Saturday November 18, 2017

6 Lettuce Advantages Which are Important for Your Health

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Lettuce. Pixabay.
  • “Lettuce” is also called Lactuca Savita & a perfect food for weight loss.
  • Some of the health benefits of Lettuce are: It improves metabolism & provide supply of antioxidants.
  • Lettuce reduces the risk of diabetes, lowers cholesterol levels, controls cancer & anxiety.
  • Benefits of lettuce also includes weigh loss, it keeps your heart healthy & provide protein.

In this article “Benefits of Lettuce” , we will talk about it’s health benefits, Nutritional Facts & Types of Lettuce.

Lettuce, widely regarded as the “ideal food” to lose weight, is a large green leaved plant, often eaten in uncooked salads. It is a highly recommended healthy option in the searches provided by our search engine. And in today’s world, where everyone is health conscious, we are left with no choice but to consume healthy food. But, Lettuce is one healthy snack, which has way more benefits than just keeping you healthy. We will talk about some important health benefits of lettuce.

For many years, Lettuce was considered more than a vegetable, as it was thought to possess some medicinal properties. Some of the medicinal properties have also been proven true.

Below are some health benefits of lettuce that should be looked upon:

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Salad containing lettuce. Pixabay.

 

1. Anti-Inflammatory properties:

Lettuce possesses anti-inflammatory properties which help to control inflammation. Scientific experiments have proven that Lettuce extracts have significant power to control the pain and redness.

(Health benefits of lettuce)

2. Lower Cholesterol Levels:

Once we reach our 40s, we look up to healthy food options- consulting dietitians, counting calories, overtly depending on allopathic pills. But over dependence on synthetic ways to improve our health is dangerous too. Scientific tests have proven that eating lettuce prevents cardiovascular diseases. Also, it has zero fat which keeps your heart healthy.

(Health benefits of lettuce)

3. Lettuce leaves/juice can treat your Insomnia

The extract of the lettuce or its leaves when eaten induces sleep and does not even have side-effects. The extract produces a sedative effect.

Also Read: Five Benefits of Honey and Lemon Drink that Can’t be Ignored.

4. Control Anxiety 

Unani has widely accepted lettuce as a solution to Neuro-related problems. It possesses anxiolytic properties, drugs which reduce anxiety. Lettuce was popularly exploited during the ancient times.

(Health benefits of lettuce)

5. Fights Cancer

The extract of this plant tends to control a certain kind of cancer. Research experiment on human cancer cells, especially, the leukemia cells proved that the disease’s effect was controlled to a major extent, after being treated with the plant’s extracts.

(Health benefits of lettuce)

6. Weight LOSS!

Lettuce has only 12 calories for one cup. Putting it in your salad with some salt and pepper seasonings added can be the perfect diet chart for your weight loss.

Types Of Lettuce:

  • Romaine Lettuce – This is your classic Greek salad. Sweet and crunchy.                          romaine lettuce is a very good source of dietary fiber, manganese, potassium, biotin, vitamin B1, copper, iron and vitamin C. It is also a good source of vitamin B2, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, phosphorus, chromium, magnesium, calcium and pantothenic acid.
  • Iceberg lettuce:  Until the 1930’s was known as Crisphead lettuce.                      White on the inside. Crisp texture and mild taste. It contains curved, overlapping leaves which form crispy, firm round heads. Inside, creamy white leaves are tightly packed.
  • Butterhead Lettuce : Boston and Bibb. Large green leaves that are soft and sweet.Butterhead is a slightly smaller version of the variety and is the first of this cultivar to be grown in the U.S
  • Red and Green Leaf: Delicate taste and leaves.

Nutritional Facts of Lettuce:

Lettuce contains many a thing like:

  • moisture
  • energy
  • protein
  • fat
  • carbohydrates
  • dietary
  • fiber and sugars.

Lettuce has below Minerals & Vitamins:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorous
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Zinc along with vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B-6, C, A, E, and vitamin K.

