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Fingernails Can Reveal Clues About Your Health

5 Mar

Did you know that your fingernails can reveal clues about your physical & mental health. Strong, healthy nails reflect a strong, healthy you. You can tell if your nails are healthy simply by noticing their color, naturally pink nails are healthy with kept cuticle and free from peeling or cracking.

Your fingernails can give clues about your lifestyle, if you are eating healthy or not. Fingernails can reflect some nutritional deficiencies, such as low levels of iron, biotin and protein. Healthy nutritional choices support healthy hair, skin and nails. It’s plain and simple you are what you eat, so if you want to look healthy – eat healthy.

Occasionally we all experience some issues with our fingernails, but normally it only lasts for a short period of time and is usually caused by nutritional issues, stress or bad lifestyle. Your nails can provide important clues about what’s going on in the rest of your body. Fingernail problems are not to ignore, they can reveal health problems like asthma, diabetes, heart problems, cancer, psoriasis, malnutrition or respiratory disease. Any changes in the color, texture or shape of your nails may indicate a long list of underlying medical conditions.

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The Color of Vegetables Tells Which Vitamins and Healthy Substances They Contain

14 Jul

Did you know that the colors of fruits and vegetables tell you which unique vitamins and healthy substances they contain? Therefore you should choose colorful vegetables on your plate, this will make you’ll sure to take in a wide range of nutrients. Here are some examples of different colored vegetables and the nutrients they contain:

Green:

Green vegetables contain a powerful antioxidant called lutein. It promotes good vision and healthy skin. It may also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by slowing the narrowing of arteries. Therefore it’s recommended to eat vegetables like broccoli, spinach, green beans, asparagus, cucumbers, celery, peppers and artichokes.

Red:

Red vegetables contain antioxidants such as lycopene and anthocyanins, which have anti-inflammatory properties and promote healthy heart. Red vegetables are also brain boosters that support good memory. Researchers claim that they reduce the risk of cancer. It’s recommended to eat tomatoes, peppers and red onion to maintain good health.

Yellow and orange:

Yellow and orange vegetable contain vitamin C and several types of antioxidants. It has been shown that consuming  those vegetables helps to maintain a healthy heart and eyes. They contain antioxidant called carotenoids which slows arthritis and according to researchers reduces the risk of certain cancers, such as lung, stomach, bladder and breast. Bioflavonoids and vitamin C work together to strengthen the immune system. Examples of vegetables in this category are peppers, sweet potatoes, carrots and pumpkin.

White:

White vegetables contain nutrients that provide powerful immune boosting activity.  They are a rich source of many nutrients you tend to fall short on, like fiber, potassium, and magnesium. They also contain nutrients that is belived to reduce the risk of cancer in colon, breast, and prostate. In addition to all that they also help balance hormone levels, which reduces the risk of hormone-related cancers.

Purple:

Purple vegetable contain especially powerful antioxidant called flavonoid that is believed to reduce the risk of heart disease and have beneficial effects on memory. It has also been shown to lower the risk of cancer. This includes vegetables such as eggplant, purple asparagus and red cabbage.

Flat Belly Diet Foods

8 Jul

 

 

 

 1 Yogurt

 

 

Yogurt has a calming effect for the probiotic bacteria that help keep your stomach healthy. A new study people who consumed yogurt each day lost 81% more fat around their belly than those who didn’t eat yogurt. . The calcium in yogurt reduces namely fat absorption from other foods. Best results were in unsweetened yogurt and greek yogurt.

 

 

 

 

 2 Eggs

 

 

Eggs are one of the best and most cheapest protein sources with 6-9 grams of protein per egg. Eggs can be counted as a superfood because it contains many vitamins. If you’re concerned that eggs increase cholesterol you can relax because there are two types of cholesterol, the good HDL and bad LDL. Eggs contain mainly the good kind.

 

 

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  3 Green vegetables

 

 

 Spinach and romaine lettuce are all extremely low in calories, full of fibre and contain  vitamins and minerals that help to ease water retention.

 

 

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4 Green Tea

 

 

Green Tea contain high dose of antioxidants, called catechins,which have been shown to be particularly good for reducing fat around the belly. Athletes who drank four cups of green tea a day for 12 weeks, lost more than eight times more fat around the stomach than those who drank coffee, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.

