Plums are stone-fruits, meaning their flesh is formed around a stone-like pit. They can be found in most supermarkets, groceries, and some fruit stands as fresh, canned, dried, or even juice products. Their sweet and slightly sour taste makes them a very popular addition to yogurt, oatmeal, salads, and many more – but as rich as they are in flavor, they are also a good source of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. Here are 6 science-supported reasons why plums are a superb health food.
Our body is constantly bombarded by free radicals and impurities from food and the environment that destroy our organ system’s natural equilibrium. When this happens, the immune system becomes very weak and we become more prone to disease. However, anti-oxidants like phenols and flavonoids clear out these toxins from our body, keeping it healthy and functioning at an optimal level. A variety of plums were studied and found to be a rich source of anti-oxidants that can promote and improve health.
In a study published in 2013, plums were revealed to have significant amounts of sorbitol, quinic acid, chlorgenic acids, vitamin K, boron, copper, and potassium. The bioactivity of these compounds together were shown to have positive effects on post-prandial blood glucose and bowel movement. The former effect has direct implications on plum’s ability to prevent diabetes while the latter has direct implications on constipation and (quite possibly) colon cancer.
In a clinical study done in 2010, the intake of prune juice was able to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure. When a double dose was used, significant reductions were seen in systolic blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein values. LDLs are colloquially referred to as “bad cholesterol” because they tend to cling to and damage blood vessel walls, forming plaque that can clog an artery (which is one of leading causes of heart attacks). On the other hand, too high systolic pressure can rupture weak (or even healthy!) arterial walls which can lead to a vascular bleed.
Research in 2009 and 2015 studied the benefits of plum juice in improving cognitive deficits. The study focused on the phenols found in plums and how they are able to affect the cognitive function of aged test subjects. The results revealed how plum juice was able to reduce age-related cognitive deficits which has promising effects on preventing age-related cognitive decline in humans. A similar study in 2013 also showed that plums were able to improve learning and memory in test subjects, stemming from anti-oxidant and anti-dyslpidemic activities.
When the plum fruit was extracted in an ethyl acetate solvent, high anti-microbial effects were seen against gram positive and negative bacteria: Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus intermedius, Bacillus cereus, Bacillus pumilius, E. coli, Proteus mirabilis, Shigella flexneri, Salmonella typhi, and Klebsiella pneumonia. This implies that plum extracts could be used topically as an anti-microbial agent.
Linked to the potent anti-microbial ability of plums is its ability to prevent autoimmune disease. Autoimmune inflammatory disorders like arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis have bacterial triggers, meaning they can be exacerbated by certain bacterial microorganisms. The leaf of the Kakadu plum was shown to be toxic to bacterial triggers of rheumatoid arthritis, anklyosing spondylitis, and multiple sclerosis.
Because plums are available in a variety of forms, they can also be included in a variety of your everyday meals, drinks, and snacks. Dried plums can be added to yogurt while fresh plums can be added to salads, juices, and smoothies. Canned plums store for longer and its fruit and juice can be used to top a dessert like cheesecake. You can also add the plum fruit to savory dishes like stuffing for chicken or similar meats. Who knew plums could be so healthy for you?
Stress is a feeling of tension whenever we are under pressure, and it is the body’s natural response to the stressors in our environment. Many things can trigger stress, including sudden change, difficulty, pain, unpleasant circumstances or even simple imagery.
Momentary stresses are regarded as being not as bad for the body. Sometimes, when we are faced with a dangerous situation, our nervous system produces larger amounts of the chemicals adrenaline and cortisol which results to quicker pulse, faster breathing, tense muscles, and increased oxygen usage of the brain. In short bursts, this can boost the immune system and provide us with the energy we need to deal with a situation. However, in chronic stress, levels of these chemicals in the body are elevated for prolonged periods, which is not good for health.
20 Ways Stress Harms The Body
1. Upset stomach. When you’re stressed, you may feel a tingling sensation in your stomach, and may even vomit if it is severe enough. If the stress is chronic, you may develop ulcers.
2. High blood sugar levels. During a fight-or-flight situation where the liver produces more glucose, the sugar is normally reabsorbed by the blood. But for people whose bodies are unable to control blood sugar properly, this could eventually result in diabetes.
3. Obesity or weight loss. Whenever you’re stressed, you tend to eat more – or less – than you usually do.
4. Diarrhea and constipation. Stress affects your body’s digestion and how fast the food moves through your body, which may cause diarrhea and constipation.
5. Erectile dysfunction. For men, chronic stress can affect testosterone and sperm production, and could even lead to erectile dysfunction and impotence.
6. Irregular menstruation. For women, high levels of stress are associated with absent or irregular menstrual cycles.
7. Cardiovascular problems. The consistent increase in heart rate during chronic stress can increase the risk for heart attack, hypertension, and stroke.
8. Asthma attacks. Stress makes you breathe rapidly, which can be a problem for people with asthma and lung diseases.
9. Tension-type headache and migraine. The muscles in our body tense up whenever we’re stressed. When the muscles are taut and tense for long periods of time, it can cause headaches and migraine.
