Afridi Withdraws Retirement

Shahid Afridi has withdrawn his international retirement and says he is available for selection for Pakistan in the limited-over formats. Afridi had announced a ‘conditional’ retirement from international cricket in May, after having been stripped of the ODI captaincy, saying he would return if there were changes in the PCB and the team management.

 Since then, Waqar Younis has quit as coach of the national team, and Ijaz Butt has been replaced as PCB chairman by Zaka Ashraf. Afridi said he had not really retired but had only said he wouldn’t play under the previous (Ijaz Butt-led) board.

 “I didn’t as such retire,” Afridi told reporters in Karachi. “I only said I will not play under the previous board but now people are changed – exactly what I wanted – so I am available for selection for the country.”

 His return to the team may not be immediate though, as Pakistan’s interim chief selector Mohammad Illyas said there would be protocols to follow for the PCB to clear Afridi for selection. “He [Afridi] is good enough to play for Pakistan,” Illyas told. “But there are protocols to follow as he needs to have clearance from the PCB before being available for selection. Once the PCB clears him then we will seriously consider on his selection for the team.

“I can’t say that he is an automatic selection for the team but at the same time we never questioned his abilities as he has played an ample amount of cricket for Pakistan. We know that he still has cricket left in him. For the PCB, he was a retired player and wasn’t available for selection. Today I learned through the media that he has withdrawn his retirement but as a selector I will have to check his status.”  Pakistan will select their ODI squad for the series against Sri Lanka in the UAE after the second Test.

 Afridi made the announcement at the Karachi University Sports ceremony, where he was the chief guest, and was in a pleasant mood. He said he had remained match-fit, and was ready to return under whoever was captain. “I am fit and have had continued my individual practice to maintain both the form and fitness required for international cricket. As far as captaincy is concerned I never ran after it and I am ready to play under any captain.”

 Zaka Ashraf, the new PCB chairman, is a reputed banker in Pakistan, and Afridi said he was looking forward to a professional regime. “I took the decision not to play under the previous board on principle and still stand by it. Now, the management has changed. I learned that new the PCB chairman is very professional and I believe he can handle the PCB’s functioning in a similar fashion to the way he has worked in the cooperate sector.”

 Afridi’s issues with the previous board began during Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies in May when he was involved in a spat with then coach Waqar Younis. Afridi spoke publicly about the feud, and was charged with a violation of the code of conduct by the PCB. Subsequently, Afridi was replaced as captain in the limited-over formats by Test captain Misbah-ul-haq, with Ijaz Butt saying the board had “solid reasons” to sack Afridi, which he would reveal when the time was right.

 Afridi subsequently quit international cricket but played for Hampshire in the Friends Life t20 in England. He had maintained throughout that he wanted to play for Pakistan and would make himself available should.



What to do to keep your body young

What to do to keep your body young

Some women are lucky enough to reach 30 and look like they should still be at high school. For the rest of us, there’s the daily grind of applying endless lotions, dieting and hitting the gym to make sure our bodies stay younger than the number of candles on our next birthday cake.

But aside from the obvious tricks, is there anything else a girl can do to stay looking – and feeling – youthful? Thankfully – yes. Read on for MSN Life & Style’s guide to keeping your body young, inside and out.

Eat the rainbow
Eat your greens… and your reds, oranges, yellows and purples. Nutritionists know that the natural nutrients and chemicals which are responsible for giving fruit and vegetables their gorgeous bright colours protect us from numerous health disorders, including cancer, heart disease, arthritis and premature aging. The hundreds of different antioxidants help to mop up harmful free radicals before they damage cells and make us look old before our time, so always try to eat a wide variety of fruit and veg to reap the benefits.

Keep calm and carry on
If you’re an excessive worrier, or if there is just too much stress in your life, then you could be at risk of making yourself ill and looking haggard before your time. Scientists say there is a direct link between emotional strain and premature aging; chronic stress appears to shrivel the tips of genes inside cells, shortening their life span and hastening the body’s deterioration. Try to tackle the source of your anxiety head on, while meditation, exercise and yoga can also help you to relax.

Eat oily fish
Eating oily fish – such as fresh tuna, salmon and mackerel – can keep you disease-free and your skin from aging prematurely. Fish like these contain long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, which experts know can prevent heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Your two portions a week may also protect your eyesight in old age. Boffins from the University of California, San Francisco, found that these fatty acids stop DNA from unravelling, causing cell damage.

