Showing posts with label health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label health. Show all posts

Monday, July 30, 2018

10 rules for losing weight and regaining a flat stomach

  1. Consume at least 1.5 to 2 liters of water a day, which represents 6 to 10 glasses.You will eliminate toxins and stay hydrated, it is an indispensable element in your diet to lose weight. You can make a drink of lemon juice, honey and ginger added to water, it is an excellent drink that you can consume when you feel hungry.

  2. Choose foods rich in fiber that help to digest your food and reduce the amount of fat in your body. Vegetables and fruits should be present at your meals. Eat foods that are high in protein, calcium, almonds, dried fruits, or whole grain foods such as wholegrain rice, multigrain bread, or wholegrain. Fish, seafood, eggs and poultry will also give you the protein you need to give you energy and maintain your muscle mass.

  3. Skip meals is not recommended, rather eat at regular intervals, plan snacks or drink a glass of water if you risk a munchies. Eating at fixed and regular times will allow your body to better adapt to your diet. Do not eat after 10 pm because during the night your metabolism slows down and no longer burns calories as it would during the day.

  4. Avoid at all costs the temptation to nibble because it forces your digestive system to secrete digestive juices unnecessarily.

  5. Eliminate as much alcohol or beer, you know the little "beer belly", prefer them water, green tea or herbal teas well known for their antioxidant effects, soothing and promoting a better quality of sleep.

  6. When you eat, eat slowly, take your time to chew your food is essential because the digestive function begins in the mouth, on the other hand you will be more quickly satiated.

  7. Eliminate all situations of stress, which often leads to the desire to nibble

  8. Always adopt a positive attitude, if you work in an office do not be "slumped" on your seat, stand up straight, your body must feel supported, you will avoid problems of backache, neck. Another consequence of the sitting position is that the abdominal muscles loosen and the overweight is waiting for us.

  9. Exercise, physical exercise, one of the best ways to lose weight abdominal is to do short and intense exercise that can increase the process of burning fat. Other recommended sports, walking, jogging, dancing, climbing, tennis, swimming, cycling. In any case, practicing sports regularly is a guarantee of good health.

  10. Keep a diary of what you eat, your regular physical activity, your measurements, your weight to follow your progress and your progress. Set goals, achievable steps, and reward yourself when you succeed.

Always stay positive and motivated is the key to your success.
Good health at all

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Are You Having Trouble Falling Asleep?

We've all been there.  Lying awake at night, tossing and turning.  Staring at the clock watching the seconds tick by.  For some people it's an occasional annoyance, but if it continues, it can be a bigger problem.  Lack of sleep not only makes you drowsy during the day, long term it can lead to serious mental and physical health issues.  That's why it's important to be proactive.  With a little effort and some life changes, you can live healthier with a good night's rest.

One common reason you may not be able to fall asleep is an improper sleep schedule.  Our bodies adapt to going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day.  If we don't follow the same schedule every day, our brains don't know when to go to sleep and when to wake up.  While it may be more convenient to stay up late and sleep in on weekends, it's likely going to keep you from getting to sleep on time during the week.

Not staying on a sleep schedule may not only stop you from getting rest at night, it may also affect the kind of sleep you have.  If your sleep is restless or you're not getting enough of a certain type of sleep, you'll find yourself feeling tired even when you get your full eight hours.

If you don't get enough sleep the day before, you'll probably get some coffee or other caffeinated beverage to get yourself going.  The problem is that the caffeine could be what's causing you to toss and turn.  Some people can drink a cup of coffee and go right to bed, but others need several hours or longer for the effects to wear off.  While caffeine withdrawal will probably leave you dragging for a while, if you lay off the coffee, you'll probably start getting enough sleep not to need it.

Stress and anxiety could be a big reason for your tossing and turning.  If this is the problem, you probably already know it.  You'll often find your mind running through lists and figuring out problems instead of sleeping or even going to bed.  To clear your mind and sleep better, try meditating before bedtime to clear your mind and ease you to sleep.

