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Health Benefits of Lemon Juice

5 Apr

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You should always start the day out with a cup of warm water and the juice of half a lemon,according to the experts,  because the benefits are just too good to ignore. Lemons are known to have many health benefits, such as diuretic, digestive aid, benefit to liver enzymes and treatment for urinary tract infections. Lemons are also known for their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser.
If you have minor upper respiratory illness, then you can warm lemon water with honey and it will help loosen congestion. Lemon juice assists in the destruction of certain toxins within the gastrointestinal tract.

Lemon added to water is a diuretic, assisting the body in getting rid of extra fluid. This process rids the body of wastes, lowers blood pressure and cleanses the kidneys and urinary system, including the ureters and bladder. In a study of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, the findings show that lemon is a great aid against inflammatory polyarthritis and arthritis.
Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like colds and flues. Lemons have been known through the centuries for their ability to aid the body to fight diseases.
Lemon juice, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can participate to cure problems related to skin, such as acne and eczema problems. Lemon juice is said to give a glow to the skin, which makes your skin look healthier.

Health benefits of lemon are due to many nourishing elements like vitamin C, vitamin B, phosphorous, proteins, and carbohydrates present in it. Lemon is a fruit that contains flavonoid, a composite that holds antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.

Remember that Pure Lemon Juice contains acid which is harmful to teeth enamel. Always mix the lemon juice with water before consuming it.

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Do You Believe in Karma?

21 Mar

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How to Gain Optimal Health – step by step!

28 Feb

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Are you determined to improve your health but you don’t know where to start – then you should read this. Here I’m going to summarize for you the best ways to gain your optimal health and reach your goals. Do you have what it takes to improve your lifestyle? If you follow these steps your health will improve gradually. You will notice the difference, not only will you look better, but also feel better about yourself.  It’s all up to you!

Every food we eat contains calories. The calories you consume in cannot exceed the amount of calories the body uses up. Many find it helpful to write down their daily diet in a food journal.  CalorieKing is a website which logs the calorie amounts for food you’ve eaten. You can put your recipes into this Calorie Count tool and then you will see how many calories each recipe contain. If you are not sure how many calories you require, then you can use this Calorie Calculator. The calorie calculator can be very useful for weight management.

  • Set your mind on it! You need to make a decision and be determined  YOU CAN DO IT!
  • Set reasonable goals for the week. Just take it week by week. Set goal for each week that help you reach your long-term goals. You can’t do it all at once, but you can add, little by little, good habits to your daily routine.
  • Drink 8 – 10 glasses of water each day. Other fluids count too, like green tea, milk and juice, but water is the best because it’s so clean from all chemical that it helps your body to flush out toxins. Eliminate soda and sugary drinks such as sports drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day. Walking, running, cycling and swimming are great to improve your endurance and burn calories. Exercising will give you muscles, which boosts your metabolism and helps you burn more calories.
  • Eat healthy, meat, poultry and fish with vegetables. You should eat vegetables and fruits every day. Remember you can’t gain weight from eating fruits and vegetables.
  • Healthy snacks. You should have things like small carrots, tomatoes, grapes, apples and bananas to eat when you feel need for some snack.
  • Keep daily food and exercise journal. This helps you to keep track of what you consume and exercise each day. Weight in at the end of the week and write it in the diary. This way you will see the result for each week.

Good luck to you on your way towards healthier lifestyle – gaining your optimal health.

Did You Know That Diet Sweeteners Can Make You Fat!

19 Feb

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If you want to reduce the sugar in your diet and lose weight then you need to consume fewer calories. Then you might think that diet food, with artificial sweeteners and zero calories will be great help towards the new lifestyle you’re aiming at. It’s logical so logical to assume that, but in fact studies have shown that it’s not the fact. Diet sweeteners can actually make you fat!

According to research done at Purdue University the results shows overwhelming proof that artificial sweeteners make us fat. In this research a group of people were given artificial sweeteners in their diet, subsequently those individuals had increasing appetite and consumed three times more calories than those individual who were given regular sugar. The conclusion to this study was that it is less fattening to eat regular sugar than artificial sweeteners, event though eating this much regular sugar isn’t good for anyone. American study on 80,000 women showed that those who use artificial sweeteners regularly put on more weight per year than those who do not use them. The findings also showed that the more artificial sweeteners you use, it increases your appetite and makes you crave for more food. So the more sweeteners you eat, the more food you will need. Another study done on rats supports those findings. The rats whose diets contained artificial sweeteners appeared to overeat and become fat more quickly.

