Wednesday, January 26, 2011

citrus addiction

the husband and i have been going to the gym regularly now. it's our little attempt at staying fit and healthy. quite a challenge at times cos both of us are foodies. we LOVE good food. yes. so exercise is the only option to keep the love handles away.

besides exercise, i'm also counting calories and watching what i put in my mouth. a friend once told me, "a moment on the lips, forever on the hips." i've never been skinny all my life. just the thought of it is impossible. however, it is POSSIBLE for me to be slim and fit. therefore, 2011 will be a better year for my waist. insya'Allah. ;)

well anyway, i have found a new addiction!

POMELO and GRAPEFRUIT JUICE!

been taking it almost daily and i love the sweet, sour and bitter taste!

so i did some check on its health benefits and i shall share it with you...

POMELO
"credits to: http://hubpages.com/hub/Health-Benefits-of-Pomelo"



- The rind of pomelo contains a high amount of bioflavonoid. The bioflavonoid in pomelo was discovered to even stop cancer cells from spreading in breast cancer patients by ridding the body of excess estrogen.

- Even if the juice of pomelo has an acid taste, its juice actually has an alkaline reaction after digestion. It is therefore beneficial in the digestive system.
Pomelo has pectin which is effective in reducing the accumulation of arterial deposits.

- The high content of vitamin C helps to strengthen and maintain the elasticity of arteries.

Pomelo can aid in the weight loss process, because the fat burning enzyme in pomelo can help to absorb and reduce the starch and sugar in the body.

Pomelo can even help in cases of fatigue, diabetes, fever, insomnia, sore throat, stomach and pancreatic cancer


GRAPEFRUIT JUICE
"credits to: http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-grapefruit.html"



Appetite Loss: Grapefruit works as an excellent appetizer as compared to any other drug. It is said that smell of the grapefruit reduces the feeling of hunger. This is the reason why people include grapefruit in their weight loss programs. High fiber contained by this fruit can satisfy hunger and thus, avoids any overeating temptation.

Fever: The pulp or the juice of grapefruit provides assistance to the patient to recover easily from the fever. It reduces burning sensation that occurs during high temperature. It also cures several cases of cold and phenomena. Grapefruit juice, if combined with water, can quench the thirst.

Fatigue: Grapefruit is beneficial in the treatment of fatigue. It helps you to dispel your fatigue and general tiredness caused due to the routine work. It can bring about a refreshing feeling in you when you drink equal amount of grapefruit juice and lemon juice.

Influenza: Grapefruit is a valuable remedy for influenza as it helps to minimize acidity from the system. The bitter properties arising from an essence called 'maringin' in grapefruit tones up the system and the digestive swathe.

Acidity: The fresh grapefruit juice has alkaline reaction after digestion. The citric acid of the fruit is tarnished in the human body and thus, increases the effect of the alkalinity reaction after digestion. The juice extracted from the grapefruit is beneficial in preventing the acid formation and many other diseases that arise due to the presence of acidity in the body.

Indigestion: Grapefruit is useful for solving the problem of indigestion. It is very light as compared to other food articles and thus, acts immediately on indigestion by easing the heat and irritation caused in the stomach. It improves the flow of digestive juices, thereby improving the digestive systems.

Insomnia: A simple glass of grapefruit juice, if drunk before going to bed, can promote healthy and sweet sleep and thus, alleviates insomnia.

Diabetes: A diabetic patient can safely eat a grapefruit. The consumption of this fruit can reduce the starches from the body. If a patient is diabetic, intake of grapefruit can facilitate you to fight with this health issue.

Constipation: A glass full of fresh squeezed grapefruit in the morning is the best remedy to control the constipation. They result best in stimulating the colon and other parts of the body.

Flatulence: 10 to 20 drops of grapefruit seeds in the juice, taken before the meals and three times a day, work as an appropriate pro-biotic and digestive enzyme.


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both fruits are from the citrus family, which explain the similarities of some of it's benefits and properties. i've always believed that going natural and taking care of your diet is more beneficial as compared to stuffing yourself with synthetic pills. so ladies, please throw away those pills that claim to assist you on weight loss and go natural!

i get my stock of pomelos from GIANT Supermarket cos it's VERY cheap.. and my favourite Grapefruit juice is the sunkist one. it's Orange and Pink Grapefruit. do try it and share with me your experience ya.

if you'd like to find out more about fat fighting food, perhaps you might want to take a look at THIS! ;)

selamat mencuba!! =)

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