Greek Yogurt Benefits For Weight Loss

Greek Yogurt Benefits For Weight Loss

My petite 6 year old niece overheard our conversation the other day (okay, eavesdropped…) as we went on about weight loss programs and diets.

My sister (her mom…) mentioned something about Greek yogurt and weight loss and that’s when she jumped out from her hiding, arms akimbo, pouting her lips in a twist, and just went, “Mom, have you been feeding me Greek yogurt? Can I get it for grandpa and Uncle Charlie this Christmas mummy…?”

Poor skinny little thing (but awesomely adorable)… we laughed all afternoon… lost a few calories too!

Interlude: grandpa George and uncle Charlie have some weight issues and they are significantly pot-bellied!

Moving on Swiftly…

With its thick creamy texture and a sweet-sour taste that some describe as tangy, Greek yogurt remains one of the most preferred type of yogurt for many yogurt enthusiasts, specifically those looking to shed off a few pounds without giving up on their favorite foods.

So much has been said about this Mediterranean-style yogurt and its suitability for weight loss diets, but as to whether the claims are true or mere myth…it still remains largely debatable.

Now let’s put this matter to rest by looking at a few facts relating to weight loss “dieting” and Greek yogurt. This yogurt is not what you’d call a “fat busting super-food”, but here are a couple of things about Greek yogurt that will really amaze you…

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Nutritional Fundamentals on Greek Yogurt

A simple serving of about 6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt (non-fat) is enough to supply your body with only 100 calories (6g Carbs, & 17g Protein).

Some people may argue that non-fat regular plain yogurt has fewer calories (95 calories)…and thus better than Greek yogurt but the truth is that this 5-calorie difference is negligible and it doesn’t matter that much either when you really think about it…

Despite the giving you less calories, regular plain non-fat yogurt has more Carbs (13g) and less Proteins (10g).

This means more carbs that can be turned into fat, and less proteins to help you metabolize…thus less advantage…

With that being said, you’ll want to note that Protein is an integral part of any successful weight-loss diet.

Nutritional Fundamentals on Greek Yogurt

According to the FSN (Food Science and Nutrition, 2015), their published study asserted that daily protein intake as part of your weight-loss diet was good for muscle mass preservation, the ability to burn calories, and better control of your hunger pangs throughout the day.

In short, Protein is good for your metabolism and this is where Greek yogurt beats regular yogurt hands-down!

At least 30% of your daily meal plan should contain foods rich in proteins.

More On Greek Yogurt and Nutritional Value…

A cohort study conducted in 2005 by the IJO (International Journal of Obesity) revealed that (despite not being Greek yogurt par se…) yogurt was a very important element in weight loss diets.

The study included 2 groups, the control group that was fed on low-calorie foods only, and the evaluation group that received both low-calorie foods plus yogurt.

The authors of this clinical study concluded that in addition to regular exercising, yogurt with high protein content was a viable inclusion in weight-loss diets/programs.

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Do We Get Sufficient Calcium From Greek Yogurt?

For starters, an average adult needs about 1, 000 mg to 1, 200 mg of calcium every day. So how much of this can we get from Greek yogurt?

Well, as a dairy product with notable amounts of calcium, a single serving of Greek yogurt contains 109 mg of this vital mineral. Regular yogurt has about 339 mg of calcium.

Do We Get Sufficient Calcium From Greek Yogurt?

This means you have to supplement your diet with more calcium rich foods such as cheese fortified foods, or regular fresh milk to reach your daily recommended calcium intake target.

Servings and Tips

As clearly elaborated above, Greek yogurt is a fine addition to weight loss meal plans because of its high protein and calcium content, as well as low-calorie count.

A cup or two of Greek yogurt are good for you each day.

You can add fruits of your choice to bump its nutritional value.

The US Department of Agriculture however recommends a limit of 3 cups of any combination of dairy products in a day.

Too much of dairy intake may not present negative effects on most people, but it may cause a few problems for lactose intolerant individuals with possible cases of bloating or indigestion.

Additionally, you can use Greek yogurt as an ingredient in your cooking.

If you need to dress your baked potatoes with a healthy topper, add more protein to your fruit smoothies, or whip up something “gourmet” that requires the use of yogurt, yet totally healthy, then Greek yogurt is an ideal ingredient to ensure that your meals are not only healthy, but tasty as well…

FYI: Too much of something is always not good… and too much Greek yogurt (even non-fat…) will only end up making you fat!

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MSG Food Side Effects

MSG Food Side Effects

In the following article, we will deal with MSG food side effects. In order to do that we will answer the questions…

What is MSG, how does it get into our food and finally what are the effects of MSG on the human body?

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What is MSG?

MSG is the compound with the chemical name monosodium glutamate. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it is safe.

How and Why is MSG Found in Food?

MSG is used widely as a food additive because it enhances the flavor of food. Common users of this method include restaurants and food packagers.

