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Benefits of Lettuce And Its Side Effects

Lettuce is often referred to as ‘the complete weight-loss food’ and ‘rabbit food’. Romaine lettuce has far greater nutrients when compared to iceberg lettuce and is a great choice if you want to include something healthy in your diet. Some of the health benefits of lettuce are that it helps to prevent cancer, protects neurons, relieves you from anxiety and stress and helps you to sleep. In addition to these, lettuce provides a steady supply of antioxidants and help to suppress inflammation.

Benefits of Lettuce And Its Side Effects

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Lettuce
Nutritional Value of Lettuce
Health Benefits of Lettuce
Helps to prevent insomnia
Protects against diseases
Protects against cancer
Helps improve body metabolism
Prevents heart disease
Prevents harm to neuronal cells
Has antimicrobial properties
Helps control anxiety
Helps to remove toxins
Prevents inflammation
Uses of Lettuce
Side-Effects & Allergies of Lettuce
Cultivation of Lettuce

Lettuce

Lettuce, belonging to the daisy family Asteraceae is an annual plant that is generally cultivated as a leaf vegetable. Lettuce is not only an essential ingredient of salads, but it is also used in soups, sandwiches and other preparations. Lettuce was originally consumed mostly in Europe and America but by the late 20th century, it had spread to other parts of the world as well. Lettuce is rich in nutrients and has been consumed for its dietary and medicinal benefits since a long time.

Nutritional Value of Lettuce

Romaine lettuce is far more beneficial to our health in comparison to iceberg lettuce. Lettuce is very low in calories but is an excellent source of Vitamin A and betacarotenes which have anti-oxidant properties. It also contains good amounts of Vitamin K, folates and Vitamin C that are beneficial for our body. The minerals present in lettuce are calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. It also contains essential vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 and Vitamin E.

Health Benefits of Lettuce

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Lettuce
Health Benefits of Lettuce

Helps to prevent insomnia

Cutting or breaking lettuce leaves reveal a white liquid called lactucarium that helps to deal with insomnia. This liquid has the relaxing and sleep inducing properties of opium but does not possess its side effects. If you are having trouble sleeping, you could try to have a few leaves of lettuce.

Protects against diseases

Lettuce possesses antioxidants that act against the free radicals in our bodies which are formed due to cellular metabolism. These radicals tend to harm the healthy tissues and cells. They may even cause the development of cancer by mutating healthy cells into cancerous cells. Antioxidants work to protect us against this.

Protects against cancer

Lettuce leaf extracts can prevent the spread of leukemia cells and breast cancer cells. Lettuce also contains flavonoids which help to protect the body from lung and oral cavity cancers. Thus incorporating lettuce in your diet can help to fight different types of cancer.

Helps improve body metabolism

It is of vital importance that our body properly metabolizes the food that we intake. Otherwise, it will not be possible for us to get the required energy that is required to function properly. Due to the presence of iron, magnesium and potassium, lettuce intake helps to improve the metabolic processes in our body. Lettuce also contains Vitamin B-complex which aids our metabolism.

Prevents heart disease

High levels of bad cholesterol in our body can lead to cardiovascular diseases. Lettuce contains Vitamin C and beta-carotene that work together to prevent the artery walls forming as plaques which can block off and break the blood flow. Thus it prevents the oxidation of cholesterol and thus protects our heart against diseases.

Prevents harm to neuronal cells

Extracts from lettuce, due to its significant role in glucose or serum deprivation, help to prevent death of neuron cells. Neurons are brain cells that make physical connections and help to make memory. Lettuce thus helps to prevent onset of diseases like Parkinson’s which is caused due to the death of neuron cells.

Has antimicrobial properties

Lettuce has antimicrobial properties and helps to fight the harmful microbes that may cause various diseases. This is due to the presence of terpenes and cardenolides which work to defend our body against bad microbes.

