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Secret benefits of Papaya

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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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posted May 24, 2016 by Kiran

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bitter gourd

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

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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

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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

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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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Cumin seeds or jeera is a humble spice that is used in almost all meals in countries like India. A pinch of jeera in buttermilk or even its roasted seeds in dal add tons of flavour. But along with this flavour, it also provides many health benefits for a woman. These include-

 

Fights anemia

 

Research reveals that 100 grams of jeera has about 11.7 milligrams of iron. This is one of the most crucial components for production of haemoglobin. With higher red blood cells in the body, you are also able to supply more oxygen through out the body - this fighting anaemia. And all of this the natural way without much fuss! You can use cumin seeds in various ways including powdering the same and mixing it with either buttermilk, using it in your vegetables or even mixing it with some breads. There are no excuses for consuming the same.

 

Protection against tumours and cancer

Another benefit of the cumin seeds is that it offers protection against a wide range of cancers, especially ones that are aggravated because of tumours like breast cancer and uterine cancer. As per the researches carried out by the Cancer Research Laboratory of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA, cumin seeds contain an active compound called cuminaldehyde. This aids in minimising the growth of tumour. In particular, this anti-cancer property is seen in abundance in the black cumin seeds that are called kala jeera. 

A simple home remedy using black cumin seeds would be toasting them and chewing on a spoonful every morning and night. Alternatively, you can also make cumin water by boiling a litre of water with a cup of black cumin seeds. Strain and then drink up the same every morning.

 

Aids lactation 

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One of the century old remedies using cumin seeds is for lactation. Post delivery countries of South Asia, give a lot of emphasis on giving pregnant women a diet rich in  cumin seeds. It enhances supply of milk for the lactating mother and because it also aids in healing menstrual issues, it helps in faster recover. Another benefit here is that the herb also helps in smoother bleeding, which happens post delivery. Just have tea made of cumin like mentioned above or you can also chew on the raw seeds of cumin. Increase intake by adding more cumin to your diet as a seasoning on whatever you eat.

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curry leaves

Curry leaves are found in all homes and you will notice their plants are abundantly found in the Indian subcontinent too. The reason for using these leaves is not only about flavour but also the secret health benefits it has. Here are some home remedies using curry leaves-

 

Improves digestive functions in pregnant women

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Pregnant women are rather prone to problems like constipation, morning sickness and nausea - to name just a few. Because of extensive hormonal changes they are susceptible to skin break outs too. Curry leaves are the one stop solution here as they help in easing bowel movements and also control piles or haemorrhoids during this period. Additionally, the subtle flavour of the curry leaves combats nausea and regulates smoother bowel movements. You can take a spoon of ghee or clarified butter with and add some curry leaves to the same. Then use this on top of your veggies, buttermilk, etc. to enjoy the health benefits.

 

Fights cancer and reduces chemo side effects

 

Unfortunately, if you are already affected by cancer then you can increase your curry leaves intake to reduce the side effects of chemo and radiation. As per research curry leaves not only offer protection to the chromosomes from damage, they also help in preserving the bone marrow and minimise the growth of free radicals in the body. Women who suffer from uterine or breast cancer should chew on raw curry leaves. You can also boil them in water to make a tea and drink it up 2-3 times a day.

 

Enhances fertility levels

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A hindrance to pregnancy is obesity. This leads to an array of health problems that include diabetes, increased levels of cholesterol and even reduced flow of blood to different parts of the body. Curry leaves are a rich source of iron no doubt, but also fibre rich. The leaves help in boosting your metabolism, increase the flow of blood and aid haemoglobin production in the body. All in all this, combination helps in fighting obesity and thus enhances your fertility levels. For improving or boosting fertility and fighting obesity, you can add can just puree it and add to your favourite juices. Toasting them slightly reduces its nutrients, though it still has plenty of benefits to provide you. When toasting them, use clarified butter instead of oil for additional health benefits of the latter. 

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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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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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