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MIRACLE OF TEA TREE OIL

What Is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea tree oil is an essential oil derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, also known as Narrow-leaved paperbark. This small tree should not be confused with the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis, used to produce tea. Narrow-leaved paperbarks are native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia, where they have been used as traditional medicine for centuries. Native Australians used the crushed leaves of this plant in inhalations to treat respiratory infections. Medical research has found that tea tree oil contains a compound called terpinene-4-ol that has been shown to kill certain harmful microorganisms.

If you already have some coconut oil, olive oil or jojoba oil in your arsenal, you might think that you don’t need any additional oil. These oils are what is called a carrier or base oil, and while they have wonderful benefits of their own and are typically also moisturizing, they can be enhanced with the use of essential oils, such as tea tree oil.

Tea tree oil combined with any base oil will make an excellent mixture, as you only need a few drops of tea tree oil and would have to dilute it anyway, since it’s too strong and can cause dermatitis when used undiluted.

Finally, never take tea tree oil orally and keep away from children, as it is toxic if ingested.

1. Treats Fungal Nail Infections and Athlete’s Foot

The antifungal properties of tea tree oil are well-studied. It was shown to at least partially or fully treat nail fungus in 6 months in 60% of the participants in one study, and another study showed that 72% of participants with athlete’s foot benefited from applying tea tree oil.

The oil can help relieve the pain and inflammation associated with these conditions and may be effective in getting rid of the fungus altogether.

How to use: mix equal parts base oil (such as olive, coconut, jojoba, sweet almond oil, etc.) and tea tree oil and apply on the affected area. No need to rinse, just make sure to wash your hands immediately to avoid spreading the fungus.

2. Relieves Psoriasis and Skin Inflammation

People with inflamed sensitive skin, dermatitis, skin allergies, bug bites or psoriasis flare-ups may benefit from tea tree oil as well.

The oil can help relieve the symptoms of these skin conditions, such as redness, flaking skin, and itching, with one study showing a 40% improvement in symptoms after application in dermatitis, significantly more than standard topical medications. Tea tree oil is also effective at treating another common type of skin inflammation, acne, both on the face and the body.

How to use: mix 2 tablespoons of a base oil of your choice with 10 drops of tea tree oil and apply this mixture to the inflamed area 2-3 times a day until you see an improvement in symptoms.

3. Promotes Wound Healing

Tea tree oil will help keep wounds clean and reduce inflammation in the affected area. Avoid applying it directly onto the wound, however, as it can be dangerous. Instead, simply apply a few drops of tea tree oil on a clean wound dressing before covering the wound with it.

If the wound is a minor cut or a scrape, you can use just a little smidgen of the mix of 1 tsp carrier oil (e.g. sweet almond oil or coconut oil) and 1 drop tea tree oil directly on a CLEAN scrape and then cover with a band-aid.

4. Can Be Used as a Hand Sanitizer

The vast majority of hand sanitizers available in stores do more harm than good, drying out your skin in the long term and making you more susceptible to disease. Since tea tree oil has valuable antimicrobial properties, you can use it to make your own DIY hand sanitizer.

How to use: mix 4 drops of tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons pure aloe vera gel and apply when needed.

You can also use tea tree oil to make a sanitizer and air freshener in one for your home. To do so, simply combine ¾ cups water with ½ cups of vinegar and 20 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle. You can use this mix to clean your home, just don’t forget to shake before every use.

5. Mosquito Repellent

Tea tree oil naturally possesses quite a strong scent and one that most insects choose to stay away from. In a study with cows sprayed with tea tree oil, the researchers found that the cows that were sprayed had 61% fewer insects bothering them than the ones that weren’t sprayed.

How to use: In a spray bottle, combine 20 drops tea tree oil with 20 drops lavender oil, as well as 1 tablespoon alcohol and 1 cup water. Apply this mixture before going out, focusing on the areas that aren’t covered with clothing. Shake the bottle before every use.

6. Treat Dandruff and an Itchy Scalp

Tea tree oil is beneficial for an itchy or flaky scalp. In one study with individuals suffering from dandruff, 40% of the individuals exhibited a marked improvement, but the majority of them reported a reduction of symptoms, such as itchiness, dryness, and redness.

To use tea tree to treat dandruff, you can simply add a few drops of the oil into your regular shampoo, or try making an oil-based hair mask which can be accessed via this link.

7. Hand Sanitizer

Tea tree oil makes an ideal natural hand sanitizer.

Studies have shown that it kills several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness, including E. coli, S. pneumoniae and H. influenzae. Moreover, a study testing several types of hand wash shows that adding tea tree oil to the cleansers boosted their effectiveness against E. coli.

8. Natural Deodorant

Tea tree oil’s antibacterial effects may help control underarm odor related to perspiration.

Sweat itself does not smell. However, when secretions from your sweat glands combine with bacteria on your skin, a moderate to strong odor is produced.

Your underarm area contains a large concentration of these glands and is mainly responsible for what is commonly referred to as “body odor.” Tea tree oil’s bacteria-fighting properties make it an ideal natural alternative to commercial deodorants and antiperspirants.

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The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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Latest NEWS: COVID-19 and Children

Per the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 500,000 children in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and the rate of new cases among kids continues to rise. The largest increases were reported in six states: Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. As many as 103 children have died, according to the report. A disproportionate number of cases are reported in Black and Hispanic children and in places where there is high poverty.

Takeaway:

Severe outcomes and complications of the coronavirus appear to be rare among children. While children may be largely spared the worst outcomes, experts say they can spread the virus to more vulnerable family members.

The academy recommends every child over age 6 months should get the flu vaccine before the end of October.


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LATEST NEWS: FLU SHOT

Vaccinating children against the flu is “more important than ever” this year, according to the new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for preventing influenza during the 2020-21 flu season.

Today, the problem is that less than half of the country (47%) got a flu shot last year. The CDC normally recommends that 60% to 70% of the country get the influenza inoculation to keep the virus under control, and it’s pushing for 65% compliance this year. The vaccine lowers your risk of complications or dying from the flu, even if you do get sick.

Last flu season, 188 children and teens under 19 died of complications from influenza, according to the CDC. About 80% of children who die are not vaccinated.

Takeaway: get the Flu vaccine for your kids, this year.


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ARE THEY HEALTH MYTHS OR TRUTH?

1. An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Eating an apple a day can keep the doctor away. According to researchers from Cornell’s Food Science and Toxicology Department found that one fresh apple contains the antioxidant properties equal to 1500 milligrams of vitamin C. To keep your immune system functioning, your body needs vitamin C. However, German researchers in 2009, found that vitamin C can’t prevent you from catching something like a cold virus, or make it any less severe. Still, sufficient levels can reduce the duration of the illness in healthy persons.

2. Bundle up or you’ll catch a cold

As such, a virus is what causes a cold, not the cold weather itself. However, there is some truth to this partial health myth. According to a 2016 study at the Children’s Hospital in Boston, “most strains of rhinovirus (the common cold virus) replicate better at cool temperatures.” This means that while you won’t catch a cold from the cold, the virus is more likely to stick in lower temperatures.

3. Fresh fruits and vegetables are healthier than frozen produce

A study conducted in 2015 at the University of California, looked at eight different veggies and fruits. While the results varied, researchers found that fresh peas had more vitamin B than frozen ones. Meanwhile, a 2010 study from the Department of Public health in Parma, Italy, discovered that when fresh, vegetables such as cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower maintained more antioxidants and phytochemicals.

4. Chicken soup can cure your cold

Chicken soup has long been deemed as a universal remedy for all that ails you. And, there is scientific evidence that this dish does make a difference. In fact, according to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, chicken soup provides our bodies with protein, vitamins, and antioxidants that boost our immune system.

5. Milk does the body good

Growing up you heard that milk gives us strong bones. But, according to a 2014 study published in the British Medical Journal, there was no link between milk consumption and bone fracture risk. With this in mind, a 2011 study from McMaster University found milk to be more hydrating than water for children. This, researchers concluded that milk is better than sports drinks and water because it is a source of high-quality protein, carbs, calcium, and electrolytes. But be careful – choose organic dairy and only if your child is not allergic to dairy.

6. Cholesterol is bad for you

While some cholesterol is bad for you, there are two types, LDL, which is bad, and HDL which is good. According to the American Heart Association, “Too much of the bad kind, or not enough of the good kind, increases the risk that cholesterol will slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain.” High cholesterol is linked to a heart attack and stroke because of this build-up in your arteries, which narrows them, making them less flexible, and preventing proper blood flow.

7. Garlic can relieve a toothache

You’ve likely heard that garlic cures toothaches, and this has turned out to be true. When you crush garlic cloves, they release allicin. This is a natural antibacterial agent, and it can help you with your tooth pain. Of course, if your tooth pain persists, be sure to get it checked by your dentist.

8. Eating before bed will give you nightmares

Eating too late, be it sugar or something else, will impact your ability to stay asleep. Eating a large meal, especially a high-carbohydrate meal, could trigger night sweats because the body generates heat as it metabolizes the food. Also, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), caused by lying down with a full stomach, may trigger symptoms that wake you up.

9. You should always eat your crusts

Crusts are a nutritious part of the bread. In fact, according to a German study conducted in 2002, it was found that bread crust has powerful antioxidants, containing as much as eight times more antioxidants than the bread itself.

10. Eating too many carrots will turn your skin orange

While hard to believe, this is actually true. You’d have to eat a lot of carrots for it to happen though. According to the University of California, Santa Barbara, carrots are rich in beta-carotene and consuming too much can cause excess beta-carotene to enter the bloodstream where it is not properly broken down. So instead, it is deposited in the skin, which leads to an orange skin discoloration called carotenemia. This is a common and harmless condition that affects infants when they begin to eat solid foods. However, your body will eventually break down the excess beta-carotene, and your skin will return to its normal color.

