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Bitter gourd secret health benefits

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Bitter gourd is not a vegetable that most women are happy seeing on their plates. Some consume it more out of compulsion rather than choice but if you read about the amazing benefits that this little vegetable gives you, it would certainly change your mind. 

 

Bitter Gourd Juice

bitter gourd juice

The humble bitter gourd can be turned into a simple green juice by mixing together cucumbers, green apples, celery, etc. Then just add some ginger and lime and churn in a mixer. This juice should be consumed on an empty stomach everyday because-

 

  • It helps in absorption of sugar for diabetic women. Excess sugar in the body because of AMP-activated protein kinase in the cells is a common problem. But bitter gourd comprises of agents that add like insulin and reduce the blood sugar levels.

 

  • Furthermore, bitter gourd juice is also recommended for fighting and preventing cancer in women, like uterine cancer and breast cancer. There are are lot of antioxidant properties in the bitter gourd, which helps fight free radicals that cause cancer. 

 

For acne and clear skin

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It also works as a quick laxative agent by cleaning and detoxifying the system. You get rid of impurities in the skin by having more of bitter gourd in the diet. Women coming close to menopause or experiencing changes due to hormones can add it to your soups or even have the above-mentioned juice. The bitter gourd cleanses and purifies the system, which in turn helps in getting rid of issues like acne, pimples, constipation and regularises body functions.  

 

Fresh bitter gourd pods for asthma and respiratory problems

 

The fresh bitter gourd pods are not as bitter and they are ideal for women who suffer from asthma or related respiratory issues. One can just take the juice of the pod and mix it up with some basil juice and honey too. Consume this on an empty stomach everyday. 

 

As a liver tonic

liver tonic

Blanch some bitter gourd pods or vegetable in water and then puree the same. With age, women tend to have more of liver problems due to lack of care. But this simple tonic is easy to make. For additional benefits, add some honey to the same along with ginger. 

 

For losing weight

lose weight bitter gourd

Don’t just think that the crispy bitter gourd fries are going to aid you in weight loss. Think about having this vegetable in juice and soup forms as it contains more of water. Also, it keeps you fuller for longer and is ideal for flushing out fat from the body. So drink up the same everyday. 

 

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posted May 23, 2016 by Shahid R

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papaya

Papaya in both ripe and unripe forms comes with its share of benefits for women. But there are some people who believe that ripe papayas may lead to abortion or cause the woman to miscarry during the early stages of pregnancy. However, there is medical or scientific proof of the same. Along with this, there are multiple benefits that the papaya can give you-

 

Fights obesity

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One of the biggest reasons for women to indulge more in this fruit is because it helps fight obesity. Made mostly of water, with natural sweeteners, ripe papaya has enzymes that are known to melt fat. In fact, women who are trying to conceive but are unable to because of obesity would benefit largely here. 

 

Improve lactation

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Some women suffer from problems post childbirth with lactation. In many cultures both ripe and raw papaya are served to women in form of salads, vegetable or even as a soup. Papaya helps in stimulating hormones that secrete milk in the breasts and enhance lactation. Also remember that women who feed or nurse their kids for a longer period of time are less prone to getting breast cancer as compared to women who don’t.

 

Regulate menstrual cycle

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A common problem that women across the world these days suffer from is irregular menstrual cycles. You can blame it on excessive stress, lifestyle changes, exertion, etc. But if there’s a quick and humble remedy that can resolve this issue without much fuss is Papaya. Research shows that women who consume a bowl of ripe papaya fruit everyday have more regular cycles as compared to women who don’t. Since papaya flushes out toxins and cleanses the stomach and digestive tract, it also boosts your uterine functions, thus facilitating healthier periods. Additionally, it also combats obesity which is a hurdle when it comes to getting your periods on time.

 

Reduces risk of cervical cancer

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Being a rich source of rich source of beta-cryptoxanthin, Papaya has been known for fighting persistent HPV infection. But additionally, it also helps in reducing your risks of cervical cancer. Some lesions and infections are known to cause cancer in women. Papaya consumption on a regular basis, both ripe and unripe helps in fighting off that infection. As a result, women eating the same on a regular basis are less prone to getting cervical cancer as compared to women who don’t eat papaya.

 

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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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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

fertility and coffee

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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indian gooseberries

Found easily in both fresh and dried forms, the many wonders of Indian gooseberries are not restricted to just outer beauty. An array of health benefits comes from within the body as the Indian gooseberry is a fruit that is very much sought after in Ayurveda too. And here’s why-

 

Aids fertility by fighting obesity

fights obesity

Cleansing and purifying the blood is the foremost reason for the gooseberry being so popular. It boosts your metabolic activity and is also rich in proteins. As a result, fat is burnt at a much faster pace as compared to regular foods. Also, converting protein into usable forms requires a good deal of calorie burning. It has amino acids that are broken down by the enzymes for cellular growth, whilst using up stored fat. Fighting off this fat from the digestive and uterine area helps in boosting metabolism and thus enhances chances of fertility. 

 

Reduces menstrual cramps and fights uterine cancer

 

So many women suffer menstrual cramps, which can be rather excruciating and especially if it happens on a regular basis. The minerals and vitamins found in the gooseberries are known for reducing the impact of these cramps. However, for best results, the gooseberries should be consumed on a regular basis, especially since it takes some time for the body to integrate the same. Drink Indian gooseberry juice or even chewing on the fruit for 2-3 weeks prior to your periods is known to have impact on reducing cramps.

 

Additionally, the berries are also sources of rich flavonoids and antioxidants, which are known to offer protection against many kinds of cancer, especially uterine cancer. Improvement in immunity and fighting the harmful oxygen free radicals in the body are some of the benefits found in the same.

 

Prevents swelling and pregnancy constipation

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During pregnancy swelling is rather common. But being a diuretic fruit, Indian gooseberries are known for flushing out unwanted waste and toxins from the body, along with high levels of salt and uric acid. These are the primary causes of swelling during pregnancy. Also, the high fibre gooseberries boost your digestive function with increased fibre intake. Thus it aids pregnancy related constipation and regulates smoother bowel movements. As a result, risks like biles during this tenure are reduced drastically. Considering that pregnant women are now allowed many medicines, the nutrient-rich Indian gooseberries also give you an immunity boost.

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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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