Dr. Savard stated in an interview at ABC News  that there is something about diet foods that changes your metabolic limit. Dr. Savard also talked about recent study which included more than 18,000 people. This study showed that if healthy adults consumed one diet drink a day then they could increase their risk of health problems and metabolic disorders by 30-40%.

The conclusion is that if you want to take care of your health, change your lifestyle or lose weight – do not start using artificial sweeteners. It’s not only bad for your health but can also increase your problems and make you gain weight instead of losing it. Therefore you should  make sure that the food you are consuming is free from artificial sweeteners like Aspartame, Saccharin, Candarel, Heremesetas, NutraSweet, Splenda or other brands.

Many diet products contain those sweeteners, f.ex. diet soda,  many sorts of light Yogurt and sugar-free Chewing Gum. If a product is said to be sugar-free, light or diet,  then you should read the labels and see if it contains artificial sweeteners. You will be surprised to find out how many products actually contain these sweeteners.

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These are the Best Vitamins for skin, nails and hair

7 Feb

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Did you know that the condition of your skin, hair and nails can actually provide information about your physical health.  If you want healthy skin, beautiful hair and strong nails then you must make sure you are getting the sufficient amount of essential vitamins. Your skin, nails and hair needs vitamins like the rest of your body. Nutritionists claim that by eating the right kinds of foods, rich in vitamins and minerals, will not only make you feel great but also look great. With a smooth healthy skin, shiny hair and strong nails.

By getting a sufficient intake of the best vitamins for nails, your nails and skin will greatly improve. Vitamins can be purchased separately, but according to nutritionists the best vitamins for hair and nails are those that are combined in a single source to balance all the best ingredients. For maximum health and growth you need to drink plenty of water and moisture your skin, hair and hands regularly with nourishing face cream and deep conditioner for hair. You should also massage your nails regularly with a nourishing cream to keep them moisturized.

Here are the important vitamins that your body needs to contain healthy look:

  • Beta Carotene  is essential for healthy hair and encourages growth in thinning hair. It is an antioxidant crucial for healthy skin which helps locate and destroy harmful free radicals. Beta carotene is also converted into Vitamin A by the liver.
  • Vitamin A is an essential vitamin which helps renew skin cells and produce sebum, an oily substance found in hair follicles. Sebum acts as a natural moisturizer and conditioner for a healthy scalp and great looking hair.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids prevents dry scalp and dull-looking hair. These fatty acids also have an anti-inflammatory effect which can help combat the redness and swelling of the skin in conditions like dermatitis and eczema.
  • Vitamin E  helps the body in healing itself after damage and help preventing acne scars and wrinkles. Vitamin E improves overall scalp circulation.
  • Zinc helps to build, repair and protect cells in your body. Zinc is important for the renewal of skin cells. If you have increased white spots on your nails, poor growth and inflammation of the cuticle then you might have to add more zinc into your diet.
  • Vitamin C assists in the production of collagen in your body. Collagen is a protein which acts as a glue, holding body tissues together. If there is collagen deficiency in the skin, sagging and wrinkles may develop.
  • Vitamins B. B2, B5 and B12 are important for healthy skin and promoting skin cell growth. Another B Vitamin called Biotin promotes healthy hair growth and fights nail brittleness. It increases the firmness and hardness of your nails. Vitamin B6 and B12 can help preventing hair loss.
  • Iron prevents nails to develop vertical ridges and become fragile and brittle. If your nails are spoon-shaped it might be a sign of low iron level in your body.  If you lack iron your hair can become dull, brittle and dry.
  • Calcium is important for stronger nails. If your nails tend to become fragile there might be calcium deficiency in your body.
  • Protein is necessary for healthy nails. Nails are made up of keratin, which is a form of protein. If you lack proteins in your body it can cause formation of white bands across the nails and they become more brittle.

When one door closes, another door opens.

4 Feb

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When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.      Helen Keller

How to Get Rid of Cellulite

31 Jan

English: Larger scale uneveness of the skin of...Cellulite is caused by a collection of fat that pushes into the skin’s upper layer giving a dimpled look. About 80% of women have cellulite, but men can also get it, although it’s not as common. Getting rid of cellulite can be tricky and takes both patience and time. There are two things that works against cellulite, that is to stimulate your circulation and diet. There is no need to buy expensive Anti-Cellulite Cream because researchers have discovered that none of these work – even though the producers claim they do miracles.