Helps control anxiety

Lettuce has anxiolytic properties that help to control anxiety. Lettuce has a role in neurological health process and so helps to deal with mental problems such as depression.

Helps to remove toxins

Minerals present in lettuce help to remove the toxins from our body. This helps to maintain the acid balance. Removing the toxins help us to remain healthy as only the beneficial substances are left behind.

Prevents inflammation

Lettuce extracts have anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of biocatalysts like lipoxygenase and carrageenan. Thus various ailments resulting from inflammation can be avoided by including lettuce in your diet.

Uses of Lettuce

Lettuce can be consumed in a number of ways and it forms a part of the cuisine of many cultures. Raw, fresh lettuces are often used in burgers, salads, spring rolls and salads. Lettuces can also be used with garden peas, green beans as well as with seafood like shrimp and prawns. Lettuce is surely a source of energy and helps to keep your body hydrated. Moreover, it is beneficial for your skin and hair as well.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Lettuce

Lettuce crops are sometimes sprayed with pesticides and hence it is advisable to wash the vegetable properly before consuming it. Consumption of lettuce may result in allergic reactions in some people. So it is better to check whether you are allergic or not before consumption.

Cultivation of Lettuce

Lettuce was first cultivated by the ancient Egyptians thousands of years ago who utilized the seeds to produce oil and consumed the leaves. The Greeks and Romans later cultivated the crop. Different types of lettuce were produced in the 16th – 18th century period. In medieval Europe, lettuce was believed to have medicinal qualities.

Lettuce grows well in spring and fall in most regions and its seeds can tolerate a little frost. It requires a temperature range of 45 – 65 degrees Fahrenheit to grow properly. Loose and moist soil is necessary.

Popular Questions & Answers

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Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gwalior
Diet & Lifestyle Advice Avoid Pitta-aggravating foods like spicy, heavy, and oily foods, as well as tea and coffee. Avoid refined foods, refined sugar, junk food, and alcoholic and carbonated drinks. Increase intake of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, and vegetable juice prepared from lettuce, carrot, capsicum, and alfalfa. Avoid using chemical products on the hair. Try herbal oils and shampoos instead. Home Remedies Mix powdered Indian gooseberry (amla) and sesame seeds in equal amounts. Take 1 teaspoon twice a day with water. If you want more better treatment consult me.

Hey I have been facing hair fall problem from past 6 years and dandruff and itching problem too ,it all started when I colored my hair 6 years back the next day my hair start coming out, I have tried alopathic, homeopathic and aayurvedic treatment but nothing worked and I have also taken 4 sittings of messo therapy and 2 sittings of PRP from hair and skin clinic of jawed habib but the condition is same im still loosing hair ,im on alopathic treatment frm past 3 years but its not improving my condition ,right now im on dieting 0.5 mg tab and keraglow men tab once a day and hair 4 you 10% at night and anagrow Solution in day and b4 that I was on mintop and morf 10% but im still loosing so many hair that my scalp is visible now.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gwalior
Diet & Lifestyle Advice Avoid Pitta-aggravating foods like spicy, heavy, and oily foods, as well as tea and coffee. Avoid refined foods, refined sugar, junk food, and alcoholic and carbonated drinks. Increase intake of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, and vegetable juice prepared from lettuce, carrot, capsicum, and alfalfa. Avoid using chemical products on the hair. Try herbal oils and shampoos instead. Home Remedies Mix powdered Indian gooseberry (amla) and sesame seeds in equal amounts. Take 1 teaspoon twice a day with water. If you want more better treatment consult me.

I am suffering from PCOD and I am not getting any interest in sex. I am not getting any satisfaction. I was taking femilon for last three months and my menstrual cycle has become normal. Kindly suggest any medicine.

