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Benefits of Apricot (Khubani) And Its Side Effects

The health benefits of apricots include its ability to treat indigestion, constipation, earaches, fever, skin diseases, cancers, and anemia. Apricots also aid to improve heart health, and treat strained muscles and wounds. It is also beneficial for skin care, which is why it is added to various cosmetics. Furthermore, apricots have the ability to reduce cholesterol levels, prevent the deterioration of vision, aid in weight loss, treat respiratory conditions, boost bone strength, and maintain electrolyte balance in the body.

Benefits of Apricot (Khubani) And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Apricot (Khubani)
Nutritional Value of Apricot (Khubani)
Health Benefits of Apricot (Khubani)
Anti-Cancer
Remedy For Constipation
Heart Health
Treatment Of Anemia
Relieves Asthma
Beneficial For Eyes
Bone Health
Maintains Electrolyte Balance
Good for the Skin
Cure Fever
Uses of Apricot (Khubani)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Apricot (Khubani)
Cultivation of Apricot (Khubani)

Apricot (Khubani)

Apricots are small, golden orange colored fruits that belong to the Rosaceae family of fruit trees. An apricot fruit, also known as Khubani, comprises of a centrally located single seed surrounded by crunchy aromatic edible flesh. Apricots have a velvety skin and flesh. These fruits are not exremely succulent. The seed is also edible and is similar to almonds in taste and appearance. It is enclosed in a hard stony shell often called a “stone”.

Nutritional Value of Apricot (Khubani)

The health benefits of apricots are due to the significant content of vitamins, including vitamins A, C, K, E, and niacin,It is also a rich source of a number of other essential vitamins in trace amounts (less than 5% of daily requirement). Apricots also have a good mineral content. The minerals found in apricots are potassium, copper manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous. They are also a very good source of dietary fiber, like most fruits.

Health Benefits of Apricot (Khubani)

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Apricot (Khubani)
Health Benefits of Apricot (Khubani)

Anti-Cancer

Apricots are rich in antioxidants. The carotenoids and antioxidants protect our bodies from the dangerous free radicals and prevent the damage of cells. Apricots are also rich in vitamins A and C which are powerful antioxidants that fight cancer diseases and boost the immune system. Moreover, apricot seeds contain a compound called B17 that can fight cancer and curb its mutative ability.

Remedy For Constipation

Apricots are rich in fiber and are,therefore, good for smooth and proper bowel movements.Fiber stimulates the gastric and digestive juices that help nutrient absorption and break down of the food for easier processing.Fiber also activates the peristaltic motion of the digestive tract. Apricots contain high amounts of pectin and cellulose that act as a mild laxative, thus helping in the treatment of constipation.

Heart Health

A high amount of vitamin C, as well as potassium and dietary fiber in apricots contribute to good cardiovascular health.Apricots reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes as they are rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and lycopene. Potassium contros blood pressure and reduces bad cholesterol (LDL), thus minimizing the risk of heart attack and improving heart health. Dietary fiber scrapes the excess cholesterol from the lining of the vessels and arteries, thereby clearing them and reducing the strain on the heart.

Treatment Of Anemia

Iron and copper abundance in apricots help in the formation of hemoglobin and thus helps in the treatment of anemia. Anemia is nothing but iron deficiency in the body, and it can lead to weakness, fatigue, lightheadedness, digestive issues, and general metabolic dysfunction. Both of these minerals present in apricots make it a great tool to boost metabolism and keep the body functioning properly.

Relieves Asthma

Apricot has certain expectorant and stimulant qualities due to its essential oils. It can help to relieve pressure and stress on the lungs and respiratory system, thereby preventing asthma attacks,tuberculosis, and bronchitis.

