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Home remedies and health benefits of Guava

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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

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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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water melon

Water melon is a fruit that benefits women not only from its sweet and delicious pulp, but additionally the peel or the outer layer of the fruit along with the seeds are used in a variety of home remedies too. 

 

Enhance blood count

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The rind of the watermelon is known to have more of the blood building chlorophyll along with being rich in amino acid citrulline. The high amount of chlorophyll in the rind means that women with poor haemoglobin levels or those suffering from anaemia are able to benefit with the same. You can use the pale white part of the rind and eat it raw, though it is a little tasteless. In some cultures, it is also used as a vegetable form and cooked.

 

Boost fertility levels

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One of the core ingredients in water melon is the lycopene. It contains many kinds of antioxidants and carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, which are known for boosting fertile health and also for fighting obesity. With ageing, women are more prone to diabetes due to fat deposits. This lycopene fights the same and reduces obesity risks and menstrual problems associated with the same. Just consume water melon in its natural forms or drink up a glass of juice daily.

 

Reduces cancer and tumour risk

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Lycopene is also known to reduce risks of ovarian cancer and breast cancer in women with its potent antioxidant properties. Both these cancer forms are risked to menopause. In fact, a study revealed that lycopene helps in fighting tumours around the breast and uterine area, which is one of the core or early warning signs of cancer.

 

Helps manage menopause

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As women progress to the menopausal stage, there is a significant decrease in bone density, haemoglobin levels and even hormonal fluctuations. Hence, eating right becomes essential. Water melon contains citrulline and arginine that helps in managing your blood pressure and cardiac stress. Additionally the seeds of the water melon are rich in minerals and nutrients like magnesium and potassium. You can toast the same and consume it in salads or even as delicious and crunchy snack. Watermelon also reduces inflammation caused due to arthritis, which a lot of women are affected from. 

 

Boosts sexual health

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There is a component in water melon that is called L-arginine, which is known for stimulating your libido. It helps in pumping up supply of the blood to different parts of the bodies and helps in balancing hormones. With enhanced sexuality and improved uterine health, your fertility health is boosted too.

 

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A spice that is known for its sharp and pungent taste, carom seeds or Ajwain is perhaps the best friend, when it comes to the food sector for a woman. Carom seeds or ajwain are easy to consume and can be added to your food, chewed on their own or even powdered. Here are the amazing health benefits you get from the same-

 

Boosts lactation and reduces swelling

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For centuries, women in India are given carom seed infused water everyday post delivery. It is said to boost lactation and also helps post pregnancy bleeding, which can be painful for the new mother. 1 cup of carom seeds are boiled in a litre of water. Post boiling, this water is then kept covered for about 1-2 hours. The entire lot should be consumed the same day. This helps the mother get a healthy dose of carom seeds' goodness that increase milk production.

Also, if you had a c-section, then the uterus and other organs may be inflamed post surgery for a a few days, the carom water helps in reducing this swelling and helps in neutralising your bleeding post pregnancy too.

 

Pregnancy indigestion and nausea

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A lot of pregnant women suffer from bloating, indigestion, gas and other related digestive problems during pregnancy. Carom seeds have anti-inflammatory properties along with enzymes that boost digestion. The sharp taste not only helps in getting rid of morning sickness, but it also fights pregnancy constipation. If you are having too much of belching and burping, chew on toasted carom seeds. About a coin-sized portion is enough. You can also make a carom seed powder and mix it up with some black pepper, rock salt and mango powder and a dash of Asafoetida. Have this every morning and night to alleviate the above-mentioned symptoms.

 

Increases Libido

 

Hormonal changes, stress, etc. are major causes of lost libido. Carom seeds are known for reviving your sexual hormones and increases libido. For this remedy you have to roast some carom seeds along with ghee or clarified butter and some tamarind kernels. Once roasted, grind them up and have this with a cup of milk and spoon of honey. This will help in enhancing your sexual functions. Ideally you should consume this at night to get optimal benefits. The natural aphrodisiac helps in easing muscle tension and products hormones essential for sexual drive.

