Tuesday 30 April 2019

The Amazing Effect Beans Have On Our Body!

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Monday 29 April 2019

The Dangers Of Sleep Deprivation!

Most people, particularly college students and call centre agents, usually boast that they are sleeping lesser than the required eight hours. Little did they know that although espresso shots and four cans of energy drink might benefit them in doing their work at 4 in the morning with 2 hours of sleep, in the long term run, their body will eventually suffer.

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Hangover Cures!

5 tips to have you feeling better after a big night…

It’s very easy to get caught up in the moment when you’re drinking, especially when you’re celebrating something – nobody wants to be a killjoy! We all know the feeling though, you’ve gone too hard the night before and now the room is spinning. Alas, you can’t lie in bed complaining all day, life keeps moving and so must you. Luckily our experts are on hand to offer their top tips to have you feeling better after an evening on the sauce…
1. Rehydration is Essential
London’s leading nutritionist Lily Soutter (www.lilysoutternutrition.com) explains the best things to eat to replenish your bodies hydration levels during a hangover.  “Alcohol is a diuretic, and if fluid levels are not replenished symptoms of dehydration can occur. If you’re suffering from dryness in the mouth, dizziness, weakness or even headaches then you may be dehydrated. Water can also aid with the elimination of acetaldehyde, a toxic by-product that is produced from the breakdown of alcohol, which ultimately may help to improve hangover symptoms. If the taste of water alone isn’t sitting right with you consider hydrating foods. Lily adds “stay hydrated with water-rich foods such as cucumber, watermelon, celery and strawberries” Alcohol consumption not only results in fluid loss but electrolyte loss is also a common side effect. Lily recommends “Replenish critical electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium which may help to further regulate hydration. Consider, potassium-rich bananas, avocado and sweet potato. As well as getting magnesium from nuts and green leafy vegetables”.
2. Detoxify your Liver
We know the effects alcohol can have on the liver as it is responsible for breaking down about 95% of the alcohol we consume - excessive consumption can, therefore, be extremely damaging. You can help detoxify your liver by choosing the right kinds of food. To help your liver break down alcohol– and to get rid of chemicals such as acetaldehyde – try to include foods that promote healthy liver function, both before and the day after drinking. Protein-rich foods are one of the food groups in this category, as proteins break down into amino acids that are used by the liver for detoxification. Particularly important is the amino acid cysteine, which has a specific role in acetaldehyde breakdown: as well as in protein-rich foods it can be found in ‘cruciferous’ vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage.”
Top Tip: swap your usual takeaway with a hangover cure from itsu, many of their dishes can provide the protein you may need post-night out. Try the No Meat Mondays bento box, available nationwide at itsu RRP £7.99, which has protein rich tofu and broccoli included

3. Suffer with type 2 diabetes? Know your limits

“When you have diabetes, drinking alcohol can cause your blood glucose levels to either rise or fall, depending on how much you have eaten, how much alcohol you consume, how quickly, and the amount of carbohydrate present in the drink or mixer. For example, beer and sweet wine can cause blood glucose levels to rise. Alcohol also, stimulates your appetite so you are more likely to over eat, affects your judgment and will power so you are less likely to make healthy food choices, provides ‘empty’ calories that are readily converted into fat in the body and contributes to fatty changes in the liver and pancreas, which are associated with insulin resistance,” explains Dr. Sarah Brewer, working in association with CuraLin, the type 2 Diabetes supplement (www.curalife.co).
Top Tip: “If you have diabetes, your doctor may suggest that you only drink one or two units of alcohol per day. Also that you only drink alcohol when your blood glucose levels are well controlled and that you avoid sugary drinks and mixers,” advises Dr. Brewer. As well as making healthier choices we can look to herbs and plant extracts to support balanced blood sugar levels too. CuraLin (£59,www.curalife.co) is a specially formulated dietary supplement containing ten herbs and plant extracts traditionally used to support insulin sensitivity, helping to keep blood glucose levels under control – so you have one less thing to worry about in the morning after!

4. Replenish your micronutrients
“The diuretic effects of alcohol can increase loss of vitamins and minerals. In terms of vitamins, the water-soluble B vitamins and vitamin C may be particularly affected, as they are poorly stored in the body. These vitamins have vital roles in energy metabolism, as well as detoxification, so reduced levels could contribute to low energy and build-up of toxins. Minerals may also be easily depleted, such as manganese, selenium and zinc that help to protect our cells from free radical damage,” explains Nutritionist and Fitness Instructor Cassandra Barns.
For a multivitamin and mineral supplement, containing vitamin C and the B vitamins, try the sense* fobusy lives capsules (RRP: £14.99, www.boots.com). These capsules contain doses of zinc, selenium, copper and manganese – all of which may be easily depleted by alcohol intake. If you are using the tablets, remember to take one before drinking with food, and one more with your breakfast the day after. 