 

 

5  Appel

 

 

They contain water-soluble pectin fibers that keep us satiated and reduces insulin levels in the body. Too much insulin is neither good for your health or metabolism and tells your body to store energy. Appel is also very rich of fibre which helps the digestion.

 

 

 

 

6 Tomatoes

 

 

Tomatoes are full of antioxidants and have been found to reduce inflammation and water retention in the body, as well as reversing leptin resistance. Leptin is a type of protein which helps to regulate metabolic rate and appetite. Therefore tomatoes can help you lose weight.

 

 

 

 

7 Turkey, Chicken, Bananas

 

 

9 out of 10 women suffer from PMS symptoms. To prevent and reduce the effects, it is good to eat foods that contain tryptophan, which helps the body produce more of the feel-good hormone serotonin. Turkey, chicken and bananas contain high levels of the substance.

 

 

 

 

 8 Oatmeal

 

 

It’s great to start to the day with a bowl of oatmeal. Oatmeal contains fibers that stimulates bowel movements which makes digestion more efficient, increase satiety and stops cravings. Oatmeal is also a great source of magnesium, iron and B vitamins.

 

 

Berry Harvest from Parents' Garden

 9 Berries

 

 

Berries are rich of antioxidant grenades and filled with nutrients that increase blood flow in the body and brings oxygen to your muscles.Berries are rich of vitamin C which also provides fat burning an extra boost because vitamin C is needed for the liver and kidneys to produce the amino acid carnitine, which transforms fat into energy.

 

 

 

 10 Water

 

 

If the body lacks fluids it can influence our mental energy and it helps to maintain the balance of body fluids. You need to drink 8 – 10 glasses of water per day to keep your body hydrated. Drinking water helps you lose weight because it helps your body to get rid of  toxins from your body. It gives healthy skin and helps the digestion.

 

 

 

 11 Nuts and almonds

 

 

Almonds and nuts are especially beneficial for the stomach. Almonds are rich in vitamins and magnesium which regulates the stress hormone cortisol. If you are stressed your body will after some time, begin to store more fat around the stomach which is particularly harmful to your cardiovascular health.

 

 

 

Never Go Shopping On An Empty Stomach

5 Jul
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You should never go shopping for groceries on an empty stomach because it influences your food choices. It’s been proven to  increase the risk of giving in to junk-food temptations. Which can cause frustration and regrets of having given in to those cravings. To prevent that from happening you should always eat a healthful snack before you go shopping. It been confirmed by researchers that shopping while hungry does influence what you buy and makes it more difficult for you to avoid junk-food and sweets.

7 Steps To Detox and How Can Detox Help Your Body

29 May

It seems like everyone is talking about how healthy it is to detox and how good it is for the body.  I’m not sure if that’s something for me but since I am turning towards healthier lifestyle, I’m willing to try various things to improve my general wellbeing. So as usual I’ve started searching for information about the process of detox. Experts say that everyone should detox at least once a year.

What is Detox

Toxins are substances that can harm your body. They derive from foods, beverages, alcohol, smoking, drugs and stress, and when in excess can leave a person feeling tired, sick and overweight. Detoxifying your body may be defined as cleansing the body from poisons and toxins that may have accumulated in the colon, lymph, lungs, gallbladder, skin, blood, kidneys and liver. Basically, detoxification means cleaning the blood. It does this mainly by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination.   With natural detox methods you can apply to safely and effectively cleanse your body of these harmful toxins. The body eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. Detox gives the body a chance to get rid of these toxins making your body more effective in doing this job in the future.  If you have frequent, unexplained headaches or back pain, memory failing, brittle nails and hair, frequent allergies, acne or overweight, then it’s a signs that detoxification is needed. Nutritionists advice is to avoid using fast and extreme detox programs, they recommend to choose a safe, natural way to detoxify your system.

Detoxifying your body is a natural method which you can use to safely and effectively cleanse your body of these harmful toxins. Lessening the burden on the detoxification organs by reducing the body’s exposure to pollutions and toxins for s set period of time. A restricted, healthy diet accompanied by certain supplements will help us eliminate these toxins in our body.

