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Stay Refresh with Watermelon

Watermelon Juice

Known for its refreshing properties and nutritional value, watermelon juice is the best way to beat the heat. Having a glass of watermelon juice not only holds you hydrated but also assists you in getting a radiant skin.

Rich in vitamin A, B6 and C which keeps your skin fresh and hydrated. Watermelon has 92 percent of water and contains great amount of lycopene, which is known to protect your skin against sunburn and damage.

One daily serving of watermelon or watermelon juice will protect your skin from sun damage, keep your skin free from blemishes and make your skin looking fresh and supple.

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Build Up your Immune System with Orange

Orange Juice

Oranges contain high levels of vitamin C and has many health benefits for your heart, skin, weight and more. It has long been known as a powerhouse of healing properties, and one of the richest sources of vitamin-C that you can add to a diet.

By drinking a glass of orange juice a day can keep your skin glowing and keep the common cold at bay. This is attributed to the fact that oranges have more than 60 flavonoid antioxidants.

The range of health benefits for oranges includes its ability to boost our immune system, reduce signs of aging, protect against cancer, boost cellular repair and metabolism, detoxify the body, improves circulation and blood pressure, reduces inflammation, and lowers cholesterol levels.

Eating an orange a day also provides this health benefit, but it’s more likely people today would rather drink a glass of orange juice after their meal, rather than eat the orange itself.

Start squeezing the juice!


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8 Health Benefits of Tea

Camomile Tea

Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and can be found in almost 80% of all households. Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves.

Studies have found that some teas may help with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes; encourage weight loss; lower cholesterol; and bring about mental alertness. Tea also appears to have antimicrobial qualities.

Read on to find out why tea rocks your health.

  1. Tea can boost exercise endurance. Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract, increases the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, thus improving muscle endurance.
  2. Drinking tea could help reduce the risk of heart attack as it is known to protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.
  3. The antioxidants in tea might help protect against a number of cancers, namely breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers. But don’t rely solely on tea to keep a healthy body as it is not a miracle cure for all.
  4. Tea is hydrating to the body (even despite the caffeine!).
  5. Tea could keep waist circumference in check. In one study, participants who regularly consumed hot tea had lower waist circumference and lower BMI than the non-consuming participants.
  6. Tea could be beneficial to people with Type 2 diabetes. Studies suggest that compounds in green tea could help diabetics better process sugars.
  7. Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.
  8. Tea might be an effective agent in the prevention and treatment of neurological diseases, especially degenerative diseases (think Alzheimer’s). While many factors influence brain health, polyphenols in green tea may help maintain the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory.


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Dragon Fruit

Dragonfruits

Dragon fruits have a good number of nutrients. They are rich in:

  • Anti-oxidants to fight against free radicals
  • Vitamin C to improve your immunity
  • Vitamin B for carbohydrates metabolism
  • Calcium for strong bones and teeth
  • Omega-3 and Omega-6 from its seeds to reduce triglycerides and lower the risk of heart disorders
  • Carotene and Protein
  • Minerals such as Iron and Phosphorus for healthy blood and tissue formation

Have a glass of Dragon Fruit Juice with honey every week for a healthier body!

Ingredients:
1 Dragon Fruit
1/2 Lemon or 2 lime (squeeze for juice)
1 tablespoon of honey

Instructions

  1. Cut off the skin of Dragon Fruit and cut it into smaller pieces.
  2. Put dragon fruit, lemon juice and honey into blender.
  3. Blend evenly and serve in glass with ice cubes.


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Fun Facts about Durian

Durian

Contrary to popular belief, you will not have a big spike in your cholesterol level after eating a durian. Here are some fun facts about the King of fruits – Durian.

1. Durian can cause Weight Gain
With an average 1 kg sized durian having close to 1,350 calories, eating one durian can rack up as much as 68 per cent per cent of the daily 2,000 calories recommended for an average adult! One seed durian (about 40 g) has 54 calories.

2. Durian is Rich in Nutrients
The fruit is naturally rich in potassium, dietary fibre, iron, vitamin C, and vitamin B complex. The king of fruits is thus excellent for improving muscle strength and blood pressure, bowel movements and skin health. It also supports the nervous and immune systems, and enhances red blood cell formation.