5. If you can face some exercise…
The thought of exercising on a hangover can make you feel even worse – but bear with us here. Running could help you feel better as the movement will get your blood circulating and will help speed up detoxification, while sweating can help you excrete toxins. Be mindful that this will add to dehydration though so ensure you’re drinking plenty of fluids. If running is too strenuous (we’d probably agree) consider yoga. The movement of yoga will help increase blood flow to all parts of the body, most importantly the liver. The more blood that passes through, the quicker your liver can detoxify the alcohol. Sweating will have the same effect as above of removing toxins but again it is vital to keep topping up fluids. 

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Sunday 28 April 2019

This 1 Thing Can Reduce Inflammation in Your Body!

Inflammation is something we all experience in our lifetime, as it’s the body’s response to things like pain, injury, or infection. That said, rather than turning to ibuprofen or Tylenol, there are natural ways to heal the body. The cure may already live in your kitchen cabinets in a spice bottle marked “turmeric.”
Used for centuries to heal, cure, and make delicious meals, turmeric is one superfood we could all use an extra dash of. Ahead, find out what causes inflammation and how the super spice can treat it.

But first, what is inflammation?

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Everyone suffers from inflammation at some point. | iStock.com/andriano_cz
As we mentioned above, inflammation is a response the body has to pain, injury, or infection. Caused by a number of ailments — including: arthritis, stress, weight gain, and even food — if you’re not careful, it can wreak havoc on your body.

Inflammation-causing foods

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Yes, pizza is not the best option for lunch. | iStock.com/monkeybusinessimages
In addition to food, stress, and bad lifestyle habits, what you put inside your body can cause a significant boost in inflammation. And while drinking alcohol and eating sugary foods are common, some others may take you by surprise.
Here are the foods that could be making matters worse:
  • Pizza
  • Processed snacks
  • Mayonnaise
  • White bread
  • Asian food
  • Pasta

What exactly is turmeric?

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A sprinkle of this spice will do wonders for your body. | iStock.com
Derived from the root of the turmeric plant, the super spice has a yellowish-orange hue and is most commonly used in curry dishes. Related to the ginger family and native to India and Indonesia, the root’s powder has been used for centuries for medicinal healing and wedding ceremonies in South Asia.

Turmeric as an anti-inflammatory

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It will do wonders for your body. | iStock.com/UberImages
Studies show that curcumin — a natural component of turmeric — has the power to fight inflammation by targeting the different molecules responsible. Because of this, turmeric houses the ability to protect the body from countless types of inflammation, including arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and more.

How to reap its benefits

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Coconut oil will help you absorb all of turmeric’s benefits. | Rodrigo Bark/iStock/Getty Images
While turmeric can aid in inflammation, there is more to it than adding a dash to your food or taking a daily supplement. The medicinal properties of curcumin can be ineffective due to how quickly it is metabolized. That said, there are ways to counter this and ensure maximum absorption.
One way to do so is by combining turmeric with pepper. According to research, pepper can help your body better absorb the super spice.
As an added bonus, add coconut oil — or, another healthy fat — to the mix. Curcumin is fat-soluble so coconut oil can help it make its way to the intestines and be absorbed into the body’s bloodstream.

Easy ways to add it to your diet

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Add it to your diet today. | iStock.com/demaerre
Turmeric is easy to add into your diet. Sprinkle it on top of your eggs, add it into a mac and cheese dish, or take a pepper and turmeric supplement. That said, one of our favorite ways to reap the benefits of this super spice is by making golden milk — aka, a turmeric latte.
Made from health-benefiting ingredients — think: turmeric, coconut oil, pepper, and cinnamon — the superfood-packed latte is as delicious as it is nourishing. Try this recipe from Domino.

Other health benefits of turmeric

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Turmeric is good for your skin and body. | shironosov/iStock/Getty Images
From skin health to brain function to cancer prevention, turmeric can aid in a variety of ailments. Here are some of its most impressive benefits:
  • Cancer prevention
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Heart disease
  • Skin health

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Saturday 27 April 2019

Tips for raising healthy kids as obesity rates skyrocket!