Another reason your brain might have problems shutting off is because you're doing other things rather than trying to sleep.  While watching tv, reading, or listening to the radio might relax you, it doesn't necessarily put you to sleep - in fact it might be keeping you awake because these are things your mind associates with being up and moving.

If you have tried all the things listed here but still aren't able to get to sleep at night, consider seeing a doctor.  While most people are hesitant about going on a sleep aid, the side effects are generally less troublesome than the side effects of sleep deprivation.  If you're not sleeping well, it can severely affect your physical and emotional health.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Getting back on track with your weight loss goals

No matter how hard we try to stick to a healthy lifestyle, sooner or later we all trip and start eating some junk food, or skip our exercise program for a few days. It happens, so don't beat yourself up about it. At the same time you want to make sure you get back on track as soon as possible. After all, you don't want to get too comfortable where you are. Hers are some tips to help you get back into a routine that includes healthy eating and daily exercise.

Don't Beat Yourself Up

The most important thing when you fall off the healthy eating wagon is to not beat yourself up about it. Sure, it wasn't what you had planned, but we all give in to cravings sometimes. Forgive yourself for it and move on.

If you don't you'll get into a vicious cycle of feeling guilty, which gets you depressed, which makes you eat. Because you eat even more junk food to ease the pain from feeling guilty, you get yourself in even deeper. Before you know it, you'll just give up yet again and slip back into your old eating habits. Don't let this happen again, forgive yourself for slipping and then.

Get Started Again

Get right back into your healthy eating routine. Don't allow yourself to give up. Fix a yummy salad, snack on some fruit or fix some grilled chicken and vegetables for dinner. If you are subscribed to the Healthy Menu Mailer, prepare the dinner on the menu tonight. The sooner you get back into your healthy eating habits after overindulging, the better. Your blood sugar will normalize, avoiding additional sugar spikes that could result in more cravings. It also helps to drink plenty of water if you feel like more of the foods that you really shouldn't be eating. Distract yourself, if those bags of chips or the pie in the fridge are still calling you.

Keep a Log or Journal

You may also want to start a food and exercise log or journal. This doesn't have to be anything complicated. A simple spiral-bound notebook will do. Write down what and how much you ate every day, how many glasses of water you drank and how much you exercised. A weight loss journal is great way to create accountability. Because you know you will have to write down that bowl of ice cream you're thinking of eating, you will skip it and pick up some frozen grapes or some fresh berries instead. Your journal can also be a big motivator. When you feel like giving up, review it and look at how much progress you have made in the past weeks.

Take these tips to heart when you do slip and get back on track with your healthy eating habits and weight loss efforts as soon as possible. A healthy menu planner like Healthy Menu Mailer can help you stay on track with your healthy eating.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Cheap, “Green” Beauty

While it's great that there are many natural and organic beauty products available nowadays, I'm going to focus on the "reducing" aspect of the equation. If you don't NEED it, you don't need to buy it, even if it's eco friendly. Here are some ways to be a cheap green beauty. :)

Eliminate stuff you don't need

Every beauty and skin care expert I've ever read said that noone needs toner (or astringent). Wash your face well and rinse well. Skip the toner.

If you have oily skin you probably don't need moisturizer, and if you have normal skin, your sunscreen might be enough of a moisturizer. Use a sunscreen daily and that's probably all you need. If your skin is dry, use the gentlest cleanser you can and you might need less moisturizer.

Most people, unless your skin is extremely oily, don't need to wash their faces with a cleanser in the morning. Of course it goes without saying that you should thoroughly cleanse your face at night, but as long as you do this, your face is clean enough in the morning. Just splash with warm water.

Exfoliation is important for healthy and pretty skin, but you probably don't need an expensive product. Use a very clean washcloth to gently scrub your face. Or put some baking soda in your hand and use that as a gentle scrub. Or sugar or salt mixed with a little olive oil. Olive oil makes a great eye makeup remover by the way!

Skip the allover foundation. Most people don't need it all over their faces but just a little bit under the eyes and around the nose. Use a little tinted moisturizer instead or try mineral makeup, which makes your face look flawless and seems to last forever.