MSG In Food

What Are The Effects of MSG on The Human Body?

Finally, we will look at a brief historical perspective and summary of reported scientific evidence on the interactions of MSG with the functions and wholeness of the human body.

Some people have reported their experiences of negative repercussions from the consumption of foods with this food additive. This is all in spite of the “safe labeling” by the FDA.

The earliest such negative experiences, brought into the light in an official context, date back all the way to 1968.

The main ones recorded were heart palpitations, loss of physical strength as well numbness of the arms and the back of the neck.

Almost three decades later, in 1995, a compilation of negative effects from the food addictive monosodium glutamate was released.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology was behind this work under the instruction of the FDA.

The content of the compilation was a list of suspected negative effects from eating foods enhanced with the food additive MSG. These listed symptoms were very extensive.

They included everything from headaches and nausea to drowsiness and weakness as well as issues like burning sensations in the upper body, numbness in the back and shoulder areas, discomfort of the face and other discomfort and pain of the upper body including the heart and chest specifically.

The combined group of negative effects from MSG consumption was termed by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, or FASEB, the MSG symptom complex.

The consumption of foods with the additive MSG has been linked to the occurrence of asthma attacks. The above referenced report by FASEB in 1995 inferred that MSG may induce asthmatic attacks in a small portion of asthma sufferers.

MSG and asthma

This stemmed from two research efforts previously conducted which looked at the MSG intake of individuals with asthma.

It should be noted that the FASEB writers cited some shortcomings in the study methods.

Studies that have followed have not provided conclusive evidence for this link.

A May 2009 review in “Clinical and Experimental Allergy” used evidence to judge that the reality of MSG-activated asthma is yet to be confirmed beyond doubt and further study is needed to ascertain a possible connection between MSG and asthma.

We will now look at the issues of swelling and nasal complications…

Additional reported negative effects of MSG are, among others, external rashes and swelling, blockage of the nose, itching and sneezing.

The writers of the May 2009 study in “Clinical and Experimental Allergy” assented with previous results and reached a deduction that MSG may infrequently cause hives and epidermal swelling in individuals responsive to the food enhancer.

Additionally, the writers observed that a fraction of the occurrences of nasal manifestations perhaps connected to MSG intake have been detailed.

For the small group of people concerned, nasal manifestations vanished when they observed a dietary regime that did not include additives.

Finally, we will discuss the start time and overall time period that people have been known to experience the negative effects of MSG consumption.

The potential negative effects within MSG symptom complex reportedly come into effect from 15 to 30 minutes of ingesting MSG, eventually dissipating naturally before 2 hours has passed.

For the infrequent occurrences when asthma attacks could have been associated with ingesting meals that carry MSG, symptoms were observed within an hour to 12 of ingesting the food.

In a small number of studies conducted with individuals suffering from chronic hives, the ingestion of MSG activated epidermal responses within an hour to 24 in a fractional group of individuals with noticeable responsiveness to the MSG additive.

And so, we now have a summary of the historical background and scientific research behind MSG food side effects.

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Is Bee Pollen Good For You?

Is Bee Pollen Good For You?

So, you’ve been getting bits and pieces of information about bee pollen but you’re still not sure about its health benefits. You’ve come to the right place…

In this post we will dive deep into the question – is bee pollen good for you? – as well as provide you with tips to get the maximum benefits.

But first…

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What is Bee Pollen?

Bee pollen refers to little, golden-colored granules that bees feed their young ones to help them grow. When bees flit from flower to flower they collect pollen grains, mix it with secretions from their salivary glands and then attach it to the tiny hairs on the back of their legs.

To harvest this pollen, bee-keepers attach a small screen to the entrance of the hive that allows the harmless removal of these granules as the bees enter.

On average bee-keepers can receive 50-250 grams of pollen per day per colony.

Benefits of Bee Pollen

Bee pollen, also popularly referred to as “the-life-giving-dust” by ancient Greeks and Romans, has been found to contain all the nutrients required by the body to maintain optimum health.

So much so that the German Federal Board of Health approved and recognizes it as medicine.

Benefits of Bee Pollen

After extensive research, the board discovered bee pollen contains over 250 substances ranging from vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and proteins – nutrients necessary for the human body to thrive.

Some of its most popular uses are:

i) Used to help fight diseases.

According to studies conducted in 2005, the antioxidant capacity in bee pollen was found to be very high making the pollen an incredible antidote to many life-threatening diseases.

High antioxidant levels in the pollen also promote good health by preventing and reducing the damage caused by free radicals.

This helps build the body’s immunity and correct body chemistry deformities.

ii) Provide energy

Research by scientists suggests bee collected pollen contains 40% of sugar i.e glucose, fructose e.t.c. These are identical to those in raw honey known for increasing energy.

Bee pollen is also used by athletes and bodybuilders to enhance their endurance.

