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19 October 2013

Chickpeas - The Perfect Health Food

imageAstrologer Vighnesh Chennai. Mbl: +91 9445548316 India ||+1 (425) 358 6565 (International)

Just thinking about chickpeas immediately conjures up images of delicious dishes, for many of us the Punjabi delicacy and Indian favourite chole with kulcha or bhatura. But what many of don't realise is that chickpea (or Kabuli channa as it's more commonly known in India) is a food that is filled with nutrients. Healthy as well as tasty, chickpea is a protein-rich pulse and the perfect health food as it is low in fat, high in fibre, rich in folic acid, manganese, iron, copper, zinc and magnesium.

Why you should consider adding chickpeas to your diet

- Cholesterol control: Chickpeas are rich in soluble fibre, which binds with acids in the small intestine that are required to form cholesterol, and expels it from the body, thereby lowering cholesterol production. This action also lowers the levels of total and bad cholesterol, hence aiding in the prevention of heart attacks.
- Combating diabetes: Consisting of carbohydrates that are digested slowly, regularly eating chickpeas helps reduce the blood sugar peaks and valleys that can contribute to insulin resistance and diabetes.
- Assisting weight loss: As a food that is high in fibre and with a low glycemic index, chickpeas are digested slowly, making you feel fuller for a longer time. Try eating chickpea salad as a tasty snack or dish that will keep you satiated longer. This will help you cut down on calories and shed kilos faster.
- Great for vegetarians: Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein and, when combined with wholegrain cereals like brown rice, whole wheat, jowar, etc., form complete proteins that are comparable to protein-rich foods like milk or eggs.
- Good for digestion: The soluble and insoluble fibre in chickpeas provides bulk to your diet, keeping your digestion on track and preventing painful digestive disorders.
- Women's health: Chickpeas contain phytoestrogens, a weak plant version of real estrogen. There's evidence that these may help modulate the body's own production of this hormone in a way that could lower the risk of breast cancer, protect against osteoporosis and minimise hot flashes in post-menopausal women.

With so many health benefits, adding chickpeas to your daily diet should be a top priority. They can be cooked in curries or dry masalas, added to salads, used as flour, or eaten roasted to create a variety of healthy and delicious snacks and dishes. 

17 October 2013

With its sweet, earthy taste and ruby-red interior, beetroot is a favourite of foodies, but there’s far more to it than that. 
We explain how the secret weapon of sports stars increases fitness and can help stave off cancer...
The majority of beetroot’s benefits stem from the unusually high levels of nitrates it contains – gram for gram it possesses about 20 times more than most other vegetables.
Nitrates have suffered a bad reputation because of their use as a food additive. 
Animal experiments had linked their commercial use to  cancer and in the Sixties the World Health Organisation set upper limits on their use. However, recent studies have shown that nitrates in beetroot lower blood pressure.
A 2010 study carried out by Queen Mary’s University in London found that drinking just one 250ml glass of beetroot juice a day dramatically lowered blood pressure for several hours. 
It also found that the higher the blood pressure, the greater the drop observed.
A new study carried out by the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, found that a 500ml glass of the juice led to a significant drop in blood pressure  after six hours. If beetroot juice was consumed widely, researchers say we could see a ten per cent reduction in death from cardiovascular disease.
Nitrates lower blood pressure because bacteria in the mouth and gut convert it into the gas nitric oxide, which relaxes and widens the blood vessels, allowing blood to circulate more freely.
Studies carried out by the University of Exeter have shown that nitrates not only lower blood  pressure but improve stamina too.
A 2010 study found that adults who drank 500ml of the juice a day could exercise 16 per cent longer than those given a drink supplement with nitrates removed.
‘Nitrates work in synergy with the other antioxidants that beetroot  contains to reduce the oxygen needed by muscles,’ says Stephen Bailey, who worked on the study. ‘This enables them to work more efficiently and slows fatigue.’
Indeed, disabled athlete David Weir put some of his gold medal-winning success at the London Paralympics last summer down to a regular intake of beetroot juice. England rugby player Ben Foden as well as marathon runner Helen  Davies also rate the drink as a great endurance booster.
A 2011 study carried out by Wake Forest University in North Carolina found beetroot may slow the progression of dementia. 
It is thought this is because nitric oxide boosts blood flow to the brain. Beetroot’s high folic acid content – approximately 75 per cent of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) in just two or three small beetroots – may also play a role as previous research has suggested the nutrient protects against Alzheimer’s.
Betacyanin, the pigment that gives beetroot its rich hue, is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to possess anti-cancer properties.
In 2011, a study carried out by Howard University in Washington, USA,  found that betacyanin slowed tumour growth by 12.5 per cent when exposed to prostate and breast cancer cells.
More research needs to be carried out to see if consuming beetroot would have a similar  anti-cancer effect.
Nutritional therapist Dr  Elisabeth Philipps recommends the vegetable for digestive troubles. 
‘Beetroot is high in fibre and a 100g portion – about two or three small beetroot – contains ten per cent of your RDA, which helps regulate bowel movements,’ she says. 
‘It also contains a substance called betaine which normalises stomach acid secretion.’
The compound increases acid levels in the stomach if you do not have enough and acts as an antacid if you are producing too much. ‘Beetroot supports the liver too,’ she adds.
‘Antioxidants vulgaxanthin, betalain and betanin promote the production of glutathione, a  substance that helps the liver  process toxins.’
Between ten and 14 per cent of the population experience the phenomenon known as beeturia – when the urine turns pink – after eating  beetroot. It usually occurs when a person consumes a large quantity.
‘It isn’t fully understood why this occurs although it has been linked to anaemia,’ says Dr Philipps. ‘If your urine only changes in colour when you eat beetroot, it is nothing to be concerned about.’
Astrologer Vighnesh Chennai
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         +1 (425) 358 6565 (International)

