The Health Benefits of Marmite

The Health Benefits of Marmite

So, you either love it or hate it – the awesome (yeah I love it) super-food named Marmite!

I personally think it boils down to what your mother gave you as a kid – Marmite is a strange enough taste, but if it is introduced early enough in your life you will take to it…and never let go!

In this article we will be taking a closer look at the health benefits of Marmite – most of us know it is good for us, but we don’t really know WHY it is good for us…

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Awesome Facts About Marmite…


Awesome Facts About Marmite...

Yeah, you can tell I’m an addict, can’t you?

But we before we dive into the benefits of Marmite, I thought it’d be cool to cover a few little known facts about the dark super-spread…

#1 Who Invented Marmite?

This popular super-food was actually invented by accident by a German dude named Justus Liebig (he was a scientist in the 19th century). He was messing about with brewer’s yeast and eventually came to the conclusion that it could be separated and concentrated into bottles.

He also discovered that it actually tasted pretty boss as well!!!

So, Liebig’s discovery was taken one step further in 1902, when the Marmite Food Company was founded in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

There just so happened to be a mass of brewers in the Staffordshire area at the time, so getting hold of the yeast was a walk in the park!

#2 Marmite Helped Win The War!!!

Not sure whether or not this is a ‘Marmite Urban Legend’ but here we go anyway…

Apparently Marmite was included in soldiers’ rations in World War I, and later in World War II. In 1999 it was also sent over to the troops in Kosovo (the homesick soldiers needed something to remind them of Britain!).

#3 It’s So Awesome – It’s Got It’s Own Sculpture!!!

Seriously, it’s true!

The company that own the Marmite brand are called Unilever (they are a conglomerate) and they were so pleased with the product’s popularity, they decided to get a £15,000 sculpture made.

The sculpture is shaped liked the traditional Marmite jar and bears the nickname of ‘The Monumite’.

It currently stands outside the main library in Burton-on-Trent.

#4 Marmite (Apparently) Acts as a Mosquito Repellent?

Not sure about this one, but it was a listed ‘fact’ in several UK newspapers – apparently, Marmite keeps the mosquito at bay?

Now, this could mean spreading it all over your skin, which would be hideous…or it could mean simply consuming it (which I tend to lean towards!).


The Reported Health Benefits of Marmite


The Reported Health Benefits of Marmite

  1. It helps you sleep. Apparently the extremely high levels of magnesium in Marmite can help you get a better level of shuteye at night. This high level of magnesium apparently helps the body calm the nerves – leading to a more peaceful night’s sleep.
  2. It can help prevent dementia. Researchers from York University claim the high concentration of Vitamin B12 in the yeast extract increases levels of chemicals in the brain which are thought to protect against neurological disorders.
  3. It acts as a vitamin supplement. That’s right – no need to pay those ridiculous prices for over-the-counter vitamins any longer! Apparently, the super-spread is packed with B vitamins (not just B3) that are essential for good health. One researcher claimed that a regular serving could provide as much as an expensive supplement!
  4. It’s good for your heart. Being a (young) sufferer of arrhythmia – this was an extremely important fact for me. As I touched on above, Marmite contains high levels of the B Vitamins…including Vitamin B1 (good for preventing cardiovascular disease).
  5. It’s a hangover cure. Yep, you read that correctly – Marmite can act as a pretty awesome hangover cure! When you’ve drunk too much, the alcohol depletes your body’s store of B Vitamins (which leaves you feeling pretty shitty!). Marmite can quickly replace these lost vitamins…and lead to a smoother hangover recovery day!
  6. It’s BOSS for your babies. You will find that a high percentage of pregnant women LOVE to consume Marmite. Now, some of them may not exactly like it, but it’s high folic acid content is great for that unborn nipper! Folic acid is essential for pregnant women and anyone hoping to conceive, as it can help to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida.

Is Marmite Good For You?


Is Marmite Good For You?

Not a bad little pot of dark spread is it?

Now it’s over to you…

Have we missed out any Marmite health benefits you feel are important?

What’s your favorite way of eating Marmite? (try it with a mature cheddar – lovely!).

Are you a lover or a hater of the super-food?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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Stay Fit and Live Well – Great Video Channel

Stay Fit and Live Well - Great Video Channel

I thought we’d mix things up a little bit today and take a step away from the more ‘traditional’ posts I put up on here.

I was actually in two minds whether or not to post this article to the Video Section of the site, but I felt the whole channel (we will be covering) needed a mention in a short article…

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Carly Rowena


Carly Rowena is a Personal Trainer and Fitness blogger from the UK (I’m not biased – honest!) and her channel was brought to my attention by a very informative article titled 15 OF THE BEST HEALTH & WELLNESS YOUTUBE CHANNELS.

I should start by saying that ALL of the channels covered in the linked article were quality, but Carly’s stood out the tallest (from my point of view!).

Below is an example of one of the video releases she posts to her channel:

She describes herself as “the girl next door who never wants to have to turn down a meal just to stay in shape, I’m all about independence and finding a healthy and happy way to feel incredible in our own skin”.

