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Give yourself a health boost with green tea

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There was a time when green tea was unheard of. But now you can find green tea in any corner of the world. You can consume it in warm or regular tea forms, have it as a iced drink and even use it for cooking your favorite meats and desserts. The green tea is known for benefiting women in more than one ways, especially against deadly diseases like cancer.

 

Minimize breast cancer risk

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Over the years researches have shown that polyphenols found green tea actually helps in killing the cancer cells, especially of breast cancer. A recent study of 472 women suffering from breast cancer revealed that women who consumed more of green tea, at least 3 cups a day, were able to curtail the disease. Women drinking 5 cups of tea during early stages of breast cancer were able to cure the disease completely, combined with other therapies. A similar study in women revealed that even uterine cancer could be cured and restricted by healthier consumption of green tea.

 

Green tea contains EGCC, which is known for inhibiting the production of urokinase. Urokinase is an enzyme that all kinds of cancer cells require for growing. Green tea further helps in stimulating programmed cell death procedures that is also known as apoptosis, in cancer cells.

 

Fights UTI

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UTI causes and symptoms may vary and often not be understood, but those who suffer from recurrent problem of the same should consume at least 2-3 cups of green tea. Not only will it help in clearing the urinary tract and get rid of the infection completely, it is also known for reducing the swelling of the bladder, which further triggers off infection. As a result, even the chronic forms of UTI can be healed. Women who consumed green tea on a regular basis had 40% lower chance of getting a repeat as compared to those who didn’t.

 

For healthier pregnancy and fertility

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Drinking green tea is considered as safe for all times, even when you are trying to conceive and during pregnancy. It reduces stress and depression, while boosting your overall health. Furthermore, green tea aids in weight loss and fights obesity. Being good for your uterine health it enhances your chances of conception. And you can sip away the same during your pregnancy too.

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posted May 30, 2016 by Daisy

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coffee

You kickstart your day with a cuppa of this for getting an energy boost, but little do you know that coffee also offers an array of benefits. Do remember that excessive coffee in fact is never good. But when consumed in black forms, with very little milk and sugar, you can benefit tremendously- 

    

Fights signs of infertility

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2 cups of coffee (overindulgence can be counter productive) is a little drink that can actually enhance your overall health. Basically coffee is known for fighting depression, reduces stress and it is also suggested for weight management when consumed in its sugar free forms. In fact, being rich in magnesiums and potassium, it helps in balancing insulin and breaks down cell fat, which otherwise cause infertility issues. With the added energy and happier feeling, you are likely to conceive faster.

 

Fights some forms of cancer

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Uterine and breast cancer risks can be reduced by drinking coffee on a regular basis. It has been seen that coffee is also rich in antioxidants that are known for fighting off common causes of breast and uterine cancer. In particular, the happy and less stressed feeling that one experiences post drinking coffee is known for boosting immunity too. It is also known to fight signs of skin cancer.

 

Fights postpartum depression

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A lot of women undergo postpartum depression, which is very common after women give birth. During this time, women undergo a lot of fluctuations in their hormonal levels. As a result of this, depression may occur on a temporary basis. Coffee contains a variety of neuro transmitters that include serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline. Drinking two cups of coffee during this period helps in fighting this form of depression. Women can also opt for decaf during this period. It also provides energy to the mother and reduces physical exertion.

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guava and cancer

Guava is probably one of the most underestimated fruits around considering that apples are promoted for keeping the doctor away. But you would be amazed to know that for women, guava in fact has many more health benefits than other fruits. And not only is it available all year round, it is a budget friendly fruit for you too-

 

Fights pregnancy constipation and boosts fetal health

pregnancy and guava

Being fibre-rich, especially the seeds of the guava are suggested for pregnant women. It has been seen that guava aids digestive health and provides you with fibres that prevent risks of constipation during pregnancy. One guava a day takes care of 12% of your fibre needs. Along with this, guava is also very rich in folic acid along with vitamin B-9. This is suggested for pregnant women as it helps to develop the baby’s nervous system. It also gives the baby protection against a range of neurological disorders.

 

Increases fertility

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One of the crucial components in guava includes magnesium, which is highly recommended as a natural stress buster. With anxiety and stress levels leading to infertility levels. You can consume one guava a day as a smoothie with yogurt or even on its own. With added nutrients and iron, it provides other benefits. Furthermore, being rich in fibres, it is known to reduce your weight and obesity levels too. The roughage found in this fruit helps you stay fuller for a longer time, thus reducing food cravings. Thus it fights obesity and helps you maintain healthier weight and BMI, which is essential for fertility.

 

Lowers risk of breast cancer

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Anti-cancer tumour properties of the guava are not restricted to just breast cancer, but it has been known to minimise risks of breast cancer. There are several compounds found in guava that have anti-cancer benefits. These include lycopene, quercitin, vitamin C and along with a range of polyphenols that work as potent antioxidants. It helps in neutralising free radicals and fights them too, which reduces the risk of cancerous growth. In particular, the peel of the guava fruit is consumed, which contains the deepest layers of these nutrients. Along with breast cancer, guava is also known to treat skin, colon and lungs cancer. It has many antioxidants that prevent formation of cancerous tumours. Along with a rich dose of vitamins, it also has flavonoids, beta-carotene, lutein and cryptoxanthin that combine to prevent spread of breast cancer, in women who are already affected.

