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Get a jump-start on your health, energy, and metabolism by incorporating a cleansing tea into your daily routine.
The true success when it comes to foods and drinks, is moderation, not deprivation. By simply adding more healthy foods and beverages into your daily diet every day, eventually the good will outweigh the bad.
This detox tea recipe will help your body get rid of damaging acids and inflammation on a regular basis. The tea is easy to make, can be used daily, and what you don’t drink can be stored in your fridge and used as a healthy iced tea.
Turmeric is a curry spice that is often used in Indian cuisine. Many are not aware that it has a long history of being used for its medicinal purposes, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic herb. Its benefits have since been well documented in the medical literature.
Curcumin—one of the most important components in turmeric— has been found to promote health and protect against a wide array of health conditions such as chronic inflammation, liver disease, skin problems (i.e. acne, psoriasis, eczema), digestive issues, joint and muscle pain, and immune support to name a few.
Ginger has long been known for the relief of stomach ailments such as motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, nausea, and vomiting.
A serving of lemon contains 51% of your daily vitamin C needs as well as other vitamins and minerals. Lemons have been found to help combat stroke, cancer, and asthma. They also help with maintaining a healthy complexion, increasing iron absorption, and boosting the immune system.
Turmeric Ginger Lemon Detox Tea (Serves 2-3)
16-20 oz. of filtered water
1 inch of fresh organic turmeric root
1 inch of fresh organic ginger root
Pinch of black pepper (see note)
1 lemon slice (do not boil, add to tea before serving)
Honey (optional to sweeten)
One of the main ways that the body rids itself of toxins is through the liver. All of the blood that leaves the stomach and the intestines passes through the liver, where the blood is processed, broken down, balanced and made into nutrients for the body to use.
The liver is constantly working to detoxify blood and produce bile to store essential vitamins, minerals and iron. When the liver isn’t functioning properly, the digestion process — especially the digestion of fats —is greatly affected. To make sure your liver is working at its optimum, be sure to incorporate these foods into your diet.
The liver loves green tea because it’s full of plant antioxidants called catechins. This compound is known to assist with the function of the liver. Green tea possess many health benefits. Make sure you’re using green tea and not green tea extract because research has shown that the extract may actually have negative effects on the liver.
These sour fruits are filled with vitamin C, which can aid the body when handling toxic materials. It turns these toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water. Drinking a glass of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning can stimulate the liver.
This spice is known to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It can boost the liver’s detoxification by strengthening enzymes that flush out dietary carcinogens.
Turmeric protects the bile duct and increase bile flow. It can also prevent alcohol and toxins from converting into compounds that can damage the liver.
Much like broccoli and cauliflower, eating cabbage helps stimulate the activation of two crucial liver detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins. Try eating more kimchi, coleslaw, cabbage soup and sauerkraut.
Whey protein is a complete source of protein used for muscle growth. It is the liquid by product of cheese, sold as a dietary supplement. Earlier, whey protein was discarded by cheese and dairy product manufacturers as a waste product, but now it’s being used by body builders as a dietary supplement. Normally, milk has two types of protein-a) casein and b) whey. Whey protein can be separated from the casein in milk or extracted as a by-product of cheese making.
Whey protein significantly reduces the need for carbohydrates and fats in excess, it is a main diet component of people who are looking to build up lean muscle mass and muscle growth. If you’ve come across body builders and weight lifters with beefed up bodies, then there’s a possibility that they have a good intake of whey protein.
Since whey protein is a by-product of animals, it produces amino acids that your body cannot produce itself. Hence, it promotes various vital body functions, including skin and connective tissue growth, and body resistance. Contrary to popular belief, whey protein does not contain just protein, but also a composition of lactose, fats and minerals which are helpful for muscle growth and body metabolism.
Which is the Best Type of Whey Protein?
There are basically three different types of whey protein which undergo different degrees of filtering.
Whey protein concentrate (WPC) is the cheapest of all forms as it undergoes minimum processing. WPC follows a micro-filtration process, which retains around 70 to 80% of protein.
If you’re a woman on a mission to burn fat, there’s a good chance you are making one or two (or more) mistakes along the way. I see it time and time again and yet, few women ever actually crack the weight loss code.
It really doesn’t need to be as complicated as it seems. By learning what these mistakes are, you can quickly put them behind you and get on track to seeing better results.
Let’s look at four fat loss mistakes you need to know about.
If 1400 calories is good, 1000 must be better, right? Wrong. Your body needs fuel to burn fat properly. As strange as it may sound, if you cut your calories back too far, your body will just cling onto what fat it does have, making further fat loss feel impossible.
You want to use a moderate calorie deficit, like the guidelines set forth in the 3 Week Diet plan as this will ensure that your metabolism stays revved and you keep burning fat.
Failing To Plan Ahead
Another big mistake many women make is failing to plan ahead. They think about their next meal about an hour before that meal takes place. Often, this is because they’re busy and just don’t have time to do all that cooking.