Detoxification programs can vary greatly, between restricting intake to juice only to allowing only for a diet consisting mainly of vegetables, fruit and whole-grains.

  • 1. Use whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables and healthy fats, to improve your body’s ability to cleanse itself. Whole foods include grains (such as whole grain flours, brown and wild rice, quinoa); organic or minimally treated fruits and vegetables.
  • 2. Vitamin C supplement, it is a powerful antioxidant which helps detoxify or cleanse the body from harmful substances.
  • 3. Drink water – 8 – 10 glasses daily.
  • 4. Relax – stress and anxiety have negative affect on your body.Breathe deeply to allow  oxygen to your blood circulation.
  • 5. Dry skin brushing – it stimulates skin circulation, removes dead skin cells, improves blood and lymphatic circulation, and helps remove toxins excreted via the skin.
  • 6. The diet isn’t the only thing that can help. Regular exercises brings more oxygen-rich blood to your kidneys and liver, which allows them to eliminate toxins more effectively. Sweating also helps your body to eliminate wastes through perspiration.
  • 7. Saunas have been used for centuries as an effective detoxification tool for the skin.

Benefits of Detox:

  • Elimination of toxins and poisons that have been running through your body.
  • A cleansed colon that prevents constipation that may cause fatigue, lethargy and bloating.
  • Weight loss.
  • A strengthened immune system.
  • Healthier lifestyle.

Cons of Detox:

  • Some people experience limited weight loss, or weight that quickly returns once the detox is over once old habits return.

Want To Get Rid Of Body Fat – the newest technology freezes it off.

10 May

This is true, I couldn’t believe it either at first. There’s always been talked about burning the fat with exercise and right amount of total daily calorie intake. This is no joke, the newest technology is to freeze the body-fat.When I first heard of this I thought it couldn’t be true but then I started reading about it. Specialists state that this is actually true and it works. This has been tested on numbers of people for the last two years to develop the method and now its ready on the market. This new fat-freezing procedure can flatten your belly, love handles and back fat.  CoolSculpting gives amazing results. Researchers have found that this treatment will not damage skin or nerves, and after just one section the fat shrinks in the area being treated by an average of 20% to 25%.  A CoolSculpting device sandwiches the fat on the abdomen or thighs between two cooling plates and freezes it. Generally 1-3 treatments are needed, each section takes  about one-hour, but full results are seen at around 3 months. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment because it removes only small areas of fat but it helps to get rid of resistant body fat and sculpt the body.

How it works – Research has shown that if fat cells are cooled to near freezing for a certain amount of time and they crystallize, shatter and die. Then the fat cells are destroyed. Studies show that the dead fat cells are digested by white blood cells in the immune system and eliminated via the bodies natural eliminating processes. This procedure makes it possible to get rid off those bulges of resistant fat. by literally freezing them away. The goal is to remodel the shape of the body. This new technology is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction and it costs less. It’ no pain involved but the area of skin and fat that had been treated gets frozen solid, just like a pack of meat from the freezer, though it quickly melts down again.

How To Get Rid Of Dandruff

30 Apr

Dandruff can be really annoying problem. About half of the population suffers from a flaky scalp at some point in our lives. Dandruff consists of loose white flakes in the hair, which fall off and may be noticed on the shoulders and back. Dandruff is a common scalp condition which may be accompanied by itching. Since this is such a common problem, there are many options for getting rid of dandruff.

  • Drink water – due to lack of moisture, the scalp may become dry and flaky.
  • Healthy diet – Diet is an important factor when it comes to dandruff. Lack of necessary oils in your diet and bad nutrition can contribute to dandruff.
  • Wash your hair with shampoo–  without frequent shampooing, the oil and skin cells can build up on your scalp and eventually flake off. Find shampoo that suits your hair type. Usually it pays off to use products recommended by professionals, especially if you have sensitive hair or scalp. Make sure to wash all the shampoo and/or conditioner from the hair. Remains of it can cause dandruff.
  • Anti-Dandruff shampoos – This is a great help in the fight against dandruff. Read the guidance about how to use it. Use it frequently and leave it in the hair for few minutes. Then rinse thoroughly.
  • Deep conditioner – If your scalp and/or hair is dry use deep conditioner and massage it into your scalp gently Leave it in for an hour before you rinse it thoroughly.
  • Minimize the use of hair products such as mousse, balm, gel and volumizer can make the problem worse. Excessive use of hair products can make your hair and scalp unhealthy and cause dandruff.
  • Relax – stress can cause dandruff therefore its better to keep your stress level to a minimum.
  • In extreme cases doctor can prescribe medicated shampoos or creams.

