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7 Foods That Keep You Young

Instead of resorting to botox, plastic surgery or using the number of anti-aging chemical creams that have flooded the markets, one can go the natural route and opt for fruits and vegetables to help fight all age-related problems. Here are a few superfoods that can help control aging and make you look younger, but more importantly, vibrant and healthy.

1. Avocado

Apart from being high in Vitamin E, avocados are rich in antioxidants which help protect the skin. Avocados help in regenerating skin cells which makes your skin look fresh, giving a more youthful complexion.
2. Walnuts
Walnuts are a rich source of Vitamin E and having a handful can help your skin look great.
3. Kidney Beans
These pulses are full of fibre and potassium which help reduce the cholesterol levels and thus reduce the risk of any heart disease. But their major health benefit is that they are packed with proteins.
4. Broccoli
Broccoli is a great source of fibre and Vitamin C which not only help control weight, but also help to fight heart diseases. Sulforaphane found in broccoli hinders the growth of cancer cells.
5. Blueberries
Blueberries are rich in Vitamin C, which help in easy circulation of blood. Blueberries also contain certain minerals which help control the anti-ageing process. High in potassium, these berries help fight puffiness.
6. Aloe Vera juice
Aloe vera juice is excellent if you want younger-looking skin. Have 30 ml aloe vera juice diluted with 100 ml water early morning on empty stomach. And after 20-30 minutes you can have your regular breakfast.
7. Brazil nuts
Brazil nuts are a very rich source of selenium, a mineral that works very well with Vitamin E to stop oxidative stress and cell damage caused by free radicals; thus, slowing down the aging process. But should be eaten in moderation (two nuts a day) because of its high fat content.

Food value of human diet:  

• Wheat-It contains a large quantity of carbohydrates & a little quantity of protein and vitamin B.
• Rice-It contains a large amount of starch, small amount of protein, fat and salts.
• Yeast- a good source of vitamin B.
• Lettuce-It contains carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins A, B, C and E.
• Butter-It is an animal fat and has vitamin A.
• Orange-It contains sugar (carbohydrates) and vitamin C.
• Potatoes-It contains small quantity of protein, carbohydrates and fat.
• Green vegetables-It contains much cellulose and small quantity of sugar, mineral salts and vitamins.
• Fruits-These are rich in mineral salts, sugar and vitamins.
• Cheese-It contains large quantity of protein and fats.
• Groundnuts-It contains vitamin A and mineral salts.
• Milk and Egg-These are almost perfect food.
• Sugar-It is one of the carbohydrates and produces heat and energy in the body.
Ginger is a good tonic for the intestines.
Ginger-juice stimulates the secretion of digestive juices. This helps digestion & prevents gas trouble.
Ginger-juice is also helpful in oedema, uric troubles, jaundice, piles, asthma, cough, dropsy and other diseases. It is to be noted that a few drops of ginger-juice poured into the nose give sure relief in headache.
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 TV Ads Make You Choose More Junk Foods

Experiments found that children aged seven to 11 who watched a half-hour cartoon that included food commercials ate 45 percent more snack food while watching the show than children who watched the same cartoon with non-food commercials.
That increased amount of snacking would lead to a weight gain of nearly 10 pounds (about 4.5 kilo grams) a year, unless it was countered by decreased intake of other foods or increased physical activity, the researchers said.
In another experiment, adults who saw TV ads for unhealthy foods ate much more than those who saw ads that featured messages about good nutrition or healthy food, according to the researchers.
"This research shows a direct and powerful link between television food advertising and calories consumed by adults and children," said lead author Jennifer Harris, director of marketing initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale.
"Food advertising triggers automatic eating, regardless of hunger, and is a significant contributor to the obesity epidemic. Reducing unhealthy food advertising to children is critical," she said.

Fruits- The divine food 

Fruits are eaten immediately after sliced. Avoid packaged fruit juices.
Fruits should be consumed half an hour after meals.Make sure fruits you consume must be ripened naturally(not artificially) as artificially ripened fruits lose their nutritional value plus intake of harmful chemicals/pesticides is also increased in our body manifolds causing long term side effects and diseases.
Over-consumption of animal source of food such as chicken, mutton, meat and high fat cheese makes the blood acidic. Fruits with their alkaline nature, help to balance the overuse of such food.
Fruits also have a natural laxative effect. They are considered 'live food' because one eat them in their most natural state, without cooking. In this state they are rich in enzymes, e.g. papaya contains papaya which helps to digest proteins. Fruits are also rich in antioxidants and bioflavions, which help to boost immunity and delay ageing process. Some fruits are especially known for their healing properties.
It contains pectin, which helps to reduce cholesterol. Apple juice is a potent liver cleanser and is also used to remove gall stones. It has cooling effect on the body.
It is not only cooling ; but is also a natural diuretic. Watermelon is alkaline in nature. It is beneficial for those suffering from kidney problems and urinary tract infections .It re hydrates the body, low in calories and high in nutrients.
It contains an enzyme called bromalain, which resembles pepsin and therefore helps to digest food. It contains Vit.C and is good for people suffering from heart disease.
It helps prevent colds and increase immunity. It can be digested very easily and should be given to children as well. Orange juice is a good source of calcium and vitamin C for children. It helps prevent gas and indigestion.
It is a source of beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body.
Each fruit contain its own set of known and unknown antioxidants, which work together to protect cells against a number of diseases. Thus, to maintain a good health we should ingest a wide spectrum of fruits and vegetables every day as part of our regular diet.
Banana- wise man's fruit
It provides an effective remedy for constipation and diarrhea. Its fiber content helps in absorption of water and regular bowel action.
A fine paste prepared by beating a ripe banana has the unique property of treating burns and wounds.
Mashed banana with a little salt is a solution for dysentery.
It is rich in potassium and thus useful in reducing blood pressure.
It is rich in iron and can be used in treatment of anemia.
It lubricates the intestines and are useful in treating ulcers.