Intermittent Fasting: What You Should Know

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The Purpose of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting has been practiced for many centuries for health and spiritual reasons, however, it has recently become one of the most popular ways to eating due to all its benefits.

Fasting, or giving the body a rest by not eating, has been known to help clear the mind, detoxify the organs and expand spiritual enlightenment.

In fact, Hippocrates, “The Father of Medicine”, often prescribed his patients with rest and fasting as a way of healing the body.

How to Do It

This type of fasting may vary in duration but is commonly set on certain ratios of time that you eat followed by a set time that you are fasting. There several methods to intermittent fasting, but here are a couple of ways that it may be performed.

For example:  Eating dinner around 8pm and not eating again until 12 noon the next day would be considered a 16:8 ratio.

That is 16 hours from dinner to lunch and then followed by maybe a snack around 4pm and then dinner again at 8pm.  There would be no eating between dinner and lunch the next day.

Another common method would be a 24 hour fast.

Basically, eating a meal such as dinner and then not eating again until dinner time the next day.  This is often done once or twice a week while keeping a regular eating schedule the other 5-6 days. Continue reading “Intermittent Fasting: What You Should Know”

Top 8 Supplements for Women’s Health

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Vitamin A

Dr. Eric Berg DC states that vitamin A supports the eyes, skin and immune system. It is further stated that this vitamin is fat soluble which means that it can effectively travel through fat, be stored and reach deeper parts of the cells.

People who don’t have enough vitamin A are prone to dry eyes, acne and certain infections such as sinus infections and ear infections.

Therefore, eating a variety of vegetables, liver, cereals and fish are a great way to get good amounts of vitamin A into the body.

 Biotin

In recent years, biotin has become popular for promoting healthy hair and strong nails.  Moreover, it helps to metabolize carbohydrates and amino acids in the body.

Although it is rare to have a biotin deficiency, being deficient can cause skin rashes, brittle hair and brittle nails.

Luckily, getting adequate amounts of biotin into the system can be achieved by taking biotin supplements and eating foods such as avocado, nuts and seeds, sweet potato and cauliflower. Continue reading “Top 8 Supplements for Women’s Health”

Keep Holiday Pounds at Bay with These Tips

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‘Tis the season to gain extra unwanted weight, right?  Not necessarily.

Enjoying holiday foods and treats can be wonderful.  However, if you love the holidays, but have a fear of gaining extra holiday pounds, then you are not alone.

How about taking charge this year by planning and making better choices during this season?  After all, being healthy is truly mind over matter.

Start the New Year looking and feeling your best with these healthy tips.

Exercise Early

Getting your body moving first thing in the morning is a great way to stay on track. Not only will exercising early give you more energy throughout the day, it will give you a sense of accomplishment.

When you start your day this way, you also leave very little room for not reaching your workout goals.

Eat Before the Party

Now is the time to be mindful and diligent about what you are eating.  Before you leave, make sure that you fill up on a healthy meal so that you have very little desire to over indulge on unhealthy treats.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the celebration of it all and make the wrong food choices.  Just remember, you are in control so choose wisely. Continue reading “Keep Holiday Pounds at Bay with These Tips”

Relieve Stress with These 7 Techniques

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Stress is something that tends to sneak up on us and ride our backs as if there’s no tomorrow.  But, there are some things that we can do to ease some of these uninvited feelings.

Prioritizing some of these techniques may be your solution for living a more stress-free life.

  1. Follow a Well-Balanced Diet

When you eat well, you look and feel well.

Dr. Janet Bruno, a medical physician, has stated that when consuming foods that are high in fat, high in sugar and low in calories, the body can become even more stressed because of the additional cholesterol and empty calories consumed.

So, following a diet that is filled with healthy grains, proteins, vegetables and fruits helps to give the body what it needs to function at an optimal level.

Eating well, regularly, may not only keep your energy levels up it can keep your stress levels down. Continue reading “Relieve Stress with These 7 Techniques”

Stay Beautiful with Face Exercises

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Beauty the Natural Way

Are you aware that the face can be toned and shaped just like the rest of your body?  By exercising these muscles, on your own you can lift the eyebrows, shorten your nose and even slim you cheeks.

That’s right, you have the ability to change your appearance by exercising  and sculpting your facial muscles.  Creating a more vibrant appearance is indeed possible and what’s wonderful about it is… it’s natural.

There’s no downtime involved whatsoever in order to look and feel more beautiful.

Now there are various methods to enhancing the face,  such as facelift surgery, microdermabrasion and Botox injections.

But according to Dr. Mandell DC, a chiropractor in Miami, FL, exercising the face allows us to stimulate and stretch those muscles while increasing blood flow and collagen.

Collagen has been defined as the protein that holds and protects the body.