Why is Yoga good for You?

24 Apr

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Many women at my workplace are practicing yoga. It started with only few women, but now there is a big group that’s started taking yoga classes. My coworkers praise it and say they couldn’t be without it now, knowing all the benefits of it. They say it makes them feel so good, but never mention what it is exactly that is so great about it. Since I’m curious by nature and wondering whether I should try it out myself or not. I have been reading a lot of articles about yoga and now I’m going to share my findings here.

Yoga is nothing new it has been practiced for more than 5,000 years.  Yoga usually include some form of breathing technique, physical poses and possibly a meditation technique. Yoga combines both body and soul. The main focus is to maintain balance between your body, mind and spirit. There are many different types of yoga styles such as Pilates yoga, Bikram yoga, Power yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Hatha Yoga and Hot yoga. These are just few of the many different styles of yoga being taught today.

The Health Benefits of Yoga:

    • Improves muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina – regular yoga practice stretches and tones the body muscles and makes them strong.
    • Mental health and physical energy improves – by practicing yoga you will not just get physically fit but also mentally and emotionally balanced.
    • Reduces stress, tension and anxiety levels – creates sense of well-being and calm.
    • Boosts self-esteem – when the body and mind are balanced you feel better about yourself.
    • Improves concentration – yoga gives mind and body harmony through combination of meditation and breathing technique.
    • Weight loss – more vigorous yoga styles can provide a better workout than gentle yoga to lose weight. Yoga increases persons mindfulness and the way one relates to their body. Therefor  individuals will become more aware of what they are eating and make better food choices.
    • Improves blood-circulation one of the benefits of doing yoga is the overall improvement in blood circulation. The focus on proper breathing during practice increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood.
    • Stimulates the immune system – Yoga poses massage organs and strengthen muscles; breathing techniques and meditation release stress and improve immunity.
    • Sleep improves – teaches you relaxation techniques, including breathing exercises and meditation which is very useful to help sleeping.
    • Pain decreases – long-term benefits include reduced back pain and improved posture.
    • Balance improves – yoga helps to improve the imbalance caused by incorrect use of our body parts by improving your posture.
    • Gastrointestinal function normalizes – because of improved blood circulation and the massaging effect of surrounding muscles speeds up the digestion.

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How To Eat According to Your Body Shape

16 Apr

I stumbled upon an article in a magazine about how to eat right according to your body shape. It got me thinking can this be right, does my body shape really matter when it comes to food? Then I started to read further and then I found that this could actually make sense.

Are you shaped like Apple or a Pear? Apple shapes gain weight more easily around the waist (belly-fat), while pear shapes tend to gain weight in the hip and buttock area.

Eating for your body shape can help you not only lose weight, but it can protect your future health, according to Dr. Marie Savard, author of the book “Apples and Pears: The Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness“. Dr. Savard also claims that apple-shaped people have a greater risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer. While pear-shaped people are more likely to face conditions, such as osteoporosis, varicose veins, cellulite and eating disorders. Study done by Dr. Jialal, professor at University of California, found that in spite of the old myth about individuals with apple-shapes (fat carried around the belly) have long been considered at higher risk for those conditions that Dr. Savard talks about. This new study shows that pear-shaped people are not automatically healthier. Pear-shaped individuals (those who carry extra weight in their thighs and buttocks) aren’t protected from certain chronic health conditions as previously thought. Dr. Jialal points out that losing any extra pounds can lower your chances of getting sick no matter what shape you are.

Best food for Apple-shaped people:

According to Dr. Starvard apple-shaped people should eat a diet high in fiber-rich complex carbohydrates which contains moderate amounts of heart-healthy fat, found in nuts, avocados, and olive oil, this sort of diet while increasing your body’s ability to burn fat. This means eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains such as brown rice and wholemeal bread, and fiber found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots and barley. This diet can contribute to lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels.

