Thursday, 27 February 2014



  Faluda (Serves 4)
10ml china grass powder to be cooked in 250ml water (optional)
30ml takmaria (basil seeds) soaked in 250ml water
1l fat free milk (chilled)
5ml cardamom powder
4 sachets of sweetener (or sugar to taste)
2-3 drops of food colour
5ml rose syrup
125ml boiled and chopped vermicelli (optional)
  1. Pour the water into a small saucepan and mix in the chine grass powder, and heat on the stove till it thickens—quickly pour into a bowl and allow to set in the fridge (45minutes)
  2. Once set, remove and grate
  3. Place the takmaria in a bowl with about 250ml water; within minutes it starts to swell up and once swollen they look like tadpoles. They have no taste at all
  4. Pour the milk into a large bowl and add the cardamom, sweetener, food colour, rose syrup and using a whisk-whisk the mixture till it starts frothing
  5. Now add the takmaria, vermicelli and the grated china grass and stir and chill
  6. Stir before pouring into glasses and a dollop of ice cream before serving

Basil Seeds For Skin

Health Benefits Of Sweet Basil

1. Aids in digestion
Basil seeds are commonly used to provide relief from stomach upset. Due to its carminative effects, it is effective for treating digestive disorders such as stomach cramps, flatulence, constipation, irregular bowel movements and indigestion.

2. Treats colds
Another benefit of basil seeds is that they also provide relief from influenza, fever and cold. Since it has antispasmodic effects, it can help treat whooping cough. In fact, tulsi is the main ingredient in many expectorants and cough syrups.

3. Cures respiratory disorders
The herb is useful in the cure of respiratory disease, according to recent studies. A mixture of the herb, with ginger and honey is a remedy for asthma, cough, cold, influenza and bronchitis. Simply boil it in a glass of water and consume it.

4. Stress reliever
Consumption of basil seeds has an uplifting effect on your mood and thus is beneficial for relieving mental fatigue, nervous tension, melancholy, depression and migraine. Due to its calming effect, it is commonly used for aromatherapy purposes, giving you clarity and mental strength.

5. Good for skin infections
Basil seeds are crushed into oil to help in treating infections such as wounds, cuts, bladder infections, skin infections and so forth.
Nutrition and Recipes
One canned basil seed drink sold in the United States contains 96 calories, 21 g carbohydrates, 21 g sugars and 2 g of fiber. Because of the swollen seeds and their fiber, the drink may curb hunger.

How to prepare basil seeds:
Put 2 tsp. of basil seeds to 1/2 cup – 1 cup of warm water or liquid of your choice. If you want more concentrated of a flavor, drain excess water out after swelling the basil seeds with plain water. The warm water (not boiling) helps to fully swell the basil seeds, releasing antioxidants and digestive enzymes. Allow the mixture to stand for at least 2 minutes with the warm water/liquid to give the seeds time to absorb water and take on a gelatinous-tapioca like texture.

Desserts as well as frozen, canned and fresh drinks containing basil seeds are available in parts of Asian and at restaurants and stores in the United States. Suppliers sell basil seeds by mail for making basil seed drinks. A Thai version of a basil seed drink uses seeds from sweet basil. Other types of basil seeds include hairy basil seeds, holy basil seeds and Thai basil seeds.

The gelatinous texture of the swollen basil seeds makes a filling drink, which could help to curb your appetite if you consume it before meals. Making your own basil seed drink with an alternative sweetener reduces the calories from sugar. Basil seeds also have potential for creating a textured dessert, as an alternative to tapioca pudding — a treat on a calorie-restricted diet.
The most effective means of weight loss remains the basic strategy of burning off more calories than you consume. Basil seeds may help you to feel full on fewer calories. Tracking how much you eat and counting calories is the best way to stay on track. Insufficient scientific information is currently available with respect to the effect of basil seeds on weight loss.

Small children could choke on the swollen seeds. When I say choke, it is because if the seeds are not mixed with enough water, the mixture will be very clumpy. Because many people (especially children) do not chew when drinking a liquid, thick clumps or some-what-tapioca like seeds may cause a risk for swallowing. Basil seeds and basil seed drinks should be kept out of reach of children and supervised when consuming. Commercial basil seeds sold for gardening may be treated with pesticides and fungicides — these should not be used for drinks.
People with diabetes or hypoglycemia should avoid the heavily sugared traditional recipes. Alternative sweeteners, such as agave, raw stevia or a sweetener approved by your doctor provide options for creating a less sugary basil seed drink.

Monday, 24 February 2014


                                                          KABHI DECCAN KI SHAN THA YEH

                                                          JAB DECCAN MAIN TAHZEEB THI
                                                          EK JAHTI THI AMAN SHANTI THI

                                                          INSANIYAT KA RAAJ THA YAHAAN

                                                          FIRANGIYAON NE WOH LAGAI AAG

                                                          KE MUSALMAN KI BANAI IMARATH 

                                                          FIRKHAON MAIN BAT KE RAHGAI

                                                          KE ISKI SHAN KO LAG GAYA DAGH




Saturday, 22 February 2014

Health Benefits of Lime & Lemon

Health Benefits of Lime & Lemon

Lime and lemon add refreshing zest to almost any drink which cleanse and enhance immune properties of your already healthy glass of juice.
Lime: The lime is a small citrus fruit, like a small orange, with skin and flesh that are green in color.

It is round with a diameter of about one to two inches. Most limes are sourish and have an acidic taste, but when consumed is really alkaline.
Lemon: The lemon is a small, oval-shaped fruit which is approximately two to three inches in diameter. Its outer peel is bright yellow in color and contains essential oil that is mainly limonene. Like the lime, lemon has a sourish and acidic taste, but when consumed has an alkaline effect in the stomach.
Nutritional Benefits

The nutritional benefits of limes do not differ very much from those of lemons. They are both excellent sources of vitamin C, B6, potassium, folate, flavonoids and the outstanding phytochemical, limonene.
Limonene have anti-cancer effects and help increase the level of enzymes that detoxify carcinogens.
Health Benefits

Limes and lemons contain outstanding phytochemicals that are high in anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties. They are potent detoxifiers with anti-biotic effect that is protective against bacterial poisoning.

Asthma: Take a tablespoon of lemon juice at least one hour before each meal to relieve asthma.

