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A Banana Day (Or Two) Keeps The Doctor Away

The majority of us nowadays ‘do not have the time’ to eat healthy anbanana_health_benefits_735_350-735x350d thus opt for fast food instead for healthy one, while the polls rank fruits and vegetables very low on the scale selection of food!

According to the scientists and nutritionists, it is not clear why most people in the West prefer such food to so great, amazing, beneficial, and above all, natural ingredients. The latter ingredients can provide us with all the materials we need to take in so that our body functions properly.

Let’s take bananas as an instance. this fruit is the favorite food of monkeys, and it is not surprising, because besides the fact that it tastes great, it is also very nutritious and it is a real treasure.

According to nutritionists, if you consume two bananas a day for a month, your health condition is going to become significantly improved.

Here is how and why:

– The amount of sodium in bananas is pretty low, and the amount of potassium is high, so this makes this fruit great for blood pressure and heart health regulation. Scientists have discovered that by consuming bananas every day, you reduce the risk of heart attack as much as 40 percent.

– Banana is great for people who have troubles with the digestive system, like constipation for example. Bananas are rich in fiber and that is why they are great for fast solving of your problems with the intestines.

– Every time you feel week or wearing, have a banana, as it will provide you with the much-needed energy. Moreover, bananas are a great choice for a snack, especially before exercising, so all athletes should regularly have bananas in their bag

– Bananas can help you when you experience heartburn, as they are a good source of antacid and can regulate this unpleasant condition

– In case your body lacks iron, bananas are an excellent option. Bananas contain substances that trigger the production of red blood cells and hemoglobin and considerably aid anemic people

– Bananas help when it comes to sore throat and coughs

– Bananas are abundant in tryptophan, a substance which is very important for our body,Banana-mask-2 as the body uses this substance to turn it into serotonin, the hormone of happiness. So, next time you feel bad or depressed, bring the bananas

– Researchers have discovered that students who consume a banana for breakfast, snack, or after lunch have a considerably higher level of concentration. This is due to the high presence of potassium in bananas, which triggers the brain and facilitates learning and memory

– Pregnant women should especially take care of their nutrition, and should know that bananas are great choice for them, because they are healthy, delicious food which will ease the burden that affects the most pregnant women. Also, bananas alleviate the morning sickness, due to the fact that they increase the levels of sugar in the blood

~ Ms. OMG

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OMG! Eat Your Way To Firmness

Food for skin blogDimples can be cute, but not when they’re on your butt and thighs! Since there’s no one signular solution to melt the extra fat away, we asked diet experts to share their top nutrition tips that work wonders to reduce the appearance of uneven texture. Get on the fast track to smoothness today, starting with these eight simple eating solutions.

1. Eat On Schedule.Sticking to a regular daily pattern trains your brain when to expect food and when not to, so you’re less likely to nosh between meals. Its those unplanned snacks that tend to trip you up because they’re often high-calorie or high-sugar foods.

2. Slow Down On White Flour. At least two studies have found that people who eat the most whole grains have less belly fat than those who eat fewer complex carbs. With the variety of whole-grain products on store shelves today, it’s easier than ever to snub the refined stuff. The higher fiber content in whole wheat bread and pasta keeps you feeling full longer, so you won’t have to contend with a rumbling belly.

3.  Be Fat Friendly.  It may sound counterintuitive, but trust us: To lose fat, you have to get over your fat phobia. Healthy fats, like nuts, seeds, avocado, and olive oil, can actually help with weight loss (and cellulite). They provide flavor, texture and a feeling of satisfaction, all things you need if you want to stick to a healthy eating plan. Just use them as condiments, not the main attraction. Spread a tablespoon of mashed avocado on to a sandwich for lunch or toss a teaspoon of sunflower seeds with veggies at dinner.

4. Why Not Go Vegetarian One Day A Week.  A recent study in the International Journal of Obesity found that people who ate the most meat were about 27 percent more likely to be obese and 33 percent more likely to have abdominal obesity (dangerous fat that accumulates around your organs in your midsection and increases your risk of heart disease) than people who ate the least amount of meat. They also consumed about 700 more calories per day, on average.