If you curl your eyelashes you might be able to skip mascara and eyeliner. It opens up the eyes and really makes them pop. If I were stranded on a desert island, I would want my eyelash curler and lip balm! Keeping your brows groomed also shapes your face without needing a product. In addition to tweezing, try trimming the longer hairs that stick out after you comb your brows (use cuticle nippers).

Try multi use products

Dr. Loretta author of "6 Weeks to Sensational Skin" says that dead sea salts have multiple uses for skin problems: everything from acne to eczema. You can find Dead Sea Beauty Products here.

Body lotion or conditioner can double as shaving cream. Buy makeup that can be used for eyes, cheeks and lips, like Kiss My Face 3 Way Color.

Make your own

Making your own skin care products usually means you'll use far less packaging than if you bought everything. It doesn't have to be super complicated though. You can mix honey and salt to make a body or facial scrub. Or sugar and olive oil. Lemon juice, salt and olive oil are great to exfoliate and bleach elbows and heels. Here are more homemade skin care recipes.

Learn to love your natural look

Learn to accept your natural face. Freckles are cute and don't have to be covered up. Curly hair is beautiful and doesn't have to be straightened. Ask your hairdresser to help you choose a style that works with your facial shape and hair texture. The more you try to change your natural look the more money and time you'll spend.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Is Raw Milk Suitable for Children?

Got Milk? Raw milk, that is? There is an interesting debate between proponents and opponents of raw milk who have been asked this question: Is raw milk suitable for children? Before you weigh in with your verdict, here are the nuts and bolts of why this subject has become so intense.

The basis upon which these two sides cannot agree has to do with pasteurization. Raw milk has bacteria, but so does pasteurized milk. The difference is that the E. coli bacteria found in raw milk is less prevalent than in milk that has been pasteurized. Research has shown that children who are given raw milk develop a resistance to such diseases as pneumonia, tuberculosis, diphtheria, and other related illnesses. While we know that there is a high level of calcium in milk, scientists found that the growth of children drinking raw milk was far superior to those who did not ingest raw milk.

If you think about countries such as Africa, for example, a large part of the Masai's diet is raw milk. In other countries and regions where people rely on cows and other animals to provide nutrients, raw milk is at the top of the list.

While it is true that cows should be healthy and the milk should be fresh, scientific data has proven that raw milk has been found to be good for children, and that it contains high concentrations of calcium, iodine, and protein which are essential components in promoting good health.

On the other side of the aisle are the opponents of raw milk who strongly suggest that raw milk is as bad as poison. Their rationale is that children develop tuberculosis which is caused by the germs contained in raw milk. While scientists generally discount this theory, there was a study which disclosed that one child out of seventy developed this disease. The research goes on to admit that fourteen children who drank pasteurized milk, however, developed TB.

There is another part of the equation that these debates inject. According to opponents, farmers would have to purchase machinery to process the raw milk. What if they can't afford to? Proponents would counter with this argument: what did everyone do before Louis Pasteur came along?

While we know that pasteurization removes some nutrients and good bacteria, there is no scientific data that suggests raw milk is a bad thing. As a matter of fact, the data indicates that children and adults have become ill from drinking pasteurized milk as opposed to raw milk. Those who are drinking raw milk would do well to make sure their supply is clean. Many small farmers are very concerned about safety and cleanliness since they too are drinking the product! Not to mention, their bread and butter is their product so they have a real interest in not losing customers. Raw milk enthusiasts often point to many benefits they see in their kids with raw milk. Some of these include: dairy "allergy" disappeared, ezcema healing, even attention problems improving.

So there's the debate in a nutshell. Considering that so much research has been done to explain the effects of raw milk versus pasteurized milk, it seems possible that this discussion is largely based on a political agenda and not the nutritional benefits derived therein.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Five Reasons to Drink Raw Milk

If you are looking for a healthier alternative to pasteurized milk, here are five reasons to have raw milk instead:

1.  Raw milk is rich in proteins, enzymes, and vitamins.  Included in raw milk is bacteria that is not only beneficial, but which acts as an anti-viral agent as well.  In addition, the high level of calcium in raw milk allows for the strengthening of bones as well as increased growth levels.

