Health Benefits of Eating Chillies Red

Health Benefits of Eating Red Chillies – Lal Mirch Khanay Kay Faiday

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Note for Urdu Readers: Urdu main lal mirch k faiday parhnay kay liaye is page k end per jain.

Chillies have been used as a medicinal plant since pre-Colombian times. Today, chillies are one of the most widely used of all natural remedies. It is these reasons why the indigenous peoples of the Americas started to domesticate chillies all those years ago.

Chillies are excellent for your immune system because they are rich in both vitamin A (said to be the anti-infection vitamin) and vitamin C.

Chilli peppers bright red colour signals its high content of beta-carotene or pro-vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for healthy mucous membranes, which line the nasal passages, lungs, intestinal tract and urinary tract and serve as the body’s first line of defence against invading pathogens. Just two teaspoons of red chilli peppers provide about 6% of the daily value for vitamin C and more than 10% of the daily value for vitamin A.

The US Department of Agriculture’s National Nutrient Database lists red capsicum as having 143.7mg of Vitamin C per 100g, while oranges contain only 45mg per 100g. Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant used by the body to soak up free radicals. Chillies also contain other anti-oxidants: lutein is found in red chillies, while alpha-carotene is found in yellow and orange chillies as well as capsicums.

Other vitamins found in chillies include the vitamin B group (mainly B6) and vitamin E. They are also high in potassium, magnesium and iron.

Eating chillies can help with the common cold as they clear congestion. Capsaicin’s peppery heat stimulates secretions that help clear mucus from your stuffed up nose or congested lungs, so try adding Fire Dragon Chilli Xtra Hot or Deadly to your lemon and garlic hot toddy!

Chillies are great for diabetics as when you digest a meal which has chilli in it, your body doesn’t need as much insulin to break down the food, as proved in a study published in July 2006 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Chillies reduce the amount of insulin the body needs to lower blood sugar levels after a meal by up to 60%. When chilli-containing meals are a regular part of the diet, insulin requirements drop even lower. Plus, chillis beneficial effects on insulin needs get even better as body mass index (BMI, a measure of obesity) increases. In overweight people, not only do chilli-containing meals significantly lower the amount of insulin required to lower blood sugar levels after a meal, but chilli-containing meals also result in a lower ratio of C-peptide/ insulin, an indication that the rate at which the liver is clearing insulin has increased. It is the capsaicin, the antioxidants, and the carotenoids in the chillies which are thought to help improve insulin regulation. And finally, chillies have been shown to influence glucose levels, which also impact on diabetes.

Chillies have a wonderful impact on cardiovascular functioning. Red chilli peppers, such as cayenne, have been shown to reduce blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and platelet aggregation, while increasing the body ability to dissolve fibrin, a substance integral to the formation of blood clots. Spicing your meals with chilli peppers may also protect the fats in your blood from damage by free radicals—a first step in the development of atherosclerosis. In cultures where hot pepper is used liberally, the populations have a much lower rate of heart attack, stroke and pulmonary embolism. In 2006, a pilot study in Tasmania found people may sleep better if they eat chillies regularly and as quality of sleep is important for cardiovascular health, this is also good news. It must also be great news to the millions of insomniacs and frequent flyers around the world!

Due possibly to the high level of anti-oxidants found in chillies, they have also been proven to help fight bowel cancer and prostate cancer. A study printed in “Cancer Research” magazine in March 2006 claims capsaicin pepper extract actually causes human prostate cancer cells to undergo cell death.

Chilli peppers have a bad and mistaken reputation for contributing to stomach ulcers. Not only do they not cause ulcers, they can help prevent them by killing bacteria you may have ingested, while stimulating the cells lining the stomach to secrete protective buffering juices.

Chillies can be used as natural pain killers, and topical capsaicin is now a recognized treatment option for osteoarthritis pain. Reviews of recent studies of pain management for diabetic neuropathy have also listed capsaicin as being helpful with the full-on pain associated with this condition. Similarly, pain associated with psoriasis has also been shown to be abated with regular capsaicin consumption. Pain relief occurs because the chilli stimulates the release of endorphins.

That burning sensation you get when you eat chillies is what is triggering the release of these famous feel-good chemical neurotransmitters in our brains. After the pain of the heat, you get what is generally described as an improved sense of well being. For a bigger endorphin rush, the hotter the chilli, the better! The chilli is often described as addictive, but this is not entirely true since no deep cravings develop and they do not induce a chemical dependency. However, over time your tolerance will increase and you need hotter and hotter chillies to get the same effect.