If you want to see results, however, you need to plan ahead. The trick is using a weight loss program that doesn’t call for overly complex meals that mean you spend hours each day in the kitchen.
No woman can handle that — you have a life to lead. But, with a diet plan that makes planning ahead simple, you will stand a much better chance of sticking with your menu. You should never wonder ‘what to eat’ when hunger hits or you’ll be tempted to eat something you shouldn’t.
Overdoing Cardio Training
If there’s one thing that most women have in common, it’s hours spent on cardio machines. While some smart cardio training (such as sprint training) can be beneficial for fat loss, you really don’t need to chain yourself to the treadmill, bike, or the elliptical. In fact, doing so can do more harm than good.
Did you know that genital warts are the most common form of sexually transmitted disease?
It’s thought that about 10% of the general population in the United States has been infected with the virus that causes genital warts at some point in their life. It can be quite distressing if you discover you have the symptoms of this chronic and recurring infection. To better understand how to approach and treat genital warts, it’s important to understand what they are and what causes them.
Genital warts are a sexually transmitted infection characterized by the formation of “bumps” or warts in the genital area. These warts are usually painless and may involve any areas of the vagina, vulva, and even the rectal area in women. In men, the warts may be found on or around the penis or in the rectal region. The warts may be single or multiple and may vary in color from skin color to red or brown
What causes these distressing lesions to develop? We now know genital warts are caused by the epidermotropic human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV. HPV is not just a single virus. In fact, more than 75 different types of HPV virus have been described so far. One of the reasons we are concerned about the HPV virus is that about 10% of these types of HPV virus have the potential to become cancerous. Fortunately, most people infected with genital warts have the benign type of virus, meaning it won’t develop into cancer.
Most people prefer working in an environmentally control office versus working on a factory line or outside working in the rain or heat. Unfortunately the comforts of sitting at a desk for hours also has disadvantages that could damage your health.
Numerous studies have shown that prolonged sitting can increase your chance of getting diabetes, certain cancers, cardiovascular diseases and obesity.
Not to worry, below are a series of exercises you can do at your desk, or on your break – no equipment needed! Just the chair you’ve been sitting in.
These simple chair exercises can easily be incorporated into your fitness routine. Do them all daily or choose a couple to do each day and in short order, you’ll see a difference in your waistline!
DOUBLE KNEE LIFT WITH SIDE BENDS
How It Helps:
This exercise shapes your waist by using your oblique muscles to burn fat from the sides of your belly.
How You Do It:
How It Helps:
You will burn fat on the sides of your belly and your hips.
How You Do It:
How It Helps:
This helps to strengthen your ab muscles.
How You Do It:
Everyone has some belly fat (yes even that person with the six pack),
but if you have too much deep belly fat, also known as visceral fat, you may be more likely to get high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and certain cancers, including breast cancer and colon cancer.
Here are some of the steps you can take to rid yourself of visceral fat and get a healthier lifestyle.
Moderate amounts of exercise can reduce the inflammation in belly fat, even without a change in diet. Exercise also helps to prevent re-gaining abdominal fat after weight loss. Cutting calories alone, will not substantially lessen your visceral fat.
What to do: Find a fun moderate aerobic activity that you enjoy doing, such as running, walking, swimming, cycling, etc. And if you want to take it up a notch, engage in high-activity sports like tennis, racquetball, basketball and surfing.
The amount of calories adults get from sweetened beverages has almost doubled over the past 37 years, contributing significantly to bigger waistlines. So skip the sodas and other high calorie sweetened beverages, and over time this will reduce your belly fat.
What to do: Substitute sweetened beverages for water, unsweetened tea or pure fruit juice diluted with at least 80% water.
Diet sodas are not a good substitute for regular sodas. Research has found an association between the consumption of diet sodas and a wider waist circumference. Research has found that the widespread use of no-calorie sweeteners found in diet beverages may actually make it harder for people to control their food intake and body weight. One study has found that diet soda drinkers have a higher percentage of belly flab compared to those who don’t drink diet soda. Recently, a new study has also linked diet soft drinks to an increased risk for stroke and dementia.
Word to your “mother”
You properly have a bottle of apple cider vinegar in your pantry right now and are unaware of all the health benefits attributed to vinegar. To get the best results from apple cider vinegar, ideally you want to use raw, organic and unfiltered apple cider vinegar with mother enzymes found in most health and food stores.
While science has yet to prove many of the claims made about apple cider vinegar, it remains a wildly popular product, serving duty in a variety of roles, from cooking, beauty, homemaking to health. The following uses include some supported by science and some backed by folklore.
Apple cider vinegar balances the body’s pH, which balances your natural intestinal bacteria. As a result bloating dissipates and digesting becomes more comfortable. Those who prescribe to folk remedies tell us that if one suffers from diarrhea caused by a bacterial infection, apple cider vinegar may help due to its antibiotic properties. As well, some experts suggest that pectin in apple cider vinegar can help calm intestinal spasms. If you’re suffering: Mix one or two tablespoons into apple juice and drink, or add a tablespoon or two to your morning tea or a glass of water daily.