This week, a comprehensive study published in the Lancet revealed that the number of obese children, aged five to 19, worldwide has skyrocketed tenfold over the past 40 years.
The study, led by the Imperial College of London in collaboration with the World Health Organization, involved height and weight data on nearly 130 million people. While childhood obesity rates are on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, the rise appears to have levelled off, at least temporarily, in high-income countries such as Canada.
Good news perhaps, but our national childhood obesity numbers remain dismal and alarming. According to Statistics Canada, in 2015 nearly 15 percent of boys and 10 percent of girls – aged five to 17 – were considered obese, numbers that have nearly tripled since the 1970s.
Kids with obesity are at a higher risk for asthma, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. They're also more likely to be bullied than their peers who are at a healthy weight.

Obesity in childhood also increases the likelihood of becoming an obese adult and developing the health problems that come with it – diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
As a parent, it's not always easy to recognize that your child has a weight problem. Kids grow at different rates and changes in body fat differ among girls and boys.
Ask your family paediatrician to review your child's growth charts with you. At annual check-ups, they should assess your child's body mass index (BMI) for age.
This information shows how your child's measurements compare with other kids of the same gender and age and will indicate whether he is overweight or obese. Your doctor will look at the pattern rather than an individual number.
If your child is carrying an unhealthy amount of weight, your paediatrician may recommend a weight-loss diet with the help of a registered dietitian. It's important that your child follow a healthy plan that provides all the nutrients he needs for growth and development.
For overweight children who are still growing, the goal is to maintain their weight or slow their rate of weight gain while they grow taller. Older teenagers can safely lose one to two pounds a week.
If you're concerned that your child is overweight, or heading down that path, the following tips can help keep him healthy and prevent him from gaining excess weight.
Start with a low glycemic breakfast. Foods with a low glycemic index (GI) such as oatmeal, stone ground whole wheat bread, yogurt, milk, fruit and nuts help kids feel full longer, making them less likely to overeat. Low GI foods are digested slowly and lead to a gradual, sustained rise in blood sugar.
Include a good source of filling protein at breakfast, too. Greek yogurt, eggs, cheese, even leftover chicken, are good choices.
Ditch sugary drinks. Cutting back on sugary drinks such as 100-per cent fruit juice, soft drinks and sports drinks can make a big difference in a child's daily calorie intake and, for some kids, will promote weight loss. Encourage water instead.

Rein in their sweet tooth. Serve a sugary treat only once or twice a week as part of your family's menu. Offer nutritious, naturally sweet desserts and snacks such as banana "ice cream," frozen grapes, yogurt and fruit parfaits or peanut butter and banana milkshake.
Avoid sending cookies, gummy bears or sugary granola bars in your child's lunch every day. Pack fresh fruit instead.
Follow the plate model. Fill one-quarter of your child's plate with protein (e.g., chicken, fish, lean meat, tofu, beans), one-quarter with healthy carbs (e.g., brown rice, sweet potato, pasta, whole fruit) and the rest of vegetables (cooked or raw), which add volume to meals with fewer calories.
If you feel your child's portions are too large, serve smaller amounts of food and let him ask for more if still hungry.
Plan family meals. Research shows that kids eat more fruits and vegetables and fewer unhealthy foods and are less likely to be obese when they regularly eat family dinners.
If your family's weekday schedule prevents you from sharing dinner together, other shared mealtimes can also help foster healthy eating habits.
To get children used to sharing a family meal, cook one meal for everyone instead of becoming a short-order cook.
Get everyone on board. Don't single your child out. Use the same healthy-eating approach for the whole family. Kids learn their habits from their parents, so model healthy eating and exercise practices.
Get the kids involved. Enlist your child's help in meal planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation, even setting the table and clean up. Children who help prepare healthy meals are more likely to eat them.
Prepare meals that give young kids a role such as mixing ingredients, shredding lettuce, chopping vegetables (if age-appropriate) or dressing the salad.
Ensure adequate sleep. Mounting evidence suggests that kids who get too little sleep are more likely to become overweight or obese. They're also less likely to eat a healthy diet.
Children aged three to five need 10 to 13 hours of sleep a night, school-aged kids need nine to 11 hours and teenagers, ages 14 to 17, should get eight to 10 hours.
Limit screen time. Too much time in front of the television, computer or tablet has been linked to obesity, irregular sleep schedules and shorter sleep duration. Infants, aged 18 months and younger, should not be exposed to digital media. For children, ages two to five, limit screen time to one hour a day.
For older kids, determine restrictions for your child and enforce those daily and weekly limits and curfews. Prioritize physical activity and sleep over screen time.
Leslie Beck, a Toronto-based private practice dietitian, is the director of food and nutrition at Medcan.