The wide range of vitamins and minerals contained alongside these sugars enhance the vitality of cells by boosting circulation further supporting the production of energy.

iii) Slow down aging

Bee pollen is considered to be nature’s “fountain-of-youth” largely in part due to its high antioxidant properties.

It’s ability to reverse the aging process is also attributed to its abundance of vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, carotenoids and even some essential minerals and fatty acids.

iv) Aids in digestion

Bee pollen regulates intestinal functions and assists in the digestion of other foods due to its self-digesting properties.

It is also believed to contain nearly 5,000 enzymes that help with various digestive disorders and other cases resistant to antibiotic treatment e.g diarrhea and chronic constipation.

v) Relieve stress

Saturated with nutritional and tonic compounds, bee pollen has been proven over thousands of years to contain therapeutic properties that help manage and relieve stress and anxiety.

The wide variety of minerals and vitamins increase blood circulation and stimulate the production of feel-good hormones e.g. Serotonin, dopamine and endorphins that leave one feeling happy, relaxed and confident.

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Side Effects of Bee Pollen

So, is bee pollen good for you?

Yes. Generally, everyone can benefit from taking bee pollen. That said, you need to know your bee status before touching this super food.

People with pollen allergies can experience severe allergic symptoms such as hives, anaphylaxis and skin discoloration under the eyes.

Pregnant women can safely consume bee pollen in their first trimester. However, it is advised they steer clear of unpasteurized products as they might contain contaminants that might harm the developing baby.

Bee pollen should not be taken at all during breastfeeding.

Patients taking blood thinners are also advised to avoid taking bee pollen as it can cause increased bleeding.

Bee Pollen Dosage

Bee pollen comes in whole granules or in ground form.

For adults, the recommended dosage is 1 tbs (5ml) half an hour before breakfast every morning. You can gradually increase your dose as you monitor your body’s reaction until you can safely consume 2 tbs.

The maximum recommended dosage is 15 ml per day.

Children are advised to take the granular form, starting with just three grains and increasing the dosage by two grains after every few days until they reach 1/2 tbs per day.

The pollen can be mixed with water, milk, juice or even honey.

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List of Low Carb Foods For Weight Loss

List of Low Carb Foods For Weight Loss

Over the past several weeks I have been helping out an old friend with his attempts at a low carbohydrate diet. We have covered them on this site before but recent events have reignited my interest…

To cut a long story short – he was after a list of low carb foods for weight loss reasons but he was a little confused about the misinformation that his Google searches brought up.

I couldn’t really understand this at first so I ‘Googled’ the query myself…and I soon realized where the confusion was coming from…

One article will tell you this…then the next article will work the opposite way…then the NEXT article would say that the first two options were wrong…no wonder people get this (relatively simple) diet wrong so frequently.

To be honest with you, all the research actually got me interested in the health results…so I agreed to join my mate in his low carb journey to see where it ended up.

I also thought it would be a great way to make sure this article ROCKED! 🙂

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Why is Bread Bad For You?

Before we jump into the low carb foods section of this article I thought it was important that we looked into the reason behind so many turning towards this type of diet.

The truth of the matter is that white bread and refined grains DO NOT contain nutritious elements and many dietitians lean towards whole grains instead.

Why is Bread Bad For You?

But are the whole grain bread options really that much better for you????

Well apparently not!

Over the last few years grains, especially gluten grains like wheat, have been under intense scrutiny.

Many respected members of the health community now claim that bread and other sources of gluten grains are unnecessary at best and potentially harmful…

#1 High in Carbohydrates & Can Spike Blood Sugar Levels

So most of us on a diet reach for the whole grain bread options on supermarket shelves…but did you know that it isn’t made with actual ‘whole’ grains?

They are simply grains that have been super-smashed down into fine grain flour, making it a substance which is digested rapidly.

On top of this, the starches contained within these fine flour products are broken down quickly in the digestive tract.

This means that they finally enter our blood as glucose…which in turn causes a rapid spike in blood sugar and insulin levels.

When our blood sugar levels shoot up this fast they tend to return just as fast!

And what does this mean?

Well, it means we are going to get hungry again shortly after eating.

#2 The Gluten Levels in Bread

A large majority of the breads available to us at supermarkets are made up of gluten grains. Gluten causes an immune response in the digestive tract of susceptible individuals.

Now this will effect different people in different ways but this gluten is known to cause digestive issues, pain, bloating, tiredness and other symptoms.

#3 Sugar & Other Nasties!

Most breads contain a high level of sugar and anti nutrients. These anti nutrients are nasty little blighters that manage to block the absorption of minerals like calcium, iron and zinc.

Sugar needs no introduction really – we all KNOW that it is not at all good for you!

#4 Looking For Essential Nutrients?

The nutrition content of most breads is extremely low – to be honest, most other food choices will contain a higher level of useful nutrients!

Not only is it low in nutrients compared to other ‘proper’ food options, it literally reduces the absorption of nutrients from other foods.

