Women Fitness has made an effort to provide a collection of all known Health Benefits of different types of
Berries. Here they are to quench your informational needs of our visitors.
The kiwifruit, often shortened to kiwi in many parts of the world, is the edible
berry of a woody vine in the genus Actinidia.
The earliest records of the use of gold for medicinal and healing purposes come
from Alexandria, Egypt. Over 5,000 years ago, the Egyptians ingested gold for
mental, bodily and spiritual purification. The ancients believed that gold in
the body worked by stimulating the life force and raising the level of vibration
on all levels.
Zucchini or courgette is a summer squash belonging to the species Cucurbita pepo.
Zucchini can be dark or light green. Botanically, however, zucchini is an
immature fruit, being the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower.
Chlorella is a genus of single-cell green algae, belonging to the phylum
Chlorophyta. It is spherical in shape, about 2 to 10 μm in diameter, and is
without flagella. Chlorella contains the green photosynthetic pigments
chlorophyll-a and -b in its chloroplast. Through photosynthesis, it multiplies
rapidly, requiring only carbon dioxide, water, sunlight, and a small amount of
minerals to reproduce.
The pistachio, Pistacia vera in the Anacardiaceae family, is a small tree originally from Greater Iran which now can also be found in regions of Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Tunisia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Italy (Sicily), Uzbekistan, Afghanistan especially in the provinces of Samangan and Badghis, and the United States, specifically in California. The tree produces an important culinary nut.
Black grapes have been associated with health and nutrition for centuries and they even appear in ancient literature and works of art.
or Human Papilloma Virus is the name for a group of viruses that affect your skin and
the moist membranes lining your body, for example, in your cervix,
anus, mouth and throat.
Black tea is a type of tea that is more oxidized than oolong, green and white teas. All four types are made from leaves of the shrub Camellia sinensis.
are a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs or trailing vines in the subgenus
Oxycoccus of the genus Vaccinium. In some methods of classification, Oxycoccus
is regarded as a genus in its own right. They can be found in acidic bogs
throughout the cooler regions of the northern hemisphere.
Alcohol continues to be a big part of holiday celebrations. There are plenty of opportunities for toasts and alcohol around the holiday season, this does not mean that you have to spend the holidays alone and avoid people.
The winter season along with the chilling air, brings about its own problems
of dryness, brittle nails, cracked feet, and all the rest of those cold
Fresh Juice : for a Complete Rejuvenation Program
With the holiday season nearing down, there stands a huge chance of you feasting on food and drinks. Before you really step into that arena try out the Juice Crafters detox plan. The whole idea of a detox program is to remove the toxins from you body caused by substances such as alcohol, tobacco and food consumed.
IUDs: Birth Control Option for Teenagers
In new guidelines, ACOG says IUDs and contraceptive implants should be
considered "first-line" birth control options for teenagers.
Herbs for Optimum Menstrual Health
If your period is heavy enough to require changing more often than every one or two hours, or if you have a period that lasts more than a full week, you may be experiencing menorrhagia or heavy menstrual bleeding.
Olive Oil: Laudable in Every Drop
A Recent research has provided firm proof that a Mediterranean diet, which includes olive oil, is not only generally healthy, but that consuming olive oil can actually help lower harmful LDL cholesterol. Olive oil contains antioxidants that discourage artery clogging and chronic diseases, including cancer.
Meditation for Pain Management
In over 1,000 published research studies, various methods of meditation have been linked to changes in metabolism, blood pressure, brain activation, and other bodily processes. Now, meditation has been used in clinical settings as a method of stress and pain reduction. A recent study shows that only a little over an hour of meditation training can dramatically reduce both the experience of pain and pain-related brain activation.
The estimated rates of major depressive disorder jump from 2 to 4 percent in pre-adolescent children to 10 to 20 percent by late adolescence, an alarming rise.
The first sign of depression is change in “level of function.” For instance, if a girl used to perform well in school/college and suddenly flunks in class, he or she may need extra care and attention.
The American Cancer Society released new screening recommendations(14 March,2012) for the prevention and early detection of cervical cancer. Screenings are tests for women who have no symptoms of cervical cancer. Among the changes: the American Cancer Society no longer recommends that women get a Pap test every year.
In a recent study, researchers have identified a compound found in oranges, grapefruits and other citrus fruits that may lower a woman’s risk of stroke.
Flavonoids have been shown to improve blood vessel function in addition to their myriad and powerful anti-inflammatory benefits.
Do you often suffer from heartburn or an upset stomach – particularly after you eat? Do you feel bloated or gassy, or have irregular bowel movements? this might be sign of vacillating stomach acid.