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7 habits that separate healthy and unhealthy people!

  Do you ever wonder what specifically separates healthy and unhealthy people? Is it their genes? Is it training themselves into certain healthy habits? After all, we can be a healthy weight but have high blood pressure. We can have normal blood pressure, but be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. We can suffer from no physical symptoms but at the same time deal with a long list of mental health problems. So although it may seem like defining someone as healthy or unhealthy is a simple concept, that isn’t necessarily the case.

Being healthy is about more than getting the all-clear on your test results. That might just mean you’re not sick, but it doesn’t guarantee you’re in good health, either. I think being healthy is about following these steps in daily life.
Visit your doctor. I don’t want you to think I’m saying you shouldn’t visit your doctor or that his/her test results aren’t important. They certainly are. Making your scheduled appointments with your doctor remains a priority. Test results can tell you if you’ve developed a disease or if your kidneys and liver are functioning normally.
All I’m saying is that there’s no one way to prove you’re healthy. Can every primary care doctor diagnose all your possible mental health symptoms? No, especially if you’re not honest with them, much less yourself. Often, though, we can be oblivious to our own health issues. That’s why it’s important to increase our own awareness of what could be wrong. We all should know what to look for with regard to our own health.
Make a plan. Of course, being healthy requires all of us to at the very least maintain our healthy habits. Most of the time, it requires us to relearn or recommit to those healthy habits. Either way, you need to have a plan. If you and your doctor agree that you need to lose 10 pounds, pick a diet or strategy that’ll actually make this possible. Decide which foods or eating habits you will avoid. It’s easy to want to have it happen, but making this a reality requires more than good intentions.
Get plenty of sleep. Being healthy really does start with making sure you get proper sleep. Getting enough sleep keeps us in a better mood throughout the day. It gives us the energy we need to make healthy decisions. It helps us better regulate our blood sugar levels, which makes us less likely to overeat. In the long run, better sleep even helps prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Mix up your diet. Having a healthy diet requires us to eat more home-cooked meals. In general, people consume more calories at restaurants. Not to mention that restaurant food is usually loaded with unhealthy fats and unnecessarily high amounts of salt. What’s even more important than eating at home? Making sure that your meals contain a balance of healthy fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates. Also, variation in your diet is important to maintaining a healthy gut. Don’t eat bananas as your only fruits or green beans as your only vegetables. Mix it up as much as possible. Our bodies do better the more we keep them guessing.
Commit to exercise. Some people don’t enjoy any form of exercise. I get that. But it’s hard to be a healthy person without some form of exercise. You don’t have to spend an hour at the gym every day to see health benefits, but some form of exercise is necessary. If you don’t like lifting weights, don’t go to the gym. If you hate running, try biking, swimming or rowing instead. Even if you don’t like exercise at all, find an untraditional exercise routine you can tolerate. After all, it’s only a very small part of your day, and the benefits of exercise last all day long.
Don’t settle for excuses. It’s easy to talk yourself out of eating healthy or going to the gym, isn’t it? Most people are more comfortable sitting on the couch than breaking a sweat. I understand the urge, but the more we make excuses for why we can’t be healthy, the more we start believing them. If you’re serious about making changes in your life, don’t settle for excuses. Yes, certain parts of everyone’s day are out of their control. You have to drop the kids off at school. You have to go to work. But there are always ways to better yourself each and every day. Whether we like to admit it or not, we choose our own healthy or unhealthy habits.
Give yourself a break when you make a mistake. We can’t ignore the mental aspect of our health. Stress and anxiety can be debilitating. They can prevent us from feeling capable of improving our lives. Stress can cause us to overeat. It can keep us from falling asleep at night, and it can prevent us from getting the deep, restful sleep our bodies crave.

The good news is stress doesn’t have to control us. We can fight back. We can take back control of our minds. To do this, though, we have to be ready and willing to give ourselves a break when we make the wrong health choices. No, we can’t settle for excuses when we make bad decisions, but if we never stop beating ourselves up, we will lose the will to do better in the future.
When we make poor choices, we should forgive ourselves but never forget. We don’t have to keep repeating the same mistakes endlessly, but it’s important to recognize bad choices when they happen. Only then can we stop the repetitive unhealthy cycle.
Jay McKenzie loves soccer, history and feeling great. He’s on a quest to eat better and exercise more, and he wants to share his experiences along the way. You can email him at jaymckenzie86@gmail.com with comments or questions. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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Friday 26 April 2019

Bad gums could be trigger for Alzheimer's!

