Bottle Gourd and Its Benefits

It is mostly a summer vegetable, which is truly beneficial for health. Bottle gourd is connected with a number of health benefits. The mild and cool effect of this vegetable keeps your body relaxed throughout the summer season. Since a long time, bottle gourd has been used to treat a number of health problems.

In spite of gourd not being too tasty, it can offer a number of health benefits. The water content in this vegetable is nearly 96% and is also rich in iron, dietary fibers and phosphorus. And of course, it very rich in Vitamin C.

Bottle gourd contains fiber that helps in preventing health issues such as piles, constipation and gastric problems. It is recommended that people suffering from diabetes and digestion should add it in their everyday diet. The juice of this vegetable is also used in various other ayurvedic medicines.

Bottle gourd can prove to be very helpful for people who are in the process of losing weight. As it is low in calories and fats and rich in fiber, one should daily drink a glass of bottle gourd juice on empty stomach. Doing this will help you in curbing your appetite.

This vegetable helps in minimizing problems related to urine. To keep a control on urinary problems, one should daily drink a glass of bottle gourd juice with a tea spoon of lime juice mixed in it. The cooling effect of the juice helps to curb the burning sensation caused due to urine infection.

Insomnia can also be reduced by eating gourd regularly. Gourd juice mixed with sesame oil proves to be a very good medicine for insomnia. The cooked leave of this vegetable is good for insomnia. To treat insomnia the leaves of bottle gourd can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable.

Over and above, it is very effective in treating skin problems and preventing untimely graying of hair. It is very advantageous if taken during jaundice and is effective in curing kidney problems as well. A glass of gourd juice satisfies thirst and gives energy.

It is very nutritious and at the same time low in calories and fats. Everyone should try and include this vegetable in their regular diet. Compliment your diet by eating bottle gourd everyday because it purifies your body and keeps you healthy all throughout.

Are Cheap Water Bottles Affecting Your Health?

Learning to avoid plastics that contain Bisphenol A or BPA seems like a daunting task. By taking a few seconds to read the label and finding out what recycling code it has labeled on it can make all the difference.

Why is BPA bad?

Bisphenol is an endocrine inhibitor.

OK let’s break this down a little further, in layman terms; it interrupts the processes of the endocrine system.

What is the Endocrine System?

The endocrine system is a series of gland and organs that produce hormones that control vital functions of your body.

Just to name a few glands and organs that are related to the endocrine functions are:

Bone marrow

Every major function of the human body is tied to the endocrine system.

You will not be shocked when I tell you that BPA contamination has been linked to Diabetes which affects the Pancreas

Should this information be alarming and scare this piss out of you?


The Food and Drug Administration have you focused and worried about how many calories and grams of fat are in items rather than the raw ingredients and secondary contamination.

Now that you know a little bit more about toxic BPA let’s discuss the types of plastics that are manufactured.

There are 7 codes that are used in describing plastic types, which are numbers 1-7.

Type 1

PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)

Used for making single use containers for common items such as soda bottles, single use water bottles, electrolyte replacement drinks, food jars as well as cosmetic containers.

Type 2

HDPE (High density Polyethylene)

HDPE is used to make many common items that are heavily used such as grocery bags, milk, and juice containers.

Type 3

PVC (Polyvinyl chloride)

PVC is used to make items such as Garden Hoses, Rain Jackets, Window frames, meat wrapping, and water pipe.

Type 4

LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene)

You will find this product to be used to package bread, heavy duty bags, squeezable plastic bottles and food wrap.

Type 5

PP (Polypropylene)

Medicine bottles, cereal liners, straws and chip bags are commonly used with PP.

Type 6

PS (Polystyrene)

They use this world wide and you find it all the time on the side of the road as foam food containers, egg cartons, and plastic cutlery. This stuff just doesn’t go away and isn’t’ recyclable.

Type 7

Other PC (Polycarbonate)

This is the group where they label stuff they don’t have a category for but common items are Baby bottles, water coolers, car parts, etc.

Which Types should you avoid?

Limit your exposure to plastics types 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 whenever possible.

Avoid types 3 and 7 at all costs.

Join us in celebration of “Boycott BPA Week” in March.