-by Megha Acharya of NewsGram.


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Women can Boost their Working Memory with Hormone Therapy

Benefits of oestrogen therapy in women.

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oestrogen therapy can increase working memory under stress. wikimedia commons

New York, Nov 5: Undergoing a type of hormone replacement therapy — used for menopausal treatment — may help protect as well as improve working memory for some women as they age, according to a new study.

Hormone replacement therapy uses female hormones – oestrogen and progesterone – to treat common symptoms of menopause and ageing.

The findings showed that women taking oestrogen-only therapy had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and performed better on tests of “working memory” following exposure to stress compared to women taking a placebo.

“Our study suggests that oestrogen treatment after menopause protects the memory that is needed for short-term cognitive tasks from the effects of stress,” said lead author Alexandra Ycaza Herrera, a researcher at the University of Southern California – Davis.

To measure the effect of oestrogen therapy on working memory under stress, the team recruited 42 women with an average age of 66.

Half of the postmenopausal women had been on estradiol — a type of oestrogen therapy — for approximately five years, while the others had received a placebo.

The researchers, in the paper published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, collected saliva to measure the women’s levels of cortisol, oestrogen, and progesterone.

They also ran a test of working memory called a “sentence span task”, in which the women were each given a series and then asked whether each sentence made sense. They also were asked to recall the last word of each one.

While women receiving oestrogen therapy had a smaller increase in cortisol and showed no decrease in working memory function, even after being exposed to stressful situation, those taking the placebo experienced a spike in cortisol levels as well as demonstrated a decrease in working memory function.

Previous studies have pointed to potential health risks — the Ahigher risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots — of the treatment.

Thus, Herrera noted that “hormone replacement therapy may not be right for every woman, but women need to be able to have the conversation with their doctors”.(IANS)

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Drop-dead (to become) Gorgeous? How Social Media Corrupts our Definition of Body Image

Researchers believe that social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are even more harmful than stipulated websites in support of anorexia due to the increased accessibility and wider target audience of as these mediums.

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Anorexia is not photogenic. Instagram

New Delhi, November 1, 2017 : I have grown up as a conscious kid; hours spent looking at pictures of strangers with perfectly toned bodies have been like an everyday ritual, carried out religiously, day after day. But thankfully, my fascination for the ‘ideal’ body that ruled the internet never materialized and it was not long before I became happy in my own skin.

Years later, I look at my 12 year old sister, who wishes to consume only watermelon juice because that’s what her favorite blogger does too, to maintain her fit body. She is my teenage sister’s ‘#fitspo’, she proudly announces.

Just a young teenager, where is she getting all this information from, you’d wonder.

The answers is; everywhere!

We are all chasing unrealistic expectations when it comes to our body image, courtesy the enormous content we consume over different social media.

Social media has completely radicalized the way we see body image- ourselves and other people, and transformed the way we interact with the larger society.

If analyzed duly,
aren’t we all seeking validation
on the internet at the
expense of a ‘like’?

You can never be sure which side you will be on – messages on social media can spread self-hatred, animosity, encouragement, joy and a myriad of other emotions. It is like this that movements have created not just ripples but waves on the social media; some positive while others more damaging than we are prepared to handle.

People are constantly being bombarded with pictures of the body image that is ‘goals’, the ‘ideal’ body; photos and videos of people dieting and exercise have become a part of mainstream generation, so much so that the hashtag fitspo is one of the most used hashtag of the present times.

This increased proliferation of the ‘ideal’ body image often has people comparing themselves to images of strangers and people online, hoping to be more like them.

We are at a phase of life when
images of strangers’ bodies and lifestyles not only affect but govern our lives-
in ways that may be far beyond
our expectations.

According to a study published in October, it was revealed that an increasing number of people are celebrating extreme thinness on various social media accounts. The research, carried out by researchers at University of Exeter, shed light on the hundreds of users, especially women, who were praising anorexic bodies on Twitter and Instagram under the umbrella term ‘thinspiration’.

