BRAIN-BOOSTER HEALTH BENEFITS

Guavas have sweet or tangy flavor depending on what ripening stage they are at. Its flesh is white, pink or maroon depending on which variety it is. The seeds are hard and placed in the center of the fruit.  Guavas resemble pears closely but have completely different in taste and texture. Guavas are eaten raw but may be cooked to be turned into jams. Guavas are very susceptible to weather conditions and cannot bear high temperatures. Its chemical composition makes it highly beneficial in treating and preventing various diseases, especially skin related ones. Guavas are rich in minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants which can benefit the body in more ways than one.

Guava is a tropical fruit, the calorie count is low, and the nutritional value is high. Here is some impressive benefits that eating guava can add to your health.

CANCER PREVENTION

Guavas are packed full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants such as Vitamin C, riboflavin and thiamin. Guavas can be very useful in inhibiting the growth of cancerous cells and also prevents tumor growth. Recent studies have shown that eating guava regularly negatively affects breast, prostate and oral cancer. Guava leaves contain oil that acts as an antiproliferative and it is tested to target cancerous growths and to prevent the spread of cancerous cells. Guavas also contain lycopene which targets prostate cancer and prevents it from taking roots.

MANAGES DIABETES

Fruits are often confused as blood-sugar level spiking agents, but, guava is one of the most beneficial fruits that help keep the blood sugar levels in check. The high amounts of dietary fiber in guavas can positively affect the glucose blood sugar levels and prevent spikes in diabetes patients. Research conducted on type II diabetes suggests that regularly eating guava made a big difference in their blood sugar levels.

BLOOD PRESSURE MANAGEMENT

Guavas are rich in dietary fiber which is very beneficial to keep the arteries and blood vessels clean. This helps promote a moderate blood flow which is necessary for preventing excessive blood flow to the heart. Guavas are hypoglycemic and can be very helpful in regulating adequate blood flow throughout the body.

IMMUNITY

Immunity is the body’s barrier to diseases and infections. When the immune system f the body weakens it is far easier for chronic diseases and infections to take root in the body. Guavas are a rich source of vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant. Regular consumption of guavas can ensure that the body stays clear of disease and recovers quickly. The longer you stay sick especially during bouts of common cold and flu the weaker you immunity gets.

THYROID HEALTH

Guavas have been studied to keep the health of the thyroid gland in check and also target the excessive production of the TSH hormone.  As Guavas help the body maintain a healthy metabolic rate, it also affects the overall thyroid health positively. It is a good source of copper which when deficient in the body can be the cause of thyroid hyperfunctions. This can develop into chronic illness and poses severe health risks. Better to eat right than suffer.

HEALTHY METABOLISM

To keep the body healthy and promote oxygenation the metabolic rate needs to maintained and fruits such as guavas are rich in dietary fibers as well as antioxidants which are useful in muscle regeneration and also keep the brain functioning properly. The dietary fiber is also useful in helping the body break down complex proteins and completely, which besides all its benefits, also reduces bloating.

DIARRHEA TREATMENT

Diseases like diarrhea can strip the body of essential nutrient and also weaken the immune system. Eating something which helps bulk up the stool and also help retain nutrients in the body is necessary and guava fits the bill. The dietary fiber can help rid the body of this disease as it will bulk up the stool.

WEIGHT LOSS

Healing snacking between meals is necessary for active weight loss. Eating less and foods that spike energy levels without actually providing any nutrients can be more damaging to the results we require rather than beneficial. Guavas are rich in vitamins and minerals which provide the right energy boost, and the dietary fiber keeps the stomach full for a long time.

ANTI-AGING

As time passes the body ages both internally and externally, as much as we would like it not to be, aging is irreversible. However, eating a diet rich in antioxidants and vitamin C can protect the body and skin from oxidative damage and also from the effects of aging. Vitamin C is said to aid the production of collagen, especially in the skin cells. Guava face masks can also give the face a tightening and firming effect.

SCURVY TREATMENT

Scurvy is a severe health condition that can lead to other health problems. The main identified reason for scurvy is the deficiency of vitamin C. Guavas are a rich source of vitamin C, so much so that they are four times more potent than citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges. Guava is deemed to be the best source of vitamin C in fruits

BRAIN-BOOSTER JUICE

hqdefaultBesides its unique flavour and fragrance, guava has been hailed as one of the super fruits due to the numerous health benefits it offers. It indeed is a powerhouse of nutrients. “This humble fruit is extraordinarily rich in vitamin C, lycopene and antioxidants that are beneficial for skin.