Sun factor
Unless you want to arrive at middle-age looking like a prune’s handbag, then it’s not enough just to religiously apply moisturiser every day. Your skin is at constant risk of sun damage, even in the mild British climate where the sun doesn’t often feel hot. Ultra-violet rays penetrate deep into the skin and damage cells, causing the skin to peel away and replenish – though the permanent damage has already been done. Make sure you apply lotion that comes with added SPF (at least 15), especially to your face and neck.

Find love
Easier said than done, perhaps, but studies show that having sex regularly while in a happy, loving relationship, helps to keep us looking young. One piece of research, by neuro-psychologists at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital found that couples who have sex at least three times a week look more than 10 years younger than the average adult who makes love twice a week. They claim that this intense form of pleasure triggers the release of a growth hormone in women which slows the aging process.

Eat for your skin
When you get older, the collagen in your skin is produced more slowly, which means skin cells aren’t replenished as quickly as they used to be. Research suggests that a diet that is rich in lycopene and beta-carotene may help to keep skin looking young and glowing. These nutrients mop up free radicals before they can damage – and age – cells. Sweet potatoes, carrots and green leafy vegetables are full of beta-carotene, while tomatoes and watermelons provide the body with a rich bounty of lycopene.

Do Yoga
Ever seen a yoga instructor with a body you wouldn’t die for? There’s a reason for that; yoga is one of the best forms of exercise to keep you looking and feeling sprightly. For one thing, it’s low impact, so your joints will thank you for hitting the mat rather than pounding the pavement. Yoga also provides elasticity to the spine and corrects bad posture, firms up the skin and strengthens and tones muscles, meaning you’ll keep burning calories even when you’re not working out. Finally, of course, it’s extremely relaxing, so you’ll reduce stress levels just by going to a class 2-3 times a week.

Switch to whole grains
Despite studies showing that eating whole grains can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer by up to 30%, many Brits have no idea what they are and how they give their health such a significant boost. ‘Whole grain’ means all three parts of the grain have been used, including the outer-layer, which is full of fibre, and the nutrient-rich germ. Whole grains help stop the heart and artery walls from thickening and stiffening, meaning you’re less likely to suffer from high blood pressure or heart disease. They also provide a steady supply of energy to cells, including the skin, keeping it looking good and controlling oil production. You should aim to eat around 2-3 servings of whole grain cereal, bread, pasta and other products every day to make the most of these benefits.

Get a good night’s sleep
Think the term ‘beauty sleep’ is a myth? Think again. According to one study carried out in Sweden, people deprived of sleep for long periods appear less attractive and unhealthier than those who are well rested. Over time, this has a huge impact on how youthful you look. Sleep is one of the most rejuvenating treatments around. When you’re in the land of nod your cells have a chance to repair and rebuild, whereas sleep deprivation limits this function. Lack of sleep also means you are more susceptible to stress, which can cause the capillaries in your skin to tighten, stopping nutrients from reaching the skin and leaving you looking worn-down and dull.

Get off your butt
We live increasingly sedentary lifestyles these days, but this is all the more reason to unchain yourself from your desk and start exercising regularly. As well as helping you to lose weight, tone up, boost your mood and strengthen bones, there is also a clear link between working out and the aging process. According to the National Institute on Aging, even walking for just 10 minutes a day can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by an incredible 40% – so your brain benefits too.


Natural Pain Remedies from Your Kitchen

Make muscle pain a memory with ginger
When Danish researchers asked achy people to jazz up their diets with ginger, it eased muscle and joint pain, swelling and stiffness for up to 63 percent of them within two months. Experts credit ginger’s potent compounds called gingerols, which prevent the production of pain-triggering hormones. The study-recommended dose: Add at least 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger to meals daily.
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Cure a toothache with cloves

Got a toothache and can’t get to the dentist? Gently chewing on a clove can ease tooth pain and gum inflammation for two hours straight, say UCLA researchers. Experts point to a natural compound in cloves called eugenol, a powerful, natural anesthetic. Bonus: Sprinkling a � teaspoon of ground cloves on meals daily may also protect your ticker. Scientists say this simple action helps stabilize blood sugar, plus dampen production of artery-clogging cholesterol in as little as three weeks.
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Heal heartburn with cider vinegar