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The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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NATURAL REMEDY: FOOT SOAK

Here is a great foot soak you can make at home that will give your feet the perfect boost.

Many people swear by this remedy, yet it uses only two common ingredients we all have in our home. Here’s how you can whip up a fantastic mixture that will have your feet looking and feeling great this summer!

What you will need

• 2-4 Cups of Milk

• A liberal sprinkling of Baking Soda

• A large bowl, big enough to fit both your feet in at the same time.

How To Create Your Foot Soak

1. Warm your milk up. You can use between two to four cups, depending on how big your bowl is, how big your feet are and how much milk you have available.

2. Pour the milk into a good-sized bowl. You need to be able to fit both feet in the container at the same time, side-by-side.

3. Soak your toes in the milk for around five minutes, and then grab your baking soda. Lightly sprinkle a liberal amount of the powder into your foot bath.

4. Mix the baking soda into the mixture by gently moving it around the bowl with your feet.

5. Make sure you give plenty of attention to areas where the skin is usually harder or thicker. These include the bottom of your heels, the area underneath your toes, and the balls of your feet. Massage plenty of the mixture into these areas. Use your hands if you need to do so.

6. Don’t forget to work the mixture into the tops of your feet and ankles as well, even if they are not fully submerged. These are the parts of your feet that are most on display when you are wearing sandals or flip flops!

7. When you have scrubbed enough, sit back with a book or your favorite TV program and let your feet soak for another five minutes.

8. Clean your feet with warm water and dry thoroughly.

You should find that your feet look and feel healthy and rejuvenated! The combination works because the two ingredients complement each other. Milk contains lactic acid which softens the skin. Baking soda, meanwhile, has abrasive properties which can remove dry and rough patches once they have been softened up.


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NATURAL REMEDIES FOR SINUS PAIN

Many of us will suffer from sinus pain. Luckily, there are a number of steps we can take around our own homes to ease the likelihood of sinus problems developing, whether the issues are caused by a common cold, allergies (such as hay fever or dust aversion) or a sinus infection (otherwise known as Sinusitis).

What Are Your Sinuses?

Sinuses are air pockets located within the bones that surround your nose. They are connected to your nasal passage by a series of small tubes and channels. Although their purpose and use are actually unclear, there are theories that suggest they play a role in controlling the amount of moisture in the air we breathe. Another school of thought proposes that they help to project our voices.

If the nose is swollen and inflamed, it can obstruct the passages to the sinuses, which can, in turn, lead to a painful blockage. The sinuses also produce mucus, which can be affected by a blockage leading to congestion or nasal drip and sometimes even a tooth or an earache. If an infection develops, it can last for weeks or even months; far beyond the duration of the problem that originally caused the infection to develop (i.e. a cold or allergy).

So What Should You Do To Combat Sinus Pain?

There are a number of proven steps we can take to ease sinus pain, and most of them are cheap and easy for anyone to try…

1. Drink Plenty of Fluids

Staying hydrated is an important health concern for many reasons, but it also helps keep your sinuses moist. You should drink plenty of water but avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can encourage dehydration. Fluid intake requirements differ from individual to individual and also depend on the present weather conditions, but as a general rule, you should aim to drink around 68 fluid ounces (or approximately two liters) of water every day.

2. Take a Steamy Shower or Bath

Hot water vapor is an effective way of moistening your sinuses and helping to keep them clear. A hot bath or shower can help remove mucus and debris stuck inside your nose and keep the passageways that serve the sinuses free of obstruction. For a further boost, try dropping some Eucalyptus Oil in the bath with you – it’s a great, natural decongestant.

3. Eat Spicy Foods

Spicy foods are not for everyone but they can help clear your nasal passages. If you are a fan of fiery foods such as curry, hot peppers, and mustard, drop some extra into your evening meal to help open up your nasal passage.

4. Get a Humidifier

A humidifier helps to keep the air moist, providing you with a great way of eliminating arid air that is a leading cause of dry sinuses. You should only use a humidifier during dry summer months wherever you live and keep your eye on it – the humidity levels should ideally sit at around 30-50%. If condensation starts to form on your windows, you need to adjust the settings or turn it off! Any humidifier should be kept clean as mold can form on them – and that can cause allergies in itself.

5. Use a Warm Compress

Warm compresses can help with sinus pain as they help keep the nasal passage moist. Put uncooked rice or oats inside a clean tube sock, and add some lavender or cinnamon for a more pleasant fragrance. Microwave the compress for 30 seconds then test it. If you are happy with the level of warmth, remove it and apply it on to the nose and surrounding areas. Alternatively, fill a large bowl with steaming hot water, place a towel over your head to stop the air from escaping and lean over the bowl to breathe in the air. Again, adding some eucalyptus oil to the water can be beneficial.

6. Use a Saline Solution

A saline solution can be as effective as a decongestant in combating blocked passage ways that can lead to sinus pain. A saline wash thins mucus so that it can flow more effectively through the nose and surrounding chambers. Studies have concluded that saline solutions are some of the best lines of defense against sinusitis and can be used daily to prevent symptoms from developing.

7. Guard Your home Against Allergies

Allergy flare-ups are a common cause of sinus pain and we can take steps to avoid them. As allergies often flare in the evening, ensure your bedroom is kept free of factors that can contribute to irritation. Dust covers on your pillows and quilts can help eliminate pesky dust allergies and although it may leave you heavy of heart, stopping your pets from sleeping in your bedroom can help as well. If there are flowering plants in your room, you may also consider removing them if you are experiencing pain or irritation.

8. Try Bromelain Supplements

Bromelain is a protein found in pineapple stems and can be bought as a supplement from health food and natural remedy stores. It has been used by boxers and other combat sportsmen to reduce inflammation after fights and there is evidence of success when it is used to reduce swelling around the nose associated with sinus problems. You should, however, consult your doctor before taking Bromelain if you are on any other medication, as it may interact with them. Be sure to read the dosage instructions carefully.

9. Avoid Antibiotics Until You Have Exhausted Natural Remedies

Most sinus problems are viral, not bacterial. So antibiotics should not be used in the majority of cases. Antibiotics are our best defense against bacteria but they are not effective against viruses and are not an appropriate treatment for them. Overuse of antibiotics can actually lead to bacterial resistance and make you more susceptible to superbugs. Natural remedies and over-the-counter medication should be your first port-of-call and if problems persists.

10. See Your Doctor When Problems Persist

If the natural and over-the-counter remedies fail to improve your condition, you should consult a Doctor. Doctors can make a referral for a scan which may uncover anatomical blockages that require surgery, or they can send you to be allergy tested. Your Doctor can also refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist if your problems require a more involved or integrated form of treatment than natural remedies can provide.

How To Make a Saline Solution at Home

You can buy saline solution from your local pharmacy, but if you want to make your own you can do so. Mix half a teaspoon (2.5g) of salt and half a teaspoon (2.5g) of baking soda in 1 cup of water at room temperature. Use clean bottled water if possible. If you use tap water, sterilize it and let it cool until it is lukewarm.

To apply the saline solution, whether it be homemade or purchased:

  • Use an all-rubber ear syringe which you can buy at a pharmacy.
  • User a water flosser, set on low.
  • Pour the solution into your hand, and sniff it up each nostril separately.

Aim the solution towards the back of your head, not the top, and it should run through your nasal passageways and into the back of your throat. Once it arrives in your mouth, you can spit out the remains, so apply when near to a sink.

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The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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SHOULD I TAKE A FLU SHOT?

With the pandemic still in full swing, health officials are advising people to make a flu vaccine a top priority this year. Flu activity typically peaks between December and February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but flu activity can last as late as May. Experts are warning of a “twindemic,” or the overlap of flu season and COVID-19 when hospitals and medical professionals can be overwhelmed with sick people.

Although it has yet to be peer-reviewed, a June 2020 study found that people with COVID-19 who had received a recent flu vaccine were 8% less likely to need intensive care treatment than those who hadn’t received a vaccine. They were 18% less likely to need a ventilator and 17% less likely to die.

Both Flu and Covid are caused by a similar virus. One big difference is that COVID-19 symptoms may include loss of taste or smell. Because symptoms are so similar, experts say it’s important to reach out to your doctor or get tested if you are sick.

Takeaway: The CDC recommends you get vaccinated by the end of October. September and October are typically the best months for full seasonal coverage. The CDC recommends that nearly everyone 6 months old and up should get a flu vaccine, with few exceptions. Because some vaccines are made using chicken eggs, people with egg allergies have often avoided the vaccine. The CDC says that people with mild or moderate egg allergies can get any flu vaccine that is otherwise appropriate for their age and health.


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PARENTING: HOW TO RAISE KIDS WITHOUT JEALOUSY

Envy is an emotion that exists in every person and even in small children. This feeling can sometimes be toward siblings, friends or classmates, and almost always leads to negative consequences. Sometimes simple things a friend getting a new or a new baby in the family being doted on can ignite this problematic feeling in your child. While it’s true that you can’t completely eliminate feelings of jealousy, it turns out that there are ways to overcome them.

5 Causes of jealousy among children

1. Spoiling the child

Spoiling children is one of the most destructive things a parent can do, since a spoiled child may perceive themselves as an invincible person who gets everything they want. The truth, however, as we all know, is that your child won’t always get what they want. Your child will then look to blame those who have what they don’t, leading to them sometimes suffering feelings of depression and even inferiority.

