Nutrition tips – HTV https://htv.com.pk Sun, 29 Nov 2020 05:51:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 20 Amazing Benefits of Poppy Seeds (KhashKhash) https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/20-amazing-benefits-poppy-seeds-khashkhash Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:20:51 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=24699 Poppy Seeds

Khashkhash (poppy seeds) are often used as a spice in many dishes. It is sprinkled on pie crusts and added to cheese omelets, breads and cookies.

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Poppy Seeds

Khashkhash (poppy seeds) are often used as a spice in many dishes. It is sprinkled on pie crusts and added to cheese omelets, breads and cookies. It gives a nutty flavor when fried and can also be used to give tarhka to many dishes. It has a lot more benefits that one certainly needs to know, so scroll down to learn about the amazing benefits of khashkhash.

  1. Poppy seeds are known for their cooling effect, so they work well for quenching thirst.
  2. Medicines that are used for cooling down the body’s temperature contain extract of poppy seeds. Poppy seeds can also be crushed and taken along with water to cool down body’s temperature.
  3. The seeds are rich in magnesium, manganese, iodine and zinc, hence are a good source of minerals.
  4. Khashkhash oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids which may be used in the treatment of carcinomas.
  5. You will find many moisturizers that claim to have poppy seeds in them. It is better to make one at home grounding poppy seeds and making a paste with milk.
  6. It adds on to the flavor and texture of homemade baked goodies like bread and cookies.
  7. If you have a family history of heart diseases then here is your escape. Consume poppy seeds. It has linoleic acid which helps prevent cardiovascular diseases.
  8. Omega 3 fatty acids are very good for health and maybe used to lose weight. Khashkhash has a good amount of these fatty acids, so don’t hesitate to eat a few every day.
  9. Poppy seeds are known to be pain relievers, because they work as narcotics. If you are not the kind of person who takes painkillers every now and then, then this is a good option for you.
  10. Khashkhash is a good treatment for respiratory disorders. If you or your family members have trouble breathing then mix ground poppy seeds in a glass of milk and drink it. This will also prevent further infections.
  11. Poppy seeds are known for having anti-inflammation properties. They can be taken in order to lower down the fever.
  12. It is okay to over eat once in a blue moon and eat whatever you like, but it can lead to abdominal problems. Poppy seeds can treat constipation, cramps and diarrhea.
  13. Khashkhash contains low amount of alkaloids. These seeds can be used in order to treat disorders related to nervous system of our body.
  14. Since poppy seeds have a narcotic effect and are also anti-inflammatory, they can be used to treat sleeping disorders such as insomnia and night sweats.
  15. Poppy seeds are used in many beauty cosmetics, so they really work on your skin to make it look flawless. Add aloe vera to ground poppy seeds and mix it with milk to apply all over your body.
  16. Linoleic acid in poppy seeds is beneficial in treating eczema. Make a smooth paste by grinding poppy seeds and lime to it. Apply it to your skin along with milk in order to soothe down itching and cure eczema.
  17. If you have dry skin then make a paste by adding ground poppy seeds and honey to milk. Apply this on your skin after shower and get a well moisturized skin.
  18. You can make a face and body scrub at home by mixing ground poppy seeds in little bit of curd. Massage your skin with this and you can get a nice glowing skin.
  19. Dandruff can lead to hair loss which is pretty depressing. To treat dandruff, mix ground poppy seeds with curd and white pepper. Apply this mixture onto your scalp and then rinse it off with a mild shampoo after an hour. Do this thrice a week to get rid of all the dandruff.
  20. Khashkhash can also be used to stimulate hair growth. Soak poppy seeds in curd and onion juice. Add a little bit of coconut oil to the mixture. Apply this mixture onto your scalp at least twice a week to see a difference in your hair growth.

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20 Foods to Recover Iodine Deficiency https://htv.com.pk/health/20-foods-recover-iodine-deficiency Fri, 13 Dec 2019 10:41:22 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=24892 20 Foods To Recover Iodine Deficiency

Iodine handles the metabolism and growth department of our body which is thyroid.

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20 Foods To Recover Iodine Deficiency

Iodine handles the metabolism and growth department of our body which is thyroid. The deficiency of this mineral can lead to issues regarding metabolism and growth. If you feel lethargic and depressed all the time, get your tests done for thyroid, because these are two of the symptoms of iodine deficiency. Scroll down to find out twenty foods that can help you recover from iodine deficiency.

1. Milk

Milk to Recover Iodine Deficiency

Milk not only gives you sufficient amount of calcium, but also iodine. One cup of milk contains 56 micrograms of iodine which is good enough for daily intake.