Chillies are also good for losing unwanted weight. All that heat you feel after eating hot chilli peppers takes energy and calories to produce. Even sweet red peppers have been found to contain substances that significantly increase thermogenesis (heat production) and oxygen consumption for more than 20 minutes after they are eaten.

Chilli peppers are also good for fighting inflammation as the capsaicin is a potent inhibitor of substance P, a neuropeptide associated with inflammatory processes.

Finally, cigarette smoke contains benzopyrene which destroys the vitamin A in the body. The vitamin A present in chilli reduces inflammation of lungs and emphysema caused due to cigarette smoking. So all smokers should get some Fire Dragon Xtra Hot or Deadly Chilli Sauce today. They’re packed with organically grown chillies all grown in Aotearoa blended with all local ingredients and they all have BITE!

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6 Ways Water Makes You Beautiful

6 Ways Water Makes You Beautiful

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Have you ever noticed how you feel tired and cranky, and your hair and eyes are dull when you haven’t had enough water? This is because the human body is roughly 70% water and it is an essential nutrient for your body to function. You should be drinking a minimum of 8 glasses a day in order to replace the large amounts you lose through skin evaporation, sweating, breathing, and urine. If your water intake doesn’t match your output then you can become dehydrated, which is unhealthy and potentially dangerous, especially for small children. Water loss is even more rigorous in warmer clients, so for us Pakistani’s drinking water is a priority.

Although you might be aware of the health reasons for water, you might not be informed about its beauty benefits. Read further to learn about ways in which water makes you beautiful from the outside:

Pore Cleanser: Our skin and body is exposed to a number of pollutants and toxins throughout the day. If the body accumulates more toxins than what the liver and kidneys can handle, then the skin takes over. Excessive toxins then leave through the skin and if the body is even slightly dehydrated then the pores become clogged. To help your skin remove toxins and keep your body and pores clear, drink water and stay hydrated.

Toned Skin: One of the numerous benefits of drinking water is that it gets stored in our cells, which expand when properly hydrated with essential H2O causing our skin to look tighter and toned. So instead of visiting the dermatologist for a jab, drink up and help smooth out the appearance of wrinkles, cellulite and flappy skin.

Shiny Hair: You can be getting a weekly protein treatment at your local parlor, but if you hair is dehydrated, there aren’t enough hair treatments to bring it back to life. Our hair is made up of 5% water and 95% protein so when you drink lots of water your hair looks more alive and bouncy. Not only can water make it shiny, but it can help stimulate hair growth, so put down the Rogaine and drink up!

Fight Acne: Like we said before, water is your body’s way of getting rid of toxins and if you’re dehydrated then your pores become clogged. When ridding itself of toxins, your skin’s pH can change. When combined with clogged pores, this is an acne breakout waiting to happen! When you have acne, look at it as a sign that your body chemistry is imbalanced and your detoxification system is backed up. Before begging for harsh retinoid creams from your dermatologist start by drinking half your body weight in ounces of water and see the magic happen.

Sparkling Eyes: Dull, lifeless and bloodshot eyes can be due to many factors, such as illness, diet and dehydration. If you’ve crossed out any medical reasons then it’s time to pretty up those peepers by treating them internally by drinking water.

Weight Loss: Have you ever had a full meal, felt stuffed and then craved food soon after? This might be because your body is dehydrated and is sending you signals to drink up but you’re confusing it with eat up.   Although eating will give you the necessary fluids your body is craving, it’ll also give you unnecessary weight gain.  So next time you feel hungry try having a glass of water instead and see if it kills the craving.

The Takeaway: After reading about the numerous health and beauty benefits of water, we hope you’re chugging away as you read this last paragraph. With benefits like clear skin, sparkling eyes, shiny hair and a smaller waist line, there is nothing keeping you from going above and beyond your minimum eight glasses a day.

Sugar Beneficial or Destructive for Health

Sugar Beneficial or Destructive for Health

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Sugar Intake

Regardless if you’re having a sugar-free diet or restraining from the influences of your sweet tooth, you intake sugar through the food that you eat. All that rice, pork, beef, celery, fruit and other types of food that you eat has its own kind of sugar. Your sugar levels determine if you’re at an advantage or disadvantage with your sugar intake. Here are a few things that you need to know.

1. Energy
Sugar is the main body energy source. As your body digests food, your body breaks down the carbohydrates and converts the sugars into blood sugar or glucose that the body uses for energy. The body usually needs 45-65% of the body’s total calories per day.

