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Easy and Simple Ways to Keep Your Face Healthy

Your face is probably one of your most prized possession when it comes to looking good and feeling great. But apart from being our “frontline” when we go about our everyday lives, our face can also suffer more damage that we could ever imagine.face-mask

Imagine each day that goes by when we abuse our face and the skin on it. From putting on make-up or shaving to going out under the sun without any skin protection. You name it, our face has probably experienced it firsthand and in a traumatic way. It is up to us to help our face maintain its skin condition and health.

We need to pay more particular attention to our facial skin before it is too late. It is better to improve facial skin care as early as possible.  When we start to grow older the more we need to up our skin care because it will need us more than ever.

Powerful Face Masks

Improving the look of your facial skin does not need to involve a trip to your doctor. In fact, you do not even need to spend a lot of money in therapies or skin products just to keep a proper and healthy skin care regime. You can do it all within the comforts of your home and with ingredients that are cheap and easily bought. Some may even be present in your house’s pantry.

Start to improve your skin by following these simple recipes that can give you your very own homemade and all natural facial skin masks. These powerful ingredients, when combined together can give you radical results. Written below are some examples of simple yet effective homemade facial masks.

Lemon

Lemon is jam packed with rich vitamins and nutrients that can help revitalize your skin. In addition, lemon is a good source of antioxidant and can exfoliate and moisturize your skin all at the same time. If combined with other ingredients can create an amazing and healthy facial mask. Some examples of facial mask recipes and its effects are as follows:

  • Oil and lemon
    • Mix ¼ cup of either olive oil or almond oil with the juice of 1 whole lemon.
    • Apply it on your face and wait for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
    • Using this combination will help your skin regain its elasticity and keep it well moisturized.
  • Egg and lemon
    • Blend 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 1 tablespoon of egg white.
    • Apply it on your face and wait for it to completely dry before washing it off with warm water.
    • This mixture will improve your skin by making it even out its blemishes, clear blackheads and reduce pores.
  • Yogurt and lemon
    • Combine 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt.
    • Using your fingertips, spread it evenly around your face and neck and let it stay there for 15 minutes before you rinse it off using cold water.
    • Use this recipe to lessen your facial skin impurities and making it a deep cleanser that can also get rid of excess oil and dead skin.

Cucumber

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Cucumbers does not only give a revitalizing boost to your face but it also nourishes it. It also has very potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that help improve facial skin conditions. Start off by making a cucumber into a pureed form and follow the recipes below.

  • Oatmeal, Honey and Cucumber
    • Mix ½ of the pureed cucumber with 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of oatmeal.
    • Apply on the face and wait for 10-15 minutes before you wash t off with warm water.
    • This will help your face regain its elasticity and remove excess oils and blemishes.
  • Yogurt and Cucumber
    • Add 1 small cucumber (pureed) with 1 tablespoon of unflavored, plain yogurt and mix them together.
    • Using this mixture will allow your facial skin to be nourished. It works best on dry skin as well.
  • Aloe Vera, Lemon and Cucumber
    • Start by collecting ½ of the cucumber puree and mix it with 1 tablespoon of aloe vera pulp and ½ tablespoon of lemon.
    • Once applied on your face, let it rest for about 15 minutes before removing it using cold water.
    • Choosing to go with this face mask will lessen your chance of having facial wrinkles, fine lines and it will also even out the discoloration of your skin.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has natural moisturizing powers that can be applied to a lot of areas on your body. This includes your facial skin. When combined with other ingredients, it makes a great moisturizing and rejuvenating mask. Here are two interesting recipes for an aloe vera mask.

  • Turmeric and Aloe Vera
    • Begin my incorporating 1 tablespoon of Turmeric with 1 tablespoon of aloe vera until they are fully combined.
    • Apply it on your face and wait for 10 minutes before removing it with warm water.
    • This mask will help your skin care by being great antioxidants that deeply cleans your pores. It also removes dead skin cells, makes skin smoother and free from acne and blemishes.
  • Egg White and Aloe Vera
    • Make a mask by combining 2 tablespoons of aloe vera and 1 tablespoon of egg white.
    • This mask will hydrate your skin at the same time keep it elastic and more potent to collagen synthesis.

plain-yogurt

Yogurt

Using plain flavored yogurt as a facial mask can give your skin additional health boost. So instead of consuming it, why not try these two examples of face masks?

  • Mint and Yogurt Mix a tablespoon of yogurt with 1 teaspoon of mint paste or powder.Use the thick paste and cover your face with it for 15-20 minutes before remove g it using lukewarm water.mint
    • This will allow your facial skin to reduce acne formation, excess oil, dry and dead skin and can hydrate, and clarify it at the same time.
  • Orange, Aloe Vera and Yogurt Get 1 teaspoon of yogurt, ¼ juice from an orange (include the pulp bits as well) and 1 teaspoon f aloe vera and incorporate them all together.
    • Once applied on your face, wait for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
    • This mask will revitalize your skin and give its elastic properties a good boost. With the help of orange, it will also give out much needed vitamins and minerals that your skin will need in order to stay healthy and firm.

These are just some of the famous and cheap ways you can make your homemade, organic face mask without having to go to a dermatologist or buy expensive facial care products. In addition, since the ingredients are all natural, your skin will have a lesser chance of having allergic reactions towards the mask you will apply on it.

Naturally Help Your Facial Skin

Aside from having your own personal organic facial masks, you also need to consider how you go about your daily lives and how it affects your skin care. You need to make an effort to adjust accordingly and try to avoid these health hazards as much as possible. There are three major factors that you need to consider in order to improve your skin and keep it healthy and these factors ca make or break your regime as well.

  1. Environmental Issues

Environmental factors are probably one of the most unavoidable issues when dealing with skin care. Although they are unavoidable, we can still do something to at least lessen its effect on our facial skin care routine.

  • Know Your Water

The water that you use to clean your face can affect how it stays healthy. There are different types of water that you can get from the faucet. Examples of these would be alkaline, soft, hard and many more. Knowing the type of water will allow you to choose the right facial care product and facial care for your skin.

  • Be Cautious of Air Qualityair-pollution

This is a very tricky factor that you need to consider. Air can either revitalize tour skin or ruin it, depending on its content. If you are exposed too much with air pollution such as smoke from vehicles, cigarettes and the likes, then your skin is in danger of becoming unhealthy.

  • Be Vigilant of Indoor UV Exposure

Be mindful that even if you are indoors, it does not mean that you cannot be exposed to the UV rays of the sun. Those UV rays can easily pass through your glass window, especially if these are not UV protection coated. So make sure to lessen your exposure close to the windows.

  1. Know What You Consume

What we consume includes drinks, food and even medications. These can be easily pinpointed and we can keep a tab on the things that can cause our facial skin to have issues once we ingest a particular produce or medicine.

  • Shift to Green Teagreen-tea

Try to swap your daily dose of coffee or energy drink with a cup of green tea. This particular beverage can work wonders for your skin because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. In addition, iced green tea is a better option because it will lessen the possible reddening of the skin when consumed hot. Drinking green tea will prevent the destruction of collagen in your body and at the same time will lessen wrinkles and skin damages.

  • Dairy Product Reduction

There are scientific studies that suggests that the hormonal content of milk can cause and increase in acne production. In addition, each milk type can affect your skin in different ways as well. For example, skim milk can worsen your acne problems as compared to regular whole milk. So try to observe more closely how your skin will react when you drink milk.

  • Know What is In Your Medication

Certain medications has their respective side effects towards our body. These side effects also includes issues regarding our facial skin. So if you are going to take a certain medication, read beforehand and research if it will cause any effect on your skin.

  1. Lifestyle Check

Knowing the things that can hurt or harm your face is one of the keys in keeping your skin healthy and blemish free. Although there are a lot of products that you need for everyday use that may harm your face’s skin, there are other alternatives that you can consider to avoid further skin damages.

  • Lessen Your Stress

Stress can greatly affect you and your health and can deal major damage to your body as well. If you want to improve your skin, you need to steer away from stressors that you know you can easily avoid if you want to.

  • Use Plain Toothpaste

Using other flavored toothpastes can create your so called “perioral dermatitis.” These are like small reddish bumps found around your mouth that is like small pimples. Sometimes your skin is too sensitive that it can easily react to components of your toothpaste.