I think that this is the most important factor for me – she’s incredibly easy to relate to and her videos don’t really make you feel like a health failure!

On her website she goes on to happily admit that she struggled to find a career that fit around her all through her life, and finally took to YouTube in the hope that it would point her in the direction of her talents.

Well her view count and her subscriber list suggest that she really has finally managed to pinpoint a career she rocks in!

As I said, this post/article is a step away from the norm today, but if you are interested in finding a new YouTube channel that offers simple and effective advice on how to stay fit and live well – this channel is definitely worth checking out.

Here is the link – https://www.youtube.com/user/Carlyrowena

I’ll end by pointing out that these channels need comments/support to grow even bigger – so please don’t leave any comments underneath this article (for once!). If you enjoy Carly Rowena’s videos let her know by voicing your opinions below her uploads or even subscribing.

I hope you enjoy the channel as much as I did!

Stay Healthy! 🙂

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Why is Being Fat Bad For You?

Why is Being Fat Bad For You?

A high percentage of the population is going to spend most of it’s life locked in a battle between their body weight and their ideal weight – I completely understand this!

I’m not overweight – I’m a dedicated country runner, but I STILL manage to worry about my weight constantly.

But, it’s not just ‘the look’ that worries me – it’s the health issues….I’m now 42 and this health lark is beginning to get louder by the day!

So why is being fat bad for you?

Is being overweight actually as bad as many experts claim?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Health Risks of Being Overweight


Health Risks of Being Overweight

Okay, let’s start with the health risks as most of us see them – the health risks most of us are TOLD about (and believe without questioning).

Numerous articles online will inform you that being overweight will lead to the following health problems:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease and strokes
  • Various types of cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Pregnancy problems, such as high blood sugar during pregnancy, high blood pressure, and increased risk for cesarean delivery (C-section)

Now I’m certainly not going to argue with the list above – there is a lot of medical proof out there to back this information up, and even the most ignorant and arrogant of us will have to agree with them.

But what is the real truth behind being overweight? What are the most damaging aspects of being fat in this day and age?


The Real (Modern Day) Dangers of Being Overweight


The Real (Modern Day) Dangers of Being Overweight

I’m going to throw this one out there because I’ve recently gone through several excellent articles that cover the REAL reason people are scared of getting fat. I should also point out that I am certainly not a medical professional (as you ALL should know by now), and this is just my opinion on the subject.

So, we’ve got diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers etc, etc – these suggestions are enough to keep anyone up at night, right?

But it seems like the biggest issue facing overweight people is not their weight, but social stigma.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you are based – we all seem to carry some sort of cultural disdain for people that appear to be overweight.

Recent studies have sort of ‘gone undercover’ to highlight this rather worrying fact, and they started off in the workplace.

Did you know that overweight people are less likely to be hired than traditionally attractive applicants?

overweight people are less likely to be hired

It’s certainly a little worrying…but you can see some sort of twisted logic behind the employer’s thoughts!

On top of this, studies also show that overweight people are a lot more likely to face some form of discrimination in the workplace, even if they manage land the job in the first place!!!

Obesitiy

The very same report also highlighted the fact that a large percentage of doctors and nurses discriminate against the overweight – the very people that are put in place to help you with your health in the first place.

This modern day stigma (if it is to be considered modern!) also effects the chances of overweight people actually doing something to improve their weight issues – fat stigma is considered an obstacle for overweight people who want to join a gym and work out.

They are petrified about signing up for a membership only to be stared at and ridiculed when they walk into the training area.


Why is Being Fat Bad For You?


At the end of the day, is it more important to pay attention to one’s health habits than one’s weight?

How often do you take part in some form of cardio?

Do you enjoy a few walks throughout the process of the week?

Does your job entail sitting behind a computer screen all day long?

Do you eat well?

These questions are always going to be more important than numbers on a scale.

Nutrition and physical activity have a far more direct effect on health – and probably always will.

If you have any  thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

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Most Fad Diets Fail Because…

Most Fad Diets Fail Because...

They’ve been around for decades now, well, they’ve probably been around since the human race started munching on the wrong types of food – the (dreaded) fad diet!

I’m not being sexist here, but the female side of the race seem to fall for them more frequently. Get a bikini body within a month, fit into those jeans before that party Friday night, lose that belly flab within 7 days…the list of promises goes on and on…

But why do these sorts of diets seem to fail so miserably, time after time?

They are carefully designed and most of the time they have good science behind them!

Let’s take a closer look at why most fad diets fail…


Most Are Not Sustainable


The promise of a lot of these fad diets seems to drive overweight individuals to do just about anything. Live on cabbage for a fortnight, drink gallons of lemon water (and end up with a terrible stomach for the duration), cut out everything except breathing, consume masses of Red Bull…and in some cases – grab yourself a nice smoking habit!

To be honest, in most cases, these diets do work…but KEEPING the weight off long term is near enough impossible! Cravings will always kick in, and there’s your general overall health levels to consider.

Long story short – in most cases these types of diets are not sustainable.