Sip 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water before every meal, and experts say you could shut down painful bouts of heartburn in as little as 24 hours. “Cider vinegar is rich in malic and tartaric acids, powerful digestive aids that speed the breakdown of fats and proteins so your stomach can empty quickly, before food washes up into the esophagus, triggering heartburn pain,” explains Joseph Brasco, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the Center for Colon and Digestive Diseases in Huntsville, AL.
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Erase earaches with garlic

Painful ear infections drive millions of Americans to doctors’ offices every year. To cure one fast, just place two drops of warm garlic oil into your aching ear twice daily for five days. This simple treatment can clear up ear infections faster than prescription meds, say experts at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Scientists say garlic’s active ingredients (germanium, selenium, and sulfur compounds) are naturally toxic to dozens of different pain-causing bacteria. To whip up your own garlic oil gently simmer three cloves of crushed garlic in a half a cup of extra virgin olive oil for two minutes, strain, then refrigerate for up to two weeks, suggests Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., co-author of the book,
Best Choices From The People’s Pharmacy . For an optimal experience, warm this mix slightly before using so the liquid will feel soothing in your ear canal.
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Chase away joint and headache pain with cherries
Latest studies show that at least one in four women is struggling with arthritis, gout or chronic headaches. If you’re one of them, a daily bowl of cherries could ease your ache, without the stomach upset so often triggered by today’s painkillers, say researchers at East Lansing’s Michigan State University. Their research reveals that anthocyanins, the compounds that give cherries their brilliant red color, are anti-inflammatories 10 times stronger than ibuprofen and aspirin. “Anthocyanins help shut down the powerful enzymes that kick-start tissue inflammation, so they can prevent, as well as treat, many different kinds of pain,” explains Muraleedharan Nair, Ph.D., professor of food science at Michigan State University. His advice: Enjoy 20 cherries (fresh, frozen or dried) daily, then continue until your pain disappears.
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Fight tummy troubles with fish

Indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases…if your belly always seems to be in an uproar, try munching 18 ounces of fish weekly to ease your misery. Repeated studies show that the fatty acids in fish, called EPA and DHA, can significantly reduce intestinal inflammation, cramping and belly pain and, in some cases, provide as much relief as corticosteroids and other prescription meds. “EPA and DHA are powerful, natural, side effect-free anti-inflammatories, that can dramatically improve the function of the entire gastrointestinal tract,” explains biological chemist Barry Sears, Ph.D., president of the Inflammation Research Foundation in Marblehead, MA. For best results, look for oily fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, trout and herring.
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Prevent PMS with Yogurt
Up to 80 percent of women will struggle with premenstrual syndrome and its uncomfortable symptoms, report Yale researchers. The reason: Their nervous systems are sensitive to the ups and downs in estrogen and progesterone that occur naturally every month. But snacking on 2 cups of yogurt a day can slash these symptoms by 48 percent, say researchers at New York’s Columbia University. “Yogurt is rich in calcium, a mineral that naturally calms the nervous system, preventing painful symptoms even when hormones are in flux,” explains Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., a professor of gynecology at Yale University.
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Tame chronic pain with Turmeric

Studies show turmeric, a popular East Indian spice, is actually three times more effective at easing pain than aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, plus it can help relieve chronic pain for 50 percent of people struggling with arthritis and even fibromyalgia, according to Cornell researchers. That’s because turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, naturally shuts down cyclooxygenase 2, an enzyme that churns out a stream of pain-producing hormones, explains nutrition researcher Julian Whitaker, M.D. and author of the book,
Reversing Diabetes . The study-recommended dose: Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of this spice daily onto any rice, poultry, meat or vegetable dish.
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End endometrial pain with oats

The ticket to soothing endometriosis pain could be a daily bowl of oatmeal. Endometriosis occurs when little bits of the uterine lining detach and grow outside of the uterus. Experts say these migrating cells can turn menstruation into a misery, causing so much inflammation that they trigger severe cramping during your period, plus a heavy ache that drags on all month long. Fortunately, scientists say opting for a diet rich in oats can help reduce endometrial pain for up to 60 percent of women within six months. That’s because oats don’t contain gluten, a trouble-making protein that triggers inflammation in many women, making endometriosis difficult to bear, explains Peter Green, M.D., professor of medicine at Colombia University.
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Soothe foot pain with Salt
Experts say at least six million Americans develop painful ingrown toenails each year. But regularly soaking ingrown nails in warm salt water baths can cure these painful infections within four days, say scientists at California’s Stanford University. The salt in the mix naturally nixes inflammation, plus it’s anti-bacterial, so it quickly destroys the germs that cause swelling and pain. Just mix 1 teaspoon of salt into each cup of water, heat to the warmest temperature that you can comfortably stand, and then soak the affected foot area for 20 minutes twice daily, until your infection subsides.
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Prevent digestive upsets with Pineapple

