup/8oz/237 ml of water.
3) Pour the boiling water on cinnamon. Cover it and let it steep until it is warm enough to drink.
4) Add honey when the water is cool/warm. Never add honey when it is hot as the heat will destroy the enzymes and other nutrients in the raw honey.
5) Drink 1/2 of this before going to bed. The other half should be covered and refrigerated and drink it in the morning. Do not re-heat it in the morning.
Do not add any flavors in this mixture. And this recipe only works if you drink it on empty stomach.

Tips to Lose Weight Without Diet and Exercise

1. Drink Enough Water
There are so many reasons why water is, among other things, good for your waistline. Drinking cold water can help up your metabolism, since your body will work harder to warm up the liquid, meaning more calories burned for you. Drinking water regularly also helps keep you feeling full so you don’t snack on empty calories, and hydrating before you exercise will help release muscle-building hormones in your body — which spells good news for not only your strength goals but also your metabolism.
2. Get Enough Sleep
Celebs and doctors alike can’t stop talking about their go-to weight-loss secret: one of the keys to losing or preventing weight gain is getting enough sleep. Why? Turns out we end up eating more when we’re sleep-deprived. A recent study, for example, showed that participants who got only four hours of sleep ended up consuming 300 more calories than when they were well rested.
3. Practice Portion Control
Even if you’re not on a diet, being mindful of how much …

Fat Flush Water Recipe

Fat Flush Water
This is another version of the fat flush water, it also promotes energy and good health. I think it sounds delicious, it will be in my refrigerator in the next few days! This drink can play a huge role in your flat belly diet! Enjoy!
2 liters water
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 medium cucumber, sliced
1 medium lemon, sliced
12 small spearmint leaves
Place all ingredients in a large pitcher, let blend together overnight, the next day drink the whole pitcher during the course of the day. Hello fast weight loss!

Top 10 Best Brain Foods Available Right in Your Kitchen

Your brain is the controller of your body. It is made up of thousands of neurons that respond to an endless amount of external impulses. Its operation is so complex that even today there are more questions than answers about the extent of its power.
There are many diseases that deteriorate your brain slowly. In contrast to the old days, when it was limited to affecting mostly elderly people, there are more and more cases of younger people now.
So if you could help keep your brain healthy and lucid for longer, would you do it?
In order to help your brain keep its abilities for longer, we will recommend you a list of the best foods for the good health of your body’s controller.
1.  Cranberries
This super fruit is useful for nourishing your entire body. Its benefits help avoid or delay degenerative brain illnesses, like in the case of Alzheimer’s. It is also a potent antioxidant.
2.  Nuts
They give you minerals and vitamins which include phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, complex B vitamins, and…

8 Drinks to Boosts Your Immune System

One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect your body from illnesses is to consume foods and drinks that contain substances that have immune system boosting qualities. Many fruits and vegetables have high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can strengthen the immune system, and you can turn them into nutritional juices that are highly beneficial to your health. By ingesting these drinks on a regular basis, you have a chance of experiencing less health problems.
8 immune system boosting drinks are:
1. Lemon Juice
Lemon is one of the cheapest fruits that you can find in the grocery store or market, but it can bring amazing benefits to your health. This fruit contains lots of antioxidants and vitamin C, which can improve the immune system, and it also balances the levels of alkali and acids in the body. As such, drinking lemonade or lemon tea regularly will make your body less susceptible to illnesses.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
The main ingredient in apple cider vinegar …

Health Benefits of Eating Walnuts

1. They can reduce the risk of breast cancer
Eating about 28 walnut halves a day provides antioxidants and phytosterols that may help reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to a study at the Marshall University School of Medicine in West Virginia. Mice were fed a daily diet with the human equivalent of two ounces (60 g) of walnuts. Compared to mice fed a control diet, the walnut eaters had significantly decreased breast tumour incidence and a slower rate of tumour growth.

2. They’re packed with omega-3 fatty acids
A diet rich in omega-3s is beneficial in reducing depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cancer and Alzheimer’s disease and there’s also strong evidence that omega-3s counter inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.

3. They can reduce risk of diabetes
Women who reported eating one ounce (30 g) of nuts at least five times per week reduced their risk of type 2 diabetes by almost 30 percent compared to those who rarely or nev…

Home Remedies For Yeast Infections

What is Yeast infection?

A yeast infection is a fungal infection affecting various parts of the body including mouth, throat, genitals and skin. It is usually caused due to an overgrowth of candida-a type of yeast which is found in small amounts in the body.