  • Proper Cleaner Care

Cleansers are usually included in our daily facial skin care regime. But you need to pay particular attention as to what type of skin care best fits your skin. Remember that there are different types of skin and each type has specific products that works best for it.

  • Use Water Based Hair Products

Similar to how toothpaste might affect your facial skin, hair care products can also create the same effect. These include hair gels, shampoo, pomades, volumizers, conditioners and many more. If they are not water based, they can clog up your skin’s pores or aid in increasing excess oil production.

  • Get Enough Sleepsleep

Nothing beats a good night’s rest when you want to revitalize your whole body. Once we go to sleep our body’s natural skin replenishing mechanism goes into action and it needs a good amount of time in order to fully complete its task. So better get those well-deserved Z’s and help you skin get revitalized.

Being able to create a homemade remedy and maintenance in order to improve facial skin is a good start to having a better and more effective skin care regime. But you should not forget that other factors can also aggravate skin issues when you are not paying particular attention to it. Always remember that when it comes to your health and your body, you need to think of your approach towards a healthier you in a holistic way. You should not only focus on what you ingest or put on your face but also adjust your lifestyle and how you go about your daily lives. By doing these you can assure yourself of a better and effective health system that you will definitely be proud of its end result.

Everything You Need to Know About Comedones and How to Naturally Remove Them

It is indeed amazing how our bodies has its own natural way of keeping itself healthy and toxin free. Sometimes, we do not even know that our body is currently and religiously doing its self-detoxification process. But apparently, if we observe close enough, these toxin “excretion” can be found all over our bodies.

Our face is one of the most obvious and visible area where our body excretes our unwanted bodily toxins. This includes pimples, acnes and the likes. But there is one particular “elimination process” that we sometimes are itching to remove. This is none other than the formation of comedones on our skin.

Common Comedo Knowledge

For those of you who are not familiar with the term “comedo” or “comedones” do not be alarmed because everyone has this. In more familiar layman’s term, it is the formation of bumps in our skin that is caused by clogged pores. These pores are filled with sebaceous glands and excess oil that our skin produces. Add dirt, sweat and sebum all together and you have the perfect recipe for either a blackhead or a whitehead.comedones

But have you ever wondered what the difference between blackheads and whiteheads is? Do they have different components? Is there a determining factor that causes the color change? Or is it a bad sign if you have it in white or black? Knowing the difference is really simple and let me break it down as plainly as I can.

  • Know the Difference

First and foremost, do not be alarmed if you either have white heads or black heads. Because both of them have the same components and have the same origin and causes. Furthermore, there is a very small difference between the two that made them different from each other. Here is a quick breakdown of the two and how they differ from each other:

  1. Open Comedones

Open Comedones is also known as “blackheads” and it is obviously because of the color this excretion has. It is shaped like a larger version of your pores and is black in color. Since it is an open clogged pore, dead skin aggravates the oil formation in your face thus causing the black color.

  1. Closed Comedones

Closed comedones on the other hand is more famously known as your “whiteheads” and, like what I have previously mentioned, has the same content and composition as your blackheads. The only difference is that it is enveloped under your epidermis which protects it for dead skin cells.

  • Causes of Comedo Formation

There are a lot of inevitable factors that can lead to comedo formation that we cannot avoid, as much as we wanted to. If you are curious of these comedo formers then take a look at the sample list below:

  1. Dirt
  2. Excess fat accumulation
  3. Dead skin cells
  4. Excess Sebum (oil) formation of your skin
  5. Unhygienic lifestyle
  6. Excessive exposure to sunlight
  7. Comedogenic items such as:
    • Sunblock
    • Foundation
    • Press powder
    • Shampoo with ginseng extract
    • Moisturizers
  8. Hormones

These are just a few of the many factors that you need to consider when you plan to take care of your comedo problem. Although indeed some are unavoidable, we can still do something to lessen or at least minimize its formation.

  • How To “Command” Your Comedones

You can summarize comedo prevention in two simple ways. These effective tips can help you keep your skin smoother and, if lucky, “bump free”.  There are two general ways that you can avoid comedo formation and these are as follows.

  1. The Hygienic Way

Nothing beats a good facial regime. This must be done in a daily basis without fail and as often as necessary. It also involves knowing ample knowledge about your skin and how to care for it. Here are four simple steps that you can follow.

  • Know your skin type

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Is your face dry or oily or a combination of both? Is it sensitive or just your normal type of skin? The answers to these questions can greatly help you in caring for your skin properly.

  • Clean your face accordingly

Once you get to know your skin type, it is your job to choose the right hygienic management for it. Remember that each and every skin type requires specific care and products. So best to study first before applying anything to your face. But the best face cleaning method is your good old “wash with water and soap” method. So do your best to clean your face with soap and water as often as possible.

  • Avoid Products that can aggravate comedone formation

Like what I have mentioned previously, there are a lot of facial products that can increase your comedo formation. Of course, sometimes these “comedogenic items” is a must have in our daily lives. So what we can do is to go back to step two and keep a healthy and clean facial routie.

  1. The Home Remedy Way

Having a weekly or once a day “backup” plan for your facial care is a good investment. Who says that you need to go to a Dermatologist to achieve this? You can do simple yet effective hoe remedies with readily available ingredients found in any household or grocery. Here are some examples of home remedies for your comedone problems and how to make them.

  • Masks

The general step for applying a homemade mask is to evenly spread the mixture on your face. Then let it rest for around 10-30 minutes before you wash it off with warm water and a smooth towel. Here are some of your possible mask options:

  • Honey

Using pure natural honey, spread it around to cover the comedone parts and let it dry. Remove it afterwards with a warm damp cloth. You can also add Cinnamon (one part cinnamon and two parts honey ratio) to this mixture. Both ingredients will give you their antibacterial and antiseptic properties. You can use this as a daily regimen.

  • Baking Soda

Use this ingredient’s antiseptic properties to help remove those unwanted comedones by mixing a tablespoon of it with a little bit of water to make a paste. Apply it on the affected area and let it dry before rinsing it off. Repeat this for once or twice a week.

  • Oatmeal

This natural and safest exfoliator works best for any skin type. In addition, it works as a natural cleanser and soothes irritation. Using distilled water, cook just the right amount of oatmeal to cover your face according to its cooking instructions. After it cools down, apply it to your target areas and let it sit to dry. Remove it accordingly afterwards. You can do this method once a day for best result.

  • Pore Strip

Pre strips are those that we see in the market where you apply a small paper sheet with an “adhesive mixture” on your affected area and strip it off painfully afterwards. Here is a simple and painless homemade alternative for it.

Chicken Egg strip

Use only the egg whites and beat it in a bowl until it froths. Apply it to the areas with comedones and cover it with a paper towel. Let it dry before peeling off the paper towel.

  • Exfoliators

Using exfoliators can help our skin get rid of unwanted dirt, dead skin cells and basically anything that can harm it. Exfoliating around twice to thrice a week is the best routine to take because excess use of this can harm and irritate your skin. Here are some examples of homemade exfoliators.

Sugar Scrub

Sugar is a good candidate for natural exfoliators because it adds its pore cleansing effect if accompanied by the right carrier oil like jojoba (best choice because it is similar to your skins natural sebum), olive or grapeseed. Mix one cup of brown or white sugar with 4 tablespoons of your preferred oil until they are fully incorporated. With a wet face, use the mixture and apply it using a soft circular motion.

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Milk and Nutmeg

These two ingredients combined will not only get rid of excess oil on your skin (nutmeg) but will also remove dead skin cells on your face (milk) while keeping your skin smooth and silky. Combine just the right amount of both ingredients until you have a paste like consistency. Use this to exfoliate your skin and rub it across the affected areas. Make sure to use light touch and do it for 3-5minutes in total.

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Things found in your pantry does not only work as ingredients for cooking. When you know their powerful properties, they can be of great help in making your body healthy, clean and toxin free. In addition, proper and ample knowledge about comedones and skin care can heighten you hygienic prowess into another whole new level. Do not just blindly pick a random skin cleaning method without considering the factors that can cause your comedones to form. Treating this skin issue holistically is the best way to go in order to attain your goal in getting a healthier, cleaner and smoother skin.