Beneficial For Eyes

Consuming apricots are highly beneficial for our ophthalmic health.Apricots are packed with Vitamin A, which is also known as retinol. Consuming apricot helps in strengthening the optic nerves in our eyes and also prevents macular degeneration. It also lowers the risk of a major eye-related illness called Neovascular ARMD- an age-related macular degeneration that causes loss of vision over the years. Vitamin A with Carotene and Lutein is aslso beneficial for people with retinitis pigmentosa

Bone Health

Apricots have significant amounts of all the minerals necessary for bone growth like calcium, phosphorous, manganese, iron, and copper. Lack of calcium leads to a disorder of the bones called Osteoporosis with low bone density and strength. The absorption, distribution and excretion of calcium in our body is controlled by potassium.Thus, eating apricots helps in maintaining bone health and prevents bone related problems.

Maintains Electrolyte Balance

Apricots contain minerals like potassium and sodium which are essential for maintaining the balance of electrolyte levels in our body. Electrolyte balance is important for transportation of ions to every cells of the body. It also maintains fluid level which is important for muscle contraction. Thus, apricot with its abundant potassium and sodium content,help in maintaining electrolyte level and proper functioning of the body.

Good for the Skin

Apricots are excellent sources of B vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin C and lycopene which make it beneficial for our skin health. It is quickly absorbed by the skin and does not keep it oily after application. Not only for maintaining the smooth and shiny appearance of the skin; apricots also aid in treating a number of skin diseases including eczema, itching, scabies, and a number of other irritating conditions. Its antioxidant property helps in preventing signs of premature aging.

Cure Fever

Apricot juice is often prescribed to patients suffering from fever.It provides necessary vitamins, minerals, calories and water to the body, while also detoxifying various organs.Steamed apricots are also used to relieve fevers. Its soothing, anti-inflammatory substances can also impact the body’s overall temperature level in sickness. These natural substances present in apricot and its oil help in an overall boost of the immune system.

Uses of Apricot (Khubani)

Apricots also improve metabolism of the body. It is a good ailment in the treatment of earaches. Beneficial in pregnancy, consumption of apricots can also facilitate healthy weight loss. It helps to remove blemishes and acts as a skin moisturizer. Hair benefits of apricot include treatment of scalp problems, promotes hair growth and acts as a great conditioner.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Apricot (Khubani)

There are no inherent dangers of eating apricots, except for normal allergies that some people might have. Those known to have sulfur-sensitivity should be extra cautious when consuming apricots. Sulphites have been found in most dried forms of apricots. Sulphites can seriously impact asthma and induce asthmatic attacks. Unripe apricot can also cause stomach upset.

Cultivation of Apricot (Khubani)

The exact origin of apricots is not known for certain. However, from its scientific name Prunus armeniaca, it is assumed that its origin was in Armenia since ancient times.

Although the apricot is native to a continental climate region with cold winters, it can also be grown in Mediterranean climate, provided enough cool winter weather allows a proper dormancy. Apricots have a chilling requirement of 300 to 900 chilling units. A dry climate is good for fruit maturation. The tree, slightly more cold-hardy than the peach,can tolerate winter temperatures as cold as −30 °C (−22 °F) or lower if healthy. The trees are very sensitive to temperature changes during the winter season.

Popular Questions & Answers

What is th best precautions and healthy diet during the any operation. Please advice

BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
1. Lean Protein Collagen, the most abundant protein in the body, plays an important role in knitting tissue back together. Typical protein intake is around 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. But, after surgery, the demands for protein are much higher, especially if you have incisions to repair. Aim to get 1.5 to 2.0 grams of protein per kilogram. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, target 102 to 136 grams of protein per day. That’s 25-30 grams per 3 meals and 14-23 grams per 2 snacks. Getting extra protein doesn’t mean eating more red meat. Excellent lean protein sources include eggs, fish, turkey, beans and legumes. Whey protein like LeanBiotics RS™ Meal Replacement is a tasty and convenient way to boost your protein intake. Whey protein is easily mixed with water (or soy, almond, rice or cashew milk) or incorporated into a smoothie. Check out our Green Smoothie recipe. 2. Fermented Dairy Antibiotics are routinely prescribed after surgery to prevent infection. While antibiotics kill bad bugs, they also decimate the beneficial bacteria that line your digestive tract. Beneficial bacteria help digest your food and manufacture vitamins plus play a key role in immune system function. Repopulate your digestive tract with fermented dairy products like kefir and yogurt. Kefir is ideal because a small serving provides upwards of 8 to 12 species with over 10 billion live and active cultures. Yogurt provides fewer species and a lower bacterial count. When choosing, read labels as the sugar content and calories are higher with flavored products. Supplementing with a broad-spectrum probiotic like Probiotic-8 also helps boost beneficial species. Just be sure to take your antibiotics separately from a probiotic. Refer to Antibiotics with Probiotics – What You Need to Know. 3. Fiber Pain medications, anesthetic agents, alterations to diet, dehydration, stress and reduced physical activity after surgery can work against your body’s normal route of elimination. Aside from drinking plenty of water, popping a few prunes each day will help get things moving along. Prunes are a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fiber which softens and adds bulk to stool. Other foods that are high in fiber include beans & legumes, apples, pears, bran flakes, oatmeal and flaxseed meal. Check out our list of top fiber sources. You can also help “move things along” by taking SurgiLax, a natural supplement that helps restore balance and regularity to your digestive system and bowel. 4. Deeply Colored Fruits The stress of surgery along with the drugs that are used during the procedure generate an increased oxidative load on the body or free-radical production. While your body uses antioxidants to reduce or eliminate these harmful molecules, the requirements are significantly higher after surgery. Boost your antioxidant intake after surgery by eating deeply colored fruits like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and pomegranates. These fruits contain anthocyanidins, compounds that not only enhance the effects of vitamin C, but improve capillary integrity and stabilize collagen matrix. 5. Orange Fruits & Veggies Sweet potatoes are a superb source of beta carotene or pro-vitamin A which the body converts into vitamin A as needed. Vitamin A is needed for the repair and maintenance of soft tissue, mucus membranes, and skin so significantly boosting your intake (up to 10,000 IUs of vitamin A and another 15,000 IUs of beta-carotene) around the time of surgery makes sense. Unlike its distant cousin the potato, sweet potatoes aren’t as starchy and provide almost 4 grams of fiber per serving. Just clean and slice a sweet potato into 1” half moons. Toss with a bit of olive oil, season with pepper and salt and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Other excellent sources of beta carotene include carrots, dark leafy greens like kale, can notaloupe, mango and dried apricots. 6. Bell Peppers & Citrus Fruit Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, providing 340 mg per medium pepper. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that helps cross-link collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and if you’ve had an incision, this protein is crucial to proper wound healing. Stress depletes vitamin C stores so getting extra after surgery is recommended (upwards of 900 mg a day in divided doses). Other excellent sources of vitamin C include guava, kale, citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, and broccoli. 7. Cruciferous Vegetables Having a robust immune system ensures that your body wards off infection after surgery. Vegetables that contain indoles, phytonutrients that boost immune health, include Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. Have bad childhood memories of these veggies? For great flavor and quick preparation, try roasting Brussels sprouts or cauliflower. Opt for Mashed Cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes for a perfect post-surgery food that is low carb and nutritious. 8. Fungi – Mushrooms Mushrooms also support a healthy immune system. A recent study showed better-functioning gamma delta T-cells and reductions in inflammatory proteins in participants that ate a 4 oz serving of Shiitake mushrooms daily. Other immune boosting mushrooms include Maitakes and Reishi. Mushrooms are great stir fried or grilled. Or try making our easy and flavorful Mushroom Soup. Prepare ahead of time so that after surgery, all you have to do is reheat a bowl. 9. Nuts & Seeds Pumpkin, squash and sesame seeds are an excellent source of zinc. Zinc is necessary for proper immune system function. The body requires zinc to develop and activate cells that are involved in immunity. Zinc is also important to wound healing as this mineral is necessary for protein synthesis and cell growth. Oysters have the highest concentration of zinc and red meats especially beef, lamb and liver have some of the highest concentrations of zinc in food. 10. Pineapple & Papaya Pineapple and papaya contain protease enzymes that the body uses to breakdown and digest proteins. As it turns out, these enzymes (bromelain and papain) also help reduce swelling and inflammation. The downside is that bromelain is concentrated in the stem of the pineapple (that chewy part you don’t eat!). So, taking a supplement like Bromelain with Quercetin may be an easier option.