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Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and a form of pneumonia could all begin in the gums.
Bacteria from infected gums have been found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, and scientists have started to understand how it can move through the body from the infected gums and into the brain.
They suspect the bacteria from gum disease, or periodontitis, could also be a cause of rheumatoid arthritis and aspiration pneumonia, a lung infection from inhaling food or saliva.
The gum bacteria, Porphyromonas gingivalis, has been found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, say researchers from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, but wasn't in the brain samples from people who never suffered from the disease.
The P gingivalis bacteria affects the gums of around 20 per cent of people and can be harmful if it progresses to trigger an immune system response that causes inflammation, leading to swelling and bleeding in the gum and the erosion of gum tissue, by which time it is diagnosed as periodontitis.
The bacteria can travel from the mouth and into the bloodstream when someone chews food or brushes their teeth.
(Source: proceedings from Experimental Biology conference, Orlando, Florida, April 7, 2019)

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GREAT, you’re getting adept with your knowledge on facial products. Now, it’s time to include in your diet some superfoods for a radiant complexion.
Of course, a solid skincare routine is already a good leap forward, but you don’t see gentlemen with enviable complexions binging on junk food all day err day. Skincare isn’t just what you put on your face, it’s also what goes into your body.
Like it or not, it’s true: Munching on processed foods with high sugar content, along with a fibre-deficient diet, resolves that huge question mark you may have about why you’re still getting outbreaks.
The science is simple — treat your body well and it’ll reward you with a complexion that beats the laser. Here are easy-to-incorporate superfoods for a radiant complexion that will restore your skin’s balance from the inside out, plus the best ways to eat them.


Here are 5 ways to include superfoods for a radiant complexion
If you don’t know about the guacamole song, it’s time to get cultured. Not only do they taste great with a creamy texture, but it’s also an easy start to incorporating superfoods for a radiant complexion in your diet.
The fruit is a great source of vitamin C and E, offering protection from free radical oxidation and promotes the creation of collagen and elastin, both of which keeps your skin firm. It also has carotenoids, oleic acid and omega-9-fatty acids that reduce inflammation and improves skin tone.
BEST EATEN WITH: Guacamole and avocado toast


Here are 5 ways to include superfoods for a radiant complexion
Sunscreen in the sunny tropics is a must, but for that extra protection, Brazil nuts are good to munch on too. If you ever feel stressed at work, eating these nuts have been scientifically proven to boost mood levels too.
Brazil nuts work from within to protect against sun damage, age spots and reportedly, skin cancer as well. Its high amount of selenium is a powerful antioxidant that works with vitamins C and E to support the immune system. They are also an exceptional soothing agent that prevents dehydration while mitigating skin concerns such as eczema. 
BEST EATEN WITH: Just like how you always eat your nuts! It’s crunchy with a slightly creamy taste.


Here are 5 ways to include superfoods for a radiant complexion
Don’t belittle its tiny appearance — these guys have big benefits.
Flaxseeds help contribute to radiant skin thanks to its rich omega-3 content, which curbs inflammation as well as maintaining skin hydration and moisture. In extended periods of time, flax seeds are also known to play a part in regulating sebum production. No sebum = no acne outbreak — easy peasy.
BEST EATEN WITH: Sprinkle them over your cereal, porridge or even in your favourite soup/stew.


As if you needed a reason to indulge in a well-deserved slab of dark chocolate. But what you don’t know is that cacao doesn’t just make your dream dessert, it is also a skincare powerhouse.
The superfood is notoriously efficient at restoring the skin’s lipid layer which keeps your skin hydrated for longer — great for when you’re on the plane with a dry atmosphere.
Its polyphenol antioxidants also guard against environmental wear and tear, whereas vitamin C, copper and omega-6 work together to prevent the breakdown of collagen, keeping your skin plump.
Of course, don’t take this as an excuse to max out your credits at The Cocoa Tree — remember, the bigger your dark chocolate, the larger the ratio of the sugars and calories too.
BEST EATEN WITH: By itself, with coffee, tea — the possibilities are endless (you don’t need us to tell you how to eat your chocolate).


Here are 5 ways to include superfoods for a radiant complexion
Quinoa (pronounced as keen-wah) is probably one of those superfoods you’ve seen around but never know its true value.
Whole grains like quinoa are far superior alternatives to white rice for more reasons than just providing fibre.
It consists of high levels of riboflavin that generates skin elasticity and the production of connective tissue, keeping your skin taut and wrinkle-free over the long run. Its zinc content also works on sloughing dead cells naturally for that radiant complexion.
BEST EATEN WITH: Your salads, taco meats and even stews.

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