Causes of Yeast infection

Most commonly, antibiotics are believed to be the major culprits in causing a yeast infection. They do this by disturbing the normal healthy microorganisms and making conditions favorable for the growth of candida. Women using hormonal contraceptives too, are more likely to suffer from yeast infections in the vaginal area.

Causes of Yeast Infection: Contraceptive

Immunocompromised individuals and patients suffering from conditions needing them to take immunosuppressants and other medications are more likely to suffer from yeast infections in different areas of the body. Many other factors such as lack of sleep, stress, overconsumption of alcohol, refined sugar etc, too, may lead to development of yeast infecti…

Home Remedies For White Teeth

The most attractive aspect of our smile is our teeth, which shine like pearls. Or so, we hope. Over time and with consumption of varied products, many of us fail to preserve the natural white color of our teeth. In today’s world, we have advertisements promoting the capability of several products to whiten teeth. Whitening of teeth is not permanent; instead it has to be repeated often to maintain the color of teeth. This article aims to provide a few simple home remedies for whitening teeth.

Discoloring Agents of Teeth

A tooth has 2 layers, the outer enamel and the inner layer called dentin. The thickness and texture of enamel determine the color of the teeth. A thin layer of enamel, as seen with aging, exposes the dentin layer and makes the teeth appear yellowish. Other common causes of tooth discoloration are:

• Coffee, Tea - Black coffee or black tea stains teeth, when the mouth is not rinsed, after consuming these drinks.

Discoloring Agents of Teeth: Coffee

• Grape juice, blueberry jui…

Home Remedies For Weight Loss

What is Obesity? 

Obesity is one of the most common health issues that people all over the world are facing nowadays. Obesity is a condition where a person has excessive storage of fat in the body, and the BMI (Body Mass Index) is over 30. This is caused due to unhealthy lifestyle choices, which is harmful and leads to several health conditions like high blood pressure, respiratory illness, heart failure and diabetes. To overcome obesity problems it is important to make some lifestyle changes in your daily routine such as proper eating habit, proper sleep, regular exercising, walking and meditation which will benefit your overall health.

Causes of Obesity

• Unhealthy lifestyle
• Unhealthy diet or binge-eating habit
• Lack of exercise or physical activity
• Lack of sleep
• Genes and family heredity
• Health conditions
• Medication
• Stress

Causes of Obesity

Home Remedies For Weight Loss

• Green tea is rich in antioxidants that help your body to burn fat and help boost metabolism rate naturally. Tak…

Home Remedies For Weak Memory

What is Weak Memory?

Poor memory can occur for many different reasons. Many people experience memory lapses. Some memory problems are serious and others are not. Lack of concentration may also be a reason for poor memory. People whose memory is very poor with notable changes in personality and behavior may be suffering from a form of brain disease called dementia. It seriously affects a person's ability to carry out daily activities.

Common Causes of Weak Memory

• Aging
• Lack of concentration
• Depression
• Anxiety

Causes of Weak Memory: Anxiety

• Alcoholism
• Drug abuse
• Brain tumors
• Certain medications
• Seizures

Home Remedies for Weak Memory

1) Pistachio nuts: Weak memory may be due to thiamine deficiency. Pistachio nuts are rich sources of thiamine. ½ a cup of this weighs 0.54 mg of thiamine content. The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of thiamine for men is 1.5mg and for women it is 1.1 mg for 50 years of age or younger.

Home Remedies for Weak Memory: Pistachio Nuts

2) Wheat germ: For …

Home Remedies For Vomiting

What is Vomiting?

Vomiting, known medically as emesis and informally as puking or throwing up, is a biological defense mechanism. It is a reflex activity, which refers to the forceful oral expulsion of stomach contents. The actual function of vomiting is to remove toxic or harmful substances from the body after ingestion. However, vomiting is multifactorial in origin and can be caused due to various reasons. Retching is the sustained contraction of the chest and abdominal muscles that accompanies before or during vomiting.

Common Causes of Vomiting

• Food poisoning
• Gastroenteritis
• Spinning too fast on a ride
• Surgery
• Pregnancy

Causes of Vomiting: Pregnancy

• Certain drugs
• Disgusting sights
• Disgusting smells

Home Remedies for Vomiting

Tip 1

Heat 2 cardamoms on a dry saucepan. Powder them and add a tablespoon of honey and take frequently.

