Fatigue and its effects

Fatigue refers to a feeling of tiredness or weariness. It can be temporary or chronic. Almost every person has to work overtime on certain occasions, sacrificing rest and sleep, which may cause temporary fatigue. This condition can be remedied by adequate rest. Chronic or continuous fatigue is, howwever, a serious problem which requires a comprehensive plan of treatment.

The chief cause of fatigue is lowered vitality or lack of  energy due to wrong feeding habits. Fatigue is an indication that the cells of the body are not getting sufficient live atoms in the food to furnish them with a constant flow of needed energy. The habitual use of refined foods such as white sugar, refined cereals and white flour products as well as processes, tinned and preserved foods have a very bad effect on the system in general. Certain physical conditions can cause fatigue. Anaemia is a very common ailment leading to tiredness.

Nutritional measures are most vital in the treatment of fatigue. Studies reveal that people who eat small mid-meals suffer from less fatigue and nervousness, who think more clearly and are more efficient than those who eat only three meals daily.

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Halitosis and its causes

Halitosis refers to bad breath which is not only a sign of ill-health but also a social stigma. It is uncommon in many people at all times. Unfortunately, most people who offend in this respect are completely unaware of their problem and the discomfort they cause to others.

The most common cause of halitosis is bad teeth and gum conditions. Dental decay at the  roots of the teeth may result in abscesses in the gums with foul-smelling pus giving an objectionable odour to the breath. Even small holes in the teeth may provide a place where germs can multiply and release foul odours.

If halitosis is caused by tooth and gum conditions, tonsillitis, sinusitis, smoking or anemia, these conditions must be treated. Once they are eliminated, the bad breath will disappear. Similarly, bad breath resulting from gastro-intestinal disorders can be successfully treated by correcting these disorders and cleansing the system of morbid matter.

The patients suffering from halitosis should take a well-balanced diet consisting of  seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables and fruits, which emphasis on raw cooked vegetables and fruits.

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Sprouts for Optimum Nutrition

Sprouts are considered as wonder foods. They rank as the freshest and most nutritious of all vegetables available to the human diet. By a process of natural transmutation, sprouted food acquires vastly improved digestability and nutritional qualities when compared to non-sprouted embryo from which it derives.

Sprouted foods have been part of the diet of many ancient races for thousands of years. Even to this day, the Chinese retain their fame for delicious mung bean sprouts. Sprouts provide all the essential vitamins and minerals. They should form a vital component of our diet. Sprouting requires no constant care but only an occasional sprinkling of water.

All edible grains, seeds and legumes can be sprouted. Generally, the following are used for sprouting :

1. Grains – Wheat, Maize, Ragi, Bajra and Barley.

2. Seeds – Alfalfa seeds, radish seeds, fenugreek seeds, carrot seeds, coriander seeds, pumpkin seeds and musk melon seeds.

3. Legumes – B engal gram, Groundnut and Peas.

Sesame seeds are another good source of nourishment.

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