Do Not Ignore the Warning Signs Found on Your Face

In our routine day to day lives, we always find time to look in the mirror to check how we look and if everything is all set and ready for the day. But sometimes, what we fail to realize is that our face is literally the window to our health. This includes the fact that our face shows “warning signs” that our body lacks certain deficiencies and most of them comprises of our body’s vitamin and mineral levels.

Knowing these signs can give us a clear “heads-up” that we need to take extra precaution for our health. It signals that our bodies are needed to be nourished properly and, amazingly, shows what particular deficiency we need to correct.

Your Face Says It All

Our face is not only our means to show our emotions and how we feel, it also says much about our health as long as we keep a keen observation of it. There are several common issues that we would usually see when we check ourselves in the mirror every day. But it does not solely mean that we are “getting old”. In fact, these changes can denote a vitamin deficiency that we need to correct in our system. Listed below are the top six facial changes that correlates to a particular vitamin or mineral deficiency.

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If you happen to notice wrinkle formation on your face at an early age, then this means that you are lacking a vitamin deficiency. Of course, knowing this can help you become knowledgeable enough to correct this lack of vitamins in your body as early as possible. Here is a quick rundown of the deficiency that needs to be addressed:

Deficiency: Vitamin K2­

Vitamin K is generally called “Koagulationsvitamin” and is responsible for activating calcium binding properties of protein. Its sub-category K2 is known as “Menaquione” and is used to activate proteins which regulates calcium all across the body.

  • What to eat:
    • Natto-is a famous Japanese food very, very rich in Vitamin K2. It is the product of fermented soy beans that Japanese people usually eat during mornings. That is why they have lesser wrinkles and finer, smoother skin.
    • Goose Liver
    • Certain Cheeses-Gouda and Brie cheese
    • Animal fats-like egg yolks
    • Butter
    • Lard
  • Supplement: 182mcg/day

Pale Complexion

Apart from having a pale complexion, try to check your tongue and its surface texture. If your tongue is smooth (which is opposite of its healthy version which is rough) accompanied by fatigue and poor memory, then it is also a sign of a vitamin deficiency. Listed below is all you need to know about it.signs-tongue-pale

Deficiency: Vitamin B 12 (Cobalamin)

The primary function of this vitamin is to regulate the function of the brain and your body’s entire nervous system. It is also responsible for the composition of red bold cells and regulates and creates DNA.

  • What to eat:
    • Found in animal sources only
      • Wild caught fish
      • Shellfish
      • Grass fed meat
      • Organic poultry
      • eggs
    • Supplement: 50 mcg/day

Hair Problems

Hair issues that relate to a particular vitamin deficiency includes the likes of dandruff, dry scalp, brittle hair and hair loss. If you are having these issues then you need to take a look at the deficiency written below.

Deficiency: Vitamin B 7 (Biotin)

This vitamin is responsible for metabolizing your body’s carbohydrates and fats. It also supports your body’s adrenal functions and maintain proper nervous system conduction.

  • What to eat:
    • Cauliflower
    • Egg yolk
    • Mushroom
    • Fish
    • Legumes
    • Potatoes
    • Spinach
  • Supplement: 50mcg/day

An additional “need to know” when you are trying to increase your Vitamin B7 intake is to stay clear from egg whites. Egg whites tend to disrupt the Biotin absorption of your body. Also, take necessary precautions when taking antibiotics because it also decreases your body’s absorption of Vitamin B7. 

signs-puffy-eyesPuffy Eyes

Having puffy eyes accompanied by bloated legs, weight gain, dry skin and brittle nails is another warning sign that your body is lacking a mineral source. This particular deficiency and how to cure it is written below.

Deficiency: Iodine

Iodine plays a vital role for our body’s thyroid function. It also aids in brain development in infancy. It is also a good detoxing agent.

  • What to eat:
    • Table salt
    • Salt water fish
    • Sea vegetables-sea weed (nori), hijiki, kelp and dulse
    • Cranberries
    • Potatoes
    • Strawberries
    • Beans
  • Supplement: 150mcg/day

Pale Lips

There are other visible signs that can add to the aforementioned pale lips. These warning signs include paleness of the inner lower eyelids and gums. If you notice that you are getting pale in these areas, then you need to take note of the information written below.

Deficiency: Iron

Iron is the most well know mineral found in your body. Its primary job is to keep your blood healthy and flowing all throughout your body. Iron deficiency is more commonly seen in women as compared to men. This is also the reason why sometimes you crave weird things like eating dirt, clay or ice. This is our body’s way of saying that it needs Iron badly.

  • What to eat:
    • Red meat
    • Dried beans
    • Spinach
    • Fish
  • Supplement: 8mg/day

Gum Issues

Gum issues related to tenderness or bleeding is not the only signs you need to observe. You also need to check if you have brittle hair, leg rashes, and nails or even joint or muscle aches. If you have these warning signs then you need to read the details below to correct them.

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Deficiency: Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant that helps your body refuel and regenerate. This includes your body tissues, bones, muscles, blood vessels and even your skin. It also aids in faster absorption of Iron in the body.

  • What to Eat:
    • Citrus
    • Cantaloupe
    • Berries
    • Kiwi
    • Mango
    • Papaya
    • Pineapple
    • Watermelon
    • Red peppers
  • Supplement: 250mg/day

It pays to be observant and knowledgeable when it comes to health. Treating a deficiency in an early stage can prevent it from worsening into a fatal disease. It also pays to know the right amount of vitamin and minerals you need to have daily to keep your body fit, healthy and functioning properly all throughout each day that you live.

Detoxing Your Body Using Healthy and Readily Available Home Ingredients

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Having to create a healthier and nutritious diet needs a holistic approach. By doing so, you can assure that you will experience the ultimate healthy experience. Being healthy in all aspects is your number one goal. That is why you need to also think of everything you ingest. This includes what you drink as well.

Keeping a close watch of what you drink is as important as being meticulous of what you eat. In fact, you need to be more particular with what you drink because your drink twice as much as you eat. So whatever you drink will greatly affect how your diet will go.  What better way to help your diet than to make your drinking regime healthier as well.

The Best Detox Recipe

Now let’s do a more detailed step by step approach to this detox drink so that you can know why you need these ingredients. You will also get to understand what these ingredients can do to your body and how it is affected by them. Finally, we will also get to have an overall view of the health benefits and results of each item in the drink.

Ingredients:

1.) 100 grams of cucumber

Cucumbers are always a hit when it comes to detox water and now even in regular water. This is due to these following health benefits:

  • It consists of effective rehydrating agents.
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • It relieves your body of heart burns and keeps you refreshed.
  • Nourishes your body with Vitamins such as Vitamin A, B and C. It gives your body and immunity boost and keeps your body energized and radiant.
  • Lowers your body’s uric acid level which keeps your kidneys in shape.
  • It reduces the bad cholesterols of your body.

2.) 1 Whole Lemon

Adding a good amount of lemon in your drink can greatly boost its detoxifying effect. Here are its perks when consumed:

  • Lemon juices helps cleanse and alkalize your body.
  • It has natural nourishing benefits that can be seen in several Vitamins and Minerals. These includes the likes of Vitamin C, B6, A, E, folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, protein and many more.
  • It contains flavonoids which contains antioxidants that fight against cancer causing cells.
  • It helps prevents diabetes, high blood pressure, indigestion and many more health ailments.
  • It promotes weight loss.healthy-detox
  • It increases skin, hair and nail care.

3.) A little bit of ginger

This strong smelling yet effective root crop has very potent detoxifying agents and can help you become healthier. Listed below are just some of its interesting benefits:

  • It cleanses your system and aids in proper and effective digestion.
  • Helps fight against common illnesses like flu, indigestion, common cold and many more.
  • It has an anti-inflammatory effect that is accompanied by antioxidant properties as well.
  • Effective remedy against exercise-induced muscle pain, Osteoarthritis because of its anti-inflammatory factor.
  • Can greatly decrease the chance of having high blood pressure, sugar level and other heart diseases.
  • Can lower your body’s LDL (low density lipoprotein) level which is also known as the “bad cholesterol” which causes most of heart diseases.
  • Contains a substance called “6-gingerol” that protects your body against cancerous agents.
  • Helps body fight against several kinds of infection.
  • Is known as one of the “Super Food” that has abundant health benefits.