Burning soles/feet: Rub a sliced lemon over the burning sole/foot/heel to relieve from pain and for toxin elimination through the pores of the feet.

Cholera: The potent anti-viral properties in lime/lemon can kill cholera bacilli within a very short period of time. Drink one part juice and one part water regularly, especially during an epidemic.

Cold: The anti-viral properties in lime/lemon fight infections and halt the progress of a cold. Take the juice of two lemons in half a liter of hot water and add raw honey to taste. Sip it slowly before bedtime.

Constipation: Drink a glass of warm water every morning with some lime/lemon juice with raw honey. Stir in a pinch of cinnamon powder. This will help your body to detoxify and relieve constipation.

Digestion: Lime/lemon juice have amazing digestive qualities that are very similar to our digestive enzymes. Thus it is effectively helps with digestion and relieve bloating and belching.

Feet, tired: After a long day on your feet, soak your feet in very warm water containing lime/lemon juice to enjoy the cooling, astringent feeling. This will also help promote deep sleep due to the relaxing action on the foot nerves.

Gums, swollen: Drink a glass of diluted fresh lime juice with a pinch of sea salt to relieve the pain of swollen gums. Use the albedo (the white matter under the peel) from the squeezed lime and rub on the gums.

Heartburn: Add two teaspoon of concentrated lime/lemon juice into a glass of warm water and drink to relieve heartburn.

Inflammatory disorders: Even though lime/lemon juice are sour and taste acidic, it is actually very alkalinizing in the body and is highly effective in the treatment of inflammatory disorders like rheumatism, arthritis, sciatica, etc. It also prevents the deposit of uric acid in the tissues, thus reducing the risks of gout.

Skin, dry: Rub the peel of a lemon on dry or scaly skin to restore softness and add moisture to the skin.

Sore throat: Mix one part lemon juice with one part water. Gargle frequently and feel its soothing effect on the throat. You may also add in a pinch of sea salt for added effect.



100% sterile, 94% water, low in calories, zero cholesterol; rich in B vitamins, amino acids, cytokinins and minerals like potassium, magnesium and manganese and potassium. Yes, we are talking about the humble coconut water. Read on to know its various health benefits.

1. Drink it for your heart’s sake

Coconut water could be a remedy for more than just your thirst. According to a study, drinking coconut water may lower the rate of heart attacks. High amount of potassium in coconut water has been found to significantly reduce hypertension by increasing water excretion from the body, claims another study. (Read: Take the natural route to heart health – home remedies that work!)

2. Reduce risk of kidney stones

Reduce the risk of kidney stones by regular consumption of coconut water. It contains potassium and magnesium and is an effective diuretic. And if you already have stones in your kidney, it can help eliminate them by expediting the flow of urine.

3. Remedy for diarrhoea

Had a bout of diarrhoea? Just replenish your body with coconut water to replace not only the fluid that you’ve lost but also the electrolytes and minerals. It will help flush out the toxins faster too. Coconut water is naturally isotonic. It has electrolyte levels similar to those found in our body. Since the water in an undamaged coconut is naturally sterile, it has also been used as a short-term alternative to an intravenous drip!

4. Hydrate on a hot day!

The scorching sun during summer dehydrates the body easily due to excess sweat and perspiration. Want a soothing food to comfort you in the heat? Nothing better than coconut water – one of the most refreshing drinks because it contains less carbohydrate and sugar content and abundant electrolytes. Either have it as it is or mix it with lime juice for a healthy and refreshing drink. (Read: Tricks to stay hydrated during summers)

5. Refuel during and after exercise

Staying hydrated is very important during exercise and work-outs. Coconut water can be a natural sport drink – with no preservatives or artificial sweeteners! It helps refuel and rehydrate post-exercise dehydration. It’s low in calories, high in potassium and can help replace lost fluids.

6. Rejuvenate your skin

Want to put back life into that dull skin? Fresh coconut water makes the skin soft and brings a glow to it. Using it twice in a day on hands and face can prove beneficial. The cytokinins present in coconut water can have anti-aging effects too!

7. Relieve usual pregnancy-related problems

Coconut water is naturally sterile. Hence it is considered to be safe during pregnancy. It is generally recommended for pregnant women as a natural remedy to help ease constipation, acidity and heart burn.

8. Carry a knocked-out tooth

Coconut water is biologically pure and sterile. If you cannot place a knocked out tooth back into the socket or store it in the cheek, coconut water may be used as a storage solution for the tooth until you can see a dentist!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Musk Melon Health Benefits

Musk Melon also widely known as cantaloupe comes under the melon family ‘curcurbitaceae’ along with pumpkins, gourds and cucumbers. Cantaloupes are the most popular kind of musk melon in America. Although all cantaloupes are considered to be musk melons, all musk melons are not cantaloupes. In the Indian markets a variety known as ambrosia melon is very popular. This variety tastes and looks like the cantaloupe but the color of the flesh is a brighter orange.
The musk melon in India is usually called kharbuja.
Musk melon is very popular in tropical countries and comes in many varieties. This fruit is excellent for cooling down during the summer heat. It is also extremely filling and refreshing. Muskmelon has a high level of nutrition, which contributes to many health benefits. The fruit contains minerals like potassium, sodium and magnesium and vitamin A, B and C. It is free from cholesterol and is considered to be good for blood cholesterol patients. It is also an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C. Vitamin C is very effective in preventing cancer and heart disease, and consuming it on a regular basis prevents the arteries from hardening. Beta-carotene is also present in a musk melon. The potassium present in musk melons help in preventing the risk of strokes and in controlling blood pressure. Other health benefits of musk melon include treating the lack of appetite, urinary tract infections, ulcers, acidity and preventing the formation of kidney stones.
Musk melon also helps with skin care. The presence of vitamin A helps in maintaining the health of your skin. Musk melon is considered to be an effective home remedy for eczema. For this treatment, musk melons should be consumed thrice a day for around 40 days. Initially, melons weighing 3 kilograms should be taken for three days. The quantity is then increased by 1 kg each day till the hunger is appeased. Only the best quality fruits should be used. Since the content of water is over 90 percent, you should not take any water during this time. This remedy is also useful if you are underweight and want to increase your weight. The fruit juice is also effective for local application in acute and chronic cases of eczema. Musk melon for weight loss can also be effective since it does not contain any cholesterol and makes you feel full because of the high fiber content. This can prevent you from overeating. Consuming musk melon for diabetes is also considered to be helpful.