2. Overprotection

Kids need protection but when you protect a child to an extreme, the child’s dependence on the parent may increase to the point where they won’t feel safe separating from their parent when the time comes, they’ll even feel deserted. This trauma can cause the child to be overly shy, hesitant and jealous, especially toward others who are confident in themselves.

3. Parental authority

Determining stricter rules and regulations without explanation can lead to jealousy and rivalry among children, especially if rules are unexplainably different for each child. Sometimes there are rules that are set for some children in the family that aren’t applicable to everyone for various reasons – however, the reasons need to be explained. If one does not explain the rule and a situation occurs in which one of the children violates it and isn’t punished for it, whether because of their age or some other reason, while another child who violates the same rule is punished, this creates jealousy and sometimes unnecessary conflict.

4. Comparison with others

One of the most harmful mistakes to make is to compare a child to their siblings or other children. This can lead to jealousy that could lead to hatred to the point of harming the “better.” This creates rivalry and self-confidence that will affect the victim in the long-term.

5. A new baby in the family

Sometimes parents tend to divide their attention to their children according to the order of birth, for example, the first child may be jealous of their newborn sibling when they see their parents giving the new baby more care and attention while investing much less of it in them. When the new baby arrives in the family, older children may feel vulnerable as a result of the attention shifting from them to the new baby, which may lead to increased jealousy and negative competition.

How to treat feelings of jealousy in children

1. Turn jealousy into ambition

Teach your children how to increase positive thoughts and reduce negative emotions. For example, if your child is sad because their best friend scored higher on a test, encourage them to study more next time. Once they do this, and score better than they did on the first test, this will show them how to take jealousy and turn it in to drive.

2. Listen and understand what is bothering them

Envy is an emotion that is rooted in almost every one of us and there is often a very significant reason for its appearance. So, when you notice a feeling of jealousy in your child, talk to them and try to find out why they feel the way they do. Sometimes this feeling results from low self-esteem or self-confidence, which can cause the child to show jealousy toward someone else who has what they lack.

3. Tell them fables

Fables often contain within them positive messages and lessons on how to deal with things. So, if you want to help your child learn how to deal with envy try telling them fables that teach lessons on positivity, being happy for others, rejoicing in others successes and the downfalls of envy. Sometimes these stories work better than direct conversations about the subject.

4. Provide a personal example

Another way to teach children how to emphasize their positive feelings toward other people is to set a personal example. Parents often serve as a role model to children with them modeling their behavior after one or both parents through imitation; If you compliment others on things they do, good behavior or even their sense of humor, the child will gain insight on looking at things differently. So be more open in front of your child, compliment them often, so that they too can acquire the skills to do so with others.

5. Teach them to share

Children, many adults, love what belongs to them and find it hard to "let go" and share with others. If someone takes something from them, some children tend to harbor resentment. If this is the case, you need teach them the importance of sharing. By teaching them to share, let go, and forgive, they can release any kind of insecurity. Sooner or later, you’ll see your child enjoying the company of a child they might have once envied.

6. Love your child

Of course, there isn’t a parent who doesn’t love their child, but this clause emphasizes how much they need to feel our love and affection at this stage of their lives. No matter what they did and how angry you are with them, parental guidance combined with love is usually the key to fixing things and bringing children back on track.

7. Avoid comparing

Don’t compare the abilities of one child to another. The comparison makes children feel that they or others are worthless to you, so don’t compare your child’s homework with that of their classmates, and even worse their siblings. This won’t motivate them to succeed, it will only create jealousy, tension and resentment.

8. Encourage cooperative behavior with positive reinforcement

Every child s to receive positive reinforcement from their parents and family, and this is a tool that can help them develop self-esteem and strengthen their self-confidence. You need to know how to find and nurture your child’s most obvious skill and cultivate it. This is one of the most effective and simple ways to get rid of jealousy among children. Compliment them around the family on their skills and teach them how to support each other and work together by praising them when they do.

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PICKY EATERS?

As parents, most of us are familiar with picky eaters. Children are picky about food at different levels, and since it’s important for our children to eat healthily and get all the nutrients they need, we often feel meal times turning into battlefields of anger and stress. The following 10 rules include some tips, ideas, and solutions for dealing with picky eaters, and they’ll help you make your meals more enjoyable and healthier for your children, and more relaxing and efficient for the whole family.

1. Use the "food chain" rule

Naturally, there’s nothing that picky eaters shy away from more than an unfamiliar dish on their plate. One of the most effective ways to expand your child’s palate is by avoiding just dropping something new and unfamiliar on to them. Instead, try introducing it to them slowly. For example, if the child dislikes fries, don’t immediately offer them sweet potatoes fries thinking they’ll take to it quickly, rather start by cutting the fries differently or buying a different brand.

After experiencing different brands, or shapes, you’ll see them start to approach their plate with more confidence, this is when you should move on to adding food that is similar in taste but different in texture, a baked potato. Later on, move on to mashed potatoes, then mashed potatoes with grave, and then finally to sweet potatoes. The reason the method works is that the food chain is customized to the child’s preferences, and the rate at which you move down it is customized to your child. In this way, instead of feeling pressure to try a brand-new food, the child makes their way to the target at their own pace.

2. Get rid of boredom eating

Many children are used to snacking throughout the whole day simply out of boredom. This shortens the time between each meal, therefore, leading to the child not being hungry. Of course, when we aren’t really hungry we grow pickier, and the desire to eat healthily is further reduced. This doesn’t mean that children shouldn’t have a snack between meals, but there is a difference between a light snack and eating to fill the time. If you find your child asking for one snack after another when they aren’t really hungry, try to get them busy with something else, or see if there would be a way to fill the time productively. Beyond breaking the boredom, activities also help create appetite so that by the time meal time comes around, they’ll be hungrier and more open to trying new foods.

3. Start eating healthy at breakfast

Begin by being organized in the morning. Give up the last-minute feeding attempts, and try to do your best to spend at least 10 minutes around the table. Try serving food options that don’t take long to make such as fruits, yogurts or even shakes. A more pleasant and relaxed atmosphere will turn the meal into a stress-free family moment that can really have its effect on the rest of the family’s day. Also, once you know that the children have eaten something healthy in the morning, you’ll feel less worried.

4. Understand that children eat with their eyes

When food is served more aesthetically we enjoy it that much more. Some kids might take to a veggie skewer better than a plain old salad, and some might enjoy their smoothie out of a cool cup instead of a plain old glass cup, the point is that presentation matters. Although none of us is a chef, everyone can find a creative way to serve food, trust us, it makes a world of difference.

5. Involve your kids in the cooking process

Let your child discover what goes on "behind the scenes" by making them your sous chef. Introduce them to the ingredients, give them some responsibilities and turn the meal from a stressful activity into a project your kid will be proud to have taken part in. During the preparation, taste the food yourself and suggest your child have a taste as well. allow them to experiment with the textures and look into the pots. If you see that your child enjoys tasting, promote them to “taste tester, explaining their importance in the end product. Bringing the child into the kitchen will enable them to develop a relationship with many types of food, make the final dishes less threatening and teach them what goes into making a meal. This process will encourage them to open up to new experiences in the field of food.

6. Turn it into a game

Another way to ease the introduction of new foods is by playing with them. For example, blindfold the child and have them guess the food using their senses: touch – the child will touch different foods (some familiar and some new) with blindfolded eyes and try to guess what it is, what the texture reminds them of and what other food is similar; smell – the child smells a few foods and says which they more and which less; taste – What does the food taste ? Is it similar to a different food they know? Is it sweet, salty or bitter?

7. Serve a meal in threes

In addition the whatever new dish you are serving, you place two more things on their play you know they like. Having familiar foods on their plate will reduce the pressure or having to eat something brand new and since the familiar part is larger than the new and unknown part, the child will feel that the food is under their control.

8. Do not lie about the contents of the plate

A suspicious look or being asked ‘What is it?’ when serving food may cause many of us to try to lie about how healthy something is, what it’s called or even attempting to hid it under a pile of familiar foods. However, this method works on few picky children, while the vast majority of them quickly uncover the lie. Some children will stop eating immediately, and others may refuse to eat familiar foods for fear of uncovering other hidden surprises within them. So, instead of sugar coating and lying, tell your kids what food is on offer and see if they want to taste it. show them that the rest of the family is eating the same food and enjoying it!

9. Get rid of policing and goal setting

During dinner, many of us do one of the following: First, we take on the role of a policeman, sitting down next to the child and supervising what is happening on their plate the whole time. This method may cause children to deliberately not eat because of the pressure – ‘if mom Is sitting next to me the food must be bad.’ Instead, try to keep your eyes of your kid’s plate during meals and about other topics. Keeping your child off the topic of food might have them eating through distraction. The second thing we do is set goals. A goal "Eat 3 more bites" eliminates the goal of eating a bite or two which the child might actually be able to do. If the child tastes the new food himself, don’t forget to compliment them at the end of the meal to end it with a positive feeling.

10. Gradually cut familiar foods out

Even when your child begins to experiment with new foods on a regular basis, don’t completely stop giving them their favorite foods, rather do it gradually. A sudden cut may cause children to think that this ‘progress’ Is actually ‘punishment’ making them revert back to their old habits. Wait until the child is completely comfortable with the new food, slowly reduce the amount familiar foods until the point that you’re only serving it once every few weeks.

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LATEST NEWS: COVID PREVENTION TIPS

According to CDC and NIH, even if the most optimistic projections hold true and a Covid-19 vaccine is cleared for U.S. use in November, the vast majority of Americans won’t be able to get the shots until spring or summer next year at the earliest. Now, we have over 20 million active cases worldwide and the pandemic is slowing no signs of making an exit.