The Research

Researchers analyzed 734 images that were posted on Twitter, Instagram and We Heart It with indicative hashtags- #thinspiration, #bonespiration and #fitspiration.

body image
An anorexic model. Pixabay

 

The images that came under the scanner were selfies taken by girls, boasting about their withered bodies by highlighting their protruding collar bones, spine, rib cage and hip bones.

It was revealed that an alarming amount of content online is dedicated to glorifying such shrunken bodies, plagued by eating disorders.

Shockingly, the researchers found that every shared image was complimented alongside proud captions boasting about the calories they had consumed that day, or how they ‘totally rock a thigh gap’.

 

 

The Instagram Effect

I remember being in school when the entire ruckus about a thigh-gap gained momentum. After almost 5 years, I am a 22 year-old adult now, and the world continues to rave about the thigh-gap.

Different eating orders, even umbrella terms like “Pro-Ana” and “Pro-Mia” that were essentially aimed at promoting anorexia and bulimia as an ideal lifestyle choice, are not new. However, the only difference is the dangerously new breeding platform that social media has provided to these hazardous body image campaigns.

Researchers are convinced that social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are even more harmful than stipulated websites in support of anorexia due to the increased accessibility and wider target audience of as these mediums.

Not very surprisingly, the Bonespiration movement has now become rampant – easily accessible with hashtags like needtobethin, thinspiration, fitspo, etc, pro-eating disorder and a specifically shrunken body image content drive this campaign on almost all social media platforms.

According to Claire Mysko, spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association, “Thinspiration is content that promotes weight loss but often in a way that actively glorifies eating disordered behavior and thoughts.”

#Thinspo and #Fitspo And Eating Disorders

#Thinspo :  The thinspiration or the thinspo movement has an enormous presence with almost all bloggers and models using it as a hashtag in their posts. Although thinspo does not categorically promote eating disorders, it is dominated by images of unrealistically (and dangerously) thin women (and sometimes men), who portray themselves as the ideal body image; an inspiration for people to lose enormous amounts of weight.

#Fitspo : The fitspiration, or fitspo hashtag initially emerged as a counter movement to thinspo by promoting healthy eating and working out culture but it is popularly believed that the movement makes use of equally unrealistic and hence dangerous imagery.

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Fitspo can loosely translate to being obsessed with healthy eating and working out. Pixabay

These extreme behaviors foster unhealthy expectations in the minds of individuals who then begin to seek impossible results from their diets and exercise plans to look like the ‘ideal’ bodies that rule the internet.

Various researches are known to have noted that constant exposure to such content psychologically affects users.

According to another study published in January by researchers at University of Adelaide (Australia), it was found that women posting ‘fitspiration’ posts on Instagram are at a greater risk of suffering from eating disorders.

Additionally, anorexia nervosa reports nearly 10 per cent mortality rate, thus being the most dangerous psychological disorder. People who do not die from anorexia can still suffer health effects like loss of bone mass, damage to heart, and withered immune system.

In 2012, Instagram had banned the use of five hashtags “thinspiration”, “imugly”,  “anorexia”, “proana”, and “thighgap”.

However, that did little to no help as propagators of these body image hashtag trends look for alternate spellings or combinations of words that are close to the original and can convey similar meanings. You would be surprised to know that despite the ban, there continue to be more than 1,44,000 posts tagged #bonespo on Instagram to date.

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Notice the variations in spelling, following the ban of the hashtag thinspiration. Instagram

Is There No End?

Social media has garnered a lot of criticism for such gregarious body image content that propagates unhealthy behaviors and attitudes, because of which some social media sites have updated their guidelines and instructed users to strictly not post content promoting self-harm in any manner, doing which can lead to dismissal of their accounts. However, how practical is it to monitor the billions of posts that are shared on a daily basis?

