Medicinal value of Honey and Cinnamon

Honey when mixed with Cinnamon forms an important medicine to cure most of the diseases. Small ailments that we face in our day to day life can also be cured if it is taken properly. Honey is produced in most of the countries and scientists also accept its medicinal value to cure diseases. Even though honey is sweet, if it is taken in desired quantity it does not harm diabetic patients. Honey can be used regularly without any side effects.

Following are the list of ailments that can be cured by honey and cinnamon.


Arthritis

A cup of hot water mixed with two spoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon can be given to persons suffering from arthritis daily in the morning and night. If this is taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. Research has proved that the combination of honey and cinnamon powder taken before breakfast showed good results to cure arthritis.


Bad Breath

Bad breath can be stopped when we gargle one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water. This helps us to keep our breath fresh throughout the day.


Bladder Infections

To destroy the germs present in bladder, take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water.


Cholesterol

Mix two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon powder to a glass of tea water. If it is taken regularly, patients suffering from high cholesterol can see their cholesterol level in the blood getting reduced drastically. It is found through research that the level of cholesterol in blood gets reduced by 10 percent within two hours.


Colds

Those who are suffering from common or severe colds can take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will be helpful to cure cough, cold, and also clear the sinuses.


Cancer

Research have proved that advanced stomach and bone cancer can be cured successfully with honey and cinnamon. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with a teaspoon of cinnamon powder for 1 month three times a day.


Fatigue

A mixture of half tablespoon of honey and a pinch of cinnamon powder is added to a glass of water. If this is taken daily early in the morning and in the afternoon vitality of the body increases and you will not feel any fatigue throughout the day.


Gas

According to research studies, a mixture of honey and cinnamon powder is helpful in relieving gas from the stomach.


Heart Diseases

Mix honey and cinnamon powder and make it as a paste. Apply this paste as jam to bread and eat regularly for breakfast. This helps to reduce cholesterol in the arteries and prevents us from future heart attacks. The risk of next attack is greatly reduced for those who already suffer from heart attack. As we age our arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged. If honey and cinnamon is taken regularly, the arteries and veins are rejuvenated and revitalized.


Immune System

If honey and cinnamon powder is taken regularly the immune system gets strengthened and our body is protected against any bacterial and viral attacks. Honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Regular intake is useful to strengthen the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases.


Indigestion

A pinch of cinnamon powder with two tablespoons of honey when taken before food relieves acidity. Heaviest of meals can also be easily digested if the mixture of the above is taken.


Influenza

The ingredients present in honey are useful to kill the influenza germs and can save the patient from flu attack.


Longevity

Tea prepared with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests old age. To prepare this tea take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder and three cups of water. It is then boiled to make it look like tea. Have it three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age.


Pimples

Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder are mixed to make it as a paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before going to sleep and wash it next morning with warm water. If this process is done regularly for two weeks, pimples will disappear.


Skin Infection

An equal portion of honey and cinnamon powder when applied on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.


Toothache

One teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five teaspoons of honey are mixed and made into a paste. It is then applied on the aching tooth. If this is done three times a day, within few days, tooth aching will stop.


Upset Stomach

A mixture of honey taken with cinnamon powder can cure stomach ache. It is also useful to cure stomach ulcers.


Weight Loss

Add honey and cinnamon to a cup of boiled water. Drink this mixture daily in the morning half an hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping. If it is followed regularly, weight gets reduced even for the most obese person. This drink is also useful to prevent the accumulation of fat in our body.

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Supplemental Foods for Babies - How to start Solid Foods for Babies

Supplemental foods are important for the growth of the child. One can start the supplemental foods from sixth month onwards. This article is about how to start your little one with solids. Solid foods contain the essential nutrients which are present in minor quantities in breast milk. Supplemental foods for babies can be divided into two types. They are as follows:
1. Liquid Supplements and
2. Solid Supplements



Liquid Supplements

Milk

During the sixth month of life the frequency of breast feeding is reduced to 3 or 4 times per day and animal milk is substituted. The contituents of nutrients in animal milk differs from that of human milk so it is important that the cow's milk is diluted with boiled and cooled water in the proportion of 2:1 for the first feeds. We can gradually reduce the amount of water so that in the course of few weeks the baby receives undiluted animal milk. 225ml of milk per feed is an ideal replacement for babies. Sugar is optional and can be added for taste and to increase calories.

Fresh fruit Juice
Oranges, papaya, tomatoes, sweet lime, apple, grapes can be used as a supplement. These fruits have all the essential nutrients absent or not present in sufficient amounts in breast milk as well as in animal milk. Small quantities of fresh fruit juice can be given as small feeds in the 3rd or 4th month of life.
At the first feed, the fruit juice is diluted with an equal amount of boiled water and only about 10ml are fed. The quantity of fruit juice fed is gradually increased and at the same time the dilution with water is decreased. 85ml of orange juice or about 170ml fresh tomato juice is served in a week. The quantity of tomato juice is doubled since it does not contain the same proportion of nutrients as orange juice.

Green leafy vegetable soup

Green leafy vegetables may be used as an alternative for fresh fruits. Strained soup can be given first and unstrained soup later on.

Fish liver oil

Fish liver oils are good source of vitamin A and D. A few drops of fish liver oil mixed in small quantity of milk can be given to infants.