Nutrition Value and Medicinal Uses

The varied medicinal uses of musk melon are due to the high nutritional value of the fruit. The nutritional values approximately in a cup of the fruit are 516 RE of vitamin A, 60.18 mg of vitamin B, 68 mg of vitamin C, 14 mg of sodium, 1.4 gm of protein, and 1.3 gm of dietary fiber. It also prevents osteoporosis and cancer. The vitamin C present in musk melon helps in the production of white blood cells that help to fight infections and build a strong immune system. The natural minerals and nutrients present in the fruit also give a synergistic combination which helps the body cope with nicotine withdrawal. Smoking depletes the amount of vitamin C in the body and by drinking musk melon juice you can replace it.

Musk Melon for Pregnant Women

The folic acid present in the fruit is very good for pregnant women and makes the baby healthy. Its high content of folate is known to prevent the neural tube defect that occurs in the second week of pregnancy. High folate content during pregnancy ensures the proper production and maintenance of the new cells, the synthesis of DNA and RNA. The musk melons being chosen for consumption should not be hard but a little firm. Do not use fruit that is soft and yellowing. The melons should also be a little heavy which will mean that there is a lot of juice in it. Make sure to wash the musk melons properly before using it since they are grown in the ground. It is important that you remember some of these tips and choose the fruits that are most fresh.
More Information:
The shape of musk melons are usually round but can also be oval with a skin that has an appearance of being covered in a net. The flesh of the fruit is orange-yellow in color and is sweet, succulent and soft. Its texture is similar to honeydew. A good quality fruit will depend on the melons texture and the sugars that are developed during ripening. When musk melons become ripe there is a change of color of the rind from green to yellow or tan within the netting. The picking of the fruit should be done when there is easy separation of the stem from the vine. During these stages a crack will be present near the attachment point. The fruit should not be plucked early as the quality won’t be as good as the melons that are ripened. These are some of the information & facts about musk melons.

Can diabetics eat watermelon?

Q. Is watermelon good for diabetics?

A.  Watermelon contains carbohydrate and of late carbohydrate has become a dirty word. Of course, some carbohydrate-rich foods, such as breads and other products made with white flour, are bad news. But others, including vegetables, whole grains, beans, and fruits, are a very important part of a diabetic diet. It all depends on how a particular carbohydrate is metabolised in the body. Although all carbohydrates are ultimately broken down into glucose and other simple sugars, the rate at which this happens varies. Some cause a rapid and dramatic rise in blood sugar levels, while others are digested more slowly and their sugars are released into the bloodstream more gradually. Several factors determine where a food falls in this spectrum, including the type of carbohydrate and amount of fibre it contains, how much it has been processed, how long it is cooked, even how acidic it is. A means of evaluating this and thereby assigning a set of values to foods is called the glycaemic index. The higher the glycaemic index of a particular food, the faster and more dramatic the rise in blood sugar after eating it. However, because it ignores the amount of carbohydrate in an average serving of a food, it needed a little refining. Enter the glycaemic load. The glycaemic load of a food takes into account both the glycaemic index and the number of carbohydrates per serving, giving us a more reasonable indication of a foods impact on blood sugar. Watermelon, has a high glycaemic index. However, a typical serving, because so much of it is water, contains very little carbohydrate and thus has a low glycaemic load. Three-quarters of a cup of watermelon balls has fewer than nine grams of carbohydrate. You would have to eat a heck of a lot of watermelon to have the same impact on your blood sugar that a single slice of bread would have. This means that watermelon, carrots, and some other high-glycaemic index foods that diabetics may previously have shied away from are perfectly acceptable.

Amazing Benefits Of Sapota For Skin, Hair And Health

The name ‘sapota’ might not be familiar to most of us. Sapota is another name for the fruit better known as ‘chikoo’. When we say sapota, we are basically referring to the tropical evergreen tree that bears this fruit. Sapota is a delicious calorie-rich fruit belonging to the category of fruits like mango, banana and jack fruit. Its other names are nose berry, sapodilla plum, chickoo sapote etc.
The sapota fruit has its origin in the rain forests of Central America, particularly in Mexico and Belize but it is easily available in India. The fruit is a round or oval-shaped berry measuring around 10 centimeters in diameter and weighing 150 grams. It has 2-5 big, black, shiny bean-like seeds in the centre. The unripe fruit has a hard surface and white pulp due to its high content of latex. The latex content reduces as the fruit ripens and its flesh acquires a brown color. It has a smooth and grainy texture with a sweet and musky flavor. It is rich in calories and its sweet flavor can be attributed to the presence of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose that replenish energy and revitalize the body.

Health Benefits Of Sapota/Chickoo:

Sapota is one of those fruits which are great for health besides being extremely delicious, thanks to the wide array of nutrients contained in this fruit. The tasty flesh of this fruit is easily digestible and replenishes our body by providing energy due to its high content of glucose. As already said, this fruit is rich in vitamins, minerals and tannins. Due its sugary taste, it is widely used in shakes. The various health benefits of sapota are given below:
1. Good for the Eyes: Sapota contains a high amount of Vitamin A. According to research, Vitamin A helps in improving vision even during old age. Thus, in order to get or maintain good vision, you must try eating sapota fruit.
2. Source of Energy: Sapota is rich in glucose which provides instant energy to the body. Athletes require loads of energy and hence, are recommended to eat sapota fruit.
3. Anti-inflammatory Agent: The high content of tannins makes sapota or chikoo an important anti-inflammatory agent. In other words, it helps in improving the condition of the digestive tract through prevention of diseases like esophagitis, enteritis, irritable bowel syndrome and gastritis. It also reduces inflammation by reducing any swelling and pain.
4. Prevention of Certain Cancers: The Vitamins A and B help in maintaining the health of the mucus lining of the body and the texture of the skin. The antioxidants, dietary fiber and nutrients found in sapota provide protection against cancer and tightly bind the carcinogens (toxins) to protect the mucus membrane of the colon. Vitamin A provides protection from lung and oral cavity cancers.
5. Healthy Bones: Additional amounts of calcium, phosphorus and iron are required by bones to increase their endurance. Being rich in calcium, iron and phosphorus, sapota fruit greatly helps in enhancing and strengthening the bones.
6. Relief from Constipation: Sapota fruit provides a high amount of dietary fiber (5.6/100g). Thus, it is regarded as an excellent bulk laxative. The fiber content provides relief from constipation. It supports the colons’ membrane and makes it resistant to infections.