Nighttime leg cramps is often a sigh that you’re low in potassium and apple cider vinegar is high in it. Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon honey in a glass of warm water and drink it twice daily to relieve nighttime leg cramps. The ingredients in apple cider vinegar dissolve acid crystals in the bloodstream while giving your muscles the potassium, calcium and other essential nutrients they need.
Nearly one in three adults have high blood pressure (29%)…
putting them at risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. High blood pressure is described as a “silent killer” because it often causes no symptoms, but may be the precursor to a fatal heart attack. Fortunately, a few common foods, available at any supermarket, have special properties that can help to lower high blood pressure or maintain blood pressure within the normal range.
The active ingredient in Garlic is allicin, which breaks down into a number of useful sulphur compounds when ingested. Garlic works in three ways to ensure healthy blood pressure. It is a natural blood thinner and anticoagulant. It also helps to prevent constriction of blood vessel walls. Finally, it is a natural ACE inhibitor. Blood pressure increases when the body produces a substance known as ACE (angiotensen converting enzyme). By blocking the formation of ACE, garlic helps to prevent blood pressure from rising. Crush or finely chop garlic to release the allicin and use it immediately to prevent the allicin from degrading.
Dark chocolate contains phytochemicals called flavanols. When consumed, flavanols increase the production of nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide relaxes and dilates the blood vessel walls, allowing blood to flow more freely. It also protects the lining of the arteries. Several studies have shown that consumption of dark chocolate can lead to a significant drop in blood pressure. You can help to decrease your risk of heart disease by eating one small square of chocolate containing at least 70% cocoa every day.
There are many natural ways to combat anxiety headaches.
One of the most delicious and easiest is by drinking lavender lemonade.
Lavender is a wonderful aromatic herb that calms the senses. Pure lavender essential oil is incredible for your health and wellness. It’s among the gentlest of essential oils, but also one of the most powerful, making it a favorite of households for its healing properties. Lavender oil has a chemically complex structure with over 150 active constituents, which explains its effectiveness at helping with a lot of health ailments.
Lavender oil possesses amazing anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifier, hypotensive, and sedative properties.
Remember when you could drop five pounds without batting an eye?
Then you turned 30, and had to work a lot harder to shed those unwanted pounds.
Your 30s are the decade when your metabolism slows, and you may not be as active as you were in your 20s. The stress from careers or family, and many of our bad eating habits hinder our ability to rid ourselves of unwanted pounds easily. Trying to maintain or lose weight can be difficult to manage. Difficult… but not impossible. Here are some tips to help you drop pounds if you are in your 30s:
If metabolism in our 20s is like a raging inferno, metabolism in our 30s is more like a comfortable campfire. It’s still burning, but it’s in serious need of wood to keep it going. That wood is protein.
We lose muscle throughout every decade of life. However, the third decade is when it really starts to creep in. Weight-bearing exercises are vitally important, but keeping and building muscle also consists of consuming protein. How we split up our daily food sources could make a difference.
A 2009 study from the University of Texas found when individuals in their mid-30s spaced out protein consumption to slightly less than 30 grams per meal, they built more muscle than when they clumped all their protein needs at the end of the day.
The majority of Americans eat most of their protein at dinner and consume little protein at lunch or breakfast. The study’s authors suggested that instead of eating the majority of your protein at dinner, try shifting some of that protein to other meals throughout the day.
We spend about a third of our life sleeping and so many health problems can be alleviated by getting a good night’s sleep. Sleeping in the proper posture is extremely important to get the best sleep possible. A number of specialists have listed several recommendations on how to sleep properly, which will fix many sleep issues. Here are some tips that will help you to improve your sleep quality.
Trouble Falling Asleep
If you have trouble falling asleep, you should avoid using any phones and computers before bedtime because the light of the screens can affect your sleep-wake cycle. Also, you shouldn’t consume any caffeinated foods and drinks, such as chocolate, coffee, black tea, soda, and energy drinks, at least six hours before going to bed.
Regular exercising is also beneficial for improving your sleep. You should exercise in the morning and afternoon on a daily basis. This will help you to improve your blood circulation, tone your body, and fall asleep much easier.
Inability to Wake Up
Even though many people are suffering from this problem, it can be quite easy to fix. If you can’t wake up in the morning, you should set your alarm at the same time every day, including on the weekends.
In case you want to wake up early, you should make sure that you are going to sleep early in the evening.
The best posture for relieving neck pain is sleeping on your back with a pillow under your head and under both of your arms. Make sure that your pillows are either orthopedic or roll pillows.
If you sleep on your side, you should avoid using a high pillow. The height of the pillow should be equal to the width of one shoulder. This will help you to keep your neck in a correct position.
If you experience back pain, you should sleep on your back. Place a pillow under your knees in order to restore the natural spinal curves and to lower the tension in your tendons.