High fiber foods have fewer calories per volume of food than other food groups, and require more chewing, leading to better levels of satiety. Which means that you can eat the same weight of food but feel full on fewer calories.

Best food for Pear-shaped people:

According to Dr. Savard pear-shaped individuals should eat complex carbohydrates like whole grains, dark breads, brown rice, quinoa, all vegetables,  legumes and fruits. Eat low-fat but also healthy fats like salmon, almonds and flax-seed. Also use olive -, coconut and canola oils. Moderate protein intake is recommended, such as chicken and lamb, soy foods, tuna, trout, skinless chicken/turkey breast, very lean beef, eggs, fat-free yogurt and cottage cheese. Pear-shaped people should avoid consuming much cream, full-fat milk, cheese, butter, fatty foods, mayonnaise, anything deep-fried and salty foods. Dr. Savard recommends taking a calcium supplement, since osteoporosis is a risk later in life.

 

 

This Is Why Garlic Is Great For Your Health

8 Apr

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You probably often heard that Garlic is great for your health but do you know why it’s so great? Garlic is a widely recognized health enhancing supplement and it is packed with vitamins and nutrients. Few weeks ago my mother was having trouble with eczema, a nutritionist she talked to told her to eat some fresh garlic, one sector each day. Just chop it into little bits, then put it between slices of bread and eat. Just make sure to drink a big glass of water with it – it’s important. If you take little bites and swallow it with water, you don’t need to chew it much then you can skip the garlic breath. After taking this for a week my moms eczema got better. It hasn’t disappeared completely but the problem areas are fewer, smaller and not as itchy. Eating a raw garlic gives the maximum effect, a cooked garlic does not have the same health benefits as raw garlic cloves – but all is not lost. You will still get some of the health benefits of garlic if you eat cooked garlic – as long as it’s not cooked in a microwave.

Because of its distinct taste and aroma, garlic is a commonly used spice. Garlic is great for cooking because it gives a wonderful, tasty flavor, however people often avoid eating garlic cause of the bad garlic breath. Good advice against this bad breath is drinking lemon juice or eating a few slices of lemon, that will stop garlic breath.

  • Garlic helps strengthen the body’s defenses against allergies – Garlic helps removing excessive toxins from the body can help alleviate seasonal allergies.
  • Garlic helps regulate your blood sugar levels  and is therefore great for people with diabetes.
  • Garlic can help regulate the blood pressure – whether you’re blood pressure is high or low,  garlic can help equalize it.
  • Garlic is good for the heart – it promotes the well-being of the heart. Garlic helps to prevent arteriosclerosis and thereby reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • Garlic reduces Cholesterol – many studies confirming that garlic in several forms can reduce cholesterol.
  • Garlic is improves the blood circulation – Garlic has ability to increase the blood circulation, which helps maintaining healthy blood circulation.
  • Garlic is an Antioxidant – the organic compound, allicin, which gives garlic its aroma and flavor, acts as very  powerful antioxidant.
  • Garlic strengthens the immune system – Many researches show that garlic promotes healthy immune system function and strengthens the body’s defenses. One of garlic’s most potent health benefits includes the ability to enhance the body’s immune cell activity. Garlic works as a powerful antibiotic,  helping the immune system to  fight infection and bacteria.
  • Garlic reduces lung problems – It helps against asthma, coughs, hoarseness and difficulty of breathing. It’s particularly helpful against bronchitis, because it promotes expectoration.
  • Garlic can cure ear infections – Take a small piece of garlic and wrap it in some tissue. Then you insert it into the ear, best is to keep it in there overnight for maximum effect. It should reduce the pain within 24 hours and the infection should start clearing up.
  • Garlic helps against parasites – it can actually help the body getting rid of parasites such as pin worms.
  • Garlic gets rid of plantar warts – Plantar warts refer to warts affecting the sole of the foot and, unlike other warts, may cause pain or bleed when walking. To get rid of them just take fresh garlic cloves and crush them, apply to the wart until it disappear.

    മലയാളം: Garlic


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