Most of Them Are Not Exactly ‘Great’ For Your Health


Unfortunately there are no real ‘short cuts’ when it comes to losing weight successfully. At the end of the day – a quick fix is going to be detrimental to your health.

A large majority of the poorer fad diets involve starving yourself of foods you really need. Sure, a lot of them promote sticking to a healthy option, but you are going to need more nourishment than that!

Sitting about eating melon and salads for a month is only going to slow down your metabolism, and make you lose essential body fluids, like water.

This may well make you feel like a million bucks – all of a sudden you look like you’ve lost a stone!!!!

But the majority of this weight is made up of water…and it will return.

losing weight successfully


Bright Shiny Objects


A lot of these modern fad diets are what I call ‘bright shiny objects’ – they are designed to say all the right things and press the right buttons within overweight individuals!

Think about this question for a minute – how long did it take you to put on all this weight you want to lose?

Six months?

A year?

Two Years???

If it took this long to put that sort of weight on – why will it drop off so quickly when you start a diet?

It won’t!

Remember –  if it appears to be too good to be true, it probably is. Putting on weight is a LOT easier than dropping the same amount of weight!


If Your Lifestyle Doesn’t Change – Neither Will Your Weight!


The modern diets that we promote on this site all have one thing in common – they concentrate on changing an individual’s lifestyle to get weight loss results.

Overweight individuals have usually adopted pretty bad eating habits along the line somewhere – these need to change if that person is to lose weight and keep it off!

The negative lifestyle changes most of us pick up are key to the weight we gain, especially when we reach the dreaded 40!

To lose weight successfully you are going to have to change your lifestyle and stick to this change. Any diet that promises weight loss without lifestyle change is essentially robbing you of your money!

change your lifestyle for successful dieting


What About Cardio?


The most worrying aspect about a lot of these fad diets is the fact that they completely ignore any sort of exercise regime. Losing weight and a decent workout go hand in hand – period.

To be honest with you – running seems to be the only weight loss answer that works for me, always has been! It’s cheap, easy enough to get into and the results are tremendous.

Exercise is a great way to strengthen muscles and create a sweat, which in turn, rids our bodies of all those nasty toxins from shitty foods!


The Psychology Links


When you’ve had a bad day at work and the whole world seems against you, depression and stress step in. Now, going home to a boiled chicken salad ain’t gonna do this emotional turmoil any good!

When we are suitably pissed off we crave foods that are maybe a bit fattier – a nice burger and fries or a pizza etc.

Chomping down on rabbit food is only going to make you more depressed, so, fad diets actually make our cravings for junk food a lot stronger than they normally would be!


Most Fad Diets Fail Because…


…Of all the points we’ve covered above…but what are your experiences with these types of diets?

Over to you – if you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today we would love to hear from you. Please consider leaving them in the comment section below.

What is The Healthiest Alcohol to Drink on a Diet?

What is The Healthiest Alcohol to Drink on a Diet?

I’d say this is the first question on most people’s lips when they eventually decide to take on a diet – what is the healthiest alcohol to drink on a diet?

And rightly so really – a large percentage of the western world rely on a drink or two when the working day ends…it’s tough out there!

But, that lovely warm buzz that alcohol gives you comes with a big downer for those of us trying to lose weight – unfortunately, alcohol leads to calories (and in most cases – lots of them!).

You see, the more you drink, the less weight you are going to drop, as the body burns the alcohol before anything else.

But all is not lost…if like me…you enjoy the sins of alcohol.

There is a very big difference in how diet-dangerous most alcoholic drinks are – this means there are options that could fit in with a diet (but there are also options that are disastrous for a diet).

Let’s take a closer look at your options…

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What About Wine?


My personal favorite…since I’ve turned 40 anyway!

Did you know that even the strictest of low carb diets will stay on track with the odd glass of wine here and there (the mad low carb diets that have a cap of about 20 grams of carbs a day!).

If you take on a more moderate approach to low carb dieting, wine is not going to be a problem at all…as long as you’re not drinking two bottles a night (caught you!) 🙂

But, please keep in mind that this only applies to dry wine options – sweeter wines (and dessert wine in particular) are loaded up sugar and therefore no good for a dieting individual.


Don’t Avoid Eating For The Sake of Drinking


Okay, okay, I’ll admit it – I used to be totally guilty of this, because I was blissfully unaware of how it affected the weight loss process…

So, we fancy a few drinks tonight with the boys…but what about all those extra calories?

Surely this influx of extra calories is going to ruin our diet efforts?

So why don’t we just skip eating tonight and cut our calorie count down this way – now we’ve got room for alcoholic calories right???

Wrong!

Skipping food when you are drinking will more often than not backfire on you completely, leaving your diet in complete tatters.

You see, most alcoholic drinks are high in carbohydrates which cause your blood sugar to rise and spike in style…and then crash right down again. This mad crash leaves us absolutely ravenous.

So, before you go out with the lads (or the gals!), make sure you load up on long-lasting energy foods like protein shakes, Greek yogurt or a selection of berries.


