Why Date a ‘Date’?

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Hey hey! How many of you eat dates?
For those who do & dont, you need to know what a magical food a ‘date’ is. Its like a powerhouse of health and beauty benefits. They are a fabulous source of energy, sugar and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc are found in dates. It also contains vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and Vitamin K.
Hence boys and girls, you better make a bunch of them a part of your daily lives, In fact for all your family members too.

Here is short list of its top health & beauty benefits.

1. Constipation: Dates have high levels of soluble fiber, which is essential in promoting healthy bowel movements and the comfortable passage of food through the intestinal tract, which can relieve symptoms of constipation and keeping your system clean.

2. Bone Health and Strength: The significant amounts of minerals found in dates make it a super food for strengthening bones and fighting off painful and debilitating diseases like osteoporosis. Dates contain selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, all of which are integral to healthy bone development and strength, particularly as people begin to age and their bones gradually weaken.

3. Intestinal Disorders: The nicotine content in dates is thought to be beneficial for curing many kinds of intestinal disorders. Continuous intake of dates helps to inhibit growth of the pathological organisms and thus, they help stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestines. In terms of digestive issues, dates contain those insoluble and soluble fibers, as well as many beneficial amino acids which can stimulate the digestion of food and make it more efficient, meaning that more nutrients will be absorbed by the digestive tract and enter your body for proper usage.

4. Anemia: Dates have a high mineral content, which is beneficial for many different health conditions, but their impressive levels of iron make them a perfect dietary supplement for people suffering from anemia. The high level of iron balances out the inherent lack of iron in anemic patients, increasing energy and strength, while decreasing feelings of fatigue and sluggishness.

5. Allergies: One of the most interesting facets of dates is the presence of organic sulfur in them. This is not a very common element to find in foods, but it does have a worthwhile amount of health benefits, including the reduction of allergic reactions and seasonal allergies. Dates are a great way to somewhat stem the effects of those seasonal allergies through its contributions of sulfur to the diet.

6. Weight Gain: Dates should be included as a part of a healthy diet. They consist of sugar, proteins and many essential vitamins and enough calories as well. So, If you are planning to gain healthy weight and build body muscle specially boys, you cannot miss out on this one.

7. Energy Booster: Dates are high in natural sugars like glucose, fructose, and sucrose. Therefore, they are the perfect snack for an immediate burst of energy. Many people around the world use dates for a quick afternoon snack when they are feeling lethargic or sluggish.

8. Nervous System Health: The vitamins present in dates make it an ideal boost to nervous system health and functionality. Potassium is one of the prime ingredients in promoting a healthy and responsive nervous system, and it also improves the speed and alertness of brain activity. Therefore, dates are a wonderful food source for people as they begin to age and their nervous system becomes sluggish or unsupported, as well as for people who want to keep their mind sharp. It is known to keep away brain defects and diseases in children when consumed by pregnant mothers.

9. Healthy Heart: Dates are also a rich source of potassium, which studies have shown to reduce the risk of stroke and other heart related diseases. Furthermore, they are suggested as a healthy and delicious way to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol in the body, which is a major contributing factor heart attacks, heart disease, and stroke. Therefore, when taken twice a week, dates can seriously improve the overall health of the heart.

10. Sexual Weakness: Studies have shown that dates are even beneficial for increasing sexual stamina. A few dates a day, Serve as a useful tonic for increasing sexual endurance and reducing sterility caused by various sexual disorders. The high levels of estradiol and flavonoid components of dates are what increase sperm count and motility, as well as promoting increased testes size and weight. So, if you are looking for a masculine boost, eat some dates, because they are a great natural aphrodisiac!

11. Night Blindness: The benefits of dates are extensive, and are commonly employed to fight off various conditions affecting the ear, nose, and throat. When dates are ingested orally, it has been shown to reduce the frequency of night blindness, and this solution is commonly used in rural areas where dates grow as an alternative medicine.

12. Intoxication: Dates are commonly used as a remedy for alcoholic intoxication. Dates provide quick relief and have a sobering effect in case you feel as though have consumed an uncomfortable amount of alcohol. They can also be used the following morning to prevent severe hangovers. This I am sure you will want to try soon!

13. Abdominal Cancer: Research has pointed towards dates being a legitimate way to reduce the risk and impact of abdominal cancer.

14. Great hair & skin: due to all of the above effects dates have on our body they give a boost to the external health of our body as well, like promoting healthy hair growth, adding shine & strength, preventing premature greying and hair fall. It promotes faster skin cell renewal, wards off skin infections and adds tremendous glow to the skin.

Dates work as a useful tonic for all age groups, and in some cases, they work better than traditional medicines, and are natural, so they don’t have any negative side effects on the human body. They can be quickly and easily digested for a quick boost of energy.

TIP: You should only consume dates that are processed and packaged properly. Also, make sure to wash them thoroughly before you eat them, as this will help remove the impurities present on the surface.

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3 foods bad for your health

We all know a bit about which foods are good for our health & beauty but often forget about the ones that do good harm to our overall health & metabolism. Remember no beauty tip is gonna work if you are unhealthy. You gotta have a healthy body to respond to every thing you do on the outside. Hence maintain the balance with the healthy regime & diet for the inside of your body too.

So whether you are a bride to be, a model, a working woman or man, pregnant or just a simple housewife, if these foods are a part of your daily diet then its time to slow down their consumption and eventually eliminate them from your diet for healthy & beautiful body.

1. White stuff : all your cornflour, maida, white rice, baking soda, white bread, salt & sugar have to be eliminated from your diet. These things make you FAT.

Mainly because the flours are processed foods that do not contain the required nutrition needed for your body, instead opt for whole grains here is why? Refined grain carbohydrates are unhealthy, as they have been depleted of their original fiber content (think of foods made from white flour like cakes, cookies, biscuits, white bread, etc). Their carbohydrate energy is soaked quickly like other simple sugars. Whole grains are healthier than refined carbohydrates. A low carb diet can be harmful to the body, as the body gets the required glucose from the brain and red blood cells. In such a case, the liver and the kidneys have to metabolize protein for producing essential glucose needed by red blood cells and the brain. If this does not happen, the body can get affected adversely. Bad carbs come from foods like soft drinks, alcohol, cakes, chips, cookies, white bread and white rice. Try to avoid them as much as possible, and consume the good carbs to have a healthy body.

2. Cooking Oil : Cooking oil in inevitable while preparing a dish. Whether it is a salad or main course, you need to use oil. But choosing the right cooking oil can save you from heart diseases, cholesterol blockages, obesity and digestion problems. The key is to use oils in moderation only. Choose healthy options of Rice bran oil, olive oil, butter, ghee, mustard oil, sunflower oil. Any other refined oils will do your body no good. Especially in packaged snacks & bites like cheetos, kurkure, etc.

3. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): A form of concentrated salt, MSG was found to cause headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, and asthma attacks, and in animal studies, to be toxic to the liver and even harm pregnant & nursing mothers. Researchers commented, “There is considerable evidence to suggest that consumption of MSG is a serious public health problem….” it is found in ready to eat foods & fast foods too. Read up the ingredients of what you eat to find out.

I advise to look up these three items in your diet and also find out more about them before consuming them excessively.

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