Which implies that Prevention is our only viable option.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

PREVENTION STEPS

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  2. Mouthwashes can prevent viruses from depositing in the oral cavities. Gargle!
  3. Avoid close contact
  4. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
  5. Cover coughs and sneezes
  6. Clean and disinfect

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SIGNS OF VITAMIN DEFICIENCY

Below are 8 signs that your body will give you when you need more vitamins.

1.. Hair Loss

Reason: A lack of vitamin B7 (biotin) from eating too many raw eggs. Raw egg whites contain avidin which blocks the body’s ability to digest biotin.

What to do: To increase your consumption of B7, eat more soybeans, almonds, potatoes, mushrooms, spinach, and bananas.

2. Cramping

Reason: Frequent cramping means that you lack calcium, potassium, and magnesium. This can occur if you do a lot of sports because when you sweat, a lot of minerals leave your body.

What to do: Eat more almonds, hazelnuts, bananas, and apples.

3. Rash on the Face

Reason: A lack of vitamin B7. Our bodies store other fat-soluble vitamins such as A, E, K, D, but the B-group vitamins have to be constantly restored.

What to do: Like with hair loss, you can increase your biotin levels by eating more potatoes, mushrooms, almonds, soybeans, spinach, and bananas.

4. Numbness in Your Limbs

Reason: Not enough foods rich in vitamins B6, B12, and B9. These vitamins influence the nutritional blocks which are used for the production of healthy blood cells that are necessary for transporting oxygen to cells.

What to do: Eat more citrus, seafood, poultry, and beans.

5. Cracks in the Corners of Your Mouth

Reason: Cracks in the corners of your mouth signal that the body lacks vitamins B2, B3, and B12 which are rich in iron and zinc.

What to do: You should try to eat more fish, eggs, poultry, beans, and nuts. It’s also recommended to combine these foods with vegetables since vitamin C helps to fight infection and improves the metabolism of iron.

6. Bumps on Hips and Hands

Reason: Acne-looking bumps appear due to the lack of vitamins A, D, and fatty acids.

What to do: Try to decrease the amount of consumed trans-fat. You should eat more nuts and salmon. Don’t forget about vitamin A which can be found in vegetables such as carrots or sweet red peppers.

7. Affected Dental Issues

Reason: Vitamin D deficiency. Research has shown that people who lack vitamin D often suffer from periodontitis.

What to do: A diet which includes foods that are rich in phosphorous, calcium, and vitamin D is very important for the health of your teeth. Consume more dairy products, tomatoes, brown rice, beans, fish, citrus, and grapes.

8. Yellow in the Whites of Your Eyes

Reason: Lack of vitamin B12.

What to do: Include more sources of vitamins in your diet. There’s a lot of B12 in chicken and cow liver, salmon, tuna, mutton, and milk.

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World Breastfeeding Week

This is world Breastfeeding week.

  • Many medical experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, strongly recommend breastfeeding exclusively (no formula, juice, or water) for 6 months. And breastfeeding for a year at least with other foods which should be started at 6 months of age, such as vegetables, grains, fruits, proteins.
  • Benefits of Breastfeeding: Protects against

· bacteremia

· diarrhea

· respiratory tract infection

· necrotizing enterocolitis

· otitis media

· urinary tract infection

· late-onset sepsis in preterm infants

· type 1 and type 2 diabetes

· lymphoma, leukemia, and Hodgkins disease

· childhood overweight and obesity

There are also maternal health benefits to breastfeeding such as:

· decreased postpartum bleeding and more rapid uterine involution

· decreased menstrual blood loss and increased child spacing (lactational amenorrhea)

· earlier return to prepregnancy weight

· decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers

  • Who should NOT Breastfeed?

The only true contraindications to breastfeeding are the following:

· infants with classic galactosemia (galactose 1-phosphate uridyltransferase deficiency)

· mothers, in the US, who are infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

  • MYTHS about Breastfeeding:

You may breastfeed even with the following conditions:

· infants born to mothers who are hepatitis B surface antigen-positive

· mothers who are infected with hepatitis C virus (persons with hepatitis C virus antibody or hepatitis C virus-RNA-positive blood)

· mothers who are febrile (unless cause is a contraindication outlined in the previous section)

· mothers who have been exposed to low-level environmental chemical agents

· mothers who are seropositive carriers of cytomegalovirus (CMV) (not recent converters if the infant is term)

· mothers who smoke tobacco (though they should be encouraged to quit) or have an occasional celebratory drink

· the great majority of babies with jaundice or hyperbilirubinemia can continue to be breastfed without interruption

  • Breastfeeding and Covid-19: Research so far has not detected the ‘replication-competent active Covid virus’ in breast milk. However, limited evidence has detected strands of the viral RNA in breastmilk, which is not capable of causing infection in the baby. Thus, “breastfeeding benefits outweigh the potential risks of transmission and illness associated with Covid19”. Though the virus does not pass through breastmilk, there is a chance of spread through respiratory droplets/contact, which can be minimized if you sanitize and wear a mask before touching the baby.

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NATURAL SLEEP TONICS

etting a good night’s sleep is absolutely crucial to one’s long-term health and wellbeing, and a lack thereof is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular issues, depression, and diabetes, among others. At the same time, about one-third of the US population alone have been diagnosed with insomnia, and nearly 95% of people have had at least one episode of insomnia throughout their lifetime.

Doctors also recommend exercising, avoiding heavy meals 2 hours before bed, staying away from TVs and other blue light screens an hour before sleep, and refraining from caffeinated beverages and alcohol in the evening. But today, let’s focus on the various beverages that can help you fall asleep. All 7 of these delicious teas, kinds of milk, juices, and smoothies have been proven experimentally to improve sleep.

It’s best to enjoy these drinks 1-2 hours before bed, to see a better effect, and avoid having to go in the middle of the night. Sleep experts also advise not to add any sweetener to these drinks, as excessively sugary drinks, too, have been shown to worsen the quality of one’s sleep.

1. Dairy Milk

Generations of parents have been offering their children a glass of soothing warm milk on a restless night. It turns out this trick may just work on adults, too, as milk has been shown to improve the quality of sleep in several small studies.

Researchers believe that a naturally-occurring ingredient in milk called tryptophan may be responsible for these beneficial effects. Tryptophan has been shown to naturally increase the levels of serotonin in the blood, the famous "happy hormone". Few people know, however, that serotonin is also a precursor of melatonin, which is essential for healthy sleep.

Thus, unless you’re lactose intolerant or can’t drink milk for another reason, there’s no reason not to try milk as a sleep aid.

2. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is made from dried chamomile flowers (Chamomillae romanae) brewed in hot water. The tea has been known for its calming and soothing properties for millennia, and research supports the claim that chamomile is relaxing and thereby can make falling asleep and staying asleep much easier.

Researchers suggest that one specific flavonoid antioxidant called apigenin present in chamomile flowers may be responsible for the calming and anti-anxiety effects. Apigenin binds to specific receptors in the brain and has a pleasant sedative effect on the mind. The tea has a slightly sweet aroma and taste, and it can be easily prepared by brewing 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile in 1 cup (240 ml) of hot water for 10 minutes.

3. Almond Milk

If you’ve recently become sensitive to dairy and you’ve previously relied on cow’s milk before bed, we have an excellent replacement for you – almond milk. Just like cow’s milk, almond milk naturally contains tryptophan, as well as melatonin. In fact, almonds and almond oil have been used in traditional medicine for centuries to treat insomnia and studies seem to support the idea that almonds and any products made of almonds can improve sleep.

In addition to tryptophan and melatonin, almonds are also rich in magnesium, which has been suggested to help support healthy sleep cycles in humans, especially in seniors. Thus, a glass of almond milk actually makes a superior alternative to cow’s milk when it comes to its sleep benefits.

4. Valerian Tea

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is a plant with pink or white flowers, and both the roots and the flowers of the plant have been used as a sleeping aid in many cultures for centuries. Modern research likewise suggests that the herb may be beneficial at treating insomnia, especially in postmenopausal women.

Valerian is considered safe at relieving insomnia without upsetting the circadian rhythms, but it needs pointing out that high doses of valerian can make you feel anxious, so proceed with caution and don’t drink more than one cup a day. The National Institute of Health points out that kids under the age of 3, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers should stay away from Valerian.

Valerian root tea is typically available at health food stores. To prepare the tea, steep 2-3 g (1 tsp) of dried valerian root in 1 cup (237 ml) of hot water. Let the tea brew for 10-15 minutes, strain, and enjoy warm.

5. Cherry Juice

If you’re not a fan of herbal tea nor milk, but you still need some help with your sleep, try eating some fresh cherries or drinking 2 glasses of cherry juice a day. Like milk and almonds, cherries are naturally rich in both tryptophan and melatonin, with red tart cherries having the highest content of the latter.

Several studies have shown that drinking 1-2 glasses of cherry juice significantly improved participants’ sleep quality and increased their melatonin levels. The most noteworthy of these studies pointed out that drinking 2 cups (480 ml) of cherry juice every day for 14 days helped adults over the age of 50 suffering from insomnia sleep 84 minutes more every night and significantly improved the quality of their sleep.

6. Lavender Tea

While many of you will be familiar with this purple aromatic flower, and you may even use lavender essential oil from time to time to calm your nerves, many people don’t know that lavender can also be used in food and drinks. It seems like the calming and soothing qualities of lavender are not limited to the flower’s pleasant aroma, however, and lavender tea, in particular, can actually help you feel more well-rested after sleep and help you fall asleep faster.