You Have to Limit The Drinks…I’m afraid!


Yeah this is the part of the article you really didn’t want to read, and I feel gutted just having to write it!

Most people are under the impression that if they stay away from alcohol all week long, they can go wild on a Friday or Saturday night and still stay on track with their diet…which is not the case I’m afraid!

Staying off the juice all week then going wild on the weekend is probably the worst thing you can do for your diet.

When you drink a truckload in a single night you are taking in huge amounts of alcohol calories. Your body then needs to break down these calories to process them before it even gets to the food calories OR the stored fat in your system!

On top of this – don’t forget that these calories will smash your blood sugar levels off course, and this will in turn, mess with your ‘sensible’ mindset.

All of a sudden you will be a ‘Hungry Harry’ who is not thinking straight due to the alcohol – time for a twelve inch pizza right?


The Following Day…


Even if you stick to drinking dry wines all night, you can still completely ruin your diet by folding to the cravings that come your way the following day.

When you drink too much you get a hangover…and that hangover leads to cravings for large amounts of cheesy, greasy fast food.

With a hangover, you are dehydrated, and this can make you feel more hungrier than normal.

The day after drinking, your body needs to replenish it’s energy sources to deal with the hangover feelings. In most cases, this means it is looking for the richest source of energy it can find, which is fat.

Research shows that you can get around this heavy hangover feeling by simply including a few large glasses of water in your nightly exploits. Simply drink a glass of water after every glass of wine you drink.

Last thing at night, when the alcohol consumption is over, drink some more water before bed and try to slip in a snack that is high in fiber and protein.

Oh, and don’t forget to have a wee before you hit the hay (wine and water = waking up in the early hours and running to the toilet!).


What is The Healthiest Alcohol to Drink on a Diet?


So there you have it guys – it’s not all good news…but it’s not as bad as you thought…right?

What are your views on drinking and dieting? How do you get around this potential calorie booster? Please leave your opinions in the comment section below.

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Increased Water Intake For Weight Loss

Increased Water Intake For Weight Loss

People always look for the easiest way to take on their expanding waistline, and to be honest with you, I’m no different at the end of the day!

I like running…but I also hate it at the same time.

I love seeing the weight slip off my bones when I’m exercising…but some mornings I really can’t be arsed to get out of bed and get my body moving!

Sometimes exercise is not even an option for some people – what then?

Well, today we are going to look at increased water intake for weight loss – does this form of weight loss work and if so…why aren’t more people trying it out???

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Why is Drinking Water Good For Weight Loss?

When all is said and done – ‘calories in versus calories out’ is still a VERY real thing when it comes to weight loss (so please don’t think this article is going to be the ‘magic bullet’ for your dieting problems!).

But, how much water you drink plays a huge role in determining what side of that equation you come out on.

Why is this?

Let’s take a closer look…


#1 REAL POWER FOR YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE


REAL POWER FOR YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE

Working out when you are dehydrated is a waste of everyone’s time…well…a waste of your time (more specifically!).

Your workout/exercise will be half-cooked from the off and your fat loss will suffer as a result.

It’s worth noting that you never really feel that thirsty until your body gets rid of about 2% of it’s water content – unfortunately this is the usually the exact same point where your energy for working out takes a fall.

Therefore it is recommended that you drink at least 16 ounces of water before you go for a run, hit the gym, swim, whatever!

On top of this you should be looking at another eight ounces of water every half hour during your sweat session.

It is possible to check that you are getting enough water for your workout by simply weighing yourself before (and then after) your chosen exercise.

If your ‘after exercise weigh’ is 2% (or more) less than your ‘before exercise weigh’ – you ain’t drinking enough to handle the exercise routine!


#2 A GREAT BOOST FOR YOUR METABOLISM


A GREAT BOOST FOR YOUR METABOLISM

Every time you consume food or have a drink, your body needs to work to process it – in a nutshell – it has to burn calories.

This process is known by the term ‘diet-induced thermogenesis‘ – a bit of a mouthful really!

Research points to the fact that increasing your water intake by 1.5 liters every day could increase your daily caloric burn by about 200 calories.


#3 ARE YOU REALLY THAT HUNGRY?


ARE YOU REALLY THAT HUNGRY?

I’m pretty sure that 99% of you reading this article have already come across the claim that water can fill you up, killing off hunger pangs in the process.

Well that never really worked for me – water can control your hunger in a much more efficient way anyhow…

Water has a rather unique way of finding out exactly how hungry you are – it pinpoints your REAL hunger level.

Did you know that a majority of the feelings we get when we’re hungry also raise their head when we are really thirsty?

That empty feeling of a gurgling stomach, low energy levels, and even light-headedness can be linked directly to a lack of water intake.

So when you feel hungry, you can simply drink approximately 16 ounces of water to see what effect it has. Are you still hungry or do you feel a little more satisfied in the hunger department?


#4 WATER GIVES YOU EXTRA ENERGY


WATER GIVES YOU EXTRA ENERGY

When you have energy coursing through your veins your workout will always be a good one – you are going to absolutely smash it!