5. “Cheat” the Right Way. The concept of a cheat day is weight-loss staple, but its also the Achilles’ heel of many eating plans. A day of eating whatever you want can add up to thousands of extra calories. It can also make it harder to get back on track the next day, when your brain has a chocolate cake hangover. Instead of splurging for an entire da, limit yourself to just one cheat meal each week. Plan it, enjoy it, and as long as it happens just once a week you wont break the calorie bank.

~Courtesy  of Shape Magazine

 

Acne Free By Eating Green

chardTry This Recipe To Get Rid Of Acne!!

Super-Duper Easy Recipe: Gingered Spinach, Chard and Butternut Squash Dish

Makes 6 Servings – Serving Size: ½ cup

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided into 2 teaspoons, 4 teaspoons
2 cups butternut squah, peeled, seeded and small dice (about 1 ½-pounds squash)
½ teaspoon salt, divided
½ teaspoon black pepper, coarsely ground, divided
4 cups spinach, stems removed, firm packed
4 cups Swiss chard, ribbing removed, julienne or chiffonade cut, firm packed (about 2 bunches)
2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced

Procedure:
In 6-quart pot, heat 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, add butternut squash and season with half the salt and pepper. Sauté until tender, about 10 minutes, remove from pan and set aside. Using a low flame, heat remaining oil. Then add garlic and ginger. As soon as the garlic and ginger begins to become aromatic, about one minute, add spinach and Swiss chard, stirring to coat the greens, and season with remaining salt and pepper. Sauté greens while stirring frequently for about 5 minutes or until tender. Then add squash, mix together and serve.

Not only will this recipe help banish acne, but it will also power your body with a treasure trove of nutrients to keep you looking and feeling great

Drinks For The Weekend And Still Lose Weight? OMG!

Before you grab that drink this weekend, read this.

1. Calories. For most people the calories in the mixers of their favorite cocktails pose a far greater barrier to weight loss than the healthy cocktailsactual alcohol. Just 4oz of some daiquiri or margarita mixes can contain upwards of 35 grams of sugar (that’s 7 teaspoons of sugar)! Plus, they’re more than double the amount of calories in the shot of rum or tequila included in the drink (that is, if you’re only served ½ cup of mixer). What’s worse, the calories from mixers are the worst kinds of calories, simple and refined sugars. When they’re combined with the metabolic effects of alcohol, it gets even worse.

2. Alcohol content. One myth about alcohol is that it will make you fat. But the truth is, it’s the combination of alcohol and sugars found in mixers (or the bar food often consumed with alcohol) that causes problems. Alcohol does contain calories, but it’s safe to assume that no one gains a lot of weight by throwing back shots of straight vodka. Instead, it is the metabolic priority that your body places on alcohol (over carbohydrates and fats) that causes the problem. Your body wants to process alcohol before anything else, which has been shown to create a metabolic environment that is almost the opposite of the environment your body creates following exercise—one of high circulating levels of fat and inhibited fat burning.

While this may sound all doom and gloom, there are upsides to drinking alcohol. Moderate alcohol consumption (1 drink per day for women) increases your HDL (‘good’) cholesterol, and studies show that people who have a couple drinks each week live longer. How can you get the best of both worlds?

1. When you drink, know your serving sizes. A glass of wine is not a full glass but 5oz (red wine glasses can hold 12-14oz).

2. Minimize the calories from mixers. Make margaritas with real lime juice, use diet tonic water, or even the naturally calorie-free club soda instead of regular tonic water and other high-calorie carbonated drinks.

3. If you are aggressively pursuing a weight-loss goal, corral any drinks to your splurge meals to reduce their impact on your overall fat burning.

~ courtesy of SHAPE and OMG

Is Hot Lemon Water Really The Best Morning Detox Drink?

hot lemon waterQ: Is it true that I should start the day with hot water with lemon? What’s the story behind this theory?