7. Benefits during Pregnancy: Having a high dose of carbohydrates and essential nutrients, sapota is extremely beneficial for pregnant and lactating mothers. It helps in reducing weakness and other symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea and dizziness.
8. Haemostatic Properties: The sapota herb is known for its haemostatic properties i.e. stopping blood loss. Thus, this herb is beneficial in reducing bleeding in case of piles and injuries. The ground seeds can be applied as a paste for alleviating stings and insect bites.
9. Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial Properties: Due to the presence of polyphenolic antioxidants, sapota is found to have several anti-viral, anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial properties. The antioxidants prevent bacteria from entering into the human body. Vitamin C destroys the harmful free radicals whereas potassium, iron and folate, niacin and pantothenic acid facilitate proper functioning of the digestive system.
10. Anti-diarrheal: Sapota is regarded as an anti-diarrheal due to its purgative properties. A decoction made by boiling this fruit in water can cure diarrhea. It also helps in the alleviation of piles and dysentery.
11. Mental Health: Being a potent sedative, sapota fruit helps to calm the nerves and alleviate stress. Thus, it is advisable for individuals suffering from insomnia, anxiety and depression.
12. Cold and Cough: Sapota fruit is effective in keeping congestion and chronic coughs at bay by removing the phlegm and mucus from the nasal passage and respiratory tract. Thus, it helps in the alleviation of cold and coughs.

13. Kidney Stones: The crushed seeds of this fruit act as a diuretic, thus helping to expel bladder and kidney stones. It provides protection against kidney diseases as well.
14. Aids in Weight Loss: Sapota fruit indirectly helps in weight loss and prevents obesity by regulating the secretion of gastric enzymes, thereby regulating metabolism.
15. As a Detoxifying Agent: Sapota acts as a diuretic and thus helps in removing waste materials from the body through frequent urination. It prevents edemas or water retention by maintaining the water concentration within the body.
16. Tooth Cavities: The high latex content of sapota fruit can be used as a crude filling for tooth cavities.
17. Other Health Benefits:  Magnesium contained in sapota is beneficial for blood and blood vessels whereas potassium helps in regulating blood pressure and promoting healthy circulation. Folate and iron prevent anemia. Sapota helps in strengthening the intestines and in improving their performance. In short, eating sapota or chikoo fruit helps in developing body resistance against many infectious diseases.
For best results, the sapota fruit should be eaten ripe. But you can also choose to have the sapota juice if you please. Raw sapota fruits are extremely bitter due to high content of tannin and latex, and can cause mouth ulcers, itching sensation in the throat and difficulty in breathing.

Hair Benefits of Sapota/Chikoo:

As we all know, proper supply of nutrients to our body and proper absorption of these nutrients is inevitable for maintaining good hair health. Hair problems are a result of exposure to harmful chemicals, unhealthy lifestyle and inadequacy of certain essential nutrients in our diet. Being loaded with essential nutrients, sapota has enough to contribute towards healthy hair.
The benefits of sapota for hair are as follows.
18. Oil extracted from sapota seeds helps in moisturizing and softening your hair, thus making it more manageable. It imparts sheen and is considered excellent for curly hair. It gets absorbed easily without leaving a greasy residue.
19. The sapota seed oil nourishes the scalp by alleviating irritated skin conditions and promotes healthy hair growth. This oil is considered to be effective in treating hair-fall caused by seborrheic dermatitis.
20. The seeds of sapota can be grounded to make a paste and mixed with castor oil. This mixture should be applied on scalp and washed off the next day. This makes your hair smooth and the problem of dandruff can also be controlled.

Skin Benefits of Sapota/Chikoo:

The wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in the sapota fruit makes it an amazing choice for healthy and glowing skin. Thus, this article will be incomplete without talking about the skin benefits of this tasty fruit.
21. Sapota fruit helps to make your skin glowing, thus reducing your requirement of skin care products to enhance your natural skin texture and complexion. The Vitamin E in this fruit moisturizes your skin, thus giving you healthy and beautiful skin. Hence, eating sapota fruit is good for the skin.
22. Sapota fruit is rich in antioxidants. Therefore, it acts as an anti-ageing agent by eradicating free radicals in the body which are responsible for enhancing the ageing process. It is also effective in reducing wrinkles.
23. The seed kernel oil of sapota is used as a skin ointment. The residue of this seed, after the extraction of oil, can be applied as a poultice on painful skin afflictions.
24. The milky sap of the sapota plant can be used to remove warts and fungal growth on the skin.

25. The combination of Vitamin A and C beautifies the skin by imparting it with a healthy glow.

Nutritional Value of Sapota:

Sapota fruit is a storehouse of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, glucose, tannins and calories. Ripened sapota is a great source of minerals like potassium, copper, iron and vitamins like folate, niacin and pantothenic acid. These compounds are vital for overall health because of their involvement in metabolic processes in the body as co-factors for different enzymes.
Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 83 Kcal 4%
Carbohydrates 19.9 g 15%
Protein 0.44 g <1%
Total Fat 1.10 g 3.5%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 5.3 g 14%

Folates 14 µg 3.5%
Niacin 0.200 mg 1%
Pantothenic acid 0.252 mg 5%
Pyridoxine 0.037 mg 3%
Riboflavin 0.020 mg 1.5%
Thiamin 0.058 mg 5%
Vitamin A 60 IU 2%

Sapota fruit is a great source of dietary fiber, which is a good laxative and protects the outer membrane of our colon from carcinogenic toxins. Sapota is known for its anti-oxidative properties due to the presence of naturally occurring polyphenols called tannins. These compounds help in neutralization of acids and in curing diarrhea, hemorrhoids and bleeding.
Sapota is also rich in antioxidant vitamins like Vitamin C and A. Vitamin C provides resistance against infection and prevents the formation of harmful free radicals whereas, Vitamin A helps in the promotion of vision and protection from lung and oral cavity cancers. The high content of Vitamin B prevents stress and fatigue and Vitamin E is beneficial for the skin.
Last but not the least; sapota is a great source of protein which is vital for the growth of our body. Being rich in glucose, it is an energy-giving food.