Hi my Reports are suggestive of iron deficiency anaemia, calcium deficiency with deranged liver enzymes. Also I have vitamin D deficiency However reports didn't show because 3 days back. I had my weekly dose. Pls suggest what I should include in my diet.

MBBS
General Physician,
Hi lybrate-user You did not tell the actual value how much you are deficient but certainly we will help you in telling diet which can help you alleviate the deficiency You should take- Fish, meat ,tofu fish Green leafy vegetables Pulses and beans Jaggery Egg yolk Raw milk Dried apricot, raisins and prunes Eat it it Vit c rich product like orange juice and strawberries Broccoli Cheese Yogurt Soybeans and expose your bare skin to sunlight atleast for an hour.
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Hello mam, Good evening, Sex time increase karne k lye konsa food avoid karna chahiye or konse food sahi h sex time increase k lye Please suggest me.

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Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Men are advised to follow a sexual exhaustion diet along with homoepathic treatment to increase their stamina on a regular basis, which includes - Foods like fresh fruits, especially strawberries, quince, plums, peaches, mangoes, figs, coconuts, bananas, apples, raspberries, pomegranates, pears, papayas, grapes, dates, cherries and apricots. Vegetables that have an aphrodisiac effect on the body, some of which can include eggplant, cucumbers, celery asparagus, carrots and corn. Other vegetables that are also highly recommended in a diet for sexual erectile dysfunction include garlic, avocadoes, tomato, beans, garlic, onions, parsley, spinach, turnips, soybeans, watercress, peppers and leeks. Nut and seeds, being good sources of protein, help boost sex drive and therefore, pine seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts are all good for sexual health. Apart from following a healthy diet, it is important for people to make certain lifestyle changes too, which can help improve their sexual health. Stress reduction techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing and yoga as also massage therapy are all great for increasing sexual drive and performance. People should make it a point to get an adequate amount of rest, sleep and relaxation, to decrease sexual problems. Leading a sedentary lifestyle is one of the major contributors to sexual problems, in men and women. Hence, getting an adequate amount of exercise each day can be very useful in improving overall health, which also includes sexual health.. consult me for homoepathic treatment without side effects. .recommend me by clicking on recommend option and leave feedback..

I am 23 years old. I have polycystic left ovary. My left ovary has multiple small cystic lesions are seen. How to cure and how to get pregnant fast with this.