Solid Supplements (Mashed)

Solid supplements are started around 7th or 8th month of life. The infant is ready during this period because it is already receiving animal milk, fruit juice or vegetable soup and fish liver oil.

Cereal and starchy gruels

Well cooked mashed cereals mixed with milk and sugar can be given to meet the increasing demands of calories and protein. Malted wheat and ragi are best Calorie dense cereals.

Vegetables

Potato, green leafy vegetables and carrots can be cooked and mashed and introduced to get vitamins and minerals in the diet.

Fruits

All fruits must be stewed and sieved for one year old baby. Banana is an exception and it must be mashed. After the first year the fruits can be simply stewed, with the addition of little sugar and lime juice for flavour.

Pulses

Pulse and meat preparations can be given on alternate days.

Non-vegetarian foods

Hard boiled egg yolk is given in small amounts to start with non-vegetarian and if the infant tolerates, the amount may be gradually increased to a complete yolk of an egg. Egg yolk serves as a good source of vitamin A, iron and protein. Egg white is not given until the infant is 8 to 10 months old, because of the frequency of allergic reaction. The whole egg can be given to the baby at the age of one year. It may be soft boiled or poached.
Minced and cooked meat or boiled fish may be fed 3 to 4 times a week after adding salt.

Solid Supplements (Unmashed)

Best time to start chopped and lumpy foods is when the baby starts cutting his teeth. Cooked cereals, pulses and vegetables, solids like idli, idiappam, bread, chappathi, rice and dal can be given after the baby gets used to semi-solids.
Vegetables may be nicely chopped into small pieces, and boiled. Cooked and mashed potato can be given. Leafy vegetables can be given well boiled and soft after a year. A slice of raw carrot can be given daily to avoid any eye problems. Fruits with all skin and seeds removed is a good exercise for the gums. As the child grows, give lots of fruits since it provedes bulk in the diet and is good for bowel movement.

Anorexia nervosa: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment - Eating disorder

What is anorexia nervosa?

A psychological disorder characterised by self-starvation , very often excessive exercise, and weight loss. Anorexia nervosa is subcategorised into 2 types:
1. Restrictive (starvation)
2. Purging (including bingeing and purging or excessive exercise).
Though it has psychological origins, it also obviously affects physical wellbeing.
The condition usually begins with a desire to diet and lose weight. It may be triggered by an event affecting the person mentally such as the end of a relationship or the death of some loved ones. Almost 60% of patients suffering from anorexia nervosa have been sexually abused. Anorexic person dislike food and are terrified by the thought of that they may gain weight. They eventually do not eat enough to maintain a healthy body weight. Anorexic persons think themselves to be overweight. In reality they are thin or underweight.

Anorexic people may behave differently, they refuse to eat in front of other people. Some may be greatly interested in the preparing and cooking of food but not in eating. They may also avoid entire food groups, especially those considered high in fat or carbohydrates. Anorexic people engage themselves in excessive exercise patterns to reduce weight. They use appetite suppressants to curb appetite.

People with anorexia nervosa will usually not accept that there is something wrong with their eating pattern. Anorexia is an addictive state. It acts just as alcohol and drugs do in the chemical addict, and once they start dieting and losing weight, it is very difficult for them to stop. The disorder may lead to various medical complications. It is potentially very dangerous and if not treated appropriately, it may result in death of the individual.

Causes for Anorexia nervosa

The factors that lead to the disorder are complex and not clearly understood.

1. Psychological, social, biological, cultural and familial factors all play a role in the development of the disorder.
2. It has recently been found that it has also got a genetic or organic basis.
3. Young women want them to be as models who are always slim and often waif-like.
4. Anorexia nervosa starts when a young person is going through a difficult life stage.
5. High risk age for developing the disorder is 16-24 years.
6. Anorexics often have a poor self-image and believe they don’t deserve love and is coupled with a pressure to be thin and attractive.

Symptoms for Anorexia nervosa

The following symptoms are present in confirmed cases of anorexia nervosa:

• Do not maintain ideal body weight for their age and height
• Fear of gaining weight or becoming obese, even though underweight
• A distorted body image
• Irregular menstrual cycles
• Vomiting
• Use of appetite suppressants
• Strict rules about eating
• Obsessive compulsive disorder
• Excessive exercise
• Lack of sexual desire
• Feel tired of day-to-day functioning
• Wearing bulky and concealing clothing to hide their thin personality

Anorexia can have a serious impact on the individual’s life. Starvation can lead to depression. The individual always feels tired, suffer from decreased attention and concentration and may lose interest in their daily activities.
Medical complications related to starvation may include:
• Low heart rate
• Dry skin
• Excessive energy
• Cold intolerance
• Low blood pressure
• Gastrointestinal problems such as constipation and abdominal pain
• Hormonal disturbances
• Swelling of joints
• Brittleness of hair and nails
• Irregular heart rate
• Impaired kidney functioning
• Anaemia
• Severely low blood pressure
• Erosion of dental enamel because of repeated vomiting
• Brittleness of bones (osteoporosis)

Treatment for Anorexia nervosa

The primary aim of the treatment of anorexia is to restore weightloss in the affected individual in a caring, humane manner. Treatment varies between person to person depending on the stage of the illness and the person’s willingness to participate. Hospitalization may be required if the person as lost more than 25% of her body weight. Individual psychotherapy is advised.

 
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