Although it isn’t clear which ingredients in lavender are responsible for the beneficial impact, one study clearly showed a significant improvement of sleep in patients who drank lavender tea before sleep. To prepare lavender tea, simply steep 2 teaspoons of fresh or dried lavender buds in 8 oz (230 ml) of hot water for 10 minutes, then drain, and enjoy warm.

7. Banana Almond Smoothie

If you need something beefier than a cup of tea or milk in the evenings, and you want that drink both to nourish and prepare you for a good night’s sleep, it doesn’t get any better than an almond and banana smoothie. We previously detailed the various sleep benefits of and almonds an almond milk, and this recipe uses both almond milk and almond butter to double up on the almond goodness and make the smoothie creamier and more filling.

The third ingredient in this recipe is the humble banana, a fruit that’s likewise very rich in melatonin, magnesium, and tryptophan. In addition to that, bananas are an adequate source of dietary potassium, which is known to have a relaxing effect on the body and can ease falling asleep after a stressful day.

To prepare this super easy smoothie, simply blend together 1 fresh or frozen banana, 1 cup of almond milk, and 1 tablespoon of unsweetened almond butter until smooth and enjoy. Make sure to wait for at least 1-2 hours after drinking this smoothie before you go to bed, though, as it is quite filling.

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BENEFITS OF CINNAMON

If haven’t seen Cinnamon, Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. Cinnamon is used mainly as an aromatic condiment and flavouring additive in a wide variety of cuisines, sweet and savoury dishes, breakfast cereals, snackfoods, tea and traditional foods.

(From Wikipedia)

But what’s special about Cinnamon? Cinnamon shows promise as an antioxidant, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory. High levels of blood sugar can lead to some serious health problems. But the most important benefit of cinnamon is its ability to lower blood sugar. The human body naturally has sugar, or glucose, in the blood. The right amount of blood sugar gives the body’s cells and organs energy. But too much of it can be dangerous and, in extreme cases cause diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, and more. A recent study has confirmed a possible, very accessible solution for those struggling to manage their blood sugar levels. The research, published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society, found that cinnamon, in large doses over time, could help improve measures of blood sugar control.

The study was conducted in both Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and the Korean Medicine Clinical Trial Center in Seoul and involved 51 participants from both countries. Half of them received a supplement containing 500 milligrams of cinnamon three times a day for 12 weeks, while the other half received a placebo. After 6 weeks, all subjects reported for a check-in, and there were no significant differences between the groups. At the 12 week check-in, however, the patients that took the cinnamon supplement showed significant improvements in measures of blood sugar control.

What cinnamon does, essentially, is either imitate the effects of insulin and increase glucose transport into cells, or increase insulin sensitivity, and thus making it more effective at transporting the glucose.

The findings of the current study support similar evidence from a previous study, that found that the intake of large doses of cinnamon over several months is linked to stable blood sugar levels, with no apparent side effects, in people with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common chronic illnesses, affecting as many as 460 million adults around the world. Moreover, according to the CDC, about 1 in 3 adults in the US has a condition called prediabetes where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. If left unchecked and untreated, prediabetes is likely to progress and become diabetes.

How Much Cinnamon Should You Take?

Because cinnamon is an unproven treatment, there isn’t a set dose. Some experts suggest 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (2-4 grams) of powder a day. Some studies have used between 1 gram and 6 grams of cinnamon. Very high doses might be toxic.

If you are interested in taking cinnamon as a supplement, regardless of suffering from diabetes, it’s best to consult your doctor first. Unless you have liver damage, it should be perfectly OK to enjoy cinnamon in your food while benefiting from its health properties.

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LOSE WEIGHT BY BOOSTING YOUR METABOLISM

Some foods contain special phytonutrients that can increase your metabolic rate. And though most of us are familiar with the term ‘metabolic rate’, we often use it synonymously to how fast you digest food. However, metabolism is more complex than that, as metabolic processes also govern how effectively your body uses up calories, how well nutrients get absorbed by our bodies, and how well your body filters out toxins.

Metabolism-boosting foods, in turn, can increase your metabolic rate and help keep obesity, heart disease, digestive issues under control, especially if combined with physical activity and a healthy diet.

1. Green tea

Although scientists are not sure which nutrients are responsible for the effect, several studies reported that green tea can increase your metabolic rate. A 2013 study involving type 2 diabetes patients, for example, found that drinking 4 cups or more of green tea every day can significantly reduce body weight, body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure.

Some scientists suggest that caffeine may be at least in part responsible for the effect, and this makes sense, as coffee has been shown to increase the metabolic rate as well, but the positive effect is dampened by any additives, such as sugar, milk or cream.

2. Nuts

Nuts are not only making you feel fuller for longer, some of them, like brazil nuts, for example, can increase your metabolic rate because they are rich in selenium. This mineral is essential for our thyroid gland, the organ responsible for regulating our metabolism, but also reproduction and immune system.

Brazil nuts are so rich in selenium that only 1 nut contains 68-91 mcg selenium, which is more than your recommended daily need. Don’t eat more of these nuts, however, as they may cause toxicity symptoms.

3. Broccoli and dark leafy greens

Leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, and others can boost one’s metabolic rate because they contain a lot of iron and magnesium, both of which are essential for metabolic health. It’s best to pair these with fruit and vegetables rich in vitamin C, like tomatoes or lemons, which will not only enhance their flavor but will increase iron absorption.

Broccoli, in turn, also contains a phytochemical called glucoraphanin, which can normalize your metabolism and even protect you from certain types of cancer.

4. Chili peppers

For those of you who are all about the spice, you’re in luck, as it turns out that adding chili to your foods can actually improve your metabolism and help you lose weight. This is thanks to the component that makes chili hot, capsaicin, which was shown to boost metabolism and make you feel fuller for longer periods of time.

Research estimates that capsaicin can help you burn an extra 50 calories daily.

5. Lentils

Another food that can help you boost your metabolism and potentially promotes weight loss is lentils. These legumes contain a lot of protein, which, as we already discussed, can boost your metabolism on its own, but this is not the only nutrient in lentils that can help your metabolism.

Lentils also contain a lot of iron and fiber, both of which are essential for good metabolism. Finally, all beans and legumes were found in a 2016 review study to prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition that a group of conditions associated with low metabolic rate, high blood pressure and other symptoms that can increase your risk of diabetes, hypertension and other conditions.

6. Flaxseeds

The last, but definitely not the least item on this list are flaxseeds. These, honestly, boring looking seeds are everything but bland when it comes to your health and metabolism especially. They contain a lot of protein, essential vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and healthy fats, and just a sprinkling of these seeds in a dish can make a positive change on your wellbeing.

These seeds are often used as a complementary treatment for metabolic syndrome, and the fiber it contains is suggested to promote healthy gut bacteria, which, in turn, is suggested to boost your metabolism.

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FOOD FOR YOUR EYES

To help prevent things like glaucoma, cataracts, or AMD (age related macular degeneration), and to keep your vision sharp, the American Optometric Association (AOA), recommends a diet rich in 5 types of vision-boosting nutrients.

1. Lutein and zeaxanthin

Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids that have antioxidant properties. The Glaucoma Research Foundation believes that these two are able to prevent eye damage, by stopping the oxidative stress which damages the optic nerve and leads to problems like glaucoma. These can be found in dark green leaves, which are also rich in nitrate, another nutrient that is essential for reducing oxidative stress.

Eat the following foods: Brussels sprouts, collard greens, squash, nectarines, eggs, corn, broccoli, kale, papayas, romaine lettuce.

2. Omega-3 fatty acids

You have probably heard that Omega-3s are great for your heart, but did you know how important they are for your eye health? In particular, there are two omega-3s, DHA and EPA that we need to pay attention to. DHA is found in the retina, and EPA produces DHA from the body. AOA has found that low levels of these can cause AMD and related vision problems. Omega 3 is also, according to Thau, able to moisten dry eyes, thanks to its status as a natural inflammatory.

Eat the following foods: Walnuts, tuna, sardines, salmon, flaxseed, flaxseed oil, halibut.

3. Vitamin A

Vitamin A is the reason why we all remember that carrots are said to help with our sight. Just like lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin A is an antioxidant nutrient that works against the vision damage caused to your eyes by oxidative stress.

Eat the following foods: Sweet potatoes, mangos, spinach, raw red peppers, ricotta cheese, apricots, cantaloupe, carrots.

4. Vitamin C

Amazingly, most of our body cells require the powerful antioxidant qualities of vitamin C to protect themselves from damage. AOA research seems to suggest that by getting your daily amount of vitamin C, you are substantially lowering the risk of cataracts occurring. So, it’s always a good idea to grab yourself an orange (or another vitamin C rich food)!

Eat the following foods: Strawberries, oranges, grapefruit, kiwi.

5. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is probably the least understood of all vitamins. Nevertheless, it is very important. Rather like vitamins A and C, E is a powerful antioxidant that around 70% of people (in their 30s in particular) aren’t getting enough of. They says research has convinced AOA that vitamin E combats the free radicals which break down our healthy tissue. This means that vitamin E could be helpful in preventing cataracts and AMD.

Eat the following foods: Yogurt.

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RESEARCH NOTES: YOUR ORAL HEALTH AFFECTS YOUR COGNITIVE HEALTH

Your gum and tooth issues affect your health.

A more recent discovery is the link between oral health and cognitive functioning, particularly memory and attention. More specifically, poor oral health in seniors has been associated with cognitive decline.

Dental and gum diseases are known to affect us both psychologically and physically, but only recently we came to understand that these conditions can also affect our brain. This is a relatively new area of medical research, and so far, most studies have focused on the correlation between cognitive decline in older adults and poor oral hygiene.