Not only that, energy actually helps you get your ass in gear and get up from that sofa in the first place!

Water makes up nearly 70 percent of the human body and keeps your cells firing. This means that it supplies your aching muscles with oxygen and nutrients and also manages to keep your brain focused.

Remember – a focused brain is essential for a successful weight loss regime!


#5 WATER KEEPS THE ‘NASTY’ DRINKS AT BAY


WATER KEEPS THE 'NASTY' DRINKS AT BAY

This is the real ‘biggie’ for me and my weight loss efforts – water manages to replace all of those nasty drinks that pile empty calories into your body.

Time and time again I hear people state that “Oh but water is so boring – I couldn’t drink it all day long…”

Absolute rubbish – you just need the willpower to get used to it (like anything new in life).

It’s a known fact that drinking more water will actually get rid of those ‘soda thoughts’, and eventually put you off the idea of going for that tin of Coke.


Increased Water Intake For Weight Loss

Now it’s over to you – what are your thoughts on increased water intake for weight loss?

We would love to hear your experiences with this form of weight loss in the comment section below.

Stay Healthy! 🙂

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The Benefits of Taking Echinacea

The Benefits of Taking Echinacea

I suppose I should start by saying that the early days of my relationship with echinacea were a pretty stormy affair – it was introduced to me by an ex-girlfriend who had a great deal of knowledge on natural remedies.

If I’m honest with you – in those days (early twenties) I thought she was full of s##t!

Back then natural remedies were well known, but most of us were blissfully unaware of how effective they could actually be.

So, bearing this in mind, why am I choosing to write an article on the benefits of taking echinacea?

Good question, I’ll explain…


What is it With Plane Journeys and Viruses?

So I was going out with a girl that was well into her natural remedies…well….natural EVERYTHING really!

That wasn’t really a problem – it’s what first attracted me to her. She was different, and very good looking! 🙂

Anyway…

We had been seeing each other for about a year and we decided to take a 10 day holiday to Eastern Europe, which turned out to be great, but the plane journey home managed to infect me with one of the most hideous cold-type viruses I’ve ever had the displeasure of experiencing.

I was in a bad mood – my holiday felt like it had been ruined by this last gasp virus and I was stuck back in the Welsh weather feeling awful.

It didn’t take long for my ex to get on the herbal train and start banging on about what natural remedies could clear this infection up. I was in no mood to argue with her as I didn’t have the energy…

So I started taking her ‘top’ suggestion of echinacea.


It Worked!!!

Yep, it really did work…surprisingly well!

So, echinacea was my first real step into the world of natural remedies, and I was curious to find out more about this herbal savior that sparked my interest in healthier living…


What Exactly is Echinacea?

Surprisingly, echinacea is nothing more than a member of the daisy family – a bog standard plant at the end of the day!

It’s often referred to as a purple coneflower, which rolls off the tongue a lot easier.

What Exactly is Echinacea?

The name derives from the Greek word ekhinos (hedgehog) because the cone looks a lot like a small hedgehog.

Overall, there are nine distinct species of this plant but many of them are considered ‘endangered’ so it’s important to be sure about what you are picking (we don’t want you to get into trouble do we?).


Will I Find It Growing at the Bottom of my Garden?

Well at a guess – no…

Unless you live in the central and eastern parts of the good old US of A.

Research indicates that the Native Americans used the flowers, leaves and roots of this plant for remedies, centuries ago.

These days it is certainly re-gaining popularity and can be easily harvested and cultivated in these American areas (central and eastern parts).


The Benefits of Taking Echinacea

What are the benefits of taking echinacea? Although there seems to be an infinite number of echinacea benefits, these are the ones which stand out…

1) Combats Cancer

This was a really surprising one for me – and I only found out about it recently (about two months ago!).

Apparently recent research on this plant seems to indicate that phytochemicals contained in it are great for the fight against tumors.

Now, I’m no doctor, and I struggle to re-word medical reports (who doesn’t?). So, if you’re interested in finding out more about echinacea in cancer treatment I recommend checking out one of the in-depth articles about it online.

Here is a decent one I came across this morning – echinacea in cancer treatment.

2) Gives The Immune System a Good Kick!

This wonder plant manages to cut the chances of having a cold by 58% – that’s from a study published by the University of Connecticut.

On top of that, the study also concludes that echinacea reduces the duration of the common cold by almost 48 hours.

3) It Acts as a Natural Painkiller

Apparently, the Great Plains Indians first started using echinacea when they discovered it acted as a powerful painkiller. Headaches, stomach pains, toothache…even snake bites!

You name it and echinacea can probably nail it on the pain front!

Some common ways to use echinacea to combat pain is to drink the herbal echinacea tea.

You can also opt to mash it down into a paste and apply it directly to the area on your body that is causing you pain.

4) It Can Act as a Laxative 

As I touched on above in the painkiller section – echinacea is particularly effective at healing gastrointestinal (or stomach) problems.

Medical Herbalism have published a report that recommends echinacea as a mild and natural laxative for constipation relief.