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flaxseeds

Women are often burdened with everyday tasks and homemaking duties, restricting their intake of healthy food. Adding flaxseed to your diet is highly recommended because of the many benefits it provides. Here are some of the home remedies using these-

Prevents breast and uterine cancer risk


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High concentration of lignans (useful chemical compounds in plants) found in flaxseeds are known to prevent both uterine and breast cancer. Women who consume at least 1-2 spoons of flaxseeds are known to have lower risks of breast cancer as compared to women who don’t. With the high concentration of these elements, there is a reduced risks of both tumors and cancer.

Improves fertility

One of the biggest hurdle in fertility is obesity. It has been noted that women tend to suffer from an array of diseases, especially irregular menstrual cycles, increased blood pressure, etc. which are a hindrance when trying to conceive and also in carrying out pregnancies successfully. Flax seeds are known for lowering cholesterol in the body and also boosting metabolism, which helps in managing weight. Also, flax seeds have a tendency to expand when consumed, which keeps you fuller for longer, thus reducing appetite and helps fight obesity.

Improves pregnancy health 

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During pregnancy, constipation is one of the biggest problems that women face. This happens because the body is undergoing a lot of hormonal changes. There are soluble fibers found in the flax seed that are known for getting rid of constipation during pregnancy. Pregnant women can just have a small spoon of flaxseeds every morning to ensure smoother bowel movements. Also, women also suffer from bone loss issues post pregnancy. The consumption of flaxseeds helps prevent this bone loss with high fatty acid concentration. Thus keeping you healthier during and post pregnancy too. Furthermore, it also keeps many pregnancy diseases problems like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia at bay. But make sure you have the same just once a day.

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spinach

Spinach is one of the most versatile foods that we can have. It is easily used in soups, salads, smoothies, etc. without much fuss. You can have it raw but cooking the same increases your benefits. Since the iron is more easily absorbed in cooked spinach.So here are some more reasons for adding spinach to your diet-

Reduced risks of cancer

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Loaded with flavonoids, which double as antioxidants, Spinach is known for protecting the body from free radicals. Cancer is often the result of these free radicals and in particular, especially for skin cancer in women. In fact, it has been seen that there are at least 13 different flavonoid compounds in spinach that act as anti-cancer substances and it also includes reduction of breast cancer risks.

 

Vitamins to maintain weight and boost fertility

There are an array of vitamins in spinach like C and A, which are essential for the body and are known for reducing cholesterol and boost metabolism. Additionally, being rich in fibre, it also helps in triggering weight loss. Women are prone to facing fertility issues because of obesity. Spinach helps manage weight. 

 

Rich in Iron

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A lot of women suffer from poor blood count or anaemia due to the lack of red blood cells. Iron is one the most contributory factors here that boosts RBC and thus combats anaemia. Spinach is a food rich in folate that boots your RBC count. Women suffering from anaemia are recommended to have more of spinach in their diets. 

 

Reduces risk of arthritis and osteoporosis 

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A common problem that women face apart from the above is weak and poor bones, which is caused because of lack of calcium. No, spinach might not be very rich in calcium, but it is rich in minerals like iron, which facilitate the absorption of calcium in the body. Furthermore, there are nutrients in spinach that contain anti-inflammatory properties, which are known for healing and alleviating the pain caused because of these two. So rather than complaining, start eating that bowl of spinach. 

 

Improves uterine health

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Iron found in spinach is known to boost the health of women, especially uterine functions. The iron found in spinach is a vital part of haemoglobin, which takes oxygen to different parts of the body cells. Lack of blood in the body is a major cause for irregular periods and even stoppage of periods altogether. Eating spinach boosts blood count and transfers oxygen to the uterus too, thus regulating your menstrual cycle. 

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grapes

The easy to consume grapes are probably one of the best health fruits around. In particular,  you can pick from a range of types like black, red or green grapes to suit your palette. Though some nutrient differences can be there based on colour or type, grapes on the general provide you with these health benefits-

 

Prevention against breast and uterine cancer

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Increasing rates of uterine and breast cancer in women is alarming and often owed to lack of intake of foods, which contain rich antioxidants. Grapes are rich in different kinds of vitamins, especially C and K, which is known for your blood vessels health. The antioxidants found here protect the body against different kinds of free radicals, which make you risk-prone to diseases like cancer. As per research, about 1 cup of green grapes contain at least 5 milligrams of vitamin C and K. So go ahead and have a bowlful.

 

Mineral-rich for boosting fertility health

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One of the most crucial components found in grapes is potassium and iron. Basically potassium provides you more than just healthy muscle and cell function. In particular, women who tend to suffer from irregular cycles, poor haemoglobin levels, etc. should consume grapes on a regular basis as it increases RBC levels in the body and regulates menstrual cycles. In fact, 18 milligrams of potassium is suggested for women on a daily basis and grapes contain about '.55' milligrams of the same.

 

Some of the other benefits that you get from the mineral rich fruit towards fertility and menstrual heath include-

  • Magnesium-rich grapes are known for reducing cramps. Not just during period but also enhances fertility levels and reduces cramping during natural birth. 
  • It flushes out toxins from the uterine area, which is known to prevent risks of cysts and tumours.

 

Pregnancy health

Grapes are rich in fibres and hence a good source to keep bowel movements regulated during periods. Along with this, it boosts immunity being rich in tannins and flavonoids. But it its also known for reducing stress and hypertension thanks to its high potassium content. Hence, it gives you an overall boost and manages healthy hormonal levels too, which keeps you happier during this period. Vitamins E and K found in grapes are known to aid blood congeal, which is useful for inducing labor. Consumption of grapes has anti-inflammatory benefits too, which is known to fight swelling and pain during pregnancy.

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