4.) A little bit of basil and mint

You can choose between two healthy herbs to add a little bit of kick into your drink. Basil gives off a sweet taste to your detox juice and mint provides a fresh and relaxing taste to your pallet. You can choose one or just put both for more additional health benefits which includes the following:

  • Basil:
    • Is known as the “Queen of Herbs” due to its numerous health benefits.
    • Works wonders for the skin due to its antics tic properties.
    • Keeps your hair healthy and strong
    • A great alternative cure for different kinds of diseases from the most common like fever to the most complex like cancer.
    • Fresh basil is rich in anti-oxidants due to its polyphenolic flavonoid content namely vicenin and orientin.
    • Cures several stomach problems such as aches, cramps and even some stomach diseases.
    • Prevents respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis and influenza due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Mint:
    • Aids in digestion and helps your stomach to regulate its function.
    • Helps stop headache and nausea due to its aroma.
    • Prevents respiratory diseases such as asthma, congestion and the likes.
    • Stimulates the digestive system and increases food absorption that aids in faster weight loss.
    • It is a natural stimulant that can fight against depression and fatigue.
    • Prevents the body to have severe allergic reactions.
    • Gives your body a natural cooling and relaxing effect.

5.) 100 ml water

Consuming a large amount of water has a lot of health benefits that you can use to become healthier and illness free. The more you drink and consume the better the effect it will give your body. You can never get too much of water. Furthermore, it is best to consume as much as you possibly can as often as you can as well. Aside from rehydration, there are several health benefits that we can get from drinking water:healthy-detox

  • It helps your body burn more calories which is known as the “resting energy expenditure”.
  • It can reduce your appetite if your drink before, in between and even after your meals which results in lower caloric intake.
  • By replacing sweetened drinks with water, you reduce the risk of your body from being diabetic and obese.
  • It is 100% calorie free.

Now that you know what each ingredient is for and how your body will benefit from it, it’s now time to make your drink. This healthy detox drink is not only for adults but as well as kids and elderlies. The good thing about this drink is that it can be consumed by anyone at any age range. Because it is organic and all-natural, it is extremely safe for anyone to drink. Here are five simple steps that you need to follow to create this powerful and effective detox drink:

Instructions:

  • Put your water into a pitcher or container that can accommodate all the ingredients.
  • Cut cucumber about one centimeter thick and put it in the pitcher.
  • Thinly slice your lemon or squeeze its juice and add it to your pitcher.
  • Start with just a small amount of ginger by either cutting it in very thin slices or by grating it. Taste the mixture first before adding more if necessary. Just put enough ginger that you can tolerate.
  • Finish off your drink by adding a few pieces of basil or mint leaves (or even both).

For the times that you need to drink this detox juice, you can do it either in the evening before going to bed or in the morning when you wake up. The reason for it is because first, drinking the mixture at night will help your body to burn your fats faster overnight even if you are sleeping. As for the morning regime, drinking the detox juice can cleanse your body the natural way before you can consume anything else for the whole day.

Why Choose the Lemon, Ginger, Cucumber Drink with Basil and Mint?

There are a lot of other effective detox juices, liquids, shakes that has healthy and effective ingredients in them. But this particular recipe for “Lemon, Ginger, Cucumber drink with Basil and Mint” is the best that you can make.

I believe that being healthy and staying healthy should not deprive you of what you love to eat or what you prefer to consume. Instead of juicing up with other veggies or fruits that you are not familiar with or that you are not a fan of, why not go with a simple yet effective recipe that you are familiar with its contents? It not only give you the same benefits as other detox juices but its contents is readily available and easily attainable.

You do not need to have a fancy recipe with expensive ingredients just to stay healthy. What’s more, you should not deprive yourself from the enjoyment of drinking it as well. Using a simple yet effective recipe with low cost and readily available ingredients is far more economical and practical if you ask me. Because as long as you are able to work your way in making this drinking habit a daily routine, you are well on your way in reaching your goal of becoming a healthier and toxin free version of yourself.

Simple Yet Effective Home Remedies for Liver Detox

Among all of the parts in our body, our liver is probably the organ that suffers the most when we fail to take care of what we eat and how we live our daily lives. Not only is it affected when we go on an unhealthy, fatty and nutritionless diet, but it also gets “beaten up” when we chose to live an unhealthy lifestyle.liver-detox

Yes, you can detox your liver

It is never too late to start to detoxify your body and your liver and start to live healthy and fit. You don’t even need to go to experts or doctors just to start your “back to health” journey. All it takes is your full determination and knowing the right food and lifestyle to match with it.

Detoxifying your liver is not as complex as you think it is. You just need to focus on two major factors that runs your life. First is how, what and how much you eat. The next is how you live your life each day and how you go about your daily activities. If you want to become toxin free and healthy once again, below is a list of some pointers that you need to take note of.

Change the Way You See and Consume Food

Like what was previously mentioned, food plays a very vital role in your liver detoxification process. Because whatever we eat, drink and digest will be processed and broken down in none other than our liver. So you need to pay more particular attention to what you eat from here on out.

Another reason why food is the first factor that you need to consider is because it is easier to alter and revise. In addition choosing what food to eat causes a major impact to our liver if not meticulously picked. So here are the natural methods of detoxifying your liver with the help of whatever you ingest.

  • Increase your water intake

If you want to successfully detoxify your body, you need to consume a lot of water. If possible, try to drink more than ten glasses a day. In fact, others have a goal of “drinking as much water as you can each hour” regardless of how many glasses they have consumed. As long as they are fully hydrated every hour, they will do so and it worked wonders for them.

You can also boost up your water therapy by following these simple steps. These can help not only our re hydration but also how your body will detoxify your liver:

  1. Choose alkaline or spring water-Having a high alkaline leveled water helps to upboost your body’s response to detoxification. Spring water on the other hand has tons of minerals and nutrients that will aid in the detoxification process.
  2. Use water filtration devices-Using tried and tested water filtration devices can help your drinking water become healthier. It will aid in eliminating carbon and chlorine content in drinking water.
  3. Add a touch of lemon in your water-A good boost of vitamin C in your water will help increase the alkaline level of the water. It will also give out its cleansing function and Vitamin C content.

    Eat the right kind of fat

Fat should not and must not be removed from your diet because it plays a vital part in your body’s energy formation. Without it, our liver will have a harder time functioning properly and will cause a delay in its detoxification workload.

Eat the right food that are rich in “good fats”. Some examples include almonds, walnuts, avocado, pumpkin, coconut, chia and hemp. Avoid the “bad fats” that are usually seen in animal fats and vegetable oils like corn oil and soy oil.

  • Tweak your diet

Now that you know what to eat, you can start adjusting your diet plan and meals. You need to think of focusing your food sources that aims to help with liver detoxification. Here are some helpful “need to know” ideas before you plan your next detox meal:

  1. Focus to go on an all-out organic food, no junk food, alcohol free diet– Choose food that are naturally harvested rather than shelf-shelf ready. Do not be tempted to buy junk food or fast food and try to spare some time to create homemade meals and snacks. Finally, cut alcoholic beverages from your life because it “poisons” your liver.
  2. Remove toxins from your meals-Remove items in your food that has a non-organic origin. Examples of these are preservatives, food and flavor enhancers, refined sugar, hydrogenated oils and many more.
  3. Choose Potassium rich food-Having a meal rich in potassium will further enhance your liver’s detoxifying function. Try to add some sweet potatoes, tomatoes, beets, beans (kidney beans, lima beans and white beans), spinach and banana.
  • Boost on veggie juice

Vegetables are a great source of antioxidants and has a natural cleansing effect to your body. Mixing a couple of veggies into a juicer can give you a total of four to five different servings of nutritional contents in one glass.liver-detox

It can also be easily digested along with the toxins that the vegetables were able to cleanse out our digestive and circulatory system because of its natural fiber content. So next time you think of making a juice, try mixing some cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, ginger, carrots, beets and broccoli into one serving.

To add more flavor to your juice, you can add a touch of citrus fruits. Having these fruits in your juice does not only make it tastier, but also makes it a more potent detoxifier because of its high vitamin content and acidity.