2. Cod

Cod is fish which is considered very healthy. It has very less calories and a lot of nutrients. 3 ounce of cod contains 66 percent of iodine requirement of your body per day. It is also a good source of calcium and protein.

3. Baked Potatoes

Baked Potatoes to Recover Iodine Deficiency

Baked potato are better than mashed or fried potatoes. An average sized potato contains 40 percent of the iodine necessary for your body. You can eat baked potatoes for dinner or breakfast.

4. Iodized Salt

Iodized salt can be used in food instead of just normal salt to ensure that sufficient amount of iodine is being taken. Many companies sell salt fortified with iodine to improve the quality of life.

5. Boiled  Eggs

Boiled Eggs to Recover Iodine Deficiency

Boiled eggs have lots of vitamins like vitamin A,B and D. It also contains calcium, zins and iodine. Hard boiled eggs can provide you with 10 percent of the daily requirement of iodine.

6. Shrimps

Seafood is an amazing source of iodine. If you love shrimps then you are probably never going to suffer from iodine deficiency. Shrimps are also a good source of calcium and protein.

7. Spinach

Spinach to Recover Iodine Deficiency

Spinach is known more for its iron content; however, it has lots of iodine as well. You can add spinach to your omelet, sandwich, pasta and pizza.

8. Himalayan Salt

If you cannot have normal salt due to blood pressure disorders then go for Himalayan salt. It contains sufficient amount of iodine to keep you going through the day.

9. Pineapple

Pineapple to Recover Iodine Deficiency

Pineapple contains lots of vitamins and minerals. It is also a very good source of iodine.

10. Baked Turkey

Baked turkey is a good source of iodine and contains 23 percent of the required dose of iodine per day. Turkey is also a rich source of phosphorus and vitamin-B.

11. Dried Prunes

Dried Prunes

Dried prunes are an amazing source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Having a handful will give you enough nutrients and vitamins to fulfill daily requirement. It doesn’t give sufficient iodine for a day but 5 prunes can give you up to 9 percent of the daily requirement.

12. Navy Beans

Navy beans can provide you with iodine up to 21 percent requirement per day. It also contains copper, potassium, calcium and folate thus it’s healthier than many other options. If you are trying to avoid iodine deficiency then, navy beans is all that you need.

13. Beef Liver

Beef Liver to Recover Iodine Deficiency

Beef liver is often cook in homes but not everyone has the taste for it. However, it is a very good source of iodine and can provide you with 18 micrograms of iodine.

14. Fish Sticks

Fish sticks are a very good source of iodine. However, do not eat more than two due to high calorie content. It can provide you with 23 percent of the total amount of required iodine per day.

15. Corn

Corn to Recover Iodine Deficiency

Canned corn contains iodine and can provide you with 14 micrograms of iodine. So, don’t hesitate to add corn to all the salads.

16. Tuna

If you have developed taste for tuna then you are good to go. Tuna that is canned in oil has a good amount of iodine. It can provide you with up to 11 percent of daily requirement of iodine. It is also a good source of protein and iron.

17. Bananas

Bananas to Recover Iodine Deficiency

Bananas give you an energy boost. It is rich in potassium. It also has iodine and can give you up to 2 percent of your daily requirement of iodine.

18. Dried Seaweed

Seaweed kind of sounds disturbing. But you can always make it taste good along with other stuff. It is an amazing source of iodine. It has more iodine than what our body can manage to absorb. So, make sure that you do not make it a part of your daily diet.

19. Sardines

Sardines like tuna, cod and shrimps, also has good amount of iodine. You can grill or bake it and have it for dinner.

20. White Bread

White bread has lots of carbs, so it isn’t the best option for you if you are overweight. However, it can provide you with 30 percent of the total amount of iodine required by your body in a day.

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What Your Nails Are Saying About Your Health https://htv.com.pk/health/what-your-nails-are-saying-about-your-health Mon, 11 Feb 2019 23:17:08 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=4358

Health experts have come to believe that the state of our nails is an indicator of the health of our bodies. While there is no guaranteed link between nail health and body health, there is a strong association between the two that cannot be denied.

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Health experts have come to believe that the state of our nails is an indicator of  the health of our bodies. While there is no guaranteed link between nail health and body health, there is a strong association between the two that cannot be denied. Health experts have stated that nail color and type of growth can serve as a window into the functioning of the body.

If you do feel that your nails match any of the descriptions provided below, consult your doctor and find out what the cause may be. Some of the medical conditions mentioned are quite severe. However, do not get stressed out if you feel that your health matches the description provided below. Your nail health may simply be a result of minor nutrient deficiencies. This is exactly why we recommend an appointment with your doctor for further clarification on what your nails are trying to indicate.