  • Drink water:  Drink six to eight glasses of water per day. Water keeps the skin hydrated and flushes out toxins.(which ultimately causes cellulite). You can also try herbal teas.
  • Eat foods that provide Lecithin and Protein:   Lecithin rich foods, so they’re great for getting rid of cellulite. Eat these foods daily as they restore the strength of dermal cells. Foods that is rich of lecithin are eggs, apples, soy, spinach, cauliflower, peanuts and Iceberg lettuce. Protein stimulates and strengthens the production of collagen and elastin which keeps cellulite at bay. Water retention can be part of the cellulite problem, but protein can help as it contains albumin, which helps absorb excess fluid. Therefore you should eat foods that contains protein, like  lean meats, poultry, fish, nuts, skimmed milk, pulses and tofu.
  • Cardio exercise:  It is proven to help you get rid of cellulite. Do exercises that target the buttocks, hips and thigh areas. Walking is one of the very best ways to slim your thighs and improve your general health and well-being. You should start walking at the pace that is right for you and then gradually quicken up your pace. Walking can burn off more than 300 calories an hour. You can walk to work, pop out at lunchtime for a brisk stroll or on a treadmill. Cycling, swimming and running are also great.  Use every opportunity you get in everyday life to be physically active, remember to take the stairs instead of the elevator,  to keep off the pounds and to get rid of cellulite as it stimulates circulation and keeps your skin smooth.
  • Use Scrub: Use a scrub every time you shower   Scrubbing your skin helps remove dead skin cells, stimulates circulation and boosts your lymphatic flow. It increases circulation and helps out the poor drainage in fat cells that causes cellulite. For the best results brush daily, using long strokes towards your heart.
  • Massage:  Good massage increases circulation and lymphatic drainage and breaks down adhesions, it also reduces stress. As a result in the skin tissues gets smoother and the body eliminates of excess fluid. Self massage for cellulite on the thighs or troubled areas, to stimulate circulation and break up fluids beneath your skin. Use your hands to knead the problem area. If you perform this on regular basis may be pleasantly surprised at the results.
  • Endermologie: This is a mechanical massage technique which is used to treat cellulite reduction and skin toning. It combines very firm massaging, rolling and sucking at the skin’s surface in an attempt to break up the fat cells that cause cellulite, boosts blood circulation and stretches the collagen fibres. A visible improvement can be seen after few session. The only downfall is that this treatment is expensive, but it works. I’ve tried it and it is gives very nice massage and is not painful, except around the joints. The result was great, I was very pleased with it and would go again if my wallet would allow it.
  • No smoking: Smoking can worsen cellulite as it cuts off your skin’s food supply and floods your body with toxins.

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This is why sleep is so important

28 Jan

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The benefits of good sleep impact almost every area of our daily life. Adequate sleep is essential for performance and general health. Adults  need about 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. Children need more sleep. Between the ages of 3 and 5 they should be getting 11-13 hours of sleep a night for optimal growth and development. Many researches has been done on the effects of sleep and the findings are the same. Good, deep sleep is crucial for physical renewal, hormonal regulation, emotional well-being and growth.

 

1. Keeps Our Heart Healthy:  Lack of sleep has been associated with increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels, both of which can lead to arteriosclerosis, which can cause heart attacks and stroke.

 

2. Reduces Stress:  Sleep can help lower blood pressure and elevated levels of stress hormones in your body. Therefor you feel more relaxed after a good night’s sleep.

 

3. Reduces mood swings: Insufficient sleep during the night can cause irritation and mood swings the following day.  If lack of sleep becomes a chronic issue it can lead to long-term mood disorders such as depression or anxiety. You’re even more likely to smile and be in a better mood when you’re well-rested.

 

4. Makes Us More Active: Energy levels are higher after good sleep and your mental awareness is more acute. You will be more likely to become physically active.

 

5. Can Help Us Lose Weight: People who sleep for less than seven hours per night are more likely to be overweight or obese, according to the National Sleep Foundation‘s.  If we lack sleep then the leptin levels in the brain lowers and raises ghrelin levels in the stomach. These hormones are responsible for regulating our appetite. Therefore we eat more, but this increase in appetite doesn’t lead to a craving for fruits and veggies.  Unfortunately the body craves for foods that is high in calories, fats, and carbohydrates when you lack sleep. If we, on the other hand, get enough sleep we balance those hormones and the cravings will stop. If you’re trying to lose weight then you should consider the benefits of sleep on weight control and make sure that getting enough sleep each day.

 

6. Memory aid: Sleeping time is the most important time for our brain to shape memories and make the connections, which can make it easier for us to retrieve those memories in the future.

 

7. Get Smarter: After a good sleep our mind regains focus and we can better tackle those tricky mental challenges. Studies show that a good night’s sleep improves learning.

 

8. Reduces Risk of Depression:  Good sleep helps us regulate serotonin levels in the body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that affects our mood. High serotonin levels create the feeling of happiness,  but low serotonin levels can create the feeling of sadness.

