Living here in Thailand is amazing, you’ll find freshly cut fruit sold on the streets and all over the place you’ll find bananas, pineapple, pomegranate -you name it- growing. These guys we found a few steps outside our bungalow. To name all health benefits of papaya would take the whole day but here is a list of a few interesting facts.
Anti inflammatory: The anti-inflammatory virtue from the papain in papaya greatly reduce inflammation in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout and asthma.
Prevention of colon cancer: The rich fiber in papaya bind to cancer-causing toxins in the colon and is eliminated from the body during bowel movements
Digestive aid: Papaya is commonly known for its fine and natural laxative virtue which aids digestion. Taken regularly, it can help habitual constipation, bleeding piles and chronic diarrhea.
Protection against emphysema: If you are a smoker, or are frequently exposed to secondhand smoke, consume papaya juice regularly for its high vitamin A content. This may save your life as it will highly reduce your lung inflammation.
Protection against heart disease: The three very powerful anti-oxidants in papayas help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol forms dangerous plagues that can eventually cause heart attacks or strokes.
Intestinal disorders: The papain in unripe papaya is extremely beneficial for those who are deficient in gastric juice, have excess of unhealthy mucus in the stomach, dyspepsia and intestinal irritation.
Menstrual irregularities: Consumption of unripe papaya juice help to contract the muscle fibers of the womb, resulting in proper and regular menstrual flow. It is especially helpful in cases of menstruation cessation in young ladies due to cold or trauma.
Skin diseases: The juice from unripe papaya is highly beneficial in treating skin disorders like acne and psoriasis. When applied to wounds, it prevents pus formation and swelling. Paste made from unripe papaya when applied to the face, may remove pigmentation or brown spots, and making the skin smooth and delicate. Try it.
Spleen enlargement: Immerse cut ripe papaya in vinegar for a week, then consume twice a day with meals until spleen is normalized.
Throat disorders: Drink honey mixed in fresh juice from unripe papaya regularly over inflamed tonsils for diphtheria and other throat disorders. It dissolves the membrane and prevents infection from spreading.
This photo is from a science fair project presented by a girl in a secondary school in Sussex. She wanted to know if a microwave oven would affect the structures of water in any way. To do so she took filtered water and divided it into two parts. The first part she heated to a boiling point in a normal pan on the stove. The second part was put to a boil using a microwave oven. After letting the water cool down it was used for watering two identical plants.
The same experiment was later repeated by her classmates a number of times and had all the same results.
Are you cooking your food in a microwave oven? Think again.
Picture was stolen from this inspiring blog. :)
Salak is grown almost exclusively in Indonesia and Malaysia, which is where the fruit originated. Because the trees the fruits grow on are extremely sensitive to cold weather, they need to be grown very close to the equator. The fruit is also called “Bali snake fruit” because its skin looks scaly and it’s common in Bali, haha I’m guessing here but it makes sense right?
Anyway, when it comes to benefits we will find that the fruit is mostly know for treating eye diseases due to its high beta carotene content. It’s also contains minerals as in calcium, phosphorus and iron.
Greens help to build your internal rainforest and to strengthen the blood and respiratory system. They are especially good for city people who rarely see fields of green in open countryside. In Asian medicine, green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity.
Nutritionally, greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Whenever possible, choose organic. But eating non-organic greens is much better than not eating any greens at all!
Some of the benefits of eating dark leafy greens are:
-Strengthened immune system
-Promotion of healthy intestinal flora
-Promotion of subtle, light and flexible energy
-Lifted spirit and elimination of depression
-Improved liver, gall bladder and kidney function
-Cleared congestion, especially in lungs by reducing mucus
Source: Institute of Integrative Nutrition