From what I gather, the tea version of the plant is best for this. One cup a day can relieve the more ‘common’ pressure, whilst two to three cups can really help with sudden bouts.

It goes without saying that you should probably not go overboard with this herbal consumption – always read the supplement packet before ingesting the plant (there are guidelines you know!).

5) It’s Good For Your Skin

Actually, my partner pointed this fact out – so you can thank her for this section of the article (because I had no idea that echinacea benefits the skin!).

Armando González Stuart, PhD, has written and published a paper on how the Native American tribes have used echinacea for skin conditions over the years. Apparently it is very effective on…

  • Arthropod bites
  • Eczema
  • Inflammatory skin conditions
  • Psoriasis
  • Snake bite
  • Skin infections
  • Stings
  • Wound healing

He also believes that the Native American tribes used it for skin regeneration.

6) It Helps in the Fight Against Mental Health

Again, this is a subject I have read about…but I’m no medical professional at the end of the day!

Echinacea angustifolia is a species of the plant which is known to help with adults and children who suffer from ADD/ADHD.

Apparently, this form of the plant can help with the anxious feelings, depression and social phobias they suffer.


Echinacea – Conclusion


Echinacea

Well all of this has been pretty positive so far right? What a wonderful plant!

But please stop for a minute and remember that too much of any supplement is probably a BAD idea!

Apparently, high doses of echinacea can sometimes cause nausea and dizziness, particularly in those who have allergies.

I’ve also heard that overdosing on the plant can lead to diarrhea, disorientation, dry mouth, fever, headache and insomnia.

As always – it’s a good idea to read the guidelines before taking ANYTHING!

What are your thoughts on this natural wonder plant?

Have you used it to cure any problems that I have not mentioned in the article above?

Over to you – we would love to hear about your experiences with echinacea, please leave them in the comment section below.

Running Advice – Exercising With a Hangover

Running Advice - Exercising With a Hangover

Regulars to this site will know by now that my main weapon against the belly bulge is running – I love it…yet hate it…at the same time (no pain, no gain!).

Those closest to me will also know that I like a drink or two throughout the week…and that sometimes leads to me exercising with a hangover.

I have to admit – this running lark is usually the best way for me to kick that ‘morning after’ feeling, it’s brilliant way of sweating out the night before.

But is this type of exercise good for a body that’s already been through the mill with alcohol?

What damage can this do (if any) and how should you approach exercising with a hangover?

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Should You Run After A Super-Binge?

Okay, okay, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a super-binge of alcohol – lets just say a skin-full!

Personally, I always thought that exercising the morning after was a big NO-NO for your body – I thought it would do more harm than good. But, I’ve come across conflicting views on this through my research…

What Matthew Kornblatt Says…

And who the #### is Matthew Kornblatt? (I hear you say).

Well, Matthew Kornblatt is a certified personal trainer and the founder of RightFit Nation.

He seems to think that exercising the morning after is the best way to get rid of the body toxins from the night before (the crap they put in alcoholic drinks!). Apparently we just sweat all the garbage out of us.

Should You Run After A Super-Binge?

He believes that you need to eat a meal made up of carbs before taking on the workout, something like oats or fruit, it restores the energy that the hangover takes off you (this meal is to be consumed about an hour before the workout starts).

NOTE: I’m pretty much against this meal thingy because I’m a runner – I need to put at least 2 hours between eating and starting a run…otherwise I tend to throw up in my mouth halfway through the run!

He also points out that it is important to drink a load of water before your workout – a hangover usually means your body is dehydrated and needs more liquid in it.


So What Actually Happens To Your Body When You’re Hungover?

This is the important part really BEFORE you decide to take on ‘drunk running’ or not – what is actually going on inside your body?

1) Your Head (Ache)

Excess alcohol upsets the production of vasopressin, a hormone that controls fluid balance. This means you are constantly running to the toilet throughout the night out in question, to have a wee!

This is one of the main causes of dehydration the following morning.

Alcohol also messes about with your immune system’s cytokines. These are chemical messengers that get off on switching on the ‘pain button’ in your body. This contributes to the headache you get the next day.

The darker choices of alcohol also contribute to the hangover headache. If you choose to drink a clean spirit like vodka you are giving yourself more of a chance of avoiding a bad head the next day.

Darker options like whiskey, bourbon, beer and dark wines contain more congeners – these little blighters can exacerbate hangovers.

2) Oh My Liver!

Yep, we all worry about this one…and rightly so! What happens to our livers when we consume a ton of alcohol?

A liver can in theory, only detox one alcoholic drink per hour. Now, if you are a reasonably slow drinker (which I am not), and you can pace yourself (which I can’t), you are far more likely to get away with a reasonably healthy liver.

P.S. The last thing your liver needs on the morning after is a ton of headache killers like acetaminophen piled into the body!

3) Stomach

Alcohol irritates the stomach – some suffer from this more than others (I suffer from this!).

Some people get sick at the very thought of food ‘the day after’ – this is down to alcohol playing games with your stomach AND a little bit of alcohol withdrawal (believe it or not!).