On top of this, the proteins that bread contain are pretty much useless to our body’s setup.

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Low Carb Food to Eat

I decided to include that section on ‘the bad side of bread’ above because this is the information that my friend stumbled upon…and decided to make a change!

To put it simply – he is on a ‘no bread and no potato’ diet (this diet also includes avoiding rice!).

But low carb diets are not as simple as this. It’s time to take a look at the foods you should be targeting and the foods you should be avoiding…

What You SHOULD be Eating…

  • Plenty of meat – it’s always best to go for grass-fed meats if at all possible. Lamb, beef, pork and chicken (chicken is always my favorite!).
  • Plenty of fish – it’s always best to go for wild-caught fish if at all possible. For example – salmon, trout or haddock.
  • Eggs – my favorite choice for a healthy breakfast! Omega-3 enriched or pastured eggs are the best.
  • A good selection of veggies – broccoli and cauliflower florets, carrot sticks make a great healthy snack and spinach is an awesome choice of side for your dinner!
  • Plenty of fruit – this goes without saying really but fruit should be a part of EVERY health-conscious diet! Go for apples, oranges, pears, blueberries and strawberries.
  • A selection of nuts and seeds – since starting on this low carb journey I’ve got well into the taste of sunflower seeds! You can also go for almonds, walnuts or peanuts (keep control of the peanuts though – they can be a bit naughty for a diet!).
  • High-Fat Dairy – cheese, (proper) butter, heavy cream or yogurt (NOT the low fat versions of yogurt).
  • Fats and Oils – coconut oil, REAL butter, lard, olive oil and cod fish liver oil.

The Foods You SHOULD be Avoiding…

  • Sugar – this list is actually way too long to fit on here, but most of us know what foods are considered high-sugar anyway…right? Stay away from soda drinks, smoothies and fruit juices, any sort of candy or ice cream!
  • Gluten Grains – wheat, spelt, barley and rye. Remember the Why is Bread Bad For You section above? Stay away from bread and pasta.
  • Trans Fats – stay away from hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.
  • These specific oils – cottonseed, soybean, sunflower, grape seed, corn, safflower and canola oils.
  • Artificial Sweeteners – Try to avoid anything that contains Aspartame, Saccharin, Sucralose, Cyclamates and Acesulfame Potassium. As an alternative try using Stevia.
  • Low Fat and Diet-labeled products – some of these diet-based brands are not what they are cracked up to be! Try to avoid low fat dairy products along with diet cereals or crackers (etc.).
  • Supermarket processed foods – there’s a simple rule of thumb that goes along with this: if it was made in a factory then STAY AWAY FROM IT!

Low Carb Diet Tips

To most people it sounds like one MASSIVE diet and lifestyle change…but a low carb diet is really not that difficult to get into!

Sure, the first 24 hours were a bit of a bummer for me and I even felt a little faint…that’s where the seeds and nuts came into play!

What you drink also plays a BIG part in a successful low carb campaign! Stick to tea, coffee or water (I like that sparkling water you can get – cheap and cheerful!).

You are also going to feel like a snack every now and again…and traditional snacks are rammed full of carbohydrates!

So if you feel the need to snack between meals, try some fruit, a bit of (full fat NOT low fat) yogurt, carrots, nuts, seeds or my favorite…cheese and olives!

Just remember that overdoing it on the cheese or nuts may well hamper your weight loss efforts! 🙂

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Lose Weight by Eating More Vegetables

Lose Weight by Eating More Vegetables

A simple Google search these days for ‘weight loss’ will bring up an absolute tidal wave of products and services designed to help you slim down.

As you probably already know – not all of these products are what they are cracked up to be!

The truth of the matter is that many of these programs aren’t sustainable.

What do I mean by this?

Well, many of these so called miracle weight loss guides are designed to help you rapidly lose weight…but that weight will soon return after the process is finished.

We actually promote a handful of excellent health and weight loss products in our Product Review section of the site….but you will notice that there are not many choices there.

This is down to trust – unfortunately we only trust what you see here on this site…which is a tiny percentage of the options available!

At the end of the day more traditional efforts like adding fruits and veggies to your diet can bring about much better results than overnight fads…these results will also last longer as well.

So lets take a look at the most effective ways you can lose weight by eating more vegetables…

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What Type of Diet?

There are a lot of fruit and vegetable diets floating around out there but I really hate to call these sorts of things ‘diets’ – personally I see them more of a lifestyle change!

Anyway, some people opt to take a majority of their diet fruits and veggies with just small amounts of chicken and fish.

veggie diet

Others decide upon leaving out the meat altogether by mixing their fruit and veg with eggs, yogurt, milk and cheese.

Then we have individuals who opt for the strictest route of all – the vegan diet.

All of these types of diets can help you lose weight, but the vegan diet would probably bring on the quickest results.