10. Hyperventilation or panic attacks.
11.Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). Before their period, women who are stressed may experience painful abdominal cramps, bloating, and mood swings.
12. Musculoskeletal problems. Muscle tension may eventually lead to muscular atrophy and other stress-related musculoskeletal problems.
13. Inflammation of the coronary arteries. Persistent chronic stress may contribute to the inflammation of the coronary arteries, and could also lead to heart attack.
14. Heartburn. Stress, exhaustion, and increased use of alcohol and tobacco may result in heartburn.
15. Long-term drain on the body. Chronic stress causes the nervous system to constantly trigger physical reactions, resulting to a wear-and-tear of the body.
16. Menopause. Stress causes the symptoms of menopause to intensify, especially hot flashes, anxiety, and mood swings.
17. Decreased sexual desire. Along with distraction and fatigue, stress may reduce sexual desire especially among women.
18. Skin problems. Chronic stress worsens psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. It may also cause hives, rashes, and fever blisters.
19. Memory deterioration. Exposure to chronic stress accelerates memory deterioration and aging.
20. Drug addiction. Stress can cause changes in the brain similar to those caused by drugs, which makes stressed-out people more vulnerable to drug relapse.
10 Foods That Reduce Stress
1. Blueberries. They’re rich in antioxidants and vitamin C which helps repair and protect the cells whenever you’re stressed.
2. Avocado. Avocados have plenty of B vitamins which help promote healthy nerves and brain cells. They are also high in monounsaturated fat and potassium which help lower blood cholesterol.
3. Almonds. Munching on these vitamin B2 and vitamin E rich snacks boosts the immune system which helps protect the body against diseases.
4. Salmon. Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids that help keep adrenaline and cortisol from spiking up and protect your heart whenever you’re stressed.
5. Orange. The vitamin C in oranges are also known to effectively lower cortisol levels in the body. 
6. Spinach. Leafy greens such as spinach contains magnesium which regulates cortisol levels and provides a feeling of comfort and well-being.
7. Lemon balm tea. Drinking lemon balm tea, which has antioxidants, reduces stress and improves metabolism.
8. Dark chocolate. It reduces the cortisol levels of the body, and the antioxidants in the cocoa repairs the cells in the body.
9. Grapefruit. Grapefruit has an outstanding antioxidant activity that helps fight stress and boosts the immune system.
10. Carrots. Carrots contain carotenoids, which fight oxidative stress and boost the immune system as well.
Lutein is an antioxidant found in green veg and some other foods. Although not very well known to most, it is very valuable for health for several reasons – but especially for the eyes. It leads to increased pigmentation in the eye and has been found to concentrate particularly in the retina and the lens, improving visual function; reduced lutein levels have been linked to an increased risk of degenerative eye disease.
Only in the last 20 years have natural antioxidants in our foods been studied closely by medical science and evidence is growing daily supporting their importance in preventing disease! They work by helping to reduce harmful levels of oxidants in the body, some of which can damage our cells and occasionally our DNA (potentially causing cancer or genetic mutation).
Vitamin C is an example of an antioxidant that humans (unlike many other animals) are unable to make in their bodies; so we must maintain a regular intake through food or supplements. Lutein is similar because it is synthesized only by plants, therefore we need to know which foods to include in our diet to supply our needs.
Is it really true that carrots can help you see in the dark? – well, it’s possible: Apparently, yellow carrots in particular have a high level of lutein so they could improve your eye function, especially in dim light! lutein is often paired with Zeaxanthin, another antioxidant that benefits the eyes.
Here is a list of some of the foods that will give you the most lutein in your diet:
Kale, turnip greens, collards (loose leaf greens), spinach, Swiss chard, broccoli, eggs, corn, lettuce, peas, Brussels sprouts, green beans, watercress, zucchini. It’s clear from looking at this list that “eating your greens” makes more sense than ever!
These foods are best eaten either raw (where reasonable) or lightly cooked (steaming is ideal), as the Lutein levels tend to reduce with cooking. Raw brassicas should be kept to only a few servings per month as they have been shown to suppress thyroid function in larger amounts. There is some debate about cooking vegetables and whether it helps the body to absorb the nutrients – there are no hard and fast rules but some foods are clearly easier to digest after cooking. If you are not used to raw foods in your diet it would be unhealthy to increase your intake suddenly as the digestion would not be able to cope! Brassicas have also shown positive effects against cancer, particularly of the stomach and lungs.
I haven’t mentioned the plant with the highest lutein content yet because it is not generally grown for food – it is the yellow flowered garden nasturtium (Tropaeolum Majus), which has a peppery taste and both the leaves and flowers can be eaten, perfect for adding some bright colour, lutein and beneficial beta-carotene to your salads!
There’s another reason to grow nasturtiums too – they have a good reputation as companion plants, repelling some pests and attracting predatory insects to your garden. They can distract cabbage white butterflies from your brassicas so you may have to sacrifice some of your nasturtium plants for this purpose!
Final note, for best lutein intake, consume raw, organic veggies from the chart. Raw kale contains almost 2x the amount that is in cooked kale – and new science has also confirmed that organic veg are much higher in antioxidants than non-organic (as well as having less pesticides!)