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
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I am 15 years old and from now only I am facing problems of hairloss. Can I use himalaya hairzone to treat my hair fall? Does this hairzone will harm my hair or not?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gwalior
Hair fall problem very person to person problem some case hair fall problem genetic and life style if you want more better treatment consult me. Diet & Lifestyle Advice Avoid Pitta-aggravating foods like spicy, heavy, and oily foods, as well as tea and coffee. Avoid refined foods, refined sugar, junk food, and alcoholic and carbonated drinks. Increase intake of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, and vegetable juice prepared from lettuce, carrot, capsicum, and alfalfa. Avoid using chemical products on the hair. Try herbal oils and shampoos instead. Home Remedies Mix powdered Indian gooseberry (amla) and sesame seeds in equal amounts. Take 1 teaspoon twice a day with water.
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Hi I'm 35 years old. Have two daughter aged 9 and 4 years. I have not adopted permanent family planning technique. So far my periods were regular bet ween 20_28 days. From last 2-3 months im getting my periods too early less than 15 days. My height is 5.3 and weight 60 kgs. Don't have any serious health issues. Any no change in life style. Can you please guide me for this problem.

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
take sepia0 /2 one dose puls 30 one dos per dy for wk kali br 12c one dos a day for 10 days aur mur na. 12c sam abov apis 12c sam abov conium 3c 3tims aday for 5 days diet for u cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts • greens, including red leaf lettuce and arugula • green and red peppers • beans and lentils • almonds • berries • sweet potatoes • winter squash • pumpkin inform me progres
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Popular Health Tips

Diet + Yoga - Together They Can Help You Manage Diabetes!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), CGO
Ayurveda, Ahmedabad
Diet + Yoga - Together They Can Help You Manage Diabetes!

Are you looking for an effective way to managing your diabetes? Yoga is considered to be an ideal remedy. Regular yoga helps in reducing the sugar levels in your blood, and also lowers your blood pressure. It helps to keep your weight in check and relieves and reduces the symptoms of diabetes, thereby, slowing down the progression of the condition. Moreover, yoga helps in increasing the production of glucagon, which is a hormone responsible for increasing glucose levels in your blood. There are several yoga poses or asanas, which assist in reducing stress from your mind. This reduces the glucagon amount and improves insulin action.

Here are some important yoga poses and asanas, which help in stress reduction, and in turn work on your diabetic symptoms.

  1. Pranayama: This breathing exercise involves breathing in and breathing out. It helps in oxygenating your blood, thereby improving blood circulation. Your mind calms down and your nerves get relaxed.
  2. Setubandhasana: This yoga pose is ideal for blood pressure management, and also provides relaxation to your mind. It helps in improving several other conditions, and functions of your body.
  3. Balasana: This asana is referred to as the pose of a child. It is an ideal stress buster. It stretches your thighs, hips, and ankles, calms your mind and provides effective stress relief. It eliminates fatigue and cures lower back pain.
  4. Vajrasana: This is another simple yoga pose, which is ideal for providing relaxation to your mind. It is an important yoga asana, according to Ayurvedic beliefs.
  5. Sarvangasana: This yoga pose is renowned for its function of regulating the working of your thyroid glands. The thyroid glands control the functioning of your entire body, which includes your nervous, reproductive, and respiratory system. It also controls your body’s metabolism. This yoga pose nourishes your spine, supplying large amounts of oxygen and blood. This enables you to keep away from nervous system disorders, and improves your overall health. In short, it is an ideal overall stress buster.
  6. Halasana: This yoga asana is ideal for people who are stressed because of a bad posture, owing to long hours of sitting in a place. The pose stimulates your thyroid glands, lungs, parathyroid glands, and the organs in your abdomen. It helps the rush of blood to your face and head, keeping your hormone levels under supervision. It is effective for diabetic patients.
  7. Dhanurasana: It is another effective yoga pose that strengthens your backbone and back. It stimulates your reproductive organs, and works great in beating stress and fatigue. It is highly recommended to be practiced for diabetic patients.