16 October 2013

A natural and effective way to cleanse and remove stones from the liver and gallbladder

Chinese Dr Lai Chiu Nan recommends completely natural method for removal of
 stones from the gallbladder .This recipe helped many people
Stones are very dangerous – besides causing pain , they can cause jaundice , and even cancer .
Cancer is never the first illness that appears – says Dr Lai , indicating that there are usually other earlier problems , which if not cured, result could be often as cancer . According to his research usually people who get cancer , previously had stones .
Dr. Lai offers the following recipe for removing the stones from gallblader and for cleansing the liver .
The Diet:
-The first 5 days you should drink 4 cups freshly made apple juice every day , or eat 4-5 apples . Apple juice softens the stones . These 5 days you should normally eat , but healthy food .
-Sixth day NO SUPPER .
At 6 pm take 1 teaspoon of bitter salt in glass of warm water .
At 20 pm repeat the same thing . Magnesium sulfate from the salt cleans and relaxes channels .
At 22 pm take half cup of olive oil with half cup fresh lemon juice . Mix it and drink it . Oil will smooth the stones and facilitate their disposal .
Next morning to you should find green stones in your stool.
Even when you do not have problems with gallblader, it is good to do this natural therapy. It is always good to clarify channels of the liver and gallblader, for your body to function properly – says the Chinese doctor.

This is another health problem that causes great difficulties. The constipation that people suffer from can sometimes be caused by dietary or mental status (problems). Well, which is the right remedy that fastens the urge to empty your bowels?
First: the person should drink enough fluids. You should drink at least six glasses of water a day, and it would be good to drink eight glasses per day. Further, we need to take food that contains fiber. An association of American nutritionists advises that every adult takes 20-35 grams of fiber per day.
Second: make some time in a sports game (dealing with a sport). This is extremely beneficial for the heart and intestines.
Third: go for a walk, that is a kind of exercise that helps with constipation problems.
Fourth: You need to go to the bathroom more often and stay in there for about ten minutes. The best time to go to the bathroom is after a meal. Spending time in the bathroom makes the colon to start and perform its function in a natural way.
Fifth: Be careful with the pills for relieving. They fulfill their task, but because of bloating, could adversely affect the intestines, and sometimes exacerbate the problem of constipation.
Sixth: it does not mean that every remedy for relieving is harmful. In terms of artificial remedies for relieving, in most pharmacies can be found the remedies referred to as “natural” or “herbal”, which is basically prepared seeds from musk.
Seventh: from time to time we should interchangeably use remedies that have fast action as the others, if a person suffers from severe constipation. The remedy with the fastest action is a kind of injection which acts on the intestines.
Eighth: take into account the balance between food and drugs we take: there are a number of medications that can cause or exacerbate the problem of constipation, and among them are those who act against the acid in the stomach (heartburn). They include aluminum or calcium. It is the same with remedies for urinating (diuretics) and with an anti-pain remedies (anesthetic).
Ninth: keep certain types of food that causes constipation in some people, even if they don’t have the same effect on other people. Thus, for example, milk can cause a strong constipation in some people, while others can cause diarrhea.
Tenth: Be cautious when taking herbs. There are numerous species of medicinal plants for the treatment of constipation. Among them is the herb with scent the Indian fig (frog, a species of cactus).

What is advised in cases of constipation?

Leaves of Senna
in a half glass of water dissolve seven leaves of senna and drink it regularly in the morning and in the evening (one cup).
Seesame oil
 take one teaspoon of sesame oil before bedtime.
drink cold juice of tamarind (Indian dates) as a relieving remedy and thinner blood

Fourth: take one tablespoon of olive oil in which is squeezed a juice from half a lemon.

Astrologer Vighnesh Chennai
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