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Fasting Facts – Health benefits of fasting »

Fasting Facts - Health Benefits of FastingFasting is one of the best and oldest measures known to man, not only for disease but for soul also. Historical literature makes frequent reference to fasts. From the Bible we learn that Moses, Elijah and Christ each fasted forty days with no bad effects.

People are generally confused about the term fasting. They don’t know the difference between fasting and starving. As a short note:

Fasting is not starving. Fasting is to remain without food when the body is not in such a condition that it can digest or assimilate the food properly. On the other hand, starving is to go without food when the body is in need of food for nourishment and building.


Fasting can result in great health benefits, but if practiced properly. People generally starts fasting without even understanding the basics that how it will help in improving and maintaining the health. A large number of studies have been conducted on animals that support the health benefits of fasting. Fasting has resulted in improving biomarkers of disease, reducing oxidative stress, improving learning and memory functioning.


Mark Mattson (senior investigator – National Institute on Aging, US) has also investigated that intermittent fasting also results in beneficial effects on cardiovascular system and brain in rodents.

Prolonged fasting is beneficial but should be practiced under the care of experienced professional and is only recommended for people having great mind power. For all others, intermittent fasting is the way to go.


There are several theories about why and how fasting is beneficial. One theory tells that during fasting period, cells are under mild stress and that mild stress is beneficial to their health, in the similar manner, the stress imposed on muscles during exercise is beneficial in their building. As long as you give time to body to recover, it will grow stronger. Similar is the case with cells.


A similar theory says that if you don’t eat for 10-16 hrs, your body will used its fats stored in body for energy and fatty acids called ketones will be released into the bloodstream. This results in weight loss, improvement in learning and memory functioning.


In the normal state, there is a continuous storage of body glucose in liver and muscles which help provide energy to the body. During a fast, this stored glucose is used up first to provide energy. After that, fat becomes the next source of energy for the body.


Prolonged forced fasts i.e. for several days or weeks or better to say Starving results in using protein for energy. It is clearly unhealthy. The protein being released by the breakdown of muscle make people look very thin and become very weak.

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Health Benefits of Kiwifruit »

kiwi-fruitThis amazing fruit needs no introduction. It contains more vitamin C when compared to an equivalent amount of orange. The bright green/golden flesh of the kiwifruit having tiny black seeds in it distributed wonderfully adds a dramatic tropical flair to any fruit salad. California kiwifruit is available November through May, while the New Zealand kiwi hits the market June through October making fresh kiwis available throughout year.

How and why Kiwifruit can aid in making you healthy?

        1. Kiwifruit are major source of vitamin C (an essential element needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body): While oranges have a deserved reputation as valuable sources of vitamin C, but crown is with kiwifruit. In fact kiwifruit has almost double Vitamin C when compared to oranges. You only need one kiwifruit each day to get your recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
        2. Kiwifruit is a great source of dietary fibers: Everybody knows how important fibers are for our health. Moreover, the fiber present in kiwifruit has also been found useful for a number of conditions. Researchers have found that diets that contain plenty of fiber can reduce high cholesterol levels, which may reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Fibers are also great for removing toxins from the colon, thus preventing colon cancer. Kiwifruit also passed the food ranking test as a good source of the mineral potassium.
        3. Kiwifruit provide great Protection against Asthma: Eating kiwi has presented a significant protection against respiratory symptoms associated with asthma such as wheezing. 
          A study published in 
          Thorax that followed over 18,000 children aged 6-7 years living in Central and Northern Italy found that the children consuming most citrus and kiwifruit (5-7 servings per week) had 44% less incidence of wheezing compared to children eating the least (less than once a week). 
          Children who had asthma, appeared to benefit the most, and protective effects were evident even among children who had the fruit only once or twice a week.
        4. Improves sleep quality: A study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that kiwi fruit consumption could significantly improve sleep quality in adults having sleep disorders.
        5. Aids in weight LossThe reasons why kiwi fruits are so effective on weight loss are:
          The alkaline protease of kiwi fruits can break protein intake down into small molecules of amino acids in order to facilitate the absorption of the body and to reduce body fat or visceral fat.

 And the second reason is

Carnitine ingredient present in this fruit promote fat burning and converting excessive body fat into energy. The carnitine peaks at the age of 20 and later it begins to decline. Therefore, kiwi fruit is also a strong helper for weight loss.

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Chronic fatigue – A symptom of Severe Diseases | Don’t Ignore »

Chronic fatigue

Almost everyone experiences fatigue. Fatigue generally disappears after rest or sleep. But it is not wiped out after sleep, rest or after a cup of tea, and then this can be a symptom of chronic fatigue. In this disease, the patient always feels sluggish. This sluggishness affects her mental, physical and social level. Busy lifestyle, unhealthy lifestyle, disease, irregular and unbalanced diet, viral infections etc. may be due to psychological reasons. Usually changing routines, psychological counseling, exercise, better sleep patterns, increase, prescribed medication largely corrects the problem. But having chronic fatigue, is an indication of that you might have some serious problems. Mainly in these four diseases, symptoms of chronic fatigue arouse. Take a look:

Heart disease

Research suggests that in 70 percent of cases of Heart attacks, the victim starts feeling unusual fatigue a few weeks before. These symptoms are more common among women than men.

Preventive measures:

  1. Eat a healthy diet and aerobic exercise for 30 to 60 minutes.
  2. Avoid smoking and alcohol.
  3. Keep cholesterol and blood pressure levels in control. Don’t consume Trans- fats.

Liver Problems

Constant fatigue can also affect the liver. If you had blood Transfusion, cocaine or drug consumption history, then dangers of hepatitis C – can easily be expected. In this, the patient feels febricula, loss of appetite, body aches or flu-like symptoms.


Iron deficiency (anemia) may also cause you feel sluggish than usual. Women usually have iron deficiency in periods, during pregnancy or breast feeding. It seems to interfere with color of skin, the sugar levels, and person also develops the nature of lethargy and nagging. Although in diabetes also the glucose level moves up and down. Both of these problems, i.e. anemia and diabetes show signs of fatigue and lethargy.


Particularly in middle age – thyroid problem is common. The thyroid gland makes hormones such as T4 and T3, and this process is slow in Mid age. These hormones are very important for healthy body. As other processes are also slow in the mid age, the chances of the problems such as weight gain, constipation, skin problems, coldness and hair fall increases.

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