Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin referred as ascorbic acid in the scientific world. Our body can’t store this vitamin, since it gets excreted via urine. Therefore, a continuous intake of this vitamin is required.
Why this vitamin is important for our health? It helps our skin capillaries to remain intact and prevent bleeding and also helps in wound healing.
What happens if we lack this vitamin? A well known disease called scurvy occurs when one lacks it in his or her body. Scurvy is characterized by gum bleeding.
From what sources can we get this vitamin? Obviously from a bunch of plant sources like grapes, guava, lemon, orange, tomato, garlic etc. Well commercial preparations of this vitamin are also available in stores, but that might not be a wise way to take it since you are possibly going to miss the fiber rich pulp of the plant products, when you are taking the vitamin extract. Read somewhere that in old times sailors used to carry lemons with them when they went for long voyages to avoid vitamin C deficiency.
Who don’t like red appealing tomatoes in their regular diet? Tomatoes are not only good looking fruit, they are healthy too. There probably is an argument if tomato is a vegetable or fruit, let’s not dip into that today.
If you have some place to do gardening, try planting tomatoes. They will give your garden an amazing beauty like red bulbs scattered all over. Another benefit of growing tomato at home is probably that you can eat healthy tomatoes with out the side effects of excessive usage of fertilisers of pesticides. Continue reading Tomatoes for health→
Did you ever wonder how sports fans can become fat? Here is something very interesting for sports loving people. Recent studies show that football lovers tend to eat a lot of high calorie sugary-junk food when the team they support loss the match. This is so probably because the fans want to heal their pain of loss by means of eating a lot of junk food. Therefore, such fans of teams which loss matches regularly are more prone to the risk of gaining weight, and this may lead to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure etc. May a time come when simply by seeing the number of obese fans a team has in the football stadium gallery, one can predict how frequently that specific team football losses a match. Similarly, this should encourage football team coaches and players to win the matches rather than frequent losses, to keep their fans healthy, by keeping them away from such junk food habits.
However, such high calorie diet consumption is probably not related to football team fans of the losing team only. In many other depressing instances too, like after getting a bad score in exams few people are prompted to eat such junk food in huge amounts, may be studies in future will unfold if such is also true and relevant.
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If we are asked, which species on earth is the best friend of humans, probably we all will say dog, however, some may bet on cats, pigs and other pets. Although dog provides us some emotional/mental health benefit and help us with few of our daily life jobs they directly can’t protect you from heart attack or stroke. Same for pigs, eating a lot of their yummy flesh can shoot your lipids high up and risk your life. But in this regard there is one particular species which serves humans probably the most, though most don’t seem to understand it. Yes, we are talking about the poor sea fishes. These fishes are today suffocated by human sea activities like oil spillage in the sea, over-hunting of fishes and lots.
Those who regularly read health websites, journals may be aware of the potency of the fatty sea fishes in providing good fatty acids which are protective to human heart. To surprise you further let me share with you a new fact that came in front of us through a large study, that these fatty sea fishes can decrease our chances of developing a rheumatoid arthritis. It’s the same omega 3 fatty acid which is known to have some protective role in battling heart attack and stroke can lessen the chance of developing a rheumatoid arthritis. Yet, if you are genetically susceptible from the latter you may not be benefited since your gene is betraying you here. The protection against this specific type of arthritis may be by virtue of certain anti-inflammatory property of this fatty acid. So, if you are planning to add a non-vegetarian dish to your meal, you may choose fish like salmon or mackerel instead of meat products.
You may share your opinions below in the comments section. Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. References- http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_139685.html
People generally don’t tend to care much about the time when their child should be started on solid foods. Lot of grandparents myths are followed in this issue. Some say a baby should be started on solid food at 3 months age, for some its 6 m0nths and for some it may even at 1 year of age. Now the question is, if the timing when to start solid food for a baby is important at all. The answer is yes, it matters a lot and of your wonder this simple timing errors can be related to the chances of developing diabetes type 1 in a kid.
Evidences hint that if a baby is started on solid food before four months of age or at six months or after 6 months, one may be at high risk of developing type 1 diabetes. Although how such timing is important are not that clear and will be unfolded in near future hopefully. Therefore, solid foods introduction between 4 and 5 months might be the ideal time according to the experts.
This is quite a inspiring finding, a step towards prevention of type 1 diabetes at no extra expense, except the knowledge. Check it with your pediatrician to be guided correctly in this matter.
Back with teenage obesity talk again. New links are unfolding between the number of sleep hours and type of food choice. Adolescents who sleep for fewer hours than required tend to choose more fast foods whereas, those who sleep plentiful make healthier food choice. And it’s worth noting that eating a lot of high calorie fast food directly increases body weight. American Academy of Pediatrics recommends teens to get a sleep of 9-10 hours nightly. So teens may rethink how they can sleep more, may be watching less TV at night or cutting some of those late night parties.
Moving forward with obesity talk, have you ever wondered why or how exercise may be related to decrease in weight loss. Yes exercise burn calories, but there is something more too. Recently a small study revealed that after strenuous exercises our appetite decrease therefore, we consume lesser calories and it may help maintain our body weight. Although the long term effects of such exercises are yet to be unfolded.
Next in today’s discussion is autism. Although in previous posts we discussed about various potential relation of autism with social and environmental factors, today we will look into a new interesting finding. A study of autistic children’s gut bacteria showed that they have lesser number of bacteria than non-autistic children. Previously gut bacteria were said to be related to various health function like digestion, maintaining body weight etc. Autism link is new in that list.
Finally, are you a crazy book worm type individual? If yes there is something good for you today. Reading novels in the class hiding it under the desk is probably common in almost all countries. Well these book worms are actually insuring their old age mental health (although the author don’t encourage under-desk hiding reading habit in class). Reading habits (or those who prefer writing a lot) can preserve our memory power for future. And the best thing is even if you are an elderly with no habit of reading/writing you can start now too because the study shows that brain stimulating activities at any age boosts memory. So try making reading and writing a new pass time.