Now the juice include:

Watermelon Pineapple Guava Drink recipe

Ingredients:

download4 cups chilled watermelon cubes
2 cups chilled pineapple cubes
1 1/2 cups chilled guava juice
1 tsp black salt

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients, except the black salt and blend in a mixer till smooth.
  2. Strain the mixture using a strainer.
  3. Add the black salt and mix well.

Pour equal quantities of the drink into 6 individual glasses and serve chilled.

Guava Smoothie ( Burgers and Smoothies Recipe) recipe

Ingredients:

big_guava_smoothie_(_burgers_and_smoothies_recipe)-90201 1/2 cups readymade chilled guava juice
5 tbsp readymade chilled coconut milk
1 1/2 cups vanilla ice-cream

Method

  1. Combine the guava juice, coconut milk and vanilla ice-cream and blend in a blender till the mixture is smooth and frothy.

Pour equal quantities of the smoothie into 2 individual glasses.

Tip

If coconut milk is unavailable, replace it with 5 tbsp of fresh curds and proceed as per the recipe.

FAT-FILLED MIRACLE FOOD DOMESTIC USAGE

The physical properties and nutrients of coconuts can vary depending on their maturity. Young coconuts have either a white husk or a green shell, and possess larger amounts of coconut water and softer meat. On the other hand, mature coconuts, the brown and hairy variety, have less water and firmer meat.

Whether they’re young or mature, coconuts are considered the “plant of life” due to their astounding commercial and domestic uses:

THE  HUSK

HUUSSKKThis is the rough exterior of the coconut which is made up of the coir (tough fibres).  Back in the days when there weren’t any scouring pad to wash the dishes, the locals used the coir – with sand — to clean their pots. It gave quite a shine to the utensil. For families who could not afford mattresses, the fibre was used as stuffing to make homemade mattresses. The whole husk is also great to plant with, fuel fires and make toys. This is one of the major uses of coconuts, at least for the many people who make a living with it. People in many rural areas make their living from making ropes out of coconut husk, and it is a profitable business. This is actually a difficult task and requires immense manual labor. However people work in large groups in coir factories to make ropes and mats from the husks of coconuts.

THE SHELL

SSSSHEELLBefore reaching the delicious flesh inside the coconut one has to get through the hard shell. Today this is mostly thrown away after extracting the flesh — did you know that it makes a great charcoal replacement? The shell which is quite strong is also used by artisans to create long-lasting handicrafts. The hard shell of the fruit is useful, too. It is traditionally used in homes to steam food. The shells are also a popular craft material. Many beautiful craft items are made out of coconut shells. You can easily color the shells and carve them into beautiful art pieces. Children use them for playing as well.

THE FLESH

SONY DSCThis is the edible part of the nut. The vitamin-rich coconut kernel (the flesh) can be eaten raw or cooked, or processed to manufacture other products. When grated — placed in water and squeezed (or blended) it produces coconut milk used in many Creole meals and desserts. When matured, oil can be extracted from the kernel. The oil can be used for cooking, prevent hair damage and moisturize the skin. Psst, it’s a great sunscreen too. This is the first use most people think of. You can eat the fruit of a coconut tree, and this is the plant’s most common use. Coconuts can be eaten either raw or cooked, and they are rich in vitamins, minerals, and powerful antioxidants. Before you can eat coconut, the white flesh of the fruit needs to be separated from the outer hard shell. Do do this, you may use a coconut scraper to grate the fruit or a coconut meat removal knife to separate the flesh after opening the shell. The freshly grated coconuts can be easily added to your recipes or you can store it in refrigerator for few days. Coconut milk is also very popular. It is widely used in many Asian cuisines, especially in South India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. It is usually used to thicken soups and stews, and you can also use it as a substitute for milk if you have milk allergy. To make coconut milk, you can either squeeze grated coconuts in water with your hands (this produces a milder version), or you can stick them in a blender with a little water (this produces a thicker version).  Additionally, coconut milk is an excellent hair conditioner. You can apply the coconut milk to your hair and scalp and rinse after a few minutes. This will make your hair soft and shiny and improves the health of hair by reducing hair fall. Coconut milk is also an ideal ingredient to be added in homemade face masks in place of water.  The fruits can also be turned into coconut flour, which is available in markets nowadays. The flour is often used as a gluten-free substitute.

