Monthly Archives: October 2012

Onions – The Strong Pungent Alliums Group

Onion – the alliums group of vegetables, has a potent antioxidant organosulphur compound, which is rare in other vegetables. This fist size onion has many  health benefits, as it contains chemical compounds believed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-cholesterol, anti-cancer and antioxidant properties.

It is also a rare source of Vitamin C, B6, biotin, chromium, calcium, and consists of good dietary fibre, with a good amount of folic acid, and Vitamin B1 and K. Indeed with such a high dosage of the many different enzymes, onions are truly a good source for activating manganese and molybdenum, as well as having a good amount of folate and potassium.

The enzymes allinase is responsible for the strong pungent smell, which causes one to tear if you peel or cut the onions. The other vast benefits of onions is the present of quercetin, which with increased consumption, can reduce the risk of head and neck cancers; and also helpful against bee stings. Other benefit is the present of the plejomeric chemicals in onions that have the potential to alleviate or prevent sore throat.

Onion is also a good source of flavonoid polyphenols, which helps to lower cholesterol and triglycerides levels, and helps improve cell membrane function in red blood cells. It also protects the heart and blood vessels if combine with vegetables and fruits, as it increases the enzymes flavonoid.

Onion is also very beneficial for menopausal ladies, as it helps to increase its bone density. If you consume two to five times a week for this potent onions, this moderate amount can help prevent colorectal cancer, laryngeal cancer and ovarian cancer. It also prevents periodontal disease of the gum.

It is also good for the liver as a sulphur food, which when mix with protein, it stimulates the action of the amino acids in the digestive system. Its detoxifying enzymes in onions also help to remove heavy metals in the body, by removing lead, arsenic and cadmium, which accumulate in the body through the foods that we eat, that are exposed to the environmental surroundings of the pesticides that we get from the vegetables.

The antioxidant property in onion helps to detoxify the body by reducing the damage in cells caused by the free radicals, and protect the body from the harmful toxins that we breathe, through the environmental exposure from the gas and lead that we breathe in daily around the traffic.

Onion also helps reduce blood-sugar level in the body, stabilising the blood glucose level, and maintaining a steady flow of insulin. The amount of benefits of onion is indeed wide and varied. The small doses of onions that we consume daily are really effective in protecting our health from diabetes to hay fever, bronchitis, asthma, atherosclerosis, and infection of the stomach cancer.

There is no doubt that this puny small hand size fist onion is truly magnificent and extraordinary in all its properties, and it is only understandable that we want to consume it everyday, to benefit from all its useful effects for our body. One half of onion will do the trick of protecting our health everyday if we eat it daily.


Slimming – The Healthy You

By Deline Tan

Slimming – everyone’s dream, if you fight your body fats and can’t seem to shed those extra pounds, what do you do?

There are so many slimming methods in the market, but what works for you? Most slimming methods taught you how to eat less and slim down, but after you manage to shed those extra pounds, in no time you start to put on the weight that you’ve shed before. Why is this so? Well, slimming methods only worked if you realise that the eating habit is the very means that control your weight, coupled with exercises.

If you’re on a diet, you want to make sure that your weight remains constant even after you’ve achieved results from your dieting plan. So what is the secret to stay slim throughout your life and never have to worry about that big thigh or tummy again?

Well, staying slim is a lifestyle. The foods we eat determine our weight. If you eat junk food, you will only put on the fats in all the wrong places. If you’ve sweet tooth and munch tit-bits and candies all the time, know that you will surely put on weight. Or, you eat like a king and do not bother what you actually put into your mouth, then you are likely to put on those extra pounds on your body, as the body processed the kind of foods that you eat and gain those extra pounds if it is junk.

Let’s look at how we can maintain a steady diet of good foods that will cause you to lose weight. First, eat healthily with foods that guarantee fat lose as your body burns the foods that you ate. What foods are these? Well, a good percentage of carbohydrates, fats and proteins must be well distributed if you want to know how to eat. Fruits and vegetables are the healthiest, as it is fibrous and full of antioxidant. Our body needs antioxidant to fight the free radicals in our system, which attacks the good cells if you’re deprived of the vitamins and minerals that you can get from fruits and vegetables.

Nuts and seeds are also the top notch fats you want to include in your diet, as they contain Vitamin A, C, D and E. An easy way to eat these foods is through one of the splurging moments when you feel like snacking, than grab a packet of cashew, pistachio, almond or macadamia nuts, which will satisfy your cravings, as these are dense foods that can make you feel full for a long time.

Have a proper meal of good carbohydrates, like sweet potato, which are high in flavanoid, and helps to ease bad cholesterol, and build up good cholesterol. Sweet potato is high in Vitamin D, which strengthens your immune system and maintains a healthy weight.  A good bowl of oats during breakfast adds fibre to your diet and builds your body enzymes that fights plague built around the heart and eases the flow of oxygenated blood to your body.

Chicken, meat and turkey are good protein meats that build up your body mass, and strengthened the muscles, and getting rid of layered fats stored in the visceral fats around the organs. These fats are threatening to your health, as it causes cancer, heart attack, diabetes and high blood pressure. If your body fats is above 21%, it is considered dangerous. We can get rid of fats through exercises, like work-out in the gym, or go for active sports like swimming, playing tennis, or go climb the hills, which will cause you to burn your body fats.