Got gas? One cup of fresh pineapple daily can cut painful bloating within 72 hours, say researchers at California’s Stanford University. That’s because pineapple is natually packed with proteolytic enzymes, digestive aids that help speed the breakdown of pain-causing proteins in the stomach and small intestine, say USDA researchers.
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Relax painful muscles with Peppermint

Suffering from tight, sore muscles? Stubborn knots can hang around for months if they aren’t properly treated, says naturopath Mark Stengler, N.D., author of the book,  The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies . His advice: Three times each week, soak in a warm tub scented with 10 drops of peppermint oil. The warm water will relax your muscles, while the peppermint oil will naturally soothe your nerves — a combo that can ease muscle cramping 25 percent more effectively than over-the-counter painkillers, and cut the frequency of future flare-ups in half, says Stengler.
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Give your back some TLC with Grapes

Got an achy back? Grapes could be the ticket to a speedy recovery. Recent studies at Ohio State University suggest eating a heaping cup of grapes daily can relax tight blood vessels, significantly improving blood flow to damaged back tissues (and often within three hours of enjoying the first bowl). That’s great news because your back’s vertebrae and shock-absorbing discs are completely dependent on nearby blood vessels to bring them healing nutrients and oxygen, so improving blood flow is essential for healing damaged back tissue, says Stengler.
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Wash away pain injuries with Water
Whether it’s your feet, your knees or your shoulders that are throbbing, experts at New York’s Manhattan College, say you could kick-start your recovery in one week just by drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. Why? Experts say water dilutes, and then helps flush out, histamine, a pain-triggering compound produced by injured tissues. “Plus water is a key building block of the cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones, your joints’ lubricating fluid, and the soft discs in your spine,” adds Susan M. Kleiner, Ph.D., author of the book,  The Good Mood Diet . “And when these tissues are well-hydrated, they can move and glide over each other without causing pain.” One caveat: Be sure to measure your drinking glasses to find out how large they really are before you start sipping, she says. Today’s juice glasses often hold more than 12 ounces, which means five servings could be enough to meet your daily goal.Fun & Info @

Heal sinus problems with Horseradish
Latest studies show sinusitis is the nation’s number one chronic health problem. And this condition doesn’t just spur congestion and facial pain, it also makes sufferers six times more likely to feel achy all-over. Horseradish to the rescue! According to German researchers, this eye-watering condiment naturally revs up blood flow to the sinus cavities, helping to open and drain clogged sinuses and heal sinus infections more quickly than decongestant sprays do. The study-recommended dose: One teaspoon twice daily (either on its own, or used as a sandwich or meat topping) until symptoms clear.
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Beat bladder infections with Blueberries

Eating 1 cup of blueberries daily, whether you opt for them fresh, frozen or in juice form, can cut your risk of a urinary tract infection (UTIs) by 60 percent, according to researchers at New Jersey’s Rutgers University. That’s because blueberries are loaded with tannins, plant compounds that wrap around problem-causing bacteria in the bladder, so they can’t get a toehold and create an infection, explains Amy Howell, Ph.D. a scientist at Rutgers University.
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Heal mouth sores with Honey
Dab painful canker and cold sores with unpasteurized honey four times daily until these skin woes disappear, and they’ll heal 43 percent faster than if you use a prescription cream, say researchers at the Dubai Specialized Medical Center in the United Arab Emirates. Raw honey’s natural enzymes zap inflammation, destroy invading viruses and speed the healing of damaged tissues, say the study authors.
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Fight breast pain with Flax

In one recent study, adding 3 tablespoons of ground flax to their daily diet eased breast soreness for one in three women within 12 weeks. Scientists credit flax’s phytoestrogens, natural plant compounds that prevent the estrogen spikes that can trigger breast pain. More good news: You don’t have to be a master baker to sneak this healthy seed into your diet. Just sprinkle ground flax on oatmeal, yogurt, applesauce or add it to smoothies and veggie dips.
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Cure migraines with Coffee

