Browsing Archive

January, 2013

Sugar Not Only Rots Teeth…It Is a Dangerous Addiction

Did you know that one third of children are considered overweight or clinically obese. Fizzy drinks are loaded with sugar, up to eight spoons of sugar. Too much sugar in the system can lead to blood sugar imbalances. While sugar creates instant energy, it can leave the body feeling sluggish and hungry. A recent study published by the British Medical Journal discovered that the individuals who lowered their intake of sugar lost an average 2.2 lbs. Addictive foods are designed to create dangerous addictions, and sugar is just one of those harmful foods.

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Save Money And Help The Environment By Cycling To Work

It can be difficult take that plunge to improve health, especially when it is so easy to get into a car and drive to work, but there are great benefits that can be obtained from cycling to work. Firstly, it is a great form of cardiovascular exercise. This will strengthen the heart, burn calories, and improve the resting metabolism. Secondly, exercise releases feel good endorphins. Lastly, cycling to work is not damaging to the environment, nor is it a dangerous activity.

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The Cancer Preventing Benefits Of Green Tea

Green tea has a distinctive taste, but years of research have discovered that green tea contains a potent polyphenol called EGCG that can prevent the growth of tumours. The regulation consumption of green tea can strengthen the immune system and prevent the risk of certain cancers, including prostate and breast. Aim to brew organic green tea leaves, which will give maximum nourishment to the body’s cells.

To learn more about green tea and its health benefits, click here http://www.care2.com/greenliving/drinking-green-tea-may-prevent-cancer.html

Treat Head Lice With Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a common ingredient in many hair conditioners, but when head lice strike, an effective way to kill lice is to use a combination of apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. Rinse hair with apple cider vinegar, allow the hair to dry, and then smother the hair and scalp with coconut oil. Chemical treatments do kill head lice, but you may forget that shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments contain chemical ingredients that are absorbed through the hairline. A better way to treat head lice is to use two basic ingredients: apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.

Ingredients

  • Raw coconut oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Shower cap or plastic bag

Method

  1. Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar but do not rinse out. Allow the vinegar to dry into the hair, as this will loosen the lice that are attracted to the hair follicles.
  2. Melt the coconut oil and smother it into your hair, covering the hair and scalp completely.
  3. Add a shower cap or plastic bag to the head and allow the coconut oil to penetrate the hair and scalp and destroy the lice.
  4. Comb the hair to loosen the eggs and lice and wash the hair thoroughly.

This method is an effective way to treat head lice without expensive harsh chemicals, plus it will leave hair smelling fresh and looking shiny.

Ditch The Fad Diets And Turn To Self Love

There are thousands of diets available, some of which promise fast weight loss, but the problem with these types of diet is that they are destined to fail. Who wants to continue on a detoxifying diet for a year to lose weight, and then feel guilty about consuming a full fat latte with a Danish. Celebrities provide no support, as these are the people we look up to. We want to look perfect; we want to be deemed attractive in society. This need for perfection puts a huge cloak of discomfort on our shoulders, and creates only more guilt and self-hate.

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Seven Healthy Foods That Provide Little Or No Benefit To The Body

Do you believe that certain foods are healthier than others? Take wholewheat bread for example, do you realise that it contains mostly refined white flour with only a small level of wholegrain wheat added together with colorants or molasses to help the bread take on a darker look. Milk is also believed to be a healthy product, but current research into heavy dairy users found that they had the highest risk of developing osteoporosis.

To learn about other food types deemed as healthy, which are not so, click here http://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-health-foods-that-arent-healthy.html

The Garlic Roast Potatoes That Encourage Weight Loss

Roast potatoes cooked in goose fat make the crispiest potatoes, but goose fat is calorific and over eating on your daily calorie quota will encourage weight gain. Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid, which means that the fat will effortlessly break down into energy by the body and will not settle on the body as weight gain. Although coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is important that we question why the individuals who eat a diet rich in coconuts have healthy hearts?

Although roast potatoes are a Christmas day favourite, these roast potatoes can be made whenever you feel like a savoury treat.

Ingredients

  • Two baked potatoes
  • Sprig of fresh rosemary
  • Two tablespoons of raw coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Three cloves of garlic.

Method

  1. Melt one teaspoon of coconut oil in a baking tin.
  2. Sprinkle fresh rosemary in the tin.
  3. Peel the potatoes, cut into even chunks and place on the baking tin.
  4. Add the crushed garlic.
  5. Add the second tablespoon of coconut oil to a cup and melt in the microwave.
  6. Pour over the potatoes.
  7. Add the rest of the fresh rosemary, salt and pepper and cook for up to two hours, until crispy.

Although it sounds strange to mix coconut oil with garlic, salt, pepper and fresh rosemary, these potatoes taste delicious. Foods cooked with coconut oil encourage thermogenesis in the body. This will be felt as heat rises in the body to burn calories during digestion. Roast potatoes made with goose fat may be the crispiest, but coconut oil covered roast potatoes taste good and also encourage weight loss.

Create a Happier Baby By Allowing Your Baby To Observe The World

If you have a newborn baby, one way to encourage their curiosity and self confidence is to follow the African and Amazonian techniques of parenting, which is to hold the baby upright and lose the pram. The baby can observe the world, which will invoke curiosity and contentment. Giving a baby plenty of physical contact is also beneficial, according to professor, Jared Diamond.

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The Trick To Long Term Weight Loss Is Short Bouts Of Intensive Training

High Intensity Interval Training is popular worldwide, but now experts are stating that we only need to engage in three intense bursts of activity each week to obtain the same effects of regular moderate exercise. The problem why we are unable to maintain an exercise standard is because it can feel like a chore, but two or three short bursts of exercise lasting only thirty seconds could radically change the fitness of even sedentary individuals. Experts are not sure why intense activity offers such a substantial benefit to the heart and lungs, but high intensity exercise also triggers a release in the brain to prevent overeating, which can aid weight loss, and the temporary stress caused in the body results in a higher calorie burn, often for several hours afterward.

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How To Remove Make Up And Moisturise Skin At The Same Time

Make up can protect the skin against UV damage, but it can also be a problem to remove it quickly and effortlessly. The last thing you want to do is to use three or four cotton wool pads to remove make up, with each swipe removing more make up. An effective way to remove make up and moisturise skin at the same time is to melt the make up off the skin with coconut oil. The oil cleansing method cleanses the pores and leaves the skin looking fresh.

Applying oil to the skin will melt off dirt and balance the skin’s natural PH. Society has made us all too dependent on expensive cleansers, as we believe it will remove more dirt, but this is simply not true. The overuse of products can cause a skin imbalance. Coconut oil is wonderfully moisturising, smells luscious and is a fabulous make up remover. Although coconut oil is one of the more expensive natural oils, it is also versatile. Not only will it remove all make-up on the face and around the eyes, but also it can be heated to very high temperatures in cooking, without it releasing any damaging free radicals. Try it on roast potatoes or fry garamasala, cumin, chilli powder, and turmeric in a tablespoon of coconut oil to make a tasty curry paste.

To remove make up, apply a small amount of coconut oil on the face and around the eyelids, wait for several minutes, and wet a fresh white flannel with hot water and wring until damp. Finally, wipe over the face and eyes and notice that it removes all make up and leaves the skin fresh. The oil cleansing method is also effective for acne prone skin.