While several hashtags like #pro-ana or #pro-mia have been banned by social media vigilantes, several users continue to post #thinspiration content with new hashtags that haven’t been recognized by the social media police.

Certainly, this has emerged as an online epidemic, now beyond the realm and control of social media.

Approach to Recovery

Every coin as a flip side.

Social media platforms also combine pro-recovery groups that make use of hashtags that people seeking a way out search for.

“It is like an intervention”.

– Claire Mysko,
                     director of programs,
the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), USA

Individuals seeking recovery from an unhealthy lifestyle or anorexia can connect with people who have been affected by similar notions of an unhealthy body image and eating disorders and receive comments of encouragement from all over the world – the warmth and the support are literally like getting a virtual hug.

Instagram has also now installed a filter that offers support every time a user searcher for similar dangerous words like anorexia.

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Support filter on Instagram. Instagram

~  NewsGram supports all things healthy.  

We urge you to go online and have a look yourself at all the ‘thinspiration’ posts. They tend to glamorize anorexia and promote frail models and starvation, ignoring their health and well being.

Anorexia is not photogenic.

Anorexia is not glamorous. Not from the outside, definitely not from the inside.

 

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Bulletproof Coffee will change the way you look at Coffee forever! ; What is Bulletproof Coffee: Benefits, Recipes, and more!

The benefits of bulletproof coffee are believed to be long lasting and more effective, which is why it is believed that you should choose bulletproof coffee over breakfast.

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Bulletproof coffee is your ‘hack’ to regular coffee, we tell you how! Pixabay

New Delhi, November 1, 2017 : Who doesn’t crave coffee first thing in the morning? After all, you need something to wake up your mind and body and recharge you for the long day ahead. But what if we told you, your everyday coffee can be creamier, tastier and healthier? That your coffee cuppa in the morning can replace your usually bland breakfast options and still provide you with all necessary ingredients and keep you energized for longer? That it can prove as a healthy beverage to make your mornings better and even help you lose weight?

So many benefits in one coffee-drink? You must be thinking we are kidding. But here’s the catch; we are not!

Bulletproof coffee is your ‘hack’ to regular coffee; it is healthier than everyday breakfast, and even has more nutrient benefits.

What Is Bulletproof Coffee?

While it may look like one, the bulletproof coffee isn’t like a creamy, everyday latte.

It is a high-performance beverage packed with nutrients of black coffee and more, that takes care of the body’s antioxidants’ needs, cognitive functions and provides long lasting energy.

Ketoproof coffee is essentially the same as bulletproof coffee : it makes use of butter and MCT oil. However, bulletproof coffee is a refined version of ketoproof coffee, the recipe for which is credited to credited to Dave Asprey, owner of Bulletproof executive, who combines various trademark products like Brain Octane Oil and Bulletproof Diet to make the experience healthier and better for a individual;

The procedure to make this beverage is similar to that of other coffees. However, what sets it apart are the different ingredients that are exclusive to this beverage, which include butter and oils.

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Bulletproof coffee is easy to make and great to taste. Pixabay

Not only does it taste good, bulletproof coffee is a full package, combined with essential nutrients like bioflavonoid which make the brain sharper, antioxidants which reduce risk of degenerative diseases, vitamins, potassium and manganese, among other things.

Why Add Grass –fed Butter To Coffee?

  • Grass-fed butter is rich in fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, omega 3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. It provides an individual with the good fats that a body requires for hormone and brain health.
    Coffee is rich in antioxidants called catechins, which are reduced in quantity by the addition of milk.
    By eliminating milk and adding grass-fed butter in its place, an individual can avail 3.4 times more antioxidants
  • Grass-fed butter creates tiny suspended droplets of fats in the coffee called micelles which make fats more digestible. This makes for easier absorption, digestion and utilization of healthy fats in the body.

Why Choose Bulletproof Coffee Over Breakfast?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as your body finally receives some nutrients after a fast of 7-8 hours. Additionally, all that energy is required to not only wake the body and help it function effectively till the next meal, but to wake up and recharge your mind and uplift your mood.