  • Add liver detoxifying booster food

Asides from tweaking your diet into the right type for your liver, you need to add several “liver aiding” food to further enhance its detoxifying abilities. Here are some good examples of liver friendly food and their effects:

  1. Garlic-It activates the liver enzymes and has a high amount of allicin and selenium that will aid in liver cleansing and flushing out liver toxins.
  2. Citrus– Citrus fruits are very rich is Vitamin B and antioxidants which increases the liver’s cleansing abilities.
  3. Beets and carrots-These two vegetables helps our liver’s overall function and support its stimulation because of its high beta carotene levels.
  4. Green Leafy Vegetables­-Regardless if it is cooked or raw, green vegetables work wonders for our liver due to its high chlorophyll content that absorbs the toxins found in our blood stream.
  5. Turmeric-Turmeric is a very potent spice that has many health benefits. For our liver, its function is to increase its detoxifying capabilities.
  6. Apple-Apples are rich in pectin and malic aid that not only removes toxins in our bodies but also excess and unwanted cholesterol.
  7. Green Tea-Green teas are rich in antioxidants called catechins which assist your liver from functioning properly and effectively.
  8. Grains-Trade your whole wheat, flour and other grains to more liver friendly grains. These includes the likes of quinoa, buckwheat and millet. These grains are more effective fiber cleansers.
  9. Walnuts-Walnuts are not only rich in arginine (an amino acid) but it is also has a high level of glutathione and omega 3 in it. These two are good candidates for their liver cleansing properties.

    Change Your Lifestyle

The second stage of your “detox journey” is the harder part and that is changing your lifestyle. By lifestyle, I mean everything bad that you usually and intentionally do that causes harm to your liver. Let us all be honest, even though we know for a fact that what we do or eat can be dangerous to our health, we still do or eat it.

Stopping something that you have grown accustomed to is a very difficult task to feat. But it is not impossible to overcome. This time around, you need perseverance and a load of discipline in order to make it work. Listed below are the most common faults and vices that we do that can greatly damage our liver. Halting these vices can help stop our liver from deteriorating and weakening.

  • No alcohol

Some researchers say that red wine is healthy for the body because of is antioxidant features. Plus, there are many other so called “health benefits” that we can get from other alcohol beverages. But what they lack to tell us is that regardless of how “healthy” this beverage is endorsed, it does not exclude that fact that an alcoholic beverage is a toxin “in any form.”

Even if they say that a ‘light” beer has a very minimal alcoholic level, it still has alcohol in it. What alcohol does to the liver is that it forces the liver to work overtime just to get rid of the alcohol toxins that our bodies have ingested. Cut yourself from all alcoholic intake and let your liver rest.

  • Avoid night outs

In order to fully be on hiatus with alcohol, remove everything related to it. Because it can tempt you to drink again. This includes those late night outs that involves alcohol.

Another addition to those night outs is eating way past your bedtime. It is a bad choice to take if you want your body to become healthy again. Our body’s natural time for digestion and absorption only works until seven in the evening. Therefore, anything that you eat afterwards will directly be converted into excess fats that can damage your liver.

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  • Quit Smoking

Smoking causes liver diseases that when not stopped can lead to liver cirrhosis. Its nicotine content is very dangerous and can damage each and every part of your body. So stop early before it’s too late.

  • Sleep properly

Your body, like you, gets tired from working the whole day as well. This includes your liver too. Having adequate rest will allow your body to revitalize and regenerate its energy in order to work properly the following day. Do not deprive yourself from your well-deserved sleep.

  • Choose the right supplement boosters

There are a lot of natural supplements out there in the market but not all of them can particularly target liver care and health. So best to choose supplements that focuses on caring, strengthening and assist in liver care and function.

Example of these natural supplements are those with contents of turmeric, vitamin B and selenium. These supplements helps the metabolic substance absorption of our body. Herbal supplements such as teas with artichokes, turmeric or thistle extracts help cleanse the liver from unwanted toxins.

  • Start a 24 hour liver cleanse a week early before you go on your new healthy diet.

When you are finally able to remove the aforementioned vices and you are finally getting the ideal lifestyle you need, your next step is to detoxify your body. You will need a “detox flush” before you introduce the diet you have planned for a healthier liver.

The reason for doing this is to prepare your body and make it as toxin free as possible. So that when the new set of diet is introduced to your body, it will have minimal to no trace of toxins that can ruin your “liver detoxification regime”. Do these following steps at least a week (basically for seven days straight) prior to your detox diet start date:

1. Eat liver detoxifying food.

Star to familiarize yourself with liver friendly food such as kale, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, celery, beets and citrus fruits. Add these to your daily meal and work your way to shifting your meals to a healthier version.

2.No preserved, processed or instant food allowed.

It is extremely important to stay clear from junk food, processed food, instant food or any type of food that is readily made or easy to cook. Remember that these type of food are jam packed with preservatives, refined sugar and all the things that we need to stay away from.

3. Go green, Juice up and choose organic foodliver-detox

Nothing beats going organic and fresh. Take time to plan your meals and make them. Try your best to choose organic and fresh produce instead of those instant ones. It will consume time as you prepare and make it, but the end result will all be worth your effort and time.

It is never too late to choose to become healthy and staying that way from here on end. Just remember that being in good physical shape takes a lot of time, dedication and patience. But the end result will be beneficial for your and how you go about your daily life. Always keep in mind that being healthy takes a holistic approach so do not focus on just changing your diet. Make further plans to change your lifestyle and adjust it accordingly so that you can have a full 360 shift into becoming the healthiest you that you can be.

Be Vigilant of These Simple Warning Signs Your Body is Giving Off

Our bodies are indeed a mysteriously amazing creation that we can always rely on. It tells us if we are doing great, if we are healthy and even if we are suffering from a health issue that we have not yet to feel physically or be diagnosed by a doctor. That is why we need to be keen and observant when we feel that something is wrong with us.

Remember that our body works accordingly in a routinely fashion and will continue to work properly without fail as long as we supply it with the right and healthy “fuel” it needs. So once we feel that there is something “off” with how our body acts, it means that our bodies are giving us a “heads-up” that something is wrong. Let me give you some examples of possible warning signs that our bodies give us when there is something wrong with it.

1. Food Intake

A sudden shift of how you eat and what you want to eat is probably the first signs that you can take note of and be aware of. Usually, when you want something particular to eat, it means that your body is compensating for something that it lacks. Here are some examples of possible sudden shifts in our regular diet.

  • Craving for sweets

When you have a sudden urge to chow down on cakes, chocolates and other sweet delights, then this mean that your body is signaling you that there is something wrong with it. Wanting an increase amount of sugar is due to your

body’s absorption of excessive energy making your gastrointestinal tract to look for more food rich in glucose.

But this does not mean you have to eat two to three slices of cake or a box of doughnut. A good alternative for this is to consume healthy food rich in natural glucose like fruits, honey and even a few pieces of dark chocolate.

  • Wanting sour food

If you suddenly feel the urge to eat sour food when you are usually not a fan of it means that your body is coping up for something that is lacking. This time around, wanting sour food can indicate that your body needs it to stimulate your gallbladder and liver to function properly.

You can opt to help your organs to work better by consuming food that are sour yet nutritious. A few good examples are cranberries and lemon. You can either eat them as fruits or drink them as juices.

  • Craving for salty food

Another sudden shift in food craving that you should take note of is when you have a sudden urge of eating salty food. This craving can be a sign of your body having either an inflammatory attack or an infection.

You can fight these possible onset of unhealthy invaders before they can do further harm. You can do so by increasing your iodine intake with the help of eating seafood or even adding iodized salt in your meal instead of your regular salt.

  • Severe thirst

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It is common for us to become thirsty once in a while. But when you suffer from severer thirst, it can lead to possible dehydration of your body. But you need to be alarmed even more if your severe thirst is accompanied by nausea and fatigue, because this can be a warning sign that your heart or kidneys are not functioning properly. These symptoms can also be correlated as early signs of Type II Diabetes Mellitus.

