Dangers of Bromine in Food


Bromine is a chemical compound frequently used in flame retardants, baking ingredients, cell phones, plastic, dye, soda, and prescription drugs. Bromine is found naturally in the earth’s crust and in seawater in various chemical forms. Bromine can also be found as an alternative to chlorine in swimming pools. Products containing bromine are also used in agriculture and sanitation.

Research has identified the following 10 dangers of bromine as the most damaging to human health. Edibles that carry bromine are the most dangerous, as they are directly consumed.

Source: Global Healing Center

  1. Affects Thyroid Functionality: Lack of iodine causes thyroid related health problems. Bromine on the other hand is anti-iodine. It restricts the absorption of iodine in body, which is essential for the health of thyroid hormones. Bromine exposure impairs the gland, and results in health issues like hypothyroidism, goiter, and hormonal imbalance.
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    What is thyroid? How is it caused?

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  2. Preterm Births and Birth Defects: Another role that iodine plays is keeping the process of conception and pregnancy healthy. And as stated above, Bromine restricts iodine absorption. Exposure to bromine to expectant mothers may increase risk for delivering preterm babies. Avoiding the bromine exposure can also be tricky. Even if you avoid baking ingredients and soda, bromine can also be present in drinking water. An Australian study even reported a link between bromide exposure and birth defects.Preterm birth caused due to bromine exposure
  3. Affects Cognitive Development and Failure: Mental dysfunction related to the overexposure to bromine is so common it even has a name — bromism. In one specific case of bromism, a patient consumed vast amounts of soda that contained brominated vegetable oil. The patient experienced problems including fatigue, headache, memory problems, and loss of muscle control.

    High bromine intake causes slow cognitive development.
    High bromine intake causes slow cognitive development.
  4. Skin puffs and burns: Bromine acnes are pus-filled eruptions and lesions were observed in individuals who took bromine for nerve conditions.
    Acne caused because of bromine exposure.
    Acne caused because of bromine exposure.

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  5. It is cancerous: The International Agency for the Research on Cancer has identified potassium bromate (the ingredient used in bread and baking) as a known carcinogen. Although tests have only been performed on animals, the Agency states it may also behave as a carcinogen in humans.
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It is important to test food products for bromine content. As per BIS norms water must not contain bromate. Get your product tested from FICCI Research and Analysis Centre. Call 011-45333500 / 529 or drop an email at : info@fraclabs.org

15 Benefits of Guava

There are plenty of benefits of guava including improved immunity, weight management, stress busting,


Before we go into the details of it, the summary is: Heart Healthy, Weight Loss Friendly and More.

Done with that. Let’s get into the details of the benefits this fruit, that sometimes hurts the gums and teeth because of its seeds, has:

  1. Immunity booster as it contains high quantity of Vitamin C
  2. Lowers the risk of cancer
  3. Diabetic people can consume this sweet fruit
  4. Improves levels of the good cholesterol (HDL) and keeps heart healthy. Fresh juice of raw guava and other fruits & vegetables prove to be highly beneficial.
  5. Keeps away from constipation because of high fiber
  6. Vitamin A rich, thus, improves eyesight
  7. Contains folic acid (vitamin B-9) ; recommended for pregnant women since it can help in developing the baby’s nervous system and protect the newborn from neurological disorders
  8. Guava leaves have a potent anti-inflammatory action and a powerful antibacterial ability which fights infection and kills germs. Thus, consuming guava leaves works as a fantastic home remedy for toothache, swollen gums and oral ulcers
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  9. It’s a stress buster as it helps to relax the muscles and nerves of the body
    These other food items help fight sulkiness and depression!
  10. Contains vitamin B3 (niacin) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), which helps in improving blood circulation to the brain, stimulating cognitive function
  11. Helps you lose weight by regulating your metabolism. Interestingly, there is bacteria in your gut that is trying to help you maintain perfect weight!
  12. Juice of raw and immature guavas or a decoction of guava leaves is very helpful in relieving cough and cold since it helps get rid of mucus and disinfects the respiratory tract, throat and lungs.
  13. Has anti ageing properties
    What more can you do to keep your skin young and glowing?
  14. Mash some guava flesh with an egg yolk and apply it on your face. Rinse off after 20 minutes with warm water. When used once or twice a week, this scrub will remove dead cells from your skin and lighten your complexion. Guavas are also a great source of Vitamin K, which helps get rid of skin discoloration, dark circles, redness and acne irritation.
  15. Guavas rank high in astringent properties, guava leaves and unripe guavas even higher. Guava helps tone up and tighten the facial muscles, so apply a decoction of the leaves and fruit on your skin and voila!

To get more details, follow this link (source): Food.NDTV

How does Smoking Kill?


“It is estimated that cigarette smoking kills over 10,00,000 people each year by causing lung cancer as well as many other neoplasmas.”

It is our humble request, please quit smoking. Lives are precious.

