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Sweet Tasting Pineapples!
Monday, September 25, 2006

You may think that a pineapple is an ordinary fruit. It is found in the market, in the grocery, in sidewalks, and it is even sold by peddlers. Some are tangy and some are extremely sweet. The sweetest pineapple that I tasted were those from Candelaria, Quezon. They are small yet very sweet and each piece is good for only one person.

Pineapples are rich in Vitamins B1, B2, and C. They are also loaded with calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, dietary fiber, and a group of sulfur-containing enzymes called bromelain. Bromelain aids in digestion. It also helps to loosen phlegm and suppress cough. Thus it is best for those with respiratory tract infection and those suffering from pain because it also has anti-inflammatory property. Its vitamin C content aids to strengthen the immune system. It is responsible for the prevention of certain conditions and also reduces their severity.

As you can see there are lots of health benefits that can be derived from pineapple. Why don't you incorporate them in your daily diet and feel the difference in your life? If you crave for something to eat to make you feel filled, fruits are best. What's great for pineapple is that the benefits are best achieved when taken in between meals.
posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 5:43 PM   1 comments
Oral Rehydration Salts
Thursday, September 14, 2006

Whenever a person has diarrhea, water together with some minerals are lost in the stools. This will lead to dehydration and if not treated may lead to death. It is important to replenish the lost fluid by giving Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS).

ORS are ready mixed preparations which may come in tablet, powder, or liquid form. The tablet and powder form are mixed with the right amount of water while the liquid form is ready to drink. The disadvantage of the liquid form is that once it is opened and if the entire bottle is not consumed within 24 hours then it is no longer suitable to drink.

Diarrhea sometimes occur at night when the stores are close. When this happens to you, try mixing your own home-made ORS preparation by adding 1 teaspoon of salt and 8 teaspoons of sugar to 1 liter of water. Others prefer using raw sugars like molassses because it contains more potassium than the white sugar. Whether you're using home-made or ready mixed preparation, what is important is that you are able to rehydrate immediately in order to save your life.
posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 9:26 AM   0 comments
Lemongrass (citronella grass or fever grass)
Monday, September 04, 2006

This is lemongrass in the photo. We grow them in our backyard so that it is very easy to harvest whenever we need it for cooking. It is a plant that looks like grass but used widely as an herb. It is rich in oil called citral which gives lemongrass its lemony taste.

Old people in our locality boil it as concoction to be used by postpartum women in bathing. I don’t really know the reason for this. I just take this plant for granted until my husband introduced it to me as an ingredient for cooking. That’s when I started growing it in my garden.

We use lemongrass as stuffing in fish that is to be broiled particularly bangus. We trim the stalks, cut off the woody root tip, bruise to release the aromatic oils, fold it and insert it in the fish’ abdominal area. Broiling releases the flavour from the herb into the fish. Just remove the stuffing before serving. We also use it in poultry dishes like tinola. Try it and your tinola will be the best ever.

As I read further about this plant I found out that it is a commonly used ingredient in soups, curries, and salads. It is so popular because it doesn’t turn bitter with long cooking. It is also used commercially as scent in perfumes, soaps, candles, cosmetics, creams, detergents, and as flavoring in non-alcoholic beverages and baked goods. It also has medicinal uses. I read that it helps in combating colds and flu, helps relieve cramps, headache, spasms, and rheumatism.

posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 8:42 AM   4 comments
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