MD- Ayurvedic Pathology
Ayurveda, Amritsar
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which a woman’s levels of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone are out of balance. This leads to the growth of ovarian cysts (benign masses on the ovaries). PCOS can affect a women’s menstrual cycle, fertility, cardiac function, and appearance. Cause of PCOS is unknown, doctors believe that hormonal imbalances and genetics play a role. Women are more likely to develop PCOS if their mother or sister also has the condition. Symptoms of PCOS typically start soon after a woman begins to menstruate for the first time. The type and severity of symptoms varies from person to person. Symptoms can be excessive hair on the face, chest, stomach, thumbs, or toes decrease in breast size deeper voice hair loss acne weight gain pelvic pain depression infertility Hormonal study, Thyroid profile, USG etc are required to rule out. Diet and Yoga are important parts of managing PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Knowing the right foods to eat as well as the kinds of food to limit can improve the way you feel. It will also help you lose weight. Eating well, staying active, and maintaining a healthy weight (or losing even a small amount of weight if you’re overweight) can improve PCOS symptoms. Green, leafy vegetables Non–starchy fresh vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and carrots. Fruit like cherries, plums, pears, apples, dried apricots, grapes, coconut, coconut milk, kiwi, orange juice, prunes will be helpful. Avoid more sugary and carbohydrate foods, fast-food, preservatives containing packed foods, alcohol and coffee. Yoga can play important role in the prevention and management of polycystic ovarian syndrome. Follow the following under guidance of expert: Nadisodhan Pranayama Bhramri Pranayama Omkar Meditation Kapalbhati Bhadrasana (Butterfly pose) Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) Bhujangasana (Cobra pose) Warrior pose (Superman pose) Chakki Chalanasana (moving the grinding wheel) Padmasana Detoxification with Panchkarma Procedures as per the condition will help you. Hope this info will help you. I would be happy to help you in your recovery.
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I have been craving a variety of foods these days and I feel hopeless about it only to give in to cravings. Although I know that I always not hungry, I am unable to do things. How can I detox my body and fight cravings. Please suggest a food plan to get back to shape. This is worrying me so much.

Diploma In Human Nutrition, Certified Diabetes Educator, Diploma in Holistic Nutrition, Diploma in Sport & Exercise Nutrition, Lifestyle Medicine, BSc
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Best way to fight cravings is to consume more natural food. Mostly the cravings are for processed food. If you crave for sweets, take some fruits or dried fruits like dates, raisin, apricot etc. If you crave to munch anything crispy, do not go for salty snacks, take some roasted peanuts or channa. Also eat plenty of veggies. This will alter taste perception and cravings for processed food will reduce.

Popular Health Tips

Summer Fruits and Health Benefits

Ayurveda, Delhi
Summer Fruits and Health Benefits

Summer fruits and health benefits -

Watermelon – this summer fruit not only helps to quench the thirst but is also a good source of beta carotene, vitamin c, pectin, lycopene, potassium and iron.

Apricots – fresh apricots are good source of iron, vitamin c, beta carotene, potassium and fiber. Dried apricots help people with fluid retention and constipation. The health benefits of apricots includes anemia, cancer, skin diseases, fevers, earache, indigestion and constipation.

Berries – enjoy most of the berries in summer. Strawberries with stem intact can be stored up to one year with or without added sugar. The phytochemicals in blue berries, blackberries, strawberries helps boost immunity, have a protective effect against cancer, protects against heart diseases and circulatory problems. Cranberries have a healing effect in urinary tract infection.

Peaches and plums – contain good amount of vitamin c, beta carotene, antioxidant phytochemicals and anthocyanins all of which help to eliminate the free radicals from the body.

Papayas and mangoes – both are excellent source of vitamin c, beta carotene, vitamin a and fiber. Eating sufficient amount of mangoes alone can make the body a rich store of vitamin a which lasts for months.

Cherries – bright red cherries not only taste great but also contain ellagic acid which inhibits the growth of carcinogenic cells in the body.

Pineapples – besides being packed with most of the vitamins and minerals, pineapple is a very good source of an enzyme bromelain which aids digestion.

For variety you can even try fresh fruit salad with some flavored low-fat yoghurt or just a plain fruit salad for dessert.

A fresh fruit juice will also help to satisfy thirst and avoid dehydration in summer months. But avoid consuming preserved fruit juices which contains preservatives, added sugar and negligible fiber in it.
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D.Sc (Bio-engg.), P.G. Diploma in Diet and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kalyani
FRUITS TO BE EATEN DURING SUMMER
What are summer fruits?
Like the name suggests, the term “summer fruits” refers to a variety of fruits that are easily available, during the summer season. During the summer it is common for people to lose their appetites, which makes them stay away from rich and heavy foods. Fruits that are juicy and tart seem to be the most naturally cooling effect on the body, during summers. Hence, when it gets too hot, several people rely exclusively upon recipes made using summer fruits and vegetables. Summer fruits can be used in a variety of foods and beverages.
However, in addition to satisfying the taste buds and refreshing the body, most summer fruits are very healthy. This is because they are very high in vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, phyto-chemicals and fiber. The amount of fat that is present in most of the summer fruits is negligible, but there can be some exceptions.
Moreover, since the water content of most summer fruits is between 80% and 90%, they can help add a healthy and radiant glow on the skin.

