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Amazing and lesser known uses of overripe bananas

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The humble banana fruit has often been ignored because it is wrongly assumed that it leads to weight gain. In spite of being so easily available, a lot of people don’t include banana in their diets. And if it is overripe, then you definitely go ugh! But here are some rare and amazing heath benefits and home remedies of this overripe fruit-

1. As a low calorie softening and moisturising food agent 

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Find that your breads or cakes are not really coming out that soft and moist. Then mash some overripe bananas into a fine paste and then mix it into the cake or even your everyday roti dough. The result will be super soft and moist texture that melts in the mouth. And you can make cakes, muffins, breads, almost anything that you feel like with bananas because they don’t have an overwhelming taste. So cut down on some butter and cream, use overripe bananas the next time you feel like making a cake.

 

2. As beauty pack

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Don’t just throw away those overripe bananas yet because being rich in nutrients like calcium, potassium, etc. they really work wonders for your skin. If you have dry skin then mix together some banana with milk and apply a light pack on the face. You get an instant glow and that too without spending a penny. If dry and brittle hair has been troubling you then mix up some overripe banana, which is well mashed and then apply over the hair and scalp. Sure it is a tad messy but the shiny and glossy mane you get post the same is worth the trouble!

 

3. Complete health drink

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Always complaining that you don’t have time to eat and keep munching on junk. Then put aside those excuse and get the bananas working. You just have to freeze your overripe bananas because this way they last for more than a week! When making a health drink, take it out at least 30 minutes prior so that it can thaw. Take a whole ripe banana with some yogurt and honey and blend well. Alternatively, you can also add some ice-cream if you are in the mood for a treat. This is a complete and wholesome snack, which is super delicious too. You get potassium, calcium, magnesium along with healthy fats in a go!

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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

mangoes for cancer

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

mangoes to improve sex drive

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

mangoes during pregnancy

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

mangoes and PCOS

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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Constipation

Constipation is a condition that is associated with trouble in emptying your bowels. It is a problem associated with hardened faeces.

Causes

Constipation can happen because of multiple reasons. Some of these are listed below-

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Antacid medicines
  • Medicines that contain calcium or aluminum
  • Not having enough fibre
  • Too much of dairy products
  • Suffering from eating disorder, IBS, etc.
  • Neurological conditions
  • Pregnancy, inactivity, obesity, etc.

Symptoms

People suffering from constipation would experience the following symptoms-

  • Swollen belly
  • Tightness in the stomach
  • Hard and very small sized stools
  • Light blood during bowel movement
  • Pressure in the fissure area that can lead to haemorrhoids 

Constipation can cause acute back pain, haemorrhoids and also discomfort. These home remedies help ease the same.

Fibre

Fibre

Fibre in any vegetable, fruit, grain, etc. form is an excellent remedy for constipation. It aids digestive functions and help in smoother bowel movements.

    •    Have one bowl of fibrous fruits like papaya, pineapple, etc. which are also laxative.

    •    You should also include at least 5 portions of vegetables and fruits in your meals. Opt for cut fruits with peel on. Grapes, strawberries, raw tomatoes, etc. are suggested.

    •    Include whole grain in your diet. Have whole wheat or multigrain cereals, breads, pasta. 

    •    Avoid white flour. Combine flours made with millets, whole wheat, oats, etc.

    •    Chew the food slowly to ease digestion.

Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds are one of the most common forms of laxative found in the house to ease constipation.

    •    Toast a cup of these sesame seeds. Have one spoon everyday on empty stomach.

    •    You can also sprinkle these seeds on vegetables, salads, desserts, etc.

    •    Soak sesame seeds in some yogurt. Mix this with handful of chickpeas, garlic and olive oil. This homemade hummus is excellent for constipation.

    •    You can also mix toasted sesame seeds with toasted fennel. It works as a mouth freshener and eases constipation too.

    •    Have one spoon of sesame oil with warm water. Mix some honey and lemon to it.

Herbal Teas

Herbal Teas

Different kinds of herbal teas help ease constipation. The warm water smoothens bowel movements.

    •    Take one cup of boiling hot water. Add grated ginger and mint to it.

    •    Cover for about 5 minutes. Strain and drink.

    •    You can also add honey and lemon to this for added benefits.

    •    Celery or coriander can also be used here. Both herbs help ease constipation issues.

    •    Make a cup of green tea twice a day. Drink it warm, but without sugar.

Raisins

Raisins

    •    Take a handful of raisins. Munch on them as a snack, chewing slowly.

    •    If using sultanas, soak them overnight in warm water. Puree it or chew on them as it is.

    •    Drink the water too. It has nutritional benefits

    •    Add 1/2 cup of raising to your favourite cereal. You can also add prunes, dried cherries here.

    •    Raisins can be mixed with yogurt and consumed too.

 

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lychee

Fruits like lychee are perhaps one of the most convenient health solutions for women. Along with being high on nutrients, fibres and natural juices and sugar, they are also easy to consume and can be eaten as a fruit, added to heath drinks, dehydrated or frozen and even in some exotic Asian dishes. Here is a sneak peak into why this awesome fruit works wonders for women-

 

Reduces bloating and constipation during pregnancy

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Being natural rich in fibres, this fruit is recommended for pregnant women as it helps in stimulating the peristaltic motion of the muscles in the small intestine. As a result, gastric juices are released and food is passed without exerting much pressure on the anal area, which is one of the most common cause of haemorrhoids too. Even in general, heavier women who suffer from constipation issues can benefit with the same.

 

Enhances speedier recovery after STD

lychee for immunity

Whether it is a viral infection or some other infection like STD, the richness of vitamin C in Lychee is known to increase white blood cells in the body. Hence if you are suffering from low immunity, which is often a problem that underweight women face, eat more of lychee. In particular, pregnant women should consume this considering the benefits pass on to the baby too.

 

Reduced risk of cancer

 

There are chemical compounds called polyphenolic compounds and proanthocyanidins present in lychee, which are known for neutralising free radicals. Hence, they offer protection from certain types of cancer like uterine cancer. Also, the fruit is known to protect the skin from harmful UVA/ UVB rays, which also reduces risks of skin cancer.

 

Prevents risk of candida and Herpes

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There are some viral and fungal infections that women are very prone too. Lychee is rich in proanthocyanidins and Litchitannin A2 compound, which is largely known to reduce and prevent the outbreak of the same. In particular, herpes simplex virus , candida and coxsackie virus, risks are drastically reduced here.

 

Manage preeclampsia

Manage preeclampsia

Being rich in minerals like potassium, lychee is known to reduce the risks of preeclampsia in women with previous history of the same. The balance of fluids through metabolic functions with potassium as the vasodilator, eases pressure on blood vessels and helps release stress too. This helps in minimising risks of preeclampsia during pregnancy. 

 

Fights Anaemia

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The minerals found in lychee include copper, which is known for forming red blood cells and increase oxygenation, especially suitable for anaemic women.

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pregnancy health

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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