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2. High Blood Sugar Levels
Sugar is not a bad thing for the body because it is the body’s energy source, but when the sugar levels in the body become imbalanced because the body easily breaks down consumed sugar, this can lead to the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. Simple sugars from candies, sweets, confectioneries and the like make it easy for the body to break them down. When the pancreatic cells generating insulin break down due to the rapid pace of breaking down sugar, it could lead to a decrease in insulin production.

3. Diabetes
Diabetes happens when there is a high insulin resistance level in the body causing high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. Diabetes is prevented if the body slowly or adequately breaks down sugar at a level that will not imbalance the sugar levels.

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Advantage: Sugar is the fuel your body needs to work, grow, and heal. you MUST have some sugar, or you will die!

Disadvantage: Sugar testes good. Americans put sugar in EVERYTHING. We even ADD more sugar to things that are already sweet — like fruit. We drink colas, sports drinks, energy drinks — ALL of which contain TONS of sugar. We coat our breakfast cereals with sugars. We can’t eat a meal with a dessert.

Your body MUST have sugar to live, but too much sugar causes damage to every organ in your body.

The secret is to control your diet, and cut out ALL sources of sugar — like colas, sports drinks, desserts, canned fruits, and things like that. A normal HEALTHY diet will contain enough sugar that your body will NOT die, and you will feel much better overall.

Courtesy of Most Sported & Urdu Digest

Never Wash Raw Chicken

Heath Issues Including Food Poisoning, Washing Raw Chicken

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According to the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency, rinsing raw chicken before cooking it can effectively distribute infection around your kitchen in the form of water droplets.

“The call comes as new figures show that 44% of people always wash chicken before cooking it – a practice that can spread campylobacter bacteria onto hands, work surfaces, clothing and cooking equipment through the splashing of water droplets.”

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Health experts warned people that washing raw chicken may cause heath issues including food poisoning. Mote than 80% of people wash chicken before they cook. Now Food Standards Agency (FSA) has advised that a special bacteria spread while washing the raw chicken to the hand, cloth. The bacteria can cause food poisoning. You may also like to read: Top Reasons Not to Eat Chicken

Food poisoning is most commonly caused by the campylobacter bacteria. In UK every year 280,000 people were affected by this bacteria.

More than 90% cases are caused by contaminated chicken, the stats are given by FSA an Independent government organization for food safety in United Kingdom.

Top Reasons Not to Eat Chicken

Top Reasons Not to Eat Chicken

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Somewhere along our American Journey, we’ve convinced ourselves that birds make for a healthier meal option than cows or pigs. But nothing could be further from the truth; in fact, eating chicken may hold more dangers than its fellow barn mates. While organically and ethically raised animals are always a better option than not, there’s still plenty of reasons chicken is not a health food. Here are eight. You may like to read: Never Wash Raw Chicken

1. A serving of chicken contains just as much cholesterol as red meat. And eggs contain three times that. Cholesterol is linked to clogged arteries and heart disease.

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2. Grilled chicken—a popular alternative to fried—commonly contains PhIP (2-Amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo [4,5-b]pyridine), which may contribute to the development of certain types of cancers including breast and prostate.

3. A common industry practice involves feeding chickens arsenic in order to make them grow faster. It’s highly toxic to humans and can cause cancer, dementia, neurological problems, and other ailments.

4. HCAs (heterocyclic amines) are found in meats cooked at high temperature, including chicken, and have been linked to an increased risk of cancer.

5. A Consumer Reports analysis found that 83 percent of fresh, whole broiler chickens purchased across the US had high levels of campylobacter or salmonella. Campylobacter is the leading cause of food poisoning in the U.S.

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6. Detectable levels of E. coli were discovered in as much as 65 percent of broiler chickens in a USDA study. This comes from fecal contamination during processing, making organic chickens also at risk as well as the more common conventionally raised chickens. According to Consumer Reports, more than 1 million Americans become ill each year as a result of undercooked chicken.

7. Avian flu may have dropped out of the mainstream media’s attention, but it’s still a very serious illness that is transmitted through poultry. The mutating nature of the disease means more cases of pneumonia, multiple organ failure and death are likely as a result of too many chickens living in crowded and unsanitary conditions where the disease spreads.