A systematic review published in March of 2019 found that several cognitive functions may be affected by poor oral health. The study reviewed 23 different articles about oral health and cognition in older adults and established that even after controlling for many confounding covariates, patients exhibiting memory decline, poor mental control, learning and attention difficulties often also had some kind of dental or gum issues.

Unsurprisingly, all of these brain functions also typically decline in patients suffering from some version of dementia.

Even more recently, in August of 2019, one additional epidemiological study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics also considered this link and found something very similar. Of the 2.700 Chinese American men and women of a mean age of 72, 47.8% reported having teeth symptoms and 18.9% reported having gum symptoms.

The participants of the study completed a series of cognitive tasks measuring their episodic memory, executive function, and working memory. And while the results did not establish any correlation between gum issues and cognitive changes, those that had issues with their teeth did perform worse on the episodic memory task and did exhibit at least some cognitive decline.

Interestingly, it is specifically deficits in episodic memory, or the ability to memorize, recall, and mentally re-experience specific episodes from one’s personal past, that are associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia. In fact, changes in episodic memory are often seen in seniors years before the onset of dementia, which makes this observation of decreased episodic memory and poor dental health even more interesting and worth further investigation.

As this is a new area of research, the cause-effect relationship between oral health and cognition isn’t completely clear, but it’s still worth taking note of, as a routine dentist’s appointment may help your brain function better for longer.

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1Items that Need to Be Replaced Regularly!

Many household items, such as pillows, chopping boards, and others, must be replaced from time to time, because they may harbor bacteria or toxic substances, and can impact our body.

The following products all expire sooner than you’d think and you must replace them regularly:

1. Sunscreen

Replace every 3 years maximum.

If you store your sunscreens properly, a bottle should last you about 2-3 years since you bought it. After that, the sunscreen loses its potency and can no longer protect you from the sun as it used to. Make sure you store your sunscreens in a dry place out of direct sunlight and rapid temperature changes. Heat, and not only sunlight, can affect the potency of the sun cream, so don’t store it in your car or a part of your home that isn’t air-conditioned.

2. Bath Sponges

Replace every month.

Bath sponges are constantly in a humid and hot environment, the perfect breeding ground for fungi and bacteria, so it’s a must to replace them every month. If you notice that your sponge has changed color or smells differently, toss it immediately, even if you’ve had it for less than a month.

3. Toothbrush

Replace every 3-4 months.

You probably know this one, but it doesn’t hurt to repeat it: toothbrushes must be replaced every 3-4 months. Like sponges, they can harbor harmful microorganisms, but they also lose their firmness and shape and become less effective at cleaning your teeth with time.

4. Shaving Razor

Replace every 5-7 shaves.

These guidelines pertain to every type of disposable shaving razor. These have to be replaced after 5-7 uses because they become dull and can cause cuts over time. Also, we recommend you don’t store your shaving razor in the shower, as the humidity may cause the metal to rust.

5. Hairbrush

Replace or thoroughly wash every 6 months to a year.

Replacing hairbrushes regularly is very important both for your scalp’s health and a good hairdo. Styling products, dust, and your skin tend to accumulate on the brush and mix into a waxy substance that can make your hair look oily and flat over time. Apart from that, an old, dirty brush can scratch and irritate your scalp, causing redness and a dry, flaky scalp. Needless to say, you should clean your brush regularly in addition to replacing it from time to time.

6. Mascara and Liquid Eyeliner

Replace every 3 months.

Makeup shelf life varies from product to product, but the two makeup items that must be replaced diligently every 3 months is mascara and liquid eyeliner, as we use these directly on our eyelashes and they make contact with our eyes all the time, but unlike eyeliners, you cannot remove the possible bacteria or mold growing on these as you do when sharpening a pencil.

7. Other Makeup and Skincare Products

You will find an open can symbol with a number in it on the back of most makeup and skincare products. This number will show you how many months you have to use up a product, so, a 6 will mean you have to use it up in 6 months. Most cream and liquid skincare and makeup items, e.g. lipsticks and foundations, are usually good for about a year, whereas most powder products, such as eyeshadows and blushes typically last for 2-3 years until they expire. As for beauty tools, a high-quality makeup brush can last you years and can be used until it becomes too bent and sparse, but makeup sponges must be replaced a lot more often – every 3 months.

8. Toothpaste

Replace every year to a year and a half.

Replacing toothbrushes regularly is a must, but don’t think you can stock up on toothpaste in bulk, as this product, too, has its expiration date. When toothpaste is expired, it becomes grainy, starts to separate and stops smelling like it used to. This is because the fluoride in the paste is no longer active and the essential oils the paste contains to give that refreshing smell go rancid.

9. Bar Soap

Replace every year and a half to 2 years.

Even if you take care of your bar soap really well and keep it dry and not moist and mushy, you should replace it after 2 years. If not, however, you should probably throw it out after a month of use, as a moist bar of soap just standing there on the edge of your bathtub unprotected is essentially a delicious and accessible treat for harmful bacteria.

10. Food

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), proper food storage helps maintain safety as well as food quality by keeping flavor, color, texture and nutrients in food.

Room temperature such as in a pantry or in a cupboard: Many staples and canned foods have a relatively long shelf life. However, foods stored for longer than recommended times or beyond date on the package may change quality, color and flavor.

Refrigerator: Refrigerators should be kept at or below 40°F (4°C). Use a refrigerator thermometer to check! These short, but safe, time limits will keep refrigerated food from spoiling or causing someone to become ill. Because product dates are not a guide for safe use of a product, here are a few tips to follow:

  • Purchase the product before "sell-by" or expiration date.
  • Follow handling recommendations on product.
  • Keep meat and poultry in its package until just before using.
  • If freezing meat and poultry in its original package longer than 2 months, cover these packages with heavy-duty foil, plastic wrap or freezer paper; or place the package inside a freezer bag.

Freezer: Freezers should be kept at 0°F (-18°C) or lower when measured with a refrigerator/freezer thermometer. Because freezing keeps food safe indefinitely, the following recommended freezer storage times are for quality (flavor, color, texture, etc.) only.

11. Mother’s milk

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101 of Body Scan Meditation

The benefits of meditation are widely known by now – better sleep, stress relief, reduced pain, and better overall mental wellbeing are just a few impressive mentions. As most people know, meditation aims to increase your self-awareness, both physical and mental, to help release any potential tension in the body and mind.

Here is one technique call the body scan technique.

Beginner’s Tips

  • the setting – we recommend starting in a quiet and calm place that will be conducive to introspection, but with time, you’ll be able to meditate anywhere, be it your home, nature, workplace, or your daily public transportation commute.
  • We’d encourage you to meditate every day, as this way, you’ll learn how it works faster, and so, you’ll see the effects sooner. Don’t be discouraged if the first few times you don’t see an immediate effect of the meditation. Like any skill, it takes time to cultivate. Think of meditation as an exercise for your mental self. Just like any exercise, it requires repetition and practice for you to notice any beneficial changes.

How to Do Body Scan Meditation

Luckily, unlike exercise, people typically start observing the effects of meditation much sooner – in just a few weeks of daily practice, you’ll start experiencing better focus, feeling less stressed, and having a more positive outlook on the events going on in your life.

This meditation practice takes anywhere from 5-15 minutes to a full hour, but the basic steps are the same. Here they are:

1. Get in a comfortable position: e.g. lie down or sit in a stable position, be it on the floor, in a chair, or with your back against the wall.

2. Slowly close your eyes and bring your attention to your breath. Observe how it feels when you breathe in and out, how your chest expands when you fill your lungs with air, and how it tightens when you push the air out of the lungs.

3. Choose a point in your body where you’d like to start. Traditionally, you want to start on the top of the head and move down your whole body, but you can also start from any other body part. Continue to breathe deeply and bring your attention to that spot.

4. Check if you feel any tension or pain in the body part you chose. For example, if you choose your head, do you feel that it’s heavy? Does breathing in make you a bit dizzy? Are your facial muscles tense or relaxed? Are you frowning or smiling? Open your mind to any sensations that may come, be they pleasant, painful, or irritating.

5. Gradually shift your attention down, as if you’re meticulously scanning each body part inch by inch. Spend time (20sec – 1minute, on average) to experience the sensations in each body part – e.g. from your head down to your neck, shoulders, etc.

6. If you find a feeling of pain or discomfort at any point of the body scan, notice it, and accept any feelings it may cause without any judgment, frustration, or anger. Allow these feelings to go away on their own, the same way they appeared on their own. Observe how, with each breath, the anger, pain, and tension slowly melt away.

7. Move down to the next area and visualize in your mind’s eye how your focus shifts from one point to another, continuing the scan until you’ve given every body part, every cell in your body a moment of your attention.

8. If your mind drifts away at any point in the scan, don’t worry and don’t feel bad, it is bound to happen because your unconscious self is trying to avoid facing the unpleasant emotions and sensations. Simply return where you left off and continue.

9. Once you’re done, visualize your entire body, see how it feels to breathe now compared to when you started. Breathe deeply a few more times, and then slowly open your eyes and find yourself in your environment, refreshed and awake.


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AVOID THESE SANITIZERS

The FDA listed the following products in its warning as they have high levels of Methanol. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink them as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning.

So, if you have these at home, get rid of them:

• All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)

• Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)

• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)

• Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)

• The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)

• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)

• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)

• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)

• Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)


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HOW TO KEEP YOUR KIDS AND HOME SAFE FROM FIRES

While in certain rare instances a house fire can’t be avoided – like those started by forest fires – most fires are caused by things that could have been avoided entirely. The below information is advice from firefighters which will ensure that your home doesn’t go down in an inglorious blaze.