Here is a list of food items you should include/cut down in your diet in case you have type 2 diabetes:

  1. Vegetables: You must have fresh or frozen vegetables and avoid using sauces, dips, fats or salts. Intake non-starchy vegetables like cucumber, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce and vegetables, which are dark green or yellow in color. Also have starchy vegetables such as corn, green peas, beans, carrots and yams. Avoid potatoes as they are pure starch.
  2. Fresh Fruits: You should include fresh fruits in your regular diet. Have apples, bananas, berries, papaya, cherries, grapes, melons, oranges, peaches, pineapples and raisins. Have whole fruits regularly, which do not contain added chemical sweeteners.
  3. Grains: Include grains in your diet and consume whole grains more. Whole grains are not processed and consist of the whole-grain kernel. Grains contain starch, which is a source of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are bad for blood sugar. Hence, whole grains, which are rich in fiber are recommended. Fiber controls the blood-sugar level from shooting up. Fiber should be included in the form of bran of oat and wheat.
  4. Proteins: Coming to protein food items, you should consume fish and poultry items often. Always remove the skin from chicken or turkey properly before cooking. Buy lean meat and trim all the fat from meat. Avoid frying and use methods such as baking, roasting, grilling or boiling. Also use healthy oils for frying purpose.
  5. Dairy Products: In case of type 2 diabetes, always use dairy products, which are low in fat. Do not add sugar to milk, curd or yoghurt as they contain natural sugar. Do not consume more than three cups of milk a day.
  6. Oils and Fats: Cut down the intake of excessive oily and fatty foods. Avoid food items that contain high saturated fats such as bacon, hams, sausages and butter. Consume food with polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats. Oil raises blood-sugar level and is high in calorie and should be used in lesser amounts.

A type 2 diabetes patient needs to undergo several changes in his/her diet to keep a check on the rising blood sugar levels and for living as healthy as possible. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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Salad - 8 Reasons To Say Yes To It!

M.Sc. in Foods & Nutrition, PhD in Foods & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Udaipur
Salad - 8 Reasons To Say Yes To It!

Gone are the days when the sole purpose of having a salad was to lose the stubborn and unwanted body fats. Salads can be extremely healthy and nutritious. With salads around, the long and gruesome hours in the kitchen are a thing of the past. A bowl full of lip-smacking salad, well structured with fruits, vegetables and quality oils, will do your health a world of good. Preparing salads is no rocket science. Get all the ingredients together, and switch to the way of health and nourishment.

  1. A feeling of fullness like never before: Experiencing an irresistible craving for food? Salad is at your service. A bowl of salad will give you a feeling of fullness, keeping the hunger pangs and cravings at bay. With salads, you don't even need to be repetitive. A little modification and your taste buds are in for a treat.
  2. Say no to dehydration: Most of the vegetables that go into your salad have high water content. Scorching summers or sweltering heat can leave a person dehydrated. Salads come as a great relief. It works amazingly to hydrate your body, thereby re-energizing you fully.
  3. Lettuce to fight insomnia: If a good sleep is all that you desire, salad is what you need. 'Lactucarium', a substance found in lettuce, work miraculously to treat insomnia. All the more reasons to include lettuce leaves in your salad.
  4. The goodness of vitamins and minerals are retained: A lot of important vitamins, minerals and some enzymes (mostly digestive, that gets denatured) are lost to cooking. Taking in raw vegetables ensure that the important vitamins and minerals are not lost. Some raw vegetables contain important enzymes (live) that can greatly aid the digestion process.
  5. A salad rich in broccoli, avocados, bell peppers, berries: Are a rich source of antioxidants. Such salads work wonders and are an excellent boost for the immune system.
  6. Do not let wrinkles and saggy skin bother you: Some of the fruits and vegetables present in the salad help in collagen synthesis, thus giving your skin a natural glow. It is needless to say that spinach, lettuce and romaine, that form an integral part of your salads, are excellent for the eyesight.
  7. Walnut oil, sunflower oil (organic), olive oil and pumpkin seed oil: Are rich in omega fatty acids. Using these oils in salad dressings can be extremely beneficial.
  8. Some of the fibrous fruits and vegetables can effectively clean the intestine and colon.