Thursday, 6 February 2014


Some people avoid watermelon because they say it has high levels of sugar. However, according to recent research, the sweet red-fleshed fruit appears to be associated with a wide range of benefits.
Watermelons belong to the Cucurbitaceae family, which also includes cantaloupe, squash, pumpkin, and cucumber.
A fully-ripened watermelon is typically 6 percent sugar and 91 percent water by weight, so it is not surprising why a number of people may wonder about its potential health benefits - apart from being a sweet thirst quencher of course.
Over recent years there have been a number of studies carried out to try and determine whether watermelon might have health benefits, and there have been some very promising results.
This information page includes a nutritional breakdown of the watermelon, tips on how to store the fruit, and sections describing the fruit's therapeutic properties, including its ability to improve male potency, prevent cardiovascular disease, and relieve muscle soreness.
Despite being mainly water and sugar
watermelons are actually very good for you.

Watermelon's nutritional profile

Nutrition experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center claim that watermelons are a "nutritional award winner".
Lona Sandon, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern and a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, said:
"Watermelons are a great fruit to help you hydrate and cool down in the summer heat. Also, since it's mostly made up of water, pureed watermelon makes a refreshing drink."
Despite being mainly water and sugar, watermelons are actually a very good source of vitamin C, (which provides protection against immune system deficiencies) and vitamin A (which promotes good eyesight).
The red flesh of a watermelon is also a significant source of phytochemicals, in particular one known as lycopene. Lycopene, which is also found in tomatoes, is a nutrient with proven cancer-protection qualities.1
Watermelon Nutrition Label

Watermelons can help prevent cardiovascular disease

Researchers at Florida State University found that watermelon is effective at preventing prehypertension (which can lead to cardiovascular disease). The study included nine participants who all benefited from the amino acid L-citrulline/L-arginine from watermelon extract - their aortic blood pressure lowered.
The lead author of the study, Professor Arturo Figueroa, said: "Watermelon is the richest edible natural source of L-citrulline, which is closely related to L-arginine, the amino acid required for the formation of nitric oxide essential to the regulation of vascular tone and healthy blood pressure."

Watermelons may relieve muscle soreness

Eating watermelon could be an effective means of alleviating the pain associated with muscle soreness.
A study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, revealed that eating watermelon can help treat post-exercise muscle soreness because of its high levels of L-citrulline.

The best way of storing watermelons

It might be better to store your watermelons outside the fridge. A group of researchers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service found that watermelons are a lot more nutritious when they are stored at room temperature as opposed to being refrigerated.
The study, published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, revealed that watermelons stored at room temperature contain double the levels of beta carotene (an antioxidant and source of vitamin A) and 20 percent more lypocene, compared to watermelons stored in a fridge - this applies only to the uncut fruit.


The rose–or Rosa, from the Rosacea family–is a celebrated ornamental flower. Yes, it’s beautiful and it’s highly fragrant. But it also has a very long practical history as a medicinal plant.
Indeed, the rose is one of the oldest cultivated flowers. The first mention of it on clay tablets in ancient Mesopotamia (the Middle East) dates back nearly 5,000 years.
Pliny the Elder, the Roman natural philosopher in the first century, may have been the first to document its medicinal properties. In fact, he described 32 different medicinal uses for the rose in his encyclopedia, Natural History. In the next generation, the Greek physician Discorides wrote about using the rose for headaches and as an external pain reliever.