The Nutritional Side of Things…

A fruit and/or a vegetable diet will always offer a pretty awesome supply of nutrition, besides assisting in your weight loss efforts:

You will find very high levels of Vitamin E in:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries

You will also find impressive levels of the common cold-fighting vitamin C in:

  • Orange
  • Kale
  • Lemon
  • Potato

High levels of iron in:

  • Grape
  • Avocado
  • Peas
  • Carrots

A good supply of folic acid in:

  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus

And plenty of Zinc in:

  • Corn
  • Lima beans
  • Squash

That’s quite a collection, isn’t it?

On top of that these types of foods are instrumental in promoting a healthy digestive system – this means that the build up of toxins and waste inside us can be controlled properly.

A high percentage of these ‘crash course’ diets allow you to put various options into your body that are not altogether beneficial to your overall health.

At least with veggies you know you are losing weight by consuming the types of food your body will eventually thank you for!

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Have I Mentioned Fiber Yet?

As I touched on above – fruits and vegetables are great for your digestive system…and this is mainly down to fiber (green leafy vegetables are the best source of this!).


The cool thing about fiber is that it gives you that full feeling, which means you do not have to consume as much food to feel satisfied in the hunger department.

This obviously impacts your caloric intake and lays the foundations for a more successful diet.

Water Content

Both fruits and vegetables contain high levels of water which again is very good for your digestive system (and body as a whole!).

Much like fiber, water is very good at providing that full feeling. This in turn means you will take in a lower amount of calories.

If you manage to keep your calorie count down more of your exercises go towards burning off stored fat, rather than the calories from what you’ve just consumed.

The Perfect Snack

Traditional snacks are the downfall of 99% of diets and health plans out there – I guess they always will be!

I’ve noticed that even the majority of health snack options available are still full of cholesterol, fat, salt or sugar…they just hide it well on the packaging!

Fruit or vegetables make a handy and healthy snack option that is also friendly to your wallet!

I also find that these over-produced snack options are pretty shitty at keeping your hunger satisfied.

On the flip side of the coin – more natural produce, like fruit and veggies, do give you that satisfying feeling whilst reducing your overall caloric intake.

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Foods to Avoid With Gout Flare up

Foods to Avoid With Gout Flare up

Gout is actually one of the most controllable forms of arthritis as long as you follow medical advice and a diet to lower uric acid levels.

In this article we will be taking a look at foods to avoid with gout flare up, but what exactly is gout???

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What is Gout?

Gout is is a type of arthritis that creates high levels of pain and inflammation within one or more joints. It is brought on by a chemical in the blood, called uric acid.

Uric acid itself really isn’t that harmless and is constructed inside your body, it is usually released through urine and stools.

Unfortunately gout sufferers see a build up of uric acid within their blood that leads to tiny grit-like crystals forming.

These uric acid-based crystals tend to hang on to joints and irritate the tissues. This then leads to inflammation, pain and quite severe swelling.

So why do certain people see a build up of uric acid in their bodies?

This is usually down to the fact that their kidneys do not pass out enough uric acid and the blood level may rise. But there can be other reasons behind your build up of this acid…

  • Like a drink or two? Too much alcohol can bring on high levels of uric acid.
  • Levels also rise when there is not enough vitamin C in your system.
  • Fancy a can of 7-Up or Coke? These fizzy drinks contain high levels of fructose which is also known to raise levels of uric acid.
  • Water tablets, or diuretics, can be behind the rise in uric acid. Aspirin is also know to have a similar effect on the body.

The Foods to avoid with a Gout Flare up…

If you are currently suffering with gout, these are the foods you should be thinking about putting in your shopping trolly…

  1. Skimmed milk
  2. Dairy products that are known to be low fat (cottage cheese, yogurt etc.)
  3. Foods which are listed as ‘whole grain products’ or made with ‘whole wheat flour’
  4. Plant oils and vegetables
  5. Coffee
  6. Cherries
  7. Various forms of vitamin C (those simple supplements of 500g work wonders!)
  8. Six packs of bottled mineral water (plenty of water in your diet at all times!)

And these are the foods you should really consider staying away from…

  1. Organ meats and red meats like liver, heart or tongue
  2. Shellfish
  3. Refined carbohydrate-based foods (various brands of white bread, rice or sugar)
  4. ALL processed foods (easier said than done – I know!)
  5. Fizzy drinks like soda
  6. Alcoholic drinks – the one we all struggle with 🙂

During a Flare up

Don’t forget that during a pain-ridden gout flare up, it’s important to protect your joints. This means as much rest as possible and try your best to stay off your feet.

Try keeping the effected foot elevated with a couple of pillows beneath it and wrap with an ice pack for 20 to 30 minutes at a time (3 to 4 times a day if possible!).

If you don’t mind the loss of ‘street cred’ – use a cane when walking outdoors. 

Fabric can sometimes feel like a stone against a gout-infected foot so consider cutting a couple of toes out of your sock. It’s also a good idea to leave that foot outside of the blanket when you sleep at night!