If you ever feel these two symptoms while you suffer from sever thirst, it is best to go have yourself checked by your nearest doctor. Whether it is dehydration or kidney problems, you need to take these warning signs seriously and act immediately

2. Sudden Change in Your Usual Daily Activity

The second sign that you will probably notice is that your body will alter your usual daily activity or routine all of a sudden. The reason why I said that it is the second sign we usually observe is because our natural reaction to a sudden change in our body is “this must be nothing harmful” and we tend to ignore it unless it happens for the second, third and the “nth” time.

These sudden changes should not be taken for granted. Remember that our body is like a machine that works in an orderly and routine fashion. So when you feel your body shift from its usual routine without your instructing it, then there is something wrong with it. Here are the most common types of physical changes that we can observe:

  • Leg cramps, poor sleep and irritability

All these three changes is due to the lack of Magnesium and Potassium in our body. Magnesium is needed for our bodies to have strong muscles, nerves, regular blood sugar levels and blood pressure. Protein is located in each and every cell in our body and is needed for them to function properly.

To help our body correct this, you need to do it as early as possible by adjusting your diet and include foods rich in Magnesium and Protein. Some examples are green leafy vegetables lie kale, beet root and spinach. You can also add banana, sunflower seed, wheat bread and almonds to your everyday menu.

  • Severe headache

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A severe, unbearable headache is not something that you can just ignore. This is one of the major warning signs of our body that needs immediate attention. These type of pain cannot be dismissed with rest or pain relievers. It can be due to several health problems like migraine, stroke, blood clot or even a tumor.

When you experience this type of pain, do not hesitate to ask for immediate help. Go to the nearest medical facility available and have a doctor see you as soon as possible. Make sure you are accompanied by someone so that you can be assisted as you go to the medical facility.

  • Chest pain

Chest pain is another major warning sign of your body. Once again, if your feel a sudden, painful heaviness on your chest, do not ignore it. Seek professional help immediately and once again, make sure you are accompanied by someone as much as possible.

If you have other symptoms such as difficulty of breathing, pressure on your upper body, dizziness or even extreme fatigue accompanying your chest pain, take note of them because it will help your doctor when you are being assessed.

  • Fatigue

Unexplained fatigue is observed when you still feel tired and weak even if you had enough rest and sleep. Even if you have eaten well, you still feel that fatigue sensation. Basically, whatever you do, you feel fatigued. This can be a sign that your body has nutritional imbalance issues. Some examples of nutritional imbalances include thyroid problems, diabetes, food intolerance and many more.

You can start to avoid these nutritional imbalances by changing your usual eating habit and make it healthier. For example, you can lessen your caffeine intake and start drinking healthy natural fruit juices. But the best way to go is to eat healthier and more nutritious food.

3. Sudden Bodily Changes

Bodily changes are the last and probably the hardest to pinpoint because we tend to be too familiar with our image and physical appearance that we sometimes tend to forget to have a regular check-up on ourselves. In the end, we notice the change a little too late.

Nevertheless, it is not yet too late to start having a routine check on your physical appearance to see if any changes have occurred. Remember, the earlier you get to see the change, the earlier it can be treated and prevented. Here are some of the most commonly neglected signs of our body that needs our attention:

  • Change in nails and hair

     

A visible sign of unhealthy hair and nails is that it becomes brittle and easily breakable. This is due to the lack of Vitamin B in our body. In addition, a decrease in our body’s calcium content adds to the rapid deterioration and breakage of our hair and nails.

Having a healthier diet rich in vitamin B and calcium is a good way to fight against hair and nails weakening. Eat food such as milk, dairy products, potatoes, legumes wheat bread and vegetables to give you an added boost of vitamin B and calcium.

  • Dry skin

When you notice that you suddenly have dry and almost flaky skin, it means that your body lacks the essential vitamins needed to keep it healthy. That vitamin is none other than vitamin E. If you also have dry skin on elbows, it means that you are also lacking Vitamin A and C as well.

You can bring back your skin’s natural soft and healthy state by eating the right food for it. Eat foods rich I vitamin E like fish, vegetable oil and nuts. For vitamin A and C we have carrots, pumpkin, orange, lemon, apricot and many more.

  • Gum bleeding

Gum bleeding, especially during the morning when you just woke up, is another sign that your body lack its much needed vitamin supply. That particular vitamin is vitamin C.

You can prevent gum bleeding from happening if you boost up on your vitamin C consumption. Eat food rich in vitamin C such as citrus fruits like orange, lemon and cranberry. You can also add garlic and vegetables to your diet as well.

  • Irregular bowel movement

There are indeed some times that our bowel movement tend to become irregular. But it returns back to its original “schedule” once our bodies adjust back to its regular routine. But if the irregularity extends for more than days then your body is undergoing a crisis in digestion and expulsion. Irregular bowel movement can be due to several gastrointestinal problems like Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) or Irritable Bowel Movement (IBM).

With the help of professionals digestive issues can be best assessed and treated. So before you start to adjust your diet or even take medications, consult your nearest physician first before doing anything else.

  • Change of vision

A sudden or gradual change in vision is a very vital warning sign that you should keep track of. Because alteration in your vision can be caused by refractive errors that has several branches. Some examples of refractive errors include Hyperopia (farsightedness) and Astigmatism (due to irregular shape of your corneas). If not treated immediately, it can lead to more fatal illnesses. Such examaples include Glaucoma, Cataract, blindness secondary to Diabetes, cardio Vascular Disease related blindness and many more.

The best way to prevent these illnesses from happening is by going to your Optometrist as earl as possible. In addition, continuous care and follow-ups to your doctor is best advised to have a more accurate care plan for your eyesight.

  • Sudden loss of weight

Losing weight is fine if you make an effort to actually lose it, like going on a diet or having to do exercises. But once you lose weight even without you doing anything at all, you are subjected to possible health conditions. It can be due to hormonal imbalances like Thyroid problems and Diabetes Mellitus or it can be psychologically triggered like depression.

To properly address your weight loss issue, you need to consult your physician first. From there, the both of you will make a holistic health plan that you can use in order to regain your weight back.

  • Dark circles under your eyes

Eye bags are known as the dark circles under your eyes and it is another warning sign that your body uses to alert you. For people who have suddenly had eye bags appear under their eyes, it can be because of several different factors. One is because of the medications that they take, another is due to their blood supply lacking oxygen. But the most famous cause of it is because of sleeplessness and fatigue.

To get rid of unwanted eye bags try to get enough rest and sleep. It also helps to have your liver checked because another possible cause of eye bags is related to liver problems.

  • Joint pain

For those that are either having excessive exercise or no exercise at all, joint pain is common. But once it becomes unbearable, it can be because of a problem within your body.

Regardless if you are over exerting your exercise or not having any at all, experiencing a severe, unbearable pain on your joints can indicate something bad happening inside your body. It can be a sign of inflammation of your tendons, torn ligaments or worse joint related diseases. These diseases include the likes of Arthritis, Tendonitis, Osteoarthritis, Gout, Hepatitis and many more.

Having the right type and amount of exercise can help alleviate and prevent these health issues if you start early. Another way to help treat these problems is to consult your orthopedic doctor.

  • Irregular freckles or moles

If you happen to notice a newly formed, irregular mole or freckle in any part of your body then it is a sign that something is wrong with it. These “spots” are usually asymmetric in form. They are also unevenly colored or sometimes an old mole or freckle suddenly changes its usual appearance.

The sudden change is due to the increase amount of melanoma found in your skin. An alteration of its amount is a sign of your skin being unhealthy. If not treated properly, it can eventually end being a skin disease or worse skin cancer.

In order to prevent melanoma from increasing its production, you can do proper skin care and skin safety. Avoid being exposed too much to sunlight and use appropriate sunblock items whenever you go outside. Try avoiding other extreme sources of UV rays. Being exposed to sunlight at around noon time to three in the afternoon is one good example. Another activity that you need to stay clear of is going to tanning salons. Try also to avoid having your skin being extremely tanned under direct sunlight.

Being vigilant when it comes to your health is a good way to keep yourself in check and free from illnesses and diseases. Always remember that prevention is better than cure. Being aware of your health condition is your best offense against being unhealthy.