List of summer fruits
There are several varieties of fruits that are available during the summer. Given below is a lost of some of the most common summer fruits, as well as the health benefits that are associated with it.
• Apricots: High in Beta carotene, which gets converted to Vitamin A by the body
• Berries: High in antioxidants and help the body fight off several diseases
• Cherries: Contain diuretic properties, as well as Vitamin C
• Honeydew melon: Help treating infections in the urinary tract
• Mangoes: Rich in Vitamin C & E & also contain potassium, iron & nicotinic acid
• Nectarines: Can help with fluid retention, constipation and high cholesterol
• Papayas: Great for weight loss and can also help in improving digestion. It is often used as a natural remedy for constipation too.
• Peaches: Can reduce anemia, fatigue as well as high cholesterol
• Pineapples: Contains antioxidants that protect the body against diseases and are also great
for digestion and weight loss.
• Watermelons: Can help treat kidney, bladder and other digestive problems

Once in season, it is easy to purchase these summer fruits and vegetables from anywhere, like a fruit market, or a grocery store. These fruits can all be mixed together to make a tasty and nutritious fruit salad or a smoothie. Fixing a salad is very easy as compared to other recipes. For those who are not really watching their weight, a summer fruit trifle could make a tempting dessert.

Summer is the season where the sun rays are at their highest peak. To stay well hydrated is very important in these days. Although most of the fruits like apples, bananas, or pears are now available through out the year, some fruits are seasonal. Summer along with the scorching heat also brings these sensational seasonal fruits like pineapples, watermelon, muskmelon, honeydew melon, mangoes, cherries, strawberries, and other beautiful berries. These fruits not only satisfy our taste buds but are also great as a part of a balanced diet. They provide vital vitamins and minerals, fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants with negligible amount of fat. Fruits have approximately 80-90% water, natural sugars and give you a healthy, radiant looking skin.
Summer fruits and health benefits –


Watermelon – this summer fruit not only helps to quench the thirst but is also a good source of beta carotene, vitamin C, pectin, lycopene, potassium and iron.

Apricots – fresh apricots are good source of iron, vitamin C, beta carotene, potassium and fiber. Dried apricots help people with fluid retention and constipation. The health benefits of apricots includes anemia, cancer, skin diseases, fevers, earache, indigestion and constipation.

Berries – enjoy most of the berries in summer. Strawberries with stem intact can be stored up to one year with or without added sugar. The phytochemicals in blue berries, blackberries, strawberries helps boost immunity, have a protective effect against cancer, protects against heart diseases and circulatory problems. Cranberries have a healing effect in urinary tract infection.

Peaches and plums – contain good amount of vitamin C, beta carotene, antioxidant phytochemicals and anthocyanins all of which help to eliminate the free radicals from the body.

Papayas and mangoes – both are excellent source of vitamin C, beta carotene, vitamin A and fiber. Eating sufficient amount of mangoes alone can make the body a rich store of vitamin A which lasts for months.

Cherries – bright red cherries not only taste great but also contain ellagic acid which inhibits the growth of carcinogenic cells in the body.

Pineapples – besides being packed with most of the vitamins and minerals, pineapple is a very good source of an enzyme bromelain which aids digestion.

For variety you can even try fresh fruit salad with some flavored low-fat yoghurt or just a plain fruit salad for dessert.

A fresh fruit juice will also help to satisfy thirst and avoid dehydration in summer months. But avoid consuming preserved fruit juices which contains preservatives, added sugar and negligible fiber in it.