4) The Levels of Your Energy

So you were up late drinking last night – that is why you are so knackered the next morning right?

Well, this isn’t the only reason I’m afraid. When you sleep after drinking you are not really getting ‘proper’ sleep – it actually disturbs the brain’s normal sleep cycles.

It’s also worth noting that in most cases your energy levels will be screwed up for a full 24 hours. There are no real cures for this (so forget about the old wives tale of greasy eggs and bacon!).


Exercising With a Hangover

So there you have it – the ball is well and truly in your court!

Matthew Kornblatt seems to think that exercising is a great way to get over a hangover, and I agree with him to a point, but that’s as far as it goes with my own personal opinion!

You see, I sometimes run distance to get over the night before and it works well – but I don’t necessarily feel that great afterwards. I also wonder how good this sort of option is for the heart – surely running with a hangover puts more strain on it?

So I’m looking for your own personal opinions on this subject – do you often exercise after a night out drinking? Does it help you feel better? Do you think it could possibly work against your body in the long run?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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How Many Steps Per Day to Lose Weight?

How Many Steps Per Day to Lose Weight?

Just a quick question before we dive straight into the article – how many of you reading this are currently wearing a fitness band/bracelet?

Well, at a guess, I’d say about 99% of you, right?

Well I recently joined the ‘Fitbit club’ when my partner bought me one as a gift – I’d recently returned to running and she wanted to know if I was overdoing it or not!

I have to admit – so far I’m rather impressed by how they manage to ‘push’ you into doing more every day – they are like a constant nag or reminder that clings to your wrist…and that can’t be bad from a health point of view, right?

But how much of a difference can these fitness bands make IF we are unable to judge what exercise level is effective for us?

For instance, how many steps per day to lose weight?

In this article we will be taking a closer look at the correct fitness paths to take with these handy little trackers, checking out the levels and pinpointing their advantages…

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How Many Steps a Day to Lose Weight?


A simple Google search on this very subject will bring up an absolute landslide of articles that all point to one number – 10,000.

How Many Steps a Day to Lose Weight?

That’s right, apparently all of us should be aiming for at least 10,000 steps a day with our shiny new fitness bands!

That’s fine – sounds about right…but can this stationary number work out for everyone? is that number appropriate for everyone?


The 10,000 Steps Gig


To be brutally honest with you – I had not really heard that much about the 10,000 step mantra BEFORE I got hold of my fitness band. I’m more old school – just run a decent amount of distance every day and you’ll do just fine!

But, this 10,000 step setup is traceable as far back as the 1960’s in Japan. They figured out that depending on a person’s stride length, 10,000 steps correlates to approximately five miles.

Remember now – this is way back in the 60’s…and people had slightly different lifestyles back then.

These days it’s thought that the ‘desk job’ generations are racking up nowhere near 10,000 steps. In fact, most adults struggle to reach 5,000 steps.


Do Fitness Trackers Really Work?


First things first – do these fitness devices really work or are we wasting time (and wrist space!) by wearing them?

Well, you are always going to get the controversial articles in the health niche that sh#t on everything new – this is part of the game I’m afraid.

Besides, these types of articles are designed as ‘click bait’ and easily make their way onto social media – most of the time they are not based on any sort of fact (they are just designed to disagree with fact).

Recent studies show that fitness trackers do show a moderate effect on increasing step count and/or physical activity – FACT.

Do Fitness Trackers Really Work?

On top of this, older patients involved in the study lost weight and had decreased LDL levels after 12 to 14 weeks of use (their main aim was to rack up 10,000 steps a day!).

There have also been numerous reports from various work sectors about ‘office fitness’. Apparently certain work locations actually promote this step tracking lifestyle and openly motivate employees to increase their physical activity.

I feel a lot of this success is down to human nature – at last we have a visual record of the amount of exercise we are getting through in day to day life, a tangible record of our daily activities really does seem to make a difference.


Tips to Get More Steps


A lot of individuals seem to like building up to the 10,000 steps mark but I was certainly not one of them. The moment I got the tacker on my wrist I was off with the default setting…which was 10,000 steps.

A quick link with an app on my phone (which I now never use!) and away I went.

If 10,000 steps is the minimum ‘sweet spot’, why waste your time building up to it?

It may seem like a lot of work when you first get your fitness tracker but you’ll soon realise that you move A LOT more in a daily period than you initially thought!

  1. If you see stairs USE THEM! The elevator is out of the question once you are wearing a fitness tracker.
  2. Quit sending emails – get up and walk to the colleague in question (besides, it’s nice to chat sometimes!)  🙂
  3. Don’t use the toilet closest to your desk/office/floor – pick a new one and walk there every time nature calls.
  4. Grab some lunch outside the office and have a walk when eating (weather dependent of course!)
  5. Use phone alerts to remind you to get off your ass and move!
  6. After a big meal go for a walk – slumping down on the sofa to recover from your over-stuffing will NOT help you lose weight.
  7. How often do you exercise as a family? Ever thought about grabbing the kids and going out for a healthy hike? Maybe a walk around town or the city center?