Egg is very good source of protein, as it nourishes your health with Vitamins A, D & E, but many people mistaken egg to have high cholesterol, but instead it helps to build up the good cholesterol. There are many ways to prepare an egg. Boiled and half-boiled are the simpliest, and the more interesting way of preparing it is to fly it with your choiciest vegetables, or add sausages, nuts, beans, or chicken to it. Pouch egg is a little difficult to prepare, as you need to know how to stir the pot of water which is half-filled, and throw the raw egg into the pot, wait for seven minutes, than you’ll have a nice pouch egg with the fluid egg yolk, giving you the best taste.

Side treats that you can afford to indulge in is dark chocolate, with more than 70% cocoa mixed. This high fat burning carbohydrate will help burn your stored body fats and strengthened your immune system, as it contains a hormone that builds up good serotonin in your brain, which makes you joyful and cheerio. Avocado too, is a very good source of healthy monounsaturated fats, as it burns stubborn body fats and acts as fuel for your body.

As you watch what you eat everyday, you will maintain a good healthy body without any weight problem. Apart from foods, exercise in the right manner too, will help get rid of the fats in your body. High resistance exercises like weigh-training builds on dumbbells and barbells are very effective in getting rid of body fats. It takes diligent to see tangible results if you exercise three times a week, each time for about half an hour, depending on the kinds of exercises that you do.

Apart from foods and exercises, water and sleep are the next important habits that you can build on. We need a lot of water to quash out the toxins in our body, preferably about eight cups a day, and you will notice that your dull face will be radiant if you take enough water. We need minimum 6 to 8 hours of sleep nightly, without which, it will affect our alertness and mental state. You will be grouchy and careless in your daily work as the mind is without the needed rest.

If you want to slim down, eat the right kinds of food, with balance phytonutrients of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, together with vitamins and minerals that you can obtain from a wide variety of foods, like fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and animal products. You can eat well and exercise right, without having the fear of putting on weight if you will only eat right and exercise right.

Sugar – Body Fats Exposed

Deline Tan

Sugar is the sweet stuff that we consume everyday in almost all of our foods. However, too much sugar will affect our health, as sugar is converted to fats and stored especially in the thigh, hip and tummy area.

Sugar spikes up the insulin level in the body when you consumed it. It is the number one cause for diabetes and obesity. It acts as an addiction to those who have sweet-tooth, as one will not go without sugar in their food, as it is a habit to consume sugar. The craving for sugar started when you eat foods that are sugary and you satisfy your cravings for it each time when you eat something sweet.

Many do not realise the seriousness of addiction to this sweet stuff, as sugar in the body converts it to body fats. It is dangerous to have more than 20% of body fats in our body, as more than that can lead to sicknesses like cancer, heart attack and diabetes. Obesity is unavoidable when we consume foods with so much sugar like sweet cakes, candies, donuts, biscuits and other sweet foods.

It’s best to avoid taking sugar in our diet, as we can go without it in our coffee or tea, and bake your cake using stevia, which is an artificial sweetening that is several times sweeter than sugar, but is very low in calorie, not acidic, and does not cause a spike in blood sugar level. This artificial sweetening is healthy to health compared to sugar, which causes health hazard.

If this is not an understatement, every one of us loves bread. White bread contains nothing nutritional but with a lot of sugar. The reason why people love bread is because they are addicted to it. You can’t go without bread every morning as bread is known to be our staple diet, but we do not know that wheat can cause belly-fat, with the additional high level of sugar.

I’ve have had it experimented before,  as once upon a time, I do not take lunch with healthy food, but eat bread breakfast and lunch almost everyday, that I began to build up a big fat-belly. As I realise that bread is the culprit for my belly-fat, I cut off bread completely and eat healthy foods, my body weight became normal again, with smaller stomach.

You will find that you will have a much more healthy body if you watch the amount of sugar that you consume. Soft drinks like coke contains eight tablespoon of sugar, as almost all other soft drinks, and it will affect your cells, as fat cells began to build up and we become fat. It also desensitises the cells as sugary drinks triggers a quick release of insulin from the pancreas.

If you stop the craving for sugar, temporarily you may experience withdrawal symptoms like headache, depression, anxiety, anger, sleeplessness and muscular acnes and pains. How then can we break the habit of consuming sugar?

First, replace sugar craving with fruits. Fruits are high in fibre and are very good for our health. Secondly, avoid white bread and starchy food, baked goods, potato chips, and sugary stuff. Thirdly, avoid foods that contains a lot of sugar; for example when you are baking, replace sugar with stevia; drink less sweeten drinks like having plain tea and coffee without sugar; instead, add lemon to your tea which tastes great and full of antioxidant.

There are many ways to avoid taking sugar. It’s up to you to be sensitive to the amount of sugar that you consume daily. If you watch your sugary foods that you eat and the sweetened drinks that you drink everyday, you will definitely lose weight, as less fats are stored in your body and you will find that your waist line is more trimmed. You are fitter if you eat less of sugar and you will find that you have more energy for the day.

Stay away from sugar, and you will have the optimum of health. You will stay slim as you are not adding to your weight because of the fats that you eliminate when you do not consume sugar. Aim to stay healthy by eliminating sugar completely, and you will find the new you, vibrate, fresher and fitter everyday.