Home Remedies for Vomiting: Honey and Cardamoms

Tip 2

Try mint tea to get relief from vomiting. Add mint leaves in boiling water. Strain the leaves and serv…

Home Remedies For Vertigo

What is Vertigo?

Vertigo is a disease, which occurs due to the patient having problems in the posterior semicircular canals of the inner ear-medically known as the vestibular labyrinth area of the ear. Patients suffering from vertigo will experience an abnormal sensation that causes them to feel as though their surrounding environment is continuously spinning, whirling or moving. As a result of this, the vertigo patient suffers from loss of balance or a sensation of nausea that may grow acute.

Common Causes of Vertigo

• Due to the free-floating calcium carbonate crystals in the posterior semicircular canals of the inner ear

• An infection in the ear for example syphilis

• Vision problems

Causes of Vertigo: Vision Problems

• Acute head injury

• Cardiac conditions

• Brain tumors

• Thyroid disease

• Anemia

Causes of Vertigo: Anemia

• Calcium disorders

• Motion sickness

• Insufficient blood supply to brain

• High blood pressure

Causes of Vertigo: High Blood Pressure

• High cholesterol

• Diabetes

Causes of Ve…

Home Remedies For Urinary Tract Infection

What is Urinary Tract Infection?

UTI, short for urinary tract infection, is the second most common complaint patients from around the world take to their doctors. Though this condition is most commonly observed in women, men too are prone.

Embarrassing, unpredictable and troubling, this problem tends to stay on your mind for a bit, and if that’s the case with you too, wait no more. Read on to find out more about what could be possibly triggering your condition, how you can detect it more easily, and simple home remedies that could help you deal better with it.

What are the Causes of Urinary Tract Infection? 

Certain health conditions like diabetes, menopause and even pregnancy can trigger urinary tract infection. Most commonly, it occurs as a result of bacterial invasion into the urinary tract, which is common during sexual activity with an infected person. It is believed that holding urine for too long in the bladder can also cause urinary tract infection.

Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infect…

Home Remedies For Upset Stomach / Tummies

What is Upset Stomach?

Upset stomach is referred to discomfort or pain in the upper abdomen that is caused by many factors such as viruses, parasites and foodborne illness. It includes a group of symptoms related to digestive system including nausea, bloating and burping. Natural home remedies can treat upset stomach or tummies effectively.

Causes of Upset Stomach / Tummy

Here are the common causes for upset stomach/tummies:

• Alcohol excess
• Barbiturate abuse
• Food poisoning
• Gastritis
• Pregnancy
• Stress
• Heart attack
• Pernicious anemia
• Gastroenteritis
• Medications

Symptoms of Upset Stomach / Tummy

The following are the symptoms for upset stomach or tummy:

• Vomiting
• Nausea
• Headache
• Body aches
• Loose or liquid stools
• Chills, with or without fever
• Abdominal pain

Symptoms of Upset Stomach / Tummy

Home Remedies for Upset Stomach / Tummy 

The following are some herbal and natural remedies for curing upset stomach/tummy:

Tip 1:

Baking soda is a common home remedy for treating upset stomach. Mak…

Home Remedies For Toothache

What is Toothache?

Toothache or tooth pain is caused when the nerve root of the tooth is irritated. Each tooth has a dental pulp in the middle, which is very soft and spongy, containing lots of sensitive nerves and blood vessels. Inflammation of the pulp inside the tooth causes toothache. It can be caused due to dental decay or dental cavities. Drinking something hot or cold may cause toothache, as it touches the nerve pulp.

Common Causes of Toothache

• Dental decay

Causes of Toothache: Tooth Decay

• Dental cavities
• Swelling of the pulp
• Tooth infection
• Broken tooth
• Exposed tooth root
• Crack in the tooth

Remedies for Toothache

Tip 1:

Garlic has antibiotics and other medicinal properties that can be very effective for treating toothache. Crush a clove of garlic with rock salt and apply on the affected tooth.

Home Remedies for Toothache: Garlic

Tip 2:

Place a piece of raw onion on the tooth. This will help in killing the germs in the affected tooth and offer relief from pain.

Home Remedies for T…

Home Remedies For Stuffy Nose / Congested Nose / Blocked Nose

A familiar aspect of a congested / stuffy / blocked nose is the inability to breathe in easily. It is an effort to get air to flow through the nasal passages. A stuffy nose occurs due to the inflammation of blood vessels in the tissues, which causes the nose to swell and results in breathing trouble. Often, mucus is discharged continuously from the nose resulting in a runny nose. If the excess mucus flows into the throat, it results in a sore throat or cough.