8. With more than 9 billion chickens raised for food in the U.S. every year, the environmental impact is nothing short of astonishing. Highly toxic animal waste ruins land, seeps into and contaminates water, makes air un-breathable and devastates a tremendous amount of dwindling resources, all of which take a toll not just on chicken eaters, but everyone else on the planet. You may like to read: Never Wash Raw Chicken

Courtesy of Organic Authority

Its Dangerous to Sleep With a Cell Phone

Its Dangerous to Sleep With a Cell Phone

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Don’t sleep with your smart phone nearby

“I won’t even sleep in the same room with them.”

A fellow named Daniel Sieberg was telling me his hard-and-fast rule for getting through the night.

He takes all of his digital devices — laptops, tablets, cellphones, anything portable that has a screen — to another room before he turns off the light. He has come to terms with the fact that the technological gadgets that have so thoroughly insinuated themselves into our lives can become addictive.

So, when it’s time for slumber, he locks them out. He won’t even let his cellphone charge overnight in the bedroom:

“If it’s there, I would have the temptation to turn it on and check it.”

We have learned to celebrate, even revere, the wireless gadgets we carry around and the inventors who bring them to us; the response to the death of Steve Jobs this month was emblematic of how important our do-it-all phones, our computers, our tablets and related digital devices have become. We say that the technology has changed life as we used to know it.

But how much is too much?

And, more to the point: How many of us have the nagging feeling that we are somehow unable to disconnect — that the electronic devices we own have begun to own us?

There is an instinct to treat the subject whimsically: “Land o’Goshen, Ma, those kids are walking down the street staring at their cellphone screens.” It’s as if any criticism of what the digital age has done to society brands the person raising the questions as backward, afraid of change, irrationally wedded to outmoded ways.

So the addiction question is often one that people silently ask themselves. Shouldn’t we be spending less time checking and rechecking our many screens, large and small, and more time taking part in what used to be regarded as real life? Is there something inherently wrong when people being separated from their phones, computers and tablets makes them feel nervous, irritable, tense — in other words, when they begin to exhibit classic withdrawal symptoms?

For guidance on this, I got in touch with Sieberg, who has given as much thought to the subject as anyone of whom I’m aware. A former CNN correspondent, he is a lecturer, writer and broadcaster on technology issues who, in his own life, became increasingly conscious of the unhealthy hold that digital devices can have. He wrote a book called “The Digital Diet” that argues persuasively that there can come a time in a person’s life when he or she is a good candidate for technology detox.

I asked him if “addiction” is too strong a word to use in relation to devices that seem to hook their users emotionally, but not chemically.

“Unfortunately, the word ‘addiction’ has become overused,” he said, and should not be trivialized. Addictions to illegal drugs, alcohol and prescription medication are grimly somber matters. But, he said, the idea of an addiction to digital devices is genuine and is not something that should be greeted with a sardonic wink.

“One definition of ‘addiction’ is when other people and other activities in your life begin to suffer because of something you know you should cut back on, but don’t,” he said.

Some of his examples are things that many people will instantly recognize:

— The urge to pull out a cellphone even when someone you’re with is in the midst of a conversation with you.

— Texting even while your child is telling you about his or her day at school, and realizing later that you can’t remember the details of what your son or daughter has said to you.

— Having the vague feeling that something hasn’t really happened until you post it to Facebook or Twitter.

— Feeling isolated and anxious if you are offline for an extended period of time.

— Noticing that even when your family is all together in one room at home, each person is gazing at his or her own screen and tapping at a miniature keyboard.
“There are people who, even when they aren’t using their digital devices, find themselves creating status updates or Twitter feeds in their heads while they are experiencing things,” he said. “It’s as if they have lost the ability to live in the moment, and have become conditioned to feeling that they have to instantly share it electronically while it is still going on.”

Sieberg is hardly a guy stuck in some dust-covered, pre-technology past: He has always been among the first to own each new portable device, and he likes the many good things the digital experience can provide. But he realized — when his wife would wake up in the middle of the night to see him, in bed, illuminated by the glow of one screen or another that he had decided to check one more time before he fell back asleep — that something might need remedying.
There is, he said, a feeling common among people who are digitally hooked that, when it’s just them and the real world and no screen, they are somehow cast adrift, cut off: “It’s a sense of, ‘What am I missing?'” But in truth, a strong case can be made that when a person lives too many hours a day in the digital universe, that is when he or she is really missing something — missing the things that are taking place in the flesh-and-blood world.

Sieberg has a phrase for it: You know you’re in trouble when “your footing in technology feels increasingly like quicksand.”

And he has a piece of advice for all of us, regardless of how deep we feel we’re sinking into that digital quicksand:

Like him, we should consider locking all of those devices in another room at night. He promises that it makes a difference:

“You sleep better.”