Pale Nails

If your nails are visibly pale in color, experts say that it could be because of the following health conditions:

  • Malnutrition
  • Anemia
  • Liver disease
  • Congestive heart failure

White Nails

If your nails are white in color and have dark rims, experts say that this could be an indication of liver trouble. White nails are often a side effect of hepatitis.

Related: Best Ways To Strengthen Your Liver

Yellow Nails

If your nails are turning increasingly yellow in color, it may be because of several reasons:

  • Fungal Infection
  • Diabetes

Read: The Dos and Don’ts of Diabetes

  • Psoriasis
  • Thyroid disease
  • Lung disease

Bluish Nails

If your nails seem to sport a bluish tinge, it may be because your body is not getting as much oxygen as it needs. This could be due to a more serious heart or lung condition due to which adequate oxygenated blood is not being transported around the body.

Cracked Nails

Experts say that cracked or split nails may be because of a fungal infection or thyroid disease.

Swollen Skin Around the Nails

If the skin around the nails is red and swollen, it may be because of an infection or due to a connective tissue disorder.

Bitten Nails

Nail biting does not lead to any serious medical condition. However, experts say that if nail biting continues unabated for a considerable duration of time, it may be because of acute anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder.

The Takeaway

This information may be quite worrisome but please remember that every case of swollen skin or white nails will not be due to a serious medical condition. However, it is always safe to consult a dermatologist if you are concerned about your health.

 

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Top 7 Foods to Gain Healthy Weight https://htv.com.pk/fitness/top-7-foods-gain-healthy-weight Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:00:28 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=23212 Top 7 Foods to Gain Healthy Weight

So maybe you’re not looking to cut. Maybe you’re not looking to shed pounds. Maybe you’re looking to bulk up.

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Top 7 Foods to Gain Healthy Weight

So maybe you’re not looking to cut. Maybe you’re not looking to shed pounds. Maybe you’re looking to bulk up. Summer is coming and it’s time to make some massive gains in the gym. But as everyone knows, weight gain isn’t just about the lifting weights, it’s also about nutrition you give to your body. Here are some foods to gain weight, of course, the healthy weight.

Foods to Gain Weight

If you want to put on sustainable muscle, you’re going to need to eat to gain health weight. Let’s look at some of the foods that should be on your meal plan to gain the right kind of weight.

1. You Can’t Go Without Lean Beef

You Can’t Go Without Lean Beef

It’s loaded with all the right amino acids to help you pack on muscle. It’s a healthy, clean option, without much fat. This will help you achieve what is called a ‘clean bulk’. What that means is that you’ll be able to put on muscles with minimum fat. Indulging in two fat burgers with an extra-large fries on the side will give you the calories you need, but they’re dirty calories. Even if you do get the amino acids you need to build muscles, eating that kind of stuff will give you a paunch. That’s why foods like lean beef can help you put on weight, but the right kind of weight. Additionally, it’s also rich in Zinc, magnesium and various B-vitamins.

2. Let’s Talk about Skinless Chicken

Let’s Talk about Skinless Chicken

To begin with, dump the skin, because it’s fatty and unhealthy. Once again we’re talking about pure, top-quality protein that is vital for building muscles.

3. Eat Fats for a Healthy Weight Gain

Eat Fats for a Healthy Weight Gain

I know this wasn’t what you were expecting, but FATS are also important to put on good weight. Yes, recall that burger example and how some kinds of fats will contribute to weight only in the form of belly fats, but not all fats and oils were created equal. We’re talking about polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats now. These are found abundant in foods such as avocados, flax seed, as well as salmon and other oily fish. Omega-3-Fatty-Acids are something you also cannot do without. The reason these are so important is, because they contribute to the essential lipids you need to build muscle. And don’t forget, so many of your natural hormones, such as Testosterone, are cholesterol steroid hormones and you need to take in some healthy fats to replenish these.

4. Cottage Cheese is Your Secret Weapon for Muscle Building

Cottage Cheese is Your Secret Weapon for Muscle Building

Take a few spoons of this before sleeping and you’ll be manufacturing muscle all night (you grow when you sleep, by the way) and that’s, because it’s almost pure casein protein and is slowly broken down, providing a slow but steady source of proteins if you’re forced to go for a long period without food.

5. We’d be Remiss without Talking about Eggs

We’d be Remiss without Talking about Eggs

They’re a cheaper alternative to meat, in addition to being loaded with nine essential amino acids, not to mention vitamin D. Eggs are one of the foods to gain weight.