Danger Habits That Make You Fatter Without You Knowing It

We all know that eating the right kind of diet and exercising the proper way is not the only factors that can affect us when we want to lose weight and be healthier. We also need to be extra vigilant of the unnoticeable yet “deadly” bad habits that we are more or less guilty of. These bad food habits are the keys in making us loose our fight against weight loss.

A Hard Habit to Break

food-habitTo be completely honest with ourselves, these so called minor things that “makes you fat” are so imperceptible that we don’t even know that we are already committing it. I for one am a victim of these bad food habits myself and I can attest that they are hard to stop at first. It became less difficult as time goes by. Eventually was able to make these new changes become incorporated into my daily activities making it a common act that I now do. If I can do it so can you and here are seven major “Bad Eating Habits” that most of us are unaware of.

  1. Mindless Eating

Remember the time when you sometimes “mindlessly” eat your way from one slice of cake to another and another until you realize that you are almost eating half of the whole cake? Well, this happens to most of us and these are the “mindless eating” that we take for granted. Here are a few other effects of this particular bad eating habit to you and your body.

Bigger Plater and Bigger portion

It’s only our natural reaction that we eat everything that is in our plate, regardless of how big or small the plate is and how many or few the quantity of the food on it. Bigger portions equals bigger food intake meaning grater change of our bodies to “carbo load”.  We have to avoid consuming big amount of food just because of the size of our plate.

  • Remedy:
    1. Use smaller plates.
    2. Eat with small portions.
    3. Do not eat directly from the package.

Endless snacking

Snacking in between meals is not bad. It only becomes so if you eat unhealthy and sugar loaded snacks like chocolates, junk foods, doughnuts and the likes. You need to alter the way you eat snacks into a healthier option.

  • Remedy:
    1. Snack with healthy food.
    2. Snack in a minimum amount.
    3. Remove unhealthy food from your pantry or stockroom.

Emotional eating

Majority of the people who are going through a stressful or emotional situation tend to go to their “comfort food.” This is their “go-to” activity for relief and a momentary satisfaction to make them forget their problems. But what they fail to realize is that we tend to eat more when we are stressed or emotional.

  • Remedy:
    1. Find another outlet for your stress or emotion.
    2. Have a good support group with you.

Eating speed

Eating at a different speed can make or break your diet. Doing these two eating habit will be a problematic speed bump for your so try to avoid it.

  • Eating too fast-Eating too fast makes you feel hungry even if you have already eaten. This is because your body signal’s your brain of its “sated” state at around twenty minutes. So if you eat your meal within just ten minutes, your brain will still think that you are still hungry and will signal your body to eat more.
  • Eating too slow-Eating too slow can also be a problem for your body. When you take too much time eating, your body will be signaled by your brain that it is already “full” when in reality, you have not even finish half of your meal. That is why when you take too long eating, you suddenly feel full for no reason at all.
    • Remedy:
      1. Take smaller bites.
      2. Put down your spoon and fork after every three bites.
      3. Chew your food slowly.
      4. Enjoy what you eat.
      5. Make sure to allot a minimum of twenty minutes each meal.

Eating Junk food

Eating junk food is “ideally” not recommended if you want to lose weight. But let’s face it, why derive ourselves with our “guilty pleasures” from time to time. Losing weight should not deprive you of what you love. You can have a cheat day each week as long as you just have a scoop of ice cream or a stick or chocolate. There is really no harm in doing it and it can even be your motivation to eating healthy and getting your “reward” if you accomplish it.

  • Remedy:
    1. Remove most of your “guilty pleasures” from your pantry and storage spaces.
    2. Choose only your most “favorite” item and keep its amount to a minimum.

Disturbed Eating

Disturbed eating is when you focus too much on doing one thing that you either neglect eating or you eat too much. You can either be enjoying what you do too much or you are “knee deep in thought” of what you need to accomplish.  Eating should not be mixed with other activities unless it is your good old “meal time conversation.” Do your best to avoid doing these “disturbed eating” causing activities:

  • Watching television whiile eating.
  • Doing your work and eating at the same time.
  • Eating while playing games.
  1. Being Clueless with Food

Just because you are eating regular, organic or “healthy food” does not mean that knowing it is healthy is enough. You need to pay more particular attention to how much you eat, how you eat it and basically “what is in your food.” Here are several tips that can help you figure out what your meal is made out of:

Food labeled “Low-Fat”

Having a “low-fat” label does not mean it is healthy. Remember, each time your remove a key component in a food product, you need to replace it with another to avoid compromising the product itself. Fats is replaced by sugar (or other unhealthy component that is worse than “fats”) when it is removed from a product. This leads to our bodies either going into “sugar rush” or “rebound hunger” after eating the “low-fat” product.

  • Remedy:
    1. Stick with natural food.
    2. Choose food that make you feel “full”.

Not knowing the importance of “Nutritional Advice”

It pays to be more vigilant with what you buy. Especially if the food comes from a carton or a package. Knowing the content and nutritional value of the food you buy will help you guide yourself into making the right decision and choosing the healthier version of the food you need to purchase.

  • Remedy:
    1. Eat smart and choose wisely.
    2. Read more.

Choosing “diet” drinks

Similar to the “low fat” issue, “diet” drinks also has a one-sided factor that they tend to keep from us. These items also replace one component of their drink with another. The downside is that whatever they replace it with is twice as unhealthy as the original component that they removed.

  • Remedy:
    1. Focus on drinking mostly water.
    2. Make your own fruity drink.
    3. Make sure to keep your liquids healthy.

Avoiding everything related to “Fats”

Fats play a vital role if you want to lose weight and be healthy. Our body uses fats in order to get its needed energy to function properly all throughout the day. Excluding fats from your diet just because they are labeled as “fats” is not a good idea at all. Remember that there are food groups that are rich in “good fats” that your body will need every day.food-habit

  • Remedy:
    1. Educate yourself with food rich in “good” fats like almonds, fish (omega 3) and avocado.
    2. Eat the right amount of “healthy fats”.

Ignoring how your food is cooked

When we go to a restaurant and eat, we seldom think about how our food is prepared and cooked. Unlike when we eat at home, we have no control of how our food will be made. It pays to read the description of the food on the menu and how it is cooked before you choose it.

  1. Skipping Meals

Regardless if it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, you should never skip your meals. Each major meal of the day supplies your body with the much needed nutrients, energy and “fuel” to keep it from functioning properly and healthily. Once you are unable to eat your meals regularly, it will lead to the decrease in your body’s metabolism and will have depleted energy source. In order to compensate, our brain will signal us to eat twice as much as we regularly do just to double up the “fuel” our body needs. This is the reason why we overeat each time we miss a major meal. To help prevent this you can follow these simple remedies.

  • Remedy:
    1. Plan beforehand of what you want to eat for each meal.
    2. Create easy to make meals.
    3. Eat in a heavy and healthy manner.
  1. Midnight Snacks

Our body’s “body clock” directs our body stops digesting food at night. The food we consume past bedtime is directly turned into unwanted fats. That is why, as much as possible, we should avoid eating during bedtime. But if we still tend to feel hungry, here are some useful tricks you can follow:

  • Remedy:
    1. Eat dinner meals that makes your feel “full” even if it is in small amount.
    2. Tell yourself that “the kitchen is closed at night”.
    3. Wait for ten minutes before you think of getting up and eat something because sometimes, the hunger you feel will disappear.
    4. If you cannot avoid your hunger, choose the right food to eat like a piece of cheese, fruit or veggie.
    5. Drink lots of water instead to keep your hunger satisfied.
  1. Sleeping Issues

Sleeping also plays a major role if you want to stay healthy and lose weight. Not only will sleep rest and replenish your body, it will also aid in proper digestion of the food you will eat. There are two major issues when it comes to sleeping:

  • Sleeping too much-sleeping too much (8 hours or more) slows down your body’s natural metabolic function. Instead of your body already working to shed off those extra pounds or digesting the food you have eaten, it has a harder time processing the food you ate because it remains stationary. Instead of helping your body to function properly, you are unknowingly preventing it from doing its job properly.
  • Sleeping less-Sleeping less (around 5-6 hours) also affects how your body copes up with your daily activity, including eating. Since your body lacks the rest it badly needs, it will look for other sources of energy just to “keep on going”. In response, you brain will signal you to become hungry more often than usual to compensate for the lack of energy your body has. This will make your body gain weight faster.
    • Remedy:
      1. Get the right amount of sleep (6-8 hours).
      2. Keep your sleep in a routinely fashion.
      3. Make sure there are no distractions at your bedside
  1. Uneven Liquid Intake

food-habit

The amount of liquid you ingest, be it juice, alcohol or water, will affect how your body will digest the food you eat. The more water we drink, the healthier our bodies will become. It will even aid in proper digestion and metabolism of the food that we eat. So an alteration of the amount of liquid we ingest will greatly affect our body and how it works.