Prone to migraines? Try muscling-up your painkiller with a coffee chaser. Whatever over-the-counter pain med you prefer, researchers at the National Headache Foundation say washing it down with a strong 12- ounce cup of coffee will boost the effectiveness of your medication by 40 percent or more. Experts say caffeine stimulates the stomach lining to absorb painkillers more quickly and more effectively.
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Tame leg cramps with Tomato Juice

At least one in five people regularly struggle with leg cramps. The culprit? Potassium deficiencies, which occur when this mineral is flushed out by diuretics, caffeinated beverages or heavy perspiration during exercise. But sip 10 ounces of potassium-rich tomato juice daily and you’ll not only speed your recovery, you’ll reduce your risk of painful cramp flare-ups in as little as 10 days, say UCLA researchers.
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How to add a google plus widget in website

You may already have noticed this in various website,  Most of the webmasters and bloggers are putting a google plus widget with their profile url in their website. The visitors of this site can easily add the blogger or webmaster to their google plus circle by simply clicking the profile url from the widget.

Webmasters or Bloggers actually do it to get more and targeted followers on google plus. And readers and visitor can easily add there favorite bloggers or writer. The bloggers and visitors both are being benefited from the website google plus widget.Google Plus Circle Widgets

How to add google plus widget to your site

If you are a blogger or website owner, you can do the same whats others are doing. You can put your google plus profile in website in various way, wordpress users can add this by installing a plugin. But here I have one advice. As plugin make slower our site, So I don’t recommend using any plugin to do the simple task.

You can actually do it by putting some simple code. Code? Don’t know? ok, Don’t be worry. here is various solutions. But I recommend to generate the code from this website.

To generate your code, you have to put your profile address on the top box of this page. (Shown in the image below.)

Oh yeah. Don’t know how to find your profile url? Ok, the go to your google plus account and click on the profile tab. Now look forward to your browser address bar. This is your profile url. (Shown in the image below)

After pasting your profile url to the box, click Generate button to generate your code. You will get basically two types of code. One is for small widgets and another is for big widgets which contains google plus user stream as well as profile link. Choose the right one from this and paste this code to your website actually where you want to put the widget.

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Okra -Lady’s finger (Bhindi)

A guy has been suffering from constipation for the past 20 years and recently from acid reflux. He didn’t realize that the treatment could be so simple — OKRA! He started eating okra within the last 2 months and since then have never taken medication again. All he did was eat 6 pieces of OKRA everyday. He’s now regular and his blood sugar has dropped from 135 to 98, with his cholesterol and acid reflux also under control.

Here are some facts on okra (from the research of Ms. Sylvia Zook,?PH.D (nutrition), University of Illinois . 

“Okra is a powerhouse of valuable nutrients, nearly half of which is soluble fiber in the form of gums and pectins. Soluble fiber helps to lower serum cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease. The other half is insoluble fiber which helps to keep the intestinal tract healthy, decreasing the risk of some forms of cancer, especially colo-rectal cancer. Nearly 10% of the recommended levels of vitamin B6 and folic acid is also present in a half cup of cooked okra.

Okra is a rich source of many nutrients, including fiber, vitamin B6 and folic acid. He got the following numbers from the University of Illinois Extension Okra Page . Please check there for more details.

Okra Nutrition (half-cup cooked okra)
* Calories = 25
* Dietary Fiber = 2 grams
* Protein = 1.5 grams
* Carbohydrates = 5.8 grams
* Vitamin A = 460 IU
* Vitamin C = 13 mg
* Folic acid = 36.5 micrograms
* Calcium = 50 mg
* Iron = 0.4 mg
* Potassium = 256 mg
* Magnesium = 46 mg

These numbers should be used as a guideline only, and if you are on a medically-restricted diet please consult your physician and/or dietician. Ms Sylvia W. Zook, Ph.D. (nutritionist) has very kindly provided the following thought-provoking comments on the many benefits of this versatile vegetable. They are well worth reading.

1. The superior fiber found in okra helps to stabilize blood sugar as it curbs the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestinal tract.

2. Okra’s mucilage not only binds cholesterol but bile acid carrying toxins dumped into it by the filtering liver. But it doesn’t stop there…

3. Many alternative health practitioners believe all disease begins in the colon. The okra fiber, absorbing water and ensuring bulk in stools, helps prevent constipation. Fiber in general is helpful for this but okra is one of the best, along with ground flax seed and psyllium. Unlike harsh wheat bran, which can irritate or injure the intestinal tract, okra’s mucilage soothes, and okra facilitates elimination more comfortably by its slippery characteristic many people abhor. In other words, this incredibly valuable vegetable not only binds excess cholesterol and toxins (in bile acids) which cause numerous health problems, if not evacuated,?but also assures their easy passage from the the body.