1. Pile up dead leaves far away from the house

Firefighters often warn about piles of dead leaves which can easily ignite. They recommend keeping them far away from your home to prevent them from causing a house fire.

2. Know how to properly put out a small fire

If you ever have a fire in your house that has gotten out of control, the only thing you need to do is call 911 and evacuate as soon as possible. But if the fire is small and manageable – like a small stove fire – there are ways to put it out before it becomes a real emergency. The best way to put out a fire on the stove is to snuff out the oxygen. Ways to go about it is to put the lid of a pan over the top of it or to cover the fire with a very wet rag. One thing you shouldn’t do is douse your fire with water as using too little can actually cause the fire to spread.

3. Always clean your outdoor grill

Be sure to thoroughly clean your outdoor grill both before and after using it. The grease builds up every time you light up the grill and if left on there, it can cause either flare-ups or full-on fires.

4. Watch the kids closely

Keep an eye on your little ones. Keep kids away from match boxes. They can potentially start a fire by accidentally turning on the oven or knocking over a burning candle. Furthermore, if a fire is about to start, it’s important to know where they are so that you can get them to safety as soon as possible.

5. Have a “go-bag” ready

One of the simplest ways to prep for an emergency fire situation is to prepare a go-bag. In your bag (which should be lightweight enough that it won’t slow down your escape) you need to have clothing, toiletries, emergency supplies, and various everyday essentials.

6. Close the door

If you find yourself caught in a house fire it’s important to close the door behind you to keep the fire contained. As you make your escape, be sure to stay low to the ground as possible so as to avoid the worst parts of the smoke and heat.

7. Enjoy Holidays responsibly

Don’t prolong getting your Christmas tree out of the living room once the holiday is over. While it is pretty, it is just a house fire waiting to happen. Within five minutes it could turn ugly fast. It’s amazing how quickly a dry Christmas tree goes up. Also, if you step out, snuff out the candles. Don’t leave the home with any open flame lamp burning.

8. Don’t smoke in bed

If you smoke, you should never do so in bed or on the couch. The National Park Service says that most home fires are caused by smoking materials that start inside the home due to cigarettes placed near flammable materials (like fabric), so your safest bet is to take your cigarette break outside.

9. Test your smoke detectors

It is highly recommended that you test smoke detectors throughout your house at least once a month to make sure they work. Alarms should be replaced entirely every 10 years.

10. Don’t use your oven for storage

If you leave flammable objects in your oven and you accidentally turn it on, you may potentially start a fire.

11. Clean your dryer’s lint filter

An estimated 15,500 fires are caused every year by clothes dryers in the United States. One way to ensure that you don’t become a part of that statistic is to clean out your lint filter before and after each drying cycle. Lint is highly flammable and accumulates easily.

12. Use extension cords properly

While extension cords make it possible to have various electronics plugged in at once, if used improperly these accessories can become a serious fire hazard. They are there for temporary use, though a lot of people plug them in various places and they stay there. The problems arise when you run a cord under a carpet. Cords should never be kept under a rug or through a doormat and big appliances like a microwave or toaster straight into the wall.

Source: Internet & Others

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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WHICH TYPE OF PLASTIC IS DANGEROUS FOR YOUR CHILD?

Plastics are all around our kid’s life. Through numerous studies we know that plastics contain harmful chemicals, but the degree of this harm varies according to the type of plastic used. You may never have been informed of the ways plastic bottles harm us and which types of plastic cause the most harm – but the answers all lie at the bottom of your bottle. If you flip your plastic bottle over you are likely to see letters marked on or close to its base. Some common ones include PET, PVC, HDP, and PP. If these don’t sound familiar to you, you’re not alone – we are going to help you decipher their meaning. This will hopefully help you make wiser choices when buying water bottles.

These kinds of plastics are not only used for food and drink products. We also find them in everyday items in which they may not directly affect our health, such as water pipes, signs, clothing, furniture, shower curtains, textiles, stationery, insulation, diapers, medical equipment, etc. Nonetheless, we should always be knowledgeable about the materials and chemicals included in the products we buy, taking extra care of the ones that contain food and drinks.

Here’s what each label means:

1. PET or PETE:

It is the most commonly used plastic material in packaging and consumer products, used especially for water and soft drink bottles. This kind of plastic is only intended for single use and is difficult to decontaminate, meaning that repeated use can be harmful. The more you use it, the higher the risk of leach and bacteria. Also, the metals and chemicals released by this material may tamper with our body’s hormonal balance.

2. HDP or HDPE:

HDPE is a harder type of plastic often used for milk jugs, detergent bottles, oil bottles, toys and some plastic bags. Experts claim that this is the safest kind of plastic that you can choose when buying bottled water, because it barely releases any chemicals. This means your water will be cleaner, hence causing minimal harmful effects on your health.

3. PVC or 3V:

This symbol indicates the use of PVC, a highly toxic plastic that is soft and flexible, and is generally used for food wrapping, oil bottles, teething rings, toys, and blister packaging. The chemicals it releases are said to have serious consequences on our body, since they pose effects on our hormones. Experts suggest to avoid packaging made from the PVC and try to find an alternative to it.

4. LDPE:

Although this type of plastic does not release chemicals into the water, you are unlikely to see this label on your water bottle, because the LDPE material is not used in its production. Rather, you would find it in food packaging, in the case of which you should still try to avoid it. LDPE may still release highly dangerous chemicals in the foods you eat.

5. PP:

Yogurt cups and syrup packing are made of this white-colored or semi-transparent type of plastic, referred to as PP (polypropylene plastic). This kind of material is tough, lightweight and heat-resistant. This material won’t melt easily if heated. Overall, it is a rather safe type of plastic, and it can also block out moisture, grease, and chemicals.

6. PS:

PS stands for Polystyrene – a type of inexpensive and lightweight plastic that is used for a range of products. We have often used this type of plastic for disposable Styrofoam drinking cups, egg cartons, plastic picnic cutlery, and take-out “clamshell“ food containers. PS should be restricted to short-term usage only, since dangerous carcinogenic substances could be released from it when heated.

7. PC or non-labeled plastic:

This is potentially the most dangerous plastic found out there. If you ever find the "PC" label on plastic bottles (or no label at all), make sure you steer clear of it as much as possible. It refers to a catch-all category for polycarbonate materials and "other" plastics, which contain chemicals that are likely to leach into the food or drink products it makes contact with. Examples of the use of this material include sports water bottles and food containers. It is highly discouraged to reuse or recycle this type of plastic.

Source: Internet & Others

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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CDC RECOMMENDATION ON GERM-KILLING CONCOCTION

How to Kill Germs with Bleach According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

1. Mix one cup of bleach and five gallons of water in a bucket. For a smaller dose, use 4 teaspoons of bleach with one quart of water.

2. Scrub the surface using a stiff brush and the solution.

3. Let it air dry for at least 10 minutes. This is important, as it assures proper disinfection.

Using Bleach to Sanitize Fabric:

1. For a normal-sized load of laundry, add ¾ cup of bleach to the wash cycle.. In case of a large or heavily soiled load, add 1 ¼ cups.

2. Dry on high heat.

3. Note! This is to be used mainly on whites, as bleach can ruin and fade colored fabrics.

Important Warning – bleach may release toxic fumes. The CDC recommends seeking medical help immediately if you feel one of the following after using bleach:

  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty breathing.


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WHEN ORDERING TAKE-OUT FOOD…

Take-out is not always beneficial to your health. Here are a few common ones that are ordered from restaurants

1. Chicken Alfredo

Chicken Alfredo is the pasta of choice because people think that they’ve chosen the leaner, healthier pasta on the menu. The truth is, however, that this creamy pasta can contain upwards of 1500 calories and alarming amounts of fat and sodium. Both high animal fat content and increased sodium intake, in turn, have been time and time linked to cardiovascular issues, as well as diabetes and many other serious health issues.

Choose instead: When ordering Italian takeout, it’s better to opt for tomato-based sauces and dishes that contain vegetables, such as eggplant, spinach, zucchini, and mushrooms, and opt-out of dishes that contain creamy sauces, bacon, and sausage.

2. Nachos

Nachos are great snack food, but eating deep-fried chips with a topping of obscene amounts of cheese and other high-fat and high-sodium toppings can ruin your stomach. As already mentioned, high-sodium foods and high-fat foods can harm the heart and cause chronic health problems, but they also harm your microbiome and digestive health.

Choose instead: A better alternative to nachos are chips with pico de gallo, salsa, or guacamole. Or even better, get some tacos that have a much lower portion of the unhealthy ingredients instead.

3. California Rolls

Generally speaking, sushi is a relatively healthy takeout option, but there is one exception, the famous California roll. This is because California rolls are prepared with artificial crab meat, which contains highly processed ingredients, artificial dyes, added starches, and vegetable oils, as well as other artificial ingredients. After dipping this roll into some soy sauce, you’ll also be ingesting a lot of sodium. Essentially, there is nothing healthy about this roll but the optional avocado and cucumber.

Choose instead: Instead, if you’re choosing sushi, choose rolls that contain real fish and fiber-rich veggies, such as carrots and asparagus, and possibly even brown rice instead of plain white.

4. General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso’s isn’t the healthiest food in the world. This Chinese Restaurant staple isn’t just covered in batter and fried in vegetable oil, it’s also subsequently coated with a sugary sauce. Just one portion of the dish can sometimes contain up to 60 grams of sugar, which is more than twice the amount of sugar a person should be having a day! Another ingredient in the glaze is soy sauce, and a lot of it, so you’ll be also contributing heavily to your sodium intake when having a bowl of General Tso’s Chicken. All these ingredients are extremely harmful to your heart, even if you’re completely healthy. So, what should you have at a Chinese takeout?