6. Tuna is a Great Option As Well to Gain Healthy Weight

Tuna is a Great Option As Well to Gain Healthy Weight

Like we said before, in addition to being rich in protein, fish is also a great source of Omega-3s.

7. Oatmeal is on the List Too

Oatmeal is on the List Too

We’ll cap this list off by talking about Oatmeal! This is one is a great sources of carbohydrate. It takes a while to digest in addition to filling up your belly, but it has a low glycemic index and is minimally processed which is a good news. It’ll help you maintain a solid carb intake, without the useless calories that contribute to nothing but love handles, and we haven’t met anyone who loves love handles. Find More : health and fitness tips

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Top 12 Foods to Lower Your Blood Pressure https://htv.com.pk/health/top-12-foods-lower-blood-pressure Tue, 30 Jan 2018 10:14:59 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=23901

Unfortunately, hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is fairly common.

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Unfortunately, hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is fairly common. High blood pressure may originate from genetics, underlying health issues, stress and pregnancy or from taking certain medications. However, one way to maintain an improved blood pressure is by watching what you eat. Instead of cutting things out, simply add a few items to your grocery list. Just lose the salt, not the flavor!

Start with these 12 foods that can help you lower high blood pressure.

1. Oats

Oats to Lower Your Blood Pressure

If you have a high blood pressure, oatmeal is a great choice to add into your diet to lower blood pressure. It doesn’t mean that you eat bowl after bowl, just a bowl at breakfast will make a big difference. Oat bran can provide even more health benefits, since it’s higher in fiber, which helps lower blood pressure and also improves digestive health. This low-sodium food can be prepared as a morning cereal and topped with fruit or your favorite nuts.

2. Spinach

Spinach to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Spinach is a low-sodium food and a great way to lower high blood pressure. It is also a good source of calcium (1/2 cup of cooked spinach provides 12 percent of an adult’s recommended daily calcium intake). Use spinach in salads or in any other dishes. Spinach is also packed with dietary fiber, iron, and vitamin A and C, making it an essential food in any diet to lower blood pressure.

3. Yogurt

Yogurt to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Speaking of yogurt, it is also a hypertension combatant. Yogurt is one of the best sources of calcium around, and an adequate amount of calcium is important to fight high blood pressure. Eating at least two cups of yogurt a day can help fight hypertension, while also regulating the digestive system.

4. Banana

Banana to Lower Your Blood Pressure

This easy peel fruit, that is portable and can be used in many recipes, is not just low in sodium, but is also rich in potassium. Banana is also rich in calcium and magnesium that help fight hypertension. Banana can be eaten as is for high blood pressure, or added in cereal, yogurt and smoothies.

5. Cinnamon

Cinnamon to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Did you know how many health benefits this simple spice has? Studies have suggested that cinnamon has the ability to lower the blood pressure of people suffering from high blood pressure. It can even lower insulin circulation in people with diabetes and, in turn, lower their systolic blood pressures.

6. Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Sweet potatoes are another food rich in magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Potassium makes the kidneys let go of the extra sodium that is inside of your body, lowering the blood pressure. For a healthy bonus, eat them with the skin-on to boost your fiber intake.

7. Kiwi

Kiwi to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Kiwi is the fruit that works to lower high blood pressure. Kiwi has potassium, calcium and magnesium, not to mention the fact, that it contains more vitamin C than an orange of the same size.

8. Flaxseed

Flaxseed to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Flaxseeds are rich in omega-3s- a fatty acid that blocks the effects of high blood pressure. These seeds can be used in foods such as sprinkled on the morning bowl of cereal, stirred into yogurt or add  into your favorite smoothie for an extra nutritional boost. Read more about flaxseeds’ benefits.

9. Lima Beans

Lima Beans to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Lima beans are a treat when it comes to overall health, including blood pressure. Not only does the, rich-in-potassium, vegetable help lower blood pressure, but it is also great to boost protein and fiber.

10. Dark Chocolate

to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Dark chocolate contains polyphenols, which are known to fight heart disease. It also contains antioxidants which open the blood vessels for better blood circulation. But don’t overdo it – dark chocolate only works to lower blood pressure when eaten in moderation and is most effective when accompanied by exercise.

11. Dandelion

Dandelion to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Yes, dandelions are edible and very good for blood pressure. Dandelion is a natural diuretic and works just as a potassium-rich food by allowing the kidneys to release excess sodium. Dandelion is also great for skin, eye, and liver health. 

12. Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower Seeds to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Sunflower seeds contain vitamin E, magnesium and various proteins and fibers that fight high blood pressure and can improve your overall health. But make sure to buy the unsalted kind.

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