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Mangoes

Mangoes are in season and there are perhaps very women who would resist the urge to have mangoes. But there is a general misconception that mangoes are not good for health and cause weight gain. Here are some amazing things that mango can do for your health, and it definitely is not the cause of weight gain-

 

Fight breast cancer

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Breast cancer is on the rise and the least you can do is make an attempt to eat healthy. Mangoes are rich in uercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, along with a range of enzymes that are known for reducing your cancer risks. In fact the antioxidants in the mangoes fight free radicals. As per research, women who consumed more of the fruit are at lower risks of getting breast cancer as compared to women who don’t.

 

Helps improve sex drive

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Being a rich source of vitamin E, mangoes are known for improving and boosting sex drive. A recent study conducted in rats revealed that libido is enhanced by consuming mangoes. In particular, women who are undergoing hormonal changes benefit from eating this to boost or revive lost sex drive.

 

Fights constipation, especially during pregnancy

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Not only is mango a wholesome food for all occasions, it is ideal to fight constipation. A lot of women tend to suffer from the issue of constipation, especially during their pregnancy periods. This further leads to issues like haemorrhoids. But consuming mangoes is a natural remedy for this. Just enjoy a fruit daily and see how quickly and smoothly your bowel functions get to action.

 

Can help fight PCOS and endometriosis

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If you are rushing through everything and don’t have time to cope up with your nutritional needs, mangoes are perhaps a good solution. Being rich in vitamin C, E, A, etc. they provide you with a generous balance of nutrients. Yes a mango has about 100+ calories each but it also contains flavonoids like betacarotene, alphacarotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. With this nutritional boost, your problems like PCOS and endometriosis can be tackled too.

And the best way to consume this fruit would be to have it on its own, without any added sugar or preservatives. If you are making a shake out of the mangoes then use yogurt and honey instead. Remember that the calories come from these additional aspects and not from the generous and delicious mango fruit itself. 

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tofu

Tofu - before you sneer up your nose and complain about all the things that you cannot do with it, read through this amazing list of home remedies and benefits it has, especially for women. In particular, vegan and vegetarian women should be thinking about having more of tofu in their diets. And just spice things up for additional benefits! Here’s how-

 

High protein content

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Proteins are the building blocks of our body. Be it for muscle building, healthy cell function or almost anything else that you can think of. If you are trying to lose weight and build muscles, then make tofu a part of your meal. Women tend to lose muscles faster than men. This means quicker weight gain and heavier structures, which gives rise to health problems and obesity. Protein helps in building faster muscles for women, which aids in reducing fat - a common cause for uterine disorders and early menopause.

 

Get stronger bones

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Post pregnancy and during the phase of menopause, women tend to lose out drastically on their overall calcium deposits. This leads to weaker bones and increased risk of arthritis and other bone related disorders.Tofu has about 10 grams of protein per cup, which includes a high doze of calcium and iron. It is this combination that is quickly absorbed by the body and hence goes straight to your bones. With fewer calories and more of calcium you hit your weight goal and reduce risks of these diseases. 

 

Fight breast cancer

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Until a few decades back tofu was not recommended for women suffering with breast cancer. On the contrary it was assumed that women who have breast cancer story should avoid the same. But research by the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study reveals the opposite. Tofu and soy reduce your risks of breast cancer. So think of tofu in pure forms or even as cheese. 

 

Reduces menopause symptoms

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If you are suffering from hot flashes, tend to get mood swings and also have a temper going in all directions, do make tofu a part of your everyday diet. Even one bowl mixed with other veggies or soy milk works here. There are fluctuations in the woman's oestrogen levels as they are hitting menopause. The nutrient rich Tofu contains natural ingredients and elements that helps in striking the right balance of the same, thus alleviating these symptoms. 

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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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