For nearly a decade scientific evidence has been mounting to show that the vast majorities of adults (and many children) are grossly deficient in circulating blood levels of vitamin D. The conditions and diseases responsive to vitamin D that account for over half of the world's mortality include cancer, cardiovascular disease, tuberculosis and respiratory diseases and infections.
An estimated 30 to 39 percent of women in any given population will report little or no interest in sex at any given time in their lives. Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), more commonly referred to as low sex drive or libido is a deficiency or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity, as defined by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
If you are trying to give up smoking and nicotine consumption there is no doubt that chest opening yoga exercises can go a long way to support your effort. Besides, opening the chest helps to tone the spine and increase the breathing capacity of the lungs. It relieves tightness in the back and shoulders. By lifting your heart, moving your shoulders back and lengthening the front and back of your body, you decrease back pain and shoulder tightness, and improve your spirits.
According to a recent news (Oct 17,2011) published by Medscape.com "Screening for cervical cancer is equally effective with conventional Pap testing and liquid-based cytology with human papillomavirus (HPV) testing."
Exercise helps patients with depression re-establish positive behaviors. For patients with anxiety disorders, exercise reduces their fears of fear and related bodily sensations such as a racing heart and rapid breathing. After just 25 minutes of your workout, the mood improves, you are less stressed, you have more energy — and you’ll be motivated to exercise again the next day. WF experts suggest 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week to overcome depression.
How Health Friendly is your cookware?
Choosing a cookware can be a tough job both for one's own health, as well as that of the family. Quality cookware helps you maintain good health and, in some cases, even enhances flavor. Before making your next kitchen purchase, consider the reactivity of various tools and cookware and, whenever possible, favor inert or non-reactive. Or, as second choice, use moderately reactive pots and utensils. As possible, avoid more reactive cookware.
Yoga for Healthy Liver
The liver has many functions; stores certain vitamins, minerals
and sugars for use as fuel, cleanses/filters the toxins out of your blood and
controls the production/excretion of cholesterol. Your overall health and
vitality, to a great extent, depends upon the health of your liver. The
thousands of enzyme systems that control virtually every body activity are
created there. If your liver fails to create even one of these enzymes, overall
body function is impaired, creating greater metabolic stress on your body.
Dr. Arya Sharma, an obesity expert from the University of Alberta, has developed a new classification system to help doctors assess and treat obese patients (published on 16 Aug 2011/medicalnewstoday.com). If proven successful, this system would be used in tandem with the BMI measurement to help identify the health differences between people with similar BMIs.
Teenage Obesity on Rise: Time to Take Action
Doctors recommend consistent exercise in combination with healthy eating as
the best way for growing females to lose weight safely and keep it off.
Besides, gaining control over the body at a younger age helps in future years
when losing extra weight gets tougher.
gardening into a complete body workout
Trust me you could turn gardening into a complete body workout, and at the same
time make your environment more beautiful. Gardening involves a number of
different kinds of exercises, including stretching, weightlifting, and a
moderate cardiovascular workout.
An explosion Monday(14/3/11) rocked the second of three reactors at
earthquake-ravaged Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, but officials
insisted that radiation levels near the facility were safe, according to news
reports. A similar explosion at a second reactor at the complex occurred on
Saturday. The explosions prompted an order for hundreds of people to stay
indoors, the Associated Press reported. Following Monday's explosion,
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yukio Edano, said the containment vessel
holding radioactive nuclear rods at the reactor was intact, allaying some fears
of health threats to the public.
Stomach Bloating: Its Herbal Management
Your intestines are home to hundreds of good and bad bacteria and in a healthy individual the amounts balance each other out. When you ingest certain foods high in sugar or gas producing ingredients, the bad bacteria multiply at a rapid pace, causing excess gas and bloating. Lack of water intake and exercise also contribute to bloating and gas issues.
Weak muscles are often at the root of back pain, especially lower back pain.
The muscles of the back, the abdomen, and the buttocks all support the spine -
these muscles are called the core muscles.
A new gastric sleeve plication or gastric imbrications weight loss surgery -
a reversible procedure that is differentiated from existing bariatric procedures
in that it does not require device implantation nor the removal of stomach
Storing excess fat around the waist poses a
significant health risk, even in people not considered to be overweight or
obese. The doctors should measure a patient's waistline and their hips as well
as their body mass index as part of standard health checks.
We all have days like this when our motivation is
low and our need to overeat or be a couch potato takes over. But it's best to
bust those excuses before they become a well worn mantra of failure. Cultivating
true resilience is a lifelong process.
Genetic Predisposition to Obesity
Obesity tends to run in families, suggesting that it may have a genetic
cause. However, family members share not only genes but also diet and
lifestyle habits that may contribute to obesity. Separating these
lifestyle factors from genetic ones is often difficult. Still, growing
evidence points to heredity as a strong determining factor of obesity.