 

9. Helps Our Body to restore:  Sleep is the time for our body to restore and healing any damage caused by stress and other harmful exposures.

 

10.  It maintains a strong immune system: Ongoing sleep deficiency can change the way in which your immune system responds which  makes you more vulnerable to disease.

 

 

Tips to Reduce Stress on Busy days.

23 Jan

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It’s a fact that being busy can burn you out. Therefor you need to look after yourself specially when your schedule is full, so that you can stay relaxed and healthy. Here are some tips to help you to reduce the stress, that don’t take much time out of your busy day.

 

  1.  Take 5 minutes in the morning to relax, stretch and breathe.  If you start your day in a stressful way, then you’ll probably feel stressed for the rest of the day as well. Therefore it is important to make sure your morning starts with 5 minutes of silence and ease.
  2. Breathe in and breathe out.  Remember deep breath, fill your lungs with air. While you’re sitting at the traffic lights or waiting for the bus, at work or in the store – just focus on breathing calmly and rhythmically. Studies have shown that deep-breathing is very effective in handling depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders.
  3. 5 minutes time out.  Before you go home from work and start the engine of your car, just pause for few minutes. Clear out your mind, refresh your mind and then continue. If you travel on the train or bus then you can use the time for this.
  4. Try to walk few minutes every day.  Not only will the exercise be good for you, you also get some important fresh air and daylight. The lunch hour is ideal for this. Afterwards when you start working you will feel more focused and energetic. This is also an opportunity is to build exercise into your daily activities so you don’t have to stop for extra exercise at the gym later in the day, so it can save you some time.
  5. Ask for help or employ help.  Remember that those who share your household can also help with the cleaning and other tasks needed to be done. You don’t have to do everything yourself. You can even pay someone else to clean your home so you can have some extra time with your partner or family.
  6. Keep a planner. It makes your life less chaotic if you keep a planner. Make sure to write down every appointment you have and  make sure to schedule time for yourself.
  7. Laughter and fun is important.   It is important in busy life not to forget to have some fun. Laughter is also very important and can dissolve stress. Go out of your way to have laughter in your life. You can watch DVD’s of comedy or read some jokes. Play silly games with your children or share funny stories with friends or family.

 

Do you wake up with puffy eyes – then you should read this!

18 Jan

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If you wake up with puffy eyes or bags under your eyes –  then you might have excess water in your body also known as Edema. It occurs from excess fluid buildup under the eyes, commonly referred to as eye bag. The skin around the eyes is very thin and is full of blood vessels which make it very sensitive. The cause is usually linked to modern lifestyles and hormonal fluctuations. Things that can cause puffy eyes are Lack of sleep, Stress,Diet that is high in salt and Hormonal issues (f. ex. during pregnancy or menstruation). Other causes that can lead to puffiness are Crying, Changes in the weather can cause puffy eyes or too much Alcohol consumption. Usually puffy eyes will go away after a little bit of time.                                                                                

Sometimes puffy eyes might be symptoms of other conditions that may require examination by an eye care professional such as allergies, diabetes or side effect of several types of medication                                                                                                                                                               

Excess fluid can also build up in other body tissues. The condition occurs mostly in the feet, ankles and legs, but can develop anywhere in the body.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

How to prevent the bags from developing:                                                                                                                                                                                      

  • Sleep with the head elevated, it prevents fluids from accumulating around your eyes. Make sure you get enough sleep.                            
  • Cut back on salt intake.                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • Drink water to clean out your system, but don’t drink to many fluids right before going to sleep.                                                                
  • Cranberry juice is a natural diuretic to help reduce fluid retention and aid in weight loss.                                                                                      
  • Use a cold compress on puffy eyes. You can use cooling gel mask for eyes, or moisten two tea bags in cold water, chill them in the refrigerator and place them over closed eyelids for several minutes. Wash your face with ice-cold water. This should reduce the puffiness.    
  • Take good care of your skin. Don’t use oil-based makeup. The oil can cause the skin under the eyes to swell and become inflamed. Water-based and/or gel-based makeup is less harsh for sensitive skins. Avoid placing wrinkle remover cream near the eyes. It can cause too much hydration and puffiness is the result. Always wash your makeup off each night, as the residue can fill the pores causing swelling.            
  • Wash face with ice-cold water                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Cream for puffy eyes. Try a soothing eye cream with aloe and Vitamin E.                                                                                                            
  • Diuretics can help with water retention, so taking one can sometimes help the body expel excess fluids, but only use under the advice of a doctor.
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