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Top 15 Benefits of Betel Leaf. Methods to grow and store Betel Leaves explained.

Introduction :
Betel leaves has a significant traditional importance in every Indian household. Festivals is incomplete without the presence of betel leaves . We complete the food with betel leaves on certain occasions as it helps in digestion. Along with helping in digestion there are other benefits. Here in this blog, I am listing out few health benefits of betel leaves. Note that I am referring to plain betel leaves and not the betel nuts used with betel leaves.




1. Nutritive values :
Betel leaves is rich in  Vitamin C ,  Vitamin B1 (thiamine),  Vitamin B3 (niacin),  Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin ) Carotene.
It is also a great source of  minerals like Calcium Magnesium
2. Reduces blood glucose levels :
It has anti diabetic properties as it reduces blood glucose levels. Betel leaves fights the oxidative stress due to its antioxidant property lowering the blood glucose levels. 


3. Prevents cancer :
Chewing betel leaves helps in prevention of oral cancer as it contains alot of anti oxidants. Anti oxidants …
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Tomatoes - Health Benefits and Mouthwatering Andhra styled Tomato pickle recipe.

Introduction :

Tomato is botanically a fruit ,used as a vegetable in our daily cuisines which gives taste along with its nutrients. 
Tomato is rich in antioxidants named lycopene which is good for heart health and also found to reduce the risk of cancer.  It also has vitamin C, potassium, Folate and Vitamin K. Tomatoes are also good for vision because of its Vitamin A content. The same holds for hair too. It makes hair stronger and shiny. These were the benefits of eating tomatoes.
Here, I am with a tomato recipe which is a pickle.This is a tangy spicy pickle made of tomatoes which goes well with Idli, dosa, chapatis and Roti. It can also be eaten with rice. Let's go into the details of the recipe.

Preparation time : 45 minutes. 
Note : 

The tomatoes have to be washed and wiped off the water . All the ingredients have to be dry or else the pickle gets spoiled earlier.




Ingredients Required :
Tomatoes ripe - 10 to 12
Tamarind - Lemon sized 
Chilli Powder - 4 tablespoon 

For seasoning :
Oil - 3 t…

10 Super Foods that Beat Depression and good for Mental health.

Introduction :

Depression is leading cause of mental illness around the globe. With increase in sedentary lifestyle, availability of fast foods and processed foods, lack of communication owing to increased use of digital products, increase in nuclear families, and many more depression is increasing at an alarming rate. In this blog , I talk about diet which helps in people suffering from depression.

Foods have been associated with not only physical health but also mental health. Certain foods help in relaxing and calming of mind. Here are few of them..




1. Banana: 


Banana contain serotonin which helps in transmission of nerve impulses and balances mood causing feeling of happiness. Bananas also contain Vitamin B6 which helps in synthesis of serotonin . Eating few bananas a day may help in natural production of serotonin.Bananas are also rich in fiber and other nutrients too.
2. Green tea :
Green tea is rich in antioxidants and amino acids .Theanine is the amino acid found in green tea which …

Mesothelioma - definition,causes, types,symptoms,diagnosis,treatment , prognosis and lawsuit.

Before we know, What is Mesothelioma? Let us understand ,What is Mesothelium?

Mesothelium :

Mesothelium is simple squamous epithelium that forms the lining of pleura (lining of lungs) , peritoneum (lining of abdomen), pericardium (lining of heart).
Function of Mesothelium : 
Protects the internal organs.Provides a slippery surface and allows free movement of the organs thus aiding in the function of organs.Now , we will go through Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma :

''Oma'' means ''Tumour or abnormal growth''. Mesothelioma is a malignant cancer which affects the mesothelium layer of lungs, abdomen, pericardium or testes.



Incidence :


Mesothelioma is very rare cancer .It usually affects men than women.It has long latency period from 10 to 50 years and hence seen more in old age group.Geographic incidence of mesothelioma is high in places where asbestos mining is located. Although few countries have banned asbestos , developing countries are using asbestos. Efforts shoul…

What to do and what not to during loose stools ? Here is an answer..Read to find out..

Introduction :
Loose stools is common to all age groups from children to old age. It is frequent in smaller children who are exposed to lot of micro -organisms during play and their habit of keeping fingers in mouth . Recently, I met my friend with her 3 year old son. Her son had loose stools since 2 days but she was giving milk to the child  which would  increase the frequency of loose stools.
Here, I discuss few Dos and Don'ts during loose stools. Before that, let's see the causes of loose stools first.


Causes of loose stools :
Infection /Food poisoning  :
Certain bacteria, virus , parasites causes inflammation of the stomach and small intestine which enters through contaminated food , water or hands leading to loose stools.
Certain medical conditions may cause loose stools:
Ex: Diseases relating to digestive system like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's disease.
Stress :
Stress releases hormones which effects the gastric motility causing loose stools. In peo…

15 Simple changes in cooking towards healthier lifestyle.

Introduction :

Cooking is an art. When you mix it with a science of nutrition you can reap its maximum benefits.'' We are what we eat'' and so focus on the simple changes in your cooking methods for healthier lifestyle.


1. Replace refined white rice with parboiled rice :
Parboiled rice has a low glycemic index making it suitable for diabetics too. It has good amount of fiber,calcium,potassium,and vitamin B6 than the refined white rice.
If you find difficult to use for all the varieties of food, use it for curd rice as parboiled rice goes well with curd rice.


2. Replace refined oil with filtered oil :
Refining process removes all the nutrients and also certain chemicals are added which may be bad for our health. Therefore, use filtered oil.


3. Replace  refined sugar with Jaggery or Honey :
Refined sugar manufacturing involves use of chemicals which are harmful.  Use Jaggrey, honey or stevia which comes with lot of other health benefits too. 


4. Use sprouted grams more than unsp…