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That Tricky Area – Causes of Weight Gain in Stomach

That Tricky Area - Causes of Weight Gain in Stomach

Well it’s that area again folks – even the fittest of us struggle to keep tabs on that spare tire area around the abdomen!

There are several main causes of weight gain in the stomach area and some of them you have the power to change.

There’s nothing worse than taking on a strict cardio regime only to see that stomach expand even further – you are losing weight everywhere else…why not your stomach?

Have you taken on the wrong kind of workout? Is this down to family tree genetics?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Abdominal Weight Gain Causes

Let’s not beat around the bush here – when we complain about a fat stomach we are really complaining about a fat abdominal area (that is where we are gaining the weight!).

The abdomen is the section of your body between your chest and pelvis – your stomach is nothing more than a ‘machine’ that digests the food you put inside yourself.

So what is the most likely cause of abdominal weight gain?

Well the obvious answer to this is just general weight gain – the weight your body takes on overall.

And why is this weight gain happening? (as if you need to ask…)

You are piling way too many calories in your body and you are not getting enough exercise.

Simply put – eat less and move more!!!!

Hormones & Age

Unfortunately, the older you get the slower your metabolism becomes and this means you are a lot more likely to gain weight in certain areas.

As we get older the fat distribution changes inside or bodies leading to more fat being dumped in the tummy area.

This seems to happen more with women – especially after the menopause.

Hormones & Age

The Meaty Kinda Diet

This was actually a little bit of a surprise to me – but it’s backed up by the International Journal of Obesity.

Apparently meat eaters are much more likely to gain weight in the abdomen than anywhere else in their body!

So if you like to chomp down on a steak a couple of times a week you may want to re-think your dietary direction. The same goes for pork and chicken (yikes!).

The Meaty Kinda Diet


The University of Alabama at Birmingham actually conducted a study that lasted 15 years on the link between depression and weight loss.

They discovered that study participants who initially reported that they were going through bouts of depression, were much more likely to experience abdominal weight gain (when compared to the study participants who were not depressed!).

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Fancy a Beer??

This is the part of the article that 99% of you (including me) are going to ignore…but facts are facts I’m afraid!

Drinking alcohol increases the amount of calories you are putting into your body – period!

Alcohol is terrible for abdominal obesity – period!

The European Journal of Nutrition carried out research which concluded that people who drink over 3 alcoholic drinks a day are way more likely to see ‘tummy trouble’ in their weight gain…regardless of the amount of physical activity they took part in!

Alcohol & Belly Fat

The Genetic Link

Some of us are just plain unlucky…according to the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders.

Yep, some of us are doomed to live out our lives ‘a little tubby’ due to the genetics passed down to us through our family tree.

But it’s not all doom and gloom…well…it isn’t if you’re a man anyway!

That’s right – genetics are more likely to play a role in abdominal fat in women than in men. Men tend to get a spare tire due to lack of exercise and a shitty diet!

The Genetic Link

Causes of Weight Gain in Stomach

Abdominal fat isn’t just uncomfortable and…undesirable???

It’s also linked to a variety of different health conditions…

Heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and high cholesterol levels.

So if you notice the spare tire getting bigger it’s probably time to rethink your diet and introduce a bit of fitness into your lifestyle. Remember – your health could well be at risk!

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

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How to Lose Weight in The Office

Sitting in front of a computer in a stuffy office can wreak absolute havoc on the health of your body – but we all have to earn money somehow, right?

Did you know that if you work a desk job, recent research reveals that you are more likely to be overweight, have metabolic syndrome and even have higher risks for cardiovascular disease.

I’m guessing that this is NOT good news for at least 99% of you that have landed on this article, right?

But it’s not all doom and gloom – if you make a conscious effort to implement a few subtle changes in your office lifestyle you could actually lose a bit of weight (that’s right – I said LOSE a bit of weight!).

Let’s take a closer look at how to lose weight in the office…

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1) What Are You Drinking?

Hands up how many of you opt to drink water throughout the working office day?


That’s what I thought – why drink water when you are pissed off sitting in front of a glaring PC screen?

Coke, Fanta, mochas, lattes, Red Bull…the list goes on and on!

If you are drinking anything other than water when you are sitting down you are in trouble!

What Are You Drinking?

Having these drinks next to your keyboard all day will not only increase your calorie intake, but will contribute to poor teeth and gum health.

Also, the sugar content of these drinks will really mess with your overall work performance. Did you know that high sugar intake can easily cause your energy levels to peak and then fall?

These types of energy ‘jumps and falls’ can seriously effect your work productivity overall (don’t tell your boss!)

2) We All Stand For Something…

Okay, okay, I know a lot of the day is spent sitting in front of a computer with an office job…but there are chances to stand and work every now and again.

When you stand you are burning more calories up, increasing blood flow and your overall energy levels, giving yourself a corrective posture AND speeding up metabolism.