 TREE LEAVES

LLEAVVSSThe leaves of the coconut palms are very large and beautiful. I love how they look; they are great subjects for photography.  People have used these leaves to make fences as well as roofs for their small huts, and in many places, people still use them for thatching. They are cost effective and provide shelter for many people who cannot afford the cost of other materials. Sometimes they are used not only for making the roofs, but to make the walls of houses as well. Making houses from the palm leaves may not be the best option—they can’t survive extreme weather conditions and there are safety concerns—but in many places, people rely on this tree to create shelter.

And coconut leaves aren’t only helpful for humans. Did you know that coconut leaves are one of the favorite foods of elephants?  These are used to weave hats, baskets and mats. It’s a time-consuming practice which takes a bit of skill. Skilled craftsmen use the midribs — the central veins that hold the leaves together — to make brooms. These are also used to make barbecue skewer, decorations and traditional toys. In the past, the leaves were sometimes used for thatching traditional Creole houses.

TIMBER

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Coconut timber has many applications as both a structural and interior design material. The harder, high-density timber is suitable for general structural purposes such as pillars, trusses, rafting, furniture, window and door frames, floors, decking and floor joists. Medium density coconut timber can be used for walls, ceiling joists and horizontal studs. Low density coconut timber is used in non-load bearing applications like wood panelling, internal trim and ceilings, as well as homewares.  In the past, the trunks were turned into planks, used to board and partition houses. They make great pillars as well.

 THE  FLOWER:  THE MEDICINE

FFLOWWWERRCoconut flowers have many medicinal uses. They are an ingredient in many traditional remedies, especially medicines for new mothers.

Let’s talk about Coconut: The Fat-filled MIRACLE FOOD

Coconuts are one of the wonder foods on earth that amply provides for all human needs and have multiple health benefits… They can even save your life!

Few people (even fewer doctors) understand how important the coconut is to stabilizing blood sugar; lowering cholesterol; healing; hydration; and even replacing blood plasma in an emergency. Yet, it has been only recently that modern researchers have begun to fully discover the massive coconut health benefits this amazing fruit seed offers.

To give just one example of coconuts’ life-saving properties, they were used extensively in the Pacific during World War II. Since blood plasma supplies were scarce, it was very common for medics to siphon pure coconut water from young coconuts to be used as emergency plasma transfusions for soldiers who were injured. Since coconut water is nearly identical to human blood, it was suitable for people of all blood types.

The popularity of coconut doesn’t end with hot-right-now coconut water. A variety of coconut-derived ingredients—from coconut oil to coconut flour and coconut milk—are increasingly being used in home kitchens, restaurants and packaged foods. But can a food so rich in calories and laden with saturated fat be healthy? Here are the health benefits and cons of coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut flour, coconut water, coconut meat and coconut flakes.

Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D.

Considered one of the most treasured foods of all time, coconut products — including coconut flesh, coconut water, coconut oil, and coconut cream — each deliver superb health benefits.

Coconut oil, for instance, is considered the best and safest oil to use for cooking — even superior to extra virgin olive oil when it comes to giving the body what it needs for optimum health. Unlike other fats and oils that we typically use for cooking and baking, coconut oil does not form polymerized oils or dangerous trans fatty acids in our bodies, which can raise our cholesterol levels; clog our arteries and even make our skin sag and wrinkle. Plus, this ultra-safe oil can give your body important antioxidants that can help build stronger cells and improve your overall health and well being.

Coconut health benefits found all-in-one

Here are a few ways that you can take advantage of coconut products to stave off disease and to recapture the look and feeling of youth:

Coconut Water

  • The coconut is a natural water filter. It takes almost 9 months for a coconut to filter every quart of water stored within its shell. This makes the resulting coconut water completely pure and sterile, which is one reason why it can be used for blood transfusions.
  • Another benefit of coconut water is the fact that it has the highest concentration of electrolytes than anything else found in nature. This makes it an excellent source of hydration.

Coconut Oil

  • In addition to being superior for cooking and baking, coconut oil also makes a superb topical oil that can help to naturally rid the skin of dangerous toxins. It also gives the skin the perfect mix of hydration and antioxidants that it needs to stay healthy, smooth and younger-looking longer.
  • Another great benefit of coconut oil is in protecting your teeth from the bacteria that can cause cavities and disease. Simply rubbing a little fresh coconut oil on your gums and teeth can keep them stronger and healthier than virtually any other dental treatment.

