May 2, 2024

Dates are delicious fruits with a sweet taste and a fleshy consistency. Dates also have various bioactive components which have effects on different types of diseases. 

According to clinical research, date vinegar can significantly reduce bad cholesterol including triglycerides and LDL-cholesterol, and reduce inflammatory markers. It can also reduce blood sugar levels for diabetics according to the research. It makes a delicious combination with olive oil too.

What is Date vinegar?

Making vinegar from fruits or grain (white vinegar) is done through a fermentation process. The fruit is blended with water and a fermentation yeast culture (“starter”). Then the mixture is allowed to sit open to the air while the culture proceeds to ferment the fruit mix to vinegar. (A cheese-cloth over the open container helps protect the fermentation process.) Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular types of vinegar and comes with a variety of health effects. Now we find that date vinegar also comes with significant health effects.

Health Benefits of Date Vinegar

Dates vinegar is not new and has been in use since Babylonia (5,000 years ago) as food and medicine. In another study carried out at the University of Otago, New Zealand, it was confirmed that date vinegar has antioxidant activity that is comparable to wine vinegar but higher than apple cider vinegar and white wine vinegar. That’s why it has medicinal value. Some of the health benefits of date vinegar are:

April 19, 2024

Lemons and lemon essential oil have been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a wide spectrum of health conditions for at least 1,000 years.

Citrus plants are the main sources of benefit-rich essential oils because of their many uses in food and medicine. One of the main benefits of using lemon oil in your cooking is that it has antioxidant properties. This means that it helps to protect your food from harmful elements and enhances the flavor at the same time. There’s nothing like the bright, citrus taste of lemon. Citrus oils like lemon add a sweet, refreshing flavor to drinks like tea, water, or smoothies and brighten up any baked goods recipe like scones, muffins, or cookies. Citrus oils also add flavor to yogurt or your favorite dips and salsa recipes.

Keep Lemon essential oil in the kitchen as your go-to when fresh lemons aren’t available. Add a few drops of Lemon oil to a broiled fish fillet or roasted chicken or add some zing to your favorite dessert by adding a few drops of Lemon oil.

Lemon Cheesecake with Lemon Oil

Light cheesecake infused with sweet lemon flavor makes it a fresh dessert.

April 4, 2024

Lotus is widely cultivated in the Asian continent (mainly China) as one of the important economically important crops for its rhizome and seeds. In the last decade, seeds from lotus seeds have emerged as one of the important sources of major nutrients and phytochemical compounds.

Lotus seed possesses many important components that could be processed further in food product formulations and other applications. Exploring new sources as a functional ingredient for value-added food product development claims enhanced nutritional and functional properties of products. Flour and starch are important ingredients in the food industry. To formulate new products, flours and starches with specific characteristics must impart functionally desirable properties. In bakery products, wheat flour is used as the basic raw material. However, research has now shifted to partial or full replacement of wheat flour with other substitutes that are both nutrient-rich and health-benefiting in nature.

March 27, 2024

Lotus ((Nelumbo nucifera G.) is also known as water lily, sacred lotus, and Kamala. It is an aquatic perennial flower with one aquatic genus Nelumbo which accommodates Nelumbo nucifera (cultivated) and Nelumbo lutea (Wild) species. The genus is found throughout the Asian continent (China, India, and Russia) and in Northern parts of Australia and North America. In Asia, lotus is cultivated for nutritious rhizomes, leaves, and seeds and is being used as a food for 7000 years. Due to its important nutritional properties, it is one of the important economic crops of China, producing 45,000 tons of lotus seed and 9 million tons of fresh rhizomes. Traditionally the extracts of the leaves, rhizomes, seeds, flowers, roots, and buds were used to treat diarrhea, cardiac ailments, depression, insomnia, cancer, and hypertension.

March 10, 2024

You may be wondering why you feel back pain if you have tight quadriceps. Chances are, a couple of things are going on: Your tight quadriceps muscles are tilting your pelvis forward and your weakened hamstring muscles are putting pressure on your back. Quadriceps muscles are a group of four muscles that cover the front and sides of your thighs. They provide the force you need to run, walk, jump, kick, and complete most lower-body movements. The main function of the quadriceps is to keep your knee stable and help you straighten it. When your  quadriceps muscles get tight, they can create a chronic posture problem for you.Two forces may be at play. They may even be happening at the same time:

  • Tight quads can lead to lower back pain because they pull the pelvis down.
  • Tight quads naturally lead to weak hamstring muscles. These are the quads' opposing muscles, located at the back of your thigh. Stress and pressure on the hamstrings can cause back pain.

Both scenarios can affect your pelvic alignment. If your alignment is off, your posture may suffer and the pain may increase. When the quads (and especially the rectus femoris) get really tight, they pull on the hip bone. The pelvis tips downward, or forward. (Technically, this position is called the anterior tilt of the pelvis.) When your quads are too tight, and the pelvis is pulled down in front, there is a corresponding lift up in the back. And this can hurt. If you sit a lot at home or work, you can probably feel your "sitting bones." These small bones need hamstring muscles to stay attached to your hip. Generally, good posture (and good hamstring tone) helps pull down your pelvis in the back. This is a good thing because it helps keep your pelvis in a comfortable position.

Tight quads set off a "chain reaction" in your body as the pelvis moves down in front and up in the back while the hamstring stretches. The reaction? Pain, and often lots of it.If you don't strengthen your hamstrings and stretch your quads, the hamstrings may lose their ability to support your ideal pelvic and spinal positions. If you have this problem, we can help you with using Rossiter stretching and Myoskeletal Alignment techniques. 

Since the source of chronic pain for many arises from very common imbalances and dysfunctional patterns in the musculoskeletal system, most chronic pain can be relieved with a combination of skilled manual therapy and effective stretching. This approach brings more effective natural pain relief than with traditional massage techniques alone.


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