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Healthy Chicken Recipes to Lose Weight

Healthy Chicken Recipes to Lose Weight

Chicken breasts (skinless if at all possible) are great meal choices if you are looking to lose weight through your diet. Relatively high in protein and low in fat, they are easy to add to numerous meal setups to keep your diet interesting.

It’s worth noting that simply adding chicken to your everyday diet is not the way to go – you need to use it to replace the higher-calorie food you normally eat and reduce your overall caloric intake.

Below are a selection of my favourite healthy chicken recipes to lose weight…

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MOROCCAN CHICKEN AND LENTIL SOUP


I first discovered this relatively easy-to-make soup on a Tesco leaflet for healthy meals – I’ve created it many times since! It’s a colourful dish that is pretty awesome at warming you up throughout the winter months.

CHICKEN AND LENTIL SOUP

The Ingredients You’ll Need…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 900ml (1 1/2pt) hot vegetable stock
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 390g tinned green lentils, drained
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 1 courgette, diced
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 x 245g pack boneless chicken breast, skin removed and shredded
  • small handful fresh mint, roughly chopped

The Steps:

Grab a large pan and heat up the oil on a medium setting of heat.

Chuck in the onions and garlic and fry for about 4 to 5 minutes.

Stir in the cinnamon, cumin, coriander and tomato purée, and then fry onward for about 3 minutes further.

Chuck in the stock and your carrots, then leave your creation to simmer for around 10 minutes (I usually wait until the carrots seem tender enough – always a good sign that things are ready!).

Stir in the chopped tomatoes, apricots and lentils and simmer (I’d say for about quarter of an hour).

Next add the courgette and chicken – cook for a further 10 minutes (approx). I like to wait until the courgette is tender enough to eat, as an indicator.

Finally, stir in the lemon juice and leave to simmer for a further 3 to 5 minutes. Season it to your taste!


SPRING CHICKEN CASSEROLE


People tend to prefer casseroles in the winter months but let’s cook outside the box a bit – how about a spring version of a tasty casserole?

Check this out…

SPRING CHICKEN CASSEROLE

The Ingredients You’ll Need…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 500g boneless, skinless chicken thigh
  • 300g small new potato
  • 425ml low-salt vegetable stock (such as Kallo low-salt vegetable stock cubes)
  • 350g broccoli, cut up into small florets
  • 350g spring greens, shredded
  • 140g petits pois
  • Bunch of spring onions, sliced up
  • 2 tbsp pesto

The Steps…

Pick a nice big pan and heat the oil up in it.

Chuck in the onion and fry up for about 5 minutes or so (until they are ready/soft)

Add the chicken to the onions and fry for about 6 minutes – make sure the chicken is sealed and light brown on all sides.

Add the potatoes, stock and plenty of freshly ground black pepper, then bring to the boil.

Cover the pot and simmer for around the half an hour mark – make sure the potatoes are cooked and the chicken looks cooked.

Add the broccoli, spring greens, petit pois and spring onions, stir well, then return to the boil.

Cover it all up and leave to simmer for a further 5 minutes.

Finally, stir in the pesto and heat through for about a minute

Enjoy!

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BAKED PESTO CHICKEN


This popular dish is one of the most simple, great tasting, chicken meals I have come across…and it’s ready in 35 minutes!!! This recipe feeds a family of four…

Pesto Chicken Dish

The Ingredients You’ll Need…

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • Half a cup refrigerated basil pesto
  • 2 – 3 plum tomatoes, sliced (optional)
  • Half a cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

The Steps…

Oven on – preheat to about 400 degrees F (about 200 degrees C).

Spread out a baking sheet and then line it with a good quality cooking foil.

Place chicken and pesto in medium bowl then toss thoroughly to make sure it is fully coated – then place on the foiled baking sheet.

Bake for about 25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in centre.

Once removed from the oven, top with cheese and tomatoes then return to the oven. Bake for a further 5 minutes until cheese is suitably melted.

That’s it! 🙂


GRILLED CHICKEN – MEXICAN STYLE!


A simple Mexican-styled marinade chicken that takes about 20 minutes to prepare (well, not including the marinade time!). Love this one – idiot proof recipe that feeds a family of four…

GRILLED CHICKEN - MEXICAN STYLE!

The Ingredients You’ll Need…

  • 4 chicken breast halves, on the bone
  • Half an onion
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • Quarter of a cup of olive oil
  • Half a teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • Half a teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Half a teaspoon black pepper
  • Quarter of a teaspoon dried chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 limes, juice of or 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 handful cilantro leaf (optional)

The Steps…

Liquify all of the ingredients put aside for the marinade in a blender or food processor.

Place marinade inside a freezer bag (or zip-locked bag) and add the pieces of chicken – give it a shake to distribute marinade.

Place bag in the refrigerator for up to 10 hours (if you are pushed for time – refrigerate for no less than 2 hours!).

When suitably marinaded, remove the chicken and place under a hot grill (get rid of the remaining marinade sauce)

Simply grill at a reasonable heat and turn occasionally – that’s it!

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