Foods: Checking out health hazards
Canned food has taken over our lives and our cabinets providing a simple
way to get lunch or dinner on the table quickly. Canned goods comes from
various food products from soups to meat loaf and corned beef. We all
love to enjoy canned goods because of it is very convenient and easy to
prepare. But did you know that there is a reported dangers about canned
goods for your health?
Some people are naturally thin and would like to be larger. Exercise is
important for good health and the right type of exercise can help you gain
muscle, which will give you more body mass. Weight-lifting exercises that are
designed to build muscle should be included with your weight-gaining diet and
perhaps aerobic exercise should be cut back a bit.
We all loose interest in food from time to time - and this isn't always for
negative reasons. It's well known that falling in love can make all else pale
into insignificance, including food. But you've been eating poorly, whatever the
reason, it's important to restore your appetite to good health.
If the immune system is weak, the bacteria can
go into the lungs and cause bronchitis or pneumonia. Viruses go deeper into the
system, causing chills, fever or pain and aching in the joints. Here are 6 yoga postures that should be practiced on a regular basis
to build a strong immunity.
It is a well known fact that infections usually happen to a lady when she is
pregnant. The most prone areas for infection are the reproductive or the urinary
tracts. Infection in these sensitive areas can even harm the baby and that is
the reason why they should be cured. Mostly women use antibiotics in order to
treat these as well as other infections at the time of pregnancy.
Sleep Factor in Muscle Building
Sleep research indicates that the average sleeper will sleep approximately eight
hours and fifteen minutes when uninterrupted. During this research, there were
no alarm clocks or disturbing noises to interrupt normal sleep patterns. When we
deprive ourselves of sleep, there is a delicate cycle that we disrupt.
Treating High Cholesterol During Pregnancy
Recently, studies have shown that pregnant women who have high
blood cholesterol are at risk of developing pre-eclampsia, a
life-threatening condition where the pregnant woman’s blood pressure
becomes dangerously high that is directly correlated to pregnancy and
A sufficient weekly volume of exercise can lower both total cholesterol and
LDL-cholesterol and increase HDL-cholesterol (the ''good'' cholesterol).
Nothing can bring progress to a halt more than when you are sick. We are
often asked the question, should I train while I am sick? The answer to
that question really depends on what you mean by sick. Is it a cold? The
flu? Allergies? Most people confuse the common cold for the flu.
However, these are different types of illnesses.
The purpose of sweat is to cool the body by sitting on the surface of
the skin and allowing heat to escape from the body. Effective sweating
is when someone is glistening as the moisture forms a cooling film over
the skin. An abnormal lack of sweat in response to heat may be harmful,
because sweating allows heat to be released from the body.
A lack of quality sleep may lead to love handles and double chins. Doctors at
the University of Chicago found that not getting enough sleep altered basic
bodily functions such as regulating blood-sugar levels, storing away energy from
food and the production of various hormones.
A fit body can't be bought, but the good news is, women in middle life can build
muscle, gain strength, and increase their stamina and flexibility. They can
discard one of the common myths of aging: atrophy and crippling are not
Diabetes can decrease the body's ability to fight infection. When diabetes
is not well controlled, damage to the organs and impairment of the immune system
is likely. Foot problems commonly develop in people with diabetes and can
quickly become serious.
Trouble sleeping - either falling asleep or staying asleep - is a common problem
that affects everyone at some time. There is no "normal" amount of sleep. Some
people need ten hours a night, while others do well on as little as four hours
Healing with herbs is the oldest therapy in the world and remains the
medicine on which many countries, including China and India, largely rely.
Herbalists in the western tradition combine the examination methods of
conventional medicine with a “mind and body” approach to diagnosis and
treatment. The results can be remarkable.
Bone density naturally decreases with age, so the older you are, the more
risk increases for diseases such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid
arthritis. Sedentary women are also more at risk.
Health experts are calling for women to avoid alcohol completely during
pregnancy in the light of a new study has found a little evidence that binge
drinking while pregnant seriously harms the developing foetus.
Anxiety is an emotion everyone has
experienced. It is a distressing feeling of apprehension and uneasiness. Being
anxious causes changes in your thinking (fear, worry), bodily functions (rapid
heart beat, sweating), and behavior (pacing, tapping the table), all of which
only reinforce your feelings of distress.
Thanksgiving meals are
traditionally family events where certain kinds of food are served. First and
foremost, turkey is the featured item in most Thanksgiving feasts. Stuffing,
mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, turnips,
rolls, pecan pie, and pumpkin pie are commonly associated with Thanksgiving
Since your pelvis is the
foundation of your lower back and spine, having tight hamstrings
contributes to an unstable lower back and a greater chance of
intermittent sprains and strains.