Most people don’t realize that coconut oil can actually help you lose weight! Yes, simply changing your cooking oil from the unsaturated fat variety to coconut oil can help you lose those extra pounds.

Coconut Cream

  • The best skin treatment product one can use to achieve flawless skin may quite possibly be coconut cream. Unlike traditional skin creams which can actually introduce fats and oils to the skin that will break it down over time, making it look older, creams derived from the coconut can actually replenish the skin, giving it a more youthful and healthy glow than most other skin care products on the market.
  • When it comes to buying coconut products, coconuts are not all created equal. Wild coconuts are always best, but can be hard to obtain if you don’t live in a tropical country. Whether you are using this wonder food to boost your immune system; increase your metabolism or fight wrinkles, using products from young coconuts will help you reap the most benefit.
  • Young coconuts contain the purest unsaturated fat, compared to the fat found in the more mature varieties. This is why they offer the most rejuvenation properties for the body’s tissues. But how can you tell how old a coconut is? Young coconuts are usually green in color and oddly shaped. The brown hairy ones are mature coconuts, and while they offer a lot of healthy benefits, they aren’t nearly as good for you as younger varieties.

Coconuts Provide “All the Necessities of Life”

…to be continued in the next post

Our Bodies, Our Health

It is a great blessing if your body can transport you through life without too many recurring breakdowns. Being unaware of the body’s warning signs is part of a more general loss of many primal and gut instincts.
When things do go wrong, there is a tendency to curse your body, treating it as something separate from yourself — an entity that has failed in its service to you. What people often fail to realize is that this reaction is the result of an ever -increasing disconnection with the body, and that the physical breakdown is the conclusion to a long series of unheeded warnings, which the body has been trying to communicate. These communications can be as simple as an awareness that you have not felt quite right for a while, that you have been unusually terse with loved ones or simply the feeling that you can’t cope any more. They can also take a more physical form, like a headache or indigestion – symptoms often suppressed with a pill, when you should be addressing the cause and questioning the reason for them.
Sometimes, as with so many children nowadays, ill health becomes a way of life. Allergies, digestive disorders, and overuse of antibiotics are all too common.
Listening to your body, observing and asking how and why you react to situations the way you do, can tell you an awful lot about yourself. With physical symptoms, what is often required is a process of seeing the external signs and tracing them back to the inside. Initially, there may be just a jumble of clues and tidbits of information, great and small. Every
sensory ability has to be thrown into feeling more and gathering information. Approach the problem like a great detective novel; it will invariably contain many false trails that must be patiently tracked by applying all available wisdom. Drawing conclusions too quickly is as dangerous as overcomplexity and tunnel vision. Simplicity and common sense should be your primary focus. A practitioner can often make sense of all the pieces for you and design a helpful route back to health.
In many cases of ill health, a disease progresses for some years before severe symptoms set in. The further advanced a disease is, the harder it is to find the source or to locate the actual moment, or moments, when the initial disharmony spawned the illness. So seeing and being aware of yourself is a habit you can begin at any age and is a lesson that it is never too early or too late to learn. In many ways it is a very natural process.
Some may find comfort in knowing that their ill health is their destiny.What is certain is that what counts is the course of action that follows.

The Basics That Can Be Achieved at Home

  • Nutrition: Eat good foods, avoiding those that contain pesticides, hormones, and any other additives or contaminants. Instead, concentrate on foods that are organic, if available, and rich in vitamins, minerals, and other desirable constituents. An occasional checkup on the body through food cleanses is important. Today, digestive problems are rife and are at the bottom of much ill health. Weak digestive juices are often the cause.
  • Medicinal nutrition: Use healing plants to tone, support, and stimulate.
  • Herbalism: Use plant oils, tinctures, infusions, poultices, syrups, compresses, fomentations, and decoctions.
  • Hydrotherapy: This healing method can be practiced in the bathroom. Showering, soaking, and steaming are just a few ways in which water can be used to circulate blood and massage internal organs and systems — giving them more oxygen and nourishment in order to avoid or dispel congestion and stagnation.
  • Exercise: Keep the body moving, flexing, circulating, pumping, inhaling, exhaling, and detoxifying. Yoga and breathing exercises are especially good for all of these requirements and for those with limited movement.
  • Body contact: Massage, yoga, reflexology, tai chi, and other movement therapies help the body stay healthy or, if necessary, heal.

The way you take good care of your body will determine how your body will react to it. Health is Wealth!