A: Like most health and fitness lore, the magic properties of drinking a juiced lemon in warm water each morning is rooted in a seed of truth, but the impact of the ritual is greatly overstated. Let’s look at the three main purported benefits and any evidence to support those claims.

1. Lemon improves digestion. Actually in some cases the fruit could exacerbate issues with your stomach: Citric acid in lemons can cause or contribute to stomach pains and cramps. So where does the idea that drinking lemon juice improves digestion come from? There is a study from about three decades ago that shows citric acid can improve absorption of aluminum hydroxide (the active ingredient in most antacids). I have read online that the acidic nature of lemon juice is supposed to support an optimal acidic environment in your stomach, but this is complete speculation and, as pointed out earlier, in certain individuals could have the opposite effect.

2. Lemon juice boosts mineral absorption. The vitamin C found in lemon juice has been shown to enhance mineral absorption, but you don’t need warm lemon juice to get this effect. Vitamin C is one of the most ubiquitous vitamins in fruits and vegetables. We often think of citrus fruits as being the major or even only source of C, but non-yellow and orange fruits and vegetables such as bell peppers, kale, strawberries, broccoli, and spinach all contain robust amounts of vitamin C. As long as you are having a fruit or vegetable with your morning meal, then you can expect to reap the enhanced absorption of minerals at that meal.

3. Lemon detoxes. One of the biggest health hypes about lemons and lemon juice is that they help detoxify your body. I recommend that you get very skeptical about any food or supplement claim regarding detoxification. It is such a general term that it is almost useless. The human body is so complex, what is getting detoxified? What are the toxins being removed? Where are they going?

Regarding lemon, there is an antioxidant in the fruit called d-limonene, which is also found in oranges and is most highly concentrated in the peels of lemons or oranges. D-limonene has been shown to activate enzymes in the liver that are part of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxification processes. These processes take compounds present in the liver that are toxic to cells and convert them to non-harmful or less harmful versions. These “toxins” can range from caffeine to ibuprofen.

Does lemon juice contain enough D-limonene needed to enhance this process? Probably not. A liter of citrus juice (not made with the peels) contains on average 100 milligrams (mg) D-limonene. Researchers estimate the active dose of limonene is a minimum of 500mg. D-limonene is a fascinating compound that might also work to ease gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), but doses would require supplementation.

As you can see, as a citrus fruit, lemon has a handful of characteristics and compounds that contribute to good health, but one lemon juiced in a glass of warm water probably isn’t going to do much for your health.

~ Courtesy of SHAPE Magazine and OMG

Food You Weren’t Eating In 2012 But Need In 2013 To Become Well

Power through your workouts, lose weight, and boost your health with these commonyet often overlooked foods.

 Seaweed
Perhaps most coseaweedmmonly eaten wrapped around a sushi roll, nori is loaded with iodine, a mineral essential for proper thyroid function. While iodized salt was introduced in 1924 to prevent goiter, the increased emphasis on low-sodium diets and the popularity of sea salt, which often doesn’t contain iodine, have recently resurfaced concerns about getting enough iodine. This trace mineral isn’t the only benefit of sea vegetables. Nori contains high levels of vitamin K and iron, micronutrients essential for proper cellular function. Look for nori pieces in the international section of your supermarket and crumble them on top of chili, soups, and salads. (This will add a little extra salty flavor, so if you are salt sensitive, use less in your recipe.)
 
Sauerkrautsaurekraut

Considering cabbage is low-carb, high-fiber, and contains cancer-fighting 3-indole carbinol and d-glucarate, a compound that works to clear excess estrogen, the veggie is already a superfood. Fermenting it into sauerkraut, however, puts it on nutritional steroids. The probiotics that drive fermentation also help repopulate your digestive system with healthy, hardworking good bacteria that lower inflammation, improve digestion, and maybe even aid in weight loss. Plus fermentation increases the bioavailablity of the antioxidants found in cabbage, and the longer cabbage ferments, the higher the levels of antioxidants become, meaning your body can better absorb and use them.