3) Homemade Snacks Vs. Vending Options

Vending machines are not your friend when it comes to matters of health – they never will be really!

Whatever you find inside these vending machines is bound to be pumped up with extra levels of sugar and sodium – these snacks need to be tasty after all!

These sorts of snacks WILL actually take away the feelings of hunger…but NOT FOR LONG!

Homemade Snacks Vs. Vending Options

You are looking for snacks that will provide energy or nutrition with a balance of nutrients like protein, complex carbohydrates and good fats…

With this in mind – make your own snacks at home and take them to work in an airtight container (this actually saves a lot of money as well!).

4) A Lunchtime Walk Maybe?

As we all (should) know by now – aerobic exercise is pretty awesome when it comes to taking on your body’s fatty deposits. It’s also good for keeping weight off in the first place!

Ideally you should aim for 30 to 60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a day – a brisk walk at lunchtime can get you a lot closer to this target.

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5) Are You Stressed?

I work full time in front of a computer but I’m self employed – I don’t often feel the pressures of stress within the office environment (because I’m in charge!).

It doesn’t really matter if you absolutely LOVE your job – some days you are going to feel completely stressed out!

Are You Stressed?

Reducing stress can help you lose weight, according to research from the University of Kentucky.

When you are stressed you tend to get the impulse to overeat – it’s a way of reacting to emotional upheaval (emotional eating habits).

6) Do You Commute?

So the car is usually the easiest way to get to and from work – especially if you have trouble hearing the alarm clock every morning!

By simply ditching the car and walking, riding or even taking public transport, you are doubling your chances of reaching your weight loss goals.

If you have to drive due to location then simply find an area away from work where you can park for the day. Give yourself a little distance to cover to and from work.

Remember – even the people that opt to take public transport will see some sort of results. You will always have to walk to the closest bus or tube/subway stop.

Exercises to do at Your Work Desk

We thought we would include a bonus section to the article covering a couple of exercises to do at your work desk. Spend 30 seconds on each of the following moves, and try to fit in the workout several times a day…

The Chair Dip Exercise

The Desk Pushup

We hope you have enjoyed our article on how to lose weight in the office. If you have any questions on the subject please feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

Weight Loss Mistakes Beginners Make

Weight Loss Mistakes Beginners Make

It’s always made to sound SO easy isn’t it – burn more calories than you take in or eat less and move more.

The truth of the matter is that ANYONE who has taken on a diet or a fitness plan knows that this sounds a lot easier than it actually is.

In this article we will be taking a look at the common weight loss mistakes beginners make in an attempt to aid your healthy lifestyle change…

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Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid…

1) Moving Ain’t Enough!

I thought I’d cover this point first as it seems modern-day adults have rose-colored glasses on when it comes to the amount they move around every day…which is never enough in my opinion!

This does seem to be stuck in the female population’s mindset more than the male’s…sorry girls!

I have had many conversations with women claiming that they are so busy every day that they are burning up the required amount of calories…

Not the case most of the time!

A trip to the local city center with the kids for several hours may seem like a good workout but….you’ve only burned only about 400 calories! I can hear the shrieks from here!!!!

Moving Ain't Enough!

But please don’t worry – there is a way you can ‘rev up’ your daily chores and it’s pretty simple really…

Short bursts of intense activity eat up more calories – and up to 36% more fat. This means you simply have to pick up your walking pace every one minute out of five!

Do the math – by increasing the intensity of this one minute you are in fact burning up one third more calories!

I got this little tip off a mate who is a long distance cyclist – he actually uses it when on his bike to trim down when he needs to (it works with running/jogging as well!).

2) Size of Portions

This is a killer – especially as most of the people guilty of it have no idea they are doing it…and weight loss will not work for them!

Your two friends opt for burger and fries for lunch but you say NO!

No, no, no – I ain’t eating that sh#t…I’m going for healthy nutrients instead.

So you go about loading up your plate with many weight-friendly foods and you tuck in – how good are you right?

Keep an eye on the size of your food portions...

Well unfortunately you may have won the nutrition battle…but you have lost the calorie battle to the burger and fries friends!

That healthy-sounding meal adds up to somewhere around the 700 calorie mark – and the burger and fries would probably of hit the 600 mark!

You see it’s all good and well hitting up these healthy foods…but only in portion moderation.

If you make a mountain on your plate that mountain is going to contain A LOT of calories – regardless of how healthy that food is!

3) I’ll Have The Turkey Sandwich Please…

You sit down in a relatively nice restaurant, your mate orders a greasy pizza…but you order the turkey sandwich. Sounds healthy right?

Well it is…if you make it at home!

A turkey sandwich that comes on focaccia with cheese and mayo can provide 970 calories.

I'll Have The Turkey Sandwich Please

It gets worse…

Two large slices of your mate’s pizza will only give about 500 calories!