4. Further contributing to the health of the intestinal tract, okra fiber (as well as flax and psyllium) has no equal among fibers for feeding the good bacteria (probiotics).

5.To retain most of okra’s nutrients and self-digesting enzymes! , it should be cooked as little as possible, e.g. with low heat or lightly steamed. Some eat it raw ( I EAT THREE RAW OKRA WITH LITTLE LEMON/SALT. I eat also one clove RAW GARLICK on the toast and chew.)

Name: Okra

Biological Name: Abelmoschus esculentus, Hibiscus esculentus

Other Names:   Okra, Okro, Ochro, Okoro, Quimgombo (Cuba), Quingumbo, Ladies Fingers, Gombo, Kopi Arab, Kacang Bendi, Bhindi (S. Asia), Bendi (Malaysia), Bamia, Bamya or Bamieh (middle east), Gumbo (Southern USA), Quiabo, Quiabos (Portugal and Angola), okura (Japan), qiu kui (Taiwan)

History: Okra traces its origin from what was known as Abyssinia (Ethiopia) spreading right through to Eastern Mediterranea, India, Africa, North America, South Americaand the Caribbean. Though long popular in the South, it is becoming increasingly common and well known in Western Countries.

Description: Okra is a tall-growing (3 to 6 feet or more in height), warm-season, annual vegetable from the same family as hollyhock, rose of Sharon and hibiscus. The immature pods are used for soups, canning and stews or as a fried or boiled vegetable. The hibiscus like flowers and upright plant is very pretty.

When cut, okra releases a sticky substance with thickening properties, useful for soups and stews.

Parts Used: Immature pods

Constituents: Nutrition Information

For 1/2 cup sliced, cooked okra

For 1 cup raw okra

Calories 25
Dietary Fiber 2 grams
Protein 1.52 grams
Carbohydrates 5.76 grams
Vitamin A 460 IU
Vitamin C 13.04 mg
Folic acid 36.5 micrograms
Calcium 50.4 mg
Iron 0.4 mg
Potassium 256.6 mg
Magnesium 46 mg

Calories: 33
Fiber: 3.2g
Total Fat: 0.1g
Protein: 2.0g
Carbohydrate: 7.6g
Vitamin A 660 IU
Vitamin C 21mg
Folate 87.8mcg
Magnesium 57mg


Medicinal Applications According to Sylvia W. Zook, Ph.D. (nutritionist) Okra has several benefits.

1. The superior fiber found in okra helps to stabilize blood sugar by curbing the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestinal tract.

2. Okra’s mucilage binds cholesterol and bile acid carrying toxins dumped into it by the filtering liver.

3. Okra helps lubricate the large intestines due to its bulk laxative qualities. The okra fiber absorbs water and ensures bulk in stools. This helps prevent and improve constipation. Unlike harsh wheat bran, which can irritate or injure the intestinal tract, okra’s mucilage soothes, and okra facilitates elimination more comfortably by its slippery characteristic. Okra binds excess cholesterol and toxins (in bile acids). These, if not evacuated, will cause numerous health problems. Okra also assures easy passage out of waste from the body. Okra is completely non-toxic, non-habit forming, has no adverse side effects, is full of nutrients, and is economically within reach of most unlike the OTC drugs.

4. Okra fiber is excellent for feeding the good bacteria (probiotics). This contributes to the health of the intestinal tract.

5. Okra is a supreme vegetable for those feeling weak, exhausted, and suffering from depression. 

6. Okra is used for healing ulcers and to keep joints limber. It helps to neutralize acids, being very alkaline, and provides a temporary protective coating for the digestive tract.

7. Okra treats lung inflammation, sore throat, and irritable bowel.

8. In India , okra has been used successfully in experimental blood plasma replacements. 

To retain most of okra’s nutrients and self-digesting enzymes, it should be cooked as little as possible, e.g. with low heat or lightly steamed. Some eat it raw.
Specific Ailments
Acid Reflux and Constipation

A person, suffering from constipation for the past 20 years and recently from acid reflux, started eating 6 pieces of Okra. Since then, has not taken any other medication.Now, his blood sugar has dropped from 135 to 98 and his cholesterol and acid reflux are also under control.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. This anti-inflammatory activity may curtail the development of asthma symptoms. A large preliminary study has shown that young children with asthma experience significantly less wheezing if they eat a diet high in fruits rich in vitamin C. 1/2 cup of cooked Okra contains over 13 mg of vitamin C. 