A stuffy nose in babies is a problem since it is a deterrant to breathing or nursing for milk. A congested nose may affect the speech, the ears and subsequently, hearing. If one of the nasal passages gets blocked, the infant may have inserted something in that passage. Babies are also afflicted with ear pain and sinus pain when the mucus discharge blocks the eustachian tubes between the nose and the ear. It is also a discomfort for older children and adults.

Causes of Stuffy Nose / Congested Nose / Blocked Nose

There are different c…

Home Remedies For Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are a result of sudden weight gain. They appear as red, purple or pink linear streaks on the abdomen, buttocks, breasts, thighs and upper arms. When the body grows faster than the skin can keep up with, the elastic fibers under the skin surface rupture and this causes stretch marks.

Striae distensae is the medical name for stretch marks. They are extremely common, painless and are rarely a sign of a medical problem.

Causes of Stretch Marks

The major protein that makes up the connective tissues in human skin is called collagen. Overstretching of the skin disrupts and damages the normal production of collagen. This process then results in stretch marks. Stretch marks can appear on skin for many reasons.

• Pregnancy and stretch marks go together. The rapid weight gain coupled with many hormonal changes during pregnancy cause stretch marks. Stretch marks usually appear on the skin in the third trimester of pregnancy. At times they can occur in the later stages of second trimeste…

Home Remedies For Sprains

What is a Sprain?

Sprains are stretching injuries of ligaments that connect muscles to bones. Ligaments are connective tissues that hold bones together in the skeleton. Sprains can occur at any joint where two bones are connected. The severity of the injury may vary from a minor stretching that may soon heal fully to a major tear that makes the bony link unstable. Sprains are classified into 3 categories:

• Severe
• Partial
• Mild

Common Causes of Sprains

• Running or walking on uneven ground
• Wearing high-heeled shoes
• Overstretching of a ligament
• During a fall
• Lifting heavy weight
• Accidents

Home Remedies for Sprains

Tip 1:

Chop onions, wrap them in a muslin cloth and place on the sprained area.

Home Remedies for Sprains: Onions

Tip 2:

Make a paste of ground lemon leaves and butter. Apply on the affected area.

Tip 3:

Mix 1 teaspoon of almond oil with 1 teaspoon of garlic oil and apply on the injured area.

Home Remedies for Sprains: Almond Oil

Tip 4:

Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or raw lime powder…

Home Remedies For Sore Throat

What is Sore Throat?

A Sore Throat is a painful feeling in the throat aggravated by swallowing. Bacteria or virus causes sore throat, medically known as Pharyngitis. Most often it will be a symptom of an underlying illness like cold, flu, mumps, tonsillitis etc. Sore throat is named, depending on the area where the pain is, like:

• Pharyngitis
• Epiglottitis
• Laryngitis
• Tonsillitis

Common Causes of Sore Throat

• Viral infection
• Bacterial infection
• Fungal infection
• Smoking
• Shouting
• Allergies

Home Remedies for Sore Throat

For quick relief from sore throat, you can try the following home remedies:

1. Drink ginger tea. You can prepare ginger tea by adding a one-inch long crushed piece of ginger in the water and boiling it for two to three minutes, and then preparing the tea as you normally would.

Home Remedies for Sore Throat: Ginger Tea

2. Warm chamomile tea also relieves throat pain as it fights inflammation. Steep two tea bags in one cup boiling water and sip the tea. You can add honey if …

Home Remedies For Skin Pigmentation

What is Skin Pigmentation?

Your skin color is determined by pigments called melanin that are produced by specialized cells (melanocytes) of the skin. There are more than 150 genes that affect skin color either directly or indirectly. So there is really nothing much you can do about the natural pigmentation of your skin.

What Causes Skin Pigmentation Disorders?

Sometimes, the melanin production goes awry; either too little or too much melanin is produced causing skin pigmentation disorders. These conditions make the skin appear lighter or darker than normal, or blotchy and discolored. Too much melanin causes hyperpigmentation and too little melanin results in hypopigmentation.

The root cause is generally attributed to internal factors such as hormones, endothelial cells, or biological conditions such as pregnancy. External factors such as ultraviolet radiation, burning, or contact with certain chemicals, may sometimes cause pigmentation disorders. Stress and dietary imbalances, the precurs…