Physicians in ancient Persia, India and China used the rose medicinally as well. But it was in the Middle East where the rose staunchly took hold as a powerful medicine.
With the advent of Islam, the rose became an important part of the mystical tradition in Islam known as Sufism. The famous Sufi poet Rumi wrote: “Rose is sent to earth by the gardeners of paradise for empowering the mind, the eye and the spirit.”
In Islamic medicine, practitioners used distilled rose water, rose oil, and rose confection paste. To make rose water, you pour boiling water over fresh rose petals. Then you let the liquid cool and remove the petals. To make rose oil, you steep the fresh petals in sesame seed oil or olive oil. Rose confection paste is a jam produced by combining rose petals with honey or sugar.
Islamic physicians used rose oil to treat burns, ulcers, and hemorrhoids. They also recommended it as a drink to lower fevers and to alleviate drunkenness.
The great Persian physician Ibn-i Sina (Avicenna) first recognized the beneficial effects of the rose on the heart and brain in the 11th century. He spoke of it benefiting both the heart and the soul, like a ‘mind-body” therapy of today.
He also described rose oil’s effect on comprehension and memory. He said rose oil would even help alleviate anxiety and put the mind at rest. During rose blossom season, the sick were carried to wells where they were immersed in the residues of the rose pulp.
You can learn more about Ibn-I Sina and his approach to medicine in my forthcoming translation of his medical textbook Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine with Drs. Mones Abu-Asab and Hakima Amri. The translation will be published later this year.
There are also many surprising modern day uses of the rose in medicine.
Modern day scientists continue to study the rose pharmacologically. They found it has a wide-range of properties as a sleep enhancer, pain reliever, cough suppressant, heart remedy, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial agent, antioxidant, and memory enhancer.
Clinical trials demonstrate that two varieties of the rose–R. damascena and R. centrifolia–also have powerful effects on brain function. Laboratory studies show that R. damascena, in particular, has impressive ability to inhibit the formation of amyloid-beta. These plaques appear to be a major cause of Alzheimer’s dementia. R. damascena also appears to support strong brain cell growth.
The cognitive enhancement effects of the rose–first recognized by the great Islamic Persian physician Ibn-i Sina (Avicenna in Latin)–should be an important area for medical research in the future, given the modern epidemic of Alzheimer’s dementia.
The rose also appears to benefit the heart. These benefits should not come as a surprise as the rose comes from the same botanical family as Hawthorn (Rosaceae). Hawthorn has a long, proven history as a safe and effective remedy for early-stage heart failure. Similarly, rose extract appears to regulate the heart rate and strengthen the heart muscle. This is another direction of science worthy of further study.
Roses have not yet made it into the dietary supplement market in a major way.
You can find dried rose flower buds in herbal teas. And you can get rose jam and syrups that are prepared from fresh rose flowers. And if you know a good Middle Eastern or Middle Asian restaurant, look for rice or rice-flower puddings. Very often, they add rose water to these traditional desserts.
You can also find dried rose hips in health food stores. Rose hips form after the petals of the flower fall off. They are the fruits of the flower blossom and grow just below the petals. As the fruit, they also contain the seeds of the rose plant.
Fresh rose hips contain high levels of vitamin C. However, the manufacture of dried rose hips destroys much of the vitamin C. Because of this, many manufacturers add vitamin C back into their dried rose hip products. But their labels may not always say so.
So if you’re looking to fight off a cold or want to help prevent the long-term risk of major chronic illnesses, you’re better off taking straight vitamin C. That is, unless, you can have fresh rose hips in your garden. Then, you can make your own tea using fresh rose hips. Just don’t select rose hips from a rose bush treated with pesticides. Better yet, don’t treat roses with chemicals in the first place.
According to WebMD, you can also try a rose hip supplement as a “tonic” for intestinal diseases and stomach irritation. It is also used for:
  • diarrhea & constipation
  • gallstones & gallbladder ailments
  • lower urinary tract and kidney disorders
  • fluid retention (dropsy or edema)
  • gout, back and leg pain (sciatica)
  • high cholesterol
  • weight loss
  • high blood pressure
  • fever
  • increasing immune function during exhaustion
  • increasing blood flow in the limbs
  • increasing urine flow
  • quenching thirst
The list appears long and versatile.
Of course, before taking a rose hip supplement, check with your doctor. Also, when choosing a rose hip supplement, make sure you go with a reputable manufacturer. As I’ve warned many times in the Daily Dispatch, poor manufacturing practices can be the norm. And the more “popular” a brand, the poorer the quality typically.
I was also thinking, just why does something like a rose–aside from its biological effects in the body–make us feel good? Is it the aroma? Is it the touch or feel? Is it just the sight of the rose? Or, is it simply a symbol of something we feel in our hearts?
Aromas, fragrances and smells do have a powerful effect on the brain. They seem hard-wired into our memories. In fact, your sense of smell is the strongest memory-holder.
The olfactory nerves–which are also responsible for most taste sensation–travel from the nose up through a porous entry in the skull. The olfactory nerves gather at the olfactory bulb right in the midst of the brain tissue.
Certain aromas and smells seem to have powerful effects, conjuring up strong memories and feelings. This is no doubt part of the biological equipment that protects humans and animals in learning and reacting to their environments.
I just put on an old bottle of “tropical” tanning oil to enjoy some Florida sun–with an SPF of zero. The smell transported me back in my memory to relaxing settings of yesteryear. I breathe in the smell of coconut and fruit oils and it makes me think of the ocean. It helps me feel relaxed and breathe more deeply.
But back to our roses…
We prize roses for their fragrance as well. It is said Cleopatra seduced her lovers by bathing in rose water. To be sure, the rose is a strong aphrodisiac for some.
Why else do we value roses?
Well, for one, getting a bouquet of roses touches the heart. It makes us feel connected to someone else. And that’s a powerful emotion.
The ancient Egyptians considered the heart the seat of consciousness, not the brain. They casually discarded the brain during preparation for mummification, but the heart was carefully kept and housed.
Perhaps the Egyptians were on to something…
Is the heart as important as the mind, even in matters of health? Without a doubt, your mind is often your own worst enemy. Especially at times of stress. Especially when you’re sick. Indeed, mental stress can make you sick. I’ve said it many times in recent weeks–stress is the real killer.
But when someone tells you to “follow your heart”–or even to “stop and smell the roses”–it usually just means to relax. Stop over-analyzing. Stop stressing. Stop thinking altogether!
Indeed, this is what meditation teaches you. In fact, this is the basis of authentic yoga, mindfulness and other related practices. Physiologically, a kind of aware-relaxation is part of the process. This is very different from the deadened kind of “relaxation” provided by drugs. And learning to relax the mind may be the most potent panacea of them all. It can even help get the body back on track to heal itself. That’s a scientific fact.


There is more to roses than just a traditional Valentine’s Day bouquet. Since ancient times, roses have been revered as symbols of the feminine, and of love: St. Dominic, for instance, believed that the Virgin Mary visited him and gave him the first rosary, made with rose-scented beads. But these lovely flowers also possess true healing properties. Find out how to use roses to alleviate anxiety, headache, asthma, depression, stress, and more:

Be sure to use essential rose oil, not a synthetic fragrance. Undiluted rose oil is very costly, but even essential rose oils that have been diluted with other, less expensive oils still possess therapeutic properties.
For allergies and asthma, use 3-4 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in bath water regularly.
To better bear anger, depression, grief, jealousy, and resentment, use 3-4 drops in a diffuser.
To alleviate anxiety and nervous tension, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on body, or add 8-10 drops to bath water.
To ease headache and migraine, use 3-4 drops in a hot or cold compress (whichever works best for you). Can also use 3-4 drops in a diffuser.
To restore libido, use 6-8 drops in a bath, or use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on body.
For overall skin care, mix a few drops in a carrier oil and massage on body. Can also be mixed with water and applied to face; especially good for mature and/or sensitive skin.

Medicinal Uses of Rose Flower

The medicinal uses and health benefits of a rose (gulab flower) are many.

Rose petals are used in making rose oil that is steam distilled by crushing. The byproduct of steam distillation is rose water, which is an excellent relaxing agent, soothes the nerves and adds flavor to a variety of dishes across the world. Rose essence is rich in flavanoids, tannins, antioxidants, and vitamins A, B3, C, D and E, making it beneficial in skin care. Some of the uses of rose oil, water, and essence are as follows.
  • Rose water is an effective astringent that reduces swelling of capillaries beneath the skin.
  • Rose petal tea is efficient in cleansing the gall bladder and liver, and it helps improve bile secretion. Rose petals are dried and crushed to make tea.
  • Rose tea also helps in alleviating mild sore throats and bronchial infections. The tea cools the body and reduces fever-related rashes.
  • Rose petals are an important ingredient in eye washes as well, as it is antiseptic in nature.
  • Rose water benefits include nourishing the scalp and improving hair growth. It is medicinally used as an antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory product. It is also used to treat dry scaly skin, dermatitis, and eczema.
  • Rose essential oil is used along with carrier oils such as almond or grape fruit to treat various illnesses like hemorrhage, liver problems, nausea, fatigue, ulcers, asthma, dehydration, and bacterial infections of the stomach, colon, and urinary tract.
  • Rose leaves are used in preparing rose water from the Persian variety. Rose water prepared from rose leaves brings relief from constipation, clears blood, and soothes the mind. In addition, it is used on the treatment of measles and chicken pox.
There are no known side effects related to the use of rose water or rose oil; nevertheless, it is best to consult when using any product as a means of treatment.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

How To Lose Weight

Despite the way it feels, losing weight isn't a mysterious process. It's a simple matter of burning ore calories than you eat. But, if it were really that simple, none of us would have a weight problem, would we? Weight loss can be such a struggle that we start thinking we have to do something drastic to see results -- diets, pills or those weird fitness gadgets on infomercials that promise instant success. The true secret to weight loss is this: Make small changes each and every day and you'll slowly (but surely) lose those extra pounds. The key is to forget about instant results and settle in for the long run.