Summer is a great season to enjoy these delicious seasonal fruits not only to satisfy your sweet taste buds but also to gain maximum nutritional benefits from them.


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How To Get Rid Of Muscle Cramps And Pain?

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Bachelor of Physical Therapy
Physiotherapist, Hyderabad
How To Get Rid Of Muscle Cramps And Pain?

1. Drink plenty of water (recommended about 8 glasses a day)

2. Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake (cut down tea, coffee, aerated drinks, alcohol). Alcohol and caffeine cause mild dehydration which can lead to muscle tightness.

3. Eat foods that help reduce muscle tightness. Foods rich in magnesium such as bananas can help. Use sea salt with food as the sodium in it helps relax muscle cramps. Potassium rich foods such as avocados, potatoes, bananas, broccoli, orange juice, soybeans, apricots, and raisins can decrease tightness and cramps. Milk has a large amount of vitamin d, which will reduce your chances of cramping. Have one to two glasses of milk each day to help you prevent cramps. As a bonus, all the calcium in whole milk will also contribute to healthy bone growth.

4. Stretching exercises. Stretching exercises will help release chemical substances called endorphins that help reduce pain. Also it helps elongate tight and contracted muscle fibers.

5. Massage to relieve pain from tight muscles. Deep tissue massage, trigger point release and myofascial release are some of the techniques used by Physiotherapists trained in manual therapy to help loosen painful knots in muscles and relax the same.

6. Drinking plenty of water, often considered to be between eight to ten glasses per day, provides many benefits such as preventing and relieving tight and cramped muscles related to dehydration. However, tight muscles can have a variety of causes and might require dietary and lifestyle changes to adequately deal with. 

7. Minerals, electrolytes and water are all needed for normal muscle tone and function. Calcium is especially important for contraction, magnesium is needed for relaxation, and water for firmness and electrolyte exchange. Athletes commonly have tight muscles and also people who are under stressTight muscles lose their flexibility and might become painful to the touch. 

Mineral deficiency, especially magnesium, can lead to muscle tightness, twitching and maybe even restless leg syndrome at night. A lack of electrolytes, such as sodium, interferes with nerve conductance to muscle fibers and results in tightness and spasms. Poor blood circulation hampers the minerals, electrolytes and water getting to muscles, which can cause symptoms. Most of us drink a lot of beverages but it has either caffeine or alcohol which can both lead to mild dehydration. 

 

Diet To Lower Creatinine Levels

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Diet To Lower Creatinine Levels

Diet to lower creatinine levels 

1. Protein

  • Chicken legs on turnip cabbage
  • Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues and muscles and to fight off infection. When protein is broken down, like any other food, it produces certain waste products. One of these is urea, which damaged kidneys have trouble filtering out of the bloodstream. Most renal diets require you to monitor and limit your protein intake. Your doctor, dietitian or nutritionist will tell you how much and what types of protein you can consume. You will probably be allowed certain amounts of complete proteins from animal sources (lean beef and chicken, for example) and certain amounts of incomplete proteins from plant sources (beans and lentils).

2. Potassium

  • Woman eating a banana
  • When your kidneys aren't working well, your potassium levels can become too high. This can be serious and even cause sudden heart failure. Potassium is found in many foods, and you must carefully monitor your potassium intake on a renal diet. You may be asked to limit or eliminate leafy green vegetables, broccoli, bananas, potatoes, oranges and apricots, all of which are high in potassium, and encouraged to choose lower potassium foods including cucumbers, carrots, lettuce, apples, cranberries, grapes and rice.