Diets high in insoluble fiber, such as those containing okra, are associated with protection against heart disease in both men and women.

The insoluble fiber found in Okra helps to keep the intestinal tract healthy, decreasing the risk of some forms of cancer, especially colo-rectal cancer.
Capillary fragility

Eating plenty of flavonoid and vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables such as okra helps to support the structure of capillaries.

1/2 cup of cooked okra contains 460 IU of vitamin A. Some studies have reported that eating more foods rich in beta-carotene or vitamin A was associated with a lower risk of cataracts.

A study (JAMA July 23, 2003) showed that consuming a “dietary portfolio” of vegetarian foods lowered cholesterol nearly as well as the prescription drug lovastatin (Mevacor). The diet was rich in soluble fiber from oats, barley, psyllium, eggplant and okra. It used soy substitutes instead of meat and milk and included almonds and cholesterol-lowering margarine (such as Take Control) every day.
Depression and Lack of Energy

Okra is a supreme vegetable for those feeling weak, exhausted, and suffering from depression.
High homocysteine

A controlled trial showed that eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables containing folic acid, beta-carotene, and vitamin C effectively lowered homocysteine levels. Healthy people were assigned to either a diet containing a pound of fruits and vegetables per day, or to a diet containing 3 1/2 ounces (99g) of fruits and vegetables per day. After four weeks, those eating the higher amount of fruits and vegetables had an 11 percent lower homocysteine level compared to those eating the lower amount of fruits and vegetables. Okra is a storehouse of vitamins and folic acid.
Multiple sclerosis (MS)

In one survey, researchers gathered information from nearly 400 people (half with MS) over three years. They found that consumption of vegetable protein, fruit juice, and foods rich in vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, calcium, and potassium correlated with a decreased MS risk.

Fun with Google’s Ngram: Interesting Graphs

I spent the best part of a couple hours playing with Google Books’ Ngram thing. It evidently came out last year but I only just discovered it. For those unaware, it’s basically a tool that allows you to search for the prevalence or certain terms in Google Books’ entire catalog. You basically get a sense of how certain concepts, terms, or events rise and fall over time. Obviously you can’t make conclusions that are too firm and can’t infer causality because of correlation, but it can still be instructive in some cases. Here are a few that I found interesting:

1. “Kashmir”
I was interested in this one mainly because one of the stated assumptions of Pakistan’s strategy in backing militant proxies in Kashmir is to “internationalize” the dispute. That is, the Pakistani strategy has been to get the world talking about Kashmir, caring about Kashmir, and presumably leaning on India as a result of all this talk and care about Kashmir.

What’s fascinating is that this strategy seems to have been counterproductive. At the very least, you would have to say that the strategy has failed. As Pakistan’s support for militants increased in the early and mid 1990s, the preponderance of “Kashmir” in written work fell. Why that is, I have no idea.

2. “Soviet Union, Cold War, United States”
I really didn’t understand this one. How is the Cold War referred to more often – significantly more often, at that – than its two protagonists?

3. “Islam, terrorism”
I did this one just for kicks. Check out the results:

4. “postmodernism, functionalism, critical theory”
For the academic/nerd types out there.

5. “racism, sexism”
I recall in the 2008 election how there was some sort of perverse competition amongst some supporters of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton about which was the more dominant vice: racism or sexism. Despite the inanity of that debate – structures of power disparity, whether they be in the shape of patriarchy or racial superiority, are often mutually supportive, not oppositional – it was interesting to see which concern animated writers more. This gives us a pretty comprehensive answer:

Perhaps what’s most noteworthy of that graph is the pre-1940 period. Yikes.

6. “role model, celebrity”
I did this one because I’ve always had the hunch that the belief that celebrities should be role models is a relatively new one. The main reason for this, I submit, would be that our very understanding of the term “celebrity” has changed appreciably. It’s opened up considerably, to the point where famous people’s business is now our business, with or without their consent. Without being an expert on this sort of thing, I hardly think famous people in the 1930s or 1940s had every lurid detail of their life commented upon in the public sphere. And given our profound fascination with famous people’s missteps and trials and tribulations, it seems a little senseless that we concomitantly hold them up to be role models.