Rules of Weight Loss

To lose one pound of fat, you must burn approximately 3500 calories over and above what you already burn doing daily activities. That sounds like a lot of calories and you certainly wouldn't want to try to burn 3500 calories in one day. However, by taking it step-by-step, you can determine just what you need to do each day to burn or cut out those extra calories. Below is a step by step process for getting started.

Calculate your BMR (basal metabolic rate). Your BMR is what your body needs to maintain normal functions like breathing and digestion. This is the minimum number of calories you need to eat each day. Keep in mind that no calculator will be 100% accurate, so you may need to adjust these numbers as you go along.

Calculate your activity level. Use a calorie calculator to figure out how many calories you burn while sitting, standing, exercising, lifting weights, etc. throughout the day. It helps to keep a daily activity journal or you could even wear a heart rate monitor that calculates calories burned.

Keep track of how many calories you eat. You can use a site like Calorie Count or use a food journal to write down what you eat and drink each day. Be as accurate as possible, measuring when you need to or looking up nutritional information for restaurants, if you eat out.

Add it up. Take your BMR number, add your activity calories and then subtract your food calories from that total. If you're eating more than you're burning, (your BMR + activity is 2000 and you're eating 2400 calories) you'll gain weight. If you're burning more than you eat, you'll lose weight.


Mary's BMR is 1400 calories and she burns 900 calories in daily activity with regular exercise, walking around and doing household chores. To maintain her weight, she should be eating 2300 calories but, after keeping a food journal, Mary finds that she's eating 2550 calories every day. By eating 250 more calories than her body needs, Mary will gain one pound every 2 weeks.


This example shows how easy it is to gain weight without even knowing it. However, it's also easy to lose weight, even if the process itself can be slow. You can start by making small changes in your diet and activity levels and immediately start burning more calories than you're eating. If you can find a way to burn an extra 200 to 500 calories each day with both exercise and diet, you're on the right track. Try these ideas:

Instead of... Do this...

An afternoon Coke Drink a glass of water. (calories saved: 97)

An Egg McMuffin Eat a small whole wheat bagel +1 Tbsp of peanut butter (calories saved: 185)
ing your break eat sweets Walk up and down a flight of stairs for 10 minutes (calories burned: 100)

Hitting the snooze button Get up 10 minutes early and go for a brisk walk (calories burned: 100)

Watching TV after work Do 10 minutes of yoga (calories burned: 50)

Total Calories Saved: 532 (based on a 140-pound person)

How Much Exercise Do I Need?

Exercise is an important weight loss tool, but how much you need varies from person to person. The ACSM's weight loss guidelines suggest at least 250 minutes per week, which comes out to about 50 minutes, 5 days a week. If you're a beginner, start small (3 days a week for 20 to 30 minutes) to give your body time to adapt. Don't forget, things like walking, taking the stairs and household chores can burn more calories as well. Learn more about getting started with exercise.

Hair Loss Problem And Cure

Hair Loss Problem And Cure

Every day, every one of us looses some hair. Our body then replaces it with some new strands as part of the many renewal processes that are built into our body systems. As we all age, 'the reappearance of new hair' event gradually slows down. This observable fact is more evident in men than women, whose 'male-pattern baldness is genetically determined and can begin as early as age 20. For women, hair normally thins after age 50, and considerable hair loss before that age is very rare.

General problems of hair loss: Dandruff, Graying of hair, loosing hair, brittle hair and slow growth of hair are some of the common hair problems that people complain about. Though most of these problems are natural signs of aging or part of our genetic makeup, there are some simple preventative measures and home remedies that may help some of these hair complaints.

Facts about Hair:

Typically, hair grows an average of an inch every two months.

The average head can shed up to 100 of its 100,000 hairs every day.

Indication of hair loss:

Hair Loss generally is noticed in one of two-ways.

With common pattern baldness, the loss is gradual. It can start as early as puberty, or very late in life.

Sudden loss of hair, or loss in clumps usually indicates a different problem. This type of symptom could be caused by a number of factors, including hormonal changes, medications, thyroid problems, among others.

Male pattern baldness typically starts by causing the hairline to recede in the center of the forehead. A bald spot may then form on the top of the head, towards the back and center. Eventually almost all the hair on the top of the head will be lost. This leaves the hair on the sides and back forming the notorious horseshoe pattern. By this stage, hair loss will be very difficult to treat with medications. A hair transplant may be a good option at this point, though they can be expensive.

Female pattern baldness results in a more evenly spread out thinning of hair. Women will notice an increased rate of hair loss. This will most likely be noticed on pillows, in the shower, hairbrushes, or even vacuum brushes. It is impossible to count the number of hairs being lost per day, but women will notice the thinning and loss of hair around the same time. Some women who have curly or thick hair may not notice the change as early. Skin and hair color also determine how easily the thinning is noticed. Someone who has light hair and dark skin will notice balding much sooner than most.

Self-care remedy tips for hair loss:

Massage the scalp with 2-3 drops of essential oil or a good vegetable oil. Massage well into the scalp so that the oil gets into deep roots of hair. Wrap the hair in plastic wrap and place a warm towel around it. Leave it for 2 to three hours or overnight. Shampoo the hair with a mild shampoo. Practicing this at regular basis would help your hair pores get rejuvenated.

Eat a handful of white sesame seeds every morning. One handful of these small seeds contains about 1,200 mg. of calcium and magnesium to ignite the required nourishments of your scalp not to loose hair.

Take some yogurt everyday (unless you are allergic to milk).

Rinse hair with a mix of apple cider vinegar tea to help hair grow.

