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Carom seeds and home remedies for women health

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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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posted Jun 3, 2016 by Kiran

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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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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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ginger benefits

Ginger is often referred to as galangal and is one of the most popular spices found across homes in the world. It has been used in Ayurveda for ages now and includes  using the same in fresh and dried forms. So here are some cool home remedies using ginger that would be useful for treating many women-centric issues-

Morning sickness

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Pregnancy brings a lot of joy with it - but there’s also some minor complications like morning sickness, which is more of nausea and feeling of uneasiness. Sadly this is not just restricted to morning but continues all day through for many. You can try chewing on ginger that has been mixed with some rock salt and mango powder. The combination helps in boosting your taste buds and also curbs morning sickness. It further tantalises the taste buds and makes you feel hungry too.

 

Enhances pregnancy health 

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Regular consumption of raw ginger is highly recommended for pregnant women because it helps in boosting immunity, aids digestion, reduces pregnancy related swelling and bloating (oedema) and also fights against the common cold and cough. Since you are not prescribed too many medicines during this period, try having at least cups of ginger tea through the day. Just boil a cup of water with grated ginger and some basil leaves. To this add a spoon of honey and drink up twice to enhance your immunity and get protection against common cold and cough, flu, etc.

 

Prevents ovarian cancer

Recent studies established a strong connection between ovarian cancer and ginger. It revealed that women who consumed ginger on the higher side were able to prevent augment of ovarian cancer. In fact, even women who had ovarian cancer were able to restrain and control the spread. For this remedy, you need to sun-dry some ginger or even get dried ginger from the market. Make it into a fine powder and have it with your tea, in salads or even on empty stomach mixed with some water.

 

Reduces menstrual cramps and pain

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Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that helps reduce cramps and pain during menses. It also heals other forms of muscle pain. For getting respite, you can consume ginger tea. You should have this tea a few days before getting your menses. Additionally, you can also mix dried ginger with some carom seeds and jaggery to 2-3 cups of water. Drink this warm tea twice a day.

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For centuries, Jaggery has been promoted as a winter food that provides warmth for the body and is a crucial part of the diet in northern India. The natural sweetness of this food makes it a healthier version of curbing your cravings for dessert. And it also comes with a long list of health benefits-

 

Prevents Anemia and enhances fertility 

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Jaggery is laden with minerals, especially iron, which is one of the most crucial components for improving haemoglobin levels. It also contains floats that are known for regularising your blood levels. Gynaecologists suggest women who suffer from problems like irregular menses or absence of menses to include more jaggery in their diet. It can be eaten in a powdered form on breads or even in stews. You can also add jaggery to your tea instead of sugar.

 

Enhances metabolism and weight loss

 

Another crucial hindrance to fertility is obesity. Due to much fat in the body, hormones go for a toss and it also prevents the sperm from attaching itself to the eggs. Jaggery is a rich source of potassium along with other minerals that prevents water retention in the body, which is also a major cause of weight gain. It is also known for boosting your electrolyte balance in the body and enhances metabolism, which aids weight loss. Heat up some ghee or clarified butter and then add toasted sesame seeds to this along with jaggery. You can use this as a snack and eat a big ball-size scoop a day. The combination works in adding fibre to the diet along with aiding in weight loss.

 

Healthy during and post pregnancy

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As mentioned above, jaggery provides you with a boost in metabolism and red blood cells, which makes it just right for pregnancy consumption. Along with this, it also adds fibre to the body and eases constipation issues. The rich antioxidants and minerals here are an added benefit. Post pregnancy, women can drink this combined with some cumin, carom and asafoetida to get more strength and energy after birth. This combination works in receiving post-pregnancy bleeding too.

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Apricot is a fruit that comes in both fresh and dried forms, making it easier to access. The goodness of the fruit comes through from both forms though. So you can access whatever you get and eat it just on its own, blended in smoothies or even pureed in desserts. Apricots are known for providing women an array of health benefits and some of the home remedies using the same. Some of them include

 

Regulate menstrual cycle for fertility and menopause 

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Apricots are known to be rich sources of iron, especially non-heme iron that helps in boosting RBC count in the body. Basically the iron found here is easily absorbed by the body as compared to other forms. It also stays in the system for a longer time and thus reducing your risks of getting anemia. Additionally, it is also rich in vitamin C that helps in easier absorption of iron. With healthy blood count or haemoglobin levels, your periods are regularised, thus higher chances of fertility. Also, it fights many signs of menopause in the later stages with its rich nutrient content. 

  

 

Fibre rich to help you lose weight and increase chances of conception

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Obesity is one of the biggest hindrances of connection because of sedate lifestyles and unhealthy eating patterns. When you consume regular doses of apricot in the morning as a fruit or even in salads or museli, you are increasing your fibre intake, which helps in getting rid of toxins from the body. Higher fibre apricots also satiate your sweet cravings, thus keeping you fuller for a long time too. This helps fight obesity and boosts immunity, giving you a better shot at conception.

 

High potassium level prevents pregnancy preeclampsia

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High potassium levels are known for balancing the blood pressure in the body. In combination with salt and sodium, this helps to regulate water levels within and between cells. With stabilised blood pressure, pregnancy disease risks like preeclampsia are reduced drastically. 

 

Fights uterine cancer

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Uterine cancer risks may be reduced by consumption of regular apricots. Women who eat more of apricots in their diet are known to have reduced risks of cancer because apricots kill free radicals that are known for attacking your DNA. Kernels or seeds found in the apricots have natural fibres that are known for restricting and preventing the malicious growth of cancer around the uterine area. You can dry these kernels in the sun and powder them. Consume a spoon a daily.

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