Due to excess weight or improper
daily practices or incorrect exercises or various other causes are there which
can cause lower back pain. With a little change in our practices we can avoid
them and can benefit ourselves.
An electromyogram (EMG) is a test
that is used to record the electrical activity of muscles. When muscles are
active, they produce an electrical current. This current is usually proportional
to the level of the muscle activity. An EMG is also referred to as a myogram.
The food you eat affects your
mental health as well as your physical well-being. A bad diet
can be one of the causes of depression on food swings. A healthy
diet, on the other hand, may be enough to lift your spirits
without the need for medication and counseling.
The word Stress is used to describe
both external events that make demand on us and the internal
responses they trigger. Stress is the body's general response to any
demand made on it, regardless of whether that demand is pleasant or
unpleasant, or whether it is emotional or physical.
If you’re like many people, you've
also experienced any one or more of the symptoms of sleeplessness
for more than several nights running. If so, you probably had (or
have) insomnia, the medical name for inadequate sleep that occurs
for at least one week. Among the causes are a noisy environments,
high caffeine or alcohol intake, use of recreational or prescription
drugs, an existing illness, stress, a fidgety
bed partner, or something else completely.
The chances of cancer are less on a
diet which is vegetarian, raw and free of hydrogenated fat and heated oil.
According to researches, diet is a risk factor for the disease.
diet helps to cleanse your system! The plan begins with a juice
fast, which eliminates toxins at a very low level, and then
continues with a highly nutritious food that promotes cellular
renewal. Read on....
well as helping your body to relax by reducing muscle tension, these stretch
exercises can be done to increase flexibility or to ease muscles, or cool down
after exercising. Ease your body into these stretches: you should not be
jumping or bouncing around, and the exercises are not supposed to be
uncomfortable. Remember to breathe slowly and rhythmically too.
Trials consistently show that at the right potency, "natural" remedies may
rival conventional medicines. Doctors & Dieticians often prescribe
nutritional and herbal supplements as effective but gentler alternatives to
conventional drubs for problems ranging from depression to indigestion.
Muscles pain is usually
not a signs that there is something violent or destructive going
on in our muscles. Rather, pain in a result of the massages
about substances imbalance being conveyed between, the nerves
and the brain.
Physical activity supplemented with healthy food can
be a practical means to achieve numerous health gains, both directly or
indirectly. Check out ways to enjoy living actively and eating well in
the year 2004.
One reason obesity is considered a
serious health problem is because it is an important factor for
essential hypertension (high blood pressure with no identifiable
cause). The exact mechanisms for obesity to cause essential
hypertension are not fully understood, but it has been linked to
In order to make the best use of drugs treatments and avoid any
possible adverse effects you must follow the instructions given by
your doctor or pharmacist or those supplied by the manufacture.
In people with diabetes the amount
of glucose (or sugar) in the blood becomes abnormally high. This
is due, either to failure of the pancreas to produce enough of
the hormone insulin or to the lack of insulin actions. Read
For Lower Cholesterol Make It A Double
The cardio-protective effects of
red wine have been attributed to several polyphenolic
antioxidants including resveratrol and proanthocyanidins. Read on...
Fruit-vegetables and bone health
(protein and carbohydrates) drain calcium from the bones; alkalizing foods
(fruits, vegetables, seaweeds) neutralize the acids and prevent calcium drain.
Being Active at all
overweight, obese or even extremely obese in no way should interfere
in your determination towards achieving health & fitness goals. Read
Every Breath You Take
properly is relaxing and stress-reducing, and it is less taxing on
your neck muscles. And, yes, it will improve your performance as
well by giving a push to your body's metabolism. Read on....
Depression: the silent epidemic
Every one of us experiences
depressed feelings from time to time; no one can escape the hurtful
things in life. Its how we react that matters in the face of
How Does Weight Affect Length of Life?
Many women are most interested in the simple bottom-line question:
how does my weight affect my overall risk of dying prematurely. Read
Hormone-Related Disorders - Their Symptoms &
the endocrine glands can have wide-ranging effects throughout your
body. A malfunctioning gland influences all of the parts of the body
that are stimulated or controlled by the hormones which the gland
secrete. Read on....
Resolve to Be Healthy in 2002
American Council on Science and Health offers you 12 New Year's
resolutions to help you increase your chances of having a healthy
and happy 2002. Read on....
Full-body workout: BODY, MIND AND SOUL
We've dug up a bundle of reasons
for you to make exercise a part of your daily lifestyle.