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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.

 

 

green tea

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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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.

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.

 

 

About Kids

10 Apr

A child is like a butterfly,

Some can fly higher than others.

But each one flies the best it can,

Why compare one against the other?

Each one is different. Each one is special.

Each one is beautiful.

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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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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