A recent study produced these findings:  "Raw milk contains two and a half times more IgG enzyme that pasteurized milk."  Why is this important?  It can prevent diarrhea in infants.

2.  Raw milk's counterpart, pasteurized milk, is said to contain lower amounts of all of the essential amino acids, nutrients, and vitamins that are necessary in maintaining overall health.  Moreover, the "good" bacteria in raw milk is destroyed by the pasteurization and leaves the body more defenseless against other bacteria that can be harmful.  This is why pasteurized milk deteriorates while raw milk simply turns sour.

Research also indicates that there is approximately 33% more natural vitamin C in raw milk than in pasteurized milk.  Vitamins A, B, and C in combination with enzymes are all destroyed in the pasteurization process and thereby leave the gates open for pathogens.

3.  While regular milk only contains 16% casein protein, raw milk contains 80% casein. Casein allows for slow digestion of proteins that contribute to muscle growth.

Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin found in raw milk.  Unless children consume a great deal of meat and eggs (or raw meat, which is not at all healthy), vitamin B12 can be missing from their diets.

4.  Research asserts that raw milk can prevent serious illnesses such as tuberculosis, asthma, flu, diphtheria, and related illnesses. It can also lower cholesterol. Pasteurized milk, on the other hand, has been attributed to the development of these diseases and can also promote dental decay.

In a clinical trial where approximately seventy children were given raw milk and pasteurized milk, one child who drank pasteurized milk developed TB.

5.  Raw milk has additional health benefits as well.  It can prevent osteoporosis, allergies, slow growth development in children, anemia, skin infections, and other illnesses.  Conversely, studies clearly indicate that pasteurized milk has typically been the source of illnesses such as tuberculosis, E. coli, and salmonella.

While these are just five reasons why raw milk is arguably better for you, consumers are slowly re-defining raw milk and its health benefits.  There are opponents who will never entertain the idea that raw milk is as beneficial as proponents claim, and this debate is sure to continue.

However, it should be noted that 1% of the population drinks raw milk and that in itself says something about where this argument may be headed.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Raw Milk is High in Protein

According to the dictionary, proteins are: "fundamental components of all living cells and include many substances, such as enzymes, hormones, and antibodies that are necessary for the proper functioning of an organism. They are essential in the diet of animals for the growth and repair of tissue and can be obtained from foods such as meat, fish, eggs, milk, and legumes."  Raw milk is high in protein and here are the reasons why raw milk may be a healthy alternative.

Raw milk contains all the amino acids we need and since proteins consist of amino acids, it follows that we need amino acids to build protein. These proteins allow for easy absorption of iron, have anti-cancer properties, and anti-viral properties.  They also help prevent bacteria from forming on the teeth, which can cause cavities.

In addition, the protein in raw milk can rid the body of "bad" bacteria and provide antibodies that play an important role in resisting viruses and toxins. These proteins have also been known to decrease the symptoms of asthma.

It should be noted here that pasteurizing milk not only destroys the "good" bacteria and other necessary nutrients, but significantly reduces the overall amount of protein in the milk.

To further delineate the importance of protein in milk, take a look at a label on a carton of regular milk and 1% milk.  The protein amount is 16% or 8 grams for both.  In raw milk, the protein is 80% casein.  What is casein?  It is the protein consisting of amino acids which are digested at a slower rate.  This is important because it releases the amino acids over a seven-hour period.  The whey protein in raw milk is 20%, and its amino acids are released within an hour.

Why is slow amino acid release so important?  Ask any body-builder and he will tell you that it allows for increased muscle growth which is based upon how well protein breaks down in the body.  The slower the body absorbs the protein, the less likely the protein will be suppressed.

Other important components of raw milk are enzymes which are made up of different kinds of proteins.  One enzyme found in raw milk, for example, acts as an anti-bacterial agent.

While we know that pasteurized milk is void of some of the necessary nutrients and enzymes that are most beneficial to the body, raw milk contains protein and enzymes as well as vitamins necessary to maintain one's overall health.  Remember, too, that bacteria in raw milk also serves as a protective agent against pathogens.