The benefits of salads are immense. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Health Benefits Of Salad

Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
Health Benefits Of Salad

1. Build your bones

Spinach, radicchio and watercress may not immediately come to mind as foods for keeping bones strong, but all contain lots of vitamin K. A study at Tufts Universityin Boston found that low dietary intake of vitamin K in women was associated with low bone mineral density. 

2. Sharpen your eyesight

Toss together a salad of spinach, romaine and red leaf lettuce: They all contain loads of the carotenoids vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin’key to seeing better. Vitamin A helps eyes adapt from bright light to darkness. Lutein and zeaxanthin can help filter out high-energy light that may cause eye damage from free radicals.

3. Rev up your muscles

Recent Swedish research found that inorganic nitrate’abundant in spinach‘resulted in muscles using less oxygen. The study, which had healthy participants ride an exercise bike before and after taking a dose of nitrate, found it improved the performance of the mitochondria’which power our cells’in muscles.

4. Reduce risk of diabetes

Chronic magnesium deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and the development of insulin resistance.

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Hair Loss and Premature Graying

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gwalior
Hair Loss and Premature Graying

Stress, worry, anxiety, and inadequate nutrition lead to hair loss and premature graying of hair. A certain amount of hair loss is considered normal, as old strands are replaced by new. When hair loss is excessive, care must be taken. Similarly, the graying of hair after a certain age is a normal phenomenon, but when this starts in the early years of life, one should look into for remedies.

Causes

Increased intake of fried, sour, spicy, salty, and fermented foods, as well as tea and coffee, aggravate the Pitta Dosha (Ayurvedic humor representing Fire) in the body. This Pitta accumulates in the skin of the scalp, leading to hair falling out and graying prematurely. Factors like excessive anger and stress are also responsible. Excessive consumption of alcohol and meat also aggravate Pitta.

Symptoms

  • Loss of hair

Ayurvedic Hair Loss and Premature Graying Treatment

Hair loss is known as Khalitya in Ayurveda. According to Ayurveda, hair is a byproduct of bone formation and the tissue responsible for building bones is also responsible for the growth of hair. Early hair loss is related to body type and the balance of the mind-body constitution (doshas). People who have excess Pitta in their body are likely to lose their hair early in life, or have prematurely thin or gray hair. Excess Pitta in the sebaceous gland, at the root of the hair, or folliculitis can lead to hair loss.

Ayurvedic treatment of hair loss is aimed at pacification of Pitta through a customized diet and lifestyle regime, along with medication. A combination of diet, herbs, oil massage, meditation, aromatherapy, breathing and yoga can be beneficial in addressing the problem of hair loss and premature graying of hair.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Avoid Pitta-aggravating foods like spicy, heavy, and oily foods, as well as tea and coffee.

  • Avoid refined foods, refined sugar, junk food, and alcoholic and carbonated drinks.

  • Increase intake of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, and vegetable juice prepared from lettuce, carrot, capsicum, and alfalfa.

  • Avoid using chemical products on the hair. Try herbal oils and shampoos instead.

Home Remedies

  • Mix powdered Indian gooseberry (amla) and sesame seeds in equal amounts. Take 1 teaspoon twice a day with water.

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Table of Content

Lettuce
Nutritional Value of Lettuce
Health Benefits of Lettuce
Helps to prevent insomnia
Protects against diseases
Protects against cancer
Helps improve body metabolism
Prevents heart disease
Prevents harm to neuronal cells
Has antimicrobial properties
Helps control anxiety
Helps to remove toxins
Prevents inflammation
Uses of Lettuce
Side-Effects & Allergies of Lettuce
Cultivation of Lettuce