Your search for the best headache cure ends here. Here are 10 natural home remedies for headaches that really work. Including tips from doctors on how to get rid of the pain at home.
There comes a point when the world of deadlines, irksome bosses, late nights, skimpy sleep schedules and traffic jams takes a toll on us. It is then when our quintessential cup of coffee surrenders to splitting headaches. So, what do you do when you're bad day culminates to a severe migraine
The easy way out is of course to pop a painkiller, maybe even indulge in acupressure, sip on some chamomile tea. And we're willing to do just about anything to get rid of that pounding headache. Lucky for you, we've compiled a list of 10 natural home remedies that will zap the pain from your debilitating headache.
Managing Your Headaches
"Headaches are characterised by a feeling of tenseness in the neck, shoulder and scalp whereas migraines are basically pulsating headaches, often on one side of the head. Symptoms actually vary from person to person, and even from one migraine attack to the next," says Dr. Supriya Bali, Internal Medicine, Max Hospitals.
It is essential that you avoid headache-inducing substances like MSG (monosodium glutamate), excessive caffeine, alcohol, phenylethylamine found in chocolate and cheese, tyramine found in nuts and fermented meats and soy, and aspartame present in many artificially sweetened foods. If you start getting a headache, steer clear of all devices including your phone, laptop and TV. Eat healthy, and at regular intervals since a drop in blood sugar can set the stage for headaches. At least thrice a week, if not more, spend 30 minutes exercising. And always, we mean always, stay hydrated.
1. Ginger !
Touted as an elixir for headaches, ginger is a home remedy for instant relief. It helps reduce inflammation of the blood vessels in the head, hence easing the pain. And since it stimulates digestion, it also helps quell the nausea which occurs during migraines.
Wondering how to use this miracle ingredient? Steep ginger root for tea, or mix equal parts of ginger juice and lemon juice and drink up. You can consume this once or twice a day. You can also apply a paste of ginger powder and 2 tablespoons water on your forehead for a few minutes to provide quicker relief.
2. Soothe with Scent
Peppermint Oil: With its refreshing scent, peppermint helps open up clogged blood vessels which cause headache. It contains menthol which helps regulate blood flow in the body. Quietly breathe in the aroma in a cool, dark room. You can also mix 3 drops of peppermint oil in one tablespoon of almond oil, or just add a little water and massage the temples or the back of your neck with it. Alternatively, can apply crushed peppermint leaves on your forehead. Make an herbal tea by adding 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint to a cup of boiling water. Cover and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and add some honey to sweeten it. Sip the tea slowly.
Lavender Oil: Not only does lavender have a beautiful fragrance - it's also a great remedy for alleviating headaches. Simply smelling the soothing scent of lavender essential oil helps, so you can just put a few drops on a tissue and inhale it. You can also add 2 drops of lavender oil to two cups of boiling water and inhale the steam. Another option is to mix two or three drops in one tablespoon of almond oil or olive oil and massage your forehead with it. "You can even draw a foot bath of lavender oil and peppermint, since the hot water draws blood to your feet and the aroma relaxes you", suggests Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Healing Touch Hospital.
Note: Do not take lavender oil orally.
Cinnamon is a miracle spice that can effectively treat headaches. Wondering how to use it? Here's help: Grind some cinnamon sticks into a powder, and add some water to make a thick paste. Apply it on your forehead and temples and lie down for 30 minutes. Then wash it off with lukewarm water.
To relieve headache pain, dab a drop or two of thyme or rosemary essential oil on each temple and on your forehead. Rub gently into the skin, then sit quietly for several minutes to let this home remedy work.
5. Basic Streches
A few simple exercises to stretch your head and neck can help reduce the intensity of the headache. Move your chin upwards and downwards, left and right, and bend your neck sideways towards each shoulder. You can also try to slowly rotate the neck in clockwise and anticlockwise directions to help the shoulder and neck muscles relax. So when a headache looms, you know what to do.
6. Heat Up or Cool Down?
Applying an ice pack to the back of your neck can give relief from a migraine, since the cold from the ice helps reduce inflammation that contributes to headaches. Plus, it has a numbing effect on the pain. And believe it or not, just soaking your feet in hot water also helps get rid of a headache. For a severe headache, add a bit of hot mustard powder to the water. "You can also place a washcloth dipped in ice-cold or hot water over your head for 5 minutes. Repeat the process several times", recommends Dr. Ahuja.
Cloves can be used to ease a throbbing headache due to its cooling and pain-relieving properties. Crush a few cloves gently and put them in a sachet or a clean handkerchief. Inhale the smell of the crushed cloves whenever you have a headache until you get some relief from the pain. You can also put 2 drops of clove oil in a tablespoon of coconut oil plus sea salt and gently massage your forehead and temples with it.
A strong-scented herb which is used for natural headache treatment, it has many analgesic benefits. The oil works as a muscle relaxant and helps get rid of headaches caused by tension and tight muscles. You can put 3 or 4 fresh basil leaves in a cup of boiling water and let it simmer. Add a little honey and sip the tea slowly. You can also chew some fresh basil leaves, or inhale the steam after boiling basil in a pot of water.
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