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Summer Goodies

Summer Goodies
Summer season is loaded with delicious juicy fruits that we consume daily at this time of the year. But do we know their health benefits to make us all healthy, beautiful and fit?
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  • Summer season is loaded with delicious juicy fruits that we consume daily at this time of the year. But do we know their health benefits to make us all healthy, beautiful and fit? To answer the above question, mentioned below are some of the many nutritional values of the seasonal fruits to make you celebrate summer, beauty and health.

  • PEACHES

  • Peaches have a lot of potassium and vitamin C and A. they have diuretic and laxative properties, help in the stimulation of digestive juices and add colour to the complexion. Dried peaches have a higher concentration of nutritive.

  • PEARS

  • Pears contain 16 percent carbohydrates and negligible amount of fat and protein. They are good sources of the B-complex vitamins and also contain vitamin C, they contain small amounts of phosphorus and iodine. Pears contain much riboflavin, these are good for the skin and contain plenty of fibres.

  • GRAPES

  • Grapes are a good source of vitamin A and C. Also contain vitamin B6 and folate, minerals like potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium, as well as trace amount of copper, manganese and zinc are also present in grapes. You can also get some fibre and protein from grapes. Grapes are full of antioxidants (flavonoids). Resveratrol is a natural antioxidant that is linked to reduced risk of cancer, atherosclerosis, heart disease and brain disease like Alzheimer’s. Research seems to tell that resveratrol influences the genes that control aging. Grapes activate enzymes that slow ageing thus increasing DNA stability and extending lifespan.

  • WATERMELON

  • Watermelon is popularly used as a fruit. The whole watermelon is edible, even the rind. In places like china, it is stir-fried, stewed and often pickled, hence watermelon is used as a vegetable. It helps control blood pressure, regular heart beat and may be prevent strokes. It keeps salt from raising blood pressure. It reduces the risk of developing kidney stones and possibly age-related bone loss. These have a lot of vitamin C and beta-carotene. These help in preventing heart disease, cancer and other chronic conditions. Water-soluble fibre is present in watermelon and helps in reducing serum cholesterol.

  • JANPUL (JAMUN)

    The fruit and seeds are used in diabetes, diarrhea and ringworm diseases. The fruit is astringent, carminative, diuretic. The juice is also used to pure enlargement of the spleen and urine retention. Water-diluted juice is used as a gargle for sore throat.

  • PLUM

  • Plums are full of antioxidants. These are known for their laxative effect. This means this effect has been attributed to various compounds present in the fruit such as dietary fibre, sorbitol and isatin. Prunes and prune juice are often used to help regulate the functioning of the digestive system. Plums are also rich in vitamin C.

    APRICOTS

  • Due to high fibre to volume ratio, dried apricots are sometimes used to relieve constipation or induce diarrhea. Apricots have been used in medicines to prolong life. The apricot is an excellent food remedy for anemia on account of its high content of iron. More use of apricots increase production of haemoglobin in the body. Apricots fresh fruits mixed with glucose or honey is a very cooling drink during fevers. It quenches the thirst and eliminates the waste products from the body. It tones up the eyes. Stomach, liver heart and nerves by supplying vitamins and minerals. It is rich in vitamin A and calcium and B-complex, riboflavin and niacin and vitamin C.

  • MANGO

  • Mango is rich in dietary fibre and carbohydrates. It also has vitamin A, C and E. It has vitamin B6, potassium, calcium, copper and 17 amino acids. Mangoes have phenols and have powerful antioxidant and anticancer abilities. Mango is high in iron. Mango relieves clogged pores of the skin. It combats acidity and poor digestion. Mango is low in carbohydrates. Mango is a rich source of vitamin A (beta-carotene), E and selenium which help to protect against heart disease and other ailments.

  • FALSA

  • Helps in producing hemoglobin in the body. 50 g of falsa per day removes heat effects from the body in summer. It is a thirst quencher. It eliminates constipation and helps in diabetes and TB. Also helps in reducing fevers.

  • COCONUT

  • Prevents simple goiter because of its organic iodine content. It is a food recommended for building up the body muscles of thin and emaciated people and removes constipation and any build-up of gas in the stomach and intestinal tract. Coconut water is good for kidney and urinary bladder problems.

  • BEAUTY WITH THESE FRUITS

  • 1- Peach moisturizer: Mix 2 tbsp almond oil, ½ tsp honey, 2 tsp peach juice and apply all over. Works beautifully on hands and finger nails as it does on the face or anywhere on the body.

  • 2- Pear pulp: Rub the pear pulp in face. It will remove dryness of skin.

  • 3- Apricot scrub: For radiant and supple skin, take 3 tbsp apricot pulp and 3 tbsp of ripe papaya pulp and mix them thoroughly. Rinse off after 20 minutes. Gently scrub while rinsing off. It’s an instant skin brightener.

  • 4- Watermelon toner: For a natural moisturizer and toner, take 6 tbsp fresh watermelon juice and 1 tbsp boney. Mix well and apply on your face and neck and rinse after 15 minutes. It also removes blemishes.

  • 5- Mango and yogurt pack: You can make a mango and yoghurt pack to soothe and nourish sensitive skin. Take one mango, 6 tbsp yoghurt, mix the mango pulp and yoghurt and puree in a blender. Apply on your face and rinse off after 15 minutes. For body scrub, take 1 cu mango pulp, 1 cup yoghurt , ½ cup oats, 3 tbsp honey. Puree mango, honey and yoghurt together and mix the rolled oats. Apply on your body face/neck and gently scrub off after 20 minutes. It leaves skin super soft.

  • 6- Coconut for skin and hair: Add coconut water to a bath, or mix with lotion as well as hair conditioners or shampoos for oily hair. Take the coconut pulp and apply to the whole face cover the pulp and rinse after 20-30 minutes for clear skin.

  • 7- Plums for face softening: Take the pulp of two or three plums and add 1 tbsp honey. Mix and apply on face and neck for 20 minutes.

  • 8- Grapes for fair complexion: Mix a few grapes with 1 tbsp milk and 1 tbsp honey. Apply on face for whiter complexion.

  • 9- Jamun for Clean skin: Mix jamuns with 3 tbsp yoghurt and blend well. Apply on face neck and hands. You can also use it on body.

  • 10- Falsa: Apply falsa juice on face with a little honey to make skin glow.

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