As the body ages, collagen levels in the body begin to decrease which is why the skin droops and sags. Continue reading “Stay Beautiful with Face Exercises”

8 Foods That Help Prevent Wrinkles

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  1. Nuts and Seeds

As the skin ages, it begins to suffer from weak elastin and collagen.  As a result, wrinkles appear and the skin takes on a dull appearance.

However, eating foods such as nuts and seeds can help to regenerate the skin because they contain healthy unsaturated fats.  Omega-3 fats are great for improving the skin and preventing premature aging.

  1. Orange-Colored Vegetables

Skin cells can be destroyed with an unhealthy diet and exposure to the sun.  When this happens the skin wrinkles and dulls making it appear lifeless and aged.

However, it has been researched that brightly colored foods like carrots, sweet potato and pumpkin are rich in beta carotene, Vitamin A and Vitamin C and are known to protect and regenerate damaged collagen.

  1. Leafy Greens

Eating plant-based are often referenced when it come to anti-aging.  But, eating foods like kale, collards, spinach and broccoli really are great for your skin.

Dr. Jaishree Sharad, who is an international cosmetic dermatologist, states that these foods are full of chlorophyll, antioxidants and Vitamin A which are good for keeping the skin healthy and hydrated. Continue reading “8 Foods That Help Prevent Wrinkles”

5 Fun Facts About Pumpkin

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It’s pumpkin season and once again we are being graced with all things pumpkin!

Everywhere you go, it seems that everything from pumpkin pancakes to pumpkin candles are being promoted in celebration of the season.

We enjoy it too, carving them, making dishes from them and even setting them outside as decoration.

But, how much do you really know about the pumpkin?

Let’s explore some fun facts about pumpkins that may give you a whole new outlook on this wondrous fruit.

Pumpkin is a Fruit

Many people call it a vegetable because of its many textures and creative uses.   But, pumpkin is a healthy fruit that grows all over the world. Based on climate, farmers are known to plant pumpkin seeds between May and July in order to have them ready for the holiday season.

According to Forbes magazine, they are developed from the parts of a flower around an ovary.  It is also a member of the gourd family which includes squash, melons and cucumbers. Continue reading “5 Fun Facts About Pumpkin”

8 Reasons to Drink Green Tea

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Promotes Healthy Skin

Green tea is loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients.  Among these nutrients are amino acids, Vitamin B and folate.

Because of these benefits, drinking green tea  helps to revitalize the skin by flushing unhealthy contaminants from the body. The skin becomes rid of toxins and promotes healthiness from the inside that reflects in the skin.

Lowers Blood Pressure

An article in Time Magazine reported that after 12 weeks of drinking tea, blood pressure was lower by 2.3 mmHG systolic and 2.2 mmHG diastolic.  However, this study showed that green tea gave the most significant results.

Moreover,  people who drink 1-2 cups of green tea daily tend to have reduced risks of high blood pressure.

Cancer Fighting Properties

Green Tea is an antioxidant that reduces the risk of cancer in the body.  There is reference to the fact that green tea, among other herbal teas, has a higher level of anti-cancer fighting agents.

Dr. James Meschino, an expert in nutrition and wellness, states that green tea contains higher concentrations of polyphenol compounds, which reduces the risks of cancer and increases detoxification in the body. Continue reading “8 Reasons to Drink Green Tea”

Reverse Fatty Liver Disease with These Strategies

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Every organ that we have inside of our bodies is extraordinary.  However, the liver happens to be the heaviest, the second largest organ and it perhaps works the hardest.

The liver supports hundreds of functions, but among the most important is its ability to filter the bloodstream.  This organ filters the blood by separating nutrients and vitamins from the toxins and waste that should not be in the blood.

Having a fatty liver means that there is extra fat in the liver.  When this happens, due to poor diet and alcohol,it becomes harder for the liver to function as it should.

Therefore, it is extremely important to make the best conscious decisions when it comes to diet to help make sure that the liver is functioning at its optimum potential. The real blessing in Fatty Liver Disease is that it is reversible when following the proper recommendations. Continue reading “Reverse Fatty Liver Disease with These Strategies”

Mammograms: Things You Should Know

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A mammogram is an x-ray screening of the breasts that helps with determining possible breast cancer.  And as you may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

So, if you are over 40 years old and haven’t had a mammogram, now may be a good time to schedule one.

It has been stated by many health professionals that early detection of breast cancer is the best way to fighting the disease.

Women who have a medical history or family history of cancer should consult with a health care professional regarding possible early screening.  However, women who are not at high risk for breast cancer are encouraged to follow standard guidelines.

The American Cancer Society supports women who opt for annual screens from ages 40-44.  However, the society suggests that all women begin scheduling yearly mammograms by age 45.

It is further suggested that by age 55, women can began getting mammograms every 2 years but may continue to be screened on an annual basis, if they choose.

Continue reading “Mammograms: Things You Should Know”