At the end of the day it’s best to do your research BEFORE you get to the restaurant – find out what bread contains what and drill down into the so-called healthy options.

4) Positive Impacts

A lot of individuals that take on weight loss forget that everyone is different – people will see different results from dieting and fitness regimes.

It’s important to remember about the positive impacts exercise and healthy living will have in general – it’s not just about the number you see on the scale below you!

Positive Impacts

More energy, less stress, better sleep, and reduced risk of many diseases come hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle. Weight loss will eventually come – but it’s not the ONLY positive you should be concentrating on!

5) Are You Being Too Strict?

At the end of the day this is only weight loss – there is no reason to put yourself in front of the headmaster time and time again!

A diet is not meant to be a straitjacket – so don’t treat it like one!

In my experience you will see more success if you manage to stick to the rules about 85% of the time.

Are You Being Too Strict?

You can use that remaining 15% to go out on a Friday night and have a few beers or even have a take away midweek.

You see, people are far more likely to stick to a diet if they can have their ‘naughty time’ off every now and again.

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The Health Benefits of Red Onion Juice

The Health Benefits of Red Onion Juice

They are great with salad and I couldn’t stomach a hot dog without them…but consuming onion juice has never really been at the top of my health ‘to do’ list!

I first came across the subject of health benefits of red onion juice about three months ago when a regular visitor to this site brought it up in response to a comment (cheers Sally!).

Okay, my first response was to cringe a bit…and then wonder what poor Sally was doing to herself?

But being skeptical with new health ideas is really not ‘on the cards’ for me – this site would become one boring (and lonely) place to be.

I came to find that red onion juice is actually nothing to cringe about – it has a ton of benefits for those who are brave enough to stomach it…

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Good Old Onions!!!

Historical research shows us that onions have been circling around human cultivation for  well over 7000 years now.

Some archaeological projects have uncovered proof that onions date back to the Bronze Age…but it’s unclear whether or not these onions were wild or cultivated.

Archaeological and literary evidence such as the Book of Numbers 11:5 points to suggestions that onions were probably being cultivated around 2000 years later in ancient Egypt.

onions were probably being cultivated around 2000 years later in ancient Egypt

Apparently onions were held in high regard by Egyptian authorities due to their spherical shape and concentric rings, which were known for symbolizing eternal life.

Moving onto the Middle Ages, onions were often handed over as rather exotic (and expensive) gifts. At the time they were thought to be extremely powerful and used to treat a host of ailments/conditions.

Onion Juice Health Benefits

1) Onion Juice Benefits For Hair

Onion juice manages to boost blood circulation which leads to hair follicles being provided with sufficient nourishment.

Onion Juice Benefits For Hair

The vegetable also contains certain anti-bacterial properties that combat various scalp infections that can be attributed to hair loss.

Onions are also thought to be loaded with the enzyme catalase, which is an anti-oxidant that can prevent premature graying of hair.

2) The Cardiovascular Advantages of Onions

Regularly including onions in your diet can lead to a reduction in cholesterol levels. This is all down to the sulfur compounds, chromium, and vitamin B complex they contain.

These three important ingredients actually lower the risk of cardiac arrest by regulating homocysteine levels.

3) Onion Juice Benefits For Skin

Onions contain high levels of flavonoids and vitamins C, A and E. These help in protecting our skin cells from the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays.

Onion Juice Benefits For Skin

The antibacterial properties of onions lead them to being antiseptic and anti-inflammatory by nature. This means they are an excellent natural remedy for acne and other skin bacteria.

Onions are also known to contain large amounts of sulphur-rich phytochemicals which are very effective in taking on free radicals. This means they can be used to combat the untimely aging appearance of skin.

4) Onion Juice Fights The Cold Virus

My granny used to swear by onions whenever she had a cold – at the time we pretty much all thought she was crazy but she really didn’t get ill that often…

Onion Juice Fights The Cold Virus

This cold-fighting process is apparently down to the smelly sulfur compounds found in onions – they have mucolytic properties that are excellent at stopping the excessive formation of mucus.

If this mucus manages to build up in our body it can frequently trigger the common cold virus.

5) Protection Against Allergens

Onions contain high levels of the antioxidant known as quercetin – a powerful aid in the fight against a large number of allergic reactions.

The quercetin property is absorbed into the body through the intestines and stays in circulation for a very long time. This gives the body lasting protection from allergic reactions as well as chronic inflammatory conditions such as asthma.

6) Onions Aid Digestion

Proper digestion plays a big part in how the general health of our body pans out. If we have problems digesting the food we put in ourselves we will end up with more diseases effecting us.

These digestive diseases can include gallstones, cholangitis, GERD, and hiatal hernia.

Onions Aid Digestion

Onions contain high levels of a soluble dietary fiber called inulin which functions as a natural regulator. It ‘regulates’ by keeping the body’s good bacteria at the level needed to maintain a healthy digestive system.

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