3. Diabetic must Limit their durian intake
If you have diabetes and must count your carbs, you cannot feast on durians because of the fruit’s high sugar content. Durians contain simple sugars sucrose, fructose and glucose.

4. Durian is an Instant Energiser
Because of their high carbohydrate content, durians can help replenish low energy levels quickly (in healthy individuals). The fruit’s high potassium content can also help reduce fatigue and relieve mental stress and anxiety.

*with reference from Health Buddy


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Health Benefits of Strawberries

5 Beauty Tips with Strawberries

Did you know that strawberries are actually not fruits as their seeds are on the outside. In fact strawberry plants are runners and are not grown by seeds. They are members of the rose family and have been grown in the wild for centuries.

Benefits of Strawberries

Strawberries contain antioxidants to combat the damaging effects of free radicals. They are packed with vitamins C and contain many important enzymes and flavonoids. They are a good source of manganese, pantothenic acid, vitamin B1 and iodine. Strawberries also protect the heart by increasing HDL cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and guard against cancer. Many researchers have found that strawberries also help to regulate our blood sugar to decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes as well as to prevent breast, cervical and colon cancer.

Strawberries are not only delicious, but they are also proven beauty enhancers.

The Salicylic acid removes dead cells from the face while tightening the pores, hence they make excellent facemask. Blend some natural yogurt with a handful of strawberries and apply the mixture onto your face. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse well.

Strawberry juice has skin lightening properties also. They are effective in removing age spots and freckles. Squeeze some juice and apply over blemishes with a cotton ball. Rinse off after 10 minutes. You will notice the blemishes get lighter after a few tries.

Strawberries make an excellent foot scrub. Mash a handful of strawberries and mix them with a few drops of glycerine and grounded oats. Scrub your foot gently with this mixture to exfoliate dead cells and rough skin.

Last but not least, strawberries can be mixed with tea tree oil to treat fungal growth on the skin or even the scalp. In fact, they are effective to get rid of dandruff due to its antifungal properties.


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Home Remedies for Headache

Home Remedies for Headache

Headaches are one of the most common health problems that affect our lives today. It could be caused by a late night, drinking too much alcohol, or simply due to an uncomfortably warm day. Sometimes, headaches can also be caused by anger, anxiety, stress or depression. A minor headache can be treated safely with household remedies. But if a headache occurs without any apparent reason and is accompanied with nausea and vomiting, loss of sensation in any part of the body. Visit the doctor immediately.

More often, dehydration is one of the most common causes of a headache. Drinking sufficient water can help relieve a headache on a hot and sunny day. Apart from water, there are many natural home remedies you can use to treat a headache.

Here are some home remedies for a headache.

Herbal Tea
A headache can be relieved with herbal tea made from an infusion of holy basil leaves, if the throat feels sore, a warm herbal mixture made with a level teaspoon of fresh ginger mixed with a spoonful of honey in hot water can soothe the throat and relief the pain

Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has many medicinal properties. Dried leaves can be powdered and stored. Take two pinches or one- fourth of a teaspoon of this powder, mixed with an equal amount of turmeric, dissolved in water and drink it. This is especially effective for headache induced by menstruation.

Apples
Apples and apple cider vinegar can help balance the acid and alkaline level in the body, giving relief to tension headache. Eat some apples with salt or add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a full glass of water and drink it.

Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular reliefs for headaches. Its light but aromatic scent calms your mind and helps to relieve tension of the body. It contains a high percentage of esters (linalyl acetate), and therefore, offers anti-inflammatory and sedative properties. Use Lavender oil if you are experiencing tension headache.

Acupressure
Find the point where the bones of your thumb and index finger meet (fleshy area). Apply pressure to this spot for two minutes. You will find some pain relief for your headache.

Last but not least, prevention is better than cure. Do not drink too much tea or coffee. Avoid alcohol and friend food. Instead, start on an exercise regime and get sufficient sleep. Do meditation or learn yoga. In this way, your body will get sufficient oxygen and all your headache will vanish.

Acupressure Point for Headache by ORA