I don’t know what this graph shows, but I think it would be broadly consistent with the view that (a) the term “role model” itself is quite new, and (b) its rise is associated with a sharp increase in our attention to celebrities. I don’t think we can say anything definitive beyond that, certainly based on this graph alone.

7. “facebook, google”
This one was obvious. Perhaps the two best known online companies in the world. The results may surprise you – though you should be aware that they are only up to 2008; my guess is with newer data, this graph would look fairly different.

8. “orientalism”
This one is perhaps my favorite chart in the entire series. What knocks me over about this is it shows the power of one man to completely change the vocabulary of a certain body of scholarship. Edward Said literally changed the world, in his own way. The book was published in 1978, and a few years later, poof:

9. “Negro, African American”
Do you believe it took until the turn of the century for “African American” to finally outpace the use of “Negro”? (I first tried the search with “black” included as well but because “black” can refer to any number of things other than as a racial descriptor – black holes, black swans etc – I dropped it from the search).

10.”John Lennon,Paul McCartney,Robert Plant,Mick Jagger”
I don’t want to sound callous or anything, but this shows that if you’re a musician in the west, dying is a very successful career move, especially if it happens when you’re young.

You should go play around with it yourself, and see what you come up with.

Enemy within

We are printing Rs300 crore a day every day of the calendar year. That’s what inflation is all about. To be certain, the meanest component of inflation is food inflation because the poorer one is the higher percentage of his or her income goes toward buying food. And in this Land of the Pure there’s some 12 crore to 13 crore Pakistanis earning Rs200 or less a day. Inflation, in fact, is the biggest of all our problems (Gallup Pakistan; Jan 27, 2011). Just who is behind this printing of notes – America, India or Israel?

Loadshedding ?
According to our very own National Power Control Centre, we have an installed capacity of 18,167 MW – and that is roughly 10 percent or 15 percent more than currently needed. The problem, therefore, is not capacity but the circular debt. The federal government, KESC, Fata, our private sector and the government of Balochistan collectively owe Pepco a colossal Rs250 billion. Pepco in return owes the IPPs, Wapda, our oil sector and our gas sector Rs140 billion. Just who is behind this loadshedding – America, India or Israel?

Pakistan Railways?
Here are five facts about Pakistan Railways (PR): One; 384 out of 540 diesel engines are out of order. Two; PR has 16,433 carriage wagons out of which 8,005 are not on tracks. Three; the US has offered a $400 million loan for the purchase of 150 locomotives. Four; Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, our railways minister, has decided to lease 50 engines from India. Five; PR’s deficit stands at Rs40 billion. Just who is behind this mess at PR? Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour is not an Indian agent. Javed Iqbal, chairman railways, is not an American agent.

Pakistan International Airline (PIA)?

Here are four facts about PIA: One; 10 out of 39 PIA aircraft have been grounded because of technical faults – that’s 25 percent of the entire fleet. Two; Nadeem Khan Yousufzai is the MD. Three; accumulated losses are fast approaching Rs100 billion – 100 followed by nine zeros. Is Nadeem Khan following some top-secret Israeli agenda? Isn’t Yousufzai one of the largest of all Pushtun tribes?

Education Policy?
Of all the evils we have ever nurtured, substituting public school curriculum with hate literature has to be one of the most evil (National Education Policy 1979). We have 157,360 primary, 41,330 middle and 24,792 secondary schools. Mossad has 1,200 employees and we have more than 1.2 million teachers teaching – or is it preaching – at our schools. To be sure, public school curriculum is a powerful driver behind conflict throughout the length and breadth of Pakistan. Just who is behind this master conspiracy – America, India or Israel? Is Sanjeev Tripathi, the head of RAW, also a member of our curriculum wing?

Government Performance?

Next. Between 1947 and 2008 we took on Rs6 trillion worth of public debt. Over the past three years our public debt has gone from Rs6 trillion to Rs12 trillion. Every man, woman and child in Pakistan is now indebted to the tune of Rs61, 000. Imagine; the Government of Pakistan continues to borrow additional funds and that too at the rate of Rs500 crore a day every calendar day of the year. Is Pakistan’s Debt Policy Coordination Office working under the direction of Tamir Pardo, the current director of the Mossad?

Who said that facts are the enemy of truth?

Writer: Dr Farrukh Saleem