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Healthy Habits For 2013

It is all too easy to want to start a new year’s resolution, but the excitement soon wanes and we feel back to square one. However, there are some healthy habits that are easier to maintain.  How often do we express gratitude for our life? Why not write down every great deed that happens to you on a daily basis, stick them in a jar, and date them so that you can look back at this good fortune. Alternatively, a great way to lose weight and keep it off long term is to cook meals from scratch. So, if you are not too confident with cooking, join a cookery class and learn a few basics.

To learn about other healthy habits that you can put into place in 2013, click here

12 Wonderful Benefits Of Garlic

Garlic is known as a wonder herb, as it provides a wide range of benefits for the health of the body. Although the scent can be off putting, the benefits far outweigh its pungent scent. For example, cut a garlic clove in half and rub it over acne prone skin, or make a natural cough syrup by steeping a clove of garlic in hot water for approximately five minutes. However, it is better if you can stomach a raw clove of garlic, although mince it with a little olive oil, as it can create nausea.

Garlic can also treats cold sores and athlete’s foot. To discover other ways garlic can heal your internal and external body click here

The Cartoons That Can Encourage An Environmental Change

Climate change is a serious issue worldwide. But two creative minds have brought comedy to the serious issue of pollution, including air. Unfortunately, pollution equals a massive profit to those who strive to create difficulties in free energy and cleaner air, and it is time that we all came together to encourage a positive movement that will benefit the health of our loved ones, and our living, breathing planet.

To brows through the genius cartoons by Danny Shanahan and Liza Donnelly, click here

Use Coconut Oil On Your Baby’s Cradle Cap

Virgin coconut oil is an excellent hair conditioner as it softens the hair and conditions the scalp. Using coconut oil as a pre-wash conditioner can remove your baby’s cradle cap in only one application.

If your baby has severe cradle cap, it may take a few passes to get all the Crunchy stuff off his or her head. Consistency can get it all. Once it is off, continue to bath your baby regularly and apply the coconut oil as a preventative measure.

If your baby has not had cradle cap – yet – use coconut oil and bath him or her regularly to prevent it from building up in the first place.

Top 20 Winter Foods For Weight Loss

During winter, we tend to gravitate to comfort food. Here’s a list of food that are not only delicious, but they help us burn calories and curb cravings.

Oatmeal; eat this for breakfast and consume fewer calories at lunch. Guava; it has only 60 calories making it a perfect snack. Pomelo; rich in folic acid and potassium. Sunflower seeds; these are an excellent source of vitamin D and can prevent cancer. Honey; it’s a good source of antioxidants and is a natural sweetener. Macadamia nuts; great treat that may help reduce cholesterol. Prickly pears; high in magnesium and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Coconut milk; fatty acids speed up metabolism and promotes weight loss. Watercress; good source of vitamin C and one cup has five calories. Chia seeds; add them to smoothies for a healthy start to your day. Dark chocolate; small amounts can satisfy your cravings. Greek yogurt; replace mayonnaise and sour-cream dip with this. Star fruit; not only is it loaded in potassium but it has only 29 calories. Red wine; has 80 to 90 calories per 120 ml. Shiitake mushrooms; help immune system to destroy viruses. Tangelo; consume before workout for an energy boost. Maple syrup; has more minerals and vitamins than sugar. Replace artificial sweeteners with pure maple syrup. Oysters; good source of B-complex vitamins. Liver; it’s relatively inexpensive and has a good source of protein. Last but not least, Kefir; this blend is the ideal food for athletes post workout.

This list is not exhausted, but are tips that are healthy and simple to merge in your diet. BestHealth Mag

Four In Ten Girls Born This Year Will Live To Be 100&#8230 But They’ll Have More Ill Health In Old Age

In 1951, 13 percent of girls born during that year were expected to live to reach 100. That percentage was increased to 40% for girls born during the year of 2013. National Statistics show that this rise in life expectancy mirrors worldwide trends, apart from notable exceptions including Zimbabwe and the Ukraine. Living longer is attributed to the worlds better education system and improved healthcare. This has now raised the question as whether the world can support an ageing population. As more and more people live to older ages, many also question what will happen to the world’s population. Economists do not view these as concerns, for claims are made that population growth will slow over the coming decades. Should people start to live longer lives then what is an appropriate retirement age? To learn more and find the answers to such questions click here ––theyll-ill-health-old-age.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490 – Health | Mail Online

Alcohol Disrupts Sleep Cycles

Studies show that alcohol may get you off to sleep faster, but it upsets your normal sleep cycle. One or two glasses may be nice in the short-term, but if you continue to use alcohol before bedtime, it can cause significant problems such as insomnia. It is recommended that should you drink, it is best to leave an hour and a half to two hours before going to bed, giving the alcohol enough time to start wearing off. Research have shown that many become dependent on alcohol for sleep, and this eventually leads to a less restful sleep and turn many into snorers. This problem affects many, hence to learn more about alcohol uses before bedtime and it’s effects, click here – – BBC News – Health

7 Utensils That Help You Cook Healthy

Other than choosing what you eat, selecting the right tools for a slimmer waistline and a longer lifeline is important. The following are considered must have kitchen gizmos that will help you consume fewer calories. A twirl whisk, a handheld blender, a root vegetable mashed, an olive oil pourer with a flip lid, a good quality wooden spatula, a wire mesh skimmer and a steamer. Each of these have their own uses and are tremendously beneficial to you. To learn more about the benefits of each of these gizmos Click here – – Care2 Healthy Living

How Gross Is Your Coffee Maker

Having a coffee or tea break is a popular British custom. When it comes to brewing coffee at home it is said that ignorance is bliss. Most coffee lovers are mainly concerned with flavour and strength, with taste being their number one concern. There are however, more than just coffee lurking inside those home-made brew. Should you see a slimy scale inside the coffee maker, then this is a good sign that germs are lurking and there is definitely something growing. Some may reason that coffee itself has antibacterial properties that neutralise these contaminants, however, research shows that it is only about 50 percent of bacteria that are killed.

To learn more about the best way to clean and care for your coffee maker click here – – Fox News Magazine RSS

Chewing Gum Ingredients And Your Teeth Video

Chewing Gum has always been claimed to fight cavities, freshen breath and whiten your smile. This is a scientific teaching thus you may wonder, can statements stand up to support this. Yes they can, and surprisingly pretty well. One common ingredient on product packaging is Xylitol. This artificial sweetener helps flavor the gum, prevents cavity-causing bacteria from growing in your mouth, and prevents plaque build up. Chewing stimulates saliva production, which washes away food particles and acid that rot teeth and gum. Hence, the best time to chew is after every meal for at least 10 minutes. Chewing gum with sugar however, cancels any of these beneficial effects.

Click here to view this video outlining the advantages and disadvantages of chewing gum – Care2 Healthy Living