Choose instead: Steamed vegetable dishes, soups, and stir-fries that don’t use much soy sauce should be a safe bet. When it comes to rice, it’s better to choose brown rice, or replace the rice with some homemade grain like quinoa or buckwheat altogether.

5. Chicken Ceasar with Creamy Dressing

Not all salads are a safe choice, either. While lean meat like grilled chicken and vegetables are all an excellent and nutritious choice, the creamy dressings and additives, such as salted croutons in a Chicken Ceasar will be less beneficial for your health. In fact, such a salad can contain as much as 1000+ calories and more than 70 grams of fat per serving! Other salad ingredients to avoid are bacon, processed meats, dried fruit, blue cheese, and candied nuts.

Choose instead: When ordering a salad, try to opt for healthy additives and maybe even consider making your own dressing at home with some lemon and olive oil. Additives that will make your salad even healthier and more nutritious are hummus, avocados, nuts, and quinoa.

6. Butter Chicken

There are many great Indian takeout options out there, but Buttered Chicken isn’t one of them, as this rich and creamy dish is full of saturated fat that comes from the butter and full-fat yogurt used in the sauce.

Choose instead: So, no matter how tasty it may be, it’s best to skip it and choose a chickpea-based sauce like chana masala, or at least chicken tandoori, a yogurt-based chicken dish that doesn’t use as much butter. The fiber in the chickpeas will be very beneficial for your digestive and heart health, so it’s a great ingredient to take note of.

7. Broccoli Cheddar Soup

If something contains broccoli and is a soup, it must be healthy, right? Well, not quite, and the Broccoli Cheddar Soup is a great example of a dish that’s masking to be healthy, but contains more fat than a portion of loaded fries in reality. While eating soup is actually beneficial both for your health and waistline, broccoli cheddar will not have the same benefits, as it contains half of your daily allowance of salt, over 20g of saturated fat, and 50 milligrams of cholesterol (mostly the bad kind).

Choose instead: A good guess when choosing soup is to opt for clear broth-based soups instead of creamy ones. Apart from veggies, you can also choose soups with legumes, such as peas and lentils, as these contain quite a lot of fiber and protein.

8. Fried Tofu and Veggies

Chinese takeout is probably the trickiest when it comes to healthy options, as dishes typically included in these menus seemingly contain a lot of healthy veggies and lean protein like tofu and chicken. As it often happens, the devil lies in the details, and these details are the sauces – soy sauce and teriyaki – and the fact that many foods are deep-fried. This is exactly the problem with the fried tofu and vegetable dish, which often packs an astonishing 2200mg of salt in a portion and 900 calories. This is way beyond the daily salt allowance, and the fact that the tofu is deep-fried significantly reduces its protein count, too.

9. Banana Bread

Unfortunately, the fact that banana bread contains bananas doesn’t make it healthy. In fact, one serving of a standard coffee house banana bread contains nearly your entire daily allowance of sugar, as well as 500 calories and 19 grams of fat. Needless to say, this is a lot more sugar and calories than any healthy breakfast should contain, and worst of all, there is absolutely nothing beneficial in this dessert.

Choose instead: Instead, just eat an actual banana or a serving fruit of your choice.

May 22, 2020
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Ways To Raise Your Metabolism

A good workout schedule is a great way to keep yourself fit and to maintain a healthy metabolism, but there are other things you can do to supplement your workout.

Here are just some of the ways you can keep your body in top shape, and help it make the most out of your regular exercise.

  • Don’t skip breakfast:

Eating a good healthy breakfast is crucial in maintaining optimal energy levels throughout the day. Skipping breakfast will send your body into "starvation mode", and slow its metabolism.

  • Eat more foods with lean protein:

Lean protein require a lot more energy to burn and digest, which increases your metabolism. Try eating more chicken and tinned fish in water, and you’ll see they keep you full and satisfied for a longer time.

  • Eat lots of omega-3 rich foods:

Omega-3 are fatty acids that contain a myriad of benefits to your body and boost it metabolism. Don’t let the term "fatty" scare you, these are acids that help regulate your blood sugar and your metabolism steady. Good sources for omega 3 are foods like avocados, and walnuts.

  • Eat yogurt:

Just yogurt with probiotics. Simple, low fat, yogurt contains nutrients which raise your bodies resting metabolic rate.

  • Eat dark chocolate:

The caffeine and the antioxidants in dark chocolate are both known to be metabolism boosters. However, make sure you eat brands with 70% cacao and above, anything lower has too much sugar and fat.

  • Do Yoga and Take some time to breathe:

Taking a few minutes every day to focus on some heavy deep breathing is very beneficial. Deep relaxed breathing brings more oxygen into your body which helps you burn more energy.

  • Eat healthy snacks:

Small healthy snacks during the day can keep your energy level consistent. This will keep your metabolism high by maintaining normal blood sugar levels at all times of the day. Remember not to overdo it so you’ll still be able to eat normal sized regular meals and to only eat healthy snacks.

  • Eat nuts:

Walnuts, pecans and pistachios contain many vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that aid in boosting metabolism. A handful a day is more than enough and it’s also a good idea for a healthy snack.

metabolism

  • Spice up your food:

Spicy foods and condiments contain capsaicin, which been shown to increase metabolic rates by increasing your hormone levels.

  • Drink green tea:

Green tea contains phenols, chemical compounds that increase your body’s ability to burn energy and calories.

  • Don’t skip meals:

Much like skipping breakfast, skipping any other meal is just as bad for your metabolism. If you’re hungry, just eat and make sure it’s healthy food.

  • Drink water:

Green tea, coffee and energy drinks may all have their benefits but nothing beats a cold glass of water. Drinking six cups of cold water a day can boost your metabolism by burning up an extra 50 calories a day.

  • Relax:

Taking the time to alleviate your stress will benefit your life in more ways than one. Stress causes the production of cortisol which can slow your metabolism down. So take some time to read a book, listen to some music or take a massage, whatever helps you relax.

  • Eat a light snack before sleep:

To keep your nocturnal metabolism high as well as your daily, eat a light snack before going to bed. If you just had a big meal shortly before going to sleep, then it’s not needed and it’s even recommended to wait a bit before you go into bed.

  • Get a good night’s sleep:

Rest is essential for a healthy metabolism. Sleeping for eight hours nightly will increases your energy levels throughout the day. It will also help keep stress hormones and blood sugar levels stable, an important part of any healthy life style.

Source: Internet & Others

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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Ways To Raise Your Metabolism

A good workout schedule is a great way to keep yourself fit and to maintain a healthy metabolism, but there are other things you can do to supplement your workout.

Here are just some of the ways you can keep your body in top shape, and help it make the most out of your regular exercise.

  • Don’t skip breakfast:

Eating a good healthy breakfast is crucial in maintaining optimal energy levels throughout the day. Skipping breakfast will send your body into "starvation mode", and slow its metabolism.

  • Eat more foods with lean protein:

Lean protein require a lot more energy to burn and digest, which increases your metabolism. Try eating more chicken and tinned fish in water, and you’ll see they keep you full and satisfied for a longer time.

  • Eat lots of omega-3 rich foods:

Omega-3 are fatty acids that contain a myriad of benefits to your body and boost it metabolism. Don’t let the term "fatty" scare you, these are acids that help regulate your blood sugar and your metabolism steady. Good sources for omega 3 are foods like avocados, and walnuts.

  • Eat yogurt:

Just yogurt with probiotics. Simple, low fat, yogurt contains nutrients which raise your bodies resting metabolic rate.

  • Eat dark chocolate:

The caffeine and the antioxidants in dark chocolate are both known to be metabolism boosters. However, make sure you eat brands with 70% cacao and above, anything lower has too much sugar and fat.

  • Do Yoga and Take some time to breathe:

Taking a few minutes every day to focus on some heavy deep breathing is very beneficial. Deep relaxed breathing brings more oxygen into your body which helps you burn more energy.

  • Eat healthy snacks:

Small healthy snacks during the day can keep your energy level consistent. This will keep your metabolism high by maintaining normal blood sugar levels at all times of the day. Remember not to overdo it so you’ll still be able to eat normal sized regular meals and to only eat healthy snacks.

  • Eat nuts:

Walnuts, pecans and pistachios contain many vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that aid in boosting metabolism. A handful a day is more than enough and it’s also a good idea for a healthy snack.

metabolism

  • Spice up your food:

Spicy foods and condiments contain capsaicin, which been shown to increase metabolic rates by increasing your hormone levels.

  • Drink green tea:

Green tea contains phenols, chemical compounds that increase your body’s ability to burn energy and calories.

  • Don’t skip meals:

Much like skipping breakfast, skipping any other meal is just as bad for your metabolism. If you’re hungry, just eat and make sure it’s healthy food.

  • Drink water:

Green tea, coffee and energy drinks may all have their benefits but nothing beats a cold glass of water. Drinking six cups of cold water a day can boost your metabolism by burning up an extra 50 calories a day.

  • Relax:

Taking the time to alleviate your stress will benefit your life in more ways than one. Stress causes the production of cortisol which can slow your metabolism down. So take some time to read a book, listen to some music or take a massage, whatever helps you relax.

  • Eat a light snack before sleep:

To keep your nocturnal metabolism high as well as your daily, eat a light snack before going to bed. If you just had a big meal shortly before going to sleep, then it’s not needed and it’s even recommended to wait a bit before you go into bed.

  • Get a good night’s sleep:

Rest is essential for a healthy metabolism. Sleeping for eight hours nightly will increases your energy levels throughout the day. It will also help keep stress hormones and blood sugar levels stable, an important part of any healthy life style.

Source: Internet & Others

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.