Mix little warmer castor and almond oil and massage over scalp at least once a week.

Grind lime seeds and black pepper in equal number in some water and apply on the scalp at regular intervals.

Scrub the bald portion with onions till it becomes red. Then applying honey, scrub the scalp once a day.

Massage almond oil on scalp 2 to 3 times a day. Further hair loss will stop by doing this practice.

Massage coconut milk or Aloe Vera gel into the scalp and hair. Leave it for ½ hour, and then rinse with warm water. Repeat 3 times a week.

Massage honey with egg yolk into the scalp and hair. Leave for a 1/2 hour, then rinse to prevent hair loss.

Cause of hair problems:

The cause of hair loss is most commonly related to male gender, hormonal changes and genetics. Medications can be another reason for the hair loss.

Temporary hair loss can occur in conjunction with a high fever, a severe illness, thyroid disorders, iron deficiency, general anesthesia, drug treatments, hormonal imbalance, or extreme stress, and in women following childbirth. In these conditions, a large number of hair follicles suddenly go into a resting phase, causing hair to thin noticeably

General tips to take care of hair from loss:

Eating a balanced, healthy diet is important for a lot of reasons, and it really benefits your hair. And don't forget to treat your hair well. For example, some doctors recommend using baby shampoo, shampooing no more than once a day, and lathering gently.

Don't rub your hair too vigorously with a towel, either. Many hair experts suggest you consider putting away the blow dryer and air-drying your hair instead. If you can't live without your blow dryer, try using it on a low heat setting.

Style your hair when it's dry or damp. Styling your hair while it's wet can cause it to stretch and break. And try to avoid teasing your hair, which can also cause damage. Finally, be careful when using chemicals - such as straightness or color - on your hair.


MILK:The Prophet (SAWW) said that milk wipes away heat from the heart just as the finger wipes away sweat from the brow. It strengthens the back, increases the brain, augments intelligence, renews vision and drives away forgetfulness.
HONEY:Considered to be the best remedy for diarrhea when mixed in hot water. It is the food of foods, drink of drinks and drug of drugs. It is used for creating appetite, strengthening the stomach, eliminating phlegm as meat preservative, hair conditioner, eye salve and mouthwash. It is extremely beneficial in the morning in warm water and is also a Sunnah.
OLIVE OIL:Excellent treatment for skin and hair, delay old age, treats inflammation of the stomach.
MASHROOMThe Prophet (SAWW) said that mushroom is a good cure for the eyes; it also serves as a form of birth control and arrests paralysis.
GRAPES:The Prophet (SAWW) was very fond of grapes; it purifies the blood, provides vigor and health, strengthens the kidneys and clears the bowels.
DATES:The Prophet (SAWW) said that a house without dates has no food, also to be eaten at the time of childbirth.
FIGS: It is a fruit from paradise and a cure for piles. BARLEY: Good for fever in a soup form.

BARLEY: Good for fever in a soup form.

POMIGARANT:The Prophet (SAWW) said it cleanse you of Satan and evil aspirations for 40 days.

MELONE:Melon contains 1000 blessings and 1000 mercies, The Prophet (SAWW) said, "None of your women who are pregnant and eat of water melon will fail to produce off spring who is good in countenances and good in character.

WATER:The Prophet (SAWW) said the best drink in this world and the next is Water, when you are thirsty drink it by sips and not gulps, gulping produces sickness of the liver. So praise be to our beloved Nabi (SAWW) who produced us with marvelous knowledge which dazzles the wisest minds. May this information be beneficial to all of us Insha-Allah.


During sleeping if we sleep in such a way as. Prophet Mohammad (SAW) said, we will take sound sleep; never get any anxiety and tension. Before sleep we should recite the doua given by Allah through Prophet Mohammad (SAW):
Oh Allah! With Your name do I die and live
If we follow the rule of Sleeping given by Allah, we will never need to take tranquilizer during sleep. In the morning when we get up from bed, we should recite:
All praise is for Allah, the one who gave us life after death and to Him is our return.
These are called Tib-e-Nabvi, means medical Knowledge given by Prophet Mohammad (SAW). This is also Sunnah (tradition and practice of our Prophet SAW). We eat because we feel hungry; we sleep because we need body rest. But eating and sleeping according to Tib-e-Nabvi (Medical knowledge given by Prophet SAW) can become Ebada (worship).
Although we are eating and sleeping for our own desire, but we will get Baraka (blessings) from Allah, because we are following Sunnah (tradition and practice of our Prophet SAW). Don't eat carelessly, thoughtlessly and greedily. Eat in a balanced manner.
Those who do not believe or follow Allah's Health Rule or Natural Health Code are seen facing many health problems. For example:
Anxiety and Tension:
It is a disease of modern World and developed in Western Countries.
If we pass our lives by following Allah's Health Rule, we will take sound sleep and there will be no anxiety and Tension.
Skin Disease: Clean and wash the organ of body with water after Urination and after passing the waste materials from the body. It is very important to protect ourselves from skin diseases and other Critical problems. Those who are not following Allah's Health Rule or Health Code face many skin and other health ailments.
As we all know in the Western countries in Rest Rooms, there is concept to clean the organ and body part after Urination and passing the waste materials from body by Toilet papers, but there is no concept of washing with water, so we are seeing that Skin Diseases and other diseases related to lack of proper Hygienic Care are on increase.
Liver Disease: Use of alcohol is not allowed in Allah's health Rule. It's intoxication that brings lose of sense of well being and also its continuous use damage the liver and kidney. So those, who don't follow Allah's Health Rule, suffer in these areas and we are witnessing the percentage of kidney damage and Liver Diseases for this harmful habit which are on increase.
Its very unfortunate, people ferment the fruits, vegetables and herbs and make wine & liquor. It’s sheer abuse of Vegetations. Use the herbs and natural form and do not abuse it.
So to protect ourselves from diseases, to keep ourselves healthy, we must obey Allah's order, and implement it in every field of life. By following the example of Prophet Mohammad (SAW) we can not only have a healthy life, but make our all activities a part of Ebada (worship). Simultaneously we should convey the Allah's order to people of the book and other non-believers, so they can become aware of how they can protect themselves from diseases, and germs.
There are many hidden truths to keep our selves healthy, and we must make efforts to know and understand them, and the greatness and power of Allah (God, the Creator).