3. Phosphorus

  • Portrait of an elderly woman standing next to a window with a glass of milk
  • Your body uses phosphorus and calcium to keep your bones strong and to keep your muscles and nerves working normally. Calcium and phosphorus must remain in balance. When you have kidney damage, your body has trouble maintaining this balance. You often end up with too little calcium and too much phosphorus. Your body then steals calcium from your bones to try to restore the proper balance, and your bones become weak and brittle. You may also experience pain in your bones and joints and itchy skin. Foods that are high in phosphorus include sardines, cola, nuts, cheese, liver, peanut butter and beer. You may also be asked to avoid eggs and dairy products.

4. Sodium

  • Close-up of a woman's hands grinding a pepper mill over a bowl of seafood soup
  • We need sodium, but most of us consume far more than we need. Avoid foods with added salt, including nuts, bacon, pickles, olives, sauerkraut and luncheon meats. Watch out for salt in processed food products including canned soup, canned vegetables, sauce mixes and bouillon cubes. Carefully monitor the amount of sodium you consume. Controlling your salt intake may also make it easier for you to control your fluid intake.

5. Fluid

  • Smiling senior man with mountain bike
  • When your kidneys aren't working properly, they have problems removing excess fluid from your body. Your doctor may limit your fluid intake to prevent high blood pressure, swelling and shortness of breath. Remember to include soup, ice, ice cream, sherbet and gelatin in your fluid intake.
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Dry Fruits Or Dried Fruits - What's The Difference?

Bcom-Hons, MBA-Marketing & International Business, Advance Diploma In Nutrition & Dietetics, National Diabetes Educational Programme
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Dry Fruits Or Dried Fruits - What's The Difference?

The terms dry fruits and dried fruits seem synonymous, but there is a very thin line difference between the two. To put it in simple terms nuts are also known as dry fruits. Dry fruits can be further categorized as dehiscent and indehiscent. The former refers to seeds contained in a pod and the latter refers to those that are not found in a seedpod. This includes pistachios, cashew nuts, walnuts and almonds. On the other hand, natural fleshy fruits that have been naturally or synthetically dried are called dried fruits. For example, dehydrated figs, raisins, dried cherries, apricots, etc. are considered dried fruits. Dehydrated apples, bananas, kiwis, etc. are also called dried fruits.

Which is the healthier choice?

Dry fruits and dried fruits both have a number of health benefits.

  • Dry fruits are rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. However, they also contain a high amount of saturated fats and have a high calorific value. Hence, they should be consumed in moderation. Dry fruit consumption, on the other hand, should also be limited for people trying to lose weight and those suffering from heart problems.
  • To make dry fruits like nuts healthier, you could soak them in water overnight and skin them the next morning before eating them, this helps in reducing the level of saturated fats in them.
  • As compared to dry fruits, dried fruits have a much higher sugar level. Thus, their intake should be limited for weight watchers, diabetics, heart patients as well as those suffering from gallstones, high blood pressure and water retention.
  • However, dried fruits can be beneficial for anemic patients and athletes. Dried fruits have the same vitamin and minerals as the fresh fruits and the only thing missing is the water content. Dried fruits are also rich in antioxidants and hence help boost immunity.

Tips to buy dry fruits and dried fruits

  • With both dry fruits and dried fruits, you must take a look at the ingredients in the case of packaged dry/dried fruits.
  • Avoid nuts that have been artificially sweetened, salted or fried.
  • Also, do not buy dried fruits that have sugar listed as an ingredient.
  • Dried fruits are naturally sweet and artificial sweeteners only add calories without any added nutrition.
  • For fruits that tend to be bitter when dried such as cranberries, look for dried cranberries that have been sweetened with 100% natural fruit juice.

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Table of Content

Apricot (Khubani)
Nutritional Value of Apricot (Khubani)
Health Benefits of Apricot (Khubani)
Anti-Cancer
Remedy For Constipation
Heart Health
Treatment Of Anemia
Relieves Asthma
Beneficial For Eyes
Bone Health
Maintains Electrolyte Balance
Good for the Skin
Cure Fever
Uses of Apricot (Khubani)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Apricot (Khubani)
Cultivation of Apricot (Khubani)