• Food & Nutrition

    The Benefits of Cooking with Barley

      Name a health benefit and chances are it’s a benefit which can be found in the barley grain. Cultivated over 10,000 years ago, first in Ethiopia and then in parts of Asia, the earliest man used barley for food, making alcoholic beverages and for medicinal purposes. Cooking with this power-packed whole grain offers the following benefits to boost your health and fill you up: Helps weight loss Barley acts as an appetite suppressant. When you consume it, you’ll fill up and keep that feeling for a long period of time. It also helps to remove fat from the body. Antioxidants and nutrients There are nutrients and antioxidants galore in…

  • Food & Nutrition

    Anti-oxidants : Why We Need Them And Best Food Sources

      Much hype has been created about the role of anti-oxidants in our diet. But do you really know how important these are for maintaining a healthy body? Ensuring an adequate amount of anti-oxidants in your diet can help you in a number of ways such as protecting your skin from environmental damages, preventing your body from cancer, and keeping your heart healthy.   Uses of Anti-oxidants   The fundamental job of anti-oxidants is to fight against free-radicals which can cause several health problems. Let us first learn a thing or two about anti-oxidants and why do we need them: Anti-oxidants fight against oxidation – a natural process which takes…

  • Food & Nutrition

    Leafy Greens And How They Serve Good Health

      No diet is truly optimized without a healthy amount of leafy greens. These plant foods are truly a miracle of nature, and are loaded with vitamins and minerals; they also are low in calories so you can eat plenty of them without gaining weight. Leafy greens can be eaten in sandwiches, be part of casseroles and can be eaten in numerous types of salads.   What are leafy greens? There are both common and relatively uncommon leafy green vegetables available to you.  Most you can get at the produce department at your local supermarket but others you may have to grow in containers in your house or in a…

  • Women's Health

    Symptoms Of Menopause

    Aging is a process that is intrinsically linked with menopause. As you gain in years, your body also ages and menopause naturally occurs as part of the aging cycle. Every woman goes through this phase and it is a different experience for every woman. Most women agree that menopause is a great maturing experience and helps them accept their age gracefully. There are many signs and indicators of menopause. There is no need to have any fear or anxiety about menopause, because it is as much a natural process as puberty and it happens to every woman. As you approach the time in your life when menopause becomes more likely,…

  • Women's Health

    Symptoms of Perimenopause

        Some women will not have any symptoms in perimenopause, while others will have noticeable symptoms. Common symptoms of perimenopause include the following:   Hot flashes and night sweats These are feelings of increased bodily warmth and flushing of the face. They can occur at any time of the day or night and can be uncomfortable. If they happen at night, the woman can experience night sweats, in which she wakes up drenched in sweat.   Irregular periods A common precursor of menopause is irregular periods. The ovaries may still ovulate but they do so in no predictable pattern. There are many ways in which you will see this…

  • Women's Health

    What is Menopause

    Menopause is the period of time in a woman’s life in which her menstrual periods stop and she is no longer fertile. The average age of menopause is about 51 years but it can last anywhere from age 40 to 59 years of age. Menopause is usually preceded by “perimenopause” by a few years. In perimenopause, the hormone levels of estrogen and progesterone normally produced by the ovaries begin to decrease. The periods become irregular but do not stop altogether. Women can get symptoms of menopause during perimenopause (hot flashes, night sweats, and mood changes, to name a few) but they aren’t as frequent as when a woman reaches menopause.…