Monday, 15 July 2019

[www.keralites.net] Health Benefits of Broccoli

 









Dt. Tehzeeb Lalani
B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition · Dietitian/Nutritionist ·
Health Benefits of Broccoli

Broccoli's demand as well as availability has increased a lot in India since past few years. It is one super food which is packed with highest nutritional value. It can be made into soups, salads or tossed with other vegetables.

5 Health reasons to have broccoli regularly.

1) Anti-Cancer Properties - Cruciferous vegetables are nutrition powerhouses and broccoli is one of them. It lowers the risk of lung and colon cancer. The compound called sulforaphane, which gives the bitter taste to broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables is what is believed to give this vegetable the power to fight cancer. Broccoli also contains folate which is known to decreases chances of breast cancer in women.

2) Bone Health - Broccoli has high content of vitamin K which is good for bone health. One can get more than their daily requirement of vitamin K in just a cup of chopped broccoli.

3) Glowing Skin - Broccoli has vitamin C which is ideal for fighting skin damages caused due to pollution and sun, and takes care of overall texture of the skin.

4) Good Digestion - Broccoli has natural fiber which assists in preventing constipation, lowers the risk of colon cancer and helps maintain a healthy digestive tract.

5) Immunity building - Broccoli included in your regular diet ensures a boost to your immune system. Also present in it are magnesium and calcium which help regulate blood pressure.

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Simple Tips for Healthy Eyes

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Your eyes are an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. Follow these simple steps for maintaining healthy eyes well into your golden years.

Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. 
You might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure. When it comes to common vision problems, some people don't realize they could see better with glasses or contact lenses. In addition, many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages.

During a comprehensive dilated eye exam, your eye care professional places drops in your eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupil to allow more light to enter the eye the same way an open door lets more light into a dark room. This enables your eye care professional to get a good look at the back of the eyes and examine them for any signs of damage or disease. Your eye care professional is the only one who can determine if your eyes are healthy and if you're seeing your best.

Know your family's eye health history. 
Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It's important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with a disease or condition since many are hereditary. This will help to determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition.

Eat right to protect your sight. 
You've heard carrots are good for your eyes. But eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens is important for keeping your eyes healthy, too. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.

Maintain a healthy weight. 
Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma. If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy weight, talk to your doctor.

Wear protective eye-wear. 
Wear protective eye-wear when playing sports or doing activities around the home. Protective eye-wear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards specially designed to provide the correct protection for a certain activity. Most protective eye-wear lenses are made of polycarbonate, which is 10 times stronger than other plastics. Many eye care providers sell protective eye-wear, as do some sporting goods stores.

Quit smoking or never start. 
Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.ii,iii

Be cool and wear your shades. 
Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet rays. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

Give your eyes a rest. 
If you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing on any one thing, you sometimes forget to blink and your eyes can get fatigued. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain.

Clean your hands and your contact lenses properly. 
To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as appropriate.

Practice workplace eye safety. 
Employers are required to provide a safe work environment. When protective eye-wear is required as a part of your job, make a habit of wearing the appropriate type at all times and encourage your coworkers to do the same.

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The Scary Thing About Low Blood Pressure
Something as light as lightheadedness may signal something very harmful.
Lightheadedness can be a symptom of low blood pressure.
What is scary is that low blood pressure can have underlying causes that may be an indication of serious heart, endocrine or neurological disorders.
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps out blood. It is determined by two factors:
Resistance to the flow of blood caused by the walls of the arterioles, smaller arteries
Amount of blood pumped by the left ventricle of the heart into the arteries
If less blood is being pumped into the arteries then the blood pressure tends to be lower. Also, if the arterioles are larger and more flexible they have less resistance to the flow of blood leading to low blood pressure values.
A low blood pressure reading is having a level that is 90/60mmHg, or lower. If only one of these numbers is also lower than its low blood pressure. A sudden fall in blood pressure can be dangerous. A change of just 20 mm Hg in either of the values can cause dizziness and fainting when the brain fails to receive an adequate supply of blood.
Why you need to worry about your low blood pressure values
Dizziness, lightheadedness, and the fainting like feeling is commonly experienced by people who have low blood pressure. When the blood pressure level falls, there is not enough oxygen-rich blood is being delivered to the brain, thus affecting its function. At this juncture, the person loses consciousness temporarily, medically called syncope. The symptoms tend to worsen when changing posture i.e. either from lying down or sitting, to standing up. Additionally, certain other symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating and nausea may also be felt.
In case of conditions like uncontrolled bleeding, severe infections or allergic reactions, when the value falls it can be life-threatening.
Low blood pressure is sometimes a warning signal for a medical condition like 'Shock' that can be fatal. Lack of blood flow implies that the cells and organs are not getting enough oxygen and nutrients to function properly. As a result there can be multiple organ damage. Shock requires immediate medical treatment and can get worse very rapidly.
It is always safe to discuss with your doctor regularly if you often feel dizzy and have low blood pressure. It is important to have the cause of your low blood pressure properly diagnosed. Once your doctor has diagnosed the underlying problem, the right diet and correct exercise program must be followed.
Who is at a risk for Low Blood Pressure?
Hypotension can affect people of all ages. However, people who take certain medicines—such as diuretics or other high blood pressure medicines are at an increased risk. Certain conditions like nervous system disorders (Parkinson's disease) and some heart conditions also increase the risk for hypotension. Other risk factors include being immobile (not being able to move around very much) for long periods, nutritional deficiencies, being out in the heat for a long time, endocrine disorders and pregnancy. Hypotension during pregnancy is normal and usually goes away after birth.
Home Remedies for Low Blood Pressure
Basil leaves (Tulsi) are very effective in normalizing blood pressure. Extract juice from about 15 basil leaves and add honey for flavor and take this juice in the morning on empty stomach . Drinking this juice at least once daily will be very beneficial home cure for low blood pressure.
Soak some raisins in a bowl of water overnight and eat it the first thing in the morning followed by a glass od water.
Drink a cup of raw beetroot juice twice daily for about one week.
In addition to these home remedies, do regular, mild exercise as it helps to promote blood flow. Repeated instances of feeling nauseated or giddy must be informed and consulted with the doctor to check if any of your prescription medications are causing a problem.
Don't ignore those dizzy spells. They can spell problems later.



    
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