 Shirataki Noodles

noodlesPasta lovers, it’s time to throw an Italian feast: Now you can enjoy your noodles for 20 calories and 5 carbs (and some brands have even less of both!) per serving. Shirataki noodles are made from the konjac plant, the same plant that we get the fiber and satiety supplement glucomannan from—read: They keep you full. Shirataki don’t have much flavor and come in every shape from angel to fettuccine to penne and more, so you can use them in any pasta recipe. Just take them out of the bag, rinse thoroughly, and heat, and they’re ready to toss into stroganoff, primavera, or whatever you’re craving.

~ Thanks to S contributers

Capture This Cleanse to Release Loose Ends – Seasonal Beauty

Rain or shine, clear or smoggy, our bodies are profoundly affected by the rhythms and cycles of seasonal changes. As we metaphorically awaken from the slumber and hibernation of winter, we often realize that we have put on a few extra pounds.

Spring arrives, and after months of overindulging in heavy comfort foods, our clothes are fitting tighter, our anxiety is high and our energy levels are low. This prompts us into a desperate search for a way to drop weight instantly. Out of sheer panic, many opt for a trendy, over-the-counter liver or detoxification cleanse. In my experience, this has only caused me to abandon the mission halfway through or binge immediately afterward.

The danger of sudden or drastic shifts in diet is that they can actually toxins are released from the fat stores, they stream into our blood, and can cause nausea and headaches. For this reason, moderation and frequency are key components to success.

Now for the good news: The spring season brings lighter, crisper foods, which helps the body cleanse itself and shed the unwanted winter excess. However, it won’t happen overnight or all by itself.

The spring season symbolizes rebirth, life growth and purity. Let’s give our bodies the time and attention they deserve at this time of year, because when the seasons change, we change. Seasonal spring foods offer exactly what the body needs for  this season: fruits, sprouts and greens. Fruits with high water content hydrate the body, flush out the winter load and provide sugars as an energy source. Fresh, healthy greens and sprouts are high in vitamins and mineral, aid digestive function and are helpful in the weight loss process. They should be included in your diet on a daily basis.

Simple is better. Although the body naturally cleanses itself and eliminates waste through the skin, kidneys, respiratory system and gastrointestinal track, our bodies are bombarded with more artificial stimulants, pollution and chemicals than it is able to handle. These toxins accumulate. A moderate plan releases toxins at a slower rate. Any extensive or extreme detoxification program should be done under a doctor’s supervision.

Challenge yourself to a three-day do it yourself cleanse. This simplified detox is a great way to refocus and recommit to the goals and resolutions that you made at the beginning of the year. A week prior to cleansing, gradually reduce your intake of sugar and artificial sweeteners, white flour, dairy, alcohol, salt and caffeine, while increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. This prepares you for the change, both mentally and physically.

3-day cleanse

Upon rising: Drink 1 cup of hot water with lemon; sit in silence for 10 minutes.

Breakfast: Green smoothie: 2 handfuls of spinach, 1 banana, 1 apple cored, 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil and 16oz filtered water or 1 cup of oatmeal with almond or rice milk

Snack:  1 apple or pear and a handful of unsalted raw almonds

Lunch: 1 cup legumes; 1 cup brown rice or quinoa; 1 cup steamed chard kale or spinach

Snack: 2 apples or 1 cup of celery and carrot sticks with 2 tablespoons of hummus

Dinner: 1 cup of steamed beets with brown rice; 1 cup of steamed kale, chard, collard greens or spinach

Before bed: Drink 1 cup of hot lemon water

Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Begin and end the day with 1 teaspoon of psyllium powder mixed with 10oz water. This assists the elimination process.

Detoxifying the body targets the liver (where toxins and mood-altering hormones can build up) and the colon (which hold waste). it is very common to experience an increase in energy and improved digestion, both of which lead to healthier skin and a greater ability to focus.

Regularly doing a seasonal cleanse can help us follow a lifetime of healthier eating. Mark you calendar this spring and make a commitment to prepare your body for the new season.

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~ Source: LNE

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