Have you been having cereals, fruits, toast or oatmeal in your breakfast? Consuming a carb-heavy breakfast immediately elevates the body’s blood sugar levels, giving it a burst of energy. However, this energy is often short lived and after a few hours, the body begins to feel tired and hungry. These factors together lead to a bad mood and inability to focus.

Bulletproof coffee
You can easily substitute your breakfast with a cuppa of Bulletproof coffee. (representative image) Pixabay

Bulletproof coffee is known to provide long lasting energy to the body, is low in calories and rich in healthy fats that have more benefits than other products normally consumed during breakfast.

The benefits of bulletproof coffee are believed to be far reaching and more effective, which is why it is believed that you should choose bulletproof coffee over breakfast.

Benefits of Bulletproof Coffee

  1. Weight Loss

Bulletproof coffee has high quantities of fats but the idea is to utilize these fats as an energy source for the day. Consuming it instead of breakfast keeps an individual full and helps diminish cravings. Bulletproof coffee also helps avoid overeating, or consuming unhealthy food.

When combined with bulletproof diet, the bulletproof coffee can be useful in weight loss.

  1. Helps Fight Against Diseases

Bulletproof coffee is really just that, coffee. Like black coffee, it helps prevent several diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. It also helps fight depression, protect liver and lower risk of cardiac arrests.

  1. Helps Boost Energy

Overconsumption of caffeine can make individuals jittery, cause anxiety or insomnia. The saturated fat in grass-fed butter slows down absorption process of caffeine, which gives long lasting energy and instead of sudden spike.

Calorie count in the beverage is also very low. Additionally, the fat in bulletproof coffee is healthy fat which aids in healthy and efficient functioning of the body.

  1. Provides Healthy Fats To The Body

Bulletproof coffee is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids as they contain grass-fed butter and the different types of oils.

Omega 3 fatty acids relieve symptoms of asthma, ADHD, and also helps fight depression. They are of particular importance to pregnant and nursing women to help with development of the child’s brain and eyes.

Omega 6 fatty acids also aid in preventing cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

  1. Helps Keep Brain Healthy

Since the beverage is essentially just coffee mixed with butter, it has all the benefits that promote good mental health; like it helps fight age related cognitive illnesses like dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc.

When consumed in controlled quantities, it can also help reduce anxiety, and elevate mood.

ALSO READ When Is The Best Time To Drink Coffee?

How To Make Bulletproof Coffee

The bulletproof coffee recipe is credited to Dave Asprey.

Dave, the founder of the Bulletproof Diet, lost one hundred and fifty pounds before he introduced the bulletproof coffee recipe to the world.

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Make sure all ingredients are blended together to achieve a smooth consistency. Pixabay

Here is how to make Bulletproof Coffee, 

  • Bulletproof coffee combines together black coffee with unsalted grass-fed butter and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil which is called Brain Octane Oil by Asprey. The MCT oil is rich in antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities and is extremely healthy.
  • Combine the three ingredients in a blender until a smooth flowy consistency is achieved. The coffee should resemble the consistency of a latte.
  • If not completely blended together, the ingredients can give an unpleasant consistency.

Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

You can further experiment with your bulletproof coffee with the following variations,

  1. Pumpkin Spice Bulletproof

  • In addition to the ingredients of a bulletproof coffee, combine unsweetened coconut milk, organic pumpkin puree, cinnamon and nutmeg to taste and a pinch of salt.
  • Combine all ingredients together and blend.
  • Ensure that you remove any solid particles from the coconut milk before blending.
  1. Gingerbread Bulletproof Coffee

  • Sprinkle the cinnamon spice over coffee grounds before you brew and blend them.
  • In addition to the ingredients of a bulletproof coffee, add 1 tsp gingerbread spice per 2 tbsp of coffee grounds.
  • Combine all ingredients together in a blender and mix.