Watch this video about how does cigarette affect us!

Read Also: How to Detoxify Lungs, Once You Quit Smoking

Source: Discovery News

Benefits of Tulsi (Basil leaves)


Have you ever wondered why tulsi leaves are traditionally put in the mouth of a dying person? It is said to guide the departed soul towards heaven. It is also believed to be a ward against evil spirits and ghosts. While Hindu mythology is replete with various legends woven around this sacred plant, tulsi holds a special place in Ayurved as its medicinal uses are phenomenal.

According to Ms. Sandhya Gugnani, a famous nutritionist:

Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, has an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties which help in purifying the blood and keep skin and hair healthy and glowing. The holy basil is packed with antioxidants as well as immune-enhancing qualities, the phytochemicals present in tulsi protect the body from damages caused by free radicals thus, delaying the aging process. Tulsi helps in increasing the metabolism which aids in weight loss when coupled with increased physical activity & a healthy diet. It also increases sensitivity to insulin, lowering one’s blood sugar & treating diabetes

How to benefit from Tulsi

– Having fever? Have tulsi and cardamom boiled in water. It helps bring down the fever.
– Tulsi is a germicide and disinfectant. It protects us from infections.
– Tulsi with honey and ginger is an effective remedy against bronchitis, asthma, influenza and cold.
– Eating tulsi empty stomach, is known to relieve one from kidney stones.
– Tulsi reduces blood cholesterol levels.
– Tulsi contains Vitamin C and other antioxidants such as eugenol which protects the heart from harmful effects of free radicals.
– Warm tulsi juice gets rid of stomach worms.
– Foul breath is such a big turn off! Guess what! Tulsi fights with bad breath, pyorrhoea and cavities and other dental problems.
– Tulsi has been traditionally known to cure night blindness.
– A large group of researchers believe that it has the potential to fight cancer, as it scavenges free radicals in the body.

(Source: The Times of India)

Herbs to Detoxify Lungs : Quit Smoking


Smoking is injurious to health, and may cause cancer!

We all know about the above statement, but still, that moment of brain-numbness and the “stress-free” couple of seconds pushed us into this vice at one juncture of life. And at some point of time, every smoker decides to quit. When the lungs can’t keep up and we realize that we can no longer sustain our cardio, with as much stamina as we used to have before we started smoking.

Here is something that can help detoxify your lungs, and help push clean air to blood to stay healthy; (source) a list of 5 herbs that can clean up the lungs!

  1. Mullein (Known as Verbascum sinuatum): The flowers and leaves of this plant helps soothe out the nasal passage, and has been proved very effective is problems like asthma, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. It can be consumed as tea, or used in oil/ointments, or cooked to eat. Breathing its steam can be extremely helpful as well!
  2. Lungwort (also known as pulmonaria) : This herb has been used as medicine since 1600! And this HAS to be good for your lung, because the name says so! It thins out the phlegm, thus creating an ease to breathing more clear. If you have accumulated a lot of tar in your lungs from smoking – this is the herb for you.
  3. Licorice Root: Licorice tea is a favourite beverage for all! The initial sip of the tea might not create its effect. But wait for a while, when the root does its magic and fills your mouth with overwhelming sweetness! That natural sweetener is perfect for soothing the throat. It’s great for lung detoxification as it relieves irritation. It helps loosen the phlegm in our throat to make it easier to then expel. It’s antibiotic properties kill bacteria and viruses living in our system.

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  4. Coltsfoot (also known as Tussilago farfara): It looks like little dandelion’s but be careful – when not taken properly it can be toxic. Its leaves have been used since ancient times to treat colds, coughs and other similar sicknesses. It’s effective for smokers when trying to quit. It helps the recovery of tar covered lungs from years of smoking. It loosens the mucus as it acts as a great expectorant. If you have a sore throat or dry cough it creates good relief for that kind of irritation. It can also assist in the soothing of bronchitis, colds, and even pneumonia.
  5. Indian Tobacco (also known as Lobelia Inflata): Don’t worry! The list is still about herbs that work against tobacco! Call it irony, but the tobacco, I mean the India Tobacco is known for causing reverse effects as to what smoking tobacco does to lungs.This amazing herb grows only a few times a year in North America!

    It has been used by Natives throughout time as they understood the healing properties of this plant. It has been used to treat an array of respiratory diseases long before it was used to detoxify lungs.

    Lobeline is an alkaloid that is the main source of relief in this plant. It loosens the phlegm and thins the mucus in the air passages. It’s especially helpful for more serious respiratory issues like asthma and bronchitis.

    It can be used to transition out of tobacco withdrawals in people who are smokers trying to quit. Cleanse your lungs with it by adding a small handful of leaves to a pot of boiling water. Inhale the steam coming from the water for at least 10 minutes. Repeat this twice a day when detoxing your lungs.

A sincere request to our readers! Please quit smoking now! Your life is precious!