  • Remedy:
    1. Make water your primary liquid source.
    2. Avoid too much sweet liquids like instant juice, processed drinks and the likes.
    3. Stick with mild liquors in minimal amount. A light beer or and red wine with a maximum of one glass a day are good examples.
  1. Unhealthy “Companions”

There are a lot of possible candidates I can think of when I mention “companion”. It can either be a person or a thing or even an activity. Here are some examples of unwanted companions and how you can resolve your issues with them:

Unhealthy friends

“Birds of the same feather, flock together” and “Show me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are” are some of the most famous sayings that describes your relationship with your friends. This includes your diet and how you manage your lifestyle. If you have a group or friends who are most likely to ignore their health and just indulge in eating, then you are more or less like them as well.

  • Remedy:
    1. Instead of eating out, find other healthy and active alternatives for your bonding.
    2. Encourage each other to become fit and healthy again.
    3. Be each other’s “go to” person for losing weight. Be each other’s strength and driving force to become healthy and fit.

Too much use of the weighing scale

A weighing scale at home is like an addictive drug that you sometimes cannot help yourself but to use it each time you see it. It is not a bad thing to do so, but if you are trying to lose weight and check you progress every day, then it can be a bit of a problem. Sometimes, when we see there is no progress in our effort to shed off those extra pounds, we tend to lose our motivation. But we also need to understand that we do not simply lose weigh in just a span on one day. We need to give it time and patience.

  • Remedy:
    1. Remove the scale from areas of your house you are always present in (bathroom and bedroom).
    2. Put the scale in your kitchen or near your pantry or refrigerator (to be a reminder for you that you are on a diet).
    3. Have a fixed schedule of when you will weigh yourself (once a week, same day with the same set of clothes).

Trying to remove your bad food habits is a really difficult task to accomplish and I have been there. But it is not “impossible” to accomplish. All you need to do is to become extra vigilant and careful of what you are doing, what you prepare and most especially, what you put in your mouth. Remember, it takes a total of seven days to break a habit and twenty one days to make a new one. So better have the right amount of patience and perseverance and stay focused on your goal to becoming healthy and fit.

Starting Your Day The Right Way With a Healthy Breakfast

We have heard countless of times that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” But have you ever thought of why this saying has been with us for so long? The answer lies on the actual saying itself, breakfast is literally the most important meal of the day. Let me guide you on the benefits and facts that comprises our breakfast regime.

Breakfast Is the Most Important Meal of the Day

Let us start by answering the question “why breakfast?” I can give you three main reasons why breakfast is indeed a must each day we wake up.

  • It “Breaks” your “Fast”

When I was still in college, I asked my professor why we call “breakfast” well…. “breakfast.” At first I thought that he was just joking around. Because he told me that the origin of the work is from two combined words which are “break” and “fast”. Basically what he meant was “breakfast means breaking your fasting.”

True enough, if you see the etymology of the word, it actually translates to what my professor said. So when you eat your first meal of the day, you are literally breaking your body’s fasting period which happened for the whole time that you were sleeping.

  • It supplies energy to Keep you going

When you eat your breakfast, you need to load up on several essential nutrients and minerals in order to keep you energized and full as the day goes by. Remember, the last time you ate was during dinner the previous day. So you better give your body it’s well-deserved “food fuel” so you can work, think and act properly and energetically.

  • It refuels Your Body

Like what I have previously mentioned, eating breakfast “refuels” your body. Think of your body as a car that ran for thousands of miles for hours without any resupplying. Then after a considerable amount of time, you see a gas station nearby. That gas station is your “breakfast.” In order for your body to work, you have to refuel it with the right amount and content of food as you eat the first meal of your day.

Caloric Watch

One of the vital element when trying to eat healthy is the total amount of caloric intake that you need to ingest per meal. Units of energy that is found in different food groups is collectively known as calories. In order for our bodies to function to its optimum capacity, we need to ingest the right amount of calories required for our body type.

Calories will also be burned by our bodies in order to get its needed energy to keep healthy, balanced and “going” throughout the day. Like what was previously stated, each person’s caloric need differs from another. Best to consult your Dietician for a more accurate computation.

Know What is On Your Plate

Of course, it is not enough that you eat and consume anything for breakfast. In reality, the quality is better than the quantity of the food that you will be eating. That is why you need to be familiar with the healthy food groups that will help you get enough energy and keep you healthy at the same time. Here is a quick rundown of the food sources that will give your body what it needs.

  • Fiber

Having a fibrous breakfast will help your body in “flushing out” its unwanted toxins and its excess “dirt”. Fiber help our digestive system to better absorb the body’s needed nutrients and expel unwanted byproducts like excess fat deposits.

  • Fats

Believe it or not, fat is also a key component in keeping our breakfast healthy. Fats are good storage sources of energy that our body will need to use in order to function properly.

  • Protein

Protein is responsible for keeping our body feeling sated and full even if we only ate an adequate amount of food. It also works as a fuel provider for our body’s energy source.

  • Carbohydrates

Similar to fat, carbohydrates are also responsible in giving energy and power to our body. But take note that you should only consume the right amount of fats and carbohydrates in order for it to be in a “healthy level.”

  • Vitamins

Vitamins play a very important part in having a healthy breakfast. Different vitamins work in different ways. They can either help to properly and more effectively digest what we at, or they can aid our digestion. Most importantly, they help our bodies’ combat different illnesses and at the same time make it healthy and impenetrable to diseases.

Sample Menus for a Great Breakfast Plate

Now that we know the different nutrients, vitamins and minerals needed for your breakfast, all we have left to do is to mix and match these elements to create a balanced plate. Here are some examples of breakfast menus including its caloric intake.

  • 500 Calories “Sample Menu”

There are a lot of great ideas that you can choose from when making a simple yet healthy packed first meal of the day. But most people are too busy to make a detailed plate every day. So here are simple sandwich ideas that you can choose from. These great suggestions will only be under less than 500 calories.

  • PB and J

Get one whole English muffin and slice it in two. Use 1 tablespoon of peanut butter to coat the slices. Top each slice off with ¼ cup of sliced banana. Finally finish off with blueberries as a dessert (20 pieces).

  • Waf-wich

Use the waffle brand of your choice and make sure that they are whole grain waffles. Make a total of two pieces and top each piece off with ¼ cup non-fat yogurt. Add a tablespoon of slivered almonds, ¼ cup raspberries and ½ tablespoon of pure maple syrup to finish your meal.

  • 800 Calories “Sample Menu”

For those who are really hard-core “heavy breakfast” people, a 500 calorie meal might be incomplete for them. So here are some suggestions for a full-on heavy breakfast that are more or less under the 800 calorie mark.

  • A complete breakfast set

Start off with a bowl of oatmeal with ½ an apple. Add 2 boiled eggs with just the whites, 1 cup or regular milk and ½ cup of papaya. You may feel free to add sautéed veggies of your choice along with a slice of baked salmon. Just make sure to cover all the needed nutrients in your meal.

  • Veggie, Fruits and Chicken combo

Have one veggie lettuce wrap accompanied by two almond quinoas and a tuna salad. You can also try one various fruit juice of your preference (grapefruit, pomegranate, etc.). Finish your plate off with a slice of grilled chicken breast.

Food For Thoughts

There is nothing more satisfying than having to start your day knowing that you are eating right, good and healthy. Starting your day right will make your whole day positive and energetic all throughout. Of course, the most important thing that you need to remember in making a healthy breakfast is that you need to personalize it according to your preference, likes and taste.

Do not deprive yourself just to make a healthy breakfast that you do not like. You can meet halfway and make a great at hearty breakfast